Day Trips

Our day trips are loved and much enjoyed by all our students. Some trips are regular monthly outings, while others are more unique and planned by our Mercy staff as a field trip for a classroom or the entire school.

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Mini Mustangs and School-Age students enjoy the opportunity to visit Parkettes (parkettes.com) in Allentown on a monthly basis. Instructors with Parkettes, one of the nation’s pre-eminent gymnastics programs, monitor participants who walk on the balance beam, tumble on the floor, jump on the trampoline and more.

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Our Mini Mustangs and School-Age students go swimming once a month for an hour at Rodale Aquatic Center in Allentown. This fun activity is packed with learning goals such as dressing skills, socializing, game-playing, communicating and, of course, swimming. The pool is accessible with a Hoyer Lift so that every child can enjoy time in the water. Volunteers also join us in encouraging everyone to learn to enjoy the water safely.

Visit the Rodale Aquatic Center at: http://www.cedarcrest.edu/ca/rac/index.shtm.

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Individual classrooms plan field trips throughout the year to help the students enjoy new and meaningful activities throughout the Lehigh Valley. From shows at DeSales University and Bethlehem Catholic High School to bowling at Mountainville Lanes. From learning about horses at Equi-librium to riding trains at Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, our trips are as diverse as our students.

School-wide field trips are also part of a typical year. Trips include plays at Bethlehem Catholic and DeSales University as well as a Halloween adventure at the Best Western in Bethlehem. One popular trip is to Notre Dame High School in Easton for a Track & Field Day. Every fall, the Notre Dame Key Club organizes a day of field events that begins with a torch lighting and ends with an awards presentation.

Mercy students age 8 and older also compete in Lehigh County’s Special Olympics each May. The all-day event consists of track and field events as well as an Olympic Village with activities such as face painting, carnival games and giveaways. Each child is a winner at Special Olympics and brings home a ribbon for every event in which he or she participates.

Finally, the Patrick & Rosemary McFadden J.O.Y. Fund also enables the entire student body to go on a major field trip at the end of each school year. The McFadden family created this special fund to honor Rosemary for her many years of volunteering in our school.

Clubs

Our variety of clubs and activities allow every student to showcase their talent and make friends that share their same interests.

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Led by Mercy teacher Vickie McHale, Magical Movement Dance classes are held daily after school. Miss Vickie stresses “movement,” offering ballet, tap and jazz as she helps students (in both group and private instruction) to become aware of their body through movement.

Participation in Magical Movement Dance is voluntary and there is a fee to join, but dancers are expected to commit to year-round involvement. Dancers perform at the annual Dinner Gala, in-school events as requested and the year-end Dance Recital. The students adore being on stage and performing for their audiences!

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This after-school program matches Mercy students with buddies from Allentown Central Catholic High School (acchs.info) that leads to immediate friendships that often last beyond graduation. BFFs meet monthly for a variety of fun games and activities; Mercy and ACCHS students take turns each month going to their buddies’ school for the activities. Some of the planned events and activities that our BFFs have enjoyed include: bowling, karaoke, volleyball, a Christmas party with craft activities, and more. There is no cost for this program.

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The Tone Chime Choir is comprised of Mercy students who, under the guidance of liturgical music instructor Sue Kaczmarek, perform as requested by community groups and for school activities. Students practice weekly during the school day, and some students play more than one chime for any given musical number.

The choir plays tone chimes similar to hand bells, matching the tone of their chimes to the notes on a musical score. There is no cost for students to participate in our Tone Chime Choir, which in recent years has performed for the following groups/events:

  • Christkindlmarkt
  • Council for Exceptional Children of Kutztown University
  • Hi Neighbors
  • Mercy’s Appreciation Luncheon
  • School Masses
  • Mercy’s Annual Christmas Show
  • Service Groups

If you are interested in having the Tone Chime Choir perform at your special function, please contact Sue Kaczmarek at 610-797-8242.

Special Programs

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Baum School of Art

Twice during a school year, a select group of students enjoys 9-week sessions at the renowned Baum School of Art in Allentown. Students work with an instructor on various art projects throughout each session that involves the utilization of different artistic techniques.

Students are able to attend these sessions at the Baum School (baumschool.org) at no cost thanks to a generous donor who supports Mercy and the arts.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Mercy’s Summer Camp is a four-week camp held 3 days per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. each July. The goal is for campers to participate in social activities both at Mercy and in the community.

Camp activities include music, dancing, arts and crafts, swimming, bowling, movies and more. Cost is $100 for each weekly session or $350 for the 4-week camp program.

For more information about our Summer Camp, please call 610.797.8242 or email school@mercyspeciallearning.org.

School Dances

Mercy hosts three dances during the school year that take place on Friday nights for students over the age of 12, adults in TLC, alumni and former students.

Our annual prom is held in May at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bethlehem for current students age 16 and older, adults in TLC as well as alumni and former students.

Mercy staff and volunteers chaperone the prom and each dance, so we encourage families to enjoy a night to themselves while our attendees dance the night away. Our students look forward to renewing friendships at the prom and at each dance.

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Student Shows

Mercy students love working with Miss Vickie McHale to create and put on plays throughout the course of the year. Every student involved has a role to learn and perform. Our two biggest shows are the Living Stations around Easter, and the Christmas Show in December.

Christmas Show

The Christmas Show

The Christmas Show is our most anticipated event of the school year. This annual performance is our gift to the Mercy community as a thank you for everything people do for our school and our students. The Christmas Show, which is held in our auditorium and is free for all attendees, is typically held on the Thursday and Friday during the second week of December. (The Thursday show is open to schools and Mercy donors, while the Friday show is open to family members of Mercy students, children in Pre-K and adults in the Adult Program.)

Each year, Miss Vickie, our teacher in Room 7, creates the theme and the story for the show, which always culminates with the reason for the Christmas season; the gift of the Baby Jesus. Production begins over Thanksgiving break with the help of many volunteers, and the students then start rehearsals after the break and right up to the first show.

Living Stations

Living Stations

At Mercy, the Easter season gives all of us time to remember Jesus’ crucifixion and celebrate His resurrection. The students and Pre-K students do more than just remember: They help bring in this holy season by performing a Living Stations of the Cross. Students take on all the key roles and re-enact each step of Jesus’ road to Calvary up through His rising from the dead.

The Mercy family is invited to come and celebrate Living Stations with us.

Graduation & Ring Mass

Graduation

No year would be complete without an opportunity to congratulate our graduates for their hard work throughout their time at Mercy. Students at Mercy graduate when they are 21 years old (or 18 under special circumstances), and they begin their final year with a Ring Mass that typically is held on Mercy Day (the day celebrating the Sisters of Mercy who founded Mercy) in our auditorium. This Mass is said by priests or pastors from the graduates’ home parish (if the student is Catholic), and the graduates-to-be each receive their class ring from Bridget. After the ceremony, the entire Mercy family approaches each graduate-to-be and congratulates the person by turning the graduate’s ring one revolution.

In early June, the graduates don their red caps and gowns for a graduation ceremony that takes place during the day. Each of the graduates’ teachers say something about their students’ achievements before awarding them with a Certificate of Achievement. The event concludes with cake for the graduates, their family members in attendance and the Mercy student body.