Parent Memo 3/16/18
BIG DAY OF THE YEAR here at St. Patrick’s. We’ll be parading and partying this afternoon. The Fayetteville Police Department and the Fire Department will be joining us for the parade, so if you drive by the school and see police cruisers, motorcycles and a fire truck, please do not become alarmed. It’s just part of the festivities.
Don’t forget to check the school’s Facebook this afternoon/evening. We have a number of Shout-Outs that will be posted. Maybe your child is there.
LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Our 7th and 8th grade classes will be presenting the Living Stations of the Cross tonight in the church at 7:00 pm. Please join us for this moving and prayerful experience.
PATRICK DAY PARISH CELEBRATIONS: The parish/school Saint Patrick Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 17th. Come celebrate with a Pot Luck Dinner Party following the 5:00 pm Mass in St. Brigid Hall. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share. The following last name breakdown will ensure a variety of foods:
A-F desserts; G-O meat/casseroles; P-Z vegetables/salads. Corn beef and cabbage will be provided. If you would like to help with this event, please contact Marian Schrum at [email protected] As a primary ministry of St. Patrick Parish, the school hopes that our families will attend this event of fun and fellowship as recognition and appreciation of all the support that the parish gives to the school. Wear Green!!!!!
FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The PE department is looking for parent volunteers to help with the upcoming field day on April 24th. The rain date will be May 29th. We will need volunteers at the school by 7:45 a.m. the morning of the event. This year’s Field Day theme will be “Wild, Wild West.” Please call into the school at 910-323-1865 or email [email protected] if you are able to volunteer.
SHAMROCK CONTEST WINNERS:
Each student received a shamrock and directions for the Student Council’s Shamrock Contest.
Winners of the Shamrock Contest were:
Viola Tupper – grade 2 (for the PreK- grade 2 category)
Ainslie Wolters – grade 3 (for the grades 3-5 category)
Ashley Ojageer – grade 6 (For the grades 6-8 category)
Thank you to all the students who participated and showed their St. Patrick School SHAMROCK SPIRIT!!!!
PTO SPRING “SHAG HOP” and “SUMMER TO REMEMBER AUCTION”: The PTO Spring Shag Hope and Summer to Remember Auction is right around the corner on the evening of April 20th. This is a fun, family friendly event to close out the school year and support St. Patrick School. We need your help to make this even a rock n’ rolling success! This is the perfect time to complete your required volunteer hours or just get involved with our great school community!
The “Summer to Remember Auction” will focus on exciting and fun summer activities, camps, experiences, trips, sports opportunities, tickets, vouchers, classes and more! If you or your place of business can provide something to include in the auction, please contact Taylor Hagemen at [email protected] and 803-673-9314, Recognition and advertising opportunities will be available to all contributors.
The PTO has done some amazing projects this year with funds raised…just wait until you see the fantastic new playground! Please contact Amy White at [email protected] or 910-485-6784 to sign up for one of the volunteer opportunities below or if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution of time.
Auction Team – 3 people needed
Decorations and Set up Team – 3 people needed
Clean up Team – Lead and 3 additional people needed (team will clean up on Saturday, April 21st before noon)
Emcee for the event
You’ve probably heard the great news about North Carolina’s new Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for students with special needs. Back in February, the N.C. General Assembly approved three new changes to the ESA law, including one that we’re incredibly excited about that expands the pool of eligible families.
These changes became law today—Friday, March 16. Additionally, I’m happy to report that the application period was recently extended, meaning you have more time to apply! The application will be open until midnight on April 2.
There are about two weeks left in the priority period, so it’s extremely important that students apply right now, particularly if your current students qualify under the expanded eligibility!
As a reminder, North Carolina’s new ESAs provide up to $9,000 a year for families with students with special needs. These funds can be used to pay for educational needs, including private-school tuition, tutoring and teaching, educational therapies, educational technology, and other expenses.
Please watch the video to learn more about the three key changes lawmakers incorporated into the ESA program. Or scroll down to read more.
1. Expanded eligibility
Students who are currently enrolled in private school or home school may be eligible for the ESA. Originally, the ESA program was set up so that only students transferring from a public school to a private school were eligible.
What this means for you: This expansion means that thousands of additional students may be eligible! Don’t forget that your students must still document their disability in the form of a public school Individualized Education Program (IEP) and meet the requirements set forth by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.
2. First priority for certain students
In the program’s first year, students with certain disabilities will be first priority in receiving an ESA. These diagnoses include autism, developmental disability, moderate or severe intellectual disability, multiple, permanent orthopedic impairments, hearing impairment, or visual impairment.
What this means for you: If one or more of your students fall into one of these categories, it’s especially important that they apply, as they are first priority!
3. Capping awards
The ESA provided flexibility for students, allowing them to utilize half-day public school and half-day private school, if the private school exclusively provides services for students with disabilities. That provision remains and students still have that flexibility. Because these students are in private school for only half of the day, a cap of $4,500 was placed on the total award amount.
What this means for you: If your school exclusively provides services for students with disabilities and students want to attend your school for half-day programming, their ESA may be capped at $4,500.
It’s not too late to apply!
Remember, the application period ends at midnight on April 2.
Please know that we are available to answer any questions you might have. And as always, thank you for standing with us in support of exceptional children!
State Outreach Director
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina
434 Fayetteville St, Ste 1620
Raleigh, NC 27601
REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK OF March 19 –March 23:
Monday, March 19 – No school for Kindergarteners; Girls Soccer away game vs Sandhills – 4:00 pm
4th grade mountain trip
Tuesday, March 20 – 4th grade mountain trip
Wednesday, March 21 – 4th grade mountain trip; 1st gr. Careers
Thursday, March 22– Girls Soccer away game vs. Village – 4:00 pm
Friday, Mar 23 – Spirit Dress Day
Save the date: Spring pictures on 3/27. If students are getting their pictures taken, it’s a “nice dress” day. If students are not getting their pictures taken, they wear their regular school uniforms. Class teachers have details.