February 18, 2019
February 14, is Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine was a bishop who bravely died for his faith. The name Valentine means “valiant” or “strong.” While Valentine was in prison, he wrote to his people to encourage them to be strong and continue to love God. So notes of friendship and love sent on this day are called valentines.You might like to read: Corinthians 13 : 4 – 6, 13. It is a reading all about true love.
Monday is a holiday because it is Presidents’ Day. Perhaps it is a good day to memorize the names of the Presidents.
We have so many people that we can pattern our lives after. Take Galileo. He was a religious man. He was born in Italy. He studied the Solar System. Some bishops thought his studies of the Solar System went against the bible. But, Galileo believed that science can help us understand our faith. The church ordered Galileo to stop teaching and writing. However, Galileo did not change his prayerful spirit or his love for the church.
So no matter what happens, keep right on loving God and treating others with love and respect.
Please pray for the Gielis girls-- Elise Sheetz, Megan Majewski and Bridget Gielis. Their mother passed away earlier this week. And please continue to pray for Father Mink, Ms. Carmen, Baby William Kelley and all the sick of our parish. Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers. Please pray for them.
A lot of love: There sure was a lot of love at St. Ann School today! To celebrate Valentine's Day, the 3rd grade sang a lovely medley of songs for the residents of Kentmere. Students shared sweet candy grams notes with their classmates and teachers... and even a few with their principal. :-) Flowers were arriving at the main office all day. Love was all around the Social Hall thanks to the 4th grade who hung up their artful LOVE signs. And we had a visit from Bishop Malooly who stopped by to thank St. Ann students for the spiritual bouquets and cards they had sent for him. It was a joyful day.
Tuition Assistance Information: March 4, 2019 is the deadline to submit an application for tuition assistance for the 2019-2020 school year. A parent must submit an application online to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to be considered for assistance. A copy of that information is attached here.
No School: There is no school for students Friday, February 15 for our Faculty Retreat and Monday, February 18 for the President's Day Holiday.
School Mass: Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated March 6 at 9:15 am led by Grade 8. Parents are welcome to join us. Please arrive no later than 9:10 am before the doors are locked.
Casual & Pretzel Day: On March 8, please bring $1 for Casual Day to support the missions and optional $0.50 for a pretzel.
Inaugural Cornhole Tournament: Please join us for St. Ann's Home & School Inaugural Winter Classic Cornhole Tournament, Saturday, March 9 at 5 pm. Click here to register your team. The tournament is limited to the first 64 teams. Please invite family and friends to join the fun! See flyer attached here for all the details.
Reconciliation: The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated by Grades 3, 4 & 5 on Monday, March 11 at 1:00 pm and by Grades 6, 7 & 8 on Monday, March 18 at 1:00 pm.
Kentmere Mass: Friday, March 15, led by Grade 7
Yearbook Orders: Order forms were sent home in the Friday Folders last week. Orders and payment are due by March 22. Attached was a form and pricing for an ad page. The deadline for ad space is March 15. Attached here are the order forms for the yearbook and ad pages.
Special Someone/Father-Daughter Dance: Save the date--Saturday, April 13 for the Special Someone/Father-Daughter Dance. This is the second year for this fun event; you don't want to miss it! More information to follow.
More Useful Information
In the event of weather-related school closing or delay, you will be notified via School Messenger using the contact information (text/phone) we have for you in PowerSchool. Notices will be posted on our school website and on SAS social media. School closings or delays will also be posted on the Diocesan website www.cdow.org and on WDEL SnoWatch and announced on WSTW/WDEL radio stations. We are included under "Catholic Elementary Schools -- New Castle County." We follow the directions of the Catholic Schools Office and will relay any decisions without hesitation.
Uniform Changes for 2019-20: This is just a reminder that there will be a uniform shoe and possibly a few other small modifications to the uniform and dress code next year. We will provide more information in the spring.
Important Safety Notice: Students in grades 1-5 who dismiss from the Social Hall "walker door" onto Union St. must have an adult out of their car and visible to the teachers on duty before the student is allowed to leave school grounds. If parents want to stay in their cars for end-of-day pickup, they should use the car line on Shallcross Ave. and their child should be dismissed as a car-rider. Thank you for not allowing students to use the Celebration Garden as a playground after school.
Car line protocol: When you are dropping students off in the car line in the morning from 7:30-7:50 am, the driver should stay in the car. If you need to get out of the car to assist your child(ren), please park on a side street and walk students to school using designated crosswalks. Parents of K-8 children who arrive after 7:50 am should park in front of school and walk students into school and sign students in as late. PreK parents follow the same procedures, except students are not marked as late until after 8:00 am.
St. Marks 7th Grade HSTP Prep Course & Practice Test: Please see the attached flyer with information regarding St. Mark's HSTP Prep course and test dates in March.
2018-2019 Diocesan Calendar: Attached here is the Diocesan School Calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The St. Ann School specific calendar which includes additional days off and noon dismissals is now available on our website calendar. The printable detailed calendar is attached above.