Principal's Weekly Update
A Message from Dr. Nadjarian
We held our very first school assembly on Thursday! K2-8 students came together as a school community to watch and learn from our Grade 8 students the importance of treating each other and the school building with respect. I am so proud of our Grade 8 students for leading the assembly as they acted out several skits that highlighted various scenarios on respect. In return, Grade 2 visited Ms. Stroia's 8th-grade class to thank them for doing the good deed of demonstrating respectful behavior at the assembly (see Grade 2 highlight below).
Wow! We have such a talented group of specialist teachers! It was a well-attended virtual event on zoom. Thank you to all our parents who attended Meet the Specialist Night. I am so proud of our specialist teachers for their commitment and dedication to our students.
Lastly, thank you Father Jonathan for teaching us this short but impactful prayer during Mass on Wednesday morning:
"Lord help me to see you in others. Lord help me to be you in others."
See you on Monday for Parking Lot Prayers (weather permitting)!
Have a restful weekend!
- Virtual Open House
- Costume parade at 8:15 a.m
- All students are invited to come in Halloween costume
- Halloween Celebration 4-6 pm
- EDP ends at 4pm
- PreK-K1 Progress Reports
- Dress-down Pajama Day school-wide
- All Saints Day Mass (full school Mass PreK-8 at 12:10)
- Brookline Public School is closed (bring lunch from home)
- No School-Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. (PreK-8)
- No School Thanksgiving Break
- K2-8 Report cards go home
- Parent-Teacher Conferences begin
A Message from Nurse Catherine
St. Mary's had zero Covid-19 cases reported to us this week.
Please let me know if your child is being treated with antibiotics for an infection. This includes conjunctivitis. It is very important for me to know this information so I can keep track of the number of cases in our school.
Halloween Celebrations are coming soon!
On Friday, October 28 all students are invited to come to school wearing their Halloween costumes. Students in PreK through Grade 8 will all parade around the school campus immediately after arrival at 8:15. Parents are invited to stay in the parking lot and watch the Costume Parade! We do ask that students not wear any masks, face paint, makeup, wigs, or bring handheld costume accessories such as wands or swords, and also no weapons. Please also remember our youngest students so do not come to school with gory/bloody costumes. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
St. Mary’s Room Parents and Parent Volunteer Council members are hard at work in collaboration with the school administration on planning this year’s Halloween Celebration taking place on Friday, October 28 from 4-6 pm. EDP ends at 4 pm on Friday, October 28. There will be cars lined up for Trunk-Or-Treat, a Monster Mash-themed haunted alley outside, spooky music for dancing, yummy treats, face-painting, a selfie studio, and much more! This event is not possible without parent volunteers. Any parent can volunteer and sign up using these links to Sign-Up Genius. If you have Halloween decorations that you can donate or lend to the school, please send them in or drop them off in the Main Office clearly labeled with your name/grade and whether it is a donation or loan.
Lastly, on Halloween Day, October 31, all students are invited to dress down and wear their pajamas to school. Please do not bring stuffed animals that might get lost. Students return in full uniform on Tuesday, November 1st for our PreK-8 All Saints’ Day Mass at 12:10.
Middle School Spanish
All of them are working on "La familia" topic, drawing family trees and learning how to talk about family relationships.
Grade 6 are also working in "Aficiones" (Hobbies) and "Things you like" and how to talk about what the members of their families like focusing on the verb "gustar."
Seventh and eighth graders learned "family relationships" new vocabulary. We went over it playing "Humans vs zombies" using Gimkit platform and "Humans" team won this time. They are practicing possessive pronouns building sentences and most of them turned in their assignment this week, which was "To draw and write about a crazy fiction family tree" using celebrities, movie, and video games characters and willing be presenting next week in class.
To survive Thursday, all middle schoolers played "Trashketball" as a fun way to review the content of the week. Ask them about this game!
Grade 8 Science
Using balloons, students learned about solids, liquids, and gases as they focused on volume, shape, and energy levels. They also participated in a digital simulation lab filling tanks with gas particles and seeing what happens to the gas particles when volume or temperate is increased.
The questions they answered were as follows
1. What happens when you increase or reduce the size of an object?
2. Is there more or less pressure?
3. What happens when heat is applied?
They also covered:
- Boyle’s Law
- Avogadro’s Law
- Amonton’s law
Grade 6 Irrigation Challenge
Grade 4 participated in a weathering, erosion, and deposition lab.
The materials used: sheet pan, damp sand, straw, and ice cubes. Watering can, a pitcher of water.
Several of the questions they were asked to answer were:
- How does the water impact the sand landscape?
- What are 2 examples of weathering we simulated during this lab?
- How does rain affect the landscape differently than the river?
- How is weathering different from erosion?
Students in Ms. Tiney’s K2 class were engineers on Thursday! They read “Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins” by James Dean. After reading the book, they discussed the engineering design process and gathered their materials: large popsicle sticks, clothespins, and 5 small pumpkins. Engineers persevered to create a gate like in the book for their five little pumpkins! Students created three dimensional gates using their materials and were so proud of the result!
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