Around SPS This Week

  • Third grade learned about communities in social studies class and had to create either a Google slideshow or a book about their own community. They had to include places where people live, work, and play, and some historical facts about their community. We were surprised to find the many different neighborhoods that our classmates lived in. They were: Crafton, Carnegie, Westwood, Oakwood, Kennedy, Mt Washington, Rosslyn Farms, Ingram, Sheraden, and Oakdale. St. Philip school definitely serves many communities!
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders learned how to make an observational drawing of our school’s Angel in their brand new sketchbooks. Virtual students also participated by creating the drawing over Zoom.
  • Miss Esperanza, mother of Kindergartener Robert Drew, came in to share the story of the Mexican tradition of the Three Kings. She read The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie dePaola. She also made a coloring page that explained some of the traditions of this celebration.On January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany or Three Kings, Mexican children write letters to the Three Kings asking for gifts because the Three Kings brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. A large part of the celebration is leaving your shoes and a note and food and water by the nativity scene for the camels and eating rosca de reyes, a special bread.The bread is in the shape of a circle showing God’s never ending love and is covered with slices of fruit representing the jewels in the crown of King Herod who sought to kill the baby Jesus. Inside the bread are baked small figures of the Baby Jesus which are hiding from Herod protected by Joseph and Mary. Whoever cuts into the cake and finds a Baby Jesus figure must host a party on February 2 to celebrate the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Robert’s mom brought in rosca de reyes for the children to see.

Week of January 4, 2021