August 21, 2020
Dear Parents of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, 

As we wrap up this second week of our academic year, I want to share a couple of things I keep reminding myself of…. Firstly, we are making history right now. One of my second-grade sons, Davidson, often says, “Mom, I’m going to tell my grandchildren that I had to wear a mask to school and get my temperature taken when I ate lunch.” While I don’t like to think about how old I will be when he has grandchildren 😊, I know he’s right. We will be sharing stories for generations to come. Another item I remind myself of is that this is a “blip”. In the entire course of our lives, we will look back and remember the “blip”. However, while in the midst of it, things are not easy. Dismissal might take a little longer. Live-streams are not always clear. Campus events we enjoy are now virtual which don’t allow the connections we love about our school. Some annual events have been canceled. We miss having our parents in our building. We miss joining as a school family to celebrate the Mass. We miss the hugs and high-fives. But, let us remember this is only a “blip”. Our God is good and will see us through this and we will be stronger for it. 

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker
ALL-SCHOOL PARENT INFO NIGHT
  • This will be a pre-recorded virtual event. Additional details will be sent next Thursday, August 27th.
WHAT'S BREWIN' WITH MRS. TUCKER
This year our informal conversations with administration will be held virtually via GoogleMeet. Please mark your calendar for the What's Brewin' that corresponds to the current grade levels of your student(s). 
  • September 2nd, 8:15 a.m. – 8th Grade
  • September 9th, 8:15 a.m. – Pre-K3
  • September 16th, 8:15 a.m. – 7th Grade
  • September 23rd, 8:15 a.m. – Pre-K4
  • September 30th, 8:15 a.m. – 6th Grade
  • October 14th, 8:15 a.m. – Kindergarten
  • October 21st, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade
  • October 28th, 8:15 a.m. – 1st Grade
  • November 4th, 8:15 a.m. – 4th Grade
  • November 11th, 8:15 a.m. – 2nd Grade
  • November 18th, 8:15 a.m. – 3rd Grade
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
PLEASE COMPLETE ALL PARENT HOMEWORK (ONLINE FORMS)
PARENT HOMEWORK – ONLINE FORMS
Forms are in ParentsWeb © under School Information>Web Forms>STAOPCS 20–21 Back To School Forms:
  • Student TB Questionnaire
  • COVID-19 Acknowledgement
  • Family Handbook Acknowledgment
  • Student Demographic Information
  • Parent Information (please verify address, email & phone information)
  • Student Medical
  • Student Emergency Contact
ABSENCES
Parents are required to contact the school office at attendance@staopcs.org, as well as your student's teacher, by 8:30 AM on the day of an absence or in advance if known. Calls made by students are not acceptable. If a student’s absence is not confirmed by 8:30 am, the school office attempts to contact the parent to verify the student’s whereabouts. You may also let us know in advance if your child will be absent due to a scheduled appointment. Please do not send in notes with your students - use email as the preferred method.

FORGOTTEN ITEMS
  • Please do not drop off forgotten items, including homework, water bottles, and lunches (a lunch will be provided by Geomar© for forgotten lunches; parents will be billed). We assure you that your students will be taken care of.

BIRTHDAYS
  • We have reviewed our procedures and students may now bring in individually-wrapped birthday treats to celebrate their special day.
  • Student must be able to carry it to class without assistance.
  • Students with allergies may want to send in appropriate treats for their own students to have on hand for these special days.
  • Students are welcome to wear Free Dress on their birthdays, except on Mass days when we return to Mass in the church.
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL REMINDERS:
  • For your safety, please don't leave your car when in car line. Our staff will help children into their cars.
  • If you need to buckle car seats, please pull forward into lot in front of the Parish Life Building or into the back lot by the St. Theresa Center to assist your child.
  • Pull up as close to the car in front of you as possible during dismissal line-up so that we can allow for as many cars as possible.
NURSE'S NOTES & COVID-19 REMINDERS
NURSE NOTES
For the week of August 17th:
08/17/20 | KB | Reported case of strep throat

**Please make sure you send in your “Permission to Treat for Medical Emergencies” if you have not yet! We must have one for each child in the school.
SCREENING AND ON-CAMPUS REQUIREMENTS
We will continue to work closely with our local health department officials and the Catholic Schools Office to ensure the safety of our students and staff should the school experience a positive case of COVID-19. Please see the attached documents regarding screening of your students and on-campus requirements should someone test positive for COVID-19.
PADUAN PARENTS & VOLUNTEERING
The Dolphin Rosary Groups meet each week to pray the Rosary for our community—our students, our faculty and staff, our families and loved ones, our parish, our neighbors, our world! We welcome all to join us! PLEASE NOTE: The English Rosary time has changed!
SHOUT-OUTS
A big shout-out to all of our Room Parents who have volunteered to help their classrooms this year! All Room Parents have been assigned & notified by email.

Additional volunteer champion roles are still available, including but not limited to:
  • Fund for St. Anthony grade-level coordinators
  • International Day Champion (may have co-champion)
  • Grandparents Day Champion (may have co-champion)
  • Go Texan Day Champion (may have co-champion)
  • Mother/Son Dance Champion
  • Father/Daughter Dance Champion
  • Fun Field Day Champion (may have co-champion)
  • Teacher Appreciation Champion (may have co-champion)

Please contact advancement@staopcs.org if you are interested in learning more about these roles or indicate your interest in the Volunteer Interest Form!
NEW FOR 2020-2021 - PADUAN PARENTS GROUPME
GroupMe is a quick and easy way to communicate to a large audience. GroupMe will not take the place of the Messenger, Sign-up genius links, or other ways we communicate with parents. This new tool, however, allows quick 2-way communication between all Paduan Parent leaders and parent volunteers.

Rules of Engagement for Participation in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School’s GroupMe chats:
  • We encourage your participation in our GroupMe chats. We ask that you exercise civility and goodwill in your communication. Any user that posts comments that are intentionally rude or deride the opinions of others will be removed from the chat.
  • Feel free to ask questions about school activities or functions, or information distributed to inform parents.
  • Please refrain from asking grade-level or class-specific questions on the Paduan Parents chat. We will explore the option of adding grade-level specific groups with our room parents in September.
  • No profanity or vulgar comments
  • No accusations or accusatory language toward an individual or group of individuals.
  • No negative comments about teachers, staff or students
  • No comments not related to school activities or functions
  • GroupMe chat members with a question not school-related should contact their Paduan Parent Coordinators for their grade-level in person, by phone or by email.

What Is GroupMe?
  • GroupMe is a free group messaging app
  • Paduan Parents uses GroupMe to communicate school news and events with parents
  • People wanting to join can be added by a current GroupMe member
  • Please do not add anyone who is not an enrolled parent at St. Anthony
  • GroupMe has direct message features – a member can direct message another member in the same group
  • Phone numbers are hidden in the GroupMe app
  • Comments cannot be deleted once posted on GroupMe.
 
Click button to join!
SPIRIT WEAR
2020-2021 SPIRIT T-SHIRTS
Spirit Shirts have been ordered and will be sent home with students next week! If you didn't place your order in time, we will do our best to assist you, please email: advancement@staopcs.org
SQUAD LOCKER SPIRITWEAR
We also have a St. Anthony Spirit Store through Squad Locker. Our school will receive a percentage of all sales to benefit our programs on campus. Enter coupon code: PLAYNOW for 10% off!

  • Outerwear & Sweatshirts may be worn by students over uniforms.
  • St. Anthony t-shirts may be worn with uniform bottoms in the 1st quarter.
SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL
SAVE THE DATE
It's our first Spirit Day of the year - Monday, August 31st! Regularly throughout the year we partner with local restaurants and earn a percentage of the total sales brought in by St. Anthony of Padua families on our assigned days/nights.
WISH LIST - 2020-2021
Are you interested in making an immediate impact for our students? We have created a list of classroom or school-wide items that we would like to purchase! As a school we will be working to fund these items through the Fund for St. Anthony but if you would like to give to specific items, you may give online at the link below.

THANK YOU to an anonymous donor for the purchase of 2 Middle School standing desks, the Barr family for purchasing IXL for Kindergarten & the Mustian family for contributing to our "Guardian Angel Fund" for tuition assistance!
COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAM
Our school would not exist without the support and engagement of our community members and businesses. Thank you to the following organizations for their early commitment as 2020-2021 Community Partners! Please consider patronizing these businesses when you are able!

Grandparents Day Sponsor:
JK Dentistry

Go Texan Day Sponsor:
CHI St. Luke's

Blue & Green Folder Sponsors:
America's Family Dental
Cherry Creek Mortgage | Jason Higham
Liz Flores Listings

Teacher Appreciation Week Sponsor:
Hughes & Cozad Orthodontics

Fun Field Day Sponsor:
Progressive Pain & Rehabilitation - Dr. Nash

Silver Sponsor:
Wheeler Pediatric Dentistry

If your business would like to support our students through our Community Partner Program, please contact Katie Tressel, Advancement Coordinator at advancement@staopcs.org. Or click the button for more information about this year's program.
Seminarian J. Serrato visited with students and helped in car line.
Our Middle School attended Mass on Wednesday together!
Students are adjusting to recess with masks and/or social distancing. We are so proud of their resiliency.
Have a great weekend!
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The Woodlands, TX 77382