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Inspiring young scientists one lab coat at a time!

On December 15, right before De Marillac students and teachers left for winter break, our school was selected to receive new DMA branded science lab coats, goggles, and science career books.

Project SCIFI (Scientific Coat Initiative for Future Innovators) is a nonprofit whose mission is to promote scientific passion for higher education by providing teachers and educators the necessary tools for hands-on scientific instruction. Additionally, their hope is that this will spark a supportive, mentor-mentee community of like-minded, young scientists.

Led by an all-volunteer organization of students and scientists whose personal experiences led them to pursue careers in science, this idea of “dress for the job you want, not the job you have” inspired this lab coat initiative of providing students the opportunity to realize that a career in science is a tangible path.

As Project SCIFI’s team member Michael Leone puts it:

 ” My feelings towards science changed in 10th grade when my chemistry teacher gave me the opportunity to go to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at UCLA. Still not strongly considering science or medicine at the time, I opted to go, reasoning that two weeks away from home would be two weeks well spent. Little did I know that within those two weeks, my feelings towards science would change, largely due to the fact that I couldn’t get the feeling of wearing a white lab coat during some hospital/laboratory field trips out of my mind. Strangely, the simple act of wearing a lab coat gave me the feeling that a career in something that I thought was so out of reach was actually more attainable than I had originally thought.”


If you have ever visited De Marillac Academy and taken our student- led tour, then you should know that one of the consistent praises we hear from our students is that science with Mr. Lee is their favorite class. Students are always eager to share their latest science experiment. So when these fresh coats arrived, both staff and students were excited to try them on and get to work!

Science Teacher Charles Lee and Project SCIFI Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Shashank Patil

Thanks again Project SCIFI! Thank you for passing on the dream to our students, valuing their efforts and passions; and taking the time to get to know our students.

Posted on: January 19th, 2018



School’s In Session!

First week of school is in full effect!

It’s so nice to hear the buzz, chatter, and laughter of children on campus after a quiet summer. 4th grade lead teacher, Ms. Dzida, took our newest Saints around school to show them the ins and outs of De Marillac via scavenger hunt. Two of our newest Saints, Sergio and Mia, gave us a little insight as to what their first day felt like.

Sergio, 4th Grade

Mia, 4th Grade

How was your first day? What was the best part?

S: It was great! I was kind of nervous. The best part was meeting my teacher.

M: My first day was good. The best part was meeting my new friends and teacher.

If anything could be different what would you change?

M: I wouldn’t change anything.

S: Me neither!

How was the food yesterday? I heard you guys had chicken and waffles…are you the type to eat them together or separately?


M: I like mine separate..

S: Yea, Separate…

What do you like so far?

S: I like the science room!

M: I like..uhhhh.. everything!

What are you still unsure or nervous about?

S: Hmmm.. nothing.

M: *nodding in agreement*

Is there anything you’re most excited about? 

S: Doing science stuff.

M: I’m excited about going into 5th grade…

Did you have a uniform at your last school? How do you like wearing one everyday? 

M: Yea, we wore a uniform at my last school. I like it because it makes it easy to get ready in the morning. And you don’t have to wash more and more or go shopping.

S: Umm, it’s like my everyday uniform, but my shirt is white not red.

So you’re saying you wear clothes like your uniform on a regular basis? 

S: Yea. *nods head proudly*

I remember when I was going back to school, shopping for supplies was my favorite part…are there any supplies you get really excited about? 

M: Every time we go shopping for school supplies, my mom gets me a slime kit so I can make slime.  I also like when we get led pencils.

S: I like slime too and I like led pencils too. I really like this one *shows me his led pencil*

And finally, What is your favorite school subject? 

M: Math.

S: I love science.


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Posted on: August 18th, 2017



Summer School Recap 2017


Happy Summer!

We were blessed to have Ms. Hyland, Tyven Gabriner (son of longtime DMA supporters), Christine Nash (ROAR volunteer), and eight DMA grads ranging from freshmen in high school to college graduates (pictured: Lilie Hau, Chris Gomez, Kim Bustos, Ed Hagape, Alexis Mojica, Miguel Molinero, Lizeth Ramos, and Henry Soto).

Special thanks to our Graduate Support Program for securing these talented leaders.  They were phenomenal, helping to lead assemblies and prayer and working closely with small groups of students.

The students were superb as well.  Many took their learning to new heights; one student read over 1,200 pages of novels in one week, some forged new friendships and co-authored their own stories together, and others pushed themselves in math to learn division for the first time with the help of grads.  Volunteer teachers continued to implement Personalized Learning.  Here’s a snapshot:

AGENCY:  Morning and afternoon time to create playlists and complete written and oral reflection upon learning.

PEOPLE:  1:5 student to teacher ratio and flexibility with whom to work.

PACE:  Five periods or “choices” during the day including reading and creative writing.

PATH:  Choice of Ed Tech tools for playlist creation.

PLACE:  Flexibility in terms of learning environment; classrooms, lab, studio, library, etc.

All students persevered in fitness as well.  They were challenged to complete push ups, sit ups, and jumping jacks according to their age, and run laps in Boeddeker according to what grade they are entering in the fall.  Needless to say, Monday was tough for many of them, but by mid week many of the students were volunteering to exercise as soon as they arrived in the morning.  A new record was set for sit ups; 83 in a row!  A rising 7th grader still holds the record for push ups; 63.  The fastest lap in Boeddeker is now 11 seconds.

Meanwhile, one mile up the road, a handful of our rising 5th-8th grade students were at Sacred Heart Cathedral for summer school as well.  Classes included:  math games, film making, writing, digital photography, and theater.  Students said the SHCP catered lunches were pretty nice too😉.

Wednesday, July 5th at 11:00 am, the rising 7th and 8th graders departed for CYO Camp in Occidental.  Temperature is expected to be in the high 70s and low 80s.  I’m sure the rising 7th graders will enjoy some sunshine this time around.  I hear their last experience was pretty wet and damp!

Thanks again to our community for making summer school another great success!

Posted on: July 7th, 2017



Making the Cut!

On Monday, June 5, De Marillac Academy hosted its long awaited DMA Saints Hair Donating Rally.  Over the past nine months, 14 of students and teachers have been growing out their hair for one single purpose – let their hair and be of service! These 14 donors had eight inches of their hair cut to selflessly provide wigs for women suffering with hair loss from chemotherapy used to treat cancer.  The Lasallian tradition fueled these 14 donors; they felt a deep responsibility to improve the lives of women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Please join us in congratulating these 14 Saints who have given so generously!

Posted on: June 5th, 2017



Black Days and Nights:The Story of Leon Rajninger as a Holocaust Survivor


Friday May 12th, our eighth grade class hosted a very special guest, Leon Rajninger who shared his story as a Holocaust Survivor. Over winter, the eighth grade studied the book Night by Elie Weisel over the course of six weeks. They also had to complete individual book reports on stories they selected covering the Holocaust. A big thanks to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Speakers Bureau for helping make this experience possible. This is something we (students, faculty, &  staff) will never forget.

Leon was born in Bukovina, Romania and was eight years old when the Second World War started. His Holocaust story is one of the Romanian Holocaust, also known as, The Forgotten Cemetery. He shared the extended version of his book, which is pictured below; and  answered a few questions in the end.

In the early morning, we were lined up for the march into the Mogilev-Podolsk camp. As we started marching with many armed Romanian soldiers guarding us, our family was the last in line. A young Ukrainian boy passed us polling an empty two-wheeled cart. My mother asked the soldier guarding us if we could put our backpacks on the cart. He agreed. With many packs, the cart was heavy to pull. We dropped behind and soon there was only one soldier guarding us. We were about fifty feet behind the rest of the group. The Mogilev- Podolsk Jews were standing by the roadside, warning us not to continue our journey. My mother gave the soldier some money as a bribe. Bless him, he looked the other way, and we grabbed all the bags from the card and escaped into the crowd.

We lived up on a hill and the only water pump was by the river. It was very hard to get water up in winter. By the time we reached the top of the hill there was very little water left in the bucket. So for most of the winter we just opened the door and scooped up a bucket full of snow. If we had some wood, we would boil whatever we had, like sweet beets or a potato. The first winter of 1941 was the worst for us, sitting in the dark with only one small window that was covered with ice and snow. In addition, we had a big problem with lice in the winter. My parents and I slept on a few boards elevated from the floor. We had only one blanket and my father’s coat, which was warm but had a lot of lice and was difficult to clean. Unfortunately there was no choice, because it was very cold, especially at night.

Leon wanted us to make sure we walked away with three very important lessons:

  1. Take care of your family, especially your parents when they get older. Do everything you can for them.
  2. Finish the highest level of education possible.
  3. Never lose control over your life.


Posted on: May 15th, 2017



Where are they now? A look at our Featured Artists

We are excited to announce this year’s featured artist for our 11th Annual Scholarship Benefit – Oliver Chanax, class of 2012. Oliver has circled back to De Marillac as a volunteer assistant teacher for the art enrichment class. He is currently studying Graphic Design at City College of San Francisco and hopes to gain professional experience in a number of arenas, with sights on working in animation for a major company such as Pixar.

At De Marillac, we emphasize this notion of community and family that takes on many forms of support beyond graduating. Being a featured artist is an honor that has helped our Alumni advance their career in the arts; and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to reconnect with them. In the spirit of celebrating another year of partnered success in providing opportunity for De Marillac’s students and families; here are the featured artists from the previous years, and a glimpse of what they are up to now.

Ana Karen, class of 2004, is a studio artist making appearances in art galleries throughout the bay area. Her latest appearance was at the Purple Waves Art Show, a music and art show featuring Silicon Valley Artists. Ana Karen has graced us again with her unique, vibrant art available at this year’s art auction.

Kimberly Pirring, class of 2005 has been pursuing her career as both a free- lance graphic designer and contributor towards big brand names such as Walmart, Benefit Cosmetics, and currently Charlotte Russe. You can catch Kimberly’s portforlio on her website at

Josephine Alonzo, Class of 2007, started her own business, Radiant Azaela, which is rooted in her passion for designing children’s clothing and accessories. She is driven by her desire to build an empowering future for her daughter. You can follow her work on Etsy: RadiantAzalea

We hope to see you at this year’s Annual Scholarship Benefit, you won’t want to miss out on the growing talent! RSVP HERE.


Posted on: February 24th, 2017



ASB Choir Performance

Our choir has been working hard these past few months for their performance at this year’s Annual Scholarship Benefit! They have 3 songs lined up and 5 solo performances. They will be singing songs from the Peanut’s soundtrack, Moana soundtrack, and Stevie Wonder, with lyrics arranged by Choir Director Benjamin Mertz. They have been practicing twice a week, under the radar, so it will be a surprise to us all when we see the final product. Can’t wait! RSVP HERE


Posted on: February 24th, 2017



6th Graders Walk to Asian Art Museum for Social Studies Lesson

On Wednesday, January 25, the 6th grade walked around the corner and down the street to the Asian Art Museum on 200 Larkin Street.  6th Grade Teacher, Ms. Mary Gerlomes, explained, “The students were excited to walk to the museum and have exposure to cultural and religious practices in India…Buddhism in particular.  They learned about the life and moral teachings of the Buddha, and it allowed them to connect moral teachings that they are learning about at De Marillac Academy with an ancient civilization.  Students were so intrigued about the stories behind the statues of the deities.  This field trip is linked to our Schoolwide Learning Expectations because this is an opportunity to, ‘display gratitude by respecting the diversity of individuals of all cultures and backgrounds.'”


Posted on: January 25th, 2017



Save The Date – 11th Annual Scholarship Benefit

The 11th Annual Scholarship Benefit, themed  “It Begins With a Dream”, is on March 16, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square.  The event started eleven years ago and was known as, “A Gift of a Day.” In this event’s initial year, a group of supporters hosted a cocktail reception in our school hall to sponsor the gift of a day’s education for the students of De Marillac Academy. Over the years, the Gift of a Day event evolved into the Annual Scholarship Benefit. This event has grown from 150 attendees to over 750 individuals who celebrate De Marillac Academy’s mission each year.

Join us for this special evening where the community comes together to celebrate the success and future of our unique school.  More information to come, with registration beginning in early February.

Posted on: January 25th, 2017



5th Graders Create Air Cannon to Launch a Pom-Pom

De Marillac Academy 5th graders took on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Challenge in Science class.  Students worked in small groups to create their very own “Pom-Pom Blaster.”  The blaster had to launch a pom-pom into the air and had to travel at least two feet to qualify.  The groups could only use the materials that were given to them, which included:

  • 3-4 pom-poms
  • cardstock paper
  • 5 straws
  • 5 craft sticks
  • 5 rubber bands
  • 2 Styrofoam cups
  • scissors and tape

Students had to brainstorm, design, and build their contraptions in less than fifty minutes.  Students created Pom-Pom Blasters that ranged in style from catapults to sling-shots.  The room was filled with lots of laughter, excited discussion, and not to mention, flying pom-poms!  It was truly incredible to see the creativity, teamwork, and engineering minds of fifth graders!  As Ms. Meaghan Osborne, 5th Grade Teacher, shared, “There are definitely future engineers in the fifth grade class!”  Click here to watch a video of one pom-pom blaster in action!

Posted on: January 12th, 2017