Tiger Talk! March 17, 2017

Tiger Talk!

March 17, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It is the one day of the year when we are all a little Irish, even in this traditionally Italian parish. I am Irish by marriage only and I always tease my husband and children that St. Patrick was actually Italian. I did my research, of course, to prove to my family that Patrick’s father was Roman. Patrick’s life was very interesting; from a slave to a prophet. He studied religion in Rome. He was sure that God was calling him back to Ireland to bring people together and make Ireland a Christian land.  After doing wonderful things in Rome, Patrick was sent to Ireland to spread the message of the Gospel. He was an asset because he was able to speak Celtic and could communicate with the Irish. Father Nick also spoke of St. Patrick and his teachings today during the homily, mentioning St. Patrick’s use of the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity. The leaves of the shamrock were used to represent God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I recently learned something new in a beautiful calendar illustrated by Brother Michael McGrath and published by Clear Faith Publishing, LLC. I learned that, “St. Patrick was one of the greatest missionaries and evangelizers in Church history. Instead of condemning the practices of Druid religion in Ireland, hebaptized them by adapting them to Christian teachings and customs – such as the Easter fire.” He is a fine example of acceptance and tolerance in this often intolerant world. I love Irish blessings. If you do an Internet search, you will find hundreds of sweet and inspiring sentiments.

I am reminded today of a secular and not-so-kind Irish Blessing that hung proudly in my husband’s home growing up. I feel compelled to share it, in memory of my mother-in-law. For those of you who know my husband and I and our sense of humor, this explains a lot!

“May those who love us, love us. For those who don’t love us,

May God turn their hearts.

And for those whose hearts won’t turn,

May the Good Lord turn their ankles

That we may know them by their limping.”

Thank you! – I know I already said thank you, but it bears repeating. Our families outdid themselves in modeling our February Fruit of the Spirit, Generosity! You donated $3,000.00 to Nick Mercanti and his family for home renovations. The family is eternally grateful. Grandmom keeps asking me if I have thanked all of you and shared her love and appreciation, so I am doing so once more. Thank you!

  • Thank you also for your generosity with food donations for the St. Patrick’s Center. We collected over 400 pounds of food to help those less fortunate than us.

Terra Nova Testing – Testing begins on Monday and will take place all week. Testing starts promptly in the morning. Please be sure your child arrives to school on time. If they should arrive once a class has begun testing, they will not be permitted to enter the room until that section of testing is complete. If a student is absent during this week, there is no guarantee they will be able to take the test.

  • Please be sure they are rested and have eaten a healthy breakfast to give them the best chance for performing to the best of their ability.
  • Students need to bring plenty of sharpened number 2 pencils for the testing.

It’s Academic – St. Anthony’s hosted “It’s Academic” last Saturday, March 11th. It was a great success, with 10 schools attending. Mr. Shields coordinated this event. We want to give a huge “thank you” to our teachers who worked very hard to see this through. Thanks also to the students who helped that day!

Group Picture Retakes – 5th Grade was on a field trip the day group photos were taken. For this reason, we will be retaking pictures this upcoming Monday, March 20th, in the afternoon. Students are to wear their full school uniform as always. Thank you very much to Mr. Jim O’Brien and to Mrs. O’Brien for volunteering their time to take the special group photos.

Barksdale Spring Pictures – Barksdale will be here to take Spring Pictures on Thursday, March 30thThis is a dress up day, not a dress down. Jeans/sneakers/boots/shorts/t-shirts/sleeveless shirts are not permitted. This is an optional picture day. Students may only dress up if they are ordering pictures.

Congratulations to Jade Amato. Jade is a Kindergartner who is a big sister to a new little brother, Carter Ollie. God Bless Carter Ollie!

Bertucci’s Night – St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is holding a Spirit Day on Tuesday, March 21st, at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. The event will be held at both locations: Christiana and Concord Pike.  This Spirit Day will last all day and is good for dining in or carrying out. The flyers were sent home this week. Please present the flyer when you pay, and we will receive 15% of the proceeds. Come out and enjoy a delicious meal and support our school. We hope to see you there!

8th Grade Lenten Pasta Dinner – Please join us on Friday, March 31st to help the 8th grade class raise money toward their class trip to New York City in May.  A flyer was sent home last week. Just an FYI – The Holy Name Society generously donated $500 toward this class trip. However, the 8th Grade class asked me if they could give that donation directly to the Mercantini Family. After checking with the HNS, I did agree to do that. It seems the generosity trickles down to your children! Let’s return that kindness by supporting their event!

Stations of the Cross/Via Crucis

  • Please join us every Friday at 2:00 P.M. for the Stations of the Cross. The children do a beautiful job reading the Stations, one class per week. It is a nice way to end our Fridays during Lent.
  •  If you miss the daytime stations due to work, feel free to see the beautiful Via Crucis. I have many years of fond memories participating in these living stations. Consider having your child participate next year. Rather than giving something up, encourage them to do something meaningful. It is one thing to read about the life of Jesus, it is another to walk in his footsteps and to follow along with his friends and feel his pain and that of his mother and friends. It is a truly unique experience. I was fortunate enough to play many roles over my grade school, high school, and even college years. I remember the emotions of each character played. It is a sacrifice of time, but it is a great thing to do during Lent.

Parish Easter Egg Hunt 2017  – The annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Palm Sunday, April 9th, after the11:00 A.M. Mass (approximate start time is 12:30 P.M.) in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  There will be categories for the following age ranges: up to age 2, ages 3-5, and ages 6-10.  There will be a prize basket for each age category.  A special appearance by a certain bunny is scheduled!  Enjoy the full array of delicious refreshments offered at parish socials (Serpe’s donuts and tomato pie, Degnars’ breakfast pizza, and much more)! Please RSVP with the number of children, the children’s names and ages, and a contact phone or e-mail by Thursday, April 6th to Anthony Albence via e-mail to cua20064@aol.com or via phone at (302) 983-3200.  (Please leave voicemail if there is no answer.)

  • AGAIN THIS YEAR: all participants and their families are invited to attend the 11:00 A.M. Mass and bring their Easter Baskets to Mass, where they will be blessed.
  • ALSO RETURNING THIS YEAR: The annual Scholastic Book Sale benefitting the Grade School library will be open during the event.  A perfect place to pick up an Easter gift that will also help our school!  A social will also be held after the 9:00 A.M. Mass on Palm Sunday.

Rice Bowls – Remember to donate spare change during Lent into your child’s Rice Bowl, reinforcing our Lenten theme of “Pray and Give!”

Free Conference Hosted by Red Clay – Red Clay will be hosting a regional conference for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Because of the importance of this topic and our desire to keep all our children safe, we wanted to invite each of you. The conference is FREE and open to the public. Please share with anyone you know that wants support and strategies on keeping all children safe and free from harm.  Details are below, contact is April Anderson 302-552-3714.

Conference: Red Clay Regional Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

DateSaturday, April 1, 2017

Time7:30 A.M. -12:00 A.M.

Location: CAB Calloway School of the Arts

Cost: FREE!!!!

Online Registrationwww.rcchildabuseprevention2017.com

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information.

  • March 20th –March 24th – Terra Nova Testing Week
  • March 20thStudent Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • March 21stSpirit Day at Bertucci’s – Concord Pike and Newark locations – All Day
  • March 28th Reconciliation – 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.
  • March 29th Reconciliation – 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.
    • 2nd Grade Field Trip – Alpine & Rafetto Orthodontics – 9:50 A.M. –      12:30 P.M.
  • March 30thSpring Pictures – DRESS UP DAY
  • March 31st Noon Dismissal – No AfterCare
    • 8th Grade Lenten Spaghetti Dinner – Ballad Room
  • April 3rdStudent Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • April 4th 8th Grade Fundraiser for NYC Trip – Café Napoli/Café Riviera – All day
  • April 8th CYM Pilgrimage
  • April 9th Parish Social – Ballad Room – After the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
    • Parish Easter Egg Hunt – Ballad Room – 12:30 P.M.
  • April 10thA Door of Hope Presentations – 7th and 8th Grade
  • April 13th April 23rd – Easter Break – No School
  • April 23rd – Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – 2:00 P.M.

To redeem myself from the last blessing, I will share my actual favorite Irish blessing…

“May God give you for every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile,

For every care, a promise,

And a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share,

For every sigh, a sweet song.

And an answer for each prayer.”

We are so blessed to be part of such a loving parish school. Thank you for your continued generosity and for sharing what you have with others in our school and parish community. Thank you for the continued prayers for Father Nick and Nick Mercantini!

Irish Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”

~ St. Patrick

Tiger Talk – March 3, 2017

Tiger Talk!

March 3, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

During the month of March, we will be talking to the children about “Faithfulness,” this month’s Fruit of the Spirit. “God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1Corinthians 1:9) We often pray our Diocesan theme prayer to the Holy Spirit, “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.” This prayer helps to remind us to keep faithful to the beliefs we have and to allow God to guide us on our path.

Our Lenten theme, “Pray and Give” continues over the 40 days of Lent. Thank you to those who donated food for the St. Patrick’s Center. Today was our deadline. I look forward to sharing the news of the class with the highest contribution. Although we really should not encourage competition when donating, it surely does motivate our students.  Please encourage your students to continue giving to their rice bowls and also on Monday when we hold a dress down day for Nick Mercantini and his family.

School News

Congratulations to our February students of the month! February’s fruit of the Holy Spirit was generosity.  These students are generous with their time and talents to their classmates and teachers.  Congratulations to Abigail Mahon (PreK 3), Maria Bartlett (PreK 4), Hayden Williams (K), Brenan Truver (1st), Jacob Matarese (2nd), Sean McGuigan (3rd), Alessandra Marte (4th), Madeleine Lawrence (5th), Makenna Sarver (6th), Madison Rieger (7th), and Luke Swift (8th). Great job!

 

Antonians Reminder – This Sunday, March 5th, the Antonians will be singing at the 9:00 A.M. Mass. Antonians, please make an effort to attend this Mass to sing for our parish.  Thank you.

Bishop’s Visit – Yesterday, we had a wonderful visit with Bishop Malooly and superintendent, Dr. Louis DeAngelo.  They first visited with Preschool through 3rd Grade in the Ballad Room, where they discussed what they were learning in school, Lent, and our Diocesan theme “Come, Holy Spirit.”  The students sang a Fruits of the Holy Spirit song they had learned with Mr. Colligan, which the Bishop enjoyed hearing.  Next, Bishop Malooly met with 4th through 8th Grade.  All students came in and shook the Bishop’s hand and discussed the Diocesan theme, Lent, and what they were learning in classes, focusing on Black History Month and their Religion class.  The students did an excellent job discussing what they had covered in Religion class, ranging from the Beatitudes, types of prayers, and the disciples, as well as telling the Bishop about all the famous African-Americans they have learned about.

Congratulations to the following students who have qualified to represent St. Anthony’s at the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Finals on Sunday, March 19th at 1:00 P.M. in the St. Peter’s New Castle Gym. Good luck!

  • Girls 9 Year Old        Angel Rizzo and Paulina Sidhu
  • Girls 10 Year Old        Hannah McGuigan and Lizzie Russell
  • Girls 12 Year Old        Nadia Black and Chelsea Lam
  • Girls 13 Year Old        Gracie Hillis
  • Boys 10 Year Old        Zach Brelick
  • Boys 11 Year Old        Giuseppe Iacono
  • Boys 12 Year Old        Michael Brelick and Vincent De Luca
  • Boys 13 Year Old        Luke Burdett

Terra Nova Testing – On March 20th, we begin Terra Nova testing for 1st through 8th Grades.  These days are very long for the students.  Please make sure your child gets to school on time because testing starts first thing in the morning.  Students should bring in extra number 2 pencils, an eraser, a water bottle, and healthy snack to help them during the day.

Yoga Class/Art Club

  • Yoga Class – For those who signed up for yoga classes with Michelle Pedicone, the classes will be held in the library and will end at 4:30 P.M. The classes will take place on the following days: March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th, May 1st, and May 15th (final session).
  • Art Club – For those enrolled in Art Club with Mrs. Everman and Mrs. DelGrosso, the classes will be held in the Art room and will run from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Art Club will take place on the following days: March 1st, March 14th, March 29th, April 11th, April 26th, and May 10th (final session).

If your students are registered for Yoga or Art Club, please mark your calendars for the above dates, as there will not be reminders sent each week. Thank you!

Class News

  • During last week’s warm weather, many of our students and teachers took the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the lovely temperatures before the cold weather came back.  Below is the 6th Grade enjoying Religion class outside.

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 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. This is a new policy. 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. This is a new policy.  Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 6th.

Parish News

Monthly Social – Please join us for the parish socials on Sunday, March 12th (Second Sunday of March), after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Enjoy a variety of great food, including tomato pie & donuts from Serpe’s Bakery, breakfast pizza from Degnar’s Greenhill Deli, and other delicious food selections including mini-bagels & fresh fruit while catching up with fellow parishioners and friends. Hope to see you there!

Business Office News

2017-2018 Tuition Statements – For those families that have returned their Reregistration forms for next school year, you will be receiving an Agreement Confirmation Notice from FACTs.  Please note that this may not be your final payment schedule.  Credits for Financial Aid, Home and School Scrip Program, and Parish Offertory will be applied to your account at the end of May/beginning of June. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Serio at Lserio@stanthonynet.org or 302-421-3707.

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org

) for upcoming events and information.

  • March 6th Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
    • Confirmation Registration – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
    • Financial Aid Packets must be completed and submitted by this date
  • March 8th Child Find Testing – Preschool 3 and 4
    • Home and School General Meeting Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • March 9th – 5th Grade Field Trip – Constitution Center – 9:15 A.M. – 1:45 P.M.
  • March 10th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 11th – It’s Academic – St. Anthony’s – 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
  • March 12th – Parish Social – Ballad Room – after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
  • March 13th – First Eucharist Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • March 15th Noon Dismissal – Professional Development
    • An Evening of Sacred Music – St. John the Beloved – 6:30 P.M.
  • March 17th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 20th –March 24th – Terra Nova Testing Week

Peace and Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! February 17, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Generosity is our Fruit of the Spirit for the month of February. “You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.” (Corinthians 9:11) This is one fruit that I see practiced so often in this parish school. Our staff reflection for this month gave us an opportunity to share what our experience in the ministry of Catholic education has taught us about generosity. Teachers shared that the spirit of generosity is shown most often in our students. They are generous with their time, attention, help, and resources. When asked to recall a time when we were the surprised recipient of unbounded generosity, teachers again mentioned our students. I found it interesting as they shared stories of your children. We could learn a lot from these young, loving, and giving children. You may not see this same generosity and helpfulness around your own homes, but I want you to know it is there and abounding.

Our Lenten theme for this year is simply, “Pray and give!” This theme is easy for all students to understand. We have been praying daily for the healing of our pastor, Father Nick. We have been praying for the healing of many people in our parish and school communities in need of God’s grace and mercy. We will have this continue to be our focus during Lent. We will also be working on giving to those less fortunate than us. We will be holding a food drive for the St. Patrick’s Society in the upcoming weeks. A flyer will be sent home soon. We also continue to encourage the children to give their spare change during Lent, using the rice bowls that will be sent home next week. Our families are extremely generous. I want to thank everyone for their contributions for dress down days. We decided a few years ago that all dress down donations would go directly to the Missions. This year, we received notification that we won First Place in Total Contribution and also First Place Per Capita. On March 5th, Mr. Shields and I will join a few of our students and attend the Mass and breakfast at St. Helena’s in recognition of the Missionary Childhood Association. The students will be recognized by Dr. DeAngelo and Bishop Malooly. I am very proud of our students. They give often, without hesitation or in expectation of recognition.

My staff and I have been substituting often lately, and I want to thank each and every teacher that has been so “generous” and flexible with their planning periods. In an effort to keep substitute costs down and to keep consistency with implementing lesson plans, everyone has stepped up to the plate and helped cover Mrs. Potts, Mrs. O’Brien, and other teachers that have been out sick recently. Middle school teachers have gotten to experience the joy (and controlled chaos) associated with teaching the primary grades. And primary teachers have experienced teaching middle school, where you don’t typically have to explain everything three times. It has been enlightening to all and a true help to Mr. Shields and me. I want to personally thank everyone for their kindness and generosity. Our students are not the only ones who are beautifully living the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Thank you to my amazing staff! I had the pleasure of observing 6th Grade Egyptian projects this week and 6th Grade playing Math games they created for their 3rd  Grade church buddies. I celebrated Valentine’s Day with our loving Preschool class and then returned to Preschool on Thursday for the Brandywine Zoo visit. Yesterday was our Spelling Bee. I was amazed by the difficult words used in this year’s Spelling Bee and impressed by 8th Grade students’ ability to spell some of the words. When we held the 8th Grade classroom Spelling Bee, I told them I had never used a few of those words in a sentence in my life. They kindly corrected me when I pronounced one word incorrectly.

Today at Mass, Father Nick spoke to the children about the origin of the word “babble.” He retaught the lesson learned from the tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis. The world had a common language and a common speech at the time. The people of the town believed they were better than others. They wanted to build a tower so high so that it reached the sky and into the heavens. They wanted their own rules and not to follow God’s rule. God did not approve of this and as a punishment, he had the people babble and not make sense. They all spoke differently and were not able to communicate to build their tower. What was supposed to be a symbol of power (the tower) became a symbol of confusion and misguided pride. God eventually changed his punishment of babbling into a blessing by creating all of the different beautiful languages of the world. Father Nick reminded us that we are to be who God wants us to be and to “be that well.”

Thanks again to our Home and School Board for all of the events they are planning for the remainder of the year. Stay tuned for flyers and additional information. We have Grotto Night coming soon (on Ash Wednesday) and Spring Fling, to name only two.

 

School News

Lunch Ordering Reminder – I want to clarify some things about our lunch procedure. We typically only have one person serving and one as the cashier. This is absolutely fine when all things flow smoothly and parents follow the ordering process. This is a reminder that the process for ordering lunch is to use the menu provided to all families. We are having issues with a few students not filling out the menu and then charging regularly. The purpose of the menu is for ordering and preparing food with very little waste. The second purpose is to be sure you are aware and in control of what your children are eating. We do not make a lot of extra food, so if your child forgets his/her lunch or decides to order, they may not be able to get what they want due to the supply of what is available (based on the amount prepared according to the menu). Once lunch begins, there is no time to prepare additional food. Three lunches run consecutively. If your child does not use the menu and you simply send in cash, there is no guarantee the child will choose healthy food. I assure you that they typically buy a hot dog and several snacks instead. However, with a lunch menu, the adult in the cafeteria sees each menu and you are assured your children are getting the warm meal you selected. Children who use the menu are the first to enter the cafeteria, to keep the pace moving. If your child has to charge or has cash for snacks, they are called last. This is simply efficient. Charging requires a stop of the line and paperwork to be filled out. We do not do this in the middle of each class. The cafeteria is a huge financial loss to the school every month. It is not set up to be a fundraiser in any way. Therefore, we really need everyone’s cooperation to make it a success. Children are served a hot lunch for less than $4 which is very reasonable. Please be sure to use the lunch menu (and attach payment) for your child to order lunch for the month.  If your child charges for some reason, please be sure to send in the money the next day. Charges really should be very rare. Thank you!

Visit to the Mayor’s Office – On the Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week, some of our students went to visit the Mayor of Wilmington, Michael Purzycki, in celebration of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington.

Spelling Bee – Congratulations to our classroom Spelling Bee winners: Nora Farrell (1st), Lillian Scott (2nd), Lena Padovani (3rd), Andres Lorenzo (4th), Diana Lorenzo (5th), Neha George (6th), Hayden Scully (7th), and Paige Johnson (8th).  It was obvious that all of these students had studied hard for the school Spelling Bee.  After many rounds, our school winner was Paige Johnson. Way to go, Spellers!

Declamation – Neha George, Henry Kelleher, and Paige Johnson recently competed at St. Mark’s in a Declamation contest.  Paige came in 1st in the 7th/8th Grade Oral Interpretation.  All three did an excellent job! Congratulations!

Math League – Congratulations to 8th Grader Javier Lorenzo.  Javier tied for 1st Place in Math League Region 3.  Way to go, Javier!

Save the date for April 4th8th Grade parents will be sponsoring an all-day dine-in or takeout fundraiser at both Cafe Napoli and Cafe Riviera. Both events will be held on April 4th. Proceeds will help offset some of the costs associated with the 8th Grade trip to New York City. Thank you once again to our generous Home and School Board for also making a contribution of $500 to the 8th Grade class.

Rocky’s Reading Challenge – Preschool through 3rd Grade will be participating in the Rocky’s Reading Challenge to earn tickets to a Blue Rocks game. Look for more details in the paperwork that came home this week.

Yoga Class/Art Club

  • Yoga Class – For those who signed up for yoga classes with Michelle Pedicone, the classes will be held in the library and will end at 4:30 P.M. The classes will take place on the following days: March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th, May 1st, and May 15th (final session).
  • Art Club – For those enrolled in Art Club with Mrs. Everman and Mrs. DelGrosso, the classes will be held in the Art room and will run from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Art Club will take place on the following days: March 1st, March 14th, March 29th, April 11th, April 26th, and May 10th (final session).

If your students are registered for Yoga or Art Clubs, please mark your calendars for the above dates, as there will not be reminders sent each week. Thank you!

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 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. This is a new policy. 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. This is a new policy.  Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 6th.

Class News

  • PreSchool 3 and 4 had a fun visit with the Brandywine Zoo! With the help of Ms. Hannah, the Zookeeper, we met Fiona the rose haired tarantula, S.J the arboreal lizard, Reggie the Brazilian Rainbow Boa, and Martha the ferret!

  • 1st Grade had a wonderful time on their field trip to see The Lion King, Jr. at Cab Calloway. The children did an awesome job on their 100th Day of School Projects.

They also enjoyed a special Valentine’s Math Activity where they were able to sort and graph candy hearts.

  • 2nd Grade is working on two-digit subtraction. They are reading and learning about Black History, as well as the presidents.
  • 3rd Grade played Math games that their 6th Grade buddies created for them. The students had a great time playing these well thought out games!

  • 4th Grade has been working hard on learning how to divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 number. They’ve also been learning about chemistry – they combined vinegar and baking soda and were amazed by the chemical reaction.
  • 5th Grade has been busy working on a world travel project. Students were able to pick any destination they wanted to travel to and then created a poster that included interesting facts, day and night photos, and other tidbits they learned while researching.
  • 6th Grade has been very busy making Math games (see above) and completing their Egyptian projects. All students acted as docents when other classes came to visit the Egypt Museum set up in the Library.  The students did an excellent job on the projects and research.

  • Middle School – All Middle School Science classes have been sharing their mid-year projects. 6th Grade presented projects on Body Systems, 7th Grade made 3D cells, and 8th Grade taught their classmates about sound waves and pressure.
  • In Music class, 5th – 8th Grades are learning about the coordination needed to play drums.

Business Office News

Tuition Payment Dates – Occasionally a family may need to adjust a tuition payment date. This is to inform you that the Business Office will need a minimum of 3 business days’ notice to change that date.  If you should need a date changed please contact Lisa via email at lserio@stanthonynet.org or at 302-421-3707.

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information.

  • February 20th No School – Presidents’ Day
  • February 26th Boy Scouts’ Pancake Breakfast – Ballad Room – 6:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 1st Ash Wednesday
    • Grotto’s Night –Pennsylvania Avenue– 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • March 3rd – End of Trimester 2
    • Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 5thParish Social – Ballad Room – after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • March 6th Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
    • Confirmation Registration – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • March 7th Financial Aid Packets must be completed and submitted by this date
  • March 8th Child Find Testing – Preschool 3
    • Home and School General Meeting Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • March 9th – 5th Grade Field Trip – Constitution Center – 9:15 A.M. – 1:45 P.M.
  • March 10th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 11th – It’s Academic – St. Anthony’s – 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Peace and Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“Lord, Help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits.” ~ Pope Francis

 

 

Tiger Talk! February 3, 2017

Tiger Talk!

February 3, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week has been a very exciting week for our school and Catholic schools across the country as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”  These 3 words are important to every Catholic school and here at St. Anthony’s we try (and succeed) to live up to them.  When a new family comes to tour the school or a new student starts, a consistent comment made is the sense of belonging and family they feel here.  The teachers and staff work hard to make sure all students are learning and succeeding at their level in the classroom.  Service is something we are working on here whether it is activities like drawing pictures and cards for people in nursing homes, or having dress down days to benefit the Childhood Missions.  We will continue to strive to be a Community of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.

Part of the fun for the students comes from the different events and activities that happened this week.

  • Sunday was the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. We began the week with Father Nick celebrating our Catholic Schools Week Mass. After Mass, some families remained and prayed the Rosary together for Father’s healing. For those of you unaware of Father Nick’s recent diagnosis, his letter to the parish is attached. We continue to pray daily as a school family for his healing. It was a blessing to have him open Catholic Schools Week for us.
  • Monday was Teacher Appreciation Day and silly sock/crazy hat day.  Our generous Home and School Board provided a delicious lunch for our faculty and staff on this day while Student Council provided breakfast. Many of our students and staff participated in the theme of the day by wearing their silly socks and crazy hats. Below are pictures of Max DiOssi and Donovan Sarver presenting “Washington leads a New Nation” in Social Studies while wearing their hats.

  • Tuesday was Twin Day and Knowledge Bowl.  Not only did we have twins, we also had triplets and quadruplets.  It was amazing to see the lengths our students went to so they could match with their “twin.” Our students did a great job participating in the Knowledge Bowl. I heard rumors that many of our parents were impressed with the information the students had mastered at such young ages.

  • Wednesday was Spirit Day and it was a huge success thanks to Mrs. Orenski. She set up many entertaining games throughout the gym and our 8th  Grade class did a fabulous job helping to organize the groups of younger students coming in to participate. One student commented, “I don’t know how those teachers do it all day. It was tough being responsible for 45 minutes.”

 

  • Thursday was Student Appreciation Day.  Thank you to our Home and School Board for also generously funding our newest idea of a school-wide movie day. The students (all 233) were angels on this trip. They sat with their church buddies in the theatre, had a great time, and really enjoyed watching “Sing” and eating snacks as a school. The response we had from the students was very positive.  We received every permission slip back for that field trip. Let’s see if we can have the same response to our 2017-2018 re-registration forms! Hint! Hint!

  • Friday, we celebrated Mass as a school community. At Mass, we celebrated the Feast of St. Blaise. Father Nick blessed the throats of over 300 people. He blessed our staff, students, parents and visitors at our 8:00 A.M. Mass. Father Nick told us the meaning of this was for the Lord to bless them and protect them from serious illnesses, particularly of the throat, nose, and ears.   He reminded them of the lesson that the blessing may not prevent colds or flu, but if they do get sick, it is a reminder that God will be with them and protect them. He told the old story of the little boy who was choking after swallowing a fish bone. The fish bone came free when St. Blaise prayed over the boy’s throat. Red ribbons around the candles are a symbol of the blood shed by St. Blaise for Jesus and his beliefs. To explain why we use candles, he said there is a legend about St. Blaise, sitting in jail (for his religious beliefs) and while in jail, he was in complete darkness until a friend brought candles to light his way.  The candles are a symbol of her charitable deed.
    • This afternoon, the Class of 2017 competes against their parents in the annual 8th Grade versus Staff/Parents volleyball game. We will let you know how that turns out in our next communication. I am told that several parents are attending. However, our 8th grade is very confident.

School News

Congratulations to the following students for winning the Knights of Columbus Vocation Essay contest! The winners are in 5th Grade – Arianna Marchione, 6th Grade – Amanda DeFrehn, 7th Grade – Hannah Fagioli, and 8th Grade – Connor Dagge.

Congratulations to the winners of the Patriots Pen essay contest!  First place went to Hannah Fagioli, second place to Amari Mathis, and third to Madison Rieger.

 

Congratulations to our January students of the month! January’s Fruit of the Spirit was Kindness. These students exhibit kindness to everyone they meet.  Congratulations to Keegan Baranik (PreK 3), Amelia Bosch (PreK 4), Eryn Banks (K), Gabriella Martinez (1st), Riley Winfield (2nd), Delaney Patterson (3rd), Natalia Alfieri (4th), Eva Pellegrino(5th), Blake Reilly(6th),  Hayden Scully (7th), and Peyton Biscoe(8th). Great job!

 

 

21st Century Classroom Plan-  Although this idea and all planning for it are in the infancy stages, we want to share some exciting news. Our goal is to transform our beautiful library space into a more modern classroom/student work area/media center. The idea for this space was brought to me by Ms. Schiccatano, our Special Education Teacher, and Mrs. Angelo, our school counselor. They have some innovative thoughts for creating a classroom unlike any other traditional classroom in our building. Father Nick liked the idea when I presented it to him, so we will begin to do our research, forge ahead, and plan for this project. More details will follow.

 

Moonshot – Last week, the entire school came together in our matching Moonshot shirts.   We gathered to have a photo taken and will be sending it to former Vice President Joe Biden.  The students did a wonderful job being patient while we arranged the entire school for this photo.  It turned out great!

 

New Baby News – Congratulations to Matthew Spinelli in Preschool! He is now a big brother to a sister, Madeline Magnolia Spinelli!

 

Upcoming School Year – In an effort to help families plan ahead for next year, I will share some Diocesan scheduling information. The plan is for all students in the Diocese to not return to school until after Labor Day. Now, before you all get excited, I have to remind you we have to plan for our festival (which keeps our school running). In order to follow the Diocesan schedule, which is always our goal, we will lose most of Easter break. Remember that our students get out of school a full week before the other Diocesan schools, and we must account for 180 school days. The good news for planning vacations is that you will have a slightly extended 2017 summer and an earlier start to the 2018 summer. Therefore, Easter break will be compromised. We appreciate your understanding. As soon as we have our Diocesan calendar approved by the Diocese in May, we will publish it.

 

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 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. This is a new policy. 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. This is a new policy.  Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 7th.

 

Class News

  • 2nd Grade celebrated the Chinese New Year last week by eating traditional foods, learning Chinese customs, and enjoying the gift of special lucky red envelope (hongbao) containing money.

 

Parish News

February Social – Please join us for the parish socials on Sunday, February 5th, after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Enjoy a variety of great food, including tomato pie and assorted donuts, while catching up with fellow parishioners and friends.

Business Office News

Tuition Payment Dates – Occasionally a family may need to adjust a tuition payment date. This is to inform you that the Business Office will need a minimum of 3 business days’ notice to change that date.  If you should need a date changed please contact Lisa via email at lserio@stanthonynet.org or at 302-421-3707.

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org

) for upcoming events and information.

  • February 5th – Parish Social after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
  • February 6thStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • February 7thMath League at St. Anthony’s – 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
  • February 8th 1st Grade Field Trip – Cab Calloway – Lion King

         Art Club in Library – 3:00 P.M.

  • February 16th School Spelling Bee – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • February 20th  – No School – Presidents’ Day
  • March 1st Ash Wednesday
    • Grotto’s Night –Pennsylvania Avenue– 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • March 3rd – End of Trimester 2
  • March 7th Financial Aid Packets must be completed and submitted by this date

Peace and Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“Let us encourage the generosity which is typical of the young and help them to work actively in building a better world. Youth do not solely need material things. Above all, they need to have those non-material values which are the spiritual heart of a people … spirituality, generosity, solidarity, perseverance, fraternity, and joy.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! January 13, 2017

Tiger Talk!

January 13, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a beautiful and blessed Christmas with your families and friends. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2017 filled with many fun and educational experiences here at St. Anthony’s. Catholic Schools Week is coming very soon! This is one of our favorite weeks in the school year, if not the favorite. We have many exciting events planned. We have a surprise for the students on Student Appreciation Day. Thank you to Ms. Jennifer Cripps and Ms. Courtney Palmer for coming up with new and fresh ideas. We will be sending home information next week regarding our week to celebrate all that Catholic schools have to offer.  I have said it before, but as a parent of a 17-year-old and 20-year-old, I can honestly say this is the absolute best investment you can make for your children. Our Catholic schools help students grow to be confident, faith-filled, spiritual, moral, strong, gentle, and loving individuals that this world so desperately needs. I love our school, parish, and diocese and cannot imagine working anywhere else! I hope to see you during Catholic Schools Week.

Today at Mass, Father Rinaldi reminded us to continue to pray constantly on our journey to Heaven. He told us to remember that God answers us in His time and that we may not always get what we want. We simply have to pray every day and talk to God as our friend.

“Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:32.  This is a perfect message to start the new year! Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit for the month of January is “kindness.” Let us be kind to one another and be perfect examples of kindness for our children.

Bishop Malooly will be celebrating Mass with us this Sunday at 9:00 A.M.! Please consider joining us and making him feel welcome in our parish.

School News

Reminder – There is no school Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

St. Anthony’s Open House is Sunday, January 22nd from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Please spread the word! You are our best marketers. Our school family grows because of all of you. No amount of marketing can replace good old fashioned word of mouth (and your personal social media). Help us to grow!

Congratulations to 4th grader Giada Brown.  She won 1st Place for all 4th grade students in the Diocese for the Vocation Drawing Contest run by the Diocesan Vocations Guild. The 4th grade topic was for the students to draw how they would see themselves as a priest, nun, deacon, or brother.

Congratulations to our December Students of the Month! December’s Fruit of the Holy Spirit was “patience,” and these students were able to exhibit this in a very exciting month for them.  Congratulations to Iago Ramos (PreK 3), Jace Pittman (PreK 4), Caitlin Zweidinger (K), Chase Willard (1st), Anastasia Tsatsaronis (2nd), Kendall Reilly (3rd),  Zachary Brelick (4th), Dylan Farrell (5th), Olivia Segeda (6th),  Lauren McLaughlin (7th), and Connor Dagge (8th). Great job!

Kindergarten would like to share a special event that happened to them right before Christmas break. The children received a wonderful surprise.  They received presents from the Wilmington Police Department.  Among the presents were Finger Point Games, Light-Up Spiderman masks, and character crayons and note pads.  The children were so excited.   Thank you to the Wilmington Police Department and to Chief Cummings.

Thank you to all who came out to Grotto’s Night in November! Home and School received a check for over $300.  Home and School has another Grotto’s Night organized for Ash Wednesday, March 1st.  We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to some of our recent alumna who attend Padua Academy.  The following ladies received Honors for their hard work during the first quarter.  Congratulations to Stefania Lombardo (11th Grade) and Andrea Reynolds (10th Grade) on receiving First Honors.  Congratulations to Laura Land (12th Grade), Grace McCarthy (12th Grade), Madeline Perez (12thGrade), Ellen Banker (11th Grade), Samantha DiVirgilio (10th Gade), Caroline Achenbach (9thGrade), Robin Land (9th Grade), Marissa McCarrick (9th Grade), and Julia Wood (9th Grade) for receiving Second Honors.  Way to go, ladies!

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 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. This is a new policy. 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. This is a new policy.  Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 7th.

Business Office News

Tuition Payment Dates – Occasionally a family may need to adjust a tuition payment date. This is to inform you that the Business Office will need a minimum of 3 business days’ notice to change that date.  If you should need a date changed please contact Lisa via email at lserio@stanthonynet.org or at 302-421-3707.

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org

) for upcoming events and information.

  • January 16th No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 20th Trimester 2 Interim
  • January 22nd Open House – 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.
  • January 23rd – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • January 29th February 3rd – Catholic Schools Week
    • January 29thOpening Liturgy Mass – 11:00 A.M. with social to follow
    • January 30th Teacher Appreciation Day
    • January 31st Knowledge Bowl
    • February 1st Spirit Day
    • February 2nd Student Appreciation Day
    • February 3rd8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game – Fournier Hall – 1:30 P.M.
  • February 5th – Parish Social after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
  • February 6thStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • February 7thMath League at St. Anthony’s – 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
  • February 20th  – No School – Presidents’ Day
  • March 7th Financial Aid Packets must be completed and submitted by this date

Please keep Father Nick in your prayers. He is in the hospital and hoping to be discharged sometime this week. He said to be sure I told everyone, “Hello.” He said he misses seeing us.

Blessings for the New Year,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

 

“Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! December 16, 2016

Tiger Talk!
December 16, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are still “waiting with patience and joy” around here in this Advent season. Our Home and School Board has kept us all very entertained recently. The students have shopped with personal assistants. They had Breakfast with Santa. These events took a lot of preparation, and the end result was a really good time.

I had the pleasure of attending a field trip with 6th and 7th Grade students to Dickinson High School where we saw a wonderful production of many classics. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was one of 4 reenactments we were able to enjoy together. (Some of our students decided to try reenacting it for me.)

On Tuesday, I saw A Christmas Carol at the Delaware Children’s Theatre with the 8th Grade. We were able to stay after the show and ask the actors many questions. We learned about theatre production, puppetry, and much more about the behind-the-scenes life of a play.

All of our students have been participating in the Monday morning Advent prayer service and the lighting of our Advent wreath. The youngest students are fascinated by the battery operated candles they can light and leave “burning” for extended periods of time. Father Nick reminded us last Friday at Mass that the true gifts in our lives are our children. His message was a simple one for everyone to understand. We are all gifts to each other and we should treat each other as gifts from God, each with our own special qualities. In this busy time of year, I wish for you and your families to find peace, quiet time to relax, to see the beauty around you, and to count your many blessings.
I ask that you keep Nick Mercantini and his family in your prayers, as they will be celebrating the Christmas holiday at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Nick continues to receive medical care 24/7; however, he is no longer in the Intensive Care Unit. He remains on the third floor, across the hall from where my own son and I spent a year and a half. Nick is receiving excellent care, and his grandmother remains vigilantly at his side. Nick is currently improving with his physical therapy. He is able to move his head and stick his tongue out to indicate “yes” to questions asked of him. His eyes are better focused than a month ago. He is alert for the majority of the day as well. He remains paralyzed from the neck down, but the medical staff is working very hard with him to learn to speak again. He has been able to quietly speak a few words (with a lot of effort), and he smiles again when friends visit. Every sound he makes is a “gift” to his family. Every smile is a “gift.” Every day is a true blessed “gift.” I pray that your families have a blessed and happy Christmas filled with many “gifts.”

School News

Thank you to all who attended our Christmas Show today. It was a fantastic show with the 8th Grade acting as our stagehands and emcees. Our students look forward to these festivities every year and work hard to memorize their songs. Thank you for coming to share these special memories with our students.

  • For those who didn’t know, on Thursday, we had our Christmas Dress down Day. Our students were certainly festive with all their Christmas shirts, sweaters, and accessories. I must share this one photo from that day. This is 6th grader Mateo Ahumada and Mr. Limmina, who both had a certain Christmas style that day.

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month! We somehow missed including the names of our October students of the month in November’s Tiger Talk. We want to make sure these students are recognized for their “Joy”fulness in our school. October’s Fruit of the Holy Spirit was “Joy.” Congratulations to Sky Livingston (PreK 3), Lejin Waitieh-Kabehl (PreK 4), Mason Carroll (K), NunNu Chen (1st), Natalie Krevchuck (2nd), Faye Kelleher (3rd), Hannah McGuigan (4th), Brianna Ramos (5th), Kyle Reynolds (6th), Joey Mazalewski (7th), and Danny Piergalline (8th). Great job!

Congratulations to our 8th Graders who received the Sacrament of Confirmation! As always, it was a beautiful service and the students enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Bishop Malooley and receive this holy Sacrament.

Reminder – Please do not enter your child’s classroom in the mornings after the 7:30 A.M. bell has rung unless you have an appointment with the teacher. This is a very hectic time for teachers, getting the students organized and ready for the day. Please stop in the main office if you need to leave a message for a teacher. I have recently noticed parents entering classrooms to speak to teachers. All teachers need to be vigilant and supervise the entire class and attend to student needs. This takes attention away from the students. Teachers are not available to meet with parents during the school day without an appointment. I appreciate your cooperation with this.

Thank you to all families who donated books to Book ‘em, a literacy initiative run by the Wilmington Police! 7th Grader Cara Quinlan organized this service project on her own and our school families donated over 1,000 books. Cara and the Wilmington Police thank you for your generosity!

St. Nicholas Day – On December 6th, some of our youngest students received a visit from St. Nicholas. As with the tradition, each student left a shoe in the hallway and St. Nick left a present in it for them. Their faces explain the happiness they felt from this special visit.

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 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. This is a new policy. 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. This is a new policy. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

Social Media News – In some exciting social media news, our Facebook page will be up and running next week. The page is called St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni, & Friends. Please like and share our page! We will be posting school updates and events that will be happening at St. Anthony’s. Let’s get the word out there about how awesome our school is!

From the School Nurse

Too Sick for School?

Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school. The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Program of the Department of Health and Human Services. They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.

Keep your child home if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

Symptom Explanation
Fever Greater than 100.5 F. May return when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication).
Vomiting Any unexplained episode in the past 24 hours. May return 24 hours after last episode.
Diarrhea Three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools. May return 24 hours after last episode.
Rash Any new rash accompanied by a fever. May return after rash goes away or clearance given by a health care provider.
Skin Lesions (Sores) Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores are increasing in size OR new sores are developing day-to-day.
Cough Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
Other Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities OR student is requiring more care than school staff can safely provide.

Home is the best place for a child who is ill.

Technology Department News
For the first Tiger Talk Technology section, we have two topics to mention.
• The first is our new content filtering hardware. Previously we were filtering what students were able to view with an old server that required maintenance and very expensive software. By replacing it with CIPAfilter CF250, we are able to reduce the maintenance time and reduce our expenses. In the future we will be able to filter content even when students are using their Saint Anthony’s iPads at home. CIPAfilter specializes in filtering content for schools and have been providing this service for over a decade.
• The other topic of interest is our visitor coming Monday, December 19th at 9:00 A.M. The Delaware Department of Technology & Information will present on the topic of Cyber Safety for grades 3- 8. Students will learn about bullying, information they should not post online, and other important topics.
o On Wednesday, you should have received a related pamphlet titled “The Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullies,” detailing how to notice bullying and what to do if it happens. Please read the material and feel free to discuss it with your student if you haven’t already.

Parish News
Parish Monthly Social-Epiphany Sunday – Our next parish social will be held on Epiphany Sunday, January 8th, in the Ballad Room of the Grade School, following the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses. Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends. The social, as always, will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery.
• SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We will feature our traditional Epiphany Pageant at the 11:00 A.M. Mass on Epiphany Sunday–a treasured tradition of the Christmas season at St. Anthony’s.
Hope you can make it!

Business Office News

Tuition Payment Dates – Occasionally a family may need to adjust a tuition payment date. This is to inform you that the Business Office will need a minimum of 3 business days’ notice to change that date. If you should need a date changed please contact Lisa via email at lserio@stanthonynet.org or at 302-421-3707.

Important Dates
• December 19th – Advent Prayer Service – Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
• Cyber Bullying Presentation – 3rd – 8th Grade – Ballad Room – 9:00 A.M.
• December 21st – Noon Dismissal – Professional Development for teachers
• December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017 – Christmas Break – No School
• January 3rd – School Resumes
• January 5th – Math League – St. Anthony’s – 3:00 P.M.
• January 8th – Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
• January 9th – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
• January 13th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Service – 2:00 P.M.
• January 16th – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• January 18th – Home and School General Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
• January 20th – Trimester 2 Interim
• January 22nd – Open House – 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Our next Tiger Talk will be after the New Year! Have a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Christmas Blessings,
Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“Patience will bring you perpetual peace and tranquility.” ~ St. Francis de Sales

Tiger Talk! December 2, 2016

Tiger Talk!

December 2, 2016
Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we enter this joyous season of Advent, we pause and remember this is a time of patient waiting. “You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:8. In our busy society where Christmas trees are up and decorated the day after Thanksgiving and store shelves are overflowing with the latest and greatest gifts, let us not forget the true meaning of Advent and Christmas. We are blessed with the gifts of healthy children, safe homes, food, shelter, freedoms, family, friends, and so much more. We count our blessings daily here at St. Anthony’s and in a special way during Advent. We begin each Monday with our traditional Advent Prayer Service in the main lobby. We light a candle each week and remind the children that baby Jesus was and is the light of our world.

Our Advent theme this year was chosen by Student Council and in conjunction with our Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Our theme is “Waiting with Patience and Joy.” I love this theme, because it was chosen by the students and is easy for all ages to understand. It also highlights two of our Fruits of the Holy Spirit: October’s “joy” and December’s “patience.” We are waiting patiently for Jesus’s birth, but as always in an elementary school, we anticipate His arrival with great joy and excitement. These next few weeks are busy ones, and I hope you are able to take time to join us for our many celebrations. Breakfast with Santa (Sunday, December 11th, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.) is always a terrific event hosted by our Home and School Board. Do not miss it! There is food, crafts, a reading from Father Rinaldi or Father Nick, photo ops with Santa, and much more! Declamation immediately follows Breakfast with Santa at noon. We will be hosting this event once again, with the support of the Knights of Columbus. Secret Santa Shop is next week! A flyer for this event went home Wednesday. Our students will secretly shop (with your money) for priceless little gifts for family. Many parent volunteers assist the Home and School Board with this fun shopping excursion. Our younger students often have a personal shopping assistant to help make gift selections.

Final Week for High School Placement Test Registration – Attention 8th Grade Parents!  I know you have received several reminders from me about this, but I strongly encourage all of our 8th Grade students to register to take our Diocesan High School Placement Test. Please register online for the HSPT at http://wilmington.stsusers.com.  Online registration will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, December 1st.

School News

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month. November’s Fruit of the Holy Spirit was “Peace.”  Congratulations to Matteo Roca (PreK 3), Katelyn McLaughlin (PreK 4), Desmond Denny (K), Brooke Brown (1st), Gideon Keen (2nd), Mark Johnson (3rd), Angel Rizzo (4th), Sarah Mazalewski (5th), Chloe Bowers (6th),  Luke Burdett (7th), and Rachel Tomlinson (8th). Great job!

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Field Trip Expectations – All field trips are planned to support student curriculum. Field trips are part of the academic school day, and assignments are most often planned around these trips. Please understand that we do not have a separate classroom or extra teacher to supervise children, should they wish not to attend a trip. A parent may choose to keep a child home on the day of a field trip, and the student will be marked absent. When the child returns to school following the chosen absence, he/she must seek out the missing assignments from his/her teacher. The teacher is not expected to provide extra credit or supplemental work due to the chosen absence. Thank you for your understanding.

Honors Assembly – Due to scheduling conflicts, we will have a brief Honors Assembly after 8:00 A.M. Mass on Thursday, December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Preschool and Kindergarten will dismiss after Mass, as Mass is long enough for them to sustain attention. 1st through 8th Grades will remain for the assembly. 4th through 8th Grade academic honors will be announced. We hope you can join us for Mass next Thursday.

Congratulations to Celeste Scarpato for winning 3rd place in the New Castle County Fire Prevention Poster Contest.  Way to go, Celeste!

fire-winner

Punctuality/Absentee Reminder – As we begin the Second Trimester, I want to remind parents of the importance of being on time and present for school. Students who arrive late to school begin their day nervous. The late arrival to class disrupts the teacher who is teaching and the other children in the class who are learning. Often, particularly in Middle School, this disrupts several teachers, as students move from class to class. Please make every effort to arrive on time.  Students are expected to be in class by 7:50 for Morning Prayer. Classes start promptly at 8:00 A.M. Promptness is extremely important on Fridays due to Mass. It is very disruptive to the entire school community and parishioners to have children arriving after 8:00 A.M. for Mass. Please also be sure to keep an eye on your child’s attendance. After 20 absences, a child may be retained in their current grade. Keep in mind that high schools strongly consider tardiness and absenteeism when considering applications.

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 School Year – Financial Aid forms for the Diocese’s Share in the Spirit program will be available within the next two weeks. Forms must be picked up and signed for in the school office by an adult. We cannot send forms home with students. Applications are completed online through FACTS. Please note that we have a significant change to the financial aid process this year: all families who have received financial aid in the past, must complete the diocesan form online to be considered for assistance for the 2017-2018 school year. We cannot give consideration to families who do not complete the financial aid application. Completed applications are typically due in early March, so once a family has the form, please begin the application process immediately. We will be sending letters within the next week to all families who received financial aid for the current school year. The purpose of this letter is to stress the importance of applying for financial aid for the coming year. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

Santa’s Secret Shop – This annual shopping event put on by the Home and School Association will be held on Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th in the Library.  Students will be able to shop for their family and friends here at school during a selected time. A flyer was sent home on Wednesday with information and times of class shopping trips.

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Thank you to all of our families who gave so generously to the food drive this year. The food donations given to the St. Patrick’s Center are greatly appreciated. With the gift of this large donation, our church is also able to prepare gift baskets and deliver food to needy families in our school and parish community.

  • Message from Felix Spitelli, on behalf of the Knights of Columbus – I am happy to report that the portion of food that I picked up on Friday totaled 373 pounds. It was delivered to St. Patrick’s Center today. It appeared to me that the split with the Christmas baskets for the church was about even. I am estimating that the total school collection was approximately 750 pounds. Awesome effort by all!

Class Notes:

Preschool 3 has been talking about Advent and how they are preparing for Jesus’s birthday and even introduced a new student to the class, Chippy the Elf!

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  • Preschool 4 has an elf visitor from Santa. His name is Snowflake. They have been talking about Advent and doing Christmas crafts. They are also working on a new sight word book called The Pets.
  • Kindergarten has been preparing for Advent and Christmas and even made their own Advent wreaths.  They are also learning to count to 100!
  • 1st Grade had a wonderful time on their field trip to Hagley Museum.  The children learned about life in the 19th century.  They dressed up in clothing from the period, did laundry and other chores, baked cookies, and participated in lessons in the schoolhouse.

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  • 2nd Grade is learning about even and odd numbers in Math and learning about the properties of rocks and minerals in Science.
  • 3rd Grade is very excited because they are starting to learn multiplication and have started a new Science unit on electricity.
  • 4th Grade has begun doing Advent activities. They will be talking about the Jesse Tree and creating ornaments to reflect the different branches of Jesus’ family tree.
  • 5th Grade had a great field trip to the Franklin Institute on Tuesday.  They explored the entire Institute, learning about our brains, the human heart and body, airplanes, simple machines, and saw an IMAX movie “Robots.”  The students and parents had a great time on the trip.

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  • 6th Grade has been working on weathering and erosion in the Science lab.  The students are enjoying their experiments.
  • 7th Grade Vocabulary class finished Trimester One with a class that really moved.  The class was broken down into teams of 4-5 students each and six stations were set up in the gym.  Groups of students had to complete vocabulary review exercises at each station.  The review consisted of all the words covered since the start of the school year and students had to hop, skip, run, or shuffle to each station.  One student commented that the class was a blast.

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  • 8th Grade visited Father Rinaldi on Wednesday to give him our good wishes and deliver all of the cards that the school students have made for his speedy recovery.

From the School Nurse

Too Sick for School?

Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school.  The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Program of the Department of Health and Human Services.  They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.

Keep your child home if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

Symptom

Explanation

   
Fever Greater than 100.5 F.  May return when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication).
Vomiting Any unexplained episode in the past 24 hours.  May return 24 hours after last episode.
Diarrhea Three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools.  May return 24 hours after last episode.
Rash Any new rash accompanied by a fever.  May return after rash goes away or clearance given by a health care provider.
Skin Lesions (Sores) Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores are increasing in size OR new sores are developing day-to-day.
Cough Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
Other Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities OR student is requiring more care than school staff can safely provide.

 

Home is the best place for a child who is ill.

For those of you unable to attend the Home and School Meeting last night, I will forward some important information that was shared.

Advisory Board Update – Mr. Shields worked hard in my partial absence last year to set up an Advisory Board for our school. He invited several new people to join our parish school and work with us on marketing, enrollment, budgeting, and much more. This board advises the Principal and Pastor in the management of the business, property, and administration of the school to assure a sound Catholic educational program, consistent with Diocesan policies. Responsibilities include but are not limited to.

  1. Recommend administrative and operational policies needed to adequately operate the school in conformity with its mission.
  2. Oversee general business matters and monitor compliance with the school’s annual budget.
  3. Ensure that administration is accountable for policy implementation and overall operation of the school.
  4. Recommend tuition and other fees and costs to administration.
  5. Recommend adjustments to the school’s mission statement to maintain relevance of the school in a changing environment.
  6. Act as a resource for self-evaluations according to criteria approved by the Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Schools Office and Middle States Association for Accreditation.

Advisory Board Members: Anthony Alfieri – Parent and Investment advisor; John Keely- Elementary School Principal at St. Thomas the Apostle in Pennsylvania; Anthony Albence – Parish trustee; Father Nick Waseline – Pastor; Kristy Stellini – Parent and marketing; Dr. Marisa Rausher – Neumann University Professor/Special Education;  Dr. Tammy Feil – Neumann University Professor/Special Education; Bob Shields – Assistant Principal; and myself.

Special Ed. Program Update – We are so pleased with Ms. Schiccatano’s program implementation. It has been a work in progress. She is meeting the needs of all of our students. This was a position I always wanted here, and it has been a smooth transition adding her to our staff. She has identified students with needs for simple accommodations and those with implementation of IEP’s from public schools. Students who previously could not have their academic needs met are now being served. She has a very tight schedule, seeing most students within their classroom and some in very small groups. Our initial idea was to have a full inclusion model, but we learned after a couple of months that some students prefer and benefit from small pull-out times to work 1:1 with her or our counselor, Mrs. Angelo, in small groups.

Our Advisory Board had many suggestions about scheduling and the approach to our Special Education program.  They helped us write the job description for this program. I consulted them with my potential candidates, and they continue to be involved with this process on an on-going basis. Ms. Schiccatano recently met with the Advisory Board and presented her program. It was received very enthusiastically because it is unique to the Diocese. We are blessed to be a school in the Diocese of Wilmington with a full-time nurse, counselor, and Special Education teacher. We are blessed as well here at St. Anthony’s to have the parish and Pastor support to do so.

Diocesan Board Liaison– Dr. Valerie Denton represents our school at the Diocesan level. This is the first time in 15 years that I have ever met a board liaison. She has met me at night, toured the school, joined us for an Advisory Board meeting, and attended Barnes and Noble Night this week. She even helped me wrap presents. Her purpose would be to present any concerns we have to our Catholic Schools Office.

Safe Students Online – Attention 5th through 8th Grade Parents: Safe Students Online is an excellent resource to keep your children protected online and through the use of social media. St. Anthony’s values this program and has paid for all of you to utilize it at no cost.  We benefit nothing from this service but peace of mind knowing that we have given you the opportunity to support your children in making good and safe choices in this electronic world. We have no access (nor would we want to) to any of your child’s social media. This is a private service provided to your family. Welcome emails will go out on Friday to all 5th – 8th Grade parents who have not already activated an account. It is a very simple process. An attachment will include greater detail. We would love to have 100% participation, since we are paying for the service.  For more information or to ask any questions, feel free to call Tim Polizzi, Vice President, at (484)588-4753. Tim is the proud parent of 3 children in Catholic school. For more information please click Safe Students.pdf

Gift Card Program – Paul Ceresini gave a presentation on the simplicity of using our gift card program and how it can benefit you and the school. You can receive money off of your tuition by using this program. There are over 700 stores to choose from. Simplify your holiday shopping, and support our grade school at the same time. Check out the website at www.shopwithscrip.com

Business Office News

Tuition Payment Dates – Occasionally a family may need to adjust a tuition payment date. This is to inform you that the Business Office will need a minimum of 3 business days’ notice to change that date.  If you should need a date changed please contact Lisa via email at lserio@stanthonynet.org or at 302-421-3707.

Important Dates

  • December 3rd/4thHigh School Placement Test
  • December 5th Advent Prayer Service – Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
  • December 6th Santa’s Secret Shop – Library
  • December 7th Santa’s Secret Shop – Library
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip – George Read House – 8:45 – 11:45 A.M.
  • December 8th – Immaculate Conception Mass – Church – 8:00 A.M.
    • Honor’s Assembly (after Mass in Church)
  • December 9th6th/7th Grade Field Trip – Dickinson High School – 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
    • Confirmation Dress Rehearsal in Church – Confirmation clothes-5:45 P.M. sign in (Candidates & Sponsors)
  • December 10thConfirmation – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • December 11thBreakfast with Santa- Ballad Room 8:00 A.M.– 12:00 P.M.
    • Declamation Contest – 12:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
  • December 12th Advent Prayer Service – Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
  • December 13th 14thPrevent Child Abuse Speaker – Kindergarten -4th Grade
  • December 13th 8th Grade Field Trip – Delaware Theater Company
    • Preschool & 4th Grade Field Trip –  Playhouse – 8:45  A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • All Catholic Christmas Concert – 7:00 P.M. at St. John the Beloved
  • December 16th – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Field Trip – Wilmington Courthouse –9:45 A.M. –12:00 P.M
    • Christmas Concert – Gym – 1:30 P.M
  • December 19th – Advent Prayer Service – Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
    • Cyber Bullying Presentation 3rd – 8th Grade – Ballad Room – 9:00 A.M.
  • December 21st Noon Dismissal – Profession Development (Catechetical Certification)for Teachers
  • December 23, 2016 January 2, 2017 – Christmas Break  – No School
  • January 3rd – School Resumes
  • January 5thMath League – St. Anthony’s – 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Peaceful Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“No one is more patient than God the Father: no one understands and knows how to wait as much as He does.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! November, 11, 2016

Tiger Talk!

November 11, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Veteran’s Day! St. Anthony of Padua Grade School would like to offer our love, thanks, and gratitude to all of our parents, grandparents, family, and friends who faithfully and dutifully serve or have served in our military. We are forever grateful for your selflessness and courage. Thank you to Mr. Thomas Spencer, who is currently serving in the Army as a First Sergeant and his father, Mr. Tom Spencer, who is a retired Green Beret in the Army. They came out to school today to talk to the Middle School about their experiences.

This week at St. Anthony’s and throughout the Diocese of Wilmington, we celebrated Vocations Week. We started our week by having two guest speakers. On Monday, our very own Father Nick spoke with the 6th grade, to prepare them for their visit to Holy Cross in Dover on Wednesday. I missed his presentation but heard excellent feedback from the students. They asked their pastor very thought-provoking questions. They enjoyed the time spent with him and the fact that Father Nick was comfortable sharing his personal thoughts and opinions with them.

Father Brian Zumbrum from Salesianum (formerly of Nativity Prep) met with the 7th and 8th-grade classes. I had the pleasure of sitting in on his presentations. He did a beautiful talk about his unusual journey to the priesthood. He compared himself (a very young priest) to a baby panda. He claimed that pandas (like priests) are becoming extinct. When a new panda is born, everyone is excited to have new blood. He spoke openly and honestly about his journey from Catholicism to being Agnostic, and to finding himself as a student at an Oblate college, DeSales University. Prior to attending that “Catholic” college (he went solely because it was a free ride), he had never even heard of the Oblates. Now they are his family and friends for life.

His message was very simple. He told the students they were already in their vocation process/journey. He didn’t speak simply of the three choices people often discuss; married life, single life, and religious life. He talked about choosing whatever it is in life that will find you joy. He urged them to not look at the price tags of high schools and assume the highest price means it is the best fit for you. Father Brian also told them to appreciate the fact that you can find your happiest moments in something like service work. He spoke of his many service experiences and about his brief 48 hours pretending to be homeless for a college social experiment. The children were stunned to hear how horribly he was treated and how much he learned on the streets for his brief, but enlightening two days. He admitted that he lasted only 23 hours before he broke down in tears to a police officer. He had been ignored and treated horribly. As a young college student (with a 4.0 GPA) pretending to be homeless, people were terrified of him, mean to him, and frequently asked him if he was a drug addict. He met several very nice young men and women who were homeless simply because their parents had kicked them out on the streets or could no longer care for them. He talked to them about the fact that he is more comfortable on the East side of Wilmington than North Wilmington, because he has met so many people in his community service work. He talked to them about things they will most likely never experience in a lifetime. His goal was to tell them to find joy in their life and not to “block God’s blessings.” The children in both classes asked very thought-provoking questions and kept him past the 45 minute class period. He shared his experiences of meeting the last 3 Popes and how he believes every day that God has him right where he needs to be. He has experienced sad times like the death of a student by gun shot in Wilmington and being with many people as they breathe their last breath. However, at the end of each day, he can say that his work gives him great joy. He emphasized looking for joy in your life. He is thankful to have worked as a teacher and vice principal, and currently is in school ministry at Salesianum, Nativity Prep, and the University of Delaware.

As this week comes to an end, I ask for prayers for each and every one of us in our vocation and for our students in their vocation journey.  Please pray for all of our religious who are our role models for spirituality, mercy, and gentle strength; for a growth and strength in their ministry. Please pray for all those people who choose the single life, including our amazing parish trustees, Anthony Albence and Anthony Frabizzio, who live the vocation of single life so beautifully in service throughout our parish. I ask that you pray for all of us in the vocation of marriage, in a time when married life is not always valued as it was in the past. Finally, in this month of “peace” in our school, let us continue to pray for love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our communities, in our local and federal government, and in our personal lives. Let us all be examples of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit for others in the world.

School News

Halloween Party Success – Thank you to our Home and School Board for another amazing Halloween Party this year. People of all ages had a blast! Games were new and exciting. The haunted house was well done. My only complaint was being tricked to go through there not knowing I would have to crawl. Fortunately, being muscularly dressed as my favorite superhero Captain America, this proved to be no challenge whatsoever.

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And in school on Halloween, the students and some teachers and staff dressed up for Halloween and had a terrific day. Preschool and 4th Grade visited the Rectory, showed off their costumes, and received candy from Father Nick and staff.

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Preschool also sang some Halloween songs towards the end of the day.  Here is a picture of my fellow Captain America superheroes and my crazy staff. We had a great day!

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Designer Bag Bingo – On Sunday, our Home and School Association will be holding its Fall Designer Bag Bingo.  This is a fun event and a great fundraiser! I had plans to attend this lovely event, but I will now be celebrating Nick Mercantini’s birthday at A.I. DuPont with his 8th Grade class. I hope the event is as successful and fun as it was last year. I am sorry I will miss it.

Box Tops for Education – Thank you so much to all of our parents who diligently cut out Box Tops for our school. This program earns almost $1000 a year. Most recently, we received a check for almost $500.  8th Grade was first place in this collection and won a breakfast and Pajama Day. 4th and 5th Grades tied for second place. Each class won an ice cream party! Many thanks for taking the time to cut out the little ten cent papers. They obviously add up!

Reminder – Noon Dismissal on November 16thStudents will have a noon dismissal on Wednesday, November 16th for faculty and staff Professional Development.

Thanksgiving Food Drive –Student Council is having a Thanksgiving Food Drive which will support the St. Patrick Center and the St. Anthony’s Christmas Basket Fund.  Each grade is asked to donate a specific item.  This year, we have grouped Church Buddies together so both classes will be collecting the same item.  All items must be in the morning of Friday, November 18th.  The class with the most items collected will receive a Pajama Day with doughnuts and hot chocolate. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

  • Preschool 3, Preschool 4, & 4th Grade – Instant Potatoes
  • Kindergarten & 5th Grade – Canned Vegetables
  • 1st & 7th Grade – Cranberry Sauce
  • 2nd & 8th Grade – Stuffing
  • 3rd & 6th Grade – Gravy

Holiday Event at Barnes & Noble and Grub Burger – St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, November 29th at both Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike and Grub Burger located in Concord Mall. Our school will receive a portion of the proceeds from all purchases that night. Come out and enjoy a delicious meal, buy some books, and support our school. We hope to see you there!

  • The event at Grub Burger is all day. Flyers will be handed out in school on Monday, November 28th. Please turn it in when you place your order. You can also mention St. Anthony’s School when you order if you do not have a flyer.
  • The event at Barnes & Noble is also all day. Teachers and staff will be at the store from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. to greet and wrap any Christmas presents you might purchase. Our Antonians will be singing at 5:30 P.M. in the Children’s Section of the store. Flyers for Barnes & Noble will be handed out in school on Monday, November 28th. (Please note that online orders can be placed from November 29th through December 3rd using book fair ID 11714888.) Thank you for your support!

Santa’s Secret Shop – This annual shopping event put on by the Home and School Association will be held on Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th in the Library.  Students will be able to shop for their family and friends here at school during a selected time. More information will be coming home as the date gets closer.

First Reconciliation – Our 2nd Graders will receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation next Wednesday, November 16th. Please keep them in your prayers as they receive this special Sacrament.  They are so proud of what they have learned and the fact that they are choosing this Sacrament for themselves.

Annual Home and School Turkey Luncheon – On Tuesday, November 22nd, the school will be celebrating Thanksgiving during all lunches. The Home and School Association, Board members, and other parents serve all students, faculty, and staff a delicious turkey lunch on this day. Our students look forward to it every year.  If you are able to help with set-up, serving, or cleaning, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ba9a72caa8-thanksgiving1  to sign-up for a time.

Important Dates

  • Sunday, November 13th Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – 2:00 P.M.
  • Monday, November 14th Confirmation Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, November 16th Noon Dismissal – Professional Development
    • First Reconciliation – Church – 6:30 P.M.
  • Friday, November 18th – First Trimester Ends
  • Saturday, November 19thConfirmation Retreat – Ballad Room –9:15 A.M.-After 5:30 Mass
  • Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20th – Salesianum Entrance Exam
  • Monday, November 21st1st Grade Field Trip – Hagley– 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • November 23rd-25th – No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • November 28th – Advent Prayer Service – Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
    • Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • November 29th – 5th Grade Field Trip – Franklin Institute – 8:45 A.M.- 2:15 P.M.
    • Barnes & Noble Night –Concord Pike – 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.
    • Grub Burger Dining Event – Concord Mall – All Day
  • November 30thHome and School General Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • December 3rd/4thHigh School Placement Test
  • December 5th Advent Prayer Service – Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
  • December 6th Santa’s Secret Shop – Library
  • December 7th Santa’s Secret Shop – Library
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip – George Read House – 8:45 – 11:45 A.M.
  • December 8th – Immaculate Conception Mass – Church – 8:00 A.M.
  • December 9th6th/7th Grade Field Trip – Dickinson High School –9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
  • December 10thConfirmation – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • December 11thBreakfast with Santa – Ballad Room – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Peaceful Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! October 28, 2016

Tiger Talk!

October 28, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

For the month of November, our fruit of the Holy Spirit will be “peace.” We are reminded of these beautiful and comforting words. “Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” from the Gospel of John (14:27). When reflecting on this message, I cannot help but think of Nick Mercantini. Our hearts and minds have been troubled over the past month, wondering why and trying to understand how a bright, enthusiastic, kind, and energetic young man can now be in his current situation.  We are afraid, not knowing what the outcome will be for Nick. Today at Mass, Father Nick gave a great homily to our students. I am certain he had Nicholas in mind as well. Father and I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time with Nick’s faith-filled grandmother, Lou, and we have had many conversations about Nick’s condition. Father shared his happy experience today of being at the Grand Reopening of Serpes Bakery. He told of the tragedy that struck their business last year, a fire leaving their business completely destroyed. He talked about the community that rallied around the Serpe family and today came out to celebrate with them. He reminded all of us that when bad things happen, people come together and “rebuild” in the best way they know how to do so. Father said that when bad things do happen, Jesus will take care of us “in one way or another.” Like the apostles we celebrate today, Simon and Jude, we must continue to have faith, trust in Jesus, do what pleases Him, and have hope that things will work out “in one way or another.” I ask that you please continue to hold Nick and his family in your prayers as he remains in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit. We pray this month for peace in our school, peace in our families, peace in our communities, and peace in our homes, and peace in our world.

Safety Reminder – Please remember that the children’s safety is of utmost importance, particularly in the mornings at drop-off. Their safe and orderly drop-off takes priority over your timeliness getting to work or wherever you may be going. Over 230 students must arrive in a 20-minute time frame. Please adhere to traffic laws, crossing guard direction, and be extremely careful. I have several young children learning to walk independently into school. There have been a few near misses, and they are always due to the adult’s carelessness. The students follow the rules diligently.  All of our students are reminded to use the crosswalk when crossing the street both at drop-off and dismissal. Please set a good example for your children, have patience, and help me to keep each and every one of them safe.

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School News

Thank you to our fabulous Home and School Association and our very generous Columbus Day Committee for their commitment to improving our technology integration in all classrooms!

Congratulations to our Fire Safety poster and essay contest winners! These students will now move to the county level for further judging.  In the poster contest, our winners are Celeste Scarpato – Kindergarten and Sean McGuigan – 3rd Grade.  In the essay contest, our winners are Dylan Farrell -5th Grade, Korina Aguilar – 6th Grade, Hannah Fagioli – 7th Grade, and Tori Alberti – 8th Grade. Great job!

Principal for the Day- Mr. Andrew Rankin from The Byrn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware spent the entire school day shadowing me yesterday. He spent time in every classroom, substituted with me in Preschool, stopped down to see the cafeteria during last lunch, and even participated in Mr. Limmina’s Social Studies class. He complimented and praised our students constantly. He did not want to leave at lunch time and decided to stay. He had many nice things to say about our entire school family. He was most impressed with the “peaceful” atmosphere throughout the building and the way the teachers talked to the students. He said it was obvious the teachers wanted to be here and genuinely cared about the students and the lessons they were trying to teach. He personally had never experienced such a “loving” school environment. He liked the artwork throughout the building and the overall cleanliness of the school. He was shocked by how friendly and welcoming the students were. They all greeted him and made eye contact, something that is often missing in the world outside of these walls. He thought it was awesome that we could pray and say the Pledge of Allegiance over our PA system. His experience here was far different than his experience in the banking and wealth management world. He enjoyed the break from the business world and his chance to be in a classroom again.

Congratulations to our 8th Grade class.  They sold 312 green shirts from the fundraiser for Nick Mercantini and his family.  This idea was completely theirs. They designed the shirt and sorted them for delivery to our students.  The class raised a total of $1,988 from the shirts alone, and then among themselves, contributed an additional $12 for a grand total of $2,000 for the Mercantini family.  We could not be more proud of the faith, kindness, and love this class has shown for their classmate.

Halloween Party – I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night at our Halloween Party. Our Home and School Board members have been working hard to prepare. I have seen some very pretty and some scary skeletons coming and going from the building at the end of the day. I cannot wait to see how all of the student decorations are used. A special thank you to Mrs. Juanita Gaspari for her lovely art work! See you tomorrow night!

8th Grade Parents – You should have received an email from Patty Roach rescheduling the October Confirmation meeting. It will now be held on Monday, November 7th. Her email contained specific details. Contact her at proach@stanthonynet.org if you have any questions. Please remember this meeting is the mandatory meeting that we canceled for our students at the parent’s request and with Father Nick’s permission after our morning parent meeting in the library.

Our Lady of Peace Pilgrimage – Thank you to the 600+ students, clergy, administrators, faculty, and staff who participated in the annual pilgrimage on October 7th.  What a wonderful tribute to our Blessed Mother and a means of intercession to her Son!  Photos may be accessed at http://photos.cdowschools.org

Access 2016 Pilgrimage Gallery and the password is 16Pilg

Ellis Island Field Trip – The sixth-grade class enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day on Ellis Island and Liberty Island on Wednesday, October 26th. They enjoyed the ferry ride, the museum, and the statue’s pedestal. A number of compliments made by employees and other visitors were received about their courteous behavior. The trip was made possible by the generous grant from the Societa da Vinci. Thank you!

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Thank you for Red Robin Night – Thank you to all of our friends and families who came out on a cold and rainy night yesterday to enjoy dinner at Red Robin. We appreciate your support!

Class Notes

  • Preschool 3 has been talking a lot about pumpkins to prepare us for not only Halloween but our upcoming field trip to the pumpkin patch! The class was able to decorate their own pumpkin that was given to them by Mrs. Kunkle’s dad!
  • Preschool 4 is working on sight words and is reading their first sight word book “My Toys.” They also enjoying working on the iPads!

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  • Kindergarten dressed up as their favorite book character and explained to the class what their book was about.

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  • 1st Grade recently completed a unit on the Five Senses in Science. In their last lab, the children explored the sense of Taste.  The boys and girls enjoyed tasting salty, sweet, sour, and bitter foods. In the next unit the children will be learning about Safety.
  • 2nd Grade is working on subtraction facts to 20 in Math, and in Social Studies, the class is exploring the concept of “culture.”  They are also preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and learning the Act of Contrition.
  • 3rd Grade visited the Delaware State Fire School on Thursday, October 20th. Students reviewed fire safety rules, discussed having a meeting place in case of a fire, learned about the Fire Triangle, and got to spray a fire hose.
  • 4th Grade has answered 10,000 math questions on iXL! They have also said 2 complete rosaries covering the Joyful Mysteries and the Luminous Mysteries.
  • 5th Grade has been working hard on writing personal narratives.  The students have been presenting them as speeches to the class.  Many of the students were nervous, but they did a great job!
  • 6th Grade has been studying mass and volume in Science and enjoying completing their experiments in the Science lab.

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  • 7th Grade sailed on the Kalmar Nyckel on Friday, October 21st.  The Kalmar Nyckel is a re-creation of the Swedish ship that arrived in America in 1638 to establish the colony of New Sweden, present-day Wilmington.  After our sailing adventure, the class enjoyed a wonderful lunch together at Mrs. Robino’s Restaurant.
  • 8th Grade had their monthly Guidance lesson this week.  This month’s focus was on teamwork.  8th Grade learned why teamwork skills are so important in school and in their future careers. To demonstrate this, the students worked in groups to complete a task.

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  • Kindergarten through 8th Grade used their creativity in the Art room to design decorations for the Halloween Party being held by the Home and School Association this Saturday.

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Parish News

Parish Monthly Social – Our next parish social will be held on Sunday, November 6th, in the Ballad Room of the Grade School following the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses.  Stop by for food, fun, and fellowship with parishioners and friends.  Enter via the Ballad Room doors on 10th St. near Scott St.  Hope you can make it!

Music Ministry Sponsors Concert – Please see the attached flyer for an upcoming concert featuring our parish Music Ministry on Sunday, November 6th.  This concert will also serve as a fundraiser for this parish ministry.  Thank you for your support of this part of the parish community.

Important Dates

  • Saturday, October 29th – Home and School Halloween Party – Gym – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
  • Monday, October 31st – Halloween Dress-up Day
    • No Student Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass – Church – 8:00 A.M.
  • Thursday, November 3rd – Preschool Field Trip – Milburn Orchards – 8:30 – 11:30 A.M.
    • Skating Night – Christiana Skating Rink – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
  • Friday, November 4th – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development
  • Monday, November 7th-Confirmation Meeting (makeup date) from
    October 3rd in Ballad Room/6:15pm sign in 6:30pm start/
    Candidates, Parent & Sponsor/Theology of Confirmation
    Speaker:  Mrs. Dolores Ballintyn
  • Wednesday, November 9th Grotto’s Night – Pennsylvania Ave. – 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • Friday, November 11th Fall Picture Retakes – Gym
  • Sunday, November 13th Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – 2:00 P.M.
  • Monday, November 14th Confirmation Meeting –Confirmation Candidates/General Life 6:15pm sign in Ballad Room.
  • Wednesday, November 16th Noon Dismissal – Professional Development
    • First Reconciliation – Church – 6:30 P.M.
  • Friday, November 18th – First Trimester Ends
  • Saturday, November 19thConfirmation Retreat – Ballad Room – 9:15 A.M.-After 5:30 Mass
  • Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20th – Salesianum Entrance Exam
  • Monday, November 21st1st Grade Field Trip – Hagley– 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, November 22nd Home and School Turkey Luncheon – All students
  • November 23rd-25th – No School – Thanksgiving Break

 

Peaceful Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

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“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”

~Mother Teresa

Tiger Talk! October 14, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Diocesan theme for the month of October is joy and yesterday could not have been a better showing of this Fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Many grandmothers, grandfathers, and special people gathered here with your children to celebrate the joy of being family and the joys of Catholic school.  The excitement and joy came not just from the students, many who tell us this is their favorite day of the year, but also the grandparents who were able to get a peek into what their grandchildren are doing every day, by meeting their teachers, touring the school, and seeing different works and projects done by all grades.  Many students cherish this special time with their grandparents and we are so glad that so many are able to join us for that special day.

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School News

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month.  This year, each month’s virtue will be the Fruit of the Holy Spirit that every class is studying.  The virtue for September was love.  Congratulations to  Matthew Spinelli (PK 3), Gabrielle Krevchuck (PK 4), Celeste Scarpato (K), Emily Anderson (1st), Gillian Patterson (2nd), Jackie Kurylo (3rd), Ayden Hoggard (4th), Avara Lingerfelt (5th), Mateo Ahumada (6th ), Leah Rizzo (7th), and Cheyenne Hudson (8th).  Congratulations!

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A visit to Wilmington Firefighters – Last week students delivered snacks, handmade cards, and holy cards blessed by Father Nick to the Union Street Fire Station. The firefighters were so happy to see the children and invited us in. They talked to the children, let them climb through the truck, and turned on the lights.  The children had a blast. They showed us the truck and spot where Chris Leach sat on each ride.  It was very nice and truly touching. We intended to stay five minutes and spent 45 minutes there. One firefighter told me, “You have no idea how much this means to us. Come by or call us anytime.” I thanked them on behalf of our entire school.  Pam Everman, president of YAC, made chocolate and caramel mason jars to go with apples she purchased. Thank you to Ms. Frederick for buying snacks and collecting cards.

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Tiger Tickets – This year we are trying a new school wide Positive Behavior System!  We are no longer using the Tiger Tokens (orange discs).  We have Tiger Tickets (orange raffle tickets).  All staff members have these tickets and students can earn tickets by going above and beyond normal expectations.  Mrs. Angelo spoke to each class and explained how this system works.  The tickets (that will have the student’s full name and grade on the back) will go into a raffle ticket box. The boxes (one for Preschool – 3rd Grade; one for 4th – 8th Grade) are located in the cafeteria.  Each month, the students have a chance to win a prize when tickets are pulled from the raffle box.  At the end of each trimester, two tickets will be chosen and those students will win a celebration for their whole class!

Spirit Night at Red Robin – St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is having a Spirit Day at Red Robin in the Christiana Town Center.  Flyers will be sent home on Monday, October 24th. Please present the flyer between 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 27th.  Our school will receive a portion of the proceeds during those hours. This is good for dining in or take-out. Please consider joining us for dinner that night. We hope to see you there!

Reminder to 8th Grade Parents – Please be sure to register your child for the High School Placement Test.  All registrations must be completed online at http://wilmington.stsusers.com. The placement test will be the first weekend of December.

7th Grade Food Drive – During the month of September, the 7th Grade organized a food drive. Through the generosity of our school families, they collected 366 pounds of food which will be donated to the St. Patrick Food Bank.  Thank you to all who donated!

Principal for a Day – On October 27th, we will welcome Mr. Andrew R. Rankin from Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware as principal of the day.  Mr. Rankin will spend the day learning the ins and outs of being an elementary school principal.  He is looking forward to leaving the world of banking for one day to spend some time in our wonderful school.

We also ask for continued prayers for 8th grader, Nick Mercantini, who remains in the ICU at A.I. DuPont Hospital.

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 17th – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Coleman Farm
    • Student Council Meeting – Preschool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • First Penance Meeting (Parents Only) – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 20th3rd Grade Field Trip – Delaware State Fire School – 8:45 – 11:45 A.M.
  • Sunday, October 23rd – Open House – Padua Academy and St. Elizabeth High School
  • Monday, October 24th – Confirmation Candidates meeting – Church – 6:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 26th – 6th Grade Field Trip – Ellis Island
  • Thursday, October 27th – Spirit Night at Red Robin – 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, October 29th – Home and School Halloween Party – Gym – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, November 3rd – Skating Night – Christiana Skating Rink – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
  • Friday, November 4th – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

Please visit the website for details about upcoming events. The new website is http://sapgs.org

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.”

            ~ Pope Francis