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ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ART PROGRAM,
Nora Sheets, Instructor

CONTACT: nsheets@stfrancismorgantown.com 

                                                                      "PREACH THE GOSPEL ALWAYS,
                                         IF NECESSARY USE WORDS"
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ANNOUNCEMENTS...
WELCOME BACK ART STUDENTS! 

WE WILL BE WORKING ON ART PROJECTS CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE ON SEPTEMBER 22ND.

PSALM STUDENTS...SEE ME FOR 2017-18 MEMBERSHIP
FORMS AND T-SHIRT ORDER FORMS!

OUR FIRST MEETING WILL BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER.


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"BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD"

"We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. 
Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace" Pope Francis
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MANY THANKS TO ALL SUMMER ART ACADEMY STUDENTS FOR YOUR AMAZING WORK!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNA GRACE KOON AND NOLAN DANHIRES FOR WINNING THEIR DIVISIONS IN THE WEST
VIRGINIA CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS ART COMPETITION! THEY WILL REPRESENT WV NATIONALLY THIS SUMMER! WELL DONE!
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PSALM students were very honored to have received a formal invitation to the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC to meet with the new Papal Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador to the US), Archbishop Christophe Pierre on Thursday, March 30th. This was an awesome experience for PSALM students in grades 6-8. .We are also met with the founders of Marshall Legacy Institute in Arlington/DC to see mine-detection dog training and make a donation to their program. PSALM students were excited to be able to meet with the new Ambassador and to express their Gospel values of wanting to help the most vulnerable. PSALM wished to thank all chaperones and PSALM students in grades 3-5 who participated by making artworks presented as gifts to the Holy See Nuncio and Marshall Legacy. A special "shout -out" to Emily Nyguen in 3rd grade for her initiative to raise funds for a mine detection dog via a bake sale! Thank you, Emily!

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GO TO www.freerice.com to enrich your skills and help feed the hungry!

4th graders will be hosting a hunger banquet
for the 5th grade ON THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH. 

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MON COUNTY ART SHOW WILL OPEN AT THE
MONONGALIA ART CENTER ON APRIL 21ST, 5-7 PM! JOIN US!
SHOW WILL BE UP UNITL APRIL 29TH!
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PSALM! 18 YEARS OF
WORKING FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE!

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"BE WHO YOU ARE AND BE THAT WELL"
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

OUR LOVE AND MANY THANKS TO FATHER BANDIERA FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS AND PSALM AND HIS SERVICE TO SFCC.

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4th Graders: If you would like to do a Justice Soda Art Project, please bring a JONES SODA bottle in. If you would like, I can pick one up for you. You can substitute any other bottle AS LONG AS IT HAS A SCREW DOWN LID AND DOESN'T LEAK. ALL STUDENTS WILL DESIGN A LABEL BASED ON CATHOLIC SJ TEACHINGS.
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PSALM STUDENTS...

CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR OPENING OF YOUR ART EXHIBIT WAS FANTASTIC! MANY THANKS TO ALL STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED.
GO TO THIS LINK TO SEE WBOY STORY:

http://www.wvalways.com/clip/13095621/humanitarian-exhibition-unveiled-at-mac


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 CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PSALM STUDENTS ON YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD!
PSALM NEWS: LETTER FROM Jan DerryExecutive DirectorNWVCIL

Dear PSALM,

The City of Morgantown's Human Rights Commission wanted to recognize an individual and organization whose efforts exemplify the spirit of diversity and human rights and contribute to making Morgantown a more inclusive community.

I personally was not aware of this amazing program until this nomination process. I believe the leadership, role modeling of compassion for our global neighbors and activism demonstrated by the students at St. Francis will go a long way for moving our home city to becoming a more inclusive community. I personally am thrilled to learn of such a remarkable program within our own community and feel blessed to be able to be a part of bestowing this recognition to PSALM.

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PLEASE JOIN US!
PSALMS UPCOMING ART SHOW WILL OPEN 5:30 PM, FEBRUARY 10TH AT THE MONONGALIA ARTS CENTERPSALM STUDENTS WILL ACT AS HOSTS AND GALLERY GUIDES.
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MS. SHEETS REPRESENTS PSALM IN SANTIAGO, CHILE AT THE INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF STATES PARTY TO THE MINE BAN TREATY.
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MONSIGNOR VECESLAV TUMIR, HOLY SEE REPRESENTATIVE
TO THE MSP, SANTIAGO, CHILE.

As PSALM (PROUD STUDENTS AGAINST LANDMINES AND CLUSTER BOMBS) coordinator, I was most honored to receive a formal diplomatic invitation to represent the students as a delegate from the United States at the Fifteenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in Santiago, Chile.  At this meeting, States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty met to give progress updates on implementing their treaty obligations.  Countries that have not yet signed the Treaty were also present to give updates on steps they are taking towards joining. As members of the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines (as is the Conference of Catholic Bishops), I met with the representatives from the U.S State Department to inform them of the work of our students.

I had the opportunity to meet with the Vatican official from the Holy See, Monsignor Veceslav Tumir of Croatia. I presented him with artwork and a PSALM shirt on behalf of the PSALM students. He commended students for their work for “the most vulnerable” of the world. Monsignor Tumir gave a statement at the plenary meeting where he stated, “The motivation that has led us here is the centrality of the human person and his/her dignity”.

As part of the ICBL delegation, I was able to meet with the Ambassador to Austria and with the Cambodian delegation to discuss victim assistance and mine clearance.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines delegation is comprised of experts grassroots campaigners like ourselves and landmine survivors from all over the world. With an official observer status, members of the ICBL/USCBL delivered statements in the plenary room, met with international delegates and organized side events. An important facet of our mission of educating others is to document the key issues. This allows PSALM students and our community/country to not only see the effects of landmines and cluster munitions, but more importantly it shows the children that they have a voice and their actions can have a positive impact on others... an invaluable lesson in hope and perseverance of our Gospel values.

In the past, PSALM has been represented in: Bosnia, Kenya, Croatia, Jordan, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia and at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

While in Chile, I had the opportunity to connect with other campaigners/survivors and in general, spread the word of our students and their commitment to “serve, not be served”.

We have had an amazing past year of PSALM in which students have been involved with campaigns with Pax Christi and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. PSALM students have been honored internationally by the Geneva Bureau of Peace, nationally with the NCEA “Catholic Schools of Tomorrow Award/Catholic Identity”, funded 3 water wells in Cambodia, sponsored mine-detection dogs and helped purchase prosthetics for young landmine victims, met with Vatican Ambassadors (Archbishop Sambi and Vigano and have been invited to meet the new Nuncio,Christophe Pierre in the spring) and members of the U.S. Congress, were recipients of 2 WV House of Representatives Resolutions honoring their work, celebrated the 17th year anniversary of our founding by students, staged 6 public Art/Photo Exhibits, were included in a book with 8 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, have been commended and recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, were the subject of numerous print and televised media events and received 3 Morgantown City Proclamations for their work, I can only imagine what they will accomplish in the future and indeed have seen the amazing impact our work has had!

Students are now preparing for our upcoming art exhibit to be held at the MONONGALIA ARTS CENTER on February 10th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Please join us for our “WE ARE ALL ARE CONNECTED” EXHIBIT!

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THANK YOU MAKING Peace Day A GREAT DAY!

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God”

Link to the video about St. Francis art projects and peace day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra0DZaMxzzU

The International Day of  Peace is a is a global effort that seeks: "To encourage the observation of a worldwide cease-fire, 24-hour vigil forpeace and nonviolence on the 21st September in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world." St. Francis de Sales School will celebrate the International Day of 


We celebrate Peace Day as a global cease fire and a day of faith, love and hope for a more peaceful world! We hope all will take
this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind. The International Day of Peace is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools. Therefore Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet. Who will YOU make peace with on this day???


ABOUT PSALM...


St. Francis students in Grades 3-8 are offered the opportunity to join PSALM: Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs. PSALM students are dedicated to educating others about the dangers of landmines and cluster bombs and prevent future casualties through service projects. PSALM youth leaders are excellent ambassadors and are internationally recognized as youth leaders. PSALM works on various projects throughout the year including poster making, awareness days and presentations in our school, community and state.
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ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ART PROGRAM

The Art Program at St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic is designed to build knowledge of art and reinforce artistic skills. The courses in grades K-8 are primarily devoted to deliberate and systematic presentations of various art processes, procedures, theories, and historical developments. Students will have experiences in producing two-dimensional and three–dimensional artworks. Our courses emphasize the study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, art criticism, art history, and safety in the art room. The approach to art experiences during this time is experimental in terms of materials. Students are provided a strong foundation in design, drawing and vocabulary in a teacher-structured environment. Problem solving and decision making are emphasized. Through the visual arts courses at St. Francis students learn to use art media, techniques and processes to communicate context, ideas and themes. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of the relationship among art forms, and between their work and the work of others. They are able to relate understandings about the historical and cultural context of art to situations in contemporary life. They are expected to develop a broad and in-depth understanding of the meaning and impact of visual arts and the visual world in which they live. 


General Objectives for Art St. Francis Central, K-8

 *Students will create and produce art that is unique in personal ways.

 •Students will understand and comprehend facts and information about art, artists, materials and procedures.

 •Students will make critical judgments and choices related to art.                                                                                        
•Students will enjoy, value and appreciate art as an important part of life.

PRE-K ART will focus on development of fine motor skills.

ART ELECTIVES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

 The courses in Middle School Art, Grades 6-8, are primarily devoted to deliberate and systematic presentations of various art processes, procedures, theories, and historical developments. Students will have experiences in producing two-dimensional and three–dimensional artworks. A minimum of 1.00 credits is required for graduation.

  GENERAL ART ELECTIVE:

Students produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks using a variety of media, techniques, technology, and processes.  They relate art skills and strategies to other disciplines, various cultures, major art movements, and historical periods. They practice responsible workplace skills and review career options which encompass 21st Century content, literacy and life skills. Credits: ½ credit      Prerequisites: None

 Students that have already completed a semester of General Art and sign up again will work on more advanced Studio Art Projects. Studio Art emphasize the study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, art criticism, and art history. Students are provided a strong foundation in design, drawing, painting, sculpture and vocabulary in a teacher-structured environment. Problem solving and decision making are emphasized. Studio Art is strongly suggested for students applying for Art Honors in High School.

Credits: ½ credit      Prerequisites: General Art

 CLASSROOM WORK                                                                              


Classroom work is composed of comprehensive and sequential experiences that promote and emphasize students' development of independent, creative and complex thinking. Instruction focuses on artistic inquiry, reflective thinking and problem-solving skills. Students learn vocabulary and concepts associated with various types of work in visual arts study. They are empowered to think and reason in visual ways.


FLEXIBILITY

The Art Program at St. Francis is designed to meet individual needs of students with a wide range of ability levels. The standard course of study in visual arts is designed to have enough flexibility to allow for variations in students' backgrounds. It is designed to further enhance and develop their ability to reach goals and objectives and to reach their highest level of potential.

DIVERSE ABILITIES

Students' knowledge, experiences and abilities vary widely which yields a diverse population of learners. This diversity is taken into consideration in our program. Projects are designed in ways that allow for this diverse variety of learners to succeed.
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The International Day of Peace is a is a global effort that seeks: "To encourage the observation of a worldwide cease-fire, 24-hour vigil for peace and nonviolence on the 21st September in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world."

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PSALM met at the Morgantown City Council Chambers for a city proclamation from the Mayor honoring
the students and their work for a more peaceful world. 

PSALM SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PEACE CLUB

St. Francis students in Grades 3-8 are offered the opportunity to join 

PSALM: Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs. PSALM 

students are dedicated to educating others about the dangers of landmines and cluster bombs and prevent future casualties through service projects. PSALM youth leaders are excellent ambassadors and are internationally recognized as youth leaders. PSALM works on various projects throughout the year including poster making, awareness days and presentations in our school, community and state. PSALM, founded by SFCC students, has been a working club since 1999!

 

PLEASE visit "PSALM" ON THE LEFT MENU  for more information!

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PSALM artwork was on display in Mozambique for the 

Maputo Summit for a Mine Free World.