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Hello, parents!

Mrs. Rudolphi and I are looking forward to teaching your child’s CCD class on Wednesday evenings.

The 5th grade curriculum will focus on the liturgy and the sacraments. While we have some material to cover, including some memorization, we also hope to make the short time we will spend together rewarding and enjoyable for your child.

For the first time in several years, we have a new textbook and curriculum.  However, the general subject matter appears to be pretty-much the same.

It has been our experience that, when they get going, 5th graders and full of interesting questions. If it has anything remotely related to God, the Church, religion, or living, we will talk about it.

We are going to add one activity this week that will involve at-home activity.  Our past experience has shown that many of our students have very little knowledge of some of the basic stories of the life of Christ. So this year, we are going to assign the students to read the Gospel of Matthew. We’ll advance at roughly a chapter a week, starting with the Christmas story and ending with the resurrection. The plan is for them to read it at home, and we’ll review it during class. If you do not have a Bible at home, this might be a good time to go shopping. Also, we would appreciate any support and/or “prodding” you can provide on the home front.

Please understand I will have your child for less than an hour just once a week. You can do several things to help us make this a productive experience for your son or daughter.

  • Ask your child if we have given them a task to do during the week and assist them with it.
  • Please have your child to the school before 6:30 p.m.
  • Please support us and encourage your child to come to CCD class willingly and with enthusiasm.

As we will be covering the sacraments, including matrimony and anointing of the sick, our class discussion may easily come in close contact to real-life events in your child’s life (death in the family, divorce, etc.) If there is something I should know in order to be appropriately sensitive, please tell me.

We have only three class-rules, and we hope you will help us reinforce these to your children.

1. Show up.

2. Participate

3. Don’t be a “jerk.”

(You might be surprised how well 5th graders understand Rule #3. It almost never requires any further explanation.)

You are most welcome to sit-in on the class at any time.

I hope you will stay abreast of what’s happening with your child on Wednesday evenings. To help you do so (and for the third year), I have created this blog/Web site.  I will try to keep it updated on a weekly basis with reports on the class activity and announcements.

I will leave the full rundown of last year’s class is here on the site, so if you would like to get an idea of what is ahead, you can look backwards and see.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Rudolphi or myself for any reason.

Mike Sullivan

Home: 898-9448

Office: 598-2325

Cell: 484-2622

savannahmike1130@gmail.com

Shelly Rudolphi

Home: 897-9335

shelly.Rudolphi@att.net

Here’s hoping we have a great year!

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