St. Edward Catholic Church and School

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

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Theatre Performance at School

May 8, 2013



The Mt. St. Mary Academy International Baccalaureate Theatre Class came to St. Edward today to perform for several of our classes.  The students enjoyed a variety of songs, stories, and rhythms.  

 

Wrapping Up the Parochial League Season

May 6, 2013



Each year the Catholic schools of Central Arkansas compete against each other in basketball, volleyball, golf, football, track and cross country.  Today's final track meet marked the end of another Parochial League season.  As always, we were very proud of all of our students for how they represented our school.  Tonight our top performers were our boys 4x100 relay, which finished in 2nd place with a time of 53.96.  Thanks to all of our athletes and coaches for another great season.

May Crowning

May 3, 2013



In the Catholic Church, the month of May is dedicated to Mary the Mother of Jesus.  To celebrate this there is a long-standing tradition of placing a crown on a statue of Mary and presenting flowers in her honor.  Every student who wanted to participate processed into church this morning and presented their flower, and an 8th grade student placed the crown on the statue.  The crown and flowers remind us that we recognize Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, because she was the first person on Earth to accept Jesus into her life.

Honoring Our Athletes

May 3, 2013



At the end of each year St. Edward recognizes participants in its extra-curricular activities.  All students who participated in basketball, volleyball, golf, track, cross country, football, Quiz Bowl, Battle of the Books, and choir were recognized for their hard work.  We also take the time to say thank you to all of our volunteer coaches and sponsors who make our teams possible.  This year we had very special guest speakers.  Two members of the St. Edward class of 2009 have recently received college athletic scholarships, and they spoke with our current athletes about the importance of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance.  As always the food was excellent.

     

Pinnacle Hike

April 27, 2013



Today the St. Edward Junior Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) hiked to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain.  At the base of the mountain Deacon Danny Hartnedy, a St. Edward School parent, reflected on the gospel reading of the Road to Emmaus.  He encouraged the students to look for Jesus to join them as they hiked.  At the summit, Fr. Jason Tyler spoke with the students about Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, and how we as Christians are called to relate with the world.  It was a great trip for everyone.  Junior CYM is open to all St. Edward 7th and 8th graders.

Habemus Papam!

March 13, 2013



 

Habemus Papam! We have a pope!

 

The recent transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis is the first time most of our students have ever experienced the election of a new pope.  Each classroom had activities to take advantage of this unique learning experience.

 

The various classes did lessons and projects to understand the process better.  The younger students made model chimneys with white and black smoke and pope hand puppets.  Many classes watched entertaining and informative videos about the election process.  Each class “adopted” a cardinal elector through adpotacardinal.org and prayed for God’s guidance for that cardinal.  St. Edward also held a school conclave.  Each day the students reviewed information about prominent cardinals on a bulletin board and cast their vote for their favorite cardinal. Our students elected Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico.  (Cardinal Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis, received two votes in each ballot.)  Also, the principal explained a papal election "word of the day" over the intercom each day the week before and during the conclave. 

  

Students also watched several of the events live, including Benedict XVI’s departure from the Vatican and the cardinals’ entrance into the Sistine Chapel.  Most importantly all of the students gathered around their Promethean Boards to watch the white smoke and the introduction of Pope Francis. 

 

"Discovering Excellence in Arkansas"

March 7, 2013



Today the Museum of Discovery downtown hosted an event for 6th grade students who were nominated by their teacher for their interest and aptitude for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  Five St. Edward students were chosen to participate in the event.  Scientists from different fields lead hands-on stations to engage students and talk about STEM jobs and businesses.  Four of our students tied for first place at the UALR engineering station for their design for a protective space suit! 

Valentines for Soldiers

February 14, 2013



Though only two days ago we were celebrating the good things we have, we remember today those who have to do without many things.  On Valentine's Day today, we share symbols of how much we are loved, but there are many soldiers overseas who are away from their loved ones right now.  Last week our students created Valentine's Cards for soldiers to brighten their Valentine's Day.  We then sent the cards to a member of St. Edward Church who is currently deployed.  He distributed our cards to the other members of his unit.  Our hope is that we brought a little love and joy to their lives today, in thanksgiving for their sacrifice.  

Celebrating Mardi Gras

February 13, 2013



Today our students celebrated Mardi Gras with parties and a parade.  This morning students were welcomed into the building with Mardi Gras music playing in the halls.  Students created floats out of various materials, including shoebox bodies and alumninum cans for wheels.  This afternoon we gathered in the gym to see the great creations.  Following the parade students returned to their classrooms for short parties.  

But why do we celebrate something like Mardi Gras anyway?  The season of Lent begins tomorrow, February 13th this year.  Lent is the 40-day season in which Christians pray, fast, and offer penance and sacrifice to prepare spiritually to experience the suffering and death of Jesus. During this season we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before beginning his ministry. On the first day of Lent all of the students will have ashes placed on their heads as a reminder of this time of sacrifice. Before that though, we celebrate Mardi Gras.  “Mardi Gras” is French for Fat Tuesday, which refers to it being the last day of celebration before Lenten fasting begins.  During this time, we will prepare for Easter, the greatest celebration of all!

 

CSW - Community Day

January 31, 2013



St. Edward is proud to be part of the downtown community.  The school is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, and MacArthur Park group.  Today students presented gift baskets to some local businesses, to say thank you for their work downtown.  

     

Tina Pike of Axciom                                                     Sharon Priest of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership

CSW - Friends and Family Day

January 30, 2013



Catholic education is a partnership between school and home.  Today students invited friends and family to visit them at school for lunch and to visit the book fair.  As always we had a great crowd.  We even had a special visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog.

CSW - Vocations Day

January 28, 2013



Each year we celebrate all of the wonderful things about being a Catholic school during the national Catholic Schools Week.  Today we consider how we can use the blessings that God has given us by focusing on vocations.  Sister Maria Liebeck of the Daughters of Charity and Jerry Wilkerson, a seminarian for the Diocese of Little Rock, spoke with students today about serving God in their lives.  Jerry Wilkerson is a 2002 graduate of St. Edward School who is scheduled to be ordained a priest in 2017.  

Jerry Wilkerson, 2002 graduate of St. Edward and Seminarian for the Diocese of Little Rock.

Goodbye Sister Doris

January 23, 2013



For the past two years, Sister Doris Moore of the Daughters of Charity has been volunteering at St. Edward.  On a daily basis she has been tutoring small groups of students, leading prayer services, and providing an imporant Catholic presence in the school.  Sister Doris is now being transferred to her order's home in Indiana.  Today the students got a chance to say goodbye.  We will miss her greatly.  

100th Day of School

January 23, 2013



Today is the 100th day of this school year!  Several of the classes have been counting towards this day since the beginning of the year.  To celebrate students created collections of 100 items, such as legos, candy, band aids, stickers and others.  Today the students displayed these proudly for everyone.

"Christ Bless this House"

January 5, 2013



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+13 above the doors with chalk.  20/13 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 2012 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.

Bringing Warmth to Others

December 19, 2012



Throughout the month of December, students have been bringing hats, gloves, and scarves for those in need.  Students place the items they bring on our "fuzzy" Christmas tree by the school office.  At the end of the month, all of the items are being donated to Our House, a local shelter that serves the working homeless.  

In the meantime, they are keeping our science lab skeleton warm!

Caroling at the Hospitals

December 18, 2012



The St. Edward student choir has been very busy this Christmas.  They have sung for the ice skating night, the Christmas celebration at the Old Statehouse , the school Christmas program, and are preparing for Christmas Eve mass.  Today they visited St. Vincent Infirmary, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Baptist Hospital to sing carols for patients.  We hope we were able to bring them some extra cheer during a difficult time.

River Market on Ice

December 4, 2012



December 4th was St. Edward night at the River Market on Ice at the ourdoor ice skating rink.  St. Edward was very proud to be part of this great downtown event.  It was a fun even for everyone.  Students and parents got to enjoy skating, Christmas carols from our student choir, and wonderful fellowship.  We plan to do it again next year.

Alumni Receive College Athletic Scholarships

December 1, 2012



St. Edward is very proud of two alumni who recently received college athletic scholarships. 

Blake McCauley has signed a letter of intent to swim for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri where he has received athletic and academic scholarships. Blake is a 3 year letterman, 3 year all-region, and an all-state swimmer for Catholic High School.  

Olivia Iriana has signed to play volleyball for the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  Olivia earned all-state and all-conference honors this season and helped Mount Saint Mary reach the quarterfinals of the Class 7A State Tournament.

St. Edward is very proud of Blake and Olivia.

     

Future Leaders Speaker Series Continues

November 27, 2012



Today we continued our Future Leaders Speaker Series.  Our speaker was Mr. Mark Webre, Deputy Director of Operations for Little Rock Parks & Recreation.  Mr. Webre spoke with our middle schools about his work and how he finds God in nature. He also answered student questions, including questions about the progress of renovations in MacArthur Park across the street.  Mr. Webre is a member of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Parish and is a Catholic High School graduate.  We thank Mr. Webre for the wisdom he shared today.

We will resume our speaker series after we return from Christmas break.