The Pre-K 3 & 4 classes of St. Mary’s Prep took a “field trip” to the gym to attend the music program, “The Jam Cats.” “The Jam Cats” is a great introduction to music, whether children want to pursue music lessons or just enjoy singing along to their favorite songs in the car. Miss Rachel was the leader of the songs and games presented to the students.
As a part of the 8th Grade Religion class, the students created lessons to teach the younger grades about their faith. The 1st Grade went on a field trip to St. Mary’s Church with their 8th grade buddies to learn that everything in the church has significance for them.
The First Communicants led the celebration of the student liturgy on Tuesday, May 16. They were invited to wear their First Communion clothes: and parents, family, and friends were invited to attend the Mass. There was also a small reception in the school cafeteria for the Second Graders and their families to celebrate their special day with their classmates.
At the end of the Mass, the Eighth Grade girls participated in the May Crowning honoring Mary, the Mother of God.
Students in Grades 1-3 enjoyed a fun day at the Bounce Factory located in Warren on Friday, May12. The Bounce Factory and Team Makers of North Jersey have combined to create a unique Field Trip that integrates STEM learning with hands on activities.
The Beta Club has been fundraising all year to hold a Rise Against Hunger meal packing event. At this event the 7th and 8th grade packed 10,052 meals to be distributed around the world to less fortunate children.
The meals packed by the students are distributed to school age children who would otherwise have to work to earn money for food. When the meals are distributed the children are also provided with education so that they can be better prepared for life.
St. Mary’s Prep held its annual spring concert in the school gym under the direction of Mr. Michael Donahue, Music Teacher. The theme this year was “Sounds of Spring.” Grades Pre-K through Eighth Grade performed in groups of two or three grades. The Sign Language Club, with Ms. Marissa Balzano, moderator, performed, as well. Also the same evening, the students’ art work was displayed throughout the gym. Mrs. Robin Baham took the students on a journey through the art world, teaching them various techniques, using different mediums.
First Communion ~ The Second Grade students of St. Mary’s Prep received their First Communion at various Masses the Weekend of May 6. Ms. Balzano, Second Grade Teacher, along with Mrs. Miller, DRE for St. Mary’s Parish, prepared the students over a two year period for their reception of this important sacrament. Children usually receive their First Communion at the age of 7 when they are old enough to appreciate and understand the miracle of the Holy Eucharist, the food of eternal life.
Grade 8 Semi-Formal ~ Students were very excited for one of their last events as Eighth Graders at St. Mary’s Prep. Much preparation and hard work went into making the semi-formal exciting and fun-filled for the students. Students from area Catholic Schools, as well as Valleyview and Copeland Middle Schools, were invited. This year it was held at the Rockaway River Country Club in Denville on Friday, May 5, and the theme was “Masquerade Ball.” The weather partially cleared, and it was a beautiful evening for those who attended.
Students in the1st grade eagerly jumped into the world of robotics with the Dash Robots from Wonder Workshop. For the first challenge, the children worked collaboratively with a partner to design and build a Lego plow attachment for their robot so obstacles could be removed from its path. Once groups were done with their initial construction, it was time to test. Many groups found out that they needed to rethink their design and make adjustments to be successful.
The children are looking forward to their next challenge which includes “Block Coding.” Coding and robotics investigations engage students in multi-sensory activities, which foster opportunities for communication, collaboration, problem solving and creative expression across the curriculum.