February 23, 2018
Our school theme for this Lent is, “Walk with Jesus.” Our Student Council officers came up with this idea, and I thought it was a beautiful way to describe how we should go through the Lenten journey. We should always walk with Jesus by our side, inviting him to be a regular part of our life. We teach the young students that Jesus is their friend and they can talk to Him about their problems. We sometimes lose sight of that “friend” image as we get older. I hope your Lenten journey is a peaceful one full of blessings, great and small.
Welcome Mr. Johnny M. Tucker, Jr.! – I am very pleased to announce that I have hired a full-time teacher for middle school. Mr. Johnny Tucker started teaching on Tuesday. As is almost always the case at St. Anthony’s, when one door closes, another one opens. God seems to send us people when we need them. Mr. Tucker had already been approved by the Diocese and was recommended by another Diocesan principal. His resume on file was to specifically teach English Language Arts in middle school. His minor in undergraduate school at Wilmington University was Social Studies. He is licensed in the State of Delaware. He earned a Master of Arts Degree from Rosemont College and is currently working on completing a second Master of Fine Arts Degree. He has been working as a long-term substitute and is happy to join our staff as a full-time employee of the Diocese and St. Anthony of Padua Grade School. He has already proven to be a fine addition to our staff family.
Congratulations to our 7th Grade Tigers Math League Team! The team won first place in our region. This is a huge accomplishment since we compete against much larger schools. Our region includes Cab Calloway, Brandywine Springs, and St. John the Beloved, just to name just a few. Andres Lorenzo won first place in the individual standings.
Congratulations to our Scripps Spelling Bee Winners! The following students won their class Spelling Bee: Celeste Scarpato (1st), Tristen Clinton (2nd), Lillian Scott (3rd), Nicky Owusu (4th), Andres Lorenzo (5th), Diana Lorenzo (6th), Olivia Segeda (7th), and Hayden Scully (8th). Way to go!
Congratulations to our Special Education teacher, Mrs. Burbage, on the birth of her new grandson, Giorgio Vincent. Giorgio was born on February 9th. We send the best of luck to the entire family!
We are Hosting It’s Academic! – Wish our students well as they compete this Saturday at “It’s Academic.” We are hosting this fun event here at school. Thank you to Mrs. Ellen Tannenbaum, Mr. Bob Shields, and Mrs. Lauren Kunkle for helping organize this 8th Grade Diocesan competition.
8th Grade Lenten Pasta Dinner – Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the 8th Grade Lenten Pasta Dinner. This will be held in the Ballad Room (cafeteria) on Friday, March 2nd from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Come out and let our 8th grade class serve you a delicious meal. Please contact JoAnn DiOssi at email@example.com or (302) 383-4932 for more information.
Casino Night – Come join our Home and School Association for their 3rd Annual Casino Night on Saturday, March 10th from 7:00 – 11:00 P.M. in the school gym. Tickets cost $35 and include $50 in playing chips, heavy appetizers, as well as beer and wine. Games include blackjack, craps, and roulette. All attendees must be 21 or older. Proceeds will benefit St. Anthony’s Digital Library Project. To purchase tickets (all ticket sales are final, no refunds) or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Alfieri firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring sports registration is now open. We will be offering baseball for athletes in 6th through 8th grade and track for athletes in K through 8th grade. Please go to the YAC website to register. To have a track team we must have a head coach. If you are interested in coaching track, please reach out to Pam Morabito (email@example.com) or Carole Trzepacz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Congratulations to these former Tigers turned Padua Pandas! These former St. Anthony’s students have received honors: Distinguished Honors – Reagan Widmaier (10th) and Rachel Tomlinson (9th); High Honors – Robin Land (10th); Honors – Ellen Banker (12th), Christina Molloy (12th), Samantha DiVirgilio (11th), Mackenzie McCall (11th), Andrea Reynolds (11th), Caroline Achenbach (10th), Miranda Evans (10th), Haley McKoy (10th), Julia Wood (10th), and Katherine Collier (9th). Way to go, ladies!
Business Office News
Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. A parent must come into the school office to sign out a packet. Students may not bring them home. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.
*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 5th.
Tax Statements Available Through FACTs – Families using the FACTs program can quickly and easily create a payment summary of their account. This is especially helpful to our PreSchool families.
- By simply clicking “View Printable Payments Summary” on the Payments tab, you can retrieve and print a summary of payments for the 2017 year or any other specified timeframe. Each payment summary contains the date range, family name, subaccounts, and the school‘s Federal Tax ID number.
Monthly Social – Our next parish social will be held on Sunday, March 4th, in the Ballad Room of the grade school following the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses. Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends. The social, as always, will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and a variety of foods.
Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (https://sapgs.org
) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see photos from our events and school activities.
- February 24th – It’s Academic – St. Anthony’s – 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
- February 26th – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
- February 27th – 7th Grade Field Trip– St. Elizabeth’s High School –9:45-11:30 A.M.
- March 1st – Bishop visits St. Anthony’s – afternoon
- March 2nd – 8th Grade Lenten Pasta Supper – 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.
- March 3rd – Practice High School Placement Test – Padua Academy
- March 4th – Practice High School Placement Test – Padua Academy
- Parish Social – Ballad Room – after 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
- March 5th – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00-3:30 P.M.
- March 8th – Middle School Trip – Salesianum – 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
- March 9th – End of Trimester 2
- March 10th – Home and School Casino Night – School gym – 7:00-11:00 P.M.
- March 14th – Home and School General Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
Mrs. White and Mr. Shields
“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta