News Archive

2018

  • 3rd Grade Food Drive

    The 3rd graders had a wonderful time on their Apostolic trip on Friday, Nov. 2nd. They delivered over 800 food items to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace. They also collected over $700 in monetary donations to bring to the Queen of Peace Friay in order to help needy families during this Thanksgiving season. The students love to GIVE! The Franciscan Brothers of Peace were very grateful for the generosity of our students and all the families at AMA.
  • All Saints' Day

    The celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints’ Day was a joyous one. Saints were all over the place as all the students and teachers dressed up as saints they look up to and admire. The Parade of All Saints was led by the upper school students, into the gymnasium, singing the Litany of Saints. Then, in front of peers, family, and friends, the students went on stage to introduce themselves and the saints in which they were dressed. The festivities ended with a pizza lunch and recess with their buddies. What a day!
  • Girls Volleyball B Team

    The girls volleyball B Team won their league championship with a first place trophy. GO CRUSADERS!!
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit 2018

    Praise. Honor. Proclaim.
    The 4th-8th grade students had a wonderful experience as they joined thousands of other Catholic school students from across the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in the celebration of Holy Mass. This took place at U.S. Bank Stadium! 
  • Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

    “I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day.” (Our Lady to Sister Lucia at Fatima, Portugal, October 13th, 1917) On October 7th we celebrate the feast of the patron saint of this school: Mary, Mother of God, under the glorious title of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. This day was initially the feast of Mary under the title of Our Lady of Victory because of the victory won by the Catholic fleet, The Holy League, who fought against the Islamic Ottoman navy who were trying to invade Christendom at the battle of Lepanto October 7th, 1571. 
  • Kindergarteners Counting

    The kindergarteners have been learning how to count pennies.
  • 8th Grade Physical Science

    The 8th grade physical science students calculated the density of nine unknown blocks to identify the material they were made of.
  • 3rd Graders and Butterflies

    The 3rd graders are studying “Animals” for their first science unit. They are looking at the life cycle of the butterfly during the pupa stage in the monarch butterfly habitat.
  • AMA Guy's Night

    The first AMA guy's night was a success with 15 students in attendance. The 5th-8th grade boys along with a few alumni were able to play activities, have a snack and reflect on Sundays gospel reading. The next meeting will be Sunday, September 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. bring a friend.  
  • First Day of School

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year, students! We're thrilled to have you all back and hope you have a wonderful first day!
  • Ave Maria Adventures

    Ave Maria Adventures Summer Camp has been very busy this summer. They have had visits from the zoo, the nature center, the police and the fire department to name a few.
  • Last Day of School

    The students had an awards ceremony followed by a picnic lunch with a fun afternoon of playing outside with their friends. Many blessings to you and your family as you enjoy a beautiful and relaxing summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
  • 8th Grade Graduation

    Congratulations to our graduating 8th grade class tonight. Beautiful ceremony presented by teacher Victoria Franzese and Principal Katie Danielson. Best of luck in the future!
  • Kindergarten Class

    The kindergarten class spent some time on reading skills, followed by some enjoyable playtime outside!
  • May Crowning

    This is a special day for our 2nd graders who have received their first Holy Communion this year. The celebration began with a votive mass to the Blessed Virgin Mary and immediately followed by a procession to the statue of Mary off of Bass Lake Road where we crowned the Queen of Heaven. We rejoiced because Mary is our mother who looks after us. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops reminds us that “the queen symbol was attributed to Mary because she was a perfect follower of Christ, who is the absolute ‘crown’ of creation.” Let us always call on our mother, the Queen of Heaven, and ask her to pray for us and keep watch over us every day of our lives.
  • The Wizard Of Oz

    Forty-three amazing 5th-8th grade students made up this year’s drama club. They performed The Wizard of Oz in a sold out gym. Not only did the cast learn their lines, songs, and dances, but they also created and painted the set and ran their own backstage! Congratulations to everyone in drama club for a great performance!
  • CSCOE Big Bang Science Fair

    Ave Maria Academy had three students in grades 6th through 8th representing our school at the CSCOE Big Bang Science Fair. 
     
    6th grade Jaclyn Mader: How does a mint affect the temperature of hot water? 

    7th grade Nick Merriman:
    How does the width of a wheel affect the distance a car travels?

    8th grade Sidney Borland:
    How does the angle of a compressed air rocket affect the distance traveled?
     
    Congratulations students!
  • 7th Grade Science Class

    The 7th grade life science class got a chance to try different types of juices for their digestion and nutrition unit.
  • Solemnity of the Annunciation

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in his book “Spirit of the Liturgy” wrote, "Jewish tradition gave the date of March 25 to Abraham's sacrifice. ... It was also considered, very early on, as the day of Christ's death and eventually as the day of His conception." The feast of the Annunciation, otherwise known as the Incarnation (conception) of Our Lord, is one of the oldest feasts in the Church. There are two focal points to this feast. The name connotes the first focal point for this feast: we recall the archangel, Saint Gabriel, announcing to Mary, our Blessed Mother, that she was highly favored and chosen by God to be the His own mother. She thus consented to be the mother of God by declaring: "Be it done to me according to thy word". So we honor Mary’s pivotal role in our own redemption and salvation. By becoming the mother of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus, the Christ, she not only becomes the mother of God but she becomes our mother too—the new Eve, the “mother of all the living”. For as Sacred Scripture says, He is the First Born of the Living and we all live by, in, and with Him! So she is God’s mother by nature and our mother by grace. This grace was received when we were baptized into Christ Jesus, thereby becoming part of His Mystical Body, the Church, and also partakers of Christ’s inheritance which is Eternal Life. So, by her consent to God’s Will, Mary gives God a human nature and she therefore gives us a Savior. And when we honor Mary, we are always honoring our dear LORD too! By her “yes” or “fiat” to God, we naturally must recall the Incarnation of our God—the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity: “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” When Mary gave her consent to God’s plan, Jesus was conceived in her womb. And though during Christmas we celebrate God’s incarnation by simultaneously celebrating His holy birth, the feast of the Annunciation is when we really and truly celebrate when the uncreated God first took on human flesh and was conceived and incarnated. This is why we celebrate the Annunciation (Jesus’ conception) on March 25th because nine months later on December 25th we celebrate his birth! This year the Catholic Church transferred the feast to April 9th because March 25th landed on Palm Sunday. A closing piece of interesting information about March 25th is that the English, and the English Colonies (aka United States of America before our country was establish) and other European nations celebrated New Year’s Day on this day for centuries up until 1752! Back then the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25th) was called Lady Day in honor of Our Lady, Mary! In 1751, Parliament decided to follow suit with other European nations to switch from the Julian calendar to the reformed Gregorian calendar in 1752 thereby switching New Year’s day from March 25th to January 1st for England and the English Colonies.
  • Easter Celebration

    Joseph Turner, Ave Maria Academy 6th - 8th Grade Religion Teacher
    When asked to write a reflection on Easter, one can become quite overwhelmed because Easter is the holiest feasts of all the feasts of the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. What does one say? How could one say or write anything profound when there is an infinite amount of good things to say about this most blessed feast? How does one keep the message brief? Well, a prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and an eagerness to share the joy of this festival is responsible for this Easter reflection. We get the name Easter from the Anglo-Saxon word for the Spring Equinox, “Eostre” or “Eastre”. 
  • 4th Grade Apostolic Project

    The 4th graders collected personal care items for Sharing and Caring Hands and delivered all of the donations on March 20th. They toured the facility, met Mary Jo Copeland and saw some of the people their donations would help.  Here are some of their reactions to the trip.

    “When we were leaving I was happy that I have all that I need and more.” – Isabella Tschida  
    “On the way I was happy and excited but a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect.” – Kristen Waller
    “I kept thinking about how much I have, how amazing Mary Jo Copeland is and that she may become a saint someday.” – Sierra Peterson
    “I was so excited to meet Mary Jo Copeland!” – Vance Sabers 
    “At Sharing and Caring Hands I was very grateful for a house, food, clothes and a bed. I was sad that so many people don’t have these things.” – Anya Szwejbka

    Total Donated:
    9,369 diapers
    449 bars of soap
    218 razors
    133 tubes of tooth paste
    255 tooth brushes
  • 2018 Ave Maria Gala: A Night Among the Stars

    Our 15th annual gala at The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN successfully fulfilled what Ave Maria Academy believes in: Faith, Reason, Virtue, and Community.
    The gala was presented to an audience full of family and friends that came together for an amazing evening of fun and generosity. The gala raised over $175,000!
    We are so grateful for the presence of so many of our families as well as the generosity you put forth in making this event possible. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. John Schoenfelder who won the $10,000 raffle drawing! We hope you are able to join us next year!
  • Pre-K 3 Math Fun

    Pre-k 3 learning math by sequencing numbers with a fun carrot activity!
  • Spelling Bee

    Our annual spelling bees took place on February 8th and, once again, proved to be impressive displays of academic excellence.  First grader Tristan Arnett took first place in the lower school bee, and fifth grader Ruby Ryan was the champion of the upper school bee.  Congratulations to all the participants and alternates: Tristan Arnett, Genevieve Sullivan, Jacob Danielson, Bekett Nelson, Andrew Sullivan, Whitney Lorenz, Maizie Adams, Simon Kielty, Jane Sullivan, Veronica Wahl, Pamela Garcia, Ruby Ryan, Jayden Nyabuti-Waste, Justin Waller, Joseph Slaven, Hannah Antonio, Nicholas Cormier, Mary Karol Schmitz, Jack McGuire, Sidney Borland, Mateo Wegner, and Jack Lindberg. 
  • Catholic Schools Week

    Catholic Schools Week was fun for all of the students. Started the week with silly sock/slipper day, then the AMA olympics, Mass, buddy bingo, hat day, a pep rally and ended the week with the lower school going bowling and the upper school skiing at Afton Alps. Throughout the week the students were also on the hunt for a hidden medallion and in the end the 2nd graders came away with discovery it. 
  • 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

    3rd - 8th grade 2nd quarter honor roll.
  • March For Life

    The 5th through 8th grade students ventured out in the snow to participate in the March for Life at the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Minnesota State Capitol.  Archbishop Hebda spoke to the students at the prayer service, and Mary Karol Schmitz and Madeline Holewa read the Prayer Intentions.  It was such a great experience on a very cold, wintery day.
  • Kindergarten Epiphany Party

    The kindergarten class celebrated Epiphany by making king's crowns and bearing gifts in search of Mary and Jesus.

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