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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK An Anton Community Newspapers Supplement • January 22 - 28, 2014

Students at St. Mary’s Elementary School enjoy learning about science




Sunday, January 26 12:00 noon

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OPEN HOUSE Sunday, January 26 11:30a.m. – 2:00p.m.

AMAZING PLACE. Holy Child Academy is an independent Catholic school for girls and boys from preschool through eighth grade. Beyond that, it’s an Amazing Place™.

And everywhere, kids who thought they had little in common are becoming teammates and study partners, friends and spiritual brothers and sisters. For life.

You can’t help but notice the excited chatter in the stairwells. The smiles and high-fives in the hallways. Don’t these kids at Holy Child seem remarkably happy to be in school? They clearly like each other – including their teachers.

We believe uniforms set kids free. Singing grace makes lunch more nourishing. And every kid deserves a healthy start in a peaceful place. Where they can learn timeless values and valuable skills to build on.

But don’t be misled. Behind those bright eyes and quick footsteps, there’s real growing going on. Over there a girl just decided she’s going to be a scientist. A boy is discovering the joy of solving an equation. Another just realized he can hear the song encoded on a sheet of music.

Now we’re taking our ideas in promising new directions. And that has us feeling a bit like those happy kids in the hallways again. Holy Child Academy is an Amazing Place. See for yourself at

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What Is Catholic Schools Week? BY ANTON NEWS STAFF

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is designed to raise the awareness of and celebrate the distinctiveness of Catholic schools. The theme for the National CSW 2014 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. CSW is about strengthening relationships between all those that have a stake in Catholic schools —students, staff, families, priests, parishioners, and members of the wider community—by showcasing what happens in the schools everyday. Schools celebrate CSW with masses, open houses, and other

activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large. The 2014 theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities — small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged. The new logo features a swirl of colors interacting around a cross, which is at the center of all Catholic education. The vibrancy of the colors and the movement and shadows in the logo portray the inner-connectivity and community life that are present in our Catholic schools.

Students Help Design New Chapel A great example of the Catholic Identity of St. Anne’s School in Garden City is demonstrated by the design and construction of the chapel in the school. The chapel was originally an open space, made into a large meeting room, then transformed into a chapel. The idea for the chapel came from Msgr. John Gilmartin who wanted to create a space that would be became the spiritual focal point of the school. Twelve students from grades 3 through 8 made up the committee that decided the architectural components of the chapel. They came up with no paintings on the wall; colored glass windows- not stained glass with figures; lower seats for the younger students; they selected the color of the floor carpeting; introduced the idea of a wooden ceiling; and selected the ceramic tiles on the ambo, altar and tabernacle to each tell a different biblical story. The chapel is used by the current pastor, Msgr. Tom Harold, to do weekly class masses and by the teachers who bring their students to the chapel for quiet reflection.

Maria Regina Catholic School 4045 Jerusalem Ave, Seaford 11783

An Accredited Middle States Association School

Full and Half Day Nursery and Pre-K • Grades K-8 • Daily Morning and After Care • Hot Lunch Program 21st Century Technology • NYS Certified Teachers • Extracurricular activities • Faith Based Curriculum

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, January 25 10:30 AM—12 Noon Sunday, January 26 11:30 AM—1 PM Tuesday, January 28 6:30 PM— 8 PM Or call to schedule your own private tour Our Better Tomorrow Starts with a Catholic Education Today Call (516) 541-1229 or visit for details Email for more information







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Recently the Kindergarten and first grade classes of Holy Family School in Hicksville visited Schmitt’s Farms in Melville. The students rode through the field on a tractor, which took them to the pumpkin patch. They learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin and every student was able to pick their own pumpkin. After everyone picked a pumpkin, they learned about how different kinds of vegetables grow. All the students were able to pick radishes and green beans from the fields as well.

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Our Lady of Victory Catholic School

Published by Anton Community Newspapers

Parish Elementary School for Nursery – Grade 8 Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools 2 Bellmore Street, Floral Park, NY 11001

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Celebrates Catholic Schools Week January 26-January 31, 2014

Catholic Tradition, Academic Excellence… A Community Grounded In Faith • Individual attention in a caring community • Faith values integrated curriculum • Full day Kindergarten and Pre-kindergarten • New York State Core Curriculum • Test scores exceed the diocesan average on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, a nationally normed test • Service/stewardship experiences • Safe and disciplined environment • Extended after & before school care • Accelerated math • Spanish : grades 4-8

• 100% acceptance to Catholic High School • Prep for Catholic High School Entrance Exam • Academic intervention/remediation • Commitment to technology use to enhance education • State-of-the-art computer lab • SMART Board Interactive White boards in each grade K-8 classroom • After school enrichment clubs • Band/instrument lessons • Active School Board and Parent Association • CYO Sports

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Students at St. Mary’s Elementary School enjoy learning about science

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Come Visit Our Open House Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 11:30-1:00PM Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 10:00AM-11:00AM Or, for a registration appointment call: 516-352-4466

Each morning, the children of Holy Family School say prayers, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing God Bless America using their little voices as well as sign language and then learn about the letter of the week and the day’s activities. Additionally, there is always an activity in which the children use the SMART Board. Technology is an important part of education today and our students are fortunate to have this tool at their fingertips.

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STEM Incorporated Into Local Curriculum St. Dominic Elementary School and the Waterfront Center of Oyster Bay joined forces to offer the only STEM program on Long Island to combine the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with the sport of sailing. The unique combination of classroom principles, hands-on learning and real life application challenges students to embrace new ways to learn and apply what they’ve been taught. Curriculum has been designed to align with specific and appropriate Common Core Learning Standards for math and science, linking engineering, math, technology, and science together with social learning. This authentic learning experience is designed to take applications and ideas introduced in the classroom into real world.

Diocesan Stats Formed in 1957, the Diocese of Rockville Centre covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and serves more than 1.5 million baptized Catholics through 134 parishes in 115 towns. In 2012, the diocese performed 15,606 baptisms 15,366 confirmations 16,374 First Holy Communions 3,193 marriages In 2011, Catholic Charities on LI helped 59,000+ vulnerable individuals.

At left: Students in Kindergarten through grade 6 also participate in the Waterfront Partnership. Younger students come face-toface with local marine life in St. Dominic’s new science lab. The students will have the opportunity to learn about horseshoe crabs, stars of the Sound, seashells and sea creatures as well as other marine organisms found at the bottom of the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Catholic schools educate 8,496 elementary students (53 schools) 12,328 high school students (10 schools) 3,500 students at higher institutions (1). Catholic Health Services operates 6 hospitals 3 nursing homes 1 regional home care and hospice network 1 community-based agency for persons with special needs...and employs 17,500+ employees, including 4,600 credentialed physicians. For more information, visit www.drvc. org

St. Aidan School


Sunday, January 26, 2014 Immediately following the 9:00 AM Mass until 12:30 PM Call 516-746-6585 ext. 9202 or 9302 for more information.

St. Aidan School provides your child with faith, knowledge, and friendships that will last a lifetime. When your child enters St. Aidan School, he/she becomes a part of an established setting for learning. Our school has a 64-year tradition of creating an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment. Most importantly, children are welcomed into a community of faith and friendship where they will develop spiritually, intellectually, and socially.

To learn more, please come to our Open House to tour our campus and meet our faculty and students.

We look forward to welcoming your child into the St. Aidan School family.

510/525 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596 516-746-6585 ext. 9202 or 9302





Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School 520 South Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville NY 11801 We offer family tuition rates and welcome children of every race, religion, ethnic, and cultural background to our school

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools


• Altar Servers • Chess Club • School Band • Chorus • Children’s Choir • Library • Music Program • Art Program • Spanish Program (6th - 8th grade) • Boys & Girls Scouts • CYO Sports Program • SMART Board Technology • Home School Association • Full Time Nurse

PROGRAMS • Half Day Nursery School Program • Full Day and Half Day Pre-Kindergarten Programs • Full Day Kindergarten Program

• Elementary School Program 1st through 8th Grades • Before School and After School Supervision

Open House: Sunday January 26, 2014 11:45 am - 2:00 pm or contact the principal to arrange for a tour 516-433-7040 Come Visit Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School!





Dancing Classrooms The “Dancing Classrooms: Transforming Lives One Step at a Time” program was launched at Sts. Philip and James School in 2009. It is a well-developed program that blends social studies, language arts, math, music, and the arts through ballroom dancing. The program reinforces the Catholic values of respect, dignity, and morals while teaching students an important life skill. Visit www. for videos and highlights of the competitions.

Expansion Includes Indoor Track, Classrooms Our Lady of the Hamptons recently completed a major capital expansion, adding a new wellness center and needed classroom space. As part of a larger program, a new gym was also included, with a suspended indoor track for students. The expansion also added four new classrooms which will allow Our Lady of the Hamptons to re-task the existing first floor as a primary center, dedicate the second floor of the existing building for grades 6, 7, and 8, create a second science lab and subdivide one classroom for special educational services.

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Metal Shark boats recently delivered its second boat to serve first responders on Long Island. Named ‘Marine 41’ and put into service by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the boat was designed by marine architect and engineer Gil Romano, a 2000 graduate of Sts. Philip & James elementary school and a 2004 graduate of St. Anthony’s High School. Metal Shark, which recently announced a $192 million contract to build 500 boats for the United States Coast Guard, is run by President Chris Allerd, a 1996 graduate of Sts. Phillip & James and a 2000 graduate of St. Anthony’s. Small world.






Salvete, Discipuli!

The value of foreign languages in elementary education Since the autumn of 2012, students at All Saints Regional Catholic School in Glen Cove have been met with “Salvete, discipuli” (“Greetings, students”) from the Very Reverend Dom Daniel Nash as they enter their Latin class. Fifth through eighth graders at All Saints have access to Latin as a living language through which they not only learn its foundations but also discover a rich cultural, spiritual and intellectual patrimony. Through the study of Latin, the students gain deeper insights into the vocabulary and grammar of English as well as broaden their horizons and open their hearts to the joy of language. Like most of the other schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, All Saints actively supplements its ELA (English Language Arts) program with the teaching of a foreign language. While most schools don’t teach Latin, foreign language instruction is important in the schools for a number of reasons: learning a foreign language helps a child develop a connection to the world; it taps into the natural curiosity children possess by opening a gateway

to other cultures, foreign language skills expand children’s understanding and appreciation of their native language as well as other languages; and finally, exposure to more than one language helps children in their acquisition of skills in grammar and in vocabulary. This integrated and innovative program therefore affords students the opportunity to become more proficient in English, i.e., in reading

and comprehension skills, vocabulary building and etymology, giving them a clearer grasp of grammatical concepts and writing. Foreign language in All Saints is an eight year experience for students. The curriculum starts with Spanish for 1st and 2nd grades, Italian for 3rd and 4th grades and Latin for 5th and 6th grades. The program, foreseeing the children’s gaining familiarity with two modern

romance languages through the efforts of Mrs. Gerri Galvani, culminates in the study of Latin for two years, capping off the six years of elementary foreign language instruction. During 7th and 8th grades, students apply to Honors Latin or may elect to take Spanish. Convinced of the value of elementary education in foreign languages, Mrs. Galvani comments “It is such a pleasure to observe the younger grades in their acquisition of a new language whether it is Italian or Spanish. They are like little sponges absorbing everything that is taught to them. Also, it is a great sense of accomplishment to hear them greet me in the hallway using their newly acquired language.” The program aspires to build confidence in the students’ command of language in general, convincing them that effective communication is the key to future success and that bilingualism or multilingualism, a common and ordinary feature for many people throughout history and across the globe, is a reasonable and attainable goal which should be vigorously pursued not only for professional advancement but especially for personal enrichment.



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Join us for our Open House for Nursery through Grade 8. Sunday, January 26, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. For details, call (516) 747-2730.

The value of learning. The learning of values.

Starts Nursery School

Seventh Grade

Draws a flower...or is it a bunny?

Learns to play clarinet.

Designs first website.

Masters the basics of chemistry.

Accepted to high school of choice.

Eighth Grade Graduation

We guide each child from curious to qualified. At Saint Joseph School,

grades 6 through 8 provide a challenging academic curriculum, inspired Catholic teachings, and an array of after-school activities that give your child the intellectual, spiritual, and social preparation needed for greater achievement in high school, college, and beyond.

Your child has the additional opportunity of entering our innovative PATHWAYSSM program where educational workshops taught by experts from many professions and academic fields offer an invaluable window into exciting career possibilities. To find out more about how to give your child the benefits to build a brighter future, contact Principal Eileen Kilbride, Ed.D., at (516) 747-2730, or visit our website at

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Partnerships Make Catholic Education Continuum Work BY ANTON NEWS STAFF

At left: Molloy College and the Diocese have created a series of workshops to improve instructional delivery to meet the needs of diverse learners. The Molloy faculty has been working closely with schools in the Diocese on response to intervention, the use of educational technology, and the implementation of best practices. One of the most interesting aspects of the work with Molloy has been the pilot program to integrate iPads into the special education program at St. Agnes Cathedral School in Garden City. Together, from the formation of values in elementary school, to the development of character in high school, to the polishing of skills in these great colleges and universities, Catholic children get an advantage for life, and their families get a solid return on their investment.

At right: The Diocese has worked with Fordham University to develop and educate future administrators. Teachers in the Diocese who have been chosen to participate in this program receive a Masters degree in administration. The commitment to excellence displayed by participants in this program assures that the Diocese will have future leaders with the required competencies to lead as visionaries and manage operations successfully.


Virtually every Catholic elementary school student goes on to one of Long Island’s elite Catholic high schools upon graduation, and 99 percent of those students go on to college. So it should be no surprise that preparing students to excel in that atmosphere is an academic, spiritual and social goal beginning in the elementary schools. That degree of awareness, integration and cooperation is not an accident however. Did you know that there is an active program to create a Catholic education network from nursery through higher education? Its goal is to provide students and families with a greater return on their investment in choosing Catholic schools, and its effect is to provide a continuum of Catholic education. The ‘continuum effort’ manifests itself in a variety of ways that benefit students directly, help faculty members grow their skills, and help the schools groom their next generation of skilled administrators. The Diocese of Rockville Centre Education Department and the elementary schools are currently working with St. John’s University, Fordham University and Molloy College on initiatives to advance Catholic education.

Above: St. John’s University announced the establishment of the St. John’s Catholic School Scholarship in November of 2011 that provides any graduate of a Catholic high school a minimum of $10,000 over four years with a maximum potential scholarship of $20,000 based on financial need. The scholarship will benefit many students, will help to strengthen the Catholic school network, and is a strong endorsement by St. John’s University in the value of a Catholic school education. The relationship with St. John’s also helps with two professional development programs for principals and faculty. Through project TIE (Training Innovative Educators) St. John’s has been providing our schools with intensive professional development with a focus on math and ELA teaching strategies. The second program CLT (Curriculum Learning Teams) involves meetings at the university and on-site at the schools to work on new curriculum and instructional practices.



Go ahead. Start something . . . Compassionate. “I know I’ll be a good nurse because I’ve already worked with some of the best.” By the time nursing student Jennifer Stamatiades graduates, she’ll have clinical experience in eight different settings and confidence that she chose the right career. Her passion for the profession was sparked by the nurses she met at Molloy: those who shared their real-world experiences in the classroom and those who shared her days helping others in the field. Go ahead. Start something. Named a “Best in the Northeast” college by the Princeton Review, Molloy offers an academically challenging yet nurturing environment with more than 50 programs, an accomplished and approachable faculty, small classes and abundant internship opportunities.

Jennifer Stamatiades, Class of 2013 Nursing

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PATHWAYS, Helping Students Find Their Way BY ANTON NEWS STAFF

Students at all of Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools build a foundation of knowledge and life skills as they progress from nursery through eighth grade. The core curriculum and academic rigor prepare students well for the next steps of their education. And while a wide variety of extra-curricular activities allow students from all of the schools to explore and develop their special interests and talents, St. Joseph’s School in Garden City has introduced a program called PATHWAYS that is designed to expand student’s knowledge of careers and job choices. PATHWAYS is an exciting program offered for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The program offers a variety of unique learning opportunities to enhance students’ real-world knowledge and individual growth. Each semester each student picks one field of study from a compelling range of creative workshops taught by experts in their field. The workshops focus on four key paths of self-discovery: arts; science and technology; law and business; and religion and community involvement.

Course selections that are, or have been offered, include: medical medley, legal eagles, how to succeed in business, Latin, baking, computer building, making books sing, computer programming, chess, fundamentals of banking, robotics, handy household hints, scenic design, photography, not for profit workshops, jewelry

design, and history through theatre. Each semester new and varied courses are rotated into the schedule. The PATHWAYS workshops offer vital introductions to different professions in a fun and challenging way. Whether the workshops involve craft or computers, literature or the law, religion or the

world of finance, these stimulating, enriching sessions build the child’s knowledge, skills and self-esteem. Complementing students’ well-rounded education at St. Joseph School, PATHWAYS gives each child an important opportunity to explore possible roads to future success.

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A place where imagination takes root and flourishes. Our schools give children the foundation for success. Advanced learning technologies, innovative math, reading, computer, and arts programs, and individualized instruction from highly skilled teachers inspire eager young minds at Long Island Catholic elementary schools. Your child also benefits from experiential educational programs whose real-world emphasis goes beyond traditional learning, challenging extracurricular activities that offer new growth opportunities, as well as our firm commitment to instilling the values of hard work and personal responsibility. To learn more about our Catholic Schools Week Open Houses (1/26-2/1), and to find a school near you, call 516-678-5800 Ext. 258 or go to

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Technology and science are just two of the many highlights of the school’s iPad curriculum through which collaborative learning and analytical skills are developed.

Middle school students spearhead charitable fundraising as part of their community service hours for the annual St. Vincent dePaul Society Christmas Toy Drive.

Discover Saint Mary’s Elementary School

BY HOLLY ROBINSON Saint Mary’s Elementary School offers a contemporary, innovative

Catholic education designed to ensure that students flourish on every level. Their experienced, caring faculty knows how to bring out the best in every child, whether they’re

Holy Trinity High School offers congratulations to all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rockville Center for fostering excellence in education to almost 32,000 students on Long Island and for empowering all members of the educational community to witness the Gospel and render service with compassion.


98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801 516-433-2900

encouraging shy writers to share their stories or guiding tech-savvy seventh graders to complete assignments on iPads. With small classes, an emphasis on shared values, state-of-the-art technology, and exciting after-school activities, they integrate the values of the Catholic faith into the lives of their students while inspiring excitement in learning. Students of every cultural and religious background are welcome, and are drawn to Saint Mary’s from Manhasset and the surrounding communities. From the outside, Saint Mary’s Elementary School looks like any other suburban school with bright, airy classrooms and energetic children entering its doors. Inside, however, you’ll immediately feel the difference. Theirs is a faith-filled school where dedicated teachers nurture each child’s unique talents and build a strong educational foundation. They prepare students to achieve their greatest academic potential as they grow in mind and spirit by offering: An atmosphere of faith and kindness They graduate well-rounded students prepared for the future not only academically, but also spiritually and socially. They do this by promoting an atmosphere of respect, tolerance, and generosity through gospel lessons integrated throughout their curriculum.

An innovative curriculum for inspired learning Their academic curriculum emphasizes core subjects and enriches your child’s life through special programs in art, technology, music, physical education, Spanish and music. With small classes and experienced teachers, they offer differentiated learning within all subjects as well as extra help for those who need it, encouraging children to flourish at every level. Today’s top technology Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board and there are two computer labs. There is also a science lab, and iPads for grades 6 through 8. A vital community outside the classroom At St. Mary’s, their classrooms, halls, and gymnasium are filled with activity and enthusiasm as teachers, parents, and students gather after school for athletics and extracurricular activities. Community service, creative writing, and flag football are just a sampling of extracurricular activities. The Extended Day Program offers gym time, games, computer time, and study time with homework help until 6 p.m. each day. Academic programs The Early Childhood Education Program provides children with the critical foundational skills, strategies, and experiences that promote success in school and beyond.

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DISCOVER from page 16C Recognizing that intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual developments are intricately woven, they provide an educational environment where social, cognitive, and creative skills are enriched with one-on-one and small-group interactions through age-appropriate play and exploration. The curriculum is enhanced through interactive learning with the latest technology, enrichment activities, and ample opportunities for parental involvement. At the middle school level, they begin to place more focus on moral and ethical formation, instilling Catholic values in each student. The curriculum exceeds the common core standards and is enriched across the content areas with topics that are connected to students’ moral development with an emphasis on developing responsibility, independence, integrity, and consideration for others. They assess students on their spiritual, social, and academic growth as they flourish throughout their years at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s is located at 1340 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset. For information visit or call 516-627-0184. Open House will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26 at noon.

Above: Last year’s spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof, was another smashing success as middle school students worked with theater professionals from The Josephine Foundation. The School has partnered with JOFO for the past eight years in bringing Broadway to the St. Mary’s stage. At right: The Pre-K faculty at St. Mary’s work closely with students to reinforce each child’s readiness skills for Kindergarten.



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Check Out St. William The Abbot BY ANTON NEWS STAFF

Maria Regina School, Seaford, NY BY ANTON NEWS STAFF Maria Regina School, with 52 years of experience, carries on with its tradition of serving the community with fully certified teachers and support staff. The faculty is comprised of dedicated, committed individuals concerned with the welfare of the children. Maria Regina offers New York State Core curriculum to Kindergarten through eighth graders with many hands-on projects and activities. The Early Childhood Program includes half and full day nursery and Pre-K. In addition, the school offers music, art, physical education, technology,

Spanish, library and before and after care programs for all grades. Extracurricular activities include band, chorus, drama, CYO sports and after school clubs, like bag-piping, book club and computer club, and more. Religion is an integral part of the school day, and in addition to the 3 R’s, Reading ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic, Maria Regina offers respect, responsibility, and reverence. As always, students are encouraged to be good Christian examples to others and to offer service when needed. This year, the annual school play, including more than 75 students, will be Seussical the Musical, Jr.

The genuine blend of spiritual and academic growth is what makes St. William the Abbot School so successful, working to instill a life-long love of learning in each student. This is accomplished through the cooperation of students, parents, teachers, administration and priests. State-of-the-art technology, including SMART Boards in every classroom, a video-conferencing center, and newly updated computer lab filled with laptops and iPads accessible to all students, contribute to the exciting and progressive learning environment at St. William. Among the many advantages of the school is their full day kindergarten with aides, full-time nurse, five-day lunch program, Spanish classes, family tuition discounts, Afterschool Enrichment Clubs, before and aftercare programs and high school co-op preparation, and more. St. William the Abbot follows the New York State curriculum, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools and consistently maintains 100 percent acceptance to Catholic high schools. The school is also proud to offer half and full day Pre-K.

Parents are encouraged to attend Open House and registration during Catholic Schools Week. Call 516-7856784 to schedule a tour during school hours.

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Catholic Elementary Schools Offer A Unique Experience BY GARY LAYTON Long Island residents are very fortunate to have good public, private and Catholic elementary schools as educational options. And while all are educationally sound, thousands of families elect to send their children to a Catholic elementary school. This article explores the reasons the families utilizing one of 43 Long Island Catholic Elementary schools selected their school, and how these differences from other potential learning paths give their children an advantage. Many parents chose a Catholic elementary school for the integrated program of faith and values. In a Catholic elementary school spiritual guidance is an essential part of the student’s daily activities. The emphasis on integrating faith and values, and modeling that behavior for students reinforces moral values and creates a respect for others. Because Catholic schools are private schools they are free to speak of God in the classroom and to openly celebrate Christian holidays. Practicing their faith reassures children that they are safe and loved, and that God loves them. Families who share the Catholic faith get these values reinforced daily as their children take religious education classes and prepare for the Sacraments of Holy Communion in second grade and Confirmation in eighth grade. Some parents believe that Catholic schools reinforce the values they live at home. The values Catholic elementary schools focus on aren’t exclusively Catholic, many are traditional values and quite a few non-Catholic families choose to send their children to Catholic school because the values taught are at the very foundation of a successful life. Learning and living these values is an integrated part of the Catholic elementary school experience. The timeless values taught in school create better prepared, more capable, and more confident young adults. Better manners, a polite and respectful attitude, and more confidence when dealing with adults are often the most easily observable differences in a ‘Catholic school kid’. Parents familiar with childhood development stages know how much of their child’s character is formed by the age of 10. Parents who live these enduring values in their home, and who want their children to embrace these values find that the daily reinforcement is a primary benefit of a Catholic elementary school.

Many believe that Catholic elementary schools offer a better environment for learning. Catholic elementary schools provide a more structured learning environment and hold students accountable for their personal conduct. School uniforms reduce the distractions and social stratification that children often experience at a young age and teach children that their value is not based on how others see them. The more disciplined environment and higher individual expectations require more focus and better study habits which leave graduates with the

self-discipline to succeed at whatever they try in the future. Children get more individualized attention in a Catholic elementary school. Catholic elementary schools offer an exciting curriculum and energized teachers with the latest technology and courseware, but equally important is that smaller schools, and generally smaller class sizes allow teachers and staff to get to know each student, and to better understand how to assign resources to support each student in their effort to be their best.

Parents believe that their children are getting a better education in Catholic school. In many cases, the students from the local Catholic elementary school outscore their counterparts in standardized testing. Much of this might be attributed to the discipline and study habits students learned, but some of it might be attributed to the level of parental involvement. Catholic schools are an ‘immersive’ experience for families, involving

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Catholic Elementary Schools And Open House Schedules Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26: 1 to 3 p.m. Our Lady of Mercy School, for more than 50 years, provides students from Nursery through Eighth Grade a program integrating strong academics with the learning and living of faith and values. Challenging academics, competitive sports, and exciting after school activities are the top three reasons students like OLM. Parents like us for our before and after-care services and our great results. Our graduates gain acceptance to area Catholic high schools, then move on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities.

BY ANTON NEWS STAFF St. Christopher School, 15 Pershing Blvd, Baldwin 11510 • 516223-4404 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School, 2341 Washington Ave, Bellmore 11710 • 516-785-5709 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 27 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Pre-K and 1st), from 10 to 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Long Beach Catholic Regional School, 735 W. Broadway, Long Beach 11561 • 516-432-8900 • www. Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and on Monday, January 27: 10 to 11 a.m.

St. Raymond’s School, 263 Atlantic Ave, East Rockaway 11518 • 516-593-9010 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Lady of Victory School, 2 Bellmore St, Floral Park 11001 • 516-352-4466 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. Our Lady of Victory School’s mission is for every student’s Catholic Faith to become alive, conscious, and active through exceptional instruction. We strive to help each child realize that he or she is a person of worth, and that he or she has the opportunity to realize academic success. The De La Salle School* 87 Pine St, Freeport 11520 • 516-379-8660 • St. Anne’s School, 25 Dartmouth St, Garden City 11530 • 516-3521205 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26: 1 to 3 p.m. Saint Anne’s School, Middle States accredited, is an educational community focused on seeing Christ in each other. Students are immersed in the practice of faith and charity through a variety of school/parish service initiatives. Our strong academic program prepares students for the heightened expectations of high school course work. We accelerate all our students in math so that our 8th grade students are prepared to take the Algebra Regents before graduation. St. Joseph School, 450 Franklin Ave, Garden City 11530 • 516-7472730 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon

Our Lady of Peace School, 21 Fowler Ave, Lynbrook 11563 • 516-593-4884 Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26: 10:30 a.m.

St. Joseph School is committed to guiding each child from curious to qualified by providing a challenging academic curriculum, inspired Catholic teachings, and an array of after-school activities that give your child the intellectual, spiritual and social preparation needed for greater achievement in high school, college, and beyond. St. Joseph School students consistently score in the top percentages on national and state testing. Students are well prepared to meet the challenges of the intermediate grades. All Saints Regional Catholic School, 12 Pearsall Ave, Glen Cove 11542 • 516-676-0762 Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All Saints Regional Catholic School brings together a century of Catholic education on the Gold Coast in a venerable neo-gothic building with a new preparatory school model and the latest innovations in instruction and technology. Drawing students from beyond the five parishes, All Saints’ dynamic leadership and outstanding faculty of men and women enthusiastically embody the school’s mission

of offering children a positive, safe and healthy learning environment in which they can gain a foundation for future academic success, personal achievement, social commitment and character formation, in sum, to become a saint. Holy Family School, 25 Fordham Ave, Hicksville 11801 • 516-938-3846 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Private tours Monday, Jan. 27 through Thursday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holy Family School adheres to the motto: “making a difference, one child at a time.” Each and every one of our students is known by name. We are an extension of your family and it is our desire to strengthen the connection between your family and our “Holy Family”. Our fully certified teachers believe strongly in being life-long learners and help students experience our school-created acronym: LUCK; love, understanding, compassion, and kindness each school day. Our Lady of Mercy School, 520 S Oyster Bay Rd, Hicksville 11801 • 516-433-7040 •

Our Lady of Lourdes School, 76 Park Blvd, Malverne 11565 • 516599-7328 • Open House: Sunday, Jan.26: 10:30 a.m. to noon Our Lady of Grace Montessori* 29 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset 11030 516-365-9832 St. Mary’s Elementary School, 1340 Northern Blvd, Manhasset 11030 • 516-627-0184 Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 at noon Saint Mary’s Elementary School offers a contemporary, innovative Catholic education designed to ensure that students flourish on every level. We offer state-of-the-art technology for all students including a oneto-one iPad curriculum for grades 6-8, a science lab for grades 6-8, a comprehensive after school program, interscholastic athletic teams, and a tournament size gymnasium. With a focus on small classes and an emphasis on shared values, St. Mary’s integrates the doctrines of the Catholic faith into the lives of the students while inspiring excitement in learning.

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SCHEDULES from page 20C St. Rose of Lima School, 4704 Merrick Rd, Massapequa 11758 • 516541-1546 • Open House: Tuesday, Jan. 28: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., and from 7 to 8 p.m. St. Rose School flourishes thanks to the devotion and competence of dedicated teachers and staff, many of whom have given more than fifteen years of service. Through the combined efforts of parents, students and teachers using our interdisciplinary methods and supported by state-of-the-art technology, we have achieved impressive standardized test scores, 100 percent acceptance to Catholic High schools, and developed critical thinking skills. Our school liturgies and the annual re-enactment of the Living Stations by grade 8 spotlight this priority.

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Notre Dame School, 25 Mayfair Rd, New Hyde Park 11040 • 516-3545618 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 27 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tours by appointment. At the Notre Dame School we pray together each morning and attend mass on the first Friday of each month. Classes from nursery through 8th grade enjoy virtual travel through our video-conferencing center.

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St. Dominic Elementary School, 35 School St., Oyster Bay 11771 • 516922-4233 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.; Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The schools of St. Dominic offer a Pre-K to grade 12 educational experience. Our early childhood programs are Montessori-based and utilize a sensory-motor approach to learning. All students participate in a faith-based curriculum. Aftercare is available as well as many extracurricular activities including middle school sports.

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St. Peter of Alcantara School, 1321 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 11050 • 516-944-3772 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 27 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. St. Peter of Alcantara School serves children aged pre-school through grade eight. The cornerstone of St. Peter’s is its administration and faculty’s dedicated beliefs in the teaching of family and Roman Catholic values.

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Holy Name Of Mary Choir Represents Diocese BY ANTON NEWS STAFF The choir from Holy Name of Mary Elementary School has had a really big year. In addition to being invited to perform at the annual Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation Gala at the Reckson Plaza in Uniondale, the group from Holy Name of Mary performed at the annual Pueri Cantores, an international student choral organization of the Catholic church, held in Washington, D.C. The choir, under the direction of Ms. Eileen McEnaney, represents their school with dozens of appearances supporting liturgies and at

SCHEDULES from page 21C St. Agnes Cathedral School, 70 Clinton Ave, Rockville Centre 11570 • 516-678-5550 Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and registration on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Maria Regina School, 4045 Jerusalem Ave, Seaford 11783 • 516-541-1229 Open House: Saturday, Jan, 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Maria Regina School offers students from Nursery through 8th grade an exceptional educational experience through our professional team of educators and community partnerships that inspire students to reach their potential. Maria Regina offers half and full-day nursery and Pre-K classes with before and after care for working parents, enrichment and remediation programs and a broad range of after school clubs, sports and activities that help foster inquiring minds and a life-long desire for knowledge. St. William the Abbot School, 2001 Jackson Ave, Seaford 11783 • 516-7856784 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. Upon walking in the front doors of St. William the Abbot School, you know it is a bright and wonderful center for learning. Among the many advantages of St. William’s is their full day kindergarten with aides, full time nurse, fiveday lunch program, Spanish classes, family tuition discounts, after-school enrichment clubs, Before and Aftercare

many of the school’s other musical events. Holy Name of Mary School celebrates the arts year-round with

an art show, band concerts and a school musical performance. In addition to the vocalists, Holy

programs and high school co-op preparation. St. William’s follows the New York State curriculum, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools and consistently maintains 100 percent acceptance to Catholic high schools. The school is proud to offer Pre-Kindergarten full and half days. Registration is held during Catholic Schools Week. School day tours are available by appointment.

has offered a faith-filled educational environment for students from nursery through 8th grade. A strong academic program, which includes foreign language in grades two through eight, prepares students for the challenges of high school and beyond. University partnerships provide unique learning experiences, while three seasons of interscholastic sports and vibrant performing and fine arts programs keep students active and engaged. The school offers tuition assistance for qualified families, a variety of after school programs, and a popular summer camp.

St. Edward The Confessor School, 2 Teibrook Ave, Syosset 11791 • 516-9217767 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Edward the Confessor School offers an exemplary education for students. St. Edward’s Early Childhood Center offers our youngest students an engaging, warm and nurturing first school experience. Our program for students in grades K to 5 balances strong academics and a Christian environment with an emphasis on character building, morality and values. St. Martin De Porres Marianist School* 530 Hempstead Blvd, Uniondale 11553 • 516-481-3303 • Holy Name of Mary School, 90 South Grove St, Valley Stream 11580 • 516-825-4009 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m. St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School, 101 Maple Ave, Westbury 11590 • 516-333-0580 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tours: Monday, Jan. 27 through Thursday, Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m. For nearly 100 years, St. Brigid/ Our Lady of Hope Regional School

St. Thomas the Apostle, 12 Westminster Rd, West Hempstead 11552 • 516-481-9310 Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Monday, Jan. 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. New registrations on Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. St. Aidan School, 510 Willis Ave, Williston Park 11596 • 516-7466585 • Open House: Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From the moment your child walks through our doors as a Nursery student until the day they walk down the aisle as a proud graduate, our students have been taught to succeed and to be leaders in their families, church and community. St. Aidan School offers two computer labs and libraries, personal iPads for all students in grades 5-7, a state-of-the art library media center, fully equipped science lab and a highly trained and dedicated faculty who are committed to academic excellence. The Class of 2013 was awarded over $400,000 in scholarship monies and has been prepared to meet the challenges of the world. *private schools

Name of Mary also has a hand bell choir. The Holy Name of Mary choir belongs to Pueri Cantores and has participated in festivals in New York and Washington, D.C. The international federation of Pueri Cantores was formed on the basis that singing can be an instrument of worshiping God. The children from Holy Name of Mary School have been worshiping in song for the good of their school since the choir’s inception 30 years ago, and have shared their gifts with others from around the country at events like Pueri Cantores for the past six years.

UNIQUE from page 19C parents in the community surrounding the school, and keeping them more involved in their children’s day-to-day schooling. The partnership that develops between the educators and the parents is the key to success. Parents select Catholic elementary school because they feel it is better preparation for a Catholic high school and for college. The uncompromising expectations of each student’s personal best in Catholic elementary school gives students the discipline and study skills that serve them well in high school, college, and beyond. Most every student who graduates from Catholic elementary school goes on to Catholic high school with many elementary schools having 100 percent acceptance rates at the areas elite Catholic high schools. Their better developed study habits and greater self-discipline serve them well in high school. A level of comfort they have with the spiritual elements, and a history of performing service projects in elementary schools often make their high school transition easier. At the high school level Catholic elementary students are introduced to high-performing students from various public school systems. Many sound reasons exist to choose a Catholic elementary school and there has never been a better time to investigate the possibilities. With Catholic Schools Week coming up from Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools will be opening their doors so prospective families can see and feel the difference themselves.



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