AHA President Melinda Hanlon

October 2018

Dear AHA Families,

October is a month filled with many milestones for all of us. On October 2nd we celebrate our feast day and our school’s 139th birthday! Holy Angels has certainly traveled a long way from its founding in Fort Lee in 1879, when Sister Nonna Dunphy and a small group of School Sisters founded the first Catholic college preparatory school for women in Bergen County. The move to Demarest in 1965, along with the expansion of our student body and our course offerings, are all signs of our school’s progress. Yet the mission and vision of the SSND’s to transform our world through education remains as strong and current today as at our school’s inception and that is what we celebrate today.

On October 2nd, you will have an opportunity to participate in our annual Giving Day as we join together to raise funds for a new curtain as part of our plans to renovate the school auditorium. Please visit our website to participate and for more information please contact our advancement office. Thank you for your support! You can also learn more about our future plans for the campus and school programs by joining us at our town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7PM in the Learning Commons at school.

We are hosting our first Open House of the year for incoming students and their families on Sunday, October 14th from 1-4PM. You can ALL be Angel Ambassadors and invite your friends and neighbors to come and learn about the advantages of a Holy Angels education. Registration is available for our Open House and our Angel for a Day visits on our website.

This year the School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate their 185th anniversary. In 1833, Caroline Gerhardinger took the religious name of Mary Theresa of Jesus and established the congregation of the SSND’s, grounding the community in poverty and dedicating it to the Blessed Virgin Mary. So it seems fitting that our Alumnae Reunion Weekend will begin with our Foundation Day program on October 19th. This year we are delighted to welcome the chair of our Board of Trustees, Sister Sharon Slear SSND, as our keynote speaker. Sister Sharon will be sharing her experiences working with teachers in Haiti with our student body and visitors.

This year’s Alumnae Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 20th. Alumnae are invited to join us as we honor Elyse Deublein Harney ’48 with a Lifetime Achievement Award and induct Barbara Smith Costigan '68 into our Athletic Hall of Fame and Meaghan Fennessy Keeley '83 into our Arts Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, October 27th, I am looking forward to traveling with Dorrie Voulgaris to Washington, D.C. for our DC Angels Event to be held in Georgetown. Details for all of our alumnae events can be found by visiting the alumnae page of our website.

I hope you will join us for our annual Beefsteak Dinner and Athletics Hall of Fame to be held on Saturday, November 3rd when we will welcome Jessica O'Neill Leto '02 and Christie Fredericks '09 into the AHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The Beefsteak is always a fun evening and a great way to meet other parents all while supporting programs at our school.

As I mentioned in last month’s letter, our Angelic Evening 2019 will be held on Friday, March 22nd at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale. This year we are honoring two members of our AHA community, Patti McGovern Hill ’78 will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award and Colleen Corbett Staff ‘89 will be presented with AHA’s Legacy Award. Plans are already well underway for this very special event, please join us for the kick off meeting on October 11. I hope you will consider supporting this important fundraiser for our school. Please visit Angelic Evening 2019 for more information.

I hope the coming month will bring us all many reasons to celebrate and give thanks that we are part of the AHA community. In the words of our foundress Blessed Theresa, I pray:

“May Jesus deliver you from all harm; may He be the way you walk, the truth you follow, the life you lead.
May the Holy Spirit preserve you in love and grace. May Mary take you into her loving, motherly heart and stand by you always.”


Melinda A. Hanlon

Academy of the Holy Angels

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Demarest, NJ 07627

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