Ms. White
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Ms. Lana White

Your children will be exposed to many new things this year and I am excited to be a part of this experience. I so enjoy being a part of the learning process here at St. Al’s (now over 13 years)! My goal for the year is to help my students learn to include Jesus in every part of their day. Our focus on faith education at St. Alphonsus, Kindergarten Mass, remains a highlight of my year and something I look forward to each May. I love reading with your children during the day, and I love spending the evenings with a book or being in the pool. I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 33 years and we have a wonderful family: a daughter, a son, and their spouses, and our four grandsons. It’s a good thing we love sports; our family makes a great and growing team!
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Our Classroom Team

Ms. Lana White
Ms. Crissy Lovejoy

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

Mass 1.17.20 – Big and Small Things

On Fridays, all of St. Alphonsus Catholic School students attend mass and worship together. Faith formation is an important part of their St. Al’s education.

This morning, our elementary students shared their understanding of today’s mass message.
– “By the way, we go to Mass to pray and praise God.” (Amen.)
– “Today Father told us about St. Anthony Abbott and he had 600 followers… He gave all his stuff away; his clothes, his house, EVERYTHING!… That was hard to do because those are hard choices…. He gave it all away to help the poor.”

Taking it a step further, these students knew that it doesn’t always have to be “big” things that we do as followers of Christ. They worked as groups and came up with ideas of “small” things they could do to help the poor, like St. Anthony Abbott. They decided to:
– raise money
– share food (“It’s sad when people have to eat out of the trash sometimes.”)
– build a house
– give away clothes that are too small and cant fit anymore
– donate old toys that aren’t played with anymore
– give money to help or jobs to do

#massmessage #makemassmeaningful #fromourstudents #calledtobeaSAINT

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Early Childhood Christmas Pageant – 12.13.29

The St. Alphonsus Catholic School Early Childhood students “rang” in the holiday season with a morning of special performances. Our youngest students had good news, for all we ring! The older students showed off their reading skills as they intermixed the Christmas story with holiday song. The students all came together in the most lively, holy nativity scene we have seen in a while. It was a wonderful was to start the holiday season. We hope you all have a joyful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!
We are so excited to have video of our students’ performances. To view, please visit us on Facebook (St. Alphonsus Catholic School) and “Like Us” to see all the fun we have during the year.

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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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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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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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Mass 10.18.19 – Put It Out There

What does it mean to be a disciple? What does it mean to show the love of Jesus? Where do we even start? Those big questions were a part of Deacon Allen’s mass message this morning. Here are a few of Deacon’s talking points to continue the conversation in your home: – A disciple is a person that spreads God’s word and shares the love of Jesus. – We are all disciples. – We are called to be models to others. It’s a big responsibility but is something that every Christian can do. – A disciple doesn’t have to travel to far away lands like the people in the Bible did to show God’s love. We can do it in our classrooms by being kind to our classmates, be a good friend on the playground, and be a help to our teachers.

Put it out there wherever you go. Show God’s love. It’s not hard. #showinglove #massmessage #calledtobeaSAINT

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Mass 10.09.19 – Prayer

Today’s mass readings talked about prayer. Specifically, they introduced the Lord’s Prayer and the idea that we are a Christian family under “our father.” Our elementary students have an active prayer life and shared their thoughts on prayer with us. .

Why do we pray? “I pray because I love God. I pray to say thank you. I pray to ask for help. I pray because that’s what God asks us to do.” . What do you pray for? “For my school. For my family. To keep everyone I love safe. For people to be kind to each other. For the people I love to have a nice life. For my church community. For my Uncle Charlie. For my mom and her patients. For my pet fish, Dizzy. To help the poor. For my siblings. To protect my house. For people to be happy.”

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Mass 10.04.19 – Pure and Simple

Today’s mass recognized St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis loved animals, pure and simple.
Sometimes the mass message is also pure and simple; like today when Father reminded our students that we are called to love God and His creation. Everything we have, God created. He created the universe, the plants, animals, us… EVERYTHING that we can see or touch. As Christians we are called to love God and each other and His creations. It’s that simple. #massmessage #love #itsthatsimple #calledtobeaSAINT

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Creative Counting

Math is more than memorizing numbers. Understanding how they can be grouped, organized,
visualized, and even touched brings numbers to life. Frequently you can find our Kindergartners working together, using manipulatives, to open all learning opportunities.
Today’s lesson began with a normal level of chaos as they each poured their nine objects out and worked through identifying their total. Their answers were as chaotic as their pours. But after working through grouping options, organizing their manipulatives around a plate, and creating a structured starting point; their answers all fell in line… NINE! Students even flexed their own independence and worked the problem again on their own.
After they worked their fine motor muscles, they headed to their desks for worksheets identifying the number nine. They practiced writing it and are on their way to being a perfect 10!

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Blessing of the Pets Recap

St. Alphonsus Catholic School students brought their furry, scaly, slithery, and soft family members to this year’s Blessing of the Pets on Wednesday, October 3rd. The St. Alphonsus clergy blessed our family’s faithful friends and offered special prayers as students and family members paraded around the track. St. Al’s really went to the dogs… and cats and turtles and birds and “stuffies”… that day!

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