St. Agnes Catholic School Connector
Bi-Weekly Update for September 30th
Catholic Reflection: Instruments of God
Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” Luke 10:16
Jesus makes a threefold connection in this passage. He connects you to Him and Himself to the Father. Thus, when you are acting as a true instrument of the Lord, and another either listens to or rejects what you bring to them, then they are either listening to or rejecting not only you but also our Lord and the Father in Heaven.
One thing this reveals is the awesome responsibility we all have to bring the love and mercy of the Father in Heaven to those whom we encounter every day. We are able to be true instruments of God. In making such a strong connection between us, Himself and the Father in Heaven, Jesus is elevating our human dignity to an incredible level.
This passage also reveals the fact that others will act as instruments of God to us. This is important to understand because Jesus is very clear. If someone comes to us, acts in Christ’s name, and we reject that person, then we are actually rejecting the Father in Heaven. This should lead us to pause and be seriously attentive to the way in which we treat others. We must especially be aware of the fact that others have great potential to be instruments of God to us. The Lord speaks through them in numerous ways.
Reflect, today, upon these revelations. Reflect upon the great gift it is to act as an instrument of the Father in Heaven. This is a sacred duty and a profound privilege we must not take lightly. Look also for ways that the Father speaks to you through others. When He speaks, give Him your full attention and be grateful for those who act as these instruments of God’s love.
Lord, I thank You for the honor and privilege of serving as an instrument of Your holy voice. May I always seek to embrace this calling with faith and sincerity. May I also be open to every way that You speak to me through others. Give me the humility I need to listen to Your voice through them. Jesus, I trust in You.
Dates to Remember
October 2nd - First Sunday Mass
October 3rd - Monday Mass/ Informal Observations Begin
Knott Grant Letter of inquiry due
Virtual High School Fair
Blessing of the animals at 7:45am (All animals need to return home after receiving a blessing)
3rd -8th Grade (Teachers provide a Coach Class for students who need extra help. 3pm-4pm)
High School Fair: St. Margaret Middle School, Bel Air
October 5th - Faculty Meeting/ Professional Development
October 6th - Half Day for students
High School Fair: St. Ursula, Parkville
Faith in Blue for Students 9:00 am
October 7th - School Closed for Students - Professional Day (AOB)
October 10th - Monday Mass
October 12th - Team Meeting
October 14th - Half Day for Students
Parent/Teacher Conferences 1pm -6pm
The full Save the Dates Calendar that was sent out in July is also linked here for your reference as well.
Welcome to our Elementary and Middle School Spanish Teachers!
We would like to introduce and welcome Adriana Velez and Reyna Fernandez, our new Spanish Teachers to the St. Agnes Catholic School Family! Senora Adriana Velez will be teaching students in grades PreK-5 while Senora Fernandez will be teaching our Middle School Students. Contact information for both teachers can be found on our school website.
Parent conferences will be held on Friday, October 14th from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Please be on the lookout for a link from your child's teacher to sign up for a time. If you are unable to attend the parent conferences at the designated time, please reach out to your child's teacher directly via email.
Notes from Nurse Grace
Attention parents, this is just a reminder to send in your child's health forms.
- Immunization records
- Dental forms and
- Lead for those in Pre-K 3 through 1st grade
Also if your child has emergency medications or medications that may be needed during school hours (such as inhalers). Remember, ALL medications must be accompanied by an order for administration at school form signed by the healthcare provider AND the parent.
After School Activities
- Rosary Guild
- Student Government Association
- Book Club
- Crochet Club
- Science Club
- Games and Puzzle Club
- Hiking Group - will meet on Saturday once a month
All parents or guardians who are interested in volunteering/chaperoning at school events will need to be Virtus Trained. Please visit Virtus the website at www.virtusonline.org to create your profile and begin the training. The Virtus Training Certification is active for five years.
HSA Volunteer Opportunities
- Breakfast and Lunch Volunteers- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094DAEAE2CA0F85-breakfast
- Breakfast 7:30am-8:00am
- Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm
- After School Traffic Control
- Current or Retired Law Enforcement needed to help with directing traffic at dismissal
- BenQ Board Assembly (3)
- A Classroom Parent for 5th Grade
To Sign-up for upcoming and additional Volunteer Opportunities please complete the following Google Form: HSA Volunteer Sign-Up Form
- 10/19 Trimester 1 General Meeting 6:00pm-7:30pm
- 10/29 Trunk or Treat/Open House - Parent Ambassadors are needed
- 11/19 Spaghetti Dinner Night
For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact HSA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HSA Classroom Directory
HSA is building a Family Directory to better communicate with families, please complete the Google Form to share your information with HSA and Classroom Parents.
The meal program has return to normal operations. This means that families who do not qualify for free/reduced meals will have to pay full price. Families can apply for free/reduced meals by completing the attached meal benefit application and returning it to email@example.com Child Nutrition Program, 320 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201 fax 410-625-8470. If parents return meal benefit applications to school please forward them to the main office immediately. The meal benefit application and meal charge policy can be found below.
St. Agnes Catholic School Uniform Policy
This is just a reminder that all students MUST be in their formal uniform each day. Students who consistently violate the school uniform policy will receive a phone call from the school receptionist, and you will be asked to pick up your child and take them home or bring the correct uniform for them to wear. For more information regarding school uniforms, please visit our school website linked here.
8th Grade Families
This fall virtual and in-person fairs for middle school families who want to learn more about our Catholic High Schools. Our Virtual Fair will take place on Monday, October 3rd, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Please visit https://www.archbalt.org/schools/our-schools/high-school-admissions/to register for the event, and to receive access details.
Catholic Bible Verse of the Day
Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.
… Capernaum, Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld. For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
SACS Classroom Parent Volunteers
We are looking for classroom parents who will help serve as a liaison and facilitate communication between parents and teachers, school administration, Home School Association (HSA), and provide support to the teacher. Classroom parents will be a great asset to your child's success and help with communication to parents in regards to fundraising, classroom donations, organizing a gift for the teacher's birthday, classroom party and/or activity needs, etc. If you are interested in volunteering to be a classroom parent, please email Ms. Hoda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be sign up sheets placed in each classroom during Back to School Night.
Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals will take place on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:45 am at the St. Agnes Catholic Church Statue. This event is taking place at the same time our doors open to receive students. If you are planning to bring your animals for a blessing, please remember to take them home after the event.
Faith in Blue
Faith in Blue will take place on Thursday, October 6th at St. Agnes Catholic School. This event is designed to build relationships with our community law enforcement. Students will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions. There will also be a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog.
About our School
St. Agnes Catholic School is a vibrant and diverse community centered on Jesus Christ in the Catholic tradition. Our program unites the heart, soul, and mind through a formation of faith, a strong academic foundation and a commitment to serving the needs of our human society. Our graduates are sent forth prepared to take their place as leaders in the church and our world.
Location: 603 St. Agnes Lane Catonsville, MD 21129
Phone: (410) 747-4070