Parent Memo Aug. 16, 2019
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WELCOME BACK to all of our returning families and students and WELCOME TO THE SCHOOL for all of our new families and students. It was so much fun welcoming them all back this week, and it never ceases to amaze me how much children can grow in only 2 ½ months. As usual, a lot of communications go out and paperwork shuttles around in the first couple of weeks of school, but we have lots going on, so please bear with us. Please complete your paperwork and turn it into the office, so that you don’t have to deal with us bugging you about it…ha ha. As always, feel free to email me with any needs, and I’ll make sure they get addressed.
Looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year!!!!!
Please note the various communication avenues the school uses to get information and news out to families. This parent newsletter goes home every Friday, and it’s the most comprehensive regarding overall news of the school and upcoming events.
The school has two Facebook accounts. One is St Patrick Catholic School https://www.facebook.com/stpatrickschoolnc/ and the other is St. Patrick Catholic School Parents at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1952892451443511/. The school posts the same information on both but the parent specific page is where parents sometimes pose questions to each other.
The school has a website that is updated regularly. This newsletter is also posted weekly on the website at https://stpatschoolnc.org/
We also have an Instagram account which you can follow at shamrock1620marlborough. I mostly post pics of happenings around school on this.
Of course the office can be reached by email or phone at any time. The phone number is 910-323-1865. I know the phone is often busy because we have a limited number of lines, so if you can’t get through, please email Jennifer at [email protected] or Elsa at [email protected], or me at [email protected]. Also, the teachers should have sent home their email contact information as well.
HEALTH ROOM MEDICINES
If your child uses an Epi-pen or an emergency inhaler, please make sure you turn them into the office so that we can dispense them if necessary. Also, if your child takes any medications, those need to be turned into the office as well with dosing instructions. It’s always a good idea to send in a couple of extra doses in case the child forgets to take them in the morning, and you can call the school to administer it instead of having to drive in to bring the medicine here.
We were very pleased to expect a security guard to be on campus this year monitoring the grounds around the school. However, the family that had offered to provide that service had to move out of Fayetteville because of a new job, so that arrangement will not be possible any longer, unfortunately. Rest assured we are a safe campus anyways, but we always look for ways to make it even safer for our precious children.
The PTO Board made some changes over the summer and the new Board members are listed below along with their contact information. Please feel free to communicate with the PTO at any time with feedback, ideas, etc. I’m sure this Board is going to work hard to provide fun and social activities for the school. We do still have a couple of Board offices open, so if you are new to the school and want to be part of the PTO by serving on the Board, please call the school. Of course any PTO participation with the PTO Board fulfills your service requirements for the school. (and then some…)
We are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 PTO BOARD:
President: Jason Campbell [email protected]
Vice Pres: Aubrey Marks [email protected]
Treasurer: Yemmy Campbell [email protected]
Secretary: Happy Hibler [email protected]
Faculty Advisor: Julie Cummins [email protected]
Hospitality: Alyssa Finley [email protected]
Fundraising: Taylor Hageman [email protected]
Parish Liaison Andy Baker [email protected] (wife)
Room Paren/Volunteer Coord: Bridget Damschen [email protected]
Box Tops/SCRIPS program: Aubrey Marks (temporary until a replacement is found)
Spirit Store: Open
OPEN HOUSE & PTO MEETING
The first all-school PTO meeting will be held on August 28th at 6:30 pm in St. Brigid Hall. The new PTO Board will be introduced as well as all the teachers, and upcoming PTO sponsored events will be announced. You will have opportunities to purchase school Spirit Wear and sign up for volunteer hours. Refreshments will be served. After the brief meeting, parents will move over to the school for Open House presentations from your teachers. Teachers will present 2 identical presentations so that parents of more than one child can see both teachers if necessary. All special area teachers will also be on hand to meet. Please mark your calendars to attend this important first PTO meeting and school Open House. There will be no homework on this night and parents who attend the PTO meeting will get a “Free Dress” pass for their child.
SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The School Advisory Committee is a board of parents/parish members who meet quarterly to advise the Principal on matters related to the school. This group deals with the “big picture” ideas of school improvement, school growth and managing change. We are looking for new committee members for this board as well. If you would like to serve on the SAC, please email the principal at [email protected] and express your interest. Serving on SAC would fulfill your parent volunteer hours’ obligation for the year.
PUBLIX and HARRIS TEETER SCHOOL PARTNERS
Both Publix and Harris Teeter have school give-back programs that help raise money for the school but cost nothing to the parents. You just have to register at the supermarket’s office inside the supermarket and tell them you want to dedicate your purchases to St. Patrick Catholic School, then you shop as usual. A percentage of your total is then donated by the supermarket to the school. It adds nothing to your bill and costs nothing to participate, so that’s a win-win for everyone. If you have already registered, and it’s been about a year, please check with the supermarket office because some branches require you to renew your registration every year. We greatly appreciate your participation in this program.
The boys’ soccer team is still recruiting middle school boys to participate on the team this year. A decision has to be made by Monday whether we will be able to field a team or cancel our school’s participation in the league this year. That would certainly be a shame since St. Patrick’s has been represented in the league from the beginning. If you would like to participate, please contact Coach Tina Stubbs at 910-977-8239 or [email protected]. Go Shamrocks!!!
ALTAR SERVERS FOR SCHOOL MASSES
If your son or daughter would like to become an Altar Server during school Masses, please note the following training sessions. He/she only needs to attend one of the trainings. Your child must have already received the sacrament of Eucharist in order to participate in this ministry, and fulfill one or both of the following criteria:
- For school altar servers under grade 5, you must be Catholic, have received the sacrament of Eucharistic, be trained by Deacon Vince (see upcoming training dates) and be on the schedule to serve during the weekend church Masses at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
- For school altar servers grade 5-8, you must be Catholic, have received the sacrament of Eucharistic and be trained by Deacon Vince. If you are a member of another Catholic parish, you may still serve at the school Mass only, as long as you participate in the altar server training program (see upcoming training dates).
Training dates (students need to attend only one of the dates) Sunday August 18th– 2:30 pm in the church or Tuesday, August 20th at 6:30 pm.
DATES TO REMEMBER
August 18 Altar Server training – 2:30 pm – Church (see participation criteria above)
August 19 First full day of school – all grades
August 20 Altar Server training – 6:30 pm – Church (see participation criteria above)
August 20 Girls’ volleyball home game vs. Sandhill Classical – 3:00 pm
August 22 Girls’ volleyball home game vs. O’Neal – 3:00 pm
August 23 Parish Pray and Play 6:00 pm – St Brigid Hall – parish activity for all
Schoolchildren. Please see flyer below.
August 24 & 25 Blessing of the backpacks after all Masses. Have your children bring their
backpacks to church.
August 26 Girls’ volleyball away game vs. Fayetteville Christian
August 27 Girls’ volleyball home game vs. St. Mark
August 28 School rosary 8:15 am – Church
August 28 PTO General Meeting 6:30 – School Open House immediately to follow
August 29 Girls’ volleyball home game vs. Liberty Christian
August 30 12:15 dismissal (extended care open as usual) – SPIRIT DAY for kids
September 2 LABOR DAY – No School