April 20, 2018
Dear St. Ann School Families,
"To Jesus Through Mary"
April Focus: Glorious Mysteries
April Virtue: Justice
Easter is so important. We take seven weeks for our celebration. We are about to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. It is also World Day of Prayer for vocations and Earth Day. This is an important day, since God gave us this beautiful Earth to enjoy and respect. God does expect us to care for our beautiful earth and His many animals.
On April 23 we remember St. George, whose name means “gardener”. George was an officer in the Roman army, who became a Christian. He was put to death for his faith. George is well known and loved in many countries. He is pictured in an army uniform, killing a dragon to save a princess. The analogy here is that the dragon is sin or danger. The princess is the church.
The memorial of St. Anselm is celebrated on April 21. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury in England. He died in 1109. Anselm was a teacher. He wrote something very beautiful:
“Let me know you, Lord,
And let me love you,
And you shall be my joy”.
Please pray for the sick, especially Father Mink, Michael Dadd, Ms. Carmen, Brigid and Brian, Mr. Paranczak, John Dickinson and all the sick of our parish.
Please pray for our Armed Forces. They need our prayers every day.
Sheila O'Callaghan, "Miss O'"
Beginning on Tuesday evening, we will welcome our Middle States Visiting Team. The Visiting Team will spend time in classrooms and interviewing various stakeholders until Friday. We look forward to sharing our Self-Study with them and hearing both their commendations and recommendations for our school's future. Please ensure that your child is in the full spring uniform.
Please see information that was sent home through the Google Group today regarding our new standardized testing.
Alleluia, He has Risen! Continued blessings to you and your families during the Easter season.
Contact me in person, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone to discuss any part of school life.
Stacy Solomon, Principal
Thank you & Congratulations
Thank you Kristin Camp & Michelle Higgins for coordinating the Box Top Shop and bake sale. The students enjoyed all the fun items sold and delicious treats. Thank you to all the parents who helped during the shop or donated baked goods.
Thank you to Home & School and the parent volunteers who helped with the Father/Daughter/Special Someone Dance special for our girls and their families. A special thanks to Jessica Barnak and Christina Walker for bringing this event to life!
School Notes & Reminders:
Parent/Teacher Social: We hope to see you at the Social on Saturday, April 21st, 7-9pm at Dead Presidents Restaurant.
Noon Dismissal: A reminder that there are noon dismissals due to the Middle States visit on Friday, 4/20 and Friday, 4/27. AfterCare is available.
School Mass: School Mass will be held on Thursday, April 26th at 9:15am. Families are welcome to join us.
Student Council Executive Officer Elections: Rising 8th graders have been invited to run for Executive Office. Speeches and elections will take place during Spirit Week. More information was sent home. If your student (rising 4th-8th graders) is interested in running for Classroom Representative they will have that opportunity during Spirit Week. More information to follow.
St. Ann School Grotto Pizza Night: Wednesday, April 25th from 4-9pm. Click here for the voucher that must be presented at the time of your order.
Trivia Night: April 28th 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00) in the Social Hall. See information that was sent home in the Friday Folder.
St. Ann’s Day at the Phillies: Home & School organized a fun day for the entire school to attend a Phillies game on Sunday, April 29 at 1:35pm. It’s the Philly Phanatic's birthday celebration. Click here for more information about the event and purchasing tickets or visit http://www.phillies.com/stanns.
Internet Safety: St. Ann School is planning a time for a speaker to talk with our students about internet safety in early May. If any parents are interested in learning more about keeping children safe on the internet, we will provide a parent session. Please contact Mrs. Sowden, School Counselor, directly if you are interested.
Standardized Testing: St. Ann School students in grades K-8 will take the computerized Renaissance Star 360 test between April 30th and May 4th. Click here for Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lou De Angelo's, letter regarding the new standardized testing tool which replaces the TerraNova test.
Middle School Bowling Party: Student Council is hosting a bowling party for middle school students (6th-8th grade) on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm. A flyer with more details was sent home in the Friday Folder. Permission slips are required.
Save the Date! Spring Festival! Thursday, May 10th, 6-8pm in the Social Hall and Gym. This event is for all school families and is our biggest Home & School fundraiser!
Spring Calendar: Click here to access the detailed spring calendar. Be sure to stay up to date with individual classroom websites.