Panther Connection – April 2017

panther-connection-bannerThe Katherine Bennett Sustaining Fund

The Menaul School Katherine Bennett Sustaining Fund is an appeal for donations that are vital to the daily operation and support of our school’s immediate needs. Tuition alone does not cover funding for our students, and contributions to the Katherine Bennett Sustaining Fund are crucial to the many resources that directly benefit our students. The Katherine Bennett Sustaining Fund also helps cover additional costs associated with educating each student at the highest level of academic excellence and provides enriched extra-curriculum opportunities.

This year, Luci Astorga is featured on our Katherine Bennett Sustaining Fund appeal brochure you will receive in the mail. Here is information about Luci:Luci Astorga

“My dream is to become either a nurse or a teacher. It is important to me to be able to help people.”
-Lucianna Astorga, 10th grade

Just about everyone who meets Lucianna (Luci) Astorga falls in love with her, and it is easy to understand why. It could be her vivacious personality, her infectious smile, her bright, cheery attitude, or maybe it is a combination of all these things. Whatever it is, there is one thing for certain—she is a very special young lady.

Luci shines in almost everything she does. She performs well academically and has been on honor roll every year since she began attending Menaul School. She is also quite talented and has a beautiful way of expressing herself through acting and singing. She credits Menaul School in guiding her to become the best person she can be and has given her the passion to help others.

To watch Luci perform, click here.

Installation of the Reverend Takako Terino as Menaul School Chaplain

On March 8, 2017, the Menaul School Community and the Presbyterian Church (USA) came together on Menaul School campus to celebrate the Takako TerinoService of Installation of the Rev. Takako Terino as Chaplain for Menaul School.  Menaul School and the Presbyterian Church (USA) have a long history together, going back to the founding of the school by a Presbyterian minister, Rev. James A. Menaul, in 1896.  The framework for this long-term relationship has changed over the years, but the love and commitment between the two communities has endured.  This joyous occasion had a personal significance for Rev. Takako, as her church, the PC(USA), was affirming God’s call for her, but Rev. Takako views the occasion as a “Renewal of Vows” of a sort between the church and the school, in which both parties renewed their love and commitment to each other by calling a Presbyterian Chaplain to be the school chaplain, in the presence of God and the community.  The Ruling Elder Tony De La Rosa, the Interim Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, delivered the Word, lovingly challenging both Rev. Takako and the community to pursue truth and justice in a world of chaos and confusion.  Members from the Mission Agency, the Synod of the Southwest, and the Presbytery of Santa Fe sat side-by-side with the Menaul School leaders, sharing in the service.  The beautiful service was adorned with the gifts of music by the students.  Just like a good wedding, the service was followed by a joyous reception with delicious refreshments served by the Menaul School’s own catering staff.  The Spirit moved in and through everyone present, blessing the church, the school, and their new chaplain for their common ministry.  Thanks be to God.

Mission Week 2017

Mission Week was March 13-17. The purpose of this week is to put Menaul School students in direct contact with our greater community, giving them an opportunity to give to those in need. Each Upper School class performed community service in a different location.

The senior class worked at Presbyterian Churches in Mora and Chacon.  In Mora they cleaned the church, cleaned up and prepared the community farm for planting, cleaned the cemetery, repaired fences, and trimmed trees and bushes.  In Chacon they cleaned the Manse so it was ready for rental and cleaned the kitchen in the community center.

The junior class went to Douglas, AZ and across the border into Mexico. They learned about border and immigration issues and worked at a community farm, helping to clean and prepare for planting.

The sophomore class traveled to Cuba, Gallup, and the Zuni Pueblo.  In Cuba they cleaned the church, church grounds, and cemetery.  In Gallup, they cleaned the outside of the church and the grounds, and improved a walking trail at the church.  At Zuni, they worked with the students of the Zuni Christian School.

The freshman class worked in Albuquerque at First Presbyterian Church and A Child’s Garden, as well as here on campus at Menaul School, cleaning up the grounds.

For a video of Mission Week activities by the junior class, click here.

Golden Graduates – Class of 1967

Attention Golden Graduates Class of 1967! We are celebrating you this year! Please join us for special events during Graduation weekend, May 25th -27th. RSVP to Kim Sanchez at or
(505) 341-7233.Golden Grads

“Ladies’ Night Out” Concert to Benefit Menaul School!

FAMOUSHIPHOPRADIO Productions will be bringing a collection of artists to the Santa Ana Star Center on May 20th at 7:30pm for their first “Ladies Night Out” concert. This concert is to benefit the Menaul School Scholarship Program. Artists that will be performing the night of include; H Town, Jon B, Hi Five, Mista Roe, and 112. The evening will be hosted by actor, producer, and comedian Adrian “ADEE” McCovy. Tickets starting at $41 (additional fees may apply) are available by calling 888.694.4849, online at, or in person at the Don Chalmers Ford Box Office at Santa Ana Star Center.

Ladies Night Poster

Buy your tickets now and support Menaul School!

Menaul School Community Partners

Help Menaul School by participating in one of our community partners’ programs!

General Mills Box Tops for Education: Send in clipped box tops to Menaul School. We earn ten cents for each box top submitted.

Smith’s Community Rewards Program: Enroll your rewards card in-store or online using Menaul School’s organization number: 84032. Swipe rewards card at check-out. We earn money every time you use your rewards card.

Target Take Charge of Education: Enroll your REDcard in-store or online, and designate Menaul School. 1% of your REDcard purchases will be donated to Menaul School.

Amazon Smile: Go to Select Menaul School as your designated charitable organization. Every time you shop using Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to Menaul School.

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