Today the Kindergarten celebrated Chinese New Year. We hope all of our Chinese friends and neighbors have a safe and lucky new year. We look forward to continuing the celebration with a Lion dance on March 1st.
Today St. Ephrem celebrated 3 important events. We began our day with our Ash Wednesday Mass and had Valentine’s Day celebrations throughout the day, but for these youngsters, the celebration of the 100th day of school might have been the most important. Only 80 more to go!!!
Kindergarten created necklaces of 100 Froot Loops
2nd grade built castles to the sky of 100 paper cups.
St. Ephrem Catholic School celebrates a week of fun and prayer to celebrate all the things that make Catholic education special.
Monday kicked off with a visit from the Harlem Magic Masters
In the morning, our students gathered to experience an amazing display by the Harlem Magic Masters. Students watched and participated in various tricks and received a positive message about themselves and how to treat others.
Teachers got in on the fun too…
And even Fr. Adamo learned a new trick…
Thank you, Harlem Magic Masters for giving us a great kick off to Catholic Schools Week.
Monday concluded with our 8th grades lending a helping hand with the kindergarten
Tuesday was Career Day
Students learned about all of the exciting jobs that will be available to them when they grow up.
From the emergency workers to attorneys, the students welcomed a wide variety of guests.
The First grade meets JC the K9 units bomb-sniffing dog.
The 4th grade learns about fire safety
The police continue to capture the students’ imagination
Our own Msgr. Theo came to speak to the students about the vocation of becoming a priest.
Wednesday was St. Ephrem’s chance to reflect on what makes Catholic Schools special, our faith.
The day kicked off with our lower grade Religion Bee. Congratulations to Sophia Creo for taking 1st place.
Our day to celebrate our faith continued with the Rosary Rally with a special dedication for Fr. Jim serving overseas.
Thursday was all about culture
Each class took a trip to a cultural institution in our great city.
Kindergarten learns about the fine arts at Pinot’s Pallet
First and second grade braved the cold and headed out to the South Street Seaport.
3rd and 4th grades headed off to Madame Tussaud’s
Friday we closed our Catholic Schools Week with our annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game.
Chalk up another victory for the faculty
On February 27, 2017, thanks to the continued generosity of the Tri-State Italian-American Congress, 109 students enrolled in Catholic elementary schools and academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens received a scholarship to attend Catholic school. Auxiliary Bishop James Massa presided in place of Bishop Nicolas DiMarzio as the scholarships were presented at St. James Cathedral Basilica in downtown Brooklyn. In total, $100,000 in scholarship awards was given to students of Italian lineage. We are proud and happy for our students who received this award. If you are of Italian heritage inquire with the office about how you too can be a part of this next year.
The 4th and 6th grades worked with the Guild for Exceptional Children. This program allows our students to reach out to the community and give back to those less fortunate than themselves. Students and guild members worked together to make crafts for Christmas and truly enjoyed each others time together.
We are proud to help our students fulfill the good works portion of their Catholic identity. Our partnership with the Guild for Exceptional Children allows our students to learn valuable lessons outside of the school building while bringing joy to those around them. Our 7th and 8th-grade students visited the guild to work with and read to pre-k children. They were happy to share their time and had a great experience.
The St. Ephrem Aquinas Circle continues their work on New York Infrastructure in coordination with Bishop Kearney High School. On reflection of her work in the group Mia Franki stated “For my sanitation building, I am using the laser cutter and the 3-D printer. The reason I’m using two machines is because I can’t make a dome with the laser cutter because it can’t fold that way so I went with the 3-D printer.” The 6th -8th-grade students chosen for this program will present their completed project at the Aquinas Expo early next year.
On September 24th St. Ephrem hosted our first annual high school fair. The fair featured 15 Catholic high schools from around the city. 7th and 8th-grade students from St. Ephrem and around the area were able to meet with representatives from the school. Students and parents became aware of new schools which they had not considered previously. St. Ephrem Catholic School is committed to finding the right high school for all of our students and we feel this was an important step in that process. We look forward to next years fair and wait with anticipation to see where our very bright 8th graders chose to continue their education next year.
St. Ephrem is proud to partner with Bishop Kearney for this year’s Aquinas Circle. Our Aquinas Circle students will visit Bishop Kearney every week to utilize their Fabrication Lab in their brand new STEM wing. Last Tuesday our student made their first visit to begin their work in studying New York City Infrastructure. Through Bishop Kearney, our students will envision a new and brighter tomorrow for all New Yorkers. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor later this year at the annual Aquinas Expo. Stay tuned for updates throughout the year.