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Finding our New Normal

September 29, 2020
By Various Teachers

We have had a good experience with Distance Learning.  We engage the class through Google Classroom as much as possible. We are teachers - we can handle any obstacle thrown our way.  We are resilient.  We are islands in the stream, we rely on each other. As with any new situation, it takes time to get used to. The “new normal” has been a gradual thing, we are slowly getting used to everything.  If you add a little bit of change at a time, it gets easy to carry any burdens. The parents are being extremely caring and considerate.  They are being patient with all of our technology problems and helping us work through all of them together. They are fantastic!! ~ Mrs. Lawler

In the days leading up to in-service, I was very nervous.  I was nervous about learning new technology programs, trying to balance teaching distance learners and in-person learners at the same time, and of course, trying to keep myself, my growing baby, and my students safe during these Covid times.  While things have not been easy by any means, the collaboration and support among my department of teachers has been incredible.  This situation has really brought us closer together as we help each other adjust to this new style of teaching and the obstacles that we encounter daily.  Above all else, the way that the teachers have come together, has been a nice reminder of what a special place Holy Rosary is to work.  We’re more than a department… we truly are a family. ~ Mrs. Hogan

I think overall, distance learning is going well. Having Google Classroom is fantastic, we are lucky that we are 1 to 1 with our laptops, otherwise getting classwork to the distance learning students would be a lot to figure out. One aspect of distance learning that I like is how the students are learning how to be more self-sufficient and work independently. Some of the challenges I face every day are traveling from room to room, finding enough time to work closer with the students, and technology issues, but the thing I have learned most from this experience is flexibility. The parts of this situation we are in that I like the least are anxiety about germs, not being able to work in small groups and not being able to work as closely with students that are at home. The best parts are the added technology, awareness of procedures for cleanliness and the different options for at home or in school. ~ Mrs. Bourquin

I really enjoy being back with the students. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to recognize faces and learn new faces despite the masks. I love being able to talk with the students, joke with them, tell stories, etc. It has been incredible to see the dedication the virtual students have towards their learning and their ability to adapt to the "new normal." It is a learning experience for all of us! ~ Mrs. Bledsoe

After over 35 years of teaching, I must say I did not know I would ever be in a situation like the one Covid-19 has provided. Since I have taught so long nothing shocks me, but this is a very interesting time. Each day brings new situations. I must say, I have gone through many emotions while teaching so far. First, I was happy to “see” all the students even though it is with masks and from six feet! I am overjoyed to be at Holy Rosary with people I have worked with for MANY years. Students and friends are great! Next, I am frustrated that I am technologically challenged. I am one of those people who will always push the wrong button, post in the wrong class, or delete something that I did not know I deleted. I feel there are many things from me wandering around in some cloud somewhere. I have issues texting, so you know I have computer issues; however, I have felt relief because my students, coworkers and children have come to my rescue. Let’s just say, I have provided many laughs. I have felt exhausted at times because the teachers are traveling from class to class, and I am not in shape! Wearing tennis shoes has helped that issue. I get panicked because I can’t see, so I know the distant learners have seen my eyeball at times because I get so close to the camera. But the one feeling I can say that I have felt since day one is pride. I am proud of Mr. Mullis who has been the driving force in getting us back to school. I am proud of my co-workers who have spent countless hours in and out of school.  I am proud of my friends and daughter who answered endless questions about computers and help solve my problems! Most of all I am proud of Holy Rosary. We stepped up to the plate and hit a home run even though no one could watch because they could not be in the stands! ~ Mrs. Young

Welcome to the HRS family!

August 25, 2020
By 2020 New Teachers

Angie Acerra ~ The Learning Center

Angie Acerra comes to Holy Rosary from Christ the King Lutheran School where she had worked since moving to Memphis in 2008. She is single and lives with her best friend Lyda. Her parents are James and Kathy Acerra of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and has one brother, Alex who lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

She is an avid Arkansas Razorback fan, and enjoys watching most sporting events. She enjoys reading and crafting and loves Dr. Pepper, Vitamin Water, and chocolate! 

Angie has completed her first 30 hours of Orton Gillingham training and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Williams Baptist University.

While working at Holy Rosary, she looks forward to working with a team of people that want what is best for each student and is looking forward to meeting so many members of the Holy Rosary family throughout her time here. Angie’s favorite scripture passage is also her teaching verse: "The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith." 1 Timothy 1:5.

Welcome to HRS, Angie!

 

Kristen Crone ~ 2K

Kristen Crone is no stranger to Holy Rosary. She worked in our summer camp and after care programs, and was a substitute teacher here for about 10 years. She had also been a 2K teacher at SAA-SDS for almost 4 years. She lives with her 4 year old dog, Penny, and her parents, brother, and sister-in law are all in town and love Holy Rosary!

She enjoys crafting and going to just about any Memphis sporting event: Tigers, Grizzlies, 901 FC, and the Redbirds! And she loves the Chicago Cubs!

Kristen has a Bachelors in Liberal Studies in Education and a Masters in Teaching, both from Christian Brothers University. She is most looking forward to teaching her sweet 2K students how much fun school can be! “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Welcome “back” to HRS, Kristen!

 

Molly Cunningham ~ The Angel Program

Molly Cunningham is one of our new teachers in the Angel Program. She likes to shop and read and spend her time with her husband Randy, daughter Sierra, granddaughter Malyah, step-son Rusty and grandbaby Riley.

She has worked at Methodist University and Methodist LeBonheur Hospitals.

Molly has a Bachelors in Education with a Human Development concentration in schools and society, and an Associates Degree in General Education Studies. She has finished her first year of graduate school.

She is looking forward to building long lasting relationships at Holy Rosary while accomplishing goals for her Masters program.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whomsoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Welcome to HRS, Molly!

 

Lauren Luna ~ The Learning Center

Lauren Luna was born and raised in Memphis and recently returned back to the city with her husband Jacob and their Goldendoodle, Maggie, after living in St. Louis, Missouri for the past three years. She graduated with her Bachelors of General Studies with minors in Education, English, & Psychology from the University of Mississippi and received her Masters in Teaching with a concentration in Secondary Science from the University of Memphis.

While in college, she worked at Holy Rosary as an aftercare teacher, substitute, and Angel program teacher. In St. Louis, she taught high school biology and science electives and served as the science department chair and a mentor teacher. She completed dyslexia training this summer with the Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA) in preparation for her new position.

She is looking forward to working in The Learning Center with middle school and having a more individualized approach to teaching. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

Welcome “back” to HRS, Lauren!

 

Ela Melhado ~ Spanish

Ela Melhado comes to the Holy Rosary family from Honduras. 7 days after arriving in Memphis in 2017, Ela and her family were looking for a church to attend. Her GPS led them to Holy Rosary Catholic Church from Collierville! She remembers watching the families on the soccer field that day and thinking how wonderful it would be for her children to attend Holy Rosary. Two months later, Ela and her husband found themselves entering the Holy Rosary parking lot after scheduling a tour, not realizing it was the same place they had been two months before. It was meant to be.

Ela’s husband is Kenneth Melhado, and he works for the Honduran Consulate in Atlanta. They have three children, Kenneth Alfonso in 7th grade, Mia Fernanda in 3rd grade and Maria Isabelle in 4k, all at Holy Roasry. Ela loves to cook but does not like to unload the dishwasher! She enjoys dancing and crafting.

Ela has an Associates degree in education, and was in her third year for her ESL Bachelors degree before moving to the US.  She taught ESL for 13 years on the preschool, elementary and junior high levels in Honduras. She just finished her medical interpreting training at the University of Memphis.

Ela is most looking forward to growing in faith, as a person and professionally, and being able to impact her students' lives in a positive way to help them become better human beings, but most importantly to be able to learn from all of them. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take a refugee in him.” Nahum 1:7

Welcome “back” to HRS, Ela!

 

Lauren Perrine ~ Music

Lauren Perrine is a native Memphian and proud Memphis Tiger fan!  She has a daughter, Nancy Kate, who will be a sophomore at St. Agnes and a son, Will, who is in 8th grade at Holy Rosary.

She has been a member of a choir most of her life. She remembers she could not wait until 5th grade because that was the year she could join the choir at her elementary school.  As an adult, she began to branch out as a soloist for churches throughout Memphis and the Diocese.  In 2016, she decided to return to the University of Memphis and pursue a degree in vocal performance. She auditioned and was granted a full talent-based scholarship to attend the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and perform in the University's opera program.  She appeared on stage with the University in five performances with principal roles in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, Aaron Copeland's The Tender Land and W. A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and was awarded the prestigious Ethel Maxwell Memorial Scholarship given to outstanding current music students. She also appeared on stage with Opera Memphis in two performances including a named role in Giacomo Pucini's Suor Angelica.  For the past four years, Lauren was a staff singer at St. John's Episcopal church where she was a soloist and member of the Chancel Choir and the Memphis Chamber Choir and assistant for the Memphis BoyChoir both based at St. John's. 

She loves to cook and entertain family and friends. She is most looking forward to hosting a big party as soon as the pandemic is over!

Lauren is very excited to begin her career at Holy Rosary!  She believes that music adds so much enjoyment to people’s lives and has the unique ability to soothe hearts and minds. On beautiful days Lauren loves to look up to the clouds and think about meeting the Lord in the air and joining the heavenly choirs of angels. She believes music can teach us so much about the love of God and she cannot wait to share that love with the children of Holy Rosary. "Then we, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall be always with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Welcome “back” to HRS, Lauren!

 

Rhiannon Thomas – 1st Grade

Rhiannon Thomas started her career in education as a first grade teacher in the Jubilee Schools at St. John where she taught for 4 years. She then went to St. Patrick’s as principal for 3 years, and then back to St. John as principal for one year. When the Jubilee schools announced their closure she opted to stay in Catholic schools and went to Incarnation as principal for the last two years.

She’s been married to Greg Thomas for 16 years. In 2015 he was ordained a deacon and he currently serves at Incarnation. They have a 7 year old son, Jaxon who is in 2nd grade at HRS.

Rhiannon has attended Catholic schools from 1st grade through graduate school. Her Bachelors and Masters degrees are from Christian Brothers University. She has received the St John Neumann Outstanding Service Award and Christ The Teacher Award for the Diocese of Memphis. 

She is so excited to be part of the HRS family! Her heart has always been in the classroom; building relationships and guiding students as readers and thinkers. Rhiannon believes everything happens in our lives for a reason. And while we may not be able to understand it in the moment, it is all part of God’s plan.

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Welcome to HRS, Rhiannon!

 

Charity Webb – The Angel Program

Charity Webb is another one of our new Angel teachers. She enjoys swimming, watching movies, traveling the world and spending time with her son, Cornelius Martin, Jr., her step daughter, Riley and her fiancée, Cornelius, Sr.

Charity worked at Baptist Desoto for 10 years and has a Masters Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. She is getting married in December of this year and is most looking forward to getting to know everyone at Holy Rosary!

 “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12

Welcome to HRS, Charity!

What have you missed most about Holy Rosary while we have been home?

May 19, 2020
By Various Students 2K-8th Grade

* What I miss most about school is walking into the classroom and seeing my friends and teacher. ~ Cooper H. 5th Grade

* I miss centers with my friends, especially playing Cool Math on the iPads! ~ Quinn P. Kindergarten

* One thing that I have missed about Holy Rosary is being able to interact with peers and teachers to better understand the material we are learning about. ~ Ava K. 6th Grade

* What I miss most about school is hanging out with my friends on the playground. ~ Matthew J. 1st Grade

* What I miss the most is seeing you all in person. ~ Alexis W. 5th Grade TLC

* I miss playing with toys at school. ~ Knox S. 2K

* I miss everything and being together. ~ Addie G. 2nd Grade

* I miss my friends the most and seeing them every day. I miss being present in a classroom and having the ability to communicate and learn easily with my teachers. As an 8th grader, I also miss having my last track season, the very last day at Holy Rosary, and the 8th grade walk. ~ Ava E. 8th Grade

* I just miss everything. I miss my teachers and my friends. I miss painting and drawing and having fun with my friends, I love them.  I love Holy Rosary! ~ Alfie K. 3K

* I mostly miss my friends, classmates and teachers.  I also miss specials and electives. ~ Whitman K. 7th Grade

* Oh, that's easy, I miss my friends and my teacher!! ~ Ella A. 3rd Grade

* I miss walking down the hallway and seeing my friends first thing in the morning in the cafeteria. ~ Judd L. 4th Grade

* I miss our room and our friends. I love our beautiful rainbows. It was really special. ~ Georgia K. 4K

* My experience with distance learning has been both difficult and rewarding. It has made me a better student. In the Zoom meetings, my teachers have been making things more fun with riddles and science experiments. I have also learned that to get good grades, you have to take responsibility for your work. In a family of 6, it can be a little noisy and distracting. I never thought that I would appreciate a (relatively) quiet classroom. I miss my friends and our jokes the most. I will look forward to returning to school next Fall. ~ John M. 5th Grade

* I miss specials, my friends, recess, and my teachers. ~ Charlie, Jack and Libby H. 1st Grade

* I miss all my friends, my classroom, and Mrs. Stephens. ~ Lucy L. 2nd Grade

* I miss walking down the halls, saying jokes and making people laugh. ~ Dqorian B. 8th Grade

* I do really really really love library class, so I might say that.  But I really do like reading different books and discussing different questions while I’m *at* school.  This is really hard!  Also, I do miss tests. ~ Maggie W. 3rd Grade

* We miss centers, the playground and our friends. ~ Mrs. Barbara’s Class 3K

* I have missed the fact that I can't see my friends every day walking down the hall and going to classes with them. ~ Anthony W. 6th Grade

* I miss hugging Ms. Nall. ~ Liam S. Kindergarten

* I am missing my friends a lot! And sleepovers. ~ Lissie E. 4th Grade

* One thing I have missed is eating lunch with friends. ~ Alex K. 7th Grade

* I miss seeing my friends in real life. Home is so boring. ~ Sadie and Sophie S. 1st Grade TLC

* During these 2 months of lockdown, I’ve been socially impaired. Not being able to go to school saddens me. I miss spelling, my friends, Mrs. Seebeck, recess, computer, the library, and Mass twice a week. Hopefully, I’ll see you all in the Fall. Stay apart, and do your part, for the safety of us all. ~ Taylor P. 3rd Grade

* Since I have been home, I have missed seeing my friends the most. ~ Ryan K. 8th Grade

* I miss jelly beans. ~ Palmer D. 3K

* I miss being with my friends and teacher at school. ~ Genevieve G. 4th Grade

* I like being home with my new cat but I miss all my friends. ~ Benjamin M. 4K

* The thing I miss most about Holy Rosary is the awesome friends and teachers I get to see in the hallways. ~ Annabelle L. 7th Grade

* I miss being able to learn at Holy Rosary in school. ~ Jane S. 1st Grade

* My at home learning process has been hard sometimes. I would much rather be at school with friends and teachers. My favorite part about all of this is that I get free time and I have been cooking a lot. Overall, at home learning isn’t the worst thing ever but learning at school is a lot better! ~ Hallie M. 5th Grade

* I would say the book sale, lunch and Social Studies. ~  Fulton C. 2nd Grade

* I have missed my friends, my teachers, and the wonderful community at Holy Rosary. ~ Adam K. 6th Grade

* I miss my friends and playing on the playground. I miss doing math with Mrs. Schadrack. ~ Carden W. 1st Grade TLC

* I miss the playground. ~ Fletcher K. Kindergarten

* I miss snack time with everybody. ~ Julius K. 4K

* What I have missed the most about Holy Rosary is all of my teachers and friends. I have missed them the most because this was my last year with all of them together and I didn’t get to have all the time I could have had. ~ Sailor H. 8th Grade

* I miss playing with my friends, being there, playing on the playground, learning, and my teachers.  I like the snow center. ~ Nolan S. 3K

* I miss the teachers because they are nice and also because they let us have candy for our tests. I also miss the playground. ~ Rush A. 4th Grade

* I miss seeing my friends and my teachers and I miss having a good laugh with my classmates. ~ Lilah J. 6th Grade

* I miss my teachers, Miss Young and Mrs. Gwen! ~ Jocelyn S. Kindergarten

* I miss playing on the playground. ~ Henry M. 2K

* I miss my friends and recess, but I don’t miss wearing a uniform every day. ~ Thomas F. 3rd Grade

* I miss getting to see my friends and teachers and having an organized schedule. ~ Abbey L. 7th Grade

* I miss my friends and Mrs. Stevens and the specials. ~ Lucas T. 2nd Grade

* What I miss most about school is my friends and teachers. I miss seeing them every day. I miss my teachers’ craziness and I miss doing stuff every day with my friends. That is what I miss most about Holy Rosary. ~ Lucy M. 5th Grade

* I am missing my friends and teachers and PE and sports and lunch. I miss being able to hug some of my friends and teachers, wishing for coronavirus to go away and never come back. ~ Elliana M. 1st Grade

* I miss all of it. ~ Hunter K. 4K

The More that You Read, the More Things You will Know

March 24, 2020
By Kelsey Bourquin

 Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  As teachers, our hearts pitter-patter when we hear this phrase because we know it’s true.  Students who are “true readers” tend to exhibit some or all of the following generalizations in our middle school classrooms:  
 
1. Strong, unique writing skills  2. Higher academic vocabulary  3. Faster and higher comprehension of nonfiction content reading  4. More creative  5. Can think within, beyond, and about the fiction books read and discussed in class  6. Can share their thinking about reading with partners, small groups, and whole class  7. Brings a plethora of ideas when it comes to a new project, task, or assignment  8. Scores high on standardized tests. 9. Not likely to be a behavior issue in class  10. Responds thoughtfully to written reading responses  
 
Being a language arts teacher, it has been my honest observation that students who like to read and are constantly devouring books show qualities from the list above.  
 
     So, why should we continue this love for reading as an adult? Reading for just 30 minutes a day has been proven to change our health for the better. I am not taking about reading an Instagram or Facebook feed; I am saying if you read an actual book. According to Yale researchers, not only can reading add years to your life but there are many more ways reading does a body good. A great novel can take you to a far-away place or a long-lost time, it can make you think and laugh, and even teach and inspire you. 
 
1. Reading can boost Brainpower- Becoming engrossed in a story has been shown to enhance connectivity in the brain, which improves brain function. Using MRI scans, neuroscientists at Emory University found that when a person is reading fiction, it stimulates and strengthens the language-processing parts of the brain. It also increases connectivity in areas associated with physical sensations and movement.  
 
2. Reading may help keep away Alzheimer’s- No matter how old you are, reading books can help preserve memory, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. Just like muscles in your body, the brain needs its version of exercise to keep it strong and healthy. Consider curling up with a book to be that perfect workout! Researchers found people who frequently exercised their minds later in life—by reading, writing letters, or visiting the library—had a 32% lower rate of mental decline compared to those who didn’t engage in such activities.  
 
3. Reading improves your empathy- Getting sucked into a good fiction book may make you more empathetic, or able to understand what others are thinking and feeling, according to research. One study showed that reading literary fiction, specifically, can improve your 
capacity for empathy, where reading nonfiction or popular fiction doesn’t have the same effect. 
 
4. Reading reduces stress- Reading can ease your stressed-out nerves by as much as 68%, according to reports by researchers at Sussex University. They found reading was more effective at fighting stress than listening to music, sipping a cup of tea, or even taking a walk. And it only took six minutes for the study subjects to relax once they started flipping pages! 
 
5. Reading helps you fall asleep- Experts agree that establishing a relaxing bedtime routine helps calm your mind and signal your body that it’s time for shut-eye. Reading is a great way to wind down—as long as you’re snuggling into an old-fashioned paperback or hardcover, not an e-reader or tablet. The blue light that’s emitted from electronic devices actually activates the brain and *suppresses* the release of melatonin—a hormone that induces sleep. Research shows reading from a screen can make it harder to fall and stay asleep, so stick to paper books. 
 
     We can all agree that a longer life would be great, less stress would be ideal, more sleep is needed, and having a stronger mind is necessary. So, step away from your computer/phone for a little while, crack open a book, and replenish your soul for a little while (at least 30 minutes).

What is Love? What Does Love Mean to You?

February 11, 2020
By 2nd Grade Students

Love means like if you love someone. And that person loves you back. And treats you fair, that’s love. And love can mean like you love your family. And love can be joy. – Natalie

Love is joy. Love is kind. Love does not keep recordings of wrongs that others do to me. Love means to be happy. – Scarlett

Love is a warm feeling inside my heart like a puppy or a kitty. – Lily

Love means happiness. Love mean you make other people happy. Love means giving toys to people who do not have any. Love means being kind to other people. – Kaylen

Love is happiness and love is joy. Love means spending time with my family to me. You spend time with friends. You have fun together. You celebrate your family’s successes. – Addie

Love is my family loving me. I love my family. My cousin loves me. My grandma loves me. I love my grandma. I love my cousin. My grandpa loves me. I love my grandpa. My friends love me. I love my friends. – Erin

Love means happiness. Love is a thing that makes people happy. Love is something very very nice. Love begins when people meet and then it never ends. Love is like a sunset. Love is like a sunrise. – Harry

Love means a lot to me because it brings happiness and joy. Love is amazing because it brings joy to heaven and earth. God has love, I have love, and everybody has love. – Logan G.

Love means to me that my mommy loves me and my family loves me and even God loves me. My 12-year-old brother loves me, too and my baby sister loves me, too. – Sofia

Love is joy. Love is kind. Love doesn’t want what belongs to others. It is a good feeling. Love is good to have. – Rafael

Love is happiness and love means happiness to me. Because you spend time with family. – Reilly

Love means gentle things like hugs and kisses and cards for the homeless and people in the hospital. I love what God has given us. He is nice. If it weren’t for Him, we all wouldn’t be alive. I love God. – Hunter

Love means happiness, kindness, niceness, and sweetness. Be kind to one another and bless one another. And be happy. – Molly

Love means kindness, happiness, peace, love and being sweet and being extremely nice to others. If someone is lonely, be loving and do something with them. If someone is poor, give them money. – Jaxson

Love is happy, kind, and beautiful. Love means to be grateful and God has love. I like love because people share love. I share love, too. – Declan

Love is something that your family desires. It means everything to God. And you love your family and your cousins and your friends but you still love God, too. – Tristan

Love means everything. Love means spending time together. Love means love is in the air. Love means giving. Love is kind. – Carter

Love means friends. I think love means nice. I think love means care. – Ethan

Love means friendship and I think you love your friends. And like you love God. – Joseph

Love means a lot to me. Love means happiness, joy, and peace, but the greatest thing that has love in it is Jesus. Jesus is a kind and loving man. He will do anything for his people and he loves them. They also love him. This is what love means to me. - Beckett

Love means caring to me. I love somebody and I will care for them. – Fulton

Love means giving hugs. And being nice and kind. And having fun with your sister or brother and pray and rest. – Lucas

Love is a Man named Jesus and giving. Helping others and the world. And caring for others. – Logan D.

Love is caring about friends and family. Loving each other, putting time into friends. Love is not just kissing is it? No, it is not. – Lucy

Love means you care. And you are kind and listen. And understand what people say. And that is what love means to me. – Charlotte

Love is being sweet to other people. And being loving to other people. And being nice, kind, and loving. – Matthew

Love means being kind to others. Love means giving to others. Love is not being mean. Love is giving valentines. My opinion of love is treating others the way you want to be treated. I think love is sharing. – Ruby

Love means caring, being nice, loving, and sharing. Love means helping the poor. Love means being kind and helping others. – Piper

Love means that a person likes another person. And it means that someone might get married. – Martin

Love means that people like you. And that people want to spend time with you. – Isabella

Love means that it’s a nice thing to do. To help somebody. To love the church. If somebody is hurt, help them. – Wyatt

Love is they kiss on the lips. They hug. They help each other. – Matthias

Love is that I care about love. Being kind and listening to what they say. If they are sad, I will cheer them up. – Gelan

Love is happiness. And it is like you saying you love your family. And like me saying I love my family and uncles and grandparents. And great grandparents. And puppies and kittens and dogs and cats. – Preston

Love is caring. Caring makes me happy. Everyone should care for others. – Audrey

Love means to be kind. You like somebody. – John

Love means two people really like each other. And that you have feelings for someone. And that two people care for each other. – Chase

Love means to me spending more time with others. Love means being sweet, kind, and helpful. Love means doing what other people want to. Love doesn’t mean giving people stuff. – Izzy

The Gift of a Catholic Education

January 14, 2020
By Janet Donato

This year marks the 46th year that Catholic schools, nation-wide, set aside a week to highlight and celebrate the gift of Catholic schools. From Sunday, January 26, 2020 to Saturday, February 1,2020, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Memphis, in Tennessee will join with Catholic schools across the nation to celebrate with special Masses, assemblies, and activities for students, parents, teachers, parishioners and community members. This year’s theme is “Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.”

The Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee was established in 1971. Since 1971 our Catholic schools have served more than 352,000 students.  This year 5,210 students are enrolled in our 10 parish schools, Diocesan High schools and 3 private Catholic schools. The mission of our Catholic Church is the mission of our Catholic Schools: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19.

A Catholic Education is an act of love. It is an act of love that forms the next generation of Catholics in our faith and tradition, that manifests a parents’ (and sometimes grandparents’) sacrifice and commitment that results in leaders who serve like Christ himself.  What an awesome gift to give to our children!

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