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St. Peter Interparish Catholic School Receives National Awards!
Laura Dampf was selected as one of twelve teachers in the nation honored as a 2012-2013 ‘National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Teacher Award’ recipient. Mrs. Dampf’s contribution to Catholic education for twenty years is truly impressive, as she has been a source of great inspiration to all at St. Peter. Mrs. Dampf is the second instructor from St. Peter to receive this recognition. First grade instructor Agnes Forck received this special award in 2010.
On the same evening, the St. Peter Interparish School Home and School Association received a prestigious ‘Distinguished Home and School Award,’ one of five Home and School Associations in the nation to receive this award.
St. Peter Interparish School was also presented the ‘Innovations in Catholic Education Award for Curriculum and Instruction’ by ‘Today’s Catholic Teacher’ magazine. We were one of 12 schools in the nation to receive this prestigious award.
Mrs. Laura Dampf was honored at the Lincoln Homecoming Game at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. She is the Outstanding Teacher of the Week. Congratulations Mrs. Dampf.
December Calendar of Events
Dec. 10 - Faculty Meeting @ 3:15
Dec. 13 - Staff Holiday Dinner
Dec. 16 - Parish Penance Service @ 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 - Mrs. Surface's Kindergarten Christmas Play - Morning students at 9:45 and afternoon students at 2:00
Dec. 18 - Mrs. Kemna's Kindergarten Christmas Play - 2:00
Dec. 20 - End of 2nd Quarter
Christmas Parties @ 2:15
Dec. 23 thru Jan 3 - No School - Christmas Break
Dec. 25 - Merry Christmas!
Jan. 1 - Happy New Year!
Jan. 6 - School Resumes
Calendar for the complete school year can be found under More Events in the top right corner.
In the season of Advent we wait on the coming of the Lord on Christmas Day. The students at St. Peter Interparish School are celebrating each day of the season by learning some of the history behind the season. In order for you the parents and/or visitors to join us I have included a week at a time of the history lessons. Please join us on our journey.
Dec. 1 - Holy Land - Nearly 2,000 years ago, on the sun-washed land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean sea, a miraculous story was about to unfold - a story so glorious that to this day we call this land the Holy Land. During this time, most of the people lived in small towns or villages, such as Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jaffa. They were herders, farmers and crafts people who worked hard but rested on the Sabbath and gave thanks to God.
Dec. 2 - The Prophecy - Although many of the People of the Holy Land were Jewish, they were governed by the Romans. The Romans made life hard for the Jews. They treated them harshly, taxed them and denied them religious freedom. In those hard times, the Jewish people remembered what the prophets had foretold - that someday God would send them a Saviour who would deliver them from their oppressors.
Dec. 3 - Mary - In the village of Nazareth lived a young woman named Mary. As a child she went with her mother to the Jerusalem temple, where she learned to pray and live a whole life. When she grew up, Mary was promised in marriage to a carpenter named Joseph, who loved her for her kind and generous ways and for the wisdom in her hears.
Dec. 4 - Angel Gabriel - One day the angel Gabriel came to Mary, bringing wonderful news. His face was kind and full of compassion, yet Mary trembled before him. "Do not be afraid, Mary," he said. "God is pleased with you, and has chosen you to be the mother of his son. The child will be called Jesus, and his goodness will light up the world. He will rule the Kingdom of David and his rule will never end."
Dec. 5 - Joseph - Not long after the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said: "Joseph, I have come to tell you of a great miracle. Mary is soon to be the mother of God's son. God has seen that you are wise and strong. And because of your great wisdom and kindness, He has chosen you to be the guardian of his child."
Dec. 6 - Roman rule - Soon after they were married, Joseph and Mary were in the busy market-place in Nazareth. Suddenly a chariot, driven by a Roman soldier, came clattering through the streets. "I bring a message from your emperor," the driver told the villagers. "Caesar demands to know how many people live in his royal kingdoms, so all of you must return to the city of your birth to be counted and to register as taxpayers. From this day forward, you will all pay taxes to Caesar Augustus. This is the emperor's royal decree." For Mary and Joseph this was startling news, for Joseph was descended from the family of David, the great king of Israel. And since Joseph had been born in the city of Bethlehem, where David had been born, the emperor's decree meant that they would have to travel to Bethlehem at once. Mary and Joseph went home to prepare for their long journey.
Dec. 7 - Setting Off - Joseph brought their donkey to the door. There he harnessed the animal and filled its saddlebags with food and clothing for the journey. He packed a sack of fodder for the donkey, too. "Mary, I'm sorry we cannot wait until after the baby is born to make the trip," said Joseph. "I am not afraid," said Mary. "Our baby has been blessed by the Lord."
Dec. 8 - The Journey - Joseph helped Mary climb onto the donkey's back. Then he led the donkey slowly away from their home, down the streets of Nazareth and into the countryside. The road took them through fields filled with screeching birds and wilderness areas inhabited by howling jackals. Now and then, Joseph and Mary felt afraid. But they comforted each other and spoke of their faith in God. Clip, clop, clip, clop went the donkey's hooves as they plodded up steep, dusty trails. Clip, clop, clip, clop went the donkey on steady hooves down winding hills and rocky paths. The stones hurt Joseph's feet, and the sun made Mary drowsy. How she longed to stretch out on a soft bed. But the road to Bethlehem was a long one and they still had many miles to go. Finally the trail led them down to the sandy desert with its long, hot days and cold nights. Joseph and Mary prayed they would be safe.
Dec. 9 - The Star - Miles away, in land far from one another, three kings - Melchior of Arabia, Caspar of Tharsis and Balthazar of Saba - were each gazing at a star they had never seen before. The three Kings were called wise men because they spent their days studying the universe. When they consulted their books, they saw that this new star was the sign that a great king was about to be born.
Dec. 10 - The Wise Men - Bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, the three wise men set out, each in his turn, to follow this wondrous new star, knowing that it would lead them to the newborn king. After traveling for many days and nights, the wise men met in the desert. When they learned that they were all following the same star, they decided to continue on their journey together.
Dec. 11 - An Oasis - Meanwhile, as the road to Bethlehem stretched on and on, Mary felt the baby stirring within her. She prayed for his safety as the donkey carried her over the stretches of sand and rocks. How thirsty she was! If only she could take a long, cool drink. But Mary knew they had to make their water last, so all she would allow herself was one small sip at a time. "Don't worry, Mary" said Joseph, "God is watching. He will provide for us."
Dec. 12 - Jerusalem - The three wise men followed the star across the desert. They could see it easily because it glowed much more brightly than the others. But as they came close to Jerusalem, a thick band of clouds covered the night sky like a blanket so that they could not any longer see any stars at all. "Now we don't know which way to go," said Balthazar. "Let us ask in Jerusalem. Surely someone there will have heard of this new king." The next morning, in the bustling streets of Jerusalem, the wise men asked passerbys for news of the child. "Has a new king been born here?" they inquired. "A new king," sighed another, "Just the same cruel King Herod who profits from our misery."
Dec. 13 - Faithful Servant - Suddenly a voice boomed out. "What traitor dares to insult the great King Herod?" shouted a well-dressed man who was Herod's high priest. A silence fell over the frightened crowd. "There can be but one king in Jerusalem," thundered Herod's faithful servant. Then the wise men told him about the new star that had appeared - a sign that a great king would soon be born.
Dec. 14 - King Herod - The high priest hurried off to the palace to tell Herod about the three kings who were spreading rumours among his subjects. "They ride fine camels and wear rich robes," reported the high priest, "and they speak of a child-king who will become king of the Jews." "How can that be?" cried Herod in anger. "I am king. there can be no other!" "The three kings spoke of an ancient prophecy," the high priest continued. "What prophecy asked Herod. I do not believe in prophecies!" "They said that God promised to deliver a Saviour to the people of Israel," replied the priest. "The Saviour will be born in Bethlehem, and all will worship him." "Bring these strangers to me at once!" bellowed Herod.
Dec. 15 - The Search - Soon after, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar stood before King Herod's throne. "Go to Bethlehem," order the king, "and search for this child-king so that I, too, may worship him." When the clouds lifted, the three wise men set out again to follow the star to Bethlehem. Of course, they did not know that Herod intended to destroy the new baby as soon as he was found!
Dec. 16 - Bethlehem - Refreshed from a good night's sleep at the oasis, Mary and Joseph continued on the road to Bethlehem. They began to see other families on the road - families like themselves who had made the journey from distant towns to obey the emperor's decree. "Bethlehem can't be far now," said Joseph. "Soon we will have proper shelter." Mary prayed that Joseph was right and that they would reach Bethlehem before the baby's birth. Mary and Joseph stopped to rest at the top of a hill. Joseph fed what was left of the fodder to their donkey, and then they each took sips of fresh water they had brought from the oasis. Joseph surveyed the land that stretched out before them. "Look!" he exclaimed. Mary stood up to look where Joseph was pointing. There was a town just beyond the next hill. "Bethlehem!" cried Mary. Once again God had answered her prayers.
Dec. 17 - The Inn - Eagerly, Joseph led Mary to the first inn they saw. But it was already filled with travelers. They went on to the next inn, and to another one after that, but one of the inns had rooms to spare. So many people had come home to Bethlehem to be counted that the city overflowed with visitors. Joseph and Mary had no choice but to keep looking for a place to stay.
Dec. 18 - The Dream - That morning, in their campsite not far from Bethlehem, the three wise men awoke to discover an amazing thing. An angel had appeared to them in their dreams. "Do not return through Jerusalem," said the angel. "king Herod was not truthful with you. He does not plan to worship the newborn king. Instead, he plans to do him harm."
Dec. 19 - The Stable - In Bethlehem, Joseph tried one more inn. It was their last hope. "I"m sorry. We are full," said the innkeeper. "Please," said Joseph. "My wife is with child, and she is tired," "Is there no other place we can stay?" asked Joseph. The kind innkeeper took pity on the young couple and led them to the stable. "At least here you will have a roof over your heads." He said.
Dec. 20 - The Manger - The stable had everything they needed. Joseph found a lamp to provide them with light. The donkey found sweet-smelling hay to eat. And Mary found an empty manger. The animals watched with gentle eyes as Mary cleaned the manger and filled it with straw and soft cloths. "Look, Joseph," she called. "A crib for our baby!"
Dec. 21 - Good News - "At last!' cried Melchior as they rode into Bethlehem. "Now that we have come to our journey's end, we must spread the good news to one and all!" rejoiced Caspar. So under a dark cover of clouds, the three kings spoke to the crowds that had gathered in the city of Bethlehem and told them of the prophecy.
Dec. 22 - Heavenly Light - As the three kings addressed the crowds in Bethlehem, all at once the dark clouds parted and the sky was bathed in a radiant light. The people were filled with wonder as they gazed into the heavens. In the hills nearby, some shepherds saw the same light. They had been tending their sheep, but when the heavenly light broke through the clouds, they fell to the ground in fear.
Dec. 23 - Holy Night - People in towns and villages for miles around and all the shepherds in the fields covered their eyes to shield them from the blinding rays. when they looked up, the glory of the Lord shone around them, and the sky was filled with singing angels. One voice could be heard above all others: "Fear not," said an angel of the Lord, "For I bring tiding of great joy." "For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign: you will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And then the sweet voices of the angels rang out like bells: Glory to God in the Highest; peace on earth and good will toward men." And the hearts of the people were filled with gladness.
Dec. 24 - Baby Jesus - And when the angels returned to heaven, the people in towns and villages for miles around and the shepherds in the fields hurried to Bethlehem to find the new baby who was the son of God. The Star's light guided them to the stable. There they saw Mary and Joseph watching over the baby Jesus, who lay in a manger just as the angel of the Lord had said. "It is the holy child of God!" they whispered to one another. The soft bleating of the sheep and gentle lowing of the cows mingled with the faint coos of the tiny baby, and the people saw that this simple stable was far more splendid than any palace they could imagine. The wise men, dressed in their jeweled crowns and silken robes, stepped into the humble stable. When they saw the baby Jesus with Mary, they fell to their knees and worshipped him. The donkey and the lamb and all the other animals in the stable bowed down their heads with the mighty kings, to honor him, too. The three kings brought out their treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and laid them before the tiny baby. Mary accepted these gifts with grace as she had accepted all the gifts that had been presented to the Christ child, no matter how small. The people knew that at long last the ancient prophecy had been fulfilled. A Saviour had indeed been delivered unto them. "This is he who will give strength to his people," said Melchior. "Today will be remembered always," said Balthazar. And after they left, the people who had seen the Christ child that night became the messengers of the Lord. They told everyone they met about all that they had seen and heard. In time, the message spread to all countries and to children everywhere. And so it is that at Christmas we celebrate the birth of a blessed baby who was born one starry night in a peaceful stable in Bethlehem.
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