Ms. Monaghan's Message - October 19

Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve

Important Upcoming Events

October 19: Pre-Auction Wine Cork Pull Event @ Old Pike

October 26: St. Patrick Spirit Day; Mr. Stinky Feet @ 10; SPX Pep Rally @ 2:15

October 29: 8th grade to Poe Plays

October 30: PTO meeting @ 6

October 31: Trunk or Treat; Noon Dismissal; P/T Conferences

November 1: No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 2: No School - Fall Break

Grade Cards

Your child's grade card was available on Sycamore Wednesday, October 17. Be sure you log into Sycamore and talk to your child about his grades today! Checking the grades now will give you time to prepare for parent/teacher conferences coming up October 31 and November 1st.

ALL parents should plan to attend conferences. Teachers will hand out student prize wheel chance tickets during conferences and the prize wheel drawing will be held the following Monday!

Congratulations 1st Quarter Students of the Quarter!

Matthew and Maecy

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Howdy Partners!

Friday, Oct. 19th, 7pm

5101 Northwest Old Pike Road

Kansas City, MO

Put on your boots with a 10-gallon hat and join us for a cold one and some chow. If you like, bring a bottle of vino for the cork pull at the Boot Scootin’ and Biddin’ Auction.
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Trunk-or-Treat is Coming!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 31st when we celebrate Trunk-or-Treat with our students. Let's make this a fun filled event for everyone and join us in making the most creatively decorated trunk of the year!

Middle School Students Serve at Harvesters

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Mr. Stinky Feet Live!

Friday, Oct. 26th, 10am

1401 Northeast 42nd Terrace

Kansas City, MO

All parish and school families are invited to attend this PTO sponsored event! Bring your young children for a morning of singing, dancing, and fun!

Birthday This Week

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Questions every Parent Should Ask at Parent/Teacher Conferences

1. May I tell you about my child? No one knows your child better than YOU! Talk to the teacher about what your child is telling you at home, what struggles or successes is he/she having, what's going on at home that might be important for the teacher to know.

2. How is my child doing socially? Is my child kind? Does he/she interact well with peers? Does he/she have a good group of friends?

3. How is my child doing emotionally? Does he/she seem happy at school? Are there signs of moodiness? Is he/she outgoing? Withdrawn?

4. In what areas does my child need to improve? This could include academics and behaviors.

5. What do you think my child is good at? What are his/her area of strength?

6. Is my child performing on, below, or above grade level?

7. Does my child put forth his/her best effort? Does he participate in class discussions? Does he complete his class work? Homework?

8. Is there an area where my child could use extra help? How can I provide her with that extra help?

9. What is the best way to contact you if I have a concern? Is it best to email the teacher? Call? How would the teacher best like you to communicate concerns?

10. Is there anything I can do to help from home?

** Remember, parents and teachers are on the same team....Team Student! It is important to foster open dialogue between you and the teacher to benefit your child.

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Skills Today's Kids Need for The Future

1. Understanding systems. Kids today will need to know less about the technology of today and more about what the future will be based upon: quantum dynamics, genetics, and logic of code.

2. Applying empathy and design skills. Machines may be taking over the world, but one thing machines can't do is provide empathy and understanding that design things that provide enjoyment and excitement for humans.

3. The ability to communicate complex ideas. While STEM is becoming a rapidly popular content area, many students graduating with STEM degrees are having difficulty finding employment. Instead, the ability to communicate ideas clearly has become increasingly important. Combining these STEM related skills with a ability to communicate is key for the future.

4. Collaborating and working in teams. The nature of work has changed from an independent focus to a collaborative focus amongst many people with different skill sets. Today's children need to focus on how they play, resolve conflicts, and make others feel empowered and supportive for the future.

The most important thing for us to realize is that our children's academic experience should not be a mirror of our own. Our world is changing and it's important that our skill sets change to ensure our children are prepared for the future workforce.

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Rosary Honorees This Week

Middle School Debate Team

First Debate Tournament

Thanks to Mr. Scrogham at St. Pius X High School, our middle school students had the chance to join the St. Pius X debate team. Yesterday, our students participated in their first ever debate tournament where two of our teams medaled. Even more than the excitement over medaling, I was extremely excited to hear some great reports from parents.

Parents reported that our students were the perfect example of "team". They supported and encouraged each other, stood outside of rooms waiting for each other, and stuck together throughout the entire competition. These are the things we are so proud of at St. Patrick School!

Congratulations to Tanner and Wyatt for earning 2nd place and Alejandro and Emmerson for earning 3rd place. We are so proud of ALL of you!

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St. Patrick School

The mission of St. Patrick School is to develop young men and women with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Encouragement is given to students to bring their lives into conformity with God's will and plan, so that He is glorified.