Last month, our 5th-grade students culminated their research and persuasion unit on whether or not humans should eat bugs, a practice called entomophagy.
As part of their research, the students learned about the benefits and dangers of eating bugs by watching videos, reading articles, and participating in class discussions. The students learned that bugs were high in protein and good for the environment because of the way they are raised compared to other protein sources like beef. They also learned that people have eaten bugs for thousands of years. On the other side of the argument, the students discovered that some bugs could make people sick. Some students also recounted that "bugs had lives too!"
Students were ultimately asked to write an essay defending whether or not people should eat bugs.
Regarding the debate for whether or not bugs tasted good, Mrs. Tucker provided the students with the opportunity to try crickets. If students wanted to try crickets, they could try crickets Tuesday morning. Mrs. Tucker provided "original" flavored crickets as well as spicy and ranch-flavored crickets to taste. Many of the students tried the crickets, and a few students even stated that they "needed to re-write their essay because bugs were good!"
If you would like to know whether you should try a bug, I highly recommend speaking with a 5th grader
On Friday, March 19th, we will be celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph with a food drive. Students and families are asked to bring in food to support our parish St. Vincent de Paul ministry.
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?”
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matt. 25: 37, 40
Here are some of the suggested food items, but all non-perishable foods are welcome!
Preschool – Cereal
Kindergarten – Mac & Cheese
1st – Pasta
2nd – Rice
3rd – Beans
4th – Vegetables
5th – Canned Pasta such as Ravioli & Spaghetti
6th – Tuna & Canned Meats
7th – Pasta Sauce
8th – Peanut Butter & Jelly
Food can be sent to school anytime prior to March 19th!
During this season of Lent, the children will participate in prayer opportunities at school. We will continue to celebrate Mass each Friday, but we will also pray the Stations of the Cross together.
Normally, each Lent, families have been invited to participate in the Parish Soup and Sacrifice on Friday nights. This year, the Soup and Sacrifice event has been canceled due to the pandemic. Even with the canceled event, there are still many ways that families can grow in faith together through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Are you looking for ways to grow in faith this Lenten season?
The best way to grow in faith as a family is to work together and develop a plan. The season of Lent might look a little different due to the pandemic, but God is still calling us to a deeper relationship with Him.
Last week was nothing like a traditional Catholic Schools Week celebration, but at its core, it was still a celebration about one of the best things in Catholic education: the members of our community. Here at Our Mother of Sorrows, we have a wonderful community! Our school is truly blessed by each member. We all bring our unique gifts and talents, and we are able to accomplish so much more when we work together.
Earlier in the week, we were able to pray for and celebrate the contributions of our parish community, priests, faculty, staff, and students. On Friday, we celebrated our parents and families. The children are blessed to have the support of their families, and I am thankful for the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your child. Thank you for your support of Catholic education at Our Mother of Sorrows!
We had planned to open the registration for the 2021/2022 school year last week. Unfortunately, the registration will not be able to open until this week. We are working with Renweb to simplify the process for our families to register, and their developers have not quite finished the process yet. I will let you know as soon as the re-enrollment process opens. Thank you for your patience!
In the meantime, there are a few tax credit opportunities that are open. If you would like to begin working on the applications for tax credits in order to help fund your child's education, please speak with firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.omosschool.com/financial-assistance.htm
We are so blessed to have a vibrant community. St. Paul tells us that we are many parts of one body, and during Catholic Schools Week, I think it is a great week to reflect on the different parts of our community. Each member of the community contributes to the education of our children and the success of the school.
Next week is Catholic Schools Week! Thank you for letting us partner with you in the education of your children. We are grateful for the gift of our students and families here at Our Mother of Sorrows.
Each day we will celebrate a different group of people who make our school great. We hope that you and your family will participate in the events.
Sunday, January 31: Our Catholic Community
Monday, February 1: Our Parish Community
Tuesday, February 2: Our Priests
Wednesday, February 3: Our Students
Thursday, February 4: Our Faculty and Staff
Friday, February 5: Our Parents
We hope to celebrate "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" during the last week of school:
Jingle All the Way: Monday, December 14: Students will listen to holiday tunes at lunch!
Elves at Work: Tuesday, December 15: Students will participate in service by bringing in items to support the Angel Tree Project
Sleepy, Superheroes, Sports: Wednesday, December 16: Students up to grade 4 can wear pajamas to school. Students in grades 5-8 can wear a superhero shirt or a shirt representing their favorite team
Ugly Christmas Sweaters (and jeans): Thursday, December 17: Show your spirit by wearing an ugly Christmas sweater or holiday t-shirt and jeans
Share the Joy: Friday, December 18: Students will make a Christmas card for a family member who they will not see this holiday season. Bring a stamped and addressed envelope and we will mail the card from school. Students who do not bring the name of a family member can make a card for a parishioner.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner? This is a great time of the year to reflect on the gifts that have been given to us this year.
We know that many families are looking forward to a few days off. Regardless of your Thanksgiving plans, I pray that you and your family remain safe and healthy. On Wednesday, I sent the recommendations for the holidays from the Pima County Health Department which are based on the fact that community spread is happening at large social gatherings. If you plan to participate in large gatherings over the Thanksgiving break, we are asking families to transition to online learning for the 2 weeks following Thanksgiving break in order to continue to keep our teachers, staff and students healthy. If your child will participate in online learning following the break, we are happy to provide you with a Chromebook. Please contact Mrs. Kane at email@example.com if you need a Chromebook.
Our school community has remained healthy during the pandemic so far. There have been zero reported cases on the physical school campus! This is due to the combined efforts of our families and faculty. We continue to practice our mitigation strategies including social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and daily health checks. Please continue to help keep our community healthy by keeping children home when a child or household member is ill.
Additionally, masks are effective when they fit properly. Please ensure that your child's mask fits correctly meaning that the mask covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly around the face and chin. The mask should remain in place when your child speaks and moves. If the face mask is falling while your child speaks, it is too big. There is also evidence that the single layer masks are not very effective when tested relative to masks with 2 or more layers. The recommendation is that masks have a minimum of 2-layers. After the Thanksgiving break, students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask that is a minimum of 2 layers. Please ensure that your child is wearing a mask, whether gaiter or traditional mask, that has a minimum of 2 layers that fits properly
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to determine whether a faculty member and/or student will need to quarantine following a trip. In order to help determine whether it may be necessary to quarantine, please answer the small questionnaire.
If you answer yes to any of the questions, please speak with an administrator to determine whether it is necessary to quarantine for 14 days upon returning from your trip.
If you answer no to all the questions, you are welcome to return to campus following your trip as long as you are free from all symptoms related to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, if the number of cases in an area changes during your stay, please re-evaluate your need to quarantine.
If follow-up is needed, please contact Mrs. Vu and/or Mrs. Kane.
Here is the survey.
Thank you to all our families for their generosity. I was overwhelmed to see the overflowing boxes of stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other food items. The food will be used to help families with the Thanksgiving Food Baskets. At Mass today, Fr. Tom reminded us that we should also pray for those who are hungry, and we appreciate the prayers for the hungry too. Thank you for helping to feed the hungry and lovingly serving those in need!
Now that the weather is starting to cool down, please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outside wear. This year, we are eating lunch and snack outside most days. As the weather cools, it is important that students have a sweater or sweatshirt.
In the classroom, students should have a sweater or sweatshirt that follows the dress code. Sweaters and sweatshirts should be navy blue, chambray blue, or white. They may be plain with no logo, or they may have the school logo (purchased through our vendors). Please review the dress code policy for more information. Please remember to label your child's clothing!
Finally, there have been a few updates to the Pandemic plan based on updated guidance from the Pima County Health Department. Please review the school website for the most current information: http://www.omosschool.com/covid-19-information.html
Mrs. Vu is the principal of Our Mother of Sorrows. This blog contains information regarding the exciting things that happen at Our Mother of Sorrows.