February 23, 2018
Dear St. Ann School Families,
"To Jesus Through Mary"
February Focus: Sorrowful Mysteries
February Virtue: Faithfulness
We are finally seeing signs of spring. If you look around, you can see a hue on the trees. The snowdrops are in bloom, the crocus is beginning to bud and the daffodils are about to bloom, also.
It is early Lent and everyone has made plans to sacrifice something. These plans should help us to become more prayerful and share what we have with those who are in need. These good deeds are done in God’s name. They should show our sorrow for sin. They also show we need God and that we rely on God’s help.
In the gospel of Matthew we read about Jesus going into the desert to fast and pray. Because Jesus was hungry, He was tempted to turn stones into bread. But Jesus would not put food and comfort first in His life. The devil continued to tempt Jesus, but Jesus said, “Away with you, Satan!” The devil left Jesus and suddenly angels came and waited on Him.
As we continue our journey through Lent, we should all realize how much God loves us and will help us.
Do not forget your Guardian Angel. Your Guardian Angel is always with you and will guide, strengthen and protect you.
Please pray for the sick, especially Father Mink, Michael Dadd, Brigid and Brian, Ms. Carmen, John Dickinson and Mr. Paranczak.
Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers every day. Please pray for them.
Sheila O'Callaghan, "Miss O'"
Below is important information about the Terranova test and future plans for a new assessment:
Each year, students in grades 1-7 have taken the standardized Terranova test in March. Last year, there was a significant diocesan-wide reporting problem which was shared with parents through a letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Lou De Angelo.
As a result, the Catholic Schools Office formed an Assessment Committee to determine how the diocesan Catholic schools should proceed with regard to future standardized testing. Mrs. Lynne Dickinson, 7th grade teacher and Internal Coordinator for Middle States, elected to serve on the Assessment Committee.
The Committee has determined that students throughout the diocese will no longer take the Terranova test. There will be no Terranova testing week this year. We thank 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Nancy Collins, for serving as St. Ann School's Terranova Test Coordinator for many years.
The Assessment Committee is deciding which testing tool will be used diocesan-wide. As soon as more information is available it will be shared with our parents and students. Mrs. Dickinson will serve as our go to for parents and teachers in adapting to the new testing tool. We are grateful to have a committee member on our staff. It will benefit St. Ann School as we adapt to a new standardized test and utilize this information to inform our instruction.
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
Congratulations to the winners of the Knights of Columbus 22nd Annual Vocation Essay Contest. We are so proud of all our students and their hard work! Grade 5, Sophia Wolff; Grade 6, Grace Klous; Grade 7, Stephen Orth; and Grade 8, Aidan Burke.
School Notes & Reminders:
Save the Date: We have several special events planned for April and May. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss out on the fun!
- Home & School will host a "Special Someone/Father/Daughter Dance" for the girls in grades K-8 and their favorite someone on Saturday, April 14th in the Social Hall. Look for an invitation soon!
- 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. More details will be provided closer to the event.
- 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!
Spring Uniform: On March 1st our spring uniform begins. The weather still shifts at this time of year, therefore shorts are permitted, but they are not required. It is also a time to ensure that your child is adhering to the uniform. Teachers may contact you if your child is not in proper uniform. We thank you in advance for keeping in line with our St. Ann School brand which is very important to us. Look for more information through the Google Group. We have added a St. Ann headband for purchase to ensure that we steer clear of logos and other distractions. Thank you for your support in keeping us uniform.
Sports Events: Show your Mustang pride by coming out and supporting our boys and girls basketball teams as they make their way to the finals. Friday 2/23 Varsity Girls 6:00 vs. SMM at Fournier Hall Boys JV 7:35 Vs. SMA at St. Edmonds Saturday 2/24 Girls JV 10:00 at St. E's "Box" 4th grade boys St. Ed's league- 10:30 vs. St. Mary's at St. Edmond's Varsity Boys vs. CTT at 4:00, Home Monday 2/26 Girls 4th grade "Blue" vs. IHM 6:30 Tuesday 2/27 Girls 4th grade "White" vs. IHM 7:30 Go, Mustangs!
18/19 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 will be shared on our website in June. It is approved by the Catholic Schools Office then.
Vision for the Future/Financial Assistance: The FACTS application process for Vision for the Future for the 2018-2019 school year is open. The deadline to apply is March 5, 2018. Recipients will be notified in early May 2018 of an award. Click here to access the letter explaining the application process and instructions to apply online.
Reconciliation: Grades 3, 4, and 5 will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 6th at 1pm. Grades 6, 7 and 8 will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 20th at 1pm.
Trimester 2: The second trimester ends on Friday, March 9th. Report cards will be distributed at a later date.
3rd Annual Pasta Dinner: Please join us for our 3rd Annual Pasta Dinner Saturday, March 10, 2018, 6-8pm. Food provided by Scalessa's Old School Italian Kitchen. Guests will be treated to a sneak peek of St. Ann's upcoming musical Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr. Tickets are selling quickly and space is limited! Click here details and registration information.
Beauty & the Beast Jr. - Get your tickets now 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) and 7pm (final performance). 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!