Crusader Chronicle

St. Ignatius of Antioch Elementary School

Statue of St. Ignatius of Antioch in Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore in Bologna, Italy

Statue of St. Ignatius of Antioch in Chiessa Del Santissimo Salvatore Church in Bologna, Italy

Preparing for a New School Year

A Great Start!

We had two great days of meetings, planning, and prayer last Wednesday and Thursday, and I want to once again thank our amazing faculty for their support, enthusiasm, and dedication.

Thank you also to Home and School and Mrs. Crozier for organizing our Meet Your Teacher afternoons, as well as the two days of Uniform Exchange. It was a wonderful blessing to have so many families in the school, to hear the laughter and joy of your children, and to meet many parents whom I had not met before.

With our teacher planning and prayer meetings, Meet Your Teacher, and the Uniform Exchange, there is a wonderful excitement building for the first day and the first week of school. We are very excited to begin this new school year!

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The Dignity of Work

Since the late 19th century, the Catholic Church has proclaimed the importance of labor, the concept of the "dignity of work," and the teaching that we work because God has called us to work. Pope Leo XIII (1891), Pope Pius XI (1931), Pope John XXIII (1961), Pope John Paul II (1981 and 1991), and our current Pope Francis (2020) wrote papal encyclicals that addressed the purpose of work, the role of society in work, and the spirituality of work.

"Man, created in the image of God, shares by his work in the activity of the Creator." (Pope St. John Paul II) In our work, we participate in God's creative work, and, as Pope John Paul II wrote, men and women "can justly consider that by their labor they are unfolding the Creator's work." All of our work, all of our human activity, is sacred and important because we are participating in God's divine plan.

Pope John Paul II went on to say, "The family is simultaneously a community made possible by work and the first school of work, within the home, for every person." (Pope St. John Paul II) Within your family, you teach the value and dignity of work and how that work contributes to society. Your children not only work within your home but also learn the value of their work as students, both at home and in school.

As we celebrate this year's Labor Day, let us remember the dignity of what we do and of who we are. Let us pray that we are faithful to God's call to work, and, in doing so, to contribute to our family, our community, our country, and our world.

Important Pre-K Reminders

Tuesday, September 6 - Please join the Pre-K teachers for an orientation. You can choose from two times during the day, either 10-11 am or 1-2 pm.

Wednesday, September 7 - Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 boys will come to school for a full day.

Thursday, September 8 - Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 girls will come to school for a full day.

Friday, September 9 - All Pre-K students will start school by coming for a full day!

Important Kindergarten Reminders

Tuesday, September 6 - Kindergarten Boys ONLY Full Day

Wednesday, September 7 - Kindergarten Girls ONLY Full Day

Thursday, September 8 - All Kindergarten students begin by attending school together!


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

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.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 6, is the first full day of school for all students in Grades 1 through 8!

Wednesday, September 14th, at 1:15 pm is the first opportunity this year for St. Ignatius of Antioch student confessions.

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.

Tuesday, September 20th, is our first school-wide Mass for this school year. We will be joining the St. Ignatius Parish community for Mass at 9 am.

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

CYO News

Please see the attached flyer for Fall 2022 CYO opportunities and information, and click on the link to register.

St. Ignatius of Antioch CYO Cross Country

2022 CYO Cross Country Season

If your child enjoys running and racing long distances, please join us for the 2022 Cross Country season. Registration will start this Monday August 29th and will run through Thursday September 9th. You can register you child Monday through Thursday at the Canal, off Black Rock Rd., at 6:00 PM or at 7 PM.

Registration is open to all families registered with the St. Ignatius parish and attend 1st grade through 8th grade.

We will start practices for 4th graders through 8th graders this Monday August 29th at the Canal (off Black Rock Rd.) from 6 PM to 7 PM. Athletes born from 2013 through 2007 will practice Monday through Thursday. 1st graders through 3rd graders will start on Tuesday September 6th. Athletes born from 2014 through 2016 will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will hold practices for now at the Canal. Eventually, we will alternate practices between Tyler State Park and the Canal.

Meets will be at Belmont Plateau, Fairmont Park in Philadelphia on Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM. Meets will start mid-September and run through the end of October. More information to come.

Registration will be $70 per child (see attached registration). All athletes from 1st grade through 8th grade are eligible. If you are interested in registering your child or learning more about the program, feel free to stop by the Canal (off Black Road) anytime next week (Mon through Thursday) at 6:00 PM or at 7:00 PM. We have attached the registration form for your convenience.

The age groups for this year are as follows:

Sub-novices: Born in 2016, 2015, and 2014. Their race is 2,000 meters long (1.25 miles)

Novices: Born in 2013 and 2012. Their race is 3,000 meters long (1.9 miles)

Minors: Born in 2011 and 2010. Their race is 3,000 meters long (1.9 miles)

Cadets: Born between Sep. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2009. Their race is 4,000 meters long (2.5 mile

St. Ignatius of Antioch Cub Scouts

Please click on the link for information about the Cub Scouts and upcoming events.

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.

For those of you who need to leave medications at school for your children, please complete the forms from the Health Office. Please bring the medication with the completed forms to the Health Office. See the Health Office Aide or the nurse (Wednesdays only) for more information.

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.

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St. Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us!