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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 16, 2017 Posted in: School News

Dear WA Community,

As we approach the week of Thanksgiving, may we treasure the time spent with family and reflect upon the many blessings that God has given to us. May our joy and thanksgiving not be swayed by headlines or happenings but be found in Christ so that we are known as a people of praise in all things.

We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with parents in raising up a generation whose faith and intellect are fused together to make an impact for the Kingdom. We are thankful for the many prayers and support for our school. We are thankful for our freedom in a nation with a rich Christian heritage—demonstrated in part by what we will celebrate next week.

The “First Thanksgiving” conjures up images of the pilgrims (who fled England in search of the freedom to worship God according to their conscience) and the Native Americans celebrating together. Later a “day of thanksgiving” was declared by the Continental Congress, followed by a proclamation by President George Washington. Thanksgiving, as we observe it today on the last Thursday of the month of November, was born out of a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863—in the midst of the Civil War.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union. –President Abraham Lincoln

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Westminster Academy!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. –1 Chronicles 16:34

Lessons & Carols—A Westminster Academy Christmas Program

November 16, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: , , , ,

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.10.31 AMThe Westminster Academy High School Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, and Choirs will be present a special Christmas program, “Lessons & Carols,” on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

The program is based on “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” first held on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College in England.

Over the years the order service has been adapted and presented by many schools and churches around the world. The combination of great Christmas music, traditional carols, and Christmas lessons have been an inspiration millions.

Please save the date and plan to attend our adaptation of the original “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Westminster Academy. Admission is free.

Athletic Highlights—November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017 Posted in: Athletics Tags: ,

Tuesday, November 14

  • MS Girls’ Soccer: Tied 4-4 vs. The King’s Academy
  • MS Boys’ Soccer: Won 9-1 vs. Somerset Wilton Manors

 

Robotics Team At Barnes & Noble’s Mini Maker Faire

November 15, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,
image (1)Westminster Academy’s high school Robotics Team (FRC Team 744—Shark Attack) spent the past weekend promoting FIRST Robotics and STEM Education at Barnes & Noble’s 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire, November 11-12. Special thanks to the demonstration team, which included the following students:
  • Joao Favale
  • Isaac Hobby
  • Rachel Karsner
  • Jennae Katic
  • Tommy Kline
  • Arianna Loucks
  • Keri-Anne Lue
  • Toni-Anne Lue
  • Patrick Mills
  • Sebastian Molina
  • Michael Pilch

All-State Choirs

November 15, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: , ,

Congratulations to the following students who will be representing Westminster Academy at the Florida Music Education Association Conference as part of the All-State Choir!

  • Christine Kamm—Sight-Reading Choir
  • Rachel Castillo—High School Concert Choir
  • Pauline Baxter—Middle School Mixed Choir

The All-State Choruses are highly select groups of choral students from Florida’s middle and high schools that join together for the purposes of rehearsing and performing selected music with guest conductors. The conference will be in January, in Tampa, Florida.

Robert Louis Stevenson Day

November 15, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

first-gradeThe first grade celebrated the Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday on Monday, November 13, at the Annual Our Children’s Garden of Verses Recitation! The morning began with full fanfare with our favorite bagpiper. As much as we love our authors of the month, they all point us to the Author and Perfecter of our faith! (Hebrews 12:2)

Sponsor Or Register For The BBI Sporting Clay Tournament!

November 15, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , ,

Register now for the 6th Annual WA Sporting Clay Tournament presented by BBI on Friday, December 1, at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee. Warm-up and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m. and tournament play will start at 10:00 a.m. Teams take a golf cart around a course of fourteen stations with each participant shooting at four clay pigeons per station. Lunch and the awards ceremony will follow the tournament at 1:00 p.m. If you do not own a shotgun, you will be able to rent one from Quail Creek.

All skill levels are welcome to participate! The registration fee is $300 per shooter or $1,100 for a foursome. Our participant gift this year is a dry-fit long sleeve shirt, so we ask that you please register by Monday, November 20, to ensure you receive the appropriate shirt size. All proceeds will be designated for the student financial assistance fund. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $200 and provide great marketing exposure to our school community. To register or become a sponsor, visit  wa.edu/clay or contact Director of Development, Sarah Hajduk, at hajduks@wa.edu or 954.771.4615, ext. 2504.