UPK B News

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St. Mel’s Pre-K “B” News

Pre-k B has had a busy first few months of school. We studied the 5 senses, learned about Thanksgiving and had a visit form the NYC Children’s Theater.  Now we are finishing up our unit on where we live and learned many new words and concepts. Next we will be learning about Christmas and the season of Advent! We are very excited to see what adventures 2018 brings!

Parish Christmas Tree Lighting 2017

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The St. Mel’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Spectacular was held on Friday December 8th. Our grounds were lit up by thousands of bulbs, the Nativity was blessed, and the holiday cheer was felt by all. This year we were surprised by fireworks and Santa on the roof! Thank you to everyone for making the Christmas Spectacular such a memorable time. Merry Christmas! 

UPK-A Adventures

 

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Seasons Greeting from Pre-K A

Pre-K For All is truly having a blast here at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy.  From entering a brand new classroom environment to meeting and making new friends, our students have shown what strength and resilience they truly have.  Throughout our day the children are developing their knowledge and skills through our group meetings, meal times, read-aloud and especially our center/choice times.  Some of our exciting centers are block area, dramatic play, writing, science, math manipulatives, computer, and art. These centers support our students’ language skills as well as their cognitive, physical, social and even emotional development.  In Classroom A we have enjoyed learning about our new friends and the world around us through fascinating themes such as All About Us and Our Five Senses and even Where We Live.  In December we are having a blast learning about this joyous holiday season.  During our enrichment program, we are talking about St. Nicholas (Dec. 6th) and the greatest gift we will receive on Christmas Day, the birth of Jesus Christ.  We would like to wish all of St. Mel’s parishioners a wonderfully, blessed Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Nursery News

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The nursery class has had a very busy few months getting acclimated to their new teachers, new friends and new routines. We are learning our colors, shapes and alphabet too, so many things for us to do!

We celebrated Thanksgiving by making corn bread and butter. We spoke about who and what we are thankful for and we shared a “friendship fruit salad”.  We have so much to be thankful for at this time of year.

At this time of year we will begin to prepare for the coming of baby Jesus, we made advent wreaths in class which we will “light” a candle each week when we say our morning prayers.  The nursery class will make a nativity scene and candy cane craft as well. We are looking forward to this special time of year.

Mr. Stein’s December Message

Dear Parents,Principal Mr. Stein

            So many wonderful events took place in November at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, and we look forward to a memorable December as well.

            To celebrate and honor our veterans, St. Mel’s students made cards and wrote letters to local veterans. These letters were given to lift the spirits of ill veterans, and to remind them that we appreciate all that they have done to protect our freedom. The walls of the school were also decorated to honor our service men and women. Pictures of veterans related to students and family were hung in the main hallway for all to see. We should never forget the sacrifices our veterans have made to protect us.

            Our students in grades 3, 5, and 7 are benefiting from the Arts in Residency program offered by the Diocese. Trained theater coaches and teachers come to St. Mel’s and work with our students on play writing, film making, and even Shakespeare! Our students are enjoying hand on learning as they creatively grow within the arts. It is our hope that the arts program will spark the imagination of our students for years to come.

            The 8th graders went to the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. There they solemnly and reverently learned about the events of 9-11 which changed the world. The 8th graders also went to the memorial garden next to St. Mel’s and made still life sketches. Lastly our 8th graders received their graduation rings on November 22nd. Their rings and the event marks the first in many celebrations as they joyously finish their final year at St. Mel’s.

            As we begin the season of Advent, students will prepare for the coming of our Lord with projects, assignments, and prayer. Students and families also look forward to the annual Christmas party made possible with the efforts of the Parent Academy Association held after the parish tree lighting on December 8th. Our students and teachers are hard at work preparing for the Christmas pageant on December 20th. I can’t wait to hear the students of St. Mel’s sing and bring the Christmas spirit to life

            Thank you for continually supporting our academy. We are very blessed to have such a vibrant and dedicated community. On behalf of everyone at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, may you have a happy and blessed Christmas filled with joy and love

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Cyber Monday with Smiles

It’s Cyber Monday and many people will be doing online shopping. If you are shopping Amazon, please use the link below for Amazon Smiles. A portion of your order will go to help St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. Feel free to share the link with friends and family, and use it all year. 

 

Smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1092913

 

Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas!

8th grade Immigrants

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The 8th graders have been working especially hard this year! They have just finished their cross-curricular project on Immigration, which they presented to their parents as well as the 5th-7th graders. They did a terrific job on their research project! They dressed up as their assigned Immigrant group, created beautiful poster boards and even brought in food!

Currently in ELA we are reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. They will begin their newspaper project to dig deeper into the time period of the novel and explore what trial the novel was based on. In Religion class the 8th graders are learning about vocations and how to truly listen to God’s calling. Next week the 8th grade class will we celebrating their first milestone on their road to graduation, Ring Day! Students will attend mass and then receive their class rings. As always, the 8th graders are very excited for this special event. We look forward to continuing to work hard and having a wonderful 8th grade year! Congrats to the St. Mel’s Girls Soccer Team for winning their Championship game! Way to go girls!

7th grade Historians

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Our 7th Graders are learning to “Read Like a Historian in Social Studies” this month. They proudly displayed their “Snapshot Autobiographies” to the entire class. They did a wonderful job with this project and we all had a lot of fun listening to the events in their lives. The 7th graders also completed their first unit in the Go Math curriculum. They worked very hard and we are all very proud of them. Way to go 7th grade!

6th Grade Scientists

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As the year flies by we would like to give you a snapshot of our journey through 6th grade.  In Science, we are continuing our quest to find out what makes up the world around us.  We have moved on from learning about the energies that power the world we live in to the matter that makes everything around us.   In Social Studies, we are continuing our journey through the ancient world.  We have made stops in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and are now spending some time in Ancient India.  Learning about these early cultures helps us become more familiar with why and how our world has developed the way it has.  We are also studying about our faith here at St. Mel’s.  The 6th grade is taking special care to study the roots of our Christianity and how we have developed spiritually and socially through God.  We look forward to continuing our journey through the 6th grade

Halloween 2017

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Halloween was a big success at St. Mel’s. Nursery, pre-k, and kindergarten had a Halloween parade in the school yard. Students dressed in their costumes and trick or treated around the track. Our 8th graders presented their immigration projects to the other students and families. They dressed up as immigrants from different countries, put on plays, and even brought in food from the country they studied. Halloween fun was had by all at St. Mel’s!