Transfiguration School Newsletter
October 26th, 2020
News and Notes
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! This Friday, Transfiguration is celebrating Halloween. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's costumes on Friday! Please make sure to check the guidelines below. Please see below for our 1st Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest!
Don't forget to turn back your clocks this Sunday, November 1st. Daylight Saving Time ends and we gain an extra hour of sleep!!
Our pie fundraiser ends this Friday, October 30th. All paperwork must be handed in on or before this Friday. Thank you to the Mother's Guild for organizing this yummy fundraiser!
Our Thanksgiving Food Drive begins next Monday. Please see details below.
Winter Uniform begins this Monday, November 2nd. Please see previous newsletters and the website for guidelines.
Have a great week,
GREETINGS FROM THE PASTOR
Hi, everyone. I pray you and your family are all doing well.
I was in Maryland last week visiting my mom for a couple of hours. It was the first time since January that we were able to meet, and I thought I should take advantage of the moment before the height of the flu season and the increase in COVID cases. Surprisingly, there was very little traffic on the road, especially for a Friday. The rest stops were safe, with restrooms constantly attended and the dining areas all social distanced. After this trip, I have to say that, while no plan is completely foolproof, I think that what we have in place here in New York State is really working well, especially compared with what is happening in other parts of the country.
In other news, election season is almost here, with early voting beginning this Saturday. In the last couple of weeks, people have asked me what is the appropriate way to vote as a faithful Catholic, and there are lot of conflicting messages about what that means. Because of this, I have posted two documents on the parish website that tackle this issue:
a) Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding Catholics and the Political Life from the Vatican; and
b) Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship from the US Bishops’ Conference.
You can read for yourself what our pastoral leaders teach us, so that it is clear for you. I have also included information on voting in this area of Westchester County. Please check out the post. I pray this helps you out.
Also, I wish to remind you all that in two weeks, on Sunday, November 1, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. And while it is still not possible for everyone to attend Mass safely, the saints remind us that we are all called to enjoy our relationship with Christ together with all of the other holy ones, regardless of our situation or circumstances. One such example is Blessed Carlo Acutis, who was beatified a couple of weeks ago on October 10. He died at the age of 15 from leukemia in 2006. He loved computer programming and video games, and he really enjoyed his Playstation. He also used his computer skills to make a website dedicated to Eucharistic miracles. His devotion to his faith makes him a great model of Christianity for both young and old, and he challenges us to live our lives with the same dedication to God.
Finally, please join us for Mass this weekend, whether in person or online, and remember that you are always surrounded by God’s grace, and are in my prayers.
-- Fr. E.
Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest
To enter the contest, please send me a picture of your child with their carved pumpkin.
- Pictures must have your child in them next to, or holding, the pumpkin.
- Pictures must be emailed to me at Margaret.email@example.com by Saturday, October 31st.
- Please put your child's name and grade in the subject line.
We will have 3 overall winners: scariest, silliest and most creative. The prize will be a N.U.T. (No Uniform Today) card. I will announce the winners in my Monday newsletter next week. The class with the highest percentage of participation will also win a special prize!
Halloween Costume Guidelines
Students may come to school in their Halloween costumes on Friday, October 30th. Please keep the following standards for costumes in mind:
-no scary or gory costumes- this includes evil/scary clowns (ask teacher/principal if you are unsure).
-no costumes that depict inappropriate characters or characters that are not positive examples for children in the world today
-no evil villains of any kind (so Batman is ok but NOT the Joker for example)
-no costume masks/face coverings or full face paint
-no props that depict weapons of any kind
-skirts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee
-No blow up costumes
-students MUST wear tennis shoes with their costumes SO if the character normally wears sandals, for example, your child MUST wear tennis shoes anyway.
*IF A STUDENT COMES TO SCHOOL IN A COSTUME THAT DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARDS ABOVE, PARENTS WILL BE CALLED TO BRING IN OTHER CLOTHING.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE:
Please support our food drive running from November 2 through November 6. Each month, Transfiguration Church’s St. Vincent de Paul Society provides groceries and friendship to 45 families right here in our own community. At Thanksgiving, they try to give a little extra. Please help us to help our neighbors!
On Thursday, November 5, students can DRESS DOWN in exchange for an item on their grade's shopping list. Remember to wear sneakers if it's a gym day.
- All items should be brought directly to the classroom; there will be a shopping bag to place the items in
- If you are currently remote and want to donate to the drive, please reach out to Gina Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminders and Important Dates:
Friday, October 30th- Halloween Festivities
Saturday, October 31st Halloween
Sunday, November 1st- All Saints Day
Sunday, November 1st- Daylight Saving Time Ends
Friday, November 6th- 11:45 Dismissal Faculty Meeting
Friday, November 6th - End of Quarter 1