Weekly Reflections November 18, 2016

Dear APH families,

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing place. Your daughters each bring a unique gift to our community and we thank you for your continued support. We believe that what we are doing is so special. No school is without its challenges but here, we support one another through them. Mistakes are made, conversations are had and each individual is treated with respect. I ask that all the girls think of one another’s intentions when they encounter an issue. To help young women realize that they have the potential to be strong, empowered and kind each in their own way is truly something for which to be grateful...

We would like to congratulate the following students on their academic success in the first quarter.

President’s List: Veronica Sanchez ‘17, Sophia Ferello ‘18, Emma Fringuelli ‘19, Molly Geaney ‘19, Kelsey Logan ‘19, Isabella Carroll ‘20, Juliette Chait ‘20, Addison Condon ‘20, Lilian Johnson ‘20, Angela Mayes ‘20, Ella Nazzaro ‘20.

Director’s List: Brooke Boucher ‘17, Rachele DiFava ‘17, Katherine Pasti ‘17, Kendelle Cooper ‘18, Jane Grady ‘18, Leah Humphreys ‘18, Erin Murray ‘18, Micaela Trzcinski ‘18, Jillian Veader ‘18, Kathryn Ward ‘18, Olivia Wolcott ‘18, Marietta Atkins ‘19, Fiona Kelley ‘19, Molly McCarthy ‘19, Julia Sullivan ‘19, Elaina Turner ‘19, Emily Wallace ‘19, Lily Arnold ‘20, Lila Caplan ‘20, Sophie Chabot ‘20, Cashel Davis ‘20, Jensen Dooley ‘20, Kaitlyn Fucillo ‘20, Eleanor Jesaitis ‘20, Viktoria Kessler ‘20, Eve Poliskey ‘20.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

West Side Story

This week our school as a community went to the North Shore Music Theatre to experience “West Side Story.” Many of our students had recently finished reading “Romeo and Juliet” and were able to recognize the parallels. After the show our students participated in a discussion with the cast and crew. It was fabulous.

Dress Down for a Cause

Today our students and faculty participated in a dress down day to aid the organization Wild Tracks based in Belize. This organization helps preserve wildlife and helps those animals in need of medical attention. One of our students has been lucky enough to work in Belize and is very passionate about this cause!

Student Planned Semi-formal

Tonight is the much anticipated Semi-formal. The girls planned every detail. They created playlists, had a local organization donate cupcakes- thank you to Cakes for Occasions in Danvers. They hired the police detail, coordinated faculty chaperones and are ready for some fun! We look forward to sharing the details with you.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please remember that Tuesday (11/22) all students are being dismissed at 3pm.

Open House

We need your help. On Sunday, December 4th, from 2-4pm we will be having our final open house of the year. We are asking all students and families to bring a friend and share the event with others. Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word so that our school community continues to grow. Please bring a friend and tell a friend!

Fall Theater Performance

On Friday December 9th, and Saturday December 10th , The Academy’s Drama club will present “Shakespeare’s Women.” The play will be held at St. John’s Prep in Danvers at the Ryken Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Winter Concert

Everyone is invited to join us on Friday, December 16th when our choir will have our Winter Concert at the Gordon College Chapel. The concert will begin at 7pm. Donations will be accepted. We’ve been hearing them rehearse each week; you are in for a real treat.

Sock Drive

Here at The Academy it is “Toasty toes November!” We ask that families donate new, warm socks to be donated to Bread & Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence. In the winter months they support many homeless and impoverished people who often lack warm socks. We will donate the socks at the end of the month. Thank you for your support!

Support APH with your Amazon Shopping this Holiday

You can help The Academy at Penguin Hall with every purchase you make on Amazon. Remember, always start at smile.amazon.com/ch/81-0729618 and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Academy at Penguin Hall. #StartWithaSmile for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to The Academy at Penguin Hall.

As part of our community retreat on Tuesday, students will be assembling "Blessing Bags." These are small bags filled with items individual experiencing homelessness may need, such as chapstick, hand warmers, and snacks. Each student will be able to assemble 1-2 bags, and will be encouraged to hand out the bags to individuals who may need them. Thanksgiving travel may provide the perfect opportunity to deliver these bags!

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff here at The Academy, I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Warm regards,

Julie Calzini

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