May Crowning 2017

On May 19th Mrs. Sidoti’s second grade class celebrated receiving their First Holy Communion during May Crowning. Parents and students were interviewed about the ceremony. First we asked Ms. Smith some questions.

Q: Did you like the song the class sang How Beautiful?

Ms. Smith: Yes, it is a very touching song.

Q: What was your favorite part?

Ms. Smith: The class singing the song along with the sign language.


                Then we asked Mrs. Miedel some questions about the ceremony. We asked her if she also liked the song and what her favorite part was of May Crowning. Mrs. Miedel said “yes the song really was beautiful!” and her favorite part was the children crowning Mary. Adelina Bompensa and Anthony Dacierno were the two students chosen to place the crown of flowers on the blessed mother statue.


                We asked three of the second graders questions about the day. Colton Duca was up first.

Q: Did you have fun?

Colton: Yes!

Q: What was your favorite part?

Colton: When they crowned Mary.


                Brady Miedel and Owen Smith (our younger brothers) were asked the same questions. They both said that “Yes” they had fun and their favorite part was when they each read at the podium. While reading they seemed to have enjoyed it. The May Crowning was a beautiful ceremony and is a wonderful tradition at our school. Congratulations to the second grade class on receiving your First Holy Communion!


Written by Grace Miedel and Gretchen Smith (4-1)

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Posted by sklein  On May 07, 2018 at 11:04 AM 35 Comments

Many kids argue with their parents for more video game time.  I am talking with my 8th grade brother, Dare, and my parents. 


Me:  How long should kids be allowed to play video games?

Dare:  I think as long as they want as long as they put the important things first like grades, sports, family & friends. 

Parents:  We, as parents, think 2 hours a day as long as grades stay up and they participate in physical activities.


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Dare:  Yes.

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Me:  Why do you feel that way?

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Parents:  You should enjoy the sun and the nice weather while it lasts.


Me:  I have talked to my parents and my brother, Dare.  They have told me their opinions.  I have my own opinion.  My opinion is – kids should be on video games 3 to 4 hours a day.  They still have time to go outside and play with kids in real life.  I would like to thank my parents and brother for sparing their time and answering my questions.  Thank you.

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Posted by sklein  On Apr 27, 2018 at 9:47 AM 61 Comments
Hi my name is Ryan Miller. I am a fourth grade student at St. Michael the Archangel Regional School. We received two new students this year. It is always exciting to have a new student. I am here with Julian Flaxman, he is one of the new students. I am going to ask him a few questions:

1. When did you start SMRS? In October.

2. What school were you at before SMRS? Radix Elementary School in Williamstown.

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4. What is your favorite part of the day? Math.

5. Why? Because math is really fun and I am good at it.

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