Center for Architecture Residency continues in the 2nd Grade. (Week 3 Update)

The Center for Architecture began their residency in the Second grade.  Stay tuned for weekly updates as the students learn with this unique hands-on experience.
Week 1:
Students created their own accordion books with different buildings that we see in our neighborhood

Week 2:

Second grade creates their own blueprints using architectural vocabulary to label the different shapes they used.

Week 3:

The students are beginning to create our neighborhood. Each student has been assigned a building to design. Their first step is to draw the building before they actually begin to create them.

Happy Lunar New Year

Today the Kindergarten celebrated Chinese New Year.  We hope all of our Chinese friends and neighbors have a safe and lucky new year.  We look forward to continuing the celebration with a Lion dance on March 1st. 

100th Day of School

Today St. Ephrem celebrated 3 important events.  We began our day with our Ash Wednesday Mass and had Valentine’s Day celebrations throughout the day, but for these youngsters, the celebration of the 100th day of school might have been the most important.  Only 80 more to go!!!

Kindergarten created necklaces of 100 Froot Loops 

2nd grade built castles to the sky of 100 paper cups.

Catholic Schools Week

St. Ephrem Catholic School celebrates a week of fun and prayer to celebrate all the things that make Catholic education special.

Monday kicked off with a visit from the Harlem Magic Masters 

In the morning, our students gathered to experience an amazing display by the Harlem Magic Masters. Students watched and participated in various tricks and received a positive message about themselves and how to treat others.

Teachers got in on the fun too…

And even Fr. Adamo learned a new trick…


Thank you, Harlem Magic Masters for giving us a great kick off to Catholic Schools Week.

Monday concluded with our 8th grades lending a helping hand with the kindergarten 



Tuesday was Career Day

Students learned about all of the exciting jobs that will be available to them when they grow up.

From the emergency workers to attorneys, the students welcomed a wide variety of guests. 

The First grade meets JC the K9 units bomb-sniffing dog. 


Nurse Claire let the students know what it took to work in a hospital. 

The 4th grade learns about fire safety 


The police continue to capture the students’ imagination

Our own Msgr. Theo came to speak to the students about the vocation of becoming a priest. 

Wednesday was St. Ephrem’s chance to reflect on what makes Catholic Schools special, our faith. 

The day kicked off with our lower grade Religion Bee.  Congratulations to Sophia Creo for taking 1st place. 


Our day to celebrate our faith continued with the Rosary Rally with a special dedication for Fr. Jim serving overseas.

Thursday was all about culture

Each class took a trip to a cultural institution in our great city.


 Kindergarten learns about the fine arts at Pinot’s Pallet 




First and second grade braved the cold and headed out to the South Street Seaport. 

3rd and 4th grades headed off to Madame Tussaud’s 

Friday we closed our Catholic Schools Week with our annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game. 

Chalk up another victory for the faculty

Tri-State Italian Scholarship

On February 27, 2017, thanks to the continued generosity of the Tri-State Italian-American Congress, 109 students enrolled in Catholic elementary schools and academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens received a scholarship to attend Catholic school. Auxiliary Bishop James Massa presided in place of Bishop Nicolas DiMarzio as the scholarships were presented at St. James Cathedral Basilica in downtown Brooklyn. In total, $100,000 in scholarship awards was given to students of Italian lineage. We are proud and happy for our students who received this award. If you are of Italian heritage inquire with the office about how you too can be a part of this next year.

4th and 6th grades visit the Guild for Exceptional Children

The 4th and 6th grades worked with the Guild for Exceptional Children. This program allows our students to reach out to the community and give back to those less fortunate than themselves. Students and guild members worked together to make crafts for Christmas and truly enjoyed each others time together.

Students Visit the Guild for Exceptional Children

We are proud to help our students fulfill the good works portion of their Catholic identity. Our partnership with the Guild for Exceptional Children allows our students to learn valuable lessons outside of the school building while bringing joy to those around them. Our 7th and 8th-grade students visited the guild to work with and read to pre-k children. They were happy to share their time and had a great experience.

Aquinas Circle continues its work

The St. Ephrem Aquinas Circle continues their work on New York Infrastructure in coordination with Bishop Kearney High School. On reflection of her work in the group Mia Franki stated “For my sanitation building, I am using the laser cutter and the 3-D printer. The reason I’m using two machines is because I can’t make a dome with the laser cutter because it can’t fold that way so I went with the 3-D printer.” The 6th -8th-grade students chosen for this program will present their completed project at the Aquinas Expo early next year.

Annabella Colavito working on,, a design tool which allows you turn ideas into a CAD model for a 3D printer

Annabella and Mrs. Bardo watching the laser printer produce her model.

Mia Franki and Christian Daloul watch production of Mia’s design.

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