Weekly Reflections October 7, 2016

Dear APH Families,

We have had a week of firsts here at APH!

On Sunday, October 2nd we had our first open house. Over 250 potential students and their families walked the halls, asked questions and saw a glimmer of what makes us special.

Thank you to all our Student Ambassadors, as well as parents that helped make our first Open House a success!

On Monday, we had our first lunch in the Bistro. It is beautiful. We encourage you visit when you have a moment.

On Tuesday we recognized Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with some special foods at lunch. We had apples and honey, which are traditionally eaten to symbolize a "sweet" year ahead. We also had charoset, a dish of apples, honey, walnuts, and cinnamon. Charoset represents the mortar that the Israelites used to make bricks while they were slaves in Egypt.

In World Religions class, the students were also able to sample additional Jewish dishes, including kugel, latkes, poppy strip, and matzo. The kugel and latkes were definitely student favorites! It was a meaningful way to celebrate the culmination of our Judaism unit. We are honored to bring such rich traditions to APH.

This week we also rolled out a community program called “Caught Red Handed.” The purpose of this program is for students to report acts of kindness amongst their peers. Students who are caught red handed will be recognized with a token of our appreciation.

College Planning

Director of Admissions Recruitment Michael Iorio from Saint Anselm's College visited us this past Tuesday. He answered questions the students had about the college and its programs.

Project Highlight

This week creativity abounds! In our World Humanities class our students presented ideas as to how to create a reading legacy here at The Academy. One group came up with an idea that we believe will last for generations to come! On our first community day, students will draw one another’s names out of a hat. They will then (secretly) learn as much as they can about that person in order to anonymously gift them with a book before the Christmas break. This will certainly beat any other Secret Santa traditions!

Upcoming School Outings

On November 17 we will be attending “West Side Story” at the North Shore Music Theater. Students will attend their first period class, leave for the show and return for lunch. Information and the permission slip is available on Blackbaud. The cost for a ticket is $28. We ask that students pay by Wednesday, October 13th.

Service Update

Last week we had our first dress down for a cause day. We raised $197 for the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Our students and faculty were excited to put on comfy clothes for such a worth cause.

Athletics Update

Our soccer team defeated Pingree this week 4-3. Our very own Addie C. Got three goals and Emily W. Got one. Way to go girls!

Volleyball had a match on Monday, they split two sets and lost in a close third set. Keep up the good work.

Parent Thoughts

Friends and neighbors have been commenting on how much happier my daughter seems now that she is attending APH. When I picked her up one day last week, she commented, "Mom, I am actually looking forward to the school year." Thank you, amazing teachers, staff, and new friends!
I love that my daughter loves going to school. She's actively engaged in her own education and has already made such strides in building her confidence. As a parent, there's nothing more rewarding then seeing your daughter become the self-assured and motivated young lady you always knew she was. The positive environment is contagious and we couldn't be more pleased with our decision. We come from a spectacular school district and once I met the teachers and learned about how a project-based education could benefit my daughter, we were so lucky that she was given this opportunity. The fact that the school is all girl helps build that confidence because they are free to express themselves without the added pressure of trying to impress. It allows for them to explore and embrace their strengths and weaknesses and to build up their peers. We are not Catholic and that aspect wasn't a factor that held us back. It gives the girls a solid moral compass that transcends across all religions. Best decision we ever made.

As always, it is a pleasure to keep you updated. Have a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards,

Julie Calzini

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