Catholic School’s Week Activities

January 27 – February 2 is the annual celebration of Catholic School’s Week by Catholic schools all over the United States. The week builds community awareness of and involvement in Catholic schools throughout the country. During the week, schools and parishes focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and Catholic education’s contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

This schedule details the fun activities that the students at our school will be participating in during the week.

Quick Fact:  There are 132,656 private and public schools in the United States, according to Department of Education statistics. Of those, 6,980 are Catholic elementary or secondary schools.  What sets there Catholic schools apart from the pack?

Three things, say educators, parents and community leaders: faith, academics, and service.

  • Children are taught faith – not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God.
  • Academics, which in Catholic schools are held to very high standards, help each child reach his or her potential.
  • Service, the giving of one’s time and effort to help others, is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship.

What a blessing that in our small community, we are able to have our own Catholic School for our children to grow in faith and their love of God and others.  Let’s remember those things that make St. Bruno School a wonderful, faith- filled, learning community and share that with others.

Sports Update

The SIJHSAA Regional Tournaments for boys’ basketball begin this week.  The Tamaroa/St.Bruno Indians play Thursday night, 1/24, at 6 pm against Bethel at the Tamaroa Community Center.  Let’s pack the house and cheer our boys on!

The 5th grade basketball team will play at home on Wednesday, 1/23, at 6:00 pm.

The 3rd & 4th grade basketball teams will play at a tournament hosted by Woodlawn on Saturday.

Girls volleyball practices continue this week, with their first games next week.

Good luck to all our athletes this week!

2013 St.Bruno Mouse Race results

It was an exciting night of mouse races last night at the parish center. Okay, technically they were gerbils.

Race 1 was sponsored by the St. Bruno Class of 1989 and the winner of the first race was Charlotte Mydler! Her mouse didn’t stop to sniff anything and raced straight to the finish! Race 2, sponsored by the St. Bruno teachers, was won by 1st Pistol aka Mrs. Rybacki. The St. Bruno Class of 1990 sponsored race 3 and after some fierce competition lane ones Dan Adcock reached the finish first. In race 4, sponsored by the St. Bruno classes of 91 & 94, Leah Winter at first appeared to be the clear favorite, but after taking an early lead Leah ran back to the start and Josh Giacomo won! St. Bruno parents sponsored race 5 and Craig Williams in lane 3 raced to the finish. Sadly, lane 6 Cara Alongi apparently liked the start line, as she didn’t leave it. Race 6 was sponsored by the Winter kids and a Kellerman and lane 2 Eric Heine made it to the finish first in a close race. Race 7 was for the fast mice. There was some more family competition as Jeff and Billie Phillips went head to head but it was Uncle Rog from Maryland’s Thunder’n Lightning who finished first. The other Winters and a Rheinecker sponsored race 8 (thank you Winter’s for all your support!!). This race had the crowd in a frenzy, but lane 4 Dale Winter crossed the finish line first after several other entries decided to sniff the glass. Dale and Kay were pumped about Dale’s win!! Race 9, Horse or Mice??, was another nail biter but Angie Bruns’ War Emblem in lane 4 was the clear winner. Finally, the last race of the evening had some big names- Lightning McQueen, Ricky Bobby, Cal Norton Jr., Cole Trickle, and Rowdy Yates. Newcomer Chick Hicks in lane 2 rounded out the competition. This race really had the crowd on its’ feet as several entries came close but it was Lightning McQueen sponsored by Bernie Suchomski who crossed the finish first!!

Congratulations to all the winners!! There were also multiple 50/50 games, also known as Gerbil roulette, throughout the evening and we had some lucky folks here last night as several won more than one time 😉 The 3 Heads or Tails winners left with yummy cheese and sausage trays.

The evening was a blast! Looking forward to the 2nd annual mouse races already. Thank you to the tech committee for a cool, new fundraising idea and for the work they put into it. Finally, thanks to those who attended – wouldn’t be successful without you.

Sports update

This week is a busy week for sports:

Girls Basketball regionals start today 1/8/13 with the Indians playing St. Andrew’s Murphysboro at 7:15 in Ashley.

Girls volleyball has open gym this week on Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4:30.  Regular practices will begin next week.

PeeWee basketball has practice Wednesday night from 6-7 in the gym.  Their first game is Thursday, January 10th in Woodlawn at 6 pm.

Boys basketball plays 204 Thursday, January 10th at 6 pm at Tamaroa.  There will be a C game prior to the 6 pm JV game.

Good luck to all our athletes this week!

Sat. January 19th, Mouse Races and Chili Supper

The T.A.L.L. Committee will be hosting a new, exciting event on Saturday, January 19th.  The evening will begin at the school basement with a chili supper for the whole family from 4:30-7:30.  All you can eat chili – Adults $7, Under 12 $4, and kids under 4 eat free.  Those over 21 can head over to the gym for mouse races!! Yes, that’s right – mouse races.  Entry fee is $10 which also includes 2 drink tickets. Bring some extra cash to bet on your favorite a mouse!  Or make one your own for the evening and Sponsor a mouse! The cost to sponsor is $25 and includes your entry fee, 5 drink tickets, and a cool t-shirt.  If you are interested in sponsoring a mouse, contact Leah Winter or Amy Epplin – or send your money to school in an envelope labeled with their name.

Come enjoy the fun!