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Parent Memo 3/13/20

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER:

Dear Parents, I have always followed the maxim of “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” To this end, the school has put in place a number of contingency plans should different situations arise. We have been notified by the Diocese of Raleigh that we are to follow the lead of our county schools (in this case, Cumberland) should the need arise for a school closing. Anything different from that will be communicated with you separately by St. Patrick School. In the event of a closing, the school has planned a “distance learning” curriculum which will allow the children to successfully finish their academic year at home. Specific details will be shared if this event should occur. I only mention it here so that you can feel assured that the school is prepared for the worst, but definitely hoping and praying for the best. On a lighter note, I hope to see you all on Saturday at the school FUN RUN!!!!!

In Service, Ms. Laura [email protected]

THE SHAMROCK I’m sure you’ve seen the big green rock sitting outside of the school. This is our “shamROCK” and you can rent it and paint it to give a special message to your special someone. The rules for the rock are attached below. You can print, complete and turn in the reservation form to the school office, OR you can get reservation forms from the school office during regular office hours. Please note that reservation forms without payment will not be accepted. Sadly, we cannot do the “online payment” route because reservations are on a first-come-first-served basis, so we need one control route only through the front office. All reservations will be date and time stamped when they are received by the office. Be aware that if you send in reservation forms and payment with your child, it could be a span of time before the teacher is able to deliver it to the office. The rock is sponsored by the PTO.

SICK KIDS REMINDER Particularly during this elevated virus time, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep your children home until they are fever free for 24 hours. I understand that sometimes this puts a parent in a difficult situation with childcare, but I have not only the welfare of your child to consider, but that of the welfare of 200 others. If your child is sent home with a fever, treat the fever, and then wait until the child’s fever has been gone for 24 hours, without the need for fever-reducing medicine, before sending the child back to school. For example, if the child is sent home from school with a fever on Monday, and the fever breaks at 2:00 on Tuesday, then the child will not be able to return to school until Thursday because the child has to remain fever-free for 24 hours from the time the fever breaks. This pertains to any illness, not just the one making recent headlines. The regular flu has whipped
through our school pretty substantially this year, and leaving the children home long enough to recover would certainly aid in curbing this.

ST PATRICK DAY PARTY Next Tuesday is the St. Patrick Day Mass at 9:00 and the parade and parties starting at 1:30 pm. Considering the current circumstances, we are trying to limit the children’s exposure to large groups of people (other than the children already in the classes) yet still allow the kids to have a good time. Please follow recommended safety guidelines and stay at home (and keep your kids at home) if anyone is exhibiting symptoms of any illness.

RE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2020-2021 IS FAST APPROACHING Please note the deadline for notifying us that you are returning is March 16th. Even if you can’t get all the packet details done right now, please call the office and get your children’s names on the list, so their space will be saved. Thank you.

ST PATRICK’S DAY RUN VOLUNTEERS 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5/10K and Shamrock Kids Run-March 14th Our biggest event of the year is SATURDAY! -Sign-up your student to run! Help them win the classroom contest for most participation and earn a free dress day! -Sign-up your kids, family or encourage friends to sign-up to run the race by following this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Fayetteville/StPatricksDay510KandKidsRun -Like and share https://www.facebook.com/stpatsdayracenc and the associated event. Pick-up flyers at the office to post around town. Spread the word! -Volunteer! Sign-up via the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F45A9A62AABF94-saint) or fill out the form below and return with your student. We’ll call you to go over volunteer slots and times. We have many options!

LENTEN ALMSGIVING Our Lenten project for Almsgiving is going to be a Book Drive. We are accepting donations of all “gently used” or new books for this drive. We are working in conjunction with some schools that lost good parts of their reading libraries during recent hurricanes, and we are trying to help them re-stock their shelves. Please consider donating any books your children no longer read, or purchasing some new ones to donate. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Thank you for your Lenten sacrifice.

PARISH EVENTS Please see the attached flyers for some great upcoming Parish events for the whole family.

LAST WEEK TO APPLY: 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]

DATES TO REMEMBER March 14 St Patrick School Fun Run March 17 St. Patrick Day School Mass – 9:00 – Parade 1:30 – Class parties to follow March 24 School Rosary – 8:15 – 2nd grade hosting March 27 Living Stations of the Cross – 7th and 8th grade – evening March 31 Chick-fil-a Spirit Day April 2 Battle of the Books (BOB) competition – 1:30 pm – Kennedy Hall

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