Dear Parents and Families,
This is an important invitation. It welcomes you to join a special meeting of parents to hear very valuable information about the positive future of our school. Despite your busy schedules, please make every effort to attend our school community forum. Here is what we will share with you.
On Thursday, October 12, in our gym at 7:00 PM. I will tell you about the “State of our School.” I will include things we’re working on right now, as well as, some things we hope to add this year.
Significant information will be shared by Mr. Brian Middleton, Chairman of our Board. He will tell you about the exciting plans that we have for the future. You will learn how our students will benefit and the rewarding opportunities that you will have to participate in our continued success.
Board members will be introduced, our new website will be unveiled, our school budget explained, the miracle of our modest tuition revealed, and our new marketing plan released. You will be empowered in your roll to grow the Academy into the school that God intends it to be.
We will have babysitting and light refreshments. The meeting will last only one hour. The students will not have homework this night!!!
Trust me! You will be happy to hear about our good news and the new opportunities for you to be involved in our school’s future success, as we continue to unleash the Holy Spirit in this “Miracle in Upper Bucks County.”
God bless you!
John V. Mundy
Great News from the Academy and Mr. Mundy
September 14, 2017
Dear Parents and Families,
I am pleased to share some news with you. But first, thank you for being very welcoming and supportive to our new staff…and our new Headmaster appreciates it too!
Continue to enjoy the Fall season and I hope to see you as the year moves along!
God bless you and your families!
John V. Mundy
SAVE the DATE for Thursday, October 12, 2017. Mr. Middleton and Mr. Mundy will give a “State of the School” address and talk about “Unleashing the Holy Spirit” so that all of us embrace new opportunities in 2017-2018.
Mrs. Jackie Lenox has been named Academic Dean. She will assist the Headmaster and faculty in many ways, especially in the further development our Catholic Classical curriculum, planning, organizing, and leading our school. When the Headmaster is not in the building, she is responsible for the school.
Mrs. Lenox has been a teacher for 29 years, six of which are with our Academy. Her hiring was a gift by Mr. Patterson, a gift that keeps on giving!
Lower School Coordinator
Mrs. Jennifer Tisosky has been assisting with school organization matters for several years. Specifically, she has worked with the master schedule for teachers and students, and has done an exceptional job ordering all textbooks and materials. Like Mrs. Lenox, she will promote our Catholic Classical education in the Lower School. She has been teaching for 20 years, and we have been blessed to have her at our Academy for six years.
Help is needed for our Little Lights after school program
We need a few adults or high school students to work along-side our teachers with our younger children after school. There are positions available for volunteers, as well as paid positions. If you like children, this is a wonderful opportunity to serve and help our youngsters. Act quickly if interested. Please call John Mundy, Headmaster for information at 215-801-0342.
September 8, 2017
Dear Parents and Families,
Our first three days have been excellent! Thank you for the wonderful job that you have done preparing your children for the beginning of school. Continue to emphasize with them that they have a year of new opportunities, and a “fresh start.”
Everyone in the school has worked very hard to make our students’ first impressions positive ones. I am very grateful for their energy and commitment to our children. We will continue to give our students our very best effort!
Please accept this invitation to join us for Mass every Friday at 9:00. Thank you to those parents and grandparents who were with us today. It was so nice for you to be a part of our celebration.
The Little Lights after school care program will begin on Monday. Registration forms were sent home today to the families who used it last year. You can register on Monday. Please call the office if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support. Let’s all work together to give our students the best Catholic Classical education they can have! Have a nice weekend!
God bless you and your families!
John V. Mundy
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Students,
Welcome back! I hope that your summer has been a good one and that everyone is ready to go! I am sure that you will find this year exceptional in every way. Our building and playground look great. Our office has been totally renovated. Our faculty is renewed and you will love our new teachers.
If your family is focused on the idea that the summer has ended, encourage them with the thought that a year of new opportunities and a fresh start has begun!
We will build on the foundation of our success and improvements over the last five years. We will emphasize that our students follow and grow in our Catholic Faith, do their best every day, always treat everyone with respect, and be as well-behaved as they have ever been.
In particular, for upper school students, we will correct the problem of cell phone use during the day and encourage them to be the best role models they can be for our younger students. Regarding my handling of misbehavior, I will take a more counseling-oriented approach and expect to increase our consistency with appropriate consequences. I expect that our students will learn from poor choices and that happiness and joy will eventually be experienced by making good choices.
Other news includes:
• we will continue to improve our approach to Catholic Classical education;
• our Little Lights after school program will begin on Monday, September 11, and you will receive program information soon;
• our students will enjoy some cosmetic and safety improvements to our playground;
• some classrooms have been repainted.
Here is our lineup of outstanding teachers and staff for this school year.
Miss Laura Arnold - Pre-Kindergarten
Miss Shannon Hendricks - Kindergarten
Mrs. Tamara Jacoby - First Grade
Mrs. Susan Hillegass - Second Grade
Mrs. Denise Cook -Third Grade
Mrs. Jennifer Tisoskey - Fourth Grade
Mrs. Carolyn Pyatt - Fifth Grade homeroom, grades 5-6 Literature/Grammar, Science, Geography
Mr. Sean Palmer - Sixth Grade homeroom, grades 5-8 History, grades 5-7 Religion
Mrs. Denise Kopcho - Seventh Grade homeroom, grades 5–8 Math
Mrs. Jackie Lenox - Eighth grade homeroom, grades 7-8 Literature, Grammar, 8 Religion, 7-8 Logic, 5-8 Latin, 7-8 Geography
Mrs. Kathy Twomey - grades 7-8 Science
Mr. Neo Logaivau - Music, Physical Education
Mrs. Brooks Palmer - Art
Mrs. Donna Kaucher - Secretary
Mr. Tom Rimmer - Maintenance and Custodial Services
Mr. Geoffrey Meyer - Development Director
In conclusion, I invite you to fully participate in a year in which we all work together to help our students be the best people that God intended them to be. Let’s also bring out the best in each other too!
God bless you and your families!
John V. Mundy
Back to School Barbecue a Smash!
Almost 100% of our families attended our program last night. It seems like everyone really enjoyed our family feeling and the informative sessions with our teachers.
Thank you to everyone for attending, to those who organized it, and to those who brought tasty dishes!
After School Program
Our Little Lights after school program begins Monday, September 11.
You will receive information soon.
Please welcome our new Teachers
Mrs. Denise Kopcho is our grade 5-8 math teacher and 7th grade homeroom teacher. Mrs. Kopcho has many years of experience teaching math, also serving as a coordinator of math. She has a wide range of experience with students of many ages and backgrounds. Mrs. Kopcho is known for her deep interest in her students and desire to meet their individual needs. She has demonstrated the ability to create a positive learning environment and has excellent classroom management. She will be a calm, strong, nurturing influence on our students. She holds a BA and MA from West Chester University and Level III PA certification. She is a very devout Catholic and feels called to teach our students.
Mrs. Kathy Twomey will teach Science to our seventh and eighth grade students. She has several years of experience teaching middle school and high school science. She also has extensive experience teaching students with special needs. She earned a Bachelor degree from University College, Cork, Ireland and a Master Degree from Lehigh University. Mrs. Twomey has been a parent in our school for more than three years. Her son, Dara, is entering sixth grade. She is very familiar with our Mission and will add her spirit and talents to benefit our children. Mr. Sean Palmer will teach History to students in grades 5-8 and Religion to grades 5-7. He will also be the sixth grade homeroom teacher. Mr. Palmer received a Classical education from Providence College, majoring in History, with a minor in the Classics. He is a deeply faith-filled man who will be a strong, positive influence on our students. His interest in Latin, Greek, and Philosophy will eventually benefit our students too!
Shannon Hendricks will teach Kindergarten. She is a former student of St. John the Baptist and has a sincere eagerness to give back to her/our school and community. She has experience in kindergarten at the Roberto Clemente Elementary School, and also has worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist. She received a BA in Psychology and is working on an MA in Elementary Education, both from Lehigh University. She has a strong background in psychology and child development. She will begin training in the Montessori method too. Shannon is an excellent addition to our staff.
God bless you and your families this Labor Day!
John V. Mundy
I am pleased to announce that Shannon Hendricks is our new Kindergarten teacher. She is a former student of St. John the Baptist and impressed me with her eagerness to to give back to her/our school and community.
Shannon has experience in kindergarten at the Roberto Clemente Elementary School, and also has experience as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist. She received a BA in Psychology and is working on an MA in Elementary Education, both from Lehigh University.
She has a strong background in psychology and child development. She will begin training in the Montessori method too.
Shannon is an excellent addition to our staff. We are blessed that she has joined us. Please welcome her when you meet her.
I am in the process of finalizing the selection of our teacher for Math and Science and should have an announcement next week.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.
God bless you!
John V. Mundy
Dear Students and Parents,
I have some wonderful news to share with you regarding Mr. Philip Cheung. After many years of prayerful discernment about a vocation to the priesthood, Mr. Cheung has decided to enter St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, in Philadelphia, this August.
I ask that we all join together with our hearts and prayers in support of his decision. Please celebrate this new direction in his life’s journey. Let us ask that God blesses Mr. Cheung with everything he needs to be a wonderful Priest. In the near future, we hope to announce an opportunity to gather with him and wish him well!
We are grateful to Mr. Cheung for his service to our students and our school. He has been a wonderful teacher, mentor, and influence. I assure you that replacing Mr. Cheung is my top priority this summer. Nothing is more important! I will keep you advised.
Best wishes for an enjoyable summer. Please call me if there is anything that I can do for you.
God bless you!
John V. Mundy
First day of Catholic Vacation Bible School sponsored by Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist.
Unleashing the Holy Spirit - 2017 KLS Breakfast
A farmer found an Eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of
a barnyard hen. The Eagle hatched with the brood of
chicks and grew up with them. All his life the young
eagle did what barnyard chicks did thinking he was a
barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And every now and then, he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet in the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in a cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
The eagle looked up in awe. “Who is that?” he asked.
“That’s the Eagle,” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the heavens. We belong to the earth. We’re chickens.”
So the Eagle lived and died a chicken-----because that’s what he thought he was.
Unleashing the Holy Spirit begins with “waking up” and discovering the answer to the age old question--”Who am I?”
Am I born for the earth or am I born for heaven? Am I a chicken or am I an eagle?
We search for identity and meaning in roles we play. We say that I am an athlete? I am a business owner? I am a school teacher? I am a headmaster? I am a father, mother, son or daughter.
These are all good and noble roles but do they really answer the question, Who am I?.
The only real answer to this who am I question must be always true regardless of our roles, conditions or circumstances. Our true identity can never leave us. It is eternal.
In Galatians 4 we are taught about our true identity:
“God sent His Son, born of woman…so that we might receive adoption as children. And because we are children, God has sent the spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba’! ‘Father!’ So through God you are no longer a slave but a child, And if a child then an heir.”
So God sent His Son, Our Lord, who gained for us the most precious of gifts—The Holy Spirit. It is through him that we become heirs of Our Father in heaven. The Holy Spirit is the breath of life that infuses us with God’s love and peace. The love and peace that we are all searching for but, sadly, often fail to find in our earthly pursuits.
At the Regina Academy @ St John the Baptist the children are identified by their only true identity—as children of God infused with the Holy Spirit and, as such, nurtured to become the Eagles that God created them to be.
Think of the quote form Galatians 4 again. “You are my children.” God is our,”Abba”—our Dad.
Please pull out the little postcard that is at your seat. I would like you to take out a pen and fill it out. “ I am a child of God.” Let’s say that out loud I want you to take that card with you and keep it to remind yourself of your true identity.
I am a child of God. We are all sons and daughters of an all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God. This is a reality that brings powerful meaning and purpose to our daily lives when we embrace it as our real and true identity.
It is when we unite our will to God’s that we begin to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit. It is then that we begin to more fully utilize the gifts of our inheritance----The Gifts of the Holy Spirit—wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety and wonder.
You can see this power unleashed---more accurately, you can feel this power unleashed in the classrooms when you walk the halls of this humble building.
The recognition of each child’s true identity is the magical ingredient that turns the classical education experience into a transformational experience. It is the secret sauce that nurtures each child’s spiritual growth and turns these students into virtuous leaders positioned to transform society in the image of God.
If our student speaker Maria was still here I would submit her as Exhibit 1 in the case for the Academy.
The Holy Spirit is unleashed every day at The Academy and the evidence can be found all over.
Going from a school with 72 students that was slated to close to a 59% enrollment increase in less than 3 years once the community said “yes” to God’s plan is the Holy Spirit unleashed.
This year the Holy Spirit was unleashed big time in the life of 7th grade student Zoe Kowal and her family when Zoe decided to enter the Catholic faith at the
Easter Vigil Mass receiving Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation
The Holy Spirit was unleashed when the students, faculty, parents and staff came together and put on a theater worthy production of Mary Poppins.
The power of the Holy Spirit was present the night we dedicated the new Music Room to our beloved Uncle Dick Lessard.
In a few moments you will meet Greg and Amy Mattle in our video and they will share their powerful introduction to the academy by the Holy Spirit.
If you get a chance, speak to any of our Academy parents and you will hear a compelling story about the Holy Spirit being unleashed!
And Make no mistake about it----we are all present today at the urging of the Holy Spirit. God’s will for each of us is unfolding as we gather here. He is calling us to accept our inheritance.
When we embrace our identity and accept our inheritance it is no longer I but Christ who lives in me. We begin to free ourselves of our self- imposed limits. We begin to trust that God will multiply our gifts when we use them to know him, love Him and serve Him.
Our job becomes to give Him all that we have knowing all that we have will not be enough until The Holy Spirit unleashes His power within us and multiplies our offering. It is then that God’s will is working in us. Suddenly obstacles become challenges. The impossible becomes possible. A little school can thrive, not die.
When you identify as an heir to God and unite your will to His you become a powerful source of change in a world that needs change. You wake up in a world where all things seem possible. He can make all things new.
When you use your Gifts of the Spirit in ways that are self- transcending in the service of others and God’s will your life will be filled with purpose.
You will be blessed with the fruits of the Spirit that our loving Father desires for you including the love, joy and peace that we are all searching for.
Like all inheritances, our inheritance as God’s children is a gift. We have done nothing to earn our identity as a Child of God. But it does come with some important responsibilities.
The family of the Academy Community has accepted the sacred responsibility to educate the children in the faith. For the past 5 years we have seen the power of the Holy Spirit unleashed in the journey of this “Little School that Could.”
As sons and daughters of God -through the persistent urging of the Holy Spirit- we have allowed ourselves to be used to create this “miracle in Ottsville.”
Today we ask for the support of your time, treasure and talent to continue this important mission of nurturing the spiritual and academic growth of the children of this community. With your help we can continue the work of helping these children become virtuous leaders like you witnessed earlier in our student speaker.
We have seen what happens when a group of folks begin to realize that we are not brothers and sisters because we share the blood of a temporal parent but rather we are brothers and sisters because we share the blood of Christ.
This is the bond that unites us.
This is the bond that makes us a community.
This is the bond that makes us a family.
We are heirs to an eternal legacy. A legacy that is the only way to peace, joy and love. It is a legacy that we have a sacred responsibility to pass on to future generations of God’s children.
For most of us, it is quite simply the most meaningful, purposeful and important mission we will ever undertake.
Thank you so much for your commitment to this worthy cause and:
May the Holy Spirit come and fill the hearts of the faithful. Kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit so we shall be created.
So through us and these precious students you will renew the face of the earth.
May you all unleash the power of the Holy Spirit within you and may you become the eagle that God created you to be.
Dear Academy Families,
For those who are led by the Spirit of God, are children of God...the Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that, we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ...” Romans 8:14,16-17
Who am I? This is a question that intelligent human beings have been asking since the beginning of time. The search for identity, purpose and meaning is common to us all.
We spend the energies of our lives searching for identities in roles that we perform, scripts that we write and in attempting to fulfill the expectations of others. Although these pursuits are important and even noble, they fail to completely answer the question of our true identity or to fill the existential void in our soul that is searching for authenticity, meaning and wholeness.
In Romans 8 God introduces us to ourself our true, authentic, eternal self . "We are children of God, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ."
Wow! We are not only children of but also heirs of an all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful Father in heaven.
What are the implications of this truth? What are the possibilities of this truth?
What are the responsibilities that accompany this truth?
When we come to terms with our true identity, our true legacy, we begin to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit. We begin to live out our inheritance in our daily lives, and our lives are forever changed.
The Regina Academy at Saint John the Baptist is an example of what happens when a community accepts its inheritance. In the past five years we have witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit unleashed as God has lead, loved and inspired us to accept our sacred responsibility to pass on our inheritance to future generations of God's children. We have seen the possibilities of acknowledging our true ancestry in the daily miracles that have occurred to save and rebuild His humble school.
On Thursday, May 18th at 8:30 AM in the school gym, The Academy's Board of Directors will host our Second Annual Knowing Loving Serving Leading Fundraising Breakfast. This 60-minute event will illuminate and celebrate the miraculous success God has bestowed on The Academy.
There is no cost for the breakfast; however, there will be an opportunity to consider making a gift to ensure the success of the Academy. There is no requirement. All we ask is that you prayerfully discern this opportunity to support God’s future plan for His Academy.
Please register at www.sjbottsville.org/breakfast or call Geoff Meyer at 610-960-7062 to register.
I invite you to please attend and help us "Unleash the Holy Spirit" as we come together to collectively and individually, answer the question, "Who am I?”
Be prepared to be deeply moved and inspired in your own faith journey as we proclaim our only true identity as children of God.
Brian Middleton---Chairman of the Board--The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist
On Saturday May 10th, at C. B. East, Maria Middleton, Ena Altier, Anna McCarthy, Aidan McCarthy, Zoe Kowal, Adi Garges, and Maddie McCarthy participated in the region 20 CYO championships; Maria finished first in her heats for both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and qualified for both events. Both Ena and Anna qualified for the 1600 m Anna also qualify for the 800 m and shot put. In her age groups Adi qualified for the 1600, 800, and 4 x 200 by 200 relay. Two weeks from now, the students who qualified will go on to the area C championships. Congratulations to all of our participants.
God’s overarching redemptive plan for the world is to restore his creation to its original goodness. We must dedicate ourselves to participating in the redemption that God has planned for his creation. Pledging ourselves to a thorough and committed participation in Creation Day is a great step towards caring for God’s redemptive purposes. (Taryn, Creation Day).
From the Old Testament, Genesis:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Our celebration of Creation Day begins with man at the center of God’s work. As part of our Creation Day activities, students from Pre-K through 8th grade will be participating in a book swap. Students should bring in a book or books to be donated to the book swap and on Creation Day they will be able to pick out a "new to you" book from the book swap to bring home and enjoy.
We will also be collecting items that can be used in the local animal shelter. This is one way we can follow the path of St. Francis of Assisi. Our children will be carrying the message that God is the Creator of the universe, and it is our charge to protect and defend what He has placed in our care. Please help your children to carry this message with them.
We had a beautiful Vocation day. Thank you to our own Fr. Tony, the Pualist Fathers, and the good Sisters of the IHM. A huge thank you to Miss Sciacca for all the planning.