"When what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at, and what drives your economic engine come together, not only does your work move toward greatness but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work." Jim Collins
Dear School Community:

I believe I was born a bit of an idealist and stoic.

It was my father who embedded practicality into my days--and for that I thank him. I now am able to dream with my feet firmly planted on the ground.

Three essentials of stoic philosophy that have served me well throughout the years are summed up in Ryan Holiday's book, "The Daily Stoic" (p. 12):
(1) Control your perceptions,
(2) Direct your actions properly,
(3) Willingly accept what is outside your control.

As we begin this new decade, I encourage you to instill in your children an understanding of these essentials. It will serve to build character and resilience, which they will need in abundance as they maneuver the rapidly changing world and come to understand that we are a product of our choices. I encourage you to read the article on resilience and remind you of the parent seminar on Jan. 16, 6:30 pm, at 41 Broad Street (Leman Prep: "Parenting Speaker Series--Student Mental Health"). We are so fortunate to be part of this great school community.

Kindest Regards,

Ms. Coombs
Head of School

Jan. 15- Board of Trustees Mtg.
Jan. 16- First to Fourth Grades at Chelsea Piers
Jan. 20- No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Jan. 29- Parent Association Mtg.
Jan. 31- Noon Dismissal and AOSJ Ski Trip to Lake Placid


Students in third through seventh grade will be participating in CTP-5 testing February 3 through 21. Ms. DiBlasi is preparing a schedule that will be shared with you. There will be no testing on Mondays.


Special thanks to Cierra Potter for covering the office on Friday, January 10th.

We recognize Stephen Taylor, Maria Luisa Balestriere, Leela DeBraganca, and Ava Ayala for leading in morning assembly and Dylan Cocoziello for reading at Mass. Thank you, Ms. Pizarro and Mr. Corrigan for also reading at Mass.



Cathy David will host our 4th annual talent show on Thursday, February 6, at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Cathy David at This has always been an absolutely delightful evening. Thank you, Cathy. 

Talent Show expectations have been emailed to the community.  Please review these guidelines with your child.


Mr. T. has started to plan our annual musical. He will be assisted by Mr. Willis.

The students in PK, K, 1st, and 2nd grades will share a choral presentation on Monday, May 18th immediately following morning assembly.

Students in 3rd through 8th grade will work together on a musical, with the show to be slated for Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 pm.


Join us on Thursday, Jan. 30, immediately following morning assembly, for our annual Geography Bee. Thank you, Mr. Hurwitz, for your work to prepare our students. Please join us.


Please join the administration for one of our annual coffee chats. This is an opportunity for conversation about the Academy as we think about and plan for the upcoming year. The times are scheduled for after morning assembly and prior to dismissal.

Thursday, Jan. 30- 2:45 pm 
Monday, February 3- 8:45 am

We continue to keep Narda in our thoughts and prayers along with all the men and women who serve our country.

Let us also keep the citizens of Australia in our prayers as they endure the impact of the bush fires.
Two seniors from Xavier High School will be volunteering every Monday, beginning January 27th.  The gentlemen are required to complete 72 hours of service. We have been fortunate to have students from Xavier volunteer for the past several years. What wonderful role-models for our students.


Grades closed on Friday, Dec. 20. Report cards are generated on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Honors recognitions are Thursday, Jan. 23.


Our next conference day will be February 5. Mr. Barrett will write to you on January 21 with sign-up instructions. US students are expected to attend their conferences; LS students have a no-school day.


Mr. Barrett will send electronic re-enrollment contracts and a corresponding cover letter to current families on January 22nd. Contracts are due on February 6th. Please let Ms. Coombs know if you have any questions. Ms. Coombs will sign contracts and a copy will be returned to you. Tuition will remain the same if your contract and deposit are returned by February 6th.  Tuition will be increased by $1000.00 if submitted after the February 7th deadline.

We welcomed Joe Lanigan (6th grade)and Gabe Matloff (7th grade) and their families to the Academy this month.


We celebrate the following birthdays in January:

1/3- Patrick Mulvihill
1/4- Ms. DiBlasi
1/7- Coach George
1/26- Ms. Crisostomo
1/27- Luca Diamantini


NORY, the group that offers our STEM/Robots after-school class, will also offer a day camp to interested students on Feb. 5 (conference day). This is a fun way for kids to try out the scientific method. Please look out for an upcoming email with details.

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