Parent Memo 2/23/18
The Accreditation Visiting Team finished their work and left yesterday afternoon. It was a good, productive visit and they had a very positive overall impression. They felt we had correctly identified our areas that need improvement and had an appropriate action plan in place. They can’t actually tell us if we received reaccreditation or not until the final committee receives the report, but the team leader told us we had nothing to worry about…which I already knew. We are posting the Powerpoint presentation that we presented to the Accreditation Visiting Team on the school’s website. It gives a summary of the whole process we went through and the data we collected from the surveys and a snapshot of our school. You might be interested in taking a look at it. Hopefully we will get the full written report from them in April. I will keep you posted.
HAT DAY: Student Council will sponsor a HAT DAY on March 2nd, which is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The HAT DAY will cost $1 per student and the proceeds will go to Operation Inasmuch for part of the St. Patrick School Lenten Outreach.
PATRIOT’S PEN ESSAY CONTEST: Our students made us proud with their entries to the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW. At the local post level, our students swept the awards, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places:
1st place – Angeline Vela – gr 7
2nd place – Jilleen Bailer – gr 7
3rd place – Zoe Korcz – gr 7
The students’ writing then proceeded to the district level where Jilleen Bailer took 3rd place for the district. Great job!!!!
NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY PROJECT WINNERS: Our 8th graders completed their North Carolina History Projects and were judged by a representative from the Museum of the Cape Fear. The students below received honors:
1st place – Hugh Cameron for Tobacco – NC’s Cash Crop and Christopher Ewart for The Wright Brothers
2nd place – Brayden Clement for Mt. Olive Pickle Company and Ava Mannell for Biltmore Estate
3rd place – Erika Wells for UNC Basketball and Grace Weis for Cape Hatteras
Honorable Mentions: Emma McBrayer for Blackbeard, Sommer Revels for Pepsi Cola, Noora Sharma for The Lost Colony and Josie Fisher for Krispy Kreme.
Congratulations to all of the students for the hard work on the projects.
THANKS FROM THE HEIFER ORGANIZATION: We received a letter from Heifer International thanking the school for donating to their organization. This was the fundraising project where the kids raised money to purchase livestock for people in developing nations to help them become more self-sufficient. The school children raised $850 for this project. Thank you for your generous support of this project.
(Just as reminders, all announcements below are repeated from last week)
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 bars
6th – Pop Tarts
7th – dried fruit snacks
8th – facial tissue pocket packs
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/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FACTS-Printout-Info.pdf to see how.
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 26 –March 2:
Monday, Feb. 26th – Rosary – 1st and 7th grades – 1:30
Tuesday, Feb. 27th –
Wednesday, Feb. 28th – 5th grade retreat – SAC Meeting 7:00 pm
Thursday, Mar 1st – 2nd trimester Honors Assembly – 8:15 – Liturgy 9:00
Friday, Mar 2nd – HAT DAY