Thursday, February 2, 2012

It's National Catholic Schools Week!

It's National Catholic Schools Week!


In addition to the stomach flu hitting our household...I had committed myself to creating the bulletin boards for Mary's school to celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2012.

Whew.  That was an undertaking to say the least!

The teachers have such limited access to art and paper supplies that I had little choice on what to work with.  I would have preferred any other paper color for the bulletin board backgrounds than orange, but you work with whatcha got!

Mary's principal asked only that the bulletin boards have a cohesive look to them and demonstrate the five principles that fulfill the school's mission statement.  These include:

Embracing Christ
Nurturing Relationships
Appreciating Diversity
Cultivating Knowledge
Recognizing Equality
Here's what I came up with using the official logo as a jumping off point.  (I need to go back up to school and take a few more pictures now that student artwork and classroom work have been added! The students have really created some beautiful classroom work.)

Embracing Christ 

Nurturing Relationships

Recognizing Equality

Appreciating Diversity

Cultivating Knowledge

These were a lot of work...not so much because of the time or skill required to put together...but rather because I had an 18-month old "helper"!    

I also had to hire a babysitter one afternoon because Benjamin was so sick with the flu and I couldn't take him to the school with me.  Needless to say, that afternoon I got quite a bit accomplished!

I have to say, I had truly forgotten how much I enjoyed this type of "creativity" for the classroom!  Creating thought-provoking, energizing, and sometimes even interactive bulletin boards for my students, while working as a 3rd grade teacher, was one of my favorite "job requirements" and something I was good at!  (You should have seen my classroom door display during "Dr. Seuss" Week!  My students won 1st Place in a classroom door decorating contest with our Fox in Socks interactive door display!!!  Love, love, love lamination and Velcro!)  

So, happy National Catholic Schools Week!  I love this year's motto...Faith.  Academics. Service.  

In our family that's what it's all about!

Only a life lived for others is worth living.
~Albert Einstein



3 comments:

  1. Val- So glad to hear that you are all better. The stomach flu is absolutely the WORST!

    My husband teaches religion at a Catholic school and it has been a very big week at his school too. Lots of fun activities and events. I meant to celebrate Catholic schools week at our own little home school, b/c after all we are a Catholic school too, but we have had so much else going on this week we really have not done it justice. It is a beautiful thing to celebrate though. Catholic education is such a blessing for our children and our families.

    Hope you all stay healthy and enjoy the rest of your winter w/o any more illnesses, Kari

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  2. Congratulations on this special
    week.
    Your boards look awesome!
    Love the font on your letters.
    Sounds like the flu is out the door
    at your house. Yea!

    Melinda

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  3. wow, they are beautiful! You did a great job Val.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated! As Mother Teresa said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

Valerie