The Sun is warming, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the garden is growing. “May” is likely named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Alternatively, the name might have come from the Latin maiores, “elders,” who were celebrated now. May acts as the bridge between spring and summer, hinting at warmer weather for those still stuck in spring’s grasp, while heating things up for those already well on their way.
Hover on the boxes below for the answers to our May Riddles – sure to give you and your students a healthy dose of laughter!
Catholic Education Week (CEW) is April 30 - May 5, 2023. The theme for this year is "We Are Many, We Are One". Catholic Education week is an opportunity to express our appreciation to the teachers, support staff, administration, trustees, parents, and priests who serve our students in Catholic Education through their faithful witness to the Good News proclaimed by Jesus Christ.
“We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members, one of another.” (Romans 12:5)
Catholic Education Week Prayer
Let your grace rain down, bringing hope to each person we encounter, wisdom to our teachers and leaders, and strength in times of trial. Protect us from harm. Let the children come to You, for the kingdom of God is theirs. St Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of Catholic schools, Pray for us.
It’s a Catholic tradition to honor Mary during the month of May by crowning her statue with flowers. The reason why we crown Mary is best summed up by Pope Paul VI, who wrote in 1965 that May is an occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world pray to the Queen of Heaven.”
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Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and truly connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
This is just an excerpt of a great TED Talk by a great educator. If you have not seen the full version, take the time to do so. Every teachers needs a champion mentor too!
May is here
And spring is in the air
Flowers are blooming
And the trees are no longer bare.
The birds are chirping
The sun is finally out
The animals are playing
And running all about!