November 20, 2012
St. Edward participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the 3rd time this year. For the second year in a row, the school bee was won by a 5th grade student. Congratulations to Laena Grogan our 2012 champion!
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 19, 2012
The St. Edward School service project for the month of November was a can drive in preparation for Thanksgiving. Earlier this month Sister Doris Moore, former director of Helping Hand and current St. Edward volunteer aid, spoke with each class about the services provided by Helping Hand. She asked the students to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to donate. Over 2 1/2 weeks, the St. Edward students collected 1,500 items to donate. As the items came in, they were spread out around the school office to help students keep up with their progress. Today we had an assembly to send-off the items. The items were loaded in the truck of a parent volunteer, and Deacon Marcelino Luna provided a blessing. We prayed for all the poor and especially those who would receive our items. We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!
October 31, 2012
Happy Halloween to everyone! Today our faculty rode their brooms to school. There was even a special witches parking section. Our 8th grade also used the science lab to demostrate some spooky science for the rest of the students. We hope everyone has a fun and safe night tonight!
October 30, 2012
Today the 5th grade students took a field trip to Lake Sylvia. There they received instruction in archery, shooting, fishing, hiking, and a wide range of outdoor activities. It was a great way to enjoy a beautiful day.
October 25, 2012
Mr. Pierson Callahan spoke with 6th-8th grade students today about how faith and education have helped him to be successful. Mr. Callahan works with Merrill Lynch and serves as Assistant Vice President/PIA Portfolio Manager and Senior Financial Advisor. He attended elementary school at St. John in Hot Springs and High School at Subiaco Academy. We thank him very much for the insight he shared with us.
October 22, 2012
This week is Red Ribbon Week. Students in schools around the country wear red ribbons as a reminder of the importance of living a drug free life. We have numbered the ribbons for each student, and each day we will call a number and award a prize. We have also added some fun clothing items each day to help remind students of the message of drug awareness. Today is crazy hat day.
October 21, 2012
The 7th and 8th grade members of the St. Edward Junior Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) served the Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center (APRC) at their meeting this Sunday. One of our school parents who works at APRC met with the students to share stories and information about the center. They then prepared packets containing a pair of infant socks and a prayer for unborn children. These bootie packets are given to all positive pregnancy test clients at the Center as a first "gift" the mom will receive for the new life she is carrying. The CYM then prayed a decade of the rosary for all unborn children.
October 18, 2012
Today St. Edward students participated in the annual campaign "One Million Children Praying the Rosary." Children around the world are joining together to pray for peace today. The goal of the campaign is that prayer leads to faith, faith leads to love, love leads to service and service leads to peace. We recall the words of St. Pio of Pietrelcina's, "And to think that if one million children prayed the Rosary. How many graces would be shed over the world!"
To join with the world in praying for peace, St. Edward students gathered in the courtyard today to say the rosary and then released a rosary made of balloons.
October 13, 2012
October 13th is the feast of St. Edward. Edward’s father was the King of England. When his father was killed, Edward and his brother were sent away to be killed also. However, their guards had mercy on them, and instead sent them to another country. Edward tried to return to England, but he was not allowed to do so. However, when the people of England learned he was still alive, they proclaimed him as king anyway. Edward was king from 1042 to 1066. As king, Edward helped other countries, helped the poor, and spread the faith in his country.
October 13, 2012
This year's Oktoberfest was another success. Each year near the feast of our patron St. Edward, we hold an Oktoberfest celebration in recognition of our German heritage. We have games, entertainment, a soccer tournament, a raffle and great food. All proceeds go towards the building fund for the school building we constructed in 2007. As always, everyone had a great time!
October 1, 2012
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindnes, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23)
Our prayer over the intercom for October is:
Lord, it is easy in life to be worried. So many things make us feel sad or upset. School can be hard, other students can make us frustrated, and things that happen at home can bother us too. Help us to remember to be joyful. Help us to enjoy our time with our friends at school and at home. Help us to enjoy the love of our families. And because we feel joy, help us to make others’ lives more joyful too.
Most importantly, help us to remember the joy that you bring to our lives by coming to be with us at Christmas and giving us new life at Easter. We thank you Jesus, for all of these great blessings.
September 26, 2012
The Arkansas Arts Center is located directly across the street from St. Edward. Each year the Arts Center hosts a Children's Theater. They often allow our students to attend these shows for free. Today the Arts Center invited our entire school to attend "Madeline and the Gypsies." It was a great opportunity for everyone to have some fun and experience something special.
September 19, 2012
September is Hispanic Heritage month. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes attended an event celebrating this at the Heifer International headquarters today. The beautiful weather made it possible for our students to walk to the celebrating which included presentation by Governor Mike Beebe, Msgr. Scott Friend, former pastor of St. Edward, and one of the Army's only female helicopter pilots. The students also got to participate in a Zumba demonstration. Their dancing even made the news!
September 13, 2012
The language arts program in Kindergarten is called Superkids. Each week the Kindergarten learns their lessons through the eyes and experiences of a new character in their series. This week, the character in their series is a boy named Oswald. It just so happened that we knew someone named Oswald, our Associate Pastor Msgr. Richard Oswald. Msgr. Oswald found some time today to join the Kindergarten for their reading lesson. The kids loved meeting a real live Superkid! We are very grateful to Msgr. Oswald for supporting our students and helping them to connect what they are learning in class to the real world.
September 12, 2012
September 12th was national grandparents day, so the 1st and 2nd graders invited their grandparents to school for punch and cookies today. They also took the chance to stop by the book fair that was this week. We hold our school wide grandparents day during Catholic Schools Week in January. However, it never hurts to say thanks to grandma and grandpa anytime.
September 11, 2012
The St. Edward 5th grade students are responsible for flag duty each day. This morning they lowered the flag to half mast as we remember September 11th here and throughout our country.
September 1, 2012
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23)
This year we have chosen to use the Fruits of the holy Spirit as our theme for the school year. Each month we will focus on one of the fruits as they are listed above in Galatians. Our Fruit of the Spirit for September is Love.
To keep this in mind daily, I will read the following prayer over the intercom each morning:
Lord, help our students to show love to each other. Help them to treat each other as they want to be treated, especially when it would be easy to be mean.
Help our students to show love to their parents by acting the way they have taught us.
Help our students to show love to their teachers by working hard and respecting everyone in the classroom.
Help our teachers to love their students by working hard to make their day the best it can be.
Help our teachers to love each other by working together for the good of all our students and making St. Edward the best school possible.
Lord, help us to love one another as you have loved us.
August 15, 2012
Today is the first day of the 2012-2013 school year! We are excited to welcome all new and returning families. We expect to have another great year!
May 26, 2012
Earlier in this school year, Paty Guardado, a member of our parish family, whose siblings attend the school, disappeared and was later found dead. Following these events, another of our school families offered to begin a scholarship in Paty’s honor. This scholarship will cover one year’s tuition, and they will continue to fund this each year that their own daughter attends St. Edward. Today we awarded this scholarship to the Vargas family. Congratulations to them and thank you to our donors.
May 25, 2012
Following Mass on the last day of school, we presented several end of the year awards.
The Confessor Award for Christian Leadership
Confessor Award for 1st-2nd grades – Juan, 2
Confessor Award for 3rd-5th grades – Allison, 4
Confessor Award for 6th-8th grades – Marcela, 7
Highest Scholastic Average
Leah, 3 (Highest overall average in 1st-3rd grades)
Yesica, 5 (Highest overall average in 4th-5th grades)
Emery, 8 (Highest overall average in 6th-8th grades)
Most Improved Student
Most Improved 2nd-3rd grades – Mary, 2
Most Improved 4th-5th grades – Kari, 5
Most Improved 6th-8th grades – AnneMarie, 6
Most Accelerated Reader points