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School Events
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Mandatory First Communion Parents Retreat 6:30PM
Wednesday, Feb. 24
All School Mass 8AM
Thursday, Feb. 25  
La Sandia Spirit Day
11AM - 9PM


Big Event Donations DUE!!!

Friday, Feb. 26

Staff Development 
No School

Saturday, Feb. 27 
Advanced Spelling Bee
Wednesday, March 2
All School Mass 8AM
Friday, March 4
$1 for Quarters for Kids means jeans and polos!
Stations of the Cross 9AM
Saturday, March 5
Middle School Academic Decathlon

Monday, March 7
All School Rosary 1:25PM
led by Fr. Chris

Tuesday, March 15
Spirit Night at The Elm

Saturday, April 9
The Big Event
Westin Hotel Downtown

Monday, April 18
Spirit Night
The Kitchen Next Door 
Dear Parents!
Last week was such an exciting week for our school programs!  We are blessed beyond expectations J
In every Middle School science classe, Ms. Glennon spends the first month of school performing scientific investigations with the students and teaches them how to use the scientific method, research a topic and write a proper hypothesis.  Students also learn how to create graphs and write a thoughtful conclusion.  For example, this year the students conducted a lab on popcorn to see if white or yellow kernels pop more kernels in 3 minutes.  The students had to research the topic and discovered that yellow kernels are bigger than white kernels.  They developed hypotheses around the fact that the smaller ones would pop faster. 
Once students understood the scientific method, Ms. Glennon, integrated the Science Fair project into the curriculum.  The objective for this unit was that students will be able to use the scientific method to develop and create their own scientific investigation, research a topic and find scientific evidence to support their topic, analyze and interpret data in order to draw conclusions from an experiment.  Next, students created their own scientific question and they had to do background research on their topic.  Students needed five scientific sources to support their research and write a simple literature review on the topic.  In addition, students learned how to cite scientific sources in APA format.  Once the research is completed students are required to make an informed hypothesis and design their experiments.
Students then carried out their experiments on their own outside of class and they brought their data to class and worked on developing a conclusion based on their results.  Every student is expected to complete a project on their own and submit them for the Science Fair.  Volunteers were asked to judge the Science Fair projects (science background was a requirement for judging); judges were parents or members of the community.  The projects were on display in the Machebeuf Conference Room.  Once the judges at the school had made their determination; the top three projects and honorable mention from each grade level went to regional's.  At regional's the students who place 1st advance to the state competition which is held in Fort Collins at Colorado State University.
Congratulations to the following students who attended the regional fair:
6th Grade: Katie M. - Plant Protein, Eamon N.- Can you use Smell to Enhance Memory?, Max S. - Acid and Sour Taste Perception in Citrus Fruit Juices, Lily N. - Shooting Hoops
7th Grade: Calvin H. - Testing the Holomonic Drive Train, Laila R. - Breaking it Down, Solomon M. - Does Antibacterial Soap Kill More Germs than Non-antibacterial Soap?, Wilson R. - How much Grease? 8th Grade: Connor M. - Vitamin C in Different Vegetables, David N. - Iron Man's ArcReactor vs. Magneto's Force, Ethan M. - How Temperature Affects the Strength of Magnets, Emmanuel N. - Video Games and Blood Pressure.
At the Regional Science Fair, Connor McCauley won first place for the second year in a row. CONGRATULATIONS CONNOR! Connor will head to CSU in April for the State competition, if he takes first place at State, he is eligible to compete in the national competition. 
Our Basketball teams had a big week last week as well!
Congratulations to all of our student athletes, coaches, and to our wonderful Athletic Director, Lucy Sopiarz-Rianda, for a phenomenal basketball season!  We had several teams win the championship and or place for their grade and division:
Champion Trophy Winners - Widgets: 3rd Grade boys coached by Mr. Klossner, 4th Grade girls coached by Mr. Savoca.  The 3rd place Widget boys winners - 4th Grade boys Blue Team-coached by Mr. Wilson (games played earlier in February).
In the JV Division, 3rd place goes to JV Division 2 Girls coached by Mr. Adams and first place championship winners are 5th Grade JV Division 3 Boys coached by Mr. Couglin, 5th Grade JV Division 4 Gold Girls coached by Mr. Bebak, and 7th & 8th Grade Varsity Boys Division 3 coached by Mr. Moon.
Way to go!!!
Blessings to you and yours!
God, heavenly Father,  look upon me and hear my prayer 
during this holy Season of Lent.  By the good
 works You inspire, help me to discipline my body and to be renewed in spirit.

Without You I can do nothing.  By Your Spirit help me to know what is right and to be eager in doing Your will.
Teach me to find new life 
through penance.  Keep me from sin, and help me live by Your commandment of love.
God of love, bring me back to You.  Send Your Spirit
 to make me strong in faith and active in good works.
May my acts
 of penance bring me Your forgiveness, open my heart to Your love,  and prepare me for the coming feast of the Resurrection of Jesus.

Lord, during this Lenten Season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer.

Fill my heart with Your love and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ.  Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness.  Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.

Father, our source of life, I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand; let me walk more readily in Your ways.  Guide me in Your gentle mercy, for left to myself I cannot do Your Will.

Father of love, source of all blessings, help me to pass from my old life of sin
to the new life of grace.  Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom.  I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,  Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
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Parish Events
Mass Times: 
Weekdays: 8:00AM  
Anticipatory Mass:  
8:00 & 10:00AM

Children's Liturgy
of the Word
During 10AM Mass on Sundays 
8:00AM - 4:00PM 
8:00AM until finished
and again from
3:00 - 4:00PM 
Sundays during Lent 9:15 - 9:45AM 

Saturday, Feb. 27
1st Reconciliation

Monday, March 7
Praise & Mercy Night
7 - 8:30PM

Middle School  
Youth Group
5:30 - 7:00PM 

Fridays during Lent
Stations of the Cross
Preceded by Soup Supper at 5:15PM

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