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School News in Brief - May 2017

The Northern Cross - May 2017
School News in Brief

Inventors’ fair in Virginia

Fourteen fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders from Marquette School took their inventions for the Inventors’ Fair to the Thunderbird Mall in Virginia March 7. The inventions were judged by members of the Holy Spirit Church and Marquette Catholic School community. Three ribbons were awarded to the Kids’ Choice winners: first place, Noah Berrini — “The Electric Hamster House”; second place, Levi Flatley and Andrew Slatten — “One Piece Collar Leash”; and third place, Edward Sandquist — “Four-Wheeler Cup Holder.” This award is voted on by the school population. The judges also selected three inventions as the Inventors’ Fair winners: first place, Ellie Spaeth — “Movable iPad Holder”; second place, Marija Phelps — “The Doggout”; and third place, Garrett Johnson — “Peanut Butter Push Up.” It was a great day after all of the hard work “thinking outside of the box.”

Pierogis raise funds for class trip

Assisted by teachers, staff, family, and friends, the sixth-grade students of Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing prepared 2,500 homemade pierogis, a popular ethnic side dish, to raise funds for their class trip. The children will be going the Minnesota History Center, the Minnesota Science Museum, the State Capitol, and the Dorothy Day Center in the Cities. Some of the funds raised will be used to provide much needed items to the Dorothy Day Center. It is an opportunity for the children to experience the joy of helping others in need.

Science fair at St. Francis

Dominic Craig showed off his experimental research on wind turbine efficiency Wednesday, March 29, at the St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School Science Fair. Students in fifth through eighth grades exhibited their experiments from science covering themes of human body, life, environmental, and physical science. The third and fourth grade students presented their Science Fair on April 26. The students decide on their project, do research, and put together displays. The displays are then graded by the teachers. Exhibits from the middle school children include: How Polymer Is Made, Ph Levels in Water Brands, Salt Water vs Fresh Water, and Does Hair Color Affect Static?

St. Francis Spring Gala is May 12

St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd will host its Spring Gala Friday, May 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Grandview Lodge, Gull Lake Center in Nisswa. Regular admission tickets are $45, VIP table of eight is $500. Tickets are available by visiting, contacting the school at (218) 829-2344 or, or online at, the parish offices of St. Francis Church at (218) 822-4040, and St. Andrew’s Church at (218) 829-1340. The theme of the evening is “Turn Back the Clock to the 1920’s for a Roaring Good Time!” Come as a flapper or silent screen star; dress as a gangster; or come as you are. Festivities include cash bar, casino games, live jazz, silent and live auction, bootleggers’ pantry, and more. For questions contact Maria Prozinski at or Becky Thuringer at Proceeds benefit St. Francis of the Lakes School.

Sartori honored for Moto Hope support

Nancy Sartori, fourth grade teacher at Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing, received a gift from Sandy Baldwin, friend of Father Francis Kabiru, pastor of St. Agnes Church in Walker and Sacred Heart Church in Hackensack, for the support she has given to his school project in Kenya, St. Francis Moto Hope Academy. During Lent, the children of Assumption School sold “Good Deed Beads,” strips of beads that could be used to count each time a good deed was performed or a prayer was prayed. The goal in using the beads is a minimum of 10 times each day. Sartori has been instrumental in collecting funds for the school since its founding five years ago. Her class and students from the academy also correspond with each other on a yearly basis.

Connecting prayer and almsgiving at Holy Rosary

In a very special way, Holy Rosary School’s third grade class, over many years, has advanced and led the collection of food and money for CHUM of Duluth as a Lenten focus for the school. This year was no different, and through their efforts of leadership and direction, the collection was very successful. One change this year to the donation effort was to attach a sacred moment of prayer to the alms given for CHUM. On Thursday, March 30, Holy Rosary School classes spent time in front of the Blessed Sacrament with the intention that the food and money contributions to CHUM would make a positive effect in the lives of the poor and needy, the population that CHUM serves. In connecting prayer and almsgiving, students were given a chance to ask for God’s blessings on the lives of people they may never have met, but through charity and God’s blessings, they can make an impact in positive ways.

Holy Rosary at state science fair

Several Holy Rosary School students attended the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science Fair. Nyah Dastoor, Natalie Goetzman, John Hoeksema, Olivia Holsinger, Bianca Lott, and Lucy Watson worked hard presenting their projects. Bianca Lott earned the following awards for her project on “Heat Shields and Space Telescope Optics”: Beckman Coulter Outstanding Middle School Engineering Project, Wolfram Research Mathematica Award, Minnesota Academy of Science Bronze Award, and Seagate Emerging Scientist Award.