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TRADITIONS REIMAGINED
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THE ADVENT PROGRAM
In place of our traditional Advent program, we instead provided a video presentation.
Students were filmed over the course of several days and the individual segments were
edited together to create one cohesive program. Putting this together took tremendous
creative thought and we thank Mrs. Riley and Mr. Wage for all their hard work to make
the Advent program a reality. A special thanks to Mr. Herceg (Mrs. Mendell's father) for
taking multiple video clips and integrating them into a single performance of " O Come, O
Come, Emmanuel " .
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Much like the Advent program, the Stations of the Cross were recreated over the course
of several days. With Sister Mary Magdalene coordinating and a talented Aquinas student
photographing, each station was carefully staged and photographed creating a beautiful
presentation. In place of the standard assembly in the school hall, our Living Stations were
hosted via Zoom on Holy Thursday. The narration was live while the photographs were
shared on screen. It was a moving presentation that honored our tradition of reflection and
prayer. Thank you to Sister Mary Magdalene for taking on a challenging project.
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n January, Aquinas joined with thousands
of Catholic schools across the country
to celebrate National Catholic Schools
Week. This week is a time to express
gratitude to God, our priests, our parents,
and our teachers for the gift of a Catholic
education. As with most everything this
year, there were adaptations to this special
week but we found a way to continue our
favorite traditions. Parents were celebrated
with a special thank you video that was
emailed to them, we honored our nation with
a red, white, and blue day and a Patriotic
Rosary held via Zoom, and Mrs. Ferguson
and Mrs. Reale revamped the basketball
tournament to a classroom level activity that
maintained our 'bubbles' while still creating
any of our favorite Aquinas traditions had to be reimagined this year due to COVID
restrictions. Throughout this edition of the Crusader are examples of just how the
school adapted to meet the new requirements. Thanks to the many creative individuals
in our midst, we were able to find new ways to continue our treasured traditions.
Mrs. Howser
rehearsing for the
big night
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