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Volume 2: Issue 7March 1-31, 2014

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Alumni News
Eat the Way the World Eats
Taste of Rosarian
Expanding and Exploring Interests with Extra-Curricular Activities
Hair Raising and Shocking Experiments
Lower School Screams with Color and Spirit
Sharing Pi Is a Mathematical Learning Experience
Student of the Month
Kindergartners Extend Science Through Projects
Mac Murphy Advances to State Level of National Geographic Bee
Girls Night Out: April 29th
Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Save the Date: Christmas in Hollywood
Do You Know? Gifts to the Annual Fund Are Needed to Operate Rosarian
Alumni News

Will Fritz, Class of 2012


A special thank you to alumnus Will Fritz for his time and talent in creating a new promotional video for Rosarian. Will is currently a sophomore at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Outside of school work and basketball practice, Will dedicates his time to his production company, Fritz Films, where he makes music videos for record companies, films parties and events, and produces commercials and videos for corporations. Rosarian Academy is proud of its alumni!


Please take a few minutes to watch this amazing video on our great school!


Discover Rosarian Academy and Our School Pride
Discover Rosarian Academy and Our School Pride
Teresa Blanco-Rico, Attended Rosarian in 1961

On March 12, Teresa Blanco-Rico returned to Rosarian for the first time since she attended the school in 1961 as a ten year old child and boarding student. Originally from Cuba, Teresa was placed at Rosarian Academy by her school principal, James Baker of Ruston Academy, who was instrumental in the organization of the Peter Pan Flights. 


Through the CIA's project, Operation Peter Pan sent over 14,000 Cuban children from Cuba to Miami by their parents after rumors were spread that the Cuban government led by Fidel Castro would soon begin taking children against the wishes of their parents to military schools and to Soviet labor camps. With the help of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh, children were placed with relatives, friends, foster care or group homes, and schools in 35 states.


For her six months at Rosarian, Teresa stayed in the "baby dorm" along with at least twelve other girls. Teresa said, "Although this was a scary time for me, ten years old and away from home and my family, I feel I was blessed to have been placed at Rosarian Academy. I remember going to the Chapel every day and helping in the dining room after dinner and also study hall where we did our homework.  I was very well taken care of by the teachers and the Dominican Sisters at the school."  


Teresa is now retired after working 30 years as an elementary school secretary. She lives in California with her husband and daughter.

Eat the Way the World Eats
Hunger Banquet Helps Students Understand Poverty and Hunger

Organized by Rosarian Academy's National Junior Honor Society, the seventh and eighth grades participated in an Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Friday, March 7, 2014.  The Hunger Banquet provided students the unique and memorable opportunity to walk in someone else's shoes for a single meal that was transformed into a true socioeconomic cross section of the world.


Followed by a presentation related to local and world poverty, each person received a random character card reflecting the family income level that they would represent at the banquet. The students were then invited to "eat the way the world eats" as they received a representative meal based on their assigned group.  20% of students represented the high-income tier (above $6,300 a year), 30% represented the middle-income ($1,128 - $6,300 a year), and 50% represented the low-income (less than $1,128 a year). The high-income tier received a full meal; the middle-income group received a portion of rice and beans; and the low-income section only received a small portion of rice.


After the meal was over, students had the opportunity to reflect on the service learning experience as well as develop collaborative ideas to be a part of the solution in our global community. "This experience gave students the opportunity to see the world with a unique perspective, deepen their understanding of the problems of world hunger and poverty, and become inspired to become a part of the solution in their own ways," said Patrick Hansen, Rosarian teacher and NJHS moderator.


Cafe Joshua Catering Company, a social enterprise business of The Lord's Place, prepared and donated all of the food for the Hunger Banquet. Caf´┐Ż Joshua's participation in the banquet is one of the many ways that The Lord's Place and Rosarian are working together to help foster an awareness of the continual need for social change.

Taste of Rosarian
Tasting Menu Fit for Royalty
Nearly 100 Rosarian Academy parents gathered at the home of Rosarian parent and alumna Danielle Hickox Moore to enjoy the third annual "Taste of Rosarian" on Friday, March 28th. Offering a tasting menu fit for royalty, the evening featured savory bites and sips from Rosarian families' and friends' restaurants. 

This delicious evening was sponsored by:

Food Sponsors:
Amici Market - Maurizo & Mia Ciminella
Cooks Kitchen - Paula Cook
Field of Greens, Clematis Street
Chef Thomas Gipson - Thomas Gipson
Mr. Gyro's Greek & Mediterranean Grill - John & Yianna Kaplanidis
The Hamptons Catering Company - Linda Matyas
Independent Seafoods - Joseph & Jennifer Michael Molina
Wholesome Tummies Cafe - John & Cheryl Barry

Dessert Sponsors:
Devine Cheesecake - Ms. Virginia Devine
Nick & Johnnie's - Frank & Gail Coniglio
Patrick Leze - Palm Beach & Paneterie - Thierry & Stasi Beaud

Beverage Sponsors:
Rooney's Beer Company - Joe & Kelly Rooney
Marcello's La Sirena - Marcello & Diane Fiorentino
Very special thank you to our wonderful hostess, Mrs. Danielle Moore, to our food and beverage sponsors and to all those who attended this eloquent evening!   


Click here to view photos from the evening >>>

Expanding and Exploring Interests with Extra-Curricular Activities
Computer Programming, Zumba, Mind Lab, Karate, Children's House Soccer Now Offered 


In an effort to expand students' personal interests and socialization skills, Rosarian is offering a full-range of clubs and extra-curricular activities for students of all ages.  


In addition to art, drama and show choir, computer programming is now available for students in grades 5-8. Students learn simple computer programming using Scratch, a tile-based programming environment and toolkit, which lets you make games, animated stories and create interactive art.


In order for our students to express and explore their unique talents, we are partnering with local professionals in the community to offer various extra-curricular activities. Lower School students now have the opportunity to participate in Zumba KIDS, Mind Lab, and Karate in addition to band, strings, golf, and tennis. Zumba is a high-energy fitness class aimed to increase children's focus and self-confidence, boost metabolism, and enhance coordination. Mind Lab is an innovative and research based program that helps children to enhance their cognitive, social and emotional skills using internationally acclaimed strategy games. The after-school karate program allows each child to develop skills in movement, self-defense and self-discipline. 


For the first time, an after-school intramural soccer program is available for Children's House students. The 3-5 year old children are learning the positions, rules and fundamentals of soccer, including dribbling, passing, and shooting. 


Hair Raising and Shocking Experiments 
Fourth Grade Learns about Static Electricity and Electric Circuits


Fourth graders began a new science unit on Electricity and Magnetism. They completed some hair raising and shocking experiments as they learned about static electricity. In the second lesson, they learned how electric circuits work. They were able to use batteries, light bulbs, switches, and motors to investigate the path of electricity in parallel and series circuits. The light bulb is definitely going off in fourth grade! After learning about using electricity safely, the students will be investigating magnetism and how it relates to electricity.

Lower School Screams with Color and Spirit
2014 Field Day


Our campus screamed with a rainbow of colors and spirit on March 7, as the kindergarten through fourth grade students participated in Field Day. Each grade level dressed in a different color and participated in activities representing the Summer Olympics (on Rubin Field) and the Winter Olympics (in Garvy Gym). 
Sharing Pi Is a Mathematical Learning Experience
Celebrating National Pi Day
It was all about math and pies on March 13, as we enthusiastically celebrated National Pi (3.14) Day one day early. Mrs. Wallace's fifth and sixth graders performed a play about Archimedes, measured the heads of faculty to determine circumferences and diameters, and made necklaces that mirror the irrational pattern of Pi. Mrs. Edmonson's seventh and eighth grade classes set up stations where students learned the parts of a circle, discovered the diameter of their own heads, built a Pi chain, and drew the Pi symbol on cookies. Both teachers invited lower school classes to join in the knowledge, fun and pie tasting. 
Student of the Month
Congratulations Kayla Becerra

The Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach recognized eighth grader, Kayla Becerra, as the March Student of the Month at the monthly luncheon at the Chesterfield Hotel. Kayla was selected based on excellence, character and leadership potential.  


In Kayla's speech at the luncheon, she expressed, "I love being a student at Rosarian and am very proud of my school. I have attended since kindergarten...I appreciate the fact that I have always had teachers who would stand behind me and push me to do my best and learn as much as possible."


Kayla was accompanied by her parents, Lazaro and Nancy Becerra, and Mrs. Peggy McCray, who taught her in second, fifth and sixth grades. 

Kindergartners Extend Science Through Projects
Frog vs. Toad Literacy-Science Enhancement


As an enhancement to the Kindergarten curriculum, some of the children read Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. Students researched frogs or toads and gave an oral presentation to the class as well as answered questions. This literacy-science extension allowed the children to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to thoroughly answer questions. The presenters also made clarifications of any misconceptions classmates might have had regarding frogs and toads. 

Mac Murphy Advances to State Level of National Geographic Bee
2nd Year in a Row


After winning the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 17, 2014, MacCrea (Mac) Murphy, a seventh grade student at Rosarian Academy, took a written test to qualify to attend the state level competition. Earlier this month, Mac received notification from National Geographic that he will advance to the state Bee on April 4, 2014, at Jacksonville University.  


Only up to 100 of the top scorers on the written test in Florida are eligible to compete in the state Bee. Mac competed in the state competition last year and will do so again for the second consecutive year. In conjunction with the studying additional materials from his social studies teacher, Mac said, "I feel more prepared this year. I have been reading National Geographic Magazine and traveling." Since last year's state Bee, Mac journeyed with his family to Italy, Spain and Tunisia and just returned from spending his spring break in Japan.

Girls Night Out: April 29th
Muvico Theaters, 6:00 pm


Rosarian moms and friends will enjoy a fun night out on April 29th! This fun evening, hosted by Bridget Koch, Sarah Miller & Beth Lang, will start at 6:00 pm at Muvico Theaters in City Place with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. At 7:00 pm, the ladies will enjoy the newest chick flick, "The Other Woman," starring Cameron Diaz.  All Rosarian moms (past, present and future) and their friends are invited to attend.  The $75 donation per person benefits every child at Rosarian Academy.  


Click here to sign up to attend. >>>

Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Weekly Sessions June 10th- August 8th


Registration for our summer programs is now open. Various camps are being offered from June 10th - August 8th. Since space is limited, all summer programs will be open this week to Rosarian families only. Registration to the outside community will open next Monday, April 7th. Please click here to view the summer offerings and register. 

Save the Date: Christmas in Hollywood
Announcing the 2014 Auction Theme


It's a wonderful life at Rosarian Academy! On behalf of the 2014 Auction Chairs, Cindy Osborne and Laura Herlong, Rosarian is pleased to announce the theme for the 2014 Auction and Ball: Christmas in Hollywood. Save the date for Saturday, November 22, 2014, at The Breakers. Get ready to be vintage Hollywood stars with a holiday twist. 


Do You Know?
Gifts to the Annual Fund Are Needed to Operate Rosarian


At Rosarian Academy, the Annual Fund supports our mission of providing a strong Foundation for Life for our students.  It provides unrestricted gifts which may be used for classroom materials, arts or athletic equipment, library equipment, professional development, facility or technology maintenance or upgrades and more.  


All independent schools rely on funds produced by annual giving programs to help close the budget gap between tuition income and the true cost of operating the school each year. Rosarian's Annual Fund enabless us to provide an exceptional learning environment for our students. Every year, approximately $1,200 of the total cost of educating each Rosarian student comes from the Annual Fund and other financial gifts to the Academy. 


This year, the Annual Fund is focusing on our RA Superheroes. Students at RA are learning to be Strong4Life, academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally. The Annual Fund runs from March 1 through May 1, 2014. To donate or find out more about RA Superheroes, visit

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.