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.
Mr. Christopher Stein