St. Edward Catholic Church and School

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

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Salsa Kick-Off

September 16, 2010



Now that our winning salsa has been selected (see the August 27th entry), it is time to start selling.  The students gathered for an all-school assembly today to learn about the prizes and compete for the Spirit Stick by dancing, not selling, salsa.  Prizes will be awarded to the top sellers and the top classes.  The top seller for the entire school will win a prize of $100!  Also, if 3,000 jars are sold, the teachers will dance the Macarena for the students, and Mr. Pohlmeier will monitor the car line on the back of a donkey!  Ordering information is available here on our website.

MacArthur Park Renovation Begins

September 7, 2010



MacArthur Park, the oldest city park in Little Rock, is directly across 9th Street from our campus.  The MacArthur Park Association has developed a $24 million master plan to renovate the park, and construction began this week.  Phase I of the plan is to create a new entrance plaza.  The new plaza will connect the entrance of Sherman St. to the entrance of MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and will include central seating area with a fountain and dedicated bricks and benches.  We are very pleased that this portion, which is right at our front door, was chosen as the first step in the project.  MacArthur Park will be the site of a the family carnival portion of our upcoming Oktoberfest.

Volleyball Victories!

August 29, 2010



The first games of the 2010 Parochial League Volleyball season started tonight.  St. Edward triumphed in two of the three games against St. Theresa.  All of our teams played with the effort and sportsmanship that we expect from all of our Dragons teams.  Congratulations girls and good job!

 

Back-to-School Pancake Breakfast

August 27, 2010



To celebrate the start of school as a community, the St. Edward Men’s Club hosted a pancake breakfast after 9 a.m. mass Sunday.  It was a great time of fellowship and fun.  The Men’s Club provides various services for the parish and school including donations to the scholarship fund, manual labor for service projects, and, most importantly, community building.

Meeting an Illustrator

August 26, 2010



The 1st-3rd grades made the short trip to the Clinton Library to meet Jean Cassels, the illustrator of the children’s book Two Bobbies.  Two Bobbies is the inspirational true story of a cat and dog, both with bobbed tails, who survived Hurricane Katrina.  She spoke about the story and about her inspiration as an illustrator.

 

Hot Competition!

August 26, 2010



For its 2010 fall fund-raiser, the PTO will be selling salsa.  This, however, will not be any ordinary salsa!  The salsa will be a recipe from wihtin our own St. Edward community.  At tonight's PTO meeting, members of the school and parish were invited to enter a salsa contest.  The winner received $100, and their recipe will be professionally prepared, bottled and labeled for resale.  Among the 16 entries, the salsa created by our 4th grade class and parents was chosen as the winner.  The 2nd grade also won a prize for having the most festively decorated booth.  Congratulations to both classes!  Order forms for the salsa will be available soon.

 

Learning Flag Etiquette

August 17, 2010



Each year our 5th grade is responsible for raising the flag each morning, and lowering and storing the flag each afternoon.  Technical Sergeant Randall Sheppard, the father of a 5th grader and Kindergartener, came to school to instruct the students in the proper way to respect and care for the Stars and Stripes as well as the Arkansas state flag.

 

First Day of School

August 15, 2010



School started bright and early at 8:00 this morning, and we saw the usual mix of new and familiar faces.  This year we have over 50 new students and 2 new teachers.  Some are families entering elementary school for the first time; some are changing schools; some are new to Little Rock.  We welcome everyone, and we are ready for another great school year!

 

Going Green

August 11, 2010



All of the lighting in the lower grades building and gym is being improved.  All of the older style lights are being replaced with a new system that will not only provide higher quality light for the students, but it will also help cut the school’s energy usage.

 

New Playground Surface

July 16, 2010



Thanks to the PTO, we have a new layer of Fibar Wood Carpeting covering our playground area.  Groups of parents and school employees got together from 6-10 a.m. on two Saturday mornings to spread it around the playground.  The surfacing is now approximately a foot thick and provides important cushioning for unexpected tumbles.  This specialized material is guaranteed to drain water and be bug free.