St. Edward Catholic Church and School

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

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Win a New Car!

September 20, 2011

Oktoberfest is coming up fast!  We hope that you will all be able to join us for at least part of this event and support our school.  We have a full schedule this year, and all the details can be found on the website for the event.  If you would like to volunteer to help with the event in any way, please contact Patrick Presley at 374-9166 for

One thing that we want to be sure everyone is aware of is that we are raffling a car this year!  The winner will have a choice between a 2011 Chevy Silverado and a 2011 Chevy Malibu.  Only 750 tickets will be sold at $100 each, so the odds are excellent.  Currently we have sold 250-300 of them, so the odds are even better at the moment.  Tickets are available in the both the school and parish offices.  We want to thank Baltz Chevrolet in Pocahontas for making this possible. 

Good luck!

Welcome Sr. Doris!

September 19, 2011

Sr. Doris Moore of the Daughters of Charity will be joining the St. Edward educational team this year as a volunteer.  Sr. Doris will be involved with tutoring, in reading particularly, as well as working with other students around the school.  Sr. Doris has spent the past year working with Helping Hand in Little Rock.  We are ecstatic to have her expertise in helping our students to do the best they can, and we are also thrilled to have her religious presence in the school.  Just another sign of a great year to come!

Sr. Doris helping 3-year-old students in the cafeteria.

Enjoying Science and the Weather

September 17, 2011

You know that school is well underway when you see the middle school science experiments starting.  Today the 8th grade class was experimenting with Alka Seltzer and vinegar with explosive results!  We are also all glad to have the nice weather beginning, so that we can enjoy the outdoors.

Alumnus Recognized by National Merit

September 15, 2011

Matthew Williams, St. Edward class of 2008, was recently announced as a National Merit Semifinalist.  The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.  Williams was selected based on having some of the highest PSAT scores in the state.  He is currently a senior at Catholic High School for Boys.  We are very proud of Matthew for this accomplishment, and we are very glad to have been a part of the academic formation that helped get him there.  Congratulations!

(Matthew's 8th grade class photo from 2008.)

National Grandparents Day

September 12, 2011

To celebrate national Grandparents Day today, the 1st and 2nd grade classes had a small reception for their grandparents.  We were glad so many were able to come!  Prizes were given to the grandparents with the most grandchildren, the oldest grandchild, and the youngest grandchild.  Although today is the national day, St. Edward hosts its "Friends and Family" day in the Spring, and we hope to see many grandparents then too.

Calling All Alumni!

August 26, 2011

All former St. Edward students are invited to the 1st ever All Class Reunion for all students who have ever attended St. Edward Catholic School.  Even if you did not graduate, we would love to have you!  The event is Saturday, October 8th between 1:30pm and 3:30pm in the new school building.  We will have refreshments, tours of the old and new school buildings as well as the church.  It's free and everyone is welcome to drop by, visit, and sign up for door prizes.  Come by and see the old, the new and just reminisce for a while before the Oktoberfest Dinner.

1st Annual Christmas Ornament

August 25, 2011

Christmas ornament

St. Edwards is selling its 1st Annual Christmas Ornament sponsored by the Alumni Association.  Proceeds will provide additional support towards the success of the St. Edward School.

To purchase or if you have questions, please contact Libba at the church office or include your order with name, address, quantity and phone number in an e-mail to:

Congratulations to our neighbors!

June 14, 2011

This year is the 175th Anniversary of the Statehood of Arkansas.  The tourism website held a contest this year to pick the top attractions in the state.  50,000 votes were cast among 175 different nominees, and two of the Top 10 are only a few hundred yards away from our door in MacArthur Park.  Congratulations to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Arkansas Arts Center for this prestigious honor.  Both of these locations are easy and great field trips for St. Edward students.  You can see the whole list here and read more about the sites. 

Both of the musuems can be seen in this photo from St. Edward's 2010 Oktoberfest.  The Military Museum is in the top left corner and the Arts Center is in the top right corner. 

Up on the Rooftop!

May 30, 2011

One of the incentives for students to promote and sell tickets for the recent It Takes A Village Dinner & Auction fund-raiser at St. Edward, is that if 250 people attended, the principal would spend a day on the roof.  Today is that day!  The students gathered in the courtyard to send Mr. Pohlmeier to the roof as well as claim prizes they earned from the event.  The event as a whole earned more than $22,000.  Several local news outlets were on hand to capture this fun event including the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and KARK Channel 4.  Check it out tonight on Channel 4. 

Principal For a Day

May 23, 2011

At our recent It Takes A Village Dinner & Auction, one of the silent auction items is the opportunity to serve as principal for a day.  Caleb Van Pelt, a 1st grader at St. Edward, received this chance this year.  Caleb made the morning and afternoon announcements, and took the liberty of announcing an extra recess and no homework for 1st grade that day, as well as an out-of-uniform day for the whole school!  Caleb also took a classmate, his teacher, and Mr. Pohlmeier to lunch that day.  Good luck Caleb in your future career!

Graduation 2011

May 18, 2011

Congratulations to the St. Edward Class of 2011!  St. Edward's annual commencement mass was held on May 19th.  We had 15 graduates in 2011, our 126th year as a school.  We are very proud of our graduates for all they have accomplished and all that we know they will.  Two links are posted below.  The first is to Mr. Pohlmeier's address to the graduates, in which he outlined the Top 5 things a St. Edward student should be according to this graduating class.  The second is a speech that was given by one of the graduates.  Congratulations to them all!

Principal's Address

Speech by 2011 graduate Josie Efird

First Communion

May 14, 2011

After preparing all year, our second grade students received their First Holy Communion at mass this Sunday.  We congratulate them all on this important occasion.  We also thank the third grade parents and St. Edward Men's Club who made the arrangements for the nice reception which followed. 

Battle of the Books

May 12, 2011

St. Joseph Catholic School in Conway hosts an annual Battle of the Books.  Each year 14 books are selected as the focus of the competition.  Participants must read the books and be able to answer questions about the books to defeat the other teams.  Twelve Catholic schools from around the state send teams made up of 4th-6th grade students.  St. Edward did not win this year, but our team represented the school very well.  We thank them for their hard work and congratulate them on a job well done!

5th Grader Recognized in Statewide Contest

May 4, 2011

Sydney Stewart, 5th grade at St. Edward, was recently honored in a statewide essay and art contest from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.  The contest was entitled Preserve Our Past.  Sydney submitted both art and essay.  Her essay was selected as the 2nd place winner and her art received honorable mention.  We congratulate Sydney on her great work!

You can read Sydney's essay by clicking here.  You can view all of the winning works here.

Operation Rice Bowl Complete

May 1, 2011

Each year during Lent Catholic Relief Services promotes Operation Rice Bowl.  Operation Rice Bowl invites us to pray with our families and faith communities; fast in solidarity with those who hunger; learn more about our global community and the challenges of poverty overseas; and give sacrificial contributions to those in need.

For the past few years our 4th grade class has organized Operation Rice Bowl at St. Edward.  Each student has a small box for collecting change that is then sent to help the hungry.  They raised $670 during Lent this year! Congratulations and thank you 4th grade for your hard work.

Students Enjoy Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 2011

The St. Edward Pre-K and Kindergarten students enjoyed an Easter egg hunt as an early celebration of Easter.  Inclement weather forced them to move the hunt inside the church.  What better place to celebrate Christ's rising than in the church!

Annual MacArthur Park Clean-up

April 14, 2011

St. Edward benefits greatly from MacArthur Park across the street.  Our students use the park almost daily for recess, and it is the site of our Oktoberfest celebration.  MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Arkansas Arts Center are also located in the park and provide us with some great opportunities for excursions that most other schools do not have.

Each year Little Rock Parks & Recreation sets a Saturday as a MacArthur Park clean-up day to help take care of the city's oldest public park.  To do our part to give back to the community and the park, a group of St. Edward students spends some time cleaning up in the park on the Friday before the Saturday event.  Today 6th-8th grades worked to pick up "gumballs" and other debris that falls out of the trees.  3rd-5th grades picked up trash.  Tomorrow's clean-up begins at 9 a.m. for anyone who is interested in helping get the park ready for summer.  This is our way of saying thank you to the park!

Annual Athletic Banquet Held

April 7, 2011

Last night we held our annual Athletic Banquet.  All participants in sports were recognized and given a medal.  Each coach also took the opportunity to say a few words about the team.  Our parochial league sports are basketball, volleyball, golf, track, cross country and cheerleading.  A special thanks goes to our athletic director for preparing all of the food.

Our guest speaker this year was Coach Norm DeBriyn.  Coach DeBriyn coached the Arkansas Razorback baseball team for 33 years from 1970-2002.  During that time he won 1,161 games and coached the Razorbacks in the College World Series four times.  Coach DeBriyn is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and now serves as associate director of the Razorback Foundation.  He is also currently studying to become a Catholic deacon for the diocese.  We thank him for sharing his time and wisdom with us.

Student Recognized in Statewide Competition

March 30, 2011

In February our 1st-5th grade students entered a "Keep Arkansas Beautiful" poster contest.  A winner from each class was chosen, and his or her poster was sent on to a statewide competition.  One of our students, Tania Vazquez, was chosen as the statewide runner-up for the 3rd-5th grade category.  Today Ms. Sarah Wruck of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission presented a certificate to Tania as well as a $35 Wal-Mart gift card.  All of the 1st-5th grade students were present to cheer and congratulate her.  Congratulations Tania!

Future Leaders Speaker Series

March 27, 2011

Melissa Simas came to speak to our middle school students today in our Future Leaders Speaker Series.  Melissa is an evening news anchor for KARK Channel 4 news.  Melissa spoke about the values she received from attending Catholic schools as a child and how that prepared her for life.  The students also had a lot of questions for her regarding life in the news world.  We thank Melissa very much for her time and wisdom. 

Next month's speaker is Andy Vines, an attorney from Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings.