Weekly Update Sept 16, 2016

It’s Standardized Testing Time

Standardized tests will be administered to students in grades 1-8 beginning on Monday, September 19th, and hopefully will be complete by the end of the week.  For this reason, please make an extra effort to be on time each day this week, and try not to schedule any medical appointments in the morning hours.  If your student misses one or more of the test sessions, we will try to do a make-up session, but time may not allow for that.  Results from these tests should be available in late October for your review.

A Gracious “Thank You” to our Gardeners

Thank you to all of our school and parish families who participated in the yard clean-up day last weekend.  The trees and shrubs have been neatly trimmed and pruned, and lots of green waste was hauled away.  It takes a village, they say, to raise a child.  Thanks for being a part of our village and caring for our school.

Professional Development Update

Our faculty members are always trying to find new and exciting ways to reach out to each and every student in their classes.  In addition to monthly faculty meetings, we also meet monthly as Professional Learning Communities.  The faculty works in two groups – lower school and upper school – to identify areas where improvement is needed, and find a way to “make it happen.”  The lower school teachers have selected Technology as their topic for this year’s PLC meetings.  Their goal will be to more thoroughly integrate technology into the curriculum.  The upper school teachers are delving into the all-important topic of Motivation, asking themselves…”What makes early teens tick?”  They began with a survey of the middle school students, and from there will work on identifying motivating factors for students of this age, and providing the necessary environment to accomplish full engagement of all students.  Each group has met for the first time, and came away from their meetings very excited about what they hope to accomplish!

Prepare for Spanish Heritage Month

Divine Redeemer Catholic School is one of the most culturally diverse schools in the entire Diocese of Charleston.  We love to celebrate our wide variety of cultural backgrounds year-round.  Beginning today, DRS will be focusing on Spanish Heritage.  Students have begun to work with Mrs. Pugh during Spanish classes to learn about Spanish culture, including the many, many countries worldwide that share Spanish as their national language.  On Sunday, October 2nd, the school and parish will be hosting a very special event, which will involve educational displays, oral reports, music, entertainment, and of course…FOOD!  We hope you will plan to join in for this exciting event.  Be watching this newsletter for more information as the day draws closer.

Are You Ready for a Picnic?

Have you marked your calendar yet?  The Divine Redeemer Catholic School Picnic will be held at Wannamaker County Park (Cottonwood Shelter) on Saturday, October 8th, from 11:00-3:30.  We hope to see you there!

Potluck/PTO Meeting Was Delicious and Informative

If you like chicken, and pasta, and gorditas, and salads, and tostadas, and pizza, and yummy, gooey desserts, then you certainly enjoyed last Monday’s pre-meeting Potluck Dinner.  Caddell Hall was full with friends and families feasting and enjoying each others’ company.  At 7:10 the business meeting began, and the various groups (faculty and staff, school board members, room parents, madrinas, etc.) were introduced.  There was a great spirit of cooperation and positivity at our first PTO meeting of the year.  Let’s keep that Eagle spirit flying high all year long!!!  Thanks for coming!

Grandparents’ Mass and Reception

Every Wednesday morning our school children celebrate Mass as a school at 8:00 a.m.  This past Wednesday was a little special, though.  We had invited grandparents to join us for Mass and a reception in Caddell Hall.  Thanks to all the families who were able to come to our event, and of course, to the people behind the scene that made it all happen.  The reception was planned and organized by Miss Lori and Parent Club President, Regina Soriano.  They had quite a few helpers, both before and after the reception, to set up and clean up.  The children all enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with their grandparents, or to enjoy a snack with their classes.  Thanks to everyone who came and made it so special.

Upcoming Events:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th. Arriba!!!
  • Progress Reports go home Friday, September 16th.
  • First Holy Communion Meeting on Sunday, September 18th after 10:30 Mass.
  • ITBS testing begins Monday, September 19th.
  • Grades 7 & 8 Retreat on Wednesday, September 28th, on campus.
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Sunday, October 2nd.
  • Family Honor on Monday, October 3rd
  • All-School Rosary after Mass on Wednesday, October 5th, in the grotto.
  • Columbus Day – Monday October 10th – No School!!!
  • Barrier Island Camp for grades 5-8 on October 10-12.
  • School Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 12th @ 6:00 in room 5.

Watch for It!

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

  • Family Honor Flyers (grade specific)
  • Room Parent’s Letter (grade specific)

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