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SLES is excited to announce the “launch” of its new rocketry program for students in grades 4 through 8. The afterschool club will expose participants to concepts including an introduction to physics, flight trajectory forecasting, and atmospheric analysis, while giving students the opportunity to put scientific principles to work in an exciting, hands-on curriculum.
The program began with the successful test launch of five rockets. The young scientists are now building their own rockets in the school’s iLab, an innovative STEM space built last year. Each team will build a different type of rocket, encouraging students to explore how construction of various elements such as fin design impacts flight.
St. Luke's Parent Council and administration are partnering to promote an all-school parent/faculty read of Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. The New York Times bestseller uses Lythcott-Haims' own observations as a former dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, as well as substantial additional research related to the impact of "helicopter parenting" on raising autonomous young adults. Click here to see Lythcott-Haims' TED talk.
A group discussion of the book will be held at St. Luke's on Wednesday, March 1st at 11:30 a.m. SLES parents, faculty and friends are encouraged to come engage in what promises to be a lively dialogue about this very relevant topic.
St. Luke’s Episcopal School made a school-wide effort this Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have bravely served our country. SLES Student Voice representatives planned a special Veterans Day chapel service, inviting SLES parent COL John A. Stasney, RET to address the community. A slide show featuring pictures of family members who have served or continue to serve in the armed forces reminded the audience of the school’s ties to the US military and the debt of gratitude we owe to those who sacrifice to keep us safe.
SLES students dedicated their own acts of service to these generations of soldiers and their families: St. Luke’s 6th graders helped serve a special Veterans Day lunch at Good Samaritan Community Services, and SLES students of all ages wrote cards and notes of thanks to be sent to local veterans with special treat bags. The Student Voice also held a breakfast fundraiser, donating the proceeds to Operation Homefront to support the families of deployed service members.
St. Luke’s Episcopal School’s community of friends and supporters came together for a fabulous night of “fun-raising” at the St. Anthony Hotel on Thursday, November 3rd. The 250 attendees embraced this year’s 60’s-inspired theme, “All You Need is Love”, some even pulling out the go-go boots and vintage frocks! Chairs Amy Swaney and Whitney Schones and a very “groovy” 2016 Kaleidoscope committee organized the evening’s festivities.
The party was a huge success for the school, raising what is believed to be a record amount for the annual event. SLES is grateful to the many individuals, businesses and friends who so generously supported the school.
St. Luke's was well-represented at this year’s Texas Book Festival, as 15 students helped announce the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominees in Austin on Saturday, November 5th. SLES has had the most student “super reader" presenters at the book festival for the past two years. St. Luke's emphasizes public speaking through its required declamation program beginning in the 1st grade, so opportunities such as the book festival give the students a chance to use their polished oratory skills. "We love introducing the Bluebonnet nominees," enthused one of the St. Luke's presenters. "It's so exciting because we've read most of the books, and they are awesome!"
The Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List is chosen by the 10-member TBA selection committee, including St. Luke’s librarian Mary Milligan. Milligan is serving her final year of a 3-year term on the committee alongside librarians from all across Texas.