February 8, 2019
Today at Mass, Father Rinaldi used his homily to remind us that dismal days such as today don’t matter as long as God’s love shines in our hearts. He went on to explain that even when we have bad days, sad days, or unhappy days, Jesus will always love us because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is a friend who is always there for us and his love comes to us through prayer.
Catholic Schools Week – We had an excellent week of activities to celebrate Catholic Schools Week!
- On Monday afternoon, it was wonderful to see all the new information your children have learned this year while answering questions during our Knowledge Bowl. I was impressed with all of the children, from our littlest 3 year olds to our oldest 8th Graders.
- On Tuesday, Student Council provided Chick-fil-a lunches for all our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day. I can assure you every teacher appreciated this delicious lunch!
- Thank you to Home and School for treating our teachers to some very yummy breakfast pizzas and brownies the next day! We all enjoyed our breakfast treat!
- Wednesday saw Mrs. Orensky and some of our 8th Graders helping all the students run through different activities in the Gym for Spirit Day. Everyone had a wonderful time.
- Thursday was Student Appreciation Day and I can assuredly say I was amazed and appreciated how well your children behaved during our movie trip. Due to a technical difficulty, your children waited patiently for almost an hour until we moved to smaller theaters to watch Mary Poppins Returns. Due to our later return time, students also enjoyed a pizza lunch!
- Thank you to Home and School for paying for our movie and snacks! All of us, students and adults, enjoyed their trip!
- Friday was the traditional 8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game. For the first time, the 8th Grade class swept the games and came out the clear victors. Way to go, Class of 2019!
- Thank you for donating canned goods as admission to the volleyball game. Our “Souper” Bowl collected 250 pounds of food for the St. Patrick Center.
I want to thank you once again for choosing to send your child to our school. We value the decision you have made and take the educating of your child seriously. It is our privilege to teach, love, and nurture your precious gifts.
Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast – Please come support our Boy Scout Troop and enjoy some delicious pancakes this Sunday, February 10th from 7:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in the Ballad Room. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. Available food will include pancakes, sausages, home fries, and more. All proceeds will benefit Cub Scout Pack 88 and Boy Scout Troop 88. We hope you are able to join us!
Reminder about morning drop-off: Please use the front of the building, pulling up as far as possible, and have your child exit on the curbside. Do not park on the school side if you will exit your car for any reason. Please do not park in the bus zone across the street or double-park in the street. If you need to walk your child into school, please park across the street in the parking lot. All children must cross at the corner with the crossing guard (this also applies for dismissal). If you park on Scott Street (the side of the school), children can exit safely on the curb when they get out on the passenger side of the vehicle. This is a better, safer option.
Health and Safety Reminders: Students must be fever-free, vomit-free, and diarrhea-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students have come to school with these issues and that puts other people, both students and teachers, at risk. If a student was sent home the previous day for one of these issues, they will be expected to stay home the next day. If students come to school less than 24 hours after being sent home for these issues, parents will be called to come pick them up.
Congratulations to our Knights of Columbus Vocation Essay Contest Winners! The Knights of Columbus hold a yearly vocation essay contest where students in grades 5 -8 are given a specific topic to write on. The following students won for their class: Jackie Kurylo – 5th; Natalia Alfieri – 6th; Evan Cillo – 7th; Maggie Atkins – 8th. Each winner received a gift card and their essay will be entered in the statewide competition. Excellent job!
Congratulations to our January Students of the Month! January’s virtue was “compassion.” Congratulations to Stephen Beals (PK3), DJ Banker (PK4), Lea Santiago (K), Bryson Windsor (1st), Brayan Windsor (2nd), Nunzio Roca (3rd), Jacob Matarese (4th), Colin Hannan (5th), Natalia Alfieri (6th), Jessica Reiger (7th), and Kyle Reynolds (8th). Way to go!
Re-registration Reminder – Please send in re-registration forms as soon as possible. By having these forms, we are better able to budget and plan for next year. Thank you to those who have sent them in already!
Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. 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 4th.
CALENDAR REMINDER – On Wednesday, March 27th, all Diocesan Schools will be closed for teacher professional development. Students will have the day off. Please plan accordingly.
Yearbooks – Yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year can be purchased online by visiting http://jostensyearbooks.com/?
Sacrament Save the Dates:
- March 11th – Confirmation Registration for 2019 – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
- Parents and candidates must attend.
- April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
- April 28th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
- May 3rd – Practice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
- May 4th – First Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
- Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.
From Home and School:
- Skate Night on Monday, February 11th! Come join St. Anthony’s at Christiana Skating Center for an evening of roller skating from 6:30-8:30 P.M. Admission is $4 and skate rental is $3. (Non-skating adults are free of charge.) The snack bar will be open and there will be a 50/50 raffle. We hope to see you and your children there!
- Save the date for Italian Night! Come join us on Saturday, March 3rd when St. Anthony’s Home and School Association will be hosting Italian Night. Come indulge in delicious Italian food and drink while listening to stories and music of Frank Sinatra. Tickets cost $35 and include appetizers, salad, Italian entrees, dessert, beer, wine, and soda. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Alfieri at (302) 593-8773 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also purchase tickets online by visiting https://www.squareup.com/
- Home and School has asked for parents to donate items to be raffled off. If you would prefer, you may send in a cash donation.
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“You can be sure that He will forgive you. And speak to all of Jesus, of his love, his mercy, his tenderness, because friendship with Jesus, who gave himself for us, is an event that must be told.” ~ Pope Francis