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The Ursuline Experience! 

Anthony Penna Foundation:  #PennaStrong

We will have a school-wide dress down day tomorrow in support of the Anthony Penna Foundation.  The Foundation will work to inspire a love of arts in children by supporting education programs in local schools.  Each student participating in the dress down day will receive a special lanyard, bracelet, and magnet. 

Come Enjoy the Sounds of the Christmas Season With Ursuline

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
Temporary Phone & Internet Outage Reminder

To prepare for the construction of the Student Life Center, the main phone line at Ursuline will be out of service on Tuesday, December 19th beginning at 12:00PM and for the 3-4 hours that follow.

Our Internet and email system will also be down on that day beginning at 2:45PM and for the rest of the evening. 

If you need to reach someone by phone at the school during this time, please call the main number: (302) 658-7158.  Your call will be re-directed to a temporary number that will be answered by Marie Ferrier, Assistant to the President.  Thank you for your patience as we work to quickly transfer and restore our systems.
Classroom Collaboration
The following stories come from our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
Lower School:  4th Grade Delaware Day Projects

Congratulations to our 4th grade class for earning Honorable Mention in their first Delaware Day competition! The students did a wonderful job researching facts about Delaware throughout the month of November and worked in small groups to present and display the information they learned. On Thursday, November 30th, Madeline Dunn and 2 other representatives from the Department of State came to judge the projects. Lower School Social Studies teacher, Brandon Dougherty, received word last week that they were one of 14 schools to receive Honorable Mention out of 35. Mr. Dougherty attended the award ceremony in Dover on December 9th, where the school was recognized for their participation. Great job, 4th grade!

Middle and Upper Schools:  The Arc of Delaware

Ursuline was privileged to host guests from The Arc of Delaware for our 11th Annual Arc Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 12th.  Arc is responsible for coordinating group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More than 50 guests enjoyed sandwiches and snacks provided by the Upper School, desserts provided by the Middle School, and the talents of Mrs. Kim Walton, Lower / Middle School Band Teacher, on the piano who led everyone in a sing-along. Middle and Upper School students helped the guests find their seats, served them food, and enjoyed good conversations. Many thanks to Meg Kane-Smith for organizing and to all who contributed to provide gifts and delicious food for our guests.  A special thank you to our Santa, Mr. Dougherty, and to senior Kelsey Olmstead who was instrumental in collecting and organizing the gifts and decorating for the party. She reflected on her Arc experience over the past 4 years: " In the four years I have been participating in the Arc party, it never ceases to be amazing to see the smiles and joy on the faces of our guests as they sing and receive their gifts. I am glad to be passing the torch on to the underclassmen to keep this tradition strong." The party certainly exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas in the spirit of giving and the inspiring joy of our guests!  
Upper School:  Career Discovery Program

Are you familiar with the Upper School Career Discovery Program?  Allow our school counselors and Alumnae Relations Department to match your daughter with an alumna or parent who would be willing to have a student shadow them for a designated period of time (to be determined by the alumna).  This program is focused on career and academic enrichment, but is not to be confused with a full internship. It's a wonderful opportunity for a student to experience "a day in the life" of a particular occupation. 
Shadow opportunities can include a meeting on campus or a visit off-site.  Junior Ana Olszewski visited DOW Chemical Company in Newark to shadow Mechanical Engineer, Lauren Leonard, Class of 1998. There she observed the process of creating microchips for electronic devices on a production line.  From there, Lauren and some of her female colleagues were able to visit Ursuline's Engineering Club and facilitate a STEM activity with the group.
Sophomore Molly Clark shares the benefit of meeting with Stephanie Baffone, Class  of 1985, a Mental Health Therapist.  "She gave me several places to contact, and she is reaching out to several of her colleagues that are in the same field that I am interested in pursuing. We also discussed the importance of self-care in a field that can be so draining. I really enjoyed my talk with Ms. Baffone.  It was extremely beneficial, and I recommend that everyone use this program to delve into and learn  about a career path that interests them."
To request a shadow opportunity, students should contact their counselor and/or Mrs. Arat, Alumnae Relations Officer, at jarat@ursuline.org.
Faculty Spotlight:  Tammie Sylvia

Tammie Sylvia is a member of our Upper School English department and a Global Learning Leader for our Global Education department.  Mrs. Sylvia combines her love of global education and the Ursuline network of schools with her extensive experience in the field of English to create meaningful and authentic learning opportunities for her students. 
The Canterbury Tales project that pairs our students with peers at Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio is one of the highlights of the junior English course.  In this project, students write an original pilgrim's tale highlighting a modern occupation in Chaucer's style.  The culminating event is an interactive, virtual presentation with Ursuline Wilmington and Ursuline Cincinnati where students read their poems and field questions from both classes.  Additionally, students spend time discussing similarities and differences between our two schools. 
Junior Courtney Brown shared that through this project she learned that she "really enjoys writing poetry" and that by "having to look at the structure of poetry from the inside out - like an author - helped to unlock it".  Annabel Gioffre, also of the Class of 2019, remarked how much she enjoyed "hearing the tales of her peers in Cincinnati and learning about their traditions in their school".  In her post class reflection, all of Mrs. Sylvia's students commented on how this project really helped them to get a deeper understanding of Chaucer's writing and they look forward to their next paired project in the Spring.  
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!

Upcoming Event:  Open House  
The Lower School will be welcoming prospective families to our campus next month.  We encourage you to share our date and registration information to all families you believe to be interested!
Lower School 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am 
For Open House registration, click here!