Photo History 2014-15

Grade 8 Class Trip

Grade 8 goes On the Town in NYC!

The eighth grade enjoyed an exciting day in NYC on their class trip to see the musical,  On the Town on Broadway.  When they arrived in the big apple, they were escorted to the penthouse of Pearl Studios to meet Cody Williams, an ensemble member of the 2015 cast of On the Town.  Cody spent 2 hours teaching the students the choreography to the infamous opening number, New York, New York.  He also spent time with the students sharing his experiences as a performer and the hard work it took to get to where he is today.  It will be a day many of the 8th graders will never forget.

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Pueri Cantores Tricky Tray Fundraiser

Come Help our Pueri Cantores choir by attending the Tricky Tray Fundraiser on Friday, May 15th, 2015.  Not only would you be helping them fulfill their dreams of performing in Italy for the Pope in December, but you could also go home with some fantastic prizes such as:

 – an iPad Air                                           –  Disney Hopper Passes
–  A Brand new TV                       –  a Grill – just in time for summer BBQ’s
–  Coach handbags                                  –  Sporting Events tickets
–  Gift Certificates, and more!

Discounted advance tickets are available HERE.

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Making Bread 1 We helped each other.

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Making Bread 2 It is a lot of work to make bread.

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Grade 2 and Fr Nalika We are very proud of the bread that we made.

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Grade 2 Bread We made crosses on the top of the bread

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Bless the Bread Father Nalika says a few prayers and blessed our bread

Second Grade Bakes Bread

The students of the St. Helena School second grade class learn the art of baking bread as they conclude their lessons on the Sacrament of Communion.  On May 9th many of the students will be receiving their First Eucharist.

Sister Charles Jubilee Celebration

Sister Charles celebrated 50 years of religious service as a Felician Nun in April.  The students surprised her with a special song and flowers during lunch.  Two special masses celebrated this accomplishment over the April 18th and 19th.  Students and alumni from the school volunteered to participate as musicians, alter servers and gift bearers.  Congratulations Sister Charles!

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This year’s basketball season was an exciting one that was enthusiastically supported by Fr. Anthony, Fr. Nalaka, Sr. Charles and our school faculty and staff, outstanding cheer squads,students and families!”  All of our teams did a great job by doing their best, playing their hardest and never giving up!  Our basketball season concluded with our 6th Annual Charity Basketball Game which took place on Tuesday, March 10th.

 

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Grade 1 Tennis

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Fun in Fall

October was an exciting month!  It began with Seventh grade hosting our First Friday Mass.  The 4th and 8th graders are now very comfortable using the Chromebooks during our pilot program this year.  Cupcake Wars and an Egg Drop (protecting an egg from a fall from the second floor) were only a few of the hands on STEM lessons that the students enjoyed.  Fall after-school sports began, but the students also had an opportunity to play soccer and tennis during physical education class.  The second graders? butterfly is on it?s way to Mexico.  The students are looking forward to seeing the symbolic butterflies that will ?migrate? to our school in the spring.  The entire school was entertained by performers from India?s Got Talent during an assembly.  The students had an opportunity to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest.  Participation fees were donated to the missions and the pumpkins were given to hospitalized veterans.  The stage was transformed into a haunted maze during the HSA sponsored Spooktacular and the month ended with our annual Halloween festivities.

Halloween 2014

Halloween Fun at St. Helena School

The students at St. Helena School dress up to show their creativity and interested.  This year Elsa ruled in the Kindergarten, but other princesses, super heroes, wizards and classic fairy tale characters were popular as well.  The students participated in a Halloween Parade around the school grounds as the parent watched and then they had classroom parties with treats and games including a Mummy wrap contest in some of the middle school grades.  The festivities continued after school at the annual Trunk or Treat run by the HSA.

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September 2014

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We the People

We the People

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Kindergarten Constitution

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Grade 7 Mass

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Grade 3 Soccer

Grade 1 Tennis

Grade 1 Tennis

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What’s Happening at Our School?

One month into school and so much has happened.  Our students and families participated in our first ever Family Spirituality Activity.  Projects can be viewed in the lobby between the Church and school for the next two weeks (ends October 17).  The students enjoyed learning about soccer and tennis in Physical Education class and students in grades 4 and 8 had a chance to test out our brand new ChromeBooks.  The whole school learned about the Constitution and Preamble and the children in our primary grades learned about Autumn harvests with activities about leaves, apples and of course the annual “miracle” pumpkins that appear the next day after the children “plant” seeds by the rectory.  The seventh grade also hosted our October First Friday Mass.

This Week at St. Helena School

During our second full week of school, the students have all had a chance to enjoy going to Specials including Art, Music, Technology, PE and World Languages.  The 7th and 8th Graders met the new Mandarin teacher.   The sixth and seventh grade science students used collaboration to problem solve in a cup stacking challenge and the “Save Fred” challenge.  The Robotics team also worked on their team-building skills.  All of the students were given an opportunity to attend the book fair and Father Anthony checked it out as well.  The week ended with a wonderful mass led by the eighth graders which was followed by their installation into the Safety Patrol.  

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Welcome to Our New Students and
Welcome Back to our St. Helena Families!

The beginning of a new school year can be a little hectic – all the forms to fill out and the new schedule – but we want to keep you informed and help your child have a wonderful learning experience here at our school.  A great way to do this is by attending our annual Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00 pm.  Learn about what we have planned for the school year, meet your child’s teachers, see the classrooms and labs.  You can also go to the library where you can purchase books during our Scholastics Book Fair.

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Father Anthony Challenges Youth Group to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

This past weekend, Father Anthony was nominated to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  This popular social media charity fundraising event has raised both money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig?s disease.  The idea is to make a small donation and do the challenge, while nominating up to three people who, if not completed in 24 hours, are encouraged to donate $100 to ALSA.  This all started by a man named Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the disease when he was only 27 years old.  He wanted to make a difference. To help with this cause, you can do the challenge yourself and make a donation HERE.

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SHS Teachers Attend Programming Conference

In August, three St. Helena faculty members attended a one week conference, held at at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, to learn more about incorporating more problem solving and programming skills into middle and elementary schools and enrichment clubs.  This conference was attended by educators from across the globe, including Japan, Sweden, London and around the United States.  Our teachers will be utilizing what they have learned in a brand new Coding Club for Girls that will be piloted in the 2014-15 school year.

Coding Camp for Kids

Google Coder comes to St. Helena School

IN the beginning of August, 16 students going into grades 6 through 8 were given the opportunity to participate in the first ever Summer Coding Camp for Kids held in the computer lab at St. Helena School.  Sponsored by Google NYC, the students were the first school to hold intensive workshops on using a new product called Google Coder.  The goal of the one week camp was to introduce the students to the concepts of servers and networks, as well as how to code using HTML, CSS and Javascript.  These are the main tools necessary for designing websites and online games.  The students also had the opportunity to use the schools new Google Chromebooks.

Photo History 2015_16


A Look Back at Our 2015-16 School Year

Kindergarten is Moving Up

On Monday, June 13th, the Kindergarten Class of 2016 held their Moving Up Ceremony with poems and songs to share what they learned during the year.  Here is the slideshow that was presented at the end of the evening

Class of 2016 Graduates!!

On a beautiful Friday in June, students from the St. Helena Class of 2016 graduated after a beautiful Mass and ceremony in the church.  We wish the, well as they continue their academic journey to high school and beyond. Congratulations Class of 2016!

 

Farewell to the Halls of St. Helena School

The students in grade 8 will be graduating our school on Friday, June 10th.  Following tradition,  they walked through the halls one last time, this time lined by the students of the other grades.  After the procession, they join their parents who then circle the school a couple times in decorated cars while the rest of the students watch through the windows and wave goodbye.

PreK is Moving On to Kindergarten

The St. Helena Pre-K Class of 2016 held their ceremony on Thursday, June 9th to celebrate a year of learning.  We have created this video of their year (there is music so make sure your sound is on and you have Kleenex nearby).

 

 

Pass It On 2016

Pass It On Mass

During a mass hosted by the first grade on June 3rd, the 8th grade class passed down their responsibilities and privileges to the 7th grade class in preparation for graduation on Friday, June 10th.


One Short Day….One Great Day!!

Eighth grade students had a once in a lifetime experience learning a routine from the dance captain of the world renowned musical, Wicked.  After learning the choreography from the song, One Short Day, the students were able to learn about the Broadway industry in a discussion session with their instructor for the day.

After a wonderful lunch in midtown Manhattan, the students enjoyed the performance of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater.  It was truly a ‘wicked awesome’ day!!

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To all SHS Families
Thank you for a wonderful evening
with family and friends

at our
Annual Family  BBQ

Games, Food and Music
Water Balloons!

 

Skype 2016

Skyping with Italy

 The students in grades 6 and 8 held a Skype session with their online blogging friends from an English class in Forli, Italy.  Throughout the year the students shared information about their different cultures and projects they were doing in school through Kidblog.  They ended the year by having a live videoconferencing session where they could ask questions and even perform for each other.  One student in Italy played the ukelele for us and our students sang the opening number in Lion King for them.  It was a fun experience for all.

 


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This week the preschoolers released butterflies
that had watch grow from pupae
to beautiful winged creatures!

They waited for the perfect weather and,
with the help of Father Anthony,
released them outside of the school
into the air.

Police Officer Mass

 

On Friday, May 13th,  the school community gathered in Church to
celebrate a Mass for the Police Officers.
This Mass was celebrated in honor of

 

National Peace Officer’s Day and
National Police Officer’s Week. 

 

This Mass united the School, Church, and local communities together
in a celebration of peace and support.

Missed seeing them in Rome?

Pueri Cantores

Thank You Concert

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Sunday, May 1st at 2:00


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Ellis Island: Gateway to America

Performed for the
Grade 4 through 8 Students

 

 

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CSW2016Sunday Open House – We invite all interested families to come and tour our school, meet the faculty and some of our students

Monday Green & Gold Competition Kick-Off
Monday is also PJ/Stuffed Pet Day – Bring in cereal for pantry and you can wear flannel pajamas to school.
Bring in pet food or supplies and your favorite stuffed animal can come to class with you

Together Tuesday –
Open House & Family Luncheon – Parents bring lunch to share with their children.  This is a great opportunity to get to spend time with your child and to get to know the other parents in your child’s class.

Wacky Wednesday – Students who donate a new pair of socks for the needy can come in with a pair of “crazy socks”  and no, they do not have to match.  Early dismissal at 12:30pm.

Throwback Thursday – Pre-k will participate in their Annual Winter Olympics as they are cheered on by the entire school!

Finale Friday – Green & Gold Competition concludes with competitions throughout the day

Saturday Children’s Mass – Come worship with us as we give thanks for the gifts of Catholic Schools

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Faculty Attends Diocesan In-Service

 

All faculty members of St. Helena School attended an all day workshop to enhance
the religious curriculum of the school with faculty members for all over the Diocese of Metuchen.
Program provided opportunities for teachers around the diocese to
share ideas on social justice, cooperative work, incorporating Catholic virtues and more.  We look forward to incorporating some of these ideas in our classrooms.

Meeting Pope Francis in Rome

Students, faculty and families from St. Helena School traveled to Rome over the Christmas break to perform with the International Pueri Cantores choir and had the once in a lifetime opportunity to come face to face with Pope Francis.  You will recognize them in the beginning of this video, as they shake hands with his holiness at their audience with the Pope.

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Google Visits St. Helena School

Brendan, Aa representative from Google, came to our school to demonstrate a new adventure called Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.  They provided all of the students in grades 3-8 with Google Cardboard to go on Virtual field trips with their teachers to places like The Holy Lands of Jerusalem, Undersea Explorations, Behind the Scenes of a Chef, and more.  They learned history, math, religion and science while exploring the world.  As Beta testers for the program, the students were asked for their opinions on how to make the program better as well as what features they enjoyed.

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Grade 6 hosted our

Annual Christmas Show

 on Tuesday, December 15

at 12:30 pm

The Faculty and Staff
of St. Helena School

would like to wish all of you a
Very Blessed Christmas
and a
Happy New Year!

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The children of St. Helena School host a special Thanksgiving Mass on the last day before the short holiday break.

 

Prayer for Peace Live Rosary

After hearing about the horrendous terrorist attacks in Paris, France, the students at St. Helena School came together with  community to pray for those who were suffering from violence around the world.  A live rosary enveloped the community in the church as prayers were spoken.