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Please note: Labor Day falls very late this year, Monday Sept. 7th. Every district on Long Island is starting school on a different day which will effect bus transportation for your child. We use 15 different districts to transport our students. While I realize this may cause a hardship for my students who travel by bus, there is no possibility of selecting a first day of school that is convenient for all to receive transportation.
Considering the amount of snow days that we seem to be experiencing regularly as New Yorkers,
losing 4 instructional days by starting after Labor Day is not a prudent decision. I am confident that the majority of parents will be comfortable with my decision and see the value of starting early.
The first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 1st.
Sunday, April 26th is Pastor Appreciation Day. Our pastor, Monsignor Maniscalco, gives tirelessly to support our Catholic School and the parish community.
We appreciate his guidance and constant work to create a spiritual environment for all as we grow in our faith each day of our journey towards the Father. Please thank Monsignor this Sunday for all he does for us!
Together we feed the hungry....
Long Island Cares Food Bank is asking for your help!
Please send in the following items with your child to assist the poor from April 23rd to May 27th.
School supplies, kids healthy snacks, non-perishable foods, personal care items, household supplies, baby products, pet food.
Beginning this spring, our students in grades 5 through 8 will partake in the nationally acclaimed social/emotional life skills program Second Step. Thanks to a grant given to the Rockville Centre Diocese, this program will address topics of problem solving, making friends,coping skills, decision making, managing emotions,controlling aggression,making good choices and ultimately designing a more inclusive environment whereby all children achieve social successes.
The teachers and I are excited to embrace this program with your children. If you wish to read further on this program please go to their web site www.cfchildren.org/secondstep.
Open the eyes of your heart to embrace the Lord....
Move towards mirroring His gospel message day by day...
Thank you to my excellent students and teachers in grade 5 for giving us this beautiful Lenten Para-Liturgy.
The Lord is Risen!
IPTV: St. Patrick & St. Joseph March 30th 2015
Question: What would happen if two groups of students used context clues, map skills and their investigative knowledge base to discover where the other students lived? It could be anywhere in the world?
Answer: They would enhance their verbal, auditory, kinesthetic and tactual skills using 21st century advantages!
My 6th grades went on a Mystery Skype today learning various facts about their new friends in....Alaska!
Thank you Mrs. Conte for arranging this exciting lesson! Bravo boys and girls!
Congratulations to our students who participated in our Oratorical Contest. Their excellent efforts and hard work was admirable!
Congratulations to our winners!
First Place.............Samantha Joseph
Second Place........Alessia Pecorella
Third Place............Adele Herry
Thank you Mrs. Conte and Ms. Durante for your wonderful guidance with the children.
Look who is in Newsday today???My wonderful students!!! Congratulations grade 8 and Mrs. Conte for living our faith! The students spearheaded a project to collect t-shirts for teens in need sponsored through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This Lenten project solidifies the meaning of giving to others as Jesus did.
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Congratulations to my wonderfully talented students as they performed at their show! The after school club"Backyard Players Drama Club" did a fantastic job working with these children!
Bravo Boys and Girls!
Students in grades 5 through 8 learned about the history and creation of one of America's most important landmarks, Mt. Rushmore, from its master carver's grandson, Luigi Del Bianco.
Mr. Bianco personified his grandfather's life story from his migration to America from Italy during the turn of the century to his work on this most famous monument.
The Cradle of Aviation's STEM Competition
STEM(Science Technology Engineering Math) is a meta-physical discipline that uses a range of strategies that assists students in applying concepts and skills from different disciplines to solve meaningful problems. It is an important curriculum strand to all schools as we move forward with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
Our 6th graders, along with 100 students from many public school districts, competed in the MagLev Competition. (Magnetic levitation is a method where an object is suspended with no support other than a magnetic field. It is a form of transportation being explored by scientists.)
At school, our students were given the opportunity to work on an engineering design to create their team's MagLev vehicle achieving the goal of optimizing their knowledge base in Math, Science and Technology principles.
Congratulations to Devin Gomez and Kylie McShea for winning third place!
A very special thank you to Mrs. Conte and Ms. Durante for working with the students on this enrichment project! You are the BEST!
Teacher Book Character Day
Some of our favorite book characters came to St. Thomas School! Amelia Bedelia, Madeline, Fancy Nancy, Charlotte, Miss Nelson, Viola Swamp, Pippi Longstocking and many others graced our halls sharing their literary genius with the students!
Students in grades pre-school - 5 enjoyed author Joe Shandrowski's presentation of his novels in "Reading Rocks!"
Please note the following change in our school calendar to accommodate the loss of three days due to snow.
School Open....Thursday, May 14th Ascension Thursday
Full days...........Monday, June 15th
Tuesday, June 16th
Half days;12 noon dismissal......Wed. June 17th
Thursday, June 18th
Friday, June 19th
Last Day of School.........Monday, June 22nd 10AM dismissal
All pre-school and grade 8 end ceremonies and graduation events will remain the same as stated on our calendar.
St. Thomas the Apostle School is committed to being a "BUCKET FILLING SCHOOL!"
Stop and Shop Rewards Program....A+for Schools!!!!
It's time to register your Stop and Shop card!
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Thanks to you we received close to $1000 last year...so keep shopping!
Interfaith education provides our students with an appreciation for the diversity that exists on our planet. We learn that our similarities are greater than our differences! It fosters respect for all of God's children bringing peace in our world!
It all begins with the children....
St. Thomas the Apostle School has been designated a lead school for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. This honor distinguishes us as leaders in providing training to educators in faith principles and forerunners in technological advances including distance learning videoconferences around the globe for our students.
The students, teachers and parents of St. Thomas the Apostle School are committed to creating an environment of mutual understanding and cooperation.
We work together to strive towards excellence on a daily basis.
We recognize the uniqueness each child brings to our school and we celebrate it!
We thank our Lord for His most precious gift to us-the children!