Parent Newsletter for January 21, 2016

Parent Newsletter for January 21, 2016
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Mary Whelan

Dear Parents,

Four day weekends become even better when they turn into five day weekends for our girls! Tuesday's snow day was a bit unexpected but the timing couldn't have been better. The first day of second semester was a perfect time to have a snow day since we hadn't started new classes and schedules for many of our students.  We quickly adjusted the three day week to include one Blue Streak Day, one A Day and one B Day. It was the perfect balance to the three day week. 
  • Report card mailing was delayed by a day so hopefully you will still be able to receive them by Saturday. Our girls continue to work very hard and set high expectations for themselves. We are so proud of the efforts put forth by all. Students earning a GPA below 2.3 are placed on Academic Probation for the quarter. Only a handful of students will be placed on Academic Probation this quarter. A letter will be mailed home to the parents if a student falls below the 2.3 GPA. These students also will meet with counselors on a regular basis. As a team, we work hard to help the girls be successful in their classes. 
  • Mrs. Schaefer and Miss Stefanos have been working on a speaker series for Beaumont School set to kick off next month. The initiative is entitled, "The St. Angela Merici Essential Question Speaker Series."  We are so excited to bring in speakers who will address some pertinent issues young women deal with in their lives. Our first session will be held Wednesday, February 3. A local psychologist, Katherine Jackson. These talks are open to the public but we hope our own families will be excited to hear the speakers and attend the programs. You can read more below. 
  • We have officially accepted nine Japanese students who will visit Cleveland and be hosted by our families. I am grateful for those families who have said yes to the invitation. If you forgot to sign up and are still interested in having one of the Japanese students live with you from March 5 until March 20, 2016, please let me know. We may still need one more host family. Each family receives a $300 stipend and your daughters have the option to attend many of the field trips with our visitors. Please contact me if you are interested.
  • Congratulations to our Drama troupe who recently performed at the district competition this past weekend. Our students had the opportunity to attend several workshops, including Stage Combat, Special Effects Make-up, Dance, Pantomime, Improvisation, Audition Skills, and several others.  The girls performed their competition one act, Brief Interviews with Internet Cats for the conference and were adjudicated for a slot to perform at the Ohio Thespian Conference in March.  This will be Beaumont's ninth year attending this conference and our 7th "State Selected" performance representing Northeast Ohio.  Congratulations, to our Thespian Troupe Members: Thandiwe Augustin-Glave, Rachel Bauman, Courtney Foerg, Destiny Hunter, Alli Kulbago, Elizabeth McDermott, Mary Martin, Maggie Mastrandrea, Allie Noe, Rose Scalish, and Elizabeth Skelin.  Thanks to Mrs. Bernardo who works with our girls throughout the year. She is a dedicated and committed teacher.
  • This past Saturday, a few of our students were recognized for their art work at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The Scholastic Art winners from Beaumont School included: Gold Key Winner Alexa Abounader, Silver Key Winners Rachel Bauman and Brooke DiPasquale, and Honorable Mention Winners Alexa Abounader, Claire Cary, Elizabeth Poland and Annie Reagan. The art is currently on display at the new Reinberger Gallery. The exhibit will run through January 29. Stop by and see the girls' work!
  • Sixteen students will be inducted into the National French Honor Society this evening. Beaumont School received its charter in the Spring of 2011 under the sponsorship of World Language Department Chair, John-Michael Langa. He works tirelessly to stimulate interest in the study of French, promote high standards of scholarship, recognize and reward scholastic achievement and create much enthusiasm for the love of the French culture and language. Congratulations to Folasade Augustin-Glave, Lysia Cook, Rachael Fink, Sydney Jefferson, Allison Kulbago, Bridget Laffey, Molly McCann, Lauren Milkie, Jenna Noce, Paris Norman, Elizabeth Poland, Annie Reagan, Angela Ricciardi, Emma Robinson, Elizabeth Skelin and Genevieve Wagner. 
  • Next Wednesday, we will be celebrating the Feast of St. Angela. A liturgy is scheduled for 9:30 AM and we have invited a group of Ursuline sisters to attend this special Mass. All parents are invited to attend as well. We enjoy the opportunity to celebrate in the Eucharist as a community. If you are available, please consider attending. 
  • We will end the week with Beaumont Day on Friday, January 29. This may be the most anticipated day of the year for our girls. With the help of our Mothers' Guild, we provide a day of fun for all students. No classes are held and a multitude of activities are scheduled for the girls. Of course, one of the highlights is the FAME talent show with a guest appearance from our own Maintenance Man, Robert, dancing the tango with his partner! The girls love it! Parent volunteers are still needed for the event. Please contact our Mothers' Guild moderator, Mrs. Rebeka DeChant with questions:
Keep warm and as always, Beaumont is blessed,
Mary Whelan 

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buzzBeaumont Buzz 
Sunday, 1/24                                                            Building Closed
Monday, 1/25              B                                            Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
Tuesday, 1/26             A                                            Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
8:05-9:15 AM - Shakespeare Recitation Contest in Theater
5:00 PM - Board Meeting in Lennon House
7:00 PM - Gala Committee Meeting in Lennon House
6:00 PM - Varsity Swimming VS Archbishop Hoban @ Hathaway Brown Butler Aquatic Center
Wednesday, 1/27        B, Alt.                                      Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
St. Angela Merici Mass Schedule
                                   Block 2: 8:00-9:10
                                   HR: 9:15-9:25
                                   Mass: 9:30-10:45
                                   Block 4: 10:50-12:00
                                   Block 6           
                                               Lunch A: 12:05-12:30
                                               Class: 12:35-1:45
                                               Class: 12:05-1:15
                                               Lunch B: 1:20-1:45
                                   Block 8: 1:50-3:00
3:15-5:15 PM - L. Committee Meeting in Nook Conference Room
Thursday, 1/28           A                                              Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
8:00-8:30 AM - Special Event Breakfast in Dining Room
6:00 PM - Varsity Swimming VS Fairview High @ Hathaway Brown Butler Aquatic Center
Friday, 1/29                BEAUMONT DAY!                   Building Hours: 6:30 AM-8:00 PM
Students arrive at 8:30 AM                 
9:30 - Mock Trial Breakfast in Multi-Purpose Room
10:15 AM-7:00 PM - Mock Trial Competition at Justice Center
Saturday, 1/30                                                            Building Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
5:30 PM-12:00 AM - Beaumont Booster Club Cornhole Tournament in Gym/Dining Room
12:00 PM - Freshmen Basketball VS NDCL @ HOME
1:00 PM - JV Basketball VS NDCL @ NDCL
2:30 PM - Varsity Basketball VS NDCL @ NDCL

Angela, The Visionary
All around her hometown she saw poor girls with no education and no hope. In the fifteenth and sixteenth century that Angela lived in,education for women was for the rich or for nuns. Angela herself had learned everything on her own. Her parents had died when she was ten and she had gone to live with an uncle. She was deeply disturbed when her sister died without receiving the sacraments. A vision reassured her that her sister was safe in God's care -- and also prompted her to dedicate her life to God.

Take a look around you. Instead of just driving or walking without paying attention today, open your eyes to the needs you see along the way. What people do you notice who need help but who are not being helped? What are their true needs? Make a commitment to help them in some way. 

"St. Angela was a radical visionary who wanted women to have the freedom to develop into the person God created them to become." St. Angela Merici 

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Menu for the Week of January 25 - 29, 2016

Monday: 1/25 
French bread pizza  -- $4.00
Hand cut French bread topped with a spicy marinara sauce and layered with pepperoni and cheese, cooked until bubbly and golden brown. 
Tuesday: 1/26  
Chicken parmesan over spaghetti noodles.  -- $4.00
Hand breaded, free range hormone free chicken cutlets, topped with melted provolone cheese and served over spaghetti with marinara sauce. 
Wednesday: 1/27
Mashed potato bowl -- $4.00
A Beaumont favorite!  Yukon gold mashed potatoes served with an array of toppings to choose from!  Pick your favorites to make your favorite potato bowl!
Thursday: 1/28
Chicken Pot Pie!  -- $4.00
Tender chicken meat simmered in a creamy chicken stock that is loaded with fresh cut vegetables, potatoes, and then served over flaky puff pastry.  Yum!!
Friday: 1/29
BEAUMONT DAY!  -- Lunches will be provided for the students.  Have fun!!
                ** No Lunches Today for Beaumont Day** 
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What's Cooking in the Kitchen?  
Kitchen tip! Nobody likes meat that is dried out and tough. To help prevent that from happening here are two tips that I use when cooking to try to keep your meat extra juicy. First, before you grill, roast, or sauté your favorite cut of meat, be sure to pull it out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking and let it come up to room temperature.  That way when you throw it on the heat the meat isn't so cold that it seizes up and gets tough.  Next, after you are done cooking it, be sure to let your meat rest for 5 - 10 minutes before serving it.  I do this with turkey, chicken, beef, and pork.  This allows the natural juices in the meat to permeate throughout the entire piece. Use both of these tips next time you roast a chicken or grill a steak and you will be pleasantly surprise on how juicy the finished product will be.

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ministryCampus Ministry News
Celebrating Life: On Friday, January 22 students and faculty will attend a special mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist celebrated by Bishop Lennon to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 

Due to the forecast for severe weather in the DC area, and in conjunction with our partner schools in the Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice network in the diocese, we canceled our trip to participate in the national March for Life in DC.  There are still many ways for us to pray for and work toward a consistent ethic of life, including the U.S. Bishops Annual Novena, "9 Days for Life."
Feast of St. Angela Mass: On Wednesday, January 27, all are invited to join the Beaumont community for mass to celebrate the feast of St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Sisters. We look forward to welcoming members of the local Ursuline community to our celebration. Fr. Tom Fanta (St. Dominic) will preside at mass which begins at 9:30 am in the gym.
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Fathers' Club
Our next meeting will be Monday, February 8, 2016, at 6:30 PM in the faculty dining room. Join us as we discuss what worked and what didn't from the Luau, and plan our early 2016 events, such as the upcoming Mother/Daughter Communion Breakfast.

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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Mothers' Guild News
Beaumont Day-Friday, January 29
S.O.S. - volunteers and bakers needed!  Spend a frenzied day of fun supporting Student Council's annual Beaumont Day event.  Pick from 3 volunteer sessions: morning (10 am to 12 pm), afternoon (12 pm to 2 pm) or all day (10 am to 2 pm).  Plus, single layer cakes (in disposable pans) are needed for the popular "Cake Walk." Join the fun by using this form to sign-up.  We promise you'll have a blast!
Gift Cards Needed fpr Teacher Appreciation Week!
On Feb. 1-5, we show the teachers how much they mean to our daughters and to us. Please consider donating a gift card for the staff raffle held during the week. We are in need of more gift cards to make this a meaningful event. Gift cards can be dropped off at the front office to the attention of Rebekah DeChant. Thank you!
Teacher Lunch Volunteers Needed, Wed. Feb 3!
Again, we want to show the teachers how much they are appreciated. We need your help to make this happen. Please use this link to sign up for set-up, serving or cleanup.
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FinanceNews From the Finance Office
Report Card Grades and Transcripts 
Our policy is to release grades and/or transcripts for all families whose Beaumont tuition and financial obligations are current.  Grades and/or transcripts being held are reflected with an "Incomplete" or an "I" for the letter grade on the report card. 
Please keep this in mind during your daughter's college application process, as our Guidance Department is not permitted to release grades or transcripts to any college for those students who have outstanding financial obligations. This can potentially interrupt, delay, and even stop the application process for your daughter, which can ultimately influence her acceptance into the college of her choice. 
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 

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Beaumont Gala - Please note meeting date change

Beaumont Gala Planning Meeting
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7:00 PM
The Lennon House
All are welcome to join committee chairs, Mary Kelley Ebner and Amy Thompson Mosier in helping to plan an evening to benefit the school.
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cornholeBooster Club Corn Hole Tournament and Winter Fest

Please join the Beaumont Boosters for their 5th annual Corn Hole Tournament and Winter Fest. Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 5:30 - midnight 

The event includes food, beverages, music, raffles, side boards, prizes, and the Cavs games on a 10 foot projection screen.  Register your team, or your sponsorship today!  Register here:
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scholarsAcademic Scholars News

Academic Scholars Field Trip to the Museum of Natural History
Bright and early last Friday morning, thirty-nine of Beaumont's Academic Scholars visited the Natural History Museum for the second field trip of the year.  In the simulation activity "Disease Detectives," the girls acted as part of a health department epidemiology team in a scenario where nearly half of a high school student population becomes sick with similar symptoms.  The team worked together to eliminate false leads and pieced together clues to determine the cause of the outbreak.  They interpreted data, identified the pathogen, and located its source to stop its spread. 

A "Gram Stain" lab followed which allowed the girls to analyze prepared bacteria specimens.  They used the Gram Stain procedure and studied their slides through a microscope to determine the difference between Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria. 

After a lunch break, the girls competed in a scavenger hunt which allowed them to explore and learn from exhibits in Sears Hall, Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life, and Reinberger Hall of Earth and Planetary Exploration.  
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sciencedeptScience Department News

Beaumont Science Department is proud to announce a summer dinosaur dig opportunity from July 22 - August 1, 2016!   
 Working in conjunction with the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL, eight students will have the opportunity to engage in an active dinosaur dig!  Interested in learning more?  Please email Mr. Masters (  
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