NEWTOWN—Third graders at St. Rose School in Newtown have partnered with River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury to do various pen pal activities together. “It gives us a wonderful opportunity to practice writing friendly letters, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art in the digital world we live in,” said Mrs. Pam Zmek, third-grade teacher. In the letters students told their pen pals what they are learning in school, some of their favorite things to do and stories about their pets. Several were proud of their cursive writing skills and told about learning cursive. Many of the children were curious about what their pen pal’s third-grade experience was like, asking questions such as “What was your favorite subject in third grade?”
Students also made many handmade ornaments from recycled Christmas cards for their pen pals to hang on the tree at River Glen. Each pen pal will receive a gift bag with the ornaments and a letter on December 14th, just in time for Christmas!
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, St. Rose school encourages each child to develop his/her gifts and to become Christ’s compassionate heart and hands in the world. Their learning community is centered around four core values. These are: respect, integrity, academic excellence and service.
The community’s spirituality is fostered through close connection with St. Rose of Lima Church. Students attend weekly mass and we are blessed by the continual presence of Monsignor Robert Weiss and the other parish priests.