St. Edward Catholic Church and School

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

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Little Rockers Marathon

March 4, 2011



Each year the day before the Little Rock Marathon, the city holds an event called the Little Rockers Marathon.  Entrants are required to accumulate 25.2 miles on their own before the day, and then they complete the final mile together downtown.  This year a group of St. Edward students participated.  Over the previous several months, students accrued these miles in P.E. class.  Nine St. Edward students also registered and completed the final mile with the other Little Rockers.  We are very proud of them for this accomplishment and for their great representation of St. Edward in this event.  Congratulations to them all!

Thank you to Eileen Turan, our parent volunteer who coordinated this event for us.

State Quiz Bowl Runners-Up

February 25, 2011



The St. Edward Quiz Bowl team competed in the State Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday.  We finished in 2nd place behind another Catholic School, Sacred Heart from Morrilton, Arkansas.  Sacred Heart won the championship game by only 3 questions.  We are very proud of our team for this accomplishment, especially in only our first year competing in Quiz Bowl.  One of our 8th graders, Ethan Williams, was named to the All-State team for his performance in the tournament. 

Following the match, St. Edward and Sacred Heart took a group photo with their new trophies as a tribute to the identity that we share as Catholic schools.

Teacher vs. Student Quiz Bowl

February 23, 2011



Earlier this month the Quiz Bowl team at St. Edward earned a spot in the State Quiz Bowl Tournament by finishing 2nd in the Regional Tournament.  The Quiz Bowl team had been scheduled to play an exhibition match against the teachers during Catholic Schools Week, but that was snowed out.  So, to help our team prepare for the State Tournament, the Student vs. Team match was played today.  Ms. Craig, Mrs. Speakes, Mr. Lienhart, and Mr. Pohlmeier represented the faculty.  While our Quiz Bowl team did have an impressive showing, our teachers were victorious.  We hope this helped prepare them to do well in the state tournament on Saturday.  We wish them luck!

Future Leaders Speaker Series

February 16, 2011



This morning was the February installment of our Future Leaders Speaker Series.  Sharon Priest came to speak with students about faith, education, and success.  Mrs. Priest is currently the Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.  Mrs. Priest has also served as Arkansas Secretary of State from 1994-2002, Mayor of Little Rock from 1991-1992, Little Rock city board of directors from 1986-1994, and in many other capacities for the city and the state.  She is a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Little Rock. 

We thank Mrs. Priest very much for coming to speak with us.  Our speaker for March is Melissa Simas, news anchor for KARK.

Poster Contest Winners

February 14, 2011



Our 1st-5th grade classes recently participated in the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest.  A winner was selected from each class, and the winning posters were sent to the Captiol where a statewide winner will be selected.  Here are the winners from St. Edward:

(Annemarie Toomer, 5th)

(Tania Vazquez, 4th)

(Luis Rivera, 3rd)

(Lorelai Fant, 2nd)

(Gracie Limmer, 1st)

Quiz Bowl Tournament Runners-Up

February 11, 2011



This year St. Edward has a Quiz Bowl team for the first time ever.  Our team participated in the Regional Tournament this weekend, and finished in 2nd place.  This qualifies us for the State Tournament which will take place in two weeks.  We are very proud of our team!  While our 7th & 8th grade team has only been practicing together for about three months and this is their first tournament, the team that finished first is composed of 9th graders who have been playing for 3 years.

Congratulations to our team and good luck in the State Tournament!

(Our team is pictured here with their coach Mrs. Good and the parents and supporters who attended the tournament.)

Blessing of Throats

February 2, 2011



The blessing of throats is a tradition for the feast of St. Blase, which is February 3rd.  St. Blase lived in Armenia in the early 300s.  He became a doctor and later a priest and bishop.  The blessing of throats on his feast day originates from an event that happened when he was arrested for being a Christian.  As he was being taken to prison, he passed a boy who was choking on a fish bone.  St. Blase was able to get the bone out and save the boy's life.  Today Fr. Tyler and Deacon Marcelino Luna blessed the throats of everyone at St. Edward. 

CSW - Volleyball Challenge

February 2, 2011



Each year during Catholic Schools Week, the 8th grade challenges the faculty to a volleyball match.  With the entire student body in attendance, this is the loudest event in our gym each year.  There is always great sportsmanship on both sides, and it is fun for all.  This year the 8th grade defeated the faculty 2 games to 1.  Congratulations 8th grade.

CSW - Vocations Day

February 1, 2011



Each year during Catholic Schools Week, we set aside one day to promote religious vocations.  Today Sr. Mary Clare Bezner, O.S.B, from Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro, Br. Francis Kirchner, O.S.B., from Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, and Cody Monasco, a seminarian for the Diocese of Little Rock, spoke to St. Edward students.  They spoke to each class for 15-45 minutes about their personal choice of vocation and about what it means to follow God's calling in life.  We thank them greatly for their time and wisdom they were able to share.

Catholic Schools Week Begins

January 30, 2011



Each year the National Catholic Education Association chooses one week to be our week to celebrate the great benefits that we have by being a Catholic School.  This year it is January 31st - February 4th.  We have events lined up all week to celebrate.  The parents also do a wonderful job of preparing little surprises for the teachers each day.  Check back here throughout the week to see the great things we are doing.

 

CSW - Canned Food Drive

January 30, 2011



Each year our Catholic Schools Week events include a service project.  This year we are collecting canned and other non-perishable food items to donate to Helping Hand.  Today a representative from Helping Hand came to speak to the students about the wonderful things that they do for the poor.  Please send as many non-perishable food items as you can this week to help be an example to our students of service to others.

 

CSW - Jazz Performance

January 30, 2011



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 31 member 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.  A much larger group from Subiaco Academy is returning to St. Edward on Wednesday for mass and a tour of our church as part of their own Catholic Schools Week celebrations.

January Installment of Speaker Series

January 26, 2011



Today we resumed our Future Leaders Speaker Series with a presentation from Dr. Matt Jaeger, M.D.  Dr. Jaeger is an emergency room physician at Arkansas Children's Hospital and is Assistant Professor and Assocociate Medical Information Officer for UAMS Department Pediatrics - Section of Emergency Medicine. 

Again our speaker focused on how faith and education have helped him to succeed in life. Dr. Jaeger spoke about how his faith guides his work as a doctor.  He and his family attend Christ the King parish in Little Rock.   It was a great presentation, and our students asked wonderful questions.  We thank Dr. Jaeger for sharing his wisdom. 

Our series will continue next month with Sharon Priest, director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and former Mayor of Little Rock.

100th Day of School

January 25, 2011



Today marks the 100th day of the 2010-2011 school year.  Students in several classes created and presented collections of 100 items.  Collections included balloons, candy pieces, vocabulary words from the year, toys, items found in a teacher's desk and many others.  This leaves 79 days to go!

Student featured in Diocesan Newspaper

January 17, 2011



In his daily perseverance against Down Syndrome, Benton Gibbens personifies much of what it means to be a St. Edward student.  The diocesan newspaper, the Arkansas Catholic, featured Benton in this week's edition.  Here is a link to the full article.  We are all very proud of him!

Blessing of Classrooms

January 2, 2011



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+11 above the doors with chalk.  20/11 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 2010 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.

Christmas Program

December 15, 2010



St. Edward held its annual Christmas program today.  Many thanks to Mrs. Jeanne Recker and all the teachers and parents for their hard work in preparing all the students to put on such a great show!

School Spelling Bee

December 13, 2010



Today St. Edward hosted its 1st Annual Spelling Bee.  Each class held a class bee during the last few weeks and the top spellers from 1st-8th grades competed for the school-wide award.  35 participants quickly whittled to a few.  8th grade student Meghan Recker was crowned champion, and 5th grader Alexandria Hall earned 2nd place honors.  Both received a trophy and a pass to the River Market Ice Skating Rink, of which St. Edward is a sponsor.  The bee lasted 10 rounds and the championship word was "jockey."  Meghan will now participate in the county bee in January.  Congratulations to our winners and all of our participants!

Thank you also to Centennial Bank for sponsoring the event.

"Fuzzy Tree" Project

December 7, 2010



It has become a Pre-K tradition here to sponsor a "Fuzzy Tree."  To do a Fuzzy Tree, students bring in hats, gloves, and other warm and fuzzy items.  Before Christmas, these items are donated to the needy. 

Book Fair and Santa Shop

December 5, 2010



Each year we have two Scholastic Book Fairs where students and parents have the opportunity to purchase a variety of books and other items.  The school then receives a percentage of the sales from Scholastic to use for our library.  Each December our PTO also sponsors a Secret Santa Shop.  Students and parents are able to purchase items and have them gift wrapped at school so that they can be taken home as surprises.  This year we combined these two events into one, and it has gone very well.  Shopping at school is always a favorite activity!