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Notes from Principal Musolf’s Desk
Prayer for Friday, March 4th:
help us to be reverent and open to
in our houses of prayer
so that we can
come closer to you
and learn to do your
We ask this through Jesus Christ our
Father Don introduced our March virtue of
Self-Discipline. Father stated that this was the perfect month
to honor this virtue as the Lenten season is among us. Self-Discipline
reminds us of Lent in that we have to be disciplined to pray, fast and
give to the poor. All disciplines initially come from external force.
This force can be a teacher, parent, peer or employer. As we move away
from someone encouraging us, we enter into our own self-discipline as
our desire to be proficient at our goals is realized. During this
Lenten season, I would encourage you to revisit your own
self-discipline and ignite that passion again. Rejuvenate yourself and
begin a journey into Lent that can have lasting benefits.
Holy Spirit School Vision
In this week’s take home Friday Folder,
each family will receive a green colored form requesting input for a
vision statement at Holy Spirit School. Rochester Catholic Schools
does have a mission and vision statement that is an overarching
umbrella for us. A committee has been assembled consisting of Holy
Spirit School parents and staff to create a vision statement
specifically for Holy Spirit School. The hope is our vision statement
will reflect the realities of our school now, but also include our
future. If you would be so kind as to complete the three questions on
the form and return them to school by Friday, March 11th, the committee
can then utilize your input to create our vision statement.
Picking up Students Early:
We continually strive to take advantage of every minute of
instructional time we have available during a given day. The office is
receiving more and more requests for students to be waiting in the
office when parents arrive to pick them up for an appointment.
Sometimes students sit in the office waiting for several minutes, which
is lost learning time for them.
With learning in
the forefront of our mind, we will discontinue the practice of students
being sent to the office prior to their parent’s arrival. Please do
not request that your child wait in the office for you. Secretaries
will intercom teachers in order to have the student sent to the office
after the parent arrives. This will ensure that the teachers can
continue to do their job of teaching and students can continue their
job of learning.
With safety in mind too, parents must
always come in the office to sign in/out their children. No adult in
the office = no child released.
Written notice, in
advance of picking your child up early, will support our goal of
maximizing educational time. Teachers can prepare for your child’s
departure and give them work that they will miss, instead of
haphazardly sending them on their way. Emailing the teachers and office
staff the night before is the most efficient and effective way to make
this process go smoothly for everyone. Notice of less than 3 hours
should be the exception and not the norm for picking up children early.
Obviously emergencies and unexpected events can be accommodated.
We know this is a change for you as parents, but hope that
you understand our reasons and support the learning and safety of all
I Love to Read
The total minutes our school read for the
month was 154,651.
As the committee tackled the actual
“minutes read” vs. “the minutes that were needed to be read” in
order to achieve our 200,00 goal, that is how we arrived at our
Congratulations to Mrs. Gaines’ class for reading the
most minutes in relationship to how much was expected. They will enjoy
a pizza party in the near future.
Mrs. Pyfferoen’s class for being the runner-up. They will have a Word
Game Party in the near future as well.
This was a great
first year of I Love to Read month. The committee is already thinking
about next year and exciting opportunities that await.
Enrollment for 2011-2012 School
FAIR applications are due by March 18th. If you need
assistance, please contact us at 288-8818. In order to be eligible to
receive financial aid, you must complete the FAIR form either online or
the hard copy version.
going into kindergarten next year, who have an older sibling in RCS,
may simply be added to the family data sheet. There is no need for an
enrollment packet for them.
If you are a current family of RCS and
have not received a letter containing a family data sheet, please
contact us immediately at 288-8818. These letters were mailed home and
should have arrived on January 24, 2011.
We are a great place to
If you know of people who are "school shopping,"
kindly let them know that we would love to visit with them about the
prospect of their family joining ours at Holy Spirit. Our doors are
open. Registrations are still being accepted.
Summer Enrichment Learning
At the last HSA meeting, during the open
floor discussion, a parent brought up summer and activities that could
be provided by the school to keep students learning throughout the
summer. Some ideas that were tossed around included:
Packets of work (units that you weren’t able to cover) for students
to complete over the summer and return in the fall for a small
2. Assigned Book Readings (specifically for JH students)
that they then come ready to discuss immediately in September.
3. Potential Book Clubs or Read Alouds during the summer by
a teacher or two.
By coincidence, the next day, a
representative of ABC Toy Zone brought order forms for Summer Bridge
Activities Books. The cost per book is $14.95. It is a large 160 page
book, including all core subjects and are grade specific. The school
will get $2.00 for every book sold. In addition, if students complete
the book and return it to ABC Zone, they get a $2.00 gift certificate.
Please watch for upcoming order forms.
From Fat Tuesday to Lenten Mission
Committee has met several times to plan a meaningful 40 day journey for
our students. On March 8, your child will receive a little tube of
M&M candies as part of a school-wide celebration of Fat Tuesday.
(Tootsie Roll banks will be given to students who have tree-nut
allergies). The candy tube will also be part of a school Lenten
almsgiving project. Holy Spirit School is on a mission to collect money
to feed hungry children both locally and globally.
After the M&M tubes are empty we are
encouraging students to fill that M&M tube with quarters. We would
like the students to participate as much as possible. This shouldn’t
be parents just writing out a check. We want the kids to take action.
This is a chance for them to make a difference! We suggest that
children do extra chores to earn the quarters or possibly give up a
treat and put the quarters that would have been spent in the tube.
Participation is optional. We ask that students return their filled or
partially-filled M&M tubes to school by Friday, April 29.
One tube filled with quarters is enough
to provide a meal to 74 kids through Channel One’s Food for
Kidz is an organization that packs and sends meals consisting of
rice, soy, dried veggies and powdered nutrients to starving children
all over the world. A half cup serving contains all the nutrition
needed for one day. Holy Spirit students in Gr. K-8 will have the
opportunity to taste these meals sometime between March 9-11. Please
contact your child’s teacher if your child has an allergy to any of
the ingredients listed.
Save the date: A
neat thing about this project is that families may also get some
hands-on participation. The money Holy Spirit School raises will be
donated to a Food for Kidz food-packing event to be held here in
Rochester on October 15, 2011. People of all ages will be able to sign
up next fall to volunteer to pack food that day. Last year, volunteers
packed over 116,000 meals in one day! Over 11,600 of these meals were
donated to Channel One here in Rochester.
It will be wonderful to see how many
children we will be able to feed after the tubes are turned in!
We’d like to thank the Holy Spirit HSA for sponsoring this
Lent the Journey Begins
8, to celebrate Fat Tuesday, students may wear purple, green and gold
on this day. Beads will be given to students, and they will receive a
tube of M&Ms as a special treat. Traditional “King Cake” will
be served at lunch. Per tradition, prizes will be given to the class
who finds the toy baby hidden in the cake. Our French teacher, Mary
Nowakowski, will incorporate a project for Mardi Gras into French for
will have their prayer corner prepared for Lent. It will include a dish
of holy water, purple fabric and a barren twig. A holy water bottle will
be given to each classroom teacher. The bottle will be filled from the
baptismal font reminding us of our baptism. Students may use the Holy
Water to bless themselves at any point throughout the day.
The Holy Water could also be used upon entering the room,
before morning, lunch and/or afternoon prayer.
Ash Wednesday, March 9th, Lent begins.
The school will attend Mass, and all will receive the traditional
Beginning on March 9th and going through
Holy Thursday, our afternoon prayer with announcements will be taken
from a Lenten prayer book. The prayers end with a reflection and we
will all be challenged to change our hearts. Morning Prayer will
remain our respective virtues prayer.
will begin the week of March 13th with pledge collections due on March
24th (the day before spring break). This almsgiving opportunity
benefits the Minnesota Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. More information
March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. This
will be a non-uniform day IF students wear green (jeans or comfortable
pants are perfect). Students who decide not to wear green must stay in
April 6th will be a school-wide Communal
Reconciliation at 9:15 AM.
April 20th, the whole school will participate in a Lent retreat. It
will be held at Holy Spirit School in the afternoon, preceding Stations
of the Cross.
Our local parishes invite all of our
families to celebrate the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and
On Friday, April 22, there will be no
school so families may attend Good Friday services, and travel to be
Needed: Children's Magazines
family subscribe to any children’s magazines? Do you have old issues
that your children are done reading? Please consider donating your old
magazines to our school. The library is looking for children’s
magazines (appropriate for grades K-6) that are less than one year old
and in good condition for students to read in the library and check
out. If you would like to make a donation, please contact the
librarian, Colleen Streefland, at
email@example.com. Thank you!
Box Tops for Education
we completed the second collection of Box Tops for this year. Our
totals this time were incredible - we earned nearly as much as the
first count, in a much shorter time frame! Thanks to all students and
teachers for your great efforts in saving your Box Tops. Holy Spirit
will receive nearly $2000 this year, thanks to you! A special
congratulations to Miss Thome's class, who were the top collectors
with 1418 Box Tops. Second place goes to Mrs. Kuisle's class with
988, and Mrs. Wells' class came in third with 849. Keep saving for
our final count of the year in May.
Upcoming Events at Holy Spirit School
Mar. 8 Fat
Tuesday (Non-uniform Day-wear gold/green/purple)
Mar. 9 9:15 a.m.
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Mar. 11 Gary Vanselow Memorial Fish
Mar. 14 Hopathon Week
Mar. 14 No morning
bus. School starts at normal time.
Mar. 14 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day (Non-uniform
Mar. 18 FAIR Due
Mar. 25-Apr. 1
Apr. 14 Graduation
June 2 7:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation
Friday Folder Attachments
for the following attachments:
order form due March 11
Junior High Track &
Junior High Softball
Pre-participation Physical Examinations for Athletes March 5