Rosarian Academy E- News
Volume 2: Issue 3November 1-30, 2013

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Alumni Spotlight: Rosarian Academy from a Father's Perspective
Mission Complete at "Casino Royale" Auction and Ball
Rosarian Collects Over 3,400 Pounds of Food for Families
Cinderella Full of Magic, Surprises, Dancing, Adventure
2013 STACK UP!: Rosarian Makes Guinness Book of World Records
Kindergarten Wins Scarecrow Festival
Thanksgiving Feasts in Early Childhood and Kindergarten
Ten Eighth Graders Advance to County Science Fair
Recognizing Top Performing Students: First-Quarter Honor Roll
Sister Mary Jean's Service to Rosarian
John Matz: Home for Christmas Holiday Benefit Concert
Win a Fiat!
Do You Know? Casa: Housing for the Adrian Dominican Sisters
Alumni Spotlight: Rosarian Academy from a Father's Perspective
The Zindel Family: Arturo (2003); Santiago (2004); Mariana (2007); Carolina (2011)  


What years/grades did your children attend Rosarian?

Our four children started attending Rosarian Academy in 2002, when we moved from Mexico City, Mexico to West Palm Beach, FL.  Arturo entered in 8th, Santiago 6th, Marian 3rd and Carolina kindergarten.


Where did they go to high school?

All attended or are attending The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach.


Where did they go to college? 

Arturo graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science; Santiago graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Biology; and Mariana is currently a Sophomore at Duke University.


What are they doing today?

Arturo lives and works in Dublin, Ireland for a small private consulting firm called Emeritus Consulting. Santiago lives in New York and is currently searching for a job related to his major. He has previously worked at two zoos, one in Palm Beach, FL and the other in Paris, France, and at an animal shelter in Cape Cod this past summer.


Why did you originally choose to send your children to Rosarian?  

Coming from another country we wanted to make sure we provided them with a very strong academic foundation as well as a nurturing and respectful environment. Rosarian not only met but exceeded our expectations in both.


Were your children well prepared for high school? 

Definitely, they had no trouble when they moved from Rosarian to The Benjamin School. The foundation, learning skills and knowledge they acquired at Rosarian prepared them perfectly for the challenges of a highly selective and demanding high school like Benjamin.


Did Rosarian provide your children with a strong foundation in terms of faith? Academics? Arts? Athletics?  

All of the above. In addition, it provided a nurturing and dedicated learning environment where they sincerely were happy to go to school and learn everyday.


Do you have any other comments you wish to share?      

Yes, we cannot thank enough the Rosarian teachers and staff for the years our children spent there. The administration and the families that make up Rosarian are outstanding.

Mission Complete at "Casino Royale" Auction and Ball
35th Annual Auction and Rose Ball

Secret agents, glamorous "Bond girls," glitzy casino games, and "techie" gadgets, Rosarian Academy's 35th Annual Auction and Rose Ball, Casino Royale, was everything envisioned. The school's largest fundraiser, including silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing, and raffles, was held at The Breakers on Saturday, November 2nd. 


The school bid farewell to paper bid sheets and the checkout scramble and implemented the use of smart phones and iPad bidding stations through BidPal. The approximate 250 attendees were able to place a bid, then set a maximum bid, allowing BidPal to automatically re-bid. Despite the learning curve for auction volunteers and bidders used to hand-written bid sheets, the system proved successful .


The G-rated, James Bond-inspired Auction and Ball was chaired by Paula Cook, Cecilia Lim, and Kelly Rooney. With much dedication and energy, these three Rosarian mothers made it their "secret mission" over the last year to bring the Rosarian community a night to remember. Dwight and Martha Schar were recognized as honorary chairpersons. The Schars have generously given their support, time and love to Rosarian Academy since they enrolled their two boys at the school in 2005. Jim Arrigo served as the auctioneer extraordinaire for the live auction.


All proceeds from the event go directly to the school's bottom line and are a vital part of funds needed to operate Rosarian Academy. 


Cindy Osborne and Laura Herlong have graciously volunteered to chair the 2014 Auction & Ball. 


Click here to view photos from the event. 


Rosarian Collects Over 3,400 Pounds of Food for Families
Exceeds Amount of Food Collected in 2012

Rosarian Academy collected over 3,400 pounds of non-perishable food, exceeding the 3,000 pounds collected last year, to provide needy families with a plentiful Thanksgiving. Coordinated by the 8th grade, Rosarian Academy continued its annual community food drive in conjunction with Channel 5 Bill Brooks Food for Families from November 1-15.  Rosarian worked with St Paul of the Cross Catholic Church and donated the canned food collection again this year to their van ministry and St. Vincent de Paul Society.


Click here to view food collection photos.

Cinderella Full of Magic, Surprises, Dancing, Adventure
Lower School Performs Disney's Cinderella for Kids

Magic and surprises, dancing and adventure...dreams indeed come true for Cinderella!  The Lower School presented Disney's Cinderella for Kids in front of a nearly packed house on November 16. The musical showcased over thirty talented second through fourth graders, anchored by "veteran" performers: Grace Trainor (Cinderella), Sabine Saladrigas (Step Mother), Kate Millar (Anastasia), Elise Lanahan (Drizella), Madison Fabbri (Fairy Godmother). Produced and directed by Robert Sherman, with musical direction by Gay Dedo and choreography by Jeanne Bennet, the elements of staging, including set design, costumes, and lighting, were nothing shy of professional.

2013 STACK UP!: Rosarian Makes Guinness Book of World Records
World Record Broken for "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day"

With the help of Rosarian Academy Lower School students, the World Record for "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day" was broken! The entire Rosarian Lower School, kindergarten through grade four, participated in 2013 STACK UP! to set a new Guinness Book of World Records in Sport Stacking on November 14, 2013.  Over 2,800 schools and organizations representing 36 countries from around the world worked together on that specific day to beat last year's number of 483,658 stackers. This year's goal was half a million stackers.

Organized by P.E. Teacher Lindsey Beylo, 160 Rosarian students met in the gymnasium and spent 30 minutes rotating between five stations--stacking and un-stacking speed stacks and jumbo speed stacks with timers, scooters, relay races and an intense game of builders and bulldozers. 555,932 stackers were verified.  Those numbers beat last year's record by over 70,000. Rosarian Academy received documentation stating the school's participation in this year's world record. 

Kindergarten Wins Scarecrow Festival
People's Choice Award at Historical Society of Palm Beach County's Scarecrow Festival
More beautiful than scary, Rosie the Scarecrow won the People's Choice Award at Historical Society of Palm Beach County's Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, November 2. With the assistance of Kindergarten mothers--Emanuela De Berardinis, Jennifer Hendrix, Monique Javarone and Denise Eaton--Mrs. Acosta's and Mrs. Lambrechts Kindergarten classes teamed together to create Rosie.

Competing against over 15 other scarecrows, Rosie took first place, awarding Rosarian Academy $300 which will benefit activities in the Kindergarten classrooms this school year.

Thanksgiving Feasts in Early Childhood and Kindergarten
Giving Thanks: An Abundance of Blessings

In the short school week leading up to Thanksgiving, the youngest students on campus culminated their studies of the first Thanksgiving with feasts in their classrooms. The Toddler House and Children's House  both celebrated with Friendship Feasts where students participated in helping make Stone Soup (from the book by Ann McGovern) in the Toddler House and homemade butter and bread in the Children's House. The two kindergarten classes performed a narrative and songs about the first Thanksgiving in front of family and friends, followed by a feast.


Click here to view photos from the various Thanksgiving celebrations.

Ten Eighth Graders Advance to County Science Fair
Palm Beach County Science and Engineering Fair Coming Up December 12, 2013

Congratulations to the ten eighth grade students who were selected to compete in the Palm Beach County Science and Engineering Fair on December 12, 2013. Students were evaluated individually within the category of their project by various teachers and staff members, as well as a few outside doctors and scientists.


Student NameProject TitleCategory
 Robert StirmDog Tales: The Benefits of An AAT Dog on The Language Acquisition Skills of Students Behavioral and Social Science
 Chloe MikusHappy Pants: How Students Feel About Themselves in Relation to What They Are Wearing Behavioral and Social Science

 Robert WinnCrazy Corrosion Chemistry 
 Kayla BecerraTake a Pill Medicine and Health 
 Nicole WhiteHole-y Moly Environmental Science 
 Tara O'BrienThe Best Place for Your Face Medicine and Health 
 Parker BennettDanger EMFMedicine and Health 
 Phoebe CookIn Which PH Level Will Carrots Flourish? Botany 
 Isabel HerreraChlorine in Your Drinking H2O  Medicine and Health
 Waverley LimIt Only Makes Scents Chemistry 


Recognizing Top Performing Students
First-Quarter Honor Roll

The various honor roll awards, including First Honors, Second Honors and the Double One Award, are given at the conclusion of each quarter. Click here to see the list of the sixth through eighth grade first-quarter Honor Roll students.  

Sister Mary Jean's Service to Rosarian
A Wonderful Presence on Rosarian's Campus for Over Seven Years
Sr. Mary Jean teaches the Sacrament of Baptism to 2nd graders

Since the fourth grade, Sister Mary Jean Clemenger, O.P., felt a calling to serve God. Two weeks after graduating from high school, she joined the Adrian Dominicans and has been part of the Order for 54 years. Sr. Mary Jean started in Michigan as a second and third grade teacher. Following her service as a classroom teacher, she became Director of Religious Education in various parishes, including St. Mark's Parish in Ft. Pierce for seven years. In 2006, Sr. Mary Jean began working at Rosarian part-time. She spent her first year working in liturgy with the school Masses and doing special presentations for the lower and middle schools. Over the next five years, she taught First Communion classes. Today, Sister Mary Jean is semi-retired and continues to volunteer with Rosarian, assisting  in religion classes and preparing the Lower School for Mass. Because Rosarian is one of the Adrian Dominican's ministries, Sister Mary Jean enjoys coming here. She said, "I like the little ones. I love education. I like to see the little ones grow." Sister spends her days preaching and teaching the Word of God, per St. Dominic, the founder of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

John Matz: Home for Christmas Holiday Benefit Concert
Rosarian Academy Show Choir Will Accompany Alum John Matz on 12.12.13

John Matz, Rosarian Academy class of 1992 alum and internationally acclaimed tenor, is presenting "Home for Christmas: A Holiday Benefit Concert." Mr. Matz will be accompanied by the Rosarian Academy Show Choir, directed by Mrs. Gay Dedo.


Click here to view John Matz's bio.


Tickets are available for purchase at:  Premium tickets $50; General Tickets $25. 100% of ticket sales benefit Rosarian Academy's Theater.



Win a Fiat!
Your Chance to Win a Great Car and Support Our Great School
Thanks to the Arrigo Family, you have a chance to win a new four door Fiat 500L! Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.  They are 1 for $25 or 5 for $100.  Not only do you have a chance to win a great car, but you are also helping our great school. Tell your friends and family about this fun opportunity to support Rosarian!  
Do You Know? 
Casa: Housing for the Adrian Dominican Sisters
As part of the Adrian Dominican presence on Rosarian's campus, Casa sits on the northwest corner of the school property. Casa was built approximately sixteen years ago as housing for Adrian Dominican Sisters. Up to thirteen women can reside there at one time. Today, six Adrian Sisters live there, including Sister Margaret Exworthy, O.P. (former Rosarian Principal and current Director of DePorres Literacy Center) and Sister Mary Jean Clemenger, O.P. (volunteer at local Adrian ministries, including Rosarian).

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.