Epiphany Catholic School FOCUS Volume 32, Issue 3 November 2014 Dear Parents, The mission of Epiphany Catholic School is to educate children to become responsible adults living out Christian values and Catholic faith. This is achieved by emphasizing excellence in academics, personal growth, and spiritual development in Christ. The cooperation and participation of both the parish and school communities are essential to this endeavor. On October 24th, our school community gathered in the old church to pray the rosary. We were led by the student council as we remembered in our prayers all of our school and family intentions as well as the upcoming elections. During this month of November, let us remember all the many “Saints” in our life who are now enjoying their eternal reward. Let us pray to them and for them for they are certainly a source of intercessory prayer. As you gather as a family around the table at Thanksgiving, continue to remember those people who have been a source of strength to your family. Speak their name aloud and give thanks to God for the blessing that you have received through them. It is also a time to ask the Lord for the grace we need to be a blessing to all we meet each day. On Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. the Church of the Epiphany invites you to an exposition and veneration of over 150 Sacred Relics of Saints and Blessed. This is a wonderful opportunity and a blessing for our parish community. All are invited. As you know the report cards will be emailed the week of November 3rd. You will need legal size paper in order to print the report card. This report card is a new format designed by the Archdiocese of Miami. Please see the letter on the website from the Superintendent. I will send an email on Monday, November 3rd, explaining some of the new details that you will see on the report card. Please contact the school office if you are having difficulty printing the report card, if so, we will send home a hard copy. The report cards do not need to be returned to school. I want to thank everyone who has completed their Volunteer Code of Conduct, Virtus and Fingerprints. All three documents must be on file prior to volunteering for any school activity. You are remembered in my prayer. Sister Margaret Fagan, IHM Please do not leave any valuable items in your car. It only takes a few seconds to open a car door and remove valuable items. This should be a rule no matter where you park. PAGE 2 F O CU S IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RELIGIOUS EDUCATION The Religious Education Program holds its sessions on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Parents use the same drop off and pick up system as the school. You are reminded that PARKING IN THE DRIVE-THRU LANE IS PROHIBITED from school dismissal time until 5:30 p.m. It is again prohibited in the evening, from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. PLEASE, ADHERE TO THIS REGULATION. Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. Christmas Holiday The students will be dismissed for the Christmas holiday on Friday, December 19th at 11:00am. No lunch will be served that day. School will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015. V OLU ME 3 2, ISSU E 3 Automobile Drop Off/Pick Up 1. All students arriving or leaving school by automobile must use the carport. 2. No one may park on 84th Street or Red Road, drop off on 84th Street or Red Road, or pick up on 84th Street or Red Road. 3. Students will wait for parent pickup at the assigned stations in the carport and singles area. 4. Please do not leave the car unattended in the carport area during arrival or dismissal time. Pull into the parking area if your child is not out at dismissal time. 5. USING THE PARKING LOT AS A PICKUP AREA IS NOT AN OPTION. 1. Yearbook ads due November 14, 2014. Forms can be downloaded from the ECS web under school forms. 2. If you have taken the VIRTUS course, you must go online to: www.virtus.org and register for the online bulletins. Please print proof of your online registration for your records and ours. DO NOT USE your cell phone while driving on the school grounds. Sign with last name and station number or color must be visible to teachers. Please place on the visor so all can see. Absolutely no stopping in front of new church to wait for 2nd dismissal. DO NOT DROP-OFF OR PARK IN THE PARISH CENTER PARKING LOT. THIS IS THE PARKING LOT FOR OUR TEACHERS. If you need to walk your child into school, walk behind the cones. Reminder for all Altar Servers: It is the responsibility of the altar server to find a substitute if he/she is unable to serve a scheduled mass. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. F O CU S V OLU ME 3 2, ISSU E 3 PAGE 3 Peacemaker for October - Virtue Hope Hope is the virtue for this month. Hope, the hidden gift, is centered on God. Hope is the virtue that calls us to believe and trust that God is always with us no matter how difficult life might be. Optimism, joy, patience, trust, confidence, courage, keep trying, begin anew, look for God surprises, forgive mistakes KA KB KC KD Alejandro Croes Emiliana Bazo Veronica Aguilar Lily Roos 4A 4B 4C 4D Adrian Paucar Giovanna Rivero Carolina Monterrey Andres Aleman 1A 1B 1C 1D Carolina Gonzalez Alessandra Alvarez Sarah Sherman Roberto Oyarzun 5A 5B 5C 5D Bianca Barroso Daniela Barnola Andre Fortou Maria Losa 2A 2B 2C 2D Mia Roca Dylan Paucar Ernesto Avino Lola Fernandez 3A 3B 3C 3D Carola Cobo Daniel Malabet Ana Sofia Losa Alec Molina 6A Isabella Delgado 6B Daniel Alexander Rodriguez 6C Ana Romagosa 7A Isabella Stanfield 7B Holt Boink 7C Alexa Barroso 8A Anamari Garcia 8B Brandon Rosabal 8C Daniela Fernandez Our Peacemaker Celebration took place on Friday, October 17th for grades 2-8 and K-1 on Tuesday, October 21 at 1:30pm. . An Important Request from Mrs. Lasaga When your child is going to be absent remember to call the office at 305 667-5251 or send Mrs. Lasaga an e-mail at : [email protected] before 9:00 a.m. to let her know . If you e-mail the teachers, please cc Mrs. Lasaga so she is aware of your child’s absence Thank you for your help! NO CHILD IS PERMITTED TO WALK TO THE SIDE PARKING LOTS OF THE CHURCH TO BE PICKED UP. CHILDREN MUST BE PICKED UP IN THEIR DESIGNTATED AREAS OF CARPOOL OR SINGLES. PAGE 4 F O CU S V OLU ME 3 2, ISSU E 3 Mission Ambassadors Our Mission Ambassadors will assist the Homeroom in raising money for Amor en Accion. 2A Isabella Murphy 5B Ricky Rivera 2B Melanie Haro 5C Isabel Penin Isabella Zumpano 2C Cristina Sanchez 2D Sofia Ruiz 3A Luis Haro 3B Ethan De Church 3C Daniel Real 3D Mia Rodriguez 4A Sofia Eljaiek 5D Juliana Peredo 6A Andrea Escobio 6B Daniella Garcia 6C Paulina Boudet 7A Sophia Briones 7B Georgia Etten 7C Gabriela Duque 4B Ceci Pino Erik Gaviria 8A Julianna Canizares 4C Gabriela Vega 8B Isabella Guzzo 4D Gabirella Diaz Alejandro Delgado 8C Julianna Yaniz Daniella Fernandez 5A Annabella Baboun F O CU S V OLU ME 3 2, ISSU E 3 PAGE 5 EPIPHANY’S EIGHTH GRADERS SHINE AT THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS OLYMPICS Each year a number of 8th grade students are selected to represent Epiphany at the Academic Olympics held at Christopher Columbus. We send a thank-you to all the teachers who have taught our students so well. Congratulations to both the parents of the participants, the participants and the students who won medals! Art Religion Daniel Diaz—Gold Miah Bermudez—Bronze Taylor Jauregui Alexander Prieto—Bronze Nicholas Farach Monica Milton –Gold Cecilia Gaston—Bronze English Science William Gregory Thomas Packert—Silver Alexis Diaz-Silveira Mary Alfano Carlos Delgado Joseph de la Viesca—Gold Stephanie Diaz Alexandra Yaniz History Spanish Rafael Rodriguez—Gold Sebastian Aviles—Silver Isabella Gomez—Silver Isabella Guzzo– Bronze Andres Perdomo Jorge Maratos—Bronze Adda Gudjonsdottir Isabella Reardon Math Speech Sebastian De La Torre Beltran Ulloa—Gold Juliana Yaniz –Silver Alexandra Perez Cesar Sordo Joseph Pozo—Bronze Veronica Diaz—Bronze Kaitlyn Roberts General Skills Steven Lee –Silver Francisco Martell– Silver Julianna Canizares—Silver Carolina Brito –Silver All the students demonstrated tremendous effort and great school spirit. We are very proud of our Epiphany students. V OLU ME 3 2, ISSU E 3 F O CU S PAGE 6 Sharing Thanksgiving… from family to family Thanks to the generosity of many, Epiphany has through the years provided needy families with basic staples for their Thanksgiving meal. This November as we prepare for Thanksgiving, each Epiphany family will once again have the opportunity to share our countless blessings with those in need. This year we will be helping out the St. Martin de Porres community. This parish is in great need of help and we are committed to making their Thanksgiving one where they can have the basics they need. A 'shopping list' with pictures and details of the items requested is attached. Take this list to the store when you go shopping. The Publix at Dadeland and Monza and the South Miami Winn Dixie should be well- stocked with these items. Please place all items on the shopping list in a reusable grocery bag and bring the bag to th the Religious Education Office no later than November 18 , 2014. Please do not send anything that is opened, dented, or expired. A personal message from your family such as a hand-written note, a prayer, or a child’s drawing should be included in the bag. The total cost will be under $25.00, but will depend on the brands that are purchased. If you are unable to prepare a bag, you may want to contribute individual items from the list. Willing to go the extra mile? Buy a gift card from Publix, Winn-Dixie, Wal-Mart or Target for the purchase of a turkey or other meat product. Please, secure visibly to your bag. Clean used blankets are also welcome! If you have any questions please contact the Religious Education office at (305)665-0037. F O CU S V OLU ME 3 2, ISSU E 3 PAGE 7 Shopping List for St. Martin de Porre’s Thanksgiving bags: Vegetable Oil 48 Oz. Evaporated milk 2 cans, 12oz Canned vegetables 2 cans (peas, corn, etc) 15oz. Maseca 4.4 lb. bag Sugar 5 lb. bag 12oz Canned fruit 2 cans ozoz. Flour 2 lb. bag Rice 5 lb. bag Dry pinto Beans 2 lb. bag (mixed fruit, peaches, etc.) 15oz. OPTIONAL Reusable bag – usually found near entrance or registers As an added donation, you may buy a $10 or $15 gift card from Publix, Winn-Dixie, Wal-Mart or Target. Please secure visibly to your bag. Total - Should be under $25.00 (will vary depending on store/brands - not including optional gift card) Place all items in the reusable bag and take to school or Religious Education Office no later than Wednesday, November 18th , 2014. Remember to include a personal message from your family such as a hand-written note, a prayer, or a child’s drawing. Thank you for your generosity! Counselor’s Corner Dear Epiphany Families and Students, My name is Amelia Rey and I am the new counselor @ Epiphany School. I must say, I am very excited to have joined such a wonderful team of teachers and your children have been more than welcoming. I can’t believe we are approaching our third month of school and I have already met many of you. As a school counselor, the goal is to help every student be the best student they can be; this includes working with the students directly as well as collaborating with the staff. Hopefully, some of your children have come home and have mentioned that they have met me. As part of my Character Formation Program, I will be going into each classroom on a monthly basis and/or needed basis and addressing different topics. Well, it is time to get back to the kids and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help ! Amelia R. Rey, L.C.S.W.
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