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Dinner Belles Supports School and Community

The Dinner Belles dinner and auction on Saturday, April 21, showed more than 300 guests “La Belle Vie,” or the beautiful life at Mount St. Mary Academy, with a Parisian theme and an overwhelming outpouring of support for the school community. With a live and silent auction, wine pull and first-ever paddle raise for tuition assistance, this year’s event was one of the most successful yet for Dinner Belles, which benefits the school’s annual giving campaign The Fund for Mount St. Mary.

 

Highlights from the live auction included VIP stress-free graduation tickets, a “Night to Remember” dinner party with Chef Paul Novicky, Steven Lagos jewelry package from Sissy’s Log Cabin and a trip for 10 to Costa Rica. In the silent auction Dinner Belles guests bid on everything from artwork and accessories to a guided duck hunt and Razorback Football Parents Weekend at the University of Arkansas, and even a beautiful array of chairs and stools painted by MSM art students.

 

The live auction was followed by the first-ever Tuition Assistance Paddle Raise, which raised $12,850 in contributions designated to helping MSM students and families in need of financial assistance. Guests were invited to raise their bid card as the auctioneer called out increments of money to support tuition assistance, which benefits approximately 24% of the student body at Mount St. Mary.

 

A filet mignon dinner was provided by Samantha and Chris Tanner of Cheers in the Heights with beverages sponsored by Christine and Jay Castillo of Anheuser Busch and Robert Weyrens of The Ridge Wine & Spirits. The MSM Class of 1985 assumed this year’s bragging rights as the class donating the most wine to the 2018 Dinner Belles Wine Cellar, which hosted a variety of wines for guests to enjoy.

 

Special thanks were given to Presenting Sponsor CHI St. Vincent, auctioneer Billy Hartnedy (CHS Grad and MSM Dad), and the wonderful 2018 Dinner Belles Committee chaired by MSM mom Karen Tlapek. All in all, the night was a huge success with sponsors, participants and volunteers donating their time, talent and treasure and helping to ensure the Mount St. Mary legacy for future generations.  Merci beaucoup!

 

Photos from Dinner Belles 2018

 

   


 

 

2018 Tuition Raffle Winner Announced

Congratulations to the Moreland family, this year’s winner of the Belle Booster Tuition Raffle. The second annual tuition raffle offered a chance to win a year of free tuition to parents of current students and 8th graders planning to attend Mount St. Mary Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. The drawing  was held on March 15 at the Mount St. Mary Academy Lip Sync.

 

The raffle proceeds benefit student clubs, organizations and athletic teams at Mount St. Mary Academy. Thank you to all the families who participated in the tuition raffle to support programs for MSM students!

 

Photo: Mount St. Mary 10th grader Naomi Moreland is announced the winner of the 2018-2019 tuition raffle, accompanied by MSM Special Events Coordinator Lauren Clay, Principal Angie Collins, President Karen Flake and Director of Institutional Advancement Kirsten Dickins.

 


 

 

 

Six-Week Basketball Skills Academy for 4th-8th Graders

Spring Basketball Academy at Mount St. Mary Academy gives players in 4th through 8th grades the opportunity to build a basketball skill foundation and love of the game. Instructors will focus on fundamental basketball skills including dribbling, shooting, passing, defense principles, team and individual competition.

 

Sundays & Mondays, April 9 – May 20
MSM McAuley Center Gym, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

 

Monday, April 9
Sunday, April 15
Monday, April 23
Monday, April 30
Sunday, May 6
Monday, May 14
Sunday, May 20

 

Cost: $125 (6-week session)

 

Download a registration form here.

 

For more information, contact Coach Lauren Ramsey at lramsey@mtstmary.edu.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Lenten Reflection with MSM Campus Ministry Invites All

We hope you will join us for an evening of reflection and discussion led by our current students, the members of Liturgy Team. The Mount St. Mary Academy Liturgy Team is comprised of a select group of 11th and 12th grade students of any faith denomination. Their role is to help build a Christ-centered community of faith within the school.

 

Lenten Evening of Reflection
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
MSM Hospitality Room

 

5:30 p.m.   Light supper

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.    Lenten Reflection

 

Cost: $10.00  (There is a small $10 charge to help offset expenses)

 

This year’s Lenten theme is “Faith can move MOUNTains.”  Friday, March 2 is the last day to register: https://tinyurl.com/ydc9hdpu

 

 


 

 

 

2018 Alumnae Career Day celebrates its 4th year

Career Day 2018 welcomed 45 alumnae of the school to visit with our current students about their professional expertise and career paths. Students attended up to two sessions, where they were invited to hear from and ask questions of panels from a variety of different fields, including health care, arts, business, education, finance, law, information technology, and engineering. Careers and ministry in nonprofit, public service and religious life offered additional insight into life choices to help people through service.

 

Thank you to all of our “Mount girls” who volunteered as 2018 panel speakers, traveling from as far away as California and conducting the IT session via Skype. Many of the alumnae shared the same sentiment: Mount St. Mary taught them to give back and they wanted to give back to their alma mater and its current students.

 

Mount St. Mary Career Day is held each February as a collaborative effort of the Counselors and Alumnae Office. Career Day is one way that Mount St. Mary Academy encourages students to explore their interests and passions as an extension of their academic program and in the process better understand themselves, their community and the world.

 

 

 

2018 Homecoming and Founders Week Celebrations

Mount St. Mary Academy celebrated Founders Week during the first week of February. The week marks 167 years since the school’s founding Sisters of Mercy opened the school on February 5, 1851, at the request of Arkansas’ first Catholic Bishop.

 

Leading up to Founders Week, the school’s Homecoming basketball game took place at the Catholic High School gymnasium, where the Belles played the Central High School Tigers. MSM basketball team member Lona Ceccherini was crowned 2018 Homecoming Queen as the Mount St. Mary Homecoming Court was announced before the game began.

 

On Tuesday, February 6, the student body gathered in the McAuley Center for the Mount St. Mary Academy Founders Day and Sophomore Pin Mass. As students entered the gymnasium, the Angelus Bell rang out 167 times in honor of the school’s 167-year history. The bell was given to the Sisters by Bishop Andrew Byrne at the school’s first location in downtown Little Rock. As part of the Founders Day Mass, the 10th graders in the Class of 2020 received their Mercy pins, which serve as reminders to the sophomores to live the Mercy values in their everyday lives.

 

Founders Week 2018 ended with a new celebration for parents, alumnae and friends of the school. The first-ever Belles Birthday Bingo was held Friday, February 9, in the McAuley Center gymnasium. Parent volunteers served up grilled hot dogs, a chili bar and birthday cake before the bingo games began. Two fifty/fifty “split the pot” games rewarded two lucky winners, alumnae Debbie Wright Harris ’75 and Marilyn Lenggenhager ’73, and proceeds from the event benefited the Belles Booster Club, which supports student programs and activities at Mount St. Mary.

 

Fore more photos from these events, click the Flickr albums below.

 

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Belles Birthday Bingo Joins Founders Week Celebrations

This year a “new” event invites parents, alumnae, faculty/staff, volunteers and friends to come together for a traditional favorite – BINGO!  Mount St. Mary Academy invites the entire school community  to come together on Friday, February 9, to honor the school’s 167-year tradition of excellence during Founders Week and celebrate with food and games. The Dads Club and Birthday Bingo Committee will be providing hot dogs on the grill and a chili toppings bar. Tickets are $30 for individuals/$50 for couples and include dinner, beer and wine, and 10 bingo play cards per person with additional cards available for purchase.

 

BELLES BIRTHDAY BINGO

Friday, February 9

MSM McAuley Center

Dinner 6 to 7 p.m., Bingo 7 to 9 p.m.

must be 21 years of age to attend

 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! 

 


 

 

 

Giving Tuesday Shares the Love with MSM

This year on #GivingTuesday, November 28, Mount St. Mary Academy received an inspirational outpouring of support, as parents, alumnae and friends of the school joined together to show their charitable spirit to the “best school we know.” Just over $26,000 was donated in the online campaign that called on supporters through emails and social media to “share the love” with The Mount on Tuesday, November 28.

 

Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season following the commercial days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year over 1,640,000 gifts and $177,000,000 were raised online in over 98 countries, according to the Giving Tuesday website.

 


 

 

 

Booster Club’s Chills & Thrills 5K celebrates second year

A beautiful fall day in Arkansas welcomed more than 200 runners, walkers, children and pets to take part in the second annual Chills & Thrills 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run on the Mount St. Mary Academy campus.

 

MSM Rockettes cheered on race participants, some dressed in seasonal costumes, to start the challenging course throughout the Hillcrest neighborhood. Highlights included water stops with MSM costumed cross country team members as well as the “Nightmare on Elm Street,” the culminating hill before the 5K home stretch.

 

Children ages 6 to 12 had the option of participating in the one-mile Monster Dash, which circled the campus and ended with an obstacle course of tire hopping, belly crawling, wall scaling, sack racing fun. Racing their way to the finish, each race participant rang a bell to signal successful race completion and was awarded a “Survivor” medal.

 

Mad Scientists, MSM science instructors Dr. Tina Hendrickson and Ms. Robin Johnson, performed science demonstrations like the “magic pitcher,” which used the pH of liquids to change colors, and the crowd-pleasing observation of explosive qualities in varying concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. Afterwards, the Mad Scientist Activity Lab let participants experience hands-on activities like decoding secret messages, dissecting earthworms and creating bubbling slime.

 

Thank you to all of the event participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the 2017 Chills & Thrills event a huge success, with nearly double the participation over last year’s race. Event proceeds benefit all extracurricular programs at Mount St. Mary Academy.

 

More photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm63EAuy

 

 


2017 Chills & Thrills Sponsors

 

Presenting Sponsor
CHI St. Vincent

Silver Sponsor
Meadors Adams & Lee Insurance

Bronze
Bank of Little Rock
Bank of Little Rock Mortgage
Kutak Rock LLP

Purple 

Arkansas Pet Cremation
Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics
CustomXM
Elite Functional Rehab
Executive Services
Flake & Kelly Commercial
Dr. Thomas and Cynthia Frazier
Integrity Products, Inc.
The Janet Jones Company/ Debbie Teague
McLarty Volvo Cars of Little Rock
Qualchoice Health Insurance
Paychex
Pulaski County Title, LLC
Ray Lusk Plumbing
Relyance Bank
Stone Bank
Thomas & Thomas LLP
Vondran Orthodontics
Wardlaw Orthodontics
Wright Lindsey Jennings

Holy Ghost

Bar Louie
Susan & Tim Boe
Cross Tire Pros
Edwards Food Giant
Krebs Brothers Supply
Kim & Quentin Markland

 

 


 

 

 

Chills & Thrills 5K on October 7 benefits MSM student programs

Mark your calendars and “Conquer the Hills” of the Mount St. Mary Academy Chills & Thrills 5K, benefiting extracurricular programs for all Mount St. Mary Academy students.
5K Run/Walk timed by Hudson Race Timing  (8 a.m.)
– Hilly course through the Hillcrest neighborhood with a “Nightmare on Elm Street”
– Prizes for male and female age groups and BEST COSTUMES
One-Mile Kids Fun Run  (9:15 a.m.)
– Monster Dash for ages 6-12 years with costumed monsters along the race route
– Obstacle Course at the end of the route
Mad Scientist Show and Activity Lab (10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.)
$15 No prior registration is required
($10 with Monster Dash runner’s bib and FREE with 5K and Monster Dash bibs)
– Mount St. Mary Mad Scientist duo demonstrations of mind-boggling experiments
– Hands-on activities like bubbling slime, tie dye bandanas and color-changing key rings
Family Fun and Food  (10:30 to Noon)
– Race snack bar for runners and festive brunch fare available for additional cost
– Yummy chicken and waffles specialty dish

 

This festive fall event on the Mount St. Mary campus is open to the community and guaranteed to be a scream!

 

Event schedule and sign-up: mtstmary.edu/chills-and-thrills

Junior Takeover Day: What a Circus!

photo by Caty Nosal, MSM yearbook

 

The Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2018 celebrated their “graduation” to the senior class at Junior Take Over Day (JTOD) 2017: Senior Circus. The mimes, animals, cotton candy, ring leaders and plenty of clowns gathered before school to have breakfast together and decorate their cars and the school with signs to “Step Right Up to the Senior Circus.”

 

View photos from Junior Take Over Day:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskVC6TSp

 

 

 

Mercy & Me: A Celebration of Leadership

 

The fourth biennial Mercy & Me Luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Statehouse Convention Center downtown. The signature event was created by Mount St. Mary Academy as an opportunity for alumnae, friends and family to celebrate Mercy-inspired leadership in Little Rock and beyond — from the proud mother to the business professional to the community leader.

 

The speaker for the luncheon was Linda Rowe Thomas—celebrity fashion designer, burn survivor and inspirational speaker. Mrs. Thomas’ keynote address told the story of her accident and her mother’s faith and encouragement throughout her ongoing recovery process, and she spoke about self-acceptance and opening herself to God’s love and plan for her life.

 

Prior to the luncheon, Mrs. Thomas addressed the student body in the Mount St. Mary McAuley Center, where students modeled designs from her fashion line, Romás by Linda Rowe Thomas, as well as fashions by David’s Bridal and Proposals.

 

Mount St. Mary Academy has the distinct honor of being the only all-girls secondary school in Arkansas. And throughout its 166-year history, the Mount remains a dignified, stately testimonial to the unceasing labors of the Sisters of Mercy and the more than 20,000 graduates who have emerged from the school stronger in wisdom, compassion and integrity.

 

Click here to see a video of the keynote address by Linda Rowe Thomas:

[https://youtu.be/u8yY_L1P9sc]

 

View photos from the event:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtstmary/albums

 

 

We Have a Winner for the Tuition Raffle

Free tuition at Mount St. Mary Academy for one year.

 

That’s what the first-ever Tuition Raffle offered parents of current students and 8th graders planning to attend Mount St. Mary Academy next year. The raffle, presented by the Mount St. Mary Belle Booster Club, was kicked off during Catholic Schools Week in January to raise funds for student activities at Mount St. Mary Academy.

 

The Bray family was the winner of the full year of tuition to be applied to the 2017-2018 school year. The drawing  was held on April 26 at the Mercy & Me student program. Thank you to all the families who participated in the tuition raffle to support extracurricular programs for MSM students!

 

 

Mount St. Mary Academy to Honor Mercy Legacy

During the month of May, as Mount St. Mary Academy celebrates the gift of the past school year, the oldest ministry in the former St. Louis Region will be celebrating with hearts of gratitude another time of special importance.

 

To honor the Mercy legacy at the school, Mercy Moments on Our Journey will be held at Mount St. Mary Convent on Sunday, May 7th from 4 to 6 p.m. with comments at 5 p.m. Light refreshments, libations and tea will be provided.

 

Two Sisters in residence at the school, Sister Mary Ann Hardcastle and Sister Mary Jolitta Konecny, will be recognized in light of their significance. Both are graduates and former members of the faculty who have reached the graceful wisdom of 80 years this March. Due to multiple circumstances for community and ministry, the Sisters will be relocating to Catherine McAuley Convent in Barling, Arkansas. The South Central Leadership Team has communicated their wish to deed the Mount St. Mary Convent residence to the ministry leadership at Mount St. Mary Academy.

 

As with all Mercy experiences, Mount St. Mary is blessed to continue to have the presence and ministry of Sister Joan Pfauser bringing the daily gift of Mercy presence as a school counselor. The school is also privileged to have six Sisters of Mercy actively serving on the Academy and Foundation boards.

 

With deep thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness and for the courage of those who have helped bring Mount St. Mary to this point, all who have been a part of her history are invited to celebrate these Mercy Moments on Our Journey. Guests attending should RSVP to Shannon Tanner at 501.476.3367 or stanner@mtstmary.edu.

 

 

Fathers and Daughters Compete at Family Feud

The first-ever March Madness Father-Daughter Family Feud event created quite a stir in the McAuley Center on Saturday, March 4th at Mount St. Mary Academy. Presented by the Belle Booster Club, the event benefited Mount St. Mary student clubs, organizations and athletic teams. Following rules of the popular game show, teams of dads and daughters faced off to answer popular survey questions and try for their chance to enter the final round.

 

Congratulations to the Clark/Wahlgreen/Crow team, winner of this year’s March Madness Family Feud! And thank you to the extremely creative and hardworking event chairs, MSM parents Kelly and Roy Snook, and the student committee for all of their vision and planning for this event.

 

 

Mercy & Me Jewelry February Offer:

Teacup and Teapot set, $30-$50 ($70 regular price)

 

“Make sure they have
a comfortable cup of tea before I go.”

– Catherine McAuley

 

You can now remember Catherine McAuley’s “comfortable cup of tea” with one of our very special Mercy & Me custom jewelry pieces that feature MSM student artwork of a teacup and teapot. During the month of February, receive TWO FOR $50 – the Teacup bracelet and Teapot necklace (regularly $70) or teacup and teapot pendants – TWO FOR $30.

 

Learn more about the Mercy significance of tea from Erica ’17, creator of this year’s Mercy & Me cast pendants, or purchase Mercy & Me jewelry here.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss out on MSM Chills & Thrills, October 29

 

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Mark your calendar for Chills &Thrills, the spook-tacular new event by the MSM Booster Club to benefit co-curricular programs at Mount St. Mary Academy. Join us as we celebrate a day full of Halloween fun on the Mount St. Mary campus to include a 5K Monster Dash, “Mount Scary Academy” haunted house, Boo-tique shopping, frightful feast and an adults-only party.

 

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

 

Event Time:  5K Monster Dash, 8 a.m.; Tricks-n-Treats Family Fun, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Twilight Bash, 7 to 10 p.m.

 

Tickets and information: http://mtstmary.edu/chills-and-thrills

 

Get your tickets before October 22 – You’ll scream if you miss this!