St. Mary Magdalen students learn at WashU

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.

Veterans visit St. Mary Magdalen School

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.

St. Mary Magdalen Trunk-or-Treats

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.

Rosary Rally for peace at St. Mary Magdalen

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.

St. Mary Magdalen School students plant ‘Pinwheels for Peace’

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.

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School students experience the eclipse

”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.

Backpack Blessing and School Open House

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.

St. Mary Magdalen students learn CPR

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.  

St. Mary Magdalen Church new sculpture

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.

St. Mary Magdalen celebrates Catholic Schools Week

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.

St. Mary Magdalen 8th-graders march in D.C.

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.

SMM students serve at St. Patrick Center

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.