After making observations over a two week period, the 1st Grade enjoyed measuring and giving their "Grass Heads" a trim. By planting grass seed, the children learned what plants need to grow.
1st Grade has been busy investigating Living and Nonliving things. The students found out that scientists make observations and record data. They practiced these skills by making journal entries for the following activities: Living/Nonliving Things Nature Walk, Grass Head Pantings, Seasonal Tree Observations, and What do Plants and Animal Need to Survive. As a culminating activity, the students will collaborate in groups to build shelters for the classroom's Beanie Baby Book Buddies.
The Fourth Grade of St. Mary's Prep, under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Ardyn Tatum, hand-painted pumpkins in class which will be delivered to the Cancer Care Center & Nursing Home on Pocono Road in Denville. There was an assortment of pumpkin styles and colors, showing the creativity and imagination of each student. Mrs.Tatum assigned a "pumpkin patrol" to keep watch over the pumpkins while they were on display in the school. This assignment was part of the many community service projects the students participate in during the school year.
Kindergarten has been exciting! We have made new friends and we are learning many new concepts in a fun and exciting way. In Math we have learned about the concept of sorting and we did a lot of hands on activities in our Math Centers. In Reading we reviewed all our letters and sounds and now we are blending letters to sound out words. We are writing in our Writing Journals. We are learning about Fall and all the changes that are and will be happening around us. We did our first S.T.E.M. project in which we made a basket with a partner. The basket had to be sturdy enough to hold a collection of Fall leaves. We all went outside to test our baskets by collecting Fall leaves and putting them into our baskets. It was a lot of fun and we did a good job!
We celebrated Dot Day with our First Grade. We did Centers that had different activities having to do with the theme of dots. It was a lot of fun meeting the First Grade students and teacher. Dot Day is celebrating the book titled The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds which is about celebrating how special we are!
We are looking forward to going on our Class Field Trip to Hamilton Farms in two weeks. We are also looking forward to celebrating Trunk n Treat as a school on Halloween and having our first class party. We are all looking forward to learning so much more this year in Kindergarten!!!
On October 6, 20 new students and 16 returning members were inducted into the National Junior Beta Club Chapter at St. Mary’s Prep. The Beta Club is similar to a student government, but the focus is on leadership, character, and service. Acceptance into the club is no easy task. Students must try their hardest in school, be in good academic standing, and set a positive example in the school community. Additionally, each student had to complete their own service project on their own time over the summer and write an essay.
Members collected clothing for charities and organized drives for the collection of books for veterans, supplies for animals in shelters, supplies for St. Peter’s Orphanage, preemie items for Morristown Memorial Hospital, food for food shelters, as well as preparation of meals. Students also found fulfillment by beautifying the St. Mary’s Prep buildings and grounds.
We would like to officially congratulate the 2016-2017 St. Mary’s Prep Junior Beta Club members.
International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. This initiative is held each year on September 15th, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book, "The Dot."
"The Dot" is the story of a teacher who challenges a doubting student to trust in her abilities to “make her mark”. What begins with a dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage. Everyone at SMP "Made Their Mark" by sharing their individuality to create the 9' Dot on display in the Gymnasium.
The students in TK are busy learning shapes and letters. By finger painting with shaving cream they are developing fine motor skills needed for writing and at the same time they are enjoying learning. This sensory experience builds self confidence and nurtures budding artists!!