The Heron

FEBRUARY 16, 2020


 

Where children are known, loved, challenged

and inspired for their future.


 

The Story of Holocaust Survivor Anne Jaffe

Good Day St. Anne’s Family and Friends,

I wanted to take a moment to share thoughts from a powerfully moving experience. I recently had the honor of hearing from Anne Jaffe, as she shared her story as a holocaust survivor. From the beginning, this story was different from others I had heard, as Anne, her parents, and infant brother survived this terrible ordeal. It was a story of life on the run, living in the woods and relying on the kindness of others to give them scraps of food, risking their own lives to do so. She spoke of the terrible existence as a child, and her voice shook as she spoke of the people in her community who volunteered to do the dirty work of the Nazis. She asked the question, “What makes people turn on those with whom they’ve lived? Where does such hatred come from?” She then replied, “Hatred must be taught, and kindness is also a learned behavior.” 

I am appreciative of Anne Jaffe’s strength in sharing her story. It is through the stories that we can work to make sure events like this don’t occur in the future. I wonder, what were the early signs that people chose to ignore? Why were people unwilling to stand up and speak out?  Anne Jaffe is the same age as my father, who grew up in the Jim Crow South, and while the experiences were not the same, the hatred of some and the silence of others in the community were necessary for these events to occur as well. My father still does not share many details of his story and this part of his childhood. However, my father and I, like Anne Jaffe, believe that we must teach kindness, love, and appreciation of each other. 

Pictured below are my father with his mother and sister in Melbourne, FL.


“In the end. we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of their friends.”   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Regards,

Barry Davis

 

 

 

Barry

 


 

Beyond the Gym

By Rik Egan, Middle School PE Teacher & 6th - 8th Grade Advisor

I love being healthy. Who doesn't, but what do we mean when we say ‘I live a healthy lifestyle’? It would be fair to assume what normally comes to mind is exercise and a clean and balanced diet. These things are definitely part of living healthily, however, there are many more complex components of health that are all interconnected and affect the overall well-being of a person. This is what St. Anne’s students have been learning beyond the typical experience of a health and PE class. 

The curriculum for all middle school health classes is structured around seven dimensions of health which include physical, mental and emotional, social, spiritual, financial, occupational, and intellectual. When we treat each dimension with equal care we move toward a more thriving life. Each lesson sits on a foundation of social and emotional learning (SEL), a process through which students understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. A systemic approach to SEL intentionally cultivates a caring, participatory, and equitable learning environment and evidence-based practices that actively involve all students in their social, emotional, and academic growth.

Health class at St. Anne’s is more than an academic pursuit, it is a community-building opportunity. The goal is to have students experience an environment where they feel comfortable to share ideas, ask questions, support peer opinions and feel respected and valued. Every class begins with a mindfulness practice focusing one's awareness on the present moment, often paired with an intentional breathing practice. Current research in this area has found that mindfulness practice can enhance both academic performance and mental health in middle schoolers. This practice sets the intention of the class and is a time where we connect as a community on a social and emotional level. Once the intention of the class has been established we move into the core of the lesson which includes peer or whole-class discussions, role-playing scenarios, activities to provoke thoughtful and creative responses, and learning skills that students can apply in their journey through middle school and beyond. 

Here are a few student comments from the current 7th-grade health class:

“I think the most interesting thing I have learned is the social media part of health. It has helped many people and when I get a social media account I will know what to do with it now”

“Honestly, I think the most interesting thing that we have learned about is mental health. I had used the skills that we had learned from the teaching and activities during that segment, and had applied them to my real life. There was also a time when Mr. Egan had taught us mindful breathing techniques. I have been using these techniques when I need to calm down or take the time to rest.”

“I have learned about how to build yourself up with positive influences/surroundings.”

“I have learned that you don't have to be a bystander and you have the ability to advocate for yourself or someone else.”

Rik Egan - PE Teacher

 


 

The First Grade is "Bear-y" Appreciative

By Mrs. Liguori & Mrs. Meier

 

First grade is happy to announce that they gathered 76 teddy bears! A representative from The Kind to Kids Foundation visited with them on Thursday and collected our donations. A huge shout out to our First Graders as well as the St. Anne's community for helping with this act of kindness! Thank you "bear-y" much for your support!

Kind for Kids - Teddy Bear Drive

 

Lower School Important Upcoming Dates

  • No School - Presidents Day - February 17
  • Chapel: 8:15am Preschool-First grade; 9:45am grades 2-8 - February 19
  • Preschool Playdate - February 21
  • Red Robin Middletown Family Night - February 27
  • Middle School Science Fair - February 28
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox - MS Play Performance  - March 1
  • Spring Break Begins - Thursday, March 5
  • School Resumes - March 16
  • Parent Teacher Conferences - March 26-27
  • No chapel on Wednesday, April 8
  • MS Maundy Thursday Chapel - April 9 (2:30 pm)
  • No School on Good Friday - April 10
  • No School on Easter Monday - April 13

 

Middle School Party

Friday, February 21, 6pm - 9pm

The next all Middle School event of the year will take place next Friday, February 21st! Student Council will be organizing a night of games and activities throughout the Middle School. The doors will open at 6:00  pm and the party will end at 9:00 pm. The price of admission to the event is $5. Student Council will be providing beverages and snacks for the evening. 

 


 

Middle School Science Fair

February 28th 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Students in 7th and 8th grade have been hard at work since the beginning of the year on their science fair projects.  They developed unique ideas for scientific investigations and turned in research proposals back in the fall.  Each student or student pair focused on one main question to guide their project. Throughout the winter, students have followed a timeline for background research, conducting their experiments, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.  Students are currently finalizing their poster displays so they can present their findings to the school community.

On Friday, February 28th, St. Anne’s will host its 15th annual Middle School Science Fair from 1:45-3:15 pm in the Gym.  All in our community are welcome to attend! Our Lower School classes and 5th and 6th graders will walk through the poster displays and be introduced to the variety of interesting queries posed by our 7th and 8th graders.  Younger students will have an opportunity to ask questions, which will allow the older students to discuss their work and explain their conclusions.  

Projects include a wide array of investigations on topics ranging from botany, human biology and chemistry to memory, perception and learning styles.  Emphasis has been placed on developing scientific process and inquiry skills. Parents, please join us that afternoon to see our budding scientists at work.  Mark your calendars and come support our students and enjoy their creative and interesting work! 

 

Heron Athletics Schedule

2/18, Tuesday

Boys Basketball Blue Practice

3:20-5 pm

2/19, Wednesday

Girls Basketball Practice and End of Season Celebration

2/20, Thursday

Girls Basketball Game at First State Montessori Academy

4 pm  

ED 2:35pm   Depart 2:50pm Return 6:45pm

Boys Basketball Blue Game at First State Montessori Academy

5pm  

ED 2:35pm   Depart 2:50pm Return 6:45pm

Middle School Important Upcoming Dates

  • Rising 5th-Grade Family Visits to Classrooms - February 19
  • Middle School Breakfast by MS SAPA - February 21
  • Middle School Party #2 - February 21
  • Rising 8th-Grade Family Visits to Math Classroom - February 27
  • Middle School Science Fair - February 28
  • Final Costa Rica Trip Meeting for Students & Parents - February 28
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox - MS Play Performance  - March 1
  • 2nd Trimester Ends - March 4
  • MS Costa Rica Trip - March 4-12
  • Spring Break - March 5-15
  • Return to School - March 16
  • MS Student-Led Conferences - March 26 & 27
  • No chapel on Wednesday, April 8
  • MS Maundy Thursday Chapel - April 9 (2:30 pm)
  • No School on Good Friday - April 10
  • No School on Easter Monday - April 13


 

In the event of any changes to your child's attendance at school, please send an email to absent@stannesde.org or call 302-378-3179 option 2.  You can use this to let us know about lateness, absence or leaving early. The nurse's office will be verifying absence without notification via phone calls to parents.

Parents should send all transportation changes via email to cit@stannesde.org and copy the child(ren)'s teacher or advisor. Last-minute changes are discouraged, but should they need to be made, please be sure to follow the protocol listed above as well as calling the Main Office to ensure that your request has been received.

Read More about Communications with School (Absences and Changes in Transportation)

 

Important Announcements & Reminders


 

We are #HeronProud!

Share Your St. Anne's Story and Invite Friends to Our Campus

 

Our Middle School Student Ambassadors are

leading tours every Thursday (10 am) and Friday (8:15 am)

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Upcoming Important Admissions Dates:

Preschool Playdate - Friday, 2/21 at 10:45 am

 

2020 Middle School ERB Testing Dates

Saturday, February 29, and March 25  8 am - 11 am 

 

To reserve a spot at one of these events, please call or email Renee Chaudoin at 302-378-3179 x311.


 

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