Parent Newsletter for February 18, 2016

Parent Newsletter for February 18, 2016

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Mary Whelan

Dear parents,
 
What a short week we have had! Our four-day weekend turned into an unexpected five-day weekend for students and staff! As I often say, making the decision to close school due to weather conditions may be one of the hardest parts of this job. As much as I try to make the decision to close before 6:00 AM, sometimes it just doesn't happen. This is what happened on Tuesday, as Mrs. Schaefer and I were texting back in forth from 5:00 AM trying to assess the driving conditions that would affect many of our young drivers. Though the roads cleared by mid-day, I feel strongly that the correct decision was made. Having some conversations with parents yesterday and today confirmed this decision as well. Your daughter's safety is always the top priority in my decision-making and I appreciate your understanding when it might change your plans for the day, as well. 
  • Congratulations, to Anna Zipp who has officially been identified as a National Merit Finalist for the 2016 school year. Over 1.5 million students nationwide took this test during their junior year and Anna scored in the top 1% of all students. Her accomplishment provides her scholarship opportunities and acceptances to some of the best colleges in the country. Congratulations, Anna, on this prestigious recognition. 
  • Last evening, I met with the eight families who have  volunteered to host a Japanese student from our Ursuline sister school in Hachinohe, Japan. The host families and their Beaumont daughters' are anxiously awaiting their arrival on March 5. The girls and their chaperone will be here for two weeks to experience life in America! We have planned time each day for English lessons with a Japanese-speaking teacher, as well as organizing many exciting field trips that will fill much of their time with Cleveland culture. Trips to museums, the Science Center and the West Side Market are some of places on our tour. 
  • I stopped by the Mothers' Guild meeting last night to catch up on the many activities this group is planning for the upcoming months. If you are looking for something to "DO" during Lent rather than something to "GIVE UP" during Lent, I have the perfect idea for you. The Mothers' Guild officers are looking for parents to volunteer at the Class of 2020 Acceptance Party on Friday, February 26, at 5:00 PM. If you are one of the newer parents at Beaumont, you might remember attending Bunco while your daughter was busy with our Admission Team. We need parents willing to help run the Bunco activity. No experience required! What a great way to answer God's call to serve and volunteer during the holiest of seasons, Lent. Please contact, Jeanne Cunningham Kluznik ajcunningham@bakerlaw.com.  
  • Tomorrow is the Oldies Dance. I look forward to this dance every year! I am still a little confused that "Oldies" to our girls is much different than "Oldies" to me. It stings a little when girls come dressed in outfits similar to what I actually wore during my high school years! I am getting over it, but it still hurts! I can't wait to see the creativity expressed in this year's outfits! Maybe I can share pictures next week!  
  • Congratulations, to our vocal and instrumental students who performed last weekend at the District Solo/Ensemble event. As usual, our performers made us proud. Congratulations to the following students who received Superior ratings for their work: Maddy Baltas - vocal solo, Nina Mesh - violin solo, and our Beaumont Voices-Eman Bechara, Catherine Buhrow, Jaylah Golphin, Margaret Schiffer, Katie Mastrandrea, Ming Wei Patrick and Alex Wuertz. Congratulations, also, to students who received Excellent marks for their performances: Courtney Foerg - Vocal Solo and Alex Wuertz - Vocal Solo. We are so proud of them. 
  • Finally, fifty-two students took advantage of a life-saving opportunity here at Beaumont yesterday afternoon. A group of senior students are part of the Girls Go Red Team and organized training by University Hospital Medical Professionals.  Students were instructed on the new way of administering CPR by an outgoing and energetic group of volunteers. Not only did the instructors teach CPR techniques, they demonstrated the use of the school's AED's as well. Thanks to University Hospitals and our Girls Go Red Team, Caitlyn Lux, Lauren Milkie, Molly McCann and Alena Prcela.
 
Until next week, Beaumont is blessed,
 
 Mary Whelan

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buzzBeaumont Buzz 

Sunday, 2/21                                                               Building Closed
 
Monday, 2/22              EMPATHY DAY                       Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
8:00-10:00 AM - Special Event Breakfast in FDR
3:45-4:45 PM - Private Meeting [SB] in Nook Conference Room
NHS Raffle Baskets
 
Tuesday, 2/23             A                                             Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
NHS Raffle Baskets
Reconciliation Throughout Day in Chapel
7:15-7:55 AM - Detention in A116 (Mulhall)
11:25-11:50 AM - Robotics Team Meeting in Foyer
3:00-3:30 PM - Project YESS Informational Meeting in Mrs. Santo's Room
3:05-3:45 PM - Detention in A123 (Mastrangelo)
 
Wednesday, 2/24         B                                            Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
NHS Raffle Baskets
5:00 PM - Academic and Spirituality Committee Meeting in FDR
 
Thursday, 2/25            A                                             Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
NHS Raffle Baskets
7:15-7:55 AM - Detention in 223 (Sr. Ann)
3:05-3:45 PM - Detention in 224 (Barnett)
3:30-4:30 PM - MIT in Nook Conference Room
7:00-8:00 PM - Paleo Trip Informational Meeting in A202
 
Friday, 2/26                 B                                            Building Hours: 6:30 AM-8:00 PM
Lunch A/B - Senior Lunch from Piada in Dining Room
5:00-8:00 PM - Class of 2020 Acceptance Party in Theater/Chapel
 
Saturday, 2/27                                                 Building Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
 

"With the help of God try to acquire such an attitude of mind and heart, that you act solely out of love of God and zeal for souls."
 
St. Angela the Pilgrim: When we are travelling our different paths in life, we can look to St. Angela.   Her journey of challenges and eagerness to clarify God's call for her, serves as a reminder of what God's call is for us.  No matter how hard our journey may be or what obstacles get in our way, we can ask for God's help through prayer and guidance.  We can use this time to reflect on what God is asking of us as we are make our journey through the season of lent.
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Menu
Menu for the Week of February 22 - 26, 2016
Monday: 2/22
Nacho Bar!  -- $4.00 
Your choice of a variety of toppings to choose from to build your own nacho masterpiece!
 
Tuesday: 2/23 
Grilled chicken Caesar salad with a breadstick.-- $4.00  
Extra breadstick -- $1.00      
Free range chicken, grilled and served atop a bed of romaine lettuce that's been tossed with homemade Caesar dressing.
 
Wednesday: 2/24 
Chili in a bread bowl. -- $4.00 Cup or refill -- $2.00
Homemade all beef chili served in a sourdough bread bowl and topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese.
 
Thursday: 2/25 
French toast with breakfast sausage. -- $4.00 
Texas toast dipped in a cinnamon egg batter and served with hot syrup! 
 
Friday: 2/26
Cheese tortellini pasta served in a marinara sauce.  -- $4.00
Cheese filled pasta pillows, tossed in a tangy marinara sauce and topped with fresh basil and shredded parmesan cheese.
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What's Cooking in the Kitchen?
Did you know that the Beaumont kitchen receives bi-weekly deliveries of fresh food, produce, and dairy from a locally owned and operated food supply company?  We've worked very hard with our food vendor to establish a good professional relationship and try to always provide the freshest food possible from locally owned and operated sources, when possible. This all helps to make the Beaumont menu fresh, new, and exciting.
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EmpathydayBeaumont Empathy Day

On Monday, Beaumont School will be participating in an all-school, all-day workshop we have entitled Empathy Day.  The focus of the day is reflection on the concept of identity and of extending empathy and compassion to others.  As a Catholic school celebrating and living out the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are called to actively participate in the care of others: to counsel and comfort.  As 21st century educators, we know that among the most important skill sets to prepare our students for their professional lives are these: collaboration, skilled communication, global awareness, self-regulation, and real-world problem-solving.  Empathy Day will address crucial academic and spiritual objectives. 
 
Six esteemed speakers will be joining us on Empathy Day. Our morning keynote speaker is Toilynn O'Neal, Director of Diversity at Saint Ursula Academy. Our lunchtime keynote speaker is founder of Project Love, Julie Wynne-Martin. In the afternoon, we are inviting a panel of speakers to talk on their experiences working with "invisible populations": Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder, President, and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute; Sister Eileen Mary Collins, Ph.D, lecturer, poet, and dedicated volunteer at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries and the Norma Herr Homeless Shelter for Women; Salomon Rodenzo, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at John Carroll University; and Danielle Drake, Community Relations Manager at US Together, Inc. Danielle will be joined by a refugee guest. We are so honored to host these amazing representatives.
 
When not addressed by the vibrant speakers, our students and faculty will have much time to write reflectively and discuss in adult-guided small groups the topics of identity, inclusion, empathy, and diversity.
 
Pope Francis said, "Every man, every woman...must ask themselves two questions: 'Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?' In the same way, St. Angela calls us to "Build community wherever we go."  On Monday, we will be actively participating in our mission at Beaumont School.  We will be actively participating in our mission as people of faith and of those shaped by the Ursuline charism. 

It is a mandatory day of school for all.  Students may dress-down following Handbook guidelines.  They should bring a notebook and pen/pencil.
 
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Help make Empathy Day even stronger! Join the Lunch Potluck on Monday!
 
This weekend, help your daughter prepare a food that represents your culture or family tradition.  Please email cschaefer@beaumontschool.org with the food you are bringing, your student's name and grade.  Your daughter can drop off the dish in the dining room between the hours of 7:30-8:00 AM.  We will have power cords available for heating of hot dishes in crock pots.  The oven will not be available for reheating.  Upon morning drop-off, your student will be given five tickets to try other dishes.  Only those who contribute a dish will be allotted tickets to sample other dishes. Faculty and staff are invited to participate as well!  Additionally, Chef Bo's lunch will be served as usual.
 
 
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Sacrament of Reconciliation: On Tuesday, February 23rd ("A Day" schedule) we will have five priests from local parishes on campus to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation and hear individual confessions. Students may attend during their ILT or during theology class, and we will make other accommodations for any other student who wants to participate.  Pope Francis suggests that "the season of Lent during this Jubilee Year should also be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy."
 
Lenten reflection on works of mercy: A sample from our fish bowl: Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the sick by supporting a caregiver.  Does your parent or other relative take care of someone else in the family?  How can you support them... by helping with cooking or other chores, etc?
 
Diocesan evening event: XLT! is an intense experience of prayer, Eucharistic adoration and worship and will take place on Thursday, February 25th from  7-9:30pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. These evenings, which present a pertinent topic of faith to the youth and young adult community and end with a pizza social in the Founders' Room, offer connection with the numerous youth groups that attend the XLT Program.
 
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FathersClub
Fathers' Club
 
Women of Beaumont, mark your calendars now! The annual Mother/Daughter Communion Breakfast will be held Sunday morning, April 10, 2016, with Mass at 10:00 followed by a delicious dad-cooked breakfast immediately after in the Beaumont cafeteria. Tickets will be sold online again this year, so stay tuned for details on how to make your reservation soon. This is a very popular event for the ladies, so make sure you don't miss it.

We 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 (jmlanga@beaumontschool.org).

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 (dmtravis3@gmail.com or 216-235-2086), Brian Gran (brian.gran@case.edu), Bob Fox (uhfoxes@gmail.com or 216-233-3714) or Todd Courtney (tcourtney@crowntooling.net 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
 
Save the Date for Bunco, Friday, February, 26
On Friday,  February, 26, it's time for Admissions and Bunco! Please join us for this fun event from 5:00 until 7:00 PM. If you are interested in helping, we are looking for volunteers to bring food trays, set up, help during the games and clean up. Please sign up here.
 
Mothers' Guild Officers Needed for 2016-17
It is that time of year, when the Mothers' Guild Board must turn attention to future Board leadership. We know that we will have a few positions open for the next school year since some of the Board members are mothers of graduating seniors. Please consider participating in your daughter's school experience by serving on the Board. If you are interested or have questions, please contact, Jeanne Cunningham Kluznik ajcunningham@bakerlaw.com.
 
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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FinanceNews From the Finance Office
 
2016-2017 Tuition Assistance
To be considered for financial assistance for the 2016-2017 school year, a Private School Aid Service (PSAS) form must be completed and submitted to PSAS by March 1, 2016.  The 2016-2017 PSAS form is now available on our website. 
Click here You can submit your application to PSAS one of two ways:
 
  • Online application - upload your application and related required documentation directly to PSAS or
  • Paper PDF form - complete, print and mail your application along with photocopies of related required documentation to PSAS
 
If your daughter has received tuition assistance, grant or scholarship from Beaumont during the 2015-2016 school year, these awards are not automatically renewable.  In order to be considered for continued assistance, you must reapply each year by completing and submitting a PSAS form. 
 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kathy Karlik-Tookey in the Finance Office at (216) 325-7312 or kkarlik-tookey@beaumontschool.org. 

 
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