On Tuesday, June 7, our youngest students celebrated their progression to the next grade level with a prayerful step up program. Their colorful backdrop proclaimed that, “We are the work of God’s hands!” The children have learned throughout this year that we perform God’s work by our kind acts and words toward one another.
Under the direction Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Jenkins and Preschool teacher Mrs. Horn and her assistant, Mrs. Kraker, the children presented many songs and readings. The Kindergarten students read the story about Jesus encouraging the children to come to Him, and the Preschool students handled the petitions during the ceremony. All of our students understand that even though they are little, they can perform acts of love and service. Each child walked across the stage to receive their diploma and to be welcomed by their next year’s teacher. At the reception that followed the ceremony, the children were happy to share their joy with loving family members.
Enjoy the video montage of photos and video clips from the day! Congratulations to our youngest students on all of their fine accomplishments and growth this year!
On Friday, June 3, our eighth graders graduated during a tradition filled Graduation Mass and commencement ceremony at St. Alphonsus Church. This culminated the activities that allow us to bid a fitting and fond farewell to these students who have spent many years at St. Als-St. Pats. They have evolved into fine young men and women and we are all very proud of them. We are confident that they will continue to succeed in their chosen high schools and that every one of them will continue to live the Celtic Mission and be Powered by Love as they go on to make the world a better place. They will remain always S.H.A.R.K.S.: Strong, Humble, Accepting, Respectful, Kind-Hearted, and Smart. Best wishes to all of our fine graduates!
At St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School, we have high regard for our 8th grade graduates, some of whom have been with our school community for 10 years! It is hard to say good-bye to these wonderful students that we have known for so long! Yet, we find many ways to bid them farewell and Godspeed as they leave us to go on to high school and eventually to change the world for the better. The farewells begin with our Farewell Mass Celebration. We take the time as a school community to cherish these students at our final all school Eucharistic celebration.
Another highlight of Graduation week for our 8th grade students is the banquet hosted for them by a very dedicated group of 7th grade moms. This year the banquet was held at the Broken Arrow Golf Club. The 8th grade students and their parents gathered to relive memories and to celebrate the bright futures that our graduates will have. We also bid a fond farewell to twelve families whose youngest child is graduating from St. Alphonsus-St. Patrick School this year. Two of these families have had children in attendance at our school for over 20 years! We will certainly miss all of our graduating students and all of the families who will no longer have students here.
Included here is a digital copy of the eighth grade memory book that each student receives as well as several photos from the events.
The fourth grade students have worked very hard in their language arts class with Mrs. Cunningham and in the computer lab with Mrs. Yakes to create lovely Poetry portfolios that include eleven different poetry forms.
They typed and illustrated all of their poetry at school in the computer lab. Their portfolio also includes a Table of Contents, a dedication page, a review of a personal favorite poem by another author and a glossary of figurative language types that are often used to enhance poetry.
Recently, the students chose their three favorite poems of the ones they wrote to share with their classmates and with a wider audience via the recording posted here. They were happy to present their work to their appreciative audience who snapped their fingers to show adulation for the poetry.