We place our religious focus upon Mary, our Mother, this month. We joined together as a school community to share in the Living Rosary presented by our third grade on Wednesday, September 30th at 2:00 in the church. October is a month filled with special religious occasions culminating with All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween.
On the second day of October take a moment to honor your guardian angel. Angel means messenger in Greek. They are mentioned often in scripture, where they are not only messengers but also defenders, companions, guides, and guardians. In the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus advises his followers to become like little children. “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones,” he says, “for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in Heaven.” His words are one source for the belief, held since the days of the earliest Christians, that every human has a guardian or protecting angel. The Letter to the Hebrews describes them as spirits whose work is service. Guardian angels have a special task- to assist human beings in their journey to God. Say a prayer to your Guardian angel this month!
The Feast of St. Francis is held on October 4th. Francis had an understanding of the unity of all creation that was way ahead of his time. He addressed every created thing a Brother or Sister and treated everything with reverence. He allowed the beauty of creation to fill him with joy. Francis became ill and died when he was only 45 years old. On his deathbed he wrote the Canticle to the Sun, a hymn of praise still sung to this day. Our first grade students will share a prayer service honoring St. Francis on October 5th at 2:00. We invite you to join us.
In case you have not had the opportunity to read your handbook yet, one change you want to be aware of is the extended timeline for wearing shorts. Students may wear shorts through the month of October and begin again April 1st.
I want to thank the executive board of our Home and School Association and our Knights of Columbus for providing all our parents with the wonderful opportunity to meet and socialize with each other. The next Home and School meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30. The guest speaker will provide information to parents about internet and social media security. Please plan to attend.
Picture day will be held on Tuesday, October 13th for our Prek-8 students. This will be a dress down day.
Home and School will host the Halloween Party for school and parish on Sunday, October 25th from 4-7 pm. Students (and adults) can come in costume and can play games. Food will be available in the lunchroom.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, October 5th from 4-7 pm, Tuesday, October 6th from 4-7 pm, and Thursday, October 8th from 1-8 pm. Again this year we will be registering times for conferences on line. School will not be in session on Thursday, October 8th or Friday, October 9th. Please plan to attend your child’s conference. We also have a scheduled Diocesan Professional Development day on Monday, October 19th so school will not be in session. Care is available at our Before and After Care program on Monday, October 19th.
The annual Iowa Test of Basic Skills is now called the Iowa Assessments. They will be administered the week of October 12th-16th. Results are typically returned to us in about six weeks, and will be forwarded to parents when we receive them.
The Halloween parties will be held on Thursday, October 30th at 2:00 for most grades. If you are a homeroom parent please contact your child’s teacher for more information.