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…

Why I Give: Partners in Education

By Katherine Conway Our family’s connection to Mount Alvernia Academy (MAA) began in 1993 when I entered Fourth Grade. Of all my school years, my time spent at MAA was by far my favorite. I have so many wonderful memories of my time as a student here. The sense of community was unparalleled as was…

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…

MAA Parent & Patriots QB Mr. Brian Hoyer Visits Campus

Mount Alvernia Academy students were treated to an inspiring talk yesterday morning by MAA parent and Patriots quarterback, Mr. Brian Hoyer. Amid a sea of red, white, and blue Patriots gear, Mr. Hoyer spoke to our students about what it is like to be an NFL player and the value of hard work. A product…

Faculty Friday Mrs. MaryEllen Ryan: A True Lifelong Learner

For Mount Alvernia Academy First, Second & Third Grade Teacher, Mrs. MaryEllen Ryan, learning is truly a lifelong passion. “I love school!” She laughed. “I could be a student forever. There is just something about it — learning new things, setting goals, and then achieving them. I just love being part of a school community.”…

All Saints’ Day at MAA

It’s All Saints Day at MAA and that means some pretty incredible individuals visited campus today.