Bike Clinic for 1st Graders a Huge Success

IMG_7468For a hands-on finish to their science unit on force and motion, Mount Royal’s first grade class invited Sunapee Police Department to provide bicycle safety training on campus this week. Much to the envy of the rest of the elementary grades during recess, the first graders enjoyed riding their bikes, speaking with Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill and Officers Neill Cobb and Rob Riessle. Students received safety instruction, helmet checks and the chance to sit inside the squad car.


Karen Walsh, who teaches first grade at Mount Royal Academy, was thrilled, “It was such a great event. Each child got a sticker badge, coloring book, and water bottle. Four of the children even took off their training wheels and learned to ride on two wheels!” H.E.A.R.T., the parent led school organization, was critical in coordinating the event.Everyone is looking forward to field-day June 9th when the officers will return with friends from the fire department and the first aid. This time the whole school will have a chance to ride in the vehicles and hang out with some of the areas first responders.

Callan Rees (17’) of Mount Royal Academy Receives 2016 Women Who Make a Difference Award

The Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice has been hosting their annual Women Who Make a Difference luncheon for 17 years. The luncheon celebrates remarkable women in our area who give back to the community in a big way. Callan Rees graciously received the award given to an area high school student at the annual luncheon on Wednesday, May 18, which was held at Colby Sawyer College.Rees_Women Who Make a Difference

Callan was nominated by Headmaster Derek Tremblay. Tremblay stated, “Callan is an amazing young woman. She always has a smile on her face, and a kind word for both faculty and students.  Callan is an integral part of her community and our school.”

Callan has always found ways to serve others.  In her freshman and sophomore years she was active in a middle school ministry of her local church, Wellspring Worship Center.  She helped run their junior high youth outreach.  This bi-monthly commitment allowed her to connect with over 40 junior high students from throughout the Upper Valley.  She served as a youth mentor and her responsibilities included running games for the group and serving as a retreat counselor.

Callan is currently serving as the leader of Campus Ministry at MRA. Callan has worked with the Listen Center in White River Junction, VT and is pursuing volunteer opportunities with the RECOVER Store, the Haven and Paddle Power.

Callan has also organized a Support Our Troops Drive.  This group sends care packages to soldiers.  Under Callan’s leadership, the Mount Royal students raise funds and collect goods that are used to fill care packages that are sent to soldiers.

Under Callan’s leadership, Campus Ministry helps with the “Repurpurse” Drive. This initiative collects care packages for local people in need or who are homeless.  Callan organized students to collect used “purses” (back packs, purses, bags) and fill them with necessary items such as personal care, snacks, warm socks, gloves, hats etc.  These were distributed to homeless shelters during the winter months.

Callan’s vision for the Campus Ministry Team, is that they would support other ministry efforts.  When Callan learned that an employee of King Arthur Flour was looking for help to pack up holiday cookies for local food pantries, Callan rallied the Campus Ministry Team.  In the end, over 100 dozen cookies were donated by King Arthur, packaged and distributed to local food pantries, and also sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. While King Arthur provided the supplies, it was Callan and her peers who provided the people power to get the goods out.

When not serving others, Callan can be found on the MRA track and field team and is a consistent Honor Roll Student.  She is planning to take a few college courses next year, in her senior year, to help jump start her career in a health care related field.

Callan Rees is an example of altruism at its finest.  She is a shining example for all teens, many who are preoccupied with themselves.  Callan’s vision and beautiful heart allow her to see others first.  She uses her strong leadership skills to mobilize her peers around her, providing much needed service to many of our area’s non-profits.

Perspective and Perseverance: Teaching Students to Take Their Humanity Seriously

Dear Families,

On behalf of all the faculty and students, I would like to thank all of the parents, relatives, or family friends who attended the elementary school literacy fair last week. There was a great turnout, and considering the busyness of this time of year, it meant a lot to our students and staff.

We are entering the home stretch here, with only just under 4 weeks to go. I know anxiety and angst are both high, especially for families with graduates. Of course, we are not without a biblical parallel.

There is a seemingly divinely ordained fittingness between the academic year and our liturgical calendar. Each spring time, we re-live the stories of the early church. The Acts of the Apostles and the writings of St. Paul tell us that even though God became man, man still struggles mightily hard to get along with man. St. Paul spends the better part of his writing encouraging the early Christian communities to maintain perspective. And he also beckons the first Christians to live unlike the Gentiles.

In our modern culture, we are up against a somewhat different set of problems, the greatest of which is surely indifference and a willful rejection of human nature. George Weigel, an esteemed biographer of St. John Paul II and candid culture observer, recently wrote the following words, which provide just the right perspective as we transition into the leisure months:

Eastern Christian theology calls this theosis, “divinization,” and it’s a hard concept for many western Christians to grasp. Yet here is what St. Basil the Great, one of the Cappadocian Fathers of the Church, teaches about the sending of the Holy Spirit, promised in Acts 1:8 at the Ascension: “Through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations—we become God.” What can that possibly mean?

It means that, through the gift of salvation, we are being sanctified: we are being drawn into the very life of God, who is the source of all holiness. And it means that our final destiny is not oblivion, but communion within the light and love of the Trinity. Why? Because the glorified Christ, present in his transfigured humanity to the first disciples in the Upper Room, on the Emmaus Road, and by the Sea of Galilee, has gone before us and is now “within” the Godhead, where he wishes his own to be, too.

Wonderful, you say. But what does that have to do with healing 21st-century culture?


At the root of today’s culture of happy-go-lucky hedonism, which inevitably leads to debonair nihilism, is a profound deprecation of the human: a colossal put-down that tells us that we’re just congealed star dust, a cosmic accident—so why not enjoy what you can, as soon as you can, however you like, before oblivion? Why take your humanity seriously—including that part of your humanity by which you are constituted as male or female? You can change whatever you like; it’s all plastic and it’s all meaningless, because the only meaning of our humanity is the meaning we choose for it.

Christian faith offers a far nobler vision of the human condition than this dumbed-down self-absorption. Where do we find that nobler humanity exemplified? In the Ascension, and the incorporation of Christ’s human nature into the mutual love of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And where the Master has gone, the disciples are empowered by grace to follow.

I firmly believe that if we keep this perspective, we will continue to carry on with a renewed sense of energy, leading to a renaissance in Catholic education. There is clear evidence here at MRA, but also in the diocese of Manchester. In fact, one of our own pioneers was recently appointed Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Manchester – David Thibault. 

May the intercession of our noble Mother, the Queen of Heaven, open the hearts of the faithful, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can persevere in our pursuit of spiritual excellence and lasting fulfillment.

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay

Exclusive Film Screening – May 14th

A very special event will take place this Saturday, May 14th, during Mount Royal’s Spring Open House. An exclusive, complimentary screening of the brand new documentary film about the Original Image of Divine Mercy will be shown in the Saint Joseph center at 2pm. The very poster that hangs in the school gym is a replica of the painting that is the subject of this film. There is a fascinating story behind the image and the saint who was inspired by God to have it painted. In this Year of Mercy, the documentary provides a great opportunity to learn more about the extraordinary graces God wants to pour out on the whole world.

I am personally inviting you to come to this event. Community is a vital component of Mount Royal’s unique charism. Let’s get together, pop some corn and enjoy this special film. Please come and bring your friends and family. Feel free to forward this email and spread the word. The open house will be from 12-4pm on Saturday, May 14th. The film will be shown at 2pm.

Yours In Christ,

Matt McMenaman

118 MRA Students Receive 3rd Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 3rd Quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. 21 students earned a position on the Headmaster’s List with a 4.0 average for the 3rd quarter.

More than 55% of the student body attained Honor Roll recognition; placing on the Headmaster’s List, the High Honors List (no more than one B), or the Honors List (no more than one C). In total, 118 students received Academic Honors.

Grade 1

Headmaster’s List: Mary Walsh

High Honors: Emily Beturne, Lucy Fryckowska, Nicholas Lavertue, Finn McColgan, Lindsey Smrkovski

Honors: Jackson Barns, Maia Dow, Hope Goyette, Benjamin Harman, Brody Jeanson, Rachael Tuck

Grade 2

Headmaster’s List: Caitlin Richardson

High Honors: Francis Fryckowski

Honors: Matthew Bissah, Clare Castor, Taylor Goodspeed, Edward Kanu, Leah LaMothe, Bella Wallace, Audrey Wenger

Grade 3

Headmaster’s List:  Luke Moorehouse

High Honors: Amelia Caravan

Honors:  Adalynn Beturne, Peyton Blackinton, Kaitlyn Costello, Claire Jackson, Nora Walsh

Grade 4

Headmaster’s List: Catherine Bellino, Lauren Dustin, Brennan Walsh

High Honors: Joshua Bissah, Sarah Cunningham, Spencer Cunningham, Max McColgan

Honors: James Akerman, Kyleigh Baker, Sean Beturne, Isabelle Correa, Peter Hogan, Nathan Kenyon, Terese Klucinec, Caleb Martin, Claire McMenaman, Katherine McMenaman, Padraig Mooney, Gabriel Ouellette, Felix Prieto, Emily Richardson, Abigail Sweet, Leo Wallace, Ellery Wheeler

 Grade 5

Headmaster’s List: Victoria Kenyon, Maryrose McLaughlin, Anya Moorehouse

High Honors: Nonah Dowsett

Honors:  Susan Kanu, John-Paul Martin, Lyndsey Patten, Julia Stout

Grade 6

Headmaster’s List:  Caleb North

Honors:  Anne Klucinec, Liam Ouellette

Grade 7

Headmaster’s List: Marius Edwards, Brendan Moorehouse, Emma Treece

Honors: Nicholas Hogan, Bridget Wallace

Grade 8

Headmaster’s List: Kateri Kalpakgian, Aidan Moorehouse, Andrew Normandin, Nicole Petrescu-Boboc

High Honors:  Mary Grace Klucinec, Curtis North

Honors: Luke Bocko, Madison Hemingway, John Klucinec, Anthony Mihaly, Tristan Ouellette, Antigoni Souliotis

Grade 9

Headmaster’s List:  Erin Diebold, Jacinta Hogan

Honors:  Hannah Fraioli, Nicholas Green, Zhiwei He, Ivy Horner-Richardson, Alexis Matte, Luke McMenaman, Alicja Nadolecka, Jaeda Rochford Hague, Rette Solomon

Grade 10

Headmaster’s List:  Aila Wenger

High Honors: Alexander Normandin

Honors: Kolbe Bocko, Isabella Kenyon, Joshua Griffin, Catherine Orlowski, Ezekiel Swenson

Grade 11

Headmaster’s List: Johanna Fitzgibbons, Bernadette Klucinec, Naomi Nelson

High Honors: Cooper McCrillis,Autumn Rose Prunier, Kealan Vasquez

Honors:  Hannah Everitt, Faith Lamontagne, Callan Rees, Ian Vasquez, Madison Vasquez

Grade 12

Headmaster’s List:  Matthew Caveney

High Honors: Miriam Caveney, Adrianna Kenyon

Honors: Anna Dahlberg

Mount Royal Academy is maintaining its surging enrollment with over 200 students currently enrolled for the academic year of 2015-2016. The school is in its 21st year of operation.

MRA Knights of Our Lady Basketball Program Elevating to Varsity Level

20151214_152237The iconic David and Goliath story provides an apt backdrop to a school that has remained largely unnoticed in the Lake Sunapee Region. Since 2010, there has been a determined effort to build a sustainable and competitive basketball program at Mount Royal Academy. Originally, there was only one boys’ basketball team, consisting of students in grades 7-12. Now, the basketball program is grateful and pleased to announce that the Knights of Our Lady will be competing at the varsity level in the NHIAA.

Since joining the NHIAA in 2012, the high school girls and boys competed against junior varsity teams. MRA is the smallest school in the NHIAA; back in 2012, there were barely 30 students. Now, there will be over 60 students in the high school, but the school still claims the title of least likely to be competitive due to size. But the size of the student population is by no means an accurate indicator of the courage or heart of the student-athletes.

The JV girls in fact won the 2016 Granite State Conference Junior Varsity tournament down at Pittsfield Middle High School. And the boys’ basketball program features a talented, young core of student-athletes.

“This is a big deal for our school. We know that it will not be easy, but going varsity is part of a larger plan to improve our mission. Young people need to learn how to practice virtue in the face of adversity, and competing at the varsity level will give our students another opportunity to rise towards a higher standard of excellence. We believe that if we keep first things first, and focus on the ultimate purpose of athletics – which is to form young people into adults with a moral compass – then our program will continue to be successful.” These were the reflections of Headmaster Derek Tremblay, who will coach the girls team next year.

Andrew Mihaly, the school’s Athletic Director, echoed the same thoughts: “I am extremely excited to help lead the community into a new level of competition. A varsity basketball program will allow our student-athletes to continue to strive toward excellence in both academics and sports. This is a big step for Mount Royal Academy; however, I am confident that our community will rise to the challenge.”

Parents are also very enthused about the future. John Normandin, a father of three boys already involved with the basketball program said, “This is an exciting step forward for the Mount Royal Academy athletic program.  We have watched the sports programs grow and improve every year.  Many of our kids have been in the basketball program for several years and being able to compete at the varsity level is a great opportunity for them.”

Student Spotlight: Lyndsey Patten 5th grade

Lyndsey PattenThe elementary grades of schooling should be a time of intense learning in all facets of life. A child’s intellect is focused on absorbing knowledge and skills in a myriad of disciplines.

Lyndsey Patten is currently a 5th grade student at Mount Royal Academy who embodies this truth. Her teacher, Mrs. Diebold, notes that Lyndsey works hard in class, never fails to complete her assignments and is especially good in math. Her academic diligence has won her a consistent spot on the quarterly honor roll lists.

Outside of school, Lyndsey pursues excellence in many ways. She has studied ballroom dancing since the age of 5 at the Newport Ballroom. She performs locally and has competed nationally in the Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso, Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, and Quick Step. She plays soccer and softball competitively and even finds time to participate in theatre productions at the Newport Opera House.

When asked about her experience at Mount Royal, Lyndsey said, “I really enjoy learning in a place that allows you to talk about God and make friends with others who are willing to share their faith.” Her mother, Jody, also commented, “We recognized that Lyndsey would benefit from the structure and high expectations of excellence that Mount Royal has to offer. We expected that she would be academically challenged. Mount Royal not only has lived up to those expectations, but has surpassed them. What was an unexpected benefit was how the school goes beyond teaching a great curriculum. Mount Royal also teaches values and virtues that have helped develop any even stronger, more well-rounded child. And we could not be more grateful.”

One who excels in knowledge and skill may indeed shine bright but unless these are accompanied by goodness and joy, the light remains dim. Thankfully, this is not the case with Lyndsey. Her great sense of humor, ubiquitous smile and kindness towards others are well known. Benjamin Franklin’s aphorism, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn” is proven true with Lyndsey Patten.

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