The Ursuline Experience
October 7, 2018

Achievements in Our Classrooms

Lower School:  A Sweet  Curriculum

Our 2nd Grade kicked off the first week of fall by focusing on apples across the curriculum. The students explored physical and chemical changes that apples go through by making homemade applesauce, writing and literacy focused on apples and Johnny Appleseed, and enjoyed engineering apple towers during STEAM time.  

Students taste tested different apple varieties and graphed their favorites. One of their favorite lessons was solving apple word problems in math in addition to measuring and weighing their apples! The classroom pet (bearded dragon named Abe) learned the old saying, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' while enjoying eating apple slices with the children! 

Middle School:  8th Grade Fair

The 8th Grade Fair is an October tradition that transforms The Green into a fall wonderland. From games to food, scavenger hunts to face painting, and even a bounce house, it is a day of fun for all regardless of your age! What most may not realize is the amount of prep and planning that goes into such a big event and it is done entirely by the 8th Grade class. 

They have been in planning mode for a few weeks now and are making progress in finalizing plans and making decisions for their big event on Friday, October 26th. They have a budget and each committee is working together to maximize their spending to ensure the most profit. The money raised will go towards the annual 8th Grade Williamsburg trip in the spring. They have been busy researching bounce house rentals, calling local restaurants for food options and negotiating prices, making posters, planning games and prizes, deciding on treats to offer, creating flyers, and crafting a marketing plan to advertise to the Academy. 

It is awesome to watch them in action and collaborating to keep a lasting tradition alive, all while adding their own unique twist. It is going to be a day full of fun! We hope to see you all there! Keep an eye out for more information in next week's newsletters. 

Upper School:   Emma Award

This week during Community Time, the Upper School initiated the "Emmas" as a way to celebrate individuals who do something special. They are called "Emmas" after Mr. Wheelock's dog and they are reminiscent of the "Emmys". The photo on the certificate shows Emma as noble, obedient, and vigilant; the canine version of the UA Graduate. She also has her less noble pose where life just turns her upside down. The Emmas are meant to be serious and playful. They are shout-outs.
This week we honored Chinue Kinsale '22, who participated in a Chinese language oral competition and took first place. Erin McNichol nominated Molly Clark '20 for continuing work that she started in leadership class last year and carried into the summer. Mr. Wheelock also expressed admiration and sympathy for the faculty team, Sister Betty's Hail Marys,  who participated in the Flag Football tournament. Teachers and students are encouraged to suggest other people to congratulate and celebrate when we gather in the future. 

Host Family Needed for Palida

Palida Jaratsonkiti is a freshman from Thailand who arrived in August. She is 14 years old. Palida and her mother, Jane, have been staying with relatives but Jane must return home on October 13th. Palida would like to experience living with an American family so this is the perfect opportunity for her to move in with a host family. 

Palida was the top student in her class in Thailand and her English-speaking and comprehension skills are exceptional. She has joined the math league and asian culture club. Palida is also an accomplished artist and pianist. She has a sweet personality. Palida has her own spending money and health insurance. She would prefer a home without a dog. Would you consider hosting Palida?

The host family will receive a monthly stipend of $1,100 to cover food, lodging, and transportation to and from school. Host parent(s) have the support of a local Host Family Coordinator. An orientation will be provided. Right Path Student Services will coordinate tutoring, (if needed), and facilitate ongoing communication between Ursuline, host parent(s) and Palida's parents. 

If you have an extra bedroom and are interested in having Palida join your family, contact Clarice at (302) 545-2126 or

A Day in the Life of an Ursuline Upper School Student 

Ursuline Academy Upper School - A Day in the Life of a Student

We invite you to share this video with families interested or considering sending their children to Ursuline for Upper School! Our upcoming Open House is Sunday, October 14th at 1:00 p.m. 

New House Shirts - Order Today! 

We are very excited to begin the 2nd year of our House System. The purpose of the House System is to encourage camaraderie and build community across all grades. This year we are selling an optional long sleeve t-shirt for $15. If you are interested in purchasing a House long sleeve t-shirt for your child,  please complete this pre-order form by Tuesday, October 9th.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to purchase the shirt we order for you. These shirts will be distributed to students that purchased them by Tuesday, October 16th. Payment should be made during pick up. These t-shirts may be worn during the House Dress-Down Day on Thursday, October 18th. 

How Can You Support Our Gala?
On November 9, 2018, approximately 200 guests will gather at the DuPont Country Club in celebration of Ursuline Academy's 125th Anniversary. All proceeds raised will directly support Ursuline's Tuition Assistance Program. We are asking for your support in making this milestone event a success. Here's how you can help!
Purchase a business or family Gala Sponsorship. 
Sponsorship Packages start at $125 and several include tickets to attend the Gala! Sponsoring the event is also a great way for families who cannot attend to make an impact on our students. 
Purchase a ticket to attend.  
Of course, we would love for you to  join us for a memorable evening of delicious food, open bar, music and dancing, a sneak peek of the Ursuline Uniform Exhibit, silent auction, raffles and more. Remember, online registration fees are waived for reservations made by October 19th.
Donate an item to our raffle.  
Our auction and raffles are key in raising money for tuition assistance. Gift cards, services, tech items, and more are much appreciated. No item is too small. If you wish to donate an item or service to our raffle, please contact  Joanna Schumacher Arat '99.

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