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.

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic school and parish raises $120,000

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.

Eagles win; follow Brentwood school news on Twitter

Both the Brentwood School District and the high school’s college and career center posts regularly on Twitter. The district posted updates from homecoming over the past weekend. Brentwood football beat Lift for Life Friday night 64-12. Senior, Justice Harris, had a big night, tallying 163 yards in four carries, one pass reception for 48 yards and an 85-yard kickoff return. (Stats via St.

Pinwheels for Peace at St. Mary Magdalen School

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.

St. Mary Magdalen receives large anti-bullying donation

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School announced in a press release Friday that the school has received an anonymous donation of $5,000 to support the school’s efforts to address bullying. Principal Kathy Wiseman told parents the news at the back to school night, and how the school plans to address bullying and other forms of social cruelty, along with its commitment to ethical behavior. Wiseman feels it is more important now than ever that the students are given the strategies and tools to deal with society in a Christian and ethical way. The plan is to implement the Owning Up curriculum, to teach the students to have moral courage and Christian values to cope with the daily encounters they face.

St. Mary Magdalen pastor and students celebrate National Day of Prayer

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.

Brentwood Eagle Scout honored

James O’Halloran, a Boy Scout with Troop 361, sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen Parish, was honored with a proclamation at the Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting Monday for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. O’Halloran is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also completed hours of community service, participated in camping and hiking, and completed the Leave No Trace Achievement Award. His Eagle Scout project was leading a crew of seven adults and 10 scouts to build an indoor nativity stable for St.

St. Mary Magdalen School students among top 100 in St. Louis Symphony contest

Several Saint Mary Magdalen students were recognized on Thursday, March 3, at Powell Symphony Hall for their artistic interpretations of the Scherzo for Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dream. Miss Audrey Corby, art teacher at Saint Mary Magdalen, entered the students’ work into the Picture the Music Program through the Saint Louis Symphony. The Picture the Music Program encourages creativity of students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The students are to use their artistic interpretations in painting, drawing or coloring in response to a specific selection of symphony music. After all entries were received, judges reviewed them and the top 100 finalists were chosen. Saint Mary Magdalen students Agatha L., Abigail K., Jacob N., and Colleen D. were chosen in the top 100.

Carnival at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School raises $614

On Tuesday, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School had our Mission Carnival. Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. King, and the older students prepared the gym for a “Mardi Gras” celebration. Beads were handed out to the children, games ad face paintings were the hit of the day. All of the precedes from the Mission Carnival will be sent to two Bolivian orphanages that Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School has adopted through Pan y Amor-Mission Office of the Archdiocese. These missions help boys and girls of all ages.

St. Mary Magdalen Distinguished Graduate Award 2016

The Distinguished Graduate Award honors a graduate of Catholic Elementary School who has made a contribution to American life and the Catholic Church. The award is offered yearly through the National Catholic Education Association. It is presented by the Saint Mary Magdalen School Board during Catholic Schools Week. Last Friday during the all school Mass, Saint Mary Magdalen honored their  Distinguished Graduate for 2016, Judy Van Cleave Chiodini, a 1965 graduate of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School.

Vote for St. Mary Magdalen fish fry

It’s fish fry time and Brentwood’s St. Mary Magdalen’s ‘God’s Cod Fish Fry’ has made it into a poll in the St. Louis Business Journal. As of Thursday afternoon the God’s Cod fry was in third place with 12 percent, behind Our Lady of thePilar (29) and St. Gerard Majella (19).

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School celebrates 100 days

Celebrating while helping others….The First Grade and Kindergarten classes at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School celebrated the 100th day of school. The students did chores at home to earn canned goods for the Saint Vincent DePaul food pantry. The idea was that while celebrating the 100th day of school each child could bring in a can to help those less fortunate. While hoping for 100 cans the students actually collected over 300 cans for the food pantry. The celebration began with the collecting and counting of the 100 cans in the Kindergarten class room.

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School Choir sings at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School Choir gathered in the Atrium at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for the unveiling of their Tree of Hope and treasure chest filled with Messages of Hope for patients and their families during the holidays. We were honored to have been chosen to sing for patients, families, doctors, nurses, and caregivers on this very special evening. Afterwards, we ventured outside the main entrance of the hospital for more Christmas caroling and the lighting ceremony where several patients flipped the large switch, turning on all the Christmas lights around the outside of the hospital. Saint Mary Magdalen was so proud to be a part of this year’s Light up Glennon. It was a wonderful ceremony, the choir was amazing, and the kids enjoyed being a part of this very special event.

St. Mary Magdalen kids talk to astronaut

Fifth, sixth and seventh grade students from Saint Mary Magdalen, Saint Genevieve Dubois, Little flower and Our Lady of the Pillar filled the gym at Saint Genevieve Dubois School and had the privilege of talking to an astronaut on the International Space Station. They listened intently as amateur radio operators contacted the International Space Station with the help of an 11-foot antenna that was placed on the roof of Saint Genevieve Dubois School. Saint Mary Magdalen students Megan T. and Mark P. both got to ask a question to the astronaut, Dr. Kjell Lindgren. While they were speaking to him the International Space Station flew from Washington state to Florida in nine minutes. Science teachers from each school have been using NASA program information in their classes, including presentations and activities on radio, satellites, weather and the space station.

St. Mary Magdalen kids trunk-or-treat

As a fun alternative to trick-or-treating and all the scary stuff, Saint May 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 of their vehicles and decorated them. Then parents pass out candy from their trunks. This provides a safe family environment for the trick-or-treaters.

Peaceful Rosary Rally for America

On Saturday, October 10 a peaceful Public Square Rally for America was held at noon outside Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. The rally was a joint effort between St. Mary Magdalen and Immacolata parishes. The purpose was to pray for America, for peace in the world, and for the respect for all human life, from conception to natural death. Approximately 250 people from Saint Mary Magdalen, Immacolata and surrounding parishes and the entire St.