Tiger Talk! January 13, 2017

Tiger Talk!

January 13, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a beautiful and blessed Christmas with your families and friends. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2017 filled with many fun and educational experiences here at St. Anthony’s. Catholic Schools Week is coming very soon! This is one of our favorite weeks in the school year, if not the favorite. We have many exciting events planned. We have a surprise for the students on Student Appreciation Day. Thank you to Ms. Jennifer Cripps and Ms. Courtney Palmer for coming up with new and fresh ideas. We will be sending home information next week regarding our week to celebrate all that Catholic schools have to offer.  I have said it before, but as a parent of a 17-year-old and 20-year-old, I can honestly say this is the absolute best investment you can make for your children. Our Catholic schools help students grow to be confident, faith-filled, spiritual, moral, strong, gentle, and loving individuals that this world so desperately needs. I love our school, parish, and diocese and cannot imagine working anywhere else! I hope to see you during Catholic Schools Week.

Today at Mass, Father Rinaldi reminded us to continue to pray constantly on our journey to Heaven. He told us to remember that God answers us in His time and that we may not always get what we want. We simply have to pray every day and talk to God as our friend.

“Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:32.  This is a perfect message to start the new year! Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit for the month of January is “kindness.” Let us be kind to one another and be perfect examples of kindness for our children.

Bishop Malooly will be celebrating Mass with us this Sunday at 9:00 A.M.! Please consider joining us and making him feel welcome in our parish.

School News

Reminder – There is no school Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

St. Anthony’s Open House is Sunday, January 22nd from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Please spread the word! You are our best marketers. Our school family grows because of all of you. No amount of marketing can replace good old fashioned word of mouth (and your personal social media). Help us to grow!

Congratulations to 4th grader Giada Brown.  She won 1st Place for all 4th grade students in the Diocese for the Vocation Drawing Contest run by the Diocesan Vocations Guild. The 4th grade topic was for the students to draw how they would see themselves as a priest, nun, deacon, or brother.

Congratulations to our December Students of the Month! December’s Fruit of the Holy Spirit was “patience,” and these students were able to exhibit this in a very exciting month for them.  Congratulations to Iago Ramos (PreK 3), Jace Pittman (PreK 4), Caitlin Zweidinger (K), Chase Willard (1st), Anastasia Tsatsaronis (2nd), Kendall Reilly (3rd),  Zachary Brelick (4th), Dylan Farrell (5th), Olivia Segeda (6th),  Lauren McLaughlin (7th), and Connor Dagge (8th). Great job!

Kindergarten would like to share a special event that happened to them right before Christmas break. The children received a wonderful surprise.  They received presents from the Wilmington Police Department.  Among the presents were Finger Point Games, Light-Up Spiderman masks, and character crayons and note pads.  The children were so excited.   Thank you to the Wilmington Police Department and to Chief Cummings.

Thank you to all who came out to Grotto’s Night in November! Home and School received a check for over $300.  Home and School has another Grotto’s Night organized for Ash Wednesday, March 1st.  We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to some of our recent alumna who attend Padua Academy.  The following ladies received Honors for their hard work during the first quarter.  Congratulations to Stefania Lombardo (11th Grade) and Andrea Reynolds (10th Grade) on receiving First Honors.  Congratulations to Laura Land (12th Grade), Grace McCarthy (12th Grade), Madeline Perez (12thGrade), Ellen Banker (11th Grade), Samantha DiVirgilio (10th Gade), Caroline Achenbach (9thGrade), Robin Land (9th Grade), Marissa McCarrick (9th Grade), and Julia Wood (9th Grade) for receiving Second Honors.  Way to go, ladies!

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 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. This is a new policy. 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. This is a new policy.  Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.

*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 7th.

Business Office News

Tuition Payment Dates – Occasionally a family may need to adjust a tuition payment date. This is to inform you that the Business Office will need a minimum of 3 business days’ notice to change that date.  If you should need a date changed please contact Lisa via email at lserio@stanthonynet.org or at 302-421-3707.

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

) for upcoming events and information.

  • January 16th No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 20th Trimester 2 Interim
  • January 22nd Open House – 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.
  • January 23rd – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • January 29th February 3rd – Catholic Schools Week
    • January 29thOpening Liturgy Mass – 11:00 A.M. with social to follow
    • January 30th Teacher Appreciation Day
    • January 31st Knowledge Bowl
    • February 1st Spirit Day
    • February 2nd Student Appreciation Day
    • February 3rd8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game – Fournier Hall – 1:30 P.M.
  • February 5th – Parish Social after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses
  • February 6thStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool Room – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • February 7thMath League at St. Anthony’s – 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
  • February 20th  – No School – Presidents’ Day
  • March 7th Financial Aid Packets must be completed and submitted by this date

Please keep Father Nick in your prayers. He is in the hospital and hoping to be discharged sometime this week. He said to be sure I told everyone, “Hello.” He said he misses seeing us.

Blessings for the New Year,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields


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