MAA Goes to Washington

Just two weeks after school ended, a group of eight rising fifth and sixth-grade MAA students, their parents, and our science teacher, Mrs. Maria Lyons, packed their bags for the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project’s 39th Annual Youth Energy Conference and Awards in Washington, D.C.    We earned an invitation to the conference by…

MAA Sixth Grader Publishes a Collection of Poetry

For MAA sixth-grader, Olivia, writing poetry has always been a passion. It started as a hobby, something to do after school and a good way to express emotions. She would sit down, write what came to mind, and slip her poems in a folder. As the folder began to swell, Olivia realized something, “I have…

Love and Renewal During Lent at MAA

Lent is a time for renewal. At MAA, students are embracing the three themes of love, prayer, and fasting to make the world a better place. Walk the hallways and you will see student’s Lenten promises, what they are doing during these 40 days represented in art projects and posters.     On Ash Wednesday, students…

MAA’s Green Team

Thursday was recycling day at MAA. Students diligently collected recycling bins in every classroom, staging them in the front hallway before bringing them outside for pickup. The monthly recycling rounds are spearheaded by MAA Student Council’s Commissioners of the Environment, two fifth graders and a sixth grader. For one fifth grader, recycling is a concrete…

MAA Parent Shares His Gift of Storytelling and Writing

Mount Alvernia Academy is blessed to have enthusiastic families that share their time and talents with our students. MAA parent and alumni parent, Matthew Janchar, a history buff and talented storyteller, stopped by campus the other day to share a story he wrote with MAA’s fifth-grade class. He first read the story to his eldest…

Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Well-Being

By Jennifer Dirga (MAA School Counselor) What is emotional well being and how do you nurture social and emotional competencies with your child? The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defines social and emotional learning as, “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to…

Learning Perseverance and Hope from “A Long Walk to Water”

By Ms. Lawhorn Every morning, our students recite MAA’s children’s mission statement. “God made me to live, not just for myself, but to share my gifts with others. I will follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Saint Francis, and Saint Clare to make the world a better place.” I try to reinforce our mission statement…

Another Fun Year Ahead For MAA’s Band

MAA is lucky to partner with Paul Effman Music to teach our students to play everything from the clarinet to the saxophone and now, for the first time, the violin. Walk MAA’s halls on any given Monday and you will hear the sound of 60 plus elementary school children trying to tune their instruments. It…

Tips for Getting the Year Started Right

From a good breakfast in the morning to knowing it is okay to make mistakes, here are MAA’s Homeroom Teachers’ tips for a great start to the school year.