Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Octoberfest at St. Joseph

Change can be very  scary.  Some of us are afraid of change especially if it would take  us out from our comfort zone but a lot of times, change is necessary for the betterment of a system or organization.  
Last year, the school where our children go to  had a change in administration and so is  the church.  New administration means new changes to policies and other   stuff.  It was a  mild turbulence   especially for our children but I think that the school needed it for the better.  This year, equipped with  a new and fresh set of ideas from  different people, the school is doing so much better.  This school year, we have   activities that  we did not have   with the old administration.  So change brought a lot of positive outcome  not just for the school but especially for the children.
One of the  many school activities that was    held this year  was the Octoberfest.  The whole school came together and enjoy a whole  day of fun.  I love that this  event was not only for the school  but  it also reached out to the community.  There were  small businesses that came and had set up  their tent and I believe some portion of their sale  went to the school which was a huge help for the school.
 The event started with  the children  singing.  Our music teacher does a great job in  organizing this kind of activity  with the children.  Unlike other fund raising activity, this event did not have as many sponsors from the start so the success of it depended  on the participation of the community.  I thought it went well.
 We sold  tickets which patrons can use to   get drinks and snacks and use  the bouncy house for the kids.
 Every class has their own booth selling snacks and drinks.  Each class chose  a  cause that they want to support with their sale which was great.  This event not only brought  enjoyment for the whole community but it also taught the kids to  spend their time  for a charity of their choice.
 I heard mixed reviews about the event.  Some  are in favor  of it because it did bring a camaraderie between the school, families, and the entire community in general.  I also heard  some that aren't in favor because of the  presence of drink (beer) but I think it was not that bad.  Everybody seemed to have it in control, beside it was for fun.
 I think the  children were  drawn to the  bouncy house.  We sold so many tickets  for it.
 A lot of parents have stepped up to the plate and helped with the event.
 The Fall  display was  beautiful.
 I didn't think my husband  drink beer there but  he had fun watching the kids and talking to some parents.  I helped with other Moms  selling tickets.
 Everybody seemed so happy  doing their part that day even  our children.
 All the sports  athletes for Volleyball, basketball, and football were  introduced by the coaches.
 Mr. Tom Zielinsky  provided  the music in the event.  I thought he was very talented and so good of showcasing and sharing his craft in music.  He sings and play his instruments really  good.
The event lasted until 8-9 in the evening and we all helped  in cleaning up after the event.  I really liked this event, I get to see our neighbors and met  some people that I don't normally talk to on a daily basis.  It's really great to see the community come together in supporting a great cause.  I hope that the school continue to do these  things.  In the previous years, the little kids did not really have  any field trip but this year,  they started to do it.  Once again, thank you for stopping by and have a great Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Blue Mass to Honor the Lives Lost in 9/11 and Our Local Police Force

On September 11, St. Joseph School and Madonna High School  have collaborated together to hold a special mass to honor the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks in the US soil.  We also thank and honored our local law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS, military and their families.  With all the craziness going on in the country, it is  our obligation to teach our young generation  what is  honorable and right things to do.
The picture above is a powerful image that depicts the support of our  local law enforcement to our community.  I did not captured it clearly but I thought of taking a  chance to capture it to send out a message that kids should not be afraid of  police officers.  
It was nice seeing the community come together, young and old.  It was  a joy seeing the families of our local men and women in uniform.  
 We have a really good  law enforcement  team in Weirton and I am grateful for that.  It makes it  safer to  walk around in the  neighborhood knowing that they are always there  watching and on guard and ready to help anyone in need.  That's why it is very important that the children learn the importance of giving  them  respect that they deserve.
 The mass  really  united  the community.  It sent out a powerful message that if we can help out each other, we will succeed in conquering the bad element in our society.
 I thought it was a really special way of  showing  them our  respect and support.
 The children at St. Joseph made  some personalized gifts and gave it to all the men and women in uniform who attended the  mass celebration.
 There was a reception at the Madonna  cafeteria after the mass.

To all our men and women in uniform, thank you very much for your service.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Back To School Fun #GameOn

I know it's November already and back-to-school has been  months ago but I  have been so busy that I have not  been  able to post  things as much as I want to.  But anyway, I will just summarize some of the important dates  for the month of August (Yeah I know, I am uber late!!!)
  • July 11 was  the school registration.   The school did it differently this year. We registered the children earlier and we had to make an appointment to do it.  In previous years, we would take all of the school supplies  for the school year, then register and pay but this time it's different.  New school administration, new rules and  some policy changes.  As usual, the tuition   increased a bit.   Because of the introduction of  chromebook for each students, we paid almost 5 grand for both kids, whew.  Luckily, this is something that hubby and I  saved for so that we can pay everything upon registration and be done with it.
  • August 17:  We brought in all the supplies that the children needed and also meet the new teachers.  We also covered their books.  
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  • August 18: First Day of school.  The school always have a  mass on the first day and  kids love the first day as they get to go to school without wearing their uniform yet.  

  • August 24:  The priest  from our church and school wanted to  bring some fun with all the students after the mass.  It was a fun  surprise that  was not revealed to the kids until after the mass.

The kids did not have any idea what they were  suppose to do  after the mass which was awesome.  Everybody was wondering why they were brought to the high school gymnasium after the mass.  
I am glad that our school still recites the  pledge of allegiance, sings the  national anthem, and pray.  With all the crazy things happening these days, I am grateful for  those things.  
So what exactly was the surprise?  It was  a little  fun time batting baseball with Fr. Dennis.  Each year, the school starts with a vision and goal.  This year is "Stepping Up to the Plate" so even though a lot of kids did not know how to play baseball, they stepped up to the plate and play along.  Even our new principal, Mr. Fuscardo, have also participated  to the game.  
Both of my kids  plays a couple of sports  and baseball isn't one of them but they had fun  participating to the game.
I thought it was a great  idea of having  this event for the kids.  Everybody had fun and everyone was willing to try even though it was out of their comfort zone.  Our new priest and principal  are working together to  bring this kind of events to the school which is great.
Rye Bean hit one ball which surprised me but she did good.
As usual, EJ was dancing as he listened to the music being played in the gym.  He thought I wasn't looking but I took a picture of him lol.
My son and his best friend, Josh discussing something.  I don't know what they were talking about but it looks interesting.
Fr. Dennis told me that EJ can be a baseball player lol.  He did good as well.  Overall, this event was a total success, everyone had fun and they get to release some adrenaline before going back to the classroom.  Kudos to Fr. Dennis and Mrs. Fuscardo and all the  parents involved in  putting this together.
My daughter and  my son's best friend's baby brother.
Earlier on this month, I received this $20 Kohl's gift card from Influenster.   We seldom shopped at Kohl's so it was a great opportunity to  check out what they have for back to school.  We bought my daughter's uniform and my son's pair of school shoes there. 
One thing I like about my kids wearing uniform is that, all children wear the same outfits so we don't have to deal with other kids making fun of what other kids are wearing.    It's also  easier for  a parent like me to shop for school clothes.

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I still have a lot of event to post but for now, this will do. Just tune in for the next  post about the Blue Mass, Octoberfest, and the latest was Falloween.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for visiting.

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