Tiger Talk – April 5, 2019

Tiger Talk!

April 5, 2019


Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

First Honors

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

Second Honors

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


Stations of the Cross/Via Crucis –

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


Sacrament Save the Dates:

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

Home and School News:

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

Parish News:

Parish Easter Egg Hunt 2019

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


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Love and Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. White

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