September 21, 2017
Dear St. Ann School Families,
We are about to celebrate the autumn equinox, which means that there will be the same number of hours of daylight as it has of darkness. It is a "day of balance".
Some of the signs of autumn are: hours of darkness will grow longer in the northern part of planet earth; the air will become cooler and the leaves will show their true colors.
There is a beautiful reading from the book of Ecclesiastes:
For everything there is a season.
There is a time for every matter under heaven;
A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pull up what is planted;
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to keep and a time to throw away;
A time to keep silence and a time to speak.
Our loving God gives us all this.
Think about the equinox- see how many things you can balance, especially things in your life that you find hard to balance.
As we celebrate the equinox, let us not forget the Apostle, Matthew, whose Feast we celebrated yesterday, September 21. Matthew was a tax collector. However, he left his job to follow Jesus. He was sometimes called "Levi" because the name means he came from a family of priests. He understood the teaching of Jesus. He is credited with writing the gospel that bears his name.
There are some saints that seem obscure. One of those saints is Sergius, the patron saint of Russia. It is believed he was born near Moscow. He and his brother went into the forest to live a simple life of prayer. People who heard of their goodness joined them. They all became monks. Sergius was a gifted leader. The people of Moscow asked him to be their bishop. He said, “No”. He believed God called him to do His will quietly in the forest.
God has given us so many beautiful saints to emulate and to help us find God’s will for us and give us balance in our lives.
Please continue to pray for Father Mink, Michael Dadd, Brigid Reynolds, Miss Carmen,Mr. Paranczak; Father-in-law to Kerry Paranczak, Diane Dickinson and all the sick who have asked us to pray for them.
Our Armed Forces need our prayers always. Please remember them in prayer.
Sheila O'Callaghan, "Miss O'"
Mark your calendar to join us on The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi for the "Blessing of the Animals." The Blessing will take place at dismissal time in the Celebration Garden near the walker door on Wednesday, October 4th. We look forward to seeing you there with your pets. The children will be excited for a prayerful time to share their special friends with one another.
Contact me in person, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone to discuss any part of school life.
Stacy Solomon, Principal
Thank you & Congratulations
Thank you to all the families who contributed to the Fall Canned Food Drive to support the Wilmington Fire Department's Day of Service to honor our fallen heroes Captain Christopher Leach, Lieutenant Ardythe Hope, and Lieutenant Jerry Fickes.
Upcoming Community Events
The 4th Annual Donor Dash will be held this Saturday, September 23rd at Nemours Gardens. Consider contributing to our team, "Mink's Mustangs," to support Father Mink. Join others in raising awareness about organ and tissue donation. More information is available at www.dedonordash.org
Delaware Tech's 10th Annual Alumni & Friends 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Captain Christopher Leach Memorial Fund will be held this Sunday, September 24th at 1pm at Salesianum School. For more information visit go.dtcc.edu5k
School Notes & Reminders
Morning Car Line: Parents in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4, be sure to follow the morning drop off directions that teachers shared at orientation in an effort to keep the flow of the car line moving. Parents in K-8, please assist us in keeping our students safe by moving carefully through the line and using crosswalks.
Online Picture Ordering: Online ordering is open until midnight. After that, if you would still like to order you can from Apple Branch's 2nd chance sale, which will go live in about 2 – 3 weeks. All students who were photographed (whether they placed an order or not) will receive a flyer in an envelope with ordering instructions and a personal password. See the school calendar for the picture retake date.
School Mass: School Mass, celebrating the Most Holy Name of Mary, is Tuesday, September 26th at 9:15am and will be led by 5th grade. Families are welcome to join us.
No School: There is no school for students on Friday, October 6th for a diocesan Professional Development Day or on Monday, October 9th for Columbus Day.
Absences: If your child will be absent, please let Mrs. Sheetz in the Main Office know that your child will not be in school. She can be reached at email@example.com or by calling the school.
Before Care: Just a reminder that if your child arrives between 7-7:30am, the Before Care fee is $.50/student.
Terranova Test Results: The Home Reports with Terranova scores have still not arrived. They will be sent home with your child when we receive them.
School Calendar: A printable version of the school calendar is available here.