As we approach the joy of the Christmas season, the Student Council would like to ask you to join us in filling Our Lord’s Pantry with canned goods so that those who are hungry will be able to have a meal on their tables. For Jesus said “For I was hungry and you gave me food…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt. 25:35;40). Let us continue doing what we can so that all those who are hungry will have their fill. We will accept donations through December 20, 2016. We also encourage you to drop off your donation(s) when you come to experience the Christmas Tableau on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:00PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
On July 21-23, 2016, the Regina Academies enjoyed hosting the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education at RCA in Abington where our faculties received The Spirit and Craft of Teaching workshop. It was a great success and our faculty members benefited from the wisdom and ideas that the staff of Institute for Catholic Liberal Education gave to them.
As a continuation of that excellent workshop, the Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist is sponsoring a follow-up to take place tomorrow. Mrs. Mary Pat Donoghue, Head Consultant for Primary Schools for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, (and formerly Head of School at St. Jerome Catholic School in Hyattsville, MD) will be visiting Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist, on Wednesday, November 30th. During her daylong visit; she will be observing our faculty on how they are implementing Classical pedagogy. She will also make a presentation to the entire faculty at the end of the school day.
We welcome Mrs. Donoghue, and look forward to the many insights she will have for the continued growth of our Academy.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy is quickly approaching the end. However, there is still time to do acts of mercy during this extraordinary year. Recently, we were informed that Mother of Mercy House in Kensington will be running an event where new and once or twice worn coats are being collected and distributed to those who need them most this coming winter season. The Student Council has taken on this task, and is collecting teen coats. This would be a great opportunity for us to do a work of mercy - Clothe the Naked - this Jubilee Year of Mercy. We are asking that any donations be brought to the school by Friday, November 11, 2016 so that the coats can be brought to the Mother of Mercy House the next day for their big event. Collections of coats will also be taking place on Friday, November 11 at the Bonfire. We look forward to seeing you at the Bonfire next Friday, and sharing in this great act of mercy by collecting coats for needy teens.
Today our 7th and 8th grades went on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Rite of Cascia. Saint Rita [1381-1457] has been one of the most popular Saints in the Church for centuries. She is known as the "Saint of the Impossible" because of her amazing answers to prayers, as well as the remarkable events of her own life.
Saint Rita wanted to become a nun, but in obedience to her elderly parents, she married. Her husband was the source of much suffering as he was cruel to her, but she repaid his perfidy with prayer and kind attention to him: he was converted in time, becoming most considerate of others and God-fearing. Alas, he was murdered.
Rita discovered that her two sons were thinking of avenging their father's murder and she feared that they would actually undertake such an action. With heroic love for their souls, she begged God to take them rather an permit them to commit this mortal sin. Not long afterward, they both died, after preparing themselves to face God.
Left alone without her family, St. Rita devoted herself to prayer, penance, and works of charity. After a time she applied for admittance to the Augustinian Convent in Cascia. She was refused, but after praying to her three special patron Saints-----St. John the Baptist, St. Augustine, and St. Nicholas of Tolentino-----she miraculously entered the convent and was allowed to remain, about the year 1411.
In the convent, Sr. Rita's life was marked by great charity and severe penances. Her prayers for others obtained remarkable cures, deliverance from the devil and other special favors from God. So that she might share in the pain of His Crown of Thorns, Our Lord gave her a thorn wound in her forehead. It was exceedingly painful and emitted a disagreeable odor, yet she considered it a very great grace. She prayed: "O loving Jesus, increase my patience according as my sufferings increase." The wound lasted the rest of her life.
On July 21-23, 2016, the Regina Academies enjoyed hosting the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education at RCA in Abington where our faculties received The Spirit and Craft of Teaching workshop. It was a great success, and our faculty members benefited from the wisdom and ideas that the staff of ICLE, The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, gave to them.
As a continuation of that excellent workshop, the Regina Academies plans to sponsor a follow-up to take place later this fall. There will be no charge to each individual Regina Academy. Mrs. Mary Pat Donoghue, Head Consultant for Primary Schools for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, (and formerly Head of School at St. Jerome Catholic School in Hyattsville, MD) will be visiting each Regina Academy. During her day long visit, she will be observing faculty who would like feedback on how they are implementing Classical pedagogy. She will also make a presentation to the entire faculty at the end of the school day.
Mrs. Donoghue should be able to observe most of the faculty from each school (6 or 7). Teachers are to be made aware of her visit beforehand and encouraged to send their lesson plan to her in advance. She wants everyone to know that the purpose of these observances is NOT to assess teaching ability, rather it it to help encourage teachers in cultivating their ability to implement the Classical Model well in their classroom.
Mrs. Donoghue will visit RA@SJB on Wednesday, November 30. This is a full day of school for students.
Michael J. Patterson
Parents Guild Meet and Greet
Wednesday October, 19th at 6:30 pm
In the Academy Gym
The Parents Guild will host this fun evening for all of the new moms, and to the seasoned moms to say hello, and cheers to a great school year.
At Regina Academy, we have various fun events, friend raisers, and parties that we would like to share with all of the families and welcome new ideas for events. We would also like to get an idea of the moms that are interested in helping out with some of our events. We would like to be able to form small groups of moms working on our individual events!
Maybe you have a phenomenal idea for an event/friend raiser that needs to be implemented at Regina Academy. Then you must absolutely join us! Even if you are not able to volunteer your time or talent, at this time, still come and enjoy the evening!
Please bring a small sweet treat/appetizer to share. The wine will be provided, as well as other refreshments.
RSVP Mrs. Kaucher by 10/17 : Email Mrs. Kaucher
Skills and Drills Clinic
Mr. Logaivau would like to extend invitation to the Boys and Girls of the 3-4-5th grade to join him in an intramural Soccer skills and drills clinic. The clinic will take place Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15. The clinic will run through dates listed below. The clinic will get the children familiar with the sport, and some great exercise as well. Please return this form to Mr. Patterson if you are interested. The clinic is free.
The dates of the clinic are:
Our Academy handbook will go home today in the Communication Envelopes. We ask that every family please sign the Statement of Support, [the last page], and return the signed page by Monday, October 3rd.
The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be presented at the 9am Mass tomorrow. Please join us after Mass to pray the Rosary in front of the statue.
Today the State Police conducted an active shooter drill in our building. We were taught up-to-date best practices. The entire day we spent learning “Alice”. The anachronism Alice stands for
The day was most informative, and will add to the overall safety of our children.
We are working with the State Police to perform an inservice for our parents in the near future. We would like to thank troopers Bill Griffith and Mike Patrone for their dedication to their job and our children’s safety.