Tiger Talk! October 14, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

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School News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

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

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

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

            ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! September 30, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we bring the month of September and our Diocesan theme of love to a close, I cannot help but be sentimental and thank this amazing community for the outpouring of love shown over this past difficult week. Our children have shown genuine love and compassion in response to the loss of our firefighters this week. They have been praying and making cards. We have focused not on the death of our two Wilmington heroes (particularly in the younger grades), but rather on the adoration, appreciation, and admiration we have for our first responders here in Wilmington and throughout the world. Our Wilmington Fire Departments are our close friends and what we refer to in the younger grades as our “community helpers.” Several of our parents are Wilmington Firefighters. We stand in sympathy with the entire community of firefighters, their families, and friends. We are working on cards of hope, love, gratitude, and support to deliver to the local fire departments in our community. As adults we are cognizant of the fact that those heroes were laid to rest in peace this week after a life of service to others. We are sad, and we mourn together. However, with our students we are positive, grateful, and prayerful. We celebrate their life and dedication and our friendship with them.

The love and solidarity from our 8th Grade this week has also impressed me. Our children rallied around their friend and classmate, Nick Mercantini. They immediately started praying, visiting, and planning. They approached me with many ideas for Nick during his hospital stay, rehabilitation, and hopeful eventual return to St. Anthony’s, God-willing. We are eternal optimists here! We believe in miracles! We never lose hope in the possibilities of what is to come for Nick. The children in Nick’s class designed a shirt that I am working on getting prices for. I cried with tears of pride when I saw the images and words they chose. I will not spoil it. I hope to have prices and order forms available within the next week.

We are blessed to be in a school that does more than just teach your children. We love your children, and your children are in an environment where they are surrounded by that love and love others in return. I see it every day! I am really looking forward to our Diocesan theme for October. The theme will be JOY! We need joy after this week. John 15:11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” My prayer is that our community will continue to love and now be joyful together over the next months of this school year. Look for more information on our “joy” as the month begins.

Rosary to School – Please send in a Rosary with your child. We will be praying the Rosary in class during the month of October.

 

School News

New School Website – Please check out the school’s new website at https://sapgs.org ! We would like to thank our Technology Committee for all the work that they have done to produce this attractive and informative website. We are very proud of the website, so please encourage your family and friends to check it out! Feel free to send any comments about the site to Mr. Shields or Mrs. White.

Annual Blessing of the Animals: Join us once again in Father Tucker field (school field) at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 4th. Please bring all of your beloved family pets for a special blessing and to celebrate our beloved St. Francis of Assisi. The event will begin promptly at 2:00 P.M., so please be in the field prior to that.  Students will meet parents (and pets) there.

  • Please remember our retired sisters, Sr. Jamesanne Taggart and Sr. George Mary Rhodes, as they celebrate their feast day on October 4th.  They are living examples of the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, and we were blessed to have them serve our parish throughout the years.

Confirmation Meeting – Monday, October 3 rd– This is a mandatory meeting for all 8th Grade students who plan to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents and Sponsors are expected to attend.

Monthly Parish Social – Please join us on Sunday, October 2nd for good food and fellowship, following the 9 A.M. and 11 A.M. Masses.

Our Lady of Peace Pilgrimage – Please pray for our 8th graders and our Antonians (children’s choir) as they travel to Holy Spirit on Friday, October 7th. Students from all of the Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Schools are invited to join Bishop Malooly and school administrators to pray the Rosary. This is a beautiful tradition, and the students are always so respectful and reverent.

Thank you for Panera Night – Thank you to all of our friends and families who came out last night for a rainy gathering at Panera on Kirkwood Highway. We appreciate your support!

Casino Night – Thank you in advance to our Home and School Board for their countless hours of preparation for our largest fundraising event of the year. Casino Night will benefit our technology department, and we are very grateful to the board for soliciting donations, cooking and preparing food, gathering auction items, and transforming our school gym into a fun casino space. I look forward to seeing many of you there tomorrow night.

Fall Uniforms begin October 1st- Please remember that fall uniforms begin on Monday. Shorts are no longer part of the dress code for the school or gym uniform. For Middle School gentlemen, white dress shirts and solid navy blue ties are the uniform from now until May.

Thursday, October 6th Dress Down Day for Nicholas Mercantini – Our 8th Grade has asked to do a dress down day as a fundraiser for Nick. Nick suffered a debilitating spinal injury last week, and the students did their research. The color for spinal code injury is green, so the children will have the opportunity to dress down next Thursday and give a $1 donation or more to benefit Nick’s family. Please have your child wear green on that day. I would like to get some photos to send to Nick and his family. Presently, Nick is in a medically induced coma, so I am sure his mother and grandmother would love to see us thinking of him here at school.

Class Notes

  • Preschool 3 has been working on letters. They are on letter “C” and have been using the iPads! The students love the iPads and have even talked about what it means to be responsible when using them.

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  • Preschool 4 is working on the letter E and has learned three sight words.
  • 1st Grade has been learning about the five senses in Science. This week the children learned about the sense of touch.  They wore blindfolds as they tried to identify various objects by only using their sense of touch.
  • 2nd grade is working on adding 3 digits in Math, learning the continents and ocean in Social Studies, and discussing the Solar System in Science.
  • 3rd grade has been working on investigating volume and water in Science. The children have learned that larger objects have more volume and smaller objects have less volume. They also learned that the volume of an object is equal to the amount of water the object displaces.
  • 4th grade has learned that convex lenses magnify images, while concave lenses reduce the size of images in Science class. They have also been talking about how love, our Fruit of the Spirit for this month is an action, not just a feeling
  • 5th grade has been working on their grammar skills by correcting and editing sentences every day.  They have already corrected 50 sentences this year!
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Science and Reading classes are beginning to use Schoology.  Students have been watching videos, taking quizzes, using discussion boards, and connecting with Quizlet.
  • 7th Grade has been studying the upcoming Presidential Election on Fridays during their Social Studies.  Key issues that have been discussed and debated include the economy, immigration, the environment, Isis, America’s role in the world, and guns.  Our students enjoy current events and understand that it’s important for a voter to know a candidate’s position on key issues.
  • 8th Grade has begun classroom preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. They are opening their hearts to receive the Holy Spirit in December.  They are also starting to prepare for the high school placement test.Parish NewsParish Monthly Social – Our first parish social for the fall will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, in the Ballad Room following the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses.  Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We will be featuring the annual recognition slideshow of Italian Festival volunteers at these socials.  Be sure to take a few minutes to relive all of your fun memories from the 2016 Festival!  Copies of this DVD will be available for sale for $20, with $10 of the sale benefitting our Grade School.  Prints of photos on the DVD will also be available (4×6” or 5×7”) for $10, with $5 of the sale benefitting the Grade School.  For more info, please contact Anne D’Ascoli ((302)547-8107 or adascoli@stanthonynet.org).  Hope you can make it!Columbus Day Communion Breakfast – Tickets are still available for the annual Columbus Day Communion Mass & Breakfast to be held on Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day).  The event celebrates outstanding contributions by Italian-Americans to our local community and benefits St. Anthony of Padua Grade School and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales retirement fund.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Malooly at St. Anthony’s at 7:30 A.M., followed immediately by a delicious catered full breakfast at Padua Academy Cafetorium (enter via 10th St.).  This year, the Committee is pleased to honor Fr. Richard DeLillio, OSFS.  Fr. DeLillio, who is celebrating 50 years as an Oblate, has held many leadership roles in the Order, including service as President of Nativity Preparatory School during its fledgling years.  Breakfast tickets are $35 each, and full tables may be purchased.  To purchase a ticket or table please contact Mike Malchione at (302) 652-4194 x122 or via e-mail at: mmalchione@dossnet.com.Important Dates
    • Monday, October  3rd– Fall Uniform begins
      • Student Council Meeting – Preschool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
      • Confirmation Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
    • Tuesday, October 4th – Kindergarten Field Trip – Highland Orchards – 8:30 – 12:00 P.M.
      • Blessing of the Animals – Father Tucker Field – 2:00 P.M.
    • Thursday, October 6th – Dress Down Day for Nick Mercantini
    • Friday, October 7th – Our Lady of Peace Pilgrimage – Antonians and 8th Grade – 10:00 A.M.
    • Trimester 1 Midterm
    • Monday, October 10th– No School – Columbus Day
      • Columbus Day Communion Breakfast – Church/Padua Academy – 7:30 A.M.
    • Wednesday, October 12th– Student of the Month Dress Down Day
      • Parent-Teacher Conferences – 3:15 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
        • Thursday, October 13thNOON DISMISSAL
          • Grandparents Day – 8:15 – 9:00 A.M. in the Ballad Room;

        9:00 – 10:45 A.M. in classrooms

        • Grandparents Day Prayer Service – Gym – 11:00 A.M.
        • Parent-Teacher Conferences – 1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
        • Monday, October 17th – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Coleman Farm
          • Student Council Meeting – Preschool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
          • First Penance Meeting (Parents Only) – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
        • Thursday, October 20th3rd Grade Field Trip – Delaware State Fire School – 8:45 – 11:45 A.M.
        • Sunday, October 23rd – Open House – Padua Academy and St. Elizabeth High School
  • Please visit the website for details about upcoming events. The new website is https://sapgs.orgBlessings,Mrs. White and Mr. Shields“A Christian brings peace to others. Not only peace, but also love, kindness, faithfulness and joy.”            ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! September 16, 2016

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Day of Prayer for Peace with the Bishop:

Last Friday, we prayed together as an entire faculty, staff, and student body. Bishop Malooly had asked schools to join him in a beautiful prayer for peace in our communities. It talked about unity, mercy, and kindness. There is a part of this prayer that seemed very relevant, so I thought I would share it.

Surrounded by violence and cries for justice, we hear your voice telling us what is required…

“Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with our God” (Mi 6:8)

Fill us with your mercy so that we, in turn, may be merciful to others. Strip away pride, suspicion, and racism so that we may seek peace and justice in our communities.

At Mass last Friday, Father Nick talked to the children about the Holy Spirit being with them since their baptism. He showed them the chrism and water and talked to them about loving each other. Loving one another is one of the best things we can do to lead a happy life. Society would be a much more peaceful place if we all saw Jesus in each other, regardless of religion, race, geographical location, and/or political views. Fathertalked at this past Sunday’s Mass about forgiveness.  For those of you who were not able to attend, he gave wonderful examples of the Amish and of people who witnessed horrible attacks and murders of their personal family members yet found it in their hearts to forgive openly. That is true love of a neighbor, a gift given to us from the Holy Spirit. At today’s Mass, Father spoke of Jesus as the friend who welcomed everyone. He reminded the children that they should be friends with everyone and not be exclusive. He taught them that Jesus was unique in that He befriended women at a time when women were not often seen in public. Jesus was not the norm. He did what he wanted to do and was willing to take criticism for his choices to love everyone as Himself. Love continues to be our theme for the month of September. We remember this very popular quote from the Bible. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16

Thank you, Home and School Board!:

Thank you for a wonderful brunch social following the 11am Mass this week. It was a special day! We remembered those who lost their lives on September 11th and we also recognized how blessed we are in this parish. We are truly blessed with talented and compassionate teachers and an awesome Home and School Board. Father Nick was happy to be able to say a special blessing for our teachers. Next week is the traditional celebration of those who teach in Catholic schools, Catechetical Sunday. We celebrated a week early!

Faculty and Staff Retreat:

Our entire faculty and staff will travel to Neumann University’s Franciscan Spirituality Center on September 21st for a faculty retreat that will run until 4:30pm. PLEASE be prompt on this NOON DISMISSAL day. All staff members will be traveling as soon as students are dismissed, with a plan to arrive at Neumann by 12:30pm. We appreciate your cooperation, as this is a special day for us to gather in prayer outside of the work environment. We will be focusing our retreat on making the Fruits of the Holy Spirit come alive to us and your children in and out of the classroom and in our personal prayer lives.

Lunch Menu Error: I apologize for the confusion on the lunch menu. September 21stlists menu items. This is a noon dismissal day, and lunch will not be served. We have a plan to rectify this mistake. Anyone who ordered and prepaid on that day can simply order for free on October 19th. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Panera Spirit Night:

St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is holding a Spirit Night on Thursday, September 29, at Panera Bread on Kirkwood Highway. This event is from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and is good for dining in at the restaurant or for take-out.  Please turn in your flyer to the cashier and our school will receive a portion of the proceeds. This is a change from the past year. We will not be collecting receipts. Also, the “Rapid Pick Up” feature, if you order online, cannot be applied toward our Spirit Night. Come out and enjoy a delicious meal and support our school. We hope to see you there!

Picture Day is Friday, September 30th:

Fall Picture day is the day we take pictures for student IDs. Please be sure that your student is in full school uniform for their pictures. More information will follow.

Casino Night:

Join us for our second annual Casino Night on October 1st from 6:30pm until 11pm in the Ballad Room/Gym. You MUST BE 21 or OLDER TO ATTEND. Contactctruver@stanthonynet.org for more information.

Columbus Day Communion Breakfast:

Tickets are still available for the annual Columbus Day Communion Mass & Breakfast, to be held on Monday, 10/10 (Columbus Day).  The event celebrates outstanding contributions by Italian-Americans to our local community and benefits St. Anthony of Padua Grade School & the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales retirement fund.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Malooly at St. Anthony’s at 7:30am, followed immediately by a delicious catered full breakfast in Padua Academy’s Cafeteria (enter via 10th St.).  This year the Committee is pleased to honor Fr Richard DeLillio, O.S.F.S.  Fr. DeLillio, who is celebrating 50 years as an Oblate, has held many leadership roles in the Order, including service as President of Nativity Preparatory School during its fledgling years.  Breakfast tickets are $35 each, and full tables may be purchased.  To purchase a ticket or table, please contact Mike Malchione at (302) 652-4194 x122 or via e-mail at:mmalchione@dossnet.com.

Grandparents Day/Parent Teacher Conferences:

Thursday, October 13th we will celebrate our Grandparents once again for one of my favorite days of the year. Refreshments will be served at 8:30am in the Ballad Room. Visits to classrooms will begin at @9:30am. A prayer service will be held in the gymnasium at 11am, and there will be a NOON DISMISSAL for Parent/Teacher Conferences. There will be no after care provided on this day!

Congratulations to Kevin Reed!

Kevin is a big brother again. His sister Olivia was born last week and he was very proud to share.

After Care/Dismissal Reminder:

Please remember that dismissal for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade is at3pm. Please be prompt! We have many teacher meetings scheduled at 3:15pm, so any student remaining at 3:15pm will be sent to after care for a charge of $10/child or $15/family. After Care service is available from 3:15pm until 6pm. There is no difference in price if your child is there for 10 minutes versus 2 hours. So, please drive safely! Traffic these days is very stressful. Do not let your drive to school be stressful. Know that we have 2-3 staff members at all times who will happily supervise your child, assist them with homework, and even give them a snack while they wait for you.

2016-17 Delaware State Transportation Reimbursement:

The Delaware Department of Education School Transportation Office has informed us that the transportation funding for non-public schools was NOT APPROVED as part of the state budget. Families in Catholic schools will not be receiving a transportation reimbursement for the 2016-17 school year. I am extremely disappointed and sorry to notify all of you of this change.

ATTN: 8th Grade Parents! High School Placement Test (HSPT) Information:

The Diocese of Wilmington will administer the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at our diocesan and parish high schools (Padua Academy, Saint Elizabeth High School, Saint Mark’s High School, Saint Thomas More Academy, Saints Peter & Paul School) the first weekend in December.  Registration for this year’s HSPT will take place online only, through Scholastic Testing Services, Inc.  Paperwork was sent home with your 8th Grade student on Wednesday.

The HSPT registration website is http://wilmington.stsusers.com.

If you do not have online internet access, please feel free to stop by the school. I am happy to assist you with this application process. I strongly encourage you to have your 8th Grade student take the HSPT.

7th Grade Parents, Save the Date!: St. Elizabeth High School is inviting students to practice taking the HSPT in a stress-free environment in the spring of their 7th grade year. This practice will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:30am – 12 noon. A parent information letter was also sent home on Wednesday listing all of the practice test dates and Open Houses. Mark your calendars!

Parish Monthly Social-October:

Our first parish social for the fall will be held on Sunday, 10/2/2016, in the Ballad Room of the Grade School, following the 9:00am & 11:00am Masses.  Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  Special Announcement: We will be featuring the annual recognition slideshow of Italian Festival volunteers at these socials.  Be sure to take a few minutes to relive all of your fun memories from the 2016 Festival!  Copies of this DVD will be available for sale for $20, with $10 of the sale benefitting our Grade School. For more info contact Anne D’Ascoli (302.547.8107or adascoli@stanthonynet.org).  I hope you can make it!

New Website:

Please visit our new website (currently under construction) at sapgs.org for several upcoming events. Also, be sure to check out the Home and School Association Calendar of Events that was sent home in paper form last week. This paper lists all events for the year, and our Home and School Board has been planning for many fun and exciting activities for our families.

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

See pictures below for 7th Grade Mother Teresa quotes!

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Tiger Talk! August 2, 2016

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Happy August! I hope this email finds you rested and relaxed. School has been busy but boring without the happy noise of your children in the hallways. Please give them a hug from me, and tell them that I am looking forward to seeing them again soon. I am very excited about the upcoming school year. The building is really starting to shine. Book and supply orders continue to arrive daily. We have done some painting, replaced lights and ceiling fans, and have even done a little construction on the ground floor. Mr. Shields and I are planning professional development opportunities for our staff, and I am planning for a meaningful faculty retreat. We are meeting with parish staff to plan as well. We are giving tours to potential families and have registered new students.
Preschool has a new SMART Board, and Mr. Limmina’s SMART Board was replaced. We have IPads for all of middle school. Our teacher computers and the computers in the lab have had many software updates thanks to Mr. McMillan. Floors are shining! Teachers have been stopping in for their new class lists and are thrilled to see who will be in their class this year. Look for your child’s teacher letter heading his/her way soon. We have 25 new students, which is wonderful. Thank you to all parents who refer students to our school family. Word-of-mouth is our best and most efficient marketing tool.
I meet with our new Home and School Board tonight, and I am anxious to schedule all of their fun events for the upcoming year. Our dedicated and very active Home and School Board gives this parish school life! Be sure to try to attend the general meetings throughout the year and help support the family-fun events. Our first meeting will take place on August 31st at 6:30pm. Parents of children in preK through Fifth grade should report to the child’s homeroom class at 5:30pm. This will be Meet the Teacher Night! After the hour presentation, all parents will meet in the Ballad Room at 6:30pm for the general meeting. At the conclusion of the general meeting, parents of the younger students will be dismissed. Middle School parents will stay for the brief Middle School Presentation. This night is important, so please mark your calendars. Important information will be distributed that evening.
I recently received letters from St. Elizabeth High School and Padua Academy recognizing our graduates for the honors earned at their current high schools. Congratulations to the following students for achieving honors for the fourth quarter!
St. Elizabeth High School First Honors: Senior Marc Brown; Junior Daniel Vernon; Sophomores Andres Fabris and Taylor Oden-Randolph; and Freshman Danny Borowski
St. Elizabeth High School Second Honors: Junior Andrew Mazalewski; Sophomores Justin Brooks and James Mazalewski; and Freshman William Lorenzo
Padua Academy First Honors: Senior Isabella Hrivnak; Sophomores Ellen Banker and Stefania Lombardo; and Freshman Andrea Reynolds
Padua Academy Second Honors: Seniors Margaret Achenbach, Molly Bobjak, Lauren Kennedy, and Julia Hines; Juniors Margaret Banker, Laura Land, Grace McCarthy, and Madeline Perez; Freshman Samantha DiVirgilio
There are a few room changes in the process. The previous Title One Room (Festival Money Room) will now be the classroom for the Special Education Teacher, Ms. Elise Schiccatano. She will work closely with our school counselor, located directly across the hall. Title One will now be held upstairs in Ms. Casale’s former Reading Room. A new entrance was made into the Technology Office (Mr. McMillan’s office). This will provide privacy for those using the adjacent women’s restroom.
Please refer to the school website for the school calendar. Weather permitting, we will continue to have our traditional Flag Ceremony at 9am on the first day of school, August 29th. All are welcome to join us in the Kindergarten Courtyard.
This summer is flying by! We hope to see you all soon. Mr. Shields and I are here every day if you have any questions or need anything at all. Enjoy every minute of this time with your wonderful children. You blink, and they are grown.
Blessings,
Mrs. White and Mr. Shields
“The opportunity to do great things does not come along very often, but at every moment we can do little acts with great love.”
~ St. Francis de Sales

Tiger Talk! June 30, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Summer and Happy Fourth of July! Thank you to all parents and grandparents who served and are currently serving in our military. We appreciate the religious freedoms afforded to us because of your courage and service to our country.  God Bless you and your families, and thank you for your sacrifices.

School Activity:

We are very busy at school these days. Textbooks and new supplies are arriving daily. We are giving frequent tours to new potential families. Miguel is painting the stairwells and making our floors shine once again. We had a surprise visit this week from the fire department.  Rest assured that our smoke alarms are extremely sensitive! They pick up excessive heat and can sense chemicals present from cleaning products. It was a nice unplanned system test that got us moving early in the morning! And when I suggested a practice test of our panic buttons, Mr. Shields admitted to me that he “accidentally” tested that while I was not there one day. The police also rapidly responded. So, feel confident knowing that your children are safe in our building. As an additional safety precaution, we purchased walkie talkies to communicate with all staff members, wherever they may be. Should they choose to take the class for a walk or out to the field, they can be in constant communication with the main office and all staff. This is useful for after care as well and was a solution to the problem of a weak signal in the cafeteria and gymnasium. Mr. Kelleher has contacted the city to request our crosswalks be repainted as well. Mr. McMillan has added an additional security monitor to my office so that I will have eyes on the building at all times, not just when I choose to do so. Safety and security remains a top priority for me!

Operating Procedures:

When the new school year starts, the main entrance will be tightened up a bit. It is my decision that no parents will be permitted to visit classrooms in the morning. I cannot allow teacher interruptions once the academic day has begun. All visitors must report to the main office and leave messages for teachers. Please respect the fact that teaching time starts at 7:30 a.m.Teachers are responsible for supervising students and preparing them for their day. This cannot be done efficiently with parents dropping in unannounced. Teachers will be available by appointment only. This has always been the case, but it was not enforced this past year in my absence. Also, please try to arrive promptly to school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. Every late arrival to school is a disruption to teaching time. Teachers must stop teaching to give the late student directions. Please help us operate professionally and manage our time wisely.

Building Maintenance:

We will be doing minor construction in the technology room. We will be busting through the wall, directly into Mr. McMillan’s office.  This will provide privacy for the adjacent women’s restroom. We thank Mr. Dave Rizzo in advance for offering to do this work for us. I learned this week that Mr. Rizzo’s grandfather was the actual mason who placed our “established” cornerstone at the front entrance of the school. Traditions are alive and well here at St. Anthony’s. We continue to “value our past and embrace our future” as our school logo proudly states.

Happy News!

We have some very fun announcements to make. We would like to congratulate our school counselor on her marriage this past weekend. Ms. Laura Heisler will return to school as Mrs. Angelo. Blessings to Laura and her husband Chris for many happy years together. Ms. Lauren Dougherty, our Prek 3  teacher, was married his past year as well. She will also start the new school year off with a new name, Mrs. Lauren Kunkle. Lauren and her husband postponed their honeymoon so as not to interfere with the school year. What a wonderful employee! In addition, Chris Tassone’s daughter, Lisa, a former St. Anthony’s student, became engaged this past week. Congratulations to Lisa and her fiancée Eric!

I am proud to announce that we have two new hires as well! After a very long interview process, interviewing more than 10 potential candidates for the position, I have finally hired a full time Special Education teacher. Elise Schiccatano is a graduate of Padua Academy and West Chester University. At West Chester University, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (Prek-4) and Special Education (Prek-8). Her most recent experience has been in grades 1 through 5. Elise volunteers every other Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Pasta Dinner. She believes that “Educating a child should be done in a collaborative way between parents and educators. It should be a team effort with both offering full support for the benefit of the child.” She stated that she has “always wanted to pursue a career where I could help shape children’s lives and make learning fun.” In her application she wrote, “From Kindergarten through high school I attended Catholic School and had extremely positive experiences for which I am thankful. I value the sense of community and nurturing environment that only a Catholic school can offer!”

Elise is energetic and enthusiastic and was described by former principals and co-workers as “wonderful, vivacious, intelligent, loving, caring, diligent, hard working, and awesome.” I liked her immediately, and I know she will be a great addition to our staff. Her roots are in Catholic school, and she brings a wealth of knowledge to us regarding varied assessments and accommodation plans for struggling students and those with different learning abilities. She will be working closely with teachers and Mrs. Angelo to be sure all students’ needs are met at their level. The goal is to have all students mainstreamed in the regular classroom setting, adding support when needed.  We will be moving away from the traditional resource room parallel education we offered previously with Ms. Casale. Students may still work in small groups, but the ultimate goal is to keep them in their classrooms by providing direct support.

I did not have to look far to hire a new preschool assistant. Currently, our numbers do not warrant the need for a third assistant. However, we hope to expand the preschool this year and not turn anyone away from the 4 year old class. In the past, we have capped the number of students in the classroom. This new position will help us grow. Both  preschool teachers told me that they would be really happy if I hired Cathy Truver. I trust their judgment. Cathy is a member of our Home and School Board. She is responsible for events like Santa Secret Shop and Casino Night. She and her husband Gary volunteer to help at most school events.  Gary is one of our coaches. Cathy has served as a substitute teacher assistant in the past, and she has an excellent relationship with my staff and students. Cathy was thrilled to accept the position. She is the parent of Haley Truver, Class of 2016, Mac Truver (6th grade), and Brenan Truver (1st grade). We welcome Cathy to our team!

Our little family continues to grow! Thank you for all that you have done to help. Thanks most of all for your most recent work at the Italian Festival. I was in the money room every night, so I didn’t see many of you. However, I counted the rewards from your hard work, one dollar at a time. We had a terrific successful festival week, surpassing last year! This would never be possible without our grade school parents and grandparents. Thank you again! I hope you enjoyed your time working at the festival and will join us again next year. We will soon announce the date for our festival workers party in August. Be sure to join us!

After much consideration of parent schedules and consultation with several parents, we have decided to combine Meet the Teacher Night and the first general Home and School Meeting. Both will be held on August 31st, from5:30-8:30. More information will follow. There will be a general meeting for all parents in the Ballad Room at 6:30. Please make every effort to attend. Meetings will be held in the primary grades from 5:30-6:30. Middle School parents will meet at @7:30 in the Ballad Room. These meetings will be specific to your child’s homeroom and grade.

Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 421-3743 or via email at jwhite@stanthonynet.org and bshields@stanthonynet.org

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Tiger Talk! April 8, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you had a wonderful and restful Easter break. In my opinion, this is the best time of year in the church as we celebrate the Risen Jesus and His promise of new life in the spring. Our parable for the month of April is the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). This story reminds us to be mindful of ourselves and others. It focuses on the relationship between a wealthy man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. We may at times consider ourselves rich in many ways, filled with blessings of finances, good health, great friends, etc. At those times, we are urged to consider sharing our blessings with others. Our relationship with people can be a blessing in so many ways. We can bring joy to the lives of others, sometimes with a simple gesture.  We also identify at times with the life of Lazarus. We feel like we are lacking financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically, or psychologically. We are lonely, anxious, or sad, and we reach out to others to help fill the void we may feel at the time. We feel empty and poor in spirit. I believe that almost everything in life is about relationship and being, as Pope Francis says, “heartfully present” for others. The poorest and saddest of people can be the most openly joyful at times. That may be because of their relationship (faith and hope) with Jesus. There are people who have very little money, but consider themselves rich with love, family, and friends. This spring, we will talk to our students about being more mindful of their relationships and needs and those of others. We will remind them that in times when it seems hopeless or they feel helpless, God is always there. We are rich in our faith, and we can rely on that unconditional loving relationship to see us through any challenge. And we will remind our students that we can always rely on each other.  This is a parish family that is rich in faith, love, hope, generosity, stewardship, and much more. I have seen it and felt it my entire life. So, in this time of parish strategic planning and growth, I ask you to be mindful of your gifts and blessings. Consider sharing your time, treasure, and talent with our parish. We are always looking for new stewards. As we prepare for the Italian Festival, I encourage you to spend time with us.  The folks that work tirelessly over those long 8 days are the perfect example of the greatness and bounty that comes from stewardship and relationship.

Speaking of stewards, please join me in honoring this year’s Community Builders! God bless Kathleen Williams for her humble service in the cafeteria, for after-care, in the main office, and wherever she has been asked to serve.  She has always done so gracefully. God bless our favorite custodian, Miguel Pezellin. Miguel truly keeps our building shining! We have one of the cleanest school buildings, if not the cleanest, in the Diocese. We don’t have an expensive cleaning crew. We have Miguel and his wonderful family serving us daily. And finally, God bless our amazing maintenance man, Carlos Pezellin. Carlos works tirelessly and knows every inch of our building and how everything operates. If we call him 50 times a day, he will respond quickly and always with a smile. We are truly blessed to have these people working behind the scenes. We will recognize them next week at our Annual Community Builders Award Ceremony. Please be sure to thank them for their service over many years here at St. Anthony’s.

I would be remiss if I did not once again thank our incredible Home and School Board for the most recent Designer Bag Bingo event. They filled our school gym with almost 300 people, served food, drinks, and snacks, and cleared the gym of tables and chairs in record time. I’m impressed by and extremely grateful for the entertainment and bonding opportunities they provide our children and families throughout the school year. This group of dedicated parents gives our school the “family feel” people often claim they experience when they enter the parish or join our school. Please check the school website for their upcoming events.

Although the weather has not been ideal, Spring is upon us.  The energy level in school is contagious. It has made my formal teacher observations very exciting. Those teachers being observed may not agree with me, but it is so refreshing to see that after 7 full months of school, our children have not lost any enthusiasm for learning. Each classroom has a fabulous natural buzz. The students are actively engaged, and the teachers seem to be energized following the break. I am excited to hopefully be back here full time. I really miss the controlled chaos that we often operate within. We are now finishing up our preparations for our Middle States reaccreditation process. The visiting team will arrive on Sunday, April 24th, and will be with us full time until Wednesday afternoon, April 27th. They will be observing and evaluating every aspect of our school. We are very confident in our preparation and all that we have to offer in our parish. There is only one area of concern that we have, and it is not a new one. It is something that falls on the responsibility of all parents and grandparents who transport children to and from school. We need everyone’s cooperation in this matter. We are going to ask that you please respect our drop off and pick up safety procedures by not double parking across the street or parking on sidewalks. We ask that you only pull up to the front of the school if you plan on doing a quick drop off.   Please use extreme caution after pulling forward and leaving the front of the building. Please use the crossing guard and cross at the corners as well. We sincerely appreciate your help with this one area.

 

School News

 

Congratulations to our March Fransiscan Spirituality Award winners.  March’s virtue was service.  Congratulations to Sylvie Keen (PreK 3), Mary Middleton (PreK 4), Annie Demosthene (K), Abigail Beals (1st), Patrick McLaughlin (2nd), Sirriya Cruz (3rd), Addison Pfeil (4th), Makenna Sarver (5th), Allen Martin Del Campo (6th), Luke Swift (7th), and Whitney Sims (8th)!

 

Mercy in Motion Pilgrimage – On Saturday, March 19th, seven middle school students and Mr. Limmina participated in the Diocese of Wilmington annual pilgrimage.  They joined over 800 other youth to walk the city streets of Wilmington with Bishop Malooly, carrying the Pilgrimage Cross from parish to parish.  The day ended with the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass at St. Elizabeth’s.  Congratulations to students Leah Rizzo, Hannah Fagioli, Danny Piergalline, Thomas Vadden, Henry Kelleher, Ana Mazalewski, and Jordan Foy  for taking an active role in expressing their faith!  Two of our youngest students, Veruca Schweiger and Eliana Tsatsaronis, were also there with their families.

Tigers Alums go to Italy – Over the spring break, St. Anthony’s alumnae went to Italy with Padua Academy.  The girls had a wonderful time learning and seeing all the history that Italy had to offer them.

Dine out at Panera Bread Night for St. Anthony’s – St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is holding a Spirit Night on Thursday, April 21st, at Panera Bread on Kirkwood Highway. This event runs from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and is good for dining-in at the restaurant or for take-out. Teachers from the school will be there to greet you. Please turn in your receipt to them and our school will receive a portion of the proceeds. Come out and enjoy a delicious meal and support our school. We hope to see you there!

 

Dine at Red Robin and support St. Anthony’s – Red Robin has a program called “Burgers for Better Schools”.  Every time you eat at Red Robin, our school can earn money. You can sign up at the restaurant or online atwww.redrobin.com/betterschools

for their royalty card. You will also earn rewards and coupons for your family. **FromApril 11 to April 24, Red Robin will donate 5% of your check to St. Anthony’s every time you visit and use your Red Robin Royalty account!** A flyer was sent home on Wednesday, and a link will be on our website. If you eat at Red Robin, please consider signing up. Thank you for your support!

 

Evening of Sacred Music – On Thursday, April 14th, the Antonians will be participating in the Diocesan Evening of Sacred Music.  This event will be held at St. Elizabeth’s Church beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Elementary school choirs from around the Diocese will be performing sacred hymns and songs.  Please join us for this lovely event.

 

Yearbooks – 2015-2016 Yearbooks are available for $30.  Order online at http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01128770 or click the “Yearbook” link on the St. Anthony’s website.

 

Home and School/YAC News

 

Home and School Board Nominations – Our last Home and School meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th.  At this annual meeting, our elections take place for the open positions on the 2016-2017 Home and School Board.  If you or someone you know would be an asset to our Home and School Board, if you are creative, hardworking, or just want to get involved, please don’t hesitate to submit nominations for these important positions.  The Nomination form went home on Wednesday, April 6th with all students.  Please complete and return to the school office by Friday, April 15th.  The positions available are President, Treasurer, and many Board Member positions.  Don’t hesitate, our school family needs you.  We welcome you to please get involved!  Any questions, please contact JoAnn DiOssi at (302) 383-4932.

 

SAVE THE DATE…SATURDAY, APRIL 30th– SPRING FLING -Fun for the whole family will be taking place at this year’s Carnival themed Spring Fling from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. in the school gym and outdoor courtyard (weather permitting).  We will be having Bounce Inflatables for all ages,  Games,  Foul Shot contest, Slap Shot contest,  Minute to Win It Games Challenges, Dance Music, and plenty of food.  Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family of four or more.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  A flyer will be coming home soon.   Please plan on joining us for an evening of family fun!

 

Parish News

 

Parish Pastoral Council NominationsYour Parish Pastoral Council needs your expertise and experience.  The Council serves as an important consultative body that represents the views of parishioners to the pastor and parish staff on a variety of parish issues.  Registered parishioners, age 18 and over, are eligible to run for a term of either two (2) or three (3) years.  The Council meets once per month (September-May, excluding December) and members are also asked to serve on a standing committee and assist with parish projects as needed.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or another parishioner for the Council, please complete a nomination form that will be available in the pews the weekends of April 23rd -24th and April 30th -May 1st.  You may also submit your name as a nominee, or the name of a parishioner whom you wish to nominate, to Anthony Albence at (302) 983-3200 or via e-mail at: cua20064@aol.com.

 

Festival Wednesday Setup Nights begins April 13th – It’s that time of year again!  Your help is needed on Wednesdayevenings to prepare for the 2016 Italian Festival.  No particular skills are needed-just a willingness to lend a hand.  All are welcome! Check in near the garage (across from the Ballad Room entrance on 10th Street near Scott) or in the Ballad Room to sign in at 6:00 P.M.  Refreshments are served in the Ballad Room at 8:30 P.M.  Come out and join your friends and fellow parishioners and have fun while supporting our primary fundraiser for St. Anthony’s Grade School.

 

Italian Festival Gift Cards – A great gift for everyone that also helps to support our Grade School!  Italian Festival Gift Cards will be available along with the usual selection of cards offered by the Home and School Association on Fridaymornings in the Grade School.  Cards are available in $25 and $50 values and may be purchased with cash, check, or credit cards.  The gift cards may be used at various venues at the Festival that accept credit cards, including admission, Midways ticket booths, cafes, and vendors using our Point of Sale (POS) system.  You may also arrange to purchase a card by contacting Anthony Albence via email (cua20064@aol.com) or via phone (302-983-3200).  Thanks for your continued support of the Italian Festival and our Grade School.

 

Business Office News

 

Transportation Refund – We have received notification from the State of Delaware that our transportation refund this year will be $77.81 for each family who completed the Transportation Form at the start of this school year. To process the reimbursement in a more efficient manner again this year, we will apply the funds to the final tuition payment for the 2015-2016 school year rather than processing individual checks.  If you are a family on Tuition Plan A or B, a check will be issued to you over the summer.  Plan A and B families, if you would like to have your reimbursement credited to your 2016-2017 school tuition, please contact Lisa Serio at 421-3707 or lserio@stanthonynet.org.

 

Upcoming Important Dates

  • April 9th – 7th Grade Placement Test – St. Elizabeth’s – 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • April 11th –April 15th  – Italian Week – Various Activities through the week
  • April 11th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 12th – 1st Grade Field Trip – Hagley Museum
  • April 13th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
  • April 14th – Evening of Sacred Music – St. Elizabeth’s Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Community Builders – Gym – 10:00 A.M.
  • April 18th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 20thNoon Dismissal – Professional Development
    • Padua and Salesianum Visit – 6th and 7th Grade Classrooms – 10:00 A.M.
  • April 21st – Panera Bread Spirit Night
  • April 24th – April 27th – Middle States Visit
  • April 27th Noon Dismissal – Middle States
  • April 28th – 3rd Grade Presentation – Teach Children to Save Day
    •  Rush Uniform and A Stitch in Time – Uniform measurements – 8:00 A.M.
  • April 30th – Home and School Spring Fling – Ballad Room – 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • May 1st – Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 2ndStudent Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 3rd Home and School Board Meeting and Candidate Social – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M
  • May 4th – St. Elizabeth Visit to 6th and 7th Grades – Ballad Room – 1:30 P.M.
  • May 5th Pre-School Mothers’ Day Breakfast – Gym – 7:30 – 8:45 A.M.
  • May 6th First Eucharist Practice Day – 7:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (Prep students)
    • Olevano exchange students arrive
  • May 7th First Communion – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • May 9th Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 10th May Procession Practice – 1:30 P.M.
  • May 11th May Procession – 2:00 P.M.
    • May Procession Practice – 9:00 A.M.
  • May 13th 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 9:00 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • May 15th Pentecost Sunday Social – Ballad Room – after 11:00 A.M. Mass
    • Olevano exchange students depart
  • May 16th May 20th  – Excellence Fair – School Gym
  • May 16th – Student Council Meeting –Pre-School Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • May 17th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
    • Home and School Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 18th8th Grade NYC Trip – 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • May 19th 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo
    • Spirit Night – Café Riviera at Concord Mall – All Day
    • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Book Fair – Concord Mall
  • May 23rdStudent Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 24th Field Day
  • May 27th Noon Dismissal – Planning Day
  • May 30th School Closed – Memorial Day
  • May 31st Spring Band Concert – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • June 1st Preschool and Kindergarten Last Day
  • June 6th Graduation Mass and Breakfast – Church/Ballad Room – 8:00 A.M.
    • Graduation practice to follow in Church till 12:00 P.M.
  • June 7th Noon Dismissal
    • 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
  • June 8th – Last Day of School – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
    • Closing Mass – Church – 9:30 A.M.

 

Many Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

 

“To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.”  ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! March 18, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week, despite all of the excitement and positive energy in our school, we were reminded once again how fragile life is. Salesianum senior, Tyler Brown, tragically lost his life in a car accident over the past weekend. This young man was full of life; a friendly, funny, and talented artist and athlete. His loss, and the serious injuries of another Sallies Senior and a Padua Senior, rocked both communities. I share this news not to cause unnecessary sadness, but rather to showcase the truly incredible response by one of our Oblates, Father Christian Beretta, and the true brotherhood and sisterhood bonds demonstrated at both Salesianum and Padua Academy. Father Beretta notified all parents and students about this loss via email and social media. He immediately opened his school doors and turned the building into a place of worship and a place for his staff, students, their families, and friends to grieve together all weekend. He held prayer services for students and their families, and changed the now seemingly insignificant exam schedule and marking period deadlines. He provided an opportunity for students to gather, pray, and support each other all weekend and into this new school week. Padua Academy principal, Cindy Mann, opened the school chapel for her girls on Sunday. It is in times like this when I realize the true value of a Catholic School community. As a fellow principal, I can’t even begin to imagine returning to our school today, having my students enter classrooms with an empty chair where their friend once sat, and not be able to pray or talk about God and our faith. We love our students, and when one hurts or suffers, we all do. As a Padua alum and parent of a young Salesian gentleman, I ask that you join me in prayer for our Padua “sisters” and Salesianum “brothers.” Pray they feel the love and support so greatly needed at this time. We pray for Tyler; may he rest in peace! We pray that both Kelly and John heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Father Beretta reminded parents of a beautiful quote from scripture.

I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. – John 11:25

 

School News

 

Thank you to Mrs. Tannenbaum for making Pi Day, March 14th, a fun day for her class.

Thank you to our fabulous teachers for sharing our Lenten theme of “Love and Forgiveness.” The halls are beautifully decorated with artwork from our students representing this Lenten theme, the Parables, and the Stations of the Cross.

 

Dine at Red Robin and Help St. Anthony’s – Red Robin has a program called “Burgers for Better Schools”. Every time you eat at Red Robin and provide your card, our school can earn money. You can sign up at the restaurant or online at www.redrobin.com/betterschools for their royalty card. You will also earn rewards and coupons for your family. If you eat at Red Robin, please consider signing up. Thank you for your support!

Franklin Institute Field Trip – This week, 5th grade went to the Franklin Institute.  While there, they were able to crawl around a “brain” and experience how neurons work, learned how optical illusions work, tested their speed against world record holding athletes, walked through the famous giant heart,  and some even had an ultrasound done on their arms to see how their muscles and tendons work.  Both the students and parents had a great time!

Evening of Sacred Music – On Thursday, April 14th, the Antonians will be participating in the Diocesan Evening of Sacred Music.  This event will be held at St. Elizabeth’s Church beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Elementary school choirs from around the Diocese will be performing sacred hymns and songs.  Please join us for this lovely event.

 

Home and School/YAC News

Designer Bag Bingo – Sunday, April 3rd at 2:30 P.M. (doors open at 1:30 P.M.) in the St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Gym, the Home and School Association will be hosting Designer Bag Bingo.  Tickets are $25 for a packet of 20 cards for 20 Bingo Games.  Price also includes one raffle ticket for the chance to win a Coach quilted chain tote and wristlet.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School.  All ticket sales are final, and there will be no refunds.  For additional information or to reserve tickets, please contact Christina Ceresini at (302) 893-3428 or chrissyceresini2@comcast.net .  You can also purchase directly online at http://mkt.com/st-anthony-of-padua-church-grade-school-home-and-school-board/home-school-designer-bag-bingo-ticket.  Please note, no one under 18 will be permitted.  Please join us for an afternoon of Bingo fun and the chance to win some fabulous designer handbags, wristlets, wallets, and totes!

 

Parish News

Monthly Parish Social – All parishioners and friends are invited to the parish monthly socials to be held on Sunday, April 3rd, immediately after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses.  The social will be held in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Enjoy some great refreshments and spend time with other members of our parish community.  Hope to see you there!

 

Festival Wednesday Setup Nights begins April 13th – It’s that time of year again!  Your help is needed on Wednesday evenings to prepare for the 2016 Italian Festival.  No particular skills are needed-just a willingness to lend a hand.  All are welcome! Check in near the garage (across from the Ballad Room entrance on 10th Street near Scott) or in the Ballad Room to sign in at 6:00 P.M.  Refreshments are served in the Ballad Room at 8:30 P.M.  Come out and join your friends and fellow parishioners and have fun while supporting our primary fundraiser for St. Anthony’s Grade School.


A Great Easter Gift Idea: Italian Festival Gift Cards – A great gift for everyone that also helps to support our Grade School!  Italian Festival Gift Cards will be available along with the usual selection of cards offered by the Home and School Association on Friday mornings in the Grade School.  Cards are available in $25 and $50 values and may be purchased with cash, check, or credit cards.  The gift cards may be used at various venues at the Festival that accept credit cards, including admission, Midways ticket booths, cafes, and vendors using our Point of Sale (POS) system.  You may also arrange to purchase a card by contacting Anthony Albence via email (cua20064@aol.com) or via phone (302-983-3200).  Thanks for your continued support of the Italian Festival and our Grade School.

 

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 2015 year or any other specified timeframe. Each payment summary contains the date range, family name, subaccounts, and the school’s Federal Tax ID number.

Transportation Refund – We have received notification from the State of Delaware that our transportation refund this year will be $77.81 for each family who completed the Transportation Form at the start of this school year. To process the reimbursement in a more efficient manner again this year, we will apply the funds to the final tuition payment for the 2015-2016 school year rather than processing individual checks.  If you are a family on Tuition Plan A or B, a check will be issued to you over the summer.  Plan A and B families, if you would like to have your reimbursement credited to your 2016-2017 school tuition, please contact Lisa Serio at 421-3707 or lserio@stanthonynet.org.

 

Upcoming Important Dates

  • March 19th – CYM Pilgrimage – 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
  • March 20th – Parish Easter Egg Hunt – After 11:00 A.M. Mass
      • Book Fair – Ballad Room
  • March 21st – Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • March 22nd – Trimester 2 Honors Assembly – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • March 24th – April 3rd –School Closed – Easter Vacation
  • April 3rd – Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
      • Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – Doors open at 1:30 P.M.
  • April 4th Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
      • Confirmation Registration Meeting – 6:15 P.M.
  • April 7th – Door of Hope Presentations – 7th and 8th Grade
      • 7th Grade – Library – 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.
      • 8th Grade Girls – 8th Grade classroom – 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
      • 8th Grade Boys – Library – 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
  • April 9th – 7th Grade Placement Test – St. Elizabeth’s – 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • April 11th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 12th – 1st Grade Field Trip – Hagley Museum
  • April 13th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
  • April 14th – Evening of Sacred Music – St. Elizabeth’s Church – 7:00 P.M.
      • Community Builders– Gym – 10:00 A.M.
  • April 18th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 20th – Noon Dismissal – Professional Development
      • Padua and Salesianum Visit – 6th and 7th Grade Classrooms – 10:00 A.M.
  • April 21st – Panera Bread Spirit Night
  • April 24th – April 27th – Middle States Visit
  • April 27th – Noon Dismissal – Middle States
  • April 28th – Rush Uniform and A Stitch in Time – Uniform measurements – 8:00 A.M.
  • April 30th – Home and School Spring Fling
  • May 1st – Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 2ndStudent Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 3rd Home and School Board Meeting and Candidate Social – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 5th Pre-School Mothers’ Day Breakfast – Gym – 7:30 – 8:45 A.M.
  • May 6th First Eucharist Practice Day – 7:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (Prep students)
      • Olevano exchange students arrive
  • May 7th First Communion – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • May 9th Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 10th May Procession Practice – 1:30 P.M.
  • May 11th May Procession – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 13th 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 9:00 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • May 15th Pentecost Sunday Social – Ballad Room – after 11:00 A.M. Mass
      • Olevano exchange students depart
  • May 16th May 20th  – Excellence Fair – School Gym
  • May 16th – Student Council Meeting –Pre-School Room – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
  • May 17th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
      • Home and School Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 18th8th Grade NYC Trip – 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • May 19th 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo
      • Spirit Night – Café Riviera at Concord Mall – All Day
      • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Book Fair – Concord Mall
  • May 23rdStudent Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 24th Field Day
  • May 27th Noon Dismissal – Planning Day
  • May 30th School Closed – Memorial Day
  • May 31st Spring Band Concert – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • June 1st Preschool and Kindergarten Last Day
  • June 6th Graduation Mass and Breakfast – Church/Ballad Room – 8:00 A.M.
      • Graduation practice to follow in Church till 12:00 P.M.
  • June 7th Noon Dismissal
      • 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
  • June 8th – Last Day of School – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
      • Closing Mass – Church – 9:30 A.M.

 

A few reminders:

Tobacco-Free Campus – Please remember that our entire campus (including Fournier Hall gymnasium) is a Tobacco- Free campus. Please refrain from smoking/chewing tobacco on school/parish property. If you are volunteering to work at an event or school activity and have signed the volunteer covenant, you have agreed to honor this policy.

Parking at Drop-Off and Pick-Up – As most of you know, safety is my top priority! I have been blessed this year by not having to observe too many morning drop-offs. Please remember to pull forward, drop off, and then proceed with caution into approaching traffic. The front of school is a no parking area in the morning (and technically, all day). Please remember that the other side of the street is clearly marked as a DART Bus zone. Do not park on the opposite side of the street. This makes it extremely difficult for city buses to pass and it creates a visibility/safety issue when children and parents are crossing the street. Please use the large parking lot we have available. After school, the first parents to arrive are welcome to park (and remain with their cars) on the school side of the street. If you will be leaving your car or remaining after dismissal for any reason, please be courteous and use the parking lot. At no time should anyone park on the city sidewalk. We have been working hard to maintain the sidewalks. Furio Casale has done a beautiful job fixing uneven bricks and concrete. Please do not park on them.

Please join our parish in celebration of the Paschal Triduum beginning on Holy Thursday and continuing through sundown on Easter Sunday. It is during these three days that we celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Remember that school is closed for Easter break from Holy Thursday, March 24th through Friday, April 1st. Classes resume on Monday, April 4th. Mr. Shields and I wish your families a very blessed and happy Easter.

Easter Blessings,

Mrs. White

 

 

Tiger Talk! March 4, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you well! Students have been very busy lately. I have been doing formal teacher observations and loving spending 45 minutes in each class. The children are very engaged and active participants in the learning process. The rapport between students and teachers is very nice to observe. Children are taking a more active role in the learning process than in our day. I noticed a unique model of a cross in the back of Mr. Limmina’s room. It was created using math manipulatives, and he has no idea who created it. It started as a small block and then piece after piece was added to create the cross you see. Only in a Catholic school!

The classrooms are bright, welcoming, and organized. The children are interacting with technology and teaching lessons of their own on the SMART Board. A variety of assessments are being offered, in addition to the typical book test provided at the end of the chapter. The use of iPads is increasing steadily in middle school. I have to give a special thank you to our ever-supportive Home and School Board. They have approved the purchase of additional iPads at their expense. I hope you are able to join them for their annual Technology Beef and Beer next weekend.

During the month of March our new Parable is the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21). It is a story that can easily apply to most of our lives, when simplicity is not our goal. We are a society always in search of more. We are often not satisfied with the numerous blessings we have. We yearn for more: more money, a better car, a larger house, a more prestigious job, and more recognition for our good works and deeds. Surprisingly, once we get that new car, bigger house, and better job, we almost instantly are not impressed anymore. These new things lose their appeal and are simply not enough for our satisfaction. Our students also often feel like they don’t have “enough.” I think they will be able to identify with this parable. In it, Jesus describes the Rich Fool like we could describe ourselves most days. He had a barn that was full of grain. We can imagine that as the barn was overflowing with grain, he still was not satisfied. He had fertile land and a marvelous harvest so abundant that it required several barns. However, he did not show mercy on those around him and share this wealth with his neighbors. He basically hoarded his wealth for himself to be sure he would live a long and prosperous life. He was selfish and ultimately did not live a life long enough to enjoy even half of his hoardings. We are asked to reflect on how that story could have been much different. Imagine the satisfaction he may have felt had he opened his farm and welcomed friends to enjoy his delicious harvest – a Thanksgiving of sorts. During Lent, we draw the attention of our children to the Missions and to sharing even the smallest change from their piggy-banks with others. This weekend we celebrate your children’s generosity throughout the year, as our school is recognized at St. Helena’s for your generous contributions to the Missions. I am so proud of our children! As adults, we also tend to be more generous during Lent. It is a great feeling to share our “wealth” with others, whether our abundance refers to our time, talent, or treasure.

The Easter Solemnity is rapidly approaching. This is a 50 day festival of our Christian faith that begins with the days of the Paschal Triduum. The Triduum is the absolute highlight of the Church year. I will give more details in our next communication, but please take the time to read Father Nick’s “Easter Message- 2016.” It was mailed to parishioners, and I will happily make it available to all parents. Father reminds us that “Supporting one’s parish has always been a tangible way of participating in the spiritual benefits of its mission.”

I most recently attended our Senior Boys basketball tournament. For those of you who do not know about this team, it is comprised of high school students who still wish to maintain a connection with their grade school. This particular team had several high school seniors playing.  This group of gentlemen was one of the most ornery to come through St. Anthony’s five years ago and one of my favorites because of their honesty and loyalty to each other over their nine years together. To see them play in our “Tiger” uniforms at Fournier for the last time before moving onto college was very emotional for them and me. I was thrilled to hear that most of them would be staying close to home, attending the University of Delaware and Penn State. I love that we have quite a large and mighty St. Anthony contingency at UD. We hope to keep our students involved long after they graduate through sports, the Italian Festival, altar serving, Via Crucis, school visits, and much more. I hope that you know your students are genuinely loved when they walk through our front doors and that they remain in our hearts forever.

School News

Terra Nova – Next week, March 7th – March 11th, is testing week for our school.  Please make sure your child gets to school on time because testing starts right away in the morning.  Students should bring in extra number 2 pencils, an eraser, a water bottle, and healthy snack to help them during the day.

8th Grade Pasta Dinner– On Friday, March 4th, the 8th Grade class will host a Pasta Dinner in the Ballad Room from5:00 – 8:30 P.M. to raise money for their class trip to New York City.  The cost is $10 for adults/$5 for children, and includes pasta with sauce/gravy, salad, beverages, bread, and dessert.  Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Shari Muzzi (smuzzi@stanthonynet.org) or Susan Schneese (liva71198@comcast.net). A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.  Grazie per il vostro sostegno! (Thank you for your support!)

Congratulations to Luke Burdett and Madison Rieger for being selected to represent our students on the first ever YAC Student Advisory Board! I look forward to hearing all of the details from YAC President Pam Everman. She keeps me informed on a regular basis and tells me many stories of good sportsmanship and great character exhibited by our students. I have been unable to attend most athletic events this year other than a few basketball games. I am always proud of our young men and women and how they handle themselves in confrontations.

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Finals at St. Peter’s New Castle gym on Sunday, March 13th at 1: 00 P.M. Zachary Brelick (9 year old co-winner), Christian Butler (9 year old co-winner), Collin Trzepacz (10 year old winner), Michael Brelick (11 year old winner), Luke Swift (12 year old winner), and Daniel Piergalline (13 year old winner).  Way to go, boys!

Thank you to Mrs. Orensky for conducting the competition during her physical education classes!

Congratulations to our February Franciscan Spirituality Award Winners!  The virtue for February was mercy.  Congratulations to Dominic Arters (PreK 3), Raphael Arias (PreK 4), Chase Williard (K), Patrick Martino (1st), Kiera Martino (2nd), Ayden Hoggard (3rd), Julian Arters (4th), Kyle Reynolds (5th), Leah Rizzo (6th), Paige Johnson (7th), and Luke Schneese (8th).

 

Scholastic Book Fair – The Scholastic Book Fair will  start on March 15th  in the Ballad Room and will conclude with the Parish-wide Easter Egg Hunt and Social which will be held on Palm Sunday, March 20th.  Students will come down at a scheduled time with their class for shopping. If you would like to volunteer to help at the book fair during the school day, please contact Shari Muzzi at smuzzi@stanthonynet.org.  Volunteer times are flexible.

NEEDED: Host Families for our Italian visitors in May! – Please consider hosting a teacher or a parent and child from Italy! This is a wonderful cultural opportunity for your child/children. If you host a family this May, you will be able to visit Italy next year and stay free for 7-10 days in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, Olevano, Italy. I cannot say enough about the kindness and hospitality of my Italian hosts and the many hosts of the past. They outdo us every year. You are treated like royalty there and are made to feel like a part of the family and small town of Olevano. When hosting a family here, you and your children are invited to join them for their many exciting activities, ranging from trips to New York City and Philadelphia, to local government offices and gardens. The bonds of friendship span generations. Please contact me at jwhite@stanthonynet.org if you are interested or have any questions. Grazie!

Dine at Red Robin and Help St. Anthony’s – Red Robin has a program called “Burgers for Better Schools”. Every time you eat at Red Robin and provide your card, our school can earn money. You can sign up at the restaurant or online atwww.redrobin.com/betterschools

for their royalty card. You will also earn rewards and coupons for your family. If you eat at Red Robin, please consider signing up. Thank you for your support!

 

Dine out for St. Anthony’s – We are having a school restaurant day on Wednesday, March 16th at Café Napoli and Cantina di Napoli.  Flyers will be sent home on Monday, March 14th. Café Napoli is located on Kirkwood Highway in the Kohl’s shopping center. The phone number is 302-999-7553. Cantina di Napoli is located in Trolley Square. The phone number is 302-777-3300. This event lasts all day and is good for dining in at the restaurant or for take-out. Please mention St. Anthony School with your order and our school will receive a portion of the proceeds. Come out and enjoy a delicious meal and support our school. We hope to see you there!

Evening of Sacred Music – On Thursday, April 14th, the Antonians will be participating in the Diocesan Evening of Sacred Music.  This event will be held at St. Elizabeth’s Church beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Elementary school choirs from around the Diocese will be performing sacred hymns and songs.  Please join us for this lovely event.

Home and School Association/YAC News

Home and School Soft Pretzel Day Fundraiser – On Wednesday, March 16th, Home and School is offering a mid-morning snack for all students from Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.  Order forms will be going home shortly.  The cost is $1.00 per pretzel for a fresh, warm soft pretzel to be delivered to your student on Wednesday, March 16th for them to enjoy during their snack.  All orders are due, with payment, by Friday, March 11th.  If you choose not to order a pretzel for your student, please don’t forget to pack them a snack that day.

Technology Beef ‘n’ Beer – On Saturday, March 12thfrom 7:00 P.M. to midnight (doors open at 6:30 P.M.) in the Ballad Room, St. Anthony’s Home and School Association will be holding a Beef ‘n’ Beer to benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School for continued technology needs.  This event will have a St. Patrick’s Day theme with light appetizers, a fabulous dinner, desserts, wine, beer and soda, as well as dancing to DJ Brian Lee, unique and fun raffle prizes, elimination board, and much more.  Tickets are on sale now for $30.00 per person.  All ticket sales are final, there will be no refunds.  To purchase tickets, please contact Carole Trzepacz at ctrzepacz@msn.com or purchase directly online at http://mkt.com/st-anthony-of-padua-church-grade-school-home-and-school-board/beef-beer-ticket

. Please join us for an evening of good food and good fun!

 

Designer Bag Bingo – Sunday, April 3rd at 2:30 P.M. (doors open at 1:30 P.M.) in the St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Gym, the Home and School Association will be hosting Designer Bag Bingo.  Tickets are $25 for a packet of 20 cards for 20 Bingo Games.  Price also includes one raffle ticket for the chance to win a Coach quilted chain tote and wristlet.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School.  All ticket sales are final, and there will be no refunds.  For additional information or to reserve tickets, please contact Christina Ceresini at (302) 893-3428 or chrissyceresini2@comcast.net .  You can also purchase directly online at http://mkt.com/st-anthony-of-padua-church-grade-school-home-and-school-board/home-school-designer-bag-bingo-ticket

.  Please note, no one under 18 will be permitted.  Please join us for an afternoon of Bingo fun and the chance to win some fabulous designer handbags, wristlets, wallets, and totes!

 

Parish News

Parish Easter Egg Hunt 2016 – St. Anthony’s Parish & Family Life Committee is sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held on Palm Sunday, March 20th, in the Grade School following the 11:00 A.M. Mass.  All participants & their families are invited to attend 11:00 A.M. Mass and bring their Easter Baskets to Mass where they will be blessed.  The participants will gather in the Ballad Room.  The Hunt will feature categories for children up to age 2, children ages 3-5, and children ages 6-10.  Donuts/pastries, tomato pies, coffee, and juice will be available for all participants and their families, as well as others who wish to attend to enjoy refreshments.  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!  Please RSVP with number of children, children’s names and ages, and a contact phone number or e-mail to Anthony Albence via e-mail to cua20064@aol.com or via phone to (302) 983-3200 by Thursday, March 17th. (Please leave voicemail with information if no answer.)

Business Office News

VISION FOR THE FUTURE EDUCATION FUND 2016-2017 Tuition Assistance – Reminder, the deadline for applying for the diocesan tuition assistance through FACTS is March 7, 2016.  FACTS must receive the application and required documentation on or before March 7th.  Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

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 2015 year or any other specified timeframe. Each payment summary contains the date range, family name, subaccounts, and the school’s Federal Tax ID number.

Transportation Refund – We have received notification from the State of Delaware that our transportation refund this year will be $77.81 for each family who completed the Transportation Form at the start of this school year. To process the reimbursement in a more efficient manner again this year, we will apply the funds to the final tuition payment for the 2015-2016 school year rather than processing individual checks.  If you are a family on Tuition Plan A or B, a check will be issued to you over the summer.  Plan A and B families, if you would like to have your reimbursement credited to your 2016-2017 school tuition, please contact Lisa Serio at 421-3707 or lserio@stanthonynet.org.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • March 4th – End of Trimester 2
    • Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
    • 8th Grade Pasta Dinner – Ballad Room – 5:00 – 8:30 P.M.
  • March 7th – March 11th – Terra Nova Testing
  • March 9th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
    • Home and School Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • March 11th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 12th – Home and School Beef and Beer – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
    • 7th Grade Placement Test – Padua Academy – 8:30 -11:30 A.M.
  • March 13th – 7th Grade Placement Test – Padua Academy – 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
  • March 14th – Student Council – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • First Eucharist Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • March 15th -18th – Scholastic Book Fair – Ballad Room
  • March 15th – Reconciliation – 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.
  • March 16th – Reconciliation – 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.
    • Report Cards sent home
    • St. Anthony’s Night at Café Napoli/Cantina di Napoli
  • March 17th – Rocky Reading Challenge/Rocky Bullwinkle Visit – Ballad Room – 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
  • 5th Grade Field Trip – Franklin Institute – 8:30 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • March 18th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 19th – CYM Pilgrimage – 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
  • March 20th – Parish Easter Egg Hunt – After 11:00 A.M. Mass
    • Book Fair – Ballad Room
  • March 21st – Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • March 22nd – Trimester 2 Honors Assembly – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • March 24th – April 3rd –School Closed – Easter Vacation
  • April 3rd – Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
    • Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – Doors open at 1:30 P.M.
  • April 4th Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • Confirmation Registration Meeting – 6:15 P.M.
  • April 7th – Door of Hope Presentations – 7th and 8th Grade
  • April 9th – 7th Grade Placement Test – St. Elizabeth’s – 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • April 10th – Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – Doors open at 1:00 P.M.
  • April 11th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • Confirmation Registration Meeting – 6:15 P.M.
  • April 12th – 1st Grade Field Trip – Hagley Museum
  • April 13th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
  • April 14th – Evening of Sacred Music – St. Elizabeth’s Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Community Builders – Gym – 10:00 A.M.
    • Kindergarten Field Trip – Winterthur
  • April 18th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 20thNoon Dismissal – Professional Development
  • April 21st – Panera Bread Spirit Night
  • April 24th – April 27th – Middle States Visit
  • April 30th – Home and School Spring Fling

A few reminders

Tobacco-Free Campus – Please remember that our entire campus (including Fournier Hall gymnasium) is a Tobacco- Free campus. Please refrain from smoking/chewing tobacco on school/parish property. If you are volunteering to work at an event or school activity and have signed the volunteer covenant, you have agreed to honor this policy.

Parking at Drop-Off and Pick-Up – As most of you know, safety is my top priority! I have been blessed this year by not having to observe too many morning drop-offs. Please remember to pull forward, drop off, and then proceed with caution into approaching traffic. The front of school is a no parking area in the morning (and technically, all day). Please remember that the other side of the street is clearly marked as a DART Bus zone. Do not park on the opposite side of the street. This makes it extremely difficult for city buses to pass and it creates a visibility/safety issue when children and parents are crossing the street. Please use the large parking lot we have available. After school, the first parents to arrive are welcome to park (and remain with their cars) on the school side of the street. If you will be leaving your car or remaining after dismissal for any reason, please be courteous and use the parking lot. At no time should anyone park on the city sidewalk. We have been working hard to maintain the sidewalks. Furio Casale has done a beautiful job fixing uneven bricks and concrete. Please do not park on them.

Please remember you are always welcome to join us on Fridays for Mass at 8:00 A.M., Stations of the Cross at 2:00 P.M., and/or Via Crucis at 7:00 P.M. These all take place in our beautiful church.

Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. White

 

“The world tells us to seek success, power, and money; God tells us to seek humility, service, and love.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! February 19, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We began the reflective season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass. Students were given ashes in the shape of a cross and reminded that as we came from dust, to dust we shall return. It is a time when we literally wear our faith on our foreheads as a sign of our mortality. I’m not sure many of them truly grasped the deep symbolism. I know I certainly did not as a child. I remember trying to spot as many “Catholics” as I could after school that day and feeling a sense of pride about my faith. Our Lenten school theme this year is a simple one, “Love and Forgiveness.” February is typically considered the month of love. What better theme can we give to the Passion of Jesus? Jesus’s personal life, suffering, and ultimate death were the greatest examples of unconditional love and forgiveness because it freed us from sin. We chose this simple theme because all of our students, ages 3 to 14, could identify with it. During the Pope’s “Year of Mercy,” we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. This love should be unconditional, non-judgmental, and all-forgiving. True mercy comes from loving someone so deeply that you can easily forgive transgressions. Forgiveness is freeing! Encourage your children to try it at home if it is not a regular practice. This would be a nice way to settle sibling disputes. I’m sure my own children would tell you it is better than making them hold hands, sit face to face, and say something nice about their sibling before they can move. They would love for me to have suggested simply forgiving and moving on. I would love to hear your children’s stories if you meet with success. Let them email me (with your help) or send me a note/picture sharing a story of how they forgave or were forgiven. I will create a “Mercy Wall.” Kindergarten was working on a similar activity on Tuesday, and their paper hearts were full of loving stories of mercy.

This Lent we will try to challenge our students to not focus solely on the penance or sacrificing they feel they “endure” during Lent, but rather focus on the good deeds that can be done each day. We will teach them to embrace Lent as a journey, a time of spiritual renewal, a chance to right our wrongs. We can teach our children to pray for God to have mercy on those who are poor, sick, or suffering in some way. Compassion and mercy go hand in hand. We can teach them to have mercy for those who have less than us by giving of their time, money, or talent. There are many wonderful Lenten projects and ideas for children on the Internet. Consider asking them to search for one the family can do together. I hope this season is a blessed and healthy one for your families.  Thank you for your continued prayers for my son. I hope that the new beginnings we celebrate joyfully in the upcoming Easter season will be a time when I can share some joyous news about him. Remember to join us every Friday for Mass, Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis in the evenings.

School News

Reminder – On Wednesday, February 24th, there is a noon dismissal for professional
development and there will be no After Care this day. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.

St. Mark’s Spartan Speech Classic– Congratulations to our students in Declamation who participated in the St. Mark’s Spartan Speech Classic on February 6th. Emily Anderson (5th), Neha George (5th), Henry Kelleher (6th), and Caroline Achenbach (8th) represented St. Anthony’s.
Caroline won 1st place in her category. Way to go!

Spelling Bee – On February 11, the school Spelling Bee was held when all of our classroom Spelling Bee winners competed to see who would be our school champion. Our classroom winners were Lillian Scott (1st), Lena Padovani (2nd), Andres Lorenzo (3rd), Diana Lorenzo (4th), Neha George (5th), Isabella Ceresini (6th), Javier Lorenzo (7th), and Marina Saura (8th). Congratulations to all our classroom winners and congratulations to Javier Lorenzo who won our school Spelling Bee!

Missionary Childhood Association – Thank you for your generosity as we collected money for the Missionary Childhood Association. St. Anthony’s placed 2nd in Total Contribution and 3rd in Per Capita. On Sunday, March 6th, we will attend a breakfast to honor the good works of our school community.

“Souper Bowl” Total – Thank you to all our families for being so generous when we collected canned goods during Catholic Schools Week. Our school collected 248 pounds! Thank you for your generosity!

8th Grade Pasta Dinner– On Friday, March 4th, the 8th Grade class will host a Pasta Dinner in the Ballad Room from 5:00 – 8:30 P.M. to raise money for their class trip to New York City. The cost is $10 for adults/$5 for children, and includes pasta with sauce/gravy, salad, beverages, bread, and dessert. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Shari Muzzi (smuzzi@stanthonynet.org) or Susan Schneese (liva71198@comcast.net). A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Grazie per il vostro sostegno! (Thank you for your support!)

Terra Nova – Terra Nova testing is coming up very soon. March 7th – March 11th is testing week for our school. Please make sure your child gets to school on time because testing starts right away in the morning. Students should bring in extra number 2 pencils, a water bottle, and healthy snack to help them during the day.

NEEDED: Host Families for our Italian visitors in May! – Please consider hosting a teacher or a parent and child from Italy! This is a wonderful cultural opportunity for your child/children. If you host a family this May, you will be able to visit Italy next year and stay free for 7-10 days in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, Olevano, Italy. I cannot say enough about the kindness and hospitality of my Italian hosts and the many hosts of the past. They outdo us every year. You are treated like royalty there and are made to feel like a part of the family and small town of Olevano. When hosting a family here, you and your children are invited to join them for their many exciting activities, ranging from trips to New York City and Philadelphia, to local government offices and gardens. The bonds of friendship span generations. Please contact me at jwhite@stanthonynet.org if you are interested or have any questions. Grazie!

Dine at Red Robin and Help St. Anthony’s – Red Robin has a program called “Burgers for Better Schools”. Every time you eat at Red Robin and provide your card, our school can earn money. You can sign up at the restaurant or online at www.redrobin.com/betterschools for their royalty card. You will also earn rewards and coupons for your family. If you eat at Red Robin, please consider signing up. Thank you for your support!

Evening of Sacred Music – On Thursday, April 14th, the Antonians will be participating in the Diocesan Evening of Sacred Music. This event will be held at St. Elizabeth’s Church beginning at 7:00 P.M. Elementary school choirs from around the Diocese will be performing Sacred hymns and songs. Please join us for this lovely event.

Home and School Association/YAC News

Technology Beef and Beer – On March 12th, come join the Home and School Association in the Ballad Room for an evening of good food, good music, and good fun.  Tickets are on sale until March 2nd for $25.00, from March 3rd – March 11th, they are $30.00.  Please see any Home and School Board member for tickets.

Business Office News

VISION FOR THE FUTURE EDUCATION FUND 2016-2017 Tuition Assistance – Reminder, the deadline for applying for the diocesan tuition assistance through FACTS is March 7, 2016. FACTS must receive the application and required documentation on or before March 7th.  Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

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 2015 year or any other specified timeframe. Each payment summary contains the date range, family name, subaccounts, and the school’s Federal Tax ID number.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • February 19th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • February 22nd – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00- 3:30 P.M.
  • February 24th – Noon Dismissal – Professional Development – NO AFTER CARE
  • February 25th – Bishop’s Visit – 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • February 26th – 6th/7th Grade Field Trip – Padua Academy “Footloose” – 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.
    • Stations of the Cross- Church- 2:00 P.M.
  • February 29th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • March 3rd – Spring Pictures
  • March 4th – End of Trimester 2
    • Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
    • 8th Grade Pasta Dinner – Ballad Room – 5:00 – 8:30 P.M.
  • March 7th – March 11th – Terra Nova Testing
  • March 9th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
    • Home and School Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • March 11th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 12th – Home and School Beef and Beer – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
    • 7th Grade Placement Test – Padua Academy – 8:30 -11:30 A.M.
  • March 13th – 7th Grade Placement Test – Padua Academy – 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
  • March 14th – Student Council – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • First Eucharist Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • March 15th -18th – Scholastic Book Fair – Ballad Room
  • March 15th – Reconciliation – 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.
  • March 16th – Reconciliation – 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.
  • March 17th – Rocky Reading Challenge/Rocky Bullwinkle Visit – Ballad Room – 1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
    • 5th Grade Field Trip – Franklin Institute – 8:30 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • March 18th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 19th – CYM Pilgrimage – 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
  • March 20th – Parish Easter Egg Hunt – After 11:00 A.M. Mass
    • Book Fair – Ballad Room
  • March 21st – Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • March 22nd – Trimester 2 Honors Assembly – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • March 24th – April 3rd –School Closed – Easter Vacation
  • April 3rd – Parish Social – Ballad Room – After 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
  • April 4th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • Confirmation Registration Meeting – 6:15 P.M.
  • April 7th – Door of Hope Presentations – 7th and 8th Grade
  • April 9th – 7th Grade Placement Test – St. Elizabeth’s – 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • April 10th – Home and School Designer Bag Bingo – Gym – Doors open at 1:00 P.M.
  • April 11th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • Confirmation Registration Meeting – 6:15 P.M.
  • April 12th – 1st Grade Field Trip – Hagley Museum
  • April 13th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • April 14th – Evening of Sacred Music – St. Elizabeth’s Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Kindergarten Field Trip – Winterthur
  • April 18th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 20th – Noon Dismissal – Professional Development
  • April 24th – April 27th – Middle States Visit

Friendly Reminder: Our school and parish campus is a Smoke-Free Campus. Please refrain from smoking on school property. We appreciate your cooperation.

Loving Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. White

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

Tiger Talk! February 5, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been a terrific Catholic Schools Week! Thank you to everyone for helping make all of our fun activities and events be such a huge success. Thank you Student Council and the Home and School Board for treating our teachers to delicious meals. Thank you Ms. Palmer for organizing Student Appreciation Day. Thanks to Ms. Casale for organizing the Knowledge Bowl. I am grateful to Mr. Shields, Mrs. Kee, and Mrs. Burris for preparing for our Open House! Thank you Mrs. Orensky for once again planning Spirit Day and several fun games for the students. Thank you to our parents for sending in canned goods as admission to the Parents/Staff versus 8th Grade Volleyball game. Our Knights of Columbus will take those canned goods and deliver them to those in need. I would also like to share my appreciation for our amazing teachers! Teaching in a Catholic School is a mission, not a job. We thank them for their continued dedication and commitment to Catholic education and academic excellence. Thank you to Father Nick, our Pastor, for kicking off our week with the opening Mass at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday. Father talked to us about remembering to find Jesus, especially in our dark places.  He spoke about how we easily pray in our “comfort zone” when we are happy. He urged us to seek Jesus when we need Him most, in our dark times. This is a beautiful message with Lent approaching and as we continue with our Diocesan theme, “Merciful Like the Father.” Jesus, even as a youngster, went to preach in places where He was not welcome. He spent time with those who were considered unsavory. Jesus is comfortable with us, wherever we are. He is comfortable in our dark places. We simply have to welcome Him in. Perhaps if we pray when we are angry, unforgiving, jealous, anxious, or even hateful, He can bring us out of our darkness quicker than we could ourselves.

During the month of February we will continue to work on the Parables. Our focus this month will be on the Parable of the Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50). This parable is a reminder of the unending forgivenesses from our Lord. It is a story of God’s mercy. We simply have to come to Him and ask for his forgiveness.  There is no judgement, no comparison or weighting of our sins, and no conditions. In the story, the two debtors owe very different amounts of money. Neither could afford to pay their debt. However, both debts were “forgiven” equally and without conditions. God’s mercy is limitless. We simply have to ask! This is a nice reminder during Lent and a challenge for us to “simply forgive” each other with love and without judgement.

During Lent, please try to spend some time with us. On Ash Wednesday, join us for our traditional Grotto Pizza night. When trying to avoid eating meat, what is the best thing to eat on Fridays during Lent? Pizza, of course! We will continue with our regularly scheduled weekly Masses. All are always welcome to attend any school Mass. These occur almost every Friday, unless there is a Holy Day we celebrate during that same week.  We attend and participate in Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoons during Lent. Please visit the school website calendar. Also, check out our Via Crucis on Friday nights! For those of you who are new to us, this is a beautiful living Stations of the Cross that takes place on Friday nights. Many of our students are active participants in the Via Crucis. I have many fond childhood memories of my Via Crucis years. Many of our high school and college students return to participate or simply observe, quietly judging to see if the current person is playing “their” role better than they did when “they were young.”

Congratulations to our 8th Grade scholarship recipients! Caroline Achenbach earned an academic scholarship and Robin Land earned a leadership scholarship to my alma mater, Padua Academy. Miranda Evans earned academic scholarships to both St. Elizabeth High School and Padua Academy.  Nicholas Muzzi earned a leadership scholarship to St. Mark’s High School. We are so proud of your hard work and achievement! I had the pleasure of attending both academic scholarship receptions last week. It was so nice to see our former students now serving on National Honor Society at St. Elizabeth High School. They were proud to talk about their accomplishments, both athletic and academic.  One former student/athlete, Marc Brown, is the President of the National Honor Society and has earned a substantial scholarship to DeSales University, where he plans to also run track. At Padua, it was wonderful to hear the students talk about the 4 S’s: Sisterhood, Service, Scholarship, and Spirituality. We are so proud of our current and former students!

 

 

School News

Congratulations to the following students for winning the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS DELAWARE STATE COUNCIL Jerry E. Dawson PSD Memorial 20th Annual Vocation Essay Contest for 2015-2016!  All Catholic Elementary Schools were invited to participate. The essay topics  and winners are:

  • 5th Grade – My Unforgettable Story About A Priest, Nun, Religious Brother, or Deacon – Neha George

  • 6th Grade – Five Character Traits That I Admire In A Priest, Nun, Religious Brother or Deacon – Cara Quinlan

  • 7th Grade – Life Style Changes That Must Be Made For A Religious Vocation – Rachel Tomlinson

  • 8th Grade – Why We Need Dedicated Leaders In The Religious Life Today – Robin Land

Each winner received a certificate for the student and both parents to attend the St. Pius X Council dinner.  A $50 gift certificate and plaques are awarded to each State winner. They will also be invited to read their essays on “The Catholic Forum of the Air” radio program.

Congratulations to our January students of the month! The virtue for the month of January was justice.  Congratulations to the following students – PreSchool 3 – Amber Matarese, PreSchool 4 – Scarlett Miller, Kindergarten – Emily Andersen, 1st Grade – Gideon Keen, 2nd Grade – Max Conway, 3rd Grade – Richie Jakotowicz, 4th Grade – Connor Quinlan, 5th Grade – Emily Anderson, 6th Grade – Luke Burdett, 7th Grade – Tori Alberti, and 8th Grade – Caroline Achenbach.

 

St. Anthony’s Night at the Delaware 87s – Thank you to all the parents and staff who supported our Antonians at the Delaware 87s Game last Saturday night! Mr. Colligan and the Antonians did an excellent job singing “God Bless America” before the start of the game. As always, the support of our parents and staff was truly amazing. We had 150 members of our school community in attendance to support the Antonians!

   

Catholic Schools Week – On Monday afternoon, we were honored to attend a brief ceremony at the office of Mayor Williams to begin Catholic Schools Week. Mayor Williams provided an official proclamation from the City of Wilmington honoring all Catholic schools for their work to provide a faith-based and academically rigorous education. Representing St. Anthony’s was:  5th Graders Emily Anderson and Neha George, 6th Grader Ben Demosthene, and 7th Grader Jaidon Godlewski. Padua Academy was also there with us including St. Anthony graduate Ellen Banker.

    

 

Declamation – On Saturday, February 6th, four students will be representing St. Anthony’s at the Spartan Speech Classic at St. Mark’s  High School.  The students representing St. Anthony’s are Neha George (5th Grade), Emily Anderson (5th Grade), Henry Kelleher (6th Grade), and Caroline Achenbach (8th Grade).  Good luck, students!

 

NEEDED: Host Families for our Italian visitors in May! – Please consider hosting a teacher or a parent and child from Italy! This is a wonderful cultural opportunity for your child/children. If you host a family this May, you will be able to visit Italy next year and stay free for 7-10 days in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, Olevano, Italy. I cannot say enough about the kindness and hospitality of my Italian hosts and the many hosts of the past. They outdo us every year. You are treated like royalty there and are made to feel like a part of the family and small town of Olevano. When hosting a family here, you and your children are invited to join them for their many exciting activities, ranging from trips to New York City and Philadelphia, to local government offices and gardens. The bonds of friendship span generations. Please contact me at jwhite@stanthonynet.org if you are interested or have any questions. Grazie!

Dine at Red Robin and Help St. Anthony’s – Red Robin has a program called “Burgers for Better Schools”. Every time you eat at Red Robin and provide your card, our school can earn money. You can sign up at the restaurant or online at www.redrobin.com/betterschools for their royalty card. You will also earn rewards and coupons for your family. A flyer will be sent home on Wednesday, and a link will be on our website.  If you eat at Red Robin, please consider signing up. Thank you for your support!

 

Home and School Association/YAC News

YAC Student Advisory Board – The YAC board is looking for a few students to participate on our Student Advisory Board.  The Student Advisory Board will meet with the YAC board to provide feedback and ideas on youth activities, community service, and athletics for our school.  This board is open for students in 5th through 8th grade.  Each student will submit one brief paragraph explaining their vision for the advisory board and why they would like to participate.  Playing sports is not a prerequisite.   Please include the student’s’ name and current grade.  All entries must be submitted to the school office by 2/12/16.

Spring Sports Sign-Up -Spring Sports Sign-ups are continuing this month.  Please note that we will need to let CYM know if we plan to have a softball, track, and baseball team, so please sign up early!  Just to clarify: Softball is open to 6th – 8th Grade, baseball is open to 6th – 8th Grade, and track is open to Kindergarten – 8th Grade.

Tiger Tournament – Our 3rd/4th Grade boys team made an excellent showing during their appearances in the Tiger Tournament.  Currently 2 of our JV (5th/6th) teams are in the hunt for the Tiger Tournament Championship trophy! The Varsity (7th/8th) tournament is February 8th – 19th. Senior Boys tournament runs February 22nd – 26th.  Please come out and support our kids!

Glow in the Dark Middle School Dance – Saturday, February 6th – St. Anthony’s Home and School will be having a Glow in the Dark Middle School Dance (for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders only) in the school gym from 7:00 P.M.– 10:00 P.M.  A DJ will be providing dance music.  Cost is $10.00 per student.  Flyers and the two permission slips required to attend will be going home shortly with the middle school students.  Middle school students are allowed to bring a friend from another school.  Please note, no child will be admitted without the TWO necessary permission slips and the admission fee.  Let’s make this dance a great event that is well attended.  Our Home and School Association was recently informed about a middle school student at All Saints Catholic School that has been diagnosed with cancer, so we decided that all the proceeds from this Middle School Dance will be donated to that child and their family.  Wear your White or Neon and come out for a night of fun.  SPREAD THE WORD!!

Grotto Pizza Night – Wednesday, February 10th – 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. – Pennsylvania Avenue Grotto Pizza.  Come enjoy some food and fun at Grotto Pizza on Pennsylvania Avenue and a portion of what you spend will be donated back to St. Anthony’s Home and School.  Look for the flyer with coupons to come home with the students soon.  Please present the coupon when you dine in or take out on the 10th.  As always, thanks for your support.

Technology Beef and Beer – On March 12th, come join the Home and School Association in the Ballad Room for an evening of good food, good music, and good fun.  Tickets are on sale until March 2nd for $25.00, from March 3rd – March 11th, they are $30.00.  Please see any Home and School Board member for tickets.

Box Tops/Labels for Education collection and competition – Please send in your Box Tops and Labels for Education to your student’s class from now until February 19th.   The class with the most collected will enjoy a Pajama Day and breakfast.  The class that collects the second most will enjoy an ice cream treat at lunch.  Please keep saving! Thank you for making this a great fundraiser for our school and our students.  Good Luck to all the classes!

 

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 2015 year or any other specified timeframe. Each payment summary contains the date range, family name, subaccounts, and the school’s Federal Tax ID number.

Financial Aid – The deadline to apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year is March 7th. Please contact the business office with any questions.

 

Parish News

Parish Monthly Social – All parishioners and friends are invited to the parish monthly social to be held on Sunday, February 7th, immediately following the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses.  The social will be held in the Ballad Room of  St. Anthony’s Grade School.  Enjoy some great refreshments and spend some time with other members of our parish community.  We hope to see you there!

 

Upcoming Important Dates

  • February 7th – Parish Social after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass – Ballad Room

  • February 8th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.

  • February 10th – Ash Wednesday Mass – Church – 8:00 A.M.

    • YAC General Meeting – Ballad Room –6:00 P.M.
    • Grotto’s Night – Pennsylvania Avenue – 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • February 11th – Kindergarten Field Trip – Playhouse Theater

    • School Spelling Bee – Gym –1:30 P.M.
  • February 12th – SCHOOL CLOSED – Middle States Planning Day

  • February 15th – SCHOOL CLOSED – Presidents Day

  • February 19th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.

  • February 22nd – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00- 3:30 P.M.

  • February 24th – Noon Dismissal – Professional Development

  • February 25th – Bishop’s Visit – 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

  • February 26th – 6th/7th Grade Field Trip – Padua Academy “Footloose” –  9:00 – 11:00 A.M.

    • Stations of the Cross- Church- 2:00 P.M.
  • February 29th – Student Council Meeting – Pre-School Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.

  • March 3rd – Spring Pictures

  • March 4th – End of Trimester 2

    • Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.
  • March 7th – March 11th – Terra Nova Testing

  • March 9th – YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.

    • Home and School Meeting – Ballad Room –6:30 P.M.
  • March 11th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.

  • March 12th – Home and School Beef and Beer – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.

    • 7th Grade Placement Test – Padua Academy – 8:30 -11:30 A.M.

  • March 13th – 7th Grade Placement Test – Padua Academy – 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

  • March 14th – Student Council – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.

    • First Eucharist Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • March 15th – Reconciliation – 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.

  • March 16th – Reconciliation – 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade – Church – 9:30 A.M.

  • March 17th – Rocky Reading Challenge/Rocky Bullwinkle Visit – Ballad Room – 1:30 -2:30 P.M.

  • 5th Grade Field Trip – Franklin Institute – 8:30 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.

  • March 18th – Stations of the Cross – Church – 2:00 P.M.

  • March 19th – CYM Pilgrimage – 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

  • March 20th – Parish Easter Egg Hunt – After 11:00 A.M. Mass

  • March 21st – Student Council Meeting – Preschool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.

  • March 24th – April 3rd –School Closed – Easter Vacation

 

Blessings,

Mrs. White

 

“The Lord always forgives us and walks at our side. We have to let Him do that.” – Pope Francis

 

“The Lord never gets tired of forgiving us. It is we who get tired of asking for forgiveness.”-  Pope Francis