Faculty Friday! Coach Pat Shannon

For MAA gym teacher, Coach Pat Shannon, incorporating the school’s core principles of kindness and compassion into his classes and after-school sports program is the best part of the job. “Nothing gives me more joy than watching a super competitive game and at the end seeing kids walk over and shake hands with each other,”…

Soup-er Bowl Canned Food Drive Kicks off Another Year

What better way to celebrate the Patriots making it to the Super Bowl and the start of Catholic Schools Week than to give back to our local community? For the second year in a row, MAA will do its part to tackle hunger by holding its Soup-er Bowl Canned Food Drive. Led by 5th-grade room…

Mount Alvernia Stands Together Against Bullying

Today is Blackout Bullying Day at MAA. The day of awareness and action kicked off with a presentation by MAA’s Student Council, accompanied by a video from the Boston Sports Museum’s “Boston vs Bullies” project. The video helped students learn how to identify and stop bullying through short interviews with some true Boston all-stars like…

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…

Faculty Friday: Ms. Amy Santiano

At Mount Alvernia Academy (MAA), Second Grade marks an exciting chapter in students’ academic journeys. They take on new academic, spiritual, and social responsibilities. Many of our Second Graders make their First Communion and all participate in our Second Grade Liturgy, affirming their commitment to share their God-given gifts with others. Understanding and nurturing guides…

Christmas Concert Brings Joy and Love!

We had yet another wonderful Christmas Concert yesterday! Families, faculty, and staff gathered to watch our children perform the nativity story and sing some beautiful Christmas songs. This event would not have been possible without our dedicated volunteers and talented faculty who have been working tirelessly for over two months to prepare our students for…

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…

MAA Christmas Festival and Breakfast with Santa a Big Successes!

What fun! MAA kicked off the Christmas season this weekend with our annual Christmas Festival and Breakfast with Santa. Students, faculty, staff, and families gathered in the Dorothy McCormick Gymnasium on Friday for a fantastic afternoon of games, raffles, and fun. Students could choose from a myriad of activities staffed by MAA parents. It was…

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…

Faculty Friday: Mrs. Lena O’Connell

Mount Alvernia Academy third grade teacher, Mrs. Lena O’Connell’s close relationship with her mother not only inspired her to be the caring, patient person she is today but formed the foundation of her vocation to teaching. “I came to the U.S. when I was 10 months old. We were from Napoli, Italy — right near…