Welcome to 
The Ursuline Experience! 
On this first week of Advent, we share  a reflection written by Sister Jeanette Lombardi of the Western Ursuline Province.  

Click the image for the reflection.

Our first annual Christmas party was a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the season.  Please join us to continue the good cheer at one of our upcoming Christmas music concerts. 
Come Enjoy the Sounds of the Christmas Season With Ursuline

Wednesday, December 6th at 7PM 
Upper School Mixed Choir at Salesianum Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 10th at 2PM 
Middle and Upper School Christmas Concert (Auditorium)

Tuesday, December 12th at 7PM
All-Catholic Christmas Concert at Salesianum

Wednesday, December 13th at 10AM and 7PM
Lower School Band & Chorus Christmas Concert (Auditorium)

Tuesday, December 19th at 1PM
2nd Grade Christmas Pageant (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 21st at 7PM 
Christmas Spectacular at St. Helena's Church 
Pageant with full orchestra and 75 piece choir
602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington DE
Classroom Collaboration
The following stories come from our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
Lower School:  Mr. James Becomes a U.S. Citizen

Ursuline's Lower School Faculty and Staff couldn't be prouder of one of their own, as they wish a very special congratulations to James Greatorex for becoming a U.S. Citizen! James was born in Sydney, Australia where he lived with his family until the age of 16 . A job transfer for his father brought their family to New Jersey, and further down the road, graduate school for his wife brought them to Delaware. James joined Ursuline's Lower School in 2012, running the Extended Day and Summer Academy program, and has recently been promoted to Director of Auxiliary Programs which encompasses all summer programs and rentals.

On Tuesday, November 21st, James completed the final steps of his application process when he passed his citizenship exam and interview. He will be officially sworn in as a citizen on Thursday, December 7th at the University of Delaware. James would like to thank the Ursuline community for their support and encouragement during the citizenship process and adds, "I'm proud to join you all as an American citizen."

Middle School:  National History Day Essays

The eighth graders have started their journey with their National History Day essays. Revolving around an annual theme, the nationwide contest involves students researching an event during any point in recorded history. The  2017 National History Day theme is "Conflict and Compromise".  Our eighth grade students have chosen topics ranging from "The War of the Roses" to "Women Competing in the Boston Marathon." This project spans months:   collecting research, organizing facts, writing, and re-writing.   The eighth grade is currently using mind maps to help visualize the patterns and connections in their diverse topics.

Upper School:  Cross-Curricular Brain Dissection Project

The senior Psychology students (both Advanced Placement and the Introductory classes) come together with the Human Anatomy and Physiology and the Advanced Placement Biology to dissect a mammalian brain.  The goal of the project is to provide the students with a forum to apply different scientific disciplines and viewpoints from their individual classes.  The structures and functions of the mammalian brain are surprisingly similar from species to species.  Examining the sheep brain allows the students to envision their own brain.  One of the major takeaways we'd like the students to grasp is the inter-related nature of science!

- Jackie (Wanner) Scully and Amanda (Williams) Nardo

Class of 2018 Participates in Kairos Retreat

This past week, we sent joyous prayers to members of the Class of 2018 as they participate in Kairos, a longstanding Ursuline tradition that extends across other Ursuline schools throughout the country. This three-day, student-facilitated retreat is an opportunity to be in community with God and with one another.
Brynn Close '18 Named Miss Delaware Teen USA 2018

Ursuline Senior, Brynn Close, was crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2018 on Sunday, November 26, 2017.  Brynn is honored to be representing Delaware at Miss Teen USA. Congratulations Brynn!
Thank You!

We send a BIG THANKS to everyone who m ade  #GivingTuesday  possible. We are so inspired by all that you do. On Tuesday, November 28th, Ursuline Academy received donations totaling $16,320. With the $7,500 donor match, we raised a grand total of $23,820!  
Amazon Smile Donates to Ursuline

Christmas is coming and that means the shopping season is in full swing. Did you know your online shopping purchases through Amazon can support Ursuline Academy? The AmazonSmile program gives .50 cents for every 100 dollars spent to the charity of one's choice. Think of what a LARGE donation that could add up to, if everyone who shops Amazon at Ursuline Academy used this program!! You can help increase our school's donation potential by spreading the word about our AmazonSmile link. 

Please click on the picture below to start shopping today to benefit Ursuline Academy. 

Happy shopping!

Alumnae Associate Presents:  NYC Bus Trip
Saturday, December 9th

The Alumnae Association is pleased to invite our Ursuline families and faculty to join us on the NYC Bus Trip on Saturday, December 9th.  Start your holiday shopping, see a show, and enjoy the city that never sleeps in all its holiday splendor. A light breakfast spread will be available in the Ursuline Auditorium at 6:30am.  The bus departs from Ursuline at 7am and will drop us off at 49th  and 8th  Streets.  We will depart NYC at 5pm. $45/person.  To reserve your seat, click here!
12 Days of Christmas:   Raider Closet Sale
December 4th - December 15th

10% Off All Purchases!

Contact Katie McMahon with any questions.
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! 
Middle School 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am 
Lower School 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am 
For all Open House registrations, click here!