Ms. Monaghan's Message
January 21, 2022
Important Upcoming Dates
Jan. 23: Girlfriends Group @ 12:00pm
Jan. 24: Cub Scouts @ 6:30pm; Scouts @ 7:00
Jan. 26: No School Mass; Youth Group @ 6:30pm
Jan. 28: Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest
Jan. 30: Student Led CSW Mass @ 11:00am
Jan. 31 - Feb. 4: Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 31: Scouts @ 6:00pm
Feb. 4: Grandparents Day - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lunch Orders are Due Monday
Fiest Family Donations
There is also a space on the website for you to leave a message for the Fiest family if you'd like!
Did You Know???
I'm focusing on giving glimpses into our classrooms and different extra curricular programs in an effort to give people an inside look at St. Patrick School. Feel free to share with anyone you know who might be interested in learning more about our school! You can find my blog at the link below!
Catholic Schools Week Mass - Sunday, January 30
All students in attendance will receive a Dress Down pass!
Grandparents Day - Friday, February 4
New Email Address for Mrs de Aragon
I want to give a HUGE shout out to Mr. Vides and Mr. Bui who show up each and every morning to ensure our students arrive safely. They greet our students and parents with kindness, laughter, and joy no matter if it's sunny, rainy, or freezing cold. We are incredibly grateful for their dedication and service to our students!
Thank you, Mr. Vides and Mr. Bui! We appreciate YOU!
Iowa Flex Assessments
This year, we purchased a new Benchmark testing program for our students in grades 3-8. This program will allow us to assess our students in the fall, winter, and spring to measure their growth on grade level standards. This assessment is called the Iowa Flex Assessment and is linked to the Iowa Assessment tests we will take in April.
Your child took the winter Iowa Flex assessment this week and the results are coming home today. This assessment is a mid-year glimpse into how your child is doing on the standards he/she will be assessed on in April.
When you look at the results from your child’s Iowa Flex assessment, keep in mind that the standards they are assessed over are not standards that they should have mastered at this point in the school year. We give these assessments as a means of measuring our students’ growth throughout the year and to help us develop a path of instruction for each individual student.
These diagnostic assessments are different from normal classroom quizzes and tests. It is expected that students might struggle with some of the questions and we do not expect that they will answer every question correctly. Students are given questions that are both above and below their current level of knowledge in an effort to determine his/her true level of understanding.
We ask that you go over the results to note your child’s areas of strength and areas of struggle. In the classroom, we are using the data from these assessments to guide instruction and to set goals with our students. If you notice your child is struggling or excelling in one or more areas, don’t worry. This data helps us target instruction for our students for the rest of the year, whether that’s giving him/her more challenging curriculum or helping students master skills they are struggling with. It’s important that students understand where they are and where they need to be and that they are able to celebrate their own growth along the way.
Some results are coming home today and some are coming home later next week. They will come home in an envelope addressed to parents with your child's name in the upper right corner.
If you have any questions about these assessments, feel free to email me at email@example.com or our child’s classroom teacher.
Remember, if you "invite a friend" who enrolls at St. Patrick, you will receive a $200 discount on your registration fees!
Weather Closing Information
1. Text Message and Phone Call
3. Facebook and Instagram
4. Check KMBC 9 News and look for St. Patrick KC North
We will try to make the call in the evening prior to the Snow Day, because we know parents need time to make arrangements. This, of course, means that we might be taking a chance that the forecast is inaccurate. This hasn't happened very often, and we always do everything in our power to limit this type of situation. In the event that we can't make a decision in the evening, I will typically get up extra early to head out and test the roads in the neighborhoods around our school and work with the other Northland Catholic School Principals before making a decision. I will always make this decision as early as possible - always before 6:00am.
Vice President Position Open: Would you be interested in joining our PTO? We are in need of a 2nd VP and would LOVE to have you! If you are interested in joining our team, please email Katie Janning at: firstname.lastname@example.org