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A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL TIM PETERSEN
Dear Antonian Community,

Recently, we gathered on a beautiful Texas evening to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Antonian's graduating class of 2020.  Graduates were asked to reflect back on their first day as Antonian students when they were challenged to make Antonian a better place - to "Wear the Red, to Walk the Walk, and to Make a Difference."  As they were sent forth, they were challenged again - to make the world a better place.  

The commencement address reflected on the experience of the  D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 that changed the course of World War II - an event marked by sacrifice, commitment, resilience, perseverance, and courage. Today in America, the struggles and challenges we face will require those same traits.

We were saddened and angered by the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks that shone light on the persistent evil of racism. The protests that followed reflected the frustration and anger of millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to experience humiliation, indignity, and injustice because of the color of their skin. Black people are justifiably tired of the grief, frustration, and pain caused by an unjust system.  

We wrestle with our own history of racism and struggle on a daily basis toward equity, justice, and reconciliation.  We stand in solidarity with people of good will across our nation calling for justice for George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.  Just as importantly, we pray for them, their families, and our nation. We pray, too, in support of the overwhelming majority of good men and women of law enforcement. The cruelty and violence of these deaths should not reflect on the thousands of civil servants who carry out their duties with honor.

As a Catholic School, we are called to be agents of change - to be men and women not only called upon to commit acts of service, but also to challenge the very systems of injustice.  This call is daunting, and yet we cannot let the difficulty of the call prevent us from taking action to work for justice and peace. We must be willing to talk about race in America, even if it makes us feel uncomfortable. We are called to bring peace and justice to our world.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement in the wake of recent events. In it, they affirm that racism is a real and present danger that must be met head on. As members of the Church, we must stand for the more difficult right and just actions instead of the easy wrongs of indifference. 

We must all strive to ensure that the idea and the ideal of America are evident in our communities so that the words of Thomas Jefferson, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," are an unquestioned reality.

Those who will make a difference are those courageous individuals who choose to make a difference. Dr. Martin Luther King said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." We are called to be arc benders.

May we all have the strength, wisdom, perseverance, and courage to be a people who bring peace and justice to our world.

Blessings, 

Tim Petersen
Principal
SUMMER SCHOOL HOURS
June 8th - July 31st
Antonian Summer Hours:  
Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
The school will be closed the week of June 29 - July 3rd.

Regular office hours will resume on Monday, August 3rd
SCHOOL CALENDAR

The 2020-2021 "at-a-glance" school calendar has b een posted on the Antonian website. To
access it, please visit  www.antonian.org and click on the tab titled "Current Families" or click on the following link:


Please note that the first day of school will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020.
VERIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT FOR DRIVER'S LICENSING

OBSOLETE TEXTBOOK LIST
No Longer Required
Please note that there are just a few textbooks from 2019-2020 that will not be used during the 2020-2021 school year. 

For a list of these books, please click on the following link:

FLYNN O'HARA
Our uniform provider Flynn O'Hara has provided us with some important information regarding its plan for the purchase of uniforms.You can click here to read the plans for Summer 2020 and click the flyer below to sign up to receive their newsletters directly. 


SCHOOL SHOES UNLIMITED
Helpful Information

Although Antonian does not stipulate a vendor that families should use to purchase dress code regulation shoes, please know that School Shoes Unlimited, located at 2019 Vance Jackson, carries a variety of acceptable shoes choices. The store is a full-service store, with staff who will measure your child's foot to ensure the best fit.

School Shoes Unlimited will be offering a  re-opening special discount of 20% on all purchases made between June 15th - 30th.  Click here to read their COVID-19 response methods along with shoe pricing and options. 


School Shoes Unlimited 
2019 Vance Jackson
San Antonio, Texas 78213 
(210) 734-9003
2019-2020 REPORT CARDS AND 2020-2021 COURSE LISTINGS
Information

Report cards for the 2019-2020 school year for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be made available via the Ascender grade portal. The goal is for the reports to be available by the end of this week. An update to this will be sent as warranted. 

Course listings for the 2020-2021 school year are still in progress. The goal is to have them available prior to the opening of the MBS Direct textbook store in early July.  An update to this will be sent as warranted.  
ANTONIAN SUMMER READING
Purpose  
The purpose of summer reading is to engage students in an enjoyable experience that maintains and fosters literacy. Antonian proudly announces its summer 2020  "One School, One Book," as we all read Left To Tell. This memoir tells the miraculous story of surviving genocide and discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. In these times, when resilience is so necessary and and love and respect of every human being is long overdue, we hope to gain some valuable insights from this story.

Summary
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee's family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love-a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family's killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss. (Publisher's description)
All students are expected to read the novel before the first day of school so that they are ready to engage with the book through faculty-led discussions once school has started. All reading must be completed by August 18, 2020. Students are expected to bring their books that day. 
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Save The Date

Our Director of Admissions, Lisa Rosenfeld, will be hosting special student orientations for all incoming freshman (Class of 2024) and transfer students. Please note the dates below to determine which orientation your child will attend. 

Class of 2024: Freshman Orientation
Thursday, August 13, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Transfer Student Orientation
Friday, August 14, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MBS DIRECT
Save The Date: Monday, July 6, 2020

Textbooks via MBS Direct will be available online for purchase beginning Monday, July 6, 2020. You can access the MBS Direct website by visiting www.antonian.org, then clicking the "Current Families" tab.

Students are responsible for the purchase of their own textbooks. If a textbook is noted as "required," it is imperative that the student acquire the book and bring it as directed by the teacher.
UNIFORM AND BOOK DONATIONS
Save The Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 

Antonian will host our annual uniform resale on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The time will be announced as the date draws nearer.
 
In preparation for this event, Antonian will be collecting donations of gently-used uniforms every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. through the end of June. Donations can be dropped off in the front office or brought to the Director of Campus Ministry, Mrs. Megan Diaz. The proceeds of any items sold by Antonian go to the Campus Ministry department to help defray costs of the IHS and Kairos off-campus retreats, helping to keep retreats as affordable as possible.
 
Please note Antonian has contracted with Flynn O'Hara Uniforms to be the official provider of uniforms for Antonian students. As such, Antonian expects students to wear only Flynn O'Hara products. The Administration has the discretion to make an exception for another uniform source, but such exceptions must be approved by the Dean of Students in writing prior to the student wearing a uniform item from another source. Final updates to the 2020-2021 dress and grooming code will be sent at a later date.
 
Textbook Resale/Swap
 
On the same date of the uniform resale, Antonian will make space available on campus for families to sell textbooks to other Antonian families. If you are interested in being a seller on these dates, please use the following link so that we may determine the level of interest:
 
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE
Logging Community Service Hours   
                          
Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Antonian administration will be revisiting appropriate ways that students can continue to offer service to others, while minimizing risk of exposure to the disease. However, in the meantime, we know that there are students who, with the support of their parents/guardians, will continue to perform acts of service during the summer. For these students, we offer the following information.

Antonian continues to use an online tracking and reporting system, x2VOL, for all student service hours. Students are able to use this system to enter service hours, search and sign up for volunteer opportunities, receive reminders about the opportunities, and print a service hour log that can be used for college applications.
 
All students who were enrolled during the 2019-2020 school year should already have their login credentials. These students can access the login page by going to the Antonian website at www.antonian.org and clicking on the tab "Spiritual Formation," then the link for "Naviance/x2VOL Login."
 
All new students to Antonian for the 2020-2021 school year will receive training on how to log their hours through x2VOL during the fall semester. In the interim, during the summer months, students can log volunteer service hours on a spreadsheet or other form of documentation.
 
If you have any questions regarding Christian Community Service, please contact Megan Diaz, Director of Campus Ministry, at mdiaz@antonian.org.
MESSAGE FROM THE BUSINESS OFFICE
     
2020-2021 Financial Assistance

FACTS applications for Hope for the Future final round considerations close on June 30th.  Please ensure your application has been completed in its entirety to include payment and all supporting tax documentation.

The review process of FACTS applications for Antonian award considerations began June 9th.  The Financial Assistance Selection Committee will meet a couple of times over the summer.  Again, please ensure your application is fully completed to prevent any delays in the consideration review process.  All 2019-2020 tuition accounts must be in good financial standing by July 15th to be considered for assistance by both the HFF office & Antonian.
 
Valedictorian & Salutatorian Awards for Incoming Freshmen

If your son or daughter earned 2019-2020 valedictorian or salutatorian honors at their respective middle schools, please send us an honor validation; such as a letter from the campus principal, a photo of a plaque, or graduation program.  Once honor documentation has been received, our Business Office team will post your tuition credit.   Documentation can be sent via email to Chana Finch, Dean of Business Operations at cfinch@antonian.org or Lisa Rosenfeld, Director of Admissions at lrosenfeld@antonian.org
NEWS FROM THE HEALTH COORDINATOR
Physicals

To participate in Antonian athletics, each student-athlete is required to have a physical completed once every year and submitted to the athletic trainer before participation in any athletic program, which includes band, cheer, and dance. 

Participation includes any practice or tryouts, before, during or after school, both in-season and out-of-season. Usually, as a convenience to families, Antonian offers a "Physicals Day," when students can come and be assessed by volunteer medical professionals. Regrettably, due to the COVID-19 circumstances, Antonian will not be able to offer this opportunity this year. 

We hope to be able to offer this in future years.  Required Student Health Forms
Please note that there is now a student health form required of all students and there are also other medical forms that may pertain to your child including:
  • a medication permission form if student must take medication during school;
  • a food allergy action plan form if your child has a food allergy;
  • an asthma action plan form if your child has asthma; or
  • a diabetic care plan form if your child has diabetes.
For more information about this News from the Health Coordinator, please go to the Antonian website and click on the tab "Athletics," then click on the link for Physical Information/Athletic and Medical forms or click on the following link:


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Simply email our Director of Communications mfinch@antonian.org
or Communication Specialist  asauseda@antonian.org  and share with us all the great things our Apaches are achieving in and out of Antonian.
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