June 10, 2019
Pentecost is upon us. God is so good, He is giving us the opportunity to celebrate Pentecost before we leave for summer vacation. On Sunday, June 9th we will celebrate Pentecost.
On Pentecost we celebrate the coming of God's Spirit of love and unity. God's Holy Spirit is with us always. The Holy Spirit has been with us all through this school year. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can find Jesus in each other, care about each other and respect each other. It is the power of God's Spirit that has helped us pray and work for people in need.
In the Book of Isaiah we find the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Isaiah says it will be; a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.
The sayings of Isaiah then, give us seven gifts that the Holy Spirit will give us. The students who prepare for the sacrament of confirmation learn about these gifts. We translate them as wisdom, understanding, counsel, courage, knowledge, religion, and awe. These gifts are promised to all who love God.
In the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-8; 11 we can read about the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.
The Holy Spirit worked in the lives of many people and they became saints. On June 9th we remember the deacon Ephrem. He was a great leader of the church in Syria. The Syrians call him the "harp of the Holy Spirit" because of the hymns and poems he wrote. This is a good time to pray to deacon Ephrem for the people of Syria.
Jaques Marquette was born in 1637. He became a Jesuit. He came to Canada as a missionary. He learned six Native American languages so he could bring the word of God to many tribes. Again, we are reminded of the work of the Holy Spirit. God uses many to spread his work of love and unity.
Please pray for the sick, especially Father Mink, Ms. Carmen, Babs Gordon, Baby William Kelley, Kate Schubert, Alexis Tanner and all the sick of our parish.
Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers everyday. Please pray for them.
As we remember and celebrate D Day in France- please pray for all our soldiers who gave their lives. The Greatest Generation- may they rest in God's peace.
We had a lovely send-off to our 8th graders yesterday in front of school and then at the celebration of the Eucharist and Commencement last night. Thanks to the 7th grade parents who hosted the reception in the social hall. Now the torch is passed to our 7th grade class who are eager to accept the responsibility of student leadership next year.
We are coming to the end, but "it ain't over yet." SAS teachers will continue to teach and we expect students to come to school ready to learn this week. There will be some special events. On Monday at 2pm is a rosary prayer service for individuals and families struggling with cancer. School Mass and Classroom Moving Up Day will be on Tuesday afternoon. Third grade will show off their spelling skills on Wednesday and the ever-so-fun talent show and end-of-year picnic celebration are on Thursday. Each grade level has different closing traditions on Friday and then... students are off for summer fun!
Walk-a-Thon: Our preK & K students will have a Walk-a-Thon to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Monday morning. Thank you to those who have donated to this worthy cause.
Prayer Service: Students are invited to wear cancer awareness ribbon(s) on Monday to remember those who are affected by cancer. We will gather in Church at 2 pm to pray a rosary for all those in our community who suffer, or who have gone before us, as a result of the disease. Please consider joining us for prayer that day, even if you can't be with us at 2 p.m.
School Mass: June 11 at 9:15 am. Doors lock at 9:10 am. Grade 6
Moving Up Day: Students will get a chance to move up to the next grade level at the end of the day on Tuesday to meet their next year's teacher and become familiar with the classroom.
Talent Show: June 13 at 8:30 am. If you plan to attend the Talent Show, please do not park on the school block of Shallcross Ave. or Grant Ave. at any time! We need the streets cleared first thing in the morning to set up large inflatable items and other equipment for the End of the Year Party.
End of Year Celebration: June 13 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon will be provided for the students! Thank you, Brandywine Prime, for providing food for this event and thank you Home & School Association for organizing this fun event. Students wear gym uniforms.
PreK 4 & Kindergarten closing program at 9:00 - 9:30 am on June 14 in the Social Hall
Minis closing program 9:30 am - 10:00 am on June 14 on the Rectory Lawn (weather permitting)
Honors Assembly 10:00 am on June 14 in the Social Hall
Last Day of School: 11:00 am dismissal June 14. Students wear regular uniforms.
Summer at St. Ann's:
Summer Office Hours: Please note the modified summer office schedule.June 17th-June 28th- Monday-Friday 8am-2pmJuly 1st -August 9th- Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm (closed Fridays)August 12th- August 30th- Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
2019-20: Uniform policy Don't forget all-black sneakers are REQUIRED next year.
Summer at St. Ann's: We have lined up several camps for summer fun and enrichment for St. Ann students. Click on the Summer Camp page to find out more!
Reading Between the Waves: We are offering a fun reading experience at SAS to help students avoid the "summer slide." Students with their parents are invited to come back to the "beach" at St. Ann's on Wednesday afternoons in late June and July to take out books, take AR quizzes and win fun prizes. What a great way to stay connected with reading and friends over the summer! Fliers with more information are in today's Friday folder.
More Useful Information
SAS Fundraiser at King Garden Restaurant : One of our SAS families, the Zhuo family, has generously offered to donate a portion of their sales back to St. Ann School. This fundraiser is valid from now until June 12, 2019. Please present the voucher that was sent home in Friday folder and attached here. To place an order, visit their website, or call your order in at 302-655-3530. King Garden is located at 2511 W. 4th St. Participation is unlimited until June 12th.
Fireworks Safety: With the holidays approaching the Wilmington Fire Department sent information on fireworks safety so you and your family can have a fun and safe day! Please see the attached information here.
Summer Stage at St. Helena's: Joe Louden and Tori Healy are running a summer musical theater camp at St. Helena's from July 8 to 19 for students in grades 3-12. Frozen, Jr. will be performed by the camp on July 19 & 20. Click here for more information about the Summer Stage on St. Helena's website or read the attached flier.
Padua Academy Summer Camp: Padua is hosting various summer camp opportunities for girls in grades 6-8. Themes include technology, science, Spanish and crafts. Please see the attached flier for dates, rates & registration details.
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.
2019-2020 Diocesan Calendar: Attached here is the Diocesan School Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.