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Back to School Information - 2018

2018-2019 St. Patrick School Staff

Office Staff:

Tonie Eads - Administrative Assistant (front desk)

Lisa Angotti - Administrative Assistant (back desk, mornings only)

Becky Orr - Lunch Coordinator

Kaci Monaghan - Principal


School Staff:

Mary Ragan - ECC Staff

Sr. Judy Hayes - Volunteer; FLL Coach

Elva Clevenger - Custodian (mornings)

Don Humphrey - Maintenance


Parish Office Staff:

Julie Hess - Part-time secretary

Lisa Angotti - Human Resources

Robin Lamb - Finance/Liturgist

Jean Folken - CFF Coordinator

Deacon Mike Lewis - Deacon

Father Matthew Brumleve - Priest


Committees:

Fundraising Chair: Juanita Hausman

Marketing Chair: Kayla Guettermann

PTO President: Laura Richards


Full Time Teachers:

Lindsy Alexander - Kindergarten

Anna Koehne - 1st grade

James Prim - 2nd grade; FLL Coach

Maia Hamilton - 3rd grade

Rebecca Ross - 4th grade

Chelsi Berry - 5th grade

Melanie Tucker - 6th grade Homeroom - Science/Social Studies

Devy Combs - 7th grade Homeroom - ELA

Dana Nolan - 8th grade Homeroom - Math/Religion; STUCO sponsor


Part Time Teachers:

Danielle Motta - Counseling (K-5 first semester)

Pamela Rader - Inclusive Education (M-F mornings until 1:00)

Brad Donnell - PE (Tues, Thurs, Friday mornings)

Mary Kay Lofland - Art (All day Tuesday and Thursday)

RJ Keitchen - Technology (M, W, Friday mornings)

Music - Cara Davis (We will share with St. Pius)

Important Upcoming Dates

July 29: Yearbook Signing party at Old Pike - 3:00

July 30: Pop up Read-In with Ms. Monaghan - 9-11 am

August 1: School office opens

August 6: Final registration fees due

August 12: Prayer Walk - 9:45; Picnic - noon

August 13: Back to School Night! 5:30-7:00

August 16: First Day of School!

August 31: Partners in Education night 5:00 - 7:00

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Wednesday - School Mass

As usual, we will have mass on Wednesday mornings beginning at 8:00 am. I want to personally invite all parents, grandparents, and other family members to join us for our Wednesday morning masses. If you can spare some time on this day, join your child for mass!
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August 6 - Final Registration Fees Due

Depending on which registration option you choose in the spring, you may still owe registration fees. You may drop these by the school office any time throughout the week from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. You may also look for uniform pieces during this time.


Teachers are working hard this week to finish their classrooms, create lesson plans, and attend meetings. Because of this, we ask that you do not visit the classrooms or teachers during this week. Supplies can be brought to school at Back to School Night on August 13 or any time after August 13. Please do not bring supplies to school prior to this date.


Parents and students will not be allowed in the classrooms the week of August 6th.

August 12 - Prayer Walk and Picnic

On Sunday, August 12 at 9:45 am, we will host our 2nd annual Prayer Walk for St. Patrick students. We will meet at the flagpole and begin with prayer together. Then, each person will receive a prayer card with instructions of where to walk and pray. Last year, I found so much happiness in coming together with families, teachers, and parishioners as we walked around the campus in prayer. I hope to increase our numbers this year!


After the 11:00 mass, we will host a picnic for all! Come have hotdogs, chips, a dessert, and drink. Let the kids play while you socialize with your St. Patrick family during this low key get together to kick off the 2018-2019 school year. All you need to bring is a lawn chair and possibly a picnic blanket for the kids!

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August 13 - Back to School Night Agenda

5:30 - Families to the gym where you can:

--Sign up for online tithe/tuition (** required this year)

--Purchase a planner for $5.00 (students in grades 3-8)

--Purchase spirit wear

--Pay lunch fees

--Look for uniform pieces

--Sign up for PTO

--Sign up to be a Watchdog Dad

--Sign up to volunteer

--Take a pic in our photo booth

6:00 - All to gym for a welcome from Father Matthew and Ms. Monaghan

6:15 - Introduction of teachers and staff

6:30 - Visit classrooms to drop off supplies, then head to the cafeteria for a treat from PTO!

7:00 - Back to School night ends

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August 16 - First Day of School

7:30 - Drop off begins


Feel free to walk your students into the gymnasium and snap a picture in our photo booth! Pictures will be available for download later that day.


7:45 - First bell. All gather for welcome, prayer, and pledge of allegiance.

7:50 - Students and teachers head to classrooms (No parents please)

Parents can enjoy coffee and donuts in the staff lounge.


3:15 - Pick up begins. Please wait in the pick up line. For the safety of our students, we ask that you please do NOT park and walk in to pick up your child. Our pick up line was designed to promote safety, while moving the line along quickly.

Uniform Policy

Girls:

White or Dark Green polo shirt

Plaid jumpers - girls K-3

Plaid Skirt - Knee length

Navy Shorts/Pants

White Socks

Brown or Black Belt (grades 3-8)

Navy Blue quarter zip sweatshirt (From Dennis)

Navy Blue cardigan (From Dennis)

Navy Blue Sweater (From Dennis)

Approved St. Patrick spirit wear hoodie or gray jacket


Boys:


White or Dark Green polo shirt

Navy Shorts/Pants

White Socks

Brown or Black Belt (Grades 3-8)



Navy Blue quarter zip sweatshirt (From Dennis)

Navy Blue cardigan (From Dennis)

Navy Blue Sweater (From Dennis)

Approved St. Patrick spirit wear hoodie or gray jacket



It is important to note that when it is cold outside, students should wear a sweater or sweatshirt; however, in these should be the approved uniform pieces. Students are not allowed to wear other sweatshirts and sweaters in the classroom.

What about Spirit Days?

You may have noticed on the calendar that we have fewer spirit days this year. Last year, we noticed that there were many dress down days throughout the year and this created a lot of confusion over what students were allowed to wear. We also noticed that students have better behavior and focus more when it is a normal uniform day. Because of this, we have limited our spirit days this year. Of course, we will still have some random dress down days throughout the year, too. Please adhere to the following guidelines on these days:

Spirit Days:

St. Patrick Spirit Wear shirt/sweatshirt

Green t-shirt or sweatshirt

Navy blue t-shirt or sweatshirt

Jeans, uniform pants/shorts

Approved gray spirit wear pants

Approved black or green spirit wear shorts


** Basketball shorts, sweatpants, leggings and yoga parents are not allowed on spirit wear days.

What's New this Year?

- The FIRE foundation was generous enough to provide us with an additional grant. This grant will allow us to increase the hours of our special education teacher, Ms. Rader. Ms. Rader will go from being with us 2 half days per week to being with us until 1:00 pm Monday through Friday. This allows us to create a schedule that enables Ms. Rader to work with students in a one-on-one and small group setting. The grant will also allow us to purchase supplies and equipment to enhance the learning in Ms. Rader's classroom.


- Counseling Classes. In grades K-5, students will participate in a 30 minute counseling class one day per week. During this time, student will learn about coping skills, perseverance, kindness, and building a strong community. In grades 6-8, students will also participate in a 30 minute counseling class one day per week. These students will focus on goal setting, perseverance, peer pressure, coping skills, and finding their voice.


-- Grades 3-8 are required to have planners this year. At the start of the year, teachers will work with students on mapping out their weekly and monthly schedule. Daily, students will write any homework they have. Parents will be encouraged to sign planners on a weekly basis to ensure parents are aware of upcoming deadlines. Planners can be purchased for $5.00 at Back to School Night.


-- Grades 3-5 will participate in Genius Hour on Tuesday afternoons. Genius Hour provides students with a time to learn, research, and study about topics that interest them. You can learn more about Genius Hour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COF-bqZuE-I


-- Grades K-8 will participate in Reading and Math booster classes 3 times per week. This will allow students to receive direct instruction based upon their personal learning level. Students will receive one-on-one and small group instruction.


-- Mindful Mornings - This year, we will begin each day with prayer, the pledge of allegiance, and a mindful moment in the gym at 7:45. Starting our day together in the gym will allow the students to feel more connected to the community as a whole, while teaching them to be mindful at the start of the day.


-- Afternoon prayer - Instead of leaving prayer to each individual class at the end of the day, this year we will gather in the gym prior to dismissal for prayer. Please avoid picking your child up early when possible, so that he/she does not miss out on this special time with our school.


- Weekend School Mass: Once a month, we will host a school mass at one of the weekend masses. Student volunteers will participate as lectors, servers, and gift bearers. Some classes will participate by singing a song during mass. All students are encouraged to wear their uniforms to mass on this day and will receive special recognition.

Weekend School Masses

Father Matthew asked me to set aside one weekend a month to sponsor a "School Mass". During this time, I will ask for student volunteers to participate in mass that day or to simply wear their uniform to mass. I will also ask different grade levels to sing a song during mass. It's important to Father that families attend weekend masses in an effort to teach children the importance of setting time aside to rest and recharge each week at mass.


Please see the schedule for school mass here at the link below. I have listed which grade levels will sing at which masses, so you can plan ahead to attend! Please do the best you can to plan on your family attending!

Unexcused Tardies

Last year, we had a problem with some students showing up excessively tardy to school. When your child is late to school on a regular basis, he/she is missing valuable classroom information and practice every single day. Your child also misses morning prayer and community building with his/her class.


Starting off the day late adds unnecessary stress and chaos to the students day. Once late, it seems as if the rest of the day is out of sorts, spent trying to catch up on what was missed. Plus, when you bring your child to school late on a consistent basis you are telling him/her that: schedules aren't important, classes aren't important, and there is no value in his/her education.


If you have a valid reason for struggling to get your child to school on time, contact us in the office at 453-0971 and we will do what we can to assist you. We must work together to let your child know that his/her education IS important.




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Diocesan Theme

Our diocesan theme for the year is: "JOY: Jesus, Others, YOU!" Throughout the year, we will teach our students to focus on putting Jesus first, taking care of themselves, and taking care of others. We will also learn a fun song to remind us to be filled with, and to share our JOY!


I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.

Where?

Down in my heart.

Where?

Down in my heart.

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.

Down in my heart to stay!


You can hear the song in its entirety here: (We will only learn the JOY chorus) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G63PPNCMPJY

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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.