St. Helen's School News
September 3, 2023
I would first and foremost like to thank all the students, staff, and families for a great first couple of weeks of school. It has been such a pleasure to meet the students and the families, and I look forward to continuing to get to know each of you more throughout the school year. I truly appreciate all the families who have and continue to support St. Helen’s, whether that be in the classroom, with fundraising, or extra curricular activities we thank you!
These next few weeks are going to be filled with exciting activities. Girls volleyball and boys flag football started practice after school Tuesdays and Thursdays with our fantastic PE teacher Mr. Rocha. If you like to volunteer as a coach for either of these sports please reach out to the front office or Mr. Rocha. Choir now has practice on Mondays with our amazing music teacher Mr. Ruperto. We are starting our Penny Wars competition this month and will conclude through the middle of December. We also have Grandparents Day and Alumni Mass in the next coming weeks.
PTO (parent teacher organization) will be meeting each month. We are excited to have some amazing families and staff involved in PTO to help provide our students with a positive experience here at St. Helen’s. If you would like more information on how to be involved in PTO please reach out to myself or the front office.
Fall pictures are coming up, so please be on the lookout for more information on how to order pictures. This information will be sent home with your student. At the end of this month we will be recognizing those students who exhibited what it means to be a respectful Lion’s student at our Virtue Awards.
Families and friends we continue to invite you to join our students and staff at Mass each Wednesday at 9:15am. We are living the mission that Christ had for our Catholic School as we all come together and pray as a school community. If your 4th-6th grade child is interested in being an altar server there will be a meeting and practice on September 7th at 2:30pm, students must be Catholic. If you are an adult and interested in becoming a Eucharistic minister please meet at St. Anthony’s Church on September 7th at 3:00pm for a short meeting.
I am truly excited about what the coming year has in store for us. Let us embrace every challenge as a chance to grow and every achievement as a testament to our collective dedication. Let's make it a year of inspiration, achievement, and memorable moments!
- Penny Wars September 5th-December 15th
- Grandparents Day September 6th
- Alumni Mass 70th Anniversary
- Virtue Awards September 27th
- 5th grade field trip to the Planetarium September 28th
Dates to Remember
- September 1: 12:30 PM Early Dismissal - No Preschool Extended Care
- September 4: Labor Day No School
- September 7: Altar Server meeting/practice at 2:30 PM in the Church
- Eucharistic Minister meeting September 7th at 3:00 PM in the Church
- PTO Officers Meeting from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- September 11: PTO Members Meeting 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- September 20: Fall Pictures
St. Helen's Sports Have Started
Students in grades 5 and 6 who have turned in their permission form, physical clearance, and $50 fee are invited to join the St. Helen's Girls Volleyball and Boys Flag Football teams. Practice is being held each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Paperwork and payment is due by September 15. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Rocha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classroom Fundraiser Kicks Off September 5
It's a Penny War!! Each classroom is colleting donations to earn points for their grade level. You can add points to your jar with pennies and bills, and subtract points from other grade levels by adding nickels, dimes and quarters to their jars. Classes can earn ice cream parties by earning the most points at the end of each month, and a carnival experience at the end of the fundraiser in December for having the highest overall total. Check out points details below:
Grandparent's Day at St. Helen's on September 6
Please invite grandparents and other special relatives and family figures to join us for Mass on Wednesday, September 6, at 9:15 AM in St. Helen's Church.
Classrooms will be open for students to take their special guests on a tour from 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM. Food and beverages will be provided in the hall for $7 per person from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Don't miss the special photo opportunity in the hall!
If you would like to sign your grandchild(ren) out prior to 3:00 PM, please make sure your are listed on the student emergency pick-up list and don't forget to sign them out in the front office.
Alumni Mass - Help spread the word!
Help us celebrate 70 years of academic excellence at the St. Helen's Alumni Mass on Wednesday, September 13 at 9:15 AM in St. Helen's Church. After Mass, please join us in the hall for refreshments and a trip down memory lane. Please reach out to any alumni you know to make sure they know about this special event.