PreK Visit to the Pumpkin Patch –

PreK-3 and PreK-4 took their first field trip of the year to a local pumpkin patch. Students have been learning about all things fall in the classroom and got to experience their lessons in the bright sunshine earlier this month. Children learned more about the various kinds of pumpkins and gourds, heard a silly pumpkin story, took a hay ride and saw lots of hidden treasures, and got to run through fields of pumpkins. They even got to pick their very own pumpkin to take home! (Click on the photos to enlarge.) – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Blessing of the Pets –

October 4th is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is often remembered as the patron saint of animals. It is on this day that students were invited to bring their furry, scaly, slithery, and soft family members to school for a special pet blessing. After prayers and a parade around the track, Father Mike blessed the animals individually with holy water and prayer.
 
“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.” – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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September School Work –

Throughout September, students at St. Alphonsus learned more about themselves. The PreSchool Program learned about what made them special in the eyes of God. The Early Elementary spent creative time dreaming about what their futures looked like. The Elementary Program charted their differences and looked “deep” inside themselves, finding more out about their skeletons and their nervous systems. The Intermediate Program looked outward and learned more about how they fit into the world. – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Grandparents Day –

On Friday, September 8th, the hall of St. Alphonsus School were filled with the young and young-at-heart. Grandparents and student’s special friends worshipped together at a special Mass, walked the halls of the school together, and created special memories in their classrooms. Thank you, grandparents and friends, for making this day so memorable for our students. – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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School Communication –

St. Alphonsus Catholic School contacts parents by phone through school messenger, email, and text. Messages have already been sent via each of these methods this year. If you have not received a message from phone or email, please contact Amy at
animmo@stal.org and provide the email you would like added. If you have not received a message via phone through school messenger, contact Amy at animmo@stal.org
 and provide the pone number you would like added. – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Backpack Drive – 

St. Alphonsus Catholic School gathered backpacks filled with supplies, tons of teacher gifts, and generous gift cards to send to Sacred Heart Elementary in Rockport, TX this past week. 
 was one of many schools in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. St. Alphonsus was one of the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Biloxi that, together, collected over 600 backpacks, $17,000 dollars for Sacred Heart, and over $4,000 in gift cards. A gift basket was as sent to every staff member at the school. Matthew 25:40-45 came to life over the past week.
 
The students of St. Al’s are so faithful and generous that one child was seen opening her own backpack, taking out her own scissors and pencils, then dropping them in the collection basket. Thank you to all that gave and made a difference in these students and teachers lives. Pictured is St. Al’s contribution to the diocesan wide effort.- May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Eclipse Watching with NASA –

On Monday, August 21st, first through sixth grades took a trip to the NASA Infinity Space Center. Students spent the day learning more about the eclipse through hands on learning, walked through a mock-up of the International Space Station’s Destiny module, and took turns at the Center’s many simulators and artifact experiences. The day ended with a unique view of an awesome event – a full solar eclipse!  – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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First Week 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 week and we hope that they have loved this week 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 this week that line the hallways of St. Al’s. – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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1st Day of School –

Welcome Back! Thank you to our wonderful students, proud parents, and dedicated teachers for making the first day of the 2017-2018 school year an amazing one. Having Father Mike lead Mass this morning and bring our families together in prayer and reflection was a beautiful start to our year. The young voices in the hallways and finding the treasures they leave behind (a random show in the Cafeteria or a bow on the playground) brings everyone at St. Alphonsus joy. Your children are the reason we do what we do. Thank you for sharing them with us. – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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Meet the Teacher –

The evening of Monday, August 7th, the halls of St. Alphonsus Catholic School were once again filled with the sounds of children’s voices. Meet the Teacher Night gave students the opportunity to see their new classrooms, say hello to their old friends, and meet new friends for the coming year.
 
To hear the laughter in the hallways and the excitement in the children’s and parent’s voices is what invigorates the St. Alphonsus staff. Thank you the families that were able to join us tonight! We are so excited to have you be a part of the St. Al’s family! Whether you have been with us for a long time or tonight was your first official evening with us, we are thankful for you! We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the Church for a special Back to School Mass. – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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May Crowning –

Friday, May 19th, was a special day for St. Alphonsus School. All of St. Al’s students participated in the last official mass of the school year. The Mass also recognized the Catholic 2nd graders that received Communion for the first time.
 
The traditional “May Crowning” honors the Virgin Mary as the “Queen of May.” Children were asked to bring flowers to place at the feet of statue of the Blessed Mary outside of the school. Seeing children of all ages gathered together with their bright spring flowers was a sight to see! Special prayers were said and songs were sung. It was a beautiful and colorful day!!! – May the Lord bless you and keep you
 

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