December 10, 2018
Saturday, December 8 we will celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. It means the Catholic Church expects us to celebrate Mass. On this day we celebrate our belief that Mary was full of God's grace from the first moment of life. God gave Mary this honor because He planned to invite Mary to be the mother of the Savior. Mary the Immaculate Conception, is the Patron of the United States.
We can not forget beautiful St. Juan Diego whose feast we celebrate on December 9. He was a poor native Mexican. Mary loved him so much she appeared to him and left her picture on his cloak. Juan Diego's cloak is now in the Basilica in Mexico City.
We call the lady of the cloak "Our Lady of Guadalupe". We celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron of the Americas.
While we celebrate these beautiful feasts, let us not forget the Season of Advent. It is a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus in glory. We must open our hearts and be ready to change our way of acting.
Thank you for prayers for Fr. Mink. He is doing well.
Please pray for the sick especially the sick of our parish, Michael Dadd, Ms. Carmen, Baby William Kelley.
Please pray for our First Responders and Armed Forces. They need our prayers everyday.
Annual Fund: Your gift to the Annual Fund will strengthen St. Ann’s School. While St. Ann’s carefully allocates its resources, it cannot be sustained by tuition alone. Please show your faith in the future of our students and school by making a year-end contribution to the annual giving fund. Click here for more information.
Adopt-A-Family: Our cocoa meter is overflowing!! We raised over $4,500 to help local families this Christmas. The gift of giving is the greatest gift of all. May you and the families that we have helped have a joyful and blessed Christmas.
Pajama Day: Students are invited to wear their SAS or seasonal pajamas to school on Friday, December 14 as a thank you on behalf of all the families we have helped this giving season. St. Ann School has been exceptionally generous in giving their time, talent and treasures to many good causes-- from turkeys to coats, from candy to canned goods, and for donations to the missions and Adopt-A-Family and Make-A-Wish, to name a few. There is no fee for this PJ day.
Library Update: Thank you to the volunteers who helped us get the library updated with a new electronic catalog system. This was a necessary step to better serve our students who are becoming voracious readers thanks to the new Accelerated Reader program.
Alumni Meet & Greet: Spread the word! Alumni Meet & Greet on Saturday, January 26 at 6:30 pm at Dead Presidents 618 N. Union St. Wilmington, DE 19805. Sign up here.
Seams and Dreams will meet this Monday, December 10. No Seams and Dreams next Monday, December 17.
Grotto Pizza Night: Please join us for the St. Ann School fundraiser event on Tuesday, December 11 from 4PM-9PM. Enjoy a dinner with your family or friends and 20% of the total bill will be donated to St. Ann School. Vouchers were sent home in the Friday Folders and are attached here. The voucher must be presented at time of order.
4-H Club: The 4-H Club will meet on December 12 and 19 from 3PM-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.
Report Cards: Report cards will go home in Friday folders on December 14. The Diocese has closed the PowerSchool Parent Portal from now until December 14 while schools are entering and finalizing T1 reports.
Star Reports: Students will finish the second administration of Star Math and Reading online testing this week. The parent reports will be included with their report cards on December 14.
Breakfast with Santa: Our annual event is back on Saturday, December 15 from 9am-11am. Click here for more details. To register, email the number of attendees to firstname.lastname@example.org and to pay, go through the Parish Giving link here. Adults are $10.00 each, children 5-12 are $5.00 each and 4 or under free. The deadline to sign-up was December 7th. For questions, please call the rectory at 654-5519.
St. Ann's Family Christmas Caroling: This new family event will be held on Sunday, December 16 6 pm-8 pm. Families meet in the Social Hall and then join together to sing Christmas carols in the St. Ann's neighborhood. Then return to the Social Hall for holiday treats and hot cocoa! Let us know if you plan to join the fun through Sign up Genius.
St. Ann School Christmas Concert: Our students will be showcasing their musical talents with festive holiday songs on Wednesday, December 19. The concert begins at 1:15 PM in the Social Hall.
Casual Day: Friday, December 21: The monthly opportunity to wear casual clothes is an incentive to contribute to the missions. Please remember that students who opt to wear casual clothes on this day should give at least $1 for the missions. Pretzels will not be served due to the Mass, assembly and noon dismissal.
Honors Assembly will be on December 21 at 11:00 am.
Christmas Break: Christmas break begins Friday, December 21. There is a noon dismissal that day and NO AFTER CARE.
More Useful Information
2019-2020 Tuition Assistance Information: The Diocese is now accepting tuition assistance applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To be considered a parent must submit an application online to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. The deadline to submit the application is March 4, 2019. A letter and detailed instructions was sent home in the Friday Folder. A copy of that information is attached here.
Ulster Project Delaware 2019: Ulster Project Delaware (UPD) is currently seeking adventuresome applicants, aged 14 -16, for its 43rd annual month-long peace and leadership project in July 2019. American teens and their families host Protestant and Catholic teens from Northern Ireland as they seek to learn tolerance, build understanding, and gain lifelong friendships. All teens participate in day trips to NYC, DC, Philadelphia, Hershey Park, and the beach; service projects; leadership and team building events; visits to various places of worship; and fun local outings. The cost is minimal and the experience is priceless! Applications are now being accepted. Visit www.ulsterprojectdelaware.org for more information and email any questions to email@example.com or call Ruth Langrehr at 302.893.1878.
Special Early Registration for Padua Middle School Summer Camp Program: We are opening registration early for all Padua families for Summer Camp 2019. Follow this link to sign up. If you have any questions about the new Summer Camp program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.