Saint Patrick School 7th & 8th grade Science Teacher Mrs. Parsons spent June 16-20 at the 2016 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. What follows is a recount of her experiences.
“Space Camp didn't turn out to be what I expected. Besides taking away new and innovative ideas for teaching, what I received was so much more! I spent five days with 100 teachers from around the world. Fourteen of us were placed in a group, and in just this small handful were teachers from the U.S., Portugal, Canada, Turkey, Malaysia, and Kenya.
During our time together we built a heat shield to protect an egg, built and launched rockets, simulated a helicopter water landing, and went through several simulations to reflect missions. These are just a few of the activities in which we participated. But more fully, we shared success and failure, laughter and tears, trepidation and lack of inhibition. We swapped stories of the woes and joys of being an educator, all of which sounded remarkably the same. We shared photos of children and spouses. (By the way, oohs and aahhs over new babies from Atlanta to Turkey sound the same in every tongue.) We epically failed missions and triumphantly succeeded at others. We ?????????????? learned to communicate through five languages and a myriad of accents. We completed mental and physical tasks. We took care of each other from shopping excursions in a foreign country to looking out for each other’s backs during simulations. We danced to everything from "YMCA" to "Sweet Home Alabama". We joked and laughed, and laughed some more. And let's not forget we made selfies. We did Space Camp, together.
When Honeywell asked what the best part of Space Camp was, I couldn't say meeting an astronaut or rocket scientists, the amazing facilities, awe-inspiring gargantuan rockets, or fun activities. As amazing as all of this was, the best part of Space Camp was reinforcing, yet again, that no matter our origin or native tongue, we are all more alike than we are different. The best part was truly the people. Thank you Honeywell for making this amazing experience possible, and to Honeywell employee Thea Feyereisen for encouraging her to apply for the all-expense paid opportunity! ?#?HESA2016.”
9/1 First day of school, 2016-17 school year
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New Church Mass Times
Starting this weekend (June 4/5), the Mass times
will be as follows: Saturday @ 5pm, Sunday @ 8:30am, 10:30am, and 7pm. The 7pm
Mass will be thru the summer only.
Summer Office Hours
Beginning the week of June 6, the school office
hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-1pm. The office will be
closed the week of July 4.
A Call to Serve
The Saint Patrick School Committee (formerly called the
Education Committee) has openings for anyone interested in becoming a member of
this committee. The School Committee meets monthly, typically the third Tuesday of the month, and serves as an
advisory group to the principal and pastor. There is also opportunity to serve
a more active role on various sub-committees. If you are interested, would like
more information, or have questions, please contact Principal Dan Bell at (firstname.lastname@example.org 715-386-3941), Fr. John, or Lynn Huebsch (email@example.com or 651-295-3759), current chairperson of the
Supply Lists Now Available – 2016-17
That was depressing to even write! Here is a supply list for next year, and it is also available as a Sycamore
Save Your Cans
Please save your clean aluminum
cans and turn in to the lower level garage at Saint Patrick Church. 7th
and 8th grade students who every fall attend ELC (Wolf Ridge Environmental
Learning Center) can get a monetary credit for crushing these throughout the
year, thus receiving a tuition break.
Parish Summer Youth Programs
There are many summer youth activities
and programs for students 4 years old to seniors in High School being hosted
and led by our Parish this summer. Check out all this summer's offerings
at http://stpatrickofhudson.org/youth_ministry and sign your kids up for a fun summer of faith
and friends. Volunteers needed for all activities too, see where you can
lend a helping hand.
of Grace – Upcoming Opportunities
Thinking of becoming Catholic or know someone who is?
Information here: RCIA info