Ms. Monaghan's Message
Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve
Important Upcoming Dates
Jan. 21: No School - MLK Day
Jan. 23: Dental Education Day; 2nd fluoride treatment (for those signed up in fall)
Jan. 25: Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest
Jan. 26: FLL Teams to Regionals
Jan. 27: Catholic Schools Week begins - CSW Mass @11:00; STEM Activity Day and Open House @ 12:00
Jan. 29: PTO Meeting
Feb. 1: Grandparents Day - 8:00 - 10:30; Noon Dismissal
Feb. 7: Missouri MOST Informational Night and 8th grade parent meeting
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
Free Throw Contest Info
When: January 25th from 3:15 - 5:30pm
Where: Hager Center
Help out our FLL Team! Watch and Share!
Enrollment is coming soon!
St. Patrick School is a unique community. Though we aren't without fault, we have something pretty special here. I have worked in many schools, none of which felt the way it feels to walk through these doors each morning. Your students aren't just numbers here. They aren't just data. They are part of a family, a group of people who are all looking out for them and rooting for their success. They are safe, they are loved, and they are encouraged to become the best version of themselves. We may not be perfect, but we enter this building each and every day determined to try.
I grew up in a small town with a HUGE family. You couldn't turn down a street where one of my aunts, uncles, or cousins didn't live. At school, I wasn't the greatest student, nor was I the most well behaved. I struggled academically, which often came out in being the class clown. But you know what, I LOVED school. Why? The people in that building cared about me. They knew me, they knew my family, and they wanted to see me succeed. They believed in me so much, I couldn't help but believe in myself.
For my entire career, I have searched for this same feeling. It never occurred to me until my first teaching job that not every school was like mine. Not every person in every school cared about every kid. Not every person in every school knew the names of every kid. Not every school was welcoming or kind. It blew my mind. I never dreamed it would be so hard to find what I had as a child...yet, it was!
And then, I found St. Patrick. Just walking through the doors on my first day, I could feel it. There's a warmth in these halls, a sense of belonging, a sense of compassion. Kids are smiling and laughing, working on projects and hands on activities. Teachers are encouraging and supporting, reminding when needed. The staff cares for the kids as if they were their own and the staff works together to help every single child grow.
Finally, I have found it. I've found what I loved as a child, I've found the place that every child deserves. St. Patrick isn't just a school, it's a family. We don't care about test scores and data, we care about kids. We want our kids to leave our school feeling like they have the tools needed to be successful in all areas of life. We want them to be compassionate and kind followers of Christ, who seek to help others and contribute to society. This is what every child deserves, yet few really get to experience.
I'm asking you to spread the word about what a great place St. Patrick is. Do you have friends or family members who are unhappy with school? Encourage them to give us a try. Schedule a shadow day or a tour. There's really no better way to let someone understand what we have to offer than having them walk through our doors.
This year, we will be providing a registration discount to any family who recommends a new family that registers with us. Spread the word!
Invite your Friends and Family!
Catholic Schools Week Service Project
Kindergarten: Gallon Size Ziploc Bags
1st Grade: Granola Bars
2nd Grade: Cheese Crackers
3rd Grade: Fruit Snacks
4th Grade: Snack packs (cookies or crackers)
5th Grade: Socks
6th Grade: Mittens
7th Grade: Stocking Caps
8th Grade: Bottled Water
Catholic Schools Week Student Led Mass - Sunday, January 27 @ 11:00
Mrs. Davis, our amazing music teacher, is working on a song with all students in grades 3-8. We invite any student in these grades to join us to sing this song during mass. Please encourage your child to attend. We want to put on a good performance for our parishioners who give us constant support.
All students in attendance, wearing uniforms, will receive a dress down pass.
All students in attendance, wearing uniforms, who participate (reading, serving, or singing) will receive TWO dress down passes and an extra surprise. I'm hoping this will inspire more students to participate!
St. Patrick School Grandparents Day - Feb. 1
8:15 - 9:15 - Stations (Breakfast, Photo Booth, Craft, Games)
9:15 - 9:30 - Special Presentation (gym)
9:30 - 10:15 - Living Rosary, Praise and Worship (church)
**Grandparents are invited to stay for the volleyball games, or can leave at this time.
10:15 - 11:30: Volleyball games (gym)
Missouri MOST Plan
Missouri's 529 Savings Plan
When: February 7th at 7:00pm
Where: St. Patrick School gymnasium (Hager Center)
Janet Kottman, a representative from Missouri's 529 Savings plan, will educate us on how to use the plan to pay for your child's education while earning tax benefits. I attended a presentation by Mrs. Kottman earlier this year and was blown away by how effective this program is! You don't want to miss out!