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It’s an Adventure Time at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s after-school program

Sydney Akers, Emily Solomon and Jazlyn Crotes listened to Cor Jesu Academy’s Clare Campbell as she explained the project on which they were about to work. Cor Jesu Academy students visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe students on Wednesdays teach them lessons in the arts. The group is called Adventure Time.

Antonio Pimentel rolled a ball of dough in his hands, gently dipping it into a plate of powdered sugar. By the time he got to his third dough ball, though, his hands managed to get deeper into the sugar.

"Yeah, I'm a snowman," the first-grader grinned as he shook the excess powdered sugar from his hands.

Most Wednesdays after school, Antonio and his siblings head down to the teacher's lounge at Our Lady of Guadalupe School for Adventure Time, an after-school program that introduces them to hands-on activities that inspire fun and creativity.

Students at Incarnate Word, Our Lady of Guadalupe schools model the principles of beONE

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Incarnate Word student Danny Carroll, right, got excited upon discovering he had played football against Donovan Whitfield from Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Students from Incarnate Word visited Our Lady of Guadalupe for Mass and fiesta celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe to foster interschool connections.

The vision of the archdiocese's beONE initiative was clear in the cafeteria at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Ferguson.

As Guadalupe eighth-grader Jakoby Hopkins set the rhythm on a snare drum, seventh-graders from Incarnate Word School in Chesterfield joined traditional Matachina Dancers and other Guadalupe students dancing in a circle around the cafeteria.

Catholic schools are preparing for Ferguson grand jury verdict

While the timing of the grand jury decision involving the Michael Brown shooting remains uncertain, Catholic schools in the Ferguson area have prepared in case the ruling comes down with classes in session.

"We have our safety plan in place," said Addie Govero, the principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School.

Blessed Teresa is about two miles from the site of Brown's death and subsequent unrest. Our Lady of Guadalupe School is only slightly farther away-- about 2½ miles.

The diversity of Advent

Brooke Buck reacted to the blessing her classmate, Jerick Conner, gave to her as they shared oplatki. Students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Ferguson learned about the Polish Christmas tradition of oplatki from pastoral associate Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND. Oplatki, an flatbread, is broken and shared among families at Christmas, with each person praying and bestowing blessings upon one another for the upcoming year.

This Advent, students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Ferguson were celebrating multicultural style.

In the weeks before Christmas, students learned about traditions from Polish, Italian and Hispanic cultures. Last week, parish pastoral associate Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, visited classrooms to share Polish oplatki, a large rectangular flatbread that is broken and shared among families as a way of professing their love for one another. The bread, which looks similar to a communion wafer, is often referred to as the "bread of love."

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