Ms. Monaghan's Message

September 24, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates

Sept. 28: No School Mass; Middle School Youth Group

Sept. 29: Friends of Fire Zoom Meeting @ 7:00

Oct. 1: Middle School Field Trip to Auschwitz Exhibit; Flu Clinic

Oct. 4: Scouts @ 6:30

Oct. 5: School Advisory Council Meeting @ 6:30; Catholic Boot Camp with Mindy Lehman @ 6:30

Oct. 6: No School Mass; Middle School Youth Group

Oct. 8: 5th Grade Vocations Day Field Trip

Oct. 10: St. Patrick Girlfriend's Group; Pet Blessing

Oct. 11 - 14: FIRE Spirit Week (Watch for more info to come!)

Oct. 11: Scouts @ 6:30

Oct. 12: Catholic Boot Camp @ 6:30

Oct. 13: End of Quarter

Oct. 15: No School - P/T Conferences, Grade Cards Available

Oct. 16: Fr. Paul Turner joins St. Patrick for Ministry Renewal Day

Oct. 18: Scouts @ 6:30

Oct. 19: Free Parent Webinar - Virtual Family Tech Talk @ 6:00pm; Catholic Boot Camp @ 6:30

Oct. 20: Middle School Youth Group

Oct. 21: Picture Retakes

Oct. 22: Clay County Dental Screenings; FIRE Raffle Ticket Sales End

Oct. 23: FIRE Ball

Oct. 25: Scouts @ 6:30

Oct. 26: Catholic Boot Camp @ 6:30

Oct. 27: Middle School Youth Group

Oct. 29: Noon Dismissal; Trunk or Treat @ 10:00 (Sign up below to participate!)

Thank YOU!

I want to thank our fabulous PTO for putting together our first Parent Mixer of the year. It was a beautiful night and a great opportunity to gather together, meet new people, and socialize in a low key, laid back environment. If you weren't able to make it, don't worry! We'll have many more of these throughout the school year, and hopefully you'll be able to join us then.


I also want to thank everyone who came out to the talk with Chris Ellman on Mental Health. If you were there, you know we barely cracked the surface on this topic, but we opened the door to an important discussion about mental health and wellness. We'll definitely be planning more nights focused on these topics, so be on the lookout for upcoming dates!


The PDF PowerPoint Presentation from Mr. Ellman can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

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Amazon Smile

Did you know you can earn money for St. Patrick every time you shop on Amazon? Just click the link below to designate St. Patrick as. your charitable organization!


All money raised goes directly to St. Patrick!

Gym Helpers Needed

We are looking for parents or high school students looking for some service hours to help in our gym during volleyball games. This is a fun and easy way to meet new families and learn a little bit about Parochial League sports!


This is also a great way for 8th graders to earn service hours towards their 20 hour service commitment this year!


Please sign up at the link below if you can help!

It's Time to Sign-Up for Trunk-or-Treat!

Parents, grandparents, family friends, church groups, and more will gather on Friday, October 29 at 9:30am in the school/church parking lot. You'll decorate your trunks, put on your costumes, bring along some candy, and get lots of laughs and JOY as our students parade through to receive their "treats". All students from preschool to 8th grade will participate in this event!


The past year and a half have been HARD on everyone, but sometimes I think we forget just how hard this has been on the kids. So many of the things they are used to doing have been cancelled or postponed or changed in some way. This year, more than ever, we want to give our students a little bit of normal - but we need YOU to make this happen!


If you are interested in decorating your trunk and passing out candy, please fill out the form below. All participants will receive an email with further information on October 14. This email will explain all of the protocols and procedures for the event, a detailed map of where your car will be located, and more! Be watching for that email on October 14 if you have completed the form below!

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Mark Your Calendars - October 19 - Virtual Family Tech Talk

The last year has challenged us to rethink how we live, work, interact, and view the world. It has become a delicate balancing act between keeping our kids and families safe from a pandemic, coming to terms with more screen time, and transforming our homes into classrooms and workplaces.


On October 19, we invite you to join us for a virtual conversation about the opportunities and challenges families are facing with technology. From Tik Tok to Roblox to Zoom, we will discuss ways to keep your kids safe while online. We'll learn about tech tips, guidelines, and exercises we can do with our kids to teach them how to use technology safely and responsibly.


This session will last about 75 minutes and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions!


This event is led by Lynette Williams from Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and Families with the mission of helping kids around the world interact safely and responsibly online. This is a FREE event, so you won't want to miss out!


All parents who attend will receive a code to provide to St. Patrick after the event. All students whose parents attend will receive a dress down pass!

Health Information Reminder

Health and Safety Symptoms

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 or 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. If your child is showing these symptoms, please keep him/her home until symptom free (without medication) for 48 hours. We appreciate you partnering with us to ensure we follow these policies and procedures each day!



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St. Patrick Extravaganza - November 6

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 6th and the St. Patrick Mouse Derby - a new twist on the traditional St. Patrick Auction. This year, we will be entertained by Mouse Races in conjunction with our silent and live auctions.


Each St. Patrick School family is asked to donate an item (or find a donation item from a local business) valued at a minimum of $100. Donations can be dropped off in the school lobby. These items will be auctioned off, along with many other items, the night of the event!


We look forward to seeing you for this night of food, fellowship, and FUN as we raise money for St. Patrick!

What is the St. Patrick Extravaganza?

This "adults only" event is a night to socialize and raise money for St. Patrick! We'll begin the night with dinner from our Knights of Columbus, followed by mouse races and a silent auction. The night will end with a fast paced LIVE auction where you can bid on some of the more widely sought after items!


Purchasing a ticket will get you dinner and drinks, but you'll want to have some cash on hand to bid on the races and participate in the heads or tails event too. These races get pretty wild, so come prepared to cheer your mouse on to victory!


Auction items will be bid on using the Qtego app - from your Smart Phone or other Smart Device.


Invite your family and friends for this fun filled event and plan to make a night of it! We can't wait to see you there!

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Secretary Position Open

PTO is looking for someone to fill our Secretary position. This person would be responsible for note-taking during PTO meetings to put together the minutes that we will send out after each meeting. This person would also serve on the PTO Executive Board.


If you are interested, please contact Katie Janning at katrinamarina501@yahoo.com.

What's Coming Up?

Oct. 29: Trunk-or- Treat @ 10:00am - 11:30am in the school parking lot


Parents, grandparents, and other special adults are invited to join us for this special event for the St. Patrick students! Decorate your car trunk, put on your costume (or not!), grab your candy, and help us make this a Halloween to remember for our students. The students will be allowed to wear their Halloween costume to school on this day, and since it's a noon dismissal, you'll be able to take your child home with you right after. Be watching for more information about this event!



Please remember that all candy should be peanut free!

2021-2022 Room Parent List

Each classroom has been assigned 2 parent volunteers to be room parents this year. You should receive monthly information from your room parent keeping you updated on what's coming up, how you can get involved, and your teacher's classroom wish list. If you ever have a question about any event, feel free to reach out to your room parent for answers!


We could use one more room parent volunteer in the 5th and 6th grades. If you're interested, please email Katie Janning at: katrinamarina501@yahoo.com.

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FIRE's Important Upcoming Dates

Sept. 29: Friends of FIRE Zoom Meeting - all are welcome to attend this informative event


ZOOM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84876301236?pwd=akQ0L0MvVlo5R1g4ZUVwcmJiYzNZdz09


Meeting ID: 848 7630 1236

Passcode: 171518

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Check Out the Parish Bulletin Below

Check Out What's Happening At St. Patrick Below

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Protecting God's Children Certification

TRAINING CHANGES CONTINUE DUE TO COVID-19

  • 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 Don Stubbings at stubbings@diocesekcsj.org to sign up today!

Yearly Asbestos Notice

Notice to all parents: This school participates in a formal Asbestos Management Program. If any parent would like more information on this program, please contact Becky Orr in the school office.

St. Patrick School

The mission of St. Patrick School is to provide a Catholic centered education that prepares our students for high school while guiding them to be critical, creative thinkers who possess empathy and compassion for others and a love for Jesus Christ.