Sixth-graders Lucy Watson and Elly Rectenwald were the winners of this year’s yearbook cover design contest at Holy Rosary School in Duluth. More than 25 different designs were submitted from more than 30 students in grades 2-8. The students were given the challenge of incorporating the school theme of “joy” into their work. Watson and Rectenwald collaborated on their project by using ideas that they thought of on their own and putting them together into one design. They stayed inside for three recesses to complete their masterpiece (with a little extra coloring time at home for the finishing touches). When they were asked to reflect on their finished product, Watson thought that the “jar” in the picture (which was an idea from Rectenwald) turned out really nice. Their yearbook design will be featured on the cover of the 2015-16 yearbook.
Seth Loeffler visited the Kinderstart class at Marquette School in Virginia and brought along shoes. He offered to come in and talk about his job as the manager of the Tradehome shoe store in the Thunderbird Mall. He brought in sample shoes for the kids to look at. The kids loved to hear all about the shoes and were extremely excited to have their feet measured. They also listened to a cute song on a CD about Pete the Cat and his shoes. Loeffler is the father of Kinderstart student Annalyce.
Father Michael Garry taught the students at St. James School in Duluth about the three wise men and about the tradition of blessing doors with chalk on Epiphany. “Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home, school officials said. With time the chalk will fade. As it does, we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, “Christus mansionem benedictat” (“May Christ bless this house”).