Rosarian Academy E- News
Volume 3: Issue 1August 18-31, 2014

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Alumni Spotlight: Beatriz Guerrero K, Class of 1983
New Faculty and Staff Spotlight
402 Students Enrolled for 2014-2015
The Explore Project Launched in Kindergarten and First Grades
New Montessori Classroom Open for New School Year
Auction Kick-Off Cocktail Party & Poker Tournament
Auction & Ball: Christmas in Hollywood
Starry Night in the Garden Underwriting Party
Save These Dates
Alumni Spotlight
Beatriz Guerrero K, Class of 1983
We love it when alumni drop in to visit our campus. We welcomed Beatriz Guerrero K (Class of 1983) and her daughter, Alessandra, on September 2. Coming from Venezuela, Beatriz boarded at Rosarian from seventh grade to her sophomore year, 1977 - 1981. She was so proud to show her daughter her school and said "I have nothing but the best memories from my time at Rosarian."

New Faculty and Staff Spotlight
Rosarian Welcomes Nine New Teachers and Staff to Our School Family
Mrs. Nori Madrigal, Interim Head of School

With over 20 years of experience in education, Mrs. Madrigal most recently was the Interim Head of School at The Colorado Springs School, an independent pre K- grade 12 school. Mrs. Madrigal began her career as a teacher for K-5 with her BA in Art and Elementary Education from Humboldt State University. She was teacher and Division Leader at the Colorado Springs School. She also worked several years at the University of Colorado Family Development Center as Summer Program Director. After attaining her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University, Mrs. Madrigal continued to diversify her service to education by serving in positions from Enrichment Programs to Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance at The Colorado Springs School.


Following the legacy of former Principal Virginia Devine, who retired at the end of the 2013-2014 school year after 31 years of service to the school, Mrs. Madrigal will continue to uphold Rosarian Academy's high standards and distinctions.


"In the first few weeks of being here, I can already sense Rosarian's excellence and great potential.  I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to be here for a year, to reinforce the culture of excellence that already exists and set up the incoming permanent head for continued and progressive future success," said Mrs. Madrigal whose first day was Monday, August 4th. 


Sr. Judy Rimbey, OP, Director of Finance

Sr. Judy, an Adrian Dominican sister, joins us with a B.S. and Master's in Accountancy from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Most recently she was the Director of Finance for the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Eastern American Province in Tarrytown, NY. 


After growing up in Illinois and working in insurance for ten years, Sr. Judy entered religious life in 1978.  She has served in ministries in Illinois and California. From 2004-2010 she was the Administrator and General Councilor of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. This is her first time in Florida.


When Sr. Judy is not busy with Business Office responsibilities, her favorite activities are trying new restaurants, cooking, and reading the entire newspaper, especially the New York Times. She looks forward to meeting the students and parents of Rosarian.



Ms. Danielle Kurliand, Children's House Teacher


Ms. Danielle comes to Rosarian with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University and her Masters in Early Child Education with Montessori Certification from Chestnut Hill College.  She has ten years teaching experience in Montessori, public, Quaker, and home schools.

Overjoyed to be part of the Rosarian Academy school family in which everyone is valued, Ms. Danielle said, "The school provides an excellent platform for me to utilize my Montessori teaching experience and instill a love of learning. My classroom will provide students with  the care and thoughtful support necessary for cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. My goal is to nurture confidence in each student by helping them become more independent, self aware individuals while valuing their unique contribution to the class and world."

Ms. Danielle moved to Florida from Philadelphia, PA to enjoy the ocean and be closer to her parents. In her free time, she loves going to the beach, dancing, practicing yoga, crystal mining, and making jewelry.



Miss Katherine Murphy, Fourth Grade Teacher


Prior to joining the Rosarian faculty, Miss Murphy spent eight years teaching at Hope Rural School in Indiantown. She graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelors and Masters in Elementary Education.  

"I am thankful for being so warmly welcomed to the Rosarian family.  I love seeing the growth and progress my students make as they learn new skills and information each day.  I especially enjoy the opportunity to share the Catholic faith with my students," said Miss Murphy.

Outside of the classroom, she enjoys reading, running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 



Mrs. Chrissie Ferguson, 5-6 English & Literature Teacher 


Chrissie (Randolph) Ferguson comes to us from the Royal Poinciana Chapel, where she was the Director of Children's Ministry for the past five years. Chrissie not only created programs for children of all ages at the Chapel, but she also led and taught many of the classes.


Chrissie was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida and attended St. Ann's, Rosarian Academy and Cardinal Newman High School.

She graduated from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, with a B.S. in advertising. She continued her education by completing courses in writing at University of California at Berkeley and English and education courses at Florida Atlantic University. She has taught at Palm Beach Day Academy and Cardinal Newman High School.

Chrissie is thrilled to be back at her Alma Mater, teaching her favorite subject - English. "My favorite part about teaching is when a student experiences an 'Aha!' moment and realizes that he or she can be an excellent writer," said Mrs. Ferguson.

Chrissie has three young boys who attend Rosarian, Landon (6), Johnny (4) and Marshall (2). When she's not busy having fun with her family, Chrissie enjoys freelance writing for various publications, attending SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) conferences, blogging, playing the guitar and traveling the world with her husband, Matt, to see her favorite band, Pearl Jam, in concert.



Miss Sarah Hoffman, 7-8 English Teacher

Miss Hoffman graduated with her B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, and she earned her M.A. in English Language and Literature from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. 


Prior to coming to Rosarian, she taught Composition I & II at Florida Gulf Coast University, as well as Grammar and Study Skills at Canterbury School. 


Miss Hoffman stated, "My favorite part of teaching is helping a student excel at and enjoy a subject he or she initially believed to be difficult, especially when writing becomes a hobby rather than homework." 


Outside of school, she enjoys going to the beach (the view of the water from her classroom certainly helps her feel as if she's there during the school day!), spending time with her dog, and planning her upcoming wedding. 


Mrs. Alicia Carpentier, 5,7 & 8 Spanish Teacher


As a native Spanish speaker who was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Mrs. Carpentier received her BA degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. She has been teaching Spanish for eight years and most recently spent five years at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, LA. 

"I love teaching Spanish to students and opening their minds to new cultural experiences. As Hispanics are becoming the fastest growing population in the USA, I want the students to learn the value in learning Spanish and the benefits of having a second language. I'm excited to be part of the Rosarian family," said Mrs. Carpentier who is also grateful to be in an environment where her faith plays a huge role. 

When not teaching or planning, she likes to spend time with her family. She spends most of her weekends with her three year old son and three month old baby girl swimming in the pool and spending time with cousins and grandparents. 




Mrs. Janet Galati, 7-8 Science Teacher


Mrs. Galati has been in the field of education for the past 21 years. Although she graduated in 1993 from St. Joseph College with a Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education, her first job was in a middle school. She enjoyed it so much that she returned to school to get a Master's Degree in English in Secondary Education. 


She has taught predominantly middle school Science and English. She has a Certificate of Advanced Leadership in Educational Leadership and served as an Assistant Principal for two years and a Principal of a Catholic School in Maine for two years. She recently completed her certification to become Superintendent. 


Mrs. Galati is the mother of five children and a wife for 19 years. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and cooking, which is a secret passion of hers. 



Mrs. Anna Hines, 7-8 Health Teacher


After 25 years, Mrs. Hines is delighted to return to Rosarian this year as she and her husband, Paul, recently moved from Martin County to West Palm Beach. Mrs. Hines served as Rosarian's Director of Admissions and Recruitment in 1988/89 as a newlywed. She resigned with the arrival of her first child and stayed at home raising her four children while remaining involved in parish and community life. In 2004, Mrs. Hines returned to work to teach full-time at St. Joseph's School in Stuart and more recently to teach part-time at Martin County Public Schools.

Mrs Hines is a native of Chicago, Illinois where she attended St. Barnabas and Mother McCauley Liberal Arts HS before receiving her BA in education from Arizona State University.  She is the youngest of 9 children and fondly cherishes her memories growing up in a large family.  She brings a sense of family to every environment, certain that we are all called to be brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Mrs. Hines has a love for Rosarian which is closely linked to The Adrian Dominican Sisters. Two of Anna's relatives are deceased sisters, Eileen Burke, OP and Judith Shields.  The sisters had such warmth and joy that made every occasion memorable. She hopes to continue the tradition of outstanding education in her health classes for 7 & 8th graders by emphasizing balanced physical, social, spiritual and emotional well being. 


402 Students Enrolled for 2014-2015
Enrollment at its Highest in Six Years

We happily welcomed 41 new families, 70 new students, to the Rosarian Academy community for the 2014-2015 school year. Out of those 70 new students, 32 entered the Early Childhood program, 26 Lower School, and 12 Middle School. 


This increased enrollment is a reflection of our faculty and staff who are committed to providing a superior education and whose passion for teaching truly instills a lifelong love for learning. Rosarian is grateful to our parents, students, and alumni who speak so highly about the value of a Rosarian education and the unparalleled foundation of academics, faith, athletics, arts, service and community.

The Explore Project Launched in Kindergarten and First Grades
Further Enriching Our Current Comprehensive Curriculum

Under the leadership of Mrs. Laura Jane Linck, The Explore Project is a new enrichment program being piloted in kindergarten and first grades. Throughout the week, Mrs. Linck conducts project-based learning and Design Thinking Experiences in whole group, small group and individual learning settings, both in the regular classrooms and in pull-out settings where she invites the students to explore the "Thinking Lab."  

Through challenging discussions and experiments, Mrs. Linck expands upon the various Core Knowledge units being studied in the classroom and teaches the children how to think critically and creatively by going beyond the information given and drawing on their own interests, prior knowledge and experiences. "We need to move our students to the point where they are capable of internalizing what they are learning. When they internalize their learning, it becomes a part of them and they own it for life."

According to Mrs. Linck, " Learning how to think critically and creatively is a lifelong endeavor. It takes time, practice and a culture where mistakes and risk taking are the norm. At Rosarian Academy, we are investing in the future of education by creating a culture of thinking in the early grades that cultivates dispositions of imagination, creativity and innovation.This sincerely is a foundation for lifelong learning."


New  Montessori Classroom Open for New School Year
Early Childhood Expands to Include a Third Children's House Classroom


Due to an extensive waiting list and high demand for the Children's House program for the 2014-15 school year, the administration decided to open a third classroom for children ages 3-5 years old.


Utilizing existing classroom space in the school, the new Early Childhood classroom was completely renovated over the summer and replicates the amazing Montessori learning environment of the school's existing two Children's House classrooms.  

Auction Kick-Off Cocktail Party & Poker Tournament
Saturday, September 6, at Palm Beach Kennel Club


Kick-off the Christmas In Hollywood Auction & Ball at the Palm Beach Kennel Club this Saturday at 6:00pm at the HO HO HOldem Poker Tournament.  Tickets are a $50 donation for players and $30 for non-players.  Thanks to the Rooney Family, there is complimentary food and two drink tickets for everyone who attends. Enjoy a fun night out with a chance to win CASH PRIZES! Don't be a scrooge, click here to sign up today.

Auction & Ball: Christmas in Hollywood
Saturday, November 22, at The Breakers


The Christmas in Hollywood, Auction & Ball will be held at The Breakers on November 22.  Laura Herlong & Cindy Osborne, Auction Chairs, are planning an exciting evening of dinner and dancing. This event is FUN but, most importantly, it benefits all students at Rosarian Academy.  

Join in, get tickets, donate, or become a sponsor. Click here for all the information you need. Tickets are $235 per person before October 1. Questions? Contact the Director of Annual Giving & Events, Sheena Wilber, at or 561-345-3109

Starry Night in the Garden Underwriting Party
Appreciation Party on October 4, to Thank Underwriters and Sponsors

As a special thank you to all of our generous Auction & Ball underwriters & sponsors who give $250 or more, an appreciation party is scheduled for October 4.  

Hosts, Paula Cook, Tim Dehen, Sean & Beth Lang and William & Kathy Steele, are preparing an exciting evening, Starry Night in the Garden.  

Underwriting & sponsorship gifts make up 40% of the auction proceeds.  Underwriting gifts go directly to the bottom line and are a vital part of the auction.  Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more about sponsorship or underwriting or to give a gift, click here or contact the Development Office at 561-345-3109 or

Save These Dates
Important Dates Leading Up to the Auction


Sport Corner Ice Skating Party - September 14 @ Palm Beach Ice Works, 1:00 pm

Rocco's Tacos Culinary Adventure - September 17 @ the Clematis Street Location

Auction Meeting & Religious Corner - October 1 @ Schar Hall, 8:00 am

Class Project Auction & Spaghetti Dinner - October 9 @ Rosarian's Dining Hall

Travel & Entertainment Corner - October 16 @ PB Improv, 8:00 pm

Gardens Mall Shopping Day - October 17 @ The Gardens Mall

Guys Night Out - October 30 @ Trump International Golf Club, 7-10:00 pm

Just for Her Corner Event - November 5 @ Palm Beach, 8-3:00 pm

The Garage Culinary Adventure - November 5 @ The Garage in Northwood  

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.