April 20, 2018 Tiger Talk!

April 20, 2018

Tiger Talk!

Dear Parents,

Our school and parish community is mourning the passing of Father Nick as his time here on Earth has ended.  Father Nick dedicated his life to the betterment of all those around him in his parishes and schools.  While we are saddened that he is no longer here with us on Earth, we should be joyful that he has gone to be with God, Jesus, and all the saints in heaven. That was Father Nick’s ultimate goal: to spend his eternal life with the Lord he loved so much.

School will be closing at noon on Wednesday, April 25th so our staff may gather together to celebrate Father Nick’s life and the impact he had on all of us here.  Please be sure to pick your children up promptly at noon.  There will be no aftercare this day. If you are able, please join us at the Mass of Christian Burial.

School will be closed Thursday, April 26th to allow our school and parish community to celebrate Father Nick’s life by attending the services in Childs, Maryland.

Father Nick’s Funeral Arrangements:

  • Viewing – Wednesday, April 25th – St. Anthony of Padua Church –2:00 – 6:45 P.M.
  • Mass of Christian Burial – Wednesday, April 25th – St. Anthony of Padua Church – 7:00 P.M.
  • Internment – Thursday, April 26th – Oblate Community Cemetery (Childs, MD) – 10:00 A.M.

School News

Friday April 27th is the midpoint of the third trimester. Please review PowerSchool to check your child’s status. Zeros entered indicate missing assignments. In middle school this is crucial, as it will affect the final grade.

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Math League Team! The team won 1st place in the region.  Andres Lorenzo won 1st place individually in the region.  Way to go!  Thank you to Mrs. Tannenbaum and Mr. Limmina for your amazing leadership!

Annual Giving Fund/Book Bills – This invoice went out in last week’s Wednesday folder. Please be sure to remit payment by May 4th. We ordered a new Science curriculum this year and plan to order a new Social Studies series for the upcoming year. We keep all of our curriculum current, and we count on your support to remain academically rigorous. Also, remember that your Annual Giving Fund is fully tax deductible!

Class Notes:

  • PreSchool 3 is working on Mothers’ Day crafts for their Mothers’ Day breakfast. They are learning the letter W and are very excited to get to the letter Z!
  • PreSchool 4 is on the letter Z this week. They have completed the entire alphabet! They will be working on numbers and sight words for the next few weeks. They are also enjoying learning about computer science from their friends at the University of Delaware. This week they learned about functions and how computers follow directions.
  • Kindergarten is learning about wind and went outside to fly pinwheels and self-made kites. In Math, they are learning about measuring capacity, weight, and length.
  • 1st Grade has been learning about “r” controlled vowels in Reading. They enjoyed dancing to the Bossy R Workout and making pirate treasure chests using “ar” words.  In Social Studies, the children have been discussing ways they can help the Earth, and they made a special “I Love the Earth” project for Earth Day.
  • 2nd Grade has mastered double digit addition with regrouping! They are moving on to subtraction with regrouping. They are also working hard to prepare for making their First Holy Communion.
  • 3rd Grade Science has been studying plants. They grew pinto beans, participated in the Delaware Forest Service Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. They will be receiving free loblolly pine seedlings to take home and plant.
  • 4th Grade has been adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. They started by using fraction strips, and most have graduated to doing the problems without them. They have also been free drawing their own United States map and labeling it with the states and capitals.
  • 5th Grade just finished reading Number the Stars. Students are working on creating a TV interview between two main characters.  They will be filming the interviews with their iPads.  In Social Studies, they are starting to learning about how the American Revolution began, as well as planning their diorama projects.
  • 6th Grade has been learning MLA research writing and formatting. The students have been keeping a portfolio of all their work and handouts.  In Social Studies, they just finished working on Greek culture and are moving on to the rise of Christianity.
  • 7th Grade recently finished a Math unit on probability and statistics.  Using a data set, students made and analyzed stem-and-leaf plots, frequency tables, line plots, box-and-whisker plots, tree diagrams, circle graphs, line graphs, histograms, and scatter grams.
  • 8th Grade is reading Our Town by Thornton Wilder. We are enjoying taking turns as the assorted characters.  This week will start project #1.
  • Music – The excitement is building as the students in 5th through 8th Grade are learning to be composers of music. The free program called Musescore 2 is a superb learning tool and outlet for creativity. The young composers have been learning about adding instruments and creating bass lines for the melodies they create.


Home and School News

Come join the fun on Friday, April 27th for Designer Bag Bingo – Bingo will be held here at the school in our Gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 P.M. with games beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Tickets cost $25, and include 20 games and 1 raffle ticket.  All proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School.

  • You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
  • No one under the age of 18 permitted.


Parish News

May Parish Monthly Social – Our next parish social will be held on Sunday, May 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 socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  The social, as always, will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars’ Greenhill Deli, and a variety of foods.

Pentecost Sunday “Red Foods” Social – A new parish tradition, the Pentecost Sunday Social featuring red foods (the color of the Holy Spirit, whose descent into the world we celebrate on Pentecost) will be held on Sunday, May 20th after the 11:00 A.M. Mass in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  The social will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and a variety of red (& other) foods.  Thanks to the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality for their sponsorship of this social and for all they do to serve our parish community.


Italian Festival News

2018 Italian Festival: Volunteers Needed! – It’s that time of year again!  The region’s largest Italian-American cultural event, and the primary fundraiser benefitting our Grade School, is running Sunday, June 10th -Sunday, June 17th!  Volunteers are essential to the Festival’s success.  It’s a fun and very fulfilling way to support our school and parish, and to be part of a treasured community tradition.  Of course, without volunteers, there is no Festival!  No special skills or experience needed—everyone is welcome to volunteer!  Check out volunteer opportunities at the Festival website: www.stanthonysfestival.com, & click on the Sign up To Volunteer Online link on the upper right of the home page.  Then follow instructions on that page to our online signup link.

Grade School families are expected to volunteer 15 hours for the Festival.  In addition to the online signup option, look for information that will be sent home with students regarding the volunteer assignment/sign-up process.  School families may sign up either online or by completing & returning the paper signup form. Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Italian Festival 8-Day Passes & Gift Cards Now Available—PRE-FESTIVAL SALES PRICES – Passes are a great gift for graduation or any occasion!  Gift cards are the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, grads—everyone.  They are also a smart way to provide funds to the kids for use at this year’s Festival.   BUY NOW & SAVE!!   

  • Passes & Gift Cards are available:
  • at the Rectory during office hours (8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday and 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday-Thursday) starting May 1, 2018
  • at the Church after 5:30 P.M./7:00 A.M./9:00 A.M. Masses starting the weekend of May 6, 2018
  • via secure PayPal purchase on the Festival website (stanthonysfestival.com) starting April 24, 2018
  • with Home and School gift card sales at the Grade School on Friday mornings (starting April 27, 2018) and 11:00 A.M. Masses on Sundays (starting April 29, 2018)


    • $12.00—20% OFF price is purchased at the Festival ($15.00).
    • A pass provides one admission per person per day to the Festival.
    • Festival Admission Policy: Under age 14: FREE (if accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or older); $5 daily for ages 14-61; Over age 61: FREE.
    • $25.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $22.00
    • $50.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $42.00

NOTE:  Advance Ride Tickets will also be on sale when available.  (Mid-May)

Looking for an Inexpensive Way to Promote Your Business? Would you like to reach the tens of thousands of people who attend the Italian Festival?  Consider a banner advertising on our perimeter gate.  It’s an easy and affordable way to spread the word about your business!  For more info email us at: festival@stsnthonynet.org or send a message to the Festival Facebook page (facebook.com/stanthonysfestival).

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (https://sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see photos from our events and school activities.

  • April 23rdStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 26th Teach Children to Save Day – Elementary Level
  • April 27th Community Builders – Church – 8:00 A.M. Mass
    • Designer Bag Bingo Gym – 7:00 P.M.
    • Trimester 3 Interim
  • May 4thFirst Communion Practice Mass – Church – 8:00 A.M.
  • May 5th First Communion – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • May 6th Parish Social – Ballad Room – after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 7th Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 9th May Procession – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 10th Kindergarten Field Trip – Playhouse – 9:00 A.M.
  • May 15th Barnes and Noble Night – 4:00 P.M.
    • Salesianum/Padua Visit – 1:30 P.M.
  • May 16th Field Day (More info to come)
    • YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
    • Home and School General Meeting/Elections Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 21stStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 22nd Spring Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 23rd 8th Grade Field Trip to NYC
    • 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo -8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • May 24th 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 8:45 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • May 25th NOON DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher Planning Day
  • May 28th Memorial Day – School Closed
  • June 1st PreSchool’s Last Day
  • June 4th 8th Grade Communion Breakfast
  • June 5th 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Kindergarten Last Day
      • Kindergarten Prayer Service– Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
  • June 7th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
  • June 10th – June 17th – Italian Festival
  • June 11thTeachers’ Last Work Day

Easter Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“It’s not enough to say we are Christians.  We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.”  ~ Pope Francis