Weekly eNews: December 13, 2018



Every year, we spend a great deal of time preparing for the holidays. Rooms are cleaned and decorated and the kitchen is filled with the aromas of so many good things. There is a feeling of anticipation that is different from the rest of the year. It's what makes Christmas time so special and for many of us stressful. The stress we feel comes from wanting everything to be perfect for our families and guests.


We spend so much time looking ahead to Christmas that it's easy to overlook the season we are in currently - Advent. The Church sets this time aside to give us an opportunity to look within ourselves and ask the question, am I truly ready for Christmas - ready, once again, to celebrate God entering into the world in the most natural of ways, as a newborn baby? As I walk the halls of Academy, I see our students learning about the Advent season, preparing the way for our greatest guest. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle of the season, but let us, like our students, try not to forget the cause for our celebration. I hope you and your families have a blessed advent season. 




Art Raimo

AHN News

Sage Will Not Serve Breakfast Next Week. Please Plan Accordingly.

Drive for the Panhandle Cancelled 

The Christmas break mission trip to the Panhandle has been canceled. Any of the supplies collected will be delivered with the March mission trip. Thank you for your continued support.

PAF Lightning Raffle

The AHN Parent Annual Fund is holding a raffle for tickets to The Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the game with two Chase Club seats, food and beverages, exclusive entrance through the Chase Club, and full access to the 4th and 5th floor Chase Clubs. Any family who makes a gift of $50 or more to the Parent Annual Fund by tomorrow, Friday, December 14th, at noon will earn a chance in the drawing. If you have already given to the Parent Annual Fund, your name has automatically been entered! A special thank you to Stacey Whidden and Kurt Handwerker for their generous contribution of the Chase Club seats! Click here to make a gift today.

Elementary School News

Extended Day Information

Extended Day will be offered on Friday, December 21st, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Registration will close Monday morning, December 17th. There is a $20 fee billed to FACTS for those students who are not already registered for Extended Day. Click here to register.

Middle School Social Tomorrow

All 5th-8th graders are invited to join us for a Middle School Social tomorrow, Friday, December 14th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Brady Center! Tickets are $5 and include food, fun, and music.

AHN Christmas Toy Drive
This year, in connection with the Christmas parties for the elementary school students, the Mothers Association is collecting toys and gifts to make holiday wishes come true for foster children who are spending Christmas at A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay, Inc. The holidays can be an especially difficult time for children in foster care, so join us in helping make Christmas memories for them. Please send all gifts to school, unwrapped, on Friday, December 21stClick here for a list of suggested donations.

MS Grade Level Spelling Bees

This week, the middle school held their grade-level spelling bees for students in 5th-8th grade. Congratulations to all of our winners and participants! The top three spellers from each grade move onto the Middle School Spelling Bee. Click here for  pictures from the events.


6th Grade:

  • Justine P. (1st)
  • Maia M. (2nd)
  • Alex F. (3rd)


7th Grade

  • Diego T. (1st)
  • Chloe B. (2nd)
  • Miriam M. (3rd)


8th Grade:

  • Alex B. (1st.)
  • Winsom S. (2nd)
  • Kevin D. (3rd)



High School News

Lunch with Dads

Thank you to our Dads Club for hosting another great Lunch with Dads! We loved having our families on campus!


Athletics News

High School Academic Sports Conference

High school athletes, you are invited to attend an Academic Sports Conference hosted by the University of Tampa on Saturday, January 5th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This is a free conference with the purpose of providing insight and guidance about preparing high school student-athletes to compete in intercollegiate athletics. The speakers at this conference provide realistic advice for students and debunk myths about collegiate athletics. If you are interested, click here for more information. 

AHNRC Successful Regatta 

The AHNRC rowed a successful regatta this past Saturday with a silver medal in the Lightweight Double and bronze medals in the Junior Double, Junior 8 and Freshman/Novice 4. Congratulations to the whole crew for a successful fall season! Keep an eye out for information regarding the upcoming spring season.


Jaguar Spirit Night

AHN celebrated its annual Jaguar Spirit Night on Friday! It was a successful evening with all seven competing teams earning W's. The crowd also enjoyed dinner from the Dads Club and performances from the Quarter Notes, Jaguarettes and high school drum line. Go Jags!


Arts News

Broadway Workshop at AHN

AHN will be hosting a Broadway Workshop on June 17th-21st from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Broadway Workshop's summer camp is an authentic, theatrical experience for young performers, ages 9-17, directly from NYC. The camp offers an exciting immersion into the extraordinary world of musical theatre while developing skills as a "triple threat" in acting, singing and dance. Click here to register. Space is limited to the first 50 applicants! Additional camper information populates when you select the number of campers.


AHN Artists Guild Registration Still Open!

The Artists' Guild Workshop Registration is still open! All members of the AHN community are invited to register. Courses included batik and ceramics. Click here for  the workshop listing and registration. The registration deadline is Wednesday, December 19thIf you have any questions, contact Sister Lisa.



Elementary School

8:05 AM - 10:00 AM
MacDill House
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brady Center
Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
8:30 AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Thursday, December 20, 2018

High School

8:05 AM - 10:00 AM
MacDill House
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brady Center
Sunday - December 16, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday - December 17, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Bailey Center
Wednesday - December 19, 2018
Thursday - December 20, 2018

Academy of the Holy Names