19Sep

Recovering Silence

Dear Families, Welcome to (unbelievably) the third week of school. Many parents, teachers, and children have remarked to me recently that they cannot believe how quickly time is flying. It has been gratifying to see how quickly and smoothly the students and staff have settled into routines of hard work and play. Schoolwork procedures become ingrained, recess games begin swiftly, and everyone is happy to be together once again. Serendipitously, my husband and I undertook a silent retreat the weekend before school began. The Trappist Monastery was booked six months in advance; so, when we made...

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12Sep

Who is iGen?

Dear Families, I digress to a note about the tone of this message: I promise to be more upbeat in future messages. The school year is off to a fantastic start. A question that keeps nudging me I would imagine is nudging all of you: What kind of world will our children enter? What will it be like for our children when they mature into adulthood? The answer to that question starts with what is happening right now, and what is happening is right in our hands. Dr. Jean Twenge is a psychologist and secular observer of generational behaviors and attitudes. In her newest book entitled, ““iGen: Why T...

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07Aug

Affirmed in Purpose: Reflections on Classical Education

I had the privilege of attending the 6th Annual National Catholic Classical Schools Conference this summer, hosted at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. After reflecting on the experience, I wanted to share my thoughts. It has been a long time since I was away from my family for several days. The only other time I was away for school-related purposes was a two-week marketing trip to China in 2012. My daughter Jubilee was barely six months old at the time. I vividly recall standing in my hotel room, longing to attend Mass, but quite uncertain as to how to find a legitimate Ma...

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25Jul

The Synergy Between Faith and Science

"Faith asks that its object be understood with the help of reason; and at the summit of its searching, reason acknowledges that it cannot do without what faith presents."

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05Jul

4th Quarter Academic Honors 2017-2018

Thirty-six students earned a position on the Headmaster’s List with a 4.0 average for the fourth quarter. The school’s curriculum is based on the classical education model that seeks to impart knowledge grounded in the truth, goodness, and beauty of creation. It continues to maintain a surging enrollment in the twenty-fifth year of operation.

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10Jun

Commencement: To Begin Anew

Introductory Remarks, Headmaster Derek Tremblay On behalf of the soon-to-be graduates, their parents, and the faculty of Mount Royal Academy, I welcome you to the 2018 commencement exercises. After reminiscing with parents and faculty on Thursday night, a clear theme emerged. These are good-natured young men, boys at times, and not all of them are boys. Out of the 20 graduates here today, there are 2 young women after all. Don’t feel bad for them: they don’t feel bad for themselves. During the Baccalaureate Mass, Fr. Michael exhorted the graduates to never forget the context of all the knowled...

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01Jun

Virtue in Retrospect

Often the fruits of our labors are difficult to appreciate in the present moment. It’s possible to miss them entirely in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Only when the opportunity to pause and reflect comes along, can these fruits be identified.

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16May

Awards, Anxiety, & the Teachable Moment

Dear Families, As Mr. Tremblay mentioned last week, our annual awards ceremony will take place in St. Joseph Center on June 4 beginning at 6 p.m.  We are making a slight change to the format – the grade 1-5 awards will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a brief intermission and concluding with grade 6-11 awards at 6:45 p.m. – which we hope will allow those with younger kiddos to be home earlier. To be perfectly honest, the awards ceremony always causes the faculty a bit of angst.  We try to balance the fact that every student in this school is a unique and extraordinary child of God with our beli...

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14May

A New Beginning Awaits

As we approach the end of the 2017 - 2018 school year, it seems as though we can't slow time down. We are just under four weeks from Baccalaureate Mass (June 8) and then the commencement exercises (June 9) on the day after.  We invite you to celebrate the God-given vocation of our graduates by attending our commencement activities.  On June 10, MRA will have graduated 87 students since 2003, with 70 of those graduates coming after 2010. That was the year when we committed to the PreK - 12 educational model, and we are really starting to see the fruit with each graduating class. The Class of 2...

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10May

The Math We All Know

The math curriculum at Mount Royal strives to take children from number literacy and arithmetic in the elementary school through Calculus or Calculus readiness in 12th grade.  After a strong foundation in classical arithmetic, our students are prepared to accept the rigors of higher math.  When experienced from the beginning, the Mount Royal math curriculum develops students into proficient mathematicians and problem solvers. We carefully choose resources which do not support Common Core.  Fundamentally, the idea of categorizing and regimenting student success within this standard is contrary...

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