Campus Candids

2020-21 Campus Candids

April 17, 2021

NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP

Our youngest students set out to clean-up around our school neighborhood on Friday We gloved up and went looking for litter just in time for Earth Day. The children were fascinated to discover that most of the trash pieces they found were hiding up against the fence line or buildings. That opened the door for some good conversations about the wind. When we got back to our classrooms we had to DO something fun with all that colorful trash, so…. we made a RAINBOW of TRASH wheel. What can YOU do this week in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22nd?!

April 5, 2021

CAN YOU GUESS THE BOOK CHARACTER?

Here are a few more first graders dressed as characters from the books they reviewed while trying to persuade their classmates to read the book too.
Remember, if you are in search of a good book, message the first graders. They will be sure to give you a list of their favorites. Good job, first graders!

April 3, 2021

THE TOMB

The fifth grade students had the opportunity to use loose parts from nature to create an Easter Resurrection garden. What a beautiful way to shepherd our children to Jesus Christ. One garden is more lovely than the next. The prekindergartners were fascinated as the big kids explained each symbol in the garden. It was the perfect visual image of the story which they learned about during the season of Lent.
Waiting in joyful hope!

April 1, 2021

LIVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

This morning, our eighth grade students walked us along the path that Jesus took during his last hours of life. It was a beautiful reenactment of the Way of the Cross. We were all captivated by the sincerity in which they each played their part. God bless you all! Enjoy a few pictures and click this link for the full Google album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8RKtZD4iyfHhkZhBA

THE WAY OF THE CROSS

(If you are listening to this during Lent… turn the sound off until Easter!)
4K decorated a lovely little Alleluia poster, rolled it up in beautiful purple fabric, and then had an Alleluia dance of joy to end the day. Mrs. Beckmann even joined in the celebration! After the dance, we ‘buried’ the poster in our prayer corner where it will stay for the 40 days of Lent. We will not sing or say Alleluia until the Easter celebration.
Today the eight grade students did a phenomenal job bringing to life the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross refer to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion as well as accompanying prayers. The stations are typically small plaques with reliefs or paintings placed around a church. Thank you, eighth graders. What a beautiful way to enter into the three most holiest days of the church year… The Easter Triduum.
We were sad that we couldn’t open our doors to share this special event with parents. Please enjoy the video and look in the comments below for a full Google album link of the event. Blessings

March 26, 2021

GALLERY WALK

You can’t walk through our halls right now, but we can bring our beautifully adorned halls to you. Students all over the building have been producing amazing art. Enjoy this small sampling to kick-off your weekend!rs wrote persuasive book reviews telling the reader WHY we should read their favorite book. They read their chosen book to the class and as if that wasn’t fun enough… they were invited to dress as a character from the story or dress “professional” and bring props from the story. So, if you are in search of a good book, message the first graders. They will be sure to steer you in the right direction. Thanks, first grade!

March 24, 2021

HOT OFF the PRESSES.

Our own first graders wrote persuasive book reviews telling the reader WHY we should read their favorite book. They read their chosen book to the class and as if that wasn’t fun enough… they were invited to dress as a character from the story or dress “professional” and bring props from the story. So, if you are in search of a good book, message the first graders. They will be sure to steer you in the right direction. Thanks, first grade!

March 21, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS FORENSICS TEAM!

With 38 students competing, we were not only the largest team at the State tournament, but we also took home to FIRST PLACE trophy in the Extra Large School Division (aka the Open Division)!
Many of our team members powered, which means they placed in the top third of their category at the State tournament – something that is extremely difficult to do! Of those who powered, some were then awarded with an individual prize.
Click HERE to watch the awards livestream.
WAY TO GO, FORENSICS TEAM!! We are so proud of each of you!

March 12, 2021

KID KINDNESS STRIKES AGAIN!

It has been reported that little superheroes were flying through the St. Robert neighborhood this morning. Their mission?!? Hiding inspirational, hand-painted kindness rocks to spread a bit of cheer to those in our community. If you find yourself on a walk near school, keep your eyes peeled to the ground!! Thank you, prekindergartners for teaching us all a wonderful lesson in kindness. Pass it on!

March 9, 2021

SIGN of HOPE

The kindergarteners experiment clearly shows us that the snow is disappearing. With the warmer temperatures comes the freedom from cumbersome snow bags, chalk drawings, and happy giggles. The little ones wait in joyful hope for the beloved tot lot to open one day soon. Come on, spring…you can do it!

March 4, 2021

ONE ARM AT A TIME

St. Robert School faculty and staff joined together today in “baring arms” in the battle against COVID-19. It’s definitely a shot in the right direction. Thanks to Sage Specialty Pharmacy for hosting our vaccination clinic in the gym. Another milestone in a year full of firsts, and one step closer to victory

March 2, 2021

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the United States’ largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.
Many classes at St. Robert celebrated Read Across America Day by choosing to read their favorite books, celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2), create art inspired by favorite Dr. Seuss stories, and the kindergartners are even holding a March Madness Book Bracket. Each class is reading two books and voting on their favorite. Majority rules and that book will move forward on the next day. So many fun ways to celebrate the joy of books!! Be sure to read to your children every chance you get!

February 26, 2021

REAL LIFE LEARNING

Students in fourth grade collaborated to create a ‘company’ and give a cost/benefit presentation via Google Slideshow on an energy resource. Not only did they become experts on their resource, but also in professional speaking. Amazing job, 4th graders!

February 25, 2021

READY FOR SPRING

The kindergartners embarked on a fun, yet very practical math and science project today. They will be tracking the melting snow in the tot lot area. If you find yourself waiting during dismissal, feel free to check-out the progress on their yardstick measuring tool. Way to go, little people!! Come on spring!

February 24, 2021

WE PREPARE

Father Andrew discusses First Holy Eucharist with the second graders as part of their preparation for receiving this very special sacrament. Please join us in praying for these students and their parents during this exciting journey in their Faith.

February 22, 2021

JAMBO

Our third graders have been very busy celebrating Black History month in an authentic way. Jambo means hello in Swahilli. A school parent of a current third grader presented a lesson on Swahilli through zoom. She taught the students how to count and recite other words and phrases. Another fun project was learning about a famous African American artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas. She was inspired by nature and painted with tiny bright rectangles and repeating shapes. The students made mosaics from cut paper to create their own inspirations. Sounds like you had a great month of learning and fun, third graders!

February 20, 2021

Spelling in fifth

What could immerse children more in learning to spell words than designing games to accomplish the end goal?!? Check out these creative spelling games created by our own fifth graders!! Way to go kids!! You may just find these games on the toy shelves in time for Christmas shopping!

BURYING the ALLELUIA!

(If you are listening to this during Lent… turn the sound off until Easter!)
4K decorated a lovely little Alleluia poster, rolled it up in beautiful purple fabric, and then had an Alleluia dance of joy to end the day. Mrs. Beckmann even joined in the celebration! After the dance, we ‘buried’ the poster in our prayer corner where it will stay for the 40 days of Lent. We will not sing or say Alleluia until the Easter celebration.

February 16, 2021

Mardi Gras Fun

The children in prekindergarten celebrated Fat Tuesday in-style complete with a big bad jazz parade through their two-room suite! It was almost as good as being in New Orleans!

 

 

February 12, 2021

100th DAY FOOD CHALLENGE RESULTS

As a school, we set out with the goal of collecting 1,000 pantry items to fill the shelves of St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry. Each grade was given the target of collecting 100 items to donate in gratitude for the gift of this school year. We are pleased to announce that our students donated 980 pantry items. Thank you to everyone who supported this initiative! These items will bless our community! We are living the words of our school prayer… “by our kind words and generous deeds, we light the world with the beauty of God’s love.”

February 11, 2021

Budding Mathematicians in 1st Grade

The first graders persevered working toward one of their first grade math standards learning about groups of 10 as they sorted and counted all their donated food items for the St. Martin dePorres Food Pantry. They collected 112 items!! Way to go, first graders! They also enjoyed stringing beaded necklaces on the 100th day of school. They sorted the beads by color and placed them in groups of 10 and then combined them to make 100! These kiddos truly are shining brightly!

February 10, 2021

100 Days Brighter

We did it!! Our doors have been open for face to face teaching, 5 days a week, for 100 days! Today our school celebrated in a BIG way. Each class participated in a variety of special 100 day-themed activities.

February 8, 2021

St. Blaise watch over us!

In the midst of all the crazy Catholic Schools Week celebrating, Fr. Enrique still managed to visit all the classrooms to bless everyone’s throat to keep us safe from disease. Thank you, Fr. Enrique, for watching over us!Thank you, God, for our Catholic School that allows us to educate and inspire saints and leaders.dos! Mis-matched Clothes! Today was one of those days where anything goes!! The crazier, the better!! Even staff went all out to participate in the joy-filled day which is a special tradition of our Catholic Schools Week celebration.

February 5, 2021

Go Bobcats!

Our Catholic Schools Week concluded today with a bobcat spirit day. Traditionally this day would have ended with the annual volleyball game between the 8th grade class vs. the teachers. As with so many things this year, it looked different, BUT… we still made it happen, just minus the fans. Hope some of you were able to watch the livestream. If not, here is the link: https://youtu.be/GtoXxpGvC4w
Thank you, God, for our Catholic School that allows us to educate and inspire saints and leaders.dos! Mis-matched Clothes! Today was one of those days where anything goes!! The crazier, the better!! Even staff went all out to participate in the joy-filled day which is a special tradition of our Catholic Schools Week celebration.

February 4, 2021

Throwback Thursday

Our Catholic Schools Week celebration continued today with students and staff dressing in any decade of their choosing. Some very creative fashion was seen throughout the halls. To add to the fun, every hour music from a different decade was played over the PA beginning with the 1930’s. What a joy it was seeing all the dancing and giggles coming from every classroom as well as the halls.

February 3, 2021

Wacky Wednesday

Crazy hats! Wild hairdos! Mis-matched Clothes! Today was one of those days where anything goes!! The crazier, the better!! Even staff went all out to participate in the joy-filled day which is a special tradition of our Catholic Schools Week celebration.

February 2, 2021

Tie Dye Tuesday

Day 2 of CSW was a very colorful one. Students and teachers adorned the halls with tie-dye shirts, masks, and other rainbow items. Everyone participated in a fun tie-dye project which brought us all closer together even though we stayed far apart.

February 1, 2021

Happy Catholic Schools Week

We kicked off our celebration with a comfy, cozy day wearing jammies to school. Even though we were warm and cozy inside, that didn’t stop us from having fun on the massive snow hills when it was time for recess.

January 28, 2021

Lego Day Fun

Did you know that January 28th is deemed as LEGO DAY? The third graders sure do!! They had fun celebrating Lego Day and challenging their engineering skills as they used task cards to build various structures. Some students embellished the original structure by adding extra details, others raced to see how many task cards they could create! The challenges were varied consisting of tasks like; build your name using Legos, build a car that can move, create the tallest tower, etc… Needless to say, the children had a blast! Way to go, third graders!

January 16, 2021

Creativity and play at its finest

The 6th graders created board games that incorporated major events within the different eras in Earth’s history. Each game covered a different era and involved creatively crafting each part of the game to share these big events. Most games utilized 3D printed game pieces that were designed by students. The 6th graders had a great time playing each of the games and learning about Earth’s past and there is no doubt that through this active engagement they will retain these facts for a long time. Awesome work, 6th graders!

January 15, 2021

Book clubs at St. Robert

The fifth graders are working on informational reading and writing. Students have the opportunity to teach classmates about a topic they are reading in their book clubs. They are practicing real-life roles of speaker and listener with authentic dialogue and everyone learns new information along the way. Way to go fifth graders!

January 14, 2021

GO PACK GO

Our bobcats showed their Packer Pride in anticipation of the playoff game on Saturday!! Good luck Packers!! Just try your BEST!

January 6, 2021

LET IT SNOW

The prekindergarten children have been having a ball playing and exploring in the snow this week. It is joyful to witness the awe and wonder in their little eyes. Listening to the sounds of giggles is music to our ears!! Thank you, Jesus for giving us 4 seasons of beauty to experience.

December 19, 2020

‘Tis the season

…to give from your heart! The kindergartners held a special service project and collected new or gently used toys to be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. They read many stories about giving a gift out of love from the heart. They also learned that giving a gift that they would like to receive themselves makes the giving a whole lot more fun. In the words of Pete the Cat… “Give it your all, give it your all. At Christmas we give, so give it your all!” Sounds like our kindergartners learned the TRUE meaning of Christmas and their hearts grew about 3 sizes this week. Way to go, little people!!

December 17, 2020

Can you say…WOW?!

Things are hopping in middle school these days; interventionists joining virtual class discussion, teachers working one-on-one with homebound kids, in-person students getting comfortable as they read aloud together, and kids from home joining small groups too. So much happens all at once to serve everyone! It’s a collaborative effort!! Thank you teachers, students, and parents!! Keep up the GREAT work!

December 15, 2020

Grand prize winner

It’s official! The 8th grade students have chosen the winner of the UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER contest. The amount of self-control our little kindergartner demonstrated while opening her surprise was astonishing. She really built-up great anticipation for her class who was able to share in her joy! Thank you, 8th graders for filling our hearts with so much JOY!

December 14, 2020

Christmas Spirit

We celebrated the third week of Advent in joyful-style. Students and staff were invited to wear an ‘UGLY’ Christmas sweater. The younger children were puzzled by the title… they thought the sweaters were beautiful and so fancy and silly! The halls were filled with holiday colors, jingling bells, shiny glitz, ribbons, and crazy headbands and festive masks… of course… and YES, an abundance of happy giggles. Such creativity and fun!! Sometimes you just have to make your own JOY!! Wishing you all a JOYFUL week!!

November 24, 2020

Gobble, gobble!

The first graders are thankful for soooo many things they needed to create a whole turkey just to list all of their ideas. We are thankful for YOU, first graders! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2020

Power of prayer

Students in fourth grade made their own prayer jars to take home. The jars are filled with special prayer requests or ways to connect with one’s spirituality. They and can be used individually or with the entire family. What a great way to bring prayer into daily life and they look beautiful too!

November 16, 2020

El Día de los Muertos!

The 7th Grade Spanish class studied the Day of the Dead. El Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Dia de los Muertos is a fusion of indigenous Aztec religious tradition of remembering the dead and the Catholic observance of the All Saints and All Souls feast days each November. Each student wrote paragraphs about a relative that they have lost. They brought in photos and representative objects of the deceased relative. Together the students created this ofrenda (altar) to celebrate their relatives’ lives. Usually the 7th grade constructs the traditional Ofrenda on a table, but due to the pandemic this year, we used a display case. Buen trabajo 7th graders.

November 15, 2020

Project-Based Learning

Our youngest learners have been engaged in a BIG inquiry unit on ANIMALS PREPARING for WINTER… yes folks, it’s true… old man winter is knocking at our doors. A project is a deep investigation of something that interests the children. Project work energizes and motivates the children. It can transform classrooms into exciting learning laboratories where children begin to see how math and literacy skills can help them find answers to their own questions. If you are interested in seeing more closely how the process unfolded in our classrooms, please visit our blogposts. Links are in the comments below. Enjoy these pictures of the final projects.

November 7, 2020

God is Good

What do you do when you are blessed with a glorious day in November?!? You grab your backpack and kids and go on a beach day adventure. The prekindergarten and kindergarten classes spent a glorious morning in the sun enjoying the wonders God has blessed us with!

November 3, 2020

The  Polls are Open

This week our youngest students are learning a bit about how the democratic process works. Campaign headquarters was quite busy today as last minute candidates were popping up. There’s no better moment in time for our youngest citizens to begin building language and understanding around voting. The prekindergarten children have the opportunity to vote on a different ballot each day; favorite pets, food, insects, color, etc. So many opportunities for gathering data and interpreting the results. Life is good in 4K in the United States of America!

October 30, 2020

Court is in Session

Our fourth grade students spent time ‘inside’ the courtroom of Judge Dercks as they learned to state their positions through text-based evidence. Students were given a case with multiple articles to read. Together they collaborated to produce a well-thought out defense. Peer jury members assessed their arguments. This is real-life learning at it’s BEST!

October 29, 2020

The difference a day can make

Teachers are masters at adapting and going with the flow. Yesterday we joined in the holiday fun with our students, and for the next two days we will enjoy our time connecting with parents for virtual conferences. Life is good here at St. Robert School!

October 28, 2020

Boo

Our halls were filled with so many creative costumes today; from goblins and ghouls, to nuns and priests and everything in-between. Joy and giggles were oozing out of every classroom. The 8th graders did a wonderful job taking a leadership role in planning and providing treats and activities for all the children in the school. Thank you, eighth graders. It was nice to feel a little bit of the old normal today! Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2020

Peer Feedback

Fifth graders just wrapped up their narrative writing unit. As a culminating activity, they participated in a peaceful gallery walk giving feedback to their peers. The students read 3-4 of their classmates passages and left a post-it with a comment. Everyone was so engaged in reading that Reilly Hall was filled with the sound of quiet.

October 23, 2020

The New Normal

Whether in-person or virtual, we are carrying on with this business called school. Middle school students not able to attend school, join live class sessions from home and are able to work in collaborative groups with classmates during the regular school day. Technology is making this happen! Keep up the great work, middle school!

October 22, 2020

4th Grade Engineers

Fourth graders have been busy learning about the relationship between speed, energy and height. Hands-on learning at its finest! Way to go, 4th grade!

October 19, 2020

ANNUAL PRETZEL DASH

Our littlest bobcats showed their school pride by participating in the annual ‘Pretzel Dash’ during morning recess. Each of the four kindergarten classes ran in their own heat as the other 3 classes enthusiastically cheered them on. Pom poms were proudly waving as all our little bobcats ran with gusto.

October 15, 2020

TINY TEAMWORK

The kindergarteners have been engaged in an inquiry on bears and have investigated their habitats. As a culminating activity, the 5K students worked in collaboration with each other and built their own bear habitats using natural materials. Good work, kindergarteners!

October 13, 2020

BREATHE IN! BREATHE OUT!

The prekindergarten children are learning many wonderful mindfulness techniques as they participate in our new yoga program. It was such a windy day today, but our school was in good hands as the 4-year-olds held up the building with ease!

October 8, 2020

GREETINGS from MEDELLIN, COLUMBIA!

Our own strings teacher, Tony Perez, may be far from home, but he keeps us close to his heart. Thoughts of St. Robert continue to give him strength and courage. He made this beautiful video for us to enjoy. Please continue to hold Tony in your thoughts and prayers until he can return home to us again. Enjoy!

October 2, 2020

Running for the Roast

A generous group of families is treating the teachers to a barista from Roast on the first Wednesday of EVERY month! Wow, out of uniform AND coffee! This school year keeps getting better! THANK YOU, Parents!!

October 2, 2020

Thriving in Third Grade

Third graders just finished up their first unit in reading; ‘Building a Reader’s Life!’ As a little celebration, students had the opportunity to create their own little reading nook and read to their hearts content!

September 29, 2020

First Floor Planning Ahead

Even our youngest learners at St. Robert are preparing for virtual learning… just in case. The pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners, and first graders are all learning and practicing using the Seesaw app. This is the platform our pre-k through second graders will use in the event the switch to virtual learning needs to happen. Using the app at school allows students to create a digital portfolio of their best work. It is quite impressive how quickly young children adapt to the use of technology. The 5K students who used the app last year even reminded their teacher about some of the great features available for posting their work. Great job teachers and students!

September 16, 2020

Kindergarten Success

Kindergartners have grown so much in one short year. They are focused with purpose during center time and are doing a wonderful job maintaining physical distance. Way to go, 5K!

September 14, 2020

Second Grade Fun

Second graders began the week learning the value of coins through a fun math game. There is nothing better than using REAL materials when learning!! Great job second graders!

September 5, 2020

Yoga and Mindfulness

During these stressful times in the world it is so important to learn strategies and techniques to assist in keeping anxieties in check. At St. Robert School we are intentionally focusing on teaching mindfulness techniques through our new yoga class. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. Students will learn different strategies that they can take with them to the classroom, at home, or anywhere they may find themselves needing to find an inner calm to get them through the next moment. This would be a great family practice. Why not ask your child what he/she learned in yoga class this week?

September 3, 2020

First Floor Success

Our youngest learners are off to an amazing start with their learning despite wearing masks. The willingness to learn ALL the health and safety protocols and still show their smiles through the masks is a testament to the joy they feel being back with friends and learning inside the walls of a real classroom. Patience, persistence, and true faith will keep us going strong!

September 2, 2020

Day One Done

We have the first day under our belts. Students and staff did a fabulous job learning many new routines and protocols. Everyone got off to a great start! Day two, we are ready for you!

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