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

September 14, 2018 Tiger Talk!

Tiger Talk!

September 14, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (Philippians 4:4).

This is a great opening line for our first Tiger Talk communication. We have so many reasons to rejoice! Our Diocesan theme for the year is “Rejoice in the Lord always.”  When you visit our school building, you will see the theme present all over the building. We will be teaching the 10 Commandments which offer us the freedom to know, love, and serve God and one another as we “Rejoice in the Lord.”

We had a wonderful start to the school year. We gathered on the first day in the Kindergarten courtyard, introduced all students to every adult member of our school community, said an opening prayer with our new pastor, Father Mark Wrightson, and then raised our flags for the first time as a community. Students said the Pledge of Allegiance, ending with the words, “God bless America,” an addition we made following the attacks on September 11th, many years ago, before these children were even born. Those words now seem to be a part of the pledge. We celebrated the first day of school with a water ice and soft pretzel treat. We then met with each level and discussed our school mission (our promise), emergency code procedures, the Diocesan theme, and discipline expectations. Those meetings were very well-received.

Mr. Shields and I were so happy to have the students return. The building just doesn’t feel the same without that energy, enthusiasm, and joyful noise of children. We welcomed over 40 new students to our school, and they are a lovely addition to our family. They are no longer “new,” but rather part of a small, close-knit community, where they will grow in faith and a loving learning environment.

This has been a busy week.  We began our first set of benchmark testing for all grades, K-8. The students are doing well so far.  We will conclude that testing next week. Students and teachers had their individual school pictures taken, as well as class photos.

We had our first of many Friday Masses today. The students were exceptional.  I received compliments from the community members who attended this Mass with us about the wonderful behavior.  It brought so much joy to see our Church buddies attending Mass together. The older students do a wonderful job helping the younger students with responses and prayers. Please join us on Fridays at 8:00 A.M. in our beautiful church. Students prepare and participate actively in the Mass. It is a wonderful way to start your final work day or your weekend.

 

A few notes for those who missed the general Home and School Meeting

  • Thank you for marketing our school! You are our best marketing tools. We exceeded our enrollment expectations for this year and hope to continue to grow.  We have over 40 new students this year!
  • Drop-off and Pick-up Safety/Parking reminders – We are asking for all parents/guardians to use the crosswalk at the corner of our school block.  Teachers and staff encourage students to only cross at the crosswalk where we have a crossing guard stationed.  Students should not be crossing into the middle of the street. Please help us reinforce this important safety lesson.
    • Drop-Off – When dropping your child off in the morning, if you plan on walking them into school, please park in the parking lot across the street.  The space in front of school is meant to be a “DROP-OFF ONLY” area. Please remember in the morning to pull forward as far as possible when dropping off a child. Do not park your car in front of school if you plan to exit the car, even if simply walking your child into school. This creates a traffic jam and safety issue. If you will be exiting your car, please park it somewhere other than our drop-off zone in the front of the school.
    • Pick-up – Please do not park on the city sidewalks when waiting to pick up your children. Use the parking lot and the four city blocks that surround our campus. Across the street is a city bus zone. Please do not park in it. It is a parking violation, and you can be ticketed.
  • Kindergarten Courtyard – Students should not be climbing on the stone columns around the Kindergarten Courtyard.  It is extremely dangerous. Please do not allow your child or any children in your care to climb on top of the columns.
  • If you are not receiving emails from the school when we send out email updates, please contact the main office and let them know.  We reserve phone calls and text messages for weather emergencies and school closings.

 

Family Surveys:  Family surveys were sent home on Wednesday. Please fill them out and return them to the office as quickly as possible. The family surveys provide us with important information that helps ensure that we receive quality Title One services for our students. Please return all Family Surveys by September 26th.

 

Uniform Reminders

    • Uniform Socks
      • On Gym day, the only dress code approved socks are solid black or solid white.
      • On a regular uniform day, solid white or solid navy blue.
    • 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, even when they are for a St. Anthony’s sports team. This is a safety issue.

 

  • Referrals will be given for dress code violations.

 

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. We have several fun events planned thanks to our incredible Home and School Board.

 

I am looking forward to a fantastic year! Please don’t hesitate to call me should you ever have any questions or concerns. Stop by the school anytime. I am always happy to meet with parents.

Have a terrific weekend. Stay dry!

Blessings,

Mrs. Judy White

“God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being loved.” ~ Pope Francis

May 18, 2018 Tiger Talk!

Dear Parents,

Today at Mass, Father Wrightson taught us about the loving and forgiving nature of Jesus as our friend. He told the story of Jesus and His friend Peter. He talked about Jesus returning and having breakfast with His disciples. He sits right down with them. Jesus asks His friend Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Father Wrightson explained that we can hear that story many times and not realize what Jesus was doing. Why does Jesus ask Peter the same question three times? There is a reason. A few days prior to this breakfast, Peter was asked if he knew Jesus three times and three times he denied knowing Him. This was Jesus’s way of giving Peter three more chances to love and follow Him. Jesus simply wants us to be with Him and follow Him. Each time we step away from Jesus, He is there waiting to give us another opportunity to make up for whatever mistake it is that we have made. Each and every day Jesus allows us to start anew. We simply have to remember that Jesus is always with us. It was a story of who we are and how we live. This reminds me of the song our Second Graders just sang for Communion. “Jesus has a home in my heart. And He is with me each day. We are never apart, since Jesus lives in my heart. And I am never alone, since Jesus came and made a home; a home in my heart.”

We have some excellent news to share! Mrs. Angelo had a baby girl, Harper Grace, on Mother’s Day.  We are ecstatic and cannot wait to meet Harper. Welcome to our newest Tiger!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night at the Awards Banquet, as we reach another milestone for our 8th Grade Class of 2018.  We will celebrate all the accomplishments and wonderful sportsmanship and stewardship demonstrated by many of the students in our school.

School News

REMINDER – Next Friday, May 25th is a noon dismissal for students.  There will be no After Care.  This is a planning afternoon for teachers for next school year.

Music and the Arts! – This year, we are trying something new.  Instead of holding the excellence fair in the gym, Mrs. Gaspari will be displaying art work from the entire school throughout our hallways.  The kick-off event will be our Spring Band concert in the Ballad Room on Tuesday, May 22nd. We hope you will be able to join us for the concert!  If you are unable to come to the concert, please stop by sometime during that week to see the lovely artwork your children have worked on through the year.

Nemours/A.I. DuPont Donation Drive – During the month of May, Student Council is running a donation drive for Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.  Information was sent home last week.  We are hoping for at least one item per child in the school.  Items may be brought in anytime between now and May 31st.

Field Day is moved to Tuesday, May 29th! All students are to wear their gym uniforms.  Lunch will be provided that day.  If your child does not eat hot dogs, please be sure to send lunch in with them.

  • All students should bring a towel to sit on outside and an extra water bottle.
  • Please be sure your child has applied sunscreen BEFORE coming to school.

Alumni News

Congratulations to the following former students who received honors at St. Elizabeth High School for the third marking period!

  • 1st Honors – Justin Brooks, Andres Fabris, James Mazalewski, Taylor Oden-Randolph, Nathan Thomas, Daniel Borowski, Sadie Falcone-Testardi, Alexis Martin Del Campo, and Ben Pfeil.
  • 2nd Honors – Angelina Squillace, Angelina Degnars, Jordan Foy, Anastasia Mazalewski, and Naia Pulliam

Congratulations to the following former students who received honors at Padua Academy for the third marking period!

  • High Honors – Christina Molloy, Samantha DiVirgilio, Mackenzie McCall, Robin Land, Reagan Widmaier, Katherine Collier, and Rachel Tomlinson.
  • Honors – Ellen Banker, Andrea Reynolds, Julia Wood, Noelle DiVirgilio

Parish News

New Parish Website – St. Anthony’s parish is pleased to announce our new parish website, which features significant usability upgrades and a wide expansion of content.  The new site is “live” now and we will prepare to wind down the existing site after May 15, 2018.  Please bookmark the new site and start visiting it today!  The new site address is: http://www.sapde.org.  Check the site often as we continue to add content to it!

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 St. Anthony’s 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 sign-up option, refer to information that was sent 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 and 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)

PRICING:

  • PRE-FESTIVAL 8-DAY PASS PRICE:
    • $12.00—20% OFF price if 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.
  • PRE-FESTIVAL GIFT CARD PRICES:
    • $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 purchasing a banner that can advertise 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@stanthonynet.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.

  • May 19thYAC Awards Banquet – Padua Academy – 6:00 P.M.
  • May 20th Parish Pentecost “Red Foods” Social – Ballad Room – after the 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 21stStudent Council Final Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 22nd – May 25thMusic and the Arts!
  • May 22nd Spring Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
    • 2nd Grade Field Trip – White Clay Creek State Park
  • 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.
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip – Delaware Solid Waste Authority – 8:45 – 11:30 A.M.
  • May 25th NOON DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher Planning Day
  • May 28th Memorial Day – School Closed
  • May 29th Field Day
  • 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 6th – NOON DISMISSAL
    • June 7th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
    • June 10th – June 17th – Italian Festival
    • June 11thTeachers’ Last Work Day

This will be the last Tiger Talk for the school year.  Please like our Facebook page “St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends” to keep up-to-date with news, events, and photos.  Also be sure to check our school website (sapgs.org) for updates as well.

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“The Lord never tires of forgiving, it is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.” ~ Pope Francis