An independent school in Middletown, DE for students in Preschool through Grade 8

Where children are known, loved, challenged and inspired for their future.

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October 15th, 2021


Good Day St. Anne’s Families and Friends,

Earlier this week you may have heard your child talking about Kyle Maynard. As part of a chapel talk I shared the story of this impressive individual. I thought to myself, what did I want them to take away from the story of Kyle Maynard. Each time I have viewed this video, I have found that it moves me in a different way. I am simply hoping that you might watch this and have a conversation. 

Questions you might consider:

  • What surprised you about the story?

  • If you were able to talk to Kyle, what questions would you ask him?

  • What was the most challenging obstacle you had to overcome?

During a particularly challenging section of the video Kyle speaks about perspective, and how in his own life he often looks at how far he has to go, as opposed to how far he’s come. Another line which resonated with me was his commitment to not making any excuses. I hope you enjoy this video and find a meaningful connection. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincere Regards,



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. 

First grade wellness playing “pumpkin tag”

4th grade on tues whale watch activity!

2nd grade on the whale watch activity!


As part of their study of Appalachian culture, the third grade celebrated Harvest Day in the outdoor classroom. In addition to  harvesting gourds that they planted as second graders, students made pokeberry ink which they used to paint a picture, and they also started weaving baskets that will be completed at a later time.



Heron Sports Had A Week of Draws. 

Boys Soccer tied Aspira Academy 0-0 and defeated MOT Charter 6-0 bringing them to 4-0-1 for the season.

Girls Field Hockey tied Mot Charter 1-1 bringing them to 3-1-1 for the season. 

Soccer remains undefeated with a Tie ! Way to go Herons!!!


Below are student shot pictures from the games. Photos were shot by Gemma C., Eli M., Julia W., and Lucas S.

Heron Gear Orders Will Begin Shipping!

Initial orders from the first store for merchandise are scheduled to start shipping this Friday



Stay up to date and in the know with what is going on in our school and community. See all the great events coming up soon below.

Don't forget to make sure you are following our Facebook page and join our Families Page to stay up to date in real time as well. 


We hope to see you there ! 

Outdoor Fall Fest -- Friday, October 15th, from 5 to 7 pm  

SAPA would like to invite you to Fall Fest, a beloved St. Anne's tradition. We will have a hay ride, an inflatable slide, pumpkin painting, smores at the firepit, lawn games, and more. By popular demand, there will also be a free SAES uniform station -- yes, free clothes of all sizes and for all ages!

A food truck, Rachael's Special Sweets, will be on hand to sell snacks, soda, ice cream treats, and candy; all items will be priced under $2.50. Families are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks and have a picnic on the grass.



Important Book Fair Information

Come experience the SAES Book Fair with your child! All families are invited to Family Night on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 4:30-7:00 PM. Pizza will be served on the back patio and there will be theme-based activities set up for the students while families wait their turn to shop. (For safety, we will limit the number of families permitted in the library at one time.)

Not able to make it? Don’t worry! Your child will be able to shop at the fair during their regularly scheduled library time. (Monday classes will shop on Tuesday)

How do you pay? This year, students will once again purchase books with money you place in their eWallet account. PS-5th graders received flyers that explain the process and you can find out more by visiting our Book Fair Homepage at or

Checks (made out to SAES) and credit cards are also accepted.


We look forward to seeing you at our magical fair! 

October 25-29, 2021


High School Application Process Information Meeting

For 8th-grade students and Families

Thursday, October 21, from 7 pm-8 pm, four St. Anne’s alums from the Class of 2021 will meet with current 8th-grade students virtually on Google Meet. They will talk about some of their experiences in high school so far this year and answer your questions about the high school application process. The day before the virtual meeting, we will share the Google Meet Link via your HR Google Classrooms.  Schools represented so far: Odessa High School, St. George’s - New Castle County Vo-Tech, Padua, St. Andrew’s School.

Thursday, November 4, 8:30 am - 11 am, we will have a Google Meet with five high school representatives for a panel discussion and small group discussions to help students better understand the different types of schools in the area and more details about the high school admission process. The confirmed schools are MOT Charter High School, Sanford School, St. Andrew’s School, The Gunston School, Westtown School.

 Heron Heroes is a way for us to recognize the many wonderful and varied things being done by members of our community that exemplify the St. Anne’s values of respect, responsibility, and compassion and support our school.

This Week's Hero:

Phil Walsh

SAPA President, SAES Parent 

Phil Walsh, parent of three young Herons, has hit the ground running in his role as President of St. Anne's Parent Association. SAPA, once again, is putting the care and support of our faculty and students at the forefront and Phil's leadership has been critical to those efforts. From the popular Moe's Mexican night to the return of our beloved "Fall Festival" this evening, SAPA is helping our community stay strong and connected during these challenging times. Phil is also keen on meeting our parent volunteers where they are, recognizing that there are many different ways that our families can help support the efforts of our faculty and staff. I know there are many more fun and meaningful activities planned throughout the year.  Volunteerism is critical to our success here at St. Anne's and we send our many thanks to Phil for his leadership and to the entire St. Anne's Parents Association!

If you would like to nominate someone, (student, faculty member, alum, parent, any community member), please email Tayler John: with the subject heading “Heron Heroes”, along with your reason for nomination. Each Heron Hero will receive a $20 gift card to a local business. 


5th Grade Hispanic Heritage Presentation 

In Spanish and LA classes, the students have been working hard researching their Spanish-American famous person who has also done humanitarian work to improve other people’s lives. The students worked in groups and gave their presentations using the big screen in the classroom. Their presentations were informative, and we all learned about Sonia Sotomayor, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Mariano Rivera, Camila Cabello, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roberto Clemente and Cesar Chavez. We finished the presentations by dancing to the song Havana by Camila Cabello.

Dr. Heller (Finn and Anise's Mom) is a veterinarian and came to teach us all about how she cares for animals! She even brought their dog, Spader, and did a live demonstration for our first graders. We had so much fun learning about what a veterinarian does and it was a wonderful connection to our unit about "Golly," our Super Pet from our SuperKids Reading Series. Thank you, Dr. Heller and Spader!

Tommy Hilfiger Offering Free Logo Application

Tommy Hilfiger

Purchase Uniforms 



From the Health Office: 

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Health Office would like to remind families about our policy regarding sending food items in for holidays and birthdays.  To minimize the risk of transmitting Covid-19 and to alleviate concerns of food allergies, sharing foods, candies, and treats will not be allowed by students this school year.  This includes pre-packaged food items, homemade items, and anything that can be consumed by students.  This does not restrict families from sending treats in for their own child, but we are not allowing sharing between students. Also, please remember we are a completely nut-free campus.  Be mindful when sending foods or treats with your children that they should NOT contain any nut products! Thank you!

Our STEM Class Needs Your Help! 

Lower School STEM is looking for donations of paper towel cardboard tubes and toilet paper cardboard tubes for some STEM projects.

There is a big blue-green bin that is stationed right next to the classroom door for donations to be placed in.  

Thursday & Friday 10/21- 22 :No School
Parent-Teacher Conferences & MS Student-Led Conferences Day 

Hot Lunch Offered:

Tuesdays and Fridays

Please review your student's Hot Lunch Online account to ensure all information, including GRADE, is correct.  This will assist in the distribution of lunch orders to the ordering students.  Thank you

For more information and to register use the link below: 

Hot Lunch Registration

“The St. Anne's Way” also means supporting the school financially to benefit our kids both now and into the future. Our most critical fundraising effort is The Heron Fund.

The Heron Fund provides money for the school’s daily needs, and gives us the ability to say “yes!” to new opportunities for students.

Did you also know you can set up a monthly recurring gift? Support the education of our students all year long! 


Keep Grandparents In The Know!

Where would we be without our wonderful grandparents?

 This form is your opportunity to provide and/or update grandparent contact information.  Grandparent contact information is treated confidentially. We hope you will take a moment to complete this form.  

Grandparent Form

Absences & Changes in Transportation 

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).


Changes in Transportation


What is going on in your life? Do you have any cool and exciting news to share? We want to hear from you! 

Update Contact Info/ Share News Here

Make sure we have the most up to date contact information for you so we can keep in touch! 

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Stay connected by following our socials below. We are on Instagram, Facebook, and even have a separate Facebook Group for our Alumni's to connect through. 

First page of the PDF file: StayConnected

check out PAst weeks heron in The Heron Archive. 

2021-22  The Heron Archive


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