AHA President Melinda Hanlon

December 2018

Dear AHA Families,

Last month’s surprise snowstorm brought us our first taste of winter. Now with the arrival of Advent, the calendar is filled with the spirit of the season. Students will gather for our Advent prayer service and blessing of the Christmas tree here at school. I hope you plan to join us for our Christmas Concert on Friday, December 7th. I am always grateful to spend an evening enjoying the beautiful music of Christmas performed by our student choral members and musicians. We also look forward to presenting our Junior class with their school rings on Thursday, December 13th. On Sunday, December 16th we will welcome many of our alumnae athletes back to AHA when we dedicate “Lid’s Court” in honor of AHA coach and teacher, Sue Liddy.

The admissions season is well underway and we have enjoyed welcoming so many prospective families and all our Angel-for-a-Day visitors this fall. Applications for the Class of 2023 are being processed and we look forward to mailing our decision letters in January. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our admissions team.

As educators, we frequently talk about best practices for our teachers and students. Recently at Mass, the homilist at my parish spoke about Jesus’s best practices as a teacher. He used St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, the well-known “Love is...”to describe Jesus the teacher as follows:

“Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. He does not envy, does not boast, is not proud. Jesus does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered. Jesus keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Jesus always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Our foundress, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger wrote, “Go to school to Jesus and learn from him, not to create worlds or work miracles but to become humble and gentle.” Let us pray that this will be our “best practice” during this beautiful season of love.

Wishing you many blessings at Christmas and always,
Melinda A. Hanlon

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