The Valley Catholic February 6, 2018 - Page 19

tvc.dsj.org | February 6, 2018 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS 19 San Jose Barracuda Hockey Club Visits Saint Lawrence Pre-K The Pre-K students of Saint Law- rence Elementary and Middle School enjoyed a visit from the San Jose Barra- cuda hockey Program in mid-January. The Barracuda Club sent over mem- bers of their community to run hockey and skill-building activities, such as partner passing drills, agility training, and shooting goals. The Pre-K stu- dents played, learned and enjoyed the hockey fun, filling the school’s gym with laughter and excitement! After celebrating the successful visit, each student was given a team keychain as a token of participation from the San Jose Barracuda Club. The students will continue their In January, the San Jose Barracuda Hockey Club visited Pre-K students at Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School. community involvement by attending a San Jose Barracuda Hockey game on February 11 at the SAP Center. Mr. Madej, a Pre-K parent and Alum of Saint Lawrence Elementary and Mid- dle School, helped with ticket prices for the students and staff allowing the opportunity to attend a professional sporting event for the Pre-K families at a bargain price. When asked what her favorite thing about the Barracuda visit was, Mrs. M the Pre-K Director, said, “Team-build- ing! It is very important for students to learn how to be part of a team, let their talents shine while sharing, and to cheer on others at the same time. The Barracuda activities made the concept of being part of a team, fun and applicable for our class!” This was the second year the San Jose Barracuda Club visited Saint Lawrence Pre-K. Flat Stanley Visits Saint Frances Cabrini School Flat Stanley has arrived from Man- chester, England, to Mrs. Behrens’s fifth grade class at Saint Francis Cabrini. The students in Ms. Marshall’s Year 2 class at Moston Fields Primary School in Manchester, were interested in what students at Saint Frances Cabrini School in San Jose like to do and what there was to see in San Jose. Just like in Jeff Brown’s book, “Flat Stanley,” cutouts of Ms. Marshall’s students arrived via post. Fifth grade students eagerly took the Stanleys home and photographed them making cook- ies, visiting the Winchester Mystery House, and shopping at the mall. Stan- ley even sat in on some piano lessons. Newsletters were created to send back to Manchester highlighting Stanley’s adventures complete with photographs. In addition, students created travel brochures illustrating the sites to see in San Jose to give their new friends an idea of their home town. Saint Frances Cabrini Students display their Flat Stanley cutouts from Manchester, England. Virtue and Calligraphy at Saint John the Baptist Saint Christopher School Students Participate in Dialogue for Understanding Program Saint Christopher seventh graders met with students from the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School of Palo Alto to participate in a program called, Dia- logue for Understanding. The purpose of the program is to promote religious understanding through student-led discussions and presentations focusing on Judaism and Catholicism. Hausner students shared their tradi- tions and rituals, including Hanukkah and the lighting of the menorah. Saint Christopher students shared the mean- ing of ritual objects like rosaries and faith medals, and they also discussed the significance of the Bible. Saint Chris- topher Parish Pastor, Father Chris Ben- nett joined the students in the church to answer questions, as well as to discuss his own personal faith journey. This interfaith exchange fosters students’ appreciation of people with differing religious backgrounds. Throughout the day’s interactions, students from both schools found themselves celebrating differences, discovering common interests, and sharing collective experiences. Students in fourth grade at Saint John the Baptist School were able to choose a virtue that they would like to focus on for the year. After an overview of the Korean alphabet and word formation, each student translated their particular word into the Korean language, Hangul. Using calligraphy paper, brush, ink stick, ink stone, a canvas, and with the guidance of fourth grade teacher, Ms. Adrianne Hardee, each student expressed the structural beauty of the Korean characters. Nathan Pulickal, Cedrianne Gayon, Danny Tri and Ahnnayah Buenaflor (l-r). Most Holy Trinity’s Preschool After a wait of almost two years, Most Holy Trinity (MHT) Preschool is now operating in its new Trinity Center location on the main campus of Most Holy Trinity Parish and School. Hav- ing the boys, girls, and their families a short walk away from the K-8 program has helped bring the MHT School family closer together. Everyone is excited about what the new location and increased enrollment will bring for years to come. Jamie McIntyre, Principal, Audrey Randazzo, Preschool Director, and Father Robert Fam- bini, S.J., Pastor Most Holy Trinity cut the ribbon on the Trinity Center.