Fall Back – 11.03.19

Don’t forget to “fall back” and set your clocks back 1 hour. Enjoy the extra hour of fun and rest!


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Volunteer Opportunity – Beignet Booth Fundraiser

The Peter Anderson festival draws people from across the coast to view beautiful art and follow the smells of beignets to the St. Al’s beignet booth! As an ongoing, and very successful fundraiser, St. Alphonsus sells beignets at the Peter Anderson festival all weekend long. Parents (and age appropriate students) are asked to sign up to work shifts throughout the weekend.
 
For more information and to volunteer, contact Marie at pto@stal.org.

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“Souling” on All Saints Day – 11.01.19

On Friday, November 1st, the Early Childhood Program (PreK-3, PreK-4, and Kindergarten classes) celebrate All Saints Day by “souling,” a St. Al’s tradition. The classes learn and practice special songs in Music class leading up to All Saints Day. They visit the classrooms of the School and performed for their fellow students and teachers. Leading up to All Saints Day, first through sixth grade collect canned goods to give to the children as they sing. Cans collected are donated to the local food bank. All Saints Day is celebrated by the Catholic Church as a day to commemorate the departed. Some people choose to say extra prayers or light candles. Families often visit their loved ones and sometimes leave food offerings. St. Alphonsus Catholic School has created an age-appropriate tradition and recognizes the day through song and a canned food drive to continue to enforce to our students the message of giving back to the local community.


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Mass 11.01.19 – To Be Holy

Blessed are the poor in spirit…
Blessed are the gentle…
Blessed are those who mourn…
Blessed are those who hunger…
Blessed are the merciful…
Blessed are the pure in heart…
Blessed are the peacemakers…
Blessed are the persecuted…
 
The day’s readings give hope that there is a place for all in the kingdom of Heaven. But how do we know if we are a peacemaker? On our hard days, are we merciful towards others? Do we see others in need and treat them with the gentle kindness Jesus taught us?
 
All Saints Day shows us that holiness is possible. It is possible to be all of those things and reach Heaven. When Jesus gave his life for us on the cross, he shared his holiness with each of us. Loving him and following Him is our path to Heaven and sainthood. God has never asked us to be perfect…. He asks us to follow him. #IwillfollowHim #massmessage #calledtobeaSAINT
 
 

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Mass – 11.01.19

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. St. Alphonsus aspires to be a Christian community with a love for all and encourages our St. Al’s family to have a place for all.
 

Our students receive Catholic religious instruction with a focus on scripture, prayer, and faith community experiences. All students attend mass each Friday and/or on Holy Days. Mass begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Church of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Parents are welcome to attend Mass and are asked to sit behind the classes as students worship together. Second through sixth grades prepare and lead the liturgy throughout the year. Kindergartners and first graders begin reading at mass later in the spring semester. Students participate in the greeting, readings, choir, offertory procession, and altar serving.


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Trunk or Treat Recap

Trunk or Treat may have looked a little bit different this year – switching dates and locations due to weather – but the spirit and fun remained the same. St. Al’s loves being a part of your family’s life and welcomes the opportunity to be a place that families come to for faith, education, and FUN! This year, students traversed the hallways for candy instead of curriculum. Seeing everyone’s creativity in their costumes is a highlight of ours every year but the best part of Trunk or Treat is the wonderful community that is apparent in the life (and noise) that filled the Cafeteria. Thank you for letting us be a part of your family! #calledtobeaSAINT
 
 

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Trunk or Treat – 10.30.19

Don’t be scared… Trunk or Treat is moving to October 30th!
 
To account for the expected rain tomorrow evening, we are moving the annual Trunk or Treat for St. Al’s families to Wednesday, October 30th. Trunk or Treat will be a great way to kick off Halloween festivities with candy, costumes, fellow school families, and dinner options available from Tom’s Pizza and Phoenicia. We can’t wait to see the costumes and creativity our families have on Wednesday, October 30th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
 
St. Alphonsus School loves being a part of your family’s life and welcomes the opportunity to be a place that families come to for faith, education, and FUN! St. Al’s Trunk-or-Treat on October 30th gives families the opportunity to connect with other school families and friends while fostering an important sense of safety and belonging in our students. It is a beloved annual tradition for our families to flex their creative muscles and decorate their cars, have family costumes, and enhance the wonderful community that is St. Alphonsus. Come and see the school and its families transform before your eyes from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th.

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When Saints Walk the Halls

On Friday, October 25th, saints walked the halls of St. Alphonsus Catholic School. The annual Saint Walk by one of our Upper Elementary classes is the culmination of a multi-disciplinary project. The student select a saint they relate to in Religion class, discover more about their life and culture during Social Studies, and use time in English to create an essay they share with other students in the school.

To say that we are proud of their efforts and creativity would be an understatement. Watching them share their faith with other St. Al’s students is what St. Alphonsus Catholic School is all about. #calledtobeaSAINT #livingsaints
 
 

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