Parent Newsletter for October 1, 2015

Parent Newsletter for October 1, 2015
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Mary Whelan

Dear parents,

Well, we survived Spirit Week! It was really a great week of fun activities that built community among our students and faculty. Friday's dance assembly culminated the week-long event. If you haven't heard, the Sophomore Class received the highest score for their dance and won the coveted "Best Class Dance of 2015!" 

Prior to each dance, the class "artists" who provided the talent to paint the class banners that are now on display in the dining room, revealed the official class theme banners! Our Studio Art girls always do a great job coming up with a banner that is representative of this year's school theme. Next time you are in the building stop by the dining room and check out the artwork. 
  • Friday's "Fall Fling" dance was outstanding. Our Student Council worked so hard to decorate and prepare for this dance. The weather was perfect and allowed us the opportunity to use the courtyard outside the gym. The additional strung lights added such a festive touch. Many of the students used the courtyard to cool down after dancing for hours straight. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to chaperone. It is comforting to know there are extra eyes available to keep our girls and their dates safe. 
  • Our students that visited Philadelphia for the 2015 Papal visit came back on Monday filled with excitement and joyful voices. Their descriptive stories made me feel like I was sharing the experience with them. Their cell phones housed amazing photographs of a smiling and happy pope. Amazingly, our girls planted themselves in the front row of the Papal Parade Route and received a direct wave and blessing from Pope Francis. They all agreed it was definitely the highlight of the trip. You can read more about the girls' pilgrimage below.
  • Some of our fall sports are already beginning to wind down. Our volleyball team had their Senior Night this week and it was paired up with a CYO night for local middle school girls. With all the extra support, we were able to experience a "White Out" for our seniors. Also, congratulations to golfer, Erin Adams, who shot an 86 at the golf sectional this week. Her score qualifies her to move on to districts! 
  • Finally, the administrative and guidance teams have been working together to evaluate and address the transition stage of our new schedule. We are aware that change can often be difficult, but we are confident that we can work through this change together. We appreciate feedback from students and parents. The guidance department has been taking time during Group Guidance this week to discuss this transition with the students. We are working with both the faculty and staff to evaluate the pacing of classes and workload. Our faculty meeting on Monday is devoted to this conversation. 
  • Please remember that this year, Late Start Mondays begin at 9:00 AM. This is a change from previous years. In the meantime, please consider having a discussion with your daughter to find out how she is managing her school year. We are finding that many seniors are stressing over college applications. This can be a scary and stressful time, especially if students are applying to 8-10 colleges. Reassuring them of your support would be helpful. Junior year continues to bring on higher level, college preparatory classes. Again, encourage and support your daughters with reasonable expectations. We are blessed to have conscientious and hardworking students who often set unreasonable goals of perfection. Please help us instill in our girls that trying their best is enough. Know that teachers, counselors and administrators are always available to talk and discuss your daughter's progress and concerns.
As always, Beaumont is Blessed!
Mary Whelan

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Buzz2Beaumont Buzz
October 5 -10
Sunday, 10/4                                                  Building Closed
6:00 PM - Into the Light Walk at the Cleveland Zoo
Monday, 10/5             Blue Streak, LATE       Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
Late Start on Blue Streak Day - 37 Min. Periods
Period 1- 9:00 - 9:37
Period 2 - 9:42 - 10:19
Period 3 - 10:24 - 11:01
Period 4 - 11:06 - 11:43
Period 5 -
                                               Lunch A - 11:48 - 12:13
                                               Class - 11:48 - 12:25
                                               Class - 12:18 - 12:55
                                               Lunch B - 12:30 - 12:55
Period 6 - 1:00 - 1:37
Period 7 - 1:42 - 2:19
Period 8 - 2:24- 3:00
French Club Popcorn Fundraiser
Failure Notifications
3:05-3:45 PM - WE TED Talk Viewing in Multi-Purpose Room
Tuesday, 10/6             A                                  Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
French Club Popcorn Fundraiser
12:00-2:00 PM - Fabulous 50s Luncheons: 1950-1954 in the Lennon House
12:00-1:30 PM - Private Meeting in Auxiliary Office
3:00-4:00 PM - Student Council Meeting in Multi-Purpose Room
District Golf Tournament - All Day (Erin Adams)
Wednesday, 10/7        B                                  Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
French Club Popcorn Fundraiser
8:30 AM-1:30 PM - RoboBot Team at WVIZ Ideastream Studio
8:00-10:00 AM - Special Event Breakfast
9:00 AM-2:00 PM - Rally for Life at Cathedral
3:15-4:00 PM - Activities Board in A106
5:30-6:30 PM - Choir Tour Meeting in Theater
Thursday, 10/8           A                                  Building Hours: 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
French Club Popcorn Fundraiser
8:00 AM - Finance Committee Meeting in Lennon House
12:00-2:00 PM - Fabulous 50s Luncheon (1955-1959) in Lennon House
7:00-8:30 PM - Sophomore/Parent College Readiness Meeting in Theater
Volleyball Dismissal at 2:45 PM
Friday, 10/9                B                                  Building Hours: 6:30 AM-8:00 PM
French Club Popcorn Fundraiser
Fair Trade Skirts Restocked in Spirit Store!
Saturday, 10/10                                              Building Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
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Mission Integration 

Angela the Companion
"Angela created a network of 'informal' relationships among her companions that were based on solidarity, affection and a new 'familial' bond."    
 (from Querciolo Mazzonis's 2007 book on St. Angela Merici)
Our Saint Angela quote for the month of October,
"Angela created a network of 'informal' relationships among her companions that were based on solidarity, affection and a new 'familial' bond," dovetails nicely with the very recent trip a delegation of Beaumont students, parents, and staff took to Philadelphia. 
 Twenty members of our school community traveled by bus to see and hear the Holy Father, Pope Francis,  during the World Meeting of Families.  Needless to say we experienced a special sense of solidarity, affection, and "family."  Together with thousands of other pilgrims we shared our faith and hope for the future of family life and the Church.  Each one of us carries a precious sense of God's great love for us after this trip.  We are thrilled to share our stories.  We were literally blessed by the Holy Father.  He smiled upon us.  We experience God's love so concretely through him.  Through our stories we hope to share this love with you.
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Menu for the Week of October 5 - 9
Monday: 10/5
                Gyro with cucumber dill salad. -- $4.00
Hot gyro meat stuffed into a warm flatbread and topped with slivered onions and Tzatziki sauce, served with a side of fresh cucumber dill salad.
Tuesday: 10/6
                Cavatelli Carbonara. -- $4.00
Small ricotta made dumplings tossed in a cream sauce with bacon, peas, and some grated parmesan cheese; then sprinkled with fresh basil.
Wednesday: 10/7
                Baked potato bar!  -- $4.00
We bake 'em, you fill 'em!  Hot baked potatoes with a  large variety of toppings to choose from.
Thursday: 10/8
                Chicken parmesan sandwiches. -- $4.00
Hand breaded free range, hormone free boneless skinless chicken breast, browned in olive oil and topped with marinara sauce and provolone, stuffed  between two slices ciabatta bread.  Yum!
Friday: 10/9
                Open faced turkey sandwich. -- $4.00
Chef Bo's olive mashed potatoes scooped onto a thick slice of Texas toast, topped with some oven roasted turkey, then covered with homemade turkey gravy!  Is it Thanksgiving yet?
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What's cooking in the kitchen?
Kitchen Profile-Chef Bo. Chef Bo Mueller graduated from Elyria Catholic in 1997.  Following high school he graduated from Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and went on to apprentice at Elyria Country Club.  From there he worked his way up from apprentice to Executive Sous Chef after a stint as an exhibition chef at a professional cafeteria in the Terminal Tower for the Sherwin Williams Company.  In 2000, he helped opened Erie Bleu in Cleveland.  The restaurant was voted best new restaurant by Scene magazine and Chef Bo spent many hours on local radio, TV, doing demos at the Cleveland Rib Burn-off, and had some recipes published alongside Michael Symon in Cleveland magazine.  The restaurant closed unexpectedly in 2002 and Chef Bo took a break from the food business and work for his father doing sales until 2013 when a positon at Beaumont School opened.  Chef Bo has been at Beaumont since 2013 and is thankful every day and feels blessed for the opportunity to cook for such wonderful people. 
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Notice to Parents
** Please note that we do not allow negative account balances in the cafeteria.  If you would like to add funds to your daughter's account you can do so online at or you can provide her with cash or check to bring to the cafeteria cashier to be added to her account.  

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Campus Ministry - Pope Francis' Historic Visit
"May God be both journey and destination for you and may you know the blessing of God's presence in each step along the way."
With these words Beaumont's delegation consisting of 14 students, 3 faculty members and 3 parents began our journey to Philadelphia on Friday, 
September 25 to participate in events during Pope Francis' historic visit.  

St. Angela encourages us to "take time to be friendly, building community wherever you go."  Our group embraced this sentiment and built community through long hours on the bus, walking long distances to various sites and especially during hours of waiting for events.  The persistence and dedication of the students enabled our group to secure a front row viewing spot for the Papal motorcade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday.  Our patience was richly rewarded.  Just as the motorcade approached our area, Pope Francis looked in our direction and blessed us with the sign of the cross.
Cheers erupted: "Best moment of my life!" "It felt like he was looking right at me!" "I will remember this moment forever!" "I'm so happy I got to share this with my Beaumont sisters!"  The joy was palpable and infectious.  Each step in the long walk back to our lodging that night did indeed seem especially full of God's blessings.
On Sunday our group toured the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall - the site where just the day before Pope Francis spoke of the fundamental right to religious freedom and thanked and challenged us with these words: 
"All too often, those most in need of our help, everywhere, are unable to be heard. You are their voice, and many of you - men and women - have faithfully made their cry heard. In this witness, which frequently encounters powerful resistance, you remind American democracy of the ideals for which it was founded, and that society is weakened whenever and wherever injustice prevails."

It was from this vantage point that we attended the Papal Mass "via Jumbotron" and had the opportunity to pray with other pilgrims.  After mass, although the size of the crowds in the streets and on the subway was overwhelming, the spirit of the crowd was exuberant and full of life.
We have returned home... and our journey continues.  A question from our morning reflection offers a framework for what lies ahead: "We had enthusiasm and the desire to get close to Pope Francis, and we can't wait to share our stories with others.  Do we have this same enthusiasm and desire to get close to Jesus and to share stories about Him with others?"
Personal and communal prayer, advocacy and service are all ways we can draw close to Jesus. The communities we build and belong to - with family, with our local church or faith tradition, in civic life and especially at Beaumont - can both support and challenge us in this journey.  And along the way, let us remember to do what Pope Francis continually asks us - to pray for him!  In response, Sr. Cheryl Mentkowski, OSU, has written a beautiful prayer which we offer you: 
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Prayer for Pope Francis

Heavenly father, we pray for our holy father, Pope Francis. 
Bless him in his ministry of peace and reconciliation. 
Guard his safety and his health and continually energize him in his mission
of peace,
care for the poor,
the forgotten and marginalized
and in his quest to save our endangered planet. 
May he continue to be a beacon of hope and an example of humility and truth. 
We ask this, through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Angela Merici and all of the saints.  Amen. 
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Sophomore - Freshman Hayride
CLASS OF 2018 AND 2019 
8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland 44026

This event is open ONLY to current sophomores and freshmen at Beaumont School. No reservations will be accepted after October 12.


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World Language News

Membership is open to Beaumont French IV students exhibiting outstanding scholarship in French, scholarship in general, leadership, and Integrity.
Applications will be available in mid-October.

CLOTHING: This year The French Club is offering 8 different types of French Club clothing: T-shirts, Jerseys, Polos, Sweatshirts, Wind shirts, ¼ zips, and Jackets.

Order forms are available on the French Club table outside of room A118. Or you can obtain an order form by emailing Mr. Langa:   
TIME IS RUNNINIG OUT! This is the only order that will be placed this year. Orders must be received by October 2.

The French Club is now selling Chicago's famous Popcorn Palace Popcorn. Club members are encouraged but not required to participate. 

Popcorn sale runs from September 22-October 15.  To place an order, see a French club member, sign up on Mr. Langa's door (A118) or contact Mr. Langa directly (see email address above).
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Fathers' Club
We had a great turnout for our September 28 meeting, where we discussed plans for the Luau on November 21. Lots of great ideas, and a couple of exciting changes, came out of the meeting thanks to the efforts of our volunteers. Stay tuned for more information on the Luau as we start ticket sales and promotional events in early October.

Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be Monday, October 12, also at 6:30 PM in the faculty dining room. Remember that our work tends to be concentrated near the beginning of the school year because of the Luau, so many volunteers are needed to make the burden light on everyone. Please consider sharing some of your time in this effort to raise money for the scholarship fund.

Also, as part of the Luau fundraiser, we ask all Beaumont fathers to consider donating scratch-off lottery tickets or small gift cards to place on the Christmas tree to be raffled off. All proceeds from this raffle the night of the Luau go directly to the scholarship fund. Typical donation is $5-10 in value, although we welcome more. If you can get a local merchant to donate a gift card/certificate, we would be very appreciative as well. Donations can be sent to school for the Fathers' Club, either to the office or to John-Michael Langa.

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
 Father-Daughter Communion Breakfast, Sunday, October 25

The annual Father-Daughter Communion Breakfast takes place Sunday, October 25th. Please use the following link to register for the breakfast. 
We need your help to make this a great event. If you can help before, during or after, use this linkto volunteer:
In addition to a beautiful Mass and a delicious breakfast, attendees will enjoy hearing guest speaker Terri Libenson, the creator of The Pajama Diaries. Told in comic strip form, The Pajama Diaries chronicles the life of a mom trying to juggle husband, kids, career while staying moderately sane (can we all relate?).
Get Involved: Become a Class Rep
This year we have expanded the Mothers' Guild officer positions to include Class Representatives. This position does not require a lot of time, but it does provide a vital role. It is our hope that Class Reps will serve as helpful liaisons to the other class moms and provide valuable input and assistance with planning events.
We are still looking for  one more Class Rep each from the senior and freshman classes. Please let Jeanne Cunningham Kluznik ( know if you are interested in helping the Guild by assuming this position.
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PSAT Day for Sophomores and Juniors
Just a reminder, PSAT testing is coming up for sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 14 at 8:00 AM.  Please make sure your student gets plenty of sleep the night before, eats a balanced breakfast that morning, and arrives on time!  Materials for test preparation will be discussed in Group Guidance.  Encourage the students to spend some time practicing. Students will be dismissed when testing ends, at approximately 11:30 AM.  If you have any questions, contact your student's Guidance Counselor.
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Giant Eagle Apples for Students Program

Beaumont is participating in the Giant Eagle Apples for the Students program.  The program will run from September 15, 2015 until March 18, 2016. 
  1.  Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card at
  2. Enter our school ID# 2051
  3. Shop with your Giant Eagle Advantage Card
Each time that your Giant Eagle Advantage card is scanned between September 15, 2015 and March 18, 2016, your purchases automatically earn funds for Beaumont School.  If you are already enrolled you will need to re-select your preferred school every year.  You can be enrolled in more than one school. 
If you have any questions please contact Mary Lynn Haldi at
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