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Every year all the schools in the Diocese of Camden celebrate Catholic Schools Week. It is usually at the end of January. This is a way for all the students to celebrate how great our Catholics Schools are. It was a fun week at St. Michael’s.  Here are a few highlights. It started off with a Mass on Sunday at St. Michael the Archangel Parish.  I was singing in the choir and was able to watch the other students and teachers participate in the Mass. The theme of the week was Catholic Schools a Gift of a Lifetime. Teachers and students from each grade brought up wrapped presents that created a picture of a student in the Catholic Schools uniform. Then on Monday, on Family Appreciation Day, our parents and grandparents were allowed to come in to the classrooms in the morning to see how our day begins and they came again later to enjoy a nice lunch with us. Some people brought in Mc Donald’s, pizza, Taco Bell, etc. Tuesday was Student Appreciation Day.  Each class had a fun theme to dress as.  My class dressed in all green for the Eagles.  We had a Geography Bee – I’d like to give a shout out to everyone who did so well!  Students Joseph Cosgrove in 7th grade for winning. The Wax Museum was on Tuesday night. This is where 6th through 8th graders dressed up as someone famous in history. They had to have a 2 minute speech and a poster board.  This project was for a Social Studies grade. My brother who is an eighth grader was Frances Scott Key.  All of the costumes were very cool! Wednesday was a quiet day of prayer and vocations.  Every class has to create a prayer to be read throughout the day over the loud speaker. My friend Lesley read our class prayer in Spanish.  Father Sinatra celebrated Mass at school and also spoke to us about vocations. Thursday was a Service Day.  The whole school put together Valentine bags for our veterans and their families. Some students decorated cards and bags, while other students loaded the bags with candy. All these Valentines were mailed to troops overseas. We ended the week with Faculty Appreciation Day.  Some of the eighth graders came to the classrooms while our teachers enjoyed a nice breakfast.  Friday was also Spirit Day. We had a pep rally. All the school’s sports teams were introduced. We all wore Eagles green since St. Michael’s colors are Patriot blue and red.  The eighth graders versed the faculty members in knockout and musical chairs. Then the 8th grade boys versed the 8th grade girls in basketball. It was a fun day!  All week was very exciting.  I had lots of fun and so did the other students.  I am so happy to be a student at St. Michael’s.  
Posted by sklein  On Feb 23, 2018 at 12:33 PM
  
Would you get in trouble if you shot your mom with a nerf gun? Well you wouldn’t on Friday February 2 if you attended the Mother & Son event.This year the event was at Legends ball park in Sewell, where mothers and sons got to shoot each other with their favorite foam dart blaster, play kickball, and dodge ball. Mandy Jackson, one of the PTA moms who helped organize the event this year, said that the reason she picked this activity for the mothers and sons is because she thought it would be something different we had never done before in past years. The moms and the sons had a great time.  Mrs. Jackson even said ”Everyone loved the nerf war the best I think. Of course the kids were so much better then the moms but let me tell you the moms were really getting into it trying to attack the kids with the bullets.” Mrs. Losada, who attended the event with her son Alex said that the boys definitely did better than the moms did at the Nerf  war, “But I'm pretty sure he gave me a gun that didn't work that well. I call Sabotage!” However interestingly when Alex was asked he said his mom did a better job. This event was so successful we may even see it again next year! Mrs. Jackson warns to get your tickets early because “This event was so packed we had to shut down admission two days before we were at max. We never thought there would be this much interest” -Janina Caputo       Grade 4
Posted by sklein  On Feb 20, 2018 at 10:39 AM
  
Hello SMRS! This is Lucia Urso and I am in 4th grade. I am talking to Mr. Wittstock our 6th grade teacher and Student Council Faculty Advisor about Cross Catholic Outreach. Question: Why are all the students of SMRS collecting money? Answer: We are collecting money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Student Council decided to collect money for both of these places. Question: What organization does this money go to? Answer: Cross Catholic Outreach. Question: What is Cross Catholic Outreach? Answer: Cross Catholic Outreach is an organization dedicated to helping people all over the world especially those in third world countries whose children are starving. Once the hurricanes hit in Texas and Florida they began a relief in the US to drive some help to them. SMRS raised over $500 by collecting coins in just a few weeks. I want to thank Mr. Wittstock for his time and answering my questions. Until next time.... 
Posted by sklein  On Nov 13, 2017 at 3:29 PM
  
St Michael the Archangel Regional School offers Art Lessons everyday after school. Miss Gennarelli, our art teacher, organizes the lessons for all the students that are interested. Miss Gennarelli decides on the projects that the students will make. Some of the students have painted skateboards, clay pots, Disney portraits, and much more. She separates the students by grade. Students in the same age group go on the same day for art lessons. You are also able to take private lessons. We use paint, pastels, clay, water color, charcoals, and much more. Miss Gennarelli keeps all of our art work in our portfolios. She saves them for art shows, competitions, and the SMRS Art and Education Fair. Miss Genneralli hangs all of the art all over the school for everyone to enjoy. Miss Genneralli is also having art lessons all summer. 
Posted by sklein  On Jun 06, 2017 at 1:24 PM
  
When you are in 6th grade you learn in detail about ancient civilizations like Egypt or China. The Greek Fest is basically a summary of 6th grade History, but way more fun!! We act out the play Persephone and Demeter. This is about how Greeks thought the seasons change. Then we show off our group projects. Each group selected a  Greek category to present in detail to all the students and faculty at SMRS. The categories were architecture, Olympics, famous people, history, and (the most popular) food and drink. The group the presented architecture told everyone about Greek buildings and art. The Olympics were originated from Greece, just like the Olympics today. The group that presented famous Greek people spoke about rulers and famous historians. The history group spoke mostly about Greek facts and how the country originated. The food and drink category was all about what the Greeks ate and drank. They had examples for everyone to try, like grape juice, olives, and hummus. Every 6th grade class does this every year. Mr. Wittstock, the 6th grade teacher, has been doing the same play fro 12 years! -Katie Kershaw   6th grade
Posted by sklein  On Jun 05, 2017 at 10:05 AM
  
I attended the St Michael the Archangel Regional School Art and Science Fair on May 16th. I interviewed two students, one on their art work and the other on their science project.  I interviewed Jae Forster an 8th grader at SMRS. Jae submitted two art pieces, a drawing of Stitch from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch and a drawing of a rose. Jae has been taking art lessons with Miss Gennarelli for three years. Both of these drawings were gifts for her mother.  I also interviewed Reese Yates, another 8th grader at SMRS, on her science project. The middle school kids all had to create an invention. The science fair was call the Invention Convention. They were all graded by judges that spoke to each student about the details of their invention. Parents, students, and staff were all able to speak to each student about their project too. Reese made "The Fur Eliminator." This is a vacuuming dog bush. All you do in turn it on, brush the dog's hair, and it sucks up all the dog hair. It took her a few hours to make.  The PTA had an ice cream social at the fair. You could buy ice cream and make an ice cream sundae with as many toppings as you want. The Athletics Committee sold food as well. They had hoagies, pizza, and snacks. It was a great turnout. The SMRS family came together to see all the art and science projects. Sami Brown Grade 3
Posted by sklein  On May 26, 2017 at 1:43 PM
  
  I had so much fun at the Pen-Pal Party! Every year Sister Bianca organizes the Pen-Pal Club where 4th through 8th grade students write letters to their senior citizen pen pals. At the end of the year we have a party! This year was my first time having a pen pal and I had a lot of fun! Some people were meeting their pen pals for the first time. Several of the pen pals gave each other small gifts. There was lots delicious food and entertainment. Some of the girls and boys showed off their talents by singing, dancing, and even doing skits! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I can't wait until next year! Grace Miedel Grade 4
Posted by sklein  On May 26, 2017 at 11:41 AM
  
Sister Nabila is an aid in our Pre K 3 class. She is very kind and loving to everyone. Besides being a Pre K 3 aid, she also helps prepare for Mass and decorates the school. On Tuesday March 28, 2017, Sister became an American Citizen. She was born in Egypt. She has traveled the world with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters on the Immaculate Heart of Mary order. She can speaks 3 languages. Sister loves America. She thinks American people are very nice and generous. She thought the hardest part of the process was the interview. She was nervous, but achieved her goal.  The whole school had a celebration for Sister. She was very surprised and felt very loved by all the students and faculty. JT Klein Grade 7
Posted by sklein  On May 08, 2017 at 9:53 AM
  
On Saturday April 22, 2017, St. Michael school organized a new type of Mother/Son event. Mothers and sons were invited to get a tour of Citizen’s Bank Park where the Philadelphia Phillies play.  Since I couldn’t go, I decided to get an exclusive interview with St. Michael’s Kindergartener, Calvin Caputo AKA my little brother. So Calvin,  Q: Was this event fun?  A: Sort of  (even though he took tons of pictures and talked about it all day) Q: If this event is offered again next year, would you go ? A: Yes, because we got to go on the field Q: How many people ( Including moms) were there? A: probably 25 million ( but when I checked with my mom  she said only 80) Q: Was there a giftshop? A: Yes two parts and one with a Giant Philly Phanatic statue.  Q: What was your favorite part? A: At the beginning, when we watched a little video about when and how the park was made. So along with touring the hall of fame, visiting the luxury boxes and getting pictures in the dugout, they got to see all the cool things in the stadium. Even though it was a rainy day it turned out to be a bright memory. Thank you to the PTA for organizing this event. Many are very excited to attend next year.                                                                                                                                                                  Janina Caputo -3rd grade
Posted by sklein  On Apr 28, 2017 at 11:35 AM
  
On April 10th, my 8th grade class performed the Living Stations of the Cross. Joe DiPietro played Jesus, Savanna Snyder portrayed Mary, Jacob Donneys acted as Pontius Pilate and Joseph. Nino Castorio was a solider, Rachel Foster played Veronica and many other 8th graders helped behind the scenes. Sister Janice did a tremendous job bringing everything together, not to mention Sister Nabila and her amazing costumes. After the meditation and prayer, the audience and the 8th graders were able to enjoy a large spread of soups and desserts. Over all, the performance was a nice reminder that Easter is not about the candy or egg hunts, but about how Jesus suffered and died to save us from sin then rose again on the third day. Shannon Jefferis - 8th grade  
Posted by sklein  On Apr 12, 2017 at 8:14 AM
  
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