Tiger Talk!May 17, 2019

Tiger Talk!

May 17, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we head towards the end of another school year, our school continues to be filled with the energy of your children.  Students in all grades are working hard, taking their final set of Renaissance tests, and getting ready to move up to the next grade.

Today was a perfect example of how we continue to live our mission here at St. Anthony’s.  Today at Mass we celebrated this year’s Community Builders.  Community Builders are nominated by our staff and they are parishioners, former teachers, parents, students, or clergy members who have played an important part of our community and parish by volunteering their time, talents, and treasures.  This year, we honored 3 wonderful ladies – Mrs. Nancy Burris, former 1st Grade Teacher and parishioner; Mrs. JoAnn DiOssi – parishioner and parent; and Mrs. Bernadette O’Brien, former Middle School teacher and parishioner.  These ladies are shining examples of the people we have in our community who always work to better our school and parish.  We are grateful to them and to our former Community Builders, those who were able to celebrate with us today and those who weren’t.  These fine people are a perfect example of the lines from our mission statement: “Our school, parish, and community work together and support each other for mutual growth.  St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is dedicated to nurturing the children academically, spiritually, and emotionally, assisting them to lead enriching and fulfilling lives.” As Father Wrightson said during his homily today, 2 important things we learn are to love God and to love our neighbors, and our Community Builders are living examples of that lesson.

Re-registration Reminder – Please send in re-registration forms as soon as possible. By sending in your registration, we are able to budget for next year, including staffing. Thank you to those who have sent them in already!

Class Notes:

  • PreSchool 3 finished learning their letters and had a “graduation ceremony” to celebrate! They are now reviewing their letters and learning their end of the school year songs!
  • PreSchool 4 has finished learning the letters in the alphabet! They will spend the next few weeks reviewing and working on letter sounds.
  • Kindergarten is learning about environments and how plants and animals can change the environment.  The students are very excited about solid figures.
  • 1st Grade has been learning about animal life cycles.  They have been observing six caterpillars grow and make their chrysalises, and they are eager to meet the painted lady butterflies next week.
  • 2nd Grade has been learning about organisms, adaptations, and habitats in Science. They will be visiting Ashland Nature Center next week to explore! In Social Studies, they are studying the three branches of government and their roles as good citizens.
  • 3rd Grade has been learning about two-dimensional shapes and learned that a 10-sided polygon is called a decagon.  In Social Studies, they have been studying the branches of the federal government, using a tree to help symbolize how they work together.
  • 4th Grade is excited to be listening to a podcast called “Six Minutes.” A story is being told in six minute increments and many of their reading skills, such as prediction, plot, and characters, are being put to use. Whenever the class has  a few free minutes, the students want to listen to the next installment!
  • 5th Grade recently finished reading the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, a book the whole class enjoyed reading. Students learned about World War II and the Holocaust while reading the story.  They are working on completing their final project for the book, an interview with the main characters set 60 years after the book ends.
  • Middle School is enjoying reading drama in Literature classes.
    • 6th Grade is reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
    • 7th Grade is reading The Diary of Anne Frank.
    • 8th Grade is reading Our Town by Thorton Wilder
    • Today in 8th Grade Math, students launched their handmade rockets and measured distance traveled by airtime.  They learned that the quadratic equation can be used in real life.
  • Music Classes will be singing the song “Funiculi, Finicula” in Italian. This is in anticipation of the Italian Festival starting soon where our own Antonians will be performing.
  • Art Class – With the help of Mr. McMillan and Mrs. Gaspari, the 4th Grade class used the computer lab to learn and explore art, design, and technology using the program Tinkercad.  Every child participated and we will continue working with this program for the next few weeks of school.
  • Guidance Lessons with Mrs. Angelo are working on problem-solving, and managing strong feelings like disappointment and anger.  There are four steps to follow in order to solve a problem: Say the problem, Think of solutions, Explore consequences, and Pick the best solution (S.T.E.P.).  The calm-down steps are: stop, name your feeling, and calm down.

YAC/Home and School News:

  • Reminder – YAC is hosting the Student Achievement Banquet this Saturday, May 18th.  If you have not already responded to the evite, please do so.  The banquet is followed by a dance for all 7th and 8thGrade students.

Parish News:

  • Call all Parents! – The St. Anthony’s PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) needs you!  Help us teach the children of the parish your faith.  Classes meet at 10:00 A.M. most Sundays during the school year.  For just a one-hour a week commitment on your part, you’ll be performing a valuable service for the youth of the parish. PREP teaching might even help you reconnect with and rediscover Catholicism for your own personal benefit.  Are you interested now? If you are, please send Patty Roach an email at proach@stanthonynet.org and begin the conversation.
  • Purple Stride Delaware/Pancreatic Cancer 5k! All are invited to join the St. Anthony’s team of walkers and runners on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 9:00 A.M.  We will participate in PURPLE STRIDE DELAWARE, a 5K event at the Wilmington riverfront.
    • We are doing this for the second time to honor the memory of our former pastor, Father Nicholas Waseline.  Our effort and contributions will help fund research for the cure of pancreatic cancer.  To register online, go to http://supportpancan.org/site/TR?fr_id=1770&pg=entry .
    • Sign up for our team “In Memory of Father Nick.”

Festival News

  • Italian Festival Diocese wide class reunions!
    • Join us during St. Anthony’s Italian Festival for a week long diocese wide class reunion!  Enjoy catching up with your basketball court rivals from another school, relieve the beauty of your prom, or catch up on old times and new family happenings!  June 9th thru 16th at St. Anthony’s parish grounds.  Check below for each day’s meeting place and time.
      • June 9th – Classes of 1958-69:  Meet at Nona Strada starting at 3:00 P.M. (located next to the school on 9th St.)
      • June 10th – Classes of 2001-2018: Meet at Dippin’ Dots starting at 6:00 P.M. (located across from the rides on Scott St.)
      • June 11th – Classes of 1970-80:  Meet at Salute starting at 6:00 P.M. (located across from the rides on Scott St.)
      • June 12th – Classes of 1981-90:  Meet at the La Terapia Del Vino starting at 6:00 P.M. (Wine Therapy is located behind the grade school gym entrance.)
      • June 13th – Classes of 1991-2000: Meet at the Tito’s Bar starting at 6:00 P.M. (located just a few feet from the corner of 10th and Scott’s St.)

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Saturday, May 18th – Student Achievement Banquet – 6:00 P.M. at Padua Academy.
  • Tuesday, May 21st – 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo – 8:30 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
    • 2nd Grade Field Trip – Ashland Nature Center – 10:30 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • Thursday, May 23rd – 5th Grade trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum 8:45 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • Friday, May 24th – NOON DISMISSAL FOR ALL! Please arrive promptly at Noon. We have been having students left behind on noon dismissal days. This is a holiday weekend. School will close at NOON!
  • Monday, May 27th – SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY! We remember those who have died in active military service. They gave the greatest sacrifice, and we pray for them and for their families.
  • Wednesday, May 29th – Field Day Celebration! Hopefully we will have fun in the sun!
  • Friday, May 31st – 8th Grade Last Day, 8th Grade Mass and Communion Breakfast
  • Monday, June 3rd – PreSchool and Kindergarten Last Day
    • Kindergarten Closing Ceremony – 2:30 P.M. in the Digital Library
  • Tuesday, June 4th – Students Last Full Day/Last Day of After care
    • 8th Grade Graduation Mass – 7:00 P.M. in the Church
  • Wednesday, June 5th – Noon Dismissal – NO AFTER CARE
  • Thursday, June 6th – Students Last Day – 10:30 A.M. dismissal
    • End of Year Mass – 9:30 A.M. – Church
  • Sunday, June 9th – Sunday, June 16th – St. Anthony’s Italian Festival!
  • Thursday, June 13th – Last Teacher Work Day

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Love and Warm Weather Blessings,

Mrs. White

“Love and charity, are service, helping others, serving others. There are many people who spend their lives in this way, in the service of others. … When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love!” ~Pope Francis

Tiger Talk – April 5, 2019

Tiger Talk!

April 5, 2019

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am away in West Virginia with the administrators and Diocesan officials for the annual Administrator’s Retreat. I want you to know that you are in my prayers, even more than usual this week. I love this parish school community and consider all of you part of my extended family. I share in your joys and suffer quietly with you in times of trouble and grief. My prayers are for the health and happiness of you and your extended families. I use the term health to include physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects, including simple happiness and freedom from addictions and mental health issues. I pray for more kindness in our world and for greater human empathy, a true understanding of what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Empathy is part of our school’s social-emotional learning goal for this year. Mrs. Angelo, our school counselor, has been talking to students about this important topic of thinking outside of ourselves to the people around us. Often, in my experience, it’s the people who smile and seem to be the happiest who are struggling with the most serious issues. They have simply chosen to be happy rather than miserable. We will be continuing to spread empathy and joy throughout our school. I ask that you join me in making this a priority in your families.

Kindness matters!  Our world needs so much more of it. Your children are kind and gentle and tolerant. We need them to spread that love and acceptance outside of our building. I pray that you are all treated kindly today and every day, and that you all know there is always someone there for you if you need them to be. As a counselor for 20 years prior to this role, I was often told by teenagers and young adults that it was the kindness of one singular person who saved them from depression and even the decision to end their own life. You are never alone at St. Anthony’s. You have a strong faith and a huge group of supporters in your corner. I personally felt that when my son was sick. So, I simply wanted all of you to know that I am always here for all of you. You are never alone! I will be praying for all of you and will see you all next week.

 

Re-registration Reminder – Please send in re-registration forms as soon as possible. By sending in your registration, we are able to plan a budget for next year, including staffing. Thank you to those who have sent them in already!

 

Congratulations to our March Students of the Month!  March’s virtue was “honest.”  Congratulations to Sarah Lin (PK3), Macklyn Neff (PK4), Ryan Neal (K), Amber Matarese (1st), Ella Cruz (2nd), Rocco Priest (3rd), Christopher Wooden (4th), Jhaki Carty (5th), Angel Rizzo (6th), Arianna Marchione (7th), and Josh Nebrao (8th).  Way to go!

Please check our Facebook page to see a picture of these students.

 

Congratulations to the following students who received Honors for the 2nd Trimester:

First Honors

    • 4th Grade – Abby Beals; Natalie Krevchuck
    • 6th Grade – Andres Lorenzo; Hannah McGuigan
    • 8th Grade – Chloe Bowers; Amanda DeFrehn; Sebastian Ramos-Alverio; Olivia Segeda

Second Honors

    • 4th Grade – Anthony Alfieri; Faith Jah; Shane Palmer; Cecilia Ramos; Lillian Scott; Christopher Wooden
    • 5th Grade – Colin Hannan; Jacqueline Kurylo; Sean McGuigan; Patrick McLaughlin; Evelina Padovani; Delaney Patterson; Kendall Reilly; Michael Vadden
    • 6th Grade – Natalia Alfieri; Elliana Godlewski; Liam Hannan; Richard Jakotowicz, Jr.; Guilanna Priest; Angel Rizzo
    • 7th Grade – Mikaela Brown; Evan Cillo; Dylan Farrell; Chastity Lam; Madeleine Lawrence; Avara Lingerfelt; Michael Loyola; Arianna Marchione; Sarah Mazalewski; Eva Pellegrino; Addison Pfeil; Connor Quinlan; Jessica Rieger
    • 8th Grade – Emily Anderson; Michael Brelick; Morgan Giofre; Chelsea Lam; Blake Reilly; Makenna Sarver

 

Stations of the Cross/Via Crucis –

  • Please join us every Friday at 2:00 P.M. for the Stations of the Cross in the Church. The children do a beautiful job reading the Stations.
  • If you are unable to join us in the afternoon, consider coming to Via Crucis on Friday at 7:30 P.M. in the Church.  It is a wonderful live reenactment of the Stations of the Cross.  Many of our students, both current and former, partake in this wonderful tradition.

 

Sacrament Save the Dates:

  • April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • April 28th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 3rd – Practice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
  • May 4th – First Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
    •  Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.

Home and School News:

Designer Bag Bingo – Come join us for Designer Bag Bingo on Sunday, April 7th at 1:00 P.M. Doors will open at 12:00 P.M. Ticket price is $25 for a set of 20 bingo games and 1 raffle ticket.  NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS PERMITTED. For more information, please contact Giovanna Ortiz at (302) 685-0211 or GTO91408@gmail.com.

Parish News:

Parish Easter Egg Hunt 2019

    • The annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Palm Sunday, April 14th, after the 11:00 A.M. Mass (approximately 12:30 P.M. start time) in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.
      • We will have three age categories: infant to age 2, ages 3-5, and ages 6-10. A prize basket will be awarded for each age category for the participant who finds the egg containing a “golden ticket”.
      • We’ve also been told the Easter Bunny will be able to stop by and say hello and pose for some pictures with everyone!
      • Enjoy the full array of delicious refreshments offered at parish socials including Serpe’s donuts and tomato pie, Degnars’ breakfast pizza, and much more!
    • Please RSVP with the number of children, children’s names and ages, and a contact phone/e-mail by Thursday, April 11th.
      • Please RSVP to Anthony Albence via e-mail to cua20064@aol.com or via phone to (302) 983-3200. (Please leave a voicemail with information if there is no answer.) Please include child(ren)’s name, age, parent’s name, and email/phone number in your email or voicemail.
  • ALSO RETURNING THIS YEAR: The annual Scholastic Book Sale will be open during the Easter Egg Hunt. This is a perfect place to pick up an educational Easter gift that will also help our school!

 

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Love and Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. White

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

Tiger Talk! March 8, 2019

Tiger Talk! March 8, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This past Wednesday, the entire school celebrated Mass together for Ash Wednesday.  Even the littlest Tiger received ashes.  The season of Lent is seen as a somber time in the Church when we prepare for Jesus’s death.  In Father Rinaldi’s homily he spoke about why most people give something up for the 40 days of Lent.  It is to remind us that our body shouldn’t tell us what to do, God should.  Just because our brain/heart/stomach is telling us we “need” that item, doesn’t mean we actually do. As humans, we will always avoid things that bring us pain or displeasure and look for what gives us happiness. We should remember that God’s love for us is the greatest happiness we can find, even when God’s love causes us pain. The greatest sign of love for Catholics is Jesus on the Crucifix.  Jesus died for our sins because He knew it was the right thing to do and even though the right thing doesn’t always feel good, it is always the best choice for us.

Congratulations to our February Students of the Month! February’s virtue was “loyal”.  Congratulations to the following students: Skyler Garret (PK3), Keeley Ferraro (PK4), Wen Wen Chen (K), Nah’la Queen (1st), Cate Sargent (2nd), Jessica Garcia (3rd), Shane Palmer (4th), Faye Kelleher (5th), Andres Lorenzo (6th), Julian Arters (7th), and Chelsea Lam (8th)! Way to go!

Re-registration Reminder – Please send in re-registration forms as soon as possible. By having these forms, we are better able to budget and plan for next year.  Thank you to those who have sent them in already!

8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner – Join us on Friday, March 22nd in the Ballad Room for the 8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  The cost of the dinner helps to fund the 8th Grade trip to New York City.

Stations of the Cross/Via Crucis –

  • Please join us every Friday at 2:00 P.M. for the Stations of the Cross in the Church. The children do a beautiful job reading the Stations.
  • If you are unable to join us in the afternoon, consider coming to Via Crucis on Friday at 7:30 P.M. in the Church.  It is a wonderful live reenactment of the Stations of the Cross.  Many of our students, both current and former, partake in this wonderful tradition.

 

CALENDAR REMINDERS:

  • On Wednesday, March 13th, is a noon dismissal.  There will be NO AFTER CARE.
  • On Wednesday, March 27th, all Diocesan Schools will be closed for teacher professional development. Students will have the day off. Please plan accordingly.

 

Sacrament Save the Dates:

  • March 11th – Confirmation Registration for 2019 – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
    •  Parents and candidates must attend.
  • April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • April 28th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 3rd – Practice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
  • May 4th – First Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
    •  Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.

 

From Home and School:

  • Skate Night at Christiana Skating Center is Wednesday, March 27th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Come out and join us for a fun night!

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook! If you haven’t followed us yet, look for St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.

 

Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. White

 

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

Tiger Talk! February 22, 2019

Tiger Talk!

February 22, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today at Mass, Father Rinaldi celebrated with us the Feast of The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. He explained in simple terms that we were not celebrating a chair but the symbolism of St. Peter’s chair. He spent some time talking to us about the importance of symbols in our lives. He referred to a family dining room table and the fact that the head of the table is generally considered a place of honor and we usually assign that seat to a special person.

Father Rinaldi went on to say that God gives authority to people in His church to help run the Church and establish order. Certain people have positions of authority in the church just as certain people (parents, grandparents, principals, and teachers) have authority in our homes and schools. People in the church, specifically the Pope, bishops, and priests, are in charge.  The Lord works through those people so we can have order and a good life. Father reminded us that it is important to respect authority and those in charge, or life would be “a mess.” People in authority serve the community and serve us so things run smoothly. That is how our Lord is present to us and not “just a God in Heaven very far away.” God speaks to those of us who are close to him.

Father ended his homily by referring back to important symbols. His examples were the American flag, birthdays, and even items at a funeral. He said symbols “stand for” other things. Birthdays are just days, but we celebrate them as special days because we love the person born on that day. Even funerals have symbols, such as incense and a casket which are symbols of the love and respect we have for the special person who has died.

The students were very engaged in Father Rinaldi’s homily. There was no music at Mass today, and the children did a wonderful job, as always, reading and bringing up the gifts. It was once again a very nice way to start our weekend.

I hope that you will enjoy the Home and School’s Mom’s Day Out event on Sunday, painting pallets. I look forward to seeing you all next week at their Italian Night. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please do so. It will be a fun evening to gather with other school parents.

Lent: Lent is approaching, and our students have submitted suggestions for our schoolwide Lenten theme. The theme chosen was, “Renew our Hearts.” Seventh Grade came up with the theme and illustrated it beautifully. Look for this theme displayed in our halls and classrooms and on our Facebook page. Join us on Wednesday night, March 6th, at 7:30 P.M. in church for our annual Via Crucis. For those of you who are new to us, this is a beautiful play, walking through Jesus’s last days of life. It is the Stations of the Cross brought to life and performed with elementary, high school, and a few college students. Check our school calendar for upcoming presentations. Also during Lent, feel free to join us at 2:00 P.M. on Fridays in our church as our students read the Stations of the Cross.  Our Lenten Fridays are special, as we walk with Jesus on His journey to our salvation.

Planning for Summer/Next School Year – In order to help with planning for your summer vacations, please know that we plan to return to school earlier in August than the previous year. We are planning for our first day back with the students to be Tuesday, August 27th. Our full calendar has not been approved by our Superintendent, but this is an option for us to preserve Christmas and Easter break next year and to still close school in time for the Italian Festival. More details will follow.

Thank you to everyone who came out to donate blood last week! A total of 29 pints of blood was collected.  Each pint of blood can help up to 3 people. So those who donated have helped 87 people! Thank you!

Re-registration Reminder – Please send in re-registration forms as soon as possible. By having these forms, we are better able to budget and plan for next year.  Thank you to those who have sent them in already!

Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 4th.

 

CALENDAR REMINDER – On Wednesday, March 27th, all Diocesan Schools will be closed for teacher professional development. Students will have the day off. Please plan accordingly.

Sacrament Save the Dates:

  • March 11th – Confirmation Registration for 2019 – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
    •  Parents and candidates must attend.
  • April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • April 28th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 3rd – Practice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
  • May 4th – First Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
    •  Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.

 

From Home and School:

  • Save the date for Italian Night! Come join us on Saturday, March 3rd when St. Anthony’s Home and School Association will be hosting Italian Night. Come indulge in delicious Italian food and drink while listening to stories and music of Frank Sinatra.  Tickets cost $35 and include appetizers, salad, Italian entrees, dessert, beer, wine, and soda. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Alfieri at (302) 593-8773 or escorsone@hotmail.com.  You can also purchase tickets online by visiting https://www.squareup.com/store/sapgs .
    • Home and School has asked for parents to donate items to be raffled off.  If you would prefer, you may send in a cash donation.

From the Parish:

  • March Parish Monthly Socials – The March parish socials will be held on Sunday, March 3rd, 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 will feature a variety of great donuts and tomato pie from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars’ Greenhill Deli, and more!  Hope you can join us!

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook! This is especially helpful for Snow Days. Our Facebook page will be updated as soon as I receive information on school closings or delays.  You may see that update before School Messenger calls you. If you haven’t followed us yet, look for St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.

 

Winter Blessings,

Mrs. White

 

“Man’s salvation and perfection consists of doing the will of God which he must have in view in all things, and at every moment of his life.” ~ St. Peter

Tiger Talk!February 8, 2019

Tiger Talk!

February 8, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today at Mass, Father Rinaldi used his homily to remind us that dismal days such as today don’t matter as long as God’s love shines in our hearts.  He went on to explain that even when we have bad days, sad days, or unhappy days, Jesus will always love us because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is a friend who is always there for us and his love comes to us through prayer.

Catholic Schools Week – We had an excellent week of activities to celebrate Catholic Schools Week!

  • On Monday afternoon, it was wonderful to see all the new information your children have learned this year while answering questions during our Knowledge Bowl.  I was impressed with all of the children, from our littlest 3 year olds to our oldest 8th Graders.
  • On Tuesday, Student Council provided Chick-fil-a lunches for all our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day. I can assure you every teacher appreciated this delicious lunch!
    • Thank you to Home and School for treating our teachers to some very yummy breakfast pizzas and brownies the next day!  We all enjoyed our breakfast treat!
  • Wednesday saw Mrs. Orensky and some of our 8th Graders helping all the students run through different activities in the Gym for Spirit Day.  Everyone had a wonderful time.
  • Thursday was Student Appreciation Day and I can assuredly say I was amazed and appreciated how well your children behaved during our movie trip.  Due to a technical difficulty, your children waited patiently for almost an hour until we moved to smaller theaters to watch Mary Poppins Returns. Due to our later return time, students also enjoyed a pizza lunch!
    • Thank you to Home and School for paying for our movie and snacks! All of us, students and adults, enjoyed their trip!
  • Friday was the traditional 8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game. For the first time, the 8th Grade class swept the games and came out the clear victors.  Way to go, Class of 2019!
    • Thank you for donating canned goods as admission to the volleyball game. Our “Souper” Bowl collected 250 pounds of food for the St. Patrick Center.

I want to thank you once again for choosing to send your child to our school.  We value the decision you have made and take the educating of your child seriously.  It is our privilege to teach, love, and nurture your precious gifts.

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast – Please come support our Boy Scout Troop and enjoy some delicious pancakes this Sunday, February 10th from 7:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in the Ballad Room. Tickets are $5 per person at the door.  Available food will include pancakes, sausages, home fries, and more.  All proceeds will benefit Cub Scout Pack 88 and Boy Scout Troop 88. We hope you are able to join us!

Reminder about morning drop-off: Please use the front of the building, pulling up as far as possible, and have your child exit on the curbside. Do not park on the school side if you will exit your car for any reason. Please do not park in the bus zone across the street or double-park in the street. If you need to walk your child into school, please park across the street in the parking lot.  All children must cross at the corner with the crossing guard (this also applies for dismissal).  If you park on Scott Street (the side of the school), children can exit safely on the curb when they get out on the passenger side of the vehicle. This is a better, safer option.

 

Health and Safety Reminders: Students must be fever-free, vomit-free, and diarrhea-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students have come to school with these issues and that puts other people, both students and teachers, at risk.  If a student was sent home the previous day for one of these issues, they will be expected to stay home the next day.  If students come to school less than 24 hours after being sent home for these issues, parents will be called to come pick them up.

 

Congratulations to our Knights of Columbus Vocation Essay Contest Winners! The Knights of Columbus hold a yearly vocation essay contest where students in grades 5 -8 are given a specific topic to write on.  The following students won for their class: Jackie Kurylo – 5th; Natalia Alfieri – 6th; Evan Cillo – 7th; Maggie Atkins – 8th. Each winner received a gift card and their essay will be entered in the statewide competition.  Excellent job!

Congratulations to our January Students of the Month! January’s virtue was “compassion.” Congratulations to Stephen Beals (PK3), DJ Banker (PK4), Lea Santiago (K), Bryson Windsor (1st), Brayan Windsor (2nd), Nunzio Roca (3rd), Jacob Matarese (4th), Colin Hannan (5th), Natalia Alfieri (6th), Jessica Reiger (7th), and Kyle Reynolds (8th).  Way to go!

Re-registration Reminder – Please send in re-registration forms as soon as possible. By having these forms, we are better able to budget and plan for next year.  Thank you to those who have sent them in already!

Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 4th.

 

CALENDAR REMINDER – On Wednesday, March 27th, all Diocesan Schools will be closed for teacher professional development. Students will have the day off. Please plan accordingly.

 

Yearbooks – Yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year can be purchased online by visiting http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01128770. The cost of each yearbook is $30. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Seehusen at cseehusen@stanthonynet.org

Sacrament Save the Dates:

  • March 11th – Confirmation Registration for 2019 – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
    •  Parents and candidates must attend.
  • April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • April 28th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 3rd – Practice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
  • May 4th – First Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
    •  Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.

 

From Home and School:

  • Skate Night on Monday, February 11th! Come join St. Anthony’s at Christiana Skating Center for an evening of roller skating from 6:30-8:30 P.M. Admission is $4 and skate rental is $3. (Non-skating adults are free of charge.) The snack bar will be open and there will be a 50/50 raffle.  We hope to see you and your children there!
  • Save the date for Italian Night! Come join us on Saturday, March 3rd when St. Anthony’s Home and School Association will be hosting Italian Night. Come indulge in delicious Italian food and drink while listening to stories and music of Frank Sinatra.  Tickets cost $35 and include appetizers, salad, Italian entrees, dessert, beer, wine, and soda. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Alfieri at (302) 593-8773 or escorsone@hotmail.com.  You can also purchase tickets online by visiting https://www.squareup.com/store/sapgs .
    • Home and School has asked for parents to donate items to be raffled off.  If you would prefer, you may send in a cash donation.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook! See all of the exciting things that are happening with your children on a daily basis. We post many (adorable) photos. If you haven’t followed us yet, look for St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.

Blessings,

Mrs. White

“You can be sure that He will forgive you. And speak to all of Jesus, of his love, his mercy, his tenderness, because friendship with Jesus, who gave himself for us, is an event that must be told.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! January 25, 2019

Tiger Talk!

January 25, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today at Mass, we celebrated the conversion of St. Paul and yesterday was an important day for our priests.  It was the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of Salesians.  In his homily today, Father Rinaldi explained how patron saints are parental figures and how our priests try to act like St. Francis de Sales.  We are very fortunate to have such strong yet gentle role models in our Oblate priests.

St. Paul started his life as a persecutor of Christians.  On the way to Damascus to persecute more Christians, he fell from his horse and Jesus spoke to him.  He converted to Christianity and became an important preacher of our religion.  St. Francis de Sales preached in Switzerland and France.  He went to many places in the Alps region where Christians were not welcome at the time, but he persisted in spreading the Word of God.  Both of these men decided to be good Christians and good followers of Jesus.  They are wonderful examples of how we can get to Heaven, love the Lord each day to the fullest, and remember that He is the most important.  They both said yes to God’s calling and we are called to do the same.

 

Catholic Schools Week – Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated next week. The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Believe. Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”  We will be having different activities throughout the week.

  • Sunday, January 27thCatholic Schools Week Opening Mass – Church – 11:00 A.M.
  • Monday, January 28thKnowledge Bowl at 1:30 P.M. in the Gym – Parents Welcome!
    • GO ORANGE DAY – Students can show their school pride by adding as much orange as they can to their regular school uniform, including face paint and temporary hair color.
  • Tuesday, January 29thTeacher Appreciation Day
    • Student Council is providing lunch for teachers.
  • Wednesday, January 30thSchool Spirit Day
    • All students must wear their gym uniforms and sneakers to participate in fun activities and relays organized by Mrs. Orensky.
  • Thursday, January 31stStudent Appreciation Day
    • The entire school, students and teachers, will be going to see Mary Poppins Returns at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront. Students will ride the bus and watch the movie with their church buddies.  All students will receive a snack pack with popcorn, drink, and fruit snacks.
    • Students may wear their gym uniforms for this event.
    • A huge thank you to our generous Home and School Association for covering the cost of this event!
  • Friday, February 1st8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game in Fournier Gym at 1:30 P.M.
    • Admission to the game is one canned good which will be donated to the St. Patrick Center.
    • All parents are welcome to attend!
    • All students may dress down on this day!

 

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Winners! Yesterday, our school spelling bee was held with each classroom winner competing against one another. Our classroom winners were Nah’la Queen (1st), Eliana Manzanillo (2nd), Nora Farrell (3rd), Faith Jah (4th), Lena Padovani (5th), Andres Lorenzo (6th), Diana Lorenzo (7th), and Olivia Segeda (8th).  These amazing spellers went through many rounds.  The winner of our school spelling bee was 5th Grader Lena Padovani.  Lena will represent St. Anthony’s at the State Spelling Bee held at St. Mark’s later this year. Way to go, Lena!

 

Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 4th.

Yearbooks – Yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year can be purchased online by visiting http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01128770. Each yearbook costs $25 until January 31st. The cost starting in February will be $30. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Seehusen at cseehusen@stanthonynet.org

 

Sacrament Save the Dates:

  • March 11th – Confirmation Registration for 2019 – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
    • Parents and candidates must attend.
  • April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • April 28th2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 3rdPractice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
  • May 4thFirst Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
    • Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.

 

From Home and School:

  • Save the date for Italian Night! Come join us on Saturday, March 3rd when St. Anthony’s Home and School Association will be hosting Italian Night. Come indulge in delicious Italian food and drink while listening to stories and music of Frank Sinatra. Tickets cost $35 and include appetizers, salad, Italian entrees, dessert, beer, wine, and soda. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Alfieri at (302) 593-8773 or escorsone@hotmail.com.  You can also purchase tickets online by visiting https://www.squareup.com/store/sapgs .

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook! See all of the exciting things that are happening with your children on a daily basis. If you haven’t followed us yet, look for St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.

Blessings,

Mrs. White


“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.” ~ St. Francis de Sales

Tiger Talk! January 11, 2019

Tiger Talk!

January 11, 201

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a terrific break and enjoyed the time with family and friends. Today at Mass, Father Rinaldi reminded the children that whoever possesses the Son of God has life. He said that if we have Jesus in our minds, hearts, and souls, we will have him forever. He defined “life” as people: our mothers, fathers, teachers, friends, and teammates are all life. Sometimes we think “life” is sweets or toys or video games. Those things are nice, but life is the people we have. Through people, we give and get life. Our life is a treasure to other people, and they can be a treasure to us if we welcome them. Life is not just the people in this world, but also those above this world, the people who have become saints in Heaven.

Father Rinaldi also said to have Jesus in our hearts is to be someone who prays. Prayer can be formal or it can also mean simply talking to Jesus throughout our day, telling him we need help with things, and asking him to help us stay out of trouble. He reminded us that we should be asking Jesus to help us stay focused, to help us be serious, and to help us help our parents and others.  Father reminded us to always keep talking to God and to be kind to everyone. Life can be hard, and we should try to help make it easier by simply being kind and helpful. It was a sweet message.

Our music chosen today by Mr. Colligan also reminded us that the Lord made this day and every day, and that we should rejoice and be glad in it. Let’s all try to help spread joy and remember that Jesus is in every person. As the Christmas season comes to an end, let us be a gift to others.

 

Reminder: There is no school Monday, January 21st in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 

Safety and Security at the Front Door Entrance – In an effort to tighten security even further, we will be asking for your name and purpose of your visit. We will be asking this of everyone, so please do not take it personally. If you watch the news or read it in any form, you will see that a school can never be too careful. Please help us with this by stating your name and why you are here. “It’s John Smith, and I am here to pick up my son Jack for a dentist appointment.” This is particularly important during the school hours of 7:50 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. From 7:30 A.M. until 7:50 A.M., there are a total of 5 adults between the front door and the hallway. During school hours, we want to be sure everyone coming here has a good reason to be here. We try to limit disruptions during the day. When there have been safety issues at other schools, it is very rarely a stranger. It is almost always someone the school personnel are familiar with and have felt comfortable letting them in. We appreciate your cooperation, as the safety of your children and our staff is a top priority

Contacting School Staff – Please contact the main office, teachers, and administration via telephone for any transportation changes, genuine concerns, and especially in an emergency. Email is never a reliable source for such communication. Teachers are not required to check email during the school day, as they are teaching. If you need to reach a teacher, please call the main office. The teacher will receive the message much faster. I may not see my email for an entire day, so please contact the office, and I will return your call as soon as possible.

St. Anthony’s Open House – Our Open House for potential new students is Sunday, January 20th from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Please spread the word! You are our best marketers. I genuinely believe that this school is the best choice for any child/family who desires a Catholic education in a safe and family-friendly environment. I feel blessed to be able to work in a school where we have been given the best of everything we have ever asked for (as faculty and staff) and where the children are kind and loving. My adult children still say that St. Anthony’s was the best time of their lives. They did not realize at the time how much fun they had with the lifelong friends they made here at this school. Their best friends are still the friends they met here.

Congratulations to our December Students of the Month!  December’s virtue was “respectful.” Congratulations to our respectful students: Stella Caesar (PK3), Keeley Ferraro (PK4), Tyler Cross (K), Noel Pulliam (1st), Mason Carroll (2nd), Lilliana Stellini (3rd), Riley Winfield (4th), Lakeves Laws (5th), Sirriya Cruz (6th), Eva Pellegrino (7th), and Makenna Sarver (8th). Keep up the good work! Check out Facebook page to see the picture of December’s Students of the Month.

Thank you to Mr. McMillan! – Thank you, Mr. McMillan, for all you do to keep our technology moving and progressing. He is currently working to train Mrs. Gaspari, our Art teacher, and a few older students on the use of our two new 3D printers. They are researching 3D Printing curricula and learning some fun things to create for our students.

School Closings – In the event of a school closing, a Facebook post will be made immediately. (Please follow us!) We will send out a School Messenger notification next, and the school website will be updated as well. In the event of a school closing due to snow, students are aware of the Cyber Snow Day protocol; particularly Middle School. Don’t let anyone fool you! All work from a snow day is due one week after it is assigned, so please allow them to actually enjoy the snow day if they get one. Let them play, make memories, and have fun!

Cafeteria Reminder – Please be sure to send in a lunch for your child every day or order on the lunch menu, submitting that menu with payment on the date it is due. The cost of lunch is kept low due to planning and preordering. If your child has charged a lunch, please pay the next day. If you or your child know they will need to order lunch, please either send a note to the teacher or have your child notify the teacher. This gives Ms. Michele a “heads up” when it comes to lunch time. We occasionally have 10-15 students order lunch without a menu or any notification to teacher or Ms. Michele. Please know that food is prepared for each lunch, based on the menu items ordered, with a few extra items. If your child did not order the lunch from the menu, there will be a limited menu to choose from. It typically includes a cheese sandwich, hot dog, or soup.

After Care Reminders – Please be sure to sign students out in the Main Office and walk down to pick up your student. This is a two-way safety check point. Simply walking downstairs to get them or simply signing them out is not safe. Please follow our established procedures and please be prompt! Please remember, After Care closes at 6:00 P.M. every day, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 4th.

 

Catholic Schools Week – Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated from January 27th – February 2nd. The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Believe. Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”  We will be having activities during the week.  A full schedule will be going home next week.  A short list of events and activities for the week are:

  • Sunday, January 27thCatholic Schools Week Opening Mass – Church – 11:00 A.M.
  • Monday, January 28th – Knowledge Bowl at 1:30 P.M. in the Gym
  • Tuesday, January 29th – Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Wednesday, January 30th – School Spirit Day
  • Thursday, February 1st – Student Appreciation Day
  • Friday, February 2nd – 8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game in Fournier Gym at 1:30 P.M. Admission to the game is one canned good which will be donated to the St. Patrick Center.

Yearbooks – Yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year can be purchased online by visiting http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01128770. Each yearbook costs $25.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Seehusen at cseehusen@stanthonynet.org

Shout out to the Wilmington Police Department! – Thank you for a surprise visit this week and for sharing their K-9 officer, Exo, with our students at recess. Exo and his partner, S/Cpl. Andrew Conine, entertained the crowd. They will be returning to do a demonstration this month. This week and every week, we thank our Wilmington Police and all members of law enforcement, for protecting and serving us.

School Spelling Bee: Our school spelling bee will be held on Thursday, January 24th at 2:00 P.M. in the Gym. Winners of the classroom spelling bees from Kindergarten to 8th Grade will compete.  Each grade will have completed their classroom bees by next Friday.

Sacrament Save the Dates:

  • March 11th – Confirmation Registration for 2019 – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
    • Parents and candidates must attend.
  • April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • April 28th2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 3rdPractice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
  • May 4thFirst Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
    • Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.

 

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook! I realize we have repeated this information many times, but Tiger Talk communication is only bi-weekly.  See all of the exciting things that are happening with your children on a daily basis. Teachers submit pictures to me, or I try to catch fun lessons in action. If you haven’t followed us yet, look for St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.

 

Blessings for a healthy new year,

Mrs. White

 

“Never give up on the people you love. Never give up from being happy. Because life is an incredible show.”  ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! December 7, 2018

Tiger Talk!

December 7, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today at Mass, Father Mark read the Gospel story from Matthew of Jesus healing the blind men and warning them not to talk about what he had done. But of course, these men went and told of the gift they had received.  During his homily, Father talked about how this is a time of year when we think of boxes, bows, and ribbons and the gifts waiting for us in those boxes , when we should be thinking about how we can share the gifts that God has given us and how we can be gifts to others.  St. Ambrose, whose feast day we celebrate today, used his gift of leadership to lead the people when he was bishop of Milan. Let us all try to recognize the gifts of God in ourselves and in others.

We have entered the season of Advent and at school we are all eagerly “Anticipating His Arrival.”  Our Student Council officers came up with this theme for Advent and you can see it throughout our school building.  On Monday mornings, we gather for a prayer service in the morning.  This is a wonderful way to start our week during this hectic season.

ANGELS/SHEPHERDS NEEDED: The Christmas Pageant for the 7:00 P.M. Mass needs angels and shepherds.  Practices are Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.  Please contact the Main Office if your child is able to join this wonderful event.

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month! Our theme for the month of November was reverence.  Congratulations to Jack Turner (PK3), Rose Chakkalakkal (PK4), Giuliano Arcaro (K), Gabrielle Krevchuck (1st), Celeste Scarpato (2nd), Nora Farrell (3rd), Anastasia Tsatsaronis (4th), Delaney Patterson (5th), Liam Hannan (6th), Connor Quinlan (7th), and Michael Brelick (8th)! Good job!

Thank you to Anthony Frabizzio, one of our parish trustees! Anthony is a huge supporter of our school. He runs Nona Strada Cafe at the festival, which raises a lot of money to be donated back to our school. Most recently, after our Digital Classroom dedication, Anthony offered to purchase the 3D printers we wanted. Thanks to Anthony’s generosity and kindness, we now own two 3D printers. Mr. McMillan is currently working to add them to our network. We are so excited to create and innovate! Thank you, Anthony!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!  We collected almost 730 pounds of food.  The donated food was split between the St. Patrick Center Food Bank and the parish’s Christmas basket program.  Thank you for your generosity!

  • The class with the highest rate of participation was the 7th Grade class. As a reward for such generosity, they received a popcorn and movie afternoon.

Save the date for Sunday, December 9th! Our Christmas Bazaar has returned! Join us from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. More details will follow. Check this out on Facebook as well.

Santa’s Secret Shop – Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Santa’s Secret Shop will be open for students to purchase gifts for family and friends.  Each class has a scheduled time to shop.  If your child misses their time, they will get a chance to go at the end of the day on Wednesday.  A flyer with more information was sent home on Wednesday.  Please be sure to look over the information so you know the day your child is scheduled to shop and can help them write a list of who they are shopping for.  Thank you!

Home and School Gift Card Sales –Home and School will continue to sell gift cards throughout the month of December.  You can order online until 5:00 P.M. on December 16th.  Online orders will be available for pick-up in the lobby on December 21st.  Gift Cards will also be available for purchase every Friday morning in the school lobby, Sundays after the 11:00 A.M. Mass in the church vestibule, on December 9th at the St. Anthony’s Christmas Bazaar, and on December 21st (the day of the Christmas show) in the school gym.

Alumni News:

Congratulations to the following alumni who have updated us on where their lives have gone since they graduated from St. Anthony’s.

  • Class of 2000
    • Matthew Casale – received his law degree and passed the Delaware Bar Exam
  • Class of 2007
    • Morgan Dudkewitz – Corporate Technology Associate at Morgan, Lewis, & Blockus, LLP
    • Amber Stonebraker – World Language Teacher at Padua Academy
    • Alexis Shields – Christiana Care Nurse
  • Class of 2010
    • Courtney Truitt – Kindergarten Teacher at Leasure Elementary School

From our school nurse:

Attention Parents/Guardians:

If your child has an injury/illness, they may need special accommodations in school, and an adaptation to the dress code. Examples may include: wearing a cast, sling, brace, boot, or special shoe (all footwear must be secure on the foot), using crutches, or any issue requiring a medical excuse from gym class or recess. If this is the case, please send in a note to school from a medical provider so that we have guidelines to follow for their care. Your child’s safety is our number one concern. Thank you for your cooperation.

Annemarie Russell BSN, RN, CPN

The upcoming month is very busy, so we are including a list of December events for you.  Please be sure to like us on Facebook to see all the pictures, videos, and news of events.  This will also be the quickest way to find out information during inclement weather.

December 2018

  • December 9th – Home and School Christmas Bazaar – Ballad Room
  • December 10th – Advent Prayer Service – School Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
    • Student Council Meeting – 5th Grade – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • Barnes and Noble Night – Concord Mall – All Day Event
      • Teachers will be there from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.
    • Grub Burger Spirit Night – Concord Mall – All Day Event
  • December 11th /12th – Santa’s Secret Shop
  • December 17th – Advent Prayer Service – School Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
  • December 18th – 8th Grade Field Trip – Christmas Show/Lunch – 8:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • December 21st – NOON DISMISSAL – NO AFTERCARE
    • Christmas Show – Gym – 10:00 A.M.
  • December 22nd – January 1st – School Closed for Christmas Break
  • January 2nd – School Reopens

We hope you will be able to join us at these events.  The Christmas show is always a favorite.  The next Tiger Talk will be on January 11th.  I hope you have a blessed, safe, and happy Advent and Christmas season.

Advent Blessings,

Mrs. White

“Advent has a special charm; it makes us experience deeply the meaning of history.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! October 12, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Friday! This was a short week, but a very busy one. Thank you to those who attended our Home and School sponsored Grotto’s Night. It is always nice to spend time together over a meal. That has become something we are well known for in this Italian parish. We love chances to get together and be social. You do not have to be Italian to enjoy that fellowship. Please keep an eye on our calendar, as we have several nights planned to dine out thanks to Ms. Frederick doing her research on restaurants that donate money to schools. Our next Restaurant Night is Tuesday, October 23rd at the Shake Shack in the Christiana Fashion Center, across from Christiana Mall.

Today at Mass, Father Mark read a Gospel reading that was about demons. He put a nice twist on the somewhat gloomy reading. He simplified the reading for our students and compared demons to bad things in our life. He said that sometimes we get rid of the “bad” in ourselves, yet those bad things creep back in. He urged the children to become what God wants them to be, the best version of themselves. We should strive to be better people and become more like Jesus. He suggested substituting bad things in our lives for good ones. He gave the example of gossiping. If we have a tendency to gossip and talk badly about others, he asked that we try to start saying nice things about people. Eventually, just like the evil tendencies, speaking kindly will become a habit. He suggested we look to the things that are negative in our lives, even if it is something as simple as procrastination with homework. He reminded us that if we keep busy tending to the things we should tend to that there would be very little room for bad things “demons” to enter into our lives.

I love starting Fridays with Mass! Please join us if you have yet to do so. The children do an amazing job preparing the readings and participating. Our Antonians sing beautifully. We have been singing the songs for our Diocesan theme this year. The songs will remind you of your childhood! They all encourage us to celebrate the day that the Lord has made for us, to be glad, and to REJOICE! At the end of each Mass, Father Mark gives everyone a round of applause. That is a habit unique to him, and the children really like his special acknowledgement.

8Th Grade is pictured here at Holy Spirit Church! This past Thursday they celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary with other Diocesan schools. They prayed the Rosary with Bishop Malooly and then had their pictures taken outside with the Marian statue. It was a special day celebrating one of the many traditions of our Catholic faith – the Rosary.

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Light the Night Walk to walk with Mateo Ahumada!

Mateo is bravely battling Leukemia and is attempting to complete his 8thgrade year with his classmates. He was thrilled with the turnout from his peers and some families. It was a very emotional night for me and especially for Mateo’s mom, Carmen. We talked about how fast things can change in your life; in the blink of an eye. One day your child is running around and playing. The next thing you know, you are helpless and listening to doctors’ talk about cancer, referring to that very same child. We both felt extremely blessed this year. My son is in remission (2 years) and was able to come home from college and walk with his former church buddy, Mateo. Last year, Mateo was too sick to walk and was watching from the hospital window, the same window my son and I spent over a year sleeping next to. Mateo was full of smiles this year. His energy was contagious. That day, his mom doubted he would be able to do it, thinking he looked too tired. Hours later, Mateo was dancing around with his friends, getting his face painted, and enjoying the night. God was good to us, and we had a lot of reasons to REJOICE that evening. Thank you again for your continued prayers for the Ahumada family!

 

Aftercare Reminders

A few reminders to our families who use the Aftercare program:

  • If a relative or friend is going to pick-up your child or children from Aftercare, please make sure they are aware that the pick-up procedure requires an adult to sign the child out in the office before going to the Aftercare room to get the child.
  • Children must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. when Aftercare closes. There will be a $10 late fee assessed for late pick-ups. Families who are consistently late picking up their children will forfeit their aftercare spot.
  • Outstanding balances on Aftercare accounts must be paid by the last day of the month to continue using the Aftercare program.

Thank you for choosing St. Anthony’s and your cooperation with our Aftercare program guidelines.

Student Council has many activities planned for this year. Next week, Student Council officers will be selling bracelets. The cost is $1 for rubber and yarn bracelets and $2 for beaded bracelets.  Student Council will also be selling apple cider.  A form will be going home next week.  We are asking for pre-orders so we can order the correct amount of apple cider.  During the week of Halloween, they will be having a candy corn count.  Chances are 1 guess for $0.50 or 3 guesses for $1.00.  During November, we will hold our annual Food Drive.  More information will come out as we get closer to the event.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, October 25th, following our Noon Dismissal for Grandparents Day! Conference forms were sent home with the youngest child in each family on Wednesday.  Please return these forms to school by Monday, October 15th so our teachers can schedule conferences.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held October 24th – October 26th.  This event is always very popular on Grandparents’ Day.  Due to the overwhelming amount of people who try to go during the few hours they have here at school, the Book Fair will remain open after the noon dismissal on Grandparents’ Day.  Students will also be able to shop on Wednesday and Friday.

Home & School Association Halloween Party – St. Anthony’s Home & School Association will once again be hosting our annual Halloween Party on Friday, October 26th from 6:30-8:30 P.M.  We are in need of volunteers to help ensure a great time is had by all.  Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius form and see where you may be able to share a little of your time that evening.  Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the event! (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ba9a72caa8-halloween1)

We will have a Dress Down Day/Dress-up for Halloween, on October 31st. The cost to participate is $2.00 and the money raised will be donated to the Diocese in celebration of their 150th Anniversary and to help fund the beautiful painting of our Blessed Mother given to Bishop Malooly this past weekend. The children will be able to view this painting and hear the story of its creation within the next couple of weeks.

Altar Servers Needed – We are looking for students from 4th to 8th grades who might be interested in joining our Altar Server Program. We will have an information session with Father Mark for interested students on Friday, October 19th, at 2:00 P.M. in the church.  Please let Mr. Shields know if your child or children are interested. Email Mr. Shields at bshields@stanthonynet.org or call the office at (302) 421-3743. Thank you!

Upcoming Restaurant Nights:

  • Tuesday, October 23rd – Shake Shack at the Christiana Fashion Center
  • Tuesday, November 27th – Café Napoli located off Kirkwood Highway
  • Monday, December 10th – Grub Burger and Barnes & Noble Night on 202.

All of the restaurants are all day events meaning there is no set time that you need to go for them to donate to our school.  We will be sending more information home on Wednesdays in the white envelopes.  This is a great way to support our school and enjoy some delicious food.

There will be no Tiger Talk on October 26thI will be at a Middle School Educators Conference in Orlando that week! Please continue to follow us on Facebook and to check our school website calendar for upcoming events.

Autumn Blessings,

Mrs. White

Tiger Talk! September 28, 2018

Tiger Talk!

September 28, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

October’s focus will be on the Second Commandment – “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” Our virtuous action for October is: thoughtful in speaking about God. October is the month of the Rosary, the special sacramental we use to pray the “Hail, Mary.” Students will have multiple opportunities to pray the Rosary throughout the month of October. Teachers will be checking with students to be sure they have a rosary.  If your child does have a rosary that can come to school, please be sure to send it with them. If your child does not have a rosary, we have rosaries here at school for them to use.

Also during the month of October, we talk about Fire Safety and Respecting Life, from conception to a natural death. It will be a busy month. Students are working on Fire Prevention activities, including posters and essays for the annual Fire Prevention Contest run by the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association.

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month!  September’s virtue was faithfulness.  Congratulations to Stella Botsford (PK 3), Edward Harper (PK 4), Julian Detlefsen (K), Sylvie Keen (1st), Desmond Denny (2nd), Brenan Truver (3rd), Cecilia Ramos (4th), Ellie Koontz (5th), Zach Brelick (6th), Sarah Mazalewski (7th), and Blake Reilly (8th)! Way to go !

(Not pictured – Stella Botsford and Edward Harper)

 

Thank you to our Home and School Board for a wonderful Crab Feast! The rain did not dampen our spirits. Everyone had a great time!  Please be sure to check both the school calendar on our website and the school’s Facebook page for more information regarding Home and School events.

Blessing of the Animals – On Tuesday, October 2nd, please join us for the Blessing of the Animals in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.  The brief prayer service will take place in Father Tucker field at 2:00 P.M.  All pets are welcome (as long as they are on a leash or in a cage).  Students are welcome to bring photos or drawings of their pets if parents are unable to bring their pet to school.

Picture Day Retakes – Picture retakes will be Thursday, October 4th.  Please make sure your child or your child’s teacher knows that they will need a retake.

Please join me in Lighting up the Night at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children on Saturday, October 6th! Follow this link to register. (http://pages.lightthenight.org/de/wilmgton18/KReynolds)

We are walking in honor of our 8th Grade student, Mateo Ahumada, who is currently battling Leukemia. We are also walking to celebrate the lives of survivors and to honor the memories of those who have lost their lives to cancer/leukemia. This event is near to my heart because my son, Christopher, battled childhood cancer at this very hospital. They saved his life! And now, those very same doctors and nurses are helping Mateo, his former St. Anthony church buddy (when Christopher was a student here). Come out to walk with us. It is a short walk, approximately one mile.  There is great food, music, prizes, and more! We hope to have a large group representing St. Anthony’s. Join our group, “Mateo’s Jedis,” or join individually. We would love to have you on our team!

 

School is closed on Monday, October 8th for Columbus Day. Mr. Shields and I will attend the annual Columbus Day Mass and breakfast. The Columbus Day Committee has been so kind and generous to our school over the years. Every year, they make a large monetary donation toward our school. In the past, we have used this money to reach our technology goals for the building.

Columbus Day Mass and Breakfast – The 22nd Annual Columbus Day Mass and Breakfast will be held on Monday, October 8th.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Malooly at 7:30 A.M. at St. Anthony of Padua Church.  The homilist will be Oblate Provincial Vy. Rev. Lewis Fiorelli, OSFS.  Breakfast will immediately follow  after Mass in Padua Academy’s Cafetorium.  This year’s honoree is Ernest (Ernie) Camoirano . Proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Parish and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Retirement Fund.

  • Tickets are $35.00 or tables of up to 10 for $350.00.  Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Purchase tickets or tables online at: https://squareup.com/store/sapgs or by contacting Michael Malchione at: 302.652.4194 x122 or via email: mmalchione@dossnet.com.

On October 11th, our 8th Grade will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at Holy Spirit Church. They will pray the Luminous Mysteries together with other students from the Diocese. This is a beautiful tradition.

Dress Down Day on Halloween –  The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage Board has asked us to hold a schoolwide Sesquicentennial Dress Down Day to support the Diocese celebration of 150 years! The cost for this dress down day will be $2, and all faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to participate. We will be holding this dress down day on Halloween. More details will follow on the dress requirements for the day. Please send in your donation of at least $2 in order to participate. If your child does not wish to participate, please still consider sending a donation. The CDOW Annual Marian Pilgrimage Board has commissioned an original painting from renowned local artist Neilson Carlin, whose The Holy Family was featured during the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia in 2016. This new painting is entitled Our Lady of Wilmington. It is a beautifully unique painting of Mary, the Cause of Our Joy! This painting will go on tour throughout the Diocese in each participating school. All are welcome to attend all or part of the pilgrimage day on October 6th at the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace, on the campus of Holy Spirit Parish. The day concludes with 4:00 P.M. Mass that fulfills Sunday obligation, and presentation of Our Lady of Wilmington to Bishop Malooly and the Diocese. I will unfortunately not be able to attend due to the Light the Night walk against Leukemia and Cancer. For more information, contact Father Brian Lewis at fatherbrianlewis@gmail.com.

Uniform RemindersThe fall/winter uniform starts on Monday.  Shorts are no longer permitted.  As the weather starts to get colder, please be sure to send your child in with a jacket or outerwear of some kind.  Students will go outside for recess every day, except for inclement weather.

    • Sweaters/Sweatshirts – Only uniform sweaters/sweatshirts may be worn in school.  A navy blue cardigan, with no embellishments, or the school black and orange sweatshirt may be worn any day with the uniform.
    • Hooded sweatshirts are not allowed on a regular uniform day or a gym uniform day, even when they are for a St. Anthony’s sports team. This is a safety issue.

October Parish Monthly Social – The first parish social of the fall will be held on Sunday, October 7th, 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 donuts and tomato pie from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and more!  Hope you can join us!

Please follow us on Facebook (St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends) to see updates, events, and photos from our days.   Be sure to check out our website calendar at sapgs.org.  It is updated regularly and is where we will be listing all of our events.

Blessings,

Mrs. Judy White

“If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi