AHA Principal Jennifer Moran

March 2020

Dear AHA Families,

Ahhh, March! We turn the clocks forward on March 8th and spring officially begins on the 19th! We are ready to turn the corner from the long days of winter and welcome spring with arms wide open. As we are already in the midst of Lent, students will have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation the morning of the 30th when approximately 20 priests from neighboring parishes will be available to hear confessions. This will enable us to strengthen our union with Jesus Christ as we approach Easter with renewed hope and promise within our hearts.

March is an exciting month for our students. They work so earnestly in their extra-curricular activities, and much of that work comes to fruition this month. For example, we will be hearing “random acts of music” from our musicians throughout many of our school days as it is National Music in Our Schools Month. It is also National Women’s History Month, so our morning announcements will focus on the remarkable achievements of women throughout American history. Winter athletes will be recognized at the Sports Dinner on Tuesday, the 10th. (Please be sure to reserve your seats ahead of time as this is a catered event.) On Saturday the 21st, the AHA Concert Choir will be performing at the Choirs of America Masterworks Concert at Lincoln Center. This event will feature the music of Dan Forrest. During the weekend of the 27th, students involved in our award-winning theater arts program will share their achievements with the production of Disaster! the musical comedy that celebrates the ‘70s disaster movies with hilarity and great music. Lastly, International Week, when students come together to celebrate their diverse cultures, begins on the 30th and culminates with their International Night extravaganza on Friday, April 3rd. (The Bishop has granted dispensation for that evening so that all may delight in the array of delicious international foods that evening.) These are just a few of the exciting events our students work toward. In short, student life outside of the classroom supports and enhances the work they are doing in the classroom, and celebrates the interests, passions, and talents of our students in such beautiful and valuable ways.

On March 11th, we will welcome alumna Emily Bendana ’02 as the keynote speaker to our Awareness Day. Ms. Bendana practices law in New Jersey and will speak to our community about the facts surrounding immigration law. The theme of this year’s Awareness Day is “Who Is My Neighbor?” Students will have the opportunity to choose workshops that are both interesting and meaningful. It is our hope that we emerge from the day more enlightened and with a better appreciation of the diverse gifts within our human family. With inclusivity and greater appreciation for others’ gifts in mind, we also look forward to the 26th when Lauren Reischer will speak to the student body about what it is like to live with a disability.

During March, the course selection process will continue for sophomores and then freshmen. The curriculum guide is available to students and parents on PowerSchool and should be of help to you. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your daughters’ academic counselor or to Mrs. Tambone-Puzio x 217. Junior course selections are due March 5th, sophomores’ are due March 17th, and 9th graders’ are due March 25th. Thank you for helping us reach these important deadlines.

Noteworthy Dates:
3/9 In-service day for faculty. No school for students
3/10 Sports Dinner @ Seasons 7:00 p.m.
3/13 Sophomore Semi-Formal
3/20 Angelic Evening—140 years strong! Come celebrate with us!
3/21 Choirs of America Masterworks Concert at Lincoln Center 8:00 p.m.
3/27 End of the 3rd marking period
3/27-29 Disaster! This year’s musical comedy

The long month of March is upon us indeed. May the spirit of Lent give you peace as we prepare for Easter.

Jean Miller

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