Catholic Schools Media Tipsheet 11-21-11

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2011
For more information, call:
Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291

Ascension School PE Pockets, Thanksgiving Drive, and Christmas Play

(Louisville, KY) Ascension School (4600 Lynnbrook Drive) students have embarked on a new approach to physical fitness through PE Pockets. Each morning, students and teachers participate in 10-15 minutes of physical activities such as relay races, jogging, walking, line dancing, folk dancing, push-ups, jumping jacks and other fitness exercises. (Students also participate in less structured physical activity for 5 minutes in the afternoon.) Teachers have reported greater focus in the classroom and fitness in the students as a result of this project, which has increased physical exercise for each student from 50 minutes each week to 100-120 minutes each week. The PE Pockets take place on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. and on Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Ascension school and parish combined to collect approximately 2,500 cans for local food pantries and the parish’s Thanksgiving baskets. The custodian, Jim Grider, had challenged students to bring in cans and volunteered to shave his head if they brought in at least 2,000 cans. Because of the success of this drive, Mr. Grider will have his head shaved at the school on Tuesday, November 29, at 12:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. Ascension students in grades K-5 will perform a Christmas musical entitled Angels Aware that explains the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ. The event will be held in the Church and is free and open to the public.

For information, call: Mary Jo Ellis, Principal, 502/451-2535

Saint Leonard Preschool Students Participate in Service Project

(Louisville, KY) Saint Leonard School (440 Zorn Avenue) preschool students are participating in their first school service project. In conjunction with Scholastic Books, students are collecting and donating new pairs of child-sized pajamas for other children in need. For each pair of pajamas donated, Scholastic also donates a book to a child in need.

The students will travel to the Home of the Innocents on Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. to deliver their pajamas and visit the children at this facility.

For information, call: Linda Kinderman, Principal, 502/897-5265.

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