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We are updating our website!

We are proud to announce the launch of our updated website on Friday, November 17th!  Our new school website is one effort we are making toward improving communication with students, parents, and community. More information will be available as we get closer to the launch.

Thank you to Laura Huff, Middle and Upper School Admission Specialist, for working through the website update.  A special thank you to the faculty, students and parents that have provided valuable feedback in its design!
Update:  Anthony N. Fusco Sr. Student Life Center



Efforts continue to move the construction of the Anthony N. Fusco Sr.  Student Life Center forward.  Like many construction projects, this one is not without some delays.  We are currently awaiting the finalization of the building permit and hope to have more information regarding the demolition timeline to you by the end of the month.  Thank you for your patience.

Auf Wiedersehen Ursulinenschule!

We bid farewell to our German guests after an incredible inaugural exchange.  While here, our German sisters spent time in classes, volunteered at the St. Patrick's Center, read to our students in the Lower School, and shared what life is like as a German student with our Middle School students.  Our sister school partnerships are such a special part of the Ursuline educational experience and we are blessed to have taken the first step in building a lasting relationship with Ursulinenschule Hersel.  

The experience for our students here in Wilmington is just as impactful as it is for our guests.  One of our host students remarked that she learned "that no matter where you go in the world, Ursuline students will have common ground to connect on. I never thought I would have so much in common with a girl who lives 5,000 miles away from me."  Another host student shared that she "learned how to come out of my shell and really form a strong, lasting relationship.... I got to truly experience the Ursuline sisterhood that connects us to more that just the sisters we have in Wilmington."
Register Now to Join the Conversation with Dr. Lisa Damour: 

Thursday, December 7th at 7pm


We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lisa Damour, Ph.D., author of  Untangled:  Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood to our campus!  Ursuline families have the opportunity to register for this speaking engagement before the general public.  Spaces are limited!  Sign up today.   After November 19th, registration will be open to the public.  All pre-registered attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free, signed copy of  Untangled .

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of the internationally renowned Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls and regular contributor for the New York Times and CBS News, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter's erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural.  Untangled, an instant New York Times best seller, explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and lets them know when it's time to worry.  

To register for this event, click here.
 
Classroom Collaboration
The following stories come from our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
Lower School:  5th Grade Retreat

On Wednesday, October 25th, our 5th grade students enjoyed a class retreat together. They participated in a full day of team building activities, and even had a special visit from their fellow 8th grade Caps.  During their time together, the girls collaborated and practiced their skits that they later  presented to the Lower School students during our Olweus Kickoff this past Friday. They also received leadership pins to signify their leadership role in the school and discussed some of their privileges such as helping with the younger students during morning drop off and reading afternoon prayers over the announcements. They ended their day with a presentation about stress management and enjoyed yoga by Ms. Courtney from Petite Yogi.  It truly was a special day for all!  
Middle School:  8th Grade Fair

On Friday, October 27th, the 8th graders ran their 8th Grade Fair, which is traditionally open to the entire Ursuline community.  Each year, the 8th grade students organize and lead this annual Halloween fair which includes carnival type food and games.   The proceeds from the fair benefit the 8th grade trip to Williamsburg in the spring.  

The carnival games were geared toward the Lower School students.  The 8th graders put a lot of thought and effort into designing games that would entertain the younger students.  This year, the students had Pumpkin Drop Plinko, Monster Mouth Toss, Mystery Bowls, Duck Pond, Halloween Bowling, Water Bottle Flipping, Ghostbusters, Basketball Toss, and the favorite - Hay Hunt.  The students also provided face painting and colored hair spray for those seeking a Halloween look.  The 8th graders also enjoyed running the food stations featuring cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, hot dogs and homemade baked goods.

The 8th graders would like to thank the Ursuline community for coming out and supporting this annual event.
Upper School:  TEDxWilmingtonWomen Event

The sophomore class attended the TEDx Wilmington Women talks on Thursday, November 2nd.  The four sessions of talks featured 38 speakers, each with an "idea worth spreading" around the theme of Building Bridges to connect communities, generations, cultures and nations.   The students took notes and submitted their feedback about the talks and what resonated for them.  The students were given an opportunity to meet some of the speakers who were mingling during breaks and lunchtime.   It was a great day of inspiration and one that the sophomores will carry forward into our school community!

Ursuline Academy is proud to announce that TEDx will be returning to UA this Spring. We will be hosting the second 
TEDxYouth@Wilmington Conference in the Anna Raskob Auditorium on 
Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!
Alumnae Speaker Series

Loreta Ulmer '66

"Make no assumptions!" 

That was the lesson that alumna Loreta Ulmer, Class of 1966, shared with the Innovation Class on Tuesday, October 24th regarding her career as an Instructional Designer.  She began by reviewing the history of Instructional Design, which dates back to WWII. Soldiers had to be recruited from farms, schools, or the home and trained rapidly in order to perform at high levels for war. Despite their various education levels, they all had to be trained to fire the same weapons.  It was the job of Instructional Designers to create the visuals and instructions to teach these tasks.

Loreta demonstrated this with a simple exercise of breaking up the class into groups and writing down the steps needed to change a tire...without Googling it! The exercise taught the students how to sequence, and as they reviewed their instructions, most of them realized that they assumed too much.

Technology and innovation are what drive ID, so this is a career that is constantly in demand. It was such a privilege for our Innovation students to be able to learn more about this unique industry. Thank you, Loreta, for your visit.
Advancement Office:  Casino Night

   

What do I wear?  What can I bid on?  What should I bring?

Casino Night is a blast from start to finish!  Do you have your tickets yet? We anticipate being sold out days before the event.  If you still need tickets and our online portal is closed, please contact Allet Coupe in the Advancement Office at (302) 658-7158 ext. 6208. 
 
Some Tips To Enhance Your Casino Night Experience:
  • Dress comfortably and casually.  Don't be afraid to wear your holiday flare.
  • Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Toys For Tots collection.
  • We will accept cash, check, and credit cards (Visa, MC, and Discover) for any purchases you make during the evening. 
  • Be sure to check out our new holiday games:  Santa Sack and Stocking Stuffers!  You could be a big winner!
 
Click here for a 'Sneak Peek' at some of the silent auction items. There are so many great ones including a priceless chapel pew from the original Ursuline Chapel.
 
If you have any questions regarding Casino Night, please contact Allet Coupe at (302) 658-7158.  Hope to see you there!
Upcoming Events:  Open Houses  
 
The Lower and Middle Schools will be welcoming prospective families to our campus over the course of the next two months.  We encourage you to share our dates and registration information to all families you believe to be interested!
 
As a current family, we invite you to register and attend any of the Open Houses to see what's happening across the campus! 
 
Lower School 
Friday, November 10th
9:00am - 11:00am 
Middle School 
Tuesday, December 12th
9:00am - 11:00am 
 
For all Open House registrations, click here!
 
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