Thursday, March 22, 2012

From the Chaplain, Rev. Gary Taylor

Our theme for Lent this year of "Being the Change you Want to See" took us this week into interesting territory. We celebrated Naw Ruz, the traditional new year celebration of the Baha'i tradition that
corresponds to the Persian New Year on March 21. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories. The Baha'i faith is a fascinating one, founded in 19th-century Persia with a profound emphasis on the spiritual unity of all humankind. The main message of their founder and prophet, Bahá'u'lláh, is one of peace between all people, based on the fundamental belief that all people are of value and worthy of respect. This echoes the vow that is part of the baptismal covenant in the Episcopal tradition to "strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being." It also mirrors the core values of St. Anne's school: respect, responsibility, and compassion.

It is so helpful to remember that the core values of our school and of religious traditions familiar to us are fundamentally universal in the world. It offers all the inspiration not only to strive to be better
people, but also to work for a better world. As we consider in our community how we can positively change the world, it is so encouraging to know that many others around the globe from vastly different walks of life also aspire to the same ideals.

Due to parent conferences next week we will not be holding regular chapel services on Thursday, March 29, but we will return the following week with our traditional Tenebrae service in anticipation
of the great Feast of Easter. Additionally, we continue with our optional weekly morning Eucharist services on Wednesdays at 7:30 in the library. All are welcome!

Fourth Grade Parent Meeting

We like having different teachers and that we get to change classes!

                        - current 5th grader

Teachers are there for you …when you have a question about how to study for a test or when you need friendship advice.

- current 6th grader

I really like having a locker, the freedom, and electives on Friday.

                                                                         -current 5 grader

Your children visited the Middle School and

they really enjoyed the experience…

now it is your turn to come learn about

Middle School Life

at St. Anne’s Episcopal School

Monday, March 26th

4:30-5:30 pm

in the Music Room

Join teachers from 4th and 5th grades, along with the Middle School Head, Lora Byrd, and other members of the Leadership Team to discuss the important and exciting transition from Lower School to Middle School.  Teachers will talk about academic expectations, course highlights, social aspects, study skills support and more.  While this is a parent-centered meeting, children are welcome to attend our extended care program while you are here on campus.

Kindly RSVP to Lora Byrd at 378-3179 x314

Come Play with Me in Summer Camp!

Art Department

We are collecting newspapers and cardboard!

Nurse News

Nurse trivia response to the nutrition related questions has been quite enthusiastic! Students enjoy chatting about the healthy foods and eating habits they choose as we continue through March.

National Nutrition Month. Our winners include:
  •   Grade 1: Grace Hudson, Brooke Lynn Scioli, Farah El-Jazzar, Peter Fonder, Aina Puri
  •   Grade 2: Lena Wood, Sophie Hoopes, Aiden Grygo, Madely Galbus, Michael  Hassiepen,Olivia Amygalos
  •   Grade 3: Mia Stryker, Sailor Wiggins, Abby Scheing
  •   Grade 4: Logan Cameron, Angelo Sisofo, Caroline Fritz, Ayanah Jones, Ethan Paradee, Alex Malmberg
  •    Grade 5: Jamie Harrington, Nick Sinabaldi, Marina Spangler, Brendan Massey, Celia Cumiskey
We hope your children share some of their excitement at home about making healthy food choices such as eating breakfast before school, packing a nutritious snack, and eating the nutritious food you take the time to pack (or provide for them to pack) for their lunch! 

SAPA News Updates

SAPA ‘s Latest Happenings: 
  • SAPA Meeting - Personal Safety Seminar! Join our very own Josh Kite on Monday, April 2nd 4:30-6:30 PM. This meeting is for parents AND faculty (SAES & St. Andrew's). Hope you can join us!
  • SAPA Refurbishing Outdoor Chapel: As SAES Celebrates the Decade, SAPA has decided to clean up and refurbish the outdoor Chapel as our gift to the school. We are looking for volunteers! Date is still TBD, but please contact Megan Whittaker if you are interested at
  • SAPA will be providing lunch to our faculty during parent/teacher conferences next week.
  • SAPA Board Positions: We are looking for Board members in various areas for the upcoming school year. Are you interested? Want to find out more information? All are welcome to attend our next Board meeting on Thursday, April 5th from 2 -3 PM in the Conference Room. If you cannot attend the meeting but are interested, please contact Megan Whittaker at .
Would you like to volunteer? Our Volunteer Coordinator, Nisha Lodhavia, would love to hear from you! Feel free to email her at .
Questions about SAPA or SAPA related events? Please contact Jill Hollander at .

SAES Spring Sports

Fields are lined, looking good, and ready to go thanks to David, Sarah and Nick.  I am also thankful for the warm, dry weather.  

The boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams open the season on Thursday, May 22 with scrimmages against Independence.  Boys play at home beginning 3:45 PM and the girls are away for their 3:30 PM game.

Both the boys’ and girls’ team are pioneering their lacrosse programs at SAES.  They will be donning new lacrosse uniforms for their inaugural season.  Good luck players and coaches!

According to coaches, the boys baseball and girls’ soccer team are off to a good start.   The boys’ baseball team opens the season at Home against Tatnall on April 11th, while the girls kick off their season on April 2nd at Caravel.

Don’t forget to check out our new athletics web site at

Go Herons!

Lady Herons Capture Second Place in Pike Creek's Invitational Basketball Tournament

Thursday, March 1, 2012

From the Chaplain, Rev. Gary Taylor

Our Lenten theme this year, "Be the Change You Want to See in the World" took on an unusual form this week in chapel as the students at each level celebrated the Hindu tradition of Holi, a festival of fun and color with messages of unity and inclusivity so fundamental to the St. Anne's community. In India where Holi is celebrated, people of all classes, ages, and backgrounds take time away from their busy lives to play with one another, throwing colors around and on one another to celebrate the coming of spring and the triumph of goodness over evil. Also symbolic is that as the day continues in India, the more covered with bright color everyone becomes, the more we feel we have in common with everyone else: at St. Anne's we began the day dressed in multiple different brightly colored shirts, but as the service ended we shed those colors to the pure white shirts beneath. White is the synthesis of all colors, and our similar shirts show our common humanity despite our personal differences. As we imagine a world in which our commonalities unite us more than our differences divide us, we practiced being that change we wished to see in the colorful celebration of Holi.

With Spring Break starting next Thursday, we won't have a chance to physically gather together for chapel again until after spring break, but in devotions on Wednesday we will be united in sharing a school wide prayer and litany asking that we might receive God's help in being strong enough and brave enough to help make the world a little better, one act of kindness at a time.

When we return, our chapel on March 22 will recognize New Ruz, the Baha'i New Year. The Baha'i Faith, one of the four great monotheistic religions of the world along with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, emphasizes the unity of humanity and so is a perfect followup to our celebration of Holi and a worthwhile extension of our Lenten focus on living a life dedicated to positive change. The Bahai understand humanity to be in a process of collective evolution, with each age marked by a prophet sent from God to help us with what we most need. Most Bahai hold that the need of the present time is for the gradual establishment of peace, justice and unity on a global scale. We look forward to learning more about this set of beliefs and practices observed by over 6 million people worldwide, and thinking about how much it holds in common with Christianity.

St. Anne's to Host B2B Expo in March

The Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business to Business (B2B) Expo on the St. Anne's campus on March 8th from 3 pm until 8 pm.  It is open to the public.

It promises to be a jam packed Expo; all 76 booths have been filled and two local celebrities are slated to be there.  Bobby Pancake of Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled as a guest speaker at 5 pm that evening and Dana Herbert of Desserts by Dana will have a booth in the 'Taste Of' area.  She is creating a beautiful cake to help celebrate St. Anne's 10 year anniversary.  The cake cutting will be around 5:30 pm.

Math League Finishes Strong Season at St. Anne's

The St. Anne’s Episcopal School math league teams finished their seasons with great success. The school had two 8th grade teams. One of them came in 2nd place in the Region out of 11 teams. The only 7th grade team came in 2nd out 12 teams. Both teams will attend the invitation meet in April.

Mr. Jason Lazar, in his first year as the coach of the math league teams, said, “I really enjoyed working with our students and was very proud of how they represented St. Anne's at each meet. I am truly proud to be associated with St. Anne's as their math league coach and work with such a wonderful group of very bright mathletes. ”

 Some students were recognized for their contributions to the meets. Vinay Kasat, of Camden, was tied for first for 8th graders in our Region with 23 total points (out of a possible 28 points). In 7th grade, David Kim (19 points) and Marc Gorum (18 points), both of Middletown, came in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Region for total points.

Re-enrollment Day Festivities

An extra day in the year (February 29th) gave us yet another reason to CELEBRATE!! Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Re-Enrollment Day Festivities. It was a fun filled day with music, food and friends. The excitement was capped off by the BIG DRAWING that was held at 3:45 p.m. Amidst the drumroll of tiny hands tapping away on little legs, Mr. Thayer drew two names and announced the winners of our $500 Tuition Credit for 2012/13. Congratulations to our Lower School winner Tyler Wood and his family and to our Middle School Winner Caitlyn Cobb and her family! Now as we look ahead to next year and the next decade of St. Anne's, we want each and every one of you to know how special you are to our community and how much we love and appreciate your children. Thank you for your commitment to St. Anne's!
Kids perform a drum roll while
Mr. Thayer draws the winners.
Mr. Thayer pulls a name out of the
basket and reads it off to the waiting crowd.

Information on Sponsoring the Gala Auction

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, St. Anne's Episcopal School will host our Gala Auction, an auction and dinner event that includes silent and live auctions, entertainment, food and fun. We are hosting it on campus and our theme is “Celebrate the Decade” since this year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary! The proceeds from the event will benefit the Annual Fund, our year-long fundraising effort, which helps to raise funds for books, technical upgrades, teachers’ salaries and financial aid. We are hoping to raise more than $90,000 for the school at this event!

Will you join us?

Please consider donating to or sponsoring this event. This is a great way to get your business name into the community. Here are the sponsor levels:

DECADE Sponsor $5,000

 The Decade Sponsor(s) will be…

 · listed on a large banner that will hang in front of the school.

· listed on the entry banner in front of the check-in.

· highlighted in all promotional materials prior to and the evening of the event, including being prominently displayed on the program cover.

· able to choose their theme for their table to be decorated.

· and will receive one table with seating for 20 guests for the evening.

Band Sponsor $2,500
The Band Sponsor(s) will be…

· featured in the auction and events program and throughout the event.

· able to choose their theme for their table to be decorated.

· and will receive reserved seating for 15 guests for the evening.

Table Sponsor $1,500
The Table Sponsor(s) will be…

· able to choose their theme for their table to be decorated

· and will receive reserved seating for 10 guests for the evening

You can also contribute an item to the auction like a family membership or even a gift certificate for a birthday party! Tickets are still available as well. Information is included and items are tax-deductible. Our number is: 51-0404800. Please consider your support today! Thank you very much!

Carey Koppenhaver 
(302) 378-3179, ext. 347

Soccer Shots! Registration

Spring 2012 at St. Anne’s Episcopal School!

Who:           All students Pre-K thru 4th Grade!

When:         Mondays – 3:20PM.  Sessions are 30-40 minutes

8-week season starts March 26th   

Cost:           $98 / season.  Includes end-of-season prize!

Where:        At your child’s school & all equipment is provided by Soccer Shots

How:           Register and pay online —

You can also use this registration form and pay by check (payable to “Soccer Shots”).  Please return to the soccer shots folder in the lower school office.

Director:     Kevin Schneider 302-222-6184 /

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CHILD’S NAME: ____________________________________Class: _____________ D.O.B. ____________  M  /  F

LOCATION:   St. Anne’s Episcopal School   PARENT/GUARDIAN: ______________________________________

PHONE #: _______________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: ___________________________________

(Please print clearly)

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________

(Your signature acknowledges you have read and agree to the waiver on this form)

Agreement to Participate in Soccer Shots®

Soccer Shots is administered by DKS Sports Development, LLC. Participation in all sports can be inherently dangerous and, regardless of the care taken to avoid injury, it is impossible to ensure the safety of all participating individuals.  The game of soccer is no exception.  In fact, soccer has many inherent dangers.  It is a sport that demands cardiovascular fitness, coordination, and agility.  Players may spend more than 45 minutes in intense physical activity and must be constantly aware of their surroundings (other players, goalposts, and the ball itself).  Although soccer is not generally thought of as a contact sport, at competitive levels, it is. Many risks can be avoided, but some simply cannot.

While playing soccer, accidents do happen.  Some of these accidents may be minor like collisions with other players, collisions with the ground, and being struck by the ball.  Other accidents may be more significant like collisions with the goalposts.  Other injuries may also include:

1)        minor injuries like scrapes, bruises, strains, blisters, and sprains;

2)        more serious injuries liken broken bones, concussions, muscle tears, and ligament tears;

3)        catastrophic injuries like heat stroke, cardiac arrest, and death

To reduce the risk of injury, participants are expected to abide by the following rules:

1)        all participants are expected to be physically fit before Soccer Shots begins

2)        all players must adhere to the rules of soccer, thus creating a safe playing environment

I certify that the above-mentioned participant 1) possesses a sufficient degree of physical fitness to safely participate in soccer, 2) understands that he/she is to discontinue activity at any time he/she feels undue discomfort or stress, and 3) will indicate below any health-related conditions that might affect his/her ability to play soccer and he/she will verbally inform the Soccer Shots instructor immediately.

Circle:           Diabetes              Heart Problems                  Seizures                          Asthma                                 Other _________

I have read the preceding information and it has been explained to me.  I know, understand, and appreciate the risks associated with participation in soccer and I am voluntarily enrolling the below-mentioned participant in the activity.  In doing so, the below-mentioned participant is assuming all of the inherent risks of the sport.  I further understand that in the event of a medical emergency, Soccer Shots will call EMS to render assistance and that I will be financially responsible for any expenses involved.

Waiver of LiabilityIn consideration of being permitted to play soccer, on behalf of myself, my family, my heirs, and my assigns, I hereby release DKS Sports Development, LLC, its agents, and its employees from liability for injury, loss, or death to the above-mentioned participant while using any facility or equipment or in any way associated with participating in the activity of soccer now or in the future, resulting from the ordinary negligence of DKS Sports Development, LLC, its agents and employees. 

Mrs. Bell's Second Grade Presents the Solar System

Ella presents her report on meteors.

Jacob dresses as Galileo Galilei.

Contribute to the Annual Fund Today!

The Annual Fund Goal for 2011-2012: $241,000

Total Giving Thus Far; $80,000

There are many ways to give to the Annual Fund. Write a check, donate your transportation reimbursement, sponsor the auction. Please give generously!

When you give to the Annual Fund at St. Anne’s, you support a dynamic educational program within a nurturing, beautiful environment. You support innovative teaching and professional development opportunities. You support outstanding teachers who encourage students to achieve their best as members of an academic and social community. Gifts to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible and all gifts are welcome, no matter how large or small. High levels of participation prove to other foundations and corporations the community’s dedication to our school which helps to secure larger gifts from other sources. The endowment and tuition income cover only a part of St. Anne’s expenses. When you give to St. Anne’s, you are making a powerful statement about what St. Anne’s has given you and your family. Give today!

Holi Celebration Chapel

The Middle School celebrates the Hindu tradition
of Holi, a festival of fun and color with messages
 of unity and inclusivity.

Holi takes on different meanings in different regions of India
 and the timing is usually around spring with the bursting forth of
 color and the triumph of Good over Evil, life over death.

Astronaut Presentation in Second Grade

Haley Dougherty dons the astronaut helmet as part of a presentation on Monday. Second graders were all smiles as Ms. Linda Hewes, an engineer from ILC in Dover, spoke to the students about the different parts of the astronaut suit and answered questions.

Interscholastic Sports, by Brian Scott, Athletic Director

Believe it or not, Spring Sports begin next Monday!

I am looking forward to more sun, green grass, warmer weather, and a
great spring sports season at SAES. Here is the schedule for next

Monday, March 5
3:15-4:45 Boys' LAX Practice
3:15-4:45 Girls' LAX Practice

Tuesday, March 6
3:15-4:45 Baseball Practice
3:15-4:45 Girls' Soccer Practice

Practices and games can be found on the school calendar. All games
can be accessed on our new sports’ site

Go Herons!

Second Grade Studies Paul Klee

Second grade has been studying Paul Klee in art. We dissected his painting called "Around the Fish" and used pastels to create interesting two-dimensional works of art. Additionally, we used studio time to create three dimensional fish as a sculptural connection to the painting. Collectively, our fish make for a lively display of sea creatures! You can see our work on display on the second floor. Haley Dougherty is hard at work creating her fish.

Nurse News

Congratulations to our latest group of Nurse Trivia winners! The children seemed to enjoy the trivia for February’s Dental Health Month and some Valentine trivia as well so we have quite a few winners…..

Grade 1: Drew Hatfield, Luis Ruiz, Kevin Young, Zachary Tomassetti, Madelyn Graybill, Julianna Shepherd, and Niha Mukkamala

Grade 2: Emma Applegate, Abigail White, Vivian Wiggins, Caroline Bennett, Katie Lawrence, Haley Dougherty, Aiden Ellis, Jiya Patel, Ella Clevens, Sophie Shroyer, and Zarina Brown

Grade 3: Noah Hollander, Caden Wood, Alex Koppenhaver, and Alexis Ferris

Grade 4: Grace Mercer, Katerina Koourpas, Ingrid Hoopes, Emily Maher, Alexis Dempsey, Brooke Hollander, Ava Ferrara,Brooke Lawrence, Isabelle Schmittinger,and Lindy McNelis

Grade 5: Jacob Grobelny and Andre Vu

Grade 6: Cara McTaggart

March is National Nutrition Month and we are looking forward to sharing some healthy food related ideas with our students. Keep an eye on our bulletin board for nutrition related information and corresponding Nurse Trivia !

If your Middle School student is planning to play a sport next year the DIAA Sports Physical can be done by your health care provider starting 4/1/12 for the 2012-2013 school year . This form is required statewide through twelfth grade for interscholastic sports participation. It is available on our school website at Contact the Nurse’s office or our Athletic Director, Mr. Brian Scott, if you have any questions.

Spring Cleaning?

Think of the art room!  Paper rolls, old rags or towels, artistic magazines, anything creative and inspiring!

The Cat in the Hat is Visiting St. Anne’s!

Friday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and we will be celebrating with a visit from the Cat in the Hat! Author and storyteller, Maureen Barry, will visit with lower school students in the library from 12:30-3:00. She will share a reading of The Lorax and engage the students in super Seuss-related activities. This exciting event promises to be a crowd-pleaser!

Great Job Third Grade!

Third grade students created projects of either The Great Wall of China or Mount Fuji. They used ALL kinds of materials to create these original replicas. Great job, Third Grade!

St. Anne's Student Qualifies for State Level of Geography Bee

After winning the St. Anne's Episcopal School Geography Bee, Adam, who is an 8th grade student, then qualified for the state level of the National Geographic Bee sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Adam is a geography buff and will represent St. Anne's Episcopal School in the competition on March 30 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dover. One winner from each state and territory will advance to the national competition, which will be held in May in Washington, D.C.

Middle School Science Fair

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 time line for turning in different pieces of their reports.  Many students are currently working on collecting and analyzing final data.  Within the next two months students will be making their displays.

On Wednesday, March 28th, St. Anne’s will host its annual Middle School Science Fair.  Students will present their final results and their display board to the school community.  During our Connections time with the Lower School, classes 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. 
A science fair project from a previous year.

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 inquiry skills and following the scientific method.  Parents, please join us on the evening of March 28th as the fair will be open to all from 5:30-7pm.  Mark your calendars and come support our students and enjoy their creative and interesting work!

Science Fair Judges Needed!

If you are a SAES parent that has a science background, your help is needed!  We are looking for volunteer judges for the upcoming seventh and eighth grade Middle School Science Fair on Wednesday, March 28th.  Volunteers would need to be available to come to the fair for an hour or two anytime between 2:30pm – 7:00pm to question students and examine projects.  If you would be willing to assist us on this day, please contact Ms. Standora as soon as possible.  Thank you!   (

Diversity Committee invites you!

SAES has an active Diversity Committee that meets quarterly. At present, the committee consists of members of the SAES faculty, parents, and board members. We would like to extend an invitation to all SAES community members to join us; please contact Amy Shepherd ( or Missy Grynkiewicz ( for more information.  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18.

Special Basketball Game

Special thanks to the parents who participated in the Parent vs.
Basketball Team game on Tuesday, Feb. 21st at the
Winter Sports Celebration!