Principal Schneider’s July Message

Dear Parents,

Only three weeks into the summer, and St. Mel’s is already bustling. From prospective families taking tours, to our dedicated staff beautifying the building, our Academy is already preparing for the 2018-2019 school year.

There’s no denying that St. Mel’s is a special place for the students, as a community of faith and one of academic challenges. From the moment I had the opportunity to meet the students at the meet-and-greet, I knew that God had led me to an exceptional school. As I stood in the schoolyard wondering how I would be received, a line of students passed by, welcoming me into their home and community.

Walking into the building each day since, I’m reminded of the smiling faces and cheerful “good mornings” from that day, and it makes me even more eager to begin our journey together.

Exciting things lie ahead for the students of St. Mel’s Academy – a devoted and compassionate staff, an incorporated interdisciplinary curriculum, and a lifetime of memories.

Looking forward to the up and coming academic year, as the newly appointed principal, I would like to wish the St. Mel’s families a happy and healthy summer.

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Schneider
Principal

Congratulations Graduates!

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On Friday June 15th our 8th graders graduated from St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. They received awards, honors, recognition, and their diplomas. You have worked very hard and made your parents, our school, and community very proud. This year’s commencement speaker was Marist Brother and 1981 alumnus Br. Daniel O’Riordan, and a very big thank you to Mrs. Kayla Vallone our 8th grade teacher. Congratulation to our graduates and may God bless you as you move on to high school. 

 

The Super Seventh Grade

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As the school year winds down the 7th grade has been enjoying their end of year activities. They showed great sportsmanship during the annual Sports Day while setting the bar high for the upcoming 6th grade class. They were supportive to both teams and had a blast. They also spent a beautiful day outdoors for the Walk-a-Thon where they were able to raise funds for our school. The 7th grade also enjoyed sharing in their classmates achievements by attending the presentations from the Aquinas and Oratorical Programs. They were very proud and happy to see what their classmates worked so hard on throughout the year. On behalf of the 7th grade class, have a wonderful summer!

 

Sixth Grade Scientists

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As the 2017-2018 school year comes to an end, we reflect on events like Sports Day and others that allow us to enjoy our St. Mel’s community.  The sixth grade would like to let you in on what we’ve been up to lately.  In Science, we have been learning about the body systems and how our bodies work.  Also, we’ve been learning more about how we impact our environment, both positively and negatively.  Learning about and appraising our impacts can help us take better care of the planet that God has blessed us with.  In Social Studies, we are visiting Africa and learning about the Kingdoms and diverse cultures that make up the continent.  Prior to that, we examined the cultures of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.  Exploring the cultures of Europe allows us to get more in touch with the societies where many of us have our roots.  Learning about these influential cultures allows us to see where we have come from, and maybe get an idea where we as a civilization are going.  Here at St. Mel’s we nourish the mind; and the soul as well.  Our 6th grade continues its faith journey, learning about the roots of Christianity.  We hope all of you have had a great 2018 so far and that it stays that way.  The 6th Grade would like to sincerely wish everyone a safe, happy, healthy, and faith filled summer.

 

Fantastic Fifth Grade

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It’s hard to believe but the school year is almost over. The 5th graders have learned and achieved so much throughout this school year. This trimester they dissected squids in the science lab, and they had a blast!!!! Also they are learning about the Inca’s and Mayan’s and they created amazing projects. We have started to read Home of the Brave which is teaching them about Refugees and the struggles they go through when they come to the United States. Plus the book is teaching them about idioms, proverbs and other figurative language. The 5th graders are learning so much, it’s exciting to see all of their accomplishments.

 

Poison Prevention for Students

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The students of St. Mel’s learned all about poison prevention and control thanks to licensed pharmacist and St. Mel’s mother Mrs. Quatela. She taught students the importance of being careful with household items, and how they can keep themselves and their families safe. Thank you Mrs. Quatela for your time helping our students and keeping us safe!

St. Thomas Aquinas Society

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On Monday June 4th  the 7th and 8th grade students in the St. Thomas Aquinas Society presented their year long studies and research to the teachers, students, and parents. The topics which they chose all connected to the future. They were space exploration, medicine, and artificial intelligence. Based on the hard work, dedication, and pose of our Aquinas students, I would say the future is bright! Way to go Aquinas society. A big thank you to Mrs. Schlechter who is the St. Thomas Aquinas society moderator.

 

Mr. Stein’s June Message

Dear parents,Principal Stein

            As I look back on another wonderful year at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, it truly has been a year filled with many blessings. There is so much to look back fondly on, and so many things to be proud of.

We can think back to the first day of school, with the flags and flowers, the smiling faces, and minds eager and ready to learn. When we had our opening Mass and Father Sauer and Father Lee reminded us of the events of 9-11. I think back to Christmas time and feeling the joy and love of Christ’s birth filling the school. I think about Catholic Schools Week and all the wonderful events that brought us together as a community. I think about all the student work such as projects, essays, posters, presentations, labs, and other creative ways our students showed their learning. And I think about all the times we celebrated Mass and prayed together. It warms my heart when I think about the school Masses every first Friday, family Masses on Sunday, our May Crowning, First Communion for our 2nd graders, and Confirmation for our 8th graders. I am proud to say that our Catholic traditions continue to keep us together, and our Catholic identity is strong.

We can also think back to all the wonderful events put on by the Parent Academy Association. From the Halloween party, the Christmas Spectacular, the Easter Bunny breakfast, Grocery Bingo, to the Walk-a-Thon BBQ, and all the events in between, our students benefit from such a dedicated and kind group of parents who volunteer so much of their time for the children of St. Mel’s.

During the year, I have seen so much growth in our students at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. I am proud to walk the halls of our school and see our teachers and faculty challenging every student to do his or her best. Our faculty and students became excited and energized as we opened our brand new Paint C.A.N Art Studio! Our arts program continues to enrich the educational experiences of our students, and we plan on adding more programs to our school next year. Our students benefit from such a rich environment filled with academic excellence and strong moral teachings.

Finally, as we get ready for summer, I think of our graduates. They will be taking what they learned here at St. Mel’s and moving on to high school. I pray that in a world that tests our character, our students will rely on their faith and be models of Catholic virtue to their peers. I pray that they are successful and find their passion as they begin a new journey in their lives.

I wish for you to have a blessed and happy summer. Thank you for all that you do for St. Mel’s. May God continue to bless our beloved parish and school.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

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On Friday May 25th the entire St. Mel’s community came together for the annual Walk-a-Thon. Faculty, students, and parents enjoyed the beautiful day walking around Bowne Park. After all the walking had ended, everyone enjoyed a BBQ in the school yard compliments of the Parent Academy Association. There was even an appearance from the energetic Wildcat who was full of school spirit! Thank you to everyone who made this year’s walk-a-thon a continued success. Go St. Mel’s!