Established in 1920
Roses are red; violets are blue!
Our volunteers are the most excellent;
Through and through!
As we near the end of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we would like to offer one more grateful “shout out” to the men and women who volunteer their time, energy, and talent to make NFA an excellent school. Thank you so much for all you do!
A formal assembly of fourth through eighth graders gathered today to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students throughout the school year. Recognizing Academic Honors to Vision awards, Science and Math Olympiads to Reading Olympics, Johns Hopkins Scholars to Literary awards, including leadership, our students are truly accomplished in a variety of ways. “This gives me great pride to see the number of students standing in this room,” said Mrs. Wood from the podium, as the Academic honors students were announced.
Thursdays on the third floor of the Big House are always productive! Each week, these hardworking parent volunteers complete and deliver scrip orders to very grateful customers. Thank you, ladies, for the hours of meticulous work and dedication. NFA benefits from the Scrip program in so many ways!
Our parent volunteers never cease to amaze us! Today, these dedicated women worked outside in the warm air to bring us the much-anticipated Used Book Fair. Thanks to these wonderful ladies and the many donations of our families, we can all stock up on our summer reading and more!
Last evening, nearly 50 families were welcomed into the NFA community. The New Family Welcome, organized by Admissions Director, Joanne Baillie, is a way for parents and their children to discover what NFA has in store as they look to the future. NFA staff members were present to meet and greet and a lovely reception was presented by the Parents Association. A special shout-out goes to our Class of 2009 graduates who came back to share their fond memories of life at NFA with these new families.
During NFA Volunteer Appreciation Week, we remember the very many ways our parent volunteers support our work. Thank you to these lovely ladies and their contingency of cooks, bakers, and servers, for the wonderful luncheon on Friday and all through this year. We are so grateful for the blessing of your generosity and kindness!
Great story in today's Daily News about Matthew Stitt, a 2001 NFA graduate, who works for Philadelphia's City Council as assistant chief financial officer. The setting is his brother Edwin's baseball game. Edwin, a 6th grader at NFA, also shares his baseball talent on the school team.
NFA's annual Used Book sale is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, 9pm-4pm. Stop by the Fontbonne Courtyard for bargain shopping on all kinds of books, for all ages. Get a jump on your summer reading!
“When will the children arrive?” Excitement and anticipation filled the sun-soaked Fontbonne Courtyard as Community Service Corps members awaited the arrival of our special guests for this year’s Carnival. Indeed, the event did not disappoint with a bounty of creativity and spirit; delighting approximately 60 DePaul School K-2 students. From face-painting to wagon rides, lemonade to water ice, bowling and fishing, yummy cotton candy and popcorn, and a very popular attraction: Photo Bomb Booth! Without a doubt, a wonderful day, culminating a year of loving service to dear neighbors all around.
Mrs. Canuso and her 2nd graders welcomed parents to Italy today with an informative presentation on all things Italian! Students chose their specific topic, researched facts about their topic, and wrote their papers. Following their presentations, they escorted their guests throughout the classroom to view Venetian mosaic samples, Il Carnivale masks, volcanoes, Italian flags, Roman inventions, and other Italian objects created by the students. In addition to delicious foods, we can also thank the Romans for shopping malls! A lovely spread of homemade pizzelles, antipasti, bread, cheeses, and fruit topped off the event. Buon appetito!
Clad in Sunday best, NFA’s 5 year-old young ladies and gentlemen gathered for a white tablecloth luncheon in the Commons Dining Room. Displaying the utmost of grace and courtesy, they shared polite conversation while sipping from stemmed glassware, and dining on a tasty menu of lemon chicken, whipped potatoes, and green beans. The children concluded their special luncheon with music and dancing. This annual celebration brings our 5 year-olds all together as they culminate their years in the “Houses” and look forward to their new classrooms in the Fontbonne building this fall.
Former NFA teacher, Edward McKenna, passed away on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest peacefully in the arms of God.
This morning's candlelit ceremony celebrated members of the Class of 2013, as they were formally inducted into NFA’s Alumni Society. Guest speaker, Bill Murphy (’92), alum and member of NFA’s Advisory board, reminded the soon-to-be graduates, “to always remember and hold onto the love and education that you have received at NFA.” Congratulations and warm wishes to these ladies and gentlemen as they prepare for graduation on June 3.
We wish our 7th/8th grade Reading Olympics Team, “The Boo Radleys”, great success today as they head into competition at St. Joseph’s University. May they be rewarded for their hard work and preparation; and most importantly may they celebrate their love of reading!
As we enter Mother’s Day weekend, let us celebrate and honor the gift and grace of motherhood. (thank you to Patti Murphy Dohn for inspiring this prayer)
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count their babies' toes and tend to their every need: May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers and grandmothers who have nurtured and cared for us: May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember and pray for mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict: May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for the many women who are like mothers to us: who love us and feed us and care for us with motherly care and compassion. May they know of our gratitude and deep appreciation.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us, but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love from Heaven. May our lives reflect their light and love always.
Thank you, God, for the gift of mothers. Amen.
Thank you, Mrs. Cilio, for reminding us about how Box Tops can benefit our school.
Heartfelt wishes go out to one of our teachers, Mrs. Annmarie Greenberg, who recently participated in the Sandy Sprint 5K to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research. Her team, "Mary Jo's Dragonflies" is in memory of her sister who lost her battle 3 years ago. She is joined by one of our students who also participated, as a team member of “Lisa’s Army”, in memory of his cousin who lost her battle last year at the age of 24. The purpose of the 5K is to bring awareness to ovarian cancer, to support women impacted by this disease, and to build a supportive community.
Norwood Fontbonne shared an album: Ascension Thursday Liturgy.
“This is the day that Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” A joyous celebration this day, as NFA students, staff, parents, and friends came together for our Ascension Thursday Liturgy. Fr. Mike McCue, our celebrant, proclaimed, “May God be blessed by how we live as loving people.” Our First Eucharist students shared their special song of Thanksgiving around the altar, and with bittersweet emotions, we commissioned our 8th graders as they prepare to graduate in less than a month. This special celebration reminds us that wherever we go, God is with us always, until the end of time.
Critically acclaimed authors, Jacqueline Davies, Joe Schreiber, and Linda Urban, spent the afternoon with our third-sixth graders on Tuesday. Each captured the attention of students as they shared their love of reading, writing, and their path to writing children’s books. Students were particularly excited to meet Ms. Davies, author of The Lemonade War, which is required summer reading for rising fifth graders. Thank you to our Librarian, Ms. Shannon Craige, for arranging this inspiring opportunity for our young readers and writers!
During National Nurses’ Week we remember the work of so many called to the ministry of care for others. In particular we remember and give thanks for our NFA nurse, Mrs. Linda Muller. We ask for a special blessing on her and pray that she knows of our gratitude and appreciation for all she does at NFA!
Our young musicians showcased their musical talent last evening at a very special Spring Concert. In between lovely piano recitals and an impressive performance by our band students, guests were treated to the debut of NFA’s violin program with a wonderful performance from 5 students on strings. Congratulations to all of our talented students who worked so hard to bring their music to our ears.
The Class of 2013 invites the NFA community to Pizza Bingo this Friday, 6:00pm, in the Fontbonne Commons. Pizza orders due by Wednesday, May 8. So convenient this year: order and pay online at NFA’s website--www.norwoodfontbonneacademy.org.
Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who staffed the NFA booth at the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival on Sunday. Also, a shout out to the many families, friends, and alums that stopped by to say hello! It was a beautiful day on the Avenue and a perfect opportunity to be among dear neighbors!