Mr. Stein’s June Message

Principal Mr. Stein

Dear parents,

 

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 look fondly back on the 75th Anniversary Dinner and the opening of our amazing new church. 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 STEM lab! We continue to be a leader in the Diocese with educational technology. Our students learn 21st century skills and are being well prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow. Our students benefit from such a rich environment filled with academic excellence and strong moral teachings. I look forward to advancing our arts program as we work towards creating the Paint C.A.N.art studio in memory of Mrs. Colleen Nicholson.

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, the parentss, 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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Mr. Stein’s May Message

Principal Mr. Stein

Dear Parents,

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.

 

We had a prayerful Lent which included several events to help the students prepare for our Lord’s death and resurrection. The older grades studied the Passion of our Lord, and prayerfully contemplated the Stations of the Cross. Our younger students made many decorations and said extra prayers during Lent, as they learned how to prepare for Easter. Our junior high students experienced a prayer service and heard visiting priest Fr. Kim deliver a wonderful Lenten message. St. Mel’s Catholic Academy is now full of the life and light that Christ resurrection brings!

In April the school held several events that brought the community together. The annual Easter Bunny Breakfast was a fun time for everyone. Families and children enjoyed breakfast, music, raffles, crafts, a balloon artist, 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 events. Our students have been hard at work too! The students in grade 4, 6, and 8 completed the New York State exams, and the teachers and I were so proud of how hard the students worked. 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. We ended April with a tree planting for Arbor Day at Bowne Park organized by the Bowne Park Civic Association.

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 on the 26th. 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 parish and school.

Sincerely,
Mr. Christopher Stein
Principal

Mr. Stein’s April Message

Dear Parents,Principal Mr. Stein

St. Mel’s Catholic Academy has had many wonderful events in the past month.  Most importantly, our second grade class received First Penance and our eighth grade class received Confirmation. Both classes prayerfully prepared to receive their new Sacrament, and I was delighted to see the students grow in faith and love of Christ. Congratulations to both classes, and I look forward to First Holy Communion in May.

Our Parent Academy Association was very busy organizing some great events during March. St. Mel’s had its first fundraiser at Panera Bread on March 7th. Families enjoyed a great meal while supporting St. Mel’s Catholic Academy.  The PAA also sponsored the green bagel day for St. Patrick’s Day. Students worn green to school, enjoyed home baked cupcakes, and had a green bagel for lunch. The PAA also has some wonderful events planned in April like the Easter Bunny Breakfast on April 8th and Grocery Bingo on April 28th. Thank you to the PAA and everyone who help make our school atmosphere such a positive place.

Students in our 7th grade recently gave their time and helped those less fortunate at the Church on The Hill. Students and families made and served food at the church, and learned how rewarding it is to serve their fellow man. Recently grades 3, 5, and 7 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!

As always I thank you, the parents, for all you do to support and help St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. May God continue to bless us and our community.

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Mr. Stein’s March Message

Principal Mr. Stein

Dear parents,

Catholic Schools Week was a great success filled with many memorable and fun events. Students had a pajama and pancake breakfast, played board games with family members, were visited by a different teacher, and even had a game show assembly! We also proudly opened up our new state of the art STEM Lab! Thank you to everyone who helped make Catholic Schools Week the exciting time it was. St. Mel’s Catholic Academy truly lived up the focused values of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.

As a school we hope to continue these virtues beyond Catholic Schools Week. Our students certainly grow in faith by learning and studying our Catholic history and teachings, but they also live our faith as well. We grow in our faith together as we celebrate Mass, prayerfully contemplate during Adoration, when we say our morning and afternoon prayers, and as we care for and help one another.

Our students are growing in knowledge as they dive deeper into the standards and curriculum. The teachers use various instructional strategies and project based learning to engage and motivate students to achieve their best. At St. Mel’s we use state of the art technology in every classroom to develop 21st century skills in every student. In our new STEM Lab students will code sites and systems, animate videos, and print 3D objects. The knowledge students are acquiring is not just gained for a test, but to prepare them for college and for life.

Our students are also learning through service. Our students have organized collections and made food for those less fortunate, served at local shelters, and spent time helping the entire community. Students have also organized a faculty student basketball game to benefit “let’s play it forward”. Our student council organized a pin drive to benefit the Holy Trinity student diagnosed with cancer. Students learn that the reward of helping others is the greatest of all.

In March, we will focus on these virtues even more as we begin the season of Lent. During Lent our students will go on a spiritual journey that will bring them closer to Christ. Classes will learn and discuss the Passion of our Lord, which will strengthen their faith and religious convictions. We also look forward to events such the Easter Bunny breakfast, First Penance for our second graders, and Confirmation for our eighth graders.

As always, I thank you for all your support towards St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. May God continue to bless us and our beloved community.

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Mr. Stein February Message

Principal Mr. Stein

Dear Families,

St. Mel’s Catholic Academy has been very busy this January and we have so much to look forward to in February.

On January 6th, St. Mel’s students celebrated Mass for the Epiphany. The students sang songs and contemplated the faith, travels, and courage of the Magi. As they do every First Friday, our students attend Adoration to pray to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

On January 13th St. Mel’s Catholic Academy hosted a professional day for all the Catholic school teachers in our local area. We came together to collaborate and learn from one another with the purpose of advancing our technology in the classroom. The day was enriching and fulfilling for both teachers and principals, and St. Mel’s was happy to host.

January ended with the always exciting Catholic Schools Week. Our open house on the 29th was a big success and many prospective families came to visit. Our school showcased our knowledge of science, and we had a science fair in Father O’Malley Hall. The week was filled with many other memorable and fun events too. Students even began visiting our brand new STEM Lab! Thank you to the Parent Academy Association and all the other organizations that made the open house and Catholic Schools Week such a fun time for the entire community.

In February, we will have a very important Mass and celebration on Monday the 6th for the Feast of St. Mel. Our junior high students will enjoy the Valentine’s Day dance on Friday February 10th. Our annual World’s Finest Chocolate sale begins in February, so be on the lookout for those famous chocolate bars! All proceeds go directly to helping St. Mel’s Catholic Academy.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our parish and our school. May God continue to bless you and St. Mel’s.

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Mr. Stein’s January Message

Principal Mr. Stein

Dear Parents,

With the three big holidays behind us, we now look to begin a new for the upcoming year. 2017 is sure to be an exciting and memorable year for St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. We have so much to look forward to, that will bring joy and fun to our school and parish.

In December, the school quickly took on the Christmas spirit with decorations and events for Advent as we prepared for the birth of Christ. The hallways were filled with calendars, Advent wreaths, Christmas projects, and other beautiful activities that brought the true meaning of Christmas into our school. The entire school community was brought into the Christmas spirit with the annual tree lighting followed by the Christmas Extravaganza party organized by the Parent Academy Association. Everyone had a wonderful time and Father O’Malley Hall was transformed into a winter wonderland. Santa even had a gingerbread house! Students in nursery through fourth put on a Christmas concert for the school and the parents. Their voices brought joy and filled the air with the sounds of the season. The entire school participated in the Advent prayer service where students’ read scripture and sang hymns in preparation of Jesus’ birth.

We will start 2017 with the very important Catholic Schools Week. As always Catholic School Week begins with our open house on January 29th. This year we will be showcasing all the wonderful science activities and learning that happens at our school. We would like to have a very successful open house and fill the school with new and interested families. If you know of someone who Catholic education would be a good fit, please let them know about our open house. We would love to show them all the wonderful things happening at St. Mel’s. All are welcome!

On behalf of the entire school, I wish you and your family a very blessed and happy New Year. May you continue to receive God’s blessings throughout the new year, and I thank you for your continued dedication to St. Mel’s Catholic Academy.

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Mr. Stein’s December Message

Principal Mr. Stein

Dear Parents,
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.

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. Our students and teachers are hard at work preparing for the Christmas pageant on December 21st. 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

Principal’s Message Nov 2016

Principal Mr. SteinDear parents and parishioners,

What an exciting time of year it is at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy! As the temperature cools, the school year is heating up for the students.

Our students showed their learning during the annual Terra Nova test. These tests are used to identify areas of strength and areas to focus on for grades 3-8. Children are designing and creating afterschool during our Lego Enrichment program. Students in grades K-5 are using Legos to build and engineer, and develop a deeper level of critical thinking. The Parent Academy Association put together two spooktacular Halloween parties during October. The parties gave all our students a great way to safely celebrate and dress up for Halloween! Thank you to all the parents and families who help make the Halloween parties such a huge success.

St. Mel’s Catholic Academy is happy to report we have upgraded our facilities. The library has received a much needed facelift with new paint and a new floor. The brightness of the room will not match the energy of our school! The STEM lab has also received a new floor and shelving, and we look forward to completing the lab later this year.

In November the entire school community is excited for the 75th anniversary gala at the Immaculate Conception Center. This will be a wonderful time for the parish and school community to collectively celebrate the joyous milestone of 75 beautiful years. We also look forward to the 8th graders ring day ceremony as they begin their journey towards graduation.

Lastly, I am always impressed with the level of academics and learning that is occurring in our classrooms. The teachers are using state of the art strategies and the most recent and research based methods of instruction. Students receive an education here, that they cannot receive anywhere else.
Thank you for your dedication and support to St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, and may God continue to bless our parish and our academy.

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein
Principal