We’ve reached that time of year – the days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and little silk worms appear to be falling from that sky. We are smack in the middle of the marathon between Catholic School’s Week and Easter Vacation, a long stretch that has everyone eager to get outside and enjoy the spring. Students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School have been hard at work the past few weeks, with new sports teams, standardized testing, and mind-boggling projects.
The most important element of this time of year is the liturgical season of Lent. Each class has taken special efforts to study and embrace this season through prayer, fasting, and works of charity. In first grade, Mrs. Wilson’s class studied the history of the pretzel which, believe it or not, is a product of Catholic monks during Lent! They learned that a monk invented the pretzel and it is so similar to the way we fold our arms when we get our blessing from Father. Students in first grade also learned that it reminds us of the love Jesus has for us and that he died so that we could live. They wrote our Lenten promises on the pretzels and colored them, and will keep them in their classroom prayer space for Lent as a reminder of God’s promise to us.
The third graders have been tracking their recreational reading progress each month with special calendars they take home. Each month, they feature a different genre of books. Students recently read mysteries and filled paper bags with “clues’ that told about their books. In February, they read biographies and wrote diaries from the point of view of a well-known person. The students love sharing their projects each month.
Our fourth grade students have been practicing their competitive math skills! Fourth grade students from around the diocese recently participated in MATH DAY by the Math Honor Society at Clearwater Catholic Central HS. Students participated in hands-on math games including tangrams, fractions, division, and group math problem BINGO! In the afternoon, students played math relay games on the football field. At the end of the day, there is a winner from each school with the highest overall points for each activity. Our school winner was Jade Christopher – congratulations, Jade!
So many wonderful things are happening at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School – help spread the word about how truly great our school is!