SMCA’s Candy Land Card Party a “Sweet Time”

On Saturday, April 21, Saint Mark Catholic Academy held its 24th annual Card Party. This year’s theme was Candy Land. Tons of great prizes were raffled off, and everyone there had a pretty “sweet” time!

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Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a great success, and a special thank you to everyone who attended. Your generous support truly helps our students!
We hope to see you next year‘s 25th silver anniversary card party!

Special Catholic Schools Week Schedule!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2018 at SAINT MARK CATHOLIC ACADEMY

Monday, January 29th
– Catholic Schools Week Mass: 8:30am
– Career Day for Nursery – Grade 2: 10am
– Buddy Day Afternoon: Middle School (Grades 5-8) read to Early Childhood and Elementary Grades

Tuesday, January 30th
– The Great Read for all grades (morning)
– Celebrate Vocations: A Q&A with Our Parish Priests (afternoon)

Wednesday, January 31st
STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY
– Bagel Breakfast for students
– Sports Day

Thursday, February 1st
– Color Wars Day
– Cookie Sale to support Catholic Charities
– Movie Afternoon

Friday, February 2nd
TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION DAY
– Grade 6-8 Math Bee (morning)
– Grade 8 vs. Faculty Volleyball Game (afternoon)

Santa Visits SMCA’s Christmas Breakfast!

Before our students left to celebrate the holidays with their friends and family, they gathered as a school family for a Christmas breakfast. After attending school Mass together, the students enjoyed a delicious breakfast complete with pancakes, French toast, bacon, bagels, doughnuts, juices and more! What made the day even more special was that so many of our SMCA families were able to join us. Thank you to everyone who helped set up, purchase, and prepare all of the wonderful treats! We’re especially grateful that Santa himself took time out of his busy schedule to join us!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from our SMCA family to yours!

SMCA’s Pre-K for All Students Put on Winter Show!

On Friday, December 15th, Saint Mark Catholic Academy’s Pre-K for All students put on a fantastic winter show! Here are some pictures from their performance. As you can see, they did a great job! Thank you to our Pre-K for All teachers, Ms. Amanda, Ms. Alyssa, and Ms. Gabby, our Pre-K for All Director, Ms. Jeannie, and, of course, our students for all their hard work! Bravo!

SMCA Celebrates Thanksgiving…All Week!

Officially, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, but we’ve been celebrating all week here at Saint Mark Catholic Academy. On Monday, our middle school students participated in a virtual field trip to a museum in Michigan to learn about the history of Native Americans in our country.

Yesterday, our first and second graders put on an assembly about Thanksgiving, sharing some interesting facts and songs, too!

Finally, today was what our principal, Mrs. Donnelly, describes as her “favorite event of the year,” our annual Thanksgiving Feast! Our entire school family from our nursery students to our eighth graders shared a meal together and gave thanks. Thank you again to all of our families who helped prepare and serve all the delicious food!

So, from our St. Mark family to yours…Happy Thanksgiving!

SMCA Supports Parish Food Pantry

After a wonderfully successful Thanksgiving food drive, some of our eighth grade and early childhood students deliver donations across the street to our parish food pantry. Thank you to all those who made a contribution!

 

SMCA Hosts Pre-K/Kindergarten Fall Fair!

On Tuesday, November 14th, Saint Mark Catholic Academy held a Pre-K and Kindergarten Fall Fair.

Students from our kindergarten class performed songs for all the parents in attendance. Then, students from pre-k and kindergarten, along with their teachers and parents, worked on a fall-themed art project (Some seventh grade helpers participated, too!)

It was the first of a series of events that brings our school family even closer together and helps to showcase the great things going on in our Early Childhood Program.

HAPPY FALL!

“Oh, when the Saints go marching in!”

Oh when the Saints go marching in
When the Saints go marching in
O Lord, I want to be in that number
When the Saints go marching in

Every school year, Saint Mark Catholic Academy students adopt a saint. At the All Saints Day Mass, two students from each class present their class’s saint to the entire school and parish community, with one student dressed as the saint, and the other explaining a little bit about that saint’s life. At the beginning of the Mass, these students process into church, so the saints truly are “marching in”!

Here are the saints that our classes have adopted for the 2017-2018 school year…

Grade 1 has adopted
Saint Joseph

Grade 2 has adopted
St. John the Baptist

Grade 3 has adopted
Saint Rita

Grade 4 has adopted
Saint Mark

Grade 5 has adopted
Saint Gregory the Great

Grade 6 has adopted
Saint Peter

Grade 7 has adopted
Saint Lucy Filippini

Grade 8 has adopted
Saint Child of Atocha

 

SMCA’s Middle School 1:1 Chromebook Program Kicks Off!

Monday, October 16th was an exciting day at Saint Mark Catholic Academy as the school initiated its Middle School 1:1 Chromebook Program. Each student in grades five through eight was provided with a Chromebook, charger, and carrying case.

Since last year, the students have been utilizing Google Classroom as they shared a set of Chromebooks. The great response from students and faculty alike prompted Principal Carol Donnelly, along with the Academy’s Board of Directors, to make the investment in additional 60 devices. Now all of the students in SMCA’s Middle School have a Chromebook to use in every class, and they also have the unique advantage of taking the device home to complete assignments outside the classroom.

“I don’t know who’s more excited, me or the students,” said Mr. Mark Wilson, who teaches English language arts to grades five through eight. “A 1:1 program provides unique advantages for both students and teachers. Students can complete an assignment online, and I can check it online, too. We’re saving valuable class time, which will certainly have a positive impact on teaching and learning.”

On Monday afternoon, students and faculty gathered together as the 1:1 Program officially commenced. After reciting the academy’s Chromebook Pledge, the students, along with the faculty, prayed together, seeking the intercession of Saint Isidore of Seville, patron saint of the internet, technology, and students.

“Thanks to these recent upgrades in technology,” said Principal Carol Donnelly, “you can walk into any of our classrooms and see students participating in learning activities that compel our children to explore, create models, and manage multi-step approaches to relevant problem solving.” Along with the new Chromebooks, Saint Mark Catholic Academy was recently awarded 100 iPads thanks to a generous grant by DeSales Media. These iPads will be utilized by students in nursery to grade four, so truly every student at Saint Mark has the most recent technology at their fingertips.

Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good,
true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant we beseech Thee that,
through the intercession of Saint Isidore,
bishop and doctor,
during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee
and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen