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September 2007 to June 2008

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Opening day - September 5, 2007

We're back!


Opening mass - September 7, 2007

Fr. Joe gives some last-minute pointers to Cody and Peter.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

May almighty God bless us, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.


September 10 - First day of school for pre-K 4-year-olds

Back together again!

It's good to see all our friends again!



Scoop Night at Rita's Water Ice in Glen Rock

Lauren, Stephanie, and Rachel sample the goods.

Three celebrity scoopers: Mrs. Acevedo, Mrs. McCrudden, and Mrs. Popielarz.

Even "Mr. Misty" showed up!


October is Fire Prevention Month

The Fair Lawn Fire Department always keeps us safe!

Fireman Bernard explains why smoke detectors are so important.

Fireman John shows us his special fire fighting equipment.

We even got to try out the truck!

Thank you, Firemen John & Bernard, for sharing your knowledge with us!


A beautiful autumn day calls for cooperative learning al fresco!

A good book, some good friends, a good teacher, and a shady tree!


Otto the Auto makes a guest appearance at SAS!

He spoke to us about pedestrian safety.

He gave us some good pointers about safely crossing the street.

Officer Tim from the Fair Lawn Police Department came by, too.

We made a new friend!  Thanks for coming, Otto and Officer Tim!


President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address

A clean-shaven "President Lincoln" (aka Mr. Flynn) brings Gettysburg to Fair Lawn.


Sixth grade visits Glassworks in Morristown, NJ as part of their science, math, and art enrichment.  The students learned aspects of geometry, balance, color, and glass cutting.

The curator, Stacey, said, "Thank you so much for bringing a great group of kids today."

Everyone had a good time while learning this specialized art.


Scholastic Olympics at St. Joseph Regional High School, Montvale

Catholic schools in Bergen county and some from New York state compete in art, English, spelling, math, history, science, religion, and computers.

Getting ready to leave for Montvale, our team of students this year:

Back row: Nick, Cody, PJ, Sean H, John, Sean F, Doug

Middle row: Victoria, Laura, Julia, James D, Jill-Lyn, Christina

Front row: Kalyn, James C

Later that afternoon...

Two FIRST PLACE winners!!

Sean F. (far right) in spelling and PJ (fourth from right) in English!!


The Clifton Animal Shelter visits to collect our month-long collection for them.

Volunteer Caroline, Mrs. Joosten, Mrs. Koppenal, and shelter trustee Liz

pose with Rachel and Lauren and three furry shelter "guests".

Rachel and Lauren got together and sold lemonade after our weekend masses to collect donations for the shelter.  The total was $225.00.

Even four-legged friends are grateful!  St. Francis of Assisi would be proud of our efforts.


Halloween 2007

Our annual costume parade

Pre-Kindergarten through grade three dressed in costumes for us to enjoy.

Even the teachers got into it!

These three chose to remain anonymous!

But, if you look closely, you may recognize someone you know!



Sixth grade enjoys a cross-curricular visit to Ancient Egypt

Pyramid building

The ancient Egyptians didn't have it so easy!

"Sweet" work!

We converted our names into hieroglyphics and wrote about how we would rule as pharaoh.


The Rotary Club of Fair Lawn gives a gift of new dictionaries to our third graders.

Rotarians Judy Keyes, Joanne Kwasniewski, Pat LaRocco, and Stu Herrmann present dictionaries to Julia, Gianpaolo, Brendan, and Anjeli.


Germs, beware!

Bergen Community College Nursing Students teach our Kindergarten students the proper way to wash their hands.

Nurse Elizabeth and Nurse Giselle ask why it's important to wash your hands well.

With the help of "magic" soap, Nurse Jerry will demonstrate to the boys in KB the correct way of thoroughly washing your hands.

Nurse Krista encourages careful rinsing.  Should have rolled-up those sleeves!

Under a special light, the magic soap shows areas that were cleaned and areas that were not.  These hands are sparkling!

Thank you, Mrs. Salort, R.N. (a St. Anne parent), for bringing your nursing students to us today.  Mrs. Salort (back row left) is a nursing instructor at Bergen Community College.


A visit from the K-9 Unit of the Bergen County Police Department

Officer Gagliostro tells Astra to find the hidden drugs.

He demonstrates how Astra listens to his commands.

Sgt. Donow tells us about K-9 training.

Officer Sileo and Simba listen attentively.

Good-bye, Simba!  Thanks for visiting us today.

And thanks to Mrs. Acevedo for arranging this assembly for us.


Our Student Council, under the direction of Mr. Puntasecca and Mrs. Joosten, organized our annual food drive to supply our parish food pantry with much-needed items to feed the hungry in our neighborhoods.

"For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat."

The food baskets will be distributed in time for Thanksgiving.  Each recipient will also receive a turkey and a homemade apple pie.  The pies were made by our Girl Scout troops.  They were assembled and frozen so they are ready for the oven.


Headphones help us to concentrate on our computer work.


It looks like Santa's workshop!

Students in grades Kindergarten through three got together to make Christmas and Hanukkah placemats for the clients at Maple Glen Nursing Home in Fair Lawn.

Jordan, Nick, Robert, and Dominick from grade three

Kyana shows off her cutting skills.

Gianna and Danielle are finished coloring and cutting, and now it's time to glue.

Finished products!


The sing-a-long was preceded by the annual bagel breakfast for students in grades 3-4-5-6.

Thomas led us in grace before we ate.

Jordan and Nick break bread with their teacher, Mrs. Popielarz.

As do Stephen, Marcel, Brian, and Andrew with their teacher, Mrs. Walsh.

Fourth graders Karla, Lauren, Mackenzie, and Tara enjoy some time together.

Justin, Michael, Joseph M., Joseph F., and Matthew are nearly finished.

The members of the Student Council with their moderators then led us in singing some songs with a "togetherness" theme.

Mrs. Joosten, Nicole, Melissa, Sean, Julia, Katie, Laura, Christina, Doug, Jill-Lyn, Melissa, James, Mr. Puntasecca, (and down in front) Thomas, Megan, and Ashley wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


The Pilgrims and Indians led us in song at our mass on November 21.

"Let your song be sung from mountains high!"

Grade 3 wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!


It's beginning to look a lot like...

Student Council members decorate our tree with ornaments made by each student.


December 6 - Feast of Saint Nicholas

and we had a visit from the jolly old elf himself!

He left us a candy cane in our shoes.  We left him canned food for our parish pantry.

A win-win situation!


Mrs. LoBue poses with Katie, Keanaan, Mona, Joseph, Brendan, and Stephanie

around just some of the stuffed animals collected this year as part of our Bear Hugs for the Holidays campaign.  These toys will be distributed to patients in area hospitals at Christmas.  Our collection will continue to December 20.  This is our eighth year participating in this collection.


Pre-K4 was a big hit with their rendition of "Santa's Coming".

Grade 3 decked out for "Deck the Halls".



First grade reminds us of the real Reason for the season.

Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem.

The shepherds came too.

And a heavenly choir of angels

The Magi presented their gifts to the Baby Jesus.


Third grade performs their original Christmas plays for their parents.

"Frosty the Snowman"

Santa takes a nap before the big night.

The lost reindeer are found and returned to Santa just in time

to start the rounds on Christmas Eve.

A good audience listens quietly

and comfortably.


Grade 6A and grade 2A get together to make Christmas necklaces.

Karen and Stephanie string the beads.

Christopher and Nigel assemble theirs.

"J" is for Jesus and the real tradition behind the candy cane.

David and Keanaan show off their finished product.

Merry Christmas to all!  And to all a healthy Happy New Year!


The Walk to Jerusalem

We're off!  Bon Voyage!

This week's meditation point: "We walk by faith and not by sight."

The countries we'll walk through.

Kindergarten A, Miss Carrino, and Mrs. Crawford are ready to go.

Grades 3, 5, and 8 took advantage of some unusually mild weather to go for a walk.


Grade 5

Grade 8

Every 20 minutes of exercise/walking = 1 mile

Grade 3 stops to trace our route this week from Fair Lawn to Morocco, a distance of 3,611 miles.


Ronald McDonald talks to us about character education

"On the Inside"

He got some help from Alexa.

Mrs.Popielarz and Mrs. Gonzalez performed in Ronald's play about trustworthiness.

Mrs. Siano, Taylor, Joseph, Mrs. LoBue, Mona, Mrs. Donohue, and Christian

played "That's Not Fair" to demonstrate fairness.

We made a new friend today!  Thanks, Ronald!


Homeroom 6A works on their Science Fair projects for Catholic Schools Week

Many hands make light work!




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