In December of 2016, Sr. Elisabeth Ides, a member of our General Government, and liaison with AFJM groups throughout the Congregation, visited Haiti. Her principal purpose for going was to connect with the AFJM in Port-au-Prince, a group deeply affected by the loss of Sr. Isa Sola, who had started the group. Given below are Sr. Elisabeth’s reflections on that visit.
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In November, Sr. Mary and Sr. Jackie began volunteering at RIRAL (Rhode Island Regional Adult Literacy) located in Woonsocket, RI. The mission of this agency is to assist adults in the process of reaching their academic, occupational, or personal goals through education, counseling, and training. RIRAL provides instruction in English language, reading, writing, math and technology, as well as college readiness.
“Within the child lies the fate of the future.”
- Maria Montessori
Upper Elementary students (ages 9-11) at Thevenet Montessori School are using the “Peace Flower” pictured below, to learn about the connectedness of all life and each person’s and community’s influential call to care for humanity and wildlife.
There are a good number of Americans who find the current political atmosphere to be mean-spirited, and in stark opposition to some fundamental values of our country. For RJM, many of those values also reflect the imperatives of the Gospel, as well as the recent call of our Chapter:
“We desire to live our prophetic mission:
Responding to the miseries of our world;
Living a commitment to justice, peace, ….”
In December the children sang their hearts out in preparation for the Winter Concert. We couldn’t be more proud of them and their performance! Thank you for attending and for your continued support in making Thevenet West projects and events so successful.
We learned about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. We listened to some of the Nutcracker composed by Tchaikovsky and read the Nutcracker to learn the story.
We have received many Christmas greetings, both paper and electronic, from the provinces and our sisters throughout the Congregation. Tucked into each are thoughts, prayers, wishes for Christmas and the New Year -- and much love for each and all of us!
At the risk of singling out any one message, we will share three that have Haitian “connections” -- one is from Cuba where our postulant, Middia Doute, is in her second year of postulancy; the second is from Middia herself, and the third is from the Port-au-Prince Family of Jesus and Mary.
The classroom was filled with the holiday spirit throughout December as children learned the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Students delightfully decorated gingerbread houses and made beautiful oversized snowflakes. The room was filled with handmade crafts.
Your children continue to enjoy yoga with Mrs. T.
Please remember to dress your child in layers. Hats, mittens, and scarves would be great to have in their backpacks when the weather permits us to play outside.
From November 17-30, former Quest Volunteer, Aileen Reid, and current volunteers Pujan Mapchan and Geri Lanham, distributed 60 filtration systems through the program Water with Blessings.
During those two weeks the three went to different areas of greater Gros Morne often accompanied by two local female agronomy technicians, to educated the communities not only on the filters but the importance of clean water.
The first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year at Thevenet Montessori School began as an opportunity to whet the appetites of the young scholars of the Upper Elementary and ended with a burst of energy to propel into the second quarter. Topics studied during the first months of the school year help students strengthen the skills they will further develop and areas they will cover during the subsequent quarters. Per the Montessori philosophy, each student works at his or her own pace and explores his or her own academic interests.
THE SEED OF A MUSIC PROGRAM
For the Second Sunday of Advent, Jesus-Mary School prepared the liturgy. Our musicians welcomed a new member when a 6th grader joined our 1st grade teacher on trumpet. Could this be the seed of a music program?
A BRIGHTER LIBRARY
Since the roof on our library needed to be replaced, we also added to the height of the roof which, as you can see, makes a much brighter library for our students.
Thanks go to our present and visiting, former volunteers who repainted after construction.
- Sr. Pat Dillon, RJM