January 30, 2012
One of the great things about Catholic schools is the partnership they provide to each other. As we celebrate Catholic School Week, we appreciate all of the resources that are available to us through the other Catholic schools. Today the Jazz Ensemble from Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Arkansas travelled to St. Edward to share their musical talent with our students. Subiaco is a Catholic boarding school for boys in Western Arkansas. It was a wonderful performance that the students enjoyed very much.
St. Edward parish was operated by priests from Subiaco for over 100 years.
January 6, 2012
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+12 above the doors with chalk. 20/12 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 year round just as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar did at the first Christmas.
December 15, 2011
This year's Christmas program was another success. Each class performed a song and the student choir performed several pieces. The night ended with a special performance from the teachers that drew a standing ovation! In case you missed it, a video of this performance is below. Thank you also to the PTO for providing refreshments following the program. We hope everyone enjoyed the performances, and we wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a happy new year!
December 6, 2011
December 6th is the feast of St. Nicholas, and today he came to visit our classes and give the students a little gift. Nicholas was a monk, abbot, and bishop in Turkey during the 4th Century. He is most famous for stories of his generosity. One of the most well-known is about a man with three daughters. This man did not have enough money to support his daughters, so one night Nicholas came by in secret and put gold in the daughters' shoes, which had been left out for the night. This morning PK-5th grades left their shoes in the hall, and St. Nick left a chocolate coin with each shoe.
December 2, 2011
In order to raise funds for their operation during the year, our newly formed student council created a Biggest Turkey competition. During lunch, students were able to purchase feathers for their teachers for 10¢. Whichever teacher had the most feathers by Thanksgiving would win a holiday Turkey from the student council. The top three selling classes also received a prize.
The student council raised $603! That is 6,030 dimes! The student council members presented the winning teacher, Mrs. Good, with a gift card today for her turkey.
November 29, 2011
Dr. Theresa Travis serves as Medical Director of Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. She is also a graduate of St. Edward School. We were very happy to welcome her to our Future Leaders Speaker Series. She spoke with middle school students about her work and her time as a student at St. Edward. She said it was interesting to be on the other side of the room! We thank Dr. Travis very much for sharing her wisdom with us. We always especially appreciate having alumni join us!
November 23, 2011
Sr. Hermana Siebenmorgen, who was principal of St. Edward Catholic School from 1958-1992, passed away November 22nd at the age of 94. All of us here are truly indebted to Sr. Hermana for her 30+ years of dedicated service to St. Edward School. We will be sure to keep her in our prayers in the last few days of November, the month of souls.
Condolences can be sent to St. Scholastica Convent, P.O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913. Please remember Sr. Hermana and all the nuns in your prayers.
Let us pray:
Faithful God, we humbly ask your mercy for your servant Sister Hermana, faithful to her vows to you, she worked generously to spread the Good News. Grant her the reward of her labors and bring her safely to your promised land. We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
November 22, 2011
On the last day before Thanksgiving break, we held our 2011 Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Matthew and Daniel, both in 5th grade, who were our champion and runner-up respectively. Matthew's championship word was "appreciate." Because we are officially registered with Scripps National Spelling Bee, Matthew will now move on to the county-wide bee in February.
Left to right: Fr. Jason Tyler, pastor; Matthew, Champion; Daniel, Runner-up; Mr. Jason Pohlmeier, principal.
We also want to thank our generous sponsor The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. AFMC's mission is to promote excellence in health and health care through education and evaluation. Mr. Ray Hanley, president and CEO of AFMC, is a St. Edward School parent.
November 18, 2011
One of our 8th grade privileges that the students really enjoy is the designing of an 8th grade class sweatshirt. They are the only students who get to wear these, and the shirts include the names of each student on the back. The shirts arrived yesterday, and the class was ready to show them off!
November 1, 2011
The day after Halloween St. Edward students get to dress up again. Today however the ghouls and goblins give way to the Saints. Students in PK-3rd grades wear their Saint costumes and process into mass. Msgr. Oswald also had the students come up to the altar and name their Saint. It is hard to say who enjoys this more; the kids who get to wear costumes in church or the parents who come to see them!
October 28, 2011
Each year there is a national Red Ribbon Week to remind students to live drug free. Our student council sponsored daily activities to help students have fun this week. Monday was crazy hat day, Wednesday was mismatched sock day, Thursday was favorite sports team day, and Friday is wear red day. Also each day two door prizes are given to students who are wearing their ribbons. We hope that this week helps encourage all students to leave healthy lives.
October 26, 2011
This week Eric Britt joined us in our Future Leaders Speaker Series. Mr. Britt is a stock broker for Merrill Lynch and was a Marine helicopter pilot in Desert Storm. He is also a musician, and he used his love of music to speak to the students about developing the seed of love and talent that God places in each of them. We thank him for sharing his wisdom and his music with us.
Our speaker series continues to be a great success!
October 17, 2011
Today our 6th grade class experienced Planet X. "The Race for Planet X" is a new mobile exhibit from the Arkansas Discovery Network and funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The scenario for the exhibit is that a new planet has been discovered on the edge of space, and participants have the duty of searching for life and mapping the resources of the planet. Students were able interact with the 40'x16' exhibit and to work as a team to solve the mysteries of the planet. We are very thankful for the Arkansas Discovery Network and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for making this possible for us. We also thank one of our parents, Kaysie Rusk, for setting this up. The students enjoyed it very much, and plans are in the works for them to come back for some other grades.
October 5, 2011
For the first time this year St. Edward will have a student council. Students in grades 5th-8th participated in elections for the positions of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. All four grades gathered to listen to candidates' speeches on Tuesday. Voting was then held on Wednesday and winners were announced at the end of the day. Congratulations to all the newly elected officers! We look forward to a great year with your help.
Braylon, 8th, giving his presidential candidate speech.
Maddie, 6th, considering her ballot.
Our newly elected officers, from left to right: Danny, 5th, Secretary; Braylon, 8th, President; Jasmine, 7th, Vice President; Catherine, 7th, Treasurer.
September 30, 2011
All three Dragon volleyball teams picked up their first wins last night by defeating teams from Christ the King. Congratulations girls! We have had a very exciting season and it is not over yet. Keep up the good work!
September 29, 2011
Today our next door neighbor, the Arkansas Arts Center, invited our students to a play at their Children's Theatre. Grades K-5 were able to see a production of the latest installment of the Miss Viola Swamp series, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. We are grateful to the Arts Center for this partnership. Our ability to get free tickets is one of the many great benefits of being so close to the Arts Center and the downtown community.
This play is running until October 2nd. More information can be found on the Arts Center website.
September 28, 2011
Last year we began a Future Leaders Speaker Series with great success. Each month we invite a professional from the community to speak to our middle schools students on the topic of "How have your faith and education helped you to be successful in life?" We resumed this series this morning with Mr. Matt Glover. Mr. Glover is a lawyer with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings in Little Rock. Prior to that he served as a clerk for federal judge Leon Holmes. Mr. Glover was also a seminarian for the Diocese of Little Rock for several years and attended seminary with Fr. Tyler before discerning that God was calling him to serve in others ways.
We thank Mr. Glover for his time and his wonderful presentation. As always we were very proud of our students for their attention, respect, and excellent questions.
September 23, 2011
The St. Edward Parish Men's Club has done many great things for the school and parish over the last several years. This year they decided to replace the tables in the cafeteria, with new and high quality folding tables. The Men's Club budget allowed them to purchase 20 of the 24 tables that we need in the cafeteria on a daily basis. The St. Edward PTO was able to pitch in and cover the cost of the remaining 4 tables and complete the job. It is amazing the difference such a small thing can make. Thank you Men's Club!
The Men's Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in the cafeteria. All men who have a love for St. Edward Parish and School are invited and encouraged to attend.
September 22, 2011
This year St. Edward adopted new reading programs throughout the school. In Pre-K and Kindergarten we have chosen a program 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. 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 21, 2011
Near the beginning of each year, Catholic High School for Boys hosts a special mass for students and their families in which the seniors receive their senior class rings. We at St. Edward are understandably always proud of our boys and girls as they graduate high school, and so we feel bit of the celebration with them.
7 of the 8 students pictured here are St. Edward Alumni. From left to right: Colin Walker, Fernando Dulanto, Caleb Eubanks, Colin Hayes, Alan Hernandez, Jordan Temple and Matthew Williams.