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May 20, 2018
 Achievements in Our Classrooms
Lower School: Spanish Class Field Trip

The fifth grade Spanish class made a special trip to Ole Tapas this week! They quickly jumped right in, experiencing an authentic Spanish experience. The trip began with a professional dancer teaching them the traditional Flamenco dance, complete with castanets. Our students didn't miss a beat! 

After they fine tuned their dancing skills our students tasted authentic and traditional Spanish food including paella. Thank you Mrs. Thornburn for leading this fun and educational experience for our students!
Middle School: Sports Banquet

We honored our Middle and Lower Schools athletes this week at the Annual Sports Night. It was a celebration of all the persistence, team work, skills learned, confidence gained, and friendships solidified.

This year we had over 90 boys and girls in grades 3rd-8th who played seven different sports. The cross country team had 36 members fielding junior varsity and varsity teams that always exuded UA pride from the 3rd grade boys to the 8th grade girls. The very talented varsity cross country team won the CYM Championship for the second year in a row.

One of the 5th & 6th grade basketball teams worked so hard to get second place in the St. Anthony's Tournament. They came from the bottom bracket and made it all the way to the championship game! In a recent game, our Middle School soccer team was down two players in the second half and asked the coach of the opposing team if they would play one player down which he refused to do. The team went on to play one of the best halves of Ursuline Middle School soccer over the past three years. The team scored five goals against the opposing team while conceding none, en route to a 5-2 victory! They finished their season with only one loss. It's more than the score of the game that makes our athletes winners; it's their tenacity, grit, and Serviam spirit that they bring to the field.
Upper School:  Community Time 

"You have more need to serve others, than they have to be served." - St. Angela Merici

Our motto Serviam is a way to deepen our concern for others and turn it into meaningful action. It's a calling to use our unique gifts and talents to help those in need. While most of our Upper School students go above and beyond the required 80 hours of service outside of school, we have been offering more service opportunities during the school day.  The Upper School Community Time is a period during our G Day when everyone is free. While it is quickly scheduled with assemblies, guest speakers, and student fundraiser presentations, we have dedicated time over the last month to provide opportunities to give back. 

This past week, students signed up to spend time with some of our Lower School classes, garden at Ingleside, play card games with residents at Luther Towers II, make bagged lunches for St. Patrick's Center, write notes to soldiers, clean around the reservoir, and read to students at Lewis Elementary. Despite all of the rain recently this was definitely a bright spot in our week. We are truly living in the Spirit of St. Angela and following her words "give good example - teaching more by what you do than what you say."
New Playground Coming Fall 2018
Ursuline Academy's New Playground
Ursuline Academy's New Playground

Watch Us Grow!   We are excited to announce that we will soon begin construction for our Early Childhood & Lower School's new playground! The project will be completed this fall for the upcoming school year. We will keep everyone informed on our progress and updates! 
Governor John Carney Visits Ursuline

Governor John Carney visited our campus on Friday morning. His first stop was meeting our Lower School's Principal for the Day, Alexis. Alexis greeted Governor Carney with a handshake and welcomed him to our school. She proceeded to explain the "rules" for the day, including the pajama dress down day for all Lower School students and teachers. Alexis thoughtfully explained why she wasn't wearing her pajamas - because she was the Principal for the Day and Principals do not wear pajamas to school!

Next, Governor Carney took a hard hat tour of the new Student Life Center renovations. He saw first hand the incredible work that is happening to help Ursuline Academy grow stronger than ever. The construction progress was interesting for him to see given his mother's connection to Ursuline Academy. Mrs. Ann Carney was a longtime French Teacher in our Middle School. Since her retirement she continues to remain involved as a dedicated volunteer. Another interesting connection we made was that his Deputy Chief of Staff, Sheila Grant '04 is an alum. She reminisced about hanging out in the senior lounge, her favorite teachers, and classes.

The visit wrapped up with a classroom session with Upper and Middle School students. Here he answered questions from our students on various current affairs topics. Throughout his conversation he stressed the importance of education because students are our future. Governor Carney shared one final piece of advice before he left, advice he received early in his career. "Stay focused on your main goal in all that you do. Continue to progress towards it and do not let distractions get in the way." 
Mock Interview Morning

"Stay hungry!  Lean in!"  These were the final words of advice that Leadership Instructor Erin McNichol shared with her sophomore leadership class before sending her students forward to mingle with professionals on the morning of May 16th.
Throughout the school year, each sophomore has proudly built her resume, and they were eager to mingle with our Ursuline alumnae and parent volunteers for a Mock Interview morning. We welcomed back six alumnae ranging from the Class of 1985-2008, in various industries such as higher education, law, business, and military. The main goals of this event was to allow the students to learn how to network authentically, sharpen their interview skills, receive constructive criticism, and tweak their resumes. 

After a networking breakfast, each interviewer met with 3-4 students to engage in meaningful conversations, a concept that some students initially described as "so awkward." However, after the two-hour Mock Interview event, our students thanked Mrs. McNichol and the interviewers for the opportunity to connect and for sharing their expert advice. One alumna added, "Remember that interviewing is a two-way street. Companies and schools want to be appealing to you, as well. Take the opportunity to ask questions of your interviewer in return."  We know our students are now better prepared to do just that!
Thank you to our gracious alums and parents for their time to create a successful Mock Interview morning!
Ursuline's Global Reach Extends in 2018-19

It is bon voyage for many of our Upper School students as they prepare to embark on next year's global learning experiences. This week, applications officially opened for four travel opportunities in the 2018-19 school year, three of which are partnership exchanges with Ursuline sister schools around the world. 

In November, a group of 12 students will have the opportunity to walk in St. Angela Merici's footsteps as they embark on an immersion trip to Italy. The itinerary includes pilgrimage locations of St. Angela's childhood followed by a deep dive into the Renaissance with several days learning and exploring in Florence. In 2019, the world truly opens up with opportunities for our students to visit our sister schools in South Africa, Paris, and Australia. 

Our partnerships with our sister Ursuline schools is a unique and unforgettable way for our students to immerse themselves in a new culture. Next year's partnerships should prove to be even more immersive in that we will also be hosting groups from those schools during the school year thus building a year-long connection for our students and their "sisters". 
Summer Skippers Camp 

Register your child for Summer Skippers - a summer camp for 3 years through rising 1st grade! Staffed with Ursuline Academy faculty and staff, your child will enjoy small class sizes, that emphasize collaboration, exploration, and experimentation. Our enrichment classes go hand in hand with more traditional camp activities, like weekly pool visits, field trips, and plenty of play time!

Join us as we venture on land, dive into the deep sea, and soar in the air in search of ani mals, great and small. Be a brainy biologist when we delve into the inner workings of the human body. Arrgh you ready to experience other cultures with our Pirate Explorers? Marvel at your own creations as a Mini-Maker!

Click here to register online! For more information email jgreatorex@ursuline.org or call (302) 658-7158 ext. 6251.
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