Parent Newsletter May 1, 2014

Dear Parents and friends of Beaumont,

It has been quite an exciting week for the school since we returned from Easter break. It actually began even before we returned because our two robotics team entered the 4th Annual Robotot AWF Competition on Saturday, April 26th. Beaumont has been fortunate enough to have two local manufacturing businesses commit to sponsoring our teams this year. Christopher Tool continues to work with our "Beaumonsters" team while Tendon Manufacturing jumped on board to sponsor our team "Dark Horse." Over 30 teams entered the event this year. It was interesting to note that over 75% of the teams duplicated our award winning design from last year! What a compliment that was. The event was exciting for all in attendance and our girls worked so hard on their designs and construction. Prior to the actual "robot fights" each time presented an oral report on the process leading up to the day's events. Teams were asked to create binders with documentation and resources used to create their robobot. Display boards were required containing pictures and additional documentation. Both teams used PowerPoint presentations to help explain the journey leading up to the big day. Both Beaumont teams were in the top three places for best presentation and we are especially proud of Team Dark Horse who walked away with the Best Team Presentation for 2014! Though both teams faced unexpected challenges with wiring and battery issues, they will both be participating in the National Robobot Competition that will be held in Cleveland this year. We thank them for their hard work and determination. I will keep you updated on their success at Nationals!

On Monday I was excited to attend the 2014 NEOIAAA Annual Recognition Luncheon for Athletic Directors in the North East Ohio area. Our own Sr. Erin Zubal was recognized and awarded the Tim Flannery Horizon Award this year. Sr. Erin was nominated for this award by a fellow athletic director in the North East district. The award is given to an athletic director "who is in his/her first 2-3 years of service in the profession. This person should show professionalism and involvement in the profession that makes a difference for his/her school and league." Sr. Erin surely fits this bill. A few of her Ursuline sisters were present as well to acknowledge her outstand commitment to this profession. We are blessed to have such a hardworking, fair and conscientious woman leading our athletes and athletic program. Congratulations, Sr. Erin.

Tuesday was Grandparents day for our freshmen students. It was wonderful seeing so many grandparents attend this event. The event began in the chapel with a lovely prayer service and moved to the theater for a delicious lunch prepared by our own Chef Bo. I know our freshmen are so excited to share this time with their grandparents. After the lunch our guests were treated to a little bit of music and a few student/staff presentations about all the happenings at Beaumont. Ms. Grimaldi ended the event by sharing the good news of the college success our students experience because of their hard work and determination while students at Beaumont. I think the grandparents left tired just thinking about all the things going on here at Beaumont.

Yesterday the halls were abuzz as our student artists and teachers began to adorn the halls with some of the most outstanding and beautiful artwork in town. Our "gallery" is coming to life and will be ready for the annual Fine Arts Review happening tonight. If you receive this in time please plan on stopping up to see the accomplishments of the girls. Our senior Studio Art students have special boards on display covering their four years in the program. It is definitely one of the most beautiful events of the year. Not only do our artists display work, but our fashion students showcase their projects as well with the annual Fashion Show. This will take place in the theater if you are around. Don't worry if you miss the opening night, though, because the art work will be on display for the next week. You are welcome to stop up and take a look. You won't be disappointed!

Say an extra prayer for our seniors as they will experience their final retreat at Beaumont tomorrow. It often becomes a bit emotional as the reality of graduation becomes clearer and closer. They will enjoy the experience but it truly does mark the beginning of the end for them here. The seniors will have one more week of classes and finals before they embark on their Project REAL that begins on Monday, May 12th. They will return after Memorial Day for presentations and graduation preparation. Before we know it, June 1st will be here and the girls will be graduating. As a matter of fact, say a prayer for all of us! We are going to be so busy!

As always, Beaumont is blessed,

Mary Whelan