Tiger Talk! February 2, 2018

Tiger Talk!

February 2, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today at Mass, we celebrated to Feast of the Presentation of Jesus, when Jesus was presented in the temple. Father Wrightson had a beautiful message about Jesus being the “light of the world” for us.  Jesus passed this light onto each one of us. Now we are called to be the light of the world, and we are asked by Jesus to continue in his name by being a light for others. Father reminded us to be nice to others, go the extra mile, and be the best we can be. He told us we should be the light for one another in a world that so desperately needs it. As our Eighth Grade prepared today’s Mass and had many “last” events here at St. Anthony’s this week, I could not help but feel very hopeful about our world. If these young, faith-filled, tolerant, and kind students are any reflection of the light we are sending out into the world, I do believe we have a lot to look forward to. Father said that Catholic Schools Week is not just a week, but a chance to spread the light of the world beyond this week and into the world for the rest of this year.

This week has been a very exciting week for our school and Catholic schools across the country as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Believe. Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”  These 5 words are important to every Catholic school, and here at St. Anthony’s we try (and succeed) to live up to them.  When a new family comes to tour the school or a new student starts, a consistent comment made is the sense of belonging and family they feel here.  The teachers and staff work hard to make sure all students are learning and succeeding at their level in the classroom.  Service is something we work on here, whether it is from activities like drawing pictures and cards for people in nursing homes, collecting socks or food for those in need, or having dress down days to benefit the Childhood Missions.  Part of the fun for the students comes from the different events and activities that happened this week.

  • Monday was Go Orange Day and we also held our Knowledge Bowl.  Our students came out in full force with their orange gear (and so did our teachers!) It was wonderful to see so much school spirit on the first day of Catholic Schools Week.  In the afternoon, we held our Knowledge Bowl.  I was thoroughly impressed with all the questions our students were able to answer and how much they’ve learned so far this year.  What an amazing job!
  • Tuesday was Twin Day.  Not only did we have twins, we also had triplets and quadruplets.  It was stunning to see the lengths our students went to so they could match with their “twin.”  Tuesday was also Teacher Appreciation Day.  Thank you to our Home and School Association for the delicious lunch they provided to our teachers. Another thank you goes to our Student Council who provided some delicious breakfast treats to our teachers Wednesday morning.  It was enjoyed by all.
  • Wednesday was Spirit Day. Mrs. Orensky put together a great set of activities appropriate for the different grade levels, and our 8th Grade class did a great job helping during these periods so everything ran smoothly. The scores were very close, but at the end of the day, the Black team came out on top.
  • Thursday was Student Appreciation Day.  The whole student body went to Penn Cinema to see the movie “Ferdinand.”  Our generous Home and School Association paid for the movie and snacks for everyone to enjoy.  I can safely say everyone had a great time at the movies.
  • Today was the annual 8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game.  At the time of writing this the game had not been played, but be sure to check our Facebook page to find the results.
  • Thank you for your generosity in donating to our “Soup-er” Bowl!  Our families are so giving to others in need.

In additional exciting news, this year is our year to host our Italian guests, as part of our Olevano, Italy, Sister Cities Project. For those of you that are new to our school community, every other year we send 2 to 4 families to Italy to stay with host families. This is an amazing trip.  I had the pleasure of going with my daughter when she attended school here. Everything, except the plane ride, is covered by the program. It is typically 10 days and nights in beautiful Olevan sul Tusciano, Italy. The city of Olevano is the sister city to Wilmington, where many Italian immigrants traveled from several years ago. Many of those immigrants are the workers that built our parish.

We are looking for host families here in our parish.  Hosting really means simply providing lodging. The program is extremely action packed. There are places set up for you to take your family (or send them without you). The committee plans the itinerary. You simply go along for the ride. Everything is paid for. Meals and special events/tours are included. You may have to occasionally have coffee or a pastry in the morning, but that would be the extent of it. They typically do not eat breakfast.

As you can see I am excited about this possibility rolling around again. Typically it is held during the school year. This year, the program should run from June 8th through the following week. They would like to be here to be a part of our Italian festival. Please consider hosting!

If you host a family, you get to experience Italy the following year. Olevano is a small town on a mountain. I can’t even begin to describe its beauty and the warmth of family that you will encounter. You will stay in Italy and travel with the other school families (typically 2-3 families, possibly more). You see the sights, learn the culture, enjoy the food, and are treated like absolute royalty. The government there welcomes you and the people of the town are instant friends for a lifetime. No words can express the joy and fun we experienced. You do not need to speak Italian. They have translators, and the children will entertain you with Google translate (not always literal, but definitely comical). We alternate years for traveling. Our students and parents go to Italy one year, and then they come here the following year. Typically one parent and child make the trip, but entire families are welcome to go. I hope you consider hosting a family. It is definitely worthwhile!  Please contact me if you have any questions.


School News

Congratulations to our Knights of Columbus Essay Winners!  – Congratulations to Caitlyn Kowalski (5th), Jack Aloi (6th), Neha George (7th), and Gracie Hillis (8th).  Each grade had a different essay topic to write about and these students’ essays will be going to the state competition.


Congratulations to our January Students of the Month!  January’s virtue was “wisdom.”  Congratulations to Mason Knoff (PK3), Iago Ramos (PK4), Noel Pulliam (K), Desmond Denny (1st), Jessica Garcia (2nd), Nathan Minor (3rd), Colin Hannan (4th), Richie Jakotowicz (5th), Connor Quinlan (6th), Neha George (7th), and Leah Rizzo (8th)!  Keep up the good work!


Aftercare Sign-out Procedure – For the safety of our children, the two-step sign out procedure for Aftercare must be followed. First, a parent or authorized adult must stop at the school office and sign the sign-out sheet. Second, the parent or authorized adult must physically go down to the Aftercare room to get the child.  This step provides a second measure of safety for the children in that the Aftercare staff will visually identify the adult who is taking charge of the child. Parents and other adults are not to text their children and tell them to meet them in the lobby or to leave the building and go to the adult’s car. Failure to comply with this procedure will result in losing Aftercare service.


Yearbooks are for sale! – Yearbooks can be purchased online at http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01128770

.  If you would prefer to send in cash or check orders, please send $30 in an envelope with your child’s name, grade, and Attention Ms. Palmer. Checks should be made out to St. Anthony of Padua School.


Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. A parent must come into the school office to sign out a packet. Students may not bring them home. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 5th.


Padua Academy’s Musical Theater Program will be performing “The Addams Family” on Friday, 2/16, and Saturday, 2/17, at 7:30 P.M. and on Sunday, 2/18, at 2:00 P.M.  If you are interested, tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.  For further information, please contact Lisa Kowalski at lkowalksi@paduaacademy.org.


Business Office News

Tax Statements Available Through FACTs – Families using the FACTs program can quickly and easily create a payment summary of their account. This is especially helpful to our PreSchool families.

  • By simply clicking “View Printable Payments Summary” on the Payments tab, you can retrieve and print a summary of payments for the 2017 year or any other specified timeframe. Each payment summary contains the date range, family name, subaccounts, and the school‘s Federal Tax ID number.

Parish News

February Social – Our next parish social will be held on Sunday, February 4th, in the Ballad Room of the Grade School, following the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses. Our Antonians will be singing this Sunday.  Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  The social, as always, will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and a variety of foods.   


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

) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see more photos from our events.

  • February 5th – Student Council Meeting – Preschool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • February 8th – 1st Grade Field Trip – Cab Calloway – Seussical, Jr.
  • February 11th – Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast – 7:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M. – Ballad Room
  • February 12th – Math League at St. Anthony’s – 3:30 P.M.
  • February 14th –Ash Wednesday
    • Grotto’s Night – Pennsylvania Avenue – 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • February 15th – School Spelling Bee – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • February 16th – No School for Students – Teachers’  Professional Development
  • February 19th  – No School – Presidents’ Day


Peace and Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields


“Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic Schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.”

 ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! January 12, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year to all of you!  I hope everyone had a calm and blessed Christmas with your families and friends.  As we begin this new year in school, we are celebrating the virtue of “wisdom” for the month of January.  Today’s readings reminded us to use our wisdom by taking time to quiet ourselves and open our minds and hearts to listen for God and see if He is speaking to us.  We will continue our journey to Jesus through Mary as we teach and learn about the Luminous Mysteries during the month of January and continue praying the Memorare as a school community daily.

We are looking forward to an amazing 2018 filled with fun and educational opportunities at St. Anthony’s.  Catholic Schools Week is coming very soon.  This is such a wonderful week when we get to celebrate everything that makes us the unique environment we are and the people who make us so successful.  We strive to help all our students grow to be faith-filled, spiritual, confident, loving individuals that will go on to share their talents we have nurtured with the rest of the world. We will be sending information home on Wednesday about the events and schedule for Catholic Schools Week.  I hope we see you during Catholic Schools Week!


  • There is no school Monday, January 15th in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Friday, January 19th Next Friday, January 19th, there will be a blood drive in the school gym from 7:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.  Information was sent home last week. This day is also a NOON DISMISSAL for all students.  THERE WILL BE NO AFTERCARE.


St. Anthony’s Open House is Sunday, January 21st from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Please spread the word! You are our best marketers. Our school family continues to grow because of all of you. No amount of marketing can replace good, old-fashioned word of mouth (and your personal social media). Thank you for helping us to grow.  If you have time, please stop by to check out the Library project, which is well on its way to being the 21st Century Classroom we were hoping for.


Cyber Snow Days – We have already had 2 snow days in the new year so far and can expect that more should happen.  Any day that school is closed due to snow/ice/weather conditions, it is considered a Cyber Snow Day.  Teachers will have work on their school websites or may send a packet home.  Your child has one week from the date of the snow day to complete the work.  If the work is not turned in, your child will be considered absent for that day.


Congratulations to our December Students of the Month!  December’s virtue was “joy.” Congratulations to our joyful students: William Jeppe (PK3), Skye Livingston (PK4), Gavin Fax (K), Jun Chen (1st), Emmanuel Harris (2nd), Gillian Patterson (3rd), Lena Padovani (4th), Angel Rizzo (5th), Arianna Marchione (6th), Vinny DeLuca (7th), and Isabella Ceresini (8th). Keep it up!


Please consider joining us tomorrow, January 13th from 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.! The parish will hold a Beef and Beer to offset the remaining cost of the Mercantini bathroom remodel. This event will be held in the Ballad Room (cafeteria). Tickets are $35.00/person and are available for purchase in the main school office. Food, beer, and wine are included. A cash bar will also be available. This adult (21 and older) event is sponsored by St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society.


Math League Update – Our 7th Grade Math League team is in 2nd place in our region.  We compete against Brandywine Springs, Cab Calloway, and St. John the Beloved.  Andres Lorenzo has the highest score in the region and he is in 1st place in the individual standings.  Congratulations to all Math League participants!


Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. A parent must come into the school office to sign out a packet. Students may not bring them home. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 5th.


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, January 13th Beef & Beer benefitting the Mercantini Family – Ballad Room – 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.
  • Monday, January 15th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
  • Wednesday, January 17th YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
  • Friday, January 19th NOON DISMISSAL – NO AFTERCARE
    • Blood Drive – School Gym – 7:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
  • Sunday, January 21st Open House – 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.
  • Monday, January 22nd Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • Friday, January 26th Trimester 2 Interim
  • Sunday, January 28th Saturday, February 3rd –Catholic Schools Week
    • Sunday, January 28th – Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass – 11:00 A.M.


Please be sure to follow us on Facebook! I realize we have repeated this information many times, but our Facebook page is where we will be putting most of our information from now on. It is updated regularly with school news, information, and updates to our calendar.  We will post all school closing information on the school Facebook page.  If you haven’t followed us yet, look for St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.

Blessings for a healthy new year,

Mrs. White

“We must always walk in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, always trying to live in an irreprehensible way.”  ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! December 15, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Last Saturday our 8th Grade students made the Sacrament of Confirmation. I am so proud of this 8th grade class. I received so many compliments about their preparation, behavior, reverence, and comradery with our parish PREP class. I even had the pleasure of receiving a complimentary call from Bishop Malooly himself on Tuesday. It truly made my day. I have to admit I was a bit nervous when I was told our Bishop was on the phone for me. It is not every day that you receive a call from his office. I instantly felt like a child getting called to the principal’s office. It meant a lot to me that he would take the time out of his busy day to share a positive experience he had on Saturday with one of our students. It was a beautiful time of year for this sacrament. Snow was falling, and there was an excitement in the air. Our students received the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. Bishop Malooly reminded us to be the “Face of Jesus” for others and to spread our joy through our facial expression. God has been good to us, and therefore, we should advertise our faith through our faces. He shared his simple yet very important message to “Smile, Pray, and Serve!” He asked that we all do this every day. He encouraged us to talk to Jesus who is always with us. He reminded us to serve others as Jesus did and to do so with a smile. I will leave you with this thought as we enter the Christmas season. I hope to see all of you in our school gymnasium for our Christmas Program on Friday, December 22nd at 10:00 A.M. This will be a noon dismissal with no aftercare provided.

God Bless our Confirmandi! Blake Patrick Bowers, Luke Francis Burdett, Isabella Margaret Ceresini, Gisella Lucy Diaz, John Antonio DiOssi, Hannah Bernadette Fagioli, Jenna Natalia Giannattasio, Gracie Lucy Hillis, Henry Xavier Kelleher, Samantha Claire Lobozzo, Edward Christopher Loyola, Allen Valentina Martin DelCampo, Joseph Michael Mazalewski, Lauren Marie McLaughlin, Carlita Martina Prado, Cara Philomena Quinlan, Stephen Patrick Reynolds, Madison Lucia Rieger, Leah Teresa Rizzo, Donovan Mark Sarver, Hayden Dominic Scully, Jayden Claire Slattery, and Thomas Pio Vadden.


Congratulations to our Declamation Contestants! Henry Kelleher (8th), Neha George (7th), and Elliana Godlewski (5th) represented us very well in the Knights of Columbus Declamation Contest. We won Third Place for all schools in the contest. Our speakers did an amazing job! I had the pleasure of hearing their speeches prior to the special day. Way to go, students!

Report Cards came home on Wednesday! Please check your child’s book bag. Report cards were sent home on Wednesday in a separate envelope from all other communications. PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN the envelope as confirmation that you did receive the report card. There will be no Honors Assembly this marking period due to our Christmas Program being held on December 22nd and there being no Mass that day.

Christmas Show – Our annual school Christmas show is next Friday. The show starts at 10:00 A.M. and is always extremely well attended. Friday is a DRESS UP DAY for all students. Please be sure to follow the school dress code rules.

  • Long pants, no shorts
  • Skirts/dress must be appropriate length and must have sleeves or a sweater/jacket to cover shoulders
  • No boots, open-toed, or open-backed shoes are allowed.

Congratulations to our graduates who earned Honor Roll for the First Marking Period in their high schools!

  • St. Elizabeth High School
    • First Honors: Seniors Justin Brooks, Andres Fabris, James Mazalewski, Taylor Oden-Randolph, and Nathan Thomas; Junior Daniel Borowski; Sophomores Sadie Falcone-Testardi and Ben Pfeil.
    • Second Honors: Seniors Brett Brooks and Nicholas Willis; Junior Angelina Degnars’ Sophomores Jordan Foy, Alexis Martin DelCampo, and Anastasia Mazalewski; and Freshman Naia Pulliam
  • Padua Academy
    • High Honors: Junior Andrea Reynolds; Sophomore Robin Land; Freshmen Katherine Collier and Rachel Tomlison
    • Honors: Seniors Ellen Banker and Reagan Winter; Junior Samantha DiVirgilio; Sophomores Caroline Achenbach, Reagan Widmaier, and Julia Wood

Save the Date for January 9th for a Pallet Painting Party! – Join our Home and School Board as they host a Crimson Pallets painting party. This will be held in the Ballad Room (cafeteria) at 6:00 P.M. A flyer was sent home on Wednesday. Register now! Space is limited!

Save the date for January 13th from 6:00 -11:00 P.M.! The parish will hold a Beef and Beer to offset the remaining cost of the Mercantini bathroom remodel. This event will be held in the Ballad Room (cafeteria). Tickets are $35.00/person and are available for purchase in the main school office. Food, beer, and wine are included. A cash bar will also be available. This adult (21 and older) event is sponsored by St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society.

Upcoming Events

  •  Monday, December 18th – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  •  Friday, December 22nd – Christmas Show – Gym – 10:00 A.M.
  • Saturday, December 23rd – Monday, January 1st – School Closed for Christmas Break
  • Tuesday, January 2nd – School reopens
  • Thursday, January 4th – Math League – St. Anthony’s
  • Sunday, January 7th – Parish Socials- Ballad Room – After the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • Monday, January 8th – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, January 9th – Pallet Painting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, January 10th – Home & School General Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, January 13th – Beef & Beer benefitting the Mercantini Family – Ballad Room – 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.

I wish everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas vacation. Thank you as always for sharing with us your most precious gift from God, your child/children. It is our pleasure to smile, pray, and serve them every day!

Advent Blessings,
Mrs. White

“Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.” Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! October 27, 2017  


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today at Mass during his homily, Father Nick spoke to us about making mistakes.  In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus talks to his followers about allowing others to make mistakes.  Father Nick used the example of a weatherman making weather predictions that do not come true.  Even when the weatherman is wrong, they still get to keep their job.  Just like the weatherman, we are allowed to make mistakes and have misunderstandings.  Father Nick explained that not one of us is perfect and we should use the mistakes we make and what we learn from them to keep getting better.  Jesus will always forgive us and give us another chance. And as always we should “Be who we are, and be that well.”

School News

Grandparents’ Day – Thank you to everyone for inviting grandparents and special people to Grandparents’ Day! The day was wonderful with the halls and classrooms filled with smiling and proud grandparents. Children were thrilled to share their work, snacks, games, and time with their special people. We had a lovely prayer service, and Father Nick told the children stories about his own grandmother. The Antonians sang independently this time, without the leadership of Mr. Colligan, and they did an excellent job.  At the end of the prayer service, Student Council officers had their induction ceremony and all representatives and alternates received their Student Council pins. We had the Scholastic Book Fair going on throughout the day, and Clifford the Big Red Dog was here to visit students and classrooms.

I want to give a special thank you to Mrs. Lynn DeLuca, Mrs. Melissa Farrell, and Mrs. Giovanna Ortiz for hosting a beautiful reception in the Ballad Room. There was a delicious buffet of breakfast treats, pumpkin spiced latte, and an adorable photo opportunity. I shared with the grandparents all of the great things happening here at our school. They were excited to hear that our school is thriving, our library was being transformed, we are 22 students above budget, and we have a growing staff.

  • To see more pictures from Grandparents’ Day and all upcoming events, please follow us on Facebook. You can find us as Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends.

Priesthood Sunday – Today we visited the rectory to drop off Spiritual Bouquets for our priests. Each student made a card for one of our priests to thank them for their dedicated service. Students did a very nice job decorating the cards, saying Rosaries for our priests, and sharing notes of support and gratitude. We are blessed to have such wonderful role models for our youth. This Sunday is Priesthood Sunday. Please take a minute to thank our priests for all they do for us. We really are fortunate to have these gentlemen in our midst.

Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Volleyball Team! We are pleased to announce that our Varsity Girls team has such a fantastic record this year (first place in their division) that they have advanced all the way to the semi-final game on their way to a Championship.  The girls will play in the semi-final game on November 4th at 10:00 A.M. at the Sanford School.  When the girls win that game, they will advance to the championship game on Sunday, November 5th at 1:15 also at the St. E’s Center at St. Elizabeth’s. 

Pick-up Safety/Parking reminders – This week, we witnessed two children almost get hit by a car because people were in such a hurry. Please slow down! 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. Also, remember in the morning to please 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.

Halloween party tonight! – I hope to see everyone there tonight from 6:30-8:30 P.M. This is always a very well attended event.  I just want to remind parents that our Haunted House is “haunted.” Our 8th Grade students have worked very hard to create a scary and fun activity that is intended for the older students. There will be a clown inside of the house. Please use your discretion when letting small children enter. The rest of the event is geared to the younger students.

Halloween Dress-Up – On Tuesday, October 31st, students are allowed to dress-up in their Halloween costumes with a minimum donation of $1.00.  All donations will be going to support Mateo Ahumada and his family. A few reminders:

  • Students must wear sneakers only. (Tuesday is a Gym Day.)
  • Face paint and TEMPORARY hair dye is allowed.
  • No masks, blood, weapons, or gore is allowed.

Any student not following these rules will be calling home to have their uniform brought to them.

Join the Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk – On Saturday, November 18th, Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Wilmington will be holding a 5K Run/Walk in Bellevue Park with a start time of 10:00 A.M.  Visit https://www.bishops5k.com for more information or to register.


Parish News

Altar Servers – The parish is looking for more altar servers. Altar servers must be in grades 5 and up.  If your child is interested, please be sure to have them notify their homeroom teacher.  All altar servers, new and old, will be going through some training classes in the upcoming months.  More information will be available soon.


November Parish Monthly Socials – Please join us for the November monthly parish socials to be held on Sunday, November 5th after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses in the Ballad Room of the grade school.  Enjoy a variety of great food, including tomato pie and donuts from Serpe’s Bakery, breakfast pizza from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and other delicious food selections including mini-bagels and fresh fruit while catching up with fellow parishioners and friends. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, October 28th Open House at St. Mark’s – 12:30 P.M.
    • Open House at Archmere Academy – 12:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 31st – Halloween Dress-Up Day (Please see above for info.)
    • Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00-4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass – 8:00 A.M.
  • Thursday, November 2ndGirls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
    • Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00-4:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, November 4th
    • Varsity Girls Volleyball Semi-Final Game – Sanford School – 10:00 A.M.
  • Sunday, November 5thOpen House at Salesianum – 12:30 P.M.
    • Open House at Sts. Peter and Paul High School – 1:00 P.M.
    • Monthly Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
    • Varsity Girls Volleyball Championship Game– St. E’s Center at St. Elizabeth’s – 1:15 P.M.
  • Monday, November 6thStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, November 7thMath League Practice – Middle School – 3:00- 4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, November 8thGrotto’s Pizza Night – Pennsylvania Ave. – 4:00-9:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, November 9th5th Grade Field Trip – Franklin Institute – 8:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Friday, November 10th – Noon Dismissal – No AfterCare – Professional Development
    • Home and School Designer Bag BingoGym – 7:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, November 12thOpen House at St. Thomas Moore – 12:00 P.M.
  • Monday, November 13th8th Grade Confirmation Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • Tuesday, November 14thGirls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
    • Spirit Night –Chipotle on Kirkwood Highway – 4:00-8:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, November 15th – First Reconciliation
  • Thursday, November 16thGirls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th
    • Entrance Exam – Salesianum School
    • Admissions/Scholarship Test – Ursuline Academy
  • Monday, November 20thStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, November 21stHome and School Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Wednesday, November 22nd Noon Dismissal – NO AfterCare


Peaceful Autumn Blessings,

Mrs. White


“Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! October 13, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today during our weekly Mass Father Nick talked to us about the peace of Jesus Christ. Rather than giving a homily about the Devil, which was part of today’s Gospel reading, Father told the children he wanted to talk about the opposite, the “peace of Jesus.” He explained to the children that when we shake hands and we exchange the sign of peace before Communion, we are saying we will treat others as Jesus would treat them. He added that each person in the church represents all of the other people like Jesus. Therefore, when we shake someone’s hand, we are getting ready to receive Jesus in Communion. We are promising that we will continue to be respectful, kind, forgiving, and “be who we are and be that well. “  This is a nice message for children to hear in light of all the things that go on in our world.


School News

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month for showing the virtue of “faith” in all that they do. Faith was the September virtue of the Blessed Mother: Ezra Pabon (PreK3), Analeigh Manzanillo (PreK4), Gabrielle Krevchuk (K), Celeste Scarpato (1st), Emily Anderson (2nd), Anastasia Tsatsaronis (3rd), Brayden Carroll (4th), Zach Brelick (5th), Evan Cillo (6th), Makenna Sarver (7th), and Max DiOssi (8th).

Thank you for your participation in the “Light the Night Walk” for Mateo! I want to tell you how very touching it was to see the fabulous turnout from our school families in support of Mateo. We had a beautiful night for the walk. For those of you unable to attend, our school families filled the hospital atrium in a sea of orange where we waved and chanted to Mateo (who was standing up above on the third floor). Mrs. Ahumada said that Mateo felt the love and support of his friends. Our children, families, and staff all took part in the one mile walk around Nemours property. As we neared the end of the walk, we saw Mateo flashing his light from his hospital window. His father was there to be sure to point him out to us. We were able to carry lanterns representing those currently fighting, in memory of a loved one who has passed, and for survivors. Thank you on behalf of the Ahumada family for your prayers and love! Our students have some ideas they would like to do to support Mateo further. I will keep you posted once I meet with them.

New Part-Time Teacher Assistant – Welcome to Carole Trzepacz! After many years of volunteering, Carole is now part of our staff. We decided to add a part-time teacher aide position to the 3rd Grade class. As one of the best and most dedicated volunteers in this parish, I have always joked with Carole that she should be on our payroll. Now she is official! Carole returns to the workforce after being home to raise her children. She is a very familiar face here, as she has served on the Home and School Board and many volunteer committees. Carole is currently on the YAC Board. We are thrilled that Carole has officially joined our faculty and staff.


Thank you Karen Barker and Stephanie Phillips! Karen and Stephanie have offered to be our new volunteer cafeteria workers. We love our volunteers!

Join the Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk – On Saturday, November 18th, Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Wilmington will be holding a 5K Run/Walk in Bellevue Park with a start time of 10:00 A.M.  Please see the flyer linked here

or visit https://www.bishops5k.com

for more information or to register.

Box Tops – Please continue to send in your Box Tops! The current Box Top contest will end on Friday, October 20th.

Grandparents Day is approaching – Grandparents Day will be held on Thursday, October 26th. (More information will be coming home next Wednesday.) We ask that you please remind grandparents/special guests that they are welcome to come into school in the morning, but that the actual Grandparent Day program does not start until 9:00 A.M. Refreshments will be served starting at 8:00 A.M. in the Ballad Room. The day concludes at noon, after the 11:00 A.M. prayer service in our school gymnasium. Parents – please remember that there is no After-Care on noon dismissal days.  Parent-Teacher conferences will be held that day and evening.

Halloween – Look for flyers coming home soon about Halloween and the Student Council Candy guessing game. The Home and School Halloween Party will be held at school on Friday, October 27th. More details will follow.

Parish News


Altar Servers – The parish is looking for more altar servers. Altar servers must be in grades 5 and up.  If your child is interested, please be sure to have them notify their homeroom teacher.  All altar servers, new and old, will be going through some training classes in the upcoming months.  More information will be available soon.

November Parish Monthly Socials – Please join us for the November monthly parish socials to be held on Sunday, November 5th after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses in the Ballad Room of the grade school.  Enjoy a variety of great food, including tomato pie and donuts from Serpe’s Bakery, breakfast pizza from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and other delicious food selections including mini-bagels and fresh fruit while catching up with fellow parishioners and friends. Hope to see you there!


Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, October 15th – Ursuline Academy Open House – 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, October 16th – Picture Retake Day
    •  PreSchool Field Trip – Milburn Orchards – 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
    • Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • 2nd Grade First Penance Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 17th – Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Spirit Day at Bertucci’s – Both Locations – All Day
  • Friday, October 20th – Trimester 1 Interim
  • Saturday, October 21st – Confirmation Retreat – Meet in Ballad Room – 9:15 A.M.
  • Sunday, October 22nd – Open House at St. Elizabeth’s High School – 11:30 A.M.
    • Open House at Padua Academy – 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, October 23rd – Confirmation Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 24th – Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 25th – 6th Grade Field Trip – Ellis Island – 7:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 26th – Noon Dismissal – No After-Care
    • Grandparents Day – Grade School – 9:00 A.M.
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences – 1:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
  • Friday, October 27th – Home and School Halloween Party – Grade School – 6:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, October 28th – Open House at St. Mark’s – 12:30 P.M.
    • Open House at Archmere Academy – 12:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 31st – Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00-4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass – 8:00 A.M.
  • Thursday, November 2nd – Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.


Peaceful Autumn Blessings,

Mrs. White


“Let us pray for peace, and let us bring it about, starting in our own homes!” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! September 29, 2017


Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Today at Mass, Father Mark Wrightson celebrated with us the Feast of the Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Father told the children that the Archangels were the “highest rank” of Angels sent to watch over us and remind us that God loves us and is always with us, in everything we do. When we are nervous, God is there to reassure us and let us know we are never alone. When we accomplish something, God was there to give us strength. He added that God is always with us because He CAN be, and His angels are His helpers.  God often sends messages to us through these special angels. When we pray to the angels, God hears us. At the end of Mass Father Wrightson had the students clap for the angels in thanksgiving for assisting us with a beautiful Mass. He thanked the angels for helping the Antonians sing, the altar servers to serve, the readers to spread the Word, and each of us to participate fully.


In October, we will be celebrating the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with a focus on the virtue of obedience. We purchased new Rosaries for all of the students and staff this year to highlight the significance of Mary and praying the Rosary in our schools this year.

Family Surveys: Thank you for your cooperation with this important form that helps ensure that we receive quality Title One services for our students!

Blessing of the Animals is Tuesday, October 3rd at 2:00 P.M.: Please bring your family pets to our annual Blessing of the Animals. We will gather in the field adjacent to the school, and the blessing will begin promptly at 2:00 P.M. If you are unable to attend, your child is welcome to bring a favorite picture of their beloved pet or may even draw a picture. Father will happily bless pets and pictures.

Wednesday, October 4th is our Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Peace Statue: This is a special day celebrating one of the many traditions of our Catholic faith – the Rosary. We will travel to Holy Spirit Parish in New Castle where students around the Diocese will gather to pray the Rosary with Bishop Malooly. Only 8th Grade Students and Antonians will attend this event. School uniforms must be worn this day, in order for a child to participate. Gym uniforms and sneakers may be brought to school that day and changed into when we return.

Thursday, October 5th is a Noon Dismissal: Please arrive on time for dismissal, as library construction will begin shortly after noon. There is no after care on noon dismissal days.

Saturday, October 7th is an optional Light the Night Walk! Our 7th Grade class is participating in the Light the Night Walk at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. We will be walking in support of our student Mateo who is battling Leukemia. Please register ahead to walk for Mateo’s group by visiting,


Join the group “Mateo’s Jedi’s, with Captain Kyle Reynolds.” Free food and fun begin on the hospital grounds at 4:30 P.M. The walk will not begin until 7:00 P.M. Please be sure your students wear their orange gym uniform shirt so it will be easy to gather everyone. We are looking into getting orange glow sticks or necklaces for the group so that Mateo can see us from the hospital window. Parents must remain on hospital grounds with your student, as faculty and staff will arrive closer to the time of the walk. The following information was provided by the hospital:

The Walk opens at 4:30PM, with the actual Walk portion kicking off at around 7PM or dusk. Before the Walk there are many activities and free food for guests. Please enter the main gate at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children from Children’s Drive. Once you’ve entered the main entrance of the hospital there are two parking lots on the right. Please park in one of those. You will see the event is in the hedged in area right in front of the bell tower. The Registration Tent is right behind the parking lot. We’d like for you to register ahead of time, but if you can’t until the Walk we can register you there. The Walk will kick off right there by the bell tower, will continue through the Mansion gardens and round back by the hospital. 

School is closed Friday, October 6th and Monday, October 9th: Enjoy the long weekend with your children. We will miss them! We will all be attending a Diocesan-wide Professional Development day on Friday at St. Mark’s High School. On Monday, school will be closed in observance of Columbus Day. However, Mr. Shields and I will be attending the Columbus Day Communion Mass and Breakfast. We once again look forward to the very generous donation from the Columbus Day Committee to help with our technology renovations in the library. The Columbus Day Committee has been responsible for several advances in our technology, helping us market our school, and helping us serve our students who are avid digital learners.

Press Release from the Diocese:

September 19, 2017 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, announced today that any student currently attending a Catholic elementary or secondary school in a hurricane-battered diocese may attend a Catholic school as a tuition-free diocesan guest for the 2017-2018 school year.

“A number of families must re-locate due to the recent hurricanes and the Diocese of Wilmington wishes to assist any who may come to Delaware or the Eastern Shore of Maryland in continuing the faith and academic development of their children while they re-build their lives and their homes,” said Dr. Louis De Angelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese.

“We recognize the tremendous work that lies ahead for re-located families and we wish to assist them in continuing their children’s Catholic school education without tuition worries,” Bishop Malooly said in letters to the Archbishops of Galveston-Houston and Miami.

For over 185 years, Catholic schools have been serving the needs of area families by offering a Christ-centered educational alternative.

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions, and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The diocese will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration beginning March 3, 2018. Information is available at www.cdow.org



Library Renovations: Phase One of construction begins next Thursday, October 5th! Stay tuned as we transform our traditional library into a 21st Century Digital Classroom! The dumpster will be moving in next week. It will be placed in front of the school, and we have asked to have a fence installed around it for safety. Construction work (particularly demolition) will not take place during school hours. Bancroft Homes will be working in the evenings and over the weekend. I am asking that you please take your children to the playground or field after school, rather than allowing them to play in the grassy area next to school as usual.

Confirmation Reminders! Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Monday October 2nd – 6:15 P.M. in the school cafeteria.  Each student candidate should be present with his/her Sponsor and at least 1 parent.
  • Saturday, October 21st – Confirmation Retreat for student candidates begins at 9:15 A.M. Parents and Sponsors should meet at 5:30 P.M. in the church for a Mass together. Lunch is provided.
  • Monday, October 23rd – 6:15 P.M. in church. Student candidates will meet for a session with Father Nick Waseline.
  • Monday, November 13th – 6:15 P.M. meeting in the cafeteria for just student candidates. There will be a speaker from Generation Life.
  • Friday, December 8th – Dress Rehearsal. Students are to come to church at 5:45 P.M. wearing their Confirmation outfit. Sponsors should be in attendance.
  • Saturday, December 9th – Sacrament of Confirmation at 10:00 A.M. in church. Students report to the cafeteria at 9:15 A.M. Parents and Sponsors will meet the students in church.


First Penance Reminders! Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Monday, October 16th – Parents only meeting at 6:15 P.M. in the cafeteria
  • Wednesday, November 15th – Sacrament of First Penance in church at 6:15 P.M.


Upcoming October Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 3rd – Blessing of the Animals – School Field – 2:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 4th –Our Lady of the Rosary Pilgrimage for 8th Grade and Antonians
  • Thursday, October 5th – NOON DISMISSAL
  • Friday, October 6th – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
  • Monday, October 9th – NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
  • Thursday, October 12th – 3rd  Grade Field Trip to Delaware Fire School
  • Monday, October 16th – School picture retake day
    • Kindergarten Field Trip to Highland Orchards
  • Wednesday October 18th – St. Anthony’s Family Night at Bertuccis. Visit either location (Rt. 202 or Kirkwood Highway) all day. Join your teachers after school for dinner!
  • Friday, October 20th – Trimester One Interim notices will be sent home.
  • Thursday, October 26th – Grandparent’s Day. More information will follow. NOON DISMISSAL.   Mandatory Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, October 27th – Home and School Halloween Party 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Autumn Blessings,

Mrs. White


“Let us learn from the Virgin Mary how to be bolder in obeying the word of God.”  ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! September 15, 2017


Dear Parents/ Guardians,

It has been an exciting 2 weeks of school in more ways than one. I would like to thank all of you who came to our Back to School Home and School Meeting. We had an excellent turnout. For those of you who missed the evening, feel free to call me with any questions. We reviewed our school mission, our Diocesan motto and theme for the year, “To Jesus through Mary,” discipline and communication policies, and heard a few school, parish, and Home and School updates.  Our Pastor, Father Nick, welcomed everyone and thanked the parents for choosing our parish school. He assured them that they made the best choice.

Today at our first school Mass Father Nick introduced our new Associate Pastor, Father Mark Wrightson. Father Wrightson joined us for our faculty retreat and we are thrilled to have him with us. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Father Nick did a wonderful job of explaining the 7 sorrows of Mary. He told the students that our Blessed Mother had times in her life when she was very sad. Father Nick gave them examples of Mary hiding with her baby in fear for His life, watching her son be nailed to the cross, and worrying when He went missing as a young boy. Father Nick told the children that Mary is sad and cries for us when bad things happen in our world and that she is always with us. He let them know that whenever we talk to Mary, we are talking to Jesus because Mary and Jesus together are always there for us.

Our Blessed Mother will be our focus this year. Personally, she has always been my focus of prayer. When my son had cancer and was fighting for his life, I prayed the Rosary constantly, and it was a source of great comfort to me.  I want you all to know that yesterday when one of our students passed out and was in the hallways waiting for EMTs, her classmates did not carry on. They did not make a sound. They were not disruptive. Instead, they began to pray the Rosary, on their own, without adult leadership in the classroom. One student started, and the entire class joined in. We had eyes on the class, but were not attending to their needs. This is precisely why I love Catholic school. When given the opportunity to be social, our students decided to unselfishly pray the Rosary for their friend. I had to share that with you. It brought tears of pride to my eyes and Ms. Casale’s. Your children are fabulous! The good news is that our student who passed out yesterday was discharged and home before bedtime last night. She should return to school on Monday.

This Tiger Talk will be less about updates and more about prayer requests today. We are a truly blessed parish, but we have several families in need of your prayers. The students are NOT aware of my next update. You are the first to know, and I ask that you use your discretion this weekend in sharing the news with your children, if and how you see fit to do so. One of our 6th grade students, Mateo Ahumada, is presently at Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Mateo was just diagnosed with Leukemia. He is in good spirits and doing well considering his recent diagnosis of Leukemia two days ago. He is already receiving treatment. Mateo, who happened to be my son’s church buddy, is currently in the same room my son was in at A.I. and is receiving care from the same incredible medical team. Mateo will have the best care! I am sure of it. I find it interesting that Christopher was Matteo’s church buddy. I believe that is a good sign. My son is happy and healthy at the University of Delaware, and I have true faith that Mateo will be happy and healthy again in God’s time. Mateo’s mom asks for your prayers. Again, I can personally tell you that this parish school family is amazing, and your prayers can make miracles happen. You prayed for Father Nick (Stage 4 pancreatic cancer), and he is back to work and giving his terrific homilies to your children. Please pray for Mateo and his entire family, as they adjust to their new normal. Please refrain from visiting at this time. This is a lot to process. They currently do not have a specific name for what type of Leukemia Mateo has, so there is a lot of planning and coordinating to do. They should have some details today. I promise to keep you updated any time his mom shares with me. Today she simply asked for prayers, and I assured her she had them.

Sadly, we had a school parent pass away suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday. Emily Anderson (2nd Grade) lost her mother, Jennifer Clare Burgun, at the young age of 40. Funeral services are this upcoming Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. here at St. Anthony’s. Please keep sweet little Emily and her entire extended family in your prayers.  We did not share this information with the students in Emily’s class, due to their age.

On a happier note, Nick Mercantini, our student who was paralyzed from the neck down last year in a trampoline accident, is making progress again after a setback. Nick went into cardiac arrest at home a few weeks ago and was rushed back to Nemours. Fortunately, he is no longer in ICU. Stepping down from ICU is a good thing. It is actually a step up. He can now have PT and OT more frequently on the unit. Progress is slow, but it is certainly progress. Nick’s family is so very thankful for your prayers and asks that you continue to hold them in prayer.

Let’s keep all of our children and families in our prayers. This is a strong and powerful community. Thank you! You are part of a great team! I hope you will consider joining us for one of our Friday Masses. Our Masses are every Friday at 8:00 A.M. (unless there is a Holy Day of Obligation during the week).



Altar servers needed! If your 4th – 8th Grade child is interested in becoming an altar server, please contact Mr. Bob Shields at bshields@stanthonynet.org.

October Parish Monthly Socials
Please join us for the first parish social of the fall, to be held on Sunday, October 1st, after the 9:00 A.M.  and 11:00 A.M. Masses in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Enjoy a variety of great food, including tomato pie and donuts from Serpe’s Bakery, breakfast pizza from Degnar’s Greenhill Deli, and other delicious food selections including mini-bagels and fresh fruit while catching up with fellow parishioners and friends. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, September 16th – Cross Country Meet – Brecknock State Park – 9:00 A.M.
    • Varsity Volleyball Game – Ursuline Academy – 10:00 A.M.
    • JV Volleyball Game – St. Peter’s New Castle – 12:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, September 17th – JV Volleyball Game – Fournier – 12:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, September 21st – CDOW Boy Scouts Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00-8:00 P.M.
  • Friday, September 22nd – Varsity Volleyball Game – Fournier – 6:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, September 23rd – Varsity Volleyball Game – Holy Angels – 1:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, September 24th – Cross Country Meet – Tatnall School – 1:00 P.M.
    • Varsity Volleyball Game – Fournier – 12:00 P.M.
    • JV Volleyball Game – Fournier – 2:00 P.M.
  • Monday, October 2nd – 8th Grade Confirmation Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 4th – Our Lady Queen of Peace Pilgrimage – Holy Spirit Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • Thursday, October 5th – Noon Dismissal
  • Friday, October 6th – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- Professional Development for Teachers/Staff

I hope to see some of you this Sunday at our Home and School Crab Feast! Our next Tiger Talk will be alive with pictures. At this time I held off on inserting pictures, as we await a few more of your signatures on Photo/Video Release Forms. Be our friend on Facebook at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends. Please visit our website for upcoming calendar events. This calendar is updated daily.


Mrs. White

“From Mary, we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary, we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary, we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God.” ~ Blessed Pope John Paul II

Tiger Talk! May 11, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we gathered as a school community for one of my favorite events of the year, the May Procession.  This tradition is a wonderful way for us to honor Mary during her special month.  The students were reverent (and adorable) while processing in and out of church.  Our May Court did a lovely job with their readings and crowning of Mary.  Thank you to Mr. Shields for organizing both the May Procession and the practices that come before it, and thank you to the teachers for helping students remember this is a special event for them to partake in.  And as always, thank you to the parents, families, and friends who came to join us in our celebration of Mary.

School News

God Bless Mrs. O’Brien on her Retirement! – It is with very mixed emotions that I announce Mrs. Bernadette O’Brien’s retirement. She has been a fixture here at St. Anthony’s.  I have had the privilege of working by her side for my past 16 years. For 20 years, she has taught here and has touched the lives of hundreds of students over those years, including my own two children. Mrs. O’Brien was instrumental in starting one of the students’ favorite field trips, Ellis Island. She receives a grant every year that funds this entire trip for the students to reinforce their Social Studies curriculum on the topic of immigration. Mrs. O’Brien was responsible for bringing back the 8th Grade field trip to New York City. She served as a Student Council Moderator for years. She has been the Yearbook moderator for a few years and has served as the Level Coordinator for Middle School. High school and college students very regularly return specifically to see her and get a famous motherly hug. Her students love her and know that she is always there for them. Long after they graduate, Mrs. O’Brien takes pleasure in their successes and is there for them in times of struggle in their families. Several students come to mind in my many years here as a school counselor. Mrs. O’Brien has already made travels plans with her husband for this upcoming September- her first free September in 20 years. She will now be able to enjoy time with her young grandson, Danny. We thank Mrs. O’Brien for her unending love, her cheerful attitude, contagious smile, optimistic outlook, and endless patience. We are sad to see her go, but so very happy for her to once again have family time, something that so often suffers tremendously in the life of an educator. Mrs. O’Brien has helped us live our school mission and helped each student to “be who they are and be that well.” God bless Mrs. O’Brien! We expect to see her again in September, once she realizes she misses us and simply can’t stay away.


2017 Community Builder Awards – Congratulations to Josephine Rybicki, Yolanda Capriglione, and Carole Trzepacz for earning this award for their years of service and dedication to our school and parish community. These ladies have worked thousands of hours in their service to our parish. Jo is most often seen working cafeteria, the book fair, Secret Santa Shop, Open House, Christmas pageant, Via Crucis, and many more events throughout the year. She works tirelessly during our festival as well. Yolanda has spent many years working in our school cafeteria, setting up for May Procession, and working every day and night for our Festival. I often tease Carole that she should actually be on our payroll, because she is here as much as some of my staff. Carole has been on the Home and School Board, YAC Board, and she is a substitute for our teacher assistants. These women have been an asset to our school and parish, and I am thrilled that they were chosen for this special honor and will be celebrated by our community for their selfless dedication to our school, parish, and community.


Spring Band Concert – Please join us for our annual Spring Band Concert at 2:00 P.M. in the Ballad Room on Tuesday, May 16th.  Please note the change in location. Typically this is held in the school gymnasium; however, this year we will have the Excellence Fair set up at that time.


Calling All Parents –Field Day is fast approaching!

  • On Wednesday, May 24th, from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., we invite you to join us!
    • We are looking for help – one of the nine stations that the students will be participating in is the Water Balloon Toss.  If you are able to fill balloons for your child’s homeroom, please contact your child’s teacher.
      • Balloons need to be in school by 8:00 A.M. on May 24th and can be transported in a cooler.

Thank you as always for your continual support!

Teacher Planning Day is Friday, May 26th – Noon Dismissal for Students – On Friday, May 26th, the students have a noon dismissal to start the much anticipated Memorial Day weekend. Please be prompt in picking up students at noon. Teachers will be staying for a Professional Development Day that begins at noon. I appreciate your cooperation.

Congratulations to Taylor Reynolds – Class of 2008 -As a major football fan, I am thrilled to announce that a former graduate, Taylor Reynolds, received a call and accepted a free agent position with the Atlanta Falcons. Taylor graduated from St. Anthony’s in 2008 and from Newark High School in 2012.  Taylor graduated from James Madison University on May 6, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies with a concentration in Intelligence Analysis.  This past season he took 4 Graduate level courses at JMU because he had a 5th year of eligibility to play football. Taylor was a bright, energetic, positive young man. His smile was and still is contagious. Taylor recently came back to speak at our Sports Banquet. He spoke highly of his time here and the influence our teachers had on him with their love, support, and high expectations. I sent his mother Carmen a message telling her how proud we all are of Taylor.


Scholarship Convocation – Mr. Shields and I had the pleasure of attending the 8th Grade Scholarship Convocation at St. Mary Magdalen last week. This event recognizes the academic scholarships earned to attend one of our Catholic High Schools. We celebrated with Javier Lorenzo and Dean Lawrence. We were beaming with pride. Our students represented us well. And I must add that if there were an award for best dressed and best hair, the boys would have won those awards as well.



Congratulations to our 2nd Grade class on their First Communion. They worked so hard this year to prepare for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. They looked as beautiful as they sounded singing my favorite song, “Jesus Has a Home in My Heart.” I would like to give a special thank you to Ms. Rita Casale and Mrs. Leticia Broujos for their dedication to the faith formation of our students during this most sacred time in their lives. Thank you to Mr. Colligan for contributing his music and encouraging the students to actively participate in their special Mass.


Congratulations to our April students of the monthApril’s fruit of the Holy Spirit was gentleness.  These students show their kindness and compassion with a gentleness that makes all around them feel welcome.  Congratulations to Matthew Spinelli (PreK 3), Bryson Windsor (PreK 4), Raphael Arias (K), Nathanial McGowan (1st), Payton Sarver (2nd), Aubrey Messina (3rd), Paulina Sidhu (4th), Mikaela Brown (5th), Korina Aguilar (6th), Hannah Fagioli (7th), and Katie Collier (8th). Great job!


Padua Honor Roll – Congratulations to our St. Anthony graduates who earned Honor Roll at Padua Academy during the 3rd Quarter. First Honors: Ellen Banker, Christina Molloy, Andrea Reynolds, Robin Land, and Reagan Widmaier. Second Honors: Maggie Banker, Laura Land, Grace McCarthy, Stefania Lombardo, Caroline Achenbach, and Melissa McCarrick. Way to go, ladies! Keep up the great work. You make us proud!


Home and School Elections – Please be sure to come out and vote, and to meet our new Home and School Board Officers on Wednesday, May 17th  at 6:30 P.M.  in the Ballad Room. A treat from the Home and School Board will be served. Bring the children!


Summer Reading Event at Barnes & Noble and Spirit Day at Grub Burger – St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is holding a fundraiser on Monday, May 22nd, at both Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike and Grub Burger located in Concord Mall.  Our school will receive a portion of the proceeds. Come out and enjoy a delicious meal, purchase summer reading books, and support our school. We hope to see you there!

  • The event at Grub Burger is all day. Flyers will be handed out in school on Thursday, May 18th. Please turn it in when you place your order. You can also mention St. Anthony’s School when you order if you do not have a flyer.
  • The event at Barnes & Noble is also all day. Teachers and staff will be at the store from 4:00-7:00 P.M. to greet everyone. Flyers for Barnes & Noble will be handed out in school on Thursday, May 18th.
    • **Please note that online orders can be placed from May 22nd through May 27th using book fair ID 12150561. Thank you for your support!


Expanded Preschool Program 2017-2018 – We are excited to introduce and offer a part-time program for those preschoolers not quite ready for a full day of school. Spread the word about our awesome preschool program.

  • Options
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday  half-days 7:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Tuition – $1,700
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday full-day Tuition  – $3,200
    • Monday to Friday half-days 7:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Tuition $2,650

The registration fee will be $100

  • Guidelines
    • *Must be fully potty-trained
    • *A teacher will dismiss the child to the parent in the lobby at 11:00 a.m.
    • *Late fee charged for pick-ups after 11:00 A.M.
    • *Schoolwork will not be saved for the days that the student is not present.
    • *Snack fee (one-time charge): 3 days per week $40; 5 days per week $60

Any parent who chooses a half day option will meet with the teacher briefly on Back-to- School/Meet-the-Teacher Night.


Festival Equipment – As we approach the end of the school year and the workings of setting up for the festival, please be careful allowing the children to play outside of school after dismissal. Our facilities crew will work hard to keep all materials out of the reach of children; however, we know our children are capable of finding dangerous equipment. Tractors and trailers are now moving back into town. Major equipment will not move into the building until the last day of school. On that day, June 7th, please arrive promptly at 10:30 to pick up your child as equipment begins to move in and around the school and buildings as soon as the children are dismissed.


Class Notes

  • Preschool 3 finished learning all the letters of the alphabet.  They even had a graduation ceremony!
  • Preschool 4 has been working on sights words and summer crafts.
  • Preschool 3 and 4 had a lovely Mother’s Day breakfast on Thursday. Thank you to all the moms for coming to the event.
  • Kindergarten has been learning about bones and the human skeleton.  They have really enjoyed learning the different bones; they especially loved dancing to the song “Dem Bones”. Kindergartners have also done posters on one of the Five Senses, as well as answered questions in a booklet about it.  They brought their projects to school and did a 2-3 minute verbal report on it.  They did an awesome job on the reports!
  • 1st Grade did a wonderful job on their Animal Habitat projects. They are looking forward to the end-of-the-year field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo and learning more about animals.
  • 2nd Grade is doing Geometry in Math and some students are starting to learn multiplication. They are learning to do a PowerPoint presentation and are really excited that they can now receive communion with our school community at the Friday Mass.
  • 3rd Grade participated in the Delaware Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Trees Are Terrific…From Acorn to Oak!”  All the 3rd graders were given a loblolly pine seedling to plant at home (for participating in the contest).
  • 4th Grade –  On May 8th, the 4th grade had presenters from the Delaware History Museum come and teach about the first people in Delaware, the Lenni Lenape Indians and immigrants who came from Europe to settle in our state. The students had a wonderful time listening to stories, participating in reenactments, and doing cooperative activities. They also created a pouch, which is a Russian immigrant family tradition. They learned the meaning behind the items in the pouch from the book, The Keeping Quilt. Natalia and Richie modeled Lenni Lenape traditional clothing.

  • 3rd and 4th Grade will be going on a trip to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to learn about what happens to trash, how a landfill works, and why it is important to recycle.
  • 5th Grade has been learning about the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the branches of the government. They just finished making movies about earthquakes on BrainPop, which they showed to class.  The 5th Graders are looking forward to their field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art next week.
  • Middle School
    • 6th and 7th Grades have been presenting their Saint Projects this week.  Students summarized their saint’s life and accomplishments using display boards with pictures, sayings, maps, drawings, and artwork.  A great saying by St. Padre Pio is “pray, hope, and don’t worry.”

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Reading Students competed in a Poetry Slam contest this week.  Students were paired up randomly and had to perform an oral poem on their similarities and differences.  The top three pairs from each class had their performance recorded and were awarded treats.  It was great seeing all the Middle School Talent.
  • 8th Grade is very excited as they finish up their year(s) here at St. Anthony’s.  They enjoyed participating in the May Procession and are looking forward to their trip to New York City on May 17th.  The whole class is anticipating, with bittersweet thoughts, their graduation ceremony on June 6th.
  • On a special side note, these 5 graduating 8th Graders were members of the first preschool class here at St. Anthony’s. They started 10-11 years ago in the Pioneer Class of our Preschool Program at the ages of 3 and 4.  Mrs. Achenbach taught them both as Preschool students and again in Middle School.


Parish News

38th Italian Festival 5K – Kick off the Italian Festival the healthy way by participating in the 38th annual Italian Festival 5K.  The race will be held, as always, on the opening Sunday of the Festival, June 11th, with registration opening at 8:00 A.M. and the race start at 9:00A.M.  The course is USATF-certified and starts and ends at St. Anthony’s (area of 9th & Scott St.) More information and registration is available at: http://www.races2run.com/events/italian-festival-5k/

.  Registered participants will receive a race t-shirt, post-race refreshments, and a coupon for breakfast at the La Piazza Cage.  Pre-registration fee is $25 (valid through Thursday, June 8th).

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 a perfect gift for Moms, Dads, grads—everyone.  This is also a smart way to provide funds to the kids for use at this year’s Festival.   BUY NOW and SAVE!!   

Passes and 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 week of May 1st
  • at the Church after Masses in May
  • via secure PayPal purchase on the Festival website (www.stanthonysfestival.com) [starting 4/10/2017]
  • with Home & School gift card sales at the Grade School on Friday mornings.


    • $12.00—20% OFF the price 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 ages 14-61; Over age 61: FREE.
    • $25.00 Gift Cards: SALE PRICE $22.00 
    • $50.00 Gift Cards: SALE PRICE $42.00

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


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

  • May 15th – May 19th  – Excellence Fair – Gym – All Day
  • May 15th – Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • May 16th – Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 – 2:45 P.M.
  • May 17th – 8th Grade Field Trip – New York City – All Day
    • 6th and 7th Grade Field Trip – Mount St. Mary’s
    • Home and School Meeting/Elections/Social – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 18th – 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo – 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
    • 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 9:15 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 19th – Community Builders – Church – following 8:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 20th – Student Achievement Banquet – Padua Academy – 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • May 22nd – Barnes & Noble Night – Concord Pike – 4:00-7:00 P.M.
    • Grub Burger Spirit Night – Concord Mall – All Day
  • May 24th – Field Day – Father Tucker Field
  • May 26th – Noon Dismissal – Faculty Planning Day
  • May 29th – No School – Memorial Day
  • May 31st – Preschool Last Day
  • June 5th – 8th Grade Communion Breakfast following 8:00 A.M. Mass
    • 8th  Grade Graduation Practice and Last Day of School
  • June 6th – Noon Dismissal – Faculty end of year luncheon
    • 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
  • June 7th – Last Day of School – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
    • Closing Mass – 9:30 A.M.
  • June 11th – June 18th – St. Anthony’s Italian Festival


Mrs. White and Mr. Shields


“This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.”

~Pope Francis

Tiger Talk – April 28, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Spring! During this busy Easter season, we are sharing and teaching about Jesus’s resurrection with the children, discussing new life in nature and in religion, acknowledging Earth Day and the stewardship God has entrusted us with for the Earth, and preparing for the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. We are also teaching and celebrating the Fruit of the Spirit, “Gentleness” this month. During the month of May, we will teach “self-control,” a very timely topic for the end of the school year.

Today at Mass, Father Nick talked to the students about God’s gifts to us and how we can and should share those gifts. God provides us with the desire to eat to keep ourselves alive. He mentioned sharing food with other people when they come to visit us and said it was a symbol of friendship and liking other good people. He told the story of Jesus’s friends, Phillip and Andrew, who were worried about how they could possibly feed 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and fish. They asked, “Where are we going to get so much food to feed all of these good people?” Jesus liked the people so much that he somehow made sure there was enough food for everyone and plenty of leftovers. Everyone could sit down and enjoy delicious bread and fish. He asked them to just share with each other the good things he has given us. He said our gifts are not just for ourselves but for us to share with each other. Father Nick asked us to consider all of the good things we have in our lives and see how we can share with others so that they can enjoy these things too. He reminded the children that this would be a sign of a caring friendship and liking others. It helps us to “be who we are and be that well.”

The school was closed from April 13th – April 23rd for Easter Break. During this time we had several calls from potential new students for tours and shadow days. We invite students to “shadow”, very similar to the process in high schools where a shadowing student attends school with their potential classmates, goes through the schedule of a typical school day, join their peers for lunch and recess, and gets to see the school in a normal day of operation. Parents and students have given us great feedback on this opportunity and the fact that we accommodate any family schedule for personal tours.  Our Student Council officers have done an excellent job giving school tours to potential families.

School News

Rice Bowls – Please remember to send in any remaining rice bowls for the Missions. We appreciate the generosity of all those who have sent the bowls in to date.

Student Update – We visited Nick Mercantini this week. I am trying to stop by at least once a month with a few of his classmates. He enjoys the company and the break from the hospital monotony. He continues to make progress in therapies and still resides at A.I DuPont Hospital for Children.

Staff Updates – All full-time staff are back to work and feeling healthy. Please keep Kathy Potts’s sister and Joanne Waritz’s brother in your prayers. Both are battling cancer at this time.

Congratulations to 8th Grader Javier Lorenzo! – Javier set a record with his regional award every year since fifth grade.  Competition is at the seventh and eighth grade level! This year he placed first in Region 3. He is a very quiet and humble student.

High School Scholarships Announcements – Congratulations to the following 8th Graders who received scholarships to one of our Catholic high schools!

  • Cheyenne Hudson – St. Mark’s Service and Leadership Scholarship
  • Dean Lawrence – Salesianum High School
  • Javier Lorenzo – Salesianum High School (full scholarship for all 4 years) and St. Elizabeth High School

Padua Leadership Conference – On April 1st, a group of our 8th Grade girls went to Padua to attend a leadership conference focused on gratitude. The girls enjoyed their day. Mr. Shields attended with them.

Holy Eucharist– Please join our school and parish next Saturday, May 6th, as our 2nd graders receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time.  They are very excited and have been practicing for this holy and happy event.

School Emergency Drills – Each month we have a regularly scheduled fire drill. In addition to this monthly drill, we also practice an emergency drill. We have a simple Crisis Plan that is easy for 3-14 year olds to understand.

  • Code Red is a lockdown (children know that this means stop). Teachers lock the classroom doors and keep children out of the line of vision and quiet.
  • Code Yellow is basically a yield. Teachers call anyone from the hallway back into the classroom. Doors remain unlocked and children proceed inside their classrooms.
  • Code Green is an evacuation. Students know to exit the building, similarly to what is done in a fire drill. Teachers use walky-talkies to communicate their locations with me in the main office. This is helpful if we were to have a power outage and could not use the intercom system.

I am always impressed with the students’ cooperation with these drills. We are able to evacuate the building in an average of 1 minute and 25 seconds. Please talk with your students for more information.

School Calendar for 2017-2018 – Our draft of the school calendar for the 2017-18 school year has been sent to the Diocese for approval. I will release it to parents as soon as possible. For purposes of planning, we will begin next year at the same time as all other schools in the Diocese, despite ending a full week earlier due to the festival. As explained before, in order to make up for those days we will be losing 3 days of our Easter break. At this point, it appears we will have 6 days off, Holy Thursday through Easter Tuesday. We will be in school the Wednesday through Friday of what would be the normal Easter break.

Robots invade St. Anthony’s!  – If you haven’t seen it yet on our Facebook page, we have purchased two mBots as a pilot program to test with one of our enrichment Math classes. During aftercare, students from all grade levels helped assemble these robots. They are currently being used in 6th Grade for purposes of students’ logical thinking and programming. For example, students are now programming the robots to navigate obstacle courses. They are enjoying this new advance in our technology. We plan to really expand this as we grow our library into a 21st Century Classroom.

Applebee’s Spirit Night – Thank you for joining us for a good time at Applebee’s on Wednesday. This event ran all day and 10% of your check will be donated back to our school. These events typically raise between $300 -$400. Thank you to those who attended Bertucci night and Café Riviera/Café Napoli nights. From our Bertucci’s Spirit Night we raised $240. These social events are a nice way to meet other families in the school, enjoy some good food, and raise money for our school.  We will have another one coming up soon with our Spring Book Sale at Barnes and Noble in May.

Designer Bag Bingo – Thank you to all who attended and supported Home and School’s Designer Bag Bingo on April 23rd. It will clear over $2,000 when all bills are finalized!

St. Francis de Sales Scholarship Convocation – On Monday, April 24th we hosted over 250 people here on our campus. The high school students gathered in the school gym and practiced. The ceremony began at 7:00 P.M.in church, with Bishop Malooly celebrating. We served refreshments in the Ballad Room and received a lot of positive feedback from the Diocese for our hospitality.

Parish News

May Parish Monthly Socials -Please join us for the Parish Socials on Sunday, May 7th  after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses in the Ballad Room.  Enjoy a variety of great food, including tomato pie and donuts from Serpe’s Bakery, breakfast pizza from Degnars’ Greenhill Deli, and other delicious food selections including mini-bagels and fresh fruit, while catching up with fellow parishioners and friends. Hope to see you there!

Italian Festival Bartender Training Session – The training session/certification for all volunteers who intend to work as bartenders at the Italian Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th, from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. at the Town of Newport’s Old Town Hall (15 N. Augustine St; Newport, DE 19804).  PLEASE NOTE:

  • ALL those bartending/working in bar areas need to be certified by the State’s Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (OABCC).
  • This training is ONLY open to volunteers at the Italian Festival.

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 a perfect gift for Moms, Dads, grads—everyone.  Also, a smart way to provide funds to the kids for use at this year’s Festival.   BUY NOW and SAVE!!   

Passes and 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 the week of May 1st
  • at the Church after Masses in May
  • via secure PayPal purchase on the Festival website (www.stanthonysfestival.com) [starting 4/10/2017]
  • with Home & School gift card sales at the Grade School on Friday mornings.


    • $12.00—20% OFF the price 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 ages 14-61; Over age 61: FREE.
    • $25.00 Gift Cards: SALE PRICE $22.00 
    • $50.00 Gift Cards: SALE PRICE $42.00

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

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

  • April 29thSpring Fling – Gym
  • May 1st Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • May 3rd 8th Grade Scholarship Convocation – St. Mary Magdalen – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 4th Salesianum and Padua Visit – 6th/7th Grade – 9:00 -10:00 A.M.
  • May 5th Practice Day for First Holy Communion
  • May 6th Celebration of First Holy Eucharist – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • May 7th Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 9th May Procession Practice – 1:30 P.M.
  • May 10th May Procession – Church – 2:00 P.M.
    • May Procession Practice – 9:00 A.M.
  • May 15th – May 19th  – Excellence Fair – Gym – All Day
  • May 15th Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • May 16th Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 – 2:45 P.M.
  • May 17th 8th Grade Field Trip – New York City – All Day
  • May 18th 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo – 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
    • 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 9:15 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
    • Barnes & Noble Night – Concord Pike – 4:00-7:00 P.M.
    • Grub Burger Spirit Night – Concord Mall – All Day
  • May 19thCommunity Builders – Church – following 8:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 20th Student Achievement Banquet – Padua Academy – 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • May 24th – Field Day – Father Tucker Field
  • May 26thNoon Dismissal – Faculty Planning Day
  • May 29th No School – Memorial Day
  • May 31stPreschool Last Day
  • June 5th 8th Grade Communion Breakfast following 8:00 A.M. Mass
    • 8th  Grade Graduation Practice and Last Day of School
  • June 6thNoon Dismissal – Faculty end of year luncheon
    • 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
  • June 7thLast Day of School – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
    • Closing Mass – 9:30 A.M.
  • June 11th – June 18th – St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

Easter Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields


“The Eucharist is essential for us: it is Christ who wishes to enter our lives and fill us with his grace.”

~Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! March 31, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for all you do to market our school. Whether it is word of mouth, social media, shared Facebook posts, or casual conversations with friends, you are our best marketers. We are growing and thriving, and we have big ideas for the upcoming school year.

This is the time of year when we are watching our re-enrollment numbers and planning for new activities for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have not re-registered, please do so ASAP. Thank you to everyone who has already registered. We appreciate your timeliness, especially when it comes to the ordering of supplies and books. We plan to remove at least one textbook per year in middle school and replace them with E-Books for the iPad. We have big ideas for transforming our library into a 21st Century Classroom. We are looking at both student and teacher schedules to make sure the time spent here is as efficient and productive as it can possibly be.   We are seeking grants to help with our wish lists.

Thank you to our Special Education Teacher, Elise Schiccatano, our School Counselor, Mrs. Laura Angelo, and our Technology Coordinator, John McMillan for their innovative ideas and energy with regard to meeting the needs of all students, helping us fully live our mission, and making our school space “relevant” to next generation students. Thank you to Mr. Shields for his work in his new role as Parish Business Manager. He will continue to serve as Vice Principal, but his new role will include parish strategic planning, grant writing, fund development, and overseeing parish staff members.

Fruit of the Holy Spirit – Join us in the month of April as we focus on the spirit of gentleness. “I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.” Whenever I think of gentleness, I can’t help but think of two of our patron saints, St. Francis de Sales and St. Francis of Assisi. I think of the wonderful Franciscan sisters that have truly been living saints in my life, Sister Margaret Cunniffe, Sister Jamesanne Taggart, and Sister George Mary Rhodes. I learned from them here at St. Anthony’s and they taught me in high school at Padua Academy with “softly but strongly” as our motto. These wonderful ladies I now am blessed to call family friends. I think of the Salesian priests that have been role models of gentle strength throughout all of my sacraments here at St. Anthony’s, into my college years at DeSales University, and in my marriage and family life. From Father Roberto Balducelli to Father Nick Waseline, our parish Pastors have gently, but firmly led the way. I pray for a call to religious vocations, because the gentle souls in my life have helped me in my faith formation and continue to guide my family and me in times of prayerful need. I want this for your children and for their children as well. When you need a Franciscan or Salesian, I can assure you they are your best prayer warriors! Let’s pray this month for more strong and gentle souls to hear the call to religious life and lovingly answer it.

School News

Antonians will sing this Sunday – This is a reminder to parents that the Antonians will sing this Sunday. It is also an invitation to encourage families to join us for Mass on Sundays and hear our children’s voices fill the church. There is nothing sweeter! We want to grow our student participation at Sunday Mass. I was recently told by a young child, “You take us on Fridays, so my parents don’t have to go on the weekends.” I have to say that made me a little sad. It was not the first time I have heard this same excuse.

Second Trimester Honors Assembly – Please join us for Mass on Friday, April 7th at 8:00 A.M. Mass will be followed by a brief Honors Assembly for students earning academic honors in Grades 4 through 8. Special recognition will be given to students who have participated in school and diocesan academic competitions as well.

St. Anthony’s Scholastic Book Fair – Next week will be our Spring Scholastic Book Fair! Teachers will select a class shopping time for the entire class to go shopping, but all are welcome to shop at the Book Fair!

  • Hours during the school day8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • The Book Fair will be open for the Parish Easter Egg Hunt after the 11:00 A.M. Mass

TerraNova Testing – Thank you to all of our parents for making TerraNova testing a priority last week. Children arrived at school on time, well fed, and ready to focus for the mornings. We also want to send a thank you to all the families who helped provide healthy snacks for the children last week.  It is a long week of testing for them, and I know they enjoy those little extras in the morning. They did a great job! I look forward to seeing their results in May.

Diocesan Pilgrimage – The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington CYM Pilgrimage “Love without Measure” takes place on Saturday, April 8th.  This is an awesome way to enter into prayer for the start of Holy Week.  Students throughout the Diocese of Wilmington will join together to pray and carry the Pilgrimage Cross through the city streets. This is beautiful to witness and truly touching to be a part of. Consider joining us in the spiritual journey!

Phil Rendina Discretionary Dinner –Approximately 150 people attended this event. It was a nice evening of dinner, dancing, and casino tables. The event raised $6,300, but some donations are trickling in. They expect the final total to be $7,000.00.  Thank you to all who attended!

Congratulations to 5th grader Dylan Farrell.  Dylan participated in the Honors Band Concert at Villanova University on Saturday, March 18th. Great job, Dylan!

Congratulations to our Declamation Team! At the Ursuline Academy Forensic Competition, our 4 students who competed each won an individual trophy. They also took home the First Place school team award. Congratulations to Paige Johnson (8th), Henry Kelleher (7th), Emily Anderson (6th), and Neha George (6th)! You made us all very proud!

Bertucci’s Night – Thank you to all those families who enjoyed a night out at Bertucci’s last week!  Both locations saw a good turnout.  Thank you for supporting our school through these events!

8th Grade Lenten Pasta Dinner is TONIGHT, Friday March 31stA flyer was sent home. Please join us to help the 8th grade class raise money toward their class Trip to New York City in May. Our students are looking forward to cooking and serving you!

Kindergarten Pizza Party – Kindergarten had a pizza party today courtesy of Student Council. This was in recognition of their highest contributions to the canned goods food drive for the St. Patrick’s Center. Great job, Kindergarten!

Paint Night – We did something different for one of our faculty meetings. We did “Painting with a Twist” for our staff. All were invited, and 21 attended. I have to tell you that I laughed the entire time. I would have loved for your students to see which teacher could not keep up, who had to have directions repeated multiple times, who was a perfectionist, who was creative, and who was critical of themselves. It was a riot! I may save these “beautiful” pieces of art for you to admire during our Excellence Fair in May. We celebrated our lovely Mrs. Nancy Burris’s birthday that night. We ate cake, shared snacks, and had a really fun time.

Alumni News – Congratulations to the following graduates of St. Anthony’s who received honors from Padua Academy during the second trimester. First Honors: Grace McCarthy (12th), Robin Land (9th), Andrea Reynolds (10th), Reagan Widmaier (9th).  Second Honors: Margaret Banker (12th), Kayla Godlewski (12th), Laura Land (12th), Madeline Perez (12th), Ellen Banker (11th), Stefania Lombardo (11th), Christina Molloy (11th), Mackenzie McCall (10th), Caroline Achenbach (9th), and Marissa McCarrick (9th). Way to go, ladies!

Parish News

Parish Easter Egg Hunt 2017  – The annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Palm Sunday, April 9th, after the 11:00 A.M.Mass (approximate start time is 12:30 P.M.) in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  There will be categories for the following age ranges: up to age 2, ages 3-5, and ages 6-10.  There will be a prize basket for each age category.  A special appearance by a certain bunny is scheduled!  Enjoy the full array of delicious refreshments offered at parish socials (Serpe’s donuts and tomato pie, Degnars’ breakfast pizza, and much more)! Please RSVP with the number of children, the children’s names and ages, and a contact phone or e-mail by Thursday, April 6th to Anthony Albence via e-mail to cua20064@aol.com or via phone at (302) 983-3200.  (Please leave voicemail if there is no answer.)

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


  • Sacrament of Penance
    • Saturday, April 8 from 4:00 to 5:15 P.M.
  • Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
    • Saturday, April 8
      • Solemn Blessing of Palm and Processional 5:30 P.M. Mass
    • Sunday, April 9
      • Masses: 7:00 A.M., 9:00 A.M., and 11:00 A.M.
      • Solemn Blessing of Palm and Procession at 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • Holy Week:
    • Monday – April 10, Tuesday – April 11, Wednesday – April 12
      • Daily Masses: 6:45 A.M. and 8:00 A.M.
    • Holy Thursday, April 13
      • No Mass
      • Adoration at the Altar of Repose 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
    • Good Friday, April 14
      • No Liturgy/No Mass
      • Church open for prayer & reflection – 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
      • Via Crucis: 7:30 P.M.
      • Gesù Cristo Morto Procession: 8:30 P.M.
    • Holy Saturday, April 15
      • No Mass/No Easter Vigil
    • Easter Sunday, April 16
      • Masses: 7:00 A.M., 9:00 A.M., and 11:00 A.M.

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 a perfect gift for Moms, Dads, grads—everyone.  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 week of 5/1
  • at the Church after Masses in May
  • via secure PayPal purchase on the Festival website (www.stanthonysfestival.com) [starting 4/10/2017]
  • with Home & School gift card sales at the Grade School on Friday mornings.


    • $12.00—20% OFF the price 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 ages 14-61; Over age 61: FREE.
    • $25.00 Gift Cards: SALE PRICE $22.00 
    • $50.00 Gift Cards: SALE PRICE $42.00

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

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

  • April 3rd – 9th – Scholastic Book Fair – Ballad Room
  • April 3rdStudent Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • April 4th 8th Grade Fundraiser for NYC Trip – Café Napoli/Café Riviera – All day
  • April 8th CYM Pilgrimage
  • April 9th Parish Social – Ballad Room – After the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
    • Parish Easter Egg Hunt – Ballad Room – 12:30 P.M.
  • April 10thA Door of Hope Presentations – 7th and 8th Grade
  • April 13th April 23rd – Easter Break – No School
  • April 23rd – Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – 2:00 P.M.
  • April 24th – St. Mark’s Spring Visit to 6th and 7th Grade – 1:30 P.M.
  • April 25th – Kindergarten Field Trip – Wilmington Playhouse – 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.
  • April 26th – St. Anthony’s Spirit Day – Applebee’s on Kirkwood Highway – All Day
  • April 27th – Uniforms Orders – School Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
  • April 28th – Trimester 3 Interim

Check out our new school video tour on Facebook and the website!

Visit www.sapgs.org


or check us out on Facebook at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends. This was our first video tour attempt. Thank you to Mr. John McMillan and Mrs. Laura Angelo for their assistance.

Thank you to Ms. Cripps for her help putting together Tiger Talk every two weeks! I will be giving her a tiny break due to our Easter Break. We will resume Tiger Talk after the break. Please check the school website calendar regularly. It is updated daily with any change or addition. We wish everyone a blessed and very Happy Easter! Please keep Father Nick and Nick Mercantini in your family’s prayers.

Early Easter Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields


“We are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light, but walking toward it full of trust.” 

~ Pope Benedict XVI