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St. Mary’s Assumption students compete in National History Day

St. Mary’s Assumption School in Pittston competed in the regional National History Day competition at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre campus, on March 19. Three performances will be moving on to the state competition at Millersville University on May 11 and 12.

First place individual performance winner was Michael Conlon. Michael portrayed a World War I veteran, looking back on the Christmas Day Truce of 1914.

Second place individual performance winner was Bria Moore. Bria portrayed a World War II bride who chose to work outside of the home. She was met with opposition by her traditional-minded mother-in-law.

Second place group performance winners were Thomas Lewis, Laura Mariotti, Lauren Senese, and Kaya Swanek. They portrayed the major conflicting characters during the mine strike of 1902.

St. Mary’s Assumption School won second place for the school achievement award in the junior division, competing against ten other schools.

Monitors for National History Day at St. Mary’s Assumption are Mrs. Anne Powers, Mrs. Doris Brady and Mrs. Bonnie Blaskiewicz. Everyone at St. Mary’s Assumption is proud of our National History competitors and wishes those moving on to the state competition the best of luck.

Pictured at left is Michael Conlon

At right in row one are Erin Senese and Elizabeth Boos. Row two: Vienna Donnelly and Elana Clancy. Row three: Ann Lewis, Bria Moore, and Lauren Senese. Row four: Kaya Swanek, Laura Moriotti, and Tommy Lewis. Row five: Mrs. Anne Powers, advisor and Mrs. Doris Brady, advisor. Absent from picture was Michael Conlon and Mrs. Bonnie Blaskiewicz, advisor.

Elvis in the Building

Shawn Klush will be arriving at St. Mary’s on Monday, April 4 at 1:00 dressed as Elvis.

The plan for the event is as follows:

1. SMA students will be allowed to dress in 50’s clothing that day, the boys like Elvis and girls in poodle skirts. If they do not wish to dress from the 50’s they may wear “blue” accessories with their school uniforms; such as blue hair ribbons, socks, shirts, ties, and of course (if you have them) blue suede shoes.

2. Students can do Elvis impersonations or Elvis karaoke. The cheerleaders will do a dance to an Elvis song, and the basketball team will do drills to Elvis music.

3. Mr. Shawn Klush will perform as Elvis.

4. The recruitment/retention committee of SMA will present Mr. Klush and his mother with a tribute to Eddie Klush, Shawn Klush’s father who was a maintenance man at SMA for many years and passed away approximately 2 years ago. The tribute will be a special presentation of a plaque and a mural, with some nice, brief, upbeat stories of Eddie Klush.


Our next school Mass will be on Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Kindergarten is preparing the Mass and Msgr. Bendik will be our celebrant. All parents and families are invited to join us.

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during Lent we will have the Stations of the Cross at 12:30 p.m. Please join us as we prepare for Easter.

Heart Healthy

The annual jump rope eliminations begin next week; eliminations will be held each Tuesday and Wednesday to correspond with gym day uniforms; Student Council reps will announce each week which class is up for elimination; the final round of the contest will be scheduled for early May; each class will be represented in the contest; two prizes will be awarded: one for grades 1-4 and one for 5-8.

Bake Sale

$107.00 was raised at last week’s Mission Bake Sale. Thank you to all the parent’s that baked. Every homeroom was able to choose one country to sponsor.

Talent Show

Wwo! We really have some talented students here at SMA. The talent show last Friday was wonderful. What a variety of performers from piano players, gymnasts, martial arts, dancers, ballerinas, and singers. Parents, you can be very proud of your children. The boys and girls did a great job.

Candy Pickup

Gertrude Hawk Candy order will be delivered to the school on Tuesday, April 5. Pick up time is 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. All orders should be opened and checked that night. Any problems must be reported to the school office by Wednesday, April 5th. Problems reported after this time may not be resolved in time for Easter.

Forensics Competition Rescheduled

The Spring Diocesan Forensics Competition has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8. The competition will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Gate of Heaven School, Dallas.

Parent Volunteers Needed

We are in need of parents to volunteer at the Junior Achievement Center on Oak Street, Pittston on Thursday, April 7 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. You will need to pretend to be shop owners. Our sixth grade will be attending at this time. If you can volunteer please contact the school.

Summer Uniforms

Beginning Friday, April 1 the children may begin wearing their summer uniforms. However, please use your discretion when sending your children in shorts until it gets a little warmer.

Hot Lunch Menu and Pizza Reminder

The new six week hot lunch menu and pizza reminder are now on edline. The new menu will begin on Monday, April 11 and end the week of May 16. Please keep in mind that during this cycle we will have Easter vacation and field trips will begin. Do not order hot lunch for your child/children if they will be on a trip. Below is a listing of the field trip dates that we have this far.

Field Trip Dates

Wednesday, April 27 – Eighth grade goes to New York City

Friday, April 29 - Entire school; Race for Education

Monday, May 9 – Second and third grades go to Lehigh Valley Zoo

Thursday, May 19 – Fourth and fifth grades go to Philadelphia

Friday, May 20 – Sixth and seventh grades go to Camden Aquarium & Battleship New Jersey

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