St. Edward Catholic Church and School

Established 1885
The longest operating elementary or middle school in Little Rock.

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Student Choir Gives Back

December 4, 2010



Our student choir has several Christmas performances on the calendar this week.  On Sunday they performed at the Old State House Museum as part of the downtown holiday weekend.  This week they will visit three local hospitals to share Christmas carols with the patients.  We are very proud of them for representing the school in such a wonderful way!

Literacy Inspired Play

December 1, 2010



For the next few weeks, the Arkansas Arts Center will be presenting Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  The Arts Center offered free tickets to an otherwise sold-out show to our 1st-3rd grades today.  Junie B. Jones is a children's book series that is very popular throughout our younger grades.  To have the opportunity to enjoy something of this quality that is this connected to what our students are already doing in school is a great treat.  Especially since all it takes to attend is for our students to walk across the street!

We are very thankful to have such a close relationship with the Arts Center.  They have graciously shared free tickets with our classes on several occasions. 

 

Thanksgiving Festivities

November 22, 2010



The day before a break is always a good time to be thankful, and the classes wanted to show that today.  Among the Thanksgiving festivities, the 4th grade students "dressed" turkeys and the Pre-K3-3rd grades prepared songs and skits.  We had a large group of parents who came to enjoy the show. 

We at St. Edward are thankful for all the blessings we have received this year!

St. Edward Sponsors River Market on Ice

November 19, 2010



St. Edward School is proud to be a sponsor of this year's River Market on Ice located in the River Market Pavilion.  St. Edward is using this event to promote a student shadow day on February 1st.  That day students who are interested in the school will be able to attend our regular classes and experience the school first-hand.  Parents will also have an opportunity to speak with Mr. Pohlmeier and Fr. Tyler and share coffee and donuts.  If you know anyone who would like more information, encourage them to call or email the school.

The Grand Opening of the ice rink was this Saturday.  Festivities included a Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Mark Stodola and Downtown Little Rock Partnership Director Sharon Priest, performances by the Arkansas Skatium and free hot chocolate.  The rink is open daily and the full schedule is available here.  St. Edward joins an impressive list of sponsors in putting on this event: Arvest Bank, Baptist Health, Airmasters, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, Little Rock Work Investment Board, Downtown Dental Care, USA Drug, Philander Smith College, Arkansas' Best Chevy Dealers, Central Arkansas Library System, St. Vincent Health System, Christ Church, Entergy, and Lafayette Square.

Come join the fun and encourage your friends to attend our shadow day.

Speaker Series Continues

November 18, 2010



Today we had the second installment in our Future Leaders Speaker Series.  Each month we will have a speaker come and discuss with our middle school students how faith and education have helped him or her to succeed in life. 

Ronnie Dedman is a Manager of External Affairs for AT&T.  He spoke about his childhood in rural Arkansas and the challenges he had to overcome.  He also wowed the students with his stories of being a telephone operator, rotary phones, and bag phones!  We thank Ronnie for his informative presentation.

Our speaker series will continue in January.

Band Performance

November 17, 2010



Members of the Catholic High School Jazz Combo performed for St. Edward students today.  Band Director Mr. Jack Pritchett and eight Catholic High students, including St. Edward alumnus Matthew Williams, performed for each class during their music time.  They also took time to answer questions from the students.  The students enjoyed the performances very much. 

Celebrating Mexican History through Song

November 14, 2010



A local historical group brought the music group Pindékuecha from Michoacá, Mexico to help celebrate the Mexican bicentennial.  While they were in town, they came to St. Edward to perform for our students.  The group performed songs that are native to their region of Mexico and important to their culture. 

Everybody Loves Raymond Day!

November 9, 2010



Raymond Gunther has been the maintenance man for St. Edward School and Parish for 17 years!  With great dedication he keeps everything running on our campus.  To celebrate his birthday this week, and to give him the recognition he deserves for all his service, today was Everybody Loves Raymond Day.  The teachers and parents provided a pot luck lunch, a banner signed by all of the students, piles of his favorite candy, and a gift certificate to his favorite "home cookin'" cafe.  Thank you Raymond for all you do for St. Edward.

All Saints' Day

October 31, 2010



Students in Pre-K - 3rd grade were encouraged to dress as their favorite saint for the all-school Mass on the Feast of All Saints.  Each student was very proud of his or her costume.  A litany that included the name of every saint present was sung as the students processed into the church.  This is a great reminder to everyone of the origins of Halloween. 

 

Spooky Science

October 28, 2010



The Science Club continued their annual tradition of creating a haunted lab for Halloween.  The Science Club members researched and created their experiments, decorated the lab and then demonstrated the experiments to all of the students who were brave enough to come through the lab.  This year's experiments were screaming balloons, a witch's night light, foaming fountains, bubble bombs, vampire's blood and witch's brew. 

Kicking Off Red Ribbon Week

October 24, 2010



This week is National Drug Free week, and students will be participating in several activities.  Today, students wore red clothing and each was given their Red Ribbon.  Also each ribbon is numbered, and each day a number will be called, and whoever is wearing that ribbon will receive a prize.  On Tuesday our 8th grade students and students from Mt. St. Mary Academy will perform skits for the lower grades to promote being drug free.  Later in the week we will have drug awareness presentations from a representative from the Attorney General's office.  We are very proud of our students for sharing this important message.

1st Installment of Speaker Series

October 20, 2010



Today we had the first installment in our new Future Leaders Speaker Series.  Each month we will have a speaker come and discuss with our middle school students how faith and education have helped him or her to succeed in life. 

Retired Colonel J.R. Dallas spoke with our middle school students today.  J.R. attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School and Catholic High School for Boys before entering the Air Force Academy and becoming a fighter pilot.  He currently flies a 767 for American Airlines.  The presentation was very enlightening and informative, and the students asked many great questions.  We thank Col. Dallas very much for his time and efforts this morning. 

Our scheduled speaker for November is Ronnie Dedman who is a Manager of External Affairs for AT&T.

Mt. St. Mary Visitors

October 19, 2010



This morning a group of students from Mt. St. Mary Academy came to St. Edward to speak to our 8th grade girls.  They spoke about the school and what it takes to succeed at Mt. St. Mary.  They also brought a gift for Ms. Craig, Mrs. Allison, and Mrs. Nolen who are Mt. St. Mary Alumni.

Students Enjoy Game & Fish Display

October 19, 2010



The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission brought their 1,500 gallon fish tank to St. Edward today.  The aquarium is filled with fish and turtles that can be found locally.  The kindergarten class has been studying this in their science center, and they invited the other classes to enjoy the display also. 

Fire Prevention Week

October 13, 2010



This is national fire prevention week.  The Pre-K and K have been learning about what they can do to be safe and help prevent fires.  For a more hands-on learning experience, the firemen from the station next door brought over a fire truck and some firefighting equipment.  The firemen explained what they do, and how they use their equipment.  They also answered questions from the students.

St. Edward Feast Day

October 12, 2010



Today we celebrate the feast of our patron saint, St. Edward the Confessor.  Edward was King of England from 1042-1066.  He is now also considered the patron of all kings, because of the benevolence he showed in his reign.  The students celebrated the feast day today with an all-school mass this morning.  They also got a special ice cream dessert with lunch.

St. Edward - Pray for us!

Will it break?

October 12, 2010



Always a class favorite, the 6th grade students today built devices that they hoped would protect an egg when dropped from a ladder.  They could use only paper, cotton, straws, and tape.  Of course, the eggs suffered some casualties! 

Oktoberfest

October 1, 2010



The 1st annual Oktoberfest was a resounding success.  The weather was great, the crowds were good, the sponsors' comments were positive, and lots of fun was had by all!  The event included a two-day rummage sale, a family fun carnival, a German dinner, a raffle, and bingo.  While all of the counting is not yet complete, it is clear that we have far exceeded our fund-raising goals.  Plans are already in the works for next year!

The highlight of the day came from a spontaneous "pledge drive."  It was announced that if $500 was donated to the cause, the pastor and principal would don the inflatable sumo suits and wrestle.  Enough was raised, and the main event drew quite a crowd.

Music Talent Show

September 25, 2010



Mrs. Recker’s students participated in a talent show in their music classes this week.  While some students showed a lot of talent, others revealed that what they lack in talent, they make up for in enthusiasm.  Everyone had fun regardless! 

Interactive Whiteboards Installed

September 19, 2010



Four Promethean Interactive Whiteboards have been installed in 5th-8th grades. This is a wonderful new interactive tool for students and teachers. These 87 inch boards are an interface for the computer, which allows anything that is on the computer to be projected and manipulated on the board. The computers have also been loaded with the Promethean software which provides a wealth of educational tools for the teachers and students to use.

To see more of what these boards can do, click here for a demo video.

We also want to thank everyone who helped make this purchase possible. A large portion of the purchase of these boards was covered by last year’s It Takes A Village. These boards are a tangible reminder of the value of It Takes A Village and all of our fund-raisers.