December 7, 2018
Today at Mass, Father Mark read the Gospel story from Matthew of Jesus healing the blind men and warning them not to talk about what he had done. But of course, these men went and told of the gift they had received. During his homily, Father talked about how this is a time of year when we think of boxes, bows, and ribbons and the gifts waiting for us in those boxes , when we should be thinking about how we can share the gifts that God has given us and how we can be gifts to others. St. Ambrose, whose feast day we celebrate today, used his gift of leadership to lead the people when he was bishop of Milan. Let us all try to recognize the gifts of God in ourselves and in others.
We have entered the season of Advent and at school we are all eagerly “Anticipating His Arrival.” Our Student Council officers came up with this theme for Advent and you can see it throughout our school building. On Monday mornings, we gather for a prayer service in the morning. This is a wonderful way to start our week during this hectic season.
ANGELS/SHEPHERDS NEEDED: The Christmas Pageant for the 7:00 P.M. Mass needs angels and shepherds. Practices are Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Please contact the Main Office if your child is able to join this wonderful event.
Congratulations to our November Students of the Month! Our theme for the month of November was reverence. Congratulations to Jack Turner (PK3), Rose Chakkalakkal (PK4), Giuliano Arcaro (K), Gabrielle Krevchuck (1st), Celeste Scarpato (2nd), Nora Farrell (3rd), Anastasia Tsatsaronis (4th), Delaney Patterson (5th), Liam Hannan (6th), Connor Quinlan (7th), and Michael Brelick (8th)! Good job!
Thank you to Anthony Frabizzio, one of our parish trustees! Anthony is a huge supporter of our school. He runs Nona Strada Cafe at the festival, which raises a lot of money to be donated back to our school. Most recently, after our Digital Classroom dedication, Anthony offered to purchase the 3D printers we wanted. Thanks to Anthony’s generosity and kindness, we now own two 3D printers. Mr. McMillan is currently working to add them to our network. We are so excited to create and innovate! Thank you, Anthony!
Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! We collected almost 730 pounds of food. The donated food was split between the St. Patrick Center Food Bank and the parish’s Christmas basket program. Thank you for your generosity!
- The class with the highest rate of participation was the 7th Grade class. As a reward for such generosity, they received a popcorn and movie afternoon.
Save the date for Sunday, December 9th! Our Christmas Bazaar has returned! Join us from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. More details will follow. Check this out on Facebook as well.
Santa’s Secret Shop – Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Santa’s Secret Shop will be open for students to purchase gifts for family and friends. Each class has a scheduled time to shop. If your child misses their time, they will get a chance to go at the end of the day on Wednesday. A flyer with more information was sent home on Wednesday. Please be sure to look over the information so you know the day your child is scheduled to shop and can help them write a list of who they are shopping for. Thank you!
Home and School Gift Card Sales –Home and School will continue to sell gift cards throughout the month of December. You can order online until 5:00 P.M. on December 16th. Online orders will be available for pick-up in the lobby on December 21st. Gift Cards will also be available for purchase every Friday morning in the school lobby, Sundays after the 11:00 A.M. Mass in the church vestibule, on December 9th at the St. Anthony’s Christmas Bazaar, and on December 21st (the day of the Christmas show) in the school gym.
Congratulations to the following alumni who have updated us on where their lives have gone since they graduated from St. Anthony’s.
- Class of 2000
- Matthew Casale – received his law degree and passed the Delaware Bar Exam
- Class of 2007
- Morgan Dudkewitz – Corporate Technology Associate at Morgan, Lewis, & Blockus, LLP
- Amber Stonebraker – World Language Teacher at Padua Academy
- Alexis Shields – Christiana Care Nurse
- Class of 2010
- Courtney Truitt – Kindergarten Teacher at Leasure Elementary School
From our school nurse:
If your child has an injury/illness, they may need special accommodations in school, and an adaptation to the dress code. Examples may include: wearing a cast, sling, brace, boot, or special shoe (all footwear must be secure on the foot), using crutches, or any issue requiring a medical excuse from gym class or recess. If this is the case, please send in a note to school from a medical provider so that we have guidelines to follow for their care. Your child’s safety is our number one concern. Thank you for your cooperation.
Annemarie Russell BSN, RN, CPN
The upcoming month is very busy, so we are including a list of December events for you. Please be sure to like us on Facebook to see all the pictures, videos, and news of events. This will also be the quickest way to find out information during inclement weather.
- December 9th – Home and School Christmas Bazaar – Ballad Room
- December 10th – Advent Prayer Service – School Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
- Student Council Meeting – 5th Grade – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
- Barnes and Noble Night – Concord Mall – All Day Event
- Teachers will be there from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.
- Grub Burger Spirit Night – Concord Mall – All Day Event
- December 11th /12th – Santa’s Secret Shop
- December 17th – Advent Prayer Service – School Lobby – 8:00 A.M.
- December 18th – 8th Grade Field Trip – Christmas Show/Lunch – 8:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
- December 21st – NOON DISMISSAL – NO AFTERCARE
- Christmas Show – Gym – 10:00 A.M.
- December 22nd – January 1st – School Closed for Christmas Break
- January 2nd – School Reopens
We hope you will be able to join us at these events. The Christmas show is always a favorite. The next Tiger Talk will be on January 11th. I hope you have a blessed, safe, and happy Advent and Christmas season.
“Advent has a special charm; it makes us experience deeply the meaning of history.” ~ Pope Francis