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The Ursuline Experience! 
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On Saturday, October 21st, we celebrated the Feast of St. Ursula.

Yesterday, October 21st, was the Catholic feast day for St. Ursula. St. Ursula (Latin for 'little bear') was a princess who was martyred by the Huns on a return home from pilgrimage. The Order of St. Ursula, the Ursulines, were named after her by St. Angela Merici. St. Angela chose her as patroness of the Ursulines because she was a martyr for Christ. Because St. Ursula was young, she was regarded as the patroness of youth and learning in the medieval universities.
St. Ursula is now the patron of one of our new houses, the Points. Tomorrow, October 23rd, members of our Ursuline community will gather together for mass in remembrance of St. Ursula. Furthermore, our Points will be wearing red ribbons in honor of her feast day. 
Wilkkomen Ursulinenschule!

On Sunday, October 15th, Ursuline opened its doors to 10 students and 3 chaperones from our sister school in Cologne, Germany -  Ursulinenschule - Hersel .  This is the first exchange between Germany and Wilmington and we are excited to begin this new relationship with another Ursuline school around the world.  The delegation will be visiting Wilmington until Thursday, October 26th and will engage in service projects, visits to local attractions, participation in school events, and time with their host families.  Check out the  Global Education blog  for more details on what they've done so far!  
Dr. Lisa Damour Coming to Ursuline Academy:  Thursday, December 7th

Save the date - Thursday, December 7th at 7pm - for an exciting Ursuline event!  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!

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 any erratic and confusing behavior your daughter may be exhibiting 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.  Watch Dr. Lisa Damour in action on this CBS News clip .

More information about this Ursuline event will be available in the coming weeks!  
Classroom Collaboration
The following stories come from our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
Lower and Middle School:  Sisters in Service

Our 1st and 7th grade students are teaming up, along with other Ursuline schools around the country, to help our Ursuline sisters in Puebla, Mexico in their ministry to aid those affected by the recent earthquake. Many of the survivors in Mexico are without clean water.  Over two million people die each year from the diseases that lurk in dirty water.  Our Puebla sisters hope we can raise money to send many Safe Water Disaster kits through the Water With Blessings program. With your help, we can raise money to buy water-filtering buckets and help the people of Mexico in their time of need. We are asking lower school students to do extra chores to raise money that can be donated to this organization.  Donations will be accepted from Monday, October 23rd through Friday, October 27th.  Your help is very much appreciated!

-Olivia Hanson '23
Lower and Upper School:  Awful to Awesome Idea Day

On Monday, October 16th, our Lower School students were invited to participate in the Upper School's Awful to Awesome Idea Day with the Innovation Class.  The day opened with a 15-minute talk given by the author of The World Changers Handbook, Zachary Jones.  This talk was followed by a brief presentation by the Innovation students that introduced the theme for the day - animal-inspired innovations.  Our auditorium featured a poster from each of Mrs. McNichol's 18 students about a unique animal feature or characteristic and how it might be applied to help the world, help a group of people, or help make our lives better in some way.  The students illustrated their ideas similarly to the way Da Vinci did in his famous notebooks.  Our Lower School students were encouraged to circle the tables throughout the day and rate each idea on a scale. One of our second graders commented, "the box turtle idea was very cool!  The idea about someone using the shell as protection in the army was awesome!"    
Upper School:  Megan Roesser '18

Ursuline Senior, Megan Roesser, was inspired by the work Lt. Dan Selekman is doing in Wilmington's West Center City. She wanted to partner with him and help. Together, they came up with a plan that involves Megan raising money to purchase DART passes for low-income and homeless people in the city. These funds are being raised through Ursuline school events that she is organizing. We are so proud of you, Megan!

Halloween Family Movie Night:  
Friday, October 27th
6:30pm to 8:15pm

Join us for Megan's fundraising event to support her service efforts with the DART passes!


Movie: Halloweentown, rated G, 1hour 24minutes
  • Please bring blankets and sleeping bags, as this event will be held in the auditorium.
  • $3/per person entry fee
  • Popcorn and snacks will be sold separately.

Click here for more information and for the registration form!
Congratulations, Mr. McGivney!

Mr. Brendan McGivney and Freshman Amina Hsi. Picture courtesy of Mike Lang and The Dialog.

Congratulations to our Middle and Upper School teacher, Mr. Brendan McGivney, for always inspiring his students.  Sophomore Maureen "Reenie" Carroll nominated Mr. McGivney to be highlighted in The Dialog for a new feature on inspirational teachers.  He is the first teacher to be featured this year and we are so proud of him!  Please enjoy the article from The Dialog and if you see Brendan at a game, at the play, or walking through the halls, be sure to congratulate him!
Alumnae Speaker Series

Kate Shields '88

On Friday, September 29th, Kate Shields '88 visited our Ursuline/Salesianum exchange AP Innovation Class to share her expertise in the Marketing field.  Formerly a student in the exchange program herself, Kate's first taste of marketing was through a class she took as a senior at Salesianum.  How appropriate that she was able to teach a similar class at Ursuline!
Kate brought a wealth of knowledge from her background in business technology and her experience as a Director of Marketing for Vertex Inc., a software company in Berwyn, PA.  Kate conducted exercises with the students by selecting popular brands (Vineyard Vines, Honest Tea, Coke) and inviting them to identify the market segments and the 4 P's of the "Marketing Mix," product, place, price, and promotion.  Kate also expressed the importance of market research, focus groups, and interviews when developing your products.  Her message: knowing your audience is key!  Segment as deep as possible with specific age, locations, background, and more. 
Kate was proud of the rise in females in the IT industry and encouraged our students to pursue similar STEM careers as the innovation and technology industry continues to boom.  Thank you, Kate, for your visit!


The Sound of Music

Our 2017 fall musical, The Sound of Music has taught me many things as an actress in high school. The story tells of Maria Ranier, a woman who is going to become a nun, who is sent to the house of Captain Von Trapp, a captain of the Imperial Navy. This story takes place in the 1930s,  in Salzburg, Austria. As the musical progresses, we see Maria bond with the Captain's seven children; Liesl (16), Friederich (14), Louisa (13), Kurt (10), Brigitta (9), Marta (7), and the youngest, Gretl (5). 

At Ursuline Academy, our production of The Sound of Music was very minimal. Our talent, however, surpassed everybody's expectations. Each character was thoroughly developed by our talented actors and our creative staff was super supportive and with us every step of the way. This show was truly a story that everyone could enjoy. It was Ursuline's first production that included boys from schools in the surrounding area. Participating in this show is an experience that I will never forget. Our directors have taught me many things that I will use in both my acting career and in real life. Before every show, our director, Tori Healy, shares a quote that I try to remember whenever I go on stage. "Love the art in you, not you in the art". As we move forward in the school year, I'm hoping that The Sound of Music will be used to build our theater program and that we have many good shows to look forward to. 

-Ellen Schlecht '20
Advancement Office


Casino Night Reminders!

If you haven't purchased your tickets to the Red and White Christmas Casino Night on November 11th, now is the time!  Less than 60 tickets remain for this evening of fundraising. For your convenience, you can still purchase your tickets online here.  To avoid the online processing fee, response cards with payment of cash or check can also be mailed in or dropped off to the main office.
Don't miss the opportunity to bid on great Silent Auction items such as Disney Hopper Passes, an overnight at the historic Hotel du Pont, summer camps, wine and spirits, birthday party packages and more!  Don't forget, there's still time to donate an item or service to our Silent Auction and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa Gift Card. Please contact Allet Coupe at acoupe@ursuline.org with your donation details. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, October 24th.
Lastly, help us turn our gym into a red and white Christmas wonderland with donated d├ęcor to make this fundraiser a success!  Please visit our Casino Night Sign Up Genius to learn about those items.
We thank you for your continued support.   
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!
The Bishop's 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Bellevue State Park
9:00am to 12:00pm