Campus Candids

2020-21 Campus Candids

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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