Ms. Monaghan's Message

January 14, 2022

Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 17: No School - Martin Luther King Jr Day

Jan. 19: No School Mass

Jan. 20: Covid Clinic (Vaccines available for ages 5 and up; Boosters available - see below)

Jan. 23: Girlfriends Group @ 12:00pm

Jan. 24: Cub Scouts @ 6:30pm; Scouts @ 7:00

Jan. 26: No School Mass; Youth Group @ 6:30pm

Jan. 30: Student Led CSW Mass @ 11:00am

Jan. 31 - Feb. 4: Catholic Schools Week

Jan. 31: Scouts @ 6:00pm

Feb. 4: Grandparents Day - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tena Marie Fiest

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Dear St. Patrick Families,

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” -- Matthew 19:14

Our hearts are broken, our spirits are crushed. You never saw Tena without a smile, she never spoke with anything but positivity. I was describing Tena to our superintendent and said, "The best thing I can say is that Tena is sunshine." Tena brought joy and sunshine to our school each and every day, and I'm not sure how we are supposed to move on without her.

The thing about being an educator is that it's not the easiest job. It's tiring, it's stressful, and you get caught up in the day to day things that can often be incredibly negative. But the one thing that holds us all together and keeps us walking through the doors each day is our kids. We love these kids. I know, people say it all the time, but it's really, genuinely true. We love these kids as if they are our own. We feel responsible for them. We go home and we think about them. We worry when we know they're having a hard time at home, we worry when we know they are not feeling well, we worry when they are struggling in any way. And when something happens to one of them, the pain is unbearable. Yet, we have to get up, we have to show up, and we have to be a safe, strong, consistent place for our students.

Let us all learn a lesson from Tena Marie Fiest. Let us love unapologetically, let us see the sunshine in every day, let us radiate joy from every fiber of our being, let us smile and laugh without hesitation. Let us be the kind of person who reaches out to someone in need, who is a friend to anyone who needs it, and who perseveres through hardships without negativity or complaint. Tena was never NOT happy. She was never NOT smiling. She worked hard at every task and never gave up. She set goals for herself and worked hard to achieve them. And most of all, Tena loved everyone without fault. I pray to be more like her every day.

Let's all pray. Pray for the Fiest family, pray for our students, and pray for each other. I don't understand why things like this happen, but I do know that prayer will be the thing that gets us through.

Donations for the Fiest Family

Many people have asked about donating to the Fiest Family for funeral expenses. If you would like to make a donation, you can send in a check or cash in an envelope, marked "Tena Fiest" made out to St. Patrick. We will gather all donations and give them directly to the Fiest family. All donations are appreciate!

Annual Diocesan School Leadership Survey

Each year, the diocese asks us to send out the School Leadership Survey that allows us to better serve our school families, students, and staff. If you haven't already taken this survey, please click the link below!

Thank you!!

Kindergarten Cup Stacking

Did You Know???

Did you know I have a blogspot on the website? I'll be honest...I haven't done a very good job of keeping it up to date. BUT this semester, I'm vowing to do a better job!

I'm focusing on giving glimpses into our classrooms and different extra curricular programs in an effort to give people an inside look at St. Patrick School. Feel free to share with anyone you know who might be interested in learning more about our school! You can find my blog at the link below!

5th Grade Cantors
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Catholic Schools Week Mass - Sunday, January 30

Please make plans to join us on Sunday, January 30 at the 11:00am mass to kick of Catholic Schools Week! We are trying to find many ways to get our students involved in this mass and might be reaching out to ask if your child can participate. We invite all of our students to wear their uniforms to mass on that day to represent St. Patrick School.

All students in attendance will receive a Dress Down pass!

Grandparents Day - Friday, February 4

We are incredibly excited to host Grandparents Day again this year! Mark your calendars now for Friday, February 4th from 1:00 - 3:00pm for this fun filled event. We are taking every effort to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and grandparents and will hold this event in the church where we can spread out and wear masks.

Extended Day Program

We are working to revamp our Extended Day Program and would love to hear your feedback on how we can make this a stronger program for our students and families.

If you currently use our EDP, if you previously used our EDP but no longer do so, or if you've considered using it, please take the short survey below.

Also, if you ever need to get in touch with Miss Shannon or Miss Vicki, you can reach them at their new email address:

Thank you!

New Email Address for Mrs de Aragon

If you need to talk with Mrs. de Aragon about your child's lunch account, you can email her at She can help you with ordering, payment, or any last minute needs!

Pre-Kindergarten Class for the 2022-2023 School Year

We are looking into adding a Pre-Kindergarten class to our school next year. This class would be a part of the school and would run on the school schedule, but students could utilize our Extended Day Program as well,.

Our goal is that the class would be set up to create an easy transition from preK to our kindergarten class, would ensure students are prepared with all of the readiness skills of kindergarten, and help students feel more part of the school. The classroom teacher will be a certified elementary education teacher and will be observed and evaluated on the same schedule as the K-8 teachers.

This class would be open to any students who turn 4 before August 1st. If you have a child, or know of anyone with a child, who might be a good fit for this program, complete or pass along the form below. Thank you!

2022-2023 Enrollment

Believe it or not, 2022-2023 enrollment is going to be here before we know it! Soon, we'll be planning Kindergarten information events, so if you know anyone with an incoming kindergarten student, please send me their contact info. We've started to compile a list of families that we will send out information to in the weeks ahead!

Remember, if you "invite a friend" who enrolls at St. Patrick, you will receive a $200 discount on your registration fees!

Illness Reminders

Before our return on January 4, please remember the following illness policies.

1. If your child has a fever, he/she should not return to school until 24 hours symptom free -without the assistance of medication.

2. If your child has two or more of the following symptoms, he/she should remain home until 24 hours symptom free: cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, fever, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea

3. Per the new CDC guidelines, if your child tests positive for Covid-19, he/she should quarantine for 5 days. However, if on the 5th day, your child still has symptoms such as a cough or fever, he/she should remain home until 48 hours symptom free.

4. If your child is sent home from school due to illness, he/she will not be able to return to school until 24 hours and one full school day symptom free without the use of medication. This means, if your child goes on on Monday at noon because he has a sore throat, the earliest he could return is on Wednesday - and only if he has been symptom free since Tuesday morning. This is a very important step in ensuring your child returns to school without fear of spreading any illnesses to his peers.

Finding substitutes right now is a BIG challenge, so keeping our teachers healthy is very important. Whether it's a stomach bug, strep throat, the flu, or Covid - a sick teacher is a sick teacher and requires a substitute to fill in. We are really limited in our substitute pool this year, as all schools are, but you can help by following these simple policies!

Cold Weather

Please remember to send your child with a coat, hat, and gloves each day. The students will go out to recess as long as it is over 25 degrees, so they will need to bundle up before heading out. You can also send in a pair of snow boots for you child to wear outside. This way, they can keep their dry tennis shoes inside and switch out when they return.

If your child is in need of a coat, hat, or gloves, just let me know!

Water Bottles

Please send your child with a water bottle each day. Since we are not using the drinking fountains this year, the students need a water bottle throughout the day. They will be able to fill their bottles using the bottle filler stations.

This is important for our Middle School students to remember, too! If your child is in need of a water bottle, just let me know!

Weather Closing Information

This is a great time of year to log into your Sycamore account and ensure your phone numbers and email addresses are up-to-date. In case of a weather closing, you will be notified in the following ways:

1. Text Message and Phone Call

2. Email

3. Facebook and Instagram

4. Check KMBC 9 News and look for St. Patrick KC North

We will try to make the call in the evening prior to the Snow Day, because we know parents need time to make arrangements. This, of course, means that we might be taking a chance that the forecast is inaccurate. This hasn't happened very often, and we always do everything in our power to limit this type of situation. In the event that we can't make a decision in the evening, I will typically get up extra early to head out and test the roads in the neighborhoods around our school and work with the other Northland Catholic School Principals before making a decision. I will always make this decision as early as possible - always before 6:00am.

Uniform Reminders

As we head into the Christmas season, I know some of you might be getting ready to purchase some updated uniform attire! I thought this would be a great time to remind everyone of our approved uniform pieces.

Leggings (must be worn under skirts and jumpers): Black or Navy - no designs or other colors

Tops: Hunter Green or White polo shirts (long or short sleeves) - no "active wear" or "dry fit". The logo shirt is not necessary, but you are able to purchase it through the Cumpy's store if you would like.

Pants: Straight leg navy pants (no cargo pants)

Belts: All boys and girls in grades 4-8 should wear belts daily.

Outerwear: Navy or Hunter Green logo crewneck (available on the Cumpy's store), Plain navy or hunter green crewneck sweatshirt, Dennis Uniform quarter zip jacket, Dennis Uniform cardigan sweater, any plain navy or hunter green cardigan sweater, any plain navy or hunter green v-neck sweater, any plain navy or hunter green crew neck sweater, 8th graders are allowed to wear their 8th grade hoodies

Shoes: Students should wear tennis shoes daily. Any style of tennis shoe is fine. (During the winter, if your child wears boots to school, please send a pair of tennis shoes along as well!)

Updated Dress Down Day Policy:

Spirit Days:

- Tops: Any St. Patrick T-Shirt or Sweatshirt, St. Patrick FLL shirt, St. Patrick Student Council shirt, St. Patrick or Northland Catholic athletic t-shirts

- Bottoms: Jeans, Uniform Bottoms, Athletic Pants

*** See the link below for more information and links to examples of uniform pieces.

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January Reminders

Vice President Position Open: Would you be interested in joining our PTO? We are in need of a 2nd VP and would LOVE to have you! If you are interested in joining our team, please email Katie Janning at:

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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.