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Notes from Our Lady's Academy

Busy Days in PreK-3!

Posted by Admin

2/25/16 4:56 PM

We are hard at work learning the fundamentals of communication and interaction. January has been a busy and productive month. Our theme this past month was Our Neighborhood. We focused on learning what kinds of places we visit in our neighborhood, who are our neighborhood helpers, maps and navigation, and how to be good neighbors. We connected our theme across different subject areas.

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Topics: PreK, science, STEM, social studies

At the Core: Learning our Faith

Posted by Admin

2/16/16 5:11 PM

Peace from the primary grades' religion classes! Each day we begin and end our lesson with prayer. The children learned about the Rosary as a prayer tool that helps us stay close to our Mother Mary and her Son Jesus. During Advent we focused on the Joyful Mysteries, and during Ordinary Time we reviewed the Luminous Mysteries. 

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Topics: PreK, 3rd Grade, 2nd Grade, Catholic, elementary, 1st grade

It's an Exciting Time for 8th Graders

Posted by Admin

1/28/16 11:36 AM

The guidance office has been very busy, as the fall and winter is a time for our 8th grade students and their families to learn about and make decisions about where they will go to high school after they leave Our Lady's Academy. During the fall months, staff from many private and parochial schools come to visit our 8th grade classrooms and talk to our students about their schools. In some cases, the high schools bring Our Lady's Academy alumni who now attend these schools. It is a thrill for teachers and staff to see our former students coming back to talk about their new high school experiences. The schools that came to visit Our Lady's Academy this year have included:

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Topics: Middle School, Our Lady's Academy, families, 8th grade

Letters of Thanks and Loving Kindness

Posted by Admin

1/6/16 5:13 PM

Hello from Miss Esposito, grade 1A!

We have been so busy learning and working in first grade. The school year is flying by. Here are some snapshots of what we have been learning:

In writing we have been working on writing friendly letters. We have learned that strong friendly letters include different parts: the date, greeting, the body/message, closing, and the signature. 

We also learned that strong letters tell and ask things so the recipient will want to write back. Around Thanksgiving we brainstormed ideas and questions for Mrs. Gotgart, the Our Lady's secretary. Then we individually wrote letters to Mrs. G to thank her for all of the hard work she does every day at school.

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Topics: science, Our Lady's Academy, STEM, writing, 1st grade

Advent and Winter for PreK

Posted by Admin

12/26/15 2:31 PM

By Mrs. Meredith Briggs, PreK-4B Teacher

Advent is a very special time for the children in PreK-4B. The teachers have created an Advent Chain to help the children visualize the time period of Advent. Each day as part of our Morning Meeting we sing an Advent song and attach a picture to our chain representing a part of the Christmas story for that day. Excitement is already building for the coming of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

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Topics: PreK, study, Advent

Season of Thanksgiving in Transition Kindergarten

Posted by Admin

12/16/15 5:07 PM

Hello from Miss Kristin Marconi, Transition Kindergarten!

During the month of November, the Transition Kindergarten students focused on the themes of Thanksgiving and being thankful. The students were reminded of the many blessings God has given them and that they should be thankful for these blessings.

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Topics: PreK, science, STEM

Interdisciplinary Study in Middle School

Posted by Admin

11/29/15 8:06 PM

It is hard to believe, but the first term has already come to an end! The middle school students have been very busy this term. This year the OLA Middle School reading and social studies classes have been participating in a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort to make connections across the curriculum. 

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Topics: Middle School, study, reading

Middle School Science

Posted by Admin

11/16/15 5:00 PM

By Mr. Peter O'Callaghan, Middle School Science teacher

The science classes have moved beyond traditional textbooks. We are now using online versions of textbooks in all of middle school. This allows students access to texts from both school and home. Assignments are posted online, and assessments are completed in class using their iPads to answer questions.

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Topics: Middle School, science, Our Lady's Academy

Catholic Halloween?

Posted by Admin

10/31/15 2:58 PM

Guest Post

In a word...yes! While there might be some aspects of our modern-day Halloween celebrations that don't seem very Catholic, Halloween is actually rooted in Catholic tradition. A different picture emerges when we place our current "culture of death" within its original understanding of Christ's victory over death and the devil, and we take a quick look at the traditions of various Catholic cultures. Suddenly our macabre holiday can be understood in a new light. 

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Topics: Our Lady's Academy, families, Catholic

Learning Center

Posted by Chandra Minor

10/20/15 9:15 AM

The words, "we respect the diversity of all learners," are contained in the Mission Statement of Our Lady's Academy. One of the ways we accomplish this is to actively support those students that require additional instruction presented in a way that meets their needs. Our Learning Center Specialist is specifically trained in a variety of methods to help support those students. Many students visit the Learning Center for small group or one-on-one academic support. The Learning Center Specialist may also provide direct services to students in the classroom, along with their classroom teacher.

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Topics: Middle School, Our Lady's Academy

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