November Roundup: Fencing Returns, Annual Pilgrimage, and a Christmas Announcement!

November Roundup: Fencing Returns, Annual Pilgrimage, and a Christmas Announcement!

Dear Friends,

Happy feast of St. Nicholas! November was a busy month at Cardinal Newman Academy.

We hosted several shadow days with prospective students, as well as our second Admissions Open House.

Welcoming visitors to our school gives me great joy, and I look forward to seeing more new faces as our school continues to grow.

Cemetery Cleanup
 CNA’s Service Club organized this year’s annual trip to East End Cemetery. We joined volunteers from VCU to help clean this historical cemetery. The event is always a great opportunity for our students, families, faculty, and Board to come together in service and in prayer for those who have gone to their eternal rest.

Annual Pilgrimage
Every year, our students participate in a pilgrimage. “To step out of ourselves and encounter God,” in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, is a great gift. Last month, students toured the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, then walked to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the original cathedral of our Diocese, for noon mass.

Fencing returns!
Our former Olympian and Coach Dee Hayes has returned to CNA this year to continue offering fencing to our students. We’re grateful to have her, and our fencers are improving their skill and discipline!

Around the halls

  • Students have been reading Faulkner, Tolkien, and Thucydides, and discussed virtue in public life;
  • In Enrichment, we offered our rosaries for the poor souls in Purgatory and spent time reflecting on death and eternity;
  • Our students engaged in a fierce door decorating competition (see below);
  • In Natural History, our students are completing projects on birds and updating their journal entries;
  • In music, students are presenting on various composers and will be attending a concert and choral performance at the University of Richmond.

Looking ahead : 

Stay tuned for an announcement next week on this year’s Christmas Challenge . Last year, you helped us raise over twice our initial goal!!

Check your inbox and our Facebook page next week for information on how you can join our challenge and support our growing school.

Go Riverhawks!
In Christ,

Eileen M. Lapington
Director

Cemetery Cleanup with the Riverhawk Service Club

Cemetery Cleanup with the Riverhawk Service Club

Join the Riverhawk Service Club on Saturday, December 1 at East End Cemetery 50 Evergreen Road Richmond, VA 23223 at 10am for the cemetery clean up.

We recommend you wear denim jeans and heavy shoes or boots. There is broken glass, pieces of rusty metal etc., on the site. The clean up may last two to three hours, but you are free to come when you can and stay as long as you can. There is no water available, so bring something to drink. There is a portable toilet available.

Recommended tools to bring:

  • heavy-duty steel rake/bow rake
  • limb loppers
  • clippers;
  • good, heavy gloves to handle glass, briars, etc.

There are additional tools available if you do not have any.

Cardinal Newman Academy Annual Pilgrimage

Cardinal Newman Academy Annual Pilgrimage

Cardinal Newman Academy invites you to join us on our annual pilgrimage!

Meet Friday, November 30 at 9:15am on the steps of The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 800 S. Cathedral Place, Richmond VA 23220.

After a visit at the Cathedral and tour of this historic landmark, we will walk to St Peter Catholic Church, the first Catholic church in Richmond and the original cathedral of the diocese.

Once at St Peter (800 E. Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219) pilgrims will have the opportunity for Confession and then we will attend Mass at 12:05pm.

For more information, send us a message today, or email info@cardinalnewmanacademy.org.

Role of Families: Hearts shaping hearts in community

Role of Families: Hearts shaping hearts in community

It struck me Monday as our school gathered for our 2nd annual Feast Day Picnic: I am privileged to be a part of the CNA family and thankful to God for the role our community plays in the formation of our students.

Blessed John Henry Newman, whose feast we celebrated October 9th, believed that true learning takes place person to person, with hearts shaping hearts in community.

He believed it so deeply he put it in his crest, and we put it in ours: the Blessed Trinity in a personal relationship of mutual love is represented in the upper left quadrant.


CNA parent Tony Douglas with some future Riverhawks

At Cardinal Newman Academy, our board, faculty, parents, and students all play an integral role in our community of faith and learning. Through their attendance at school functions, weekly mass, or events serving the poor of Richmond, our school families and leaders provide faithful witness to our mission and enrich the formation of our students and the culture of our school.

Join us!

In Christ,
John P. O’Herron

October News at Cardinal Newman Academy

October News at Cardinal Newman Academy

Dear Friends,

Happy feast of All Saints!! With the growth of our school, there is more and more to share all the time! With that in mind, we will be making one of our regular weekly emails a monthly newsletter to share recent happenings. Enjoy!

Maymont Scavenger Hunt

Our students visited Maymont Park in October for an exploration of the wildlife and history of the park, and to compete in a scavenger hunt.

Science at CNA

Mr. Tito’s passion is Biology and Natural History, so this year brings double the joy, both inside and outside the classroom. This month, our Natural History class put in significant field work! Students visited Pony Pasture, Huguenot Flatwater, York River State Park, and Bryan Park. Observing and discussing the natural world is a highlight of every month, but the welcoming Fall weather makes October a special one!

In Biology , our students made model proteins and have been using Legos to help construct and visualize what they’re learning. Hands-on learning is an important part of academic life at CNA.

Cross Country

The first season of Cross Country has ended, and we are so proud of our runners. Lucy and Isabella Siwko, Christian Hale, Wes Bowers, and Alexander Clark all ran exceptionally well, improved their personal best times, and represented our school well during this inaugural season. We’re grateful for Coach Wagenaar’s leadership and excited to build on this success with Track in the Spring.

Media Literacy workshop

Our students recently participated in a workshop presented by the Shades Media Literacy Project, which helped our students examine the role media plays in our lives, the ways in which the consumption of different media change the way we behave, and whether it leads to a joyful life. We’re grateful to the Shades Media Literacy Project for visiting us from Northern Virginia.

Looking ahead :

  • Our first Prospective Student Day will be next Tuesday, November 6th, and our second Admissions Open House is on November 11th, from 1-3 pm. We are looking forward to welcoming interested students and their families to our school!
  • We will gather for the third consecutive year at East End Cemetery on Saturday, December 1 at 10 am to pray for the dead and help the volunteers cleaning the cemetery grounds. Please join us!
  • Fencing and squash start soon as part of our winter sports offerings.
  • Classroom snapshots: in English, students will be reading short stories by J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Louis Stevenson, and in Theology students are learning about the Paschal Mystery and beginning a section on ecclesiology.

Go Riverhawks!

In Christ,
Eileen Lapington

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