September 2016

E-NEWS from AMSU

classroomBACK TO SCHOOL
Upon our return to school on September 76h, there was great reuniting with smiles and hugs among the administration, faculty, staff and returning students. Everyone was thrilled to welcome our new students, especially our 84 freshmen. Our school community has seen some exciting upgrades over the summer including the addition of a new parking lot, a new phone system, upgraded internet wiring, and updated WI-FI. These enhancements ensure that our school community can continue to grow and improve our instructional techniques as well as utilize emerging technologies in the classroom. LINK

Over these past few weeks, AMSU has observed many traditions that have unified our student body and fostered the family atmosphere for which we are known. On Friday, September 16th, our freshmen joined their 11th grade “AMSU sister” for the Junior-Freshman Luncheon. This tradition is a long-standing welcoming celebration for our 9th grade students, and it allowed them to create bonds with older students who will help them adjust to daily life at AMSU.

The AMSU community also joined together for our first school mass of the year on Monday, Sept 19th. This Mass of the Holy Spirit, led by Bishop John Jenik, united our faculty, staff, and students together in one room for the first time this year. On Tuesday, September 20th, the freshmen enjoyed a cool treat and socialized with their classmates at the yearly Ice Cream Social after school. There they learned about various service opportunities they can become involved in. On Wednesday, September 21st, new parents of freshmen and transfer students were invited to attend New Parent Orientation. We had a great turnout, and it was wonderful to see so many parents involved in learning about their daughters’ new academic home! This orientation was followed by our annual Back to School Night. Parents of students from all grades were invited to follow their daughters’ A-Day schedule and meet with the teachers who will be working with them throughout the year.

Our annual Club Fair took place on Tuesday, September 27th and students signed up for the various extra-curricular activities and sports they would like to participate in this year.

Our students will receive their first Progress Reports on October 7th alerting them of how they are performing academically as of the first month for the 2016-2017 school year so far.


SALSA AND CHIPS
AMSU’s Salsa and Chips Fundraising event will take place at Mulino’s at Lake Isle in Eastchester on Friday, October 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The RSVP deadline is October 12th. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a $25 chip to start off the evening. We hope you are able to join us for a night of casino games, dancing, food, fun and the opportunity to win one or more of over 50 prizes from our live, silent and chance auctions.
Some of our prizes include:
• Tour of the UN and Lunch for 2 at the Dignitary Dining Room
• Four New York Yankees Field Level Tickets, a private tour, parking and limited edition team memorabilia
• Metropolitan Opera Tickets for Barber Seville and a $200 dinner gift card
• Bronxville Wine and Cheese Basket with gift cards
• Golf for 3 at the Knollwood Country Club with Lunch
• Limited edition AMSU garnet bezel pendent and chain in white gold

To register for Salsa and Chips, please click the following link: https://www.amsu.org/alumnae/alumnae-events/salsa-and-chips/
If you have any questions, please call the Development Office staff at 718-733-6242.


openhouseOPEN HOUSE
AMSU will hold its annual Open House for prospective students on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Families have the opportunity to tour the school, meet faculty and students and sign up for shadow days. If you know a young woman who is looking for a college preparatory all- girls Catholic high school, conducted in the Ursuline tradition please pass on the information. Please contact Ms. Silvia Cabreja, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at 718-364-5353, ext. 237 or scabreja@amsu.org with any questions. The TACHS exam is on Friday, November 4, 2016. AMSU’s TACHS code is 217.


alexandaniALEX AND ANI JEWELRY EVENT
AMSU will hold its second Alex and Ani Jewelry event on Thursday, November 3rd, at the Rye store (52 Purchase Street, Rye | 914-481-1506) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. AMSU will receive 15% of ALL sales during the time of the event. Light refreshments will be served. Shop for Christmas and Birthday gifts while supporting AMSU! We hope to see you there!


paintingPAINTING WITH AMSU FRIENDS – Save the Date
Join AMSU for a night of fun on Thursday, December 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at AMSU. We are partnering again with Yummi Studios to hold a canvas painting party with wine and food. Space is limited. We will be sending more information the first week of October with registration information and the art piece we will be painting.
Click here to register


SPORTS UPDATE
Our Volleyball season is well underway. Our young women continue to make us proud. They are halfway through the season and currently stand in third place. We wish the volleyball team luck in their remaining games. Let’s go Lady Bears!


STARTING THE COLLEGE PROCESS
On Friday, September 23rd, Mrs. Kathleen Ryan O’Connell ’85 and Ms. Brianne O’Hare of the Guidance Department hosted a College Workshop for the senior class. During this workshop, all of the expectations and procedures for applying to colleges were explained. We were also lucky to have several representatives from local colleges and universities attend the workshop to explain to the students what the process is like from their side of the desk. The Guidance Department would love to thank Anne Rotundo, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Manhattan College; Anna Henebeng, Admissions Representative from The College of New Rochelle; and Sophia Cruz, Admissions Recruiter from Mercy College, for all of their insights on that day! We also welcomed Mr. J. Rodriguez of Wells Fargo, who helped explain to our students some of the many factors involved in the financial aid process and in paying for college.

On Wednesday, September 28th, a similar workshop titled Get Ready for College was held in the evening for parents to learn about the college admissions and financial aid processes, hosted by the Guidance Department. Guest speakers at this event included Caitlin Read, Director of Enrollment Management Operations at Manhattan College; Kevin Cavanagh, Vice President for Enrollment Management at The College of New Rochelle; and William Hill, Associate Director of Financial Aid and Student Services at Lehman College of the CUNY system. We believe that our parents and families gained valuable knowledge from listening to their presentations!

After these workshops, our senior class has been hard at work, meeting with their guidance counselors and submitting their college applications. There are many highly motivated students in this class, so we have high expectations for their application results! While there is little news by way of decisions to report at this early stage, we do want to mention that six of our seniors have been named as semi-finalists for the Posse Scholarship, which attempts to match underrepresented high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—with four-year, full tuition scholarships at some of the nation’s top colleges.

On October 5th, we will hold our annual College Fair from 2pm to 4pm. Over 50 colleges will be there!
Click here to see the event details

Last year, the Class of 2016 earned $10 million in scholarships, and we hope we will be able to report similar positive news for the Class of 2017!