March 10, 2020
March has moved in, and the activities keep moving at Holy Name School. This column was prepared by Faith Smith and Josh Zonnak.
On March 4, 2020, all preschool through second grade students were invited to the church hall for Family Literacy Night. The theme was “Fun in the Sun.” The students fished for rhyming words, dug for sight words, surfed for opposites, and made letter match sandcastles. This interactive learning experience was a fun time for students and their parents to share the love of reading.
Recently, all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will traveled to Bishop Carroll Catholic High School for a Lenten Retreat. This spring retreat will focus more on the religious aspect of Bishop Carroll, but it was also a good time to meet possible future teachers, and future classmates. Students circulated through three focused activities that provide opportunities for prayer and reflection.
Some students in fifth through eighth grade are preparing for their annual forensics meet! Forensics is a public speaking competition but in all different ways. Students can read from a book and act out characters in prose. They can write a persuasive or informative essay and present it as a speech. They can verbally present a poem or collection of poems. Some choose to act out a portion of a play in drama or duo drama, and others choose to think on their feet with impromptu, in which they have 15 minutes to compose a speech from a topic they receive on site. We wish these team members good luck preparing under the guidance of their coaches Mrs. Alexa Kline and Miss Jennifer Kline.
Our Kindergarten students learned about dental hygiene during the month of February. They discussed the effects of sugar on their teeth and the importance of brushing twice a day. To help illustrate the effect of sugar on our teeth, they placed a hard boiled egg in soda overnight. The next day the egg was brown. The students learned that the damage done to their teeth can be irreversible by using a toothbrush and toothpaste to attempt to scrub the egg back to its original white color. They finished their lesson by creating a diagram of the parts of a tooth.
Our final quote is from Vera Nazarian: “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
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