DECEMBER 9, 2021
TED TALKS IN THIRD
3rd graders presented non-fiction writing to their peers in TED Talk fashion. Each child picked a topic that they were passionate about or that they felt comfortable teaching others about and then presented to a small group of peers in their homeroom. This was the first oral presentation for the third graders and the speaking standards focused on eye contact and a loud, clear speaking voice. To prepare for the TED Talks, the students viewed videos of kid TED talks and did lots of practicing. Listening standards were also addressed as the audience members had to write a fact they learned from each presenter. Kudos to you, third grade!! Sounds like your first presentations were a success!!
DECEMBER 6, 2021
ADVENT WEEK 2
We prepare. We repent. We prepare by seeking forgiveness.
DECEMBER 1, 2021
What could be better than a sunny, crisp and cold autumn day?!?! Playing in the woods at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park!! The prekindergarten children clearly enjoyed their time tromping in the woods. Problem-solving was at a premium as these little explorers learned to work as a team moving big logs and branches for use in their building endeavors. They also experimented using branches as levers and wedges and applied their counting skills as they organized twigs and sticks. Children and nature go hand-in-hand. So many opportunities to practice risk-taking in a safe environment too. Thank you, God, for giving us a beautiful world to play in.
NOVEMBER 30, 2021
ADVENT BEGINS – WEEK 1
We began our week by prayerfully entering the Advent season with a candle lighting ceremony and prayer service led by Mrs. Beckmann. We will continue this ritual each Monday morning during these next few weeks. Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world.
NOVEMBER 20, 2021
GOBBLE, GOBBLE, BUDDY FN
The 4th graders invited their 4K little buddies upstairs for the very first time. Walking all the way to the 4th grade classrooms was a thrill in and of itself, but then…. turkey hats too?!?! Who could ask for a better Fun FriYAY than that??? We are grateful for our BIG Buddies!!!! You’re the BEST!!
NOVEMBER 19, 2021
FUN IN THE SUN
The kindergartners ended their week spending time with their favorite big kids–5th grade big buddies! These kids know how to make a chilly day feel warm inside and out!
NOVEMBER 17, 2021
SCIENTISTS AT WORK
7th grade students learned how to dissect frogs today. This took an incredible amount of focus and control. Way to concentrate, 7th graders. Maybe one day you will grow up and become a famous surgeon.
NOVEMBER 11, 2021
VETERAN’S DAY ASSEMBLY
St. Robert School celebrated in a big way with an all-school assembly featuring middle school student speakers, choirs, soloists, and a string ensemble. There were almost 40 veterans invited as special guests of SRS families or staff, and a keynote speaker who is a retired Air Force officer. Two of our boy scouts raised an alumni veteran’s donated flag afterwards, and all were invited to a reception. Many thanks to our PE teacher, Jan Zehren, for organizing such a wonderful event and new-found tradition. Thank you, veteran’s, for your service!
NOVEMBER 2, 2021
Our 8th grade girl’s volleyball teams have both been invited to the Seton tournament. We sent them off in style today with our very first pep rally in a along time!! What joy!! Best of luck lady bobcats!! Win or lose, we are very proud of you!! Have fun!!
NOVEMBER 1, 2021
SECOND GRADE SAINTS
We celebrated the Feast of All Saints today with an all-school mass where the second graders dressed as Saints and helped us learn a few facts during the homily. All Saints’ Day is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honor of all the saints of the church, whether they are known or unknown. The Saints have never looked so sweet!
OCTOBER 26, 2021
BOO BASH FUN
The halls were filled with all sorts of superheroes, book characters, animals, and all things creepy. Students and staff were invited to be out of uniform, for a small fee, in order to participate in the 8th grade fundraiser. Our oldest students are trying to earn money for their year-end class trip. Thank you, 8th graders for providing such a fun, family-friendly fundraiser and adding an extra spark of holiday joy to our week!! We are also are very grateful for the fun treat bags you provided to all the students for participating:) BOO!!
OCTOBER 23, 2021
RAINY DAY ADVENTURE
The 4K and 5K students went on an epic adventure to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and experienced nature with all of their senses. Despite the rainy weather, everyone had a blast. Many thanks to the teacher leaders at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center !
OCTOBER 21, 2021
DANCING IN SPANISH CLASS
The sixth grade Spanish students were treated to learning the Salsa and Merengue dances from a professional instructor from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Muchas gracias, Senor Skyler.
OCTOBER 12, 2021
SOUNDS IN NATURE
Did you ever go for a walk and just LISTEN? Today our first graders had the opportunity to spend time in nature listening to all of the amazing sounds in Riverside Park. We are so blessed to have a partnership with the Urban Ecology Center this year. Life is good in the woods!!
OCTOBER 5, 2021
PARENT PLAY DAY IN PE
Parents had fun playing Hopscotch, Nine Square, Four Square, Ultimate Football, Helicopter and This or That with their children. One more day to join in the fun with your child’s class!! Don’t miss out!! Rumor has it parents are requesting evening PE classes!
OCTOBER 2, 2021
TALENT AND CREATIVITY
So many beautiful pieces of art are hanging throughout the school. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to walk through the halls, hope you enjoy getting a little peek into our world. Thank you to our art teacher, Mrs. Ciganek. She has a special way of getting our students to find their inner focus and produce amazing art.
September 29, 2021
URBAN ECOLOGY RETURNS!
We missed going on trips to the UEC last year, but we are back in action for this year. The third graders had the opportunity to spend a glorious day in the woods of Riverside Park becoming botanists. They went on an awesome hike collecting beautiful flowers and used real portable microscopes to study the parts of the plant more closely. Learning in a an outdoor classroom is such a treat!! Thank you, God, for this amazing world!
September 27, 2021
ALTAR SERVER NEWS!
Father Andrew just completed training with ten 4th graders who were interested in becoming altar servers. He taught the students the names of all the important items used in the mass and gave them a tour of the sacristy. Say an extra prayer for these students as they begin to serve masses for our community. Blessings.
September 26, 2021
BIG BUDDIES MEET LITTLE BUDDIES!
The seeds have been planted and another set of buddy relationships have begun to grow. Our 4th grade students have been paired with our youngest learners and they were able to meet on the playground on Friday for the first time. The older students did a FABULOUS job being all grown-up and teaching the prekindergartners how to play organized recess games such as Duck, Duck, Goose, London Bridges, Ring Around the Rosie, Hopscotch and everybody’s favorite… tag!! It is so fun to see how the older students have grown into such caring young people. It’s going to be a great year!! Thanks, 4th graders, for being so nurturing and loving to your little buddies!!
September 25, 2021
THE WINNER IS….
Ms. Sather’s kindergarten class earned the most pledges for the Pretzel Run so they earned an ice cream party!! It was a lovely day to have an outdoor ice cream party and it was even more fun because they invited their other kindergarten buddies in Mrs. Liebenthal’s room. So yummy!! Congrats, 5K!! Way to go! Thank you to all the generous people who made so many great pledges.
September 24, 2021
The 8th graders spent the day at Camp Timber-lee, where they worked on team building exercises, explored nature on a high hike, and challenged their limits on a high ropes course. Looks like it was a beautiful day and fun was had by all!! Way to cooperate and work together, eighth graders!!
September 20, 2021
SCIENTISTS IN THE MAKING!
The prekindergarten students are currently engaged in a color inquiry unit. They took the learning outdoors and went on a color walk honing in on their observational skills. Our little learners felt very important walking through the neighborhood with clipboards and recording sheets. They discovered that colors exist all around and it is our job to take notice. Thank you, God, for painting our world with the beautiful colors of the rainbow.
September 18, 2021
THE RETURN OF THE BIG BUDDIES!
It was a joyful sight on the playground on Friday afternoon. The 5th graders came together to meet their little kindergarten buddies for the first time to play recess games. Needless to say, both the BIG and little buddies were thrilled. This is even more special because these students missed out on participating in our buddy program last year due to the health and safety protocols in place. We are so happy to be able to come together outdoors to allow the little ones to be mentored by the older students this year. Next Friday the 4th graders will meet their little prekinder buddies too!! Woohoo… God is Good!
September 9, 2021
ANNUAL PRETZEL RUN!
What could be better than a beautiful late summer evening?? Spending it at the Annual St. Robert Pretzel Run with friends old and NEW! It is safe to say that everyone had a wonderful time. From the pre-festivities to the 5K run and the 1.5 mile walk and everyone’s favorite… The Pretzel Dash. There are going to be a few sleepy heads in school tomorrow:) Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this event a huge success.
September 8, 2021
SECOND GRADE HONORS MARY!
The second graders enjoyed a visit from Fr. Andrew to learn more about this special feast day for the Blessed Virgin Mary. They visited church to say some prayers to Mary and had fun doing a craft back in the classroom. Be sure to ask any second grader you run into why Mary is so special to us.
September 8, 2021
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOTHER MARY!
The prekindergarten children went on a grand adventure this morning and took a walk to Mary’s Garden. After a bit of exploring these little people thought that Mary would like it if we sang her the birthday song! Nothing but sweetness!
September 1, 2021
Our school year launch was a BIG success. We welcomed MANY new students along with existing students at our outdoor assembly & prayer service. Even school parents got together for a ‘Back to School’ coffee event on the parking lot. We thank God for such beautiful weather today. It feels so good to be back together again