Elementary schools

Students’ winning artwork captures Christmas joy

Elise McIntyre and Molly Arft both had their artwork chosen for the Missionary Childhood Association annual Christmas Artwork Contest.

Christmas joy is captured in the artwork of two Catholic school students from the archdiocese chosen as national winners in the Missionary Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest.

A winning submission from Molly Arft, a fourth-grader at Holy Infant School in Ballwin, depicts an angel singing with a sleeping, smiling baby Jesus in front of her. The other winning entry, from Elise McIntyre, a second-grader at St. Justin Martyr School in Sunset Hills, shows Mary holding baby Jesus, both with big smiles and bright eyes. Two big, bright stars shine in the background.

Catholic school teachers honored for dedication to teaching

Four Catholic school teachers were among 109 St. Louis-area educators who received Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards in a ceremony Nov. 12 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

Selected by the Catholic Education Office, the archdiocese's 2017 Emerson class consists of: Laurie Clarkson of Sacred Heart (Troy); Katherine Compton of St. Rose of Lima (DeSoto); Karen Pollmann of St. Gerard Majella (Kirkwood); and Becky Struckel of Assumption (Mattese).

ROSARY CHALLENGE

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With the final month of the Fatima centenary celebration approaching, Father Anthony Gerber issued a challenge to his students at St. Theodore School in Flint Hill. Could they pray at least 225 Rosaries in just 13 days?

With 164 children in grades K through eighth, if each student prayed at least two Rosaries between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13 — the anniversary of the Blessed Mother's sixth and final apparition to three children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 — they would more than cover the goal. No problem whatsoever, said principal Kelly Cassinger.

Building project foretells promising future

As older students at St. Rose of Lima School in De Soto enjoyed recess on the adjoining playground, parish pastor Father Alex Anderson gave a quick tour of the fenced-in construction zone next to the school.

With just the footings and forms tracing the new building's perimeter, he pointed out the coming attractions at St. Rose Hall: the stage, the kitchen and the 40-foot-by-80-foot open area at the heart of the building — a mini-gymnasium for physical-education classes, sports practices and recess, as well parish functions.

St. Louis Catholic schools respond to hurricane relief efforts

Students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge via a Facebook video to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

It began with a video on Facebook — students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

St. Norbert students got a head start. From an out-of-uniform day held Aug. 29, students collected $910.85.

St. Gabriel School band members meet high expectations

Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, music teacher at St. Gabriel the Archangel School, has been teaching children music in an orchestral setting for about 50 years. Music, she noted, is a shared experience with others and a lifelong love.

The St. Gabriel School Concert Band members raised their instruments and played parts of a song.

They were at one of their twice-weekly practices in the basement of the former convent building across from the school, and the music, to the untrained ear, seemed to be on target.

However, Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, the band's conductor, gently and consistently reminded students of areas where they could improve.

"That's where my crescendo has to happen, right."

"It should be getting softer."

"The cymbal goes 'boom' and we're there."

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