Parent Memo 2/16/18
It’s crunch time. The Accreditation Visitation Team will be on campus for three days this week reviewing our action plan for school improvement, talking to our students and getting a sense of who we are and the direction in which we want to grow the school. The three goals that the school targeted as our main priorities for improvement based on survey results from students, parents and stakeholders and data from standardized and local testing are: 1) Increase math achievement, 2) Develop more authentic lessons and assessment opportunities so students can better connect their learning to real life and 3) Build a counseling support program for our students. I’m very excited to share this information with the team and we anticipate a fruitful visit. I keep you posted on our progress.
IT IS TAX TIME: If you need tax information from FACTS. You can sign in to your FACTS account and print the information that you need. Go to http://www.stpatschoolnc.org/images/FACTSPrintPaymentSummary.pdf to see how.
LENTEN OUTREACH – February 15 – March 16, 2018
The school is participating in a Lenten Outreach program to benefit Operation Inasmuch and the Cumberland County Child Advocacy Center. Thank you for your generosity during this holy season.
We will be filling gallon sized plastic bags with items that can be distributed to the homeless and to children in crisis. Each grade will be bringing in a food item to fill the bags. We request that each child bring in the following, in individual portion sizes:
Pre-K – Slim Jims
Kg – small bottles of water
1st – dried fruit snacks
2nd – bags of peanuts
3rd – 1gallon plastic bags
4th – snack crackers
5th – granola bards
6th – Pop Tarts
7th – dried fruit snacks
8th – facial tissue pocket packs
SPELLING BEE REPRESENTATIVES:
Annie Lieberman and Daisy Barbour represented the school well at the recent private school spell-off. Daisy Barbour placed 3rd and made St. Patrick’s proud.
The girls soccer team is looking for new players. You do not need to know how to play, only to know how to have fun. If any middle school girls are interested, please get a packet from the office for more information.
FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST COMMUNION INFORMATION:
- Due Friday, March 9th by Noon – Sacramental Form, Baptismal Certificate and Fee for Materials to Trish in the Church Office
- Saturday, March 24th
- 10am-12pm (Noon) – First Reconciliation Workshop – Josh will meet with English speaking parents and Inés will meet with Spanish speaking parents during this time (In the School)
- LUNCH – 12:00-1:20pm – Fr. Kennedy Social Hall will be a place for lunch for those who want to bring their lunch.
- 1:30pm – 3:30pm – First Eucharist Workshop (In the School)
- April 21st @ 10am – First Reconciliation for Students ONLY with Fr. Greg and Fr. Rob – Parents will need to go at another time
- May 11th @ 6:30pm – First Communion Rehearsal
- May 12th @ 10am – First Communion Mass (Fr. Greg presiding, Fr. Rob concelebrating, Deacon Vince deaconing, possible Deacon Ramon too)
REGISTRATION FOR NEXT YEAR: Please don’t wait, do it now!
Registration paperwork has gone out and you may fill out the paperwork hard copy or re-register through Headmaster. Please register by the end of February. If you know that you will be leaving us, for whatever reason, please let us know that as well.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE
The State of North Carolina has just authorized a new scholarship available for students who have a documented IEP from the public schools. It is called the Education Savings Account (ESA). Applications for new students opened on February 1 and the priority deadline is March 1. Potentially eligible new students have a public school IEP and are entering Kindergarten or 1st grade, or are currently in public school in any grade. Students who are dependents of active duty military personnel do not have to be coming from a public school. They are granted an exception. Full information regarding the new program can be found at the following website: http://www.ncseaa.edu/ESA.htm
TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEXT YEAR:
February 1, 2018, the application process begins for the Opportunity Scholarships and the first round of applications ends March 1, 2018.
Renewal applicants get first priority if they apply before the March 1st deadline. An overview of the scholarship is posted on the website at http://www.neseaa/edu/pdf/OPS_OVERVIEW.pdf.
Tuition Grants may available through the Diocese and St. Patrick School, if you are a parishioner of St. Patrick Church.
Apply at www.factstuitionaid.com.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS:
On behalf of the Diocese of Raleigh Office of African Ancestry Ministry & Evangelization (AAMEN) and Native American Catholic Community, a scholarship opportunity for African-American and Native American students is available. This Tuition Assistance Award is for the 2018-2019 school year.
The funds for the awards come from the Black & Indian Missions grant awarded to the AAMEN office. Over the years, the office has provided funds to the Catholic Schools of the Diocese. For the past decade, the focus has shifted towards family assistance instead of schools; thus financially eligible families, regardless of school, are encouraged to apply.
Please use the following link to access the applications: https://raldioc.configio.com/go/aamen-tuition-assistance. The application link will be available online from January 28, 2018 @ 12 am – March 18, 2018 @ 12 am.
SUMMER CAMP WILL BE STAR-STUDDED THIS YEAR!
Registration forms were sent home Wednesday, Feb. 14th. Registration is available on a first come first serve basis. Campers will have the opportunity to Defy Gravity, train as an astronaut in a pool, explore the stars with the visiting Planetarium and participate in many other activities. Join Us!
REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK OF February 12 – February 16:
Monday, Feb. 19th – President’s Day Holiday –
Tuesday, Feb. 20th – Accreditation Visiting Team arrives
Wednesday, Feb. 21st – SAC Meeting – 7:00 pm
Thursday, Feb. 22nd – Liturgy – Accreditation Visiting Team departs
Friday, Feb. 23rd – End of trimester 2