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ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL STUDENTS SUPPORT TEACHER
FREEBURG — Students take a moment to pose with St. Joseph Catholic School eighth-grade teacher Katie Waldron. The school held a $1 dress down day to help Ms. Waldron raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Participating students raised $55 towards her fundraising goal.

Ms. Waldron will be running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, billed as the Race for a Reason, in October with all money raised through the event to benefit St. Jude’s in their fight against childhood cancer. Her goal is to raise $1,200 for the event and has a personal fundraising page for those interested in helping the cause.
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Pictured above are [Back Row] Kenny Peterson, Sean Campbell, Ms. Waldron, Alex Piontek, Sam Zittel, Jayden Boyce, Claire Hill, Eileen Campbell, Holly Adams, [Front Row] Brendan Miller, George McDonald, Nick Vonderheide, Abby Collins, and Brylee Mueller.

Seventy percent of the $1.8 million daily operation cost of St. Jude comes from the public, and families are spared of all associated costs. Through the research at St. Jude, they continue to improve treatments for childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
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ST. ANDREW SIXTH-GRADERS GO TO SPACE CAMP

MURPHYSBORO — Sixth grade students from St. Andrew School in Murphysboro recently attended a three-day 
program at U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

During their trip, students learned about the U.S. space program, completed a simulated space shuttle mission, experienced what it would be like to tumble in space on the Multi-Axis Trainer (as shown in the picture), practiced the moves the astronauts used to walk on the moon in the 1/6th Chair, and more. The sixth grade class takes this trip each spring.

Also, St. Andrew School has been celebrating 140 years this year.  We will wrap up the 140th Anniversary Exhibit with a final presentation on May 4 at the Mega Raffle Drawing event.  For more information about the school, please visit us on the web.
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ST. AGATHA, NEW ATHENS SENDS SCHOOL NEWS

NEW ATHENS — These students’ favorite day in Math class is March 14 – Pi Day! Besides studying the first 100 digits of pi in song and testing the relationship of the circumference and diameter of a circle, class ends with what else? Chocolate pie!!

Our 5th-8th graders are immersed in a special month-long Science project about pollution and alternative energy sources. Teams of students each surveyed a measured tract of land near the water at Okaw Valley Park, and charted evidence of organisms, pollution, plant life, and other observations. They studied sources of the pollution first hand, and followed up with research on how to reduce this pollution. They are also investigating alternative sources of energy, and the project will culminate with a trip to the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam in Modoc, Ill.

We invite everyone from the community to take a look at our school. We are currently registering students for the 2013-2014 school year, and you can learn more by calling Mrs. Newbold at 475-2170, visiting the website at www.stagathaschool.org, or liking us on Facebook.
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SS. PETER & PAUL IN WATERLOO CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED

WATERLOO — The Whiteside Station of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution visited SPPCS on a chilly, Wednesday afternoon to show the students the proper protocol for retiring an American flag.

Florence Mulligan, regent of the chapter of DAR, lead the ceremony and stated, “The Flag of the United States of America is our Nation’s symbol of liberty … .This Flag speaks for justice, honor, and integrity; it speaks our sense of pride as proud Americans.”

She continued, “We, as American citizens, respect the Flag, always seeing that it retains its original beauty. When it is no longer a fitting emblem for use and must be destroyed, we do so by burning it.” The ceremony began with a prayer, and continued with members of the DAR cutting the union of the Flag (the stars) out, and then the stripes one by one.
Each stripe was burned as members of the DAR read aloud the name of each of the original 13 states, followed by the union of the Flag. The entire assembly then stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a prayer. The ashes of the Flag will be buried in a location known only to the individual assigned the task of burying them.

Members of the DAR hold the American Flag that will be burned.
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ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL CELEBRATES LENT

FREEBURG — On Monday, Feb. 11, students from pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade at St. Joseph School participated in the annual Lenten Retreat put together by the school’s liturgical committee.

Throughout the afternoon, students teamed with their big brother or big sister as they rotated among four specific rooms. Students focused on prayer, giving, sharing, reflection, and tradition.

In the Prayer room, students prayed to God and wrote their own Lenten prayers. In the Giving room, students made Easter cards to send to residents at the local nursing home. In the Sharing room, students discussed the start of Operation Rice Bowl, an annual initiative that raises money to help feed those less fortunate than ourselves. In the Reflection room, students created and decorated a fish to commit what they chose to give up throughout Lent.

The last activity involved a celebration of tradition. The teachers explained the story of the origins of pretzels in which a monk rolled the dough into the traditional prayer pose of folded arms. After the story, students had an opportunity to share in a pretzel meal with their big brothers and big sisters. After the retreat, the prayers and the fish were brought to Church as a reminder of the day’s activities throughout the Lenten Season.
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ALTHOFF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ‘SPRINGING’ INTO ACTION

BELLEVILLE — Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville is looking forward to a variety of activities in coming months, beginning with the annual Crusader Auction March 23rd at the school. Theme for the auction: “A Night of Jazz and Spirits.” Call 235-1124 or visit online at www.althoff.com.

In April, the alumni and friends will host a baurtification day from 8 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will do “a little spring cleaning,” according to Sara Prindable-Simonin. Painting, organizing and weeding will also be on the morning’s agenda. Call 235-1124 or email ssimonin@althoff.net.

In May the school will host an Ambassador Social event. Gather at Heritage Hall to watch the Cardinals take on the Cubs and get an update on prgoress since last fall. Call Sara for more info. 
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MATER DEI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SPONSORS FOOD DRIVE

BREESE —Justin Guttersohn and Carson Abner cut a dry wall sheet to use in the Building Trades house. BT students are working indoors while the weather is still cold.

The Mater Dei Music Department extends an invitation to the public to its Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 the gymnasium. The Concert Band, Jazz Band, and MD Chorus will perform a number of selections.

The Music Department is also hosting its annual Trivia Knight to be held on Saturday, March 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Breese. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00. The new cost is $10 per person with a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight people per table. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For additional information, please contact Mark and Allison Cowgill at (618) 526-7153.
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WELCOME TO OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL SCHOOL IN HERRIN

HERRIN — Welcome to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School! At OLMC, education is a high priority. Our school provides a loving, learning environment where the entire community of teachers, parents and students are committed to academic and personal successes. We seek to prepare children in mind and spirit during these formative years, to give them the tools necessary to live a life full of hope, peace and joy, regardless of what challenges the future might hold for them. OLMC School strives to teach students by nourishing them through Catholic teachings and values in order to make the reign of God ever visible.

Our Lady of Mr. Carmel School takes great pride in remaining in the forefront of Catholic education. We offer small classes with experienced teachers. We also embrace the need to develop technology literate students that will be prepared to succeed in our technological society.

Close individualized attention by faculty and staff enables each student to receive the special attention they need in a safe and supportive environment. We believe it is imperative to continue to make every effort not only to meet the local and state standards, but to surpass them.

While not all students who come to our school are Catholic, we welcome the attendance of non-Catholic students to share experiences of values and faith. We believe this diversity within our student population strengthens our ecumenical goals. At OLMC, we emphasize values which encourage students to accept others rather than exclude them. We teach children to understand the difference between right and wrong, and how to serve God by being respectful, kind, caring and responsible to others.
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ST. CLARE CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN O’FALLON TO CELEBRATE CSW

O’FALLON — St. Clare Catholic School will honor
two extraordinary volunteers and celebrate its Catholic identity during Catholic Schools Week January 27-February 2. An open house and dinner for the community are among a number of activities emphasizing the school’s focus on faith, academics, enrichment opportunities and service.

Meanwhile, construction continues on schedule for the school’s expansion project, which will add classrooms, a state-of-the-art science lab and expanded spaces for both the computer lab and library. The open house and celebration of the addition will be held in April.
“Joanne and Andy Blassie of O’Fallon will be honored for their outstanding commitment to Catholic education,” said Principal Milissa Faust. “They have contributed their time and talent for our wonderful building addition and countless other school projects. They also volunteer at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville.”

Joanne and Andy Blassie will be celebrated Monday during a prayer service at 8:35 a.m. in the school. Alumni will speak about how a St. Clare education affected their lives. A reception to honor the Blassies and other school volunteers will follow.

Throughout the week, the school will focus on faith, service and fun, in addition to academics. The theme of the week is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”
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GIBAULT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL WITH INTERNATIONAL FLAIR

WATERLOO — Gibault Catholic High students recently put on a talent show to close Catholic Schools Week.

One of our newest students, Daniel Zhu, comes to us from China and told us that he played the accordion. A few phone calls later, we had our Chinese exchange student playing a Spanish song on the Waterloo German Band’s accordion.

The student body was so impressed that they gave Daniel a standing O. After explaining to him what that meant, he was very pleased that the students appreciated his talent. Now that’s global learning!!
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BLESSED SACRAMENT FIFTH GRADERS RAISE MONEY
FOR CANCER RESEARCH

BELLEVILLE — Nov. 30, 2012: A typical Saturday afternoon for many fifth graders involves playing sports, chilling out with a video game or just hanging with friends. For a group of girls from Blessed Sacrament’s fifth grade class, a day off from school meant an opportunity to put their time and talents to work for those who are battling cancer.

Isabella Hoolihan, Hannah Telken, Liza Butler, Lois Landreth, Amy Wenzel, Jillian Mattingly and Mia Orlet recently hosted a bake sale in a west Belleville neighborhood to raise money for cancer research. The girls made baked goods and created cancer loop ribbons to give to each person who bought an item. Their hard work helped raise $305 for the Cancer Research Center in St. Louis, an organization chosen by the girls.

The girls’ teacher, Celeste Furmanek, said the inspiration for the bake sale came from a lesson learned in a recent reading assignment. The class read a story about a fifth grade girl that convinced her classmates to help her pack more than 200 sandwiches for a homeless shelter. Furmanek informed the class that they would be doing a similar project for Project Compassion in January, but the girls decided they wanted to do something more and sooner.

“They came up with the idea themselves to do the bake sale and they chose the organization they wanted the money to benefit,” said Furmanek. “This wasn’t a school project or a homework assignment, but rather an example of some amazing girls with big hearts who understand the importance of helping others.”

Blessed Sacrament is a parochial grade school in Belleville, Illinois. Blessed Sacrament School provides systematic training of the child through instruction, discipline, example, and development of all abilities: moral, intellectual, and physical. The school’s primary goal is to help its students internalize the message of Christ, to love God and to show this in their encounters with others.
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ST. BRUNO SCHOOL IN PINCKNEYVILLE WELCOMES VISITORS

PINCKNEYVILLE — Welcome to St. Bruno School. Our school is a part of the Belleville Diocesan School System, and provides a challenging, faith-based education to children in pre-k through eighth grade. We are a fully accredited school with a state certified teaching staff.
We are proud of our tradition of excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, and athletics. Many St. Bruno graduates have excelled in high school by graduating in the top percentages of their classes.
Please make use of our website for more information. We hope you enjoy your visit!.
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