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Run to the River April 6th, 2019

A timed 10k, 5k, and a free 1k Fun Run in Belgrade, MT.

Donations benefit Divine Mercy Academy, the Warming Center, and St. Catherine Family Health Care Clinic & Pregnancy Resource Center. LEARN MORE

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Divine Mercy Academy, an independent school in the Catholic tradition, serves students in Preschool through Grade 9 in the Gallatin Valley. Established in 2012, we seek to provide our students an excellent academic experience with a strong focus on moral formation and religious instruction.

The curriculum at DMA challenges students to think critically, speak effectively, write proficiently, and grow in their Faith.

Visit our Admissions page for information on enrolling your child and feel free to Contact Us with questions. If you are interested in volunteering your skills, find out how to Get Involved with our school community.

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of Divine Mercy Academy

Classical Corner:

  • Music In the Soul: In my new role as DMA’s administrator, I have found myself lingering after Morning Assembly to witness young voices in training, as Mrs. Kostyal nudges students’ pitch, coaches the challenges of singing harmony, and instills appreciation for the Latin lyrics. Schola class is a favorite among students, and indeed it is central to our school’s classical philosophy. In his book Beauty for Truth’s Sake, Stanford Caldecott elaborates on Pope Benedict’s vision of human existence being fundamentally “liturgical.” Caldecott says that “our lives can be oriented toward God by prayer and action in such a way that the interior world of the human soul and the exterior world of the society and universe are brought into harmony” (p.13). Big stuff! But that is what DMA strives to do throughout the day. The harmony is just quite obvious in Schola class.

    A Reflection from Cheryl RollerDMA Headmistress
  • Classical curriculum gets a lot of mileage out of bits of wisdom. In last week’s Morning Assembly, students learned about battles of the Civil War, including Gettysburg. In their classrooms, the opening lines of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” were used in age-appropriate ways. Students in 2nd/3rd discussed tricky spelling and did the math to figure out how long “four score and seven years” would be, then wrote the first sentence as a dictation exercise (with some younger students doing a “perfect copy” exercise instead). Students in 4th/5th studied a comparison of 19th century and 21st century punctuation conventions and wrote their dictation exercise with today’s comma rules. Finally, 6th-8th graders learned about paraphrasing, an essential skill for writing research papers, expressing Lincoln’s powerful ideas without using his famous words.

    Cheryl RollerDMA's Headmistress

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THIS WEEK

OUR VIRTUE: Perseverance

Saint: John Bosco
History:Pioneer Life Out West
Nature Studies:Solar Energy
Query:What modern luxury would you miss most if you lived like a pioneer?

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● The DMA School Board has a meeting tonight at 6 pm in the lunchroom. Parents are welcome to attend. (This has been moved from its normal Tuesday slot so that everyone can go enjoy the Knights chili cook off at the Church on March 5!)
● Don’t forget to register your children for the fall!! Two classes look like they’ll get very close to their cap, so please don’t delay!
● A friend of one of our families is liquidating shoe inventory from a former shoe store, and many of them can be used as school shoes!! They are graciously selling these shoes at a great price, with half of the proceeds benefiting DMA. This will be done in a private Facebook group that will open tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5. Here is the link: https://m.facebook.com/groups/2221935244724314
● Ash Wednesday Masses are at 7:30 am and 7 pm in Belgrade. To give families and teachers the chance to attend early Mass, we will have a delayed start and assembly will begin at 9 am that morning (March 6).
***If you want your children to attend Mass with us, they must be here by 7:20 to walk to the church. Otherwise, please have them to school at 9.


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