Weekly Update, Nov 13, 2015

Important Reminders Regarding School Calendar

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and we will be blessed with three days off.  School will be in session on Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th, but NOT on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  There was some confusion regarding the days off, as our lunch menu mistakenly said we had a half day on Wednesday.  Please make note of the actual dates on your calendar.  Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th will be full days of school, and ESP will be operating as usual.  We will be off on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and both school and ESP will resume on Monday, November 30th.  Then – jumping ahead to December – our last day before Christmas will be Friday, December 18th.  School will dismiss at 11:50 a.m. that day, and there will be no afternoon ESP.  School and ESP will resume on Monday, January 4th, 2016.  Please plan accordingly.

More New Faces on Campus

While we are sad to announce the departure of our longtime preschool teacher, Mrs. Wroblewski, whose last day was today, we are very pleased to “introduce” you to two new faculty members.

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Ms. Tracy Lucas to DRS.  Ms. Lucas will be replacing Mrs. Wroblewski in the preschool program.  She comes to us with the highest recommendations and experience.  Having earned both  a Bachelors  degree in Human Services with a minor in Early Childhood, and a Masters degree in Organizational Management & Leadership, Ms. Lucas also brings with her 19 years of experience at the preschool level.  She served as a senior teacher for the Head Start program right here in Charleston for nine of those years.  Ms. Lucas is also the mother of six children.   We are confident that she will be a blessing to our school and community.  She will be working in conjunction with Mrs. Renee Darnell, our teaching assistant, and with Mrs. Caitlin Omilak, our resident expert, to plan a dynamic and successful program for our littlest angels.    Welcome, Ms. Lucas!

On Monday, November 29th we will be welcoming Mrs. Kellie Williams to our Middle School Program.  Mrs. Williams, the mother of four, will be serving as our Math Specialist, and will be the Math teacher for grades 5-8.  With the increase in enrollment this year, we felt the need to expand our faculty.  Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Pease have been teaching these four Math classes up to this point, but will now be freed up to devote more time and energy to their own special areas of English and Religion (Mrs. Pease), and Social Studies and Science (Mrs. Hughes).  Mrs. Williams has vast experience in her field, having taught at many schools, including the school at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.  (She and her family have recently moved to the Charleston area with the USAF.)  We know our students will benefit from this addition to our faculty, and hope that Mrs. Williams will be happy here at DRS for years to come.

In closing, we would like to wish the very best to Mrs. Wroblewski in the future.  Her immediate plans include a long vacation with her family in her native Australia.  May God bless her in her journey of life.

Time for a Good Read?

Enclosed with today’s packet you will find three original short stories, written in conjunction with our middle school unit on Edgar Allen Poe.  The class winners were:  Brittany Sanchez, gr. 8, Jesse Kirby, gr. 7, and Elizabeth Fuerte, gr. 6.  We hope you’ll enjoy these post-Halloween stories!  (Leave the lights on – they are pretty spooky!)

O Say…We Could See

We were so proud of our “small but mighty” group of Eagles who belted out the National Anthem at the start of the Stingrays game on Saturday, November 7th.  Dressed in their spirit shirts, and smiling broadly, students in grades K3 through 8th grade represented our school beautifully with their singing.  Thanks to all the families and faculty and staff members who participated in this exciting event.  The Stingrays won the game, Dippin Dots were aplenty, and a good time was had by all.  Thanks to the parents who arranged this special event.

Veteran’s Day Performance Wows Crowd

Our kindergarten and first grade students, complete with patriotic head ware, performed admirably for a large crowd in attendance at our annual Veteran’s Day Lunch.  Opening their program by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance, these adorable students went on to sing a repertoire of patriotic songs, and used adjectives to describe our country.  Mrs. Rebuck and Miss Rebuck, their teachers, worked hard with the class to assure that the performance was stellar.  Thanks to this class for providing the entertainment, and thanks to Miss Lori and her team of moms who prepared and served the delicious meal.  Let’s do it again next year!

Bring in That Cereal, Please

Beginning on Monday, November 16th, we will be hosting a “Cereal Drive,” for Helping Hands of Goose Creek.  Students are asked to bring boxed cereal to their classrooms between November 16th and November 24th.  On the 24th, each class will bring their cache of cereal to Caddell Hall, and we will have a contest to see which class brought in the most.  (We will take into consideration that some classes are larger than others.)  We will be “graphing” the height of the boxes of each grade, and the grade (not the class) with the most donations will win a prize.  Start watching for sales at the store now.  Buy one – get one free is a great deal, and really helps us to provide food for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.  Thanks for treating others as Jesus would!

Upcoming Events:

  • Cereal Drive for Helping Hands of Goose Creek begins Monday, November 16th .
  • Grade 8 to visit Bishop England High School on Wednesday, November 18th .
  • Progress Reports go home on Friday, November 20th.
  • First Reconciliation on Saturday, November 21st, @ 10:00 a.m.
  • College Shirt Day on Tuesday, November 24th.
  • Spelling Bees on Tuesday, November 24th.
  • Thanksgiving Holidays begin on Wednesday, November 25th.  School resumes on Monday, November 30th.

Watch for It!

The following are a list of things to watch for today in this packet:

  • Prize-winning student-authored scary stories
  • Shoeboxes for Our Lady of Mercy Info sheet
  • Bishop’s Boutique Flyer

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