Quebec City
Presentation of Mary Academy  ePathways 

February 2017
February is the shortest month but is was one of the busiest at PMA. We celebrated Grandparent's Day, Marie Rivier Awards, the annual Valentine's Dance at the Methuen Senior Center, a weekend trip to Canada, and the students prayers were answered with days upon days of snow.  How much more excitement can you get than that?
PMA Today
 Walk for Life in Washington DC

Twenty three students from PMA took part in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C this past January.  Following the high school track for the Witness to Life provided by the Archdiocese of Boston, PMA students went on a pilgrimage to promote a culture of life.  This included daily Mass, one of which was with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, rosaries, adoration, confession, going to the Life is Very Good rally concert, and-of course-participating in the March down Constitution Avenue from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building.

After last year's pilgrimage was cancelled due to the snow, some of the students who had gone to the March in previous years were more than eager to take part in this experience again.  However, for the vast majority of students who went, this was their first time going and they were blown away by it.  These students took the time to make creative signs-some of which actually were featured on the EWTN youth site and, and were so thrilled to see so many people, especially people in their age group gather together in such great numbers to peacefully promote the cause of life. 

Students came away from the experience with a new appreciation for what the March stands for.  The pro-life cause is one that transcends political and religious convictions, as junior Chloe Richardson pointed out, and is something all people everywhere can get behind.  Some of the students stated that, after going on this trip and learning more about the issue, have grown to support and appreciate the cause for life. 
Mother River Awards

Each year students nominate their peers for Mother Rivier Awards in the categories of: Faith, Compassion, Spirit, and Zeal. These awards are special because they are named after our foundress, Anne Marie Rivier and encompass her values and the values of PMA.

Faith: the student nominated for this award helps others by the way he or she lives his or her faith and relies on God. 
Nicole Rosario, '20
Aidan Lena, '19
Darlenn Castro, '18
Angela Walukevich, '17

Compassion: the student nominated for this award is willing to help and be attentive to the needs of others .
Jamie Walsh, '20
Arianna Desharnais, '19
John Morris, '18
Isis Diaz, '17

the student nominated for this award has shown perseverance in the face of difficulty and has been an inspiration to others. 
Brig ht Hu, '19
Scott Meng, '18
Eva Fabino, '20
Emma Pimentel, '17
Matthew Whinery, 17

Zeal: t he student nominated for this award constantly shows pride in our school.    
Leslie  Ramos,'20
Brady Quinn,' 19
Zoe Henderson, '18
Marisa George, '19

Outstanding Educator: Mr. Klayman
History teacher, Mr. David Klayman, was surprised at the Mother Rivier Award Ceremony, when he was named PMA's Outstanding Educator.
Mr. Klayman has been teaching at PMA since 1998 and always goes above and beyond.  Congratulations Mr. Klayman!

Quebec City 

Over 40 students and chaperones went to Quebec City for the Winter Carnival on February 3-5, led by PMA French teacher Joan Anderson.   It was an adventure packed weekend, filled with one experience after another.  Senior, Jack Bove attended the trip and  excitedly gives his impression of the cold, busy weekend up north.

"It was one of the most enjoyable weekends I have experienced in some time." The trip began on Friday, with an early departure from the school. I stumbled onto the bus in my full winter gear, wanting to be prepared for the winter activities to come. However, part of my tired mind had apparently failed to realize I would be on that bus for 6 hours. I fumbled with my winter gear for a good five minutes before  successfully getting it off. Once we arrived at our first destination, I prepared to go snowshoeing with the rest of the group. The event went by quickly and we were all excited to try dog-sledding next. My dog-   sledding partner would be Mr. William Lee. I mushed first, and 
when we began we went far beyond the speed limit that the tour guides set and were quickly told to slow down. After hitting a tree and a person, our dog sledding adventure came to an end and we proceeded to get food. We made maple butter but this was not as notable as the meal. The meal consisted of several courses of delicious items such as pork scratchings and meat pie. When dinner was finished, I went up to participate in a game of what was apparently "playing the spoons." After this ordeal, the dancing began, with Mr. Lee again being my partner. We competed to see who could go lower while squat-dancing. This proved to be a mistake, as our legs were in a substantial amount of pain the next day. At the end of the night, I went swimming in the hotel pool. There were hot tubs and a sauna, and the two hours spent there proved very enjoyable.
Saturday began with a nice breakfast and an interesting incident. As breakfast was being wrapped up, Mr. Lee and I began singing an Italian partisan song called "Bella Ciao." The restaurant owner perked
up and began speaking to Mr. Lee in Italian. Apparently this man's family on his father's side had been partisans in World War II. He said he remembered singing that song every night at dinner. After breakfast we went on a guided tour of the city, which included tobogganing. We had poutine for lunch, observed some more sights, and went to the Musee de Fort. This tour included a history trivia game based on a video. I slept through most of the video, but still won the trivia game, beating out Mr. Lee. The parade came after this. The parade was one of the greatest spectacles I have seen, and I was grateful to get videos of it.
Sunday was fairly short. We went to a copper workshop, as well as a partially frozen waterfall which was a sight to see. We ate a late lunch and drove the eight hours home. 
Upcoming Events: Clear your calendars for March
Cabaret: Heroes vs Villains
On Saturday, March 4, the PMA Music Guild is performing a Heroes and Villains themed Cabaret in the Dupre Center.  Join us for a night of music, song, dance, and drama and see who prevails....good or evil. Admission is $10 and will benefit the music department. 
LuLaRoe Fundraiser

PMA is having a LuLaRoe Fundraiser in the Dupre Center, Sunday, March 5 from 1 pm - 3 pm.  There will be 1,000 pieces of LuLaRoe items available for purchase.  Whatever doesn't sell in person on Sunday is going online, Monday only, on a special Facebook site for created for PMA.
 A percentage of each sale will be donated back to the school.  You can stay comfortable and charitable at the same time. How great is that?
Rodan & Fields Fundraiser

A Rodan and Fields consultant and PMA
 alumni, Ashley Begin Landers, '96 will be at PMA Sunday, March 5 from 1-3 pm with information about Rodan & Fields.  She will also have a website set up for anyone who would like to purchase the hottest new line of skin care products but cannot attend the event. Check it out for yourself at or you can email Ashley at with any questions. 
11th Annual Spring Gala and Legacy Evening

 The 11th annual Spring Gala and Legacy Evening is on Friday, March 31 at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club.  The evening includes  a silent and live auction, dinner, recognition of our Legacy Award recipients, games, raffles and a lot fun.  
Ticket information will be available soon.  For event information please contact Sarah Previte Hamilton, '81 at

The PMA's Bidding for Good online auction will run March 17-30.  The funds raised at both events will help support student programs and our tuition assistance program.

To donate items for the live or online auction contact Sarah directly at or 978-682-9391 x 112.
Quick Pics
Grandparents Day
On Wednesday, February 1, PMA celebrated Grandparents and special individuals with a Mass followed by a reception dedicated to the grandparents of our students.  
Quebec City Trip
More outstanding pictures of the Quebec City Trip.


Valentine's Dance
Interact Club's annual Valentine's Dance at the Methuen Senior Center held on Valentine's Day. 
In This Issue
Email Us
Admissions Office
Advancement Office
Alumni Relations Office
Upcoming Events
PMA Calendar
Click here to view the latest events on the  PMA CALENDAR

Or download a printable 2016-2017 school calendar here

Career Day 
Friday, March 3 
Cabaret - Heroes vs. Villains 
Saturday, March 4 
7:00 pm - Dupre Center
Alumni Basketball Game
Sunday, March 5
12:00 - Dupre Center
LuLaRoe Fundraiser
Sunday, March 5
1:00 - 3:00 - Dupre Center
Monday, March 6
Online Only
Rodan & Fields Fundraiser
Sunday, March 5
1:00 - 3:00 -  Dupre Center
Basketball Awards Night
Thursday, March 9
Bidding For Good - Online Auction
March 17-30
March Madness
March 20-24
Spring Gala Legacy Evening
Friday, March 31
6:30 pm - Atkinson Resort & Country Club

Travel Opportunity for PMA Families. 

 Don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime!  Current students and their families have the opportunity to travel abroad on a dream European vacation.
PMA is leading an 8 day trip to Lisbon, Seville and Madrid
in June 2017
Spots still available!
How You Can Help
Yankee Candle Fundraising Drive
The 2016 Yankee Candle Drive is over.  Don't worry if you didn't get your catalog order in. Yankee Candle has committed to help PMA all year long.  Anytime you shop online they will make a donation to our school.  Visit and enter group #99896054 in the "start shopping" box.  
Thank you for your support!
Hands down, online shopping is the easiest way to shop.  Through GoodShop, you can donate back to PMA, in the comfort of your own home, office, or wherever you online shop.  Goodshop has partnered with  over 5,000 stores to offer you daily online promotions and coupons.  Plus, they give a percentage of your total back to your favorite non-profit. That could be us!
Before you shop, quickly set up a user name and password and don't forget to assign Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen, MA as your non-profit of choice!  Everybody wins!  Happy shopping.
Visit  to see some amazing deals!

Amazon Smile

You can support PMA every time you shop online at! Especially now with all of your Christmas shopping.

Through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will donate 0.5 % of your purchase to PMA.  It's that simple.  Just make sure you select Presentation of Mary Academy - Methuen, MA as your charity of choice.  Or click in the link below to to be taken directly to in support of PMA.  Doesn't that make you want to smile?

The Annual Fund is Underway.

The 2016-17 Annual Fund is underway.  Money raised through this fund help support student programs, athletics, and allow us to offer tuition assistance to deserving families. 


Presentation of Mary Academy | |