November 11, 2019
by Sheila O'Callaghan
In November we seem to be more aware of others. We remember those who have died in a special way. Since winter is around the corner food becomes very important, especially for the poor. Let us offer prayers asking God to provide for those who suffer most: the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the jobless, and those who have no one to care for them. During November let us graciously reach out to help others, especially through prayer.
On November 9, we celebrated the feast of the Church of St. John the Baptist on Lateran Hill in Rome. This is the cathedral church of the bishop of Rome. The pope is the bishop of Rome. This is Pope Francis' cathedral church.
November 11, is the memorial of St. Martin of Tours. He was drafted into the Roman army at the age of 15. Legend has it that one day Martin saw a poor man shivering in the cold. He cut his warm military cloak and gave the man half. In a dream Martin saw Jesus wearing the cloak. This changed his life. Martin said Christians should not fight, so he left the army. Martin became the bishop of Tours in France. He was known for his charity and he was a great peacemaker.
We remember St. Frances Cabrini on November 13. She was the first American citizen to become a saint. Mother Cabrini came from Italy to work with Italian immigrants who came to America for a better life. St. Frances Cabrini opened hospitals to help her people. It took great wisdom and love to begin an order of sisters.
Please remember in prayer those who are sick, especially Fr. Mink, Ms. Carmen, baby William Kelley, and Mrs. Bradford's mother and all the sick of our parish.
Our First Responders and Armed Forces need our prayers every day. Please pray for them.
I continue to be most grateful for all your prayers, gifts and cards. Keep on praying.
Love and blessings,
SCHOOL NOTESby Principal Pat Grant
Monday, November 11 is Veteran's Day. The slide show of SAS family and friends who have served our country in the armed forces will be playing in the Social Hall. H&SA has purchased flag lapel pins for all the students to help them remember to honor our veterans and our country on this day.
Student Council is organizing a canned and non-perishable Food Drive for the Kevin Sullivan Food Closet. It will run the week of Nov 11. Fliers went home in the Friday Folder. Students can drop their donations in the school lobby.
Don't forget to order your K-5 student-made Christmas greeting cards by Monday, Nov 11. Order forms went home this week. What a nice way to send Christmas cheer with cards designed by your own child.
- The Box Top Shop and bake sale will be held next Friday, November 15. Items to purchase include stuffed animals (everyone's favorite!) and age-appropriate toys/accessories/tchotchkes/giftcards. If your child already handed in box tops, they have a credit for that amount at the Box Top Shop. Box tops are still welcome at the shop. For those who want to purchase box tops tickets next week for use at Friday's box top shop, we will be selling them during lunch this Monday, Nov 11 through Thursday. Please send in bake sale donations! Both baked and store bought treats are welcome! This bake sale is a big hit with the students and a great fundraiser for the school! Please contact Michelle Higgins at email@example.com
Open House -- We will have an all-school Open House on Tuesday, November 19, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. If you know someone who is interested in SAS, tell them about the Open House, and let them know they can also schedule a tour anytime. Thank you to all who took yard signs to help us advertise this event.
First Grade will be conducting a coat drive and winter accessories drive November 20-25. Items will be donated to the Clothing Bank of Delaware. Information is going home in the Friday folders.
In memory: Ron Bogia, former principal of St. Ann School from 1996-2005 passed away recently. We remember Ron Bogia with fondness and gratitude for his leadership and service to our school.
Join us for a Chinese Dinner in the Social Hall on November 16 at 6 PM . Come enjoy a fun evening to celebrate St. Ann School’s new Chinese language program. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Cash bar for adults to purchase beer and wine. Chinese food from the Zhuo family's King Garden Restaurant. This is going to be a fun evening! Tickets available through the rectory 302-654-5519 or the parish giving website.
Sign-up NOW to Audition for St. Ann's Church & School Musical - "Disney's Little Mermaid Jr." - Reserve your spot for the November 23rd and November 24th auditions. The musical is open to any child in 4th - 8th grade at St. Ann's School, PREP or Sacrament program or any child in the same grades who is a registered member of St. Ann's Church. Rehearsals for the show begin in January. Show dates are Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th. There is a place for any child who wants to be a part of the show either as a performer or stage crew. For more information or to schedule a time/date for the audition, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rectory at 654-5519 and ask for Jane.
Amazon Smile: Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Ann's every time you shop, at no cost to you. Next time you want to make a purchase through Amazon, sign up for Amazon Smile via this Amazon Smile link. Save it to your favorites or bookmark it. That way, every time you buy, Amazon will donate 0.5% to St. Ann's. It's just that simple!
Background Checks: We need background checks on any adult who wants to spend time with our children in school or at a school-sponsored off-campus event. The cost is $30 and they are good for 5 years. Please contact Pat Walker at email@example.com if you are interested.
Lunchroom: We can always use volunteers. Please consider if you or another family member can help out. On the job training available! Contact Brook Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
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2019-2020 St. Ann School Calendar: Attached here is the detailed St. Ann School Calendar for 2019-20. Please note that changes may occur to this calendar during the course of the year, so check back periodically.
2019-2020 Diocesan Calendar: Attached here is the Diocesan School Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.