SionToday A publication of Notre Dame de Sion School
Volume III • 2011-2012
Inside This Issue Welcome
Annual Fund Drive
Gala Auction in our 100th Year!
Updates and Events
Chris Crippin Kerns ’78 and Christine Crippin in front of 100 years of memorabilia. Below: Alice Munnighoff and Angela Fasci.
Anniversary Luncheon Celebrates 100 Years of Sion
he Women of Sion 100th Anniversary Luncheon was held on April 21, 2012 at the Hilton President in Downtown Kansas City. Event Co-Chairs, Christine Crippin and her daughter Chris Crippin Kerns ’78, welcomed two hundred guests to a beautiful luncheon. Highlights of the day included Angela Fasci’s presentation of Sion’s history through the years and musical performances by both grade school and high school students. Guests included current students, current parents, alum parents and nearly 100 alums from as far away as California, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, to St. Louis and the Kansas City metropolitan area. Each guest received a sterling silver Miraculous Medal from France.
The Miraculous Medal has special significance to Sion. Alphonse Ratisbonne, one of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion founders, was wearing a Miraculous Medal when he received his life-changing vision of our Lady in the Church of San Andrea della fratte. Alphonse’s vision of Mary was the inspiration for the naming of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion.
educating minds, expanding hearts, empowering lives
From the Head of School
his year has been an amazing one at Sion. Our students have continued to excel in the classrooms, serve their community in the true spirit of the Sion mission and represent us on the playing fields and the stage in extra curricular activities. Through all of this, Sion students demonstrated a commitment to excellence and have modeled the mission of our founding order ----to create a world of justice, peace and love. Throughout this issue of Sion Today, the accomplishments and blessing of the 2011-12 school year are recorded. Among the most memorable events, of course, are those that celebrate the 100th anniversary of our school’s founding in Kansas City. From the Mass at the Locust Campus for all students from Montessori to senior year, to the Gala Auction to the Women of Sion luncheon, we celebrated the gift that Sion is in our lives, in the lives of the students and alums and in the life of the Kansas City community. Thank you for being part of this great legacy! On a personal note, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all the joy you have brought into my life and to my family over the last 33 years. Bill, Eric, Mark and I are forever “rooted in Sion,” and we are exceedingly grateful for the blessing that Sion has been to us. May God guide and bless Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City in the days ahead and may she continue to grow, improve and flourish in the next 100 years! Vive Sion! Alice J. Munninghoff
Notre Dame de Sion Board of Trustees Chair Pat Hardin Vice Chair Joe Duffy Treasurer Michael O’Neill Secretary Pascal Mascaux Millie Brown Pat Burbach, KCSJ Diocesan Representative David Cimpl Robert Fitzgerald, Jr. Tracy McFerrin Foster Jennifer Goeke Angela Latorre Alum Rep - Ex-Officio Ken Mellard Alice Munninghoff, Ex-Officio William Orscheln Mary Owens Shanahan ’76 Susan Stanton’66 Anna Molle Stasi ’81 Ann Uryasz Kay Walkup, Designated by the Provincial Superior of Our Lady of Sion, Canada-U.S.A.
Fond Farewells: Students and faculty honored our Head of School Alice Munninghoff and the Grade School Principal, Catherine Butel for their many years of service and great passion for Sion through various events. Mrs. Munnnghoff enjoys the many memories of the faculty and staff at celebrations in her honor. Mrs. Butel receives a special blessing from Father Luke Byrne, S.J. and farewells from students at our end of the year Mass .
Notre Dame de Sion School, an independent Catholic school affiliated with the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, admits students of any race, religion and national/ethnic origin. Visit our website at www.ndsion.edu
Sion Today is a quarterly publication of Notre Dame de Sion School, 3823 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64109. To provide information for Sion Today, please send copy and photos with captions to: Notre Dame de Sion School, 3823 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64109.
educating minds, expanding hearts, empowering lives
A n n u a l Fund Dri v e
uring this 100th Anniversary Year, Sion’s volunteer parent and alumnae representatives have taken the Annual Fund Drive to new heights. School family participation is at an all time high of 93% with two classes, 2nd grade and the junior class, reaching 100%. $270,000 has been donated in gifts and pledges. Sion alums are only 55 donors away from reaching their goal of 14% participation. What an achievement! Before the close of the 2011-2012 Annual Fund Drive can we reach higher? Can we stretch the goal to $300,000? Will you be "The One" to take us there? Every dollar makes Sion stronger, providing a solid financial base to help meet the educational needs of every student and teacher.
Will You Be "The One"?
It’s easy to be "The One" Have You... made your Annual Fund Drive gift? There is still time for your donation to “make a difference!” made a gift for the year and want to do more? Additional donations of any amount are greatly appreciated or check to see if you can double your donation through your employer’s matching gift program. fulfilled your Annual Fund Drive pledge? Ensure Sion’s success by fulfilling your commitment before June 30th, the close of our fiscal year. JUNE