Christmas Concert Dec. 12 @ 7 p.m.


The annual Kennedy Catholic Christmas Concert is this Wednesday, Dec. 12, starting at 7 p.m. Come to Kennedy and help us celebrate the Christmas season with performances by our band, chorus and dance programs. There will be hot cocoa and Christmas cookies afterward, courtesy of our Hospitality Committee.

Tickets are $5 per person or $10 for the whole family, payable with your Fair Share Coupons. There will be candy canes for the kids, as well as a Colossal Cane raffle.  The Traveling Bookstore will also be open, so be sure to peruse the table of Christmas ornaments and stocking stuffers that make for some great gifts.


Alumna celebrates holidays with ‘Cubs for Christmas’

Morales, friends build 144 Teddy Bears for hospitalized children

Kennedy Catholic 2008 graduate Sam Morales knows what it’s like to celebrate Christmas from inside a hospital.  She remembers being there with her brother, Nolan Morales from the Class of 2005, while he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Nolan died during Little Christmas in January of 2005, but his sister still recalls how nice it felt to be surprised by Samaritans delivering presents to the hospital on Christmas.  And for the past four years, Sam and her boyfriend, Ryan Silberquit, have been doing their part to bring a little bit of Christmas to children in local hospitals.

It began four years ago, when Morales and Silberquit visited the Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Danbury Fair Mall on Christmas Eve.  But instead of bringing their cuddly creature home, they went to the Putnam Hospital Center to find someone in need of holiday hugs.

“The nurses were thrilled and delivered it to whoever was admitted there that night,” Morales said.  “From that point on, we decided it was something we wanted to do every year.”

Last Christmas, they extended the invitation to friends and hoped to end up with 10 bears.  Their charity was rewarded with almost 20, plus other kid-friendly toys and games, which were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.  This year, the couple was building toward a goal of 40 bears that can be delivered to multiple area hospitals.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Morales and friends more than tripled that amount at the Danbury Fair Mall Build-A-Bear Workshop store, stuffing their holiday spirit into what they are calling “Cubs for Christmas”.  According to their Facebook event page, more than 45 people had signed up for the bear building.

“While I never taught Sam, I am incredibly proud that our alumni continue to act with courage and compassion,” the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, president of Kennedy, said.  “She has turned a difficult personal memory into a positive Christmas for area children.  To quote O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’, ‘let it be said that of all who give gifts, these two were the wisest’.”


EXTENDED: Baseball Camp Registration Due Dec. 21


The Kennedy Catholic baseball program will be running a Baseball Camp on Saturday nights in January and February of 2013 from 7 – 9 p.m.  This Camp is for children 7-to-13 years old, with all proceeds going directly to the Athletic Department.  Please download the registration form , or call the following for more information: Coach Bob Fletcher, (845) 264-9474; Kennedy Catholic High School, (914) 232-5061.  The deadline has been extended; all registration forms must be returned by Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.


Kennedy Takes Lead on Busing, Increases Shuttle Coverage


Kennedy Catholic was honored to work with state Sen. Greg Ball, Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy and our own trustee, North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas ’72,P’98,’00,’04,’10, in the fight to preserve private school busing as provided by local districts.  We read with great pride the Senator’s note below, and have also rolled out new shuttle buses to increase the transportation options to Kennedy.  In addition to our regular shuttle bus to the Goldens Bridge Metro North Station (just a mile from the school), we now have a Dutchess County shuttle bus and will be adding a third run to Southern Westchester for the 2013-2014 school year.  It’s just another way that all roads lead to Kennedy.  Where will your road take you?

Hello Friend:

It is an honor to serve as your State Senator and while I am focused on the number one issue that effects us all, jobs, jobs, jobs, I am proud to inform you that private school busing provided by public school districts will not be restricted.

Hard working families struggling to give their children greater opportunities should not be consistently targeted by our state government. That is why in April, I worked with the administration at Kennedy Catholic to bring 50 parents like yourself to Albany. These parents and I met with Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the New York Senate leadership, and we secured their commitment on this issue.

Working with Father Mark Vaillancourt of Kennedy Catholic High School as well as Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy and North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas, we were able to protect your rights as parents. Additionally, and as a proactive measure, I am a sponsor of current legislation, S2402A, to increase the radius from 15 miles to 25 miles.

As you know full well, the families that choose to send their children to parochial school are still paying school taxes and this busing is one of the few tangible benefits they receive. If this proposal became a reality, many families would have been unnecessarily hurt.

There is still more work to be done! Please know that I have sponsored several bills to increase state reimbursements to parochial schools, including legislation for full reimbursement of the MTA Payroll Tax.

From taxes to jobs, the environment to immigration, education to health care, unfunded mandates to consolidation, and government reform to homeland security, it is vitally important that we work together to find commonsense solutions that work to make New York great again!

Always know that your thoughts and concerns are appreciated and will be taken into consideration as I vote and conduct my duties as your State Senator.


Greg Ball

New York State Senator

40th Senate District


Nicole Bauso ’08 to Perform for Disney


Nicole Bauso ’08 has landed a competitive spot as a performer on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, “The Wonder.”


After School Review


With any impending test comes the desire for additional review. Mr. Dan Mardit offered after-school help to his third-period physics class and they took full advantage, meeting in the Library to go over one-dimensional kinematics.  Kinematics is the is the study of the motion of objects using words, equations, graphs and diagrams and numbers for the purpose of explaining motion.

Kennedy Catholic is a school in perpetual motion, with teachers and students continually engaged in lifelong learning.  Extra help such as Mr. Mardit’s session is emblematic of our school ideals of Courage and Compassion.  For students with the courage to learn, we have teachers with the compassion to impart knowledge.

Each department offers extra help during and after school.  It’s just part of the Kennedy Catholic experience.

Come experience what we’re all about at our Open House on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 1 – 4 p.m., and again on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7 – 9 p.m.  For more information, please call (914) 232-5061 Ext. 126 or write to our Admissions Office.

All roads lead to Kennedy Catholic.  Where will your road take you?

Homecoming Message from Student Government


Dear Fellow Kennedy Students and Parents,

It is with great enthusiasm that we at Kennedy Catholic High School anticipate this weekend’s HOMECOMING football game and festivities!

Our Family Association and Advancement Office have invited many alumni to come home to renew and celebrate their varied relationships with classmates, faculty, and staff.  In addition to familiar faces, we welcome new students and families to share in our hallowed traditions and Kennedy Catholic pride!

The weekend weather is set to be an exemplary autumn day, and we fully expect that all current and past students who participate will do so in a wholesome and good-spirited manner.

In keeping with this expectation, we simply want to remind you of our shared responsibility in hosting and enjoying these wonderful events, which will include Friday’s Homeroom Olympics, games all weekend, and Saturday evening’s dance.  As stated in our Student Handbook:  “Any person exhibiting behavior, conduct, or personal or physical characteristics of having used or consumed alcohol or another illegal substance, shall be prohibited from entering school premises or attending school sponsored events.”  Similarly, “Use, possession, sale, or distribution of such substances will be responded to in a deliberate fashion up to and including the possibility of expulsion and referral to the police.”

It is our expectation that there will be no conduct-related issues of any kind, allowing for ALL to celebrate the event in a safe, respectable, and thoroughly enjoyable manner.

We hope to see you there!

Very Truly Yours,
Brendan Clair ’13
Gabrielle D’Amato ’13
John Davin ’13
Shannon Donohue ’13
Ryan Empson ’13
Shayna Gaskins ’13
Kennedy Catholic Student Government

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Mass of the Holy Spirit offered for Tyrell Thompson ’06


Father Vaillancourt recalls the life of Tyrell Thompson '06 in his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7, which was offered for the fallen alumnus.

Father Vaillancourt recalls the life of Tyrell Thompson ’06 in his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7, which was offered for the fallen alumnus. PHOTO BY JACOB BERGMEIER

As it does at the beginning of every school year, the Kennedy Catholic community gathered in prayer for its Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7.  This year, however, the Gaels had a few names on their minds and people in their hearts as theinaugural First Friday Mass was celebrated.  Namely, Tyrell Thompson ’06, Elizabeth and Robert Palladino (the mother and brother of Laura Kelly P’07), and Anthony Cartularo (the brother of Italian teacher Mario Cartularo).

The Aug. 22 death of Thompson in particular, struck Kennedy hard.  The Army 1st Lieutenant was waked and buried in Arlington National Cemetery this week, so the wounds were still quite fresh.  In his homily, Father Vaillancourt described  how before their was the vaunted baseball team, it was the hardwood Gaels who were winning state championships, led by Thompson.  Though he was not assigned to Kennedy during Thompson’s four years, he learned through talking to teachers and friends that Tyrell was more than just a gifted athlete.  He was a scholar and a soldier, someone who made those around him better, both on and off the court.

“Tyrell’s life embodied the Kennedy ideals of Courage and Compassion,” Father Vaillancourt said.  “Let our lives do the same.”

At the Sept. 4 wake, Father Vaillancourt recalled how the West Point dean took note of how many Kennedy Catholic alumni paid their respects, and how highly they thought of Thompson.  The dean said he was glad, because that was exactly how West Point felt about Tyrell.

Tyrell Thompson '06 flying high during one of the Gaels may runs to the Section 1 title at the Westchester County Center.

Tyrell Thompson ’06 flying high during one of the Gaels may runs to the Section 1 title at the Westchester County Center. PHOTO BY ALEX MALECKI

Sen. Greg Ball, who was on hand to present Kennedy with $10,000 in bullet aid, also touched on the significance of the alumnus’ life.

“As a former Air Force Officer, my heart goes out to the Thompson Family and his Kennedy Catholic community,” Ball said.  “My hope is that this funding will enable Kennedy to continue producing the kind of upstanding men and women, like Tyrell, who serve their country with courage and compassion.”


Anthony Torchia: Helping To Make A Difference!

Anthony Torchia…  He’s at it again, helping to make a difference.  Last weekend he completed a walk to raise money for Maria Fareri Children’s hospital and Anthony has set a lofty goal to raise $10,000 for the hospital that saved his life.  For those of you who do not know his story, he writes:

On June 26, 2011 my life was changed forever.  I was in a traumatic ATV accident and was immediately taken to Westchester Medical Center.  I was found to have 4 skull fractures, 4 broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, shattered spleen and internal bleeding.  After 4 blood transfusions and 2 weeks in ICU at Maria Fareri I started my road to recovery.  The doctors and nurses took unbelievable care of me for a total of 3 weeks.  I left the hospital 42 lbs. lighter but with an appreciation for life and the need to give back to those who helped save my life.  With the help of family and friends on August 20, 2011 and again on December 16, 2011, “Anthony’s Drive to give back” collected a total of 144 units of blood for the New York Blood Center.  That show of love and compassion inspired me to start “Anthony’s Walk to give back” team to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.  The most important thing I want you to know about Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is that it is the premiere pediatric hospital in the entire Hudson Valley Region.  None of us know when tragedy might strike. But thanks to the caring and talented medical and nursing staff, miracles happen each day at Maria Fareri Childrens Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

– Anthony Alfred Torchia, Kennedy Catholic ’13

You can help Anthony by making a donation HERE.

Additionally, tomorrow (Friday, April 27) has been deemed a dress down day by Father Vaillancourt.  $5.00 will be collected in Homeroom (no fair share coupons will be accepted).


The Somers Daily Feature Article – Girls Basketball

The following article can be found on THE SOMERS DAILYwebsite.  Please visit their website for more information about all things Somers.

Kennedy Lady Gaels Host Holiday Tournament

by Danny LoPriore (email) 12/21/11

Photo Credit - Jacob Bergmeier

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Kennedy High School girls’ basketball team hosted its annual Kennedy Catholic Holiday Tournament, including teams from Brewster, White Plains and Byram Hills, beginning Wednesday.

The Lady Gaels (3-2) fell to Byram Hills 31-24 in the opening round and White Plains topped Brewster 44-34 in the other semifinal opener. Kennedy will play Brewster in Thursday’s consolation game at 5 p.m. and White Plains will meet Byram Hills in the championship final at 7 p.m.

Before Wednesday’s loss, the Gaels had won three straight games after opening the season with a loss to Somers. The Gaels won the Briarcliff Holiday Tournament by doubling up Pelham, 61-30, then beating a tough Poughkeepsie team 68-42 in the final. Senior guard Tara Cremin of Yorktown was named Tournament MVP and juniors Sara Dowd and Shayna Gaskins, of the Bronx and Yorktown, respectively, made the All-Tournament Team.  The girls then traveled to Lourdes, where they posted a hard-fought 43-40 victory.

“Our DNA is DNR,” coach Al Morales said before clarifying.  “Defense Never Rests.”

Morales will be relying on the leadership of veterans Cremin and Gaskins, as well as sophomore returnees Leah Greene of Cortlandt Manor and Kiera Hennessy of Mahopac. Dowd is a transfer from Our Lady of Victory Academy in Dobbs Ferry.

“We will be quick,” Morales said, “but still young.”

From a report by Alexander S. Malecki/ Director of Alumni & Public Relations