February 25, 2014
Thanks to a very generous donor, St. Edward has been able to expand its wireless access for students. We received a donation of four Chromebooks for student use. Chromebooks are laptops created by internet giant Google. Their focus is on creating easy access to the wealth of online resources available. The version we chose is the Acer touchscreen version. (Learn more here.) The first group to use them was Kindergarten, and within minutes they were pros! Our goal is to build a classroom set of 20-25 Chromebooks before the start of next school year.
February 22, 2014
Today our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes got a special treat. They received a visit from Rachel Moore, owner of Loblolly Creamery. She gave the students the "inside scoop" on how they make ice cream. They also got to visit her kitchen which is located in the Quapaw Tower across the street. The Loblolly shop is the Green Corner Store on Main St. Loblolly also serves their treats in several restaurants around the city.
February 18, 2014
Our most recent guest for our Future Leaders Speaker Series is Mr. Joe Kleine. Mr. Kleine is a former Razorback basketball player who played in the NBA from 1985-2000. He also won a gold medal with the 1984 Olympic basketball team. He is now an assistant coach for the UALR Trojans. Mr. Kleine is also an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock. Today he shared several stories of his life and career with the students. We thank him very much for sharing his wisdom.
January 31, 2014
Each year during Catholic Schools Week we ask members of both male and female religious orders to come speak with students. This year we were privileged to have Sister Mary Clare Bezner and Novice Jeanine Nicholson from Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro and Father John Magdalen Suenram from Marylake Monastery come to visit. They spent fifteen to twenty minutes with each class and encouraged the students to listen to God's call for their lives. We greatly appreciate the example they give to us.
January 30, 2014
The Jazz Ensemble from Subiaco Academy travelled to St. Edward today to perform for our students. Subiaco Academy is in the Arkansas River Valley approximately two hours west of Little Rock. It is a Catholic boarding and day school for boys. Our principal, Mr. Pohlmeier, taught at Subiaco for four years prior to coming to St. Edward. This is now the fourth time that the Jazz Ensemble has played at St. Edward during Catholic Schools Week. We greatly appreciate them sharing their musical talent with us. It is a wonderful reminder of the value of Catholic education for both of our schools.
January 29, 2014
Catholic Schools Week would not be complete without Friends & Family Day. Students were joined for lunch today by grandparents, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones. Following lunch, the students and their visitors also had a chance to visit the book fair. We even had an extra special visitor: Clifford the Big Red Dog!
January 27, 2014
January 27, 2014
At St. Edward we always strive to be good neighbors in the downtown community, and Catholic Schools Week is a good time to remember this. Today four members of our National Junior Honor Society visited ten downtown businesses and delivered a St. Edward themed gift to say "Thank You" for their support of the community. Students visited Stephens, Inc., The Capital Hotel, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, the Clinton School of Public Service, Arkansas Arts Center, Axciom, Bray Sheet Metal, Arkansas Flag & Banner, Wright, Lindsey, & Jennings, and Flake & Kelley. Two of our students even made the Downtown Partnership Newsletter.
Thank you to everyone who makes Downtown Little Rock such a vibrant community.
January 23, 2014
Today is our 100th day of school. Students countdown to this milestone each year. Some classes even create projects with collections of 100 items. It is a reminder of how fast the school year goes.
January 21, 2014
Our Middle School Future Leaders Speaker Series continued today with guest speaker Tanja Eckart. Mrs. Eckart played volleyball at UALR from 1997-2000. She was conference Freshman of the year in 1997, conference Player of the Year in 2000, and All-Conference for all four years. She is a member of the UALR Athletic Hall of Fame. After college she played professional volleyball for the Chicago Thunder and has seven years of Division I coaching experience. Mrs. Eckart is also a native of Croatia, and was a Croatian War refugee.
Mrs. Eckart shared with the students many of the lessons she learned from her upbringing in Croatia, volleyball, and life in general. We greatly appreciate the wisdom she was able to share.
January 17, 2014
The Arkansas Symphony Quartet came to visit St. Edward today. They played several selections for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. In between pieces they also shared thier thoughts and took questions. At the end, they conduted an "instrument petting zoo" so that the students could try their hand at the instruments.
January 6, 2014
There is a long standing tradition of blessing homes on the feast of the Epiphany. Part of the blessing is inscribing 20+C+M+B+14 above the doors with chalk. 20/14 is the year and C, M, and B represent both the traditional names of the Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, and the phrase "Christus Mansionem Benedicat." which means "Christ bless this house."
Today Fr. Tyler blessed the classrooms with this same inscription. This inscription will stay there all year, and we will replace it again next year. Last year's inscription is still visible on most of the rooms. It is meant to remind all who enter to search for Christ in their lives just as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar did at the first Christmas.
December 19, 2013
Thank you to our music teacher Colleen Grady for once again producing a wonderful Christmas Program. Thank you to all of the students for their hard work also. The parents and all visitors enjoyed the program as always. Merry Christmas!
December 15, 2013
Each year at Christmastime, the St. Edward Student Choir spreads Christmas cheer to those in need. This year they sang at Arkansas Children's Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. They also performed on the downtown Christmas day at the Arkansas Statehouse. They did a great job as always.
December 1, 2013
The St. Edward Cub Scout pack earned their bicycle belt loops today in a bicycle rodeo. The Scouts learned about bicycle maintenance and safety, including proper signaling techniques. Each Scout was also required to completed certain obstacles while riding. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped complete this.
November 26, 2013
This month the National Junior Honor Society service project was a "Can the Principal" food drive for Helping Hand. Students brought in non-perishable items throughout November and stacked them around the principal's desk. The day before Thanksgiving break, the cans were loaded for delivery and the whole school gathered for a blessing of the food and those who would benefit from it. The food was donated in honor of Sister Doris Moore, DC who is celebrating her 60th anniversary as a religious sister this year. Sister Doris volunteers with our students four days each week and served as director of Helping Hand for many years before joining us.
November 26, 2013
St. Edward participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the 4th time this year. Congratulations to Matthew Cash our 2013 champion! Matthew also won the Bee two years ago. He will now represent St. Edward in the Pulaski County Spelling Bee.
We also want to give a very special thanks to our sponsor, Sufficient Grounds Cafe. Sufficient Grounds is owned and operated by a St. Edward School family. They have two locations in Downtown Little Rock.
November 7, 2013
This is the inaugural year for the Little Flowers Girls Club at St. Edward. Today the girls received their sashes and their first three patches. So far they have earned patches for Faith and Hope. They are having a great year, and we are thrilled to offer this program.
November 2, 2013
The Little Flowers Girls Club met at Two Rivers Park today for a scavenger hunt. The girls were given a list of nature items to find. At the end they met to look at everything they had found. All of the girls and parents really enjoyed the event.
November 1, 2013
Each year for All Saints Day students are encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint for Mass. It is a great way to celebrate and for students to learn about our Church heritage.