Weekly Reflections December 9, 2016

Dear APH Families,

Midterms, Meditation, Shakespeare and our Holiday Concert... Midterms are on the horizon and students have been busily preparing for success. During the next few weeks we have some wonderful performances and would love to see all of our families join us - to support our students’ efforts and talents, as well as celebrate the season.

This past week our a capella group performed both at Gordon College’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and at The Symphony of Trees Benefit. They were wonderful! We also had world renowned recording artist, Grace Kelly visit us on Monday, the girls were treated to a live performance. When this educated, enlightened and empowered woman is not inspiring students she can be found in the band of The Late Show with Steven Colbert...

On Thursday, we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with Father Steve Curry from Merrimack College and Deacon Jim Manzi who also happens to be one of our Board of Trustees. The mass was well attended and we would like to thank our student readers Veronica Sanchez and Angela Mayes as well as our alter server Sophia Ferello.

Upcoming Performances

Fall Theater Performance - Friday & Saturday

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. You may purchase tickets at the door or online.

Winter Concert - Friday December 16th

Get in the Holiday Spirit with The Academy at Penguin Hall. We invite you to join us next weekend, Friday December 16th, when our Music Department will ring in the holiday season with our Winter Concert. Our APH musical groups performing are Choral Ensemble, A Cappella Ensemble, 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

Secret Santa Book Swap

Students need to bring in their books for their secret friend on Monday, December 12. Books must be wrapped and have the recipient’s name on them. Students will give the books to their first period teacher to be put under our beautiful tree.


Thursday, December 15th is a Reading Day. We encourage students to come to school and work in study groups or seek support from their teachers. Students are not required to attend but are strongly encouraged to do so, particularly those students who have yet to sit for midterms.

Busses will remain on schedule during the exam week. If students prefer to leave after the completion of an exam, they must arrange for 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 My APH that your information is accurate. Schoolwork will be assigned via Blackbaud. Students are expected to be responsible to work remotely in case of bad weather. Any questions with regards to MyAPH or Blackbaud can be sent to fastorino@penguinhall.org.


Thank you to all those that contributed socks the month of November to benefit Bread and Roses in Lawrence. And thank you to those who gave items for the Wellspring House in Gloucester. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Teddy Bear Drive for Boston Children’s Hospital

We are collecting new, unwrapped stuffed animals for Boston Children's Hospital. We are dedicating the teddy bear drive in memory of Ella O’Donnell - a 10 year old girl who recently lost her battle with brain cancer. Please say a prayer for the O'Donnell family this holiday season and donate a teddy in memory of Ella. We will be collecting from now until December 21st.

There are 375 beds in Children's all of which are full every Christmas.

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