Remarks from our Chairman:
The Richard R. Lessard Music Room
St. Augustine is quoted as saying. “When one encounters truth, one encounters the God whose truth it is.” Classical Education at its Uncommon Core is an encounter with what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful. Throughout the ages, God has gifted people by grace to be vehicles through which the art of music has communicated his truth, beauty and goodness. Music is a powerful tool that brings people together through a common language. In a Classical Curriculum is becomes a sacred medium to accomplish our mission of teaching God’s children to Know, Love and Serve Him. It is another medium, for students to become Virtuous leaders who will transform society in the image of God. We are blessed tonight to be able to dedicate this wonderful Music Room. It is the means to build a Music Department and enhance our Classical Curriculum. But, it is much more than that. It is a sign of God’s grace and providence in the journey of “the little school that could.”
The story of this school is quite simply a miracle. It is a story of a journey that has not be fueled by our limited collective abilities to reason; because, frankly, this success story is humanly impossible. The journey has been fueled by Faith in an all knowing, all loving, all-powerful God. Father Walter Ciszek said, “Faith is like a dark tunnel. God gives us the light to take one step at a time. The light is not given to see the end of the tunnel.” This quote has been a form of mantra over the past 6 years. Many times, it appeared to us that we had reached the end but time and time again God would shine light on the next step. Sometimes the next step came in the form of a person that God would call to assist us when we seemed out of options.
Tonight we are here to honor one of those beams of light that God sent when we needed him. Tonight we are dedicating this Music Room to a very special person. If I could borrow from Father Simi’s Gospel reading---“A person who is so clearly salt and light…”
I ask that Mr. Richard Lessard please join me on the stage..!!
The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist
TUITION & FEES
Effective Date 1/16/17
The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist is a Private Independent Roman Catholic institution that emphasizes religious values and academic excellence. We depend on full and timely payment of tuition, rather than government or parish subsidies. RA@SJB makes every effort to minimize fees and tuition increases while providing the very best quality education consistent with Catholic values. The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist is the most affordable option in Bucks County:
1. No mandatory weekly parish donation
2. No fees for currently registered families
3. Over $30,000 in financial aid offered in 2016-17 by the RA@SJB Board
4. A 5% increase in tuition for the school year 2017-2018
5. Tuition quotes are for Grade K to 8
When a student registers at RA@SJB we hold a place for that student; we commit resources to optimize the educational experience of that student; we design staffing, supplies, and programs based on the number of registered students. Because of this commitment, no tuition will be refunded for the semester beginning on September 15th for the 1st Semester and January 31st for the 2nd Semester
Tuition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is as follows:
Grade Kindergarten to 8th Grade
1st Child - $4,179
2nd Child - $2,993
3rd Child or More - $1,985
½ Day Kindergarten - $3,528
Pre-School 3 & 4 year olds:
½ Day; 3 Day - $2,415
Full Day 3 Day - $3,560
½ Day 5 Day - $3,560
Full Day 5 Day - $5,450
WORLDVIEW AND EDUCATION
A person’s worldview is the ultimate filter that processes all of the information that flows through a person’s mind. It forms the basis of the value system that will guide the daily choices of a person. These daily choices will ultimately determine the character and destiny of an individual.
School is one of the primary influences that helps to mold the worldview of its students. The worldview presented in the school will either reinforce or undermine the worldview that the parents are hoping to instill in their children.
A school’s worldview is on display in the classroom, in the textbooks, in the homework assignments and in the testing of their students.
An article in today’s (1/13) Intelligencer -presented a story about a Pennridge High School math homework question that was framed in the context of sexual assault.
Read Philly.com article here.
Read the Intelligencer article here.
In so doing, they disclosed a piece of their worldview. This is an opportunity for parents to determine if the school’s worldview is congruent with their own. For many parents the secular public school worldview may be the right choice. Others may wish to pursue a different choice
At The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist we offer another choice in worldview. A worldview that is very simply stated in the opening words of a prayer called the Apostles Creed, “We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” In our Classical Liberal Arts Curriculum, your child will be exposed to teachers, classrooms, curriculum, text books, homework assignments and test questions that will focus on Truth, Beauty and Goodness. Our worldview is formed on objective truth and is designed to launch our students on a lifetime pursuit of virtue. We believe that virtue is the pathway to the peace, love and joy that we all desire for our children.
The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist offers the community of Upper Bucks a choice in educational worldview. Please feel free to visit with us.
The Regina Academy at St John the Baptist, 4040 Durham Rd., Ottsville, PA 18942
Brian M. Middleton
Chairman of the Board
Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist
The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist Invites you to:
SHADOW DAY 2017 Monday, January 16th @ 8:15AM
Your Child is Invited to Spend a Day at the Academy with our students.
Your child will benefit from a Classical Catholic Liberal Arts Education and we invite you to come and explore what The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist has to offer your family.
Financial Aid & Transfer Grants Available to Qualifying Families-- Ask For Details & Aid Applications
For Information and to Register please call the School Office at 610-847-5523
On January 6, 2012, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Archdiocese announced the closing of St. John the Baptist school. A school that had survived since 1784.
It was no coincidence that this event took place on the Epiphany.
The story of the Epiphany and the Three Wise Men is the story of an unlikely journey – much like the story of the academy.
An epiphany involves – a search – a journey – a discovery
and a change.
What fueled these men of science to follow the brilliant star in the eastern sky?
What drove them to spend their time, money and security to visit a manger far from the comforts of their daily routine? They were men of reason, science and logic. Yet, they were motivated by a divine discontentment to search for a greater meaning. (Just like all of us.) Science and their comfortable status quos could not fill the void in their souls. So, they set out on an impractical, illogical, expensive and dangerous journey of faith.
Their faith led them to a manger and the revelation that Christ the savior was born and their lives and perspectives were forever changed.
The search----the journey----the discovery---the change
On Epiphany day 2012 this school community began an unlikely journey. We saw a brightly shining star. But our star was not found in the far off eastern sky.
Our brightly shining star was found in the eyes of our school children. We decided to follow it.
There was little evidence to believe we would be successful as we set out on our impractical, illogical, expensive and dangerous journey. We were fueled, not by our limited intelligence and reason, but by a divine discontentment that we could not stand by and fail in our sacred responsibility to educate this generation and future generations in our Catholic faith.
The challenge, however, was daunting. Our reason and intellect told us we could not succeed. If we were to succeed, we would have to rely on faith in our all-knowing Father in heaven. We would take the small pebbles of our modest time, talent and treasure; toss them into the pond of this holy challenge and ask God to multiply our small ripples into a tidal wave of positive change.
We would learn to depend on God to light the next step when we reached the limits of our own intellect and reason. We also learned that He is all knowing, we are not. With the help of our spiritual leader, Father Simi, we began to understand that God had a vision for His children and His little humble school in Ottsville.
God’s vision was to help educate his children in the very meaning of their existence so that they could become the persons that he created them to be.
This journey begins with the understanding that the purpose of our existence is to know, love and serve God in this world and to be happy with him forever in
heaven. When knowing, loving and serving God becomes integrated with the pursuit of knowledge a student is launched on a life long journey for truth and
The Regina Academy at Saint John the Baptist is not just
about education. It is about transformation. Education becomes not only the accumulation of facts, but also the ability to use the information to discern what is true, right and lasting. Faith and reason, cultivated through our classical curriculum, combine to propel our students to see the “why” of existence and
knowledge not just the “what’.
Pursuing academic excellence at our Academy means the students are mentored, encouraged and loved to become the persons’ that God created them to be and, in so doing, reach their full potential. This means of nurturing spiritual growth prepares our students with a sense of purpose and direction that is founded on the eternal truths of our faith. These truths provide the rudder when our students ultimately begin to navigate the turbulent waters of life. These are also the truths that will guide their life’s choices and lead them to develop into virtuous young men and women blessed with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control------the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Clothed with these fruits of the Holy Spirit, our graduates are prepared intellectually, morally and spiritually to go into their communities as virtuous leaders who will stand up to cultural pressures and transform society in the image of God.
This is the story of our school’s epiphany. This is God’s vision for the Regina
Academy at Saint John the Baptist.
As we all gather here today we enter a new phase in our journey as we transition from survival mode to long term sustainability mode. For those of you who have been with us, we are eternally grateful for your support. For those of you who are new to the journey---I welcome you and I am excited about your participation in this miracle of “the Little School that Could.”
When we became the Regina Academy at Saint John the Baptist on July 1, 2014, tuition was covering less than 30% of the operating expenses. In a little under two years our enrollment has increased by 44%, and it appears that by September tuition revenue will cover approximately 60% of the operating expenses.
We have come a long way in a very short time due to God’s blessings and the ripples of our stakeholder’s time, treasure and talent. but there is still a gap and much to be done. God’s vision for his school is still developing.
We are looking forward in the next few years to continuing our tradition of academic excellence by developing our existing staff and recruiting the best available talent trained in the classical curriculum model.
It is our hope to more than double our existing available scholarship funds to over $100,000. This would ensure that we can provide more students of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to experience the transformational education offered by the Classical Catholic Liberal Arts Curriculum.
And finally, in a world so desperate for virtuous leaders, it is our hope to continue to create more opportunities for more students to go out into the world to serve God through projects designed to give generous service to the economically disadvantaged and to the poor in spirit.
But for now, the bright stars in the eyes of these children have led many of us to the reality that Christ our Savior was, indeed, born in that manger 2000 years ago; and that by committing our lives to knowing, loving God by knowing, loving and serving His children at the academy – our lives and perspectives have been and will continue to be forever changed.
The search---the journey---the discovery---the change
In closing, the world has certainly become a challenging place. It seems that good has become bad and bad has become good. right has become wrong and wrong has become right. confusion, anger and despair seems to be everywhere. many of us have anxiety about the future for our children and grandchildren, but the Regina Academy at Saint John the Baptist stands as a beacon of hope. The hope that occurs when a community of people stand together in the name of God and offer Him the pebbles of our time, treasure, and talent. None of us could have accomplished this alone. But our collective ripples have been multiplied by God to create this tidal wave of change.
Please consider dropping your pebbles into the pond of our Academy.
God bless you and thank you so much for being here on this special day
With great Advent Joy please read the attached blessing letter from Archbishop Chaput. It was written specifically
to our Regina Academies.
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.