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OCTOBER 23, 2020

From the Head of School’s Office:

Good Day St. Anne’s Families and Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying this beautiful fall weather. As I have shared with you previously, lately I have been somewhat obsessed with communication, wondering why some communication simply flows, while at other times it seems so difficult. Each day I have many conversations with parents, faculty members, and students, with varying degrees of success. While I do think I listen intently, I find the desire to want to solve the problem quickly often gets in the way. Fortunately, I am reminded to listen to understand, not to respond.

This past week many of you took  part in parent/teacher conferences. I wanted to share an excerpt from The Essential Conversation, What Parents and Teachers can Learn From Each Other, by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

“Every time parents and teachers encounter one another in the classroom, their conversations are shaped by their own autobiographical stories and by the broader cultural and historical narratives that inform their identities, their values, and their sense of place in the world. These autobiographical stories are often unconscious replays of childhood experiences in families and in school. These powerful forces often define the quality and trajectory of parent-teacher dialogues.”

I hope you enjoyed your child’s conference because of what it said about their educational journey, while keeping your own in perspective.

For what it’s worth, little Barry Davis couldn’t sit still in class, and hasn’t changed much over the many years. Please excuse him if he fidgets in your conference.

         -Signed  Barry’s Mother

Regards,

Barry

 

The Heron Fund

We have kicked-off our fall appeal to the Heron Fund, which helps to provide St. Anne's faculty and students with the best opportunity for growth and development. The bar remains set high with the promise to go beyond what is comfortable, building a foundation that is necessary to grow independent, resourceful learners.

Like all great independent schools, the Heron Fund supports teaching and learning for each faculty member and child. Your partnership is more important now than ever, as we navigate the daily challenges of our world. By making a gift to the Heron Fund, you make a difference for the St. Anne's Community. While our goal is 100% participation from all of our families, we ask that you contribute to the extent that you are able. Thank you for your consideration. 


 

Moments of the Week!

Scroll through the slideshow to see fantastic pics from this week of school!

Visit our Facebook page for more great moments captured. 

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

During STEM first graders engineered boats from milkweed pods, bark, leaves and twigs, and then floated them in the creek.

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

5th graders working together during writing conferences

1st graders worked together to build their own scarecrows for their learning space. 

1st graders worked together to build their own scarecrows for their learning space. 

2nd graders get up close and personal when they discovered a new creature on the cement. 

2nd graders get up close and personal when they discovered a new creature on the cement. 

Snail Spotting

 Talk about flexible learning spaces. 

2nd grade works hard to build their very own teepee

Kindergarten makes their very own obstacle course. 

Fall Fun

Our first graders enjoyed listening to the story The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown. Afterwards, they put both their comprehension skills and scarecrow building skills to test. 

"Their heads they were a scratchin'
While their thoughts were busy hatchin'..."

SAES Costume Day

As you might know, the CDC has recommended no trick or treating this year. While many do not observe Halloween, we would still like to give our students an opportunity for something fun. In light of this and because our kids have missed out on so many fun community events (school, family, church, etc.) since March, we are going to have a Costume Day on Thursday, October 29th. For Costume Day, students (and adults) might want to dress up as:

  • famous writer or scientist
  • a favorite book character
  • a personal hero
  • a sports star
  • a favorite food
  • a chicken
  • etc.

Students may wear their Halloween costumes as long as they are not too ghoulish, scary, or dark spirited and that they don't include a weapon or hair/face paint. Students will still be required to wear a Covid-19 approved face covering. As always, students and adults who would rather not participate in wearing a costume should wear their regular school dress a la COVID-19. 

We know that wearing costumes might make going outside a little dicey, but the fun to be had will be worth it. Thanks in advance for being flexible, for supporting your children, and for not letting COVID-19 diminish the youthful joy of our children. If you have any good pictures for social media or for the yearbook, please snap some shots and email them to Ms. Tayler John at tjohn@stannesde.org

Upcoming SAPA Events!

Friday, October 30

Barn Hill Preserve Safari and Car Costume Contest!

We are sad to miss our traditional Fall Fest event this year, but we are excited to announce a DRIVE-THRU SAFARI for St. Anne’s families on Friday, October 30 from 3 - 5 PM EST (note:  school is closed this day).  This event is FREE for our community. For those who would like to contribute, we are suggesting a donation of $20 per car to ensure we can do more great activities throughout the year!

As part of this event, families are invited to “dress-up” their cars to participate in a car costume contest! Prize categories include:  scariest, most-creative, and costume that best sums up 2020 (please keep it G-rated)! As you decorate please keep in mind that to fully experience the animals in the safari you will need to be able to see through and roll down your car windows!

To learn more about the animals from Barn Hill Preserve, please visit their website:

https://www.barnhillpreserve.com/delaware/about-us.html

Spread the Word!

Virtual Admissions Open House

We are hosting 3 wonderful opportunities for prospective families to connect with our school community and learn more about our educational program. Our Admissions Team look forward to sharing helpful information and answering any questions they may have.

If there are any prospective families you believe would benefit and add to our amazing SAES community, please share this information with them. They can use the following link to register for the open house. 

Link to Open House Registration

Dates:

Thursday 11/05/2020: from 6:30-7:30pm. 

Thursday 11/19/2020: from 6:30-7:30pm. 

Tuesday 12/03/2020 : from 6:30-7:30pm. 

 

St Anne’s Homeless Supply Drive

(Pictures taken previous years- not this year)

Between the dates October 21 and November 11 St. Anne’s is proud to announce that we will be holding a supply drive to help the homeless!!

When: October 21st to November 11th

How: During these dates we ask that if possible you have your student bring any of the items listed below, and have them give it to their homeroom teacher who will then bring them to the lower school music room where they will be stored until the time above is over. Afterwards we will donate them to a homeless shelter!!

Items we are asking for: (We are asking that the items are all travel size please)

  • Masks

  • Hand sanitizers

  • Granola Bars

  • Water Bottles

  • Gloves

  • Socks

  • Deodorants

  • Hot-Hand hand warmers

  • Nail clippers

  • Tissues

  • Chapstick

  • Winter Hats

  • Wipes

The Book Fair is Almost Here !

 

Attention!

Please note on your calendar that we will test our rapid notification system on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. The purpose of this test is to ensure you receive vital school communication in the event of a school closure, delay, or an emergency. We will use all forms of notification (voice, text, email) for this test. The announcement will go out to all parent and guardian contacts. If you do not receive all three notifications, please contact us at rediker@stannesde.org.   

New Additions to the SAES Team!

On Monday, October 26, We will be saying hello to a new teaching associate in pre-kindergarten. Nicole High comes to us with 22 years of experience working in early education. She has been a stalwart teacher at St. Andrew's preschool since 2013 and already knows several of our students and teachers. Her creativity, positiveness, and enthusiasm for both learning and fun will make her a great fit here at St. Anne's. 

As we say hello to Nicole in PK, Terry Warner will move and join the second-grade teaching team as the associate teacher. With 30 years of experience as a teacher in grades 2-5 as well as her years as an assistant director of summer camp at Camp Arrowhead, Terry will be a valuable asset to the second grade both inside the classroom as well as outdoors. We have really loved having Terry work with our younger Herons in PK and are glad that we will still get a chance to see her daily.  

Reminder of Upcoming Days Off for Students!

There will be no school for students on the following days this month:

  •  Friday, October 30 -  in-service day for faculty - no school for students 

Absent Reminder

It is important for our nurses to be notified if your student is going to be absent from school. Please remember to send an email stating your students name, reason for being absent, and symptoms (if applicable).

 
REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE:

absent@stannesde.org

Changes in Transportation and Early Dismissal Reminder

With outdoor education being more a focus than ever this year, it has proven quite the lengthy process to track down and pack up students for early dismissals. If your student needs to leave early for any reason, please email the student's teacher as well as CIT@saintannesschool.org. This will help speed up the process and ease the pick up process. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Virtual Chapels Every Wednesday!

Tune in on Wednesdays via FACEBOOK LIVE to watch our chapel service. 

 

 


 


 

 
 
For information regarding masks, testing centers,  thanksgiving week Extension,
  St. Anne's Mom Group, Bill Brownlee Tribute, etc. check out PAst weeks heron in The Heron Archive. 

2020-21 The Heron Archive

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Not on social media, that's ok!  Send your pictures and a few details to Tayler John: tjohn@stannesde.org

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