Weekly Reflections December 16, 2016

Hello APH Families,

We invite you to join us tonight, Friday December 16th, and celebrate the holiday season with The Academy at Penguin Hall. The APH musical groups performing are Choral Ensemble, A Cappella Group, Rock Band and Classical Ensemble. The sounds of the season will echo harmoniously throughout the majestic A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel at Gordon College on Friday, December 16th at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE.

Congratulations to The Academy’s cast and crew of “Shakespeare’s Women.” The performance was a huge success. Both nights were sold out! The girls worked incredibly hard and it certainly paid off. A special thank you to Mr. Crowley for all his efforts.

Secret Santa Book Swap:

As we create a reading legacy here at APH we were thrilled by our first annual Secret Santa Book Swap which took place on Wednesday. Students eagerly unwrapped their books by the Christmas tree. The girls took the time to learn what their secret friend would like and got books accordingly. We hope they enjoy them over the Christmas break. Happy reading ladies!


Today was the first day of midterm exams.

Busses will remain on schedule during the exam week. If students prefer to leave after the completion of an exam, they must arrange their own transportation.

No student will be allowed to enter a room once an exam has begun. There are no exceptions.

Meditation & Mindfulness During Midterms

During midterm exams students will be provided with the space and time to meditate with art teacher Ms. Riley.

Midterm exams can be stressful for many students, meditation is proven to not only relieve stress but provide relaxation and rejuvenate the mind. Studies show meditating before tests can even improve scores! Meditations will happen every day of midterm exams at 8:15-8:35 am and 12:15-12:35 pm students can come to any meditation, no need to sign up, just feel free to drop in the back art room a few minutes before the meditation starts! So any time the stress of a test starts to creep in... there is a place to go and find peace and relaxation!

Girls are encouraged to bring books or sketch pads to exams; we will not allow use of electronic devices even if a student has finished. They can be disruptive to others.

Exam Schedule:

December 16- Day 1 schedule

A Block Exam 9-11am

Lunch and study 11:15-12:55

B Block Exam 1-3pm

December 19- Day 1 schedule.

C Block Exam 9-11am

Lunch and study 11:15-12:55

D Block Exam 1-3pm

December 20th -Day 2 schedule.

E Block Exam 9-11am

Lunch and study 11:15-12:55

F Block Exam 1-3pm

December 21st- Day 2 Schedule

G Block exam 9-11am

Lunch and study 11:15-12:55

H Block exam 1-3 pm

Vacation begins at 3pm on December 21st for students. Sports teams will have practices and the busses will run at the same times.

Notifications for School Delays and Cancellations

In case of inclement weather, all delays and cancellations will be made via email on file. Please confirm on myAPH that your information is accurate. Any questions with regards to myAPH can be sent to fastorino@penguinhall.org.

School cancellations will also be announced on WCVB and WBZ.

In the event school closes due to weather, schoolwork will be assigned via myAPH. Students are expected to be responsible to work remotely in case of bad weather.

We understand that weather events vary from town to town. Should there be inclement weather in your area that makes travel difficult, you can keep your daughter home. Please call the school at 978-468-6200 to report any absences or tardies. Should you call outside of school hours (7:30am-5:30pm), please dial extension x2005 to report her absence.

Sports Update:

The basketball team played their first game of the season this week against Prospect Hill Academy. The team lost but they worked hard to get a lot of shots off. Anna Sullivan led the team in points and good defense was played by all- great job ladies!

The swim team will swim their first meet on January 4th. They have been working hard and having fun. The meet will take place at Weston Middle School against Weston High School.


Re-enrollment at The Academy is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about the 2017 - 2018 school year! For those families who intend to apply for financial aid the deadline to do so is January 20, 2017. The Financial Aid department will notify you of your award on February 3, 2017. Whether you apply for financial aid or not, all deposits for returning students are due no later than February 10, 2017. To be eligible to receive financial aid you must re-apply every year. Financial Aid is done through FACTS.

I look forward to seeing you all tonight at the winter concert. Enjoy your weekend.

Warm regards,

Julie Calzini

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