St. Anthony School

Developing a Child's Mind, Body, and Soul

Happy 2016!


The beginning of a new year is a good time for a story of sin, redemption and "usefulness." In St. Paul's letters a seldom discussed character appears named Onesimus. The name itself means "useful." Onesimus was a runaway slave who fled to Rome after stealing from his master Philemon. In Rome he met St. Paul who was imprisoned there. After hearing Paul preach Onesimus converted to Christianity. Paul then wrote a letter to Philemon, asking him to welcome Onesimus into his Christian community as a free man and fellow Christian, which he did. Onesimus then spent his life being "useful" or helpful to others, assisting Philemon in caring for their fledgling Christian flock. Onesimus was useful in the service of God by helping others.


We hope in this new year that St. Anthony School can be useful in the best sense of the word to help your child succeed academically and grow toward God in the nurturing environment of our fledgling Christian community. Our young school also wants to be useful to the broader community by serving others, and so we will continue to emphasize community service projects and being active with our kids in establishing life-long habits of helping others. Happy New Year and may we all use 2016 to be useful to each other!


- Bob Higgins

A Letter from the Principal

Happy New Year to the staff, students, and families of St. Anthonys! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and some wonderful family time. The staff and I are very excited to get started in 2016 and I pray that we will be blessed with another incredible year at St. Anthonys. I hope you will all enjoy the new format of our monthly school newsletter. I found an application that has streamlined the process for developing our monthly newsletters which will make it easier to stay on top of current events and communications for our school. Plus, I can also include some valuable links and resources that I hope you find useful. God Bless and remember, "Find God in All Things".

Opportunities for Volunteer Hours

We have a few volunteer opportunities for hours this month.


  • We need volunteers for the Spring Gala committee.
  • We had a new entry door and frame installed at the school. We need someone to paint the them.

Please email me (byorksmith@stantschool.org) if you are interested.

Family Life - A New Program

The Diocese of Gallup and St. Anthony School have adopted a new two week program to introduce to our students called Family Life. THIS letter will explain more about what is included. We will teach the Family Life program to classes during the last two weeks of January. You can learn more about the program by logging into their website at: http://www.rclbfamilylife.com/familylogin.html . Please use the username: flfamily and the password: flrclbf01 to log in. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact me at byorksmith@stantschool.org.

ACRE Testing This Month for 5th & 8th

The Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (ACRE) is a simple assessment that we administer to our 5th & 8th grade students to evaluate student knowledge of the religious curriculum we teach. This will be our second year taking the test and will provide valuable information to our teachers that can help shape and strengthen our religious curriculum at St. Anthony's. We will administer the test during the week of 1/11/16 to 1/15/16 to our 5th and 8th grade classes. If you would like more information about the ACRE test, please feel free to email me at byorksmith@stantschool.org

Ski Trip!

St. Anthony 4th through 8th grades will be going on a ski trip to Sunrise on Wednesday, January 27th. We will send home more information soon for those students interested in participating.

Catholic Schools Week - January 31st to February 6th, 2016

Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week (1/31/2016 to 2//6/16). The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2016 is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." We will have some special activities, themes, and events for the week to focus on the value of Catholic education and its contribution to our church, communities, and our nation. We will send out a separate communication with all the information you will need to celebrate this important week.

Interesting Links & Resources

The Year of Mercy in 60 Seconds. In LEGO!
Laudato Si – CRS High School Animated Brief
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About us...

Our mission is to educate each child academically, physically, socially, and spiritually in a Catholic context. We seek to instill moral integrity within each child. Working together as a cooperative community, each child will be prepared for secondary and higher education via an environment that fosters love and respect for God and others.