May 1 – May 5, 2023
FROM THE DESK OF TERRI O’DANIEL, Executive Director
Academy Mothers and Grandmothers please join us on Friday, May 12 from 10:30-11:30 for May Crowning and lunch with our students and staff. We ask our students, mothers, and grandmothers to bring a flower to add to our school bouquet for our Blessed Mother.
Girls may wear a nice dress or skirt and blouse.
Boys are invited to wear dress pants and a collared, button-down shirt.
This is a special time for you, your child, and their grandmothers. Your child will keep a special memory within their hearts and minds of this morning.
Dismissal is at 11:30 on this day.
Please RSVP to KWinter@acadstl.org
Thanks from the entire Academy Staff for the love they showed our staff this week during Staff Appreciation Week.
A special thanks to those parents who planned and prepared each day’s events and to all who contributed financially to make this week so special for the staff.
Monday-(Kelly Zigaitis)Flower Bouquets and a personal note of appreciation from students and parents
Tuesday– (Shannon Delhougne) Donuts, fruit, yogurt parfait
Wednesday-(Jessica Johns) Smoothies
Thursday- (Vicki Roeslein) Popcorn bar with all the fixing
Friday-(Rita Miele and Lynn LaChance)- Cinco de Mayo Lunch Celebration Q’Doba
Parent Teacher conferences are next week. Please be sure to use the Sign Up Genius to pick your time.
Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Hartmann’s class
Mrs. Ray, Mr. Houlihan, Mrs. Richardson, and Mrs. Hodge
Parent Speaker Series
STATE AND FEDERAL BENEFITS WORKSHOP
Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PRESENTED BY: Bhavik Patel
Bhavik Patel has donated the special needs trust live auction item for the past two years. He is a champion for those with disabilities and sits on numerous boards, St. Louis ARC, Paraquad, and St. Louis Zoo, let alone being CEO of Sandberg Phoenix.
Do you have questions about what benefits your family member is eligible for as a legal adult? Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI – find out who is eligible, the differences between the programs, and how to access the appropriate contacts to apply for services. Information about working while receiving benefits will also be covered.
Presenter: Bhavik R. Patel, Attorney & CEO, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.
On Thursday, Mrs. O’Daniel treated our young ladies to an end-of-the-year luncheon at the Hearth Room in Town & Country. The girls all looked beautiful in their nice dresses and skirts. The lunch was delicious, and everyone had a fabulous time!
Celebrating Mrs. Morales!
Join us on May 15 at Ballwin SnoCone from 5-7 pm to wish Mrs. Morales farewell!
151 Ries Rd. Ballwin, MO 63021
Supporting Teachers and Reaching Students
STARS (ASTL Parent Association)
Dad’s Night Out
Sybergs in Chesterfield Valley
Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm
**DAD’S NOW HAS A CHAT GROUP**
If you didn’t receive your invite, please contact Fred Lagos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.283.1839.
- May 8 – May 11 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Friday, May 12 – May Crowning at 10:30 am and Early Dismissal
- Friday, May 19 – Field Day and May Birthday Celebration
- Tuesday, May 23 – Graduation 6:30 pm
- Thursday, May 25 – Last day of school. Dismissal at 11:30 am
We had a great week. Our class continued to watch the birds at our window feeder and made peanut butter birdseed sticks; the birds also loved our leftover apple slices. Ask them about the Robin getting the worm. During centers, we worked on writing, typing, and touch math. Everyone worked hard.
In Reading and Art, we read an interactive story, Color of His Own, by Leo Lionni. The chameleon finds his identity and a place where he belongs, just like OUR classroom family! We then water-painted chameleons and watched a short clip about Chameleons.
Thank you for the Staff Appreciation Week lunches and goodies. We appreciate everything you do for us! Enjoy your weekend. There are only 14 more school days left.
We can’t believe there are only a couple of weeks left! We’ve been filling our days as much as we can! The highlight of our week was the food bank! We volunteered and helped lots of people! Happy weekend!
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1
We are studying the balance of power between the state and the national government, which is characterized by a system of grants and mandates, as well as by several key policy areas.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 3
We are still studying that foreign policy is a nation’s set of plans and procedures for dealing with foreign countries.
MIDDLES SCHOOL 2
We learned that World War 1 began in 1914 and lasted until 1918. We are learning that the 1920s were a time of technological and cultural change.
HIGH SCHOOL 2
We are learning about comparing feudalism and nationalism. We are also learning to identify what absolute power meant during this time.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 & 3
Middle school students are increasing their independence in reading and answering comprehension questions about interesting sports. This past week, we explored solar-powered race cars, cross-country skiing, and rollerblading. Many students are being challenged to complete work on their own and check their work before turning it in.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
We started our “Poetry” unit this week and studied the key elements of a poem. Students tried their hand at writing a Bio-Poem. Next week we’ll work on Cinquain, Haiku, and Concrete Poems. Our goal is to create a personal “Book of Poems” by the end of the school year.
HIGH SCHOOL 2 – WRITING
This is our last 2 weeks of lessons and working on our Opinion Essay drafts. This week we double-checked our paragraphs and fine-tuned our opening and closing paragraphs.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 & 3, and HIGH SCHOOL 2
This week, students worked on a variety of skills, including problem-solving. They were encouraged to use different strategies and techniques to solve problems, allowing them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I monitored each student’s progress and provided feedback to help them improve their understanding of math concepts. I provided one-on-one support to students who needed additional assistance.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
This week in Math, students focused on independently strengthening their math skills with teacher support provided as needed. Students were encouraged to work at their own pace and level, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts they were learning. I provided one-on-one support to students who needed additional assistance.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 2
This week we began learning about the different planets in our solar system and the layers of the sun. The kids have enjoyed our planet friends in some of the science shorts we’ve been watching, and we all created our own model of the Milky Way using play dough.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 and 3
This week students began learning all about the sun and planets in our solar system. We created our own books with fun facts about each of the planets from the hottest to the largest to the least dense and the ones with rings. We will be adding to our books next week as we explore moons, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets.
HIGH SCHOOL 2:
This week’s review on sound energy in Physical science was a blast! We took looked at Chapter 6 from a different perspective than we had earlier this year. Instead of focusing on how sound works, we looked at how we use sounds, how we recognize sounds, and how sounds impact our emotions. We watched a documentary on sound use in horror films and we took turns recording our own mystery sounds for everyone to guess in a game called “Name that Sound” Next week we will be reviewing Ch. 7 on light!
We focused on lessons of prayers and sharing.
MIDDLE SCHOOL 1, 2 & 3 and
HIGH SCHOOL 2
We finished our review of Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit.
Students are preparing for the Spring Play “Brer Rabbit and the Day of Learning.” Parents are welcome to join us at 2:00 on Thursday, May 18th, for our end-of-the-year performance! We will send a flyer home closer to the date as a reminder.
Each day the entree includes fruit, chips, and your choice of chocolate or white milk.
You can select additional items a la carte.
Please be sure to place your order by midnight the night before.
Please call Mrs. Cantareira with any questions at 636-534-5099.
DON’T FORGET SNACKS!