Ms. Monaghan's Message - May 19

Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve

Dear St. Patrick Families,

What a wild year this has been! I was reflecting on this year and remembering July and August when I was frantically putting together a plan for our return holding onto all hope that we would return in a safe and successful manner. Now, here we are in the middle of May, and I am incredibly proud of the work we've put in to keep us open throughout the year.

This year has not been easy on anyone. Our teachers were forced to change up everything they normally do. They were asked to find a different way of teaching, going against every best practice they are taught, yet still finding a way to push their students to the next level. Not only this, but they were asked to show up every day in a world where many people were still working from home because their employers felt it was unsafe to return. We asked our teachers to put aside their own health and safety fears and to show up for our kids in a way that they'd never shown up before -- when their public school counterparts were being given the option to work virtually. I don't think anyone can truly grasp how monumental this task was and how much we were really asking.

Yet, when we sat together at our first staff meeting of the year, before school ever began, and I rolled out this plan to the teachers, no one backed down. No one complained, no one fought back. Every single faculty and staff member took on this challenge with grace and positivity, because they knew it was best for our students. Throughout this entire year, our # 1 focus has been on giving our kids what we know they need - in person learning and we have never looked back.

While there have been many changes this year, we have worked hard to provide our students with the same opportunities they would receive in a normal year. When some events had to be cancelled for reasons beyond our control, we replaced them with something new. Throughout the year, our teachers came up with new and different ways to celebrate our students and provide them the fun, warm, community feeling that we are so proud of at St. Patrick School. We had to get creative, we had to work a little harder, but seeing our kids having genuine fun made it all worth it!

Though it hasn't be easy, and often created way more work and way more stress, our focus never changed. Now, here we are on our last day of the most unusual school year of our careers, looking back at all of the successes we've had along the way. Change can be hard for everyone, but with these changes, we were able to create new memories that I hope will last our students a lifetime. This is a year none of us will soon forget, and we are all incredibly grateful to have had you and your child(ren) here for it all!

This summer, I hope you put away the computers and video games. I hope you encourage your children to jump in puddles, dig in the dirt, climb trees, take nature walks, build blanket forts, and lay in the grass to look up at the stars. I hope you have them create and imagine and dream and build. After the year we've had, a little fresh air and some imagination can go a long, long way!

Thank you for sticking with us during this difficult time. Thank you for believing in us and trusting in us. Your children become "our" children the minute they walk through our doors, and we are incredibly grateful for them all!

Have a great summer!

Kaci Monaghan


St. Patrick School

Summer School Office Hours

Later this week, I will send out information regarding our summer school office hours. Mrs. Eads will be reaching out to anyone who has a remaining registration balance. All registration balances are due by June 25th. If you receive notification of a remaining balance and have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out via email at

Thank you!

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The FIRE Foundation's Purses with Purpose Event

We’re gearing up for another Super FUN Purses with Purpose (June 15th Purse Preview & June 17th Mostly Virtual Event) and the Silent & Live auction is shaping up to be E-P-I-C!

Mark your calendars for this exciting event!

2021-2022 School Calendar

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2021-2022 School Supply Lists

Click the folder below to find the school supply list for your child's upcoming grade!
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How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting | Julie Lythcott-Haims

Books to Try???

I've never read any of the books below, but they have been recommended to me. I'd love to hear from you if you've found one that you learned from!
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Box Tops For Education

Box Tops have gone digital! Did you know you can collect Box Tops from your Smart phone or tablet? Just download the Box Tops app and search for St. Patrick School. Once you've selected our school, you simply scan your grocery store receipt and the points are added instantly to our account!

Learn more by clicking the links below to read or watch a video!

How to submit digital receipts to earn Box Tops

Protecting God's Children Certification


  • All live Protecting God’s Children for Adults (PGC) workshops continue to be suspended due to COVID-19.
  • Employees and volunteers required to complete PGC are instead required to complete 2 online training modules in VIRTUS®:
  • Protecting God’s Children® Online Awareness Session 3.0
  • Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
  • VIRTUS® has automated the assignment of these modules for all brand new VIRTUS® users.
  • Contact Sherry Huffman at to sign up today!

Health Room News

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Covid -19 Policies and Procedures

As cities begin to ease their restrictions and more and more people begin to get vaccinated, we understand that there may be questions as to whether or not we will change our Covid-19 policies and procedures at St. Patrick School.

In accordance with the Diocese of Kansas City St. Joseph, we will continue the Covid-19 polices and procedures that have been in place this school year. This means, our students will continue to wear masks appropriately throughout the day when working in close proximity to others. It also means, we will continue to socially distance in the classroom and lunchroom and will follow the same health procedures listed below.

These procedures have kept us in school and no one wants to risk that at this point in the year! We appreciate your support with this as we finish up this interesting school year.

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Daily Health Check

If your child is attending "in person" classes, we ask you to complete a daily checklist each morning before leaving for school.

  • My child has a temperature over 99 degrees.

  • My child has had diarrhea in the last 48 hours.

  • My child has a sore throat or flu-like s symptoms.

  • My child has vomited or shown signs of nausea in the last 48 hours.

  • My child, or someone in our family, has been exposed to Covid-19.

  • My child has traveled somewhere currently on the travel ban list in the last 10 days.

  • I have given my child fever reducers, cold medicine, or other over the counter meds to reduce symptoms of illness within the last 48 hours.

Daily Health Symptom Check

High-Risk Symptoms:

* New cough

* Difficulty breathing

* Loss of taste/smell

Moderate-Risk Symptoms:

* Fever (>99 degrees) or chills

* Congestion/runny nose

* Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

* Sore throat

* Headache

* Muscle or body aches

Please note: If your child has 1 High Risk symptom OR 2 + moderate risk symptoms, he/she will be sent home and allowed to return after 48 hours symptom free and with a doctor's note stating he/she is safe to return to school.

These are very strict guidelines provided to us from the Clay County Health Department that we must follow in an effort to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. We appreciate you partnering with us to ensure we follow these policies and procedures each day!