Please enjoy this little video from your teachers and staff
at St. Anthony School to you as we share our ALOHA to our ohana.
St. Anthony School Faculty and Staff want you to know
that you are really special and that we all MISS YOU so much.
School is not the same without you here and your teachers miss your laughter,
your questions, your smiles, your bright insights, and much more.
We are looking forward to the time that we can all be together again.
We want you to know that we are all so proud of you….our St. Anthony School Warriors.
St. Anthony School was well represented by two students at the Windward District Spelling Bee held at St. Ann’s School on February 10, 2020. Taylor Chun (8th grader) and Zxyrhy Esperon (7th Grader), finalists in the school’s Spelling Bee joined other Windward public and private schools tackling not only spelling words but also the added requirement of knowing the definition of difficult vocabulary words! Both students did a great job!
Zxyrhy ended up outspelling all the competition and was declared the winner in the 26th round. This was her second trip to the district competition having been a finalist last year as well. Good spellers seem to run in families as Taylor’s sister, Cameron (10th grader at Punahou), was St. Anthony’s past district winner and she was present to cheer the SAS team on. Zxyrhy was well-prepared having studied many hours and weeks for the contest and was a tough competitor despite her calm demeanor and soft-spoken manner. After being declared the winner, she broke into a big smile and was presented with a trophy, lei and applause from all the competitors and their families. Congratulations and best of luck as you move on to the State Spelling Bee!
At the Annual Conference for Catholic Educators (ACCE) two teachers from St. Anthony School were recognized and honored for Twenty Years of Service as Catholic educators. Ms. Claire Shannon has been a Preschool teacher teaching three-year-olds and Mr. Gier “Kepa” Stern has been teaching music, band and serving as the music liturgist for the past twenty years. They were honored at ACCE following the Mass with all the schools and are pictured here holding their congratulatory 20 years of teaching certificates. They were cheered on by the SAS faculty who also printed large pictures of the recipients which the faculty waved, we were able to share our aloha and appreciation to these two special teachers.
Read the tributes about Ms. Shannon and Mr. Stern that were shared with the students during the CSW Talent Show.
The song “Christ Be Our Light” is associated with our next honoree. Ms. Claire Shannon has been Christ’s light in the lives of thousands of preschoolers over her 20+ years in Catholic education.
Ms. Shannon got her start at Saint Ann’s in Kaneohe, before beginning her rise to fame at Saint Anthony School Kailua in 1999. Since then, she has been a beacon of light for both her students and her peers. Claire truly personifies Christ’s love for children. Even when they are “all grown up”, her students return to her classroom as helpers, volunteers, or just to stop in and say “hi.” Whether she is helping parents deal with separation anxiety, lending her time and support to innumerable school committees and events, or entertaining us all with her songs, funny stories, and welcoming spirit, her classroom is a fun place to be!
Using her trademark quote St. Anthony School would like to “PRAISE THE LORD!” for Ms. Claire Shannon!
Gier “Kepa” Stern (Gier rhymes with Tire)
Just the mere mention of Mr. Gier “Kepa” Stern’s name can bring on gut-wrenching, thigh-slapping, tear-producing laughter. Mr. Stern has been a living legend throughout his 20 years at Saint Anthony School in Kailua. Music is in his spirit and in his soul, which is evident in his teaching and in the silliness, fun, and joyful noises that are Music class at Saint Anthony’s.
Kepa has been a musician since his childhood when he would make music using anything and everything he could find (pots, pans, the couch, etc.) He shares with his students that he used to lay in bed at night and listen to the sounds of his house and neighborhood.
Mr. Stern wears many, many hats at Saint Anthony’s. As the Band and Choir director, Kepa has played a huge role in helping students share their musical talents through different performances such as the Christmas Program, Choral Festival, and May Day. He also shares much of his time and beautiful talent as the Music Ministry Director, vocalist, and pianist for Saint Anthony Church.
Prior to his “school gig”, Kepa started his professional music career right out of high school, as the trombone player for Liz Damon and the Orient Express. He continued to play the trombone as an enlisted member of the United States Army. Upon his return home, he was a longtime musician in Waikiki, even performing with a youngster named Peter H., who recently found his “24 Karat Magic In the Air”.
Kepa embodies the spirit of service, love, fellowship, and joy…all the qualities of a wonderful Catholic School educator. He very often goes above and beyond his call of duty, with his trademark response of “Whatever you need.” He is beloved by students and parents, and is famous for being the OPPOSITE of his last name…..Stern!
Thank you SAS families for your generous donations for the Star Light Star Bright program and Parish Outreach program.
This Week our Gr 4 and Gr 7 students went on a field trip to the Judiciary History Center – where they participated in historic mock trials, discussion — and as time allowed, they were able to visit the Hawaii Supreme Courtroom!
Grade 4 is experimenting with chemical reactions – and created volcanoes.
Congratulations to our 2019 Kamaaina Kids Spelling Bee contestants and finalists. After clinching the preliminary levels of the Spelling Bee, 5th Grader, Mele Moriwake (right) finished in First Place and 6th Grader, Zxyrhy Esperon (left) finished in Second Place! Both girls are moving up to compete at the District level on February l2, 2019 at Hongwanji Mission School against l2 other competitors from Windward O’ahu. Congratulations to all our grade level winners and good luck girls on your way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee!,
The seventh grade hosted a Saints Fair to teach first graders about saints and to prepare second graders for confirmation. Students chose a saint who was personally meaningful to them and conducted research on the lives of those saints. The students then used this research to create a presentation to share with younger students. The Fair provided a fun and educational opportunity for older and younger students to work together as they explored their faith.
The animals came to school for the annual Blessing of the Animals. Father Exsequel, Father Bong, Fr. Marlin and Fr. Arnel led the prayer service and blessed and sprinkled Holy Water on our pets! Everyone had a wonderful time seeing each other’s special pets.
Also, the missing brown puppy Koko has been found and was reunited with his owner safe and healthy after a week of being lost. Thank you to all who helped spread the word and helped with the search!