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DISCOVER Resurrection Family atmosphere is strengt h of this By PAUL R. LEINGANG vo .o o , Message Editor l00hllOSOphy , ' E.,-- from kindergarten stu- Parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their oents In teachers to our parents  ev- chilr]rorl r " i ....... - ......... e yone ts comm tteo to tilts scnoot, s ' , " ............ At Re.'urrectlon we educate the whole child: heart hands, and head. Top sale luay maniceneerger, prmctpal at ....... ' p ........ ;,,, q,hn,l ,.'rh_.,t ,,m,,; orlty Is the teaching of rehglon and commumcatmg to each child that ........... ,u,, y,,:..,:..,,,., / ...... .- God who loves him ment  that dedmauon, mat lnvotv- , ..... ' ......... me t i what akes it Res rrection " vve culuvate the intellect oy" n  s m u ..... ' --yZ Blankenber er said the re ence of creating all nlte, resting env,ronment g p s , . ' encoura In self-esteem th. pastor is very important to the . . g g . .  , sc anal Father laymond Brenner has providing for creatlwt y. lunch with the students frequently, and developing accuracy, often accompanies classes on field trips and cultural events, Father Roman Vollmer was pastor in 1963 when the school was completed. Sister Mary William Moore, O.S.B,, was the first principal. Sister Moore, another Benedictine sister, and three lay teachers taught 185 students in grades 1-8, using five classrooms. Sister Maureen stressing knowledge of the basics. providing extra-curricular activities. developing self discipline, and developing ability to reason and make decisions. We hope to attain all of this by the encouragement of the pastor, the competency of the teachers, the students' willingness to learn, and the cooperation of the parents. In this way we hope to bring all closer to the Lord Jesus. Schmalzreid, D.C., served as rincipal from 1979 to 1985, followed by Sister Angola Neuhoff, D.C. Blankenberger has served as principal no: r five years. The "family atmosphere" of the school is one of its great strengths, according to the principal. "[ think there is a real care and concern, students for students, students for teachers and teachers that whole combination," said the principal. If one person in a class wins a poster contest, all feel the praise said. Students pray for other students, faculty and parishioners, according to the principal. Such an atmosphere is created by the dedication of parents and staff, the principal believes. With their parents' support children c o the school ready to receive and develop Christian values. Her staff of nine full time and two part time teachers "are dedicated to making sure that all their students are met," the principal said. They have a "spirit of cooperation" that is "above and beyond what our sch, actually Calls us to do." As an example, she cited a volunteer after school program. First grade teacher Jennifer Vangampler voluntary "Hooked on Phonics" program after school on Monday. When a larger number of students res I I i, , The principal, Judy Blankenberger, and third graders, Julie Booth., Anthony Epkey and Scott Her- rmann point out book reports displayed in the hall. Seth Weber, Jill Keller, Jason Lewis and David Hisch display some of the projects prepared for a science fair. fourth grade teacher Kathy Sergesketter volunteered her assistance. The principal recalled that when janitor Bill Kisner's sister died, the teachers mopped the classrooms. The new church building, dedicated in 1981, is physically connected to the school a sign of unity which the principal finds "very workable and enjoyable. "What we do in school is connected with our religous life," she said. "Religion is not just taught for 30 minutes a day but is taught all day long by teachers who are role models." All classrooms are on one floor, allowing for a kind of "bond- ing" as eighth graders see the posted work of second graders on the walls of the hallway. Kindergarten was started in 1975. At first, it was held in the rectory basement. All-day Kindergarten was begun in 1981, partly with an eye toward attracting more students. Enrollment that year was 110. Now, 10 years later, enrollment has doubled. Kindergarten is now held in a specially designed room in the school's new addition. It has a carpeted area for story time, an easy-to-clean area for gluing and other messy activities, and its own restroom. The new addition also contains a library, where study skills, Third graders line go to physical Among them are Scott, Nathan Goren Garrison a Herrmann. " word games and creative programs make it more than a place just to check out books, the principal said. The school also has a computer room, a speech therapy room, a music room, and a large cafeteria operated by fllree cooks who have or have had children in the school. "/'he cafeteria is used for lunches and for assemblies, programs and activities such as a science fair. A group of retirees uses the Cafeteria once a month. A multi-plpose room across the hall from the kitchen is used for after school care. That program began last year with an average of 17 children, About 25 students come each day this year.Director Kathy Greene and an as- sistant, Linda Knapp, provide "a safe, Christian environment" for the children until their parents pick them up. Children have free time, a snack, study time and a monthly craft project. The old church building is now used as a gym for physical education and for sports practice. It is also available to be rented, as is the cafeteria. All of the facilities at the parish are put to good use, for the community, Blankenberger said. ) :%, ..... i