The Ursuline Experience
November 4, 2018

Achievements in Our Classrooms

Lower School:  3rd Grade Book Club

Hayrides, campfires, and ghost stories! These are timeless events that come with the autumn season. How could our students resist doing all three? They couldn't! This October, third graders joined a book club that read  Ghosthunter and the Incredible Revolting Ghost  by Cornelia Funke. They read the book and discussed this exciting story about a boy who needs to get rid of the ghost from his basement. Students learned the "oh, so important" ways to get rid of any ghosts that cross their paths! 

Then, as with any good lesson, they went on to test their newfound knowledge by going on a hayride. Would the things actually help to avoid any entanglements with ghosts? They did everything the book says ghosts dislike...
  • draped the hay cart with a red ribbon
  • sprayed lilac perfume around the cart
  • loudly played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 2
  • brought a mirror to hide behind
  • used glow sticks as not to anger the ghosts with flashlights 
They did everything except bring dirt from a cemetery collected at midnight! Students concluded, thank goodness, these things did in fact, prevent any ghost attacks. Finally, they enjoyed pizza, made s'mores, and told scary, funny ghost stories around a campfire. What a fun-filled evening with not a ghost to be seen! Fabulous job, third grade!

Middle School:  Adventures Outside the Classroom

The Middle School spent Halloween at Hellerick's Farm in Doylestown. Students from 6th to 8th grade packed two buses and trekked an hour and a half to a family-run farm to celebrate the end of the first quarter and coming together.

In perfect autumn weather, the Middle School celebrated with classic and novel fall activities, from pumpkin rolling and hayrides, to goat yoga and human foosball. Surrounded by corn, cosmos flowers, and livestock, students competed in the first half of our Advisory Olympics, a friendly competition between groups of students from mixed grades and a faculty leader. While no group left with any precious medals around their necks, each student left proudly carrying a pumpkin of their choosing.

A list of highlights would be remiss without mentioning the escaped goats or getting lost in the corn maze, the overwhelming sense of camaraderie and autumnal reverie ruled the day.

Upper School:   Science, Reading, & Halloween Fun

There was so much going on in the Upper School this week! Depictions of the human body system could be seen lining the science hall on the second floor. The girls used imagination and research to create some creative (and even ghastly!) representations of the skeleton, respiratory system, and circulatory system.

Freshman English classes began reading and discussing  To Kill a Mockingbird , a narrative that probably all of us remember. While researching the historical context of Harper Lee's novel (set in a rural county in 1930's Alabama) they will examine the racial conflict that lies at the book's core. From there, they will discuss in a larger context of how we confront "the other" people and cultures that seem alien to us at first. It will be a powerful experience.

Let's not forget Halloween! Upper School students gathered in the gym (in costume of course), and the counselors led a large bingo game with advisories. The event ended with a faculty costume parade. Mrs. Waldron won the prize for most creative, but there was great competition!

What to Expect at Ursuline's Upper School

As told by our students! We invite you to share this video with family, friends, and potential future Raiders!

Expect More at Ursuline
Expect More at Ursuline

Upcoming Open House & Admission Test Dates

Please help spread the word about our upcoming Open House and admission test dates!  Registration is available online:


Can I still purchase Gala tickets?   Yes, but you only have one day left! The last day for online reservations is Monday, November 5th. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 
What should I wear?  We suggest cocktail attire, which can include formal pants or short and long dresses for the ladies, and suits with ties for the gentlemen. Most importantly, don't forget your dancing shoes! 
What kind of food and drinks can I expect?   The DuPont Country Club will be offering a unique array of stations and heavy hors d'oeuvres along with an open bar of beer, wine, and cocktails until 9:45 p.m.
What type of auction and games will be available?   We will have a variety of opportunities to win great prizes at the Gala. Silent auction will be set up for priceless, popular items including class baskets. We will also have 50+ raffle items available to win. Lastly, for $50, you could win a 1/2 carat diamond (valued at $2,750) from Carl Doubét Jewelers if you participate in our Glitz in a Glass game.
How do I purchase raffle tickets?  Raffle tickets will be available for sale upon check-in and throughout the evening. One sheet of 20 raffle tickets costs $50. Three sheets costs $100. Purchase 6 sheets (120 tickets!) for $125.
What kind of payment do you accept?   We will accept cash, check, and credit cards (Visa, MC, & Discover) for any purchases you make during the evening. 
What kind of items can I win?  We are offering a variety of priceless items such as a chapel pew from the original Ursuline Chapel, sporting event tickets, and overnight packages, along with traditional Ursuline experiences such as Principal for the Day or the chance to personalize the Ursuline street sign. We are also excited to offer great new items such as flying lessons, Radio City tickets, stand-up paddle board lessons, Panera's "Bread for a Year," and a $200 ShopRite gift card, just in time for the holidays!

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