The Ursuline Experience
November 18, 2018

Achievements in Our Classrooms

Lower School:  ¡La Familia! 

November is a fun-filled month in Spanish class! We celebrate la familia (the family) Thanksgiving celebrations both in the U.S. and the fascinating tradition of Los Días de los Muertos in Mexico. This holiday in Mexico is when families gather to remember loved ones who have passed. 

Through songs, stories, and crafts such as 1st Grade's Tres Osos (Goldilocks) headbands and the 2nd Grade family trees, the younger children learn basic vocabulary for family. The older students were excited to learn about the meaning behind the Days of the Dead festivities and to make skull masks and skeleton suncatchers. They learned to explain in Spanish who they have in their own family while focusing on pronunciation and vocabulary recall. The classroom was filled with music, song, beautiful craft work, and more than a few glittery calaveras (skulls)! 

Middle School:  Gettysburg Address Project

Gettysburg Address Project

The 8th Grade social studies class recently wrapped up their examination of the Civil War. To celebrate, they were assigned a project to dedicate a place of their choosing as sacred ground in the style and seriousness of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. While the addresses spoke of locales from Janssen's Market to friend's basements, Sarah Saville wanted to dedicate, consecrate, and hallow the Anna F. Raskob Auditorium in honor of revelations and joy the performing arts have brought to the community at Ursuline and beyond. Through podcasts, diaries, or student-made documentaries, the 8th Grade will continue to work with different mediums to explore the American experience. They want to provide our entire Ursuline Community with the opportunity to hear the kind of words the school, with a little help from the 16th President, can still inspire. 

Upper School:   From Ohio to Italy... Opportunities Abound 

Lots of great learning takes place in our Upper School classes every day, and there is merit in maintaining the steady pace of the school week, day, and classes. There is advantage, however, in finding opportunities to learn outside the classroom and off the UA campus, engaging kids from other schools and often other regions. For example:
  • Erin McNichol took three girls to the National Youth Leaders Conference in Ohio at the Professional Football Hall of Fame where students heard speakers and collaborated on addressing significant national health issues. Our girls did well, won a prize, but more importantly took what they have worked on here at Ursuline and expanded and shared their knowledge.
  • Sister Betty McAdams and two colleagues are leading a group of girls on a trip to Italy where they will follow the path of St. Angela Merici.
  • Amanda Neill is taking nine girls to the Global Leadership Coalition Conference, organized by Senator Chris Coons, here in Wilmington to hear speakers and exchange ideas with peers.
One of the pillars of the aspirational UA graduate is citizenship. By taking our girls to meet and work with peers, they are practicing that civic commitment.

 Following in the Footsteps of St. Angela Merici

"To walk in someone else's shoes is to fully understand them."  On Tuesday, a delegation of 16 students and 3 faculty members embarked on the inaugural pilgrimage to Italy in honor of our 125th anniversary. This experience, conceptualized through our Global Education Program and Sr. Betty, was built to walk in the footsteps of our foundress, St. Angela Merici, to support our students' ability to fully know our foundation and history as members of the Ursuline community. While in Italy, the delegation has visited St. Angela's birthplace and chapel as well as where her body is currently resting. Stay tuned for an exciting opportunity for all of us to experience St. Angela's life upon the delegation's return to UA Wilmington.

Radio City Tickets for Auction


A very generous alumna donated four tickets (Orchestra Level, Row V) to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on December 1st at 4:30 p.m.  to our Gala Auction. The evening ended without a single bid on this item, so we are offering our families the opportunity to electronically "bid" on and win these tickets! If you are interested in purchasing these tickets, please email your final offer to Debbie Hurd, Director of Advancement by Wednesday, November 21st. The highest bidder will be notified via email on Thanksgiving Day.

125th Anniversary Gala

Ursuline Academy's 125th Anniversary

The rain certainly couldn't stop 300 guests from attending Ursuline's 125th Anniversary Gala at the DuPont Country Club on Friday, November 9th. The Gala guest list included Ursuline sisters, past and current Board Members, alumnae, parents, faculty, and friends of the Ursuline Community. Guests enjoyed stepping back in time with a history display complete with yearbooks, photos dating back to 1893, and a sneak peek of Ursuline uniforms from the 50's, 60's, and 70's which will be featured in our Winter 2019 Uniform Exhibit. Over 65 raffle items, 14 class baskets, 15 priceless silent auction items, the Carl Doubét Jewelers Glitz in a Glass Diamond Game, along with our generous sponsors, helped us raise over $60,000 for Ursuline's Tuition Assistance Program. Thank you to all who made this event the most memorable one! 

Giving Tuesday

Mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday, the annual international day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving! Kick off the Christmas season by giving back and supporting UA! More details coming soon. 

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