December 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Students Gather to Recall the Giving Spirit of Saint Nicholas

Demarest, NJ: Gingerbread, candy canes, and a seasonal blessing made the Feast of Saint Nicholas a day several students will always remember. Each December, upperclassmen from the Academy of the Holy Angels travel to Philadelphia to spend the day with children from Saint Peter the Apostle School. Together, they decorate cookies and share smiles and candy.

Each candy cane comes with a blessing that reads (in part), “May their flavor sweeten our hearts with compassion and kindness. May their shape remind us to be shepherds of grace and generosity.”

Saint Nicholas, whose feast day is celebrated on December 6th, is known for bringing gifts to others. He is also remembered for bringing comfort and joy to children and their families.

The Academy of the Holy Angels and Saint Peter’s enjoy a special bond, since both institutions were founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In the spring, AHA hosts a field day for Saint Peter’s children. During the summer, AHA students help Principal Sister Rose Federicci, SSND, arrange Saint Peter’s for the new academic year. Saint Peter’s students have also attended AHA’s award-winning musicals.

Angels who participated in this month’s celebration included Ellie Kasprzak and Caroline McDonald of Ramsey, Clare Daughtrey of Leonia, Colleen Farrell of Hillsdale, Olivia Leonard of Hoboken, Lola Samiian of Englewood, Gabriela Sandoval of Washington Township, Maureen Murray of Norwood, Camille Rivas of Guttenberg, Madi Dela Gente of Oakland, Claire Dodds of Cresskill, Kaitlyn Grifonetti of Old Tappan, Antonia Mysliwiec of Cliffside Park, Julia Oakley of Union City, Kaya Simmons of West Orange, and Victoria Thomas of Oradell.

Chaperones were AHA educators Brianna Portuesi and Megan Delasandro.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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