Our Holy Child community was honored to welcome home Captain Curtis Feggins of the United States Air Force.
Captain Feggins is the father of two of our current students, Curtis and Madison. He has been stationed in Saudi Arabia for the past six months and was greatly missed by his family. Our school had the privilege of helping to surprise Curtis and Madison, with a surprise homecoming reunion with their father during our Monday morning assembly. As our headmaster, Mr. Art Viscusi spoke about the different branches of the military and asked students if anyone had any family members serving, Captain Feggins and Mrs. Feggins anxiously stood behind closed doors waiting for the moment to surprise their children. As the doors opened and Captain Feggins entered the room to thunderous applause and joyous tears, he was welcomed home with open arms by his children. Captain Feggins asked us to take a moment of silence to remember all those who served our country but would not be returning home. When our assembly was over, the first and second grade students joined the Feggins family in a welcome home reception! It was a wonderful way to be together and celebrate.
The students of Holy Child were so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of this moment. For many, it brought a deeper appreciation and understanding of the sacrifice these brave men and women in our military and their families make for all of us each and every day. With grateful hearts, the Holy Child community thanks Captain Feggins and his family for their sacrifice and service to our country. We are so proud of him and we are thankful for his safe return.
(Thank you to Newsday for covering the homecoming on May 14, 2019, and for the wonderful photos.)
It was a great night for Holy Child Academy as parents, faculty, students, and friends gathered for the inaugural Derby Party under the big tent. From the festive hats and bow ties, to the Mint Juleps, to watching the live Derby on the big screen, it was if Churchill Downs relocated to the campus of HCA. As guests bid on beautiful raffles, auction items and race raffles, children were delighted with pony rides and games from the indoor carnival.
The highlight of the evening was the "House Band" starring our Head of School, Art Viscusi, as lead guitarist and singer, and his family on vocals, drums and guitar. Thank you also to HCA's own Marc Levenson on piano, and Bill Gibbons on vocals and guitar. They had the dance floor hopping with classic rock and country hits!
The amazing event was the result of months of preparation by our Events Director, Angela Gibbons and Derby Co-Chairs, Christine Flanagan, Holly Levantino and Maria Nygaard. Thank you all for bringing the Holy Child family together for a night to remember! A warm thank you to all of our HCA friends for their donations and sponsorships; the event was made possible as a result of your generosity.
Multicultural Week at Holy Child Academy is week filled with the sights, sounds, tastes of different countries.
Multicultural Week at Holy Child Academy is week filled with the sights, sounds, tastes of different countries. Children in grades Kindergarten through 4th are immersed in a particular country for ten days, learning a countries history, culture and tradition. Throughout the week the children are engaged in exciting multicultural activities – singing traditional songs, dancing folk dances, making and tasting ethnic dishes, and creating representative art through many mediums. This year the students studied, Australia, Japan, England, Greece, and Italy.
Multicultural Week culminates for the young students on their grades special day. Dressed in their countries colors, the students present, in front of the entire school, important facts about their country, sing a traditional song, and recite a simple prayer in a foreign language. The entire student body then enjoys a traditional meal, prepared by Chef Micah, representing the “Country of the Day”. This year many children tasted for the first time, Dogwood Dogs from Australia, Chicken Teriyaki from Japan, Fish N Chips from England, Gyros from Greece and Eggplant Parmesan from Italy. So exciting and so much learning!
Inspired by Caine Monroy, an East Los Angeles boy, who built a working arcade in the front of his father’s auto parts store, our sixth grade students worked in groups to make arcade games of their own. Using no electrical parts, only cardboard, tape, other simple materials and most importantly their imaginations, each group was challenged to design a unique game. Working throughout January during Instructional Technology class, the sixth graders created a bowling game, a ring toss game, a bunny flower throw game, and a knock down the clown game. Realizing how fun the games were, the class invited the Holy Child Academy first grade to come play. The first graders loved having the morning off to play games and spend time with the sixth graders. The sixth graders, in turn, were very proud to share their successful creations with their younger HCA family members. If you would like to watch the video about Caine’s arcade or learn more about what he has inspired across the country the website is: http://cainesarcade.com/