Weekly Update

October 7-October 11, 2019

October tuition

A reminder that October tuition payments were due as of 10/01. Please call the office with any questions regarding your payments. Students will not be able to remain in school if tuition payments are not up to date. Thank you for your cooperation!

Progress Report Conferences

Progress Report Conferences will be held this week. The children will be dismissed at 11:45 AM on Thursday, October 10 for conferences.

Hershey's Fundraiser

Our Hershey's Fundraiser began Monday 9/30. The sale will end on Friday, October 18.

Fall Book Fair

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair will take place Monday, October 21-Friday, October 25. The book fair will be open from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9:00 AM-6:00 PM on Wednesday.
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2019 Schools of Distinguished Instruction

In the past several years, many of our schools have been honored as Blue Ribbon Schools by the Department of Education. However, we realize that there are some schools that will never be able to achieve this because the criteria limits the selection to those schools that rank in the highest percentiles. It does not recognize the hard work and growth of students from year to year. This is the intent for presenting these awards.

The Terra Nova testing that our students take helps us to identify and recognize growth, potential and capacity to exceed potential. It is this growth and exceeding of academic potential that we are recognizing in identifying the 2019 Archdiocesan Schools of Distinction. This is the second year we have identified schools that have reached these goals.

Using the Normal Curve Equivalent scores we are able to do a comparison between this year’s scores and last year’s scores and determine if a class has shown a full year’s growth. It takes a lot of work and effort on the part of the teachers and students to have the class show a full year’s or more than a full year’s growth in any content area. The schools being honored today have shown a full year’s growth more in more than 90 percent of the areas tested at every level tested.

This year we recognized the following schools for Academic Growth:


 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School (Chester County)

 Holy Cross Catholic School (Delaware County)

 Holy Innocents School (Philadelphia)

 Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School (Delaware County)

 Nativity of Our Lord School (Bucks County)

 Saints Colman-John Neumann School (Delaware County)

 Saint George School (Philadelphia)

 Saint Margaret School (Montgomery County)

 Saint Monica School (Philadelphia)


 Christ the King School (Philadelphia)

 Corpus Christi Catholic School (Montgomery County)

 Holy Family Regional Catholic School (Bucks County)

 Mater Dei Catholic School (Montgomery County)

 Our Lady of Calvary Catholic School (Philadelphia)

 Our Lady of Hope Catholic School (Philadelphia)

 Sacred Heart School (Chester County)

 Saint Anastasia School (Delaware County)

 Saint Anselm School (Philadelphia)

 Saint Jude School (Bucks County)

 Saint Mary Magdalen School (Delaware County)

 Saint Pius X School (Delaware County)

 Saint Teresa of Calcutta School (Montgomery County)


 Blessed Virgin Mary School (Delaware County)

 Cardinal Foley Regional Catholic School (Delaware County)

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Bucks County)

 Our Lady of Angels Regional Catholic School (Delaware County)

 Pope John Paul II Regional School (Chester County)

 Saints Philip and James School (Chester County)

 Saint Agnes School (Chester County)

 Saint Albert the Great School (Montgomery County)

 Saint Andrew School (Bucks County)

 Saint Athanasius School (Philadelphia)

 Saint Cecilia School (Philadelphia)

 Saint Genevieve School (Montgomery County)

 Saint Helena School (Montgomery County)

 Saint Isidore School (Philadelphia)

 Saint Matthew School (Philadelphia)

 Saint Philip Neri School (Montgomery County)

 Saint Thomas the Apostle School (Delaware County)

There are several schools recognized for exceeding academic potential. During the Standardized testing period, two separate tests are administered—one (InView) measures ability; the other (Terra Nova)measures achievement. This provides us with scores that are identified as “anticipated” and “obtained.” For the schools being honored, the obtained scores met/exceeded the anticipated scores at every grade level in every content area.

 Saint Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School (Philadelphia)

 Saint Genevieve School (Montgomery County)

 Saint Maximillian Kolbe School (Chester County)

 Our Lady of Angels Regional School (Delaware County)

 Visitation BVM School (Montgomery County)

There are two schools that meet the criteria as a school of distinction in both categories:

 Our Lady of the Angels School, which, despite the fire and upsetment of having to move to temporary quarters, able to achieve this accomplishment.

 St. Genevieve School, which continues to show evidence of academic excellence in many areas. St. Genevieve is the only Archdiocesan school which has earned Blue Ribbon distinction three times.



Autumn Begins!...and so does the Lost & Found!!

As the seasons change, our Lost & Found starts to grow! We already have some sweaters, jackets, and hoodies in the Lost & Found. The children take their layers off as they are running around the school yard at recess but forget to get them when the bell rings. If the child's name is on the sweater, we can return it to him or her. However, many articles do not have a name on the tag so they are sent to the office. Please remind your child to check the office for any missing items. Thank you!

Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels are sold on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $0.50 each.


Miss Andrea will be checking copybooks of the students in grades 4-8. Students are reminded to keep their work neat and organized. Their teachers model for them how their copybooks are to be set up. This will help the children with organizational skills and will be extremely helpful when preparing for their tests. Please encourage neatness and organization of homework assignments as well. Thank you!

St. A's Dance Team

Classes will be held on Fridays from 3:00-5:00 PM. This program is open to students in grades 4-8. Each class is $3.00

School Uniforms

Please visit our school website for school uniform information. Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms is our official school uniform provider. Please visit the link below for more information.
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About Us

St. Athanasius School is a Pre-K through Grade 8 Catholic elementary school. Founded in 1929, St. A's is located in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. St. Athanasius School is an equal opportunity child care provider.