February 15, 2018
Dear St. Ann School Families,
"To Jesus Through Mary"
February Focus: Sorrowful Mysteries
February Virtue: Faithfulness
Winter continues! Lent has begun. It is a time to live simply and make a sacrifice or two. It is also the time to silence the alleluia. We will not sing this happy song again until Easter. The word alleluia means “praise God” in the Hebrew language. Once Lent is over, we will sing this song of joy over and over again.
Even though it is Lent, we still have saints to celebrate.
On February 14, we remembered St. Cyril and St. Methodius. These brothers were monks, missionaries and scholars. They carried the good news of Jesus to the Slavic peoples.
We will remember and celebrate “The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order”, also known as the Servants of Mary.
Perhaps now is a good time to read the words of James. The early Christians listened to his letter with great respect. He tells Christians how to live as they go about their daily lives. He encourages us not to give into temptation.
Please pray for the sick, especially Father Mink, Michael Dadd, Brigid and Brian, Ms. Carmen, John Dickinson and Mr. Paranczak, father-in-law to Kerry Paranczak.
Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers every day. Please pray for them.
Sheila O'Callaghan, "Miss O'"
We began our Lenten journey with Mass on Ash Wednesday. Our morning announcements will remind us of this reflective and prayerful time each day. Classes will attend the Stations of the Cross. Mrs. Lynne Dickinson and the 7th grade will share their Passion Play as we move closer to Holy Week. Let our prayer lives be strengthened during this time when we live more simply and think about what is most important. Maybe it is time with family, time in quiet, less activity, sacrificing, less electronics, an openness to Jesus' love and more. I wish you and your families closeness and love.
Contact me in person, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone to discuss any part of school life.
Stacy Solomon, Principal
Thank you & Congratulations
Thank you for your support and generous donations towards this year's Candy Gram Fundraiser! We raised close to $700.00! All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Miss Jeannette and the fabulous fifth grade worked very hard to spread all of the candy gram love!
School Notes & Reminders:
No School: There is no school for students on Friday, February 16th for a Staff Retreat and Monday, February 19th for President's Day. Enjoy the long weekend.
School Health Update: As you know, the flu and cold season has been challenging this year. Please assist us in keeping our school community as healthy as possible. When children are sick they need to stay home from school to get well and to reduce the spread of germs. We continue to promote handwashing and other good health habits. During this four day weekend, our cleaning company will perform a more thorough cleaning with a focus on touch points and will disinfect at a deeper level. Refer to information that was sent home previously by our School Nurse about colds and the flu.
18/19 Calendar: Attached here is the Diocesan School Calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. You will note that students start after Labor Day again in the 18/19 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.
Sibling Registrations: Please return your forms and deposit to the office as soon as possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 654-5519. Hope to see you there!
Save the Date! 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. If anyone has questions or would like to help, please contact jessicabarnak@gmail.
Upcoming Community Events:
Padua Academy's Musical Theater Program will be performing "The Addams Family" on Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th at 7:30pm and on Sunday, February 18th at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Please contact Lisa Kowalski at email@example.com for further information.
St. Mark's One Act Plays: Saint Mark's High School invited our students to their Saint Mark's One Act Plays. The event will take place on February 16th and 17th at 7:30pm. Please contact St. Ann School office if you are interested in tickets.