Ms. Dent
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Ms. Elaine Dent

This is my second year teaching at St. Alphonsus School. Prior to coming here, I taught at a Montessori school for six years. I love children and love to teach. My husband and I have lived in Ocean Springs for over 20 years and we are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs. We have been blessed with three unique and delightful sons. Our oldest works locally as a banker, our middle is at Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a freshman and our youngest is a junior at St. Patrick’s. Each of our children was educated at St. Alphonsus and moved on to St. Patrick’s. My goals for the year are to have my students understand they were created exactly as God intended, to know more than they knew when the school year started, to gain independence and ownership in their work, and to be prepared for their next steps after St. Alphonsus. My favorite subject to teach is science, followed closely by math. The faculty, staff, and families at St. Alphonsus are so warm and kind. It is a blessing to start each day with prayer and attend mass each week!
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Our Classroom Team

Ms. Elaine Dent
Ms. Jackie Cates
Ms. Kelly Brenke

Our “Special(s)” Team

Ms. Gena Gatschet
PE Teacher
Ms. Kathy Mangin
Music Teacher
Ms. Mary Rogers
Ms. Lauren Ross
Spanish Teacher
C L A S S R O O M   A C T I V I T I E S

In the Quiet Moments

It is in the quiet moments that the real learning happens; like when an Upper Elementary class transitioned from Religion class with Señora Ross to Social Studies with Ms. Dent.
(Recognizing the need for a reset, Ms. Dent designates time for presentations at the beginning of class. It creates conversation, an introduction to the day’s lesson, and helps presenting students with confidence and speaking skills.)
Today, students shared current events they found interesting (water on alien planets!?!?) and recapped facts about Australia. We watched magic happen when current events turned into conversations about life. The class belief is that water brings with it the possibility of life. It is true on our planet but is that true on every planet? Is it possibly that there is life other places? And how does that make us feel as Christians? Australia facts included happiness indexes and literacy levels among exports and resources. Again, our students delved deeper recognizing that the elemental exports have a cost and are affecting the country through conservation, deforestation, and climate change.
Our students are aware. They are connecting the dots of faith, society, nature, and more. They are our future. And we are so proud. #connectingthedots #faithintheclassroom #calledtobeaSAINT

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Mass 08.30.19 – Be Prepared

Father Mike spent his mass message today talking about preparation. (Feel free to read today’s Gospel lesson, Matthew 25: 1-13, for his biblical jumping off point.)
Here are a few things he talked about to help make mass meaningful in your home:
– It is important for us to be prepared.
– We prepare for lots of things in our life; tests, hurricanes, basketball games, choir performances, and more.
– We can prepare by doing things with our bodies or our minds.
– We spend our entire life preparing for the most important thing – our life with God.
– We can prepare every day by living a godly life. We can pray, we can love each other, we can act as the Bible tells us…
– What are other ways we can prepare for our life with God?
#massmessage #beprepared #calledtobeaSAINT

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Mass 08.23.19- Let the Children Come to Me

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Every week our littlest children in PreK-3 through our more mature sixth graders fill the pews to worship; coming to experience the kingdom of God through song, prayer, readings, and messages from the clergy. Sometimes their little voices aren’t so little. Their wiggles tend to wander down the pew. They even steal focus from Father every once in awhile. (These actions aren’t limited to St. Alphonsus masses, they can happen inany church, at any service, at any moment.)

But we choose to remember that our students are learning. They are learning about our faith. They are learning how to praise Him through song. They are learning how to ask for help in hard times through prayer. They are learning how to seek forgiveness when they have made a mistake through confession. They are learning how to welcome others to the Body of Christ through sharing the peace. They are learning to see the least of us sitting among us. They are learning from the Bible and realizing that it is more than just a story, it is life. It gives us life.Our children are the future of our faith. Our children aren’t noisy, they are learning to make a joyful noise. Our children aren’t squirmy, they are actively, and age appropriately, participating in mass. Our children are worshipping.St. Alphonsus Catholic School mass — with its joyful noise and active participation — could not happen without EVERY ONE of its precious students. Each one is vital to the school community, the family of faith, and the kingdom of God.Thank you parents for giving your children a foundation in faith. Thank you for allowing us to worship with them at school. Thank you for the amazing work you do at home teaching them about God’s love and the importance of growing with God. It begins at home and we applaud your hard work. #calledtobeaSAINT #littlechildreninbigchurch #letthechildrencometome

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Mass 08.15.19 – The First Disciple

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. Today was the first Mass of the year where students sat with their class and experienced scripture, communion, prayer, and a special message from Father Mike. (Today’s mass was a special Holy Day of Obligation, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)
Here are a few things Father Mike talked about to help make today’s Mass meaningful in your home too:
– Mary was the first intentional disciple.
– She was so excited to be Jesus’ mother that she told every one of God’s work.
– We can be excited about the amazing things God does in our life, too.
– She shared her son, Jesus, with us. Jesus ultimately shared His body with us when he died.
– It is good to share with others. What good things about God can we share with others?

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First Day of School Recap

St. Alphonsus Catholic School’s first day of class for the 2019-2020 school year was Thursday, August 8th. St. Alphonsus began the year with a special Mass at 8:15 a.m.,  bringing students and parents together to prepare their hearts and minds for the new year. St. Al’s teachers sat together, families sat together, and the St. Alhponsus School community prayed together. After mass, parents walked their students to the classroom to witness a special classroom blessing from Father Mike.
From there, the school day began and was filled with smiles, new friendships, new lessons, and the same St. Alphonsus spirit we know and love.

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