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Summer Service

May 1, 2017

From downtown DC to the hills of West Virginia, from the inner city of New York to encountering Jesus in the campus of University of Maryland, Holy Child students are going out to serve others this summer. If you haven’t signed up, consider it now.

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Pictured from left to right:
Liz Palka Minukas ’04, Joelle Slye Flynn ’89, Lolly Straus Heller ’03, Christy Weschler Scango ’92, Debbie Cronin Kissinger ’66, Carol Pender Sinwell ’66, Ericka Rojas ’05, Alicia Ryan Karanian ’74, Charlotte Manders ’06, Riley Fisher ’07, Sr. Connie Craig, Martine Bernard ’86, Kate Everngam Muffels ’98, Molly Grant ’18, Caitlin DeLaurentis ’08, Chesney Lynch ’18.  Kneeling:  Alumnae Council Co-Presidents Lauren Phifer Robinson ’08 and Kelly Decker Shires ’08

Alumnae Council News

Apr 22, 2017

Just over 50 years old, Holy Child is beginning a new era of alumnae relations with the launch of this council with the mission is to reach out to the full alumnae community to reengage alumnae with each other and with Holy Child.

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Junior Entrepreneurship Program

Apr 17, 2017

We are excited to announce a new entrepreneurship program for our junior class which will begin in May. It will provide teams with real-world, hands-on learning experience on how to successfully identify problems, needs, and opportunities; iteratively prototype and test ideas that address those opportunities; and turn those ideas into products, services, and solutions that benefit society.

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Jamaica Trip 2017

Apr 1, 2017

A group of students, faculty and an alumna traveled to Jamaica with Food for the Poor over Spring Break. Our “Jamaican-a-difference” group visited an orphanage, a home for the disabled, and they built a house for a family in need during their five days in Jamaica.

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The Wizard of Oz

Sep 2, 2016

Thank you for attending! See the photos and watch the video featuring “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Grace Kavanagh ’17 as Dorothy.

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Mary Hopkins Farewell

Apr 25, 2017

Mary Hopkins, our Assistant Head of School and long-time Holy Child faculty member and administrator, is moving to Richmond. Please join us on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 2:30 to celebrate Mary and her amazing career.

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2017 Alumna of the Year

Jan 29, 2017

Meet Dr. Margot Culotta-Norton ’71, Holy Child’s 2017 Alumna of the Year.

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National Honors 2017

Jan 23, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 members of the Cornelian chapter of the National Honor Society who were inducted during a beautiful ceremony in the chapel on January 19.

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Maker Day

Jan 12, 2017

On January 22, from 2-4 p.m., we invite students in Grades 2-5 grade to our Middle School Maker Day! Learn more about the science behind silly putty and make some yourself! Sign up to attend today.

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Exchanging with Costa Rica

Jan 10, 2017

As part of our partnership with Saint Francis High School in Costa Rica, we welcomed a group of exchange students to Holy Child. It’s part of our ever expanding global learning offerings.

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Christmas Time

Dec 1, 2016

See all the happenings and events during this Christmas season at Holy Child

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The Legacy of Cornelia Connelly

Dec 1, 2016

On Friday, October 14, we dedicated the new Spiritual Reflection Garden which honors the former heads of school. We also celebrated Founder’s Day with a community-wide mass. Sister Connie provided the following words of history and encouragement.

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Addressing the Senior Class

Nov 30, 2016

“Let me begin by expressing our sincere gratitude to our parents, families, friends, teachers, and all who helped us get where we are today…” Read Samantha Boccia’s Senior Address during Graduation 2016. Sam is now at Georgetown University.

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Traveling to World Youth Day

Nov 29, 2016

This summer, Upper School Religion Teacher Lauren Walter had the incredible opportunity to travel to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day with Pope Francis. The trip came together in a most unexpected manner, beginning with an invitation to volunteer at World Youth Day by two young Dominican friars who visited her Religion classes here at Holy Child last year.

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Building Robotic Arms

Oct 31, 2016

Groups of students worked together to build the Hydraulic Robotic Arm, nicknamed “HRA.” The girls demonstrate the functioning of the arm in the video below. “I really enjoy building something in a group because you can solve a problem better with more people’s ideas,” says seventh grade student Jules Kucik.

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Spiritual Garden Dedication

Oct 21, 2016

Thank you for Celebrating with Us on Founders Day and in the Dedication of the Spiritual Reflection Garden We are grateful for the generous donation from the Kotova/Roustamov family Heads of School Sr. Helen Doherty  1961 – 1962 Sr. Claire Sullivan – 1962 – 1968 Sr. Patricia Becker – 1968 – 1969 Sr. Virginia Gaine…

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Hanley Courtyard Dedication

Sep 30, 2016

New beginnings afford us opportunities to grow and stretch ourselves. They also give us an opportunity to reflect on our blessings, thankful for the gifts we are given. While the preparations to address the creation of this courtyard took many months to plan, the renovations formally began only weeks ago…

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Sep 30, 2016

What a night! Congratulations Gold for winning the Blue Gold Games. Thanks for all who participated. See the photos, including the selfies that were sent in.

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2016 New Faculty and Staff

Aug 3, 2016

We are so excited to start the new school year! Read more about our new faculty and staff members as well as current members who are changing roles.

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Summer Experiences

Jul 18, 2016

We’re covering the ongoing activities of Holy Child students during the magic months of summertime. Their experiences vary widely from service to academics to travel. It’s another picture of how our students are learning now and preparing for their next steps.

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Exploring Career Choices through Internships

Jun 21, 2016

TheHoly Child internship program provides seniors the opportunity to explore their career interests and gain experience working in a professional environment. The program is organized by longtime Holy Child Teacher Cindy Kahan with the support of homeroom advisors. Students plan their internships in the fall of their senior year and spend time onsite in May.

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8th Grade Graduation 2016

Jun 14, 2016

Congratulations 8th grade graduates! You did it. More importantly, you’re ready to tackle any challenge and embrace all the victories that Upper School will offer. See the graduation photo gallery.

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Year in Review 2015-2016

May 31, 2016

Year in Review 2015-2016 Dear Parents, We finally have evidence that summer is upon us: the return of the sun! May and June are such busy months for students with extra studying, exams, locker clean up, and of course, the anticipation of summer. The faculty, staff, and administration of Holy Child has been busy as well, closing…

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Second Lady Jill Biden: Our 2016 Graduation Speaker

May 16, 2016

Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden will be the commencement speaker at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, MD, on June 3, 2016.

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Blast Off!

May 12, 2016

On Saturday, April 30, engineer Sean Tully, of Orbital ATK, showed a group of Holy Child students, plus some others from area middle schools, how NASA launches rockets to send supplies to the International Space Station.

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Celebrating Sheila Wooters

May 2, 2016

What a legacy! Sheila Wooters has served as Athletic Director at Holy Child for a total of 33 years. We asked Sheila to answer a few questions about her noteworthy time and leadership. Also, submit your reflections and encouraging words. You can even submit photos from the past.

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Positively True

Apr 16, 2016

A very wise career woman Taylor Swift once said, “you’re always going to know more in the future than you know now,” and I couldn’t agree more. Once upon a time, I was sitting right where you are now wearing the same uniform, probably having some of the same thoughts. But, I’m older now. And I know more things. And I want to share those things with you.

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Arts 2016

Apr 15, 2016

We present to you images from the Visual and Performing Arts Department for the 2015-2016 school year. Enjoy!

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Graduation 2016

Apr 15, 2016

The Class of 2016 is on their way to great colleges around the country and a tremendous record of achievement goes with them. More than 60% received college merit aid, several signed on to play college athletics, and all of are ready to dive into college with success.

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Class of 2016 Flashback

Apr 5, 2016

In preparation for the end of the year and the Class of 2016 moving on to so many great colleges around the country, we wanted to pay tribute in looking back. Enjoy.

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