Parent Memo 4/13/18
It has been a busy week returning from a relaxing break and now we are in the last stretch of the school year. As usual, there are lots and lots of activities going on at this time of year, so please read carefully any communications you receive from the school and feel free to contact your teachers or me with any questions or clarifications. We want to make it a positive and productive race to the finish line. We hope to see everyone at the SHAG HOP next Friday night.
PTO SPRING “SHAG HOP” and “SUMMER TO REMEMBER AUCTION”
The PTO Spring Shag Hop and Summer to Remember Auction is the evening of April 20th and is going to be a fab event! This is a fun, family-friendly event to close out the school year and support St. Patrick School. Ticket order forms are available in the school office.
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] or 803-673-9314. Recognition and advertising opportunities will be available to all contributors.
We need your help to make this 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! Please contact Amy White at [email protected] or 910-485-6784 to sign up to volunteer or if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution of time.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Classes for next year are quickly filling, so please contact the school right away if you intend to return next year.
FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The PE department is looking for parent volunteers to help with the upcoming Field Day on April 24th. 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 the school at 910-323-1865 or email [email protected] if you are able to volunteer. Anyone registered to volunteer will check in at the school office and receive a badge. Thank you for your cooperation. Please note that because of the Field Day schedule, there will be NO HOT LUNCH served on April 24th. All students and parent volunteers will need to BRING A BAG LUNCH from home on that day. If students arrive without a lunch, the school will call the parents to bring in a lunch for the child.
There has been a date change for the Family Science Night. The new Family Science Night will be one week later on April 25th at the same time, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. I apologize for the change in the date, but we felt that having the Science Night and the Shag Hop event in the same week might be too much, so we moved the Science Night in order to allow everyone to attend the upcoming fun Shag Hop. Hope to see you all there.
CHANGES TO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Now is the time when the policies and procedures manual is revisited and revised if necessary.
For now, the following changes that have already been decided upon are:
- Dress code: The required shoes for the students will be changed. For the 2018-2019 year, the school uniform shoe will be a solid black athletic shoe. The brand doesn’t matter. The requirement is that it will be a leather or leather-like athletic shoe, regular height, all black (meaning black body, black sole with no colored markings or decorations on it). Canvas tennis shoes, high tops (like Converse) or similar do not meet the requirement. Of course, no lights, wheelies, etc…are acceptable. If you are not sure, please send me a picture of what you plan to purchase and I will gladly verify it for you before you buy. I am contacting the uniform company as well in order to see if they can provide a product for us that meets the requirements. The reason for changing the shoes was twofold. Firstly, athletic shoes are safer and more protective on the feet. They provide better support for the child when walking and running and they don’t fall off the feet when the children are actively running around as do the current slip-on deck shoes. Secondly, this will eliminate the need for children to bring extra shoes for PE. They can use the same shoe for both the uniform and for PE class. One less thing to carry around can only be a bonus.
There will be a slight change in the socks that students can wear as well. Crew socks will be black or white next year. They still need to be ankle crew socks and worn with the shorts, pants or khaki skorts, but students can choose between solid black or solid white. For the skirts and jumpers, there will be no change in the sock policy (knee highs).
- Grading Scale: The school will be moving to a 10 point grading scale for the 2018-2019 school year. This means that the scale will be as follows:
90-100 – A
80-89 – B
70-79 – C
60-69 – D
Under 60 – F
This change is being made to better align our school with the majority of the Diocesan schools, that moved to the 10 point grading scale in 2014 and to align us with the scale being used at the public school. This will insure that our graduates are not undervalued by a different grading scale if they move into the public sector after graduation. The grading scale has nothing to do with the level of rigor in education and our standards and expectations will remain high.
BLOOMING WITH KINDNESS
The Student Council be having their final fundraiser called Blooming With Kindness. Each student will have the opportunity to purchase a cut-out flower to write a positive message to a friend, classmate or teacher. The flowers will be sold next Thursday, April 19th and Friday, April 20th during lunch and on Thursday morning during homeroom time. The cost is $0.50 per flower. The flowers will be displayed on a bulletin board in the school building. Once the bulletin board is taken down, the flowers will be delivered to the recipients.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GEOGRAPHY BEE WINNER
We are pleased to announce that 6th grade student Brandon Nicolas was named a state semi-finalist in the 2018 North Carolina National Geographic State Bee. After winning the Geographic Bee at the school level, Brandon had to take a written test to see if he qualified for the state competition. And he did! He competed for the state title on April 6th at Central Piedmont College in Charlotte. He didn’t win the state level bee, but he represented himself very well, lasting through 8 rounds, which is no easy feat. Congratulations Brandon on your accomplishment!
REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK OF April 16 – April 20:
Monday, April 16 – 6th grade on a church tour field trip all day
Girls soccer Home game vs. SJPH at 4:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17 – SAC meeting – 7:00 pm – school
Wednesday, April 18 –
Thursday, April 19 – Mass at 9am
Girls soccer away cape at Cape Fear Christian at 4:00 pm
Friday, April 20 – SHAG HOP
Saturday, April 21 – First Reconciliation of our 2nd graders