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Update from St. Rose of Lima School

NEWTOWN—St. Rose School is off to a safe, strong and sustaining mode with their preschool-8th grade classes running full time, on-site. Teachers and students are motivated and parents continue to be supportive which creates a bonded community.

During these different times, some outreaches really stand out. This week, one school family, who have a daughter in 8th grade and an alumna daughter, donated hundreds of pumpkins to the school.   

On Sunday, October 18, they spent the afternoon creating pumpkin patches around the school grounds with the help of several 8th-grade students. On Monday morning preschool, kindergarten, first and second graders had time to run through their own designated pumpkin patches to find and pick their pumpkins. Tying a lesson into the outing, each child was given a colored shape or number to match to a pumpkin.  This way every child felt accomplished and it limited the pumpkin handling.  What joy this act of kindness brought to the littlest learners and teachers at a time when they could not take their traditional trip to the pumpkin patch, the pumpkin patch was brought to them!

Another notable moment came yesterday when a Mom made a special, “on-screen” visit to the first-grade classroom to read a story in honor of her daughter’s birthday. Parent participation is such a big part of St. Rose School life; it’s nice that they can continue to connect, even from a distance.

About St. Rose School

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 on 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.