Sacred Silence At St. HelenIt has been a tradition for…
Sacred Silence At St. HelenIt has been a tradition for more than three decades that Holy Thursday morning be a time of sacred silence and…
Sacred Silence At St. Helen
It has been a tradition for more than three decades that Holy Thursday morning be a time of sacred silence and prayer at St. Helen School. On March 28, like previous Holy Thursdays, all students from kindergarten through eighth-grade entered the school with signs that indicated they should go right to their classrooms in silence.
Once in their classrooms, students had prepared activities planned by their teachers. Walking through one classroom, one would see students praying the 15 Stations of the Cross in their nearby hallway. Some students were praying from their Bibles in a prayer corner while others were creating a cross necklace made out of beads.
In one classroom, students picked up a cup of colorful jellybeans and began writing in their prayer journals. Each color of jellybean represented a part in the suffering, death and resurrection story. Some seventh-graders were designing beautiful crosses with yarn while third-graders were assembling paper paschal candles.
The morning concluded with a meaningful ritual in church recalling the Last Supper, passion and resurrection of Christ. Teachers washed the hands of their students symbolizing Christ washing the feet of his disciples and showing their call to serve others. A group of junior high students re-enacted the Stations of the Cross. The St. Helen Ensemble danced the three movements, concluding the service with their rendition of “Morning Has Broken” to portray the resurrection.
It is the hope of the St. Helen faculty and staff that students experiencing this prayerful morning will help set the stage for a more meaningful preparation for Easter not only this year, but far into their future and be passed on throughout their family traditions.
2nd-Graders Learn About Germs
Matti Tygret, a biology major at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, plans to become a physician. Tygret’s biology professor, Tracey Meilander, understands that part of being a doctor is educating patients, so with Meilander’s guidance, Tygret took a turn at teaching second-graders about germs.
Through the Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives, Meilander and Tygret recently visited the school. Tygret shared some basic information about infectious disease with the 19 students in Hope Bartholomew and Amy Hotchkiss’ second-grade health class.
St. Helen second-graders will perform a skit using this helpful information as part of the Spotlight on Learning Project, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic. Their performance takes place on April 19 in the Notre Dame Education Center auditorium.
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