Sunday, May 20, 2012

Guess What You Can't Bring Across The Border

We had a presentation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. What an eye opener for my students when they realized they had brought something illegal across the border and is in their house-like shells from the Mexican beaches.

Mule Deer Antlers
The two officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife had two tables full of items they took from Americnas trying to cross back into the U.S. from Mexico. Items as: Tortoise shells, armadillo skin, boots from the skin, furs from cheetah, mountain lion, cougar, jackal and many more. My students were fascinated and by their questions I knew they had some illegal items in their house by mistake.

Jewelry from the tortoise shell

Armadillo skin & boots from it too!

They also brought along two king snakes which love to eat rattle  snakes. King snakes are the ones you want to have as they eat many predators. The rattle snakes just hide in their corner when they sense a king snake near. Now the snakes they brought were real and when they asked who would like to hold one my name from teachers and students was shouted out. I am not a snake lover. I encountered many a snake the 9 years I was in Mississippi. I either ran and screamed from them or killed them if they would not leave our playground. I thought be brave and pretend you like it. I know a couple times I cringed as it was moving up my arm with the forked tongue flashing in and out.

The other exciting event this week in school was the annual Last Blast or to most people final school picnic. We began with games as you can see.

Balloon sit with a little help from Sr. Kay to pop the balloon.

 Old Fashion Sack Race

Musical Chairs for all ages-including the pastor.

Then time to eat and parents and grandparents gladly grilled out for us.

Onto bingo with our own pastor calling out the numbers in unique patterns students had to get to win a prize-he did not make it easy for them.

After bingo karaoke!!! and of course their favorite-make your own ice cream sundae with about 10 toppings.

The first Student Council of the school celebrated the end of their term with the following menu: Papa Murphy's Pizza, Sr. Carol's homemade cookies and Orange Fanta. They chose to have the party at the Sisters' house. After eating they had their favorite recess game "Groundies". Know how to play it?

They ate the whole batch of chocolate chip cookies!

With my 3rd and 4th grade Religion class we prayed the rosary outside stopping at religious spots on our campus. Each student gave a petition before they lead their part of the rosary. This truly gave insight as to what these children are thinking but don't always say. One petition was: For the pain to be soon gone of the children whose parents are divorcing.

This Sunday morning as I arrived at about 6:45am for the  first Mass of the morning I saw our neighbors taking an early morning walk up our road!

Then it was time to take a picture of the beautiful flowers blooming in front of our school.

Onto the 2nd Mass of the day where the new altar servers were commissioned at Mass. What a beautiful ceremony. The parents had to tie the cord around their child's waist.

Onto graduation and the final awards ceremony of the year and Vacation For The Students!!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate the way you incorporate religious happenings into the daily routine of your school and church. Blessings on all!