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New WA Spirit Wear Available Today After School!

January 18, 2018 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 1.12.33 PMStop by the school store and pick up newly designed WA outerwear! These items are not just your ordinary sweatshirts—they are the response to students’ requests. The school store is stocked with the items that rose to the top of the list and open on Tuesdays from 2:45 p.m. through 3:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. through 8:15 a.m.

This Thursday, January 18, the store will also be open from 2:45 p.m. through 3:15 p.m. so you can get the latest apparel for Spirit Day tomorrow!

Become An Auction Sponsor

Come away with WA at our annual dinner auction, Adventure Awaits, on Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Fellowship Hall. This is our largest fundraising event of the year, so please get involved! Our goal is for sponsorships and underwriting to cover all of our expenses so that all funds raised at the auction go directly to the Dr. Kenneth P. Wackes Media Center renovation. Please click here to purchase tickets or view sponsor opportunities beginning at $500.

We encourage all of our families to get involved by acquiring items. There are incentives for students including an ice cream party for Lower School, a jeans day for Middle School and community service hours for High School. Click here to download acquisition forms which are also available in the lower and upper school offices. You may return the acquisition form with the gift card/item to Lynn Barbar in the Development Office so we can thank the donor and give your child credit for the gift. Lower school class basket items should be turned in to your child’s teacher.

Please contact Sarah Hajduk, Director of Development, at or 954.771.4615, ext. 2504 for further information.

High School Preview Night—Monday, January 22

January 17, 2018 Posted in: School News Tags:

Calling all eighth-grade students! You are about to embark upon an incredibly important season of individual growth academically, spiritually, athletically, and socially. As you anticipate the next school year, those making the important leap into high school—and your parents—are invited to a High School Preview Night in the DeVos Chapel at 6:30 p.m.

This event is designed to highlight some of the new and exciting ways your season as a Westminster Academy high school student will be a great one while preparing you for college and your career. Come hear from some of the leaders representing the WA high school—in Athletics, Fine Arts, College Planning and Placement, and Co-Curricular Programming. Some of our recent graduates, who are attending the finest colleges and universities in the country, will share their experiences, and you will also hear an inspiring testimony from a WA parent.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Save The Date For One Cup — February 1

OneCupLogoOur Parent Teacher Fellowship welcomes you to join Mr. Satterly for coffee and pastries on Thursday, February 1, at 8:00 a.m. in Gangway (entry from the SW corner of the church). This quarterly event, designed for busy parents, is an opportunity to gather in an informal setting to discuss a parenting topic in about the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, immediately following drop-off. We will end promptly at 8:45 a.m. to honor your time, but you are welcome to stay beyond that time to connect with Mr. Satterly and other parents.

If you would like to sponsor this event please contact Sarah Hajduk, Director of Development, at or 954.771.4615, ext. 2504.

Women’s Prayer And Bible Study Opportunities

Coral Ridge Women’s Ministry invites you to a lunchtime Bible Study on Mondays in the DeVos Chapel from noon to 1:00 p.m. beginning January 22. Discussions on Becoming a Woman of Strength by Cynthia Heald will be led by three WA moms at different life stages: Sarah Hajduk (elementary mom), Blair Critch (middle school mom), and Heather Moraitis (high school mom). No homework is required and books will be provided. You can also order this book on Amazon if you prefer to have your own copy. For more information, contact Heather Moraitis at 954-303-3448.

In addition to this, the WA Moms in Prayer group meets every Friday while school is in session at 8:00 a.m. at Coral Ridge in the Fellowship Hall Meeting Room (accessed from the south entrance).  Moms in Prayer International has groups in 140 countries and you are invited to cover our administration, faculty and staff, and students in prayer. This ministry is organized by Dr. Alba Marrero, Alejandra Ora, and Ediany Carbon. If you would like to more information, please email Ediany at Prayer requests can be emailed to as this group desires to lift up specific needs in our community.

WA Students’ Environmental Work Are Film Festival Winners

January 16, 2018 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

WOWCongratulations to Wild Over Wildlife for winning in both the High School and Middle School categories of The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and Youth Making Ripples film festivals for young conservationists.

Wild Over Wildlife was founded by WA students Christian, Derek, and Landon Petrisko in 2009 as a voice for the voiceless animals of the world.

In the High School division, WA students Christian (Senior) and Derek (Freshman) Petrisko, filmed, wrote and produced Giant Problems for Giants, spanning the globe to highlight the plight of several endangered species. The students used drone footage to show American crocodiles in Costa Rica, dove with sharks off Oahu and Mexico, and braved freezing temperatures to film manatees. They also filmed manta rays during a spectacular night dive off the Kona coast. This film took top honors at Mote Marine Laboratory in December.

In the Middle School division, seventh-grade WA students Landon Petrisko, Lucas Retford, and Stephen Seckinger teamed up for Six, a powerful film about a possible sixth mass extinction. Global warming, deforestation, pollution, and over-hunting are all anthropogenic causes putting the planet at risk. The students had inspiration and guidance from Racing Extinction star, Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer.

Visit to learn more about Wild Over Wildlife projects.

Rio Vista Community Church Invites Moms To Divine MOMedy2

January 11, 2018 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

MOMSFor the second year, Rio Vista Community Church is proud to present an evening of entertainment for women with guest comedienne, Dede Lomenick. “The Divine MOMedy2—The Mother Lode” will be a hilarious night of comedy and music as Dede shares all-new material on Friday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m.

To get an idea of the fun, view clips from last year’s show or visit Rio Vista’s Facebook page.

Tickets are available to purchase here for $20.00 or $15.00 (for groups of 10+). Included in the price is a reception with food and dessert. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.00, dependent on space.

All proceeds benefit Moms on a Mission, a ministry of Rio Vista Community Church.