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April News
 
A commitment to our students and families ... Notes from our school nurse and school counselor ... Financial Aid deadline ... IT resources ... a 'Special' edition ... and more! 
Moving Forward

Adaptable. Flexible. Patient. Dedicated. Committed. Supportive.

These are just a few words that describe our faculty and our families during these unprecedented times.
As you've read in our recent emails, together we've have built a foundation of e-learning that will see us through this academic year, and position our students for continued academic and spiritual growth next year and beyond. Our teachers, (pictured above during an early March training session), have spent hours mastering Google Classrooms, Freckle, SeeSaw, Class Dojo and other tools. In recent days, they've learned how to embed videos, live chats and even themselves into their online lessons to help students stay engaged and connected. They continue to learn so that your children can, too.

At DMCA, stability is the foundation for recovery. That's why we continue to open each day with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. It's why our online curriculum stretches beyond Math, Science, Social Science and English to include music, art, ACE and STREAM activities.
And it's why we're excited to move forward with a student-centered greenhouse project on our East and West campuses, made possible by a recent $15,000 grant from the PA Department of Agriculture.

It is our privilege to teach your children each day. Thank you for the opportunity, and for your continued prayers and your support.
And More to Come!

As part of our efforts to provide a holistic and well-rounded education to our students, our team has been working on an array of innovative virtual opportunities to keep students connected, energized and engaged. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:
  • Interactive virtual assemblies 
  • Local, regional and national virtual field trips
  • E-sports leagues 
Stay tuned to the DMCA Facebook page and your in-box for more info!

Preparing for Earth Day - April 22, 2020
 
As part of their studies on conservation and ecology, our ACE students researched several conservation-focused websites, including how to plant a tree, teamtrees, 4trees and plasticoceans. Check out their research in time for Earth Day!
Notes From Our Health Services Coordinator

At DMCA, we're committed to nurturing the academic, spiritual, physical and emotional health of every student. With this in mind, Kristen Instone, our Health Services, Coordinator, and Kellie Hankinson, our K-6 Guidance Counselor, share some important wellness tips for you and your family. 
From Mrs. Instone ...
  • Visit cdc.gov for the latest on how to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19, its symptoms, what to do if you feel sick, and FAQs.
     
  • It's allergy season. Here's a good site to help you avoid allergy triggers and reduce your exposure.
     
  • Experts recommend 'brain breaks' to help alleviate stress. Visit Strong4Life for more stress-relief strategies and info on managing today's unique parenting challenges.
Families can contact Mrs. Instone here with any questions. She is also available to assist families who may need to pick up medication from our schools.
And from Mrs. Hankinson ...

Mrs. Hankinson invites families to visit the new DMCA K-6 counseling website. You'll find info on guidance lessons, COVID-19 videos and resources, strategies to help you maintain your and your child's emotional well-being during this challenging time, and ways to contact Mrs. Hankinson. She'll be adding new content on a regular basis so be sure to bookmark the site.

And in case you missed it on our Facebook page, here's a faith-based Stay-at-Home guide with an array of helpful strategies.
Now Offering Virtual Health Services Office Hours

Beginning Monday, April 6, Mrs. Instone and Mrs. Hankinson will offer virtual office hours for families who need assistance during this time. Click here to schedule a virtual check-in with Mrs. Hankinson or email Mrs. Instone to arrange a virtual meeting with her. 
NEW FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE: May 15

Our 2020-21 enrollment is now underway and is being conducted online via SchoolAdmin. If you haven't yet created an account, click here to get started and to register your student. Other important info includes:

  • We are working with Simple Tuition Solutions (STS) to ensure that financial aid awards are objective, impartial and confidential. In addition to creating a SchoolAdmin account, families will need to submit a formal application via STS to receive any financial aid. 
  • Financial aid application deadline: May 15, 2020
  • Financial aid cannot be awarded until all required tax documents have been received and reviewed.
  • Late applications are accepted but the availability of financial aid is significantly diminished after the application deadline.
  • Financial Aid will not be awarded unless your student is registered at DMCA through SchoolAdmin
  • Questions? Contact Maria Saunders here or call 814-536-8991.
SCRIP: Fundraising Made Easy!
Every time you use SCRIP to buy groceries, gas, clothing, home improvement supplies and even Amazon purchases, you earn dollars toward your family fundraising goal. Click here for more info and how to add e-scrip to your phone!
IMPORTANT REMINDER:
The DMCA scrip code has been changed. For security purposes, families must email Maria Sanders here to receive the new code to continue purchasing scrip. Thank you. 
STAY CONNECTED

If you need internet service or a device to help your child stay connected to his or her classroom, check your in-box for a March 31 DMCA email that lists options available through local cable companies and other organizations. 
PICTURE THIS!

A 'Special' Edition
In addition to providing instruction in core subjects, DMCA teachers are working with students on 'specials' instruction including art, music, physical education and STREAM. In images provided by our families, 5th grader Keith Ashcom gets creative on his art assignment; Madelyn, Bradyn, and Brenton Younkins help Bradyn complete his experiment for Mr. Hicks' class; 6th grader Carson LaBar traveled the world to find colorful doorways and used graphic design elements to place them in a Google drawing; 5th grader Paxton Novack completes his 500 Bounce physical education challenge during the warm weather.

And finally, a recent Tribune-Democrat article and few recent videos that highlight the commitment and dedication of our teachers, as well as the beautiful spiritual honesty of our students during this time. We are grateful for our families, teachers, parishes and clergy, and others who together make up our very special DMCA family. God bless you all and may you have a safe and happy Easter.

The Tribune-Democrat recently featured a story on DMCA students Anthony (left) and Caleb Oakley as they painted the front window of their home for the Easter season.

“We thought maybe if we put it on the window it would remind some people about God,” Anthony told the reporter. Thank you!
Jesus Through the Eyes of Children, featuring many of our early learners.
1st grade teacher Jennifer Jones helping her students master the "AR" sound.
Stations of the Cross for this Easter Season, read by 1st grade teacher Kathleen Marano.
The mission of Divine Mercy Catholic Academy is to empower our students through Christ-centered academic excellence within a safe and secure environment that will create a solid foundation of values, leadership, and commitment to self and community.
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