e-News Report   Week of November 15, 2011
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CYO basketball

BURLINGTON—Young basketball players from throughout Vermont and also from throughout New England will be rolling into Burlington soon for both the Vermont and the New England CYO basketball tournaments.

The Vermont tournament will take place March 5-18 at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington; the 2012 New England CYO basketball tournament will run March 30-April 1 at Rice, Winooski High School, St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Albert D. Lawton School in Essex Junction, Essex Middle School, Miller Center School in Burlington, Burlington Memorial Auditorium, Burlington High School and one other school in the area.

Asked what makes Burlington a good host site, Bruce E. Audette, state CYO director from St. John Vianney in South Burlington, listed Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the people.

In the last state tournament there were 34 teams, and Audette expects 35-40 teams in the next.

He anticipates that nearly 70 teams will come to Vermont for the New England Tournament. They will come from the (arch)dioceses of Boston, Bridgeport, Fall River, Hartford, Manchester, Norwich, Providence, Springfield and Worcester.

Asked about the purpose of CYO basketball, Audette quoted the St. John Vianney CYO philosophy: “CYO basketball’s mission is to develop the spiritual, physical and emotional aspects of the total person through good role modeling, teamwork and sportsmanship.’’

Students may participate from grade five through high school.

As he looked forward to another season of CYO basketball, Audette noted his hope “to make sure we all work, focus on why we are here working with youth; we are here to develop the total person, not just to win.“If we are able to make connections with life lessons on the basketball floor with our youth then we have achieved our goals,” he said, “staying positive and keep our vision in front of us.”

For more information, call Audette at 802-865-4326 or visit our website

Students study The Netherlands

Saint Francis School celebrates International Night

A pyramid covered with hieroglyphics appeared in 7th grade. A café serving Czech cuisine opened in 6th grade. Wooden shoes and miniature windmills abounded in 1st grade.

St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski celebrated its 12th annual International Night on October 28 and exotic sights, smells and sounds filled the hallways along with an impressive turnout of friends and family.

‘‘This is one of our most popular events,” said Principal Jesse Gaudette. “Many of our alumni make an effort to return to the school for International Night because they know they’ll see many of their old friends, but also, quite honestly, because they know there will be some wonderful food to sample in every room.”

two girls dressed in Japan costumes

Each grade chooses a country to study and preparations begin weeks before the actual event. Students, working in teams and individually, prepare reports on their country’s government, history, economy, culture, religions and languages. Written reports are provided to the teachers and oral reports are presented to visitors.

Classrooms are decorated with flags, reproductions of distinctive artwork or architecture and images associated with the particular country. Many students are attired in their particular country’s national colors or native costumes. In 3rd grade, a beautiful mural of Scotland’s countryside, including a frolicking Loch Ness monster, dominated the classroom. First grade students created their own versions of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as part of their work on the Netherlands. A six foot high portrait of the god Anubis decorated the display on ancient Egyptian deities in 7th grade along with the giant pyramid.

family at International Night

And, of course, there were culinary delights in every classroom. Starting with the apple pie served up in pre-kindergarten’s U.S.A. to the hugely popular chocolate fountain surrounded by fresh fruit in the 8th grade’s Australia, visitors had many treats to choose from. A professional chef, a friend of a 6th grade parent, served up delicious Czech cuisine that had a crowd lined up outside the classroom all night.

“This is a tremendous learning experience for our students and it culminates in a festive gathering for our extended school community, said Mr. Gaudette. “Often a class chooses a particular country to study because one of the students or the teacher has a personal connection to that country. Families join in the preparations, sending in photos, clothing, and artifacts passed down from past generations. The students end up learning more not only about the country they are studying, but about one another, too.”

Founded in 1862, Saint Francis Xavier School will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012. The school currently serves 220 students from 18 towns and cities in northwest Vermont.

Irish Genealogy

COLCHESTER—Ed McGuire and Joann Flynn will present a talk on Irish genealogical research at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Saturday Nov. 19, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The talk will cover basic issues in researching Irish genealogy both in the United States and Ireland. They will also demonstrate the use of the resources in the library and in online databases as well as provide some personal examples.

The library is on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen, across from the Vermont State Police building. Donations are appreciated for the class.

The library is open for research on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3-9:30 p.m.

For more information go to or call 238-5934.

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