100 Days of School

The day started with Pre-K through first grade coming to school dressed as if they were 100 years old! They had so much fun dressing up! Pre-K started the morning reading “100 Hungry Ants” and counting their own 100 plastic ants by 10’s. In centers they built structures using 100 solo cups, 100 craft sticks, 100 unifix cubes and 100 pattern blocks. 
In Kindergarten and first grade, our students danced and counted to the “100 Song”. Kindergarten also had Centers all related to counting to 100! First grade used a Hundred Chart to count and practiced skip counting by 10 all the way to 100. 

Second grade also had a blast counting crackers, M&Ms, teddy grahams, and goldfish in groups of 10 to make 100. The best part was eating them! 

In 3rd-5th grade we saw students working together and using various activities with 100 things: this included building with 100 pieces of material and imagining what we will look like at age 100. The projects created were amazing! 

And last, but not least …. Mr. Wythe’s middle school social studies classes learned about what life was like 100 years ago for the 100th day of school. Students learned how from planes, trains, and automobiles to social issues like voting rights and segregation, America has grown since 1919. Students prepared a presentation on what they think America will look like 100 years from now in 2119, and what they will do to make that future a reality. What a day full of learning and celebrating 100 days of studies!

What happens on a 55 degree day in our ACS Pre-K?

What happens on a 55 degree day in our ACS Pre-K? We FLIP our lesson plans, become explorers and take our lesson outside! We began our day reading about the rain forest and all the beautiful plants and flowers God has created! Then it was time for our science experiment – we dissected a plant and discussed the job of the roots, stem and the leaves. We talked about the need for sun and water and yes we played with dirt! We then took our exploration outside and found plants and observed all the different parts that we explored in the classroom. We ended our lesson by drawing our own plants. What an outstanding morning! Now off to learn about perseverance in our religion lesson!

Stock Market Lessons.

Stocks and the joy of making money…well, we hope! The green board in the back of the 7th grade classroom has become the source of great excitement and a bit of bragging rights for the middle school stock leaders. 6th through 8th graders have learned to analyze stock and use their research to make money. Each class  invests $50,000 into four or five companies on a weekly basis and have to keep track of their investment. They have another $50,000-$55,000 to invest in a different ten to twelve companies and this is a longer term investment. Their weekly analysis shows if they made or lost money and then they have to discuss how current events and economic trends that may have affected their stock each week.

Spring Book Fair Time!

Attention All ACS Families – it’s our Spring Book Fair Time! Feb 18-21. Check out the book fair homepage for more information. Shop Online! All purchases benefit our school…and we need YOUR HELP to make it happen! More information is coming home with your children. Be sure to take advantage of the eWallet!

ACS Catholic Schools Week Day 5: A FANTASTIC Finale!

Today, we started by praying together and attending the Divine Liturgy with our “Special Person”. After church, Fr. Ivan Turyk and Mrs. Lissette Shumny, a Principal at Assumption Catholic School in Perth Amboy, NJ awarded six 8 grade students with a $500 Scholarship for their commitment to Catholic School Education and living their Faith. 

Back at school, we all shared our Heritage Posters and enjoyed an exciting assembly. We showcased two spectacular cultures: Ukraine and Spain. Our own Ukrainian Dance teacher, Ms. Anna Lawrence, showed off our dancer’s talents by performing three dances and our ACS Show Choir also sang the Ukrainian National Anthem. The performers did a fantastic job. Our second showcase featured our friends from The Paella Party and the talented Flamenco dancer, Christina. We all learned some new facts and some dance moves. We ended our celebrations with a tasting of pierogies and paella – two delicious ethic dishes! 

Cheers to a successful 2019 Catholic Schools Week! ACS took the opportunity to learn about different cultures and celebrate our beautiful, unique and diverse cultures. We look forward to continuing to showcase different countries. Thank you to all volunteers, students and faculty that helped make Catholic Schools Week at ACS a success!

ACS Catholic Schools Week Day 4 – one word – AMAZING!

Pre-k through 8th grade finished their Heritage Projects. Everyone worked so hard on their final posters and it was an extraordinary learning experience. Tomorrow we will have our ACS Cultural Expo where projects will be displayed for all to enjoy. And there’s more… our 8th graders also learned to crossed stitch with Sister Yosaphata and they were surprised at their new hidden talents! The afternoon was just as exciting! The whole ACS student body recorded a Flash Mob to the CSW song, “All It Takes”. We have practiced all week and will be playing it on Friday. The day ended with excitement and suspense as the teachers and parents played a nail biting basketball game against the 8th grade class! The class of 2019 played hard, but teachers and parents won 26-22. It was a great game and the whole school had fun cheering! Wait till you see our end of the week celebration! #CSW2019

Day 3 of Catholic Schools Week 2019

Today Pre-K, kinder and 1st grade had a wonderful time sharing and presenting a special item from home. They each spoke about why the item is special, how they got it, and how long they’ve had it. They did a terrific job! Kindergarten and first grade also had their second day of hatching observations, and were excited that the egg finally cracked! THERE’S MORE! The day also included the 8th graders teaching excellent social studies and science lessons, which has become an annual tradition that everyone looks forward to. Yet, the teaching award of the day goes to Father Ivan for his demonstration at church today! Father showed and explained the significance and symbolism of each piece of a priest’s vestments. From the color, to the designs, and each article of clothings special meaning. Father told students how he prepares the communion bread called “prosphora”. He had a sample bread, and demonstrated how he does the special cuts of bread and explained the symbolism of each piece. Students were quite interested in the process and honored to see the communion plate and cup so close. It was a morning they will long remember.

Day 2 of Catholic Schools Week 2019 at ACS

Today Pre-K celebrated with a Tooty Ta song and dance party – they got the whole school to dance with them. Pre-K also went on a Bear Hunt using their binoculars to help search for the bear! Kindergarten was super excited to play Sight Word Bingo and show their knowledge. Grades 3-5 had an “Escape Room” cross curricular activity where the 5th graders were able to show their leadership qualities and lead their team to a victory! Last but not least, our 7th and 8th grade made pierogies with Sister Yosaphata and their teachers. The whole school practiced for a surprise performance and continued to work on their Heritage Projects and Catholic Schools week posters. Truly a fun and exciting day! What will tomorrow bring?

Day 1 of Catholic Schools Week 2019

Day 1 of Catholic Schools Week 2019 at ACS was outstanding! Grades 2 through 6 baked with Sister Yosaphata, the Middle School had an “Escape Room” Activity, Student Council read to the younger grades and the whole school worked on their Heritage Projects and CSW posters!

We ended the day by supporting our FSA and eating at Buffalo Wild Wings!

School’s Open House Success

Our 2019 Catholic Schools Week Open House was a success! We gave many tours, answered parent questions and showed our ACS pride! If you didn’t make the Open House please call 732-826-8721 or just stop by to take a tour and receive a welcoming packet.

And of course we pulled our winning raffle ticket! Congratulations to the Domingues family on winning the Chromebook!