Saint Mary Catholic School will put your ‘most valu­able trea­sure’ on its right course

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - A press re­lease from Saint Mary Catholic School

What is your most valu­able trea­sure?

To some of us, this would be a very dif­fi­cult ques­tion to an­swer. But to most of us, this is a very easy ques­tion to an­swer! Our chil­dren are our most valu­able trea­sure!

As par­ents, we all have hopes and dreams for our chil­dren. But more im­por­tant than that are the de­ci­sions we must make from the mo­ment they en­ter into our life and fam­i­lies. One of the most se­ri­ous de­ci­sions par­ents have to make when their chil­dren are ready to en­roll in school is where should we send our chil­dren to re­ceive the aca­demic rigor they will need to be con­tribut­ing cit­i­zens of the 21st cen­tury.

Some fac­tors that par­ents should con­sider when choos­ing a school are:

• Does Saint Mary Catholic School re­in­force our spir­i­tual and moral val­ues we prac­tice at home?

Saint Mary Catholic School has a rich and dis­tin­guished his­tory of 57 years of be­ing a “par­ish school,” ed­u­cat­ing and sup­port­ing stu­dents from our Agnus Dei Academy preschool for 3- and 4-yearolds through eighth grade.

Since its in­cep­tion in 1961, Saint Mary Catholic School strives “to teach as Je­sus did” through the tra­di­tions of the Ro­man Catholic faith. Saint Mary Catholic School is built on faith and love. Stu­dents, fam­i­lies and staff work to­gether to pro­claim the mes­sage of the Gospel through ser­vice to oth­ers.

We pre­pare stu­dents to be life­long learn­ers, as well as re­spon­si­ble, re­spec­tive mem­bers of so­ci­ety who carry the love for Je­sus and for oth­ers with them at all times.

• Does Saint Mary Catholic School have teach­ers that will go be­yond the text­book and chal­lenge my child to ask their own ques­tions and find their an­swer by “think­ing out­side the box”?

We at Saint Mary Catholic School be­lieve learn­ing is a pro­foundly hu­man process, one best ac­com­plished through pa­tient, qual­i­ta­tive draw­ing out, rather than a mech­a­nis­tic, fill­ing up. It is ob­vi­ous to our par­ents and stu­dents at Saint Mary Catholic School the love which our teach­ers have for the sub­ject mat­ter, their mas­tery of it and their tal­ent in com­mu­ni­cat­ing that knowl­edge and love help our stu­dents de­velop and grow into life­long learn­ers.

• Does Saint Mary Catholic School have teach­ers that rec­og­nize, sup­port, en­rich and chal­lenge chil­dren’s gifts and tal­ents in art and mu­sic?

In our Vis­ual Arts Depart­ment, we are happy to an­nounce that our school now has a ce­ramic kiln on site, and we will be in­clud­ing ce­ram­ics into our art cur­ricu­lum.

In ad­di­tion, our stu­dents will be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fiber arts, mixed me­dia, art his­tory, STEAM (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Art and Math) projects.

At Saint Mary Catholic School, our stu­dents have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­play their art­work both here at school and in our sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. We strongly be­lieve that a well-rounded arts in­te­grated cur­ricu­lum fos­ters creative prob­lem solv­ing, crit­i­cal think­ing and builds self-es­teem.

• Per­form­ing arts.

In our mu­sic and per­form­ing arts classes this year, Saint Mary Catholic School stu­dents will be singing, danc­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the joy of mu­sic and per­form­ing arts through play­ing a va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments such as recorders, hand chimes, gui­tars and drums, just to men­tion a few.

The­ater arts will also be ex­pe­ri­enced in the cur­ricu­lum.

In ad­di­tion to English, ASL, Span­ish and Latin lan­guages will be used in singing. At Saint Mary Catholic School, we have two school choirs, Cheru­bim and Seraphim.

Our stu­dents have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their tal­ent and per­form for our school and par­ish com­mu­nity, as well as singing and per­form­ing in pub­lic for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties from Soud­er­ton to Philadel­phia. New to this year’s list of per­for­mances that our stu­dents will be en­gag­ing in is our din­ner the­ater on May 18, 2019.

At Saint Mary Catholic School, we be­lieve that mu­sic and the per­form­ing arts hold a prom­i­nent place in the spec­trum of arts and are of para­mount im­por­tance in the de­vel­op­ment of the whole child.

• Does Saint Mary Catholic School have a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and well­ness pro­gram that builds and en­riches the body, mind and soul?

You will no­tice the Saint Mary Catholic School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram pro­vides an­other op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to fur­ther de­velop their tal­ents and po­ten­tial.

We be­lieve that phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion is part of

the for­ma­tion of the hu­man per­son. This de­vel­op­ment in­cludes at­ten­tion to the phys­i­cal body in a healthy way that ac­knowl­edges the ne­ces­sity of both cor­rect knowl­edge and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­i­ties in or­der to pro­mote gen­uine hu­man well-be­ing.

The ob­jec­tive of the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram at Saint Mary Catholic School is to de­velop the knowl­edge, skills and val­ues re­lated to mo­tor skills and move­ment prin­ci­ples, health-re­lated fit­ness, sports­man­ship and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity, life­time sports and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties. All stu­dents at Saint Mary Catholic School are nur­tured in this de­vel­op­ment ap­pro­pri­ate to their age and abil­ity.

• We are com­mit­ted as a Catholic school.

Saint Mary Catholic School rec­og­nizes the need

to adapt to an ever-chang­ing world, con­stantly up­dat­ing ed­u­ca­tional strate­gies and tech­nol­ogy and in­fus­ing our cur­ricu­lum to of­fer tools that will help stu­dents max­i­mize their po­ten­tial.

With the com­mit­ment of our de­voted fac­ulty and staff, we are ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing a safe, se­cure learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters and sup­ports in­te­gra­tion across our cur­ricu­lum: re­li­gion, honors math and al­ge­bra, lan­guage arts, science, so­cial stud­ies, for­eign lan­guage, tech­nol­ogy, mu­sic, art and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

The best way to know if Saint Mary Catholic School is the right school for your child and your fam­ily is to visit us. This will give you an op­por­tu­nity to meet the ad­min­is­tra­tors and teach­ers, to get a “feel” for the school and to ex­pe­ri­ence the at­mos­phere and per­son­al­ity.

At the end of the day, the best school for your child is a highly per­sonal de­ci­sion

based on your fam­ily, your val­ues and, most im­por­tantly, the spe­cial in­ter­ests of your child. Please con­sider Saint Mary Catholic School as the be­gin­ning of a beau­ti­ful jour­ney you will put your “most valu­able trea­sure” on its right course.

Con­tact Suzette Moyer

any­time at smoyer@smsk-8. org or call 610-287-7757 ext. 244 and ar­range to have a per­sonal tour with your fam­ily or visit our web­site at www.smsk-8.org. Saint Mary Catholic School is lo­cated at 40 Spring Mount Road in Sch­wenksville.

Learn­ing to­day; lead­ing to­mor­row.

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