Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

Joshua Vargas- Grade 5

Christian Zagada - Grade 7

 


 "Climate Change Videos from our 8th Graders"

Mary Mifsud


 

Sophia Mirabella


 

Kiara Torno

 

 


 

Click here to see full Application Announcement

The scholarship application is now officially OPEN for the 2016/17 school year. Please encourage all families who received an award for THIS school year (2015/16) to apply as soon as possible for the 2016/17 school year. Scholarships are NOT automatically renewed. Funding is limited and awards are given on a first come, first serve basis to families who COMPLETED (all supplemental documents are submitted) their application before the deadline.

The scholarship deadline is April 22, 2016. 

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

 

 


Thank you to Mr. Marco Auriti for taking time out to show our Kindergarten and First Grade classes the art of DeCecco Pasta.The children had a wonderful time!

 

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Our Science Fair

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Our PreK Enjoying a Multicultural Luncheon

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Thanksgiving Luncheon with Grades Nursery-8th

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Introducing the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge to Immac Students!

The Latin and Greek Roots Challenge is designed to introduce students in Grades 3 to 8 to many of the Latin and Greek roots that are the “building blocks” for the English Language. It is estimated that over 60% of English words are derived from Latin and Greek. The percentage is much higher in the sciences, medicine, law, and theology.

By introducing students to these roots and their meanings and instilling in them the discipline to deconstruct” words into their component roots, we give them the foundation for future academic success. By structuring the program in a creative, fun manner and including the entire school in a community-building activity, we hope to engage students’ interest and enthusiasm for learning.

 

Why Roots?

Roots are the building blocks of the English Language. Understanding the meaning of roots helps unlock the meaning of the words that contain those roots – even if a student is not familiar with those particular words.

For instance, if a student understands that peri- means ‘around” or “near”  (e.g.periscope –an instrument to view around ; or perimeter –the measurement of the boundary around an area) and that ge – (or geo) means “earth”  (e.g. geography – writing about or describing all of the earth’s surface features and related life; or geology – the study of the origin, history, composition and structure of the earth) – then he or she would be able to understand that the word perigee has something to do with “around the earth”. In fact, perigee means ‘the point at which an object orbiting the earth is nearest to the earth”.

Understanding root meanings gives students a tool to identify the definitions of new words they encounter. Remember, “the secret of the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge is as simple as looking within a word to find its meantime. 

 

A Surprise "Plug" on Television

Anthony Biscione, Senior Deputy Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn, surprised us earlier this month by informing us that the Currents program on NET-TV had featured the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge in one of their recent programs.  Correspondent Marie Elena Giossi visited Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy in Forest Hills, NY, to talk to students and teachers about the program.  We were very impressed by how articulate the OLM students were in describing the Roots Challenge and its benefits.  Principal, Linda Dougherty, explained to us later, "We were not at all scripted!  We were asked to do this the day before, so it is the real thing.  I am glad that it did justice to the program."

You can watch this quick, three-minute feature by clicking on the picture below.  We think you will enjoy it as much as we did.  Congratulations and thank you to Linda and all the students and staff at Our Lady of Mercy.
 

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NET-TV Currents feature on the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge
 

 

 

 

Our mission is to provide every child with a safe and nurturing environment that facilitates a love of learning as well as a love for God, others, and self.