Weekly eNews: December 21, 2017

Those magic men the magi, some people call them wise, were oriental, even kings, well anyway those guys. They visited with Jesus, they really enjoyed their stay, then warned in a dream of King Herod's scheme, went home by another way.



The preceding is a stanza from a James Taylor song, "Home by Another Way." It's his take on the Visit of the Magi in the Gospel of St. Matthew. I love this old song because it's based on one of my favorite New Testament stories. These mysterious guys travel such a long distance following a star that suddenly appeared in the heavens. Who does such a thing? Being educated men of science who were naturally curious, they dropped everything to learn, to try to understand the phenomenon they were seeing in the heavens. Yes, they were men of science but they also were men of great faith. They had to be to embark on such a journey. After paying homage to the baby in the manger and presenting him with gifts, they listened to the voice in their dreams warning them of Herod's dastardly intentions and went home by another way.


It's a great story and there is a lesson in it for all of us. As we celebrate this wondrous season with family and friends let us remember that while the ways of the world, like the road back to Herod, is sometimes the easier road to take, it is at times better to resist worldly enticements and focus on the true meaning of the season, that God entered into the world in the most vulnerable way possible, as a baby, and grew into a man who devoted his time on earth to preaching and teaching about another way to live a life filed with love, kindness and empathy for all people. If we take the gospel message to heart, we may find ourselves more thoughtful and considerate of others and like the Magi, on the way back home on a less-traveled road.


On behalf of all of us at the Academy, I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.




Art Raimo     

The Academy is closed Friday, December 22nd, through Sunday, January 7th.

This is the final e-news of 2017. 

Elementary School News

First Grade Nativity Pageant

Our 1st-graders did a wonderful job at their annual nativity pageant. As we enter the final days before Christmas, we are reminded of the true meaning of the season. Click here to watch the full performance.


Spring After School Programs

Spring After School Programs will begin at the end of January. Please click here to view offerings for the second semester, including schedule and age groups. Registration will open after Christmas Break.

MS Geography Bee Preliminary Competition Right After Break. Make Sure to Have Students Study Using the "Geography Trivia" in Haiku  

High School News

AHN Senior Sparkles in Community

Congratulations to AHN senior Caitlin S. who is spreading a lot of sparkle around our local community. Regions Bank recently invested in her non-profit, Sparkle Power Inc., which provides goodie bags to hospitalized children. Click here to read the full Tampa Bay Times story. 


Dominican Republic Suitcase Drive

The DR Mission Trip is still in need of large rolling suitcases, new or used, to bring shoes to the Dominican Republic. If you have any extra luggage, please drop it off in the AHN lobby. Feel free to contact Elizabeth Diaz with any questions.


Athletic News

Holiday Softball Camp

Girls ages 10-18 will join AHN's new coach, Bo Longshore, December 27th-29th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Coach Longshore will be joined by several guest coaches, including Little League World Series champions and AHN alumnae! Click here for more information.

Holiday Hoops Clinic

Coach Z is back with his annual holiday basketball skills camp. Boys and girls in 4th-8th grade will join Coach Z from January 3rd-5th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Each camper is required to bring his or her own basketball. Click here for more information. 

Upcoming Events



December 22nd- January 7th

-SCHOOL CLOSED, Christmas Break


Monday, January 8th

-All-School Mass of the Epiphany, 8:00 a.m. (Brady Center)


High School 

 December 22nd- January 7th

-SCHOOL CLOSED, Christmas Break

Monday, January 8th

-All-School Mass of the Epiphany, 8:00 a.m. (Brady Center)


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