School Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Breakfast Program: 7:00 - 7:45 a.m.
After School Program: 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Sports: Varsity & JV Boys Basketball, Girls Intramural Basketball, CYO Track, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Chess, Boy Scouts
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St. Helena School offers FULL DAY Universal Pre-K, Pre-K, 3 & 4-Year-old Programs, and Kindergarten through 8th Grade. If you are interested in having your child attend St. Helena's School for the 2017-18 school year, please call 718-892-3234 to schedule a tour and to speak with the principal. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify.
St. Helena Student Selected for Catholic Honor Band:
Marcelle Cooper, a 4th-grade girl who plays the clarinet is in our school band, has been selected to participate in the 2017 New York City Catholic School Honor Band Concert. The Honor Band represents the “best of the best,” and they will perform on Sunday, April 2 at 1PM at St. John’s Preparatory School in Astoria, Queens.
JOHN MONTAGUE MANSFIELD '60
St. Helena's remembers an American Hero on this the 50th Anniversary of his death. John (shown on right) graduated from St. Helena in 1960 and was killed in action in Vietnam on March 9, 1967. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, your classmates, and your loved ones.
Private First Class: HHC, 3RD BN, 12TH INFANTRY, 4TH INF DIV, USARV
Army of the United States, New York, New York
November 29, 1945 to March 09, 1967
JOHN M MANSFIELD is on the Wall at Panel 16E, Line 47
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
The School receives CASH for every Box Top For Education square we receive. Just cut out the actual Box Tops square on each eligible package. You can give them to your child or drop them in the parish collection basket. Every top counts, and we appreciate your assistance with this. For more information on Box Tops For Education, including special promotions and a list of participating products, go to www.BTFE.com. Thank you for your support.
The school cafeteria now had a brand new drop ceiling thanks to a generous donation from a St. Helena parishioner and her family. The new ceiling was installed this past weekend.
On a day that would have marked Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s 113th birthday, St. Helena students spent the afternoon honoring perhaps the world’s most influential children’s author with a variety of activities.
With Seuss having written stories including “Green Eggs and Ham” and creating some of literature’s most recognizable characters including the Cat in the Hat, St. Helena teachers worked very hard to make Thursday afternoon a special occasion for St. Helena as schools across the nation celebrated the Seuss-inspired Read Across America Day.
Students undertook many Seuss-inspired activities and had a wonderful time honoring this important writer, and they even enjoyed some famous green eggs and ham.
St. Helena Class of 2016
Monsignor Scanlan was born in Ireland, in Ennis, County Clare, on October 9, 1881. He was brought to this country in his early childhood. He attended Xavier High School and perhaps at that time heard Christ’s call to “Come and follow me.” He attended St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia and then pursued his studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, a place that was to figure so prominently in his life. Father Scanlan was ordained to the priesthood in St. Stephen’s Church in Manhattan by Bishop Cusack on July 17, 1907. He had summer pastoral assignments in Livingston Manor, St. Cecilia’s in Manhattan, and in Peekskill. After pursuing graduate studies at the Catholic University in Washington, he was assigned in September, 1909 to the faculty of Dunwoodie where (with the exception of a year of graduate studies in Rome from 1911 to 1912) he would remain for the next three decades, first as professor of philosophy for twenty years, then from 1931 to 1940 as Rector of the Seminary. Almost a thousand priests who studied at Dunwoodie during those years came under his priestly influence. As a student, a professor, and a Rector, Monsignor Scanlan was part of the history of Dunwoodie for almost four decades. He did his job of training priests in the seminary. But he also drew from Dunwoodie the deep spirituality that was to guide him for the rest of his life. In a way, Monsignor lived the life of Dunwoodie not only when he was physically living there, but ever after, as he sang God’s praises with the new people into whose lives he would come in 1940, as he walked in deep meditation praying his priestly office or his rosary, as he rose early each morning to greet Our Lord in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as he talked to God in the silence of his heart and found in prayer the strength to begin a new phase in his life, the establishment of St. Helena’s Parish.
In 1940, Monsignor Scanlan was almost sixty years of age but was just beginning the phase of his priestly life that would endear him to the hearts of countless thousands of people. In May of 1940, the new Archbishop (later Cardinal) Francis Spellman wanted a "good shepherd" for a new parish that had literally emerged overnight. The Parkchester apartment complex in the Bronx was just being completed, with thousands of young Catholic families moving in. Archbishop Spellman called on Monsignor Scanlan to establish this new parish. When a name for the new parish was to be selected, Monsignor Scanlan suggested the name of the patron saint of the Archbishop's mother, and the parish of St. Helena was born.
Monsignor offered the first Mass of St. Helena's Parish there on the second Sunday of June 1940. Ground for St. Helena’s Church was broken on December 1, 1940, and the cornerstone was laid on June 8, 1941. Work progressed rapidly and Monsignor was able to celebrate the first Mass in the auditorium of the new building on October 4, 1941. Archbishop Spellman came to dedicate the completed church on May 3, 1942. The Archbishop was surprised more by the enthusiasm of the parishioners than by the new building itself. He was further touched by the amazing amount of spiritual work that Monsignor Scanlan had already accomplished in such a short time.
Monsignor loved his schools - his grammar school which opened in the Loefler's Casino days, his academic high school which opened in boys and girls departments in 1949, and his commercial high school which opened in 1957. He had a love for young people and they held him in high esteem in return. It was his dream to prepare young people "from kindergarten to college." And he did. He was particularly honored when, on his 90th birthday, Cardinal Cooke renamed the high school as Monsignor Scanlan High School.
In a Holy Name bulletin, dated October 1944, these words were written: "Will the spirit of St. Helena's Parish continue after the beginning days are a matter of history? Is this unusual spirit a flash in the pan or will it last?”
Birth: Oct. 9, 1881
Death: Nov. 21, 1974
Parkchester, Bronx County, New York, USA
Founder and Pastor Of St. Helena's Roman Catholic Church, in Parkchester 1940
Ordained July 21, 1907
Monsignor added on to Our Church and built the Grammar School and then soon after Our High School.
Monsignor told all of us not to worry, that there will always be a spot at the High School for us.
He started the first Friday Night Dances that lasted into the Fifties and the Sixties
What a collection of 45 rpm records.
The Priests and Nuns were always there.
"Separate for the Holy Ghost," we use to hear from them in those days.
With a Big Smile. They learned Our Rock and Roll Era.
Sat. Afternoon in the Auditorium of our Church, we had roller skating,
Yes, shoe skates with wooden wheels. I still have mine.
On Sunday, the auditorium was used for the extra Masses.
On the stage, is where they put the altar.
He started yearly School Plays, and they still continue to this day.
We had 56 students in a class, all taught by one Nun..amazing ..
Father got a School Band started, Fife and Drum, they were great.
When he gave out Our Report Cards every 6 months, in the Auditorium, he would tell all of us Kids, Put it on the Table and run into your Room.
We all mostly came from Parkchester then, and they were all medium size apartments. Some of us are Still Here.
Monsignor would give the shirt off his back to anyone. He sent many Kids through the High School without worrying about the money for tuition and books
Monsignor's Confession Line in those days went out the church doors. WHY?????????? ... He would tell you, "Say 1 Our Father and 1 Hail Mary" and I will see you at Mass.
Oh, Those Wonderful Years Here in the N E Bronx
THANK YOU MONSIGNOR, FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART'S.
We all Turned Out OK
Lawrence A Scanlan (1878 - 1975)*
Martin A Scanlan (1879 - 1963)*
Arthur J Scanlan (1881 - 1974)
Frances M Scanlan (1884 - 1972)*
Michael A Scanlan (1892 - 1967)*
Patrick Francis Scanlan (1895 - 1983)*
Joseph A Scanlan (1899 - 1984)*
St. Helena Science Fair Winners
The following students won First Prize in their grade level at our local St. Helena Science fair. The winners will advance to the Bronx-Wide Science Fair, which will take place at Mount St. Michaels. Congratulations to our winners.
1st grade Ja’Nyah Clarke-Malcolm for Sugar Water Density
2nd grade Odilet Encarnacion for Fizz Inflator
3rd grade Angelina Infante for Water Siphon
4th grade Isabella Muniz for How Flowers Drink Water
5th grade Andrea Belotto & Angel Smith for Cleaning Slime
6th grade Joseph Rosario & Nicholas Singh for Hydroelectric
7th grade Nathalia Diaz & Jenesia Getfield for Static Electricity
VARSITY HORSEMEN WIN CATHOLIC BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The varsity Horsemen of St. Helena outpaced St. Ignatius Loyola Monday night and won the Catholic Basketball League championship 42-29 in the St. Theresa gym, playing to a full house.
Francisco Mattei scored in all four quarters and had a game-high 25 points. Both Christian Colter and Omari Ward scored 11 points, with Ward sinking two threes and Colter and Mattei each sinking one three. Justin Hernandez hit a two in the third quarter to round out the Horsemen scoring.
The Horsemen played consistent ball, scoring 11 points in the first and third quarters and 14 and 13 points in the second and fourth quarter. The Horsemen were 9 for 12 from the line. Michael Rice also scored in all four quarters and had a team-high 22 points for Loyola.
The junior varsity championship game was a nail-biter, with the lead constantly switching back and forth, but in the end, Our Lady of the Assumption defeated Loyola 34-31.
To get to the championship game, the varsity Horsemen first had to defeat Immaculate Conception last week, which they did easily 55-27. In that game, Mattei had a game-high 21 points, Ward 14 points, Colter 10, Hernandez 8, and Kameron Carrisquilla two points.
Congratulations to Coach Bobby Schaefer and the Horsemen for a winning season.
JV HORSEMEN WIN THREE STRAIGHT
The JV Horsemen have come a long way since the beginning of the season, when thy struggled to win a single game, taking down this week Ignatius Loyola, 45-40, and Immaculate Conception twice, first by 39-31 and then again 54-32.
They won first against Immaculate Conception by holding them to a single point in the fourth quarter, while putting up 11 points themselves. William Manning had a game-high 14 points, followed by both Peter Lugo and Jahli Ward with 7 points, Antonio Martinez with 6 points, including a three, and Eric Cardero with five points. The Horsemen were 6 for 16 from the line, and Immaculate Conception was 2 for 10.
In their second game against Immaculate Conception, they allowed IC to score only a single point from the line as well as two points the entire first half. No one scored in all four quarters. Jose Velez was the only Horsemen in double digits, with 10. Manning had six points and Lugo five points, followed by a two in the second for Kevin Vasquez, and another for Antonio Martinez, as well a two in the third for Eric Cordero. The Horsemen were 7 for 12 and Immaculate Conception was 1 for 9 from the line.
For the second time in a row, the JV team held the opponent scoreless in the second quarter, while the Horsemen put up 13 points, which, combined with five Horsemen free throws in the final quarter, was enough to seal the deal. Manning had a team-high 12 points for the Horsemen and Alejandro Perez had a game-high 15 for Loyola. Also for the Horsemen, Martinez scored 9 points and Cordero 7 points, followed by Ward wth 4 in the third and Lugo with three in the first. The two teams were even from the free throw line, with the Horsemen 7 for 16 and Loyola 6 for 13. Congratulations to the JV Horsemen.
VARSITY HORSEMEN TAKE TWO
Francisco Mattei and Chris Colter both put over thirty points each on the boards this week to aid the Horsemen in their 45-40 win over Ignatius Loyola and their 54-32 victory over Immaculate Conception.
Mattei scored a game-high 20 points, including two threes, in all four quarters against Loyola and 11 points, including a three, against Immaculate Conception. Colter put in a game-high 20 points (all twos) against Immaculate Conception and 15 points, scored in all four quarters, against Loyola.
Omari Ward scored 15 points against Immaculate Conception and 8 against Loyola. Kameron Carrisquilla had a two in the first against Loyola, and Hope Martinez sank a two in the third against Immaculate Conception. Justin Hernandez rounded out the scoring with 6 against Immaculate Conception. Michael Rice had a team-high 14 points for Loyola, followed by 13 points for Tommy Kelly.
The Horsemen scored 17 points in the final quarter against Loyola, which was one more than their previous two quarters combined, while they scored in double digits in every quarter against Immaculate Conception. They were 13 for 21 from the line against Loyola, which was 7 for 9; and they shot 5 for 9 from the line against Immaculate Conception, which was 0 for 6.