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Welcome to Saint Dominic School!
Saint Dominic School is a Catholic Elementary School located in Brick, New Jersey and has been serving the parishioners of Saint Dominic Church since 1965.  Saint Dominic School provides an academically excellent pre-school through eighth grade education in a faith-filled environment.  Our mission is to enliven the Catholic faith, foster respect and responsibility, and facilitate excellence in every student. 
Please enjoy our school website.  If you would like to learn more about Saint Dominic School, please call (732) 840-1412 ext 24 and schedule a school tour.  We would love to show you the aura of a magnificent Catholic education in a 21st Century learning environment.
Pastor: Rev. Monsignor James Brady
Principal: Mrs. Carol Bathmann
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Elizabeth Tonkovich
Principal's December Message (pdf)
On November 30th, we celebrated the beginning of Advent, which is the beginning of the new Church year. Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of Christ and is the beginning of the new Church year. Advent will be celebrated in Saint Dominic School in a variety of ways. Students will participate in special prayer services, "lighting" classroom Advent wreaths, writing and art activities, songs, and community service projects. Students in grades three though eight will also receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. To celebrate at home, families can light their Advent wreaths each week and take part in activities suggested on the attached Advent Calendar.

I'm proud to announce that we have a new addition to our STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program! We have recently purchased a 58-cm tall humanoid robot named NAO. Thanks to NAO, our students will integrate learning with STEM applications in a fun and practical way. In more than 70 countries, NAO is used in computer and science classes, from elementary school through college, and will certainly expand and enhance our students' capabilities in robotics and programming here at Saint Dominic's!

I'm also proud to announce that the Diocese of Trenton has chosen to highlight Saint Dominic School in the Annual Catholic Appeal video! On December 1st, a videographer from the Diocese's Department of Development filmed our seventh and eighth grade students using their iPads to access their digital textbooks and interacting with our new robot.

This month we look forward to a host of activities to celebrate the season. On December 9th, our kindergarten and first grade students will bring the Christmas spirit to their families and friends as they perform a variety of Christmas Carols in the Parish Center, and on December 17th, our PreK will celebrate a special birthday party for Jesus with their parents. On December 21st, the story of the Birth of Jesus will be brought to life at the stable in front of Saint Dominic's Church. Our Show Choir will visit local nursing homes and senior centers to bring some Christmas cheer, and our fifth grade students will visit the Harbor School in Eatontown to attend their holiday performance.

May all of our school families be blessed with the joy and peace of Christ's love this Christmas and throughout the New Year!
Saint Dominic School Expands STEM Program with a Humanoid Robot!
Everywhere you look, another mention is being made of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in education in order for students to be successful in the 21stCentury. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. In order to enhance our STEM curriculum, Saint Dominic School recently purchased a 58-cm tall humanoid robot named NAO (pronounced “now”) from Aldebaran Robotics.

NAO has a unique combination of hardware, software, sensors and motors, which enable him to move, talk, listen, and recognize faces. In addition, NAO has a wide array of movement and behavior libraries which are available through its graphic programming interface, known as Choregraphe. This allows students to create elaborate behaviors, to access the data acquired by the sensors, and to control the robot.

Saint Dominic School plans to teach the basic elements of computer programming and robotics to fifth through eighth grades, leading up to the students writing and executing several programs with NAO. Our younger students will also interact with NAO, either through his unique, built-in personality or by posing him in a variety of stances and then using his software to animate his movements.

NAO is truly a remarkable addition to our school and we are very fortunate to have such an advanced tool available to our students!
Kindergarten and First Grade Christmas Concert
The Kindergarten and First Grade Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 6:30 P.M. in the Parish Center. The kindergarten class, donning angelic attire, and first graders, as happy little Christmas trees will bring to all of us the Christmas spirit as they share poetry and Christmas music.
SDS Show Choir Spreads Christmas Cheer
Saint Dominic's Show Choir will be very busy during the month of December! They will be bringing Christmas joy to residents in several nursing homes and senior centers by singing Christmas Carols and performing "I Love Christmas." They will also perform for Saint Dominic's community at the Concert at the Stable on December 21st at 6:30 P.M. A special thank you is extended to Mrs. Hensley and the Show Choir for giving the gift of music this Christmas season!
PreK Christmas Performance
The preschool Christmas performance and birthday party for Jesus will be held on Wednesday, December 17th, from 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. The children will sing a variety of Christmas songs for their families, then enjoy a holiday party with their families in our preschool classrooms!
Concert at the Stable
Experience the beauty and simplicity of the first Christmas. The Story of the Birth of Jesus will be embellished with traditional carols led by the Children's Choir, Show Choir, Youth Choir, Cantors, and Parish Choir. Everyone is invited to join in the singing! Follow the carolers into the Parish Center for milk, cookies and music. The concert will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 6:30 P.M. at the stable in front of Saint Dominic's Church.
Saint Dominic’s Church Mass and Confession Schedule
The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th
4:00 PM - Church
4:00 PM - Parish Center
5:30 PM - Church - Children's Christmas Mass
5:30 PM - Parish Center
7:00 PM - Church
12:00 Midnight - Church

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th
7:30 AM - Church
9:00 AM - Church
10:30 AM - Church
12:00 Noon - Church
12:00 Noon - Parish Center
No 5:00 PM Mass on Christmas Day

Confessions will be held on December 16th at 7:00 P.M., December 19th at 11:30 A.M., December 20th at 11:30 A.M., 3:00 P.M., and 6:30 P.M., December 22nd at 11:30 A.M., and December 23rd at 11:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. at Saint Dominic Church.
SDS Scholastic Team Wins Partial Scholarships to St. Rose High School
Technology Update
Saint Dominic School continues to lead the way in educational technology! Our kindergarten and first grade students are loving their new SMART table learning centers! The tables provide ready-made lessons and 3D multimedia content that enable the students to interact collaboratively to achieve shared learning goals. In addition, a new language arts program for our kindergarten through fifth grade was purchased, providing a strong reading, writing, and grammar foundation and offering an extensive array of digital media.

Our seventh and eighth grade 1:1 iPad initiative has been a complete success! To further enhance this program and provide our students with 21st Century resources, we recently purchased digital textbooks. Our upper-grade students now have access to the most current e-text books available through Discovery Education and McGraw Hill Publishers. Our new e-textbooks are easily accessed from the students' iPads and can be accessed at home through any tablet or PC with an Internet connection. We look forward to equipping our sixth grade students with this cutting-edge technology in the near future!
Saint Dominic School Will Celebrate 50 Years!
Saint Dominic School will commemorate its 50th Anniversary in 2015! There will be many celebratory events planned throughout the year to mark this momentous occasion. We will be contacting all of our alumni to participate in all of the festivities and to help the school retell its history. Our celebration will commence in January at the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Most Reverend Bishop O’Connell will celebrate the 12:00 Noon Mass on January 25, 2015, and a luncheon will follow in the Parish Center.

A committee will be formed during the next two months to start planning additional anniversary events. If interested in joining this committee, please call the school office at (732) 840-1412.
Saint Dominic School Receives AdvancED Accreditation!
Saint Dominic School was awarded AdvancED Accreditation with the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement! Our school joins over 32,000 schools and systems in over seventy-one countries that are committed to continuous quality improvement focused on increasing student performance. This accreditation is recognized globally and parents can be assured that schools accredited through this organization are meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
St. Dominic's School Song.mp3
St. Dominic's now has an official School Song! Click below to listen to it.

Sun Dec 21
Parish Concert at the Stable at 6:30 P.M.
Mon Dec 22
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Tue Dec 23
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Wed Dec 24
Christmas Eve
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Thu Dec 25
Merry Christmas!
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Fri Dec 26
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Mon Dec 29
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Tue Dec 30
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Wed Dec 31
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Thu Jan 1
Happy New Year!
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Fri Jan 2
Christmas Vacation
School Closed
Mon Jan 5
School Reopens
Communication Alert
P.T.A. Board Meeting at 7:00 P.M.
Tue Jan 6
Feast of the Epiphany
Wed Jan 7
Preschool & Kindergarten Registration for Siblings and Current PreK Students from 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Thu Jan 8
Preschool & Kindergarten Registration for Siblings and Current PreK Students from 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
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