Weekly Update Dec 4, 2015

“To Err is Human…”

We did it again! The December lunch menu calendar had an error in it that is causing confusion regarding school ending for Christmas Vacation. Please be advised that the last day of school before Christmas Vacation is Friday, December 18, 2015. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m., and there will be no after school ESP that day. Both school and ESP will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016. Sorry for any confusion!


Many thanks to our students and their families who lovingly provided 160 boxes of breakfast cereal for “Helping Hands of Goose Creek.” Because of your generosity, many local families were helped. Since all classes responded so generously, all students earned a dress-down day on Monday, November 30th. Thanks a million!

Spelling Bee Winners

Our pre-Thanksgiving Spelling Bees were very exciting. At 8:00 a.m., students in grades 1-4 competed, spelling amazingly well, from the Scripps Spelling Bee List. The crowd was awed by this great group of spellers, who held out for over an hour before coming upon a word that couldn’t be spelled. The winners of our Lower School Spelling Bee were: Wendell Trespicio (gr. 3) – 1st place, Isabella Dela Cruz (gr. 3) – 2nd place, and Danny Baber (gr. 2) – 3rd place . Later that day students in grades 5-8 also competed, spelling words from a more difficult list. Again, the contest went on for over an hour before the winners could be declared. The winners of our Upper School Spelling Bee were: Jesse Kirby (gr. 7) – 1st place, Reagan Leopold (gr. 5) – 2nd place, and Paul Trespicio (gr. 7) – 3rd place. Each of the winners from both levels was presented with a certificate and a gift card. Congratulations to our Spelling experts. Our upper school winners will now go on to compete at a regional bee in January, which may qualify them for an even bigger bee in the spring. (In the event that one of them is unable to participate, our alternate, Ryan Foust (grade 7), will take over. There will also be a Diocesan-wide Bee later in the year for students of all ages. Keep practicing those words…we want YOU to represent DRS!

Caroling at Hanahan Treelighting Event

A contingency of students representing all grades have been practicing hard every afternoon to be ready to perform at the Hanahan Treelighting Ceremony tonight. Participants are to meet at the Hanahan Amphitheater at 5:45, near the stage. The teachers involved, Mrs. Rebuck and Mrs. Provost, will be there, near the stage, holding a DRS sign. Our students are second on the program, which starts at 6:30 p.m. We know they will make us proud! (Parents – please note…this is not a “school activity,” so please don’t drop off your student for this event. You need to be there to supervise him or her before and after the performance. Thank you for your cooperation.)

Annual Christmas Pageant

On Thursday, December 17th, all students will be performing at our annual Christmas pageant. Each grade level has a different part in the performance, and as such, each grade level has different “call times.” Please read below for information on when each of your students needs to be on campus, and what to wear:

Grades K3/K4 Meet in preschool classroom @ 6:15 p.m. Wear all white clothing, if possible. The little guys will be performing near the beginning of the program, and as soon as their part is complete, they will be released to sit with their families in the church for the remainder of the program.

Grades K5-2 Meet in room 2 (not grade 2) @ 5:45 for costuming. Costumes provided – wear PE clothes underneath.

Grades 3-4 Meet in the church (front few pews) @ 6:15. Wear your Christmas best – no jeans, please.

Grades 5-8 Meet in the choir loft of the church @ 6:15. Wear your Christmas best – no jeans, please.

After the program, all students (except preschool, who will already be with their families) will walk with their teachers back to school buildings. Grades K5-2 will be in room 2 in the lower school building. The rest of the grades will be in the upper school as follows: Grades 3 & 4 will be in Mrs. Pugh’s classroom. Grades 5 & 6 will be in Mrs. Hughes’ classroom. Grades 7 & 8 will be in Mrs. Pease’s classroom. Parents will please pick up each of your children at the appropriate classroom, and then head to Caddell Hall for refreshments, additional entertainment, and a special visitor. The refreshments will consist of a “Dessert Potluck,” provided by school families. Please bring something sweet to share. The school will provide beverages and paper goods. You will be getting a flyer from your children’s teachers repeating this same information. Watch for it!

Seen at the Scene

As the principal at DRS, I am in and out of the classrooms nearly every day. Once a week I try to sit in on part of a lesson in each grade. This week I enjoyed a wide variety of excellent lessons in the classrooms. I thought you might like to take a peek at what I saw…The preschool students were enjoying their snack period. All fifteen students were seated (at the same time!) at tables, and displaying excellent table manners. Kudos to their teachers, Miss Tracy and Miss Renee, who have performed miracles in taming this boisterous group. I was very impressed with the turnaround. Keep up the good work! The kindergarten class was working on Reading with Miss Caitlin, while Mrs. Rebuck was tackling English Language Arts with the first graders. Mrs. Rebuck was dictating sentences, which all students were able to write. Great job! In second grade, Mrs. Omilak’s room was darkened so that the Smartboard display could be seen. Students were “shopping” during a Math lesson, figuring out the cost of purchasing numerous items. It looks like they have mastered addition of more than three numbers with decimals and dollar signs! In grade 3/4, Mrs. Tanner and the third graders were doing an interesting Social Studies lesson on “supply and demand,” graphing the prices of “Carolina Gold,” and discussing why the prices varied from year to year. The fourth graders were working independently. Mrs. Provost’s fifth grade Religion class revolved around the church calendar, but first they discussed the fact that God makes good things come from bad, because his love is merciful. The sixth graders were busily engaged in answering oral questions in Spanish, and utilizing their lengthy vocabulary list to do so, under the watchful eye of Mrs. Pugh. Seventh graders were deeply enmeshed in a discussion of the Industrial Revolution in Mrs. Hughes’ Social Studies classroom, while the eighth graders were graphing absolute value inequalities with their new Math teacher, Mrs. Wells. (Looked pretty difficult to me! I’m glad I teach Literature!!!) The end of my walking tour brought me to Caddell Hall, where our volunteer, Mr. Jim Rebuck, was working with two students, remediating Math. I went back to my office feeling “pleased as punch” with all of our wonderful faculty and staff members. They do an awesome job, day-in and day-out!

Toiletries and Shoeboxes Needed

Mrs. Pease and her middle school students are working hard to be able to provide those Christmas packages to less fortunate people being served by Our Lady of Mercy Outreach, on John’s Island. Please see the flyer that is enclosed today, which outlines what we still need. Mrs. Pease has extended the due date so that everyone can help. Can you imagine having to rely on strangers for your basic hygiene needs? We take for granted that we will have soap, shampoo, and other toiletries waiting for us in our bathroom cabinets. Many people in our local area don’t even have a toothbrush or a comb. It is our responsibility as Catholic Christians to care for our less fortunate brothers and sisters. This week when you go to the grocery store, please try to pick up a few extra toiletries to share. It will mean so much to those who have nothing! We also need empty shoeboxes for packaging up our gifts. God bless you in your generous giving.

Upcoming Events

  • Caroling at Hanahan Treelighting TONIGHT (Dec. 4) @ 6pm
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass on Tuesday, December 8 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • No School Mass on Wednesday, December 9th.
  • School Advisory Board Meeting on Thursday, December 10 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass on Friday, December 11 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • Las Mananitas celebration/mass on Saturday, December 12 @ 5:00 a.m. in church
  • Feast of St. Lucy on Monday, December 14 @ 8:00 a.m. for upper school
  • Christmas Pageant on Thursday, December 17 @ 6:30 p.m. in church for all grades, followed by refreshments in hall
  • Quarter 2 ends on Friday, December 18, 2015
  • Class Christmas parties on Friday, December 18 @ 11:15 a.m.
  • Early dismissal on Friday, December 18 @ 11:50 a.m. No p.m. ESP.
  • Christmas Vacation – two weeks
  • ESP and school resume on Monday, January 4, 2016

Included in this Friday Folder

ESP Reminders
• Flyers regarding Christmas Pageant
• Shoebox Flyer
• Invitation to Jesus’ Birthday Party

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