We observed the Feast of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, beloved foundress of our school, on Friday, Nov. 17 with an all-school liturgy in Rauch Memorial. Rev. Zac Povis presided at the liturgy attended by students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and parents of alumni. Pre-Primary students took part in the opening procession, laying oak leaves at the feet of a wooden statue of St. Philippine that was recently gifted to the Academy by Rob and Susie Le Clercq of Lake Forest, Ill., “in gratitude for many blessings received from Philippine Duchesne while in their home.” Carved by liturgical artist Sebastian Buscher, the statue now graces the entrance of Cribbin Hall library. 

Our three ASH robotics teams–the King of Robotics, Sharp Minded Stingers (a.k.a. Aqua Ducks) and Gadget Girls–competed in the First Lego League tournament Nov. 12. The tournament was comprised of three different challenges:

  1. Robot Games, in which the team programs an EV3 robot to perform tasks on a game board,
  2. Project, in which teams develop a solution to a real world problem, and
  3. Core Values, which focuses on teamwork and gracious professionalism. 

The Kings of Robotics team won a Project Award for their micro hydro-turbine design, and the Sharp Minded Stingers won the Core Values Award.

Congratulations to all 20 of our Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Class students who participated in the robotics tournament, along with coaches Mrs. Ahlheim, Peter Robben, Vicky Jordan, Liz Leight and Dan Tropp ’10. Great job!

Watch for an announcement of the upcoming winter/spring 2017 robotics session.

Joyeux Halloween! Watch as our Fourth Class students recite “Five Little Pumpkins” in French; our Primaries interpret.

Thanks to the Fathers’ Club for orchestrating our Trunk or Treat event on Sunday. What a fun night! More photos can be found on our Facebook page.