Monday, June 6, 2016

Ecuadorian Earthquake Donations

Written by Mrs. Estrada

St. Pius X Regional School rallied together and donated 680 items to the earthquake victims in Ecuador at the beginning of June.

Donations from St. Pius X students for Ecuadorian earthquake victims. I sorted them in to boxes at home of like products.

On April 16th, Ecuador sustained an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8. It has continued to have aftershocks up to 6.7. By the end of April, the death toll had climbed to 659. They rescued 114 people, however almost 28,000 people were injured. More than 26,000 people have been misplaced from their homes and are now living in shelters. Mrs. Estrada, one of our Spanish teachers here at St. Pius X, got involved with this effort when her husband, who is originally from Ecuador, got word that the Ecuadorian Embassy would accept donations and send them to the earthquake victims. St. Pius X families jumped right in to help and donated an assortment of goods including personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, shampoo, and soap. Food items were also collected including powdered milk, baby formula, a variety of canned vegetables, salt, and cans of tuna and sardines.

Here I am helping to load donations onto a truck that would take them to a container that will be shipped to Ecuador.
The Embassy staff was very grateful to our school. The Estradas arrived just in time with our donation to help fill a truck that would deliver the goods to a container that would sail to Ecuador. In 20 days, the victims of this tragedy will receive the donations from our school as a result of the generosity of our families. A big thank you goes out to all who donated and helped with this important outreach program. Please keep the people of Ecuador in your prayers, as it will take years to rebuild these cities and many months to help all the people who were touched by the earthquake.

My husband, Juan Carlos, helping to load the truck bound for his homeland.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Our Band is Superior

On Friday, May 27, 2016, the SPX Concert Band traveled to King’s Dominion to play in a band competition. The Concert Band was awarded the highest accomplishment of “Superior Band” and received acknowledgement from the composer of their final song. One of the judges happened to write the piece and provided many positive critiques of the band on their performance. Congratulations, Mr. Martens and the entire ensemble.

Article and pictures provided by Mrs. Reis and Mrs. Lathrop.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May Procession

Written by Jean Allman

May, the month that we honor Mary, Jesus' mother, is a special time for Kindergarten.  During the first weeks of May the children have been learning the history of the rosary devotion, how to pray the rosary and stories about Mary.  On Monday, a beautiful, sunny May day, the two kindergarten classes celebrated with a traditional "May Procession".  After praying a decade of the rosary, the classes processed to the statue of Mary in a garden outside the church.  There, Catherine Cooney placed a crown of flowers on the statue while the children sang the hymn "O Mary we crown you with blossoms today", followed by other students putting flowers in vases in front of the statue.  The ceremony ended with parents and grandparents joining the kindergarten children in praying a decade of the rosary.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Publishing Party

3B students have been working for months on writing stories using the skills that they have learned in language arts class throughout the year, such as sequence of events, descriptive words, and proper punctuation.  They started with a story map to see how authors outline ideas before they add details.  Once they wrote their stories, they self-edited, peer-edited, and typed up their final drafts on the computers.  The stories were then printed and "published" (by surprise) and made into a book so that our 3B students officially became authors!

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