St. Patrick Catholic School
Principal's Weekly Newsletter
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Thanks to parent Rachel Mueller for leading our new Rosary Prayer Group after-school enrichment activity. Two teams played a trivia game and then prayed the Rosary, discussing it along the way.
March 9, 2023
The passing of the Every Student Counts Law in January is an impactful piece of legislation that will positively impact families wanting to attend St. Patrick Catholic School. The legislation will provide parents with Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) to attend private schools. However, it is still critical that parents submit their Student Tuition Organization (STO) applications for tuition assistance.
The STOs will continue to help the families with the most need regardless of the amount of Educational Savings Account (ESA) money available to them. Families planning to utilize an ESA should still also fill out the application for STO assistance if they are close to 400% of the poverty line or below.
ESAs will be implemented gradually. In 2023 ESAs will help students and families up to 300% of the federal poverty level along with any student new to private schools in Iowa. The STO covers up to 400% of the federal poverty line (FPL) helping families that are not included in the first round of ESA benefits.
2023 federal poverty guidelines are shown here. Contact the school office if you have any questions on how ESAs and STO assistance work. Remember the deadline for the STO application is April 15.
Tell any friends who might be interested in St. Patrick to remember that if their child is starting kindergarten or coming from a public school, they will be eligible for an ESA for the fall. They have a wonderful opportunity for Catholic education.
If you attend the Fish Fry on Fridays, don't forget that you are invited to Stations of the Cross in the church from 5:15-6 PM. Both continue during spring break. Fish is served from 5-7 PM. Thanks for supporting the Knights who are big supporters of our school. $16 adults and $5 children.
Thank you to parent Wendy Funk for coaching our MathCounts group for over a decade. We appreciate this ongoing service to our school! The science lab is filled on Wednesday afternoons with students who enjoy sharpening their math skills and having fun together. The students shown recently represented us at the Northeast Iowa Chapter MathCounts competition.
Book Fair Open Until 2PM Thur, March 9, and Continues Online
Stop in after school or remember you can shop at our school’s Online Book Fair.
All online orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will benefit our school just like your in-person purchases do. Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:
Join Our Team
We are in need of temporary help in Clover Patch Day Care through the end of the school year. The position could be split by more than one person. If you can help certain days or mornings or afternoons etc., contact the school office or Mr. Wiebers for details. The hours we need to cover are M-F 8AM-3PM on days school is in session.
The kindergarten associate position is available as well. Tell your friends!
IN CASE YOU MISSED THESE...
STO Tuition Assistance Applications due April 15
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St. Patrick Catholic School
Clover Patch Preschool Ages 3-5
Location: Cedar Falls, IA, USA