October Round Up Issue
November a month to Remember
What a week! What a month! From Terra Nova testing to the craziness of Halloween in school we had another great month of school. Big thanks for Mrs. Parchment and the 8th grade girls for painting our beautiful doors for the holiday, and another big thanks for the HAA for putting together such a great Halloween party for the kids. We have another great event coming up this month with the Father-Daughter dance. Granddads, uncles, and brothers are welcome stand ins. In more somber news, it was announced this week the Holy Angels and St. Anselm will be merging to form the new Bay Ridge Catholic Academy. Please keep the students, parents, faculty, and staff in your prayers as they progress through this difficult time. We wish them the best of luck. To all of our St. Ephrem parents don't forget to get involved with the HAA as they have a meeting coming up and all who want to participate are invited. See you there and have a great week.
St. Ephrem Catholic Academy
November is here and there is much to be done outside of the traditional learning. We started the month with our annual parade of saints. The first grade did a great job leading the school in the prayer service reminding us that we are all saints. November 4th is picture day. Full uniforms are a must for this day as your want your special little guy or gal to look their best. K-2 will take a trip to the past as they visit historic Richmondtown on the 15th. And Pre-K3 thru 1st get a puppet show on the 18th. It's the return of nacho day on the 14th and the big father daughter dance on the 16th. The 9th is a big day for the 8th grade as they will take their TACH test in the morning and then get a chance to unwind that evening at teen club. Don't forget to turn back the clocks tonight and no school on the 8th or 13th so its a long weekend for the kids. We will finish out the month with a nice Thanksgiving breakfast with the Pre-K3 and 4. The term is over by the end of the month so check your child's optionc, we don't want any surprises come report card night. Thank you all for such a great October, let's make November a month to remember.
Issue 5 | Volume 2 | November 5th 2019
3rd grade gets multiplying
Happy Sunday! Our first full week is in the books and the students are starting to get re-acclimated to their routine. With so many new students and classes, the first week was a learning experience for us all. While we spent a good portion of the week bumping into each other in the halls as students and teachers figured out where to go for their classes, the foundations of a great year were begun in the classes. Our new Italian teacher has been a great addition to the school and the students are already learning the basics and the junior high began learning some real world skills with the adobe creative suite, more on that later. The nervousness and anxiety of the first days are slowly being replaced with laughter and smiles. But this week also brought remembrance for those we lost on that tragic day 18 years ago. None of our students were alive for the September 11th attacks, but the we honored those whom we lost by teaching our students to never forget.
We kicked off the new month with an old tradition. The first grade lead us in our annual All Saint's Day prayer service. It was great to see all of our first graders dressed up in the saints costumes to lead us in prayer. Msgr. Theo guided us in song during the service as we all took the opportunity to remind ourselves to be our best self. Great job by Mrs. Polizzotto, the parents and the students to make this important day such a memorable one. Each student in our school, that was here in the first grade, has the memory of their All Saint's Day parade, glad to add a few more to the group.
Everyone knows that one of the most important skills students learn in grade school is multiplying. From basic math to calculus, multiplication is one of the few math skills that we use everyday. But what is multiplication? The students of the 3rd grade learned the concepts of multiplying this week. They didn't learn in the "let's all sit down and memorize" method. They learned 5 methods of multiplication by using stations do practice and demonstrate their abilities. This was a great mat class where students were up out of their seats and moving around from place to place to get familiar wth what multiplying really is. This was an exciting new activity in 3rd grade math that we will see continuing throughout the year as they sharpen their skills and become math mavens without all the endless sitting and memorizing. We are excited to see what comes next.
Issue 4 | Volume 2 | 2019
All Saint's Day with the 1st Grade
St. Ephrem Catholic Academy
The HAA put on one of the greatest Halloween parties this school has ever seen. With the addition the haunted classroom and a fun schedule of events the kids and parents had a great time. Costumes were in full parade during the costume contest and students had a chance to unwind with their friends. Events like this are what really builds the St. Ephrem community to be something special. There is a special feel this year at St. Ephrem and we are so happy that we have so many new members to share it with. Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the night and especially to the members of the HAA committee that put this all together. Can't wait to see what surprises scare us the most in next year's haunted house.
Halloween at St. Ephrem
One of the most popular holidays for kids is of course Halloween. We here at St. Ephrem remember being a kid and being so excited to dress up and go trick or treating. While it wasn't an ordinary day of school it sure was a fun one. With costumes from teachers to students and an early dismissal to let everyone get first dibs on the best candy in the neighborhood, we had a great Halloween this year. Enjoy the recap in pictures for some memories that will last our students a life time.
In years past we have partnered with Bishop Kearney to allow some of our highest achieving students a chance to take that next step into hands on STEM learning. With the demise of Bishop Kearney HS, we are proud to introduce a new partnership with Fontbonne Hall Academy. Here students will get hands on with VR field trips and design work in their new FAB lab. This is a great opportunity to take their education to the next level and get an idea of what high schools have to offer. For all of those too young to participate this year, keep those grades up and you'll be among those selected in the future.
early to start thinking about your child's future. So whether you come just for the Mass, the breakfast, or the fair make sure you're there to support St. Ephrem and each other. See. you all next week.
Jr High gets a little Freedom
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This year the junior high went on a special trip to Philadelphia. The entire junior high visited historic sights and discovered some new wonders in the city of Brotherly Love. This was the first time we have ventured out on such a trip and I'm glad to say that it came back with rave reviews. From the liberty bell to the museum of science, the trip was not only fun but educational. Sadly, they returned without cheese steaks for us that were left behind. Thank you to the faculty and parents for supporting this great trip, I know the students appreciated it.
A new Partnership for stem