April 18, 2019
Dear St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Families,

Today we find ourselves entering the Sacred Triduum --- Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. We prepare our hearts for the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Christ. After being blessed with the title of “parent”, these sacred days took on even more meaning for me. Knowing the love of a parent for a child was incomprehensible until my daughter was born. Since becoming a mother, my heart aches imagining the pain Mary experienced as she held her dying Son --- the son she once laid in the manger. I imagine time flew for Mary as it does for us as we see another school year approaching its end. As shown in the picture, it probably felt like just yesterday that Mary held her newborn son. This Easter, I pray that, as parents, we take the time to truly reflect on the enormity of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. And may we rejoice with all of our being on Easter morning.

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker  
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
NURSE'S NOTES
From 4/12/19 to 4/18/19: 4/17/19 | KB | Strep Throat
MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES PARENT MEETING
Wednesday, April 24th | 2:30 p.m. | Library
2019-2020 ATHLETICS COMMITMENT
We are excited about our returning and future student-athletes & school teams for the 2019-2020 school year! With the end of the school year drawing near and next fall just around the corner, it is time to find out who is interested in participating in a SAOPCS 2019 Fall Sport. In the fall the following sports are offered for each grade level:
  • 5th thru 8th Boys & Girls Cross Country
  • 5th thru 8th Co-ed Soccer
  • 6th thru 8th Girls Volleyball
  • 6th thru 8th Boys Football.
Experience is NOT necessary, if your student-athlete has not played a sport before, but is interested and is willing to give their best, please encourage them to give it a try! There are no cuts and everyone who comes out will be part of the team. Please return commitment form as soon as possible!
USED UNIFORMS
If you have used uniforms in good condition from Risse Brothers you may donate them to our Used Uniforms cabinet for use by other school families! Thank you to Mrs. Veach for managing this volunteer project. Please note we are accepting Risse Brothers uniforms only and donations may be brought to the school front desk after Easter Break. THANK YOU!

Special Note: Used Uniform Shorts that are not from Risse Brothers may be given to Mrs. Foy to be donated to the Honduras Mission.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
DEACON MIKE MIMS MEMORIAL FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Value: 1st Place - $3,000, 2nd Place - $2,000
Provided By: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School 

Deacon Mike Mims was constantly growing in his faith. His missionary spirit was seen in every aspect of his life. If only one word could describe him it would be, “go”! How does your family reflect this spirit of “go”? This scholarship is open to current families re-entering K-8th at STAOPCS in the fall of 2019. Essays must be completed and turned in to the school office by April 26, 2019 . Click the button below for more details.
VOLUNTEERING & PADUAN POINTS
PADUAN PARENT LUNCHEON FOR FACULTY & STAFF - APR. 25TH

Our Paduan Parent Coordinators are organizing staff luncheons for the faculty of STAOPCS and we need your help with lunchroom coverage and donating items for the luncheon. Thank you for volunteering!
COMMUNITY HELPER DAY

We need volunteers for grades 1st-3rd to help assist with Community Helper Day on Friday, May 3, 2019. We need one parent volunteer for each class to help assist the teachers as the students travel station to station to learn about the different community helpers in The Woodlands. Thank you in advance!
L IBRARY ASSISTANCE
Do you need more Paduan Points? The library would love to have you come and volunteer some time to help with shelving of books. Contact Mr. Mattern at CMattern@staopcs.org  for details.
TABLE LINENS ORGANIZATION & CLEANING
If you are interested in earning Paduan Points by organizing the school's table linens closet and making sure they are all in good condition, please contact advancement@staopcs.org . Some at-home washing and/or ironing may be required.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - MAY 6-10
Food donations and lunchroom volunteers needed for Teacher Appreciation Week! Sign-up Genius will be published in next week's Messenger.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
All Paduan Parents & Volunteers invited May 15 at 8 a.m.! More details to come!
PADUAN POINTS REMINDERS:

***Please track all Paduan Points by April 30th .***

Each family is required to complete 20 Paduan Points for school-related volunteer activities between August 1 – April 30. Volunteering taking place in May must be preemptively recorded (Graduation volunteering, Fun Field Day, etc.).
  • Service hours are to be completed by parents (or close family members) of the students only.
  • Partial hours of service are rounded up to the nearest half hour.
  • Families may not bank hours for future years.
  • Families may not transfer hours to other school families.
  • Paduan Points tracking is an “honor system”, meaning families enter their own time in ParentsWeb. All volunteer hours are reviewed throughout the year by the school administration to monitor family progress towards the agreed 20 Paduan Points per family per school year.
  • Each family will be billed $10 for each uncompleted Paduan Point (maximum of $200) on your family’s FACTS account on May 1st.
  • Final report cards and school records will not be released until payment is completed.

For more information visit: https://staopcs.org/volunteer-opportunities
GALA PARTIES & SOCIALS
The Mardi Gras Ball is over ( and a GREAT SUCCESS! ) but there are still amazing parties and socials available! We are so grateful for the families and teachers that make the effort to host these great events for the benefit of our students. Parties and socials are a great way to support the school, meet new friends and have a TON of fun!
GIVING BY LIVING
UPCOMING SPIRIT DAYS

Wednesday, May 1st | Taco Nation | All Day!
UPCOMING DATES
4/19/2019 | GOOD FRIDAY, School Holiday
4/22/2019 | Easter Monday, School Holiday
4/23/2019 | Tuesday Morning Children's Rosary, 7:15 a.m.
4/24/2019 | Mass (3B), 9 a.m.
4/24/2019 | Middle School Parents: Electives Presentation, 2:30 p.m.
4/25/2019 | Faculty & Staff Luncheon ( Sign-up Genius )
4/25/2019 | STAOPCS Rosary (in Spanish), 2:30 p.m.
4/26/2019 | $1 T-shirt & Jean Day benefiting The Pines Catholic Camp
4/26/2019 | Kindergarten STREAM Day
4/29/2019 | STAOPCS Rosary, 8:15 a.m.
4/30/2019 | Deadline to enter Paduan Points in ParentsWeb
5/1/2019 | May Crowning Mass (2A/2B), 9 a.m.
5/1/2019 | May Crowning Reception after Mass for First Communicants
5/1/2019 | SPIRIT DAY, Taco Nation - All Day
5/2/2019 | NJHS Inductions
5/2/2019 | STAOPCS Rosary (in Spanish), 2:30 p.m.
5/3/2019 | Community Helper & Career Day

Full Calendar in ParentsWeb!
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