St. Anthony School

Developing a Child's Mind, Body, and Soul

March 2020

This past week, we celebrated Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten Season. For the next few weeks, we will journey with Jesus towards His passion and cross. During this time the Church invites us to unite ourselves with Christ by offering up small daily sacrifices and/or taking on additional opportunities for prayer and reflection. If you’ve been Catholic your whole life (or even a few years) Lent can start to seem routine. True, we see more purple in Church and more ads for fish sandwiches on TV, but all of that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of life. This Lent. try giving up something new or making more time for prayer. Set time apart to talk to your children about Lent and ask them what they are planning to do. You might even consider taking on a family sacrifice or commitment to prayer. Make this a different Lent by allowing God into your heart. Ask Him what He would like you to focus on and let Him work in your life. Lent is not a season of punishment for sin. It is an opportunity to fall deeper in love with the God who loves you so much that He died on a cross so that He could spend all of eternity with you.

May your Lenten journey be fruitful and rich! God Bless,

Bryan Yorksmith

Principal - St. Anthony School

Coronavirus Information

St. Anthony School has received a few inquiries from parents in regards to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Currently, the principal and staff are working on a plan for dealing with a local outbreak of this virus if it should occur. It is very important that people screen the information that they see or hear from media sources. Your best bet for up-to-date facts about this virus is to visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Arizona Department of Health Services

At this time, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Thanks to our Parent Involvement Program, we are working on installing "touch-less" faucets and hand soap dispensers in our bathrooms. This is a proactive step for continuing to maintain a healthy environment at school.

We will continue to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus and communicate any necessary information or actions as they occur. Please feel free to contact Mr. Yorksmith if you have any other questions.

Capital Campaign Update


In the month of March we will be finalizing the hiring of an architect to provide a conceptual design of our new facility, once the design is complete we will begin advertising and promoting our vision to build a new school facility. This rendering will be critical in helping us continue to raise money for our project. This phase will probably take a few months to complete. Once complete, we will begin to detail the construction details and proceed to start developing the construction plans and costs.

2020 Golf Tournament - Friday, October 9th

Last year, thanks to the great support of our parents, sponsors and players we raised $40,000 for our school. In addition to the golf tournament, we raised another $6,000 in the Elk raffle sales. Our goal this year is to raise over $50,000 between the golf tournament and a raffle (yet to be determined). To help us achieve this goal, I would like to have a preliminary golf tournament meeting sometime after spring break to start planning for the tournament and raffle. One of the keys to our great success is to line up sponsorships for this event. It is never too early to start soliciting pledges for sponsorships! More information to come after spring break.

Lenten Food Drive

During Lent we will continue with our annual tradition of having a Lenten Food Drive. The Knights of Columbus will help coordinate with us again to distribute food items collected each week to a needy local organization. Please help us to get the kids excited about almsgiving. We will be trying a different incentive program this year. Instead of weighing the food, we will be giving students tickets for the food items that they bring in. Each Friday, we will have an assembly to collect the food, have a drawing for prizes, and then load the food up for the Knights to take it out to the community. We may have a few weeks where we focus on different types of food items so we will keep you updated.

Basketball Finals

The St. Anthony Eagles will be in the basketball finals on Friday, March 6th at Tonto Basin. Our game is tentatively set to be played at 12:00 p.m. Good luck Eagles and represent us well!

Ski Trips Rescheduled

We have rescheduled the ski trip for the following dates: 4th/5th Ski Trip will be on Monday, March 9th. 6th/7th/8th Ski Trip will be on Tuesday, March 10th. Because of the high number of students not going on the ski trip, those students will have school on those days.

Samurai Sam's Fundraising Night

Eat at Samurai Sams on Monday, March 9th and 20% of your bill will be donated to the St. Anthony Jr. High students for their AZ Tour Trip. Head over for dinner and enjoy some delicious food while contributing to our Jr. High fundraising efforts for their school trip. When you go, just let them know that you are with ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL and they will credit us 20% of your bill. What a great deal!

Please consider eating at Samurai Sams on Monday, March 9th to help. Make sure to let them know you are with ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL to get credit for the 20% donation.

Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill

(Next to Walgreens across from Walmart)

5171 Cub Lake Rd, Ste A110

Showlow, AZ 85901

(928) 532-7267

SA Board Meeting

There will be a St. Anthony School Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 11th at 5:30 p.m. We will meet in the jr. high portable classrooms. Board members are asked to submit any agenda items to Mr. Yorksmith.

Take the Tax Credit!

It's tax season! Don't forget the tax credit. It is the lifeblood of our school. There are brochures in the school office so swing in and grab one or you can also visit the WMTSF website and take the credit online.

Lenten Resources

DONATE To Our Capital Campaign

Help us build a new school facility by donating to our capital campaign. Every little bit helps. You may want to consider making a monthly donation. Please pray for our project!

About us...

Our mission is to educate each child academically, physically, socially, and spiritually in a Catholic context. We seek to instill moral integrity within each child. Working together as a cooperative community, each child will be prepared for secondary and higher education via an environment that fosters love and respect for God and others.