Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) Celebration

Sra. Rivas took each Spanish class on an in-school field trip to our ofrenda to explain the traditions of the celebration.  Here are some facts about it:

  • It is a celebration of  life not death.  We celebrate and remember the lives of the people we have loved who died.
  • The ofrenda is an important part of the celebration.
    • Every ofrenda also includes the four elements: water, wind, earth and fire. Water is left in a pitcher so the spirits can quench their thirst. Papel picado, or traditional paper banners, represent the wind. Earth is represented by food, especially bread. Candles are often left in the form of a cross to represent the cardinal directions, so the spirits can find their way.
  • Flowers, butterflies and skulls are important symbols
    • The middle school students made flowers that were displayed on our ofrenda.
Information taken from:  https://insider.si.edu/2016/10/5-facts-dia-de-los-muertos-day-dead/

 

 

Bears to Cubs

We are so excited about our new program – Bears to Cubs.  Some of our kindergartens need a little boost in phonics and reading.  Our National Junior Honor Society members have signed up to provide that little boost.  Under the direction of our reading interventionists, the NJHS members signed up to work with some kinders during the middle school recess time.  Twice a week, they help the kinders learn the letters and sounds of the alphabet.  The hallways are filled with the sound of “a – apple – /a/,  b – bat – /b/, c – cat – /c/.

Feast of St. Francis – Pet Blessing

Father Mark blessed our pets this morning.   We had dogs, cats, chinchillas, rabbits and even a couple of chickens.  Father Mark offered a special blessing for all the pets in the Humane Society.  Each pet received a bandanna that had been blessed.