Ms. Monaghan's Minutes - Feb. 27

Challenge, Inspire, Empower, & Serve

Important Upcoming Dates

Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday services @ 8:00am and 6:30pm (Please invite school families to attend the 8:00 mass with us)

Mar. 7: "Leave the Lights On" Adoration Opportunity from 2:00pm - 7:00pm

Mar. 8: Stations of the Cross @ 9:00am; Fish Fry

Mar. 11-14: Cafeteria Closed; Lunch provided by St. Joseph's table group - watch for more info

Mar. 15: No School - Diocesan PD @ St. Therese; Simple Soup Dinner

Mar. 16: Snake Saturday Parade

Mar. 18-22: No School - Spring Break

Mar. 19: St. Joseph's Table

Mar. 26: PTO meeting @ 6:00pm

Mar. 29: Stations of the Cross @ 9:00am; Spirit Day; Fish Fry

Prayer Pebble

On Tuesday, March 5, I will come around to each classroom to do a Lent Activity with your students called, "Prayer Pebbles".

Students will each receive a pebble and will be asked to think of one word they'd like to be their focus for lent. (We will do a brainstorming activity with this). Ex. Hope, patience, love, kindness, respect, positive, etc.

Then, I will have each student write (or will help them write) their word on their pebble. Students will receive a little note and ziploc to place the pebble in. This can also be a focus on daily journaling. The note will say:

Prayer Pebble

Keep your Word close at hand to remind you of your intention. Try to do something each day to demonstrate your commitment.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you...

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Ash Wednesday

Classroom Doors: Please have your cross on the classroom door by Wednesday. I'd like every door of every classroom to have a cross. Let's also create one for the gym and the cafeteria.

Alleluia: Please have your students bring their colored "Alleluia" to mass with them.

Families: Please invite and encourage school families to attend mass with us this day.

Activities: What are you doing in class to note Ash Wednesday? Let me know, so I can stop by!

Craft Idea: Students create a self portrait with a cross of ashes on their forehead. At the bottom or in a dialogue bubble they write, "This lent, I will focus on (fill in the blank)." (see picture below.)

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Lent Activities

Journal: Having students create a "Lent Journal" where they can do daily reflections on scripture or any other writing you give them is a great way to work on writing skills, while focusing on prayer and meditation during the lenten season. Teachers, I encourage you to create your own Lenten journal and model your own prayer and meditation!

Daily: There will be a daily "challenge" in the morning announcements. Be sure to talk about it with your class and at the end of the day, have them reflect on whether or not they met the challenge.

Great daily ideas (including a neat Ash Wednesday activity): tps://

Stations of the Cross

Shout out to Mary Kay who had our K-2 students create some beautiful Stations of the Cross images that we will hang in our hallways. They are really great!

Please see below for Stations of the Cross dates and classroom assignments for each. Be sure to practice these with your groups and be sure to invite families to attend. It's a great idea to start getting these dates in your newsletters now, so families have time to prepare to attend.

March 8 - 6th Grade

March 29 - 3, 4, 5

April 5 - 7th with 1st and 2nd (They can hold the posters)

April 12 - K and 8

Adoration Opportunity - Grades 2-8

Each Thursday, beginning at 2:00pm, Adoration will be available in the chapel. I highly suggest you take your class one or two times during the lent season. This could be a great opportunity to teach them about reflective prayer. 15-20 minutes is probably a good time to stay, allowing for other classes to come and go as well.

Please coordinate with the other classes to ensure we don't overload the chapel.

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Book Fair - March 4-10

PTO is hosting a book fair the week of March 4-10. You have info about this in your mailboxes. Please send home reminders to your families. They will have the book fair open during the Friday Night Fish Fry on March 8, so please include that in your newsletter!
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March 6 - End of 3rd Quarter

Will NOT have a staff meeting this day, due to Ash Wednesday. However, it is the end of the quarter, so you need to be sure your grades are up to date and report cards are read to run. Don't forget to add attribute grades and comments on report cards.

If you have a student who is really falling behind right now, it would be a good idea to schedule a parent/teacher conference ASAP. Getting parents in now might just help the student get back on track for the rest of the school year.

March 8 - 5:00 - 7:00pm

Please invite your family and friends to the first Friday Night Fish Fry. Our PTO is helping serve on this day, and I think it would be great to have a lot of our students and staff there to show our support. It's a GREAT meal and some great opportunities to socialize with your students outside of the normal school day. Plus, it's a cheap family meal!

Please send home a reminder about this in your newsletters this week!

March 11-14 - Cafeteria Closed

Bad News: Due to the work on the St. Joseph's table, our cafeteria will be closed March 11-15. Classes will have to eat lunch in the classrooms throughout this week.

Good News: The St. Joseph's Table ladies are catering in lunch each day FREE of charge to students and staff. A menu will come out soon.

March 14 - Dress Down Fundraiser for Middle School Glow Party

Students and Staff will be invited to:

$1 - Wear Jeans and a T-Shirt

$2 - Wear Sweat Pants

$3 - Wear Any of the Above and a Baseball or Other Hat

Stipulation: Money must be collected by March 13 in order for student to participate in the Dress Down Fundraiser.

Please add this to your newsletters for the next couple of weeks.

March 15 - EMF Day

This will be held at St. Therese Parish. We are having a wonderful speaker this year, and you do not want to miss out! We will meet at St. Therese at 8:15am so that we can find a seat together. Dress is "business casual" on this day, so please be sure to dress nicely. We will begin our day with mass with the Bishop!

March 16 - Snake Saturday Parade

The annual Snake Saturday Parade will take place on Saturday, March 16. I know this is the kick off to our Spring Break, but we would love to have some staff members in attendance! Show up in time to walk with our school and have a little fun along the way!

2019-2020 School Year

Our calendar is basically ready for Staff to look over and approve. Your contracted days have gone from 192 to 188. However, our school days have increased by 3 days. I was stressed about this at first, but really it doesn't make a huge difference in our schedule. There are a couple of things I would like your opinion on before finalizing the schedule. Could you please complete the survey below ASAP. I'd like to have the calendar ready before we leave for spring break.

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.