St. Rose Fourth Grade Class Receives Award for KofC Tree

NEWTOWN—The fourth-grade class at St. Rose of Lima received the People’s Choice Award for Best Decorated Christmas Tree at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn.

Twenty-six fourth grade classes from around the state decorated trees reflecting this year’s theme “Christmas in Poland.” Under the guidance of their teacher (and Dean of Student Life Mrs. Mary Jo Bokuniewicz and art teacher Mrs. Donna Locke) the fourth-graders made all the decorations, including the tree skirt and topper, at school in weeks leading up to their visit to the Knights of Columbus Museum on November 27, 2018. That day, they decorated the tree and for the following three months visitors to the museum were asked to vote for their favorite tree. The voting period was December 1, 2018 to February 3, 2019. When the votes were tallied, St. Rose School won, receiving the People’s Choice Award and an official certificate from the Knights of Columbus Museum on February 14, 2019.

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is a Christ-centered community committed to academic excellence in an atmosphere that nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and moral development of each child. The dedicated staff partners with families to prepare students to be responsible leaders in a global society by fostering integrity, service and respect. By creating a sense of family where all are welcome, they encourage each child to develop his/her gifts and to become Christ’s compassionate heart and hands in the world. They center their community of learning around the four core values of respect, integrity, academic excellence and service. Their spirituality is fostered through their close connection with St. Rose of Lima church. Students attend weekly Mass and are blessed by the continual presence of Msgr. Robert Weiss and the other parish priests.

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