St. Roch Council Update

From the desk of the Vice President...

Last Tuesday, October 17th, the St. Roch Student Council executive officers went to the Cardinal Rigali Center for a STUCO workshop. While we were there we learned a lot about how to keep our student council on task, how to use brainstorming to get new and fun ideas for the school, and how to use our time wisely and efficiently so we can get lots done for the school.

Last Tuesday, October 17th, the St. Roch Student Council executive officers went to the Cardinal Rigali Center for a STUCO workshop. While we were there we learned a lot about how to keep our student council on task, how to use brainstorming to get new and fun ideas for the school, and how to use our time wisely and efficiently so we can get lots done for the school.

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The first half of the day had multiple team building exercises and lectures that were very beneficial. We worked on ways we can be great leaders, we were taught the communication ladder of success, and we were taught a new motto for the STUCO.

Good, better, best. I will never rest, until my good is better and my better is my best. That’s the secret of success!

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After lunch we were separated into eight groups mixed in with STUCO members from all the other schools to learn about their ideas and to see if we wanted to use any of them here at St. Roch. We were given a handout that had a spot for us to write in eight ideas, all for different reasons i:e for school spirit, for athletics, for academics…

Overall we found this to be a very helpful workshop and highly recommend it for future STUCO executive officers. For now, we will get to work. We hope to impart the skills we gained onto the rest of the council over the course of this school year.

Helping the Hurricane Victims

St. Roch students, parents and parishioners did what they could to help those in need in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico after hurricanes devastated these areas. 

Roch Council, the St. Roch student government, launched a school-wide "Penny Challenge" Monday, September 25th. All students were encouraged to bring in their change to make a change in the lives of hurricane victims. 

The Women of St. Roch hosted an evening of blanket making and book swapping. The group donated diapers and wipes for the hurricane victims and handmade blankets to be sent south. The Women of St. Roch made 20 warm no-sew blankets. An attendee summed up the evening and effort nicely, "I love the opportunity to gather with like-minded women to discuss what's going on in our community and our world while helping others who need our help. This is what we as a group do." 

St. Roch Graduates Soaring

St. Roch Boy Scout Troop 98 celebrated three new Eagle Scouts on Sunday, August 6th. Elia Barker, Christian Boxdorfer, and Eric Webster marked this accomplishment with a gathering of friends, family, and mentors at Joe's Cafe. Congratulations to all three young men and to the troop. All three scouts attended St. Roch School with Christian and Eric graduating in 2013. Only 4-5% of scouts make it to the rank of Eagle, so this is quite an accomplishment. Not many scouts make it to the rank of Eagle (only 4-5% of all scouts). Troop 98 has a rich history spanning over 100 years and to date has had 127 Eagle Scouts. Anyone interested in learning more about joining Troop 98 should contact Scout Master Paul Winter at 314-971-7265.

Heading to the Opera

On August 25th, the first, second and third-grade students enjoyed their first field trip of the year as they traveled to the Union Avenue Opera for the performance of Hansel und Gretel. Needless to say, for many students, this was probably their first exposure to the opera. It was good to introduce them with a story that they could understand and had already studied in school. We thank Mrs. Morris for coordinating the field trip as well as the teachers and parent /drivers for making the experience possible.

Congratulations to our Greater St. Louis Science Fair Winners!

Congratulations to the Science Fair Winners at the Greater St. Louis Science Fair at Queeny Park and to all who successfully completed and learned from their experience. 

Blue Ribbon Winners: 

Hydroponics vs. Conventional Growing Systems — Sarah S. 

Gender and Short Term Memory — Henry N. 

Red Ribbon Winners 

Mind Scrabble — Sydney D.

Attractive Things — Joe M. 

Music to My Ears — Will B.

Green Ribbon Winners 

Does the Grouping of Seeds Affect its Lifespan? — Anne R.

Because Hands On Learning Is Best

This week St. Roch students experienced “hands-own” learning as Mr. Shaver bought seventh grade students (above) to Washington University to experience a university level science lab and Mrs. Miller bought her sixth grade class to Junior Achievement Biz Town to gain some real-life experiences. Also this week, (not pictured) our Mrs. Long and Miss Patty (Spanish Teacher) escorted our eighth graders to an authentic Mexican Restaurant so that they could put their Spanish acquisition into action. Thank you to all of the parent chaperones that make these learning experiences possible.

Dr. G

St. Roch "Nets" Giving Record!

Words cannot describe how awesome our St. Roch Families and Community is! Thank you so much for your participation in the Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart program this year! Not only did St. Roch do a great job in raising money to help fund lifesaving research into heart disease and stroke for the American Heart Association, but you went above and beyond to make this a record setting year! 

The final total St. Roch collected is $10,400!!!

Congratulations to the 3rd grade, who won a pizza party for raising the most money for Jump Rope forHeart with $2,933.00 and the 5th grade, which raised $2,016.00 to win tickets to the May 4th baseball game!

Coach Franklin