Parent Newsletter for April 7, 2016

Parent Newsletter for April 7, 2016

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Why is it we often need a vacation after we return from a vacation? For me, it was because I traveled home to Pittsburgh to be with family for Easter, attended my favorite aunt's funeral - out of state, and finalized and attended my daughter's beautiful wedding this past Saturday! When I put it in writing, I don't feel too bad that I came back to school on Monday just a tad tired! Through the happy and the sad times, I surely felt blessed to have had the ability to be with my family and friends for 10 days straight. God is good and provides much happiness when He is included in so many of our daily experiences. My hope is, all of you were able to enjoy your Easter break as much as I enjoyed mine. Here is to long vacations - when is our next one?
  • Twenty-five students left early this morning to participate in our Spring Kairos Retreat. Please keep our students and staff in your prayers this weekend as they share time together in prayer and reflection. A special thank you to the adult team (Mrs. Riley, Mrs. Fitzgerald, Ms. Stefanos, Mrs. Schaefer and Mrs. Mastrangelo) and student leaders (Katie Bondy, Tiffany Padilla, Claire Chaikin, Allie Noe and Beth Rudibaugh) who have spent countless hours preparing activities and witnesses for the students who will be attending. For most, this is a life-changing experience and one the participants will talk about forever.
  • As many of you are aware, April is the month Ohio schools begin administering state mandated tests. The state has passed legislation that exempts non-public students from taking this test. The Diocese of Cleveland has asked all Catholic schools to support the House Bill and not administer any of this year's tests. Please read Mr. Nick Beyer's article below for further explanation of this decision.
  • It's time again for our Robotics Team to compete at the AWT Regional Battlebots Competition! The competition will take place at Lakeland Community College on Saturday, April 30. The doors open at 8:00 AM and admission is free. It is great entertainment for people of all ages. Good luck to team members: Allie Noe, Margaret Schiffer, Holly Sirk, Rosie Sirk and Nora Duncan who have worked with their sponsor, Christopher Tool of Solon to design and create this year's robot, Stobor!
  • Natalia Pozuelo, '17 entered a local contest at the Barnes and Noble on Chagrin Boulevard. Natalia wrote an essay about her favorite teacher. The store contacted and invited me to attend an awards ceremony this coming Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 PM when the winners of the contest will be announced. Natalia wrote her essay about her English teacher, Mrs. Bihuniak. If you are out and about near Barnes and Noble on Saturday, consider stopping in and supporting Natalia and Mrs. Bihuniak. Beaumont is proud of both of them.
  • Art teachers Kristen LoPresti and Anna Foti took 10 of our Studio Art students on a trip to Pittsburgh over Easter break. The girls visited the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History. Both were great exhibits and the girls really enjoyed the leisurely visit while sketching along the way. They also took a self-guided tour around the Cultural District seeing many amazing pieces of public art. A visit was made to Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water and an evening performance was also included in the itinerary.
  • Congratulations to Anna Zipp, who received a National Merit Scholarship for her score on the PSAT. Official scholarship monies are now being awarded and we are proud that Anna will be receiving a monetary amount for her accomplishment.
  • I am excited to share the news, Alexa Abounader has earned a National Medal in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards presented by the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers. Her work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation. Nearly 320,000 works of art were submitted. Less than 1% of these works were recognized at the National level. Alexa has been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 2 and to participate in a showcase of events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's, Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City. We are so proud of Alexa. 
Finally, please keep Sr. Cheryl and Ms. Mary Grimaldi in your prayers as they recover from medical situations. They are anxious to return to Beaumont as soon as possible. They appreciate your kind prayers for healing.
As always, Beaumont is blessed,

Mary Whelan  

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buzzBeaumont Buzz - April 10 - 16, 2016

The Buzz will be sent out later today. 

"May the strength and true consolation of the Holy Spirit be in you all, so that you can sustain and carry out vigorously and faithfully the charge lay upon you."
 - St. Angela Merici, from the Prologue to the Councils

With the joyous celebration of Easter within our hearts, we are called to remember that the risen Christ has sent all of his faithful followers the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  St. Angela instructs us to carry the Good News of our Risen Lord out into the community and for all to live the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit will offer us courage and wisdom to be faithful, especially in times that may challenge our calling to love one another as God so loves us.  May we be refreshed in God's love for us and may our souls be renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Menu for the Week of April 11-15, 2016
Monday: 4/11 
Gyro with cucumber salad.  -- $4.00
Beef and lamb strips roasted in the oven and served in a warm flatbread; topped with Tzatziki sauce, slice tomato and onion.  Served with fresh cucumber and onion salad.
Tuesday: 4/12
Junior Class Choice!!  Grilled Cheese with fries.  -- $4.00  Side of fries -- $2.00
To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day (yes, there is such a thing) the Junior class is choosing Texas toast grilled cheese with hot French fries on the side.  Yum!
Wednesday: 4/13
Chicken salad on a croissant with a side of chips.  -- $4.00
Diced chicken mixed with mayonnaise, minced celery and onion and then sandwiched into a croissant;  served with a side of chips.
Thursday: 4/14 
Baked ziti with meat sauce.  -- $4.00
Ziti pasta tossed with fresh basil and a meaty marinara sauce; then topped with mozzarella cheese and baked until golden brown. 
Nacho Bar!  -- $4.00
A Beaumont favorite!  We put out the toppings and you tell us what you want on your nachos!

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What's Cooking in the Kitchen?  As you know, the kitchen couldn't run without the assistance of the work-study students who are here every day helping to serve the school.  Each year when the seniors graduate there are new spots that open to work in the kitchen.  If you're a student who is looking for a work-study opportunity as a way to help with tuition costs, talk to Chef Bo or any of the current work -study students to find out more about this opportunity! ( If you are interested in filling out a work-study application, you can print one off of the Beaumont website.  Under the "about" heading, then click on "finance" you will find a 16-17 work-study application.  If you wish to work in the kitchen this year, just note that the application is for 15-16 school year.) 
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parentsgalaBeaumont Gala - Attention Parents!
Preparation for the Beaumont Gala is in full swing and many of you have asked-how can I help? 

Here are a few easy ways to ensure the Gala is a success for all our girls!
To guarantee we have an exciting Live and Silent Auction, featuring Mobile Bidding  by Qtego, we need one of a kind items!

View our complete wish list, the current item request form; here are a few key items:
  • Tickets to concerts, plays, sporting events
  • Vacations-time share, condos, resorts, hotel stays
  • Gift cards--$25 restaurant cards (or larger)
  • Services-Lessons, Spas, Home improvement 
To make our Event Sponsorship goal, we need to secure two more $5,000 Platinum Sponsors (table for 10), two more $3,000 Gold Sponsors (table for 10), seven $1,800 Silver sponsors (table for 6), and six $500 Bronze sponsors (2 tickets). If you know anyone that may be interested in being a sponsor, please let me know and someone from the Advancement team will reach out to them. If you would like to be a sponsor, you can do so online or email me and I will send the necessary information.
Wine always works! Stop into the Wine Spot at 2271 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, or call (216) 342-3623. Mention Beaumont and one of their wine experts will guide you through the process. They will even deliver the bottle to Beaumont for you!  
Attend the Gala! Invitations will be mailed on March 1. Plan to attend or volunteer-but don't miss out on this very special night when we will celebrate the women of Beaumont and recognize Coach Jim Emery the 2016 Beaumont Award recipient.
Thank you for supporting the Gala and celebrating the value of a Beaumont education, thus ensuring its future for generations of women!
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FinanceImportant Reminder from the Finance Office
To enroll, confirm your acceptance of tuition assistance when awarded and your daughter's seat at Beaumont for the 2016-2017 school year, please complete and return the enrollment agreement and $500 enrollment deposit per daughter, along with one payment plan agreement per family by May 10, 2016.  These completed forms, deposit and fulfillment of 2015-2016 school year's financial obligations are required for your daughter to receive her tuition assistance and her 2016-2017 class schedule. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Karlik-Tookey '91 directly at 216.325.7312 or 
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campusministryCampus  Ministry News

Juniors - Opportunity for training to serve as Eucharistic Minister:  
All juniors received information this week: "If you are a Catholic in good standing and would like to consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister for next year, please be advised that there will be a special Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Formation Session coming up in May. It is for rising high school seniors only and will be held at St. Edward High School on Sunday, May 22 from 2:30 - 5:00 PM. RSVP up until May 17. The fee is $10. You will need a letter of Recommendation from your pastor and one from a Beaumont teacher who knows you. Contact Mrs. Riley for more information."

Sophomore Retreat - will be held on Monday, April 18.  The retreat is focused on service. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from local organizations regarding Junior Service Project, and all details about this program will be shared at this time. The retreat is a day-long event at Beaumont School and attendance is mandatory.

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grandparentFreshmen Grandparent Day

Freshmen Grandparent day will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  This is a lovely event for our Freshmen and their Grandparents.  
Recently, invitations were mailed out to their Grandparents.  Please remind the Grandparents to contact Mary Lynn Haldi with their reservation.  She can be reached at 216-325-7329 or  
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Fathers' Club
It's Here!!! Tickets are on sale for the annual Mother/Daughter Communion Breakfast on Sunday morning, April 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Join us for Mass at 10:00 AM followed by a delicious dad-cooked breakfast immediately after in the Beaumont Dining Room. Tickets are available online at This is a very popular event for the ladies, so make sure you don't miss it.

We also need volunteers to serve in various roles during the Mass on April 10, if you are interested in getting more involved. Two readers, three Eucharistic ministers and two offertory gift bearers are needed. To volunteer, please contact John-Michael Langa at Beaumont (

Dads, our next meeting will be held Monday, March 14, at 6:30 PM in the Faculty Dining Room. This will be an important meeting as we finalize details and tasks for the Mother/Daughter Communion Breakfast. In addition, we are soliciting nominations for officers for the 2016/2017 school year.
We welcome all who are interested in becoming involved in the Fathers' Club to contact one of the officers for more information. Mike Travis ( or 216-235-2086), Brian Gran (, Bob Fox ( or 216-233-3714) or Todd Courtney ( or 330-697-2265). If you are not on the BFC email list for reminders and updates, and would like to be, contact Todd Courtney.

Remember our motto: "It's all about the girls."
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mothersguildMothers' Guild News
Mother-Daughter Communion Breakfast-April 10
The Mother-Daughter Communion Breakfast is this Sunday, April 10. This is always a nice event sponsored by the Fathers' Club. Tickets are still available online at
Next Mothers' Guild Meeting: Wed., April 20th
Please join us at 6:30 in the school library for our regular monthly meeting. We will be talking about a number of important topics, including officers for the next school year.
Volunteers Needed -- Mother-Daughter Senior Farewell Dinner May 19
The farewell dinner is an important event for all seniors and their mothers. Volunteers are crucial to make this event a success. Please use this link to sign up. Thank you in advance for your help! 
 Mothers' Guild Is on Facebook!
Join the Beaumont Mothers' Guild Facebook Group using the link below. Get up-to-date information regarding the Guild and their events. 
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World Language News

French Club Dinner at Edwins: The French Club will dine at Edwins on Shaker Square on Tuesday, April 12. Students who have already made reservations and paid should arrive at the restaurant by 4:10 PM. 
Announcing the World Language Department 2017 Student Educational Tour:
Spring 2017: Travel for 13 days over Spring Break 2017 to Italy and France.  Highlights include: Florence, the villages of Tuscany, Pisa, the Italian and French Riviera, Nice, Antibes, Paris, and Versailles. Itinerary and registration information can be obtained from Mr Langa, Mam Pam, or Senora Sosnowski. 

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, April 11 at 7 PM in the theatre. Interested students should pan to attend with at least one parent/guardian. The meeting will last about an hour.
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statetestingState Testing Update

As many of you may know, the state of Ohio has been going through a significant transition with state testing requirements over the past several years. Last year, the new PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) were administered for the first time to the class of 2018, replacing the OGT (Ohio Graduation Tests). From the outset, the PARCC tests were widely criticized for being poorly planned, too time consuming (about 6 hours per subject), and lacking validity, among other things. 
 As a result of this, the state of Ohio dropped the PARCC tests and replaced them with the AIR (American Institute for Research) exams this year. Additionally, the state legislature also passed HB487.  This law allows for the exemption of Chartered non-public school students from these EOC's (End-of-Course) Assessments and required the State Superintendent of Ohio to adopt guidelines for calculating corresponding final grades in lieu of EOC's and to provide alternative assessments for earning a diploma.  Secondly, HB 7 exempted chartered non-public school students receiving state scholarships (Cleveland Scholarship or EdChoice, etc.) from state assessments as long as they satisfied other requirements of the program (financial data, etc.). 
As a result of this legislation, the Diocese of Cleveland has advised all principals, including elementary schools, not to administer the state assessments this school year. Consequently, students in the class of 2018 and 2019 will not be taking state tests at Beaumont this year. We will instead use the time for instruction in the classroom. We will also continue to closely monitor the state's actions to ensure that we are putting are students in the best possible position for success in college and beyond. If you have any questions about our state testing policy, please email ( or call (216-325-7350), our Dean of Academics, Mr. Beyer.
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