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March 28, 2023


Our honor roll field trip destination today was the A. P. Bell Fish Company in northwest Bradenton, a fish-processing facility where fresh catch is offloaded from commercial fishing boats and prepared for distribution both locally and globally.


We arrived at 10:00 sharp, to the pungent odor of fish, and were met by Karen at the administrative office. She is the latest in a multi-generation line of family members continuing the trade of processing fish here since 1940.


She showed us where fish are received from the boats and where they are packed in refrigerators and freezers. One freezer was so cold that the students' shoes stuck to the floor when they walked in!

A. P. Bell sells to local restaurants, to wholesalers and retailers, and they also sell to the general public. It was a smelly experience, and very interesting to see behind the scenes of how this part of the fishing industry works.


Leaving there, we made a brief pit stop at Riverwalk, then we had a long lunch at Subway. We spent the afternoon browsing shops at Ellenton Outlet Mall, before returning to the school house just before three o'clock. It was a busy, full day, and we are thankful for God's protection.

March 7, 2023


Today was the last day of school for Holly G.!


Today ends 13 years of study, essays, ball games, packed lunches, tests, and classroom antics. Her influence in the school will be missed! She brought energy, creativity, and resourcefulness to our classroom, and her absence will leave a hole here.


Today begins a new chapter in her life, and we wish her godspeed in her new adventures!


Come see us sometimes, Holly! And bring donuts!

December 21, 2022


The Christmas program was a great success this evening! Oldest to youngest, they all recited and sang with excellence! They invested hours in memorizing and practicing, and their hard work certainly paid off, because the whole program was enjoyable and so very well done. Congratulations, students! We're proud of you!


Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

October 18, 2022


St Martha Catholic Church was the destination for the honor roll field trip today. We spent a few minutes exploring the 10th Street boat ramps bayfront area, then arrived at St Martha just before 10:00, where we gathered for a group photo. Sara Brinn, office manager and parish secretary, welcomed us at the front steps and brought us into the sanctuary.


She told us that St Martha Catholic Church was built in 1941, and is kind of the mother church to the other Catholic churches in the area. St. Martha Catholic Church is also the parent church of St. Martha Catholic School/Bishop Nevins Academy and Cardinal Mooney High School. This church is known as the circus church, because the Ringling Brothers circus folks were involved and made this their home. Fr. George, lately arrived from Poland to his new assignment here, spoke for a few minutes on the significance of the various fixtures, including the altar, the baptismal basin, the stained glass windows, the confessional booth, and several other things.


Ms. Brinn then took us to a room where Vietnamese mass is held, and there she introduced the students to another circus artifact, Leo the lion, taxidermied and at repose in his circus carriage.


Leaving there, we visited Selby Library, then headed out through a light rain to Chick-fil-A for food. After lunch, we walked UTC mall, which was great fun.