Salesianum Parent Newsletter: April 4 - 10

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Strive to see God in all things without exception, and consent to His will joyously.

- St. Francis de Sales

Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS

Welcome Back and Easter Reflection

Congratulations to the Villanova Wildcats and Salesianum grad Donte DiVincenzo '15 on their national championship win over UNC this evening.

Easter Break has come and gone! I hope it was a restful and relaxing for all. Certainly, the weeks before our vacation were taxing, both emotionally and spiritually. Sunday’s gospel at Mass was one of my favorite resurrection stories (John 20:19-31), in which the Risen Jesus appears to the apostles and asks the “Doubting” Thomas (not present when Jesus appeared earlier in the week to the others) to step forward and see the wounds of his crucifixion for himself. To me, it has always seemed a little unfair for Thomas to be remembered throughout the ages for his initial struggle to believe without experiencing the resurrection firsthand. What is faith, if not the willingness to wade into the deeper mystery of our lives, facing the most difficult questions and challenges with integrity? Without doubt, it seems to me, there would be no need for faith, no need to take the risks required to extend our minds and hearts to believe. In the weeks before break, we experienced tragedy and grief as we entered Holy Week, wrestling with doubt and faith, death and new life. As we return, now in the Easter season of the church year, it is worth noting that Thomas, the apostle most known for his doubts, had the courage to confront his fears, to name his questions, and to wrestle with the truth. He emerged with strength, conviction, and zeal, eventually taking the message of gospel hope all the way to India, founding the first Christian churches there, traveling further from that locked room in Jerusalem than any of the other apostles. For me, the moral of the story is clear: sometimes, those who wrestle with doubt become the greatest disciples. A good message for us as we return.

Tenui nec dimittam,

Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS



Mr. Jude Szczerba, Dean of Academic

Course selection and scheduling for 2016-2017
Students recently received an updated copy of their currently approved course requests for 2016-2017. This list is not a schedule.  Students should carefully review this list.  Course change requests are permitted until Monday, April 18. Course changes may happen after April 18 due to a change in performance or interests, but these requests should be very minimal.



Mr. Mike Gallagher, Dean of Student Life,
Mr. Bill Dinardo, Assistant Principal for Student Discipline,
Mr. Dan Jackman, Director of Student Activities,

SALSTHON 2016: The Summer Learning Collaborative
Students are asked to fundraise in support of our 2016 beneficiary, the Summer Learning Collaborative. Visit our website, for ticket and donation details. Once registered, students will have a fundraising page that they can send out to family and friends.

 The ticket options for the April 15 event are as follows:

  • CHALLENGE 250: Students who raise $250 on their fundraising page by Tuesday, April 11 are eligible for a free ticket to SALSTHON along with opportunities to win prizes in weekly raffles.
  • Regular Rate: $45, if purchased March 24 - April 10
    While the basic ticket rate is available, we ask that all students participate in fundraising for the SummerCollab. SALSTHON is more than a dance and its success is dependent on all students who take part.
  • Late Rate: $65,

Tickets for the event are available for purchase through the SALSTHON website or in the Student Union office. Salesianum students may invite one guest to the dance with purchase of a separate guest ticket. Contact Dan Jackman, Director of Activities at if you have any questions.

Service Point Deadline
Juniors and Seniors must get their service points in by Monday, April 18; Freshmen and Sophomores must get them in by Monday, May 9.  For Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, failure to hand in your service points will result in an “F” on your transcript. Any Senior that fails to turn in his service points will be considered ineligible to walk at graduation. Students should see Mr. DeCusatis with any questions regarding service points or available service opportunities. Opportunities are also listed on the onCampus Faith & Justice Resource page.


Mr. Will Yarnell, Director of Guidance -

College Fair
Over 100 colleges will be represented at St. Mark’s High School on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30-8:30 PM. All students, parents, and educators are welcome to attend. For more information contact:  Jennifer Buchanan at (302) 421-3779 or

SAT/ACT Test Prep Options
The Guidance Department has compiled a listing of available practice tests and study resources that are available free of charge.View our onCampus report for full details.


Parents Association

Ms. Lee Anne Cassidy, SPA President -


Parent Volunteers Needed

Parent volunteers are needed for the following events. Visit our VolunteerSpot page to view shifts and needs.

For the Boys
Saturday, April 16

Contact: Claire Saponaro -

View shifts for For the Boys


Spring Blood Drive

Monday, April 11

Contact: Dan Jackman -

View shifts for Spring Blood Drive



Friday, April 15 - 16

Contact: Dan Jackman -

View shifts for SALSTHON


Mr. John Helmick, Director of Institutional Advancement -

Salesianum Breakfast Speakers Series with Ellen 

Getting Schooled: Rebuilding America's Edge in Education and Business Innovation

Thursday, April 7, Centenary Hall, 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Doors open at 7:00 AM for Breakfast

Join us for the latest installment of Salesianum's Breakfast Speakers Series as we welcome former DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman for a lively conversation about the challenges inherent in our education and business systems, and the solutions that will propel America forward in the new millennium. 


This is a free event, but space is limited. Please reserve your spot today at

For the Boys – Silent Auction
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 PM at Vicmead Hunt Club


Registration is now open. $100 per person or $150 per couple. Visit


For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please email


To learn more about auction donations, please contact event chairs Tricia and Garry Lyons at



Fr. Mike Vogt, OSFS, Pastoral Care Coordinator -

We keep in prayer this week all members of our extended School Community:


  • Chris White '17
  • Kelly Muschiatti '16
  • John Kirsch '16


  • Tyler Brown '16
  • And for all the names listed in the Salesianum Book of Remembrance




Monday, April 4

A-Day: Regular Schedule

  • School Resumes
Tuesday, April 5

B-Day: Regular Schedule  

  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Conroad School
    5:00 PM, Gym
  • Varsity Lacrosse vs. Easton
    6:00 PM, Wesley College
  • Varsity Baseball at Caravel Academy
    7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 6

C-Day: Wednesday Schedule

  • Faculty Professional Time
  • Track & Field vs. St. Mark's
    3:30 PM, Baynard
Thursday, April 7


D-Day: RegularSchedule

  • Breakfast Series: Ms. Ellen Kullman
    7:30 AM, Centenary Hall
  • Varsity Golf at Wilmington Christian
    3:30 PM, Inniscrone
  • Varsity Tennis vs. Archmere
    3:45 PM, Sallies
  • Varsity Lacrosse vs. Malvern
    5:30 PM, Baynard
Friday, April 8

E-Day: RegularSchedule


  • Varsity Rugby vs. Dematha Catholic
    4:30 PM, Stanton Middle
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. St. Mark's
    5:00 PM, Gym

Saturday, April 9
  • ACT Testing
  • Varsity Lacross at CFC Tournament
  • Track & Field at Caravel Invite
  • Varsity Baseball at Sussex Central
    1:00 PM


Sunday, April 10

  •  Varsity Rugby at St. Mark's