As we reflect on the season of the giving this past fall, we are grateful for the support of the Gwynedd Mercy Community. Homecoming was a celebration of the GMA community. It was a great day on campus that concluded with a Family Liturgy. This spirit carried through to our November activities, many which were coordinated by the Mercy Connections Team.
Homecoming kicked off with a Pep Rally on October 5th. The fun continued October 6th with contests for the GMA fall teams and a Family Liturgy celebrated by Rev Robert M. Gross of Saint Helena. Homecoming truly highlights the strength of our community with the faculty, alumni, students and their families spending time together. The dunk tank was a hit again this year. A special thank you to our dedicated faculty members who volunteered to take turns in the dunk tank on a chilly day. We also appreciate the faculty members who volunteered their time with face painting and other jobs to make the day a success. A huge thank you to the Facilities and Sports Liaison Team their hard work planning the Homecoming events.
The Briar Bush Nature Center returned this fall to present a special program for the kindergarteners called Lenape Living. The students about the Native American history in our region and had a wonderful time. They leaned traditional methods of hunting and gathering and played Native American games. The Enrichment Team planned this visit for the kindergarteners.
October 24, GMA sponsored an open house to introduce our school to prospective families. Representatives from the Membership Committee were on hand to answer questions from prospective parents.
CONFERENCE NIGHT MEALS
The Social Committee coordinated faculty dinners during fall conferences on October 29th and 30th. The meals are for the convenience of the teachers on conference days when they are at school for up to 13 hours. The dinners are a small way for GMA parents to show their appreciation to the faculty. Thank you to the Social Programs Team for planning for these meals.
WALNUT STREET THEATER ANTI BULLYING
The Walnut Street Theater presented two shows to the GMA students. The first for grades K-3 focused on Bullysaurus and how his negative behavior impacted his classmates. The presentation for grades 4-8 focused on finding your people. Both themes tied back to the Witness to Mercy campaign. Thank you to the Enrichment Program Team for planning this presentation.
Starting last year, Mercy Connections strengthened its relationship with the GMA Parents’ Org. Led by Mrs. Krissy Gonnella in coordination with Liz Sher, Director of Mission and Religious Formation, the Parents’ Org Mercy Connections Team is consistently offering volunteer option to GMA students and families. Recently, the Mercy Connections team and Ms. Sher offered the following wonderful opportunities to students and their families to keep Mercy Actions as part of their education. They planned Trick or Treating at Silver Stream, a 7th Grade Retreat to Cranalieth Spiritual Center, multiple visits to Cradles to Crayons, a Food Drive for the parish of St. Vincent in Germantown and Caroling at Spring House Estates. Thank you to Ms. Liz Sher and the Mercy Connections Team for making these opportunities possible.
On November 14th, the 2nd grade students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was a special night for the students and their parents. The Social Programs Team decorated the gallery and provided refreshments after the Reconciliation.
K-3 AUTHOR VISIT
Parents Org coordinated a visiting for author and illustrator Timothy Young to visit grades K-3 on November 26th. The students were engaged in a discussion about writing and illustrating books. Mr. Young wrote If You Give the Puffin a Muffin and illustrated Am I BIG Enough? Thank you to the Enrichment Programs Team for planning the visit.
The Yankee Candle sale has raised over $3,000 for programming for our students. Please keep in mind that all orders through January 9th will benefit Gwynedd Mercy Academy with 40% of proceeds going directly to GMA. A special thank you to Mrs. Amy Bogansky for making this fundraiser a success.
Back by popular demand, Parents’ Org sold a new edition of the beautiful Kitty Kelly ornaments during the Christmas holiday season. This year’s edition commemorated the favorite GMA tradition of a “Great Day in Bethlehem.” The ornaments are $28 and can be still be ordered online. Please visit this link to order an ornament so you can pack it away with your decorations for next year: https://www.gmaelem.org/campus-life/parents-organization/gma-kitty-keller-christmas-ornament-sale
DID YOU KNOW?
Every year the GMA Faculty and Staff collects winter coats for those in need. This year, they collected 73 new coats for the preschool children at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. This a wonderful example of the faculty and staff leading by example to Make Mercy Real.
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Important Dates &Upcoming Events:
January 21 Mercy Connections Service Activities
January 25 Trivia Night
Week of January 28th – Catholic Schools Week
January 31 STEM Night for Current Families and Open House for Prospective Families
February 5 and 7 – Progress Report Conferences