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

SMCA Hosts First Annual Alumni Homecoming

On Saturday, September 30th, Saint Mark Catholic Academy held its first annual Homecoming. Alumni and friends of SMCA “returned home,” reliving fond memories and reconnecting with old friends.

Without question, the highlight of the day was the guided school tours, led by current Saint Mark students and recent graduates. It was difficult to tell who was more excited–the alumni as they shared their stories, or the students as they listened!

The day culminated with a delicious lunch catered by Gargiulo’s Restaurant. Thank you to our Board of Directors, Alumni Association, Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly, and all our parent and student volunteers, for helping to make the day such a success.

We hope to see you at the next Homecoming and future alumni events.

Touring Tuesday!

Touring Tuesday! Come explore all the ways your child can benefit from a Catholic education by scheduling a private tour with Principal Carol Donnelly at (718) 332-9304.

Congrats Grads!

Good luck, Graduates! Sending the Class of 2017 warm wishes and the best of luck on their new endeavors in high school.

The Class of 2017 will be attending…

Fontbonne Hall Academy
Xaverian High School
Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School
LaSalle Academy
Saint Edmund Preparatory High School
Saint Francis Preparatory High School
Nazareth Regional High School
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
Midwood High School
Edward R. Murrow High School
Madison High School