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Seminarian Sprint 2020

The Annual Seminarian Sprint was held 'virtually' this year. Our school community raised over $7,600. Father Hathaway matched the amount to total our contribution to the Arlington Diocese Office of Vocations for a total of $15,600. Our students and their families sent in photos and videos showing how they ran this race at home, showing their true commitment to our seminarians to assist in raising funds for their education, healthcare, and other expenses. Thank you to all our generous contributors!  

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#Teacher Tuesday

Each Tuesday, we highlight a teacher in our school. They have a message we think you might like to hear. These weekly pictures and messages are part of a social media campaign that shows on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can view all of them there.

THIS WEEK

Mrs. Mary Del Vecchio, a sixth-grade teacher who has called The Basilica School of Saint Mary "home" for the past five years, loves teaching sixth grade because she understands that she can help lay a foundation for her students in their faith and academics as they continue through their education. She knows it is a blessing and responsibility to teach our Catholic faith and she strives to help her students see Jesus’ love in their lives. "By really getting to know my students, I want to create an environment where they can develop character traits like tenacity, empathy, and honesty to help them reach class expectations and their own personal goals." 

Despite the distance, the relationships she has formed with her sixth-grade students this year have continued to strengthen and grow throughout distance learning. "Their dedication, sense of humor, and resilience throughout this time have reminded me why I chose to become a teacher and continues to inspire me. In a way, distance learning has shown a whole new authentic side of my students at home, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them in a different way with their creative and thoughtful videos, home problem-solving strategies, and Zoom pet cameo appearances. I am SO proud of the students of The Basilica School for working so hard this year!"

Thank you, Mrs. Del Vecchio, for your commitment and dedication to our sixth-grade students and for being their champion!

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#TeacherTuesday

Each Tuesday, we highlight a teacher in our school.  They have a message we think you might like to hear.  These weekly pictures and messages are part of a social media campaign that shows on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can view all of them there.

THIS WEEK

“Trust in God” is a lesson that we hear repeatedly and rightly so because hurdles and hardships come and go. This belief is what Mrs. Kathleen Eckardt, a third-grade teacher at The Basilica School of Saint Mary, tells her students. She reminds them that "no matter how big or small our problems are, God, has our back. It is up to us to recognize that, breathe easy, and continue on. So often, we are stronger and smarter after difficult experiences."

After teaching in public schools, and earning her Masters of Pastoral Studies, Mrs. Eckardt decided to work at The Basilica School of Saint Mary because it made her feel at home. She knew it would be a blessing to be able to share her faith and watch her students grow in theirs every day. While her Catholic beliefs lie at the core of her instruction, Mrs. Eckardt strives to meet the individual needs of her students, spiritually, emotionally, academically, and creatively and build a rapport with each child. Thank you, Mrs. Eckardt, for helping us to remember why families choose Catholic schools for their children, and for making them feel safe!

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#TeacherTuesday

Each Tuesday, we highlight a teacher in our school.  They have a message we think you might like to hear.  These weekly pictures and messages are part of a social media campaign that shows on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can view all of them there.

THIS WEEK

"It's not enough to love the children, it is necessary that they are aware that they are loved." -St. John Bosco 

#TeacherTuesday this week, highlights Mrs. Emily Login, Special Education teacher at The Basilica School of Saint Mary, and lead teacher of the school's Mater Dei Program. During these "distanced" days, she teaches with her son Max, at her side. Mrs. Login made an important choice to teach at our school because she knows it is a truly Catholic school, dedicated to offering EVERY child a Catholic education. 

Empowered by her faith in the knowledge that each and every one of her students is made in the image and likeness of God, Mrs. Login commits to teaching the WHOLE person. For her, this means that if a child comes to school hungry, tired, sad, excited or emotional, then they are not going to be in a physical, mental and/or spiritual place to learn. Their primary needs have to be addressed first before their academic needs. As a teacher, when a child is in her care, she sees it as her God-given mission to make sure that all of her students' needs are met to the best of her ability. 

She asks her students to "Find a reason to smile every day! There is ALWAYS a reason to smile, even if it is something small." Thank you, Mrs. Login, for embracing your teaching philosophy and being a shining light for all of us. 

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eLearning Saints at Home
  • COVID - 19

Students at The Basilica School of Saint Mary are continuing their 2019-2020 school year through eLearning as they observe the directives put in place due to COVID-19.


Teachers actively engage with their classes by posting lessons and supporting videos and offering live video sessions to instruct and field questions. As with everything in our lives, mornings and afternoons begin and end with daily prayers posted for parents, students and our community. The school continues the tradition of celebrating birthdays and special intentions for our families. Please join our prayers by following us on Facebook or Instagram.

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#TeacherTuesday

Each Tuesday, we highlight a teacher in our school.  They have a message we think you might like to hear.  These weekly pictures and messages are part of a social media campaign that shows on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can view all of them there.

THIS WEEK

Meet our #teachertuesday of the week, Mr. Richard Woolfolk, middle school math teacher at The Basilica School of Saint Mary, and his chicken and work friend, Pauline, who stays at home.

Mr. Woolfolk "believes all students have the ability to succeed. It begins with a positive environment and relationship with the principal, teacher, and classmates." Mathematically, he provides students with ample opportunity to practice with an emphasis on automaticity through mechanical familiarity. He helps students to see mistakes and miscalculations and often presents them with errors purposely for them to analyze. The practice, similar to learning piano scales, is what Mr. Woolfolk has discovered to be the leading cause of success and understanding. "Once fluency is established through high-frequency problem solving, concepts are much more easily understood."

Mr. Woolfolk claims that the students at this school are exceptionally motivated and thirsting for knowledge with a clear focus on where they want to be in the years ahead. That energy has remained as we have transitioned from the classroom to the e-learning environment. He can’t imagine how challenging it must be for them right now, vying for computer time and access, waiting on questions to be answered by their teachers, and wondering how this will all affect them. Yet these students continue to complete and submit their work promptly.

Mr. Woolfolk's favorite aspect of the students at The Basilica School of Saint Mary is simply how friendly and courteous they can be. "I am bombarded every day with students well-wishing me on the day, the weekend, or something as special as my daughter being born. Moreover, I have never had students thank me for a class as these students do. It has persisted throughout the school year. I am just as grateful to them for making my experience so positive!"

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#TeacherTuesday

Each Tuesday, our school highlights a teacher who helps to form our students into Saints, Stewards, and Scholars. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see the complete lineup of our highlighted teachers.

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies". -1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

While you are distancing yourself from others, Mrs. Amy Bruce, one of the PE teachers at The Basilica School of Saint Mary reminds us that God gave us one body which we need nourish and keep healthy. She understands how important it is for children to be physically active during their youth and that doing so will help them to create healthy habits that can continue throughout their lives. Now more than ever, getting outside and being physically active is not only vital for our physical health but more importantly, our mental health. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve mood, especially during these trying times. Thank you, Mrs. Bruce, for helping our students and their families! 

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