October 15, 2018
October is a month to enjoy the outdoors. It is also a good time to think about the earth and what have we done to help or hurt it. What are we doing? How about recycling such as newspapers, aluminum cans or other things we can recycle. Do not forget to pray for the protection of our beautiful earth.
Monday, October 15 is the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa started new convents with new rules. Teresa wanted the members to live simply. Teresa is called a "doctor of the church" because of her excellent teaching. St. Teresa of Avila wrote the following poem.
Let nothing disturb you, or fill you with fear.
For troubles are passing, and God’s always near.
Do not be anxious; on God’s peace depend,
You need nothing extra when God is your friend.
Let us not forget St. Hedwig whose memorial is celebrated on Tuesday, October 16. She was the Duchess of Silesia. This is now part of Germany and part of Poland. Hedwig and her husband were wealthy, but they lived simply. They raised their six children with much love.
October 17 is the memorial of Ignatius of Antioch. He learned about Jesus from the Apostles. He became a strong Christian. He became a bishop. Finally he was arrested and sent to Rome to be executed. While on his way to his death, he wrote letters to strengthen the faith of his people. These letters are among the treasures of the early church.
Thursday, October 18 Christians celebrate the feast of St. Luke who wrote the third gospel and book called the Acts of the Apostles. It is believed he traveled with Saint Paul and brought the good news to the people of many nations.
We have St. Teresa of Avila, St. Hedwig, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Luke to emulate and ask them to help us to strengthen our faith and love of God.
Please pray for the sick, especially Fr. Mink, Michael Dadd, Ms. Carmen, Mr. Paranczak and baby William Kelley.
Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers. Please pray for them.
GoGuardian: is being launched at St. Ann School to provide another layer of protection to ensure safe digital learning for our students in grades 5-8. GoGuardian is education-focused software that offers Chromebook web filtering, monitoring, and digital classroom management. It will enable teachers and school administrators to monitor student activity online, and to filter potentially harmful or distracting content. Learn more here.
Hayride needs volunteers: for the middle school hayride on October 21. We have a good number of 7th grade volunteers; a few 6th and 8th grade parents would be appreciated. Some dads would be especially welcome for s’mores making (after the hayride).
Forms and other pertinent information concerning student health policies and procedures can be found on the nurse’s page.
School Mass: Tuesday, October 16 at 9:15 am we will celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary Mass and have our Student Council Induction. Families are welcome to join us. Please arrive no later than 9:10 am before the Church doors are locked.
4-H Club: The 4-H Club will meet next Wednesday, October 17 at 3PM to 4PM. They will also meet on November 7 and 14 from 3PM to 4PM. The fee for the 4-H Club is $20 per student to cover the cost of supplies, projects and snacks for the year. Please return the fee, cash only please, in an envelope with your child's name on it attention Miss O. Fees are due as soon as possible. Thank you.
Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday, October 18 & Friday, October 19. There is a noon dismissal Thursday (After care is available) and no school on Friday. Specific appointment time(s) came home in this week's Friday folder.
Lower School Halloween Party: Saturday, October 27. Get your Halloween outfits ready for this fun evening hosted by H&S with lots of activities, entertainment and light refreshments for students in Pre-K 3-5th grade. Information was sent home in the Friday Folders and is attached here . Please return the completed form and payment in an envelope by Monday, Oct. 22.
Mink's Mustangs: Sunday, October 28, at 10:00 am at Frawley Stadium. Join Fr. Mink and Mink's Mustangs to help our team fight kidney disease. Even if you can't join us on the walk, you can still make a donation. Go here for more information.
Picture Retakes: Tuesday, October 30 is individual picture retake day. Uniform is optional. Casual Day guidelines apply.
Walk For Wishes: The 8th grade class plans to participate, as a team, in the Walk for Wishes at Nemours Estate on Sunday, November 4. Please look for information about how you can help our 8th grade class raise money for this worthy cause.
Seams & Dreams: We are looking forward to the return of Natasha Latina and her team of seamstresses to launch Seams and Dreams after school from 3pm-5pm Mondays in the Social Hall beginning November 5. This free sewing program will be offered to St. Ann children grades 2-8. The registration form is attached here.
Open House: November 5-9. Share the excitement, enthusiasm and energy of St. Ann School! Encourage your friends to join us for a tour during Open House Week so they can experience what makes our school so special. Schedule a tour from 9am-2pm, or just stop in!
Bishop Visit: November 6. Bishop Malooly will be visiting St. Ann School in the morning.
High School Placement Test (HSPT): The Diocese of Wilmington will administer the HSPT at our diocesan and parish high schools (Padua Academy, Saint Elizabeth High School, Saint Mark's High School, Saint Thomas More Academy, Saints Peter & Paul High School) the first weekend in December. The HSPT registration process must be completed online through Scholastic Testing Services Inc. at http://wilmington.stsusers.com Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding the HSPT.
150th Anniversary of our Diocese: Order your books now in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our Diocese! See the attached flyer here! They make great presents for everyone in your family!
2018-2019 St. Ann School Calendar: Attached here is the current school year list calendar. Please be aware that some dates are subject to change and revisions will be communicated to families.
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.