What's New At St. A's


KINDERGARTEN AND 8TH GRADE BUDDIES WRITE LETTERS TO SANTA

Our Kindergarten Kids wrote letters to Santa with their 8th grade Buddies. This is a much loved tradition by all the students, as the Kindergarten Kids now wait for an answer from Santa at the North Pole!

 
 

TECH TEAM CREATES 3D PRINTED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Our very creative Tech Team designed their own Christmas ornaments using Tinkercad. The ornaments were printed on our 3D printer and hung on our Middle School Christmas Tree.

Close-up photos of the ornaments can be seen on our Facebook page.

RECAP OF ST. A'S WEEK-LONG PARTICIPATION IN THE "HOUR OF CODE"

Each year, St. A's holds a school-wide participation in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week. Our Pre-K 4 students kicked off the festivities a few days early by learning how to code a mouse! By using the Code & Go Robot Mouse, the students were introduced to coding, sequencing, directionality, and problem solving. Most importantly, they had fun while learning!

 

3rd Grade began the official Hour of Code Week by writing lines of code for the Minecraft Voyage Aquatic, where they explored and built underwater worlds.

 

Day 2 brought aspiting coders from 1st, 4th, 7th, and 8th grade to the Computer Lab. From beginners coding the Blue Fuzz in the Kodable app in 1st grade, to all the way to learning Python in 7th grade, our students love to code!

 
 

On Day 3 our coders in 5th grade used CoffeScript to code a monkey to get his bananas, while our 2nd graders wrote code for Run Marco. 3rd and 4th grades were also back for another round of Minecraft and Star Wars coding.

 

On Day 4, our 6th Grade Students had a very special Hour of Code as we were joined by Mr. Olegario, one of our 6th grade dads and a Customer Success Manager for Microsoft, as well as Ms. Chertnez, a Community Development Specialist for Microsoft. Ms. Chertnez quickly got them coding using using Blockly/Javascript to code the popular Dance Party on code.org. The students were able to complete this task, and quickly moved onto the Python programming language by coding Banana Tales from codemonkey.com. Our students had an awesome time coding with Mr. Olegario and Ms. Cherntez, and we are so thankful that they were able to share their talents and knowledge with us this during our Hour of Code 2019.

 
 

Not to be outdone by their students, members of the St. A's faculty also took part in an Hour of Code challenge as part of their professional development in technology. The teachers had to complete all 20 levels in the Frozen coding activity at code.org. The 2019 Faculty Hour of Code Challenge Winner was Ms. Farraye, one of our 5th grade teachers! Coming in 2nd place was Mrs. Duarte, one of our 3rd grade teachers, and 3rd place was Mrs. O'Donnell, one of our 1st grade teachers.  Congratulations to all our faculty for a job well done!

  

Day 5 saw the Hour of Code end as it began: we started the Hour of Code with Pre-K 4, and ended it with our Pre-K 3 students. The Little Knights learned how to code by first playing Hopscotch Coding to help them begin to understand the basics of coding. Then they used the Daisy the Dino app to use block coding to move Daisy. To round out the final day, our Kindergarten Kids used the Kodable app, while the 2nd graders used the Run Marco app. Our 7th graders learned Python, while our 8th graders celebrated their last Hour of Code by completing the Frozen activity.

 
 

Please visit our Facebook page for many, many more photos from all of our Hour of Code Week activities!

"ROBO KNIGHTS" ROBOTICS TEAM WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL 2019 CAMPAIGN

Our robotics season wrapped up well this year in the First Lego League. We placed 8th out of 24 teams in the robot game, our highest placement ever. In one of our 3 robot runs, we scored every point available to us, also never done before. Our 2 youngest teammates also had the second best run of the day. With only 1st and 2nd places being recognized in the 4 competition areas this year, we did not earn a trophy, but are very proud of our team. They demonstrated cooperation and teamwork during the core values activity better than ever. It was truly a group effort. Many thanks to the Lyttle Family for all their hard work, time and dedication to this team!

  

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CONSECRATION PRAYER SERVICE FOR CHILDREN

On Thursday, December 12th, the St. Augustine School family came together to participate in the Diocesan Consecration Prayer Service on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We gathered in church to watch Bishop Checchio and the students of St. Helena's and ICS show us how we can consecrate ourselves to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Bishop Checchio asked us to "Set our hearts on fire with faith, hope and love." We each prayed the Act of Consecration, and "offered everything to Jesus and Mary; our lives, our actions, thoughts, and our love." Mother of the Americas and Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us.

 
 
 

KINDERGARTEN MAKES SHOES FOR ST. NICHOLAS DAY

In anticipation of Saint Nicholas Day tomorrow, our Kindergarten Kids made shoes and left them in their cubbies before going home. They are hoping he leaves them a special treat, because they are learning to be kind, just like St. Nicholas!

   

UPDATE: When the Kindergarten kids arrived in their classroom on the morning of St. Nicholas Day, they found a sweet treat in their shoe! Mrs. Young must have told St. Nick that they were trying very hard to be kind each and every day. They have also been spreading acts of kindness by collecting money in one of their socks in order to donate to a child in need.

    

JUNIOR ALTAR ROSARY SOCIETY CREATES NATIVITY ORNAMENTS

Our Junior Altar Rosary Society created Nativity ornaments to display on their Christmas trees. The students respectfully and reverently pray the rosary after school with Ms. Fama for their special intentions and for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS DESIGN MINI PARADE FLOATS

Our Fourth Grade Students designed and built miniature themed parade floats just in time for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Disney Christmas Day Parade.

  

PRE-K 4 LEARNS ABOUT ADVENT BY MAKING ADVENT WREATHS

On the first week of Advent, our Pre-K 4 students learned about the significance of the Advent Wreath and candles, and made their very own wreaths out of Model Magic. As you can see from the pictures, they are all very proud of their Advent Wreaths!

 
 

SCHOOL COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR THANKSGIVING PRAYER SERVICE

We ended our school day on Wednesday, November 27th with a Prayer Service of Thanksgiving. Our talented Kindergarten students sang the song "Thanking God for Love" and everyone in church joined in. It was a peaceful and spiritual way to begin our Thanksgiving Holiday. We pray for all families that are traveling this holiday to have a safe journey and to enjoy this sacred family time together.

 
 

YOUTH MINISTRY STUDENTS HELP PROVIDE THANKSGIVING DINNER TO NEEDY FAMILIES

Some of our EDGE Students, along with Mrs. Paras, our Middle School Religion teacher, gave of their time and helped hand out 185 turkeys & 150 bags of groceries to families in need. Thanks to the parishioners of St. James in Basking Ridge for their generous donations, and the Diocese of Metuchen for coordinating this effort with the Holy Family Parish in New Brunswick.

5TH GRADE PRACTICES DECIMAL ARITHMETIC BY PLANNING A THANKSGIVING MEAL

Our Fifth Grade Math students used weekly circulars to plan their Thanksgiving meals in order to help practice adding and subtracting decimals!

  

PRE-K 4 & KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATE A FAMILY DAY OF THANKSGIVING

Our Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten students and their families gathered together for a Day of Thanks on Friday, November 22nd. There were songs, poems and prayers led by the students. Everyone enjoyed a delicious treat together and worked as a family on Thanksgiving crafts and STREAM projects. We are so grateful for our many blessings and the wonderful St. A's families that attended this joyous day.

 
  

A video slideshow with many more photos of this wonderful day is available in the Multimedia Gallery and on our Facebook page.

PEP RALLY KICKS OFF 2019-2020 BASKETBALL SEASON

St. A's 2019-2020 Basketball Season kicked off with a Pep Rally in our gym led by Mr. Modzelewski. Each player was introduced by their Coaches, and showed off their awesome shooting skills. The most exciting moment of the Pep Rally was when our faculty challenged our 8th graders to a game. The game was fast and furious, but in the end, our 8th graders beat the faculty for the WIN! Thank you to all our Coaches and Parents who came out to cheer our teams. We wish all of our St. A's Knights a fun and successful Basketball Season.

  

THIRD GRADE SURGEONS OPERATE ON THE MAIN IDEA

In Mrs. Duarte's 3rd Grade Operating Room, the class became “surgeons”. They had to read a patient file and determine what was the main idea to fix the spine and what the supporting details were in order to fix the ribs. They cut the bones out and glued them in. Each group presented to their classmates to determine if they indeed “saved their patient”. We are happy to report that all the "surgeries" were a success!

   

FIRST GRADE MAKES “THOUGHTFUL” CENTERPIECES FOR HEALTH CARE CENTER

Our First Grade Students completed a very thoughtful Service Project for the residents at McAuley Hall Health Care Center. Each student wrote something they are thankful for, and then arranged the Fall floral centerpieces for their dining area. As always, we are are truly blessed, and so grateful for everything our school parents do for our school and our students.

  

ST. A'S PARISHIONER HELPS SCIENCE STUDENTS WITNESS RARE ASTRONOMICAL EVENT

On November 11, our Science classes got to observe Mercury transit the Sun for the first time since 2016 thanks to Mr. Cooper, one of St. Augustine's long-time parishioners. The students first used a special lens to see the sun directly without any damage to the naked eye. Then they used Mr. Cooper's telescope to see Mercury passing in front of the sun, an event that will not be repeated until 2032. Thanks also to our Heavenly Father, for providing a beautiful, clear day!

  

VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY

On Veteran's Day, our 4th - 8th Grade students gathered in the gym to listen to a presentation by Mr. Modzelewski, our Vice Principal and 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies teacher. Mr. M. explained the meaning behind Veterans Day and reviewed all the conflicts in our country's history, as well as explaining about the five different branches of our Military. He also told a personal story about his grandfather, Chester Modzelewski, who served as a Flight Engineer in the Army Air Corps, and whose plane was shot down, but thankfully he survived and returned home in 1944. Mr. M. ended with a prayer for our Veterans: "We thank You Lord for our Veterans, past and present. Through the efforts of these individuals, help us to promote justice in all nations."

   

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS CELEBRATE FIRST “KNIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT” AWARDS

The Knights of Accomplishment Awards for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year were presented to students in Grades K to 4 at the first of two awards ceremonies that mark the end of the first marking period. Pictured below are the Knights of Accomplishment from Kindergarten, who were very excited to receive their first Knights certificates as St. A's students.

Grades 5 to 8 will receive their Knights of Accomplishment awards and Honor Roll certificates at a separate awards ceremony to be held next week. Congratulation to all of the First Quarter honorees!

MISSION PET CONTEST RAISES MONEY IN SUPPORT OF THE RELIGIOUS TEACHERS FILIPPINI

Congratulations to our Mission Pet Contest Winners: Lucas, an Old English Bulldog, Sky, a Pitbull, and Karma, a Malshipoo. We raised $450 to send to the Religious Teachers Filippini to build wells for water. Thank you to everyone for your generous support of this worthy cause.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED FOR 2019-2020

We are very proud to introduce our Student Council Officers, School Representatives, and Class Representatives for the School Year 2019-2020.

The 2019-2020 Student Council Officers are (pictured below left to right):
Secretary Andrea A., Treasurer Shana I., President Alexander D., Vice President Gabriella K.

The 2019-2020 School Representatives are: Sharbella J. and Giovanni O.

The 2019-2020 Class Representatives are: Diego P. (8W), John M. (7B), Summer O. (7W),
Taanya K. (6B), Gisele C. (6W), Saira H (5B), Cristina D. (5W), Advika G. (4B), and Ellie L. (4W).

Congratulations to all who were chosen to represent our school and be our role models to follow our Good God Choices everyday, and in every way. Together with Sister Mary Louise and Mrs. O'Connor, we know that you will incorporate innovative and creative ideas, and add new programs and fundraisers for our school this year.

KENDALL PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT VISITS ST. A'S

The Kendall Park Fire Department visited our Pre K, Kindergarten and First Grade students, and showed them how to be safe during an emergency and a fire. The students especially loved getting to sit in a real fire truck!!

  
 

8TH GRADE SCIENCE CLASSES CREATE ELEMENT-THEMED TEE SHIRTS

Mr. Tackett, our Middle School Science Teacher, taught our 8th Grade students the entire Periodic Table of the Elements through the use of music and the Periodic Table Song. The students then chose an element, and designed and actually created a tee shirt based on the properties of their element.

LITTLE KNIGHTS PRE-K STUDENTS SPEND A DAY AT THE FARM

Our Little Knights Preschool students visited Von Thun's Country Farm Market, where "learning is easy when it’s hands-on and fun at the farm."

KINDERGARTEN MEETS THEIR 8TH GRADE BUDDIES

Our Kindergarten Kids were so excited to finally meet their 8th Grade Buddies. This is always one of our 8th Graders' favorite traditions, as they spend the entire school year paired up with their Kindergarten Buddy!

FALL FESTIVAL AT SNYDER'S FARM

Many thanks to the Snyder family for hosting our Fall Farm Festival Fundraiser on their magnificent Snyder's Farm in Somerset. It was a warm and sunny day, and everyone enjoyed spending their time on the farm with friends and family. We are very grateful to all our HSA members, families, students, and alumni, for volunteering to make the event run so smoothly, and for sharing their pictures of the event. There's no place like St. A's, and we are so blessed to have such a warm and generous community of St. A's families.

ST. A'S CAFETERIA GOES DIGITAL WITH NEW POINT-OF-SALE SYSTEM

On Tuesday, September 24, our students started using our new electronic point of sale system provided by PaySchools. Using their bar-coded scan card, the students easily paid for their lunch purchases while everyone else was still waiting in line to pay with cash. They were very excited to breeze through the line using their lunch card; which afforded them extra time to relax and eat their lunch. The system even tells the parents what their child bought for lunch! Mrs. Mullen, and the Cafeteria Staff were very happy with the addition of this new 21st century technology to the lunchroom.

 
 

RECITING THE PREAMBLE TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

The students in Ms. Fama's 4B Social Studies class are learning about the Preamble to the Constitution and what those words and ideas signify. Today on Constitution Day, September 17, 2019 they recited the Preamble together.

4TH GRADE GLIDER PROJECT TAKES FLIGHT WITH THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Our 4th Grade White students learned about the Scientific Method by brainstorming a way to create a hoop glider. The students were given the challenge to build a hoop glider that would glide as far as possible. They asked questions to determine cause and effect relationships, made observations and even experimented with different sized hoops, positions and weights. When put to the test, each hoop glider made it at least 6 feet, with one team's glider sailing a total of 9 feet! Congratulations to our budding scientist and engineers!

 
  

THIRD GRADE CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY

Mrs. Wagner's 3rd Grade class celebrated International Dot Day on Friday, Sept. 13th. The students listened to the story "The Dot" and worked in groups to discuss and respond to comprehension questions.  They finished off by doing a S.T.R.E.A.M. project of making as many structures as possible with toothpicks and Dot candy.  And for homework, the students had to design their own dot. They had so much fun!

 
 

WE REMEMBER: 9-11 MEMORIAL PRAYER SERVICE

Mr. Modzelewski led us in a prayer service in church on Wednesday, September 11th to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the attacks of 9-11-2001. We remembered those who lost their lives, and prayed for peace throughout our world today. Thanks to Mr. Berg, Mrs. Paras, Mr. Tackett, and all of our students and faculty for being part of this memorable and prayer-filled service. May God bless America today and always!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble...we will not fear. ~Psalm 46:1-2

 
 
 

FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

On Thursday, September 5th we welcomed our Kindergarten Kids to their first day of school! After lots of hugs, kisses, and goodbyes to mom, dad, and their siblings, our Kindergarten Kids walked confidently into the building, and had a wonderful first day! Mrs. Young and the new Kindergarten Kids all agreed that "KINDERGARTEN ROCKS!"

 
 

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The 2019=2020 school year began on Wedhesday, September 4th for Grades 1 to 8 and it was AWESOME! Everyone arrived at school with smiling faces; happy to be back or to begin a new school year here at St. A's. From getting to know you activities, first day STEM projects, practicing for fire drills, setting up lockers, a Middle School Rosary in Church; our day was filled with joy-filled students and faculty,

 
 
 
 

These are only a few snapshots of the day's activities. Many, many more photos are available on our Facebook page.

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