Ms. Monaghan's Message - Feb. 22

Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve

Important Upcoming Dates

Feb. 23: Ties and Tiaras @ 6:00pm

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!

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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Dr. Seuss Day Read Aloud Opportunity - March 1

Parents, we need YOUR help to make our "Dr. Seuss Day" a success! Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character, pick out your favorite book, and come read to one or two classes between 8:30 - 10:30 am on Friday, March 1.

Click the link below to sign up to join us on this day!

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Dr. Seuss Dress Up Day - March 1

One fish, two fish

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!

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The St. Patrick Lucky Tree

Our PTO is busy working on an exciting project for our school called the "St. Patrick Lucky Tree" (thank you to Tiffeny Hinkebein!!). We want each of our parents to be represented on this tree! See the picture below (replace shamrocks for hearts).

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.

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2019-2020 Registration is Coming Soon

Your 2019-2020 Registration Paperwork will be coming home next week! Be on the lookout for how you can save on your registration fees and how you can apply for scholarship opportunities!

Change to the March Lunch Schedule

On Monday, March 11 through Thursday March 14, the St. Joseph's table group will be working in our cafeteria to prepare for the St. Joseph's table on March 19. Because of this, our lunch menu will look a little bit different for the week.

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!

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Snake Saturday Parade

The annual Snake Saturday Parade is coming and our volunteers, led by Denise Wilderson, are ready to get to work! Your help is needed in a BIG way.

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 for more information.

Ms. Monaghan's Writing Contest!

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Birthdays This Week

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St. Patrick School Technology Spotlight

Did you know????

* 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 NOT a lack of technology. In fact, we are surpassing many schools around us in updated technology!

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.

St. Patrick School

The mission of St. Patrick School is to develop young men and women with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Encouragement is given to students to bring their lives into conformity with God's will and plan, so that He is glorified.