Tiger Talk! October 13, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today during our weekly Mass Father Nick talked to us about the peace of Jesus Christ. Rather than giving a homily about the Devil, which was part of today’s Gospel reading, Father told the children he wanted to talk about the opposite, the “peace of Jesus.” He explained to the children that when we shake hands and we exchange the sign of peace before Communion, we are saying we will treat others as Jesus would treat them. He added that each person in the church represents all of the other people like Jesus. Therefore, when we shake someone’s hand, we are getting ready to receive Jesus in Communion. We are promising that we will continue to be respectful, kind, forgiving, and “be who we are and be that well. “  This is a nice message for children to hear in light of all the things that go on in our world.


School News

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month for showing the virtue of “faith” in all that they do. Faith was the September virtue of the Blessed Mother: Ezra Pabon (PreK3), Analeigh Manzanillo (PreK4), Gabrielle Krevchuk (K), Celeste Scarpato (1st), Emily Anderson (2nd), Anastasia Tsatsaronis (3rd), Brayden Carroll (4th), Zach Brelick (5th), Evan Cillo (6th), Makenna Sarver (7th), and Max DiOssi (8th).

Thank you for your participation in the “Light the Night Walk” for Mateo! I want to tell you how very touching it was to see the fabulous turnout from our school families in support of Mateo. We had a beautiful night for the walk. For those of you unable to attend, our school families filled the hospital atrium in a sea of orange where we waved and chanted to Mateo (who was standing up above on the third floor). Mrs. Ahumada said that Mateo felt the love and support of his friends. Our children, families, and staff all took part in the one mile walk around Nemours property. As we neared the end of the walk, we saw Mateo flashing his light from his hospital window. His father was there to be sure to point him out to us. We were able to carry lanterns representing those currently fighting, in memory of a loved one who has passed, and for survivors. Thank you on behalf of the Ahumada family for your prayers and love! Our students have some ideas they would like to do to support Mateo further. I will keep you posted once I meet with them.

New Part-Time Teacher Assistant – Welcome to Carole Trzepacz! After many years of volunteering, Carole is now part of our staff. We decided to add a part-time teacher aide position to the 3rd Grade class. As one of the best and most dedicated volunteers in this parish, I have always joked with Carole that she should be on our payroll. Now she is official! Carole returns to the workforce after being home to raise her children. She is a very familiar face here, as she has served on the Home and School Board and many volunteer committees. Carole is currently on the YAC Board. We are thrilled that Carole has officially joined our faculty and staff.


Thank you Karen Barker and Stephanie Phillips! Karen and Stephanie have offered to be our new volunteer cafeteria workers. We love our volunteers!

Join the Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk – On Saturday, November 18th, Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Wilmington will be holding a 5K Run/Walk in Bellevue Park with a start time of 10:00 A.M.  Please see the flyer linked here

or visit https://www.bishops5k.com

for more information or to register.

Box Tops – Please continue to send in your Box Tops! The current Box Top contest will end on Friday, October 20th.

Grandparents Day is approaching – Grandparents Day will be held on Thursday, October 26th. (More information will be coming home next Wednesday.) We ask that you please remind grandparents/special guests that they are welcome to come into school in the morning, but that the actual Grandparent Day program does not start until 9:00 A.M. Refreshments will be served starting at 8:00 A.M. in the Ballad Room. The day concludes at noon, after the 11:00 A.M. prayer service in our school gymnasium. Parents – please remember that there is no After-Care on noon dismissal days.  Parent-Teacher conferences will be held that day and evening.

Halloween – Look for flyers coming home soon about Halloween and the Student Council Candy guessing game. The Home and School Halloween Party will be held at school on Friday, October 27th. More details will follow.

Parish News


Altar Servers – The parish is looking for more altar servers. Altar servers must be in grades 5 and up.  If your child is interested, please be sure to have them notify their homeroom teacher.  All altar servers, new and old, will be going through some training classes in the upcoming months.  More information will be available soon.

November Parish Monthly Socials – Please join us for the November monthly parish socials to be held on Sunday, November 5th after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses in the Ballad Room of the grade school.  Enjoy a variety of great food, including tomato pie and donuts from Serpe’s Bakery, breakfast pizza from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and other delicious food selections including mini-bagels and fresh fruit while catching up with fellow parishioners and friends. Hope to see you there!


Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, October 15th – Ursuline Academy Open House – 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, October 16th – Picture Retake Day
    •  PreSchool Field Trip – Milburn Orchards – 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
    • Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • 2nd Grade First Penance Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 17th – Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Spirit Day at Bertucci’s – Both Locations – All Day
  • Friday, October 20th – Trimester 1 Interim
  • Saturday, October 21st – Confirmation Retreat – Meet in Ballad Room – 9:15 A.M.
  • Sunday, October 22nd – Open House at St. Elizabeth’s High School – 11:30 A.M.
    • Open House at Padua Academy – 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, October 23rd – Confirmation Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 24th – Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 25th – 6th Grade Field Trip – Ellis Island – 7:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 26th – Noon Dismissal – No After-Care
    • Grandparents Day – Grade School – 9:00 A.M.
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences – 1:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
  • Friday, October 27th – Home and School Halloween Party – Grade School – 6:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, October 28th – Open House at St. Mark’s – 12:30 P.M.
    • Open House at Archmere Academy – 12:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 31st – Math League Practice – Middle School – 3:00-4:00 P.M.
    • Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass – 8:00 A.M.
  • Thursday, November 2nd – Girls on the Run – 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.


Peaceful Autumn Blessings,

Mrs. White


“Let us pray for peace, and let us bring it about, starting in our own homes!” ~ Pope Francis