Friends of the Heron 12-21-18

Learning, Celebrating, Serving

Hester and Ferster Baby Blessing
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Special Friends' Day and more...

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Image of Preschool students with faculty and alumnae special friend
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Image of Second Grade students using Singapore Math strategies
Middle School student displays Hollywood dance theme decoration
Image of St. Anne's Preschool-1st grade students preparing to sing
Image of St. Anne's Preschool-1st grade students singing
Image of 2nd-4th grade St. Anne's students singing at Special Friends Day
St. Anne's Middle School Chorus, directed by music teacher Kathy DeLong
* Thinking back on my children's years at St. Anne's...
Image of St. Anne's students

Whether you are St. Anne's graduate, a grandparent, alumni parent, a former faculty member, or a long time friend of the school, you know the value of a St. Anne's education.   It is an opportunity that so many children need today.

Alumni Parent Jen Twining's reflections may remind you of the many ways in which St. Anne's helped a child you know grow in wisdom and love:

When I think back on my children's years at St. Anne's I remember the beautiful buildings and grounds, bright sunshine streaming in through tall windows, the striking, perhaps now iconic, red doors.  Then my thoughts turn to the capable, engaged faculty and staff, the people who first recognized defining talents and gifts of my children, who guided them academically, morally, spiritually.  I remain thankful for the exceptional creative arts curriculum and the recognition of physical and social as well as cognitive development.

Finally, and still a bit painfully, I think of the stresses my children faced at St. Anne's on a daily basis.  I suppose the thought of "stress" takes quite a bit away from the lovely picture I was painting of the glories of the school, but these were the normal stresses of childhood.  The stress of leaving mom, the stress of meeting the demands of the classroom, the stress of learning how to interact with children different from themselves.

I think one of the reasons I continue to support the mission of St. Anne's is its focus on guiding children through these stresses, rather than eliminating them.  Learning to manage time, learning to face conflict, learning to fail and try again.  Not perfectly, never perfectly, but consistently.  With patience, St. Anne's helped to prepare my children for life.

This year’s gifts to the Fund will:

  • Purchase new tools for learning outside, and create new spaces for outdoor education.
  • Empower our teachers through professional development and leadership opportunities.
  • Attract and support talented students who enrich the St. Anne’s experience for all.

The first donors to support this year’s campaign were our trustees, faculty, and parents.  Now we are turning to you.  

Will you consider joining Jen and other St. Anne's families in making a gift to this year's Heart, Mind & Spirit campaign by December 31st?  

The Heart, Mind & Spirit Fund allows us to say “yes” to great opportunities for our faculty and students. 

We invite you to make a pledge of support or a gift to St. Anne's.

 

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We welcome your questions and interest in the Heart, Mind, and Spirit campaign!  Please contact Lisa Slinkard with your questions via email (lslinkard@stannesde.org) or telephone (302) 378-3179 x347 to learn more. 

Thank you! 

Ryan Chiu '10 is among the educators attending POCC '18!
Image of St. Anne's teachers with St. Anne's Alumnus, Ryan Chiu '10

St. Anne's Director of Student Learning, Lisa Bloomfield, and Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Shannon Cameron, were so happy to see Ryan Chiu '10 at the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference (POCC) in Nashville last week.

Ryan attended St. Andrew's School and Wesleyan College in Connecticut after graduating from St. Anne's.  He is currently a first-year math teacher at Milton Academy in Massachusetts and is working on an M.S.ed from the University of Pennsylvania.  Congratulations, Ryan!  

Serving with Compassion - Blessing Bag update
Images of St. Anne's students engaged in service learning

Thank you for your contributions to St. Anne’s first Blessing Bag project for our fall food drive!  You are making it possible for us to extend student service learning as we help those in need.  

Thanks to you we have the supplies we need to put together the blessing bags.  Our goal is for all Blessing Bags to be assembled by the helping hands of our students before Christmas break and that Sandra Nix, our cook, will take 25 of them to Code Purple in Smyrna.  

We are working with our friend, Bill Perkins, the Program and Ministry Consultant at Friendship House in Wilmington, to distribute the remaining bags.  Bill opens a Wilmington church during the day which offers fellowship and a warm place for the homeless to go.  We will offer the opportunity for interested St. Anne’s families to distribute the Blessing Bags to this group in this safe environment on a future date.  

Thank you again for your contributions to help this fragile population.  With your help we are Serving with Compassion, bringing this year’s school theme to life!  

Make the Season Bright! St. Anne's December Service Traditions

In keeping with our annual tradition, we have two Giving Trees for members of the St. Anne's community to support those with needs greater than our own.  Please stop by to see how you can help a family and share the spirit of Christmas. 

The All School Giving Tree

For many years, the St. Anne’s community has provided holiday gifts to People’s Place of Dover, which helps families in transitional housing.  Many of the tags request simple amenities and clothes for children.  The process to help is simple: 

  • Take one or more ornament tags from the tree in the front foyer at St. Anne’s
  • Purchase the gift described on the ornament, 
  • Wrap the gift with the ornament tag on the outside.
  • Place it under the tree. 

Note: it is very important to securely attach the ornament tag to the outside of the wrapped package so that it can be delivered properly.  Please assist young children in selecting a tag so that none are lost!

Presents are due back by Wednesday, December 19. 


Middle School Toy Tree 

Middle School Toy Giving Tree and photo area


Middle School Student Council initiated a second Giving Tree years ago with the specific purpose of providing toys to Delaware children in need.  We partner with Kind to Kids, an agency supporting children who are homeless or in foster care.  

Every year, Kind to Kids expresses deep appreciation for the quality toys given to these children through the St. Anne's Middle School Toy Tree.   This year, Art teacher Charlotte Howard has added to the fun, providing a photo backdrop for the tree!

  • the gift should not be wrapped
  • toy donation only
  • no requests on the tree
  • simply purchase a toy and put it under the tree

So easy!

Kind to Kids Toy Ideas.  Presents are due back by Wednesday, December 19. 

In this season of light, hope, and giving, please join us in making the season bright for those less fortunate than we are!
 

Where can fungi be found?
Image of students collecting data outside at St. Anne's

My 6th grade STEM class students is learning about the Fungi Kingdom. 

Before going out in the field, students recorded a data table in their notebooks which would help with their collection/search. The data table allows students to record any fungus they found on a tree or on the ground, as well as add a drawing/picture, and a written description. Before heading outside, the class had a discussion related to where the best place to search for fungus on St. Anne's campus would be. 

The class agreed that they should search along some of the outdoor classrooms where they know there are cut logs, along some of the trails, and near water, as fungi grow in wet environments. Students found a number of samples outside and brought a few of them back to the classroom for further study.  

Once back in the classroom, students observed the structures of their samples with the use of a hand lens and their very own observation skills. With that, students grasped the understanding of the main parts of a mushroom as well as its function. Specifically, students learned about the cap, gills, and stem which are related to protection, reproduction, support, and nutrient transport.

-Sarah Shpak, 5th and 6th grade STEM