Altus Adventures has long played a role in helping us build character and community with our annual 7th and 8th grade backpacking trip and Friendship Days for 3rd and 4th graders. We are excited to welcome them to school for more activity-based lessons with our 5th and 6th grade class. As we all continue to focus on the virtue of GRATITUDE this quarter, look for Home Connection materials in your student’s backpack or in the all-school newsletter. We hope you’ll enjoy the resources with your family.
In a recent introduction to our post on grumbling v. gratitude, we asked, “What do the Feeding of the 5,000, the Last Supper, and the Road to Emmaus have in common?” In each of these accounts, after receiving bread, our Lord first “gave thanks.” He then “broke it and gave it…” Gratitude was central to these generous, self-giving, miraculous acts which overflowed in abundance and faith. In this post and the next, we’ll reflect on these accounts a little more.
As we mentioned in the previous post, G.K. Chesterton defines gratitude as “happiness doubled by wonder.” A sense of wonder notices not only the desirable qualities of a thing, but it sees those things as gifts. What is the proper response to a gift? Gratitude.
We respond most naturally with thanks to a gift that is out of the ordinary or we feel is undeserved (e.g., a surprise party, a “random act of kindness,” a glorious sunset). If something is ordinary or we think we deserve it, it is easy to take it for granted. We fail to recognize that it too is a gift and something for which we should offer thanks (e.g., a regular dinner, a school or music lesson, time with a friend).
It’s a sure sign of spring when the students can eat outside! If your child doesn’t have a towel at school to use for outdoor lunches, please send one.
Thank you to all those who turned in their Fine Arts Night intent forms. Keep practicing—we’re looking forward to a great evening!
PSF is looking for volunteers to help make Fine Arts Night an evening to remember! We are asking for parents to help prepare and hang artwork during the day on Thursday, May 5. We also need volunteers to provide light refreshments and to help set up for the program and reception on the evening of May 6. Please sign up using the link in the all-school newsletter.
The first week of May is nationally recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week, and we want to bless our wonderful faculty and staff with an Italian feast, in part served by our students, on Monday, May 2. For details about how each classroom will be participating as well as sign-up form for food preparation, please check the all-school newsletter. Individual families are also welcome to honor teachers during that week in whatever way they find most fitting.
Recess time is running time! Students in all grades will be able to run (or briskly walk) laps during lunch recess which will then be logged on our mileage chart. Please remember to send gym shoes to school every day, even if it’s not a PE day.
In March, over 100,000 Latin students from the U.S. and around the world took the National Latin Exam. Congratulations to the following students who earned awards this year. Optimē, discipuli!
Introduction to Latin:
Summa cum laude (gold medal): Timothy G., Sonia T., Jude W.
Maxima cum laude (silver medal): Aaron B., Fiona M.
Magna cum laude: Landon K., Joseph S.
Summa cum laude (gold medal): Gabriel F., Justin M., Isaac S.
Maxima cum laude (silver medal): Vency R.
Magna cum laude: Thomas T.
Summa cum laude (gold medal): Lily T. – a PERFECT score!
Magna cum laude: Ivana R.
Our discussion of Paradiso has been moved to Thursday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. Now there’s more time for you to get ready to join us! Videos can be found by searching “Baylor Honors College Dante Paradiso” on YouTube.
If you are looking for a Spring Break activity that will bless both heart and mind, join the Dante journey by reading Paradiso and/or watching or listening to the Baylor Honors College 100 Days of Dante videos. Then join us for the final discussion on Thursday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. It’s been a long road to Paradise (started September 8th), but those travelers who keep learning and growing know that every step is worth it!