Crusader Chronicle

St. Ignatius of Antioch Elementary School

The Love of a Mother and Son

Dear St. Ignatius Faculty and Families -

This weekend, we remember St. Monica and her son St. Augustine, two very well known saints in the Church. St. Monica is remembered for her perseverance, her suffering, and her commitment to her family. When her son, St. Augustine, strayed from his faith and lived a life of sin, she prayed for fifteen years for his conversion. St. Augustine finally returned to the Church, and he was and still is a wonderful spiritual guide, especially through his deep spiritual writings, and he became one of the most influential bishops in the early Church. St. Augustine remains one of the greatest theologians in the history of the Church.

The story of St. Monica is a powerful story of faith and family, as St. Monica never gave up on either faith or family. The power of prayer and a willingness to be open to God's timing are invaluable for us as parents as we remember the story of these two great saints, mother and son.

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” (From Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo)

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Preparing for a New School Year

Your Teachers!

Many of you have asked which teachers will be teaching which subjects, especially in Grades 5 through 8. Here is a complete list of all of our teachers:

Mrs. Lisa Azara - PreK-3 Teacher

Ms. - PreK-3 Aide

Ms. Christine Murphy - PreK-4 Teacher

Mrs. Karla McBeth - PreK-4 Teacher

Mrs. Ann Marie Stasse - PreK-4 Aide

Mrs. Kelly Beck - PreK-4 Aide

Ms. Hailey Herbine - PreK-4 Aide

Ms. Catherine Dionne - Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Jane Morrison - Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Alicia Snyder - Grade 1

Mrs. Mary Ann Edwards - Grade 1

Mrs. Kristina Ficarro - Grade 2

Miss Veronica Selvan - Grade 3

Mrs. Cathy Hastings - Grade 3

Mrs. Karen Schmidt - Grade 4

Mrs. Lora Ann McBride - ELA 5 and 6; Social Studies 5; Religion 5

Ms. Tracy Hensler - Science 5, 6, 7, 8; Religion 6

Dr. Aileen O'Brien - ELA 7 and 8; Social Studies 7; Religion 7

Ms. Elisa Esposito - Math 5, 6, 7, 8; Religion 8

Mrs. Carol Brennan - Learning Support; Religion 2nd Grade

Mrs. Mary Casey - Math Honors

Mr. Nick Seibel - STEM (all grades); Social Studies 6 and 8

Mrs. Yolima Gray - Spanish (all grades)

Mrs. Shelly O'Hara - Music (all grades)

Ms. Kelly Murray - Art (all grades)

Mr. Noah Tapp - PE (all grades)

Once again, I am so blessed to work with such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of teachers!

Meet Your Teacher

Don't forget to stop by between 2 and 3 pm on Wednesday, August 31, or between 2 and 3 pm on Thursday, September 1 to meet your teacher. Feel free to bring your classroom supplies and drop those off on those days as well.


CARES is ready to start for the new school year! Please see the attached letter for more information.

New Parent Orientation

We had a wonderful evening meeting and greeting many of our new parents on Wednesday, August 24. Thank you to Mrs. Crozier and to the Home and School Association for organizing this informative and enjoyable gathering. If you are a new parent and you were unable to attend, please contact Mrs. Crozier at with any questions.

Busing Information

The 2022-2023 Busing Information for Pennsbury is on the website; please click on the "Parents" tab and then click on the "Transportation" tab in the dropdown menu. Bus information for Council Rock, Neshaminy, and Bristol will be sent to you by email. Please contact Mrs. Madden at with any questions.

Beautiful Gym Floor

The gym floor was refinished this week, and it looks amazing!

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, August 31st, from 2:00-3:00 pm, is Meet Your Teacher. This is one of two opportunities for parents and children to stop in before the first day of school.

Wednesday, August 31st, from 3:00-5:00 pm, is the first day of the Uniform Exchange. If you are looking to give or exchange uniforms, or if you are looking to find some uniform items, please stay after the Meet Your Teacher hour. Please enter at the Blue Canopy Entrance.

Thursday, September 1st, from 2:00-3:00 pm, is also Meet Your Teacher. This is the second opportunity for parents and children to visit before school starts.

Thursday, September 1st, from 3:00-5:00 pm, is the second opportunity for the Uniform Exchange. Please enter at the Blue Canopy Entrance.

Wednesday, September 14th, at 6:30 pm, is Back to School Night. Please come and hear presentations about your children's classes, school events, and volunteer opportunities.

Saturday, September 17th, after 4 pm Mass, is the Parish Picnic. Please sign up on the parish website.

Saturday, September 24th, at 6:00 pm, is the St. Ignatius School Welcome Back Beef and Beer. More information about this fun event will be available at the Uniform Exchange and at Back to School Night.

CYO News

Please see the attached flyer for Fall 2022 CYO opportunities and information.

Other Important Information

If you have not already taken care of it, please check the school website for Medical Records and Immunizations, under the Parents Tab, for the new school year. The Pennsylvania State law requirements are explained there, and the medical forms are linked for those who may still need them. Please be sure to complete all immunizations and dental examinations required for your child's grade level.

Please check the school website ( for updated documents (2022-2023 School Handbook, Responsible Use Policy for Technology, etc.) and for accompanying parent and student signature forms. Please return signed forms as soon as possible. Signature forms are attached here as well.

We received confirmation from the Archdiocese this week regarding COVID-19 policies. As I wrote last week, we will begin this school year without the need to wear masks at school, and we will, of course, support the choice of any family or individual who chooses to wear a mask at school. We ask all families to continue to encourage frequent hand washing, to watch their children for symptoms, and to keep their children home if they are sick. Currently, there are no restrictions on social distancing, no necessity for virtual learning, and no necessity for quarantining entire classes or schools.

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St. Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us!