StJP Principal Newsletter

November 13, 2015

Thank you!

This week StJP students on both campuses said "Thank You" and recognized Veterans!
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Handbook Highlight

My Students Progress is the program that StJP School uses for attendance, grading, student and parent information. The best part of this program for parents, is that you can view your child's grades and report card online. The first trimester will be ending in December. Once report cards have been completed by the teachers, you will be able to login, view, and print them. We are providing this information so that you can become familiar with the program. If your child is in grades 4-8, you can go online at anytime to view their grades and assignments. For all grades K-8 you will be able to view the report card once it is complete and loaded. There will be a window of time in which the report cards are open for viewing. Report cards will no longer be printed and sent home with students. If you would like a printed copy, you will need to access the report card during the open time and print it. The link below will give you access to the program. Please become familiar with this program if you haven't already. If you lost, forgot, or have never tried to access the program when you go to the website if you click forgot password, it will help you create a new one so that you can get into the system.


https://philadelphia.mystudentsprogress.com/MSP/index.cfm


We will also send out a detailed email explaining My Students Progress in the near future for anybody that may not be familiar with the program in order to provide additional support.

Health Highlight: We are seeing some cases of Pink Eye at School

Please visit the link below to learn more. If you believe your child may have pink eye, do not send them to school and take them to the Doctor. They can usually return to school soon after treatment is started. Any student returning to school after recovering from a communicable disease (such as chickenpox, impetigo, or pink eye) should present a note from your physician.

Child Check Phone Line

Our child check phone line has been forwarded to our school line. When you call in you will either get our voice mail to leave a message or one of us in the office.

Helping Hands Thanksgiving Dinner Drive

We are entering the last week of our Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive for our Breathing Room Families. If you have not yet signed up to bring in something and are able to do so, please look at your child's classroom list to see what is still needed. Gift cards to local grocery stores are also welcome and volunteers can pick up any items left on the lists. Please turn in any items by Wednesday. Anything you can do to create a little breathing room for these families is very much appreciated!

November Calendar

Friday November 13: Mother/Son Dodgeball at McDevitt 6:00-8:30 PM

Saturday November 14: Kevin from Heaven used Coat Collection 4:30 -6:30 at StJP gym

Sunday November 15: Book Fair open after Mass; Kevin from Heaven used Coat Collection 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at StJP gym

Monday November 16: Wine and Cheese Evening at Book Fair

Tuesday November 17: Last Day of Book Fair

Saturday November 21: Confirmation (St. Lukes) 10:00 AM

Tuesday November 24: Royal blue, light blue and white TAG Day/Prayer Sevice

Wednesday November 25: No School

Thursday November 26: No School

Friday November 27: No School

Monday November 30: Students Return to School

Home and School

Mother Son Dodge Ball tonight!


Spirit Wear form is available on our school website


http://www.stjpschool.org/manage.numo?module=blog&component=display&show=post&id=176

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The Book Fair is Here!

The Monster Book Fair Is Coming!

November 11-17 in the St. Joseph the Protector Library


To find out about all the fun events, get a preview of the books that are coming, or order from our online fair, go to

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/stjosephtheprotector


To volunteer at the Book Fair, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a45afab28a75-book. We would love to have your help!


See you there!

Annual Fund total is $29,044.74

To all those who have generously participated in our Annual Fund campaign thus far we are extremely grateful. On December 1st, StJP will celebrate our first day of giving. You are invited to participate on Giving Tuesday by making a gift online through our school website or mailing your donation in and encouraging others to do the same.

Your participation demonstrates your belief in St. Joseph the Protector School and will help ensure our success for the future. StJP's Administration & Faculty have ALL demonstrated their belief in StJP by participating in the Annual Fund. We are asking you to do the same.

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Christmas Candlelight

The save the date was sent out by email earlier this week, but it is also attached to this newsletter. This event is mandatory for all StJP students. It is going to be a beautiful evening and we would love for you to bring family and friends as well. It will be a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season.

The window for applying for Financial Aid for next School Year is open!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the 2016-2017 financial aid year to begin! Families can begin applying online as early as 11/1. Attached to this email you will find your school’s specific instructions advising families how to apply for financial aid with Smart Aid. Families with questions should be advised to call our Parent Help Center at 1-800-360-8027. Our Parent Help Center is available for families 24/7.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us 1-888-296-0876.

We look forward to a great year with you!


Access Application www.smartaidforparents.com

School ID Code St. Joseph the Protector: 91061

Deadline New Applicants: Priority deadline 12/31/2015, but will remain open on a rolling basis.

Returning Applicants: 12/31/2015


Eligible Grades PK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


Best Regards,

John J. Gillen

Account Manager

10 Woodbridge Center Drive | Woodbridge, NJ 07095 | (888) 296-0876

BLOCS

Good Morning,

Applications for students who will be enrolled in K-12 during the 2016 / 2017 school year will be available for parents. Last year, BLOCS had over 15,000 applications which amounted to a qualified need of $47,000,000 for Philadelphia area Catholic schools.


Most of BLOCS funding comes in the way of tax credit programs that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers to businesses. Businesses are able to make donations to BLOCS, and then receive up to a 90% credit on their PA state taxes. These programs total $150 million dollars in available credits state wide.


As we move into the next school year, our hope is that these programs are expanded to help more families afford a Catholic education. It is important that our legislatures understand what the true need is in the Philadelphia area when these programs are evaluated for a possible increase.


The best way to show the true need of families in the Philadelphia area is to have as many parents as possible fill out the online application for BLOCS scholarships. Applications for Archdiocesan schools, parish schools, and diocesan high schools can be accessed at www.blocs.org or by going directly towww.smartaidforparents.com. If your child is attending a private school, mission school, or if your school is not listed in the online applications, please contact your school directly to apply.


Thank you,


Bill O'Brien

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