Welcome Back, Panthers!

Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve

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Important Upcoming Dates

Aug. 1 - School Office Open 8-3

Aug. 5 - Final Registration Fees due

Aug. 11 - Prayer Walk @ 9:45 (donut meet/greet after)

Aug. 13 - Back To School Night @ 6:00

Aug. 15 - First Day of School - Holy Day mass @ 9:00 (all families are invited to attend)

Aug. 15 and 16 - Sack Lunch Only (all students must bring sack lunches)

Aug. 22 - PIE Night (parents only)

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Yearbooks!

You will be able to purchase a 2018-2019 yearbook for $30.00 at our Prayer Walk on Sunday, August 11 or on Tuesday, August 13 at Back to School Night. There is a limited supply, so don't miss out on this chance to purchase your yearbook!

How to Pray for Your Child's Teacher

Sometimes as parents (me included) it's easy to get frustrated with your child's teacher throughout the year. I found this wonderful article that reminded me of why it's always important to stop, breathe, and pray.


Below is an excerpt from the article entitled, "10 Ways to Pray for Your Child's Teacher This School Year"

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"One of Jesus' most common titles was Rabbi, a Jewish title meaning "teacher." Being a teacher is such a wonderfully-stressful, joyously-difficult, low paying-highly-rewarding calling that only precious few can take on. The great ones don't look at it as their job, but rather, their passion. Teachers literally shape and mold future generations.


When people are asked, "Who was the most influential person in your life?" The number one most common response is a parent, and a very close second is a teacher.


As your children head back to school, you're entrusting them to a teacher. These men and women are simply human beings; this means that they'll make mistakes, they value encouragement, they appreciate patience, and they desperately need your prayers."

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After reading this article, I asked my teachers to tell me how I can let parents know to pray for them this school year. Remember, teachers are human. They have children to take care of, families to worry about, bills to pay, and after all of that, they CHOOSE to be a teacher at St. Patrick School because they believe in our mission, they believe in what we are doing for kids, and they truly love and care for your children.


Below are the top ways your child's teacher would like you to pray for him/her this year. I ask that you take time each day to pray for them.


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* Pray for your child's teacher's family. Pray that the family has good health, financial stability, and security throughout the year.


* Pray for your child's teacher's mental health. Pray that God reminds him/her to take time for himself. Pray that she remembers to spend time doing something she loves outside of school. Pray for balance in his or her life.


* Pray for your chid's teacher's physical health. Pray God's protection over illness and injury throughout the year.


* Pray for your chid's teacher to have patience and understanding. To see each child as an individual and to show each child grace and love every day.


* Pray for us to remember that all that we do should be for the glory of God, and for this to be infused in our lessons, our classroom culture, and modeled in our lives.

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August 11 - School Mass, Prayer Walk, and Donuts!

August 11th is our Back to School Kick Off with our first Student Led mass of the year! Join us at 8:30 am (I know it's early, but just think....you'll have the rest of the day to relax!) for our student led mass. Immediately following mass, we will begin our 3rd annual Prayer Walk.


Student Led Mass (8:30): We have students who will be reading, serving, and bringing up gifts on this day. I will speak to the congregation about the exciting things coming up in the new school year, and I would really love to see some of your friendly faces in the crowd! At the end of mass, we will pass out information cards to families as they leave, and I would love to have some of our school families in the lobby to pass along the things you love about St. Patrick school.


Prayer Walk: If you have never attended this beautiful event, I highly encourage you not to miss out this year. It's a great opportunity to come together as a community to pray for students, faculty, and staff. We walk to different locations on the campus and pray for our St. Patrick students, our CFF students, High School and College Students, and our faculty and staff. You can move at your own pace as this is an informal prayer at each spot. Is there really any better way to start the year?


Donut Meet and Greet: Immediately following the Prayer Walk, join us in the Parish Hall for donuts, coffee, and fellowship! Meet new families, visit with friends, and enjoy some food and fellowship! This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome our new families into the St. Patrick community while catching up with friends you haven't seen over the summer.

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Purchase Class T-Shirt

Please see the link below to purchase your child's class t-shirt. Parents are welcome to purchase a t-shirt, as well! Please be sure to purchase the color listed below.



Kindergarten: green

1st grade: green

2nd grade: yellow

3rd grade: gray

4th grade: green

5th grade: yellow

6th grade: yellow

7th grade: gray

8th grade: green

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Back to School Night - August 13 @ 6pm

We hope to see all of our students and families at Back to School Night on August 13 at 6pm. Please join us in the gym at 6:00pm to kick off this fun filled evening!
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August 15 - First Day of School

This day is also the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. We will be having a school mass at 9:00am and I want to encourage all families to attend. After our morning gathering in the gym, parents are invited downstairs to the cafeteria for coffee and donuts and then encouraged to join us for mass at 9:00.


What a wonderful way to kick off our school year! We hope to see all of you there!

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August 15 and 16 - Sack Lunch

Mrs. Orr will be out of town on these days, so all students will need to bring a sack lunch on the 15th and 16th. Milk and water will still be available for students.

Uniform Policy

We have a couple of reminders about our Uniform Policy. Before going out to buy anything new, please check out our FREE uniform closet! We have MANY pieces of different sizes that are available and need a new home. You can stop by the office any time after August 1st. The closet will also be available at our Back to School Night on August 13th.


Leggings: All girls are encouraged to wear leggings or shorts under their skirts. Leggings/shorts must be either navy or black. Leggings/shorts should not be multicolor and should not be any color other navy or black.


Tennis Shoes: All students should wear tennis shoes to school every day. This is for your child's safety on the playground and at recess. Please be sure your child wears tennis shoes daily. Boots, sandals, dress shoes, etc. are not allowed.


Socks: Simple black or white crew socks.


Belts: Students in grades 3-8 are required to wear belts every day. Please be sure your child has his/her belt on before leaving the house each morning.


Polo Shirts: Uniform shirts are polo shirts in hunter green or white. These shirts should be cotton shirts, not athletic blend.


Pants: Uniform pants/shorts are navy, flat front pants. No cargo pants are allowed. No colors other than navy are allowed.


Rompers: Rompers are worn in grades K-2 and can be purchased through Dennis Uniform or found in our FREE uniform closet.


Skirts: Skirts can be worn in grades 3-8 and can be purchased through Dennis Uniform or found in our FREE uniform closet. Please check the length of your daughter's skirt to ensure it reaches her knees. Skirts should come to the knees.


Outerwear: Hoodies are no longer allowed on normal uniform days. (Other than the 8th grade). Students can wear any of the Dennis uniform outerwear pieces, the gray and white athletic jacket, the previous crew neck sweatshirt pieces, or can order one of our new crewneck outerwear pieces. Students can also wear a navy or hunter green: sweater, v-neck sweater, or cardigan sweater that can be found at places like Target, Old Navy, or Lands End.

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Back to School Checklist

1. Pay final registration fees. (Office opens August 1st)


2. Be sure you're signed up for online tithing or Smart Tuition.


3. Log onto your Sycamore account. Is your address correct? Is your phone number correct? Remember - we use text alerts in the case of school cancellation and other emergencies, so it is VERY important that your phone numbers are correct! Is your emergency contact info correct?


4. Check out the School Supply List (at the top of this newsletter) and purchase class supplies.


5. Order your child's Class T Shirt (link above). Be sure to get the right color!


6. Have your child try on his/her uniform. Does everything it okay? Is the skirt the right length?

Do you have a belt? If you need any new pieces, come by the school and check out our FREE uniform closet!


7. Print off the 2019-2020 Refrigerator Page (at the top of this newsletter) and add important dates to your calendar.


At Back to School Night....


1. Pay Fees: lunch, milk, final registration, PTO, yearbook (optional), class t-shirt (if you haven't already purchased it)


2. Grades 4-8 - Purchase a planner for your child. $5.00


3. Check out our volunteer opportunities and find a way you can get involved!


4. Visit the FREE uniform closet to find any pieces you need.


5. Drop off your child's school supplies and say hello to the teacher. Is there anything important you need the teacher to know about your child? Writing a letter to your child's teacher is a great way to let them know anything you want them to know about your child! This way, you can hand it to the teacher and allow him/her to read it when there aren't so many people around.


6. Enjoy a treat from PTO!

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Donations Needed

* The Middle School ELA classroom is looking for a gently used loveseat for the classroom. If you have something that you'd like to "re-home", please contact Devy Combs at dcombs@stpatrickkc.com.


* Our new STEM classes are going to be looking for miscellaneous items throughout the year. If you are willing to donate, you might first contact Dana Nolan at dnolan@stpatrickkc.com or Danielle Motta at mrsmottastpats@gmail.com. Some items you might consider are: toothpicks, popsicle sticks, duct tape, scotch tape, scissors, nuts and bolts, screw drivers, wood pieces, circuits, etc. Check out the link below for more donations needed!

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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.