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3/3-3/7FEBRUARY 28, 2014
LENT BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK! We will attend all parish Mass at 12:15. Please join us if you are able. Talk as a family and decide what you plan to do during the season of Lent to strengthen your spiritual journey.
2/24-2/28FEBRUARY 23, 2014
Thursday: Grades 5-8 will attend the play "Alice" at Gonzaga University. This is free of charge, but a signed permission slip is required by Wednesday 2/26. The play will be from 10:00-12:00.
2/18-2/21FEBRUARY 14, 2014
What a great inservice teachers had! We now all have an IPAD 2, new projectors, and Apple TV, thanks to grant writing by our development director, Angie Krauss.
No school 2/17
2/10-2/14FEBRUARY 07, 2014
Thursday we have free red, pink, and white free dress for Valentine's Day.
No school Feb. 14th and Feb. 17th teacher inservice days.
Silverwood Reading is the ticket forms come home on Thursday these are due 3/18. This is a great program and a great opportunity for a free ticket to Silverwood!!!
2/3-2/7FEBRUARY 03, 2014
What a successful Auction! Thank you to all who helped and attended!!
We are so excited about getting IPADs in our classrooms!!!
We have a vistor from El Salvador that is teaching religion classes every Tuesday and Thursday for 3 weeks. We will be discussing the history, culture, Spanish phrases, and social justice issues facing the country of El Salvador.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL'S WEEKJANUARY 28, 2014
This week each day has a different theme to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Catholic School's Week!! Check the note from the office on free dress days.
Huge Grammar 4 Final this week
If you are in wellness you must have a yoga mat, your daily accountability grade will be impacted if you are not prepared for class.
EL SALVADOR/ LAST DAYJANUARY 24, 2014
Today began with a tour of Oscar Romero's home, and the chapel he was assassinated in. First we went to the chapel and spent time reflecting on life of Romero and work he did in the efforts of social justice for the people of El Salvador. After the visit to the chapel we were able to go into his house. I was personally excited about this since last year it was under renovations.
We had a Nun that works at this memorial give us a very detailed tour. I can't wait to share pictures and some of the stories she shared with us about his life. This man was so humble and truly cared for the Salvordian people.
We went to the Cathedral next, which is a beautiful building in the middle of downtown, a very busy area. In the basement of the Cathedral is the actual tomb of Romero and an area where the Christian Base Communities gather to pray. Upstairs in the Cathedral many people were attending reconciliation today.
For lunch we ate an open air market and did a bit of shopping for fun souvenirs. Then we were off to the UCA ( University of Central America). Here we met with a director of Education, Pauline. She gave wonderful advice on how to go on a pilgrimage such as this and then come back to reality and be able to handle all of the feelings you now have.
At the UCA is also the site of the 6 Jesuits who were assassinated, the housekeeper, and her daughter. We took a guided tour through a small museum and a tour of the area where their house was located. We finished our day having dinner on top of a hill that overlooks San Salvador.
I can't possibly put into words the profound experience of coming to this beautiful country and hearing the stories of the struggles of the people. If you have ever considered going on this trip,please come talk with me I would love to encourage you to go. I hope to return next year to continue building relationships with these wonderful people.
EL SALVADOR/ WEDNESDAJANUARY 22, 2014
We left Tierra Blanca today (the countryside) and headed for the big city of San Salvador. On our way we stopped to see the martyr site of the 4 North American women martyrs. This place always touches me so much to know that these women worked so hard with the poor and oppressed and were killed for this. The site has a memorial grave and a small chapel, where we had time for reflection and prayer.
The city is about 10 degrees cooler than the countryside which felt refreshing after the intense heat we have been in. We had a wonderful dinner of papusas that our very kind driver Martine brought along with his family. Having the chance to sit and share a meal with people from a different culture and learn some of the fun customs was very enjoyable. Also our good friend Cristy came tonight to visit us. She is our translator from the past few years and will be coming to Spokane this week to stay with the Manfred's for a month. I will have her at school to share stories of El Salvador with all of the students!
TITLE YOUR POSTJANUARY 21, 2014
Hola, hace muy caliente en El Salvador! Today was over 100 degrees. My room that has only a cot in it is currently 94 degrees at 10:15 pm.
Today we had a visit from Father Pedro and learned more about the local Christian Based Communities.
After breakfast of pancakes and beans, we went to visit the area high school. I taught a class to diagram a subject, verb, direct object, and preposition. We talked about struggles that high school students face in their country compared to students in the States. Many of the students here only go to school until they are 16 then they need to work to help their families. Many of them are unable to attend college. If they are fortunate to attend an area college they often travel great distances daily and must be very aware of the gang activity around them.
In addition we had a visit to the Fodo, which helps to supply emergency medical supplies. It costs a family .25 cents a month to have access to this clinic. We brought a check for 2,000.00 that is raised by St. Aloysius Parish at various monthly collections.
Tonight we met with scholarship students that work, attend school, and must give back to their community to receive the scholarship. This program helps them to attend high school and college. Amazing.
DAY 2&3 EL SALVADORJANUARY 20, 2014
Hola! The adventure continues here in El Salvador. On Sunday we had the opportunity to attend Mass with the Christian Base Communities. They look at the Gospel through the eyes of the poor and work to act based on this in their daily lives. Father Pedro encourages the people to not be just consumers of the Eucharist but "doers". Wow! What a great lesson for all of us.
Today we visited the farms that the people work very hard at. They grow sesame seeds, cattle, corn, sugar cane, and chilies at these particular farms. They are in a large legal battle here where a wealthy man is trying to unfairly take their land from the workers. These people have spent their whole lives working and may have nothing in 45 days. Please pray for peace for this situation for the people of El Salvador.
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