Our Year So Far, and the Upcoming Admissions Schedule

Our Year So Far, and the Upcoming Admissions Schedule

Dear Friends,

Our academic year is off to a great start!

Cross-country is well underway, the Natural History course has completed a half-dozen field studies, and today the students visit Maymont. In English, students have been reading The Iliad, Beowulf, and G.K. Chesterton. With Enrichment and weekly mass providing spiritual life for our community, we are busy with the work of education and formation.

Like most schools, October is a busy time of year for us at Cardinal Newman Academy. Our upcoming admissions schedule includes the following:

  • Family Picnic: October 8, 5-7 pm. (Open to all families).
  • St. Mary’s High School Fair: October 11, 5-7 pm.
  • Open House: October 14, 1-3 pm.
  • Applications available online: October 15.
  • Prospective Parent Coffee: October 18, 9 am.
  • Media Literacy Workshop: October 21, 3-5 pm.
  • Prospective Student Day: November 6th.
  • Open House: November 11, 1-3 pm.

We are excited to share our growing academic and faith community with interested parents and students, and we hope to see many new faces at one or more of these upcoming events.

Go Riverhawks!

In Christ,

Eileen Lapington

Meet Our New Staff

Meet Our New Staff

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to introduce you to the newest members of our staff at Cardinal Newman Academy.

Jessica Pedersen joins us as music instructor. Jessica sings alto in James River Singers and previously was a soloist with the Richmond Choral Society and alto section leader in the choir at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. She has also sung in the Schola at St. Joseph Catholic Church and the University of Richmond Women’s Chorale. Before moving to Virginia, Jessica sang in Idaho with the Boise Baroque Chamber Choir, Opera Idaho and the Boise Master Chorale, and in Arizona with the choir program at Northern Arizona University, where she studied history and music. Jessica and her husband David live in Chesterfield with their three sons.

Kate Lagarde teaches Latin and Invitation to the Pain of Learning. Kate previously taught at Veritas Preparatory School in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, teaching courses in Latin, Theology, choir, and math, and led an extra-curricular Irish Dance club. Kate graduated summa cum laude, as the salutatorian from Christendom College with a major in philosophy and minor in liturgical music.

Susana Mulcahey teaches French. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in French and a minor in Portuguese. Susana has also studied Italian, Spanish, and Arabic. She has also studied at the University of Lisbon and the University of Haute Normandie, Mont St. Aignan, France. Susana also has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from North Carolina Central University. Susana has worked in a variety of settings, including French Language immersion, special needs education, Reggio Amelia, Montessori, and English Second Language (ESL).

Maya Walters is our Administrative Assistant. Maya attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Peninsula Catholic High School. She graduated with a B.A. in History from VCU, where she served as a celebration leader for the Vacation Bible School and a religious education teacher at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Following graduation Maya worked as a classroom assistant at Central Montessori School. She has also spent time volunteering for Sportsbackers Stadium, Hands On Greater Richmond, and as a DJ on WRIR. Maya is also an arboreal climbing assistant at Riverside Outfitters and is the community liaison at Gallery5.

I am humbled to add these excellent individuals to our team at Cardinal Newman Academy, and I hope you have a chance to meet them at one of our upcoming events.


Eileen Lapington

Parent Workshop Shades Media Literacy Project October 21 from 3-5pm

Parent Workshop Shades Media Literacy Project October 21 from 3-5pm

Shades Media Literacy Project presents:

What’s your vision? Teenagers, Media, & a Joyful Life

Cardinal Newman Academy,
Sunday October 21st

Topics include:

  • The science of happiness
  • Fundamentals of the adolescent brain
  • The social, emotional, intellectual, and moral impact of media on our high school and middle school students
  • Ideas for media consumption – customizable by each family – to cultivate joy within their homes

Workshop fee is $15 per family, materials included.


To Register, email info@cardinalnewmanacademy.org 

For more information, visit shadesmedialiteracyproject.org

Newman Feast Day Family Picnic October 8

Newman Feast Day Family Picnic October 8

Newman Feast Day Family Picnic October 8  from 5-7pm

We invite your family to join us and celebrate the Feast of Bl. John Henry Newman, our patron.

Dinner, fellowship, fun!

Prospective Parents Coffee

Prospective Parents Coffee

Dear Friends,

We are excited to kick off a busy fall event schedule by welcoming prospective parents to Cardinal Newman Academy next week.

Please spread the word to any middle school parents who may be interested in joining our growing community.

Register via email now

Reach out towards truth and grasp it.

Join our vibrant community to enrich education, ensure affordability, and bring our faith and learning to the broader community.


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