@SCA 11-18 - St. Cecilia Academy


@SCA 11-18 - St. Cecilia Academy

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Art Club meeting, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Model UN, 3:15 p.m.

Forensics, 3:15 p.m.

Detention, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Mid-state, Honors and Freshman

Choir competition

Spanish Club, 3:15 p.m.

Dance Ensemble meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Swim meet vs. Gallatin & Tullahoma

@ Gallatin, 5 p.m.

Basketball Hall of Fame game @

Davidson Academy, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21

St. Cecilia Day, 9 a.m. Mass,

10:15 a.m. fine arts program,

11 a.m. Mother-Daughter tea

Basketball home game 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Forensics Tournament in Dickson

Basketball game @ USN, 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 24

Internet Safety Expert Parry Aftab,

6:30 p.m. in the SCA Theater

Wednesday, Nov. 26-Friday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Holidays

Kendra Schulz as Cinderella poses with a young fan

during “Tea with Cinderella” before one of the show’s

matinees. The show played to full houses all this past

weekend, including Friday night when more than 130

seventh and eighth-grade girls attended and then spent

the night at SCA during the Admissions Office’s “Wake

Me Up at SCA” event. Congratulations to the cast and

crew for a wonderful fall production.

National Merit scholars

Hadiya Housepian and

Ragan Todd and their

parents at a recent cake

party in their honor.

Nov. 18, 2008

A weekly ee-newsletter

e newsletter for parents of St. Cecilia Academy

National Merit Scholar program honors two SCA seniors

Two seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for

high scores on the PSAT. Ragan Todd is a commended scholar in the 2009

National Merit Scholarship Program; Hadiya Housepian was recognized as a

2009 National Achievement Scholar. They were honored at a cake parent

recently at break.

Ragan is an SCA Ambassador and a member of the soccer team. She is also in

National Honor Society, Spirit Club, Student Council, and is Student Council

Representative for her class. She also represented her class in Student Council

during her freshman and sophomore years. During her junior year she was

Latin Club Treasurer and a year earlier the Latin Club secretary.

Hadiya is a third-year Ambassador for St. Cecilia, vice president of her senior

class and co-chair of Model United Nations at St. Cecilia. She is also involved

in Student Council, Youth in Government, Science Olympiad, Mock Trial,

National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club,

Scribblers Society, and Environmentalist Group.

News you should know ...

• Many local service agencies are requesting volunteers

for the holiday season. The weekend of Dec. 4, there are

three different events needing volunteers: wrapping gifts for

refugees, sorting cards for the troops and a holiday party for

refugees. All of these count for service hours. Please see

Mrs. Pike if you are interested. For info on service hour

requirements, click here.

• Cookie orders will be ready on Nov. 25 in the SCA

dining hall. If your daughter sold many buckets, she may

need your help carrying out the order to your car. We will

have extra cookie dough available if anyone would like to

purchase additional buckets. Please make your check payable

to St. Cecilia Academy for $15.

• Parry Aftab will be speaking to the faculty, staff and

students Nov. 24. She will then speak to parents of SCA

and Overbrook — and the Nashville community –

Monday night, Nov. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m., im the SCA


Senior charity

bake sale

The senior class will

be holding a charity

bake sale at break and

both lunches every

second Friday of the

month. All proceeds

benefit the American

Diabetes Association.

At left, Senior Anamaria

Castaneda makes a sale at

the first bake sale.

Come to Mud Puddle Pottery Studio's 5th annual art opening

& pottery sale

Mrs. Barbara Gronefeld, SCA art teacher, will be displaying new mixed media works of art.

There is a reception on Friday from 6- 9:30 pm; Saturday, Nov. 22, hours are from 10 a.m. - 6

p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23, noon - 6 p.m. The sale continues through Dec. 20. More information

at www.mudpuddlepottery.com.

Sign up to make a dinner for Guidance Counselor Krissie

Betbeze and her new family

SCA Guidance Counselor Krissie Betbeze gave birth to twin girls Julia and Elsie last week.

Mrs. Betbeze works at both SCA and Overbrook. Overbrook’s Sunshine Committee is organizing

dinners for Mrs. Betbeze and her family for a few weeks. If you would like to participate

and make a dinner or get more information, click here for directions.

Annual Fund Campaign reaches 41% of goal

Thanks to the generosity of

many of you, we have

received gifts and pledges

to date of $142,000 which

is 41% of our goal. We

have 100% faculty and

staff participation and

nearly 100% parent committee

participation, (a

couple of verbal pledges

pending at this time.)

They are each making

follow-up phone calls now to the families on their respective lists to increase

the overall parent participation before Thanksgiving!

Overall chairs Arlene and David Johnson along with the class co-chairs would

like to remind you that we will have drawings for four different dinner gift

certificates (ONE FOR EACH CLASS,) next Tuesday at our meeting.

Everyone that has made their annual fund gift or pledge by next week will be

eligible to win!

Our goal this year is $350,000 with 100%

parent participation. We believe that we

will be at 65% of the goal by

Thanksgiving break with the momentum

we have going right now. Thank you in

advance for your commitment; it provides

the critical foundation necessary for St.

Cecilia to effectively appeal to alumnae,

and foundations.

If you have any questions, please call

Debbie Lassiter, Director of Development

at 383-3230, ext. 524. Meanwhile, watch

for progress updates here in the parent


Jingle Bell Ball Winter

Formal set for Dec. 5

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Exam schedule set for fall

2008 semester

Fall Semester Exams will be

Tuesday, Dec.16 through Friday,

Dec. 19. Click here to view the

exam schedule. Two exams are

given each day: the first exam

begins at 8:30 a.m. and the

second exam begins at 11 a.m.

Students must be in uniform for

their exams. They may

leave school when they finish

their last exam each day.

Above Monica Weisman works on her

chalk art piece.

Art Club celebrates

“El Dia de los Muertos”

at Cheekwood

Catie Brown, Sirena Martin,

Abby Morrison, Alwyn

Mothershed, and Monica

Weisman spent a recent

morning creating a

“tapette” (meaning “carpet” in

Spanish) with sidewalk chalk

inside of an 8’X10’ parking

space at Cheekwood. The SCA

Art Club received “Most

Original Design” during the

celebration. Other schools that

participated were Nashville

School of the Arts, Glencliff

High School and Harpeth Hall.

Winter Formal 2008, “Jingle Bell Ball,” will

take place on Dec. 5 from 8-11 p.m. The dance is

hosted by the senior class and all are invited to

attend. Tickets will be sold the week before the

dance. There will be a pre-dance discount on

tickets. The dance will take place in Alumnae

Hall and students are encouraged to attend, with or without a date. The

proper attire for the dance is semi-formal in dresses. Mrs. Amie Pike and

a student committee has spoken with all students, giving examples and

sources of appropriate and beautiful dance attire. If a student is not

dressed appropriately, she will not be allowed to enter the dance. If you

have any questions, please call Mrs. Pike at 298-4525.


St. Cecilia Day celebration Friday begins with balloon launch and announcement

There will be much to celebrate this Friday when SCA observes St. Cecilia’s feast day with a special announcement,

Mass, a fine arts assembly and a mother-daughter tea. The special announcement will be made prior to Mass at about

8:55 a.m. This announcement will involve a gathering of the entire student body as well as the faculty and staff. All

parents are welcome to come to hear the good news.

After the announcement, we will turn our attention to honoring St. Cecilia, our patron saint. With great charity, she

served the poor of Rome at a time when it was not only an unpopular thing to do, but also one of the signs of belonging

to an illegal sect known as the Christians. She continues to inspire leaders of the 21st century. For almost 150 years we

have celebrated this day. Mass will begin at 9 a.m. with a fine arts presentation and a tea to

follow. Join us for this celebration of good news, faith, the arts, and family.

the Principal’s Corner

St. Cecilia Day is a long-time SCA tradition

This week we approach our largest celebration of the year, our

patronal feast of St. Cecilia. Although it is properly placed on

Nov. 22, we will be celebrating it this Friday, Nov. 21. It is one of our

longest standing traditions at St. Cecilia. In our archives, we have

copies of letters written from a St. Cecilia student to a young confederate

soldier, R. F. Cotton, being held in a prison camp in Rockville,

IL. In one of her letters, the SCA girl mentioned that she must end the

letter for she needed to go to practice for the St. Cecilia program being held the next day.

The letter was dated Nov. 21, 1863.

This Friday, we continue the tradition of celebrating St. Cecilia Day for almost 150

years. It is important to stop and remind ourselves why St. Cecilia was chosen as our patroness.

In the annals of our school, Mother Francis Walsh, one of our four foundresses,

gave the following commentary on our name choice:

“It was not without forethought that the young Academy was called St.

Cecilia….Throughout the Christian world under the patronage of Cecilia, Roman

Martyr and Virgin Saint, heavenly music ascends to the throne of the Most

High” (p.10)

We celebrate our tradition not only of the arts, but also of faith and family. We begin the

morning at 9 with Bishop Choby celebrating Mass with us. This will be followed by a

fine arts program performed by our students, celebrating beauty in music, dance, drama,

song, and the visual arts. This is followed by a Mother/Daughter Tea, in which your

daughter will have the opportunity to host you as a guest within the school community.

We have been celebrating this day longer than any other school in Nashville has been in

existence. As our largest celebration of the year, I encourage you to take a few hours

and come join us. Your daughter and we look forward to having you here.

Mother Francis Walsh,

One of four SCA foundresses

Sister Mary Thomas, O.P.



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