Parent Memo 2/21/20
Parent Memo: February 21, 2020
PRINCIPAL’S CORNER: Shout-Out’s for this week go to:
Nicholas – gr 7 – Yesterday as we were going into Mass, Nicholas noticed that one of the door greeters was missing, so once he settled his little prayer partner in the pew, Nicholas went to fill in for the missing student without being asked to do so. Excellent role model for his young prayer partner.
Emily and Mesbah – gr 4 – (Mesbah not pictured as he was absent). Both students were very kind and offered to carry a teacher’s bags as the teacher was leaving school. They also asked how her day had been. It was very thoughtful that they were genuinely concerned and interested. It made the teacher’s day!
George – PreK – Yesterday the slides were damp and dirty so the kids couldn’t use them. George took a pine tree branch and used it like a broom on both slides until they were clean. Ingenuity and initiative! Great job, George.
Isabella – gr 1 – A teacher had dropped her phone at the end of the day, and Isabella jumped out of her chair to retrieve the teacher’s phone. It was a very kind gesture for a very tired teacher.
In Service, Ms. Laura [email protected]
INTERNET SAFETY NOTE FOR PARENTS An app recently launched in the USA is called TikTok and parents need to be aware of it because it’s the latest “thing” with the kids. It’s a video sharing app where you can post videos, songs, dances, etc…but there are only two privacy settings. One setting is private and allows you to view only your own videos, but you can’t share those with friends. If you want to share with friends, then you have to choose the other privacy setting which is completely public. So, if kids are making videos and they are wanting their friends to see them and comment on them, then they “share” them, but that means that the whole world is also seeing the videos. The app is not rated for kids under 16, but none of our students here are 16 and lots of them are using it or know about it. Videos can range
from innocuous videos like new dance moves or songs that your friends (and anyone else) can comment on, to inappropriate videos like the one that popped up in the feed I was viewing that showed a teenage girl performing a strip-tease routine. You don’t have to search for the videos. They just feed automatically one after another and, like other social media apps, you can “like”, “comment” or start a conversation with the video maker. TikTok is now on the law enforcement radar as a popular app for pedophiles. So please check your children’s phones and other electronic devices and have conversations with them about this app.
MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL EXTENSION Yesterday was the school’s Spirit Day at Moe’s Southwest Grill. However, since the weather was so bad, Moe’s graciously offered to give us a second spirit day on next Thursday, Feb 27th, all day. That means that if you ate at Moe’s yesterday and/or next Thursday, 20% of the profits will go to St. Patrick’s School as an 8th grade fundraiser for their Washington DC trip. Remember to designate your purchase for St. Patrick School. Thank you to Moe’s for their generosity and please support this cause. Dress down day for either of the Moe’s Spirit Day participations will be Monday, March 2nd.
CHICK-FIL-A SPIRIT DAY Tuesday, Feb 25th will be the next Chick-fil-A spirit day. As always, indicate that you are purchasing on behalf of St. Patrick School. The dress down day for participation on this day is Tuesday, March 3rd. So, if you eat strategically, you could earn 2 dress down days in a row! Win-Win!
SPRING BOOK FAIR IS COMING Save the dates! The Spring Book Fair will be here from Monday, March 2nd to Friday, March 6th. The strongest education correlation exists between reading and academic excellence. The more your child reads, the more successful they will be in school. So come check out the book fair’s latest choices.
SWEETS BEFORE LENT The Student Council will be hosting a BAKE SALE during lunch on Tuesday, Feb 25th, traditionally known as “Fat Tuesday.” What better way to celebrate than to eat sweets! All items will be for donations. Please notate on a Ziploc bag or envelope if change is needed. Please see flyer below.
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!!!!
St. Patrick’s Day 5/10K and Shamrock Kids Run -Registration for the St. Patrick’s Day Run is live! Sign-up now through the run Facebook page or by following this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Fayetteville/StPatricksDay510KandKidsRun The earlybird rate ends TOMORROW February 14th so sign up today! It is sure to be a great event and a lot of fun for the whole family. -Run sponsorship opportunities are still available and tax deductible. Please see the attached form.
-There will be a volunteer meeting on February 21st at 9:30am to sign up to help over the next few weeks and the day of the event. Watch the St. Patrick School Parent Facebook group for details on how to sign up if you cannot attend.
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER February 21 School rosary – 2:15 – hosted by grade 4 – come join us! February 25 Chick-fil-a day – End of Trimester 2- Student Council Bake Sale during lunch February 26 Ash Wednesday Liturgy – 9:00 am – No school Mass on Thursday. February 27 Moe’s Southwest Grill – St Patrick Spirit Day fundraiser for 8th grade February 28 Spirit Day- Wear your green and gold! March 2 Dress down day for Moe’s participation on either 2/20 or 2/27 March 3 Dress down day for Chick-Fil-A participation on 2/25 March 3 Reports Cards available online March 4 Honors Assembly- gr 4-8- Conference room after morning prayer March 2-6 Spring Book Fair March 14 St Patrick School Fun Run March 17 St. Patrick Day School Mass – festivities and parties – no Mass on Thursday March 24 School Rosary – 8:15 – 2nd grade hosting March 27 Living Stations of the Cross – 7th and 8th grade – evening