St. Patrick - Home Based Learning
Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve
Dear St. Patrick Families,
Do you ever find yourself staring off into space thinking....What in the world is going on???? There are days I wake up and have to remind myself that this new state of living is real. This is the time of year when we are typically planning beginning of the year dates and activities and right now....it's enough just to get through one day at a time. Everything changes so dramatically on a daily basis, it's nearly impossible to plan ahead.
It's overwhelming. It's stressful. It's sad. I miss our school. I miss our faculty and staff. And more than anything, I miss our students. I regret any time I dreaded standing outside in the cold saying "Good Morning!". I regret any time I complained about a "tough" day. If I'd known then what I know now, I would be rejoicing to have "tough" days like that again.
But here we are.
The one thing I know for sure is that no matter what is thrown our way, we will make the best of it. That's what we do at St. Patrick, right? Life has thrown us many curve balls over the years, and time and time again, we have come back stronger and better.
I heard such a great quote the other day:
"On particularly rough days, when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%...and that's pretty good." -- Unknown
So many good things are happening right now. Our students are working hard and managing learning in a new way. They are finding ways to connect with each other, are excited to see each other on our Zoom calls, and are even admitting to missing school and their friends. Our teachers are learning how to connect with students and differentiate for them on a much deeper level than they've ever been able to do before, and we are all learning to appreciate each other in a whole new way.
Thank you for hanging in there with us. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to figure all of this out. Thank you for making sure your children are getting their work turned in, are logging on for Zoom calls, and are keeping up. Thank you for enduring your own personal stresses and making sure school is still a priority even when you are knee deep in your own work to do.
I've been on many Zoom calls...way too many Zoom calls...with other principals in our diocese who are not receiving the same support. I always knew we were lucky at St. Patrick, but I've truly developed an appreciation for just how lucky we are. Maybe that's the good we will find out of all of this. A reminder of just how fortunate we are. A reminder of how good it feels to drive up to St. Patrick each day knowing that it's a second home, a second family.
As a reminder, this newsletter page will serve as our "Landing Site." This page will be used as a place where you can access all the instructional activities. We will be updating the links in this Landing Site one week at a time as needed. In addition, classroom teachers will be sending out personal classroom reminders. On this newsletter, you will find ALL classroom links, including PE, Music, Art, and Counseling. I encourage you to take time to explore the specials classes and note the wonderful work our specials teachers have provided to you.
A new button has been added to the bottom of the website labeled, "Counseling Request". We understand that this is a very stressful time for some of our students, but they are not alone. Mrs. O'Hara is happy to arrange time to speak to you and your child and to work with you in any way. If you would like to schedule a time to talk with Mrs. O'Hara, just click the link and fill in the form and she will contact you directly.
We appreciate your partnership as we navigate this unchartered territory together. Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff members through e-mail if you have any questions or concerns along the way.
St. Patrick, pray for us. Because we need it!
With Great Appreciation,
St. Patrick School
Important Upcoming Dates
April 10 - Good Friday, No School (No lesson plans on this day)
April 13 - Easter Monday, No School (No lesson plans on this day)
April 14- Virtual Spirit Day #1 - Spirit Day - Post a picture (or send one to your teacher) of you in your favorite Spirit Wear!
April 15 - Virtual Spirit Day #2 - Pajamas Day - Post a picture (or send one to your teacher) of you in your pajamas!
April 16 - Virtual Spirit Day #3 - Read with Your Pet Day - Post a picture (or send one to your teacher) of you and your pet reading your favorite book!
April 17 - Virtual Spirit Day #4 - Lazy Day - Post a picture (or send one to your teacher) of you learning in your favorite comfy place!
Faith Talks with Father Matthew - April 1
Virtual Lunch This Week
On the day of your child's virtual lunch, I will send out a Zoom link. Just click on the link to join me for lunch at 11:30am that day!
Monday, April 6: 2nd Grade Virtual LunchTuesday, April 7: 6th Grade Virtual Lunch
Wednesday, April 8: 3rd Grade Virtual Lunch
A Read Aloud from Coach Chris Cissell
Daily Morning Messages can be found on our YouTube channel. Just look for the date!
If your family is in need of food, hygiene items, or baby items, click here to set up a time when we can help!
NKC School District Providing Meals
What if Your Child Needs Help?
St. Patrick Office Staff Email Addresses:
Principal - Kaci Monaghan: email@example.com
Administrative Assistant - Tonie Eads: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant - Lisa Angotti: email@example.com
Lunchroom and Safe Environment Coordinator - Becky Orr: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer - Sr. Judy Hayes: email@example.com
St. Patrick School Teaching Staff Email Addresses:
Lindsy Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Alsbach: email@example.com
James Prim: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maia Hamilton: email@example.com
Rebecca Ross: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsi Berry: MsCBerry5@gmail.com
Melanie Tucker: email@example.com
Toni Monachino: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devy Combs: email@example.com
P.E - Brad Donnell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music - Cara Davis: email@example.com
Art - Karen Haywood: firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselor - Kristen O'Hara: email@example.com
Inclusive Education Teachers:
Dana Nolan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Motta: email@example.com
Early Childhood Director:
Lilly Winkeljohn: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter for a printable Holy Week activity book.
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