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School News in Brief - December 2017

The Northern Cross - December 2017
School News in Brief

Foundation dinner raises more than $112K

The 2017 St. Francis School Foundation Dinner was held Friday, Oct. 13, at Madden’s Wilson Bay Lodge, with more than 175 in attendance. Keynote speaker for the event was Father Seamus Walsh, former pastor and superintendent of St. Francis Catholic School. Natasha Johnson, St. Francis alumni shared memories of her school days and the impact St. Francis School has had on her life. Attendees were entertained during the social hour by student Sam Ruttger on the piano. During dinner a performance by the St. Francis School Trash Can Band and vocal accompanists was enjoyed by the attendees. The annual event is chaired by Dr. Cassie Spitzley along with a dedicated group of committee volunteers. More than $112,000 was raised. The St. Francis School Foundation has played a key role in the school expansion project, tuition assistance, and technology advancements. The objective of the foundation is to ensure the school has financial stability for the future.

All Hallow’s Eve

Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing hosted a party for family, friends, and parishioners on All Hollow’s Eve.

Fifth-graders start ‘The Marquette Times’

This year, Mr. Adam Lemieux and his fifth-grade class at Marquette School in Virginia are excited about the opportunity to write, edit, publish, and share their own student-led newsletter with Marquette students, staff, and families! They are calling it “The Marquette Times.” The paper will include interviews, stories about the school, student and staff spotlights, comics, and much more. This yearlong project will help students attain writing and editing skills, connect with their peers and staff, and show pride in something they can publish and share with others. Also, much of this work helps cover diocesan outcomes for language arts, writing, and other subjects. The first issue was released in October, and readers at Marquette are already excited to see what stories will be shared next. Every day, students are asking about interviews and giving tips and scoops on different stories for fifth-graders to investigate. They are hoping to release an issue monthly, or every couple weeks.

Baking after school

The after-school club of Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing gathered for Baking with the Saints. The club is facilitated by the parish’s Grandparent Ministry. On this day, the grandparents guide the baking and share their knowledge. The club combines learning baking skills, hearing stories of child saints, and enjoying the fruits of their labor. The school students were dressed as saints as they participated in the All Saints school Mass