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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!
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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!
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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.
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.
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.
Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas!
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!
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!
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 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!