Tiger Talk! October 14, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Diocesan theme for the month of October is joy and yesterday could not have been a better showing of this Fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Many grandmothers, grandfathers, and special people gathered here with your children to celebrate the joy of being family and the joys of Catholic school.  The excitement and joy came not just from the students, many who tell us this is their favorite day of the year, but also the grandparents who were able to get a peek into what their grandchildren are doing every day, by meeting their teachers, touring the school, and seeing different works and projects done by all grades.  Many students cherish this special time with their grandparents and we are so glad that so many are able to join us for that special day.

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School News

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month.  This year, each month’s virtue will be the Fruit of the Holy Spirit that every class is studying.  The virtue for September was love.  Congratulations to  Matthew Spinelli (PK 3), Gabrielle Krevchuck (PK 4), Celeste Scarpato (K), Emily Anderson (1st), Gillian Patterson (2nd), Jackie Kurylo (3rd), Ayden Hoggard (4th), Avara Lingerfelt (5th), Mateo Ahumada (6th ), Leah Rizzo (7th), and Cheyenne Hudson (8th).  Congratulations!

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A visit to Wilmington Firefighters – Last week students delivered snacks, handmade cards, and holy cards blessed by Father Nick to the Union Street Fire Station. The firefighters were so happy to see the children and invited us in. They talked to the children, let them climb through the truck, and turned on the lights.  The children had a blast. They showed us the truck and spot where Chris Leach sat on each ride.  It was very nice and truly touching. We intended to stay five minutes and spent 45 minutes there. One firefighter told me, “You have no idea how much this means to us. Come by or call us anytime.” I thanked them on behalf of our entire school.  Pam Everman, president of YAC, made chocolate and caramel mason jars to go with apples she purchased. Thank you to Ms. Frederick for buying snacks and collecting cards.

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Tiger Tickets – This year we are trying a new school wide Positive Behavior System!  We are no longer using the Tiger Tokens (orange discs).  We have Tiger Tickets (orange raffle tickets).  All staff members have these tickets and students can earn tickets by going above and beyond normal expectations.  Mrs. Angelo spoke to each class and explained how this system works.  The tickets (that will have the student’s full name and grade on the back) will go into a raffle ticket box. The boxes (one for Preschool – 3rd Grade; one for 4th – 8th Grade) are located in the cafeteria.  Each month, the students have a chance to win a prize when tickets are pulled from the raffle box.  At the end of each trimester, two tickets will be chosen and those students will win a celebration for their whole class!

Spirit Night at Red Robin – St. Anthony of Padua Grade School is having a Spirit Day at Red Robin in the Christiana Town Center.  Flyers will be sent home on Monday, October 24th. Please present the flyer between 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 27th.  Our school will receive a portion of the proceeds during those hours. This is good for dining in or take-out. Please consider joining us for dinner that night. We hope to see you there!

Reminder to 8th Grade Parents – Please be sure to register your child for the High School Placement Test.  All registrations must be completed online at http://wilmington.stsusers.com. The placement test will be the first weekend of December.

7th Grade Food Drive – During the month of September, the 7th Grade organized a food drive. Through the generosity of our school families, they collected 366 pounds of food which will be donated to the St. Patrick Food Bank.  Thank you to all who donated!

Principal for a Day – On October 27th, we will welcome Mr. Andrew R. Rankin from Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware as principal of the day.  Mr. Rankin will spend the day learning the ins and outs of being an elementary school principal.  He is looking forward to leaving the world of banking for one day to spend some time in our wonderful school.

We also ask for continued prayers for 8th grader, Nick Mercantini, who remains in the ICU at A.I. DuPont Hospital.

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 17th – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Coleman Farm
    • Student Council Meeting – Preschool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
    • First Penance Meeting (Parents Only) – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 20th3rd Grade Field Trip – Delaware State Fire School – 8:45 – 11:45 A.M.
  • Sunday, October 23rd – Open House – Padua Academy and St. Elizabeth High School
  • Monday, October 24th – Confirmation Candidates meeting – Church – 6:15 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 26th – 6th Grade Field Trip – Ellis Island
  • Thursday, October 27th – Spirit Night at Red Robin – 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, October 29th – Home and School Halloween Party – Gym – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, November 3rd – Skating Night – Christiana Skating Rink – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
  • Friday, November 4th – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

Please visit the website for details about upcoming events. The new website is https://sapgs.org

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.”

            ~ Pope Francis