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Little Flower School Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2014

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Little Flower Schol Blue Jay Briefings

Newsletter Spring 2014

Principal Jorgen Knutson Newsletter Editor Karla Deplazes & Renae Arnston

School News

Catholic Schools Week:

LFS kicked off Catholic Schools week January 26-31 with a children’s mass followed by the carnival at the armory. A recent hit at the carnivals has been the addition of the bounce houses, but due to weather, this year’s hit game was played electronically on a Wii video game, which allowed for students to dance and be active. Throughout the week were different dress- up days for teachers and students as well as celebrating grandparent’s day, which allowed for students to invite family members to lunch. The week concluded with a skating and pizza party as well as a dance on Friday night, sponsored by the PTO. It was rewarding to see families interact together and celebrate in the light of Christ.

Staff Updates

Since the last publication of the “Briefings” there have been a few changes to faculty and staff. Leading the school this year is Principal Jorgen Knutson, who brings many years of educational leadership. Miss Jenna Yri is a full time aide serving in various capacities for all classrooms. Miss Yri also heads the after-school program, which allows students to come in after school for extra guidance on their homework. The first and second grades are currently taught with a team of teachers consisting of Kris Blessum, Caye Bednarz, Mary Anderson & Alisha Pretzer. The school is actively seeking a teacher for 1st-2nd grades. Following the conclusion of the school year, LFS will also be looking to fill two additional full-time positions. Becky Dobitz, who currently teaches kindergarten, will be leaving us at the conclusion of the year after 8 years of preschool and kindergarten. Mrs. Graner, who teaches 3rd-4th grades, will be retiring. We thank her for her 26 years of service to LFS!

Important Dates:

Pre-school graduation:

May 7th First Holy

Communion & Confirmation: May 10th, 5 PM

Kindergarten graduation:

May 16th Sixth grade graduation:

May 23rd

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School Newsletter

LFS Students pose for a picture before the Christmas Program..

“To teach as Jesus taught.”

5th & 6th Grade News

Cookies for a Cause Wanting to help those truly in need, the 5th & 6th grade students, under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Moser, sponsored the 4th annual “Cookies for a Cause.” Students conducted a bake sale during Catholic Schools Week and raised $341 for homeless orphans of Brazil!

Upcoming Events

Students Gear up for Marathon: The 16th annual LFS marathon will be held on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 with students pledging to bike in fundraising efforts for the school. The marathon route is a one-mile stretch of road between the Catholic cemetery and highway 2 by the golf course. Students will leave the school at 12:30. Highlights of the marathon include the fire trucks on the route, keeping track of “laps,” the school picnic, as well as competing with the priests and sisters to see who can bike the longest. Students are surprised to see Sr. Mary Ruth pedal so fast for so long! Prior to the marathon in May, students will be encouraged to send pledge letters to family and friends asking for donations for their cause in helping raise needed funds for the school in keeping tuition in check. Students should have their pledges turned in to the school by May 5th. On May 9th prizes will be awarded to the students who collected the most pledges. Following the marathon on the 2nd, there is a community social hour from 2:30-3:30 in the cafeteria. This is a fun way for students to celebrate their efforts, sign shirts, and re-tell the stories—come and hear how it goes!

This year we are inviting you – our alumni to consider sponsoring the 16th Annual Marathon. We have included a pledge envelope for you to fill out and send back. We ask for your prayers and financial support as we continue to offer this great faith based education to our community. Thanks for your support and consideration.

. PTO Raffle Drawing Results:

• Grand Prize, $1,000-Jennifer Bartsch, Rugby • I-pad-Ruth Jaeger, Rugby • Woodland Resort Package-Seth Jaeger, Esmond • Playstation-Kelly Clements, Rugby • $500 Cabela’s card-Kris Wangler, Rugby

Thank you for your support!

School Newsletter Page 3 of 4

Lenten Observances:

LFS is taking part in the Missionary Childhood Association again this year. Each child is sent home a contribution box and they are asked to fill it with spare change throughout lent.

Alumni Spotlight:

Did you know that two of the starters on the RHS state basketball team are LFS alumni? Hats off to alumni Jaden Haman, Chris Hamilton, Nolan Hovland, Eric Hooker & Tanner Bernhardt for their outstanding efforts for the RHS boys’ basketball team and their 2nd place finish at state. The community enjoyed watching a fabulous season of basketball this winter.

Lift up a Loved One:

How to Lift up a Blue Jay You are receiving this letter because you are alumni of LFS, which hopefully holds a special place in your heart. There are several ways you could lift up a Blue Jay student. Prayer is a constant/fabulous way to support a student/teacher with or without a person even knowing. Spreading the word about our school and encouraging others to check it out is a great way to share the love of Christ and his love of children. Come and eat! Students in school are welcome to have a visitor eat with them at lunch—there is no special day needed for an adult to dine with students. (Calling the office ahead of time is always encouraged if possible.)

Donations can always be sent to the school for a variety of reasons. An idea sometimes overlooked is to send a memorial in honor of a lost loved one in lieu of an open-ended memorial to the family. These names will be recognized in the church bulletin.

Sister Jean Louise & Sister Mary Ruth having fun at Catholic Schools Week Dance!

Little Flower Catholic School 306 3rd Ave SE Rugby, ND 58368-1827

Phone:

(701) 776-6258

Fax:

(701) 776-5327

E-mail:

lfs@gondtc.com

Contact: Karla Deplazes 701.208.0155 Renae Arnston 701.208.0609

We’re on the Web!

www.little-flower.k12.nd.us

Little Flower Catholic School 306 3rd Ave SE Rugby, ND 58368

Newsletter Opportunities:

The first edition of the Blue Jay Briefings was written in the spring of 2008. Prior to this publication several alumni or parents have submitted information or reflections. The goal in publishing this newsletter is to let alumni know what is happening at LFS and provide a link to alumni. We are looking for people to submit memories as well as current events in their lives. Once again we will be looking for such memories/contributions.

Above: Little Flower students and staff pose for a picture after Friday mass.

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l Blue Jay Briefings

Newsletter Spring 2014

Principal Jorgen Knutson Newsletter Editor Karla Deplazes & Renae Arnston

School News

Catholic Schools Week:

LFS kicked off Catholic Schools week January 26-31 with a children’s mass followed by the carnival at the armory. A recent hit at the carnivals has been the addition of the bounce houses, but due to weather, this year’s hit game was played electronically on a Wii video game, which allowed for students to dance and be active. Throughout the week were different dress- up days for teachers and students as well as celebrating grandparent’s day, which allowed for students to invite family members to lunch. The week concluded with a skating and pizza party as well as a dance on Friday night, sponsored by the PTO. It was rewarding to see families interact together and celebrate in the light of Christ.

Staff Updates

Since the last publication of the “Briefings” there have been a few changes to faculty and staff. Leading the school this year is Principal Jorgen Knutson, who brings many years of educational leadership. Miss Jenna Yri is a full time aide serving in various capacities for all classrooms. Miss Yri also heads the after-school program, which allows students to come in after school for extra guidance on their homework. The first and second grades are currently taught with a team of teachers consisting of Kris Blessum, Caye Bednarz, Mary Anderson & Alisha Pretzer. The school is actively seeking a teacher for 1st-2nd grades. Following the conclusion of the school year, LFS will also be looking to fill two additional full-time positions. Becky Dobitz, who currently teaches kindergarten, will be leaving us at the conclusion of the year after 8 years of preschool and kindergarten. Mrs. Graner, who teaches 3rd-4th grades, will be retiring. We thank her for her 26 years of service to LFS!

Important Dates:

Pre-school graduation:

May 7th First Holy

Communion & Confirmation: May 10th, 5 PM

Kindergarten graduation:

May 16th Sixth grade graduation:

May 23rd

o

Page 2 of 4

School Newsletter

LFS Students pose for a picture before the Christmas Program..

“To teach as Jesus taught.”

5th & 6th Grade News

Cookies for a Cause Wanting to help those truly in need, the 5th & 6th grade students, under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Moser, sponsored the 4th annual “Cookies for a Cause.” Students conducted a bake sale during Catholic Schools Week and raised $341 for homeless orphans of Brazil!

Upcoming Events

Students Gear up for Marathon: The 16th annual LFS marathon will be held on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 with students pledging to bike in fundraising efforts for the school. The marathon route is a one-mile stretch of road between the Catholic cemetery and highway 2 by the golf course. Students will leave the school at 12:30. Highlights of the marathon include the fire trucks on the route, keeping track of “laps,” the school picnic, as well as competing with the priests and sisters to see who can bike the longest. Students are surprised to see Sr. Mary Ruth pedal so fast for so long! Prior to the marathon in May, students will be encouraged to send pledge letters to family and friends asking for donations for their cause in helping raise needed funds for the school in keeping tuition in check. Students should have their pledges turned in to the school by May 5th. On May 9th prizes will be awarded to the students who collected the most pledges. Following the marathon on the 2nd, there is a community social hour from 2:30-3:30 in the cafeteria. This is a fun way for students to celebrate their efforts, sign shirts, and re-tell the stories—come and hear how it goes!

This year we are inviting you – our alumni to consider sponsoring the 16th Annual Marathon. We have included a pledge envelope for you to fill out and send back. We ask for your prayers and financial support as we continue to offer this great faith based education to our community. Thanks for your support and consideration.

. PTO Raffle Drawing Results:

• Grand Prize, $1,000-Jennifer Bartsch, Rugby • I-pad-Ruth Jaeger, Rugby • Woodland Resort Package-Seth Jaeger, Esmond • Playstation-Kelly Clements, Rugby • $500 Cabela’s card-Kris Wangler, Rugby

Thank you for your support!

School Newsletter Page 3 of 4

Lenten Observances:

LFS is taking part in the Missionary Childhood Association again this year. Each child is sent home a contribution box and they are asked to fill it with spare change throughout lent.

Alumni Spotlight:

Did you know that two of the starters on the RHS state basketball team are LFS alumni? Hats off to alumni Jaden Haman, Chris Hamilton, Nolan Hovland, Eric Hooker & Tanner Bernhardt for their outstanding efforts for the RHS boys’ basketball team and their 2nd place finish at state. The community enjoyed watching a fabulous season of basketball this winter.

Lift up a Loved One:

How to Lift up a Blue Jay You are receiving this letter because you are alumni of LFS, which hopefully holds a special place in your heart. There are several ways you could lift up a Blue Jay student. Prayer is a constant/fabulous way to support a student/teacher with or without a person even knowing. Spreading the word about our school and encouraging others to check it out is a great way to share the love of Christ and his love of children. Come and eat! Students in school are welcome to have a visitor eat with them at lunch—there is no special day needed for an adult to dine with students. (Calling the office ahead of time is always encouraged if possible.)

Donations can always be sent to the school for a variety of reasons. An idea sometimes overlooked is to send a memorial in honor of a lost loved one in lieu of an open-ended memorial to the family. These names will be recognized in the church bulletin.

Sister Jean Louise & Sister Mary Ruth having fun at Catholic Schools Week Dance!

Little Flower Catholic School 306 3rd Ave SE Rugby, ND 58368-1827

Phone:

(701) 776-6258

Fax:

(701) 776-5327

E-mail:

lfs@gondtc.com

Contact: Karla Deplazes 701.208.0155 Renae Arnston 701.208.0609

We’re on the Web!

www.little-flower.k12.nd.us

Little Flower Catholic School 306 3rd Ave SE Rugby, ND 58368

Newsletter Opportunities:

The first edition of the Blue Jay Briefings was written in the spring of 2008. Prior to this publication several alumni or parents have submitted information or reflections. The goal in publishing this newsletter is to let alumni know what is happening at LFS and provide a link to alumni. We are looking for people to submit memories as well as current events in their lives. Once again we will be looking for such memories/contributions.

Above: Little Flower students and staff pose for a picture after Friday mass.

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