Tiger Talk! October 12, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Friday! This was a short week, but a very busy one. Thank you to those who attended our Home and School sponsored Grotto’s Night. It is always nice to spend time together over a meal. That has become something we are well known for in this Italian parish. We love chances to get together and be social. You do not have to be Italian to enjoy that fellowship. Please keep an eye on our calendar, as we have several nights planned to dine out thanks to Ms. Frederick doing her research on restaurants that donate money to schools. Our next Restaurant Night is Tuesday, October 23rd at the Shake Shack in the Christiana Fashion Center, across from Christiana Mall.

Today at Mass, Father Mark read a Gospel reading that was about demons. He put a nice twist on the somewhat gloomy reading. He simplified the reading for our students and compared demons to bad things in our life. He said that sometimes we get rid of the “bad” in ourselves, yet those bad things creep back in. He urged the children to become what God wants them to be, the best version of themselves. We should strive to be better people and become more like Jesus. He suggested substituting bad things in our lives for good ones. He gave the example of gossiping. If we have a tendency to gossip and talk badly about others, he asked that we try to start saying nice things about people. Eventually, just like the evil tendencies, speaking kindly will become a habit. He suggested we look to the things that are negative in our lives, even if it is something as simple as procrastination with homework. He reminded us that if we keep busy tending to the things we should tend to that there would be very little room for bad things “demons” to enter into our lives.

I love starting Fridays with Mass! Please join us if you have yet to do so. The children do an amazing job preparing the readings and participating. Our Antonians sing beautifully. We have been singing the songs for our Diocesan theme this year. The songs will remind you of your childhood! They all encourage us to celebrate the day that the Lord has made for us, to be glad, and to REJOICE! At the end of each Mass, Father Mark gives everyone a round of applause. That is a habit unique to him, and the children really like his special acknowledgement.

8Th Grade is pictured here at Holy Spirit Church! This past Thursday they celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary with other Diocesan schools. They prayed the Rosary with Bishop Malooly and then had their pictures taken outside with the Marian statue. It was a special day celebrating one of the many traditions of our Catholic faith – the Rosary.

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Light the Night Walk to walk with Mateo Ahumada!

Mateo is bravely battling Leukemia and is attempting to complete his 8thgrade year with his classmates. He was thrilled with the turnout from his peers and some families. It was a very emotional night for me and especially for Mateo’s mom, Carmen. We talked about how fast things can change in your life; in the blink of an eye. One day your child is running around and playing. The next thing you know, you are helpless and listening to doctors’ talk about cancer, referring to that very same child. We both felt extremely blessed this year. My son is in remission (2 years) and was able to come home from college and walk with his former church buddy, Mateo. Last year, Mateo was too sick to walk and was watching from the hospital window, the same window my son and I spent over a year sleeping next to. Mateo was full of smiles this year. His energy was contagious. That day, his mom doubted he would be able to do it, thinking he looked too tired. Hours later, Mateo was dancing around with his friends, getting his face painted, and enjoying the night. God was good to us, and we had a lot of reasons to REJOICE that evening. Thank you again for your continued prayers for the Ahumada family!

 

Aftercare Reminders

A few reminders to our families who use the Aftercare program:

  • If a relative or friend is going to pick-up your child or children from Aftercare, please make sure they are aware that the pick-up procedure requires an adult to sign the child out in the office before going to the Aftercare room to get the child.
  • Children must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. when Aftercare closes. There will be a $10 late fee assessed for late pick-ups. Families who are consistently late picking up their children will forfeit their aftercare spot.
  • Outstanding balances on Aftercare accounts must be paid by the last day of the month to continue using the Aftercare program.

Thank you for choosing St. Anthony’s and your cooperation with our Aftercare program guidelines.

Student Council has many activities planned for this year. Next week, Student Council officers will be selling bracelets. The cost is $1 for rubber and yarn bracelets and $2 for beaded bracelets.  Student Council will also be selling apple cider.  A form will be going home next week.  We are asking for pre-orders so we can order the correct amount of apple cider.  During the week of Halloween, they will be having a candy corn count.  Chances are 1 guess for $0.50 or 3 guesses for $1.00.  During November, we will hold our annual Food Drive.  More information will come out as we get closer to the event.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, October 25th, following our Noon Dismissal for Grandparents Day! Conference forms were sent home with the youngest child in each family on Wednesday.  Please return these forms to school by Monday, October 15th so our teachers can schedule conferences.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held October 24th – October 26th.  This event is always very popular on Grandparents’ Day.  Due to the overwhelming amount of people who try to go during the few hours they have here at school, the Book Fair will remain open after the noon dismissal on Grandparents’ Day.  Students will also be able to shop on Wednesday and Friday.

Home & School Association Halloween Party – St. Anthony’s Home & School Association will once again be hosting our annual Halloween Party on Friday, October 26th from 6:30-8:30 P.M.  We are in need of volunteers to help ensure a great time is had by all.  Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius form and see where you may be able to share a little of your time that evening.  Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the event! (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ba9a72caa8-halloween1)

We will have a Dress Down Day/Dress-up for Halloween, on October 31st. The cost to participate is $2.00 and the money raised will be donated to the Diocese in celebration of their 150th Anniversary and to help fund the beautiful painting of our Blessed Mother given to Bishop Malooly this past weekend. The children will be able to view this painting and hear the story of its creation within the next couple of weeks.

Altar Servers Needed – We are looking for students from 4th to 8th grades who might be interested in joining our Altar Server Program. We will have an information session with Father Mark for interested students on Friday, October 19th, at 2:00 P.M. in the church.  Please let Mr. Shields know if your child or children are interested. Email Mr. Shields at bshields@stanthonynet.org or call the office at (302) 421-3743. Thank you!

Upcoming Restaurant Nights:

  • Tuesday, October 23rd – Shake Shack at the Christiana Fashion Center
  • Tuesday, November 27th – Café Napoli located off Kirkwood Highway
  • Monday, December 10th – Grub Burger and Barnes & Noble Night on 202.

All of the restaurants are all day events meaning there is no set time that you need to go for them to donate to our school.  We will be sending more information home on Wednesdays in the white envelopes.  This is a great way to support our school and enjoy some delicious food.

There will be no Tiger Talk on October 26thI will be at a Middle School Educators Conference in Orlando that week! Please continue to follow us on Facebook and to check our school website calendar for upcoming events.

Autumn Blessings,

Mrs. White

Tiger Talk! September 28, 2018

Tiger Talk!

September 28, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

October’s focus will be on the Second Commandment – “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” Our virtuous action for October is: thoughtful in speaking about God. October is the month of the Rosary, the special sacramental we use to pray the “Hail, Mary.” Students will have multiple opportunities to pray the Rosary throughout the month of October. Teachers will be checking with students to be sure they have a rosary.  If your child does have a rosary that can come to school, please be sure to send it with them. If your child does not have a rosary, we have rosaries here at school for them to use.

Also during the month of October, we talk about Fire Safety and Respecting Life, from conception to a natural death. It will be a busy month. Students are working on Fire Prevention activities, including posters and essays for the annual Fire Prevention Contest run by the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association.

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month!  September’s virtue was faithfulness.  Congratulations to Stella Botsford (PK 3), Edward Harper (PK 4), Julian Detlefsen (K), Sylvie Keen (1st), Desmond Denny (2nd), Brenan Truver (3rd), Cecilia Ramos (4th), Ellie Koontz (5th), Zach Brelick (6th), Sarah Mazalewski (7th), and Blake Reilly (8th)! Way to go !

(Not pictured – Stella Botsford and Edward Harper)

 

Thank you to our Home and School Board for a wonderful Crab Feast! The rain did not dampen our spirits. Everyone had a great time!  Please be sure to check both the school calendar on our website and the school’s Facebook page for more information regarding Home and School events.

Blessing of the Animals – On Tuesday, October 2nd, please join us for the Blessing of the Animals in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.  The brief prayer service will take place in Father Tucker field at 2:00 P.M.  All pets are welcome (as long as they are on a leash or in a cage).  Students are welcome to bring photos or drawings of their pets if parents are unable to bring their pet to school.

Picture Day Retakes – Picture retakes will be Thursday, October 4th.  Please make sure your child or your child’s teacher knows that they will need a retake.

Please join me in Lighting up the Night at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children on Saturday, October 6th! Follow this link to register. (http://pages.lightthenight.org/de/wilmgton18/KReynolds)

We are walking in honor of our 8th Grade student, Mateo Ahumada, who is currently battling Leukemia. We are also walking to celebrate the lives of survivors and to honor the memories of those who have lost their lives to cancer/leukemia. This event is near to my heart because my son, Christopher, battled childhood cancer at this very hospital. They saved his life! And now, those very same doctors and nurses are helping Mateo, his former St. Anthony church buddy (when Christopher was a student here). Come out to walk with us. It is a short walk, approximately one mile.  There is great food, music, prizes, and more! We hope to have a large group representing St. Anthony’s. Join our group, “Mateo’s Jedis,” or join individually. We would love to have you on our team!

 

School is closed on Monday, October 8th for Columbus Day. Mr. Shields and I will attend the annual Columbus Day Mass and breakfast. The Columbus Day Committee has been so kind and generous to our school over the years. Every year, they make a large monetary donation toward our school. In the past, we have used this money to reach our technology goals for the building.

Columbus Day Mass and Breakfast – The 22nd Annual Columbus Day Mass and Breakfast will be held on Monday, October 8th.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Malooly at 7:30 A.M. at St. Anthony of Padua Church.  The homilist will be Oblate Provincial Vy. Rev. Lewis Fiorelli, OSFS.  Breakfast will immediately follow  after Mass in Padua Academy’s Cafetorium.  This year’s honoree is Ernest (Ernie) Camoirano . Proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Parish and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Retirement Fund.

  • Tickets are $35.00 or tables of up to 10 for $350.00.  Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Purchase tickets or tables online at: https://squareup.com/store/sapgs or by contacting Michael Malchione at: 302.652.4194 x122 or via email: mmalchione@dossnet.com.

On October 11th, our 8th Grade will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at Holy Spirit Church. They will pray the Luminous Mysteries together with other students from the Diocese. This is a beautiful tradition.

Dress Down Day on Halloween –  The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage Board has asked us to hold a schoolwide Sesquicentennial Dress Down Day to support the Diocese celebration of 150 years! The cost for this dress down day will be $2, and all faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to participate. We will be holding this dress down day on Halloween. More details will follow on the dress requirements for the day. Please send in your donation of at least $2 in order to participate. If your child does not wish to participate, please still consider sending a donation. The CDOW Annual Marian Pilgrimage Board has commissioned an original painting from renowned local artist Neilson Carlin, whose The Holy Family was featured during the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia in 2016. This new painting is entitled Our Lady of Wilmington. It is a beautifully unique painting of Mary, the Cause of Our Joy! This painting will go on tour throughout the Diocese in each participating school. All are welcome to attend all or part of the pilgrimage day on October 6th at the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace, on the campus of Holy Spirit Parish. The day concludes with 4:00 P.M. Mass that fulfills Sunday obligation, and presentation of Our Lady of Wilmington to Bishop Malooly and the Diocese. I will unfortunately not be able to attend due to the Light the Night walk against Leukemia and Cancer. For more information, contact Father Brian Lewis at fatherbrianlewis@gmail.com.

Uniform RemindersThe fall/winter uniform starts on Monday.  Shorts are no longer permitted.  As the weather starts to get colder, please be sure to send your child in with a jacket or outerwear of some kind.  Students will go outside for recess every day, except for inclement weather.

    • Sweaters/Sweatshirts – Only uniform sweaters/sweatshirts may be worn in school.  A navy blue cardigan, with no embellishments, or the school black and orange sweatshirt may be worn any day with the uniform.
    • Hooded sweatshirts are not allowed on a regular uniform day or a gym uniform day, even when they are for a St. Anthony’s sports team. This is a safety issue.

October Parish Monthly Social – The first parish social of the fall will be held on Sunday, October 7th, 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 donuts and tomato pie from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and more!  Hope you can join us!

Please follow us on Facebook (St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends) to see updates, events, and photos from our days.   Be sure to check out our website calendar at sapgs.org.  It is updated regularly and is where we will be listing all of our events.

Blessings,

Mrs. Judy White

“If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

September 14, 2018 Tiger Talk!

Tiger Talk!

September 14, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (Philippians 4:4).

This is a great opening line for our first Tiger Talk communication. We have so many reasons to rejoice! Our Diocesan theme for the year is “Rejoice in the Lord always.”  When you visit our school building, you will see the theme present all over the building. We will be teaching the 10 Commandments which offer us the freedom to know, love, and serve God and one another as we “Rejoice in the Lord.”

We had a wonderful start to the school year. We gathered on the first day in the Kindergarten courtyard, introduced all students to every adult member of our school community, said an opening prayer with our new pastor, Father Mark Wrightson, and then raised our flags for the first time as a community. Students said the Pledge of Allegiance, ending with the words, “God bless America,” an addition we made following the attacks on September 11th, many years ago, before these children were even born. Those words now seem to be a part of the pledge. We celebrated the first day of school with a water ice and soft pretzel treat. We then met with each level and discussed our school mission (our promise), emergency code procedures, the Diocesan theme, and discipline expectations. Those meetings were very well-received.

Mr. Shields and I were so happy to have the students return. The building just doesn’t feel the same without that energy, enthusiasm, and joyful noise of children. We welcomed over 40 new students to our school, and they are a lovely addition to our family. They are no longer “new,” but rather part of a small, close-knit community, where they will grow in faith and a loving learning environment.

This has been a busy week.  We began our first set of benchmark testing for all grades, K-8. The students are doing well so far.  We will conclude that testing next week. Students and teachers had their individual school pictures taken, as well as class photos.

We had our first of many Friday Masses today. The students were exceptional.  I received compliments from the community members who attended this Mass with us about the wonderful behavior.  It brought so much joy to see our Church buddies attending Mass together. The older students do a wonderful job helping the younger students with responses and prayers. Please join us on Fridays at 8:00 A.M. in our beautiful church. Students prepare and participate actively in the Mass. It is a wonderful way to start your final work day or your weekend.

 

A few notes for those who missed the general Home and School Meeting

  • Thank you for marketing our school! You are our best marketing tools. We exceeded our enrollment expectations for this year and hope to continue to grow.  We have over 40 new students this year!
  • Drop-off and Pick-up Safety/Parking reminders – We are asking for all parents/guardians to use the crosswalk at the corner of our school block.  Teachers and staff encourage students to only cross at the crosswalk where we have a crossing guard stationed.  Students should not be crossing into the middle of the street. Please help us reinforce this important safety lesson.
    • Drop-Off – When dropping your child off in the morning, if you plan on walking them into school, please park in the parking lot across the street.  The space in front of school is meant to be a “DROP-OFF ONLY” area. Please remember in the morning to pull forward as far as possible when dropping off a child. Do not park your car in front of school if you plan to exit the car, even if simply walking your child into school. This creates a traffic jam and safety issue. If you will be exiting your car, please park it somewhere other than our drop-off zone in the front of the school.
    • Pick-up – Please do not park on the city sidewalks when waiting to pick up your children. Use the parking lot and the four city blocks that surround our campus. Across the street is a city bus zone. Please do not park in it. It is a parking violation, and you can be ticketed.
  • Kindergarten Courtyard – Students should not be climbing on the stone columns around the Kindergarten Courtyard.  It is extremely dangerous. Please do not allow your child or any children in your care to climb on top of the columns.
  • If you are not receiving emails from the school when we send out email updates, please contact the main office and let them know.  We reserve phone calls and text messages for weather emergencies and school closings.

 

Family Surveys:  Family surveys were sent home on Wednesday. Please fill them out and return them to the office as quickly as possible. The family surveys provide us with important information that helps ensure that we receive quality Title One services for our students. Please return all Family Surveys by September 26th.

 

Uniform Reminders

    • Uniform Socks
      • On Gym day, the only dress code approved socks are solid black or solid white.
      • On a regular uniform day, solid white or solid navy blue.
    • Sweaters/Sweatshirts – Only uniform sweaters/sweatshirts may be worn in school.  A navy blue cardigan, with no embellishments, or the school black and orange sweatshirt may be worn any day with the uniform.

 

  • Hooded sweatshirts are not allowed, even when they are for a St. Anthony’s sports team. This is a safety issue.

 

  • Referrals will be given for dress code violations.

 

October Parish Monthly Social

The first parish social of the fall will be held on Sunday, October 7th, 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 donuts and tomato pie from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and more!  Hope you can join us!

Please follow us on Facebook (St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends) to see updates, events, and photos from our days.   Be sure to check out our website calendar at sapgs.org.  It is updated regularly and is where we will be listing all of our events. We have several fun events planned thanks to our incredible Home and School Board.

 

I am looking forward to a fantastic year! Please don’t hesitate to call me should you ever have any questions or concerns. Stop by the school anytime. I am always happy to meet with parents.

Have a terrific weekend. Stay dry!

Blessings,

Mrs. Judy White

“God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being loved.” ~ Pope Francis

May 18, 2018 Tiger Talk!

Dear Parents,

Today at Mass, Father Wrightson taught us about the loving and forgiving nature of Jesus as our friend. He told the story of Jesus and His friend Peter. He talked about Jesus returning and having breakfast with His disciples. He sits right down with them. Jesus asks His friend Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Father Wrightson explained that we can hear that story many times and not realize what Jesus was doing. Why does Jesus ask Peter the same question three times? There is a reason. A few days prior to this breakfast, Peter was asked if he knew Jesus three times and three times he denied knowing Him. This was Jesus’s way of giving Peter three more chances to love and follow Him. Jesus simply wants us to be with Him and follow Him. Each time we step away from Jesus, He is there waiting to give us another opportunity to make up for whatever mistake it is that we have made. Each and every day Jesus allows us to start anew. We simply have to remember that Jesus is always with us. It was a story of who we are and how we live. This reminds me of the song our Second Graders just sang for Communion. “Jesus has a home in my heart. And He is with me each day. We are never apart, since Jesus lives in my heart. And I am never alone, since Jesus came and made a home; a home in my heart.”

We have some excellent news to share! Mrs. Angelo had a baby girl, Harper Grace, on Mother’s Day.  We are ecstatic and cannot wait to meet Harper. Welcome to our newest Tiger!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night at the Awards Banquet, as we reach another milestone for our 8th Grade Class of 2018.  We will celebrate all the accomplishments and wonderful sportsmanship and stewardship demonstrated by many of the students in our school.

School News

REMINDER – Next Friday, May 25th is a noon dismissal for students.  There will be no After Care.  This is a planning afternoon for teachers for next school year.

Music and the Arts! – This year, we are trying something new.  Instead of holding the excellence fair in the gym, Mrs. Gaspari will be displaying art work from the entire school throughout our hallways.  The kick-off event will be our Spring Band concert in the Ballad Room on Tuesday, May 22nd. We hope you will be able to join us for the concert!  If you are unable to come to the concert, please stop by sometime during that week to see the lovely artwork your children have worked on through the year.

Nemours/A.I. DuPont Donation Drive – During the month of May, Student Council is running a donation drive for Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.  Information was sent home last week.  We are hoping for at least one item per child in the school.  Items may be brought in anytime between now and May 31st.

Field Day is moved to Tuesday, May 29th! All students are to wear their gym uniforms.  Lunch will be provided that day.  If your child does not eat hot dogs, please be sure to send lunch in with them.

  • All students should bring a towel to sit on outside and an extra water bottle.
  • Please be sure your child has applied sunscreen BEFORE coming to school.

Alumni News

Congratulations to the following former students who received honors at St. Elizabeth High School for the third marking period!

  • 1st Honors – Justin Brooks, Andres Fabris, James Mazalewski, Taylor Oden-Randolph, Nathan Thomas, Daniel Borowski, Sadie Falcone-Testardi, Alexis Martin Del Campo, and Ben Pfeil.
  • 2nd Honors – Angelina Squillace, Angelina Degnars, Jordan Foy, Anastasia Mazalewski, and Naia Pulliam

Congratulations to the following former students who received honors at Padua Academy for the third marking period!

  • High Honors – Christina Molloy, Samantha DiVirgilio, Mackenzie McCall, Robin Land, Reagan Widmaier, Katherine Collier, and Rachel Tomlinson.
  • Honors – Ellen Banker, Andrea Reynolds, Julia Wood, Noelle DiVirgilio

Parish News

New Parish Website – St. Anthony’s parish is pleased to announce our new parish website, which features significant usability upgrades and a wide expansion of content.  The new site is “live” now and we will prepare to wind down the existing site after May 15, 2018.  Please bookmark the new site and start visiting it today!  The new site address is: http://www.sapde.org.  Check the site often as we continue to add content to it!

Pentecost Sunday “Red Foods” Social – A new parish tradition, the Pentecost Sunday Social featuring red foods (the color of the Holy Spirit, whose descent into the world we celebrate on Pentecost) will be held on Sunday, May 20th after the 11:00 A.M. Mass in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  The social will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and a variety of red (& other) foods.  Thanks to the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality for their sponsorship of this social and for all they do to serve our parish community.

Italian Festival News

2018 Italian Festival: Volunteers Needed! – It’s that time of year again!  The region’s largest Italian-American cultural event, and the primary fundraiser benefitting St. Anthony’s Grade School, is running Sunday, June 10th -Sunday, June 17th!  Volunteers are essential to the Festival’s success.  It’s a fun and very fulfilling way to support our school and parish, and to be part of a treasured community tradition.  Of course, without volunteers, there is no Festival!  No special skills or experience needed—everyone is welcome to volunteer!  Check out volunteer opportunities at the Festival website: www.stanthonysfestival.com, & click on the Sign up To Volunteer Online link on the upper right of the home page.  Then follow instructions on that page to our online signup link.

Grade School families are expected to volunteer 15 hours for the Festival.  In addition to the online sign-up option, refer to information that was sent sent home with students regarding the volunteer assignment/sign-up process.  School families may sign up either online or by completing & returning the paper signup form.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Italian Festival 8-Day Passes & Gift Cards Now Available—PRE-FESTIVAL SALES PRICES – Passes are a great gift for graduation or any occasion!  Gift cards are the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, grads—everyone.  They are also a smart way to provide funds to the kids for use at this year’s Festival.   BUY NOW and SAVE!!

  • Passes & Gift Cards are available:
  • at the Rectory during office hours (8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday and 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday-Thursday) starting May 1, 2018
  • at the Church after 5:30 P.M./7:00 A.M./9:00 A.M. Masses starting the weekend of May 6, 2018
  • via secure PayPal purchase on the Festival website (stanthonysfestival.com) starting April 24, 2018
  • with Home and School gift card sales at the Grade School on Friday mornings (starting April 27, 2018) and 11:00 A.M. Masses on Sundays (starting April 29, 2018)

PRICING:

  • PRE-FESTIVAL 8-DAY PASS PRICE:
    • $12.00—20% OFF price if purchased at the Festival ($15.00).
    • A pass provides one admission per person per day to the Festival.
    • Festival Admission Policy: Under age 14: FREE (if accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or older); $5 daily for ages 14-61; Over age 61: FREE.
  • PRE-FESTIVAL GIFT CARD PRICES:
    • $25.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $22.00
    • $50.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $42.00

NOTE:  Advance Ride Tickets will also be on sale when available.  (Mid-May)

Looking for an Inexpensive Way to Promote Your Business? Would you like to reach the tens of thousands of people who attend the Italian Festival?  Consider purchasing a banner that can advertise on our perimeter gate.  It’s an easy and affordable way to spread the word about your business!  For more info email us at: festival@stanthonynet.org or send a message to the Festival Facebook page (facebook.com/stanthonysfestival).

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see photos from our events and school activities.

  • May 19thYAC Awards Banquet – Padua Academy – 6:00 P.M.
  • May 20th Parish Pentecost “Red Foods” Social – Ballad Room – after the 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 21stStudent Council Final Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 22nd – May 25thMusic and the Arts!
  • May 22nd Spring Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
    • 2nd Grade Field Trip – White Clay Creek State Park
  • May 23rd 8th Grade Field Trip to NYC
    • 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo -8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • May 24th 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 8:45 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip – Delaware Solid Waste Authority – 8:45 – 11:30 A.M.
  • May 25th NOON DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher Planning Day
  • May 28th Memorial Day – School Closed
  • May 29th Field Day
  • June 1st PreSchool’s Last Day
  • June 4th 8th Grade Communion Breakfast
  • June 5th 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Kindergarten Last Day
      • Kindergarten Prayer Service– Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
    • June 6th – NOON DISMISSAL
    • June 7th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
    • June 10th – June 17th – Italian Festival
    • June 11thTeachers’ Last Work Day

This will be the last Tiger Talk for the school year.  Please like our Facebook page “St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Families, Alumni & Friends” to keep up-to-date with news, events, and photos.  Also be sure to check our school website (sapgs.org) for updates as well.

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“The Lord never tires of forgiving, it is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.” ~ Pope Francis

May 4, 2018 Tiger Talk!

May 4, 2018

Tiger Talk!

Dear Parents,

First, let me thank all of you in our school community for your love and support during these last weeks as we said goodbye to Father Nick.  We appreciate all the kind words and gestures that you have given to us.  Your children created some of the most beautiful drawings, poems, and letters I have seen as their way of saying goodbye to Father.  If you have not had a chance to see them yet, please stop by the Ballad Room and look at the memory board we have created for their work.

The month of May begins a very busy time here at St. Anthony’s.  While the school year moves closer to the end, we have so many upcoming events that it seems we never stop moving.

  • This Saturday, our 2nd Grade class will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.  The students have worked very hard to prepare themselves for this blessed event.  If you are able to join us, please do. Mass begins at 10:00 A.M.
  • Wednesday, May 9th is our annual May Procession.  This event is one of our most honored traditions with our graduating 8th Graders making up our May Court and one of our 2nd Graders being our crown bearer.  This reverent event begins at 2:00 P.M. with the students processing from the school to the Church.  If you would like to send in flowers for the altar, please do so on Wednesday morning.  All are welcome to attend!
    • Please remember for May Procession that no summer uniforms may be worn. No shorts are permitted and boys in 6th – 8th Grade must wear a button up shirt and tie.
  •  Field Day will be on Wednesday, May 16th. All students are to wear their gym uniforms.  Lunch will be provided that day.  If your child does not eat hot dogs, please be sure to send a lunch in with them.
    • All students should bring a towel to sit on outside and an extra water bottle.
    • Please be sure your child has applied sunscreen BEFORE coming to school.

 

School News

Congratulations to our April Students of the Month!  April’s virtue was “justice.”  Congratulations to Duke Tayler (PK3), Molly Turner (PK4), Sylvie Keen (K), Giavanna Di Donato (1st), Chase Willard (2nd), Cecilia Ramos (3rd), Rosie Davidson (4th), Alyssa Ceresini (5th), Jessica Rieger (6th), Olivia Segeda  (7th), and Amari Mathis (8th)!  Keep up the good work!

Nemours/A.I. DuPont Donation Drive – During the month of May, Student Council is running a donation drive for Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.  Information was sent home last week.  We are hoping for at least one item per child in the school.  Items may be brought in anytime between now and May 31st.

Congratulations to former students, Ellen Banker and Nate Thomas! Ellen and Nate are both high school seniors and they received the St. Francis de Sales Award from the Diocese.  The award is presented to seniors in Catholic high schools and recognizes them for excellence in faith development, scholarship, service, leadership, and citizenship.

 

Parish News

New Parish Website – St. Anthony’s parish is pleased to announce our new parish website, which features significant usability upgrades and a wide expansion of content.  The new site is “live” now and we will prepare to wind down the existing site after May 15, 2018.  Please bookmark the new site and start visiting it today!  The new site address is:http://www.sapde.org

.  Check the site often as we continue to add content to it!

May Parish Monthly Social – Our next parish social will be held on Sunday, May 6th 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 other foods.

Pentecost Sunday “Red Foods” Social – A new parish tradition, the Pentecost Sunday Social featuring red foods (the color of the Holy Spirit, whose descent into the world we celebrate on Pentecost) will be held on Sunday, May 20th after the 11:00 A.M. Mass in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  The social will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and a variety of red (& other) foods.  Thanks to the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality for their sponsorship of this social and for all they do to serve our parish community.

 

Italian Festival News

2018 Italian Festival: Volunteers Needed! – It’s that time of year again!  The region’s largest Italian-American cultural event, and the primary fundraiser benefitting our GradeSchool, is running Sunday, June 10th -Sunday, June 17th!  Volunteers are essential to the Festival’s success.  It’s a fun and very fulfilling way to support our school and parish, and to be part of a treasured community tradition.  Of course, without volunteers, there is no Festival!  No special skills or experience needed—everyone is welcome to volunteer!  Check out volunteer opportunities at the Festival website: www.stanthonysfestival.com, & click on the Sign up To Volunteer Online link on the upper right of the home page.  Then follow instructions on that page to our online signup link.

Grade School families are expected to volunteer 15 hours for the Festival.  In addition to the online signup option, refer to information that was sent sent home with students regarding the volunteer assignment/sign-up process.  School families may sign up either online or by completing & returning the paper signup form.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Italian Festival 8-Day Passes & Gift Cards Now Available—PRE-FESTIVAL SALES PRICES – Passes are a great gift for graduation or any occasion!  Gift cards are the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, grads—everyone.  They are also a smart way to provide funds to the kids for use at this year’s Festival.   BUY NOW and SAVE!!

  • Passes & Gift Cards are available:
  • at the Rectory during office hours (8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday and 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday-Thursday) starting May 1, 2018
  • at the Church after 5:30 P.M./7:00 A.M./9:00 A.M. Masses starting the weekend of May 6, 2018
  • via secure PayPal purchase on the Festival website (www.stanthonysfestival.com) starting April 24, 2018
  • with Home and School gift card sales at the Grade School on Friday mornings (starting April 27, 2018) and 11:00 A.M. Masses on Sundays (starting April 29, 2018)

PRICING:

  • PRE-FESTIVAL 8-DAY PASS PRICE:
    • $12.00—20% OFF price if purchased at the Festival ($15.00). 
    • A pass provides one admission per person per day to the Festival.
    • Festival Admission Policy: Under age 14: FREE (if accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or older); $5 daily for ages 14-61; Over age 61: FREE.
  • PRE-FESTIVAL GIFT CARD PRICES:
    • $25.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $22.00 
    • $50.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $42.00

NOTE:  Advance Ride Tickets will also be on sale when available.  (Mid-May)

Looking for an Inexpensive Way to Promote Your Business? Would you like to reach the tens of thousands of people who attend the Italian Festival?  Consider purchasing a banner that can advertise on our perimeter gate.  It’s an easy and affordable way to spread the word about your business!  For more info email us at: festival@stanthonynet.org or send a message to the Festival Facebook page (facebook.com/stanthonysfestival).

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see photos from our events and school activities.

  • May 5th – First Communion – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • May 6th – Parish Social – Ballad Room – after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 7th – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 9th – May Procession – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 10th – Kindergarten Field Trip – Playhouse – 9:00 A.M.
  • May 15th – Barnes and Noble Night – 4:00 P.M.
    • Salesianum/Padua Visit – 1:30 P.M.
  • May 16th – Field Day (More info to come)
    • YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
    • Home and School General Meeting/Elections – Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 19th – YAC Awards Banquet – Padua Academy – 6:00 P.M.
  • May 20th – Parish Pentecost “Red Foods” Social – Ballad Room – after the 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 21st – Student Council Final Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 22nd – Spring Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
    • 2nd Grade Field Trip  – White Clay Creek State Park
  • May 23rd – 8th Grade Field Trip to NYC
    • 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo -8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • May 24th – 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 8:45 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip – Delaware Solid Waste Authority – 8:45 – 11:30 A.M.
  • May 25th – NOON DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher Planning Day
  • May 28th – Memorial Day – School Closed
  • June 1st – PreSchool’s Last Day
  • June 4th – 8th Grade Communion Breakfast
  • June 5th – 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Kindergarten Last Day
      • Kindergarten Prayer Service– Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
  • June 6th – NOON DISMISSAL
  • June 7th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
  • June 10th – June 17th – Italian Festival
  • June 11th – Teachers’ Last Work Day

Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.”  ~ Pope Benedict XVI

April 20, 2018 Tiger Talk!

April 20, 2018

Tiger Talk!

Dear Parents,

Our school and parish community is mourning the passing of Father Nick as his time here on Earth has ended.  Father Nick dedicated his life to the betterment of all those around him in his parishes and schools.  While we are saddened that he is no longer here with us on Earth, we should be joyful that he has gone to be with God, Jesus, and all the saints in heaven. That was Father Nick’s ultimate goal: to spend his eternal life with the Lord he loved so much.

School will be closing at noon on Wednesday, April 25th so our staff may gather together to celebrate Father Nick’s life and the impact he had on all of us here.  Please be sure to pick your children up promptly at noon.  There will be no aftercare this day. If you are able, please join us at the Mass of Christian Burial.

School will be closed Thursday, April 26th to allow our school and parish community to celebrate Father Nick’s life by attending the services in Childs, Maryland.

Father Nick’s Funeral Arrangements:

  • Viewing – Wednesday, April 25th – St. Anthony of Padua Church –2:00 – 6:45 P.M.
  • Mass of Christian Burial – Wednesday, April 25th – St. Anthony of Padua Church – 7:00 P.M.
  • Internment – Thursday, April 26th – Oblate Community Cemetery (Childs, MD) – 10:00 A.M.

School News

Friday April 27th is the midpoint of the third trimester. Please review PowerSchool to check your child’s status. Zeros entered indicate missing assignments. In middle school this is crucial, as it will affect the final grade.

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Math League Team! The team won 1st place in the region.  Andres Lorenzo won 1st place individually in the region.  Way to go!  Thank you to Mrs. Tannenbaum and Mr. Limmina for your amazing leadership!

Annual Giving Fund/Book Bills – This invoice went out in last week’s Wednesday folder. Please be sure to remit payment by May 4th. We ordered a new Science curriculum this year and plan to order a new Social Studies series for the upcoming year. We keep all of our curriculum current, and we count on your support to remain academically rigorous. Also, remember that your Annual Giving Fund is fully tax deductible!

Class Notes:

  • PreSchool 3 is working on Mothers’ Day crafts for their Mothers’ Day breakfast. They are learning the letter W and are very excited to get to the letter Z!
  • PreSchool 4 is on the letter Z this week. They have completed the entire alphabet! They will be working on numbers and sight words for the next few weeks. They are also enjoying learning about computer science from their friends at the University of Delaware. This week they learned about functions and how computers follow directions.
  • Kindergarten is learning about wind and went outside to fly pinwheels and self-made kites. In Math, they are learning about measuring capacity, weight, and length.
  • 1st Grade has been learning about “r” controlled vowels in Reading. They enjoyed dancing to the Bossy R Workout and making pirate treasure chests using “ar” words.  In Social Studies, the children have been discussing ways they can help the Earth, and they made a special “I Love the Earth” project for Earth Day.
  • 2nd Grade has mastered double digit addition with regrouping! They are moving on to subtraction with regrouping. They are also working hard to prepare for making their First Holy Communion.
  • 3rd Grade Science has been studying plants. They grew pinto beans, participated in the Delaware Forest Service Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. They will be receiving free loblolly pine seedlings to take home and plant.
  • 4th Grade has been adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. They started by using fraction strips, and most have graduated to doing the problems without them. They have also been free drawing their own United States map and labeling it with the states and capitals.
  • 5th Grade just finished reading Number the Stars. Students are working on creating a TV interview between two main characters.  They will be filming the interviews with their iPads.  In Social Studies, they are starting to learning about how the American Revolution began, as well as planning their diorama projects.
  • 6th Grade has been learning MLA research writing and formatting. The students have been keeping a portfolio of all their work and handouts.  In Social Studies, they just finished working on Greek culture and are moving on to the rise of Christianity.
  • 7th Grade recently finished a Math unit on probability and statistics.  Using a data set, students made and analyzed stem-and-leaf plots, frequency tables, line plots, box-and-whisker plots, tree diagrams, circle graphs, line graphs, histograms, and scatter grams.
  • 8th Grade is reading Our Town by Thornton Wilder. We are enjoying taking turns as the assorted characters.  This week will start project #1.
  • Music – The excitement is building as the students in 5th through 8th Grade are learning to be composers of music. The free program called Musescore 2 is a superb learning tool and outlet for creativity. The young composers have been learning about adding instruments and creating bass lines for the melodies they create.

 

Home and School News

Come join the fun on Friday, April 27th for Designer Bag Bingo – Bingo will be held here at the school in our Gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 P.M. with games beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Tickets cost $25, and include 20 games and 1 raffle ticket.  All proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School.

  • You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
  • No one under the age of 18 permitted.

 

Parish News

May Parish Monthly Social – Our next parish social will be held on Sunday, May 6th 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.

Pentecost Sunday “Red Foods” Social – A new parish tradition, the Pentecost Sunday Social featuring red foods (the color of the Holy Spirit, whose descent into the world we celebrate on Pentecost) will be held on Sunday, May 20th after the 11:00 A.M. Mass in the Ballad Room of the Grade School.  Stop by for food, fun, and socializing with fellow parishioners and friends.  The social will feature a variety of great treats from Serpe’s Bakery, delicious breakfast pizzas from Degnars Greenhill Deli, and a variety of red (& other) foods.  Thanks to the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality for their sponsorship of this social and for all they do to serve our parish community.

 

Italian Festival News

2018 Italian Festival: Volunteers Needed! – It’s that time of year again!  The region’s largest Italian-American cultural event, and the primary fundraiser benefitting our Grade School, is running Sunday, June 10th -Sunday, June 17th!  Volunteers are essential to the Festival’s success.  It’s a fun and very fulfilling way to support our school and parish, and to be part of a treasured community tradition.  Of course, without volunteers, there is no Festival!  No special skills or experience needed—everyone is welcome to volunteer!  Check out volunteer opportunities at the Festival website: www.stanthonysfestival.com, & click on the Sign up To Volunteer Online link on the upper right of the home page.  Then follow instructions on that page to our online signup link.

Grade School families are expected to volunteer 15 hours for the Festival.  In addition to the online signup option, look for information that will be sent home with students regarding the volunteer assignment/sign-up process.  School families may sign up either online or by completing & returning the paper signup form. Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Italian Festival 8-Day Passes & Gift Cards Now Available—PRE-FESTIVAL SALES PRICES – Passes are a great gift for graduation or any occasion!  Gift cards are the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, grads—everyone.  They are also a smart way to provide funds to the kids for use at this year’s Festival.   BUY NOW & SAVE!!   

  • Passes & Gift Cards are available:
  • at the Rectory during office hours (8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday and 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday-Thursday) starting May 1, 2018
  • at the Church after 5:30 P.M./7:00 A.M./9:00 A.M. Masses starting the weekend of May 6, 2018
  • via secure PayPal purchase on the Festival website (stanthonysfestival.com) starting April 24, 2018
  • with Home and School gift card sales at the Grade School on Friday mornings (starting April 27, 2018) and 11:00 A.M. Masses on Sundays (starting April 29, 2018)

PRICING:

  • PRE-FESTIVAL 8-DAY PASS PRICE:
    • $12.00—20% OFF price is purchased at the Festival ($15.00).
    • A pass provides one admission per person per day to the Festival.
    • Festival Admission Policy: Under age 14: FREE (if accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or older); $5 daily for ages 14-61; Over age 61: FREE.
  • PRE-FESTIVAL GIFT CARD PRICES:
    • $25.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $22.00
    • $50.00 Gift Cards: PRE-FESTIVAL PRICE $42.00

NOTE:  Advance Ride Tickets will also be on sale when available.  (Mid-May)

Looking for an Inexpensive Way to Promote Your Business? Would you like to reach the tens of thousands of people who attend the Italian Festival?  Consider a banner advertising on our perimeter gate.  It’s an easy and affordable way to spread the word about your business!  For more info email us at: festival@stsnthonynet.org or send a message to the Festival Facebook page (facebook.com/stanthonysfestival).

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see photos from our events and school activities.

  • April 23rdStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 26th Teach Children to Save Day – Elementary Level
  • April 27th Community Builders – Church – 8:00 A.M. Mass
    • Designer Bag Bingo Gym – 7:00 P.M.
    • Trimester 3 Interim
  • May 4thFirst Communion Practice Mass – Church – 8:00 A.M.
  • May 5th First Communion – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • May 6th Parish Social – Ballad Room – after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 7th Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 9th May Procession – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 10th Kindergarten Field Trip – Playhouse – 9:00 A.M.
  • May 15th Barnes and Noble Night – 4:00 P.M.
    • Salesianum/Padua Visit – 1:30 P.M.
  • May 16th Field Day (More info to come)
    • YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
    • Home and School General Meeting/Elections Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 21stStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 22nd Spring Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 23rd 8th Grade Field Trip to NYC
    • 1st Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Zoo -8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • May 24th 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 8:45 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • May 25th NOON DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher Planning Day
  • May 28th Memorial Day – School Closed
  • June 1st PreSchool’s Last Day
  • June 4th 8th Grade Communion Breakfast
  • June 5th 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Kindergarten Last Day
      • Kindergarten Prayer Service– Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
  • June 6thNOON DISMISSAL
  • June 7th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
  • June 10th – June 17th – Italian Festival
  • June 11thTeachers’ Last Work Day

Easter Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“It’s not enough to say we are Christians.  We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.”  ~ Pope Francis

April 6, 2018 Tiger Talk!

April 6, 2018

Tiger Talk!

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a beautiful and peaceful Easter Break. Things have been very busy around here. I hope you are following us on Facebook to see pictures throughout the actual school day.

Today at Mass, Father Wrightson reminded the children of the story of Jesus reuniting with His friends after the Resurrection. He spoke about how Jesus helped his disciples to bring in more fish then they normally would.  When his friends came to shore, Jesus had a fire going, ready for them to have breakfast together.  During his homily, Father Wrightson asked the students who would want to have a breakfast of fish, and very few students agreed that is what they would enjoy instead of cereal.  He was able to point out that Jesus may not always give us what we want, but he does give us what we need.

And some exciting news, we received our new 75 inch Smart Monitor earlier this week and are working to install it in the 21st  Century Digital Library so it can be used next week. The monitor can raise and lower to accommodate any of our student groups with the touch of a button. The monitor requires no expensive parts and will serve St. Anthony’s for years to come. Think of the Smart Monitor like a large iPad that allows students to touch and interact with it.

 

School News

Friday April 27th is the midpoint of the third trimester. Please review PowerSchool to check your child’s status. Zeros entered indicate missing assignments. In middle school this is crucial, as it will affect the final grade.

Congratulations to our March Students of the Month!  March’s virtue was mercy.  Congratulations to Emma Matarese (PK 3), Wen Wen Chen (PK 4), R.J. Kowalski (K), Raphael Arias (1st), Adrian Ortiz (2nd), Abby Beals (3rd), Lakeves Laws(4th), Alessandra Marte (5th), Brianna Ramos (6th), Emily Anderson (7th), and Cara Quinlan (8th)!

Congratulations and God Bless Nadia Black (8th) and Rebecca Baker (2nd). Nadia was Baptized into our Catholic faith and Rebecca received the sacrament of First Reconciliation. May the Lord bless you both.

Congratulations to the following Community Builders: Norma Cole, Pam Morabito, and Nicholas Ferrara. On Friday, April 27th, we will honor these community builders at our regular 8:00 A.M. Mass.

  • Norma Cole was a Math teacher here for many years. She was instrumental in starting Student Council.
  • Pam Morabito has served on many boards and currently serves as President of YAC (Youth Activities) and also serves on our Parish Finance Council. Pam has been a coach for many years, continuing long after her own son graduated.
  • Nick Ferrara has been a supporter of the grade school for as long as I can remember. He has helped us with generous monetary contributions over the years, to support new and innovative ideas like our computer lab and most recently our digital library.

We will be celebrating the lives of these three fine individuals for their dedication to our parish school community. They have given of their time, treasures, and talent, and we are extremely grateful for their kindness and generosity.

Congratulations to Mrs. Nancy Burris on the birth of her grandson, Ethan Patrick Burris! We can’t wait to meet him!

Please join us on Saturday, April 14th for the Phil Rendina Discretionary Education Fund Dinner.  This dinner will be themed “Flashback to Little Italy.”  There will be a Mass of remembrance at 5:30 P.M.  in Church followed by dinner in the Ballad Room.  Come and enjoy a dinner of Gerardo’s Pizza, subs from Capriotti’s and Casapulla’s, and Bernie’s water ice.   Have fun with flash back photos, music, dancing, and much more.  All proceeds go directly to our grade school that Phil loved so much. Contact Pam Morabito at pamtrego5499@gmail.com for more information and tickets.

Come join our Antonians for an Evening of Sacred Music at St. John the Beloved on Thursday, April 19th.  All Antonians are invited and encouraged to attend this event. It is a beautiful evening with samples of music from all of the Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. More details will follow under separate cover. Antonians are asked to arrive at 6:15 in school uniform. The program will start promptly at 7:00 P.M.

 

Home and School News

Come join the fun on Friday, April 27th for Designer Bag Bingo – Bingo will be held here at the school in our Gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 P.M. with games beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Tickets cost $25, and include 20 games and 1 raffle ticket.  All proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School.

  • You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
  • No one under the age of 18 permitted.

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see photos from our events and school activities.

  • April 9th– Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00- 3:30 P.M
  • April 12th – atTAcK addiction – 6th/7th Grade – 11:30 A.M.
  • April 14th – High School Placement Test Practice Test – St. Elizabeth School and St. Thomas More Academy
    • Phil Rendina Discretionary Education Fund DinnerBallad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • April 16th Mark High School Visit – Middle School – 1:30 P.M.
  • April 18th YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
  • April 19th Evening of Sacred Music – St. John the Beloved – 7:00 P.M.
  • April 23rdStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • April 26th Teach Children to Save Day – Elementary Level
  • April 27th Community Builders – Church – 8:00 A.M. Mass
    • Designer Bag Bingo Gym – 7:00 P.M.
  • May 4thFirst Communion Practice Mass – Church – 8:00 A.M.
  • May 5th First Communion – Church – 10:00 A.M.
  • May 6th Parish Social – Ballad Room – after the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Mass
  • May 7th Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 9th May Procession – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 10th Kindergarten Field Trip – Playhouse – 9:00 A.M.
  • May 15th Barnes and Noble Night – 4:00 P.M.
  • May 16th Field Day (More info to come)
    • YAC Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00 P.M.
    • Home and School General Meeting/Elections Ballad Room – 6:30 P.M.
  • May 21stStudent Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • May 22nd Spring Band Concert – Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
  • May 23rd 8th Grade Field Trip to NYC
  • May 24th 5th Grade Field Trip – Philadelphia Museum of Art – 8:45 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.
  • May 25th NOON DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS – Teacher Planning Day
  • May 28th Memorial Day – School Closed
  • June 1st PreSchool’s Last Day
  • June 4th 8th Grade Communion Breakfast
  • June 5th 8th Grade Graduation – Church – 7:00 P.M.
    • Kindergarten Last Day
      • Kindergarten Prayer Service– Ballad Room – 2:00 P.M.
    • June 6thNOON DISMISSAL
    • June 7th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 10:30 A.M. Dismissal
    • June 11th – June 17th – Italian Festival
    • June 11thTeachers’ Last Work Day

Easter Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! March 9, 2018

Tiger Talk!

March 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

Last week Bishop Malooly and Dr. DeAngelo (our superintendent) came to visit us.  They met with PreK 3 to 4th grade in the school gym and 5th – 8th Grades in the Ballad Room.  After meeting with the larger groups, the 8th graders took Bishop Malooly upstairs and gave him the tour of our updated Digital Library.  Bishop Malooly was very impressed.  While meeting with each group, Bishop Malooly took time to ask students what they were learning in class, specifically Religion and Social Studies.  He also discussed our yearly theme, “To Jesus through Mary” and discussed the virtue for the month of March, which is mercy.  At the end of his meetings, Bishop Malooly prayed the Memorare with each group, gave them a blessing, and assigned them a little bit of homework.  They were to go home and thank you, their parents, for sending them to a Catholic school.  I would also like to thank you for sending your children here.  It is a joy and privilege to see all of these boys and girls, young men and women, learn and grow in their knowledge and their faith.  Thank you for choosing St. Anthony’s!

 

School News

Congratulations to our February Students of the Month!  February’s virtue was faithfulness.  Congratulations to Amelia Stellini (PK 3), Matthew Spinelli (PK 4), Amber Matarese (K), Delaney Loyola (1st), Nora Farrell (2nd), Jacob Matarese (3rd), Kendall Reilly (4th), Natalia Alfieri (5th), Eva Pellegrino (6th), Chelsea Lam (7th), and Henry Kelleher (8th)!

Bishop’s Pilgrimage – On Saturday, March 24th, Mr. Limmina and Mrs. Tannenbaum will lead a group of our students during the Bishop’s annual pilgrimage.  Current students Hannah Fagioli, Allen Martin DelCampo, Madison Rieger, Jessica Rieger, Vincent DeLuca, Eva Pellegrino, and Avara Lingerfelt, as well as former student Danny Piergalline, will participate in this Pilgrimage led by Bishop Malooly.  The Pilgrimage commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his own pilgrimage to Calvary on Good Friday.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You — The 8th Grade Class would like to say thank you so very much to everyone who came out to support their Lenten Pasta Dinner. Considering how bad the weather was that evening, they greatly appreciate all those that braved the elements to come enjoy their Pasta Dinner.  Thanks to all those who participated, bought to-go orders, or even just made a donation.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated and made this event a great success.

Congratulations to Henry Kelleher!  Henry will represent St. Anthony’s in the Delaware State Geography Bee in April.  Good luck, Henry!

Congratulations to Evan Cillo and Dylan Farrell! Evan and Dylan represented St. Anthony’s at the Knights of Columbus Chess Tournament. The team won 3rd place in the K-6 division and Evan won 4th place in the 6th Grade section.  Way to go, boys!

Book Fair News – Our Scholastic Book Fair will run from March 19th to March 25th in the Ballad Room during school hours and on Palm Sunday in conjunction with the annual parish Easter egg Hunt.  Each class will have a scheduled time to come shop at the Book Fair.

Scroll down the page to “ewallet.”  Follow the instructions to load allocated dollar amount onto your student’s ewallet. Payment may be made using a credit card.  Print out the ewallet sheet and your student is ready to shop.  The “ewallet” print out must be presented at the time of check out.  This is not the only form of payment.  We will still accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

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 at escorsone@hotmail.com.

 

YAC News

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 (pamtrego5499@gmail.com) or Carole Trzepacz (ctrzepacz@msn.com).

 

Alumni News

Congratulations to Javier Lorenzo!  Javier is a freshman at Salesianum and is currently ranked number 1 in his region for Math League.  Amazing job, Javier!

 

Business Office News

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.

 

Parish News

Parish Easter Egg Hunt 2018 – The annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Palm Sunday, March 25th, after the 11:00 A.M. Mass (approximately 12:30 P.M. start time) in the Ballad Room.  Categories are: up to age 2, ages 3-5, ages 6-10.  There is a prize basket for each age category.  Also a special appearance by a tall character with floppy ears is scheduled!  Enjoy the full array of delicious refreshments offered at parish socials (Serpe’s donuts and tomato pie, Degnars’ breakfast pizza, and much more)!

  • Please RSVP with number of children, children’s names and ages, and a contact phone/e-mail by Thursday, 3/22/2018. Please RSVP to Anthony Albence via e-mail to cua20064@aol.com or via phone to (302) 983-3200.  (Please leave voicemail with info if no answer.)  Include child name, age, parent name, and email/phone number.

AGAIN THIS YEAR: all participants and their families are invited to attend the 11:00 A.M. Mass, where if you bring your Easter Baskets to Mass they will be blessed.

  • ALSO RETURNING THIS YEAR: The annual Scholastic Book Sale benefiting the Grade School library will be open during the event.  A perfect place to pick up an Easter gift that will also help our school!

Important Dates – Please continue to check our school website (http://www.sapgs.org) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see photos from our events and school activities.

  • March 10th – Home and School Casino Night – School gym – 7:00-11:00 P.M.
  • March 12th – First Holy Communion Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
  • March 17th – High School Placement Practice Test – St. Mark’s High School
  • March 19th – Student Council Meeting – PreSchool – 3:00- 3:30 P.M
    • 7th Grade Confirmation Meeting – Ballad Room – 6:00-8:00 P.M.
  • March 24th – Bishop’s Pilgrimage – 7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
  • March 25th – Parish Easter Egg Hunt – after the 11:00 A.M. Mass and Social

Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” ~ Pope Francis

Tiger Talk! February 23, 2018

Tiger Talk!

February 23, 2018

Dear Parents,

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.

 

School News

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 jcdios5@verizon.net 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 atescorsone@hotmail.com.

YAC News

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 (pamtrego5499@gmail.com)  or Carole Trzepacz (ctrzepacz@msn.com).

 

Alumni News

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.

Parish News

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 (http://www.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.

Lenten Blessings,

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

Tiger Talk! February 2, 2018

Tiger Talk!

February 2, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today at Mass, we celebrated to Feast of the Presentation of Jesus, when Jesus was presented in the temple. Father Wrightson had a beautiful message about Jesus being the “light of the world” for us.  Jesus passed this light onto each one of us. Now we are called to be the light of the world, and we are asked by Jesus to continue in his name by being a light for others. Father reminded us to be nice to others, go the extra mile, and be the best we can be. He told us we should be the light for one another in a world that so desperately needs it. As our Eighth Grade prepared today’s Mass and had many “last” events here at St. Anthony’s this week, I could not help but feel very hopeful about our world. If these young, faith-filled, tolerant, and kind students are any reflection of the light we are sending out into the world, I do believe we have a lot to look forward to. Father said that Catholic Schools Week is not just a week, but a chance to spread the light of the world beyond this week and into the world for the rest of this year.

This week has been a very exciting week for our school and Catholic schools across the country as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Believe. Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”  These 5 words are important to every Catholic school, and here at St. Anthony’s we try (and succeed) to live up to them.  When a new family comes to tour the school or a new student starts, a consistent comment made is the sense of belonging and family they feel here.  The teachers and staff work hard to make sure all students are learning and succeeding at their level in the classroom.  Service is something we work on here, whether it is from activities like drawing pictures and cards for people in nursing homes, collecting socks or food for those in need, or having dress down days to benefit the Childhood Missions.  Part of the fun for the students comes from the different events and activities that happened this week.

  • Monday was Go Orange Day and we also held our Knowledge Bowl.  Our students came out in full force with their orange gear (and so did our teachers!) It was wonderful to see so much school spirit on the first day of Catholic Schools Week.  In the afternoon, we held our Knowledge Bowl.  I was thoroughly impressed with all the questions our students were able to answer and how much they’ve learned so far this year.  What an amazing job!
  • Tuesday was Twin Day.  Not only did we have twins, we also had triplets and quadruplets.  It was stunning to see the lengths our students went to so they could match with their “twin.”  Tuesday was also Teacher Appreciation Day.  Thank you to our Home and School Association for the delicious lunch they provided to our teachers. Another thank you goes to our Student Council who provided some delicious breakfast treats to our teachers Wednesday morning.  It was enjoyed by all.
  • Wednesday was Spirit Day. Mrs. Orensky put together a great set of activities appropriate for the different grade levels, and our 8th Grade class did a great job helping during these periods so everything ran smoothly. The scores were very close, but at the end of the day, the Black team came out on top.
  • Thursday was Student Appreciation Day.  The whole student body went to Penn Cinema to see the movie “Ferdinand.”  Our generous Home and School Association paid for the movie and snacks for everyone to enjoy.  I can safely say everyone had a great time at the movies.
  • Today was the annual 8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game.  At the time of writing this the game had not been played, but be sure to check our Facebook page to find the results.
  • Thank you for your generosity in donating to our “Soup-er” Bowl!  Our families are so giving to others in need.

In additional exciting news, this year is our year to host our Italian guests, as part of our Olevano, Italy, Sister Cities Project. For those of you that are new to our school community, every other year we send 2 to 4 families to Italy to stay with host families. This is an amazing trip.  I had the pleasure of going with my daughter when she attended school here. Everything, except the plane ride, is covered by the program. It is typically 10 days and nights in beautiful Olevan sul Tusciano, Italy. The city of Olevano is the sister city to Wilmington, where many Italian immigrants traveled from several years ago. Many of those immigrants are the workers that built our parish.

We are looking for host families here in our parish.  Hosting really means simply providing lodging. The program is extremely action packed. There are places set up for you to take your family (or send them without you). The committee plans the itinerary. You simply go along for the ride. Everything is paid for. Meals and special events/tours are included. You may have to occasionally have coffee or a pastry in the morning, but that would be the extent of it. They typically do not eat breakfast.

As you can see I am excited about this possibility rolling around again. Typically it is held during the school year. This year, the program should run from June 8th through the following week. They would like to be here to be a part of our Italian festival. Please consider hosting!

If you host a family, you get to experience Italy the following year. Olevano is a small town on a mountain. I can’t even begin to describe its beauty and the warmth of family that you will encounter. You will stay in Italy and travel with the other school families (typically 2-3 families, possibly more). You see the sights, learn the culture, enjoy the food, and are treated like absolute royalty. The government there welcomes you and the people of the town are instant friends for a lifetime. No words can express the joy and fun we experienced. You do not need to speak Italian. They have translators, and the children will entertain you with Google translate (not always literal, but definitely comical). We alternate years for traveling. Our students and parents go to Italy one year, and then they come here the following year. Typically one parent and child make the trip, but entire families are welcome to go. I hope you consider hosting a family. It is definitely worthwhile!  Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

School News

Congratulations to our Knights of Columbus Essay Winners!  – Congratulations to Caitlyn Kowalski (5th), Jack Aloi (6th), Neha George (7th), and Gracie Hillis (8th).  Each grade had a different essay topic to write about and these students’ essays will be going to the state competition.

 

Congratulations to our January Students of the Month!  January’s virtue was “wisdom.”  Congratulations to Mason Knoff (PK3), Iago Ramos (PK4), Noel Pulliam (K), Desmond Denny (1st), Jessica Garcia (2nd), Nathan Minor (3rd), Colin Hannan (4th), Richie Jakotowicz (5th), Connor Quinlan (6th), Neha George (7th), and Leah Rizzo (8th)!  Keep up the good work!

 

Aftercare Sign-out Procedure – For the safety of our children, the two-step sign out procedure for Aftercare must be followed. First, a parent or authorized adult must stop at the school office and sign the sign-out sheet. Second, the parent or authorized adult must physically go down to the Aftercare room to get the child.  This step provides a second measure of safety for the children in that the Aftercare staff will visually identify the adult who is taking charge of the child. Parents and other adults are not to text their children and tell them to meet them in the lobby or to leave the building and go to the adult’s car. Failure to comply with this procedure will result in losing Aftercare service.

 

Yearbooks are for sale! – Yearbooks can be purchased online at http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01128770

.  If you would prefer to send in cash or check orders, please send $30 in an envelope with your child’s name, grade, and Attention Ms. Palmer. Checks should be made out to St. Anthony of Padua School.

 

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.

 

Padua Academy’s Musical Theater Program will be performing “The Addams Family” on Friday, 2/16, and Saturday, 2/17, at 7:30 P.M. and on Sunday, 2/18, at 2:00 P.M.  If you are interested, tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.  For further information, please contact Lisa Kowalski at lkowalksi@paduaacademy.org.

 

Business Office News

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.

Parish News

February Social – Our next parish social will be held on Sunday, February 4th, in the Ballad Room of the Grade School, following the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses. Our Antonians will be singing this Sunday.  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 (http://www.sapgs.org

) for upcoming events and information. Also like our Facebook page to see more photos from our events.

  • February 5th – Student Council Meeting – Preschool – 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
  • February 8th – 1st Grade Field Trip – Cab Calloway – Seussical, Jr.
  • February 11th – Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast – 7:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M. – Ballad Room
  • February 12th – Math League at St. Anthony’s – 3:30 P.M.
  • February 14th –Ash Wednesday
    • Grotto’s Night – Pennsylvania Avenue – 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.
  • February 15th – School Spelling Bee – Gym – 1:30 P.M.
  • February 16th – No School for Students – Teachers’  Professional Development
  • February 19th  – No School – Presidents’ Day

 

Peace and Blessings,

Mrs. White and Mr. Shields

 

“Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic Schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.”

 ~ Pope Francis