Assembly –

St. Alphonsus Catholic School is filled with hard working students. We are proud of every student’s effort in the classroom, no matter the letter grade. We know that our students dedication to their faith, their collaborative work, creativity, compassion, and ability to place another above themselves is what makes each child a star. At a special assembly today following Mass, there was an opportunity to recognize those students that placed on the Honor Roll and Principal’s List during the first nine weeks. We are thankful for them, and every one of the children that enters the doors of St. Alphonsus School. It is the children that make St. Al’s a truly special place. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Taking a New Approach to an Old Subject –

Our fifth graders have taken their future into their own hands by getting involved in history! Over the past few weeks, students have outlined major moments and players in U.S history, researched them in their textbooks, and organized them in chronological order; then they divided and conquered! Each student was assigned a specific event or person to identify, explain the historical significance of their topic, an interesting tidbit they discovered, and provide an illustration of their topic. The students presented their topics in chronological order to give each other an understanding of how our history ties us all together. This timeline is now a visual outline the students will follow throughout the rest of the year as they dive deeper into the people and events that created this great country. Stop by Ms. Dent’s room to get a look at this very patriotic and personalized lesson plan our 5th graders made themselves! (Click on the photos to enlarge.)
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Our PreK is Getting Warm –

The PreK-4 classes combined for a special ongoing project thanks to the creative thinking of our teachers! With an incubator donated from the state of Mississippi, the students got an up close and personal look at chicken eggs and, with a little bit of luck, will see them hatch in 21 days! Ms. Becky helped the PreK students count the eggs and identify the color, shapes, and temperature of the eggs. (Notice the gentle fingers our young children used!) Every student got to touch an egg and determine whether it was cold, warm, or hot. They also got a lesson in “lanterning” hoping to see a chick developing. We will keep you updated on their progress and can’t wait to see all of our “chicks” grow this year!
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Sept. 21st Mass –

Today is the Feast of St. Matthew. The Catholic Church assigns one day out of the year for each canonized saint — known as the saint’s feast day. The saints are remembered on their individual feast days with special mention, prayers, and possibly a scripture reading.

Here are a few things Father talked about to help make today’s Mass meaningful in your home too:
– Matthew was one of the 12 apostles. Before he followed Jesus, his job was to collect money. He was a sinner and was not seen as a friend to the Jews. They didn’t like him.
– When Jesus lived, he was “different” because he didn’t care who you were, what you did, or if you were good or bad. He called everyone to follow him.
– When Jesus called, Matthew left everything behind without questions or conditions. He signed a blank check and gave his life to Jesus. He didn’t know why; he just followed.
– We need to see people like Jesus does, through the eyes of God. He sees people with love and has faith in them.
– We need to follow Jesus like Matthew did, immediately and without question. Then we can share God’s love with others like Matthew did.

 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Ms. Butler’s Class Learns About the Body –

One of our first grade classes learned all about their head, hearts, lungs, and stomach as they studied their body and organs. Ms. Butler combined art, music, and a few hidden facts in her lesson planning. What resulted was an opportunity for her students to see what makes their body special in a very unique way! (Check out their awesome “Organ Song” on the St. Alphonsus Instagram page.)
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Setting the Table –

Ms. White’s Kindergarten class begins each day by preparing their hearts and minds for a day of faithful learning. Over the past few weeks, the children have learned about setting a holy place to pray. Every morning, two students pick special items to set a Prayer Table. The items they pick are as individual as each child setting the table and every day looks different. What remains the same is the holiness and respect the children give to the task. Once the table is set, the students pray together and sing.

This special morning, the Kindergarteners continued a lesson on prayer. They have learned about the different types of prayer and talked about times in your day that you can pray. Our students offer prayers of thankfulness, prayers in need of help, bedtime prayers, and more. They say them at the dinner table, in bed, and in church. Ms. White shared with the children that there also places created to pray at, just like the table the class sets every day. The students took a walking field trip throughout the School and Church identifying places that make the perfect place to pray.

 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Taking a Trip Across Subjects –

Our world is as vast as our student’s imaginations. Creating an awareness in our children of their place in the world and diversity is an important part of the St. Al’s FAITH rubric.

Ms. Mast’s 3rd graders took facts from their Social Studies books and created their own well-researched travel brochures to learn more about the world around them. Students researched four different areas and highlighted them in their brochures. They used their creativity to illustrate and draw attention to destinations they found interesting. Ms. Mast laid the groundwork through her teaching. The children selected the relevant facts to the assignment, created their own visual layout, and wrote for others to read. What may have originated as a social studies project, crossed the lines into language arts, art, and reading.

 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Sept. 14th Mass –

Today, the students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School participated in Mass. It was a special day for our PreK-3 class as they participated in Mass for the first time this year! They have practiced their praying hands, joyful songs, and the sign of the cross in class and they put it all to use in Mass this morning. We are so proud of them!

Here are a few things Father Mike talked about to help make today’s Mass meaningful in your home too:
– Today’s readings were about the cross.
– Signs are every where. They help us to see life in a different way. What are signs that you see? What do they help you see differently?
– The cross is a sign. It is a sign that Jesus became a human and died, or sacrificed, for us. The cross is a sign that shows us both death and life. (Jesus died on the cross. The cross gave us life.)
– Jesus carried his cross. We too have “crosses” or burdens. Our crosses can be problems that we need help with. What is your cross? What do you need help with? Jesus carried his cross for us and can help us with our “crosses.” We just have to ask for his help.

 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Prepositional Planes –

What started as a simple activity to learn the complexities of grammar turned into a lesson in fun! The 5th graders have been learning about prepositions and prepositional phrases through study, songs, and now SOARING! The first lesson was to create the perfect plane. Their creativity and kindness shown through as they tried different models and helped their classmates. With a little imagination, the school hallways turned into runways and the students catalogued where their planes landed using prepositional phrases. Planes were found “in the backpack,” “on the windowsill,” behind the poster,” and all over the building!!! Great job thinking outside the box and up in the air, Ms. Cates!
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Cell Lab with Dr. Palazzolo –

St. Alphonsus Catholic School is thankful to be an active part of the Gulf Coast community. We are also thankful for the members of our community that are as invested in our students as we are! Our 6th grade students were given a unique learning experience when Dr. Palazzolo came to enhance a chapter on cells students had recently been studying. Dr. Palazzolo brought real-world experience and reinforced the proper lab documentation, lab procedures, and led a pretty cool lab experiment on buccal mucosa. There was lots of fun mixed in with the lesson as teams worked together to answer challenge questions, had glove races (much harder than it sounds), practiced lab skills of cell gathering and smear techniques, and got an up close view of what the cells inside their mouths looked like. At the microscope, every child was blown away by the hands-on experience of seeing their cells up close and VERY personal. Thank you to Dr. Palazzolo for taking the time to bring a classroom lesson to another level for our students.
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Grandparent’s Day –

Blessed are those who snuggle and hug, spoil and pamper, boast and brag… for they shall be called grandparents! St. Alphonsus School celebrated Grandparent’s Day with a special mass and classroom celebrations on Friday, September 7th. Friday’s mass had a special performance by our elementary level students and a heartfelt presentation by our 6th grade students. Each 6th grade student took the opportunity to speak in front of the entire gathering to share the impact their grandparents had on them and the lessons learned from them. We were all inspired by the stories of love, laughter, and faith. During the classrooms celebrations later that morning, all of our students had the opportunity to create memories with their loved ones and share special mementos. Thank you to everyone that participated and made this day a treasured one for our students.
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Grandparent’s Day Mass –

Grandparent’s Day Mass on Friday, September 7th was a special day celebrating loved ones and their impact upon our student’s lives. Thank you to everyone that came and made this day, and Mass, extra special for our School family.

Here are a few things Father Mike talked about to help make Mass meaningful in your home too:
– We all live together, the School and faith family, universally in Christ. We are important to each other. We are all a family. We need each other. We help each other. We strengthen each other.
– God gives us spiritual gifts for we need more than just our spiritual food, His Body and Blood, to be nourished and grow.
– Grandparents are spiritual gifts for they are living examples of faith, prayer, Christian life, and a resource for life experiences. We learn from people that know, and have experienced, more for they are often right.
– Each of us is a gift to our family. We all bring the gift of life.
– We all have the ability to use our life as an example to others. Look back upon your life. How have you been an example to others? What lessons can you teach?
– Thank you for being a part of our School and faith family.

 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Building a Biome –

For a recent 5th grade Science project, students took a look at their surroundings and blew us away with their Biomes! Students were instructed to create an attractive, organized display with at least 8 items that could be found in their chosen environment, or biome. There were displays highlighting the ocean, rainforests, deserts, and more. While we expected to see creativity and environmental choices as diverse as the students themselves, they surprised us with how in-depth they had researched the biodiversity and the interaction of nature and animal life within their environment. Each student’s chosen items reflected their interests and they were able to answer many of the “why…?” questions thrown at them by their peers and teacher. One of the best questions posed that day was, “Why does God give a rattlesnake a rattle?” What do you think?
 
– May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Weekly Mass, August 31st –

Today, the students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School participated in Mass. Our PreK through 6th grade prayed together, sang together, experienced God’s Word together, and received communion or a blessing as they were able. They also gave a special, surprise performance of “Happy Birthday” to Deacon Allen. Happy Birthday, Deacon Allen! (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

Here are a few things Deacon David talked about to help make today’s Mass meaningful in your home too:
– Today’s gospel was about being prepared through the 3 P’s: patience, perseverance, and piety.
– We must have the patience to rely on Jesus no matter what. Rely on Jesus what you have a good day and when you have a tough day.
– Perseverance means believing in Jesus and preparing for Him every day. He is with us always.
– We live out piety by showing others our faith through prayer, attending church, etc. For Jesus tells us, “I am coming! Don’t be scared. I love you so much! Just be prepared!”
– How do we show we are ready for Jesus? What are ways we can prepare?

– May the Lord bless you and keep you

 

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August School Work –

Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” The teachers at St. Alphonsus couldn’t agree more! We have loved our time with your children this month and we hope that they have loved it too! Some students shared what makes them special, others learned about their letters in creative ways, and some explored their love of reading through artistic expression and multidisciplinary exercises. Check out some of the work from the month of August that lined the hallways of St. Al’s.

– May the Lord bless you and keep you

 

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A Vitally Important Project –

Cells can be confusing but are vital to us. There are so many organelles and different features. Do you remember that ribosomes are found in the cytoplasm of living cells and that the mitochondria are the energy producers of cells? Our 6th graders do! Students in Ms. Dent’s class took all the cellular knowledge gained in their science studies and tackled this difficult concept in their own way. They were given the freedom to choose a plant or animal cell and decide on a presentation method of a song, a poem, or a 3D model. They took ownership of their projects at home and brought back great examples of cellular structure. Students presented to their projects to classmates over a few days and identified the required elements and explained more about cell elements that interested them.

Finding was to connect the content to each student, in their own personal way, allowed them to really shine! The presentations were great – even the poem one of our innovative learners brought in! Our 6th graders looked deep within themselves (literally) to learn more about how the body works and turned this vital lesson into a visual and fun opportunity to grow.

– May the Lord bless you and keep you

 

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A Walk on the Wild Side –

Ms. Vernon’s Pre-K 4 class took their learning outside the classroom. Students were introduced to scientific tools and methods like magnifying glasses and tweezers, observation and note taking. They put all this together when a nature walk around the school and playgrounds brought in some interesting specimens!

Their curiosity was on full display as they got an up close and personal look at a snakeskin, a grasshopper, a gecko, a bee, and a feather. Learning more about their environment while being out IN the environment is a resource that St. Alphonsus is lucky to have. It’s hands-on learning at its best.

– May the Lord bless you and keep you

 

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August 24th Mass –

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. On a daily basis they receive scripture, engage in prayer, and have the opportunity to experience their faith with their friends and teachers on a very real level. Every week, students participate in a Children’s Mass on Friday mornings in the Church, or recognize various Holy Days of Obligation. Any Mass at St. Alphonsus is open to the community.

Here are a few things Father Mark talked about to help make the day’s Mass meaningful in your home too:
– Today was the feast of Saint Bartholomew.
– Bartholomew was called by Jesus through an intermediary.
– He was unsure about going to see Jesus but was curious. In the presence of Jesus, he understood how good and powerful Jesus was. He became a believer.
– We receive calls from Jesus/God through people too; our friends, parents, teachers, etc.
– When we are called, how do we respond? Do we doubt? Do we follow? Do we build our faith on our personal experiences with God? Do we proclaim? Do we share God with others?
– Our job as Christians is to do and be good.

– May the Lord bless you and keep you

 

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“Me” Museums –

Ms. Glisson does her best to make sure that her 4th grade students are excited about coming to school and being a part of her class. As one of her first graded assignments of the year, she tapped into her creative side and allowed the students to show off their individuality while learning about their new classmates and bonding with each other.

To build upon their faith and classroom community, students were asked to create their own little museum at their desk. The “museum” consisted of 3-5 “artifacts” that represented each student’s character/personality. Then, students wrote, or typed, a little information about each artifact and how it showcases who they are. Lastly, students created nameplates to place by their little museum. Students were given the opportunity to walk around and view the museums. This activity helped their classroom family build relationships and learn how to respect one another’s unique qualities that God has given them. The students really took time to learn about each other, ask questions, and build relationships through a unique assignment. We give the class and Ms. Glisson an A+!

– May the Lord bless you and keep you

 

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