May 23, 2014
Today we held our annual assembly to recognize students for a wide range of achievements from this school year.
For the second year, a Principal's Choice Art Award was given to one outstanding art creation from the school year. Congratulations to Adaleigh in 2nd grade for winning this award. Her rooster in the style of Eric Carle will be framed and displayed in the main hallway alongside last year's winner.
Two St. Edward Cub Scouts became the first members of our pack to earn the "Light of Christ" award for Catholic discipleship in Scouting. They will be able to proudly wear this award even as they move up through the ranks of Scouts. Congratulations to Callum and Christian.
One student from each class was recognized for earning the most Accelerated Reader points in his or her class. Cumulatively this year our students read 3,776 books, which is 26 books per student in 1st-8th grades.
The student in each class with the highest grade average was recognized. A second certificate was given to the student who had the highest average in 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th. Congratulations to Willow (2nd), Leah (5th), and Anna (6th).
We also recognized the Most Improved Student in 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th grades. These students were chosen based on their growth in any or all areas of student achievement promoted in our school mission statement: academically, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Congratulations to Jake (3rd), Mark (4th), and Madison (8th).
Our final award is the Confessor Award for Christian Leadership. This award is named in honor of our patron Saint Edward the Confessor, who confessed his faith in all of his daily actions. One student from 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th was chosen based on participation and effort in religion classes, participation and volunteerism at Mass and other religious activities, and overall Christ-like behavior. Congratulations to Izela (2nd), Gracie (5th), and Yasmin (8th).
May 15, 2014
May 12, 2014
Today St. Edward held its third annual National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inductions. The NJHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the five areas essential to NJHS members: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship and Character. Each member of NJHS has proven himself or herself in each of these areas as determined by a faculty committee. This year we inducted eight new members. The NJHS takes on the lead role in organizing and executing school service projects. Congratulations to all our members!
May 5, 2014
Mrs. Martha Reid has served as an aide at St. Edward since 2006. For many years she has told our maintenance man, LRFD Captain Raymond Gunther, that she would love to get a ride in a fire department bucket truck. Today, Ms. Marth got her wish. Mr. Gunther coordinated the truck and a courtyard full of children to make this a memorable ride for Ms. Martha.
May 4, 2014
2013-2014 was the inaugural year for the Little Flowers Girls Club at St. Edward. Ten girls in Kindergarten-2nd grade participated in this new group. The group takes many of the same lessons and principals of scout troops, but teaches the lessons through the lives of women saints. To wrap up their first year, the Little Flowers had a mother/daughter tea party at the home of one of our downtown parishioners. It has been a wonderful for year and a great program.
May 1, 2014
Members of the drama department at Mt. St. Mary Academy visited St. Edward today to perform for the elementary students. It is a great introduction to what they offer. The students enjoyed the performance very much.
April 30, 2014
April 30th is celebrated as "El Dia del Nino," or "Children's Day," in Mexico. Today our fourth grade and Pre-Kindergarten got together with the Spanish teacher and some parent helpers to celebrate. They enjoyed some good food and music.
April 30, 2014
Today Tim Seachris of Midsouth Medical visited St. Edward with some components of their cadaver lab. Midsouth Medical is a supplier of medical equipment, including artificial joints. Mr. Seachris brought a leg from a cadaver and demonstrated to the students how various procedures are done. One of his coworkers let students experiment with a medical surgical camera. Students operated the camera with one hand and a grasper with the other hand. They then had to lift jelly beans of a certain color from one bowl and then deposit them into another bowl. Both bowls were inside a box, so students had to navigate using the camera and a monitor. This was an excellent hands-on learning experience.
April 28, 2014
Today one of the Central Arkansas Transit buses visited St. Edward. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten have been learning about transportation. The students learned how to attach a bicycle to the bus and how to pay their fare. They even got a few free trips around the block.
April 24, 2014
A parent volunteer has been conducting a leadership course with our 8th grade students this year. The students were broken into four groups early in the year, and each was given a project. One of the group projects was to organize and host a teacher appreciation lunch. Thanks to the efforts of these 8th graders, and some important help from their parents, the teachers had a very nice lunch today. Thank you 8th grade!
April 24, 2014
As part of our It Takes a Village fund raiser this year, we began a "Grow St. Edward" campaign. For $1 individuals and businesses could add a leaf with their name on it to a tree "growing" on the wall of our gym. Together we raised over $1,400. Kindergarten sold more leaves than any other class, and so they got to plant a tree on campus. Thank you to the city for supplying and installing the beautiful new gingko tree.
April 23, 2014
Today we continued our Future Leaders Speaker Series with Dr. Matt Jaeger. This is his second time to speak in the series. He last spoke to students in 2011. Dr. Jaeger is a pediatric emergency physician at Arkansas Children's Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at UAMS. Dr. Jaeger, his wife, and his three children are members of Christ the King Parish. He spoke with the students about his own path to the medical field, the difference between a job and a vocation, and the role of faith in his life now. He also shared a lot of gruesome and gross stories that the students particularly enjoyed. Thank you Dr. Jaeger for sharing your wisdom with us today.
April 23, 2014
Today for "Fun Friday," the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes visited the North Little Rock airport. The students learned about air transportation and got some hands-on experience with an airplane. Mrs. Brakebill even got to take a short ride around the area. It was a great learning experience.
April 21, 2014
He is truly risen! Alleluia! As we continue the Octave of Easter, Pre-K and Kindergarten enjoyed their annual Easter egg hunt today. Thank you to the 8th grade students and all of the parents who came to help today. Happy Easter to all.
April 17, 2014
Tom Brannon and the THV morning crew enjoyed their coffee in St. Edward mugs this morning and shared some kind words about the school. Thanks to Tom for making that happen for us.
April 17, 2014
Today our Pre-K and 4th grade classes made the short walk to nearby Parkview Towers to deliver Easter cards they had made for the seniors citizens. It was a great chance to share the Good News of Easter with our community.
March 12, 2014
Today our guest in the Future Leaders Speaker Series was Paul Vitale. Paul is founder of Vital Communications, Inc. and is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church here in the Little Rock. Paul is a speaker and author who works with a wide variety of clients including NFL teams, Fortune 500 companies, major universities, international non-profits, and many others. He is also the author of four books on business and personal topics. Paul led a great discussion with our students about education, faith, and life in general. He shared some wonderful stories about his own successes and failures and fielded some excellent questions from our students. We thank Paul very much for sharing his wisdom with us.
March 2, 2014
Every year students look forward to March 2nd. It is the birthday of Dr. Seuess. Students have been preparing all week. They have read as many Dr. Seuess books as they could. They had a visit from the Cat in the Hat. We capped it all off today with a Seuess party complete with a green ham cake and green Cadbury eggs! Students in Pre-K through third grade participated.
February 28, 2014
What child isn't fascinated by firemen? That natural wonder creates a perfect learning opportunity. Today Pre-K and Kindergarten visited Station 2 across the street. They got to learn about the trucks and the gear that the firemen use. First and second grades, also got a visit in their classroom from a fireman, Mrs. Bridges husband! It was a great chance to learn about safety.
February 26, 2014
Mt. St. Mary Academy in Little Rock hosts an annual Mu Alpha Theta math competition for Central Arkansas non-public schools. Students in 7th and 8th grades from around Central Arkansas complete a math test consisting of Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry. St. Edward won the award for 2nd Place in the overall team competition, which was the highest of any Catholic school who participated. Congratulations to our team and Mrs. Seachris for a great performance!