School music festivals set for March, April

Catholic school students are participating in two music festivals.

The Archdiocesan Jazz Band Festival was held March 18 at St Mary’s High School in South St. Louis.

Participating bands included St. Gabriel the Archangel School and Bishop DuBourg High School, both in South St. Louis; St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon; St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington; DeSmet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur; St. Joseph School in Cottleville; Chaminade College Preparatory School (middle and high school levels) in Creve Coeur; and St. Mary’s High School.

The Archdiocesan Elementary Song Festival will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2, with 65 schools participating. Programs will be held at 12 school sites throughout the archdiocese. This year seventh- and eighth-graders will be featured.

The festivals are cooperative and non-competitive, with each band evaluated but not ranked.

For more information, call Lederle at (314) 792-7324.

St. Ambrose students to join parish celebration

The annual St. Joseph celebration at St. Ambrose Parish on the Hill is expanding this year to include the students in St. Ambrose School.

This year’s parish celebration will be March 22, the Sunday following the traditional March 19 observance of the feast of St. Joseph. Two altars will be set up in the school cafeteria.

After 7 a.m. Mass, the pastor, Msgr. Vincent Bommarito, will bless the side altar, which will have bread, cookies and other food available for sale. He will bless the cafeteria’s main altar after 11 a.m. Mass. From noon to 3 p.m. Italian specialities will be available. Mass will be sung in Italian at 3 p.m., after which all the food on the main altar will be sold, with proceeds going to help needy families.

"We want to pass down the tradition of the St. Joseph Altar to our students," said Sister Carol Sansone, ASCJ, the principal.

The school children have been busy preparing. All 311 students in kindergarten through eighth grade received small white bags, which they decorated with images of St. Joseph.

St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Conference

WHAT: Annual conference of St. Louis Catholic
Homeschool Association

WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 3
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4

WHERE: Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive

WHY: To introduce Catholic families to home
schooling opportunities at all levels

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Parishioners work for continued Catholic education in area

The 11 parishes of the Northeast St. Louis County Deanery are combining their efforts to provide for the future of Catholic education in the deanery "in a way that’s never been done before," according to Chuck James, chairman of the deanery’s Ad Hoc Committee on Education.

James, a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, called the deanery’s Excellence in Education Initiative "exciting."

Father Michael Henning, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Bissell Hills, said, "We are trying to look at this in a different way."

"This is a great commitment by Catholics of this deanery to really have a say in what we want our future to be," said Bob Freesmeier, a member of St. Fernand Parish in Florissant and chairman of the Northeast Deanery Pastoral Council.

The Northeast County Deanery has nine parish schools and a special education learning center serving more than 2,200 students. The deanery underwent a large-scale consolidation of parishes and schools several years ago.

"We believed that before things deteriorated in any parish to the point that more closings be made, we needed to get together and position ourselves to be prepared for the future," James said. "We think we can do things better together than separately."

Our Lady of the Presentation, Holy Trinity Schools to merge

Our Lady of the Presentation School in Overland will close at the end of the current school year.

Bishop Robert Hermann, archdiocesan administrator, has approved the recommendation of the archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education to close the school at the end of this school year.

At its Jan. 9 meeting, the archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education approved the recommendation of the parish pastor, parish school board and parish council to close the school and merge with Holy Trinity School in St. Ann. The board then forwarded the recommendation to close to Bishop Hermann.

The recommendation was due to changing demographics — decreasing enrollment and fewer children, along with rising costs — according to the parish report recommending the closing,

The closing comes after almost three years of review and study by the pastor, Father Robert T. Evans, and parishioners, including the parish’s School Planning Committee.

Try ‘Tabitha’s Word Problem’

Are you smarter than a sixth-grader? Tabitha Heinzer, a sixth-grader at Good Shepherd School in Hillsboro, created a mathematics problem that was published in the Feb. 25 issue of Scholastic Math, a national student math education publication. Are you smarter than a sixth-grader?

Tabitha Heinzer, a sixth-grader at Good Shepherd School in Hillsboro, created a mathematics problem that was published in the Feb. 25 issue of Scholastic Math, a national student math education publication.

"Tabitha’s Word Problem" appeared on page 3 of the magazine, and students across the country are trying to solve it as part of their math curriculum.

Can you?

Here is the problem:

Brian has $10 to pay both his bill for text messages and the $5.50 he owes his mom. Text messages are 18 cents each, and there are 26 messages on his bill. Wait — his friend, Adam, sent eight of those messages from Brian’s phone and is paying him back.

How much does Adam owe Brian?

How much does Brian owe for only the text messages he sent?

How much money will Brian have left from his $10 after paying that amount and paying back his mom?

See next week’s Review for the answer.

Tabitha is the daughter of Allen and Michele Heinzer of Hillsboro.

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