October 22, 2018



The month of October is coming to an end but not without celebrating Halloween a holiday most children enjoy. Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year.

As you look forward to Halloween you can think about and celebrate SS. John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and companions. They were French missionaries who came to Canada and New York. They lived among the Iroquois, Algonquin and Huron nations. They preached the gospel. Fr. Isaac Jogues, Fr. John de Brebeuf and six other priests and lay men were killed. They are called the North American Martyrs.

On Oct. 20 we remember Saint Bertilla Boscardin. Her family was very poor, so Bertilla did not go to school much. But she did not let these problems keep her from what she wanted to do with her life. She became a sister and spent many years caring for sick children. 

Wednesday, Oct. 24 is the memorial of Saint Anthony Claret. He was born in Spain. He had the honor of being the bishop of Cuba. His great love for others taught many people to be better Christians. 

It is so inspiring to read about the lives of the saints. They did not let problems get in their way of loving God and encouraging others to love God too. 

Please pray for the sick, especially Fr. Mink, Michael Dadd, Ms. Carmen, Mr. Paranczak and baby William Kelley. 

Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers. Please pray for them.

Sheila O'Callaghan

School Notes:

Trivia Night: Thank you to the Lavelle and Klous families for organizing the 2nd Annual Trivia Night. It was a huge success and fun was had by all.

Yard Signs: Thank you to the many families who agreed to put yard signs up to advertise our School Open House week of Nov 5-9. We have ordered more signs since we "sold out" so quickly and many more of you offered. What a great testament to our school that so many of you are proud to promote St. Ann School in your neighborhood. 

School Open House: If you know anyone who is thinking about enrolling their child at St. Ann School, encourage them to come for a tour during Open House Week November 5-9.

New Ipads: Thanks to the generosity of a St. Ann School benefactor, our K-4 classrooms will each get a set of 5 new iPads. Students can use them with Accelerated Reader and other small group instructional learning activities.  

Recess Clubs: Mr. Coia will be offering drum circle and ukulele ensemble during recess starting next week. There is no fee for these clubs, but students will be asked to make an ongoing commitment to attend. Drum circle will be offered on Mondays to students in grades 5-8 (recess 11:30-noon) and to grades 3 & 4 (recess 12:30-1:00 pm). There are limited slots available and so priority will be given to older students. Ukulele ensemble will be offered on Tuesdays for grades 5-8. The choir will continue holding practices during recess and will be picking up the pace in November and December as they prepare for the Thanksgiving Day parade and Christmas Concert.

Volunteers Needed: Lower School Halloween Party Saturday, October 27th. Volunteers are needed to help with supplies and on the night of the party to help with the activities. Go here to the sign up genius  to find out how you can help.

St. Ann School Annual Fund Collection during Masses next weekend.  For 120 years, St. Ann School has provided an outstanding Catholic education for generations of families. The Parish can only continue to support the mission of the school through the combined generosity of our parishioners and friends as well as current school families. The parish has started the St. Ann School Annual Fund to help ensure that the evolving needs of the school, faculty, and students remain at the forefront of its mission. 100% of your donation goes directly to support St. Ann School. Please prayerfully consider making a gift to the St. Ann School Annual Fund. Checks can be made out to either "St. Ann's" with "annual fund" on memo portion of the check or write "St. Ann School Annual Fund." Or you can donate online by clicking here


Winter Uniform: November 1 the students are required to wear winter uniform. Please click the link attached for the Winter Uniform rules. Uniform  policies can also be found in the St. Ann handbook on page 22. 

4-H Club: The 4-H Club will meet on November 7 and 14 from 3PM to 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. Thank you. 

Girl Scouts' Bake Sale: St. Ann Girl Scout Troop will be hosting a bake sale on Thursday, October 25 during the 3 lunch periods. Treats will be sold for $1 each. All proceeds will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation.

Lower School Halloween Party: Saturday, October 27. Get your Halloween outfits ready for this fun evening hosted by H&S with lots of activities, entertainment and light refreshments for students in Pre-K 3-5th grade. Information was sent home in the Friday Folders and is attached here . Please return the completed form and payment in an envelope by Monday, Oct. 22.

Mink's MustangsSunday, October 28, at 10:00 am at Frawley Stadium.  Join Fr. Mink and Mink's Mustangs to help our team fight kidney disease. Even if you can't join us on the walk, you can still make a donation. Go here for more information.

Picture Retakes: Tuesday, October 30 is individual picture retake day. Uniform is optional for students getting picture retakes. All other students must wear their school uniform. 

Halloween paradesWednesday, October 31. The 3-year-old "minis" will have a mini-parade in the social hall at 8:00 am. The PreK 4, Kindergarten and First Grade will have a parade outside around the school at 2 pm. Families are invited to attend.

School Mass: Thursday, November 1 we celebrate the Feast Day of All Saints Mass at 9:15AM led by various grades. Families are invited to join us, but please arrive and be seated in the church by 9:10AM. 

Gourmet Pie Fundraiser:  Easy as Pie will be available again for all your Thanksgiving catering. Delicious pies will be delivered to school ready for the festivities. Order forms will be sent home in this week's Friday folder. Orders and payment will need to be returned to school by November 2. Pies will be delivered by Nov 20.

Walk For Wishes: The 8th grade class plans to participate, as a team, in the Walk for Wishes at Nemours Estate on Sunday, November 4. Please look for information about how you can help our 8th grade class raise money for this worthy cause.

Seams & Dreams: We are looking forward to the return of Natasha Latina and her team of seamstresses to launch Seams and Dreams after school from 3PM-5PM Mondays in the Social Hall beginning November 5. This free sewing program will be offered to St. Ann children grades 2-8. The registration form is attached here.  

Open House: November 5-9. Share the excitement, enthusiasm and energy of St. Ann School! Encourage your friends to join us for a tour during Open House Week so they can experience what makes our school so special. Schedule a tour from 9AM-2PM, or just stop in! There will be special open house on Tuesday, November 6th at 9am for the PreK (ages 3 & 4) and for Kindergarten.

Bishop Visit: November 6. Bishop Malooly will be visiting St. Ann School in the morning.

Casual & Pretzel Day: Friday, November 9. Please bring $1 for the missions. Pretzels will be available for $.50 each. Dips can be ordered by 4th-8th grade for an additional .$50 each.

Student Council Canned Food Drive: Every year Student Council collects food for the Kevin Sullivan Food Closet. This year we will be collecting the donations the week of November 12 - 16. Send in any non-perishable food items to the lobby outside the main office. Please see the attached flyer a list of items needed for the food closet.

High School Placement Test (HSPT): The Diocese of Wilmington will administer the HSPT at our diocesan and parish high schools (Padua Academy, Saint Elizabeth High School, Saint Mark's High School, Saint Thomas More Academy, Saints Peter & Paul High School) the first weekend in December. The HSPT registration process must be completed online through Scholastic Testing Services Inc. at http://wilmington.stsusers.com Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding the HSPT.

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.












Calendar Events
  • October 2018
    • SatOct27 Lower School Halloween Party 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMHosted by H&S
    • TueOct30 School Picture Retakes
  • November 2018
    • ThuNov01 School Mass- feast of All Saints 9:15 AMPrepared by various grades
    • MonNov05 School Open House 9:00 AM to 2:00 PMStop in or schedule a tour!
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