What's New At St. A's


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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