In 2012, when New York City was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, many members of the Saint Mark community were seriously affected. At that time, the outpouring of generosity, support, and love from our neighbors–both near and far–was extraordinary. That is why when Hurricane Florence caused severe damage in the Carolinas this past September, our school community felt an immediate need to “pay forward” the kindness and good will that was shown to us six short years ago.
Thanks to efforts of our principal, Mrs. Donnelly, our faculty and staff, and, most especially, our students and their families, SMCA was able to make a contribution to South Brunswick High School in Southport, North Carolina. A special thank you to our physical education teacher, Ms. Helene Hamilton, who brought to our attention the hardships being faced by the South Brunswick High School community.
Recently, we received some mail from our newfound friends at South Brunswick. Along with letters from the principal, Mr. Chip Hodges, and the world language department chairperson, Ms. Steffany Gamsby, we also received cards from the students themselves, but these were not ordinary notes. Well aware of SMCA’s diversity, the students at South Brunswick sent us multilingual thank you cards!
One of the tenets of Catholic Schools Week 2019 is to SERVE. We are so proud of the SMCA community who came to the service of those in need. We wish everyone at South Brunswick High School the very best as they continue to recover, and they will remain in our prayers.
This past Friday, our Pre-K for All students put on their show: “Winter Wonderland.” All of our children did a wonderful job, and we are grateful to Ms. Jeannie, our PKA Director; our classroom teachers, Ms. Alyssa, Ms. Gabby, and Ms. Amanda; and our class aides, Ms. Earlene, Ms. Alexis, and Ms. Danielle for all their hard work.
Last week, our seventh and eighth graders visited the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College. There, our students got to listen to a Holocaust survivor, who told of her first-hand experience as a child during the Kindertransport. They also got a tour of the center’s new exhibit, “Conspiracy of Goodness,” which highlights the villagers of Le Chambon, France who rescued many Jewish children.
One of the most anticipated events of the school year is our annual Thanksgiving dinner!
The day began with our students attending Mass. Then we all gathered in the gym to share a meal with our school family. From nursery to eighth grade, each student’s plate was filled with delicious, home-cooked food.
Thank you to all of our St. Mark families who cooked, donated, served, and assisted! We are truly thankful!
On November 27, we will participate in #Giving Tuesday. You can make a big impact on the lives of the children attending Saint Mark Catholic Academy, and join with thousands of people in creating a global impact that will be felt around the world.
This #GivingTuesday, help us by supporting the GYM FUNd. Some renovations are needed in the gym including new curtains and windows, and some work is necessary on the gym floor. In addition, we’d like to install a permanent screen and projector system for use during school functions and teacher professional development days.
Here are a few ways you can participate:
– Make a gift on #GivingTuesday. Click here for St. Mark’s Giving Page.
– Get others to join you. Help us get the word out on social media using our school name and the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
– Ask your company to match your gift. Does your employer have a formal matching gift program? Maximize your contribution.Click here for St. Mark’s Giving Page.
On behalf of the students of Saint Mark Catholic Academy, thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday.
Saturday, November 3rd was Homecoming 2018! Over 150 St. Mark alumni returned “home” to relive fond memories and reconnect with old friends.
Current students and recent graduates led alumni on tours of the school building.
A special thank you to all those who helped to make the evening possible…our Principal Carol Donnelly, our Director of Development & Alumni Relations George Donnelly, our Board of Directors, our Class Captains, and especially Anthony Russo of Gargiulo’s and Mike Starace of Wheeler’s for providing the food and drinks.
And, of course, thank to our alumni for coming “home.”
The saints marched into Saint Mark Church this morning!
On All Saints Day it’s an annual tradition at Saint Mark to have each class adopt a saint. One student from each class dresses like that saint, and another reads some interesting facts about the saint. Thank you to our students for dressing as some of the many saints we remember on this day. Thank you to Father Michael and Father Bob for including our students in this special Mass and homily!
Here, Ms. Toro’s sixth grade science class is discovering how to convert different units of measurement. Their finished product…? A delicious hot chocolate made from scratch, using the precise amount of ingredients. Ms. Toro supplied the cookies!
Our first grade class was back in the STEM Lab today. This time, they were exploring their sense of taste. By the look on their faces, we bet you can tell who had something sweet, sour, or salty!
Our kindergarten students were also hard at work in the lab!
This week was an exciting time for Ms. Daly’s fourth grade class as they received their class set of Chromebooks. SMCA’s technology teacher, Ms. Rosado, “pushed in” to their classroom to assist the students as they worked on their first project using G Suite applications. 💻💻💻
We’re excited to see what great work they’re going to produce with this new technology. 💻💻💻
In addition, our fourth graders will be able to “hit the ground running” next school year when they move to middle school and use Chromebooks to complete projects and assignments both in class and at home! (SMCA Middle School 1:1 Chromebook Kicks Off, from October 2017)