Salesianum Parent Newsletter: April 11 - 17

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Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.

- St. Francis de Sales

Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS

Welcome Back and Easter Reflection

Saturday morning I was reflecting on the Gospel reading for the day, the story of Jesus walking on water (John 6: 16-21). Before this weekend, I’m not sure I would have remembered many details beyond the memorable, far-fetched, and hard-to-explain miracle at the heart of the story. 

But when the circumstances of our lives change, we notice details we previously missed. In this story, the disciples are on the lake in a boat, and a storm has come out of nowhere. There is real fear among them that they may perish, that the waves and wind may be too much. The boat is close to sinking. 

Jesus appears to them and says “It is I. Do not be afraid.” And the crisis passes. In fact, the scripture says that they realize the boat is close to shore.  

At Salesianum, we have been rocked by tragedy in the last four weeks, losing Tyler Brown on March 12, and Matt Griffith on April 7. Many have felt the impact, our lives tossed about as if on stormy seas. The adults of this community – the parents and staff – may recognize the feelings of loss from previous experiences we may have had in our own families. 

For many of our students, however, these may be new and confusing emotions. For this reason we have done our best to create a space for them to grieve, process these sad events, and talk with trained counselors and concerned members of our staff. Many students have availed themselves of these services, however, it is those who may not be verbalizing their grief who we are most concerned about. 

Please make sure to talk to your sons about these difficult topics, and encourage them to reach out to members of the staff if he is struggling during the school day. While death is indeed a part of life, it also opens powerful and difficult emotions. 

Thank you all for your kindness and support over the last four weeks. The storms we are facing may be rocking the boat, but by remaining together, and keeping lines of communication open, I am convinced that the Risen Lord will reveal himself in our midst.  

Tenui nec dimittam,

Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS


Funeral Arrangements for Matthew Griffith

From the Mealey Funeral Home Website: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 1 PM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 345 Bear-Christiana Road, Bear, DE 19701. Friends may call at the church from 10:30 to 12:45 prior to Mass. Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in Matthew’s name to Salesianum School's financial aid program, 1801 N Broom St. Wilmington, DE 19802.



Mr. Jude Szczerba, Dean of Academic

3rd quarter report cards
Report cards for the 3rd quarter were posted to NetClassroom on March 24. Continued eligibility for extracurricular activities through the 4th quarter depends upon 3rd quarter grades.  Freshmen should be aware that this is the last quarter in which the minimum GPA for eligibility will be 1.75.  To participate in 1st quarter activities as sophomores, the 4th quarter GPA must be above 2.0 in addition to the regular requirements for passing work in other courses.  Please note that the cumulative GPA, calculated from final grades at the end of the school year, does not affect extracurricular eligibility.

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
Thank you all for your continued support of SALSTHON and our 2016 beneficiary, the Summer Learning Collaborative. We are so excited about this effort as it extends beyond just fundraising as our students take an active role volunteering at these summer enrichment camps as coaches and reading buddies. 

The three sentence synopsis of the SummerCollab that I have been using with the students:
  1. Kids from low socioeconomic backgrounds tend to lose 3  4 months of learning over the 12 weeks of summer.
  2. SummerCollab went in to existing community centers created engaging curriculum, trained staff, and set big goals; the result was 2 -3 months of reading comprehension and phonics gains in these same 1,200 students.
  3. Our work will launch specialty art and athletic camps that will provide 4th and 5th grade students with the opportunity to discover who they are called to be with their own unique gifts and talents.
These arts and athletic camps will take place right here at Salesianum, Padua, and Ursuline. We have opened our facilities to ensure that these camps are a success.

As of Sunday evening, we have passed the 50% mark. With five days left to go we've asked students to activate their fundraising pages that are a part of their ticket registration. While the remaining balance may sound daunting, if every studentfundraised just $60, we would reach our goal.

SALSTHON is more than a dance and the SummerCollab is more than a camp.

The ticket options for the April 15 event are as follows:
  • CHALLENGE 250: Students who raise $250 on their fundraising page by April 13 are eligible for a free ticket to SALSTHON along with opportunities to win prizes in weekly raffles.
  • Late Rate: $65, if purchased by April 11 - 12
  • Last Minute: $100, if purchased Apri 13 - 14
Tickets for the event are available for purchase through Salesianum students may invite one guest to the dance with purchase of a separate guest ticket. Contact Dan Jackman, Director of Activities 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.

National Honor Society Application
NHS applications are now posted online and are due by Monday, April 25 at 3:00 PM. Students must have a cumulative grade point average requirement of a 3.5 or greater. See page 25 of the student handbook for additional information. Decision letters will be mailed in late June following the release of final grades. Contact Mrs. Marston if you have any questions at

Senior Prom Activities Committee
Senior parents learn more about the Prom Activities Committee and how you can help. >>Read More

Senior Mother/Son Communion Breakfast
The Annual Senior Class Mother/Son Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 1st, 2016. Liturgy will begin at 10:00 AM in the gymnasium followed by breakfast. >>Read More

Summer BRIDGE Trips
The Center for Faith & Justice is offering a few fun and exciting service trips this summer. Students interested in going on a trip should fill out the linked form - and stop by the Center for Faith & Justice to chat with Mr. Ryan and Mr. DeCusatis.

  • Boston: July 18 - 23
  • Los Angeles: July 18 - 23
  • Nogales, AZ: Tentative July
  • West Virginia: August 7 - 13


Mr. Will Yarnell, Director of Guidance -

Academy Visits
The Guidance Office will host several visits from various service academies for students interested in learning more about Military Service. If you are interested in attending, please stop by the Guidance Office to obtain a pass. 

  • Air Force Academy: Tuesday, April 12 at 12PM
  • Marine Academy: Wednesday, April 13 at 11AM
  • Military Academy: Monday, April 18 at 12PM
  • Army ROTC: Tuesday, April 19 at 12PM
  • Naval Academy: Friday, May 13 at 12:30 PM

Senior College Decision
As soon as your son decides on which college he will be attending, please have him notify all schools to which he was offered admission but will not be attending. Have him express via email to each admissions office that he is thankful for the offer of admission but will decline. This will open up spots for students on the wait list.

Senior Survey
Seniors have completed the Graduation Survey in Naviance for the Graduation booklet.  The survey can be found on the left hand side under the “About Me” tab in your son’s Family Connection account. Surveys must be completed by April 27 in order to be a part of the Graduation booklet. Helpful tips in completing the survey. 

Delaware Superior Court Shadow Program
This is a one week shadow program designed to introduce high school students to the inner workings of the Delaware court system. Students will observe court proceedings and meet judicial officers. The program runs July 11 - 15 and is open to rising juniors (2018) and seniors (2017). Applications must be received by April 30. Download application.


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



Friday, April 15 - 16

Contact: Dan Jackman -

We are still in need of a number of parent volunteers to assist with SALSTHON this Friday. We have a variety of shifts form check-in to food tent. Visit our VolunteerSpot page to view available shifts - (link corrected).


Mr. John Helmick, Director of Institutional Advancement -

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
  • Bernice Scheinfield, grandmother of Mr. Max Scheinfield


  • Matthew Griffith '19
  • Eugene J. Shields, Jr. '45
  • Joseph N. Radick '57
  • Robert Redmerski '67
  • Patricia Vachris, mother-in-law of Mr. Dave Goorland
  • And for all the names listed in the Salesianum Book of Remembrance




Monday, April 11

F-Day: Regular Schedule


Tuesday, April 12

G-Day: Regular Schedule  

  • Golf vs. Archmere
    3:00 PM, Radley Run
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Newark
    4:00 PM, Sallies
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. DMA
    5:30 PM, Gym
Wednesday, April 13

A-Day: Wednesday Schedule

  • Faculty Meeting, 2:00 PM
  • Varsity Tennis at Newark, 4:00 PM
Thursday, April 14

 B-Day: AM Assembly

  • School Mass, 9:00AM, Gym
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. AI duPont
    3:30 PM, Gym
Friday, April 15


  • Track at AI duPont, 3:00 PM
  • Golf at Tatnall, 3:30 PM
  • Varsity Lacrosse vs. Worchester Prep
    6:00 PM, Wesley
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Newark
    7:00 PM, Frawley Stadium
Saturday, April 16
  • Varsity Volleyball at Liberty, 8:30 AM
  • For the Boys, 7:00 PM, Vicmead

Sunday, April 17

  • Varsity Rugby vs. Georgetown Prep
    2:00 PM, Stanton