April Newsletter

St. Dominic School 2020-2021

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Principal's Message

Dear St. Dominic Families,

Easter will soon be here, and I am ready to celebrate. It feels like we have been in an extended season of Lent for the last year, doesn't it? At heart, though, we are an Easter people, which means that we believe our faith transforms everything, even death. St. Pope John Paul II said, "We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." Belonging to God frees us to live the life God intends for us. We do not need to live in fear because we believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that we will also have eternal life. Being Easter people doesn't save us from suffering, but it does give us hope, and, at Easter, joy.

As we look ahead to summer, I want to share some exciting news. St. Dominic School will be offering FREE summer learning programming for our students. Using funding from the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Act, we are able to contract with Invested Learning to offer the following programming:

  • The Power of Words: Literacy & Research Skills (K - 2, 3 - 5, 6 - 8)
  • Numbers in the World (K - 2, 3 - 5, 6 - 8)
  • Science and Engineering (K - 2, 3 - 5, 6 - 8)
  • Learning and Organization (5 - 8)

Details and registration information will go out soon. I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to help your child reduce summer learning loss and start next school year strong.

As a school, we will be learning this month about St. Francis of Assisi. There is much we can take from his example. Students will learn about his life, and we will pray a prayer that is attributed to him. He is a perfect saint for spring, since he was so devoted to animals and caring for God's creation.

I wish you the very best during the Easter season. Have a safe and restful break.

God bless you,

Mrs. Covington

March Memories

Printable April Dates

Tomorrow's Leaders Start Here

Each month, this space will include the students who are recognized for being leaders at St. Dominic School. After our Friday masses, Mrs. Covington announces the names of all the student leaders who have been recognized. She will then bring them a bracelet that says "I am a leader at St. Dominic School" and take their picture. Pictures are displayed on the bulletin board off the main entrance area.

Teachers, parents, and fellow students are encouraged to identify students who lead in worshipping, learning, serving, and connecting. These are students who go above and beyond by giving of their time, recognizing a need, and putting others ahead of themselves.


Important Messages From the FEA

It's that time of year again . . . board nomination time. The FEA is looking for some parents to fill the following positions for the 21-22 school year:

  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

If you are interested or want to nominate someone for one of those positions, send President Leandra Alvis-Jackson an email at kaykay2me@aol.com.

Don't forget to order dinner from Piada on Thursday, April 15. St. Dominic School gets 20% of all proceeds.

Bulldog Club News

A Message from Athletic Director, Tim Sokal:

Hello Bulldogs,

Thanks to all the families that are participating in spring sports here at St Dominic! Our Track, Rugrats Track, Girls Lacrosse and Tennis teams have full rosters and our student athletes will be ready for competition this month. Special THANK YOU to our coaches, assistant coaches and parent volunteers for getting practices going while doing what we can to keep everyone safe as possible. We can always use extra parent helpers with temperature checks, covid questions checklist, or assisting with practice so please follow up directly with the head coach on your availability to help.

We hope all of our athletes stay safe, give 100%, and enjoy themselves!

Enjoy your break!

Support SDS While You Shop

Sign up at your grocery store of choice to earn money for St. Dominic School each time you go to the store.

Giant Eagle https://schools.gianteagle.com/ (note: if you have signed up earlier, you don't need to do it again)

Heinens: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/97TQD3Z

Catholic Education in the News

Read here for interesting or informative news about Catholic schools. All over the country, and right here at St. Dominic School, Catholic education is making a difference in the lives of students every day.

Teaching is a Vocation

How do you know when something is essential? After almost 20 years in education, this is the first time my vocation as a teacher has fallen in the “essential” category. Since then, I have been pondering a deeper question: What is it that makes Catholic education, in particular, essential?

Partners in Faith Publication

Family Calendar

We now have a digital calendar for school families, which you can synch to your devices. Here is the link for Google calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=info%40stdominicschool.net&ctz=America%2FNew_York

Here is the link for ical: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/info%40stdominicschool.net/public/basic.ics

The iCal must be periodically refreshed to keep it in synch with the Google calendar.