This week: Excellence by Design; 7/8 Band Concert; Special Person Day; Altar Serving Training; GCCS Student Advisory Team; Third Grade and Malala Fund; St. Lukes and Catholic Charities; Responsibility Room; Viking football and basketball; Running Club; FIM Troubadours; Guardian Angels are sometimes in uniform.
Our week began with almost 800 teachers from the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lansing gathered for a day of Professional Development, Excellence by Design. How validating to spend the day with hundreds of people dedicated to the Christian formation of children woven into expectations of academic excellence!
Tuesday evening is a wonderful opportunity for you to hear our 7th and 8th grade band in concert! Our students, and students from other area Catholic Schools, are combining with the Powers band for an evening of music. Join us at 7:00 pm at PCHS!
Special Person Day is this week! Your students are looking forward to spending the morning with someone they love, be it a relative or a friend. We do need a few more volunteers to help with our gathering at the beginning of the morning – please contact Mrs. Grohoski at email@example.com if you can help with setting up coffee and rolls for our Special Guests, and cleaning up after the gathering time is over. Thank you!
Reminder: Altar Server training for students (grades three through eight) who want to serve at weekend Masses at SJV Catholic Church will be held after school on Wednesday, October 18th, at the church. It is required that the students should have already received their First Holy Communion to be an Altar Server. Mrs. McNea, who will be instructing the students, prepares materials for those learning this ministry, so we need to know how many children will be attending. Please call and let Mrs. Deitering know (235-5687) or send her an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students will need to be picked up at 4:30 at the church
Congratulations to Alyssa Lince and Tessa Watson, who will be representing St. John Vianney on the Genesee County Catholic Schools Student Advisory Team. The GCCS Student Advisory Team is comprised of students from every school in the GCCS system. The students meet to collaborate with one another as well as to foster unity for our Catholic Schools Community. The students are considered leaders in their building and will provide input as well as be expected to serve others in the community. It is important that our students understand that although we come from different schools, we are unified in our Catholic faith and our school system. We hope the students involved are able to carry the message of unity of our one Catholic family back to their schools and churches.
Last week at Mass, Fr. Firestone began his homily by holding up a 20-dollar bill and asking who wanted it; almost every hand was raised. He then spoke to the students about the dangers of placing too much importance on money and material possessions rather than on loving God and serving others. At the end of his homily, he gave the $20 to the third-grade class, our worship leaders for the day. He said that he wanted to know what they decided to do with the money. The third graders had been learning about Malala Yousafzai that very week. Malala is a Pakistani student and education activist who began speaking out for girls’ education at the age of 11. After surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at 15, she co-founded the Malala Fund, which champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. She is the youngest ever Nobel Laureate. After a class discussion, the students decided that their money (rather than being used for something for themselves) would benefit many if they donated it to the Malala Fund. The Holy Spirit is at work at SJV!
Serving others was also a mission of our middle school students this week as they attended Mass at St. Lukes New Life Center, and volunteered at Catholic Charities helping prepare for their move into the new Center for Hope. Your children are helping make the world a better place…
The Responsibility Room is available every day to all students who have missing assignments. It is expected that every middle school student who has more than two missing assignments reports to the Responsibility Room at their recess time. We provide this opportunity for your children to catch up on their work before their learning is affected. A middle school teacher supervises the students and is available to answer questions.
We are proud of our Viking Football players, who have completed their undefeated season! They brought home many victories, but even more importantly, learned much about team work and represented their school with good sportsmanship. Congratulations, Vikings!
Our Lady Vikings are still playing basketball, and you can cheer on both of our teams Saturday morning at Powers. Go, Lady Vikings!
Running Club begins Monday, October 16th, right after school, and will be held each Monday and Wednesday from now until the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
The Troubadours from the Flint Institute of Music will perform for the primary students on Wednesday afternoon. We appreciate them sharing their talents with us!
Please join us this Thursday, October 19th, at 9:00am for Special Person Day for grades 1-8, followed by our All-School Mass led by the 6th grade.
On Friday, October 20th, our middle schools students will walk to Powers Catholic to celebrate Mass with their student body. Thank you to Mr. Simms for arranging with Kettering University Security and City of Flint Police to direct traffic at intersections while our students cross. Guardian Angels are sometimes in uniforms!
A prayer we say as a school community every single day: Please God, take care of all of the people in our world…