From your midtown campus principal, Rhonda Jones

Parents, during this season when obvious frustrations are easy to focus on, my prayer is that your family enjoys many opportunities during this 2 weeks to ponder your gratitude for the Lord and His ever-present gifts. I want to share a prayer with you. This was shared with me by Julianna Osuna, our ever-faithful Post-Secondary Advisor. I’ve begun reading this with Midtown Staff as we begin each day. I hope it encourages your hearts.

Prayer of Philaret of Moscow, Russia 1782-1867

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of the day reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray thou thyself in me. Amen

Upcoming Lyceum Guest Speakers (Lyceum speakers will be rescheduled)

1) Academy Father, James Wickersham will lead a discussion on the Reformation from a Catholic perspective.

2) Academy Father, Reverend Ben Janssen will lead a discussion on the Reformation from a Protestant perspective.

A Few Logistics

1. December 18th – This is the last day of the semester. We will dismiss at 11:55am. Carline will occur as usual, just earlier in the day.

2. December 3rd – Hanging of The Green – While this event will look a bit different than it did last year, we will have it! This will also be a SPIRIT DAY, meaning lunch will be provided if your student signed up to received Spirit Day lunches at the start of the year. Mrs. Rankin will be sending a “save the date” email about this event as well.

What students need to know & need to bring?

  • Bring a small blanket – Used for gym floor seating at lunch time
  • Bring a Dirty Santa gift – Bring a wrapped gift. It can be something you already own. This can be a nice gift or a not-so-desirable gift. Key: If you decide to bring a nice gift, prepare yourself to leave with the opposite kind of gift! Teachers will participate in this gift exchange as well.
  • What to Wear – You may wear jeans and a crazy Christmas sweater (or crazy Christmas outfit).
  • Share a Dessert – Students may bring a packaged/purchased dessert to share.
  • *NOTE: All food service is managed with safety precautions. Servers wear gloves and are instructed on how to manage service with healthy hygiene practices.

3. December 17th – Midtown Christmas Feast – We are incorporating contingency plans that account for social distancing necessities. We will manage service in-house. While I treasure the opportunity to have parents join us for this event, we will forego that tradition for this year. Students may wear Christmas finery (business casual/festive wear – no jeans or athletic wear). Students will follow dress guidelines, such as length of skirt (longer than mid-thigh) and shirts/dresses with sleeves. Women may wear nice pants/rompers if they desire.

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Mondays Chapel, formal uniform
  • Tuesdays Off Campus Lunch Day, Hildegard may wear jeans & spirit wear tops all year
  • Thursdays Lyceum days or Spirit days, monthly


  • Nov 19-Dec 1 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2 Classes resume
  • December 3 Spirit Day & Hanging of The Green. Students wear jeans & ugly Christmas sweaters!
  • December 11/12 Rhetoric Drama Presentation: Jane Eyre – POSTPONED TO JANUARY, date TBA
  • December 17 Rhetoric Christmas Feast
  • December 18 Last day of school, half day with 11:55am dismissal
  • January 11 Classes resume, 2nd semester begins