Ms. Monaghan's Message - August 31

Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve

Important Upcoming Dates

Sept. 3 - No School (Labor Day)

Sept. 4 - 8th Grade Retreat

Sept. 5 - Picture Day; Youth Group

Sept. 6 - Yearbook Club Meeting

Yearbook Club

Students in grades 5-8, would you like to join the yearbook club? We can use YOUR help! The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 after school in the computer lab until 4:15. We hope to see you there.

Newsletters, Emails, and More

It has come to our attention that some families are not receiving emails, can't find newsletters on the Sycamore site, or can't get updates on grades via Sycamore. I want you to know that we are aware of these issues and are working with Sycamore to fix them ASAP.

Our goal is to have teachers post all newsletters on Sycamore, so you always know where to find them! In the days ahead, Mrs. Eads will send home a step-by-step guide detailing how to log on and find everything you need.

Although this system was new last year, we are jumping into new capabilities and it is a serious learning curve for us all. We ask that you please be patient with us as we figure out the best way to use the system so that everyone has equal access to classroom information available to you 24/7. When in doubt, assume the best and know that each teacher IS posting a newsletter and wants to ensure it gets to you.

If you notice you aren't receiving emails from the teachers, please email the teacher and let him/her know! You can find all of the teacher email addresses below.

Staff Email List

Office Staff:

Kaci Monaghan, Principal -

Tonie Eads, Front Desk -

Lisa Angotti, Back Desk -

Becky Orr, Cafeteria -

Sr. Judy Hayes, Volunteer -

Teaching Staff:

Pamela Rader, Inclusion Specialist -

Brad Donnell, PE

Cara Davis, Music

Mary Kay Lofland, Art -

RJ Keitchen, Technology -

Lindsy Alexander, Kindergarten -

Anna Koehne, 1st Grade -

James Prim, 2nd Grade -

Maia Hamilton, 3rd Grade

Rebecca Ross, 4th Grade -

Chelsi Berry, 5th Grade -

Melanie Tucker, 6th Homeroom -

Devy Combs, 7th Homeroom -

Dana Nolan, 8th Homeroom -

New Water Fountains

Our new water fountains have arrived! Thank you to Mr. Matt Wilderson who came up over the weekend to get them installed. Right now, we have a new bottle filling water fountain in the upstairs hallway, and soon we will have another one in the downstairs hallway!

Encourage your child to bring his/her water bottle each day. Bottles can be filled while in the gym each morning or throughout the day.

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The Rosary Project

Our rosary project kicked off this week! Each week, a different student from each class will bring home the classroom rosary. The goal is to have your family pray the rosary for your child's classmates, teacher, school, family, and anyone else on his/her mind sometime during the week. On Monday, your child should return the rosary to school so that it can be blessed by Father Matthew at Wednesday mass and sent home with the next student.

Please take time to pray with your child, encouraging him to pray for others and for himself. In our busy world, stopping to pray the rosary can slow us down, calm our hearts, and enable us to rest in God's hands. It allows us the opportunity to let the deepest part of our souls be known to God so that He can work in our lives. When you are feeling stressed or anxious, praying the rosary helps to center your thoughts and restores calm in your life. What a powerful experience to share with our children!

When your child brings home the rosary, be sure to take it out of the bag, look at it, allow your child to touch the beads and to ask questions about them. You don't have to know all of the answers! The greatest conversations often come when we say to our children, "I don't know, but let's find out together!" Find time during the week to pray and meditate with the rosary, so that when the next student in class brings it home, he will have the power, not only in his own prayers, but in the prayers of those who came before him.
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How do you find JOY in your daily life?

As you know, our diocesan theme this year is "JOY: Jesus, Others, YOU".

In thinking about this theme, it has really forced me to take a look at my day to day routines and ask myself some hard questions. When people see me, do they believe I am a joyful person? Do I encourage those around me to be joyful? Or do I allow negativity to rule and drag me, and those around me, down? What I have found is that my life is so much better when I focus on JOY, and at school we want our students to leave each day feeling joyful and excited for the challenges that lie ahead.

Although "YOU" comes last in our acronym, I truly believe that no one can truly be joyful if they don't first focus on finding their own personal joy, their own personal relationship with Jesus, and their own heart for serving others. Joy isn't something we can force ourselves to feel. It is a feeling that comes after living a fulfilling life, and that fulfillment comes in different forms for each of us.

I have always found that in my lowest moments, my hope comes from Jesus. When nothing seems to be going right, when my world has been turned upside down, the ONE thing that has always kept me from slipping right over the edge has been my own personal relationship with God. That relationship, however, is one that goes up and down. Sometimes I am truly devoted to my personal prayer life and other times I allow the chaos of my life to knock me off track. Yet, time and time again, it's my relationship with God that puts me back on the right path.

Maybe it's turning off the radio on my drive to work and simply spending that time in prayer. Maybe it's taking a few minutes during my day to step away from my desk and talk with God. Whatever that relationship is for you, it's an important step towards becoming a more joyful person. It's easy to get caught up in the negativity of life. It's easy to take on a "poor me" mentality and turn away from God. It takes strength and courage to turn to God in those times and say, "Lead me, Lord."

This year, we will encourage our student to turn to Jesus when searching for joy. We will encourage our students to pray when times are good, pray when times are hard, and allow Him to fill our lives with Joy. When our students walk out the doors smiling each day, we will know we're on the right path. At home, you can encourage your child to look for the good in each day, to seek out ways to help others, and to make a conscious decision to find joy in every single day.

Concession Stand Upgrade

This week, Eagle Scout Joe Prohaska unveiled the updated concession stand that he's been working countless hours on over the summer. The new concession stand is beautiful and a huge upgrade to our gymnasium! Joe dedicated the concession stand to longtime athletic director, coach, and all around dedicated parishioner, Anthony Palmentere.

Thank you, Joe, for creating such a wonderful improvement to our gymnasium!

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Select Choir

Mrs. Davis will be teaching a middle school select choir this year. Choir will take place during the school day, but there may some performances outside of the school day throughout the year. We are incredibly excited for this opportunity!

If your child is interested in joining the choir, please have him/her talk to Mrs. Davis!

Debate Team

Mr. Ron Scrogham, St. Pius Debate Coach, has offered to coach a middle school debate team for our students! This is such a HUGE opportunity for our kids! The debate team will have practices after school and will have tournaments on Wednesdays after school.

Mr. Scrogham will be coming over next week to talk to our students about this exciting opportunity. Be sure to ask your child about the debate team and whether or not it would be something he/she would enjoy!

School Picture Day

Wednesday, Sep. 5th, 8am

St. Patrick School

St. Patrick's 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.