St. Mel’s Students Take the Stage

For months the students at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy have been creating, studying, and practicing for their big Arts in Residency performance which was held on Monday April 9th. St. Mel’s partners with the Diocese of Brooklyn to organize trained theater actors from Stages on The Sound, and provide students with a one of a kind theatrical experience. The 3rd graders produced an original stop animation video titled “Soccer Food Fight”. Healthy and unhealthy food battled it out on the soccer field and unhealthy food won. The 5th graders wrote and performed various original readers’ theaters such as a “desert island landing” and “Monster Mash”. The 7th graders put on various scenes from the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, and their inner thespian shined. Students played Duke Orsino, Olivia, Sebastian, Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch and many other characters as the Shakespearean comedy came to life. Thank you to the Diocese and Stages on the Sound for providing such an enriching artistic experience for the students at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, and great job to all the students who worked and performed. You made everyone at St. Mel’s very proud!

Holy Angels CA Students are Finalists!

Five (5) Holy Angels Catholic Academy students are among the “finalists” in State Senator Martin J. Golden’s “Anti-Littering Essay Contest”.  They will read their essays aloud before a panel of judges at a special ceremony on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Shore Hill Housing, 9000 Shore Road, Brooklyn.  Congratulations to Ethan Valentin, grade 3. Joseph Cerulli, Molly Fox and Caroline Chelelas, grade 4, and Jun Chen, grade 5.

St. Anselm CA Planting the Seeds for a Better Tomorrow

SACA First Grade students rolled up their sleeves and got an early start on their spring planting on March 27th when they worked in the St. Anselm courtyard taking turns planting lettuce seeds. STEM teacher Christine Deem and First Grade teacher Josephine Ghorra introduced the activity by asking the children to describe what plants need to grow. The children discussed the need for water, sunlight, air and nutrients found in soil. The teachers also asked the children if they thought the seeds could survive outside in the cold overnight temperatures of early spring. It was decided that the safest place for the developing seeds was a sunny window inside.


The result was 4 egg cartons which were sent home with four student volunteers who agreed to provide the necessary TLC to the seeds over the Easter break. In addition, each child was given a cup of soil and allowed to plant more lettuce seeds for a lettuce “crop” at home.


Once the planting was finished, the teachers shared some exciting news: Fr. Stephen Saffron, has happily agreed to provide space in his garden so the young gardeners can experience the planting process from seed to table. The children will bring the egg carton seedlings back after the break, so they can be planted in Fr. Stephen’s garden at the appropriate time (after the last chance of frost). We wish the young farmers luck with their crop and thank the teachers for organizing this fun, educational activity. A special thanks to Fr. Stephen for sharing his garden with the children.



All the best,

The St. Anselm Publicity Committee

Father – Daughter Dance at Salve Regina

Our first annual father daughter dance was a complete success!

All the girls looked so beautiful in their outfits and all the dads looked so handsome. Let’s not forget the moms and uncles who stepped up and looked amazing as well.

Everyone ate, talked, played, and danced all night long! There were smiles all over the place. The room was filled with love.

Holy Family Attends a Performance at SJU

Grades Pre-K to 4th took a walk to St. John’s University to watch the outstanding performance of Sideway’s Stories from Wayside School. The children loved the wacky, spooky stories about what happens on the 30th story of Wayside School!!



STEM Comes Alive @ OLPH in Brooklyn

Zip lines, egg drops, balloon cars, marble mazes, catapults, and rockets are just some of the many projects engineered by the Junior High inside the S.T.E.M. Lab at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy of Brooklyn! Concepts like trajectory, center of mass, and velocity are learned at a quicker and easier rate when they are part of the all the fun hands on projects. First-year teacher and OLPH alumni Mr. Molinari (‘07) has built up the program to expand technology-wise and to younger grades for the future. The projects have been also captured in photography & video by our enthusiastic students in our new Video Club to show the world how learning can be fun! Parents have voiced their love for the videos as they don’t always get to see or hear about their child’s day at school in full detail.