On Friday, September 21, our school family gathered in the gym to celebrate “Lily” day in the cities of Rock Hill and Brentwood. Lily, who is in our Pre-K 4 classroom has successfully fought leukemia for the last thirty-four months. Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted Lily’s wish in celebration of her doing so well and has sent her and her family to Disney World. Keith Rawlings from “Youth in Action” has spear-headed the funding for Lily’s trip. Keith and the mayors of Brentwood and Rock Hill attended our celebration and presented Lily with a proclamation.
On Wednesday our fifth grade students graduated from the D.A.R.E. program. This program teaches the students decision making for safe and healthy living. Our D.A.R.E. officer and the new Brentwood police chief were on hand to help celebrate with the students. D.A.R.E. envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. All of the students wrote an essay and two were chosen to read their essay at the graduation.
Saint Mary Magdalen teamed up with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital to participate in Homers for Health. Saint Mary Magdalen hosted a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby & dress down day. Each student that participated made a minimum $5 donation. Each participant got 10 swings at the ball on the tee. The top 4 participants, two females and two males per age group, earning the highest points will advance to the final Home Run Derby Championship at Forest Park on Friday, May 4 hosted by Matt Carpenter and some of his teammates.
This year, 2018, marks the 75th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 361 at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish. The troop was first chartered on January 15, 1943 by the Holy Name Society. For 75 years our Boy Scout Troop has provided countless opportunities for personal growth, outdoor adventure, character development and religious commitment. This Sunday, the scouts honored parishioner Norm Krumrey who was an original charter member of Troop 361 at its founding in 1943. Father Jack Siefert congratulated Norm and presented him with a scout neckerchief embroidered with the troop name and number on the back.
During Advent, the students at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School donated new gloves and hats to be given to the Webster/Rock Hill Ministries. The ministries are supported through the generosity of community churches, organizations, individuals and area businesses. The ministries provide food, clothes, medicine and emergency assistance to people in need. We filled our collection box with the necessities that the poor need to keep them warm during the winter months. Saint Mary Magdalen exemplifies the importance of living the message of Jesus Christ by helping others.
Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School’s 8th grade students participated in the Young Scientist Program at Ferrell Learning Center on Washington University’s Medical Center Complex. The students participated in various activities increasing their knowledge in the areas of genetics and physics. They performed a genetic experiment extracting DNA from a strawberry. The students learned the process of extraction using strawberries, shampoo, salt, alcohol and water. “This is so cool,” exclaimed Brody A. “Now it makes sense,” as the DNA attached to their cotton swabs.
Last week, grades 4-8 met with four very special guests. We were honored to have four veterans come and speak to us about Veterans Day and the importance of the United States Flag and what it symbolizes to all those who have fought for our country. While they were here, they taught the children how to correctly fold our flag. They explained that the folding of the flag is a symbolic passing of the 13 truths, one for each fold of the flag. These truths represent the same religious principles upon which our country was originally founded.
As a fun alternative to trick-or-treating and all the scary stuff, Saint Mary Magdalen celebrated Trunk-or-Treat. Trunk-or-Treat is like classic trick-or-treating where kids still dress up in costumes and ask for candy, but it was held in the church parking lot. Cars opened their trunks or the backs or their vehicles and decorated them. Then parents pass out candy from their trunks. This provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters.
On Saturday, October 14, a peaceful Public Square Rosary was held at noon outside St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Brentwood, MO, at the intersection of Manchester Road and Brentwood Boulevard. Three parishes – Holy Redeemer, Immacolata, and St. Mary Magdalen — came together to plan and organize the event, which was advertised to many neighboring parishes and schools in central St. Louis County.
In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21 Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Brentwood, Missouri took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace near the entrance to the school. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. The first Pinwheels for Peace were installed on Sept. 21, 2005. Since then this effort has grown from 500,000 pinwheels planted the first year to 4 million pinwheels in 2016. Locally, Mrs. Audrey McCormick, our Art teacher, coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year. This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.
”The best day of my life”…”This is a once in a lifetime experience”, these are just a few of the many things that the children at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School said today during and after the solar eclipse. The day began with the science teacher, Mrs. Dorhauer, speaking to the students about the solar eclipse and the science behind it, as well as how to be safe during it. The morning was filled with instruction and explanation by the teachers, preparing the children for what they would see and experience in just a couple of hours, the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Thank you to the Brentwood police who stopped traffic as the Saint Mary Magdalen students and staff crossed Manchester Road. The students, teachers, parents, and Fr.
On Sunday, August 13, the students and the parishioners of Saint Mary Magdalen celebrated the start of the new school year by attending a special Backpack Blessing during the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Father Jack Siefert called all students in the parish forward and gave them a special blessing for a great year. Each of the students received a tag that they can attach to their backpacks for the year. After Mass the Day School students visited their classrooms and dropped off all of their school supplies. After visiting the classrooms the kids and their families enjoyed a cool treat.
Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School students in grades 3-7 participated in the World CPR Challenge Event sponsored by American Medical Response and particularly Abbott EMS.
The purpose of this challenge is to increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and to highlight the critical importance of bystander CPR. The students learned to recognize a typical victim who is unconscious and not breathing normally, when to call 911, and to perform chest compressions until professional help arrives. Tracey Swabby, a parent at Saint Mary Magdalen and Business Development Manager for AMR/Abbott EMS, and three Abbott paramedics talked to our students and taught them compression-only CPR, which significantly improves survival from sudden cardiac arrest. She told the students that research has shown rescue breathing is not necessary in the first minutes after sudden cardiac arrest, but that continuous compressions can be lifesaving. Even though the presentation was short, the extreme importance of being prepared with essential lifesaving skills was not lost on the children.
Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Brentwood had sculpted a depiction of Saint Mary Magdalen. This depiction of the, “Apostle to the Apostles,” is taken from the beautiful crucifixion scene located in the church sanctuary. Michelle Bowman of Restorations Plus handled the commissioning of the statue and put the pastor, Fr. Jack Siefert, in contact with a local sculptor, Abraham Mohler, who sculpted the statue from a large block of limestone. The ten thousand pound statue took a year to finish and is sitting on the southwest corner of the church property.
Every year since 1974, Catholic schools celebrate Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. This past week Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School celebrated this rich tradition. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We observed the annual celebration week with Masses, an open house and other activities for students, families and parishioners. These events helped us to focus on the value Catholic education provides to our students, our church, and our communities.
The 8th grade students from Saint Mary Magdalen School and the Family Faith Formation Program, along with 8 parents, are attending the March for Life in Washington D.C.
The Saint Mary Magdalen Pro-Life Committee helped to cover the cost of the trip. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are marching to protect the lives of the unborn.
Part of the mission of Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School is to provide a foundation in Christ through serving others. [On Nov. 22] we demonstrated SERVICE to others and the whole school participated: we decorated bags, wrote notes, made sandwiches, and bagged cookies and chips for Saint Patrick Center.
St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless. Saint Mary Magdalen School chose this charity to share our blessings with the less fortunate in Saint Louis. All of the children from three years old through eighth grade have been studying the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School and Parish was extremely fortunate this weekend to have raised over $100,000 on Saturday and an additional $20,000 on Sunday. The money will be used to both enhance the technology in the school building and replace the school’s fifty year old malfunctioning boiler: $70,000 for the boiler and $52,500 for technology. The parish hosted its annual Dinner Auction last Saturday night at the Frontenac Hilton. Father Jack Siefert asked those in attendance to fund a need for new school technology and alerted the group that a new boiler was needed for the school. He stated the new boiler would cost $100,000, but a generous donation of $50,000 had already been made that morning anonymously.
In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Brentwood, Missouri, took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at Manchester and Brentwood. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st — there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 10), 2015, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Miss Audrey Corby, our art teacher, coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year. This project is non-political — peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
Saint Mary Magdalen Kindergarten through 8th Grade students created pinwheels. As part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance / living in harmony with others” on one side.
On Thursday, May 5, the Brentwood Community along with 51 other city halls in the St. Louis area held a National Day of Prayer. Every first Thursday of May, Christians and Americans of other faiths come together at their local city halls and pray for their land locally and nationally. The mission of the Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in our culture. Saint Mary Magdalen students, as well as our Pastor Father Jack Siefert, joined other Brentwood citizens at the Brentwood City Hall.