Happy New Year to all of you! I hope everyone had a calm and blessed Christmas with your families and friends. As we begin this new year in school, we are celebrating the virtue of “wisdom” for the month of January. Today’s readings reminded us to use our wisdom by taking time to quiet ourselves and open our minds and hearts to listen for God and see if He is speaking to us. We will continue our journey to Jesus through Mary as we teach and learn about the Luminous Mysteries during the month of January and continue praying the Memorare as a school community daily.
We are looking forward to an amazing 2018 filled with fun and educational opportunities at St. Anthony’s. Catholic Schools Week is coming very soon. This is such a wonderful week when we get to celebrate everything that makes us the unique environment we are and the people who make us so successful. We strive to help all our students grow to be faith-filled, spiritual, confident, loving individuals that will go on to share their talents we have nurtured with the rest of the world. We will be sending information home on Wednesday about the events and schedule for Catholic Schools Week. I hope we see you during Catholic Schools Week!
- There is no school Monday, January 15th in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Friday, January 19th – Next Friday, January 19th, there will be a blood drive in the school gym from 7:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Information was sent home last week. This day is also a NOON DISMISSAL for all students. THERE WILL BE NO AFTERCARE.
St. Anthony’s Open House is Sunday, January 21st from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Please spread the word! You are our best marketers. Our school family continues to grow because of all of you. No amount of marketing can replace good, old-fashioned word of mouth (and your personal social media). Thank you for helping us to grow. If you have time, please stop by to check out the Library project, which is well on its way to being the 21st Century Classroom we were hoping for.
Cyber Snow Days – We have already had 2 snow days in the new year so far and can expect that more should happen. Any day that school is closed due to snow/ice/weather conditions, it is considered a Cyber Snow Day. Teachers will have work on their school websites or may send a packet home. Your child has one week from the date of the snow day to complete the work. If the work is not turned in, your child will be considered absent for that day.
Congratulations to our December Students of the Month! December’s virtue was “joy.” Congratulations to our joyful students: William Jeppe (PK3), Skye Livingston (PK4), Gavin Fax (K), Jun Chen (1st), Emmanuel Harris (2nd), Gillian Patterson (3rd), Lena Padovani (4th), Angel Rizzo (5th), Arianna Marchione (6th), Vinny DeLuca (7th), and Isabella Ceresini (8th). Keep it up!
Please consider joining us tomorrow, January 13th from 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.! The parish will hold a Beef and Beer to offset the remaining cost of the Mercantini bathroom remodel. This event will be held in the Ballad Room (cafeteria). Tickets are $35.00/person and are available for purchase in the main school office. Food, beer, and wine are included. A cash bar will also be available. This adult (21 and older) event is sponsored by St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society.
Math League Update – Our 7th Grade Math League team is in 2nd place in our region. We compete against Brandywine Springs, Cab Calloway, and St. John the Beloved. Andres Lorenzo has the highest score in the region and he is in 1st place in the individual standings. Congratulations to all Math League participants!
Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. A parent must come into the school office to sign out a packet. Students may not bring them home. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.
*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 5th.
- Saturday, January 13th – Beef & Beer benefitting the Mercantini Family – Ballad Room – 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.
- Monday, January 15th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
- Wednesday, January 17th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
- Friday, January 19th – NOON DISMISSAL – NO AFTERCARE
- Blood Drive – School Gym – 7:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
- Sunday, January 21st – Open House – 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.
- Monday, January 22nd – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
- Friday, January 26th – Trimester 2 Interim
- Sunday, January 28th – Saturday, February 3rd –Catholic Schools Week
- Sunday, January 28th – Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass – 11:00 A.M.
Please be sure to follow us on Facebook! I realize we have repeated this information many times, but our Facebook page is where we will be putting most of our information from now on. It is updated regularly with school news, information, and updates to our calendar. We will post all school closing information on the school Facebook page. If you haven’t followed us yet, look for St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.
Blessings for a healthy new year,
“We must always walk in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, always trying to live in an irreprehensible way.” ~ Pope Francis