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November 2, 2016
Many of you have asked and Mrs. Whaley delivers! 

School's Out Camps on Election Day, Tuesday November 8th and on November 11th.

University of Rhode Island Tootell Aquatic Center Swim Lessons!
Session 2!
Nov. 29th to Jan. 12th! Please see flyer!
 
  MCS COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE

During these tough economic times and with the upcoming holidays, food pantries will face an increased need for donations.  MCS will be holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive this year.  This year we are teaming up with the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RICAN).  RICAN is a non-profit organization with a mission to serve with dignity, respect and without discrimination, all those in need in the Washington County-Southern Rhode Island area.

Our drive will take place the Week of October 31-November 14th.  Each grade will be asked to bring in one specific item  We also ask that each student donate $1.00 toward a purchase of turkeys.  RICAN will make up baskets of complete Thanksgiving dinners as well as provide a frozen turkey with each basket to families in need.

Please contact Kerri Grundy if you have any questions.  As always, we thank you for your continued support!!


Important Dates


11/1- Change to Winter Uniforms

CLICK FOR UNIFORM POLICY

11/7 Bank Day

No School 11/8 , 11/11

11/9 - 6pm Prout Informational Session for Middle School Parents

11/9/2016 at 7pm:  November PTO Meeting

Picture retake day 11/15

11/22 Thanksgiving Mass

Thanksgiving recess 11/24, 11/25

12/4/2016:  Christmas Festival

12/7/2016 at 7pm:  December PTO Meeting


  Prout Informational Session

The Prout School is conducting a feasibility study to determine whether they might successfully pursue a capital campaign to raise funding for a new athletic complex. Improvements would include an upgrade to a turf field; the addition of lighting, a 500-person seating system, press box, and concession stands; the relocation of the softball field; and the addition of a soccer/lacrosse practice field. The funds for the renovations would come 100% from philanthropy; there would be no increase in tuition should the school decide to move forward with these plans. As part of the feasibility study, Prout would like the opportunity to hear from the parents of 7th and 8th graders. As such, we invite you to attend a “listening session” on Wednesday, November 9 from 6pm to 6:45pm in the  library  at Monsignor Clarke School, just prior to  the PTO meeting. Refreshments will be served. 
 
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  THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS DONATIONS

Pre-K & K     Cranberry Sauce
Grade 1        Stuffing
Grade 2        Instant Potatoes
Grade 3        Bread mixed (quick breads)
Grade 4        Canned Gravy
Grade 5        Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
Grade 6        Canned gravy
Grade 7 & 8  Canned Vegetables

        


Important Announcements
  Choir Sign Ups- No Professional Experience Necessary
Forms are being sent home or click the link HERE
 

Hurry Up and Bring your Bags!
Extended to November 9th!
Savers cloth/clothes drive to fund the Service Club efforts this year. Please bring any used items made of cloth including clothes, bedding, towels, curtains, etc to school.  Savers will reimburse us $0.20 per pound of donated items. 
Family Volunteer Day!
November 19th

 Did you know that we are building and Outdoor classroom and Greenhouse?

We were awarded a $1,000 grant for a greenhouse and outdoor classroom. The structure will be built in the playground area in the alcove over by the prayer garden.  All grades will benefit from this alternative learning center! Students will learn through Science how to grow vegetables and what we grow will be used for meal preparation and deliveries to area organizations such as WARM Center and Welcome House.

HERE IS WHERE YOU COME IN.....

 We need to meet the qualifications of the grant by having volunteers help build this project on November 19th.
 Please save the date!



Message From The Principal

    One of the wonderful things about being open and transparent about our school, by inviting our families and community members into the school, is the feedback we get from them regarding the things we have every right to be proud of as well as those things that need our attention if our goal is to be the best we can be.  So I thought I’d take the time this week to cite a couple  of the things that have garnered us commendations as well as one of the recommendations received from visitors and families experiencing MCS this year.

Commendations

  • MCS is to be commended for having a wonderful group of volunteers and a very vibrant PTO.  Outside observers often comment on the positive vibe and energy exhibited by our families and especially our PTO. Examples include the front door greeters, those who help with lunch duty each day, class parents who plan activities and help organize field trips or serve as chaperones. Parents and grandparents, have brought lessons to the classrooms, read stories, provided sub services, or shared their careers or talents. They serve as Lab Learner assistants, they drive sports carpools or work the concession stand during games. They are involved in the 4th of July Fireworks Event, Welcome Back Social, Trunk or Treat, A Tasteful Evening Wine & Beer Tasting, PTO family events, father/daughter & mother/son dances or events, magazine drives, book fairs, the Christmas Festival, the Beat the Chill/Climb The Hill Road Race, the Golf Tournament, concessions at school events, serve as coaches in our sports and STEAM programs (i.e. robotics, ham radio, cyber patriot), etc..


  • MCS and the diocese are to be commended for creating a more formal development program. Our families and visitors realize that marketing and development have become essential activities for everyone who is committed to the mission of Catholic education. It is no longer feasible for Catholic schools to take enrollment and financial support for granted. The appointment of Sara Marshall as Director of Advancement has enabled MCS to expand and improve our ability to generate revenue by identifying potential major donors – individual, corporate and foundations .  We've also be able to implement individual giving campaigns and research grant opportunities.  Sara’s position allows us to better oversee all major school fundraising activities to develop a consistent, organized approach.  There has been tremendous progress made in establishing and maintaining a database of donors and school alumni related to development activities and targeted communications.  Finally, Sara’s office is also responsible for redesigning the weekly school newsletters, writing and submitting press releases and news articles and producing all marketing materials linked with specific development campaigns.

Recommendations

  • MCS has a standard uniform code that needs to be enforced.  This type of feedback is generally delivered on days when mass is held at school. Major transgressions include:

Middle school girls are often found to be wearing skorts that are too tight or too short.  (Our uniform closet is quite full and we invite parents to visit it before purchasing items for their rapidly growing children).

Middle school boys are not all wearing school ties with their winter uniform.

Students in grades k-8 are often observed to be wearing footwear that is not in keeping with the handbook.  Specifically, black or brown casual or rubber soled shoes are the footwear required by code. Sneakers are only for gym day.

Students in grades k-8 are often observed with their shirts untucked and/or not wearing a belt.  As a concession to fashion, girls, wearing skorts, may wear polos or blue dress shirts untucked.

  Please visit our website below to view the student handbook to better familiarize yourself on how your children should be dress when coming to school on a daily basis and thank you for helping make MCS the pride of the Diocese of Providence


Sports Corner

Boys Soccer Final Report

Wednesday they played away at Curtis Corners and tied 3-3!  Goals were scored by Liam Farrell, Zach Bell and Will Marshall.  The boys played away Thursday at Exeter West Greenwhich and tied 1-1!  Goal scored by Ian Mackin assisted by Zach Bell.  We ended the season yesterday with a pizza and ice cream party while cheering on the Girls on the Run as they practiced for their 5K! 

Girls Soccer Final Report

Wednesday they played home against Curtis Corners and lost 10-0.  The girls played home Thursday against Exeter West Greenwhich and lost 5-1.  Goal scored by Helene Cummings.  We ended the season yesterday with a pizza and ice cream party while cheering on the Girls on the Run as they practiced for their 5K!

  Intramural Update
Basketball intramural registration will be coming out after Thanksgiving and the program will begin the week of December 19th.

Boys & Girls Middle School Basketball  Practice has begun!

There will be a BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM BAKE SALE this Friday
to help off set the cost of their practice jerseys.

All 3 teams will be participating in the Turkey Trot Tournament
at St. Joseph's School in West Warwick
November 11th through the 13th!


        GIRLS ON THE RUN UPDATE

 Come and cheer on the girls at the Warwick City Park the day of the  5K event on Sunday, Nov 20th, 10AM (rain or shine). Immediate family members can also register for the event as well if you feel like running too.

Advancement Update

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FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE AT MCS
With the help of the South County Chamber of Commerce, business leaders in our community will visit MCS on Friday, November 4th as we host First Friday Coffee.  Some of our student ambassadors will be giving tours to our guests.  This is a great opportunity to showcase our school and build strengthen community relationships.
Advancement Office Needs Your Expertise

Tile Legacy Wall needs to be installed in the elementary wing.  Need help installing approx 40-6x6 tiles and looking for someone who has experience.

Annual Campaign

Looking for a few key people that might want to assist with our first ever Annual Campaign.  If you have ideas that you would like to share or would like to offer to help organize....I need you to help make this a success!

 Contact Sara Marshall in the Advancement Office smarshall@monsignorclarkeschool.org