The SCS Wednesday News Brief

June 7, 2017

A weekly news brief from St. Catharine School

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Please Help support the SCS PTA with the Candlelight Ball!

With one month to go, all SCS families should have received their Candlelight Ball Invitation in the mail. If you did not receive an invitation or have any questions please email sccandlelightball@gmail.com.


The SCS PTA will be selling raffle tickets and collecting wine donations for Wine Wall ($25+ value) at the awards ceremony on June 13th at 9:00AM.


We are also in need of for Candlelight Ball ​​Benefactors - all benefactors will be acknowledged with signage at the event, in the program and on the Candlelight Ball Facebook page. The benefactor Form can be found on the SCS Web site or email sccandlelightball@gmail.com.


The SCS PTA needs your support this year! This year the Parish asked the SCS PTA to chair the event and therefore the majority of the funds that the Parish raises will go directly toward the needs of the school and the new SCS Playground which we hope to have completed for the start of school in September.


Thank you for your continued dedication to St. Catharine School and hope to see you all on July 7th.

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Upcoming Events

School Calendar http://www.stcatharineschool.net/scsl/Calendar/



Thursday June 8th

  • 8th Graders: Last day of school for 8th grade students only


Friday June 9th

  • 8th Graders: No School for 8th Graders
  • 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony 6:00 PM (Doors will open 5:30 PM students must be "on line" by 5:45 PM)


Monday June 12th

  • Last Full Day of School
  • PTA Pizza Day


Tuesday June 13th

  • 12:30 PM Dismissal
  • 9:00 AM Student Award Ceremony


Wednesday June 14th

  • 12:30 Dismissal
  • Last Day of School


*** Friday July 7th Candlelight Ball ***

http://stcatharineschool-org.3dcartstores.com/CANDLELIGHT-BALL-2017_c_17.html

Special Thanks: Alex's Lemonade Stand

THE SMITH FAMILY
402 WORTHINGTON AVENUE
SPRING LAKE, NEW JERSEY 07762



June 6, 2017
Saint Catharine’s School
Second Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762

Dear SCS Families:

We would like to thank the entire Saint Catharine’s School Community for your support with your SCS Annual Alex's Lemonade Stand on June 1, 2017, in honor of our daughter, Bridget Rose Smith. However unfortunate, Bridget shares a common Neuroblastoma Childhood Cancer thread with Alexandra “Alex” Scott who started the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at the age of 4. By the same token, Bridget also shares Alex’s vision of curing childhood cancer…one cup at a time.

Your prayers, support, encouragement and kindness have been instrumental with Bridget’s recovery. With overwhelming support, you were able to raise much needed money for childhood cancer research.

We are truly grateful to all and are blessed to be associated with the SCS Community.

Sincerely,
Margaret-Mary, Denis, Maeve, Stephen, Brendan, Caroline and Bridget Smith

Special Letter from Mr. Bryant of Manasquan Music and Dance Academy

Dear Parents and Students of St. Catharines,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and Manasquan Music and Dance Academy to invite you and your student(s) to join us this year on a musical adventure.

Just last Friday your student attended an instrumental “Petting Zoo” where he or she had the opportunity to play violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium and percussion.

MMDA (Manasquan Music and Dance Academy) is excited to be a part of St. Catharines this summer and this coming 2017-18 school year. We will be bring orchestral and band instrumental music through a comprehensive summer program to get your student started on what will be an enriching experience in your child's education and development.

All of our staff are handpicked not just for their experience and expertise but for their genuine passion to work with children and share their love of music and music education. Our staff has attended prestigious instrumental music programs and holds advanced degrees from many accredited schools such as Penn State, Boston University, and Rutgers University.

We think you will agree music education has far reaching benefits for your child and your family.

More Than Just Music

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously.

Language Development

According to the Children’s Music Workshop, the effect of music education on language development can be seen in the brain. “Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.

Increased IQ

Surprisingly, the children who were given music lessons over the school year tested on average three IQ points higher than the other groups. The drama group didn’t have the same increase in IQ, but did experience increased social behavior benefits not seen in the music-only group.

The Brain Works Harder

Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a non musician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training.

Improved Test Scores

“Schools that have rigorous programs and high-quality music and arts teachers probably have high-quality teachers in other areas. If you have an environment where there are a lot of people doing creative, smart, great things, joyful things, even people who aren’t doing that have a tendency to go up and do better.”

Being Musical

Music can improve your child’ abilities in learning and other non musical tasks, but it’s important to understand that music does not make one smarter. As Pruett explains, the many intrinsic benefits to music education include being disciplined, learning a skill, being part of the music world, managing performance, being part of

We hope you will consider instrumental music for your family beginning with our Summer Program. Students do not need prior experience and instruments can be rented at a very affordable price from our vendors, Russo Music and Violin Doctor.

Should you have any questions or want to discuss what instrument is most beneficial for your student please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Musically ,

Stephen Bryant

MMDA 732-223-2121


The Team of Manasquan Music and Dance Academy instructors, our new instrumental band instructors for 2017-2018

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Athletics

BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP

PLEASE SEE INFORMATION REGARDING A GIRLS/BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JOSH PETERS & TIM MERCIER-BOYS JV BASKETBALL COACHES IN NEWS.

ANY QUESTIONS-PLEASE CALL JOSH- 732-809-3035 joshuampeters@yahoo.com

IF INTERESTED, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP ONLINE & USE PAY PAL OR SEND A CHECK INTO MRS. MEIXSELL

REMINDER

FALL SPORTS REGISTRATION- FINAL REGISTRATION

JULY 28-AUG 13.

COACHES NEEDED: FALL CROSS COUNTRY GR 4-8 & BOYS SOCCER.

THANK YOU!! ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ELLEN MEIXSELL.

ALL SOFTBALL/BASEBALL UNIFORMS ARE TO BE RETURNED WASHED, FOLDED & PUT IN PLASTIC BAG WITH NAME ON IT BY FRIDAY, JUNE 9TH.

CHECKS WILL BE RETURNED WHEN UNIFORMS ARE CHECKED. THANK YOU!!

INTERESTED CURRENT AND NEW STUDENTS ENTERING 5TH FOR TENNIS DURING THE SUMMER PLEASE EMAIL MRS. MEIXSELL. THE COACHES WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE OVER THE SUMMER.