Ms. Monaghan's Message - October 18

Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve

Important Upcoming Dates

Oct. 25: K-2 to Fun Farm

October 28-31: Day of the Dead Altar Display

Oct. 28: 5th Grade Vocation Day at St. Pius

Oct. 30: 5th to Blue Springs School of Economics; PTO Meeting @ 5:30pm

Oct. 31: Noon Dismissal; Trunk or Treat @ 10am

Nov. 1: No School; All Saints Day

Nov. 2: St. Patrick Auction

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day Prayer Service @ 9am

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Dia de los Muertos - The Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a series of commemorative days dedicated to those who have died. It is celebrated generally between Halloween, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and coincides with the Catholic holy days of All Saints (Nov. 1) and All Souls (Nov. 2). Families often come together over this period and preparations can be made during the entire year leading up to the Day of the Dead. This is a solemn occasion, with few actual festivities. Instead, people visit and repair graves of their dearly departed. It is common to light candles, leave offerings of prepared foods, often a favorite meal, and to pray and play music. Private altars are built as focal points for small, private religious observances.

This year, St. Patrick School will be honoring this tradition with our own Dia de los Muertos altar. Beginning next week, students are invited to bring photographs of loved ones, friends, or pets who have passed away. Starting the week of October 28, students will be learning about this Mexican tradition and will visit the Dia de los Muertos altar with their class where they will display the photograph(s). The altar will be displayed throughout the week and at the end of the week, Father Matthew will pray a special blessing over our altar and for those we have lost.

Would you be willing to donate items to display on our altar? We are looking for some flowers, fruit like guava, limes, or bananas, religious candles, or other religious statues to display. We will return your items at the end of the week - just be sure to label them! I'm including some picture examples below.

If you have experience with creating a Dia De Los Muertos altar, we could use your help in designing ours! If you're willing to share some thoughts or ideas, please email me at:

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Live Auction Preview #1

Be ready to bid on this exciting opportunity to cheer on our Kansas City Chiefs!

You'll get: 2 Field Level Tickets and a Parking Pass to the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday, November 3rd!

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Live Auction Preview #2

Dress Down Mondays!

Be ready to bid on this pass so that your child can Dress Down EVERY Monday for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year!

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Signs of Suicide Prevention Program Parent Presentation - November 13 @ 5:30pm

All middle school parents are encouraged to attend an informational night to learn more about the Signs of Suicide Teen Suicide Prevention Program. This event will take place in the gymnasium on November 13 at 5:30pm.

Today, all middle schools students will bring home an information sheet. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this program, please sign and return the form by Friday, November 15. Otherwise, all middle school student will take place in an informational presentation and at risk screening on December 11th. Certified counselors from Tri County Mental Health, along with our own teachers and staff, will be on hand to complete screenings this day. Please remember, if you do not want your child to participate in this program you must sign and return the form that is coming home with your child today.

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.