Ms. Monaghan's Message - Feb. 22
Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve
Important Upcoming Dates
Feb. 26: PTO Meeting @ 6:00pm
Mar. 1: Dr. Seuss Day Read Alouds from 8:30 - 10:30am
Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday services @ 8:00am and 6:30pm
Mar. 7: "Leave the Lights On" Adoration Opportunity from 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Mar. 8: Stations of the Cross @ 9:00am; Fish Fry
Mar. 11-14: Cafeteria Closed; Lunch provided by St. Joseph's table group - watch for more info
Mar. 15: No School - Diocesan PD @ St. Therese; Simple Soup Dinner
Mar. 16: Snake Saturday Parade
Mar. 18-22: No School - Spring Break
Mar. 19: St. Joseph's Table
Mar. 26: PTO meeting @ 6:00pm
Mar. 29: Stations of the Cross @ 9:00am; Spirit Day; Fish Fry
Don't Miss Out! - Ties and Tiaras is Tomorrow Night!
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Dr. Seuss Day Read Aloud Opportunity - March 1
Click the link below to sign up to join us on this day!
Dr. Seuss Dress Up Day - March 1
So many characters from which to choose!
Red fish, blue fish
Thing One or Thing Two?
How about the Lorax, Sam I Am, or the Grinch?
Horton, Cindy Lou, you could put together in a pinch!
Let's celebrate Dr. Seuss on his special birthday!
Get creative, just imagine,
Which character will YOU be on this day!
All students are invited to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character on Friday, March 1. Older students are invited to wear a Dr. Seuss t-shirt or hat to join in the celebration (if they don't feel like dressing up as a character). We don't want anyone to be left out on this Dr. Seuss celebration!
The St. Patrick Lucky Tree
Today, your child is bringing home 2 green shamrocks. You will see that the front side of the shamrock reads,
"I am lucky you're my child, because..."
We ask that you complete this sentence on the BACK side of the shamrock. You could write a sentence, write a list of reasons, create a cute clever way to display different words, etc. Be creative and let your child know how much you love being his/her parent/grandparent!
When you're finished, please return to the school office. The shamrocks will be displayed on our "St. Patrick Lucky Tree" as a visual reminder of how loved our students are!
At school, our students will be creating, "I'm lucky to be a St. Patrick student because..." shamrocks that will be displayed on our tree as well. I can't wait to see the finished project!
Please return your shamrocks by Friday, March 1st. If you'd like to help PTO construct this awesome tree, please contact the school office today and we will pass your information along to the PTO.
2019-2020 Registration is Coming Soon
Change to the March Lunch Schedule
The St. Joseph's table group has graciously agreed to pay for and provide lunches each day that week, free of charge to our students. The meals will range from spaghetti and meatballs to deli sandwiches and will be FREE of charge to all students and staff!
More information will come out soon on what lunches will be offered each day, and as always, your child is welcome to bring in a cold lunch as well.
Snake Saturday Parade - Your Help is Needed!
Snake Saturday Parade
How can you help?
1. Float construction will begin soon and will be held every Wednesday night from 5-8pm downstairs in the church.
2. We are asking all school families to donate ONE large bag of candy for the parade.
3. We are inviting all school families to join in the fun on Saturday, March 16 as we walk in the annual Snake Saturday parade. Dress in all the green you can find, along with your official St. Patrick Snake Saturday sweatshirt (coming soon) and join in the fun!
Contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ms. Monaghan's Writing Contest!
Birthdays This Week
St. Patrick School Technology Spotlight
* Our technology is up-to-date with the most current operating systems.
* Our computer lab boasts computers built by St. Patrick Technology Club students.
* We are 1:1 computer technology (laptops) in grades 3-8, provided by Cerner Corporation
* Students in grades K-2 have access to classroom laptops - provided by Cerner Corporation
* Students in grades K-8 have access to classroom iPads - provided by a generous donation from the Miller-Mellor Foundation.
* Students in our AV club are learning to record daily announcements complete with blue screen technology, teleprompter technology, and a real "set".
* Students grades K-8 have access to classroom robots (Spheros) that teach computer programming and coding.
* Students grades K-8 have the opportunity to compete in First Lego League.
Most people don't realize how up-to-date the technology is at St. Patrick School. Students as young as kindergarten are learning typing skills, programming skills, and coding. We are quickly on our way to becoming known as an official STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) school, and are working daily to create opportunities for our students to excel in these areas.
We have many more laptops that are awaiting the most recent operating systems and we purchase and install those as we get the funding to do so. Each laptop takes about $150.00 to update with this new system, and thanks to generous donations from families, parishioners, and local businesses, we continue to update laptops regularly! Meanwhile, our students are still using up-to-date technology that surpasses many surrounding schools.
Times have changed around here and the opportunities are endless!
Biggest Technology Challenge????
The #1 biggest technology challenge at St. Patrick School is how our students treat the technology they have been given to use. I have witnessed students tossing laptops around, pulling charging cords from the wall, dropping technology in the hallways. I have seen laptops that have been destroyed by students pulling off keys, switching system preferences around, and locking classmates out of their own laptop.
In the coming year, we are going to take a look at how we can address this problem with our students. There is a lack of respect towards the tools our students are given in the classroom and we struggle to keep up with the maintenance of these tools at the rate at which they are being harmed. Next year, we will be looking into implementing a new plan for student technology use in our school.
At home, you can reinforce our message by talking with your child about the importance of taking care of school equipment and property. Explain to your child that this technology is not easy for our little school to come by, and if it continues to be destroyed, we won't have the up-to-date tools that we have been blessed with.