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

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

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

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

Mr. Stein’s March Message

Dear parents,Principal Stein

            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 Mad Science assembly! We also proudly displayed so much student art work in the hallways and Father O’Malley Hall. Thank you to everyone who helped make Catholic Schools Week the exciting time it was. St. Mel’s Catholic Academy truly lived up the theme of Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.

            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. As we continue the season of Lent through March, 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.

            Our students learn each day in a Christ centered environment which fosters academic excellence. Our teachers set high standards for the class and each student, so they can achieve beyond what he or she thought possible. Our students do not just learn academics, but they learn to be good stewards, good Catholics, and kind towards others. Students are learning a strong moral foundation built on faith, and this is what separates us from other schools.

            Our students are also engaged in service. Our student council organized two dress down days to benefit two families impacted by tragedy. Students have also organized a faculty student basketball game to benefit “let’s play it forward”. Students also participated in Assemblyman Braunstein’s Valentine’s for Vets collection. Our students are learning that the reward of helping and serving others is the greatest of all.

In March, we look forward to events such the Easter Bunny breakfast, the Arts in Residency student performance, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and First Penance for our second graders. These events promise to be both fun and fulfilling for our students, families, and school.

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

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Mr. Stein’s February Message

Dear parents,Principal Stein

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

          On January 8th, St. Mel’s students celebrated Mass for The Baptism of The Lord as we ended the season of Christmas. The students sang songs and contemplated the faith, travels, and courage of the Magi. As they do every Monday, our students recited the Miraculous Medal Novena as we prayed for the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

          January ended with the always exciting Catholic Schools Week. Our open house on the 28th was a big success and many prospective families came to visit. Our school showcased our artistic skills and talents as we displayed students’ art work in Father O’Malley Hall. The week was filled with many other memorable and fun events such as the Mad Science assembly, Bingo, family game day, teacher swap, and the student favorite pancake breakfast. 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 begin with the blessing of the throats for the feast of St. Blaise. The PAA is hosting the first annual Disco Night Party in Father O’Malley hall on February 3rd. The students will attend Mass on the 14th for Ash Wednesday as Lent begins. Our junior high students will enjoy the Valentine’s Day dance on Friday February 9th. 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.

          Lastly, on behalf of the children, families, and faculty of St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, I would like to wish Father Sauer well on his sabbatical in Rome. We will miss you very much, and we will keep you in our prayers. Enjoy your time and we can’t wait for your return.

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

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal

Mr. Stein’s January Message

Dear Parents,Principal Stein

With the three big holidays behind us, we now look to begin a new for the upcoming year. 2018 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 excitement 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 Spectacular 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 hot cocoa cafe! 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. The season of Advent and the Christmas spirit was alive and present at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy.

We will start 2018 with the very important Catholic Schools Week. As always Catholic School Week begins with our open house on January 28th. This year we will be showcasing all the beautiful art work and learning that has been taking place in the art studio and classrooms. 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

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

Mr. Stein’s November Message

Dear parents,Principal Mr. Stein

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.

On October 1st the Paint C.A.N. Art Studio was dedicated in memory of Colleen A. Nicholson. The room was created with hours of volunteers work from many parents. The Paint C.A.N. Art Studio will be a place where students will create, discover, grow, and learn for years to come. Mrs. Nicholson’s spirit will remain alive and with us as she watches over all those at St. Mel’s.            

Our students showed their learning during the annual Terra Nova test. These tests are used to identify areas of strength and areas to focus for grades 3-8. Children are designing and creating afterschool during our Lego Enrichment program. Students in grades K-5 are using Legos in a STEM unit to build, engineer, and develop a deeper level of critical thinking. The FDNY came to St. Mel’s and presented to every grade about fire safety. Many students were also able to experience the FDNY smokehouse, and get real life skills to be safe.

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! The dads made an amazing haunted house, which was one of a kind. Thank you to all the parents and families who help make the Halloween parties such a huge success.

In November we look forward to the All Saints Day Mass, the high school TACHS exam, and the annual ring day ceremony for our 8th graders.

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

Mr. Stein’s October Message

Dear parents,Principal Mr. Stein

 

What a wonderful and beautiful September it has been at St. Mels. The beginning of the year was filled with excitement as students and teachers began another school year.

 

St. Mels Catholic Academy gathered together to celebrate Mass for the first time on Monday September 11th. It is always wonderful to see the children and faculty of our school together at Mass. The children and families remembered all those who gave their lives 16 years ago at our 9-11 memorial with the annual balloon release organized by the PAA.

School spirit was high on Friday September 22nd when St. Mels Catholic Academy had its annual pep rally! Each student showed his or her school spirit with St. Mels apparel, and each class cheered and displayed their creative banner. We have a lot of school pride and we showed it at the Pep Rally. Go wildcats!

Finally, there is so much to look forward to in October! Grade 1 and 3 have their family Mass at 10:30 on Sunday October 22nd. Students will show their academic skills and abilities when taking the Terra Nova exams during the week of October 10th. The Parent Academy Association has two Halloween parties, Friday October 20th for grades nursery ? 4th, and Friday October 27th for grades 5-8. I am always amazed at the creativity of our parents and the dedication they show to our school. Father OMalley Hall turns into a spooktacular place!

 

As always, thank you for your prayers for our school. We have been truly blessed and I thank you for your support and dedication to our wonderful parish and academy. God bless.

 

Mr. Christopher Stein

Principal