March 16, 2018
Dear St. Ann School Families,
"To Jesus Through Mary"
March Focus: Sorrowful Mysteries
March Virtue: Mercy
Spring is definitely on its way. The little snowdrop can still be seen. The crocus, daffodil, primrose, hyacinth and iris have all broken through the frozen ground to give us hope that spring will warm us all very soon. Spring begins on March 20th.
We all look forward to a day to celebrate during a cold winter and during Lent – a time we try to make sacrifices.
On Saturday, March 17th, we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Some people believe he was born in Britain. Others believe he was born in Brittany in France. He was kidnapped as a teenager by Irish pirates and sold to a man be the name of Duach. He had to tend sheep and pigs on a mountain called Sleigh Mich. During his six lonely years, Patrick learned to put his life in God’s hands. Finally, he escaped and returned to his family and studies. Patrick became a priest and a great preacher. Years later he returned to Ireland as a missionary and bishop.
The following prayer is credit to St. Patrick and believed to come from the Lorica of St. Patrick.
I arise today,
Through God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me.
I thank God through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We cannot forget our beloved St. Joseph. We will celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th. Joseph was the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. Joseph was not rich even though he was a descendent of the royal family of David. He worked as a carpenter in his home town of Nazareth. The gospels call Joseph a just man. Many people celebrate this feast with great joy because of their great love for Saint Joseph.
Very soon we will celebrate the most important celebration in the Liturgical Year of the Church – “Easter”.
Holy Week begins on March 25 – which is Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. On this day Palms are blessed and there will be a reading of the Passion of Jesus. This is a very solemn week for each one of us. Lent ends on Holy Thursday and we begin the three most solemn days. These are the holiest days of the whole year. These three days are known as the Paschal Triduum. We encourage everyone to celebrate these special days and rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection.
May your Easter be filled with God’s peace, love and joy.
Congratulations to all our students who participated in the St. Mark’s Math and Science Olympiad. They did a great job. We ask for your prayers for our team going to Dover on Saturday. Also, pray for our Declamation Team who will compete at Ursuline on March 24th.
Please pray for the sick, especially Father Mink, Michael Dadd, Ms. Carmen, Mr. Paranczak (who is undergoing surgery soon), John Dickinson, Brigid and Brian and all the sick of our parish.
Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers. Please pray for them.
Sheila O'Callaghan, "Miss O'"
On Wednesday, our student body prayed for peace at 10am as Father Jasper shared Jesus' teachings on non-violence. Our students were led in reflection through the Stations of the Cross and we were reminded that peace starts with each of us. Our school community came together to remember victims of the tragic shooting in Florida and to remember the role we play in being peacemakers. The 17 minutes were well spent as a prayer community. Another blessing of being in a Catholic school environment.
We celebrated our school's Irish roots today. Thank you to all of the families who contributed sentiments to be shared at our assembly. Mrs. Raughley led this activity and we certainly received many kind words about the impact Miss O' has on our school community. We thank these wonderful women for their service to St. Ann School and their love for all things Irish!
Due to Easter Break approaching, the next Weekly Memo will be posted on Friday, April 13, 2018. Please refer to information in the current one through that date.
We enter a very busy time of year after Easter. A comprehensive calendar of spring events will be shared with parents when we return on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Many blessings to you and your families during Holy Week and in the Easter season.
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
Our 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Science Olympiad teams competed at St. Mark’s High School. Our school won 8 events, and our students came home with a total of 16 medals. We are so impressed with their achievements and even more impressed with how successful they were competing against other teams in a grade level above their own! Our teams went against schools in the Diocese and other private schools in the state. Our children were awarded various medals in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Thank you to the Ms. Jeannette, Mrs. Ingraham, Miss O', and Mrs. Grant for all their mentoring and guidance. Thank you to all of the parents for volunteering and supporting their children.
Congratulations to 8th Grader, Aidan Burke, for being the State Winner of the Vocation Essay Contest for the Knights of Columbus. On March 20 he will record his essay for the radio program Catholic Forum. This is the 2nd year in a row that at St. Ann student has won at the State level!
Great job to the two finalists in the Monster Mile art competition from 5th grade, Molly Monagle and Sophia Wolff. The competition received designs from more than 1,400 students representing 38 schools. St. Ann's students' submissions will advance to the final selection process. The winning design will be converted to reality on a real NASCAR and will appear on the Speedway’s traveling pace car that will be used during the racing season. Thank you to Mrs. McLain, Art teacher, for leading our students.
Thank you to Deanna Tusso & Laura Doten for all that they have done in their roles as Co-Presidents for Home & School. They will both be stepping down after their terms at the end of this school year. We can't thank them enough! We are delighted to welcome Kristin Camp and Cristalyn Johnson as the new Co-Presidents for the 18/19 school year! Mrs. Camp has daughters in 2nd and PreK-4 and Mrs. Johnson has a son in 6th grade and a daughter in 2nd. They will join Elise Sheetz and Jen Mullen as officers.
Congratulations to our 5th & 6th grade JV Boys Basketball team for winning the St. Peter's Post Season Basketball Tournament against St. Edmond's. Go, Mustangs!
School Notes & Reminders:
Spring Uniform: With the return of spring uniform, we have noted more logos on socks and on other items. Our uniform does not allow for these labels. Thank you for your support of keeping our St. Ann brand.
Reconciliation: Grades 6, 7 and 8 will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 20th at 1pm.
Rock Your Socks: Student Council will lead us in participating in "Rock Your Socks" on World Down Syndrome Day. Socks will be sold for $1 and students can wear them to school on 3/21.
Casual/Pretzel Day: All students can dress in casual clothes for $1.00 to the Missions on Thursday, March 22nd. Soft pretzels are also available for purchase for $.50 cents. Various dipping sauces are available for students in grades 4-8 for an additional $.50 cents. Please send exact change if possible.
Report Cards: Report cards for trimester 2, tardiness concerns, and uniform reminders will be distributed in the Friday Folder on March 23.
Beauty & the Beast Jr. – Tickets are selling out fast for the St. Ann’s Production of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast Jr. Friday March 23rd at 7pm and Saturday March 24 at 1pm (matinee) performances are sold out!! Tickets are still available for the Saturday evening performance on March 24th at 7pm. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 10 and under. You may purchase tickets through the Parish Giving link on the church website – stannwilmington.com or by sending in your request to the rectory. For more info, contact Jane at email@example.com or call 654-5519. Hope to see you there!
Passion Play: Mrs. Dickinson and the 7th grade will present their Passion Play on Monday, March 26 at 1:45pm in the Social Hall. The play takes us through the Stations of the Cross and Jesus' last days leading to the Resurrection. Families are invited to join us and pray with us as we enter Holy Week.
School Mass: The School Mass celebrating Holy Week is Tuesday, March 27th at 9:15am led by Grade 6. Families are invited to join us.
T2 Honors Assembly: The Honors Assembly for Trimester 2 will be held on Wednesday, March 28th at 11:15am in the school gym. A noon dismissal with no AfterCare will begin after the assembly.
Easter Break: Easter break begins Wednesday, March 28th. There is a noon dismissal and no AfterCare that day. We welcome our students back to school on Monday, April 9th.
Middle School Electives: Spring electives will begin on Tuesday, April 10th. Sign up forms will be sent home soon and will need to be returned by Monday, March 26th.
Middle States Visit: St. Ann School will welcome a Visiting Team for our Reaccreditation visit Tuesday, April 24 through Friday, April 27th. We look forward to sharing more details with you soon as we plan strategic direction for the next 7 years for our wonderful school.
Noon Dismissal: A reminder that there are noon dismissals due to the Middle States visit on Friday, 4/20 and Friday, 4/27. AfterCare is available.
Save the Date: We have several special events plans in April and May. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss out on the fun!
- "Special Someone/Father/Daughter Dance" for girls in K-8 on April 14th. Please RSVP by March 26th. Click here for the dance RSVP form.
- Parent Spring Paint Night: Wednesday, April 18th, 7-9pm. Click here for details.
- Parent/Teacher Social: Saturday, April 21st, 7-9pm at Dead Presidents Restaurant. Details were sent through the Google Group.
- St. Ann School Grotto Pizza Night: Wednesday, April 25th from 4-9pm. More information to follow.
- Trivia Night: April 28th 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00) in the Social Hall. For more information contact Brian Klous at Brian.firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-333-9966.
- St Ann’s Day at the Phillies: Home & School organized a fun day for the entire school to attend a Phillies game on Sunday, April 29 at 1:35pm. It’s the Philly Phanatic's birthday celebration. Click here for more information about the event and purchasing tickets or visit http://www.phillies.com/stanns.
- Spring Festival: Thursday, May 10th, 6-8pm in the Social Hall. This event is for all school families and is our biggest Home & School fundraiser!
Testing Update from 3/2/18: Click here for Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lou De Angelo's, letter regarding the new standardized testing tool which replaces the Terranova test. This letter was also sent home through the Friday Folder. At this time, standardized testing is being planned for May.