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Volume 2: Issue 2October 1 - 31, 2013

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West Palm Beach, FL


Although we don't have fall leaves adding color to our campus, October was a very colorful month--beginning with Rosarian Week and ending with Red Ribbon Week and Halloween. We are already one quarter through what's shaping out to be a great school year.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chelsea Surovek
Montessori Peace Education
Second Grade Exposed to Theater
Third Grade Field Trip to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Rosarian Week Ends with Mission Day Filled with Spirit
Lilly Cooney Honored as October Student of the Month
Service Dog Integral Part of Upcoming Science Fair Project
Mission To Bid at Casino Royale
Rosarian Celebrates Red Ribbon Week: Ties in Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NJHS Carves Halloween Fun with Disadvantaged Children
Orange Day and Halloween Parade
Presenting Disney's Cinderella for Kids
Annual Meeting of Adrian-Sponsored Institutions
Let's Play Cards: RA Coaches Present at PE Conference
Flag Football Team Finishes 2nd in Conference
Swim Team Wins Meet
Do You Know? Rosarian Had a Swimming Pool
Alumni Spotlight
Class of 2010 Alum, Chelsea Surovek, Receives Service Award 
And the Summer of Service winner is...

Chelsea Surovek, class of 2010 alum and current
Cardinal Newman High School senior, was surprised on October 11th, when Felicia Rodrig
uez from WPBF 25 News visited her in class. The news station interviewed Chelsea and several of her Newman friends (also graduates of Rosarian). These amazing alumnae collected school supplies this summer for two local elementary schools. Chelsea's endeavor was so successful that she was awarded the ABC Summer of Service Award. Congratulations Chelsea!

Click on the image to the right to watch the WPBF 25 news segment.

Montessori Peace Education
Integrating Peace Education into the Early Childhood Curriculum
Peace Education is a major part of the Montessori Curriculum. It is found in every Montessori classroom and can be implemented in a variety of ways, depending on the classroom environment. Because we are a Catholic school, we often combine Peace Ceremonies with Bible stories and prayers. The teacher will read a short story from the children's Bible and ask questions about the story to the children. 

Sometimes we practice different rituals and activities as part of our Peace Education. The "We Wish You Well" song is sung in honor of children that are out sick for the day. We also sing the "Safe Keeper" song regularly. This song reminds the children that the teacher keeps them safe, and it is the children's job to also help keep each other safe. These songs are from Conscious Discipline which we implement in our classrooms daily (for more information, please visit the website Passing the Peace Bell promotes and teaches children how to carefully pass the bell without it ringing. Walking on the line reminds the child how to walk carefully on a line without bumping into their friends.

We use phrases such as, the Peace Area, the Peace Rose, the Peace Bench, and the Peace Chair. A child may go to the Peace Area when he or she chooses to work on activities that promote fine motor skills, cognitive development, self-regulation or calmness.  

Click here for more information and to view Peace Education photos.
Second Grade Exposed to Theater
Field Trip to the Kravis Center
Ms. Crowley's and Ms. Grande's second grade classes had the opportunity to attend a performance of the Kravis STAR Series which provides student exposure to the theater. The hour-long musical brought to life a few favorite children's books, including The Teacher From the Black Lagoon, Grumpy Bird, Dogzilla, I Want My Hat Back and Love Splat. After the performance, the students enjoyed a picnic lunch at Howard Park.  
Third Grade Field Trip to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Studying Classification of Animals
On October 8th, Mrs. Lezcano's and Ms. Rodgers' 3rd graders hit the great outdoors. Concluding their study of "Classification of Animals," they took a field trip to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary where they received an up-close and personal experience with some of the critters they had been studying. As part of the Core Knowledge curriculum, the students went into an in-depth study of the five groups of vertebrate animals (mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, birds). They learned the difference between warm- and cold-blooded animals and also vertebrate/invertebrates, about the different skin coverings of these animals, how they give birth, and how different species adapt to their environments. 
At Busch Wildlife, the students were introduced to mammals, reptiles and birds that are at the Sanctuary receiving care to be released back into the wild, or can no longer be released back in the wild due to human interference. The students learned about what to do/what not to do if they happen to come across injured wildlife. They even met a marsupial (an opossum) and touched a real life alligator, snake, opossum, and skunk. 
Click here to view photos of the field trip.
Rosarian Week Ends with Mission Day Filled with Spirit
Celebrating Rosarian's History, Faith, Community and Spirit

As an annual tradition, the first week of October is spent celebrating Rosarian's history, faith, community, and spirit. Monday's history and social studies classes focused on imparting snippets of the school's rich history which dates back to 1925 when founded by the Adrian Dominican sisters. Rosarian's Catholic faith was celebrated on Tuesday with Mass. An Open House was held Wednesday to welcome the outside community to visit Rosarian's beautiful campus and witness the students joyfully engaged in the learning process. Over 600 Rosarian Parents, students, faculty, and staff gathered as a large community family to enjoy a spaghetti dinner in the school cafeteria on Thursday evening (click here to view photos). Friday's Field Day was the culminating event to close Rosarian Week with a day filled with spirit.


Clad wildly from head to toe in their team colors, 5th-8th grade students competed in athletic events, such as: relay races, basketball, volleyball, dance, capture the flag, hula hoop, and bocce ball. The Pink team finished 1st, Orange 2nd, and Blue 3rd. Although the teams competed to showcase the first place trophy in their team leader's classroom, the focus of Field Day was on good sportsmanship--being "athletes of Christ," like St. Dominic.


Field Day is also known as Mission Day as money is raised to support "missions" of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. This year's mission money, $764, will be given to two local West Palm Beach charities-St. Ann Place and the DePorres Literacy Center-where Adrian Dominican Sisters are working.


Click here to view Field Day photos.

Lilly Cooney Honored as October Student of the Month
8th Grader Honored at by The Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach

Rosarian Academy eighth grade student and Palm Beach resident, Lilly Cooney, was honored as the school's October Kiwanis Club Student of the Month on October 15th. Continuing its tradition of honoring excellence, character and leadership potential, The Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach recognizes students from local schools at a monthly luncheon at the Chesterfield Hotel. Selected students are honored with a check and a certificate.


Lilly was accompanied by her father, Dr. Michael Cooney; mother, Cathy Cooney; current Social Studies teacher, Ms. Kathy Moorman; and former Spanish teacher, Mrs. Silvia Pariseleti.  In the speech she delivered at the luncheon, Lilly thanked her parents and teachers "for always supporting me, inspiring me, and helping me become the person I am today." She spoke proudly of her involvement with the school-President of Student Council; active member in the National Junior Honor Society; captain of the varsity volleyball team; participant in Rosarian's musicals for the last three years, including playing the lead Dorothy in last spring's Wizard of Oz performance.


Miss Cooney has attended Rosarian Academy since preschool. 
Service Dog Integral Part of Upcoming Science Fair Project
Rosarian's Jodi Dog Helping with Animal-Assisted Therapy
Vince Stirm, eighth grader, knows firsthand just how beneficial an Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) dog can be. As part of Vince's Science Lab Curriculum and in preparation for the upcoming Palm Beach County Science and Engineering Fair (December 10-12, 2013), he is researching the benefits of an assistance therapy dog on the language acquisition skills of students ranging from five to eleven years of age. For the last five weeks, Vince has been studying the effects of an AAT dog on student's oral fluency, prediction and recall level. The students in Vince's study are demonstrating dramatic improvements in their oral fluency and report that "Jodi makes reading out loud fun!"
Mission To Bid at Casino Royale 
This Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Breakers


With James Bond on the scene, there's always a mission to accomplish. Rosarian Academy is holding its 35th Annual Auction and Rose Ball, Casino Royale, at The Breakers this Saturday, November 2nd.  This year's ultimate  mission is to increase the profits made in the silent auction through the use of BidPal, an online auction automation system aimed at improving charitable fundraising.


As the school bids farewell to paper bid sheets and the checkout scramble, we are revolutionizing school fundraising with the use of smart phones and iPad bidding stations. Although there's a learning curve for auction volunteers and bidders used to hand-written bid sheets, "There are so many great perks to using BidPal," says Sheena Wilber, Director of Annual Giving and Events for Rosarian Academy, "As soon as you are outbid, you receive an alert on your phone. You can also set BidPal to automatically re-bid for you."


Another great benefit to using BidPal is the ability to display all auction items (silent and live) far in advance of the auction, giving bidders the chance to familiarize themselves with the items. Online bidding for premium items only opened Monday, October 28th. Premium online item bidding is open to the public and includes items such as: a three hour cruise on the Kennedy's Mariner III; study abroad in Ireland for a semester; tickets to Super Bowl 48; and a year of wine dinners at Marcello's La Sirena restaurant. For the complete listing of items: For questions related to bidding, call Sheena Wilber 561.832.5131 x239.

Rosarian Celebrates Red Ribbon Week: Ties in Breast Cancer Awareness Month
10.23-10.31: "A Healthy Me Is Drug Free"


Rosarian celebrated Red Ribbon Week the last week in October. This year's national theme was "A healthy me is drug free!" Students were encouraged to dress according to various themes throughout the week, including: teaming up against drugs; hats off to our health; sock it to drugs; think pink; and say "boo" to drugs. 

Tied in with Red Ribbon Week and promoting healthy habits of saying no to drugs and alcohol, the school celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 30, by wearing pink to school. Representatives from the American Cancer Society, Sarah McKenzie (manager of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer) and Kelly Sieve (breast cancer survivor), presented to 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Ms. McKenzie and Ms. Sieve discussed some of the ways to help prevent breast cancer, including healthy habits of exercise, eating fruits and vegetables and staying away from drugs and alcohol. Students and staff wore pink for a small donation being given to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."
NJHS Carves Halloween Fun with Disadvantaged Children
Pumpkin Carving and Face Painting at The Lord's Place


Witches, cats, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns-all part of the Halloween fun had October 28th at The Lord's Place Family Campus. Rosarian Academy's National Junior Honor Society students got spooktacularly creative with pumpkin carving and face painting.


28 NJHS members paired up with over 35 children, currently housed by The Lord's Place, to carve pumpkins, share stories and laugh together. Rosarian 8th grader, Niki White, was also busy painting the children's faces. Approximately 50 Pumpkins were donated by the Rosarian Academy families and staff and Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA.


"Families at The Lord's Place are in the process of breaking free from the cycle of homelessness, and it was amazing to see the joy that the event brought to such disadvantaged children," said Patrick Hansen,  Rosarian teacher and NJHS moderator. "The fruit of the Spirit was undeniably present!" Several parents and residents of The Lord's Place had tears in their eyes at the end of the night and were so grateful that the Rosarian students helped make Halloween possible and fun for their children.


The Lord's Place Housing Programs provide shelter for homeless men, women and children and help residents identify the issues that led to their homelessness. The Lord's Place gives their residents the tools they need to stabilize their lives, while providing safe homes so they can thrive. Currently, 28 families reside at the Family Campus. In addition to the Family Campus, The Lord's Place has two other campuses-one for homeless men and one for single homeless women. For more information, visit.  
Click here to view photos from the event.
Orange Day and Halloween Parade
Early Childhood and Lower School Celebrate the Halloween Spirit 


The Toddler and Children's Houses celebrated Halloween with "Orange Day." The littlest Raiders on campus enjoyed a morning of Halloween crafts, games, and activities, followed by an orange lunch of macaroni and cheese, carrots, and orange slices. Click here to view the photos. 


Lower School took stage in the afternoon. Dressed in array of Halloween costumes--ninjas, princesses, monsters, you name it--kindergarten through fourth grades marched around the gym proud to show parents and other students their new personas. The parade concluded with the Chicken and Cupid dances led by Ms. Beylo and Mrs. Linsin.  Click here to view the photos.


Presenting Disney's Cinderella for Kids
Saturday, November 16, 4:00 pm


Rosarian Academy will present Disney's Cinderella for Kids November 16, at 4:00 pm. This is the second Lower School production to be presented in Rosarian's newly renovated theater. The musical is produced and directed by Robert Sherman, with musical direction by Gay Dedo and choreography by Jeanne Bennet. Cinderella's cast of 30 fourth graders, some of whom have never performed before, is anchored by "veteran" performers: Grace Trainor (Cinderella), Sabine Saladrigas (Step Mother), Kate Millar (Anastasia), Elise Lanahan (Drizella), Madison Fabrri (Fairy Godmother). 


Assisting with this year's production are eighth graders, Kayla Becerra and Leah Steele, sixth grader Maggie Millar, and fifth grader Hope Diffenderfer.


Rosarian productions are always highly anticipated because of their strong production values. This year's production "will have elaborate costumes, some great set pieces, and professional lighting and sound," says Mr. Sherman. "We are blessed to have a devoted community of parents and friends who come together and make each show a uniquely entertaining and satisfying experience." Our administration and staff supports the arts. Our Principal, Ginny Devine, and Lower School Director, Linda Linsin, know that the craft and skills developed in putting on a show are an important part of the growth of any Rosarian student. In addition to putting on two amazing shows a year, drama is taught daily in grades 4-8.


Cinderella tells the classic rags-to-riches tale of girl meets prince, loses slipper, and finds happiness. Cinderella is open to the public. Click here to purchase tickets

Annual Meeting of Adrian-Sponsored Institutions
Principal Devine Visits Adrian, MI


Rosarian's Principal Virginia Devine recently traveled to Adrian, MI to discuss the school's comprehensive annual report with the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Every year, the Council meets with heads of all their institutions to review each one's successes and challenges. While a multitude of aspects regarding school business was discussed, Council members expressed their support, affirmation and firm belief in Rosarian Academy. Ms. Devine had the opportunity to spend time with two of Rosarian's former principals, Sr. Corinne Sanders, OP and Sr. Eileen Sullivan, OP, as they spoke about the past, present and future of our school.

Let's Play Cards: RA Coaches Present at PE Conference
Coach Payne and Coach Beylo Present at the FAHPERDS Conference


Coaches Jon Payne and Lindsey Beylo were invited to present at the 64th Annual Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance & Sport (FAHPERDS) Conference 'Be a Champion' the weekend of October 19-20, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando.


The theme of their session was "Let's Play Cards!" If you play your cards right, you can be fit for life!  Putting a fitness twist on your classic card games. Coach Payne and Coach Beylo introduced a variety of games that can be played with only a deck of cards, as not all PE programs have the equipment that Rosarian is so fortunate to have. With the card games presented, no equipment is required, the heart rate increases, and the children have the same fun and are sure to get fit.

Flag Football Team Finishes 2nd in Conference
The Varsity Flag Football Team Ends Season with 4-4 Record.


The boys flag football team started strong with a 4-1 record. At seasons end,  they claimed the #2 seed in the playoffs and played Meyer Academy in the semifinals, winning 18-6.  They faced an undefeated Palm Beach Day team in the championship game and fought hard but fell 26-13. Overall, the team had a successful season with 4-4 record and a 2nd place finish in the Palm Beach Independent School Athletic Conference.


Statistics from the season:

Touchdown passes - Tony Azqueta with 14

Touchdown receptions - Max Gonnella with 4; Ricky Hutchinson with 4; Nick Nielsen with 3; Roberto Guerrero with 1

Rushing touchdowns - Tony Azqueta with 5; Roberto Guerrero with 1

Interceptions - Max Gonnella with 2; Brian Quinlan, Tony Azqueta, Teddy Ward, Nick Nielsen, Nick Jones and Ricky Hutchinson with 1

Excellence in flag pulling  - Roberto Guerrero, Max Gonnella, Tony Azqueta, Ryan Monroe

Swim Team Wins Meet
Rosarian Finishes 100+ Points Ahead of Competitors


Rosarian won its 23rd Rosarian Academy Invitational Swim Meet held at Lake Lytal on October 26, 2013. Coached by Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Downes, the first through eighth grade swimmers came out strong and never let up. The team finished with a 131 point victory over Palm Beach Day Academy who placed second. In third and fourth place were St. Ann's and St. Clare's respectively. The final scores were Rosarian: 713, Palm Beach Day: 582, St. Ann: 182, St. Clare: 175. 

Do You Know? 
Rosarian Had a Swimming Pool in Place of Today's Outdoor Tennis/Volleyball Court

On April 8, 1959, Father Elmer Nacy dedicated the swimming pool and bathhouse, a gift from Bertha K. Evans Brown. Twenty-five seniors were privileged to take the first swim. 
Due to developing issues, the need for updates to meet new specifications on drainage and leaks, and its high maintenance, the pool was removed in the mid 2000s. Today's outdoor tennis/volleyball court and part of the track and field stand in the place where the pool and bathhouse once were.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, is a private, coeducational, Catholic school sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Its mission is to educate the whole person for life in a global community in the light of Gospel values.