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Parent Memo 1/31/20

Parent Memo: January 31, 2020

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER: Leading by example, this week’s Shout-Outs go to:

Charlotte  – gr 4 – Charlotte picked up trash on the church lot side as she was getting in her car. She knew there wasn’t a trashcan around so she put it in her backpack to take home and throw away. Great job for taking pride in our school and helping to take care of the environment.

Isaac – gr 6 – Without even asking if the other student needed help, Isaac walked over and told a student who was on crutches that he would carry his backpack for him. He showed great initiative in seeing where help would be needed and just doing it.

Mia  – gr 5 – While the class was working in groups and discussing answers, Mia showed great teamwork and compassion, taking time to answer questions and being supportive of her team members’ needs. She was courteous in her conversation and also set a great example by staying on topic.

In Service, Ms. Laura [email protected]

BAKE SALE FOR 8th GRADE The 8th grade will be hosting a bake sale after all Masses this Sunday. This is to raise money to help fund the annual 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. There is no price for items, it is strictly by donation only. Please enjoy a sweet or, if you can’t eat sweets, monetary donations are graciously accepted as well. Thank you for support of this annual and much-loved event.

LOWER GRADES SCHOOL SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS This past week, we held the Spelling Bee for grades 1-3. After a great competition, and 22 grueling rounds, our winners were: 1st place – Dirk (gr 3), 2nd place – Drew (3rd grade), and 3rd place – Karina  (2nd grade)

RAFFLE- PTO Sponsored Winners of the PTO raffle held during Catholic Schools Week will be selected on Monday after our Monday morning prayer assembly. The kids enjoy the excitement and suspense of pulling the names. Winners will be contacted according to the information provided on the order form. Good luck everyone!!!

BOX TOPS BUZZ It’s class contest time again. Turn in your Box Tops and scan/send in your receipts by February 10th to have them count toward the competition. The winning class will receive a treat of hot chocolate and donuts.  

GIRLS SOCCER SEASON St. Patrick Girls Soccer has opened registration to 5th grade girls as well in order to encourage enough players to join the team. Grab your sign-up packet from the office. Practice will begin on February 10th. Go Shamrocks!

OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP, DISABILITY SCHOLARSHIP and ESA

2020-21 New Student Applications Applications for all three K12 Programs will open January 31: • Encourage your prospective new student families to apply. • Emphasize that none of the programs make awards on a first-come, first-served basis. • Families are advised to apply in February, but should not stress about applying on the opening day (January 31). • There is no advantage in any of the three programs for students on applications submitted on January 31 over February 10, for example.

Both the Disability Grant and Education Savings Account Programs The new student applications open January 31, 2020 and close March 15, 2020.

The Opportunity Scholarship Program Only The new student application opens January 31, 2020. The Priority Window closes March 1, 2020. The application will remain open until August 31, 2020 for students to be considered for the full 2020-21 school year, as funds remain available.

Useful Links and Information for Families Families should visit the NCSEAA Website to view information regarding the NC K12 Programs.

Guides for the following can be found on the NCSEAA Website: K12 Programs: Eligibility Requirements K12 Programs: Side-By- Side Summary K12 Parents: MyPortal Getting Started Guide

Families with questions unrelated to the application are encouraged to email NCSEAA due to the high volume of calls staff will be receiving during the initial days of the application opening. Below are the emails to each of the programs:
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

AFRICAN ANCESTRY AND NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE TUITION ASSISTANCE Every year, Catholic school students (K-12th grade) of African ancestry and Native American heritage in the Diocese of Raleigh are eligible to apply for a tuition assistance grant. The award comes from funds granted to the diocese from the Black and Indian Mission Office. • All applicants MUST complete a Catholic school enrollment application and a FACTS tuition eligibility application • Applications open on January 26, 2020 and close on March 12, 2020. • Decision letters will be mailed to parents no later than May 21, 2020 • Tuition awards are sent from the diocese to the applicant’s school.

SAVE THE DATE Hold onto MARCH 14th as the ST PATRICK’S SCHOOL FUN RUN! This is our biggest PTO sponsored event of the year, so please plan to attend. Tell all your friends, relatives, gym buddies, fellow racers….anybody you know who likes to run. IT IS AN OFFICIALLY TIMED EVENT and a great warm-up prep for the famous All American Run which takes place two weeks after ours. We will be sending more information home soon and flyers for you to post at your places of work, your gyms, your running clubs…anywhere that people could see about it. This is a great way to get your volunteer hours in as well. Don’t wait until the last minute to fulfill them as opportunities will be drawing to a close. For now, please save the date and spread the word!!!!

AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM Please see the flyer below to support the school with your Amazon purchases. If you shop through Amazon, sign up for an AMAZON SMILE account. It doesn’t change anything about your account other than a portion of your sales is donated to the school. I signed up right away, and I already have money in my donation account. I’m a Prime user but it doesn’t change anything about that. All I have to remember to do is log in to smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon. Everything else runs as usual. Please do this as it’s a way to support the school that is FREE TO YOU!!!! See the flyer below with details on how to enroll.

TRUE TO YOURSELF TICKETS The school will receive 10 student tickets for the True to Yourself program held at FSU’s Seabrook Auditorium on February 1, at 7:00 pm. The event will focus on African American power movers who have made great imprints behind the scenes and in the film and entertainment industries. This talk will provide the community with an informed perspective on the topics regarding adversity, self-identity and the longevity in the entertainment industry as an African American. The event aims to reflect the diversity in the arts and cultural community through the power of storytelling and the sharing of knowledge and wisdom. The student tickets are first-come-first-served, so please call or email the school if you would like tickets. The student tickets are free, however, adult tickets would have to be purchased at or in advance of the event. Questions about the event can be directed to the Fayetteville Arts Council at [email protected]


ST VALENTINE’S DAY St Patrick Church Parish is hosting a series of workshops aimed at supporting you in your vocation of marriage. 

DATES TO REMEMBER January 31 Opportunity Scholarship and Disability Grant Applications Open Up February 4 Dress down day for Firehouse Sub Spirit Night last week. PTO Meeting at 9:30am in school work room-always open to all parents February 14 No School – Teacher Workday February 17 No School – President’s Day February 21 School rosary February 25 Chick-fil-a day – End of Trimester 2  

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