Ms. Monaghan's Message - July 20

Challenge. Inspire. Empower. Serve.

Help is Needed!

We need volunteers to help break down the garage sale this Saturday, July 21 at noon. If you can spare a couple of hours, we would really appreciate your help!
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Yearbook Signing Party

Don't miss out on your chance to purchase a yearbook, see your friends, and have some pizza! The PTO is sponsoring a yearbook signing party on Sunday, July 29 at 3:00pm at Old Pike. Please see the link below to RSVP for this fun filled event!

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Important Upcoming Dates

July 29: Yearbook signing party (3pm @ Old Pike)

August 6: School Office Opens, Final Registration fees are due

August 12: Prayer Walk @ 9:45am; Picnic @ Noon

August 13: Back to School Night @ 5:30

August 16: First day of School

Another read aloud for your student to add to his/her reading list!

What's New This Year??

School Wide Boosters Classes: These sessions will be held for 30 minutes, 3 times per week. Grade levels will pair up and divide students into groups to accommodate individual student needs. These sessions will focus on one skill at a time and give students, regardless of their academic level, an opportunity to be challenged and develop new skills.

--- Reading Boosters ---- Students will be given focused instruction based upon individual needs in the areas of comprehension and reading fluency. Students will receive 30 minutes of intensive training in one-on-one and small group settings.

---Math Boosters ---- Students will be given focuses instruction based upon individual needs in the areas of math fact fluency and skill based practice. Students will receive 30 minutes of intensive training in one-on-one and small group settings.

New Teachers at St. Patrick School


Every student in grades 3-8 will be required to have a planner this year. You can purchase your planner for $5.00 at Back to School night, or bring your own. Either way, all students will be required to have and maintain a planner all throughout the school year.

Teachers will spend time this year teaching students how to use their planner, how to keep track of important dates and deadlines, and to share that with their parents at home.

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Mindful Mornings

This year, we will work on teaching our students to be mindful. Students who are mindful have better decision making skills, increased social awareness, increased ability to self-regulate their emotions, and stronger feelings of empathy and compassion. Yet, being mindful is something that must be taught just like any other subject.

In the past, our students have gathered in the gym each morning, then run off to class as soon as the bell rings. About 5 minutes later, we have prayer over the intercom system. This makes it hard for our students to connect with the rest of the school as a greater community. Plus, many students come in late and disrupt the classroom during this sacred time.

To create a more mindful morning, we will start each day with prayer and the pledge of allegiance together in the gym. This will allow us to connect as a whole school to start our day, to join together in prayer -- which we know is so powerful--, and to start our day off in a more peaceful manner.

I am excited about this opportunity to connect with our students and know that we will see the benefits of this mindful morning as the year progresses!

How can you get connected at our school?

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Watchdog Dads

Hey, Dads, we need YOU! Our Watchdog Dads program has weakened in the last couple of years, but I'm ready to revamp it and start again!

Did you know that children whose fathers are active participants in their education are more likely to perform better on exams, achieve higher levels of educational qualifications, and to harbor a generally more positive outlook on school? We all know that fathers are a huge part of children's lives, but your influence in their education is equally important!

This year, I'd love to restart our Watchdog Dad program. As a Watchdog dad, you could:

* Choose a day to volunteer at the school. During this time you would: read to students, supervise lunch/recess, assist in classrooms, assist in the office, and supervise during pick up and dismissal.

* Choose a couple of hours to come in and volunteer.

* Supervise at school events.

* Perform a read aloud for students.

* Be a part of pep assemblies!

There are many ways you can participate in our school as a Watchdog Dad! Be sure to sign up during our Back to School night. There is something for anyone, so don't let your busy schedule keep you from signing up!

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.