11May

Dignity, Decorum, and Dress Code

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
which you have from God?
You are not your own; you were bought with a price.
So glorify God in your body." -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Elevate

Several months ago, I said to Mr. Tremblay, “It might be time to revisit our dress code and uniform supplier.”  Dress code compliance has dipped to a low level and some of the uniform items are outdated.  On top of that, some families are still waiting for clothing they ordered back in August! It seemed like a good and necessary thing to do and the perfect time to do it. ...



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13Apr

Going to the Cross

“Yours ways, O God, are holy,
What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders.
You showed your power among the peoples.
Your strong arm redeemed your people,
the sons of Jacob and Joseph.” - Psalm 77

In speaking with an old friend earlier this week, I was reminded of how hard Holy Week can hit. It seems like every Lent, our resolve to really put our full effort in preparing for the Triduum is confronted with the reality that we can’t choose our crosses. He commented to me that he felt he was in a good place going into this week, and then boom - Monday ha...





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07Apr

Third Quarter Academic Honors

Grade 6

Headmaster’s List: Allison Cass

Honors: Eva Dowd, Ella Gifford, Clayton Herrick, Charles Lee, Kathryn McLaughlin, Liam O’Brien


Grade 7

Headmaster’s List: Sophie Chimienti, Kylie Cole, Katherine Messmore, Lindsey Smrkovski

Honors: Maia Dow, Eva Gannon, Brody Jeanson, Nicholas Lavertue


Grade 8

Headmaster’s List: Lucja Fryckowska, Franciszek Fryckowski,

High Honors: Matthew Bissah, Elyse Bowers, Will Kalpakgian

Honors: Warren Bugbee, Serenity Cole, Maria Fraioli, Taylor Goodspeed, Lucy Lee


Grade 9

Headmaster’s list: Marianne Dowsett, Luke Moorehouse, Gemma Josephs

Honor...

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23Mar

What is truth?

What is Truth?

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”  “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said,
“I find no basis for a charge against him.”-- John 18:37-38

Day after day, as I criss-cross campus, I am struck anew with the beauty that is classical education. It is a distinctly human education in that it respects the three stages of learning that all children pass th...

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09Mar

The Holy Spirit is the unifier!

"Let us give thanks to the Father
for having made you worthy
to share the lot of the saints
in light." - Colossians 1:12

This has been a fantastic school year thus far, and the future is even brighter! I have to confess that years ago I began the intentional habit of more concretely using the third person in speech and in writing. This is our school. We all play an instrumental role, here and at home. We rely on the gifts and guidance of others to carry on this mission, in both the daily and consequential decisions we make. 

As many of you know, the Tremblay household is growing a...



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09Feb

Pushing against the rock

"Frost and chill, bless the Lord,
Ice and snow, bless the Lord."
- Daniel 3: 69 - 70

Winter is not my favorite time of the year.  Unlike the three young men in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) I often neglect to bless the Lord for frost, chill, ice, and snow.  I tend to plod along through the winter, counting the days until spring.  

The festivities of Christmas are long past and liturgically we find ourselves in “ordinary time.”  It might be natural to think of ordinary time as a bleak, boring season in the church, but that is not what ordinary time is about.

During my training in Catech...


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03Feb

Second Quarter Academic Honors

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26Jan

Student Reflection on the March for Life

Reflections on the March for Life

This past Friday I was fortunate enough to attend the 49th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. The March is always a powerful and encouraging experience. Being surrounded by thousands of pro-life advocates (largely teenagers and young adults), is encouraging in a way nothing else can be; the joy and zeal for life is palpable.

It is easy to be pro-life at the March for Life, making our voices heard in a very real way and bearing witness to the beauty of life. At the March, it is easy to see Roe’s end. Bringing an end to abortion seems almost easy, but as ...

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26Jan

Can you help us vision our future?

Dear Mount Royal Academy Community,

It’s not often that I take the time and opportunity to address the school and its community.  I’d like to begin by saying that I’m extremely proud of our school, the MRA community (Board, Administration, Teachers, Students and Families) and how we’ve not only weathered the last couple of years but have set the example and lead our community.

With the philosophy that “there is always room for improvement” and that it is better to be proactive rather than reactive, the Board has decided that we should review and update the schools long-term “Strategic Plan”.  

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12Jan

Being Ordinary is Good


“The living, the living give you thanks,
as I do today.
Fathers declare to their sons,
O God, your faithfulness” - Isaiah 38


What does it mean to be ordinary? Are we made to assert our own individuality radically separate from others? What is freedom for? Are we free so we can tell others how different we are?

How do we help children balance the tension between developing a sense of self and the reality that our communal life requires at times a denial of self?

These questions come to me frequently and I suspect it has to do with the vocation I live. I imagine paren...





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