2nd Grade First Holy Communion

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On Saturday, May 5th, the second graders received their First Holy Communion.  What a joyous moment it was for each one, as they received the Holy Eucharist for the first time.  The children worked beautifully and were well prepared to receive this beautiful sacrament. Congratulations 2nd grade! You make our parish and school very proud!

May Crowning 2018

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On Thursday May 10th the St. Mel’s community celebrated the Ascension of The Lord and the May Crowning. Our second graders wore their First Holy Communion Attire as they crowned both the Blessed Mother statue in the front of the church know as Our Lady of Smiles, and the beautiful Blessed Mother statue in the front of the school. May Mary our Blessed Mother provide us with intersession. Pray for us.  Oh Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the angels, Queen of the May. 

Mr. Stein’s May Message

Dear Parent,Principal Stein

What a wonderful spring it has been at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy! It warmed my heart to have the school yard full in the morning for prayers as the pleasant weather finally arrived. Spring brings a renewed energy and enthusiasm to our community, and I am happy to say that our school is also full of new life.

 

Recently the Parent Academy Association held the annual Easter Bunny Breakfast which was a fun time for everyone. Families and children enjoyed breakfast, music, raffles, crafts, a balloon artist, face painting, and pictures with the Easter bunny. The Grocery Bingo fundraiser was a huge success too! Community members came to the school and enjoyed food, fun raffles and prizes, and good company all while helping St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. Thank you to the PAA for organizing both these memorable and fun events.

 

Our students have been hard at work too! The students in grades 4,6, and 8 completed the New York State exams, and the teachers and I were so proud of how hard the students worked. Our art program continues to help students produce amazing pieces of art. Our one of a kind Paint CAN Art Studio is a proud reminder of the beautiful and enriching environment our students enjoy. Grades 3, 5, and 7 put on their Arts in Residency performance on April 9th. In partnership with the Diocese, and Stages on the Sound, our students created a stop animation movie, an authentic reader’s theater, and a Shakespeare play. All students put on an amazing show and I am proud of the passion they put into their performance. All the students at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy continually produce amazing work, and the teachers and I are always so proud of the effort they put forward.

 

In May we look forward to the crowning of the Blessed Mother and First Communion for our 2nd graders. The school also has its annual spring concert on the 24th, and the walk-a-thon/BBQ in on the 25th. These events promise to be memorable and be sure to look for pictures in upcoming Herald publications.

Thank you for all you do to help and support St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, and may God continue to bless our beloved school and parish.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

First Grade Mathematicians

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First grade has been busy learning about how to make graphs and charts in math to show information.  They have been working with tally marks with their classmates to show information about a topic.  In ELA first graders have been writing their opinions about their favorite seasons and giving reasons to support their opinion.  We have also begun to talk about the different sacraments in Religion.  First graders continue to work hard in Science and Social Studies by learning about weather, the water cycle and how to earn and save money.  

Are you Squiding Me Lab

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Recently our 4th and 5th graders performed the “Are you squiding me?” Lab. Each student dissected a squid, learned the anatomy of the squid, and even wrote their name in squid ink! Hands on learning can spark a lifetime of curiosity. Thank you to Dorian Mecir for donating and leading the lab.

UPK-A Update

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Spring is upon us and the children in Pre-K A are beginning to blossom like the flowers all around us.  The students have been busy learning many different topics such as Transportation, the Seasons, Water and Plants.  We even had a wonderful time learning about Safety with a visit from Officer Zimbardi.  Along with improving our educational skills, we have also been working hard on developing our social and emotional ones as well.  The class spent may joyous days here at St. Mel’s celebrating with our school.   Some of the festivities included counting to the 100th. Day of School, learning about St. Patrick, and even taking a trip to the Chapel to learn about the Stations of the Cross with Father Lee.  The children really enjoyed the festivities of Easter and the true blessing that it brings.

UPK B Update

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Pre-K B has been very busy preparing for spring and learning about plants! We have  learned new words like botanist, terrarium and seedling. We investigated seeds and bulbs in our science center, visited the 9-11 Memorial Garden , opened our own flower shop in our dramatic play center and planted our very own vegetable garden!  We will also study paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe as we finish up our unit. We are looking forward to the warmer weather so we can truly enjoy all the beautiful flowers of spring! 

Arts in Residence Program

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Students in grades 3, 5, and 7 put on their Arts in Residency performance on April 9th. In partnership with the Diocese, and Stages on the Sound, our students created a stop animation movie, an authentic reader’s theater, and a Shakespeare play. All students put on an amazing show and I am proud of the passion they put into their performance. Great work everyone!

Mr. Stein’s April Message

Dear Parents,Principal Stein

St. Mel’s Catholic Academy has had many wonderful events in the past month.  Most importantly, our second grade class received First Penance! Led by Mrs. England and the office of faith formation they prayerfully prepared to receive Reconciliation, and I was delighted to see the students grow in faith and love of Christ. Congratulations 2nd grade, and I look forward to First Holy Communion in May.

Our Parent Academy Association was very busy organizing some great events during March. They sponsored the cupcake and green bagel day for St. Patrick’s Day. Students worn green to school, enjoyed home baked cupcakes, and had a festive green bagel for lunch. The PAA also organized the always fun Easter Bunny breakfast! Kids and families enjoyed crafts, music, dancing, shakes from the famous bunny shack, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Thank you to the PAA and everyone who help make our school atmosphere such a positive place.  

All the students at St. Mel’s are working as our mission states to meet today’s challenges creatively. This includes our students in grades 3, 5, and 7 as they put on performances with the help of Stages on the Sound. This is a program through the Diocese Arts in Residency program, and students created stop animation video, put on a reader’s theater, and even a Shakespeare play! Congratulations to our students for putting on such a wonderful show! Bravo! Our students are also becoming terrific artists in the Paint CAN Art Studio. All students are developing sketching, drawing, shading, painting, and designing skills. Creative thinking also happens in our early childhood classrooms where students recently had a visit from the Long Island Children’s Museum. Nursery and Pre-K students enjoyed hands on learning about science through bubbles!

As always I thank you, the parents, for all you do to support and help St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. I hope you have a blessed Easter filled with the joy of Christ’s Resurrection. May God continue to bless our beloved school and community.

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Happy Easter!

May the joy of Christ’s Resurrection bring you much peace and comfort