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Focus On: Advisory

Contributed by Mr. Zambrano, Dean of Academics
World Language Club
During Advisory periods, students select from a variety of club offerings to expand their knowledge in areas of personal interest. Students who selected the World Language Club as one of their choices are participating in activities that explore the culture, customs, and traditions using food, film, and art. In September, the focus was on Spanish culture. The girls learned Spanish dancing as it was presented by students from within the club and viewed the movie “Ferdinand” in Spanish. After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. In October, the focus was directed to the Italian culture where the film “Romeo and Juliet” in Italian was viewed. In December, the focus will be on the French culture. As each area is explored, the students select a phrase from within the language to take away. “Vouloir, c’est pouvoir. – Where’s there is a will, there’s a way.”
SHO – Salesians Helping Others
Students who select SHO actively participate in the development and implementation of service projects designed to advocate for those in need. As a beginning service project, the students assisted in helping with the effort to transform a bookroom into our new Student Chapel. The helping hands of these students in conjunction with others made this transformation possible. Now, they are involved in the effort to transform flannel material into scarves by cutting, fringing, and knotting the material. These scarves will be packed along with other items into ‘Good Night Bags’ that will distributed at a Youth Center located in Port Chester, NY that is run by the Salesian Priests and Brothers. This youth center provides a safe place for children to meet and provides dinner for children in need five times a week.