Posts Tagged ‘Lower School’

Fourth & Fifth Grade Spelling Bee

December 6, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags:

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 9.41.10 AMTuesday, December 5, 2017, the Lower School held the annual Scripps/Miami Herald 4th and 5th-grade spelling bee. The students were well-prepared and excited to show their spelling expertise. After 12 rounds of intense competition, Camilla Zayas-Cruz (4th Grade) won the spelling bee. Camilla will go on to represent Westminster Academy in the Miami Herald/Scripps National Spelling Bee for Broward County in March. Words that were spelled correctly and led to the final round were: “paralysis,” “fluorescent,” and “ricochet.” Emma Rosetti (5th Grade) came in second place, and Stefen Cammarata (5th Grade) won third place.

November Stewardship And Development Update

November 30, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , ,

In the next week, you will receive our calendar year-end newsletter in the mail highlighting the accomplishments of our students and recognizing those who have made a contribution to our school. Our two primary fundraising goals this year are raising $350,000 for tuition assistance and raising an additional $500,000 for the renovation of the Dr. Kenneth P. Wackes Media Center.

As of November 29, our total giving for this year is $191,375 with $87,000 designated for tuition assistance. Our fundraising theme for the 2017-18 school year is “All In”, and we hope you will consider joining with us by pledging or giving a year-end donation in December to help us meet our goals.

To make a donation or set up a pledge/recurring gift, please visit or mail a check to our school address. Please contact Sarah Hajduk, Director of Development, at or 954.771.4615, ext. 2504 for more information about how you can support WA. Thank you for supporting Westminster Academy this school year with your prayers, time, and financial gifts!



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)

Giving Tuesday—November 28

November 14, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , ,

Screen Shot 2016-11-17 at 8.39.42 AMGiving Tuesday, which began in 2012, is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Champion your favorite cause at WA by selecting your designation: Annual Fund Financial Assistance, Dr. Kenneth P. Wackes Media Center Renovation, Robotics, Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, or the Area of Greatest Need (Unrestricted). When you donate online at, you will receive an email with a link to share. We hope that you will consider making a gift to WA and share your support for our school on social media.

Fourth Grade Everglades Field Trip

November 6, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

IMG_3415.jpgOn Friday, November 3, the fourth-grade students took a field trip to the Everglades, along with a very special guest, Mr. Satterly! The students enjoyed learning about Seminole traditions and culture at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Festival where they even got see an alligator wrestling show. Afterward, they went to Billie Swamp Safari for an exciting afternoon. Students got to ride on airboats and swamp buggies through the Big Cypress Swamp in the Everglades and saw a number of animals in the wild while learning about the Everglades ecosystem! They also saw a snake show and got up close and personal with a skunk, alligator, armadillo, and more at a critter show. This was a fun-filled day of adventure for all. Thank you to Mr. Satterly for joining on this trip and to the wonderful parent chaperones who volunteered their time!

College Financial Planning 101—Monday, November 6

college-savings3Save the date! Parents of students of all ages, join us for College Planning 101 on Monday, November 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Fellowship Hall. WA alumni, Philip Piedt ’07 of Benchmark Financial and John Novoa ’02 of Thrivent Financial, will be sharing strategies for saving and preparing for higher education. Early preparation is key, so we encourage parents of preschoolers through seniors to attend. As a college preparatory school, we are excited to offer this event presented by our alumni who want to give back to their alma mater which laid a foundation for the success they experience today.


Join Us For One Cup — November 2

OneCupLogoOur Parent Teacher Fellowship welcomes you to join Mr. Satterly for coffee and pastries on Thursday, November 2, at 8:00 a.m. in Gangway (entry from the SW corner of the church). This new 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. Mr. Satterly’s first topic will be technology, as he shares reflections from The Tech-Wise Family, by Andy Crouch. We will end promptly at 8:30 a.m. to honor your time, but you are welcome to stay beyond that time to connect with Mr. Satterly and other parents.

Special thanks to our neighbor at west campus, The Atlantic Cypress Creek for sponsoring this event. For further information, contact Sarah Hajduk, Director of Development, at or 954.771.4615, ext. 2504.