Parent Newsletter - April 3, 2014

Message from the Principal

What a special day we shared with your daughters on Monday. As a surprise to the start of the new quarter, we treated the girls to a special day focused on them and their wellbeing. In fact, we called it Beaumont's Surprise Wellness Day. It was our hope to let the girls know that we care about them and understand the stress and anxiety that many of them feel throughout the school year. The entire day was focused on identifying stressors in our lives and more importantly, finding ways to cope or lessen these feelings of stress and anxiety.

"Luckily" we permitted the girls to have a dress down day on Monday so that they could "tour the construction site" during the day. This was important as many of the planned activities for the day required being dressed in relaxed clothing. When the girls arrived we all met in the gymnasium for our monthly convocation.

Mrs. Schaefer, the mastermind behind the day's event, greeted the girls with the surprise that all classes were cancelled for the day and a special program awaited them. Needless to say, the girls were excited. A short video was shared with the girls containing messages from the faculty and staff, letting them all know how much we cared about them and loved spending our days with them. Some were funny and most were sentimental. We then moved to the dining room for a surprise morning snack of breakfast bars, clementines and bottled water. They had time to sit and relax with their friends for 20 minutes before heading back to the gym for our guest speakers. Thanks to the support of parent, Dr. Leo Pozuelo, we were able to put together a panel of doctors who addressed the issues of stress and anxiety. The panel members provided helpful and insightful information about stress and coping mechanisms.

From information we had secretly gathered from our girls weeks earlier, we were able to provide four breakout sessions for each girl to attend. Many of them were surprised we knew them so well, but in fact, they had actually provided that information to us already. Our teachers and staff members (as well as a few outside volunteers) provided over 45 stress reducing activities for the girls. Some spent 30 minutes learning hand massage techniques, participating in meditation, yoga, and Taekwondo. Some ran around Shaker Lakes or took a walk. We used our labyrinth and listened to quiet music. Therapy dogs were brought in and painting opportunities were available. Quiet time to read or funny videos were shown in some rooms. Chef Bo shared some cooking tips and recipes. You name it....we thought of it! Our teachers were wonderful and enjoyed it as much as the girls.

During first lunch our juniors and seniors listened to a female doctor share information about unhealthy coping mechanisms used by teens today and how destructive and harmful they can be. She talked about cutting, prescription drug abuse, and alcohol abuse. She talked about each of the girls creating a "tool box" consisting of "tools" to help them deal with the stressors they feel. As these girls were listening to the speaker our freshman and sophomores walked into the lunch room greeted by lunch tables adorned with fresh cut vegetables and dip. The girls enjoyed the special treat. After 30 minutes the classes switched activities and the presenter addressed our freshman and sophomores while the upperclassmen were treated to the vegetable trays during lunch. The speaker changed up the presentation a bit to make it more "freshman" friendly, but the same message was loud and clear.

We ended the day by gathering back in the gym for one final surprise. What better way to let everything go and relax than by watching a childhood TV show with friends. Much to the pleasure of the girls, an episode of "Lizzy McGuire" was shown to the entire student body. The girls laughed throughout the entire episode.

Much time went into the planning and execution of this "surprise" event. A huge thanks goes out to the teachers and staff who participated and prepared wonderful activities for our girls. Mrs. Schaefer, our guidance department and Sr. Erin also spent endless hours with the logistical components of the day on Saturday and Sunday. It was so worth it as we heard and read from the girls. As a final closing, we did ask each girl to send an email to one teacher, staff member, counselor or administrator sharing their thoughts about the day. It was heartwarming to read that the girls felt cared for and loved. It is our hope that you, too, realize that our biggest reward comes from being able to be present and active in your daughters' lives. Thank you for entrusting them to us.

This is just another reason why it is so easy to say, Beaumont is blessed,

Mary Whelan

Beaumont Buzz
April 6 - 12, 2014

Sunday, 4/6

Monday, 4/7 Faculty Meeting: Schedule E - Late Arrival; 68 minute blocks
Block 1: 9:30-10:38
HR: 10:43-10:51
Block 2: 10:56-12:04
Block 3
Lunch A: 12:09-12:34
Class: 12:39-1:47
Class: 12:09-1:17
Lunch B: 1:22-1:47
Block 4: 1:52-3:00

Faculty Meeting at 7:30 AM in Library
LATIN WEEK: Latin club members wear red, white, and green accessories
Faculty Council: 3:00-4:00 PM in FDR
Personal Safety Class with Jen: 3:30-6:30 PM in SUL
France Trip Meeting: 7:00-9:00 PM in Theater
Varsity Softball: 4:30 PM @ HOME vs. Padua (Meet at game site)
JV Softball: 4:30 PM @ Padua (Dismissal at 2:30 PM, departs at 3:00 PM)

Tuesday, 4/8 Regular Schedule: 90 minute blocks & 10 minute HR
LATIN WEEK: Latin club members - Latin tattoos, Piata's at lunch
Sophomore Legacy Breakfast: 8:30-9:30 AM in Lennon House
Academic Scholar Luncheon: Lunch A and B in SUL
Diocesan Apprenticeship Program: 3:30-7:00 PM in FDR
Varsity Softball: 5:00 PM @ NDCL (Departs at 3:30 PM)
JV Softball: 5:00 PM @ HOME vs. NDCL (Departs at 3:30 PM, ONE-WAY TRANSPORT)
Varsity Lacrosse: 5:00 PM @ St. Vincent-St. Mary (Departs at 3:30 PM)

Wednesday, 4/9 Regular Schedule: 90 minute blocks & 10 minute HR
LATIN WEEK: Latin club members - Rome birthday cake at lunch
Beaumont Entrepreneur Club Speaker Luncheon: Lunch A and B in St. Ann Hall
Open House: 5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, 4/10 FAME "Celebrate Diversity" Day: Schedule B: 73 minute blocks
Block 1: 8:00-9:13
HR: 9:18-9:26
Block 2: 9:31-10:44
Block 3
Lunch A: 10:49-11:14
Class: 11:19-12:32
Class: 10:49-12:02
Lunch B: 12:07-12:32
Block 4: 12:37-1:50
Assembly in Gym: 1:55-3:00
LATIN WEEK: Latin club members - Dinner after school at Maggiano's
French Club Café: 7:30-8:00 AM
Special Event Breakfast: 8:00-10:00 AM in Faculty Dining Room
Senior Lunch: Lunch A and B in Dining Room
Jesuit Educational Tour: 1:00-3:00 PM in Theater
"Celebrate Diversity" Assembly: 1:55 PM in Gym
Varsity Softball: 4:30 PM @ HOME vs. Geneva Jr./Sr. High (Meet at game site)
JV Softball: 4:30 PM @ HOME vs. Geneva Jr./Sr. High (Departs at 3:30 PM - ONE WAY TRANSPORT)
Varsity Lacrosse: 5:00 PM @ Beachwood HS (Departs at 3:15 PM)
JV Lacrosse: 6:30 PM @ Beachwood HS (Departs at 3:15 PM)

Friday, 4/11 Regular Schedule: 90 minute blocks & 10 minute HR
LATIN WEEK: Latin club members - Togas over uniform or Latin tees + Hercules during Lunch A and B
Sophomore Retreat
The Summit - GET I.T. Here Conference: 8:00 AM-2:30 PM at Crowne Plaza, Rockside (Small group, Santo)
Varsity Softball: 6:00 PM @ Ohio Invitational Akron Racers (3 games) (Departs at 3:30 PM)

Saturday, 4/12
Varsity Softball: TBA @ Ohio Invitational Akron Racers (3 games) (Departs at 8:15 PM)
Varsity Track: TBA @ Beachwood Invitational (Meet at game site)
Varsity Lacrosse: 11:00 AM @ HOME vs. Boardman