August 23, 2019
Dear St. Anthony of Padua Families,

What a difference a week makes! Morning carline is going more smoothly. Preschool tears in the morning have almost disappeared. Our middle school students have mastered their locker combinations. The students have settled into their routines. Our Mass Choir sounded beautiful this week. And our teachers continue to review the classroom rules while beginning to dive into curriculum. It’s been a fantastic start! Thank you for all you have done to make this a smooth start to the year. Thank you to our Early Childhood and Elementary parents for attending yesterday’s Parent Info Night. We look forward to our Middle School Parent Night this upcoming Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker 
Principal
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT INFO NIGHT
Thursday, August 22 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Middle School parents will have the opportunity to follow their child's schedule and see what a typical day is like for their middle schooler!
PARENT HOMEWORK – ONLINE FORMS
All Back–to–School forms should be completed by August 31. Forms are in ParentsWeb © under School Information>Web Forms>STAOPCS 19–20 Back To School Forms:
  • Student TB Questionnaire
  • Family Handbook Acknowledgment
  • Student Demographic Information
  • Parent Information (please verify correct address, email & phone information)
  • Student Medical
  • Student Emergency Contact
 
PARENT HOMEWORK PAPER FORMS
The following paper forms were included in green folders and will need to be completed by August 31.
  • Permission to Treat for Medical Emergencies - PLEASE COMPLETE ASAP!
  • Income verification form
  • Birthday Book Club (optional)
  • 2019-2020 Yearbook Order Form (optional)

ABSENCES REMINDERS
Please email attendance@staopcs.org and copy your child’s teacher when your student will be absent. 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. 
NURSE NOTES
For the week of August 19th:
8/21/19 | 2B | Reported case of Strep Throat
8/21/19 | KA | Viral Illness with rash

**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.
BELONG WALL
To help us decorate our hallways with our theme of BELONG - please bring in a family photo ! Photos may be dropped off at the front office or sent in through Green Folders!
ROSARY GROUP - ENGLISH
The English Rosary Group meets every Monday, 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. to pray the Rosary (in English) for our community—our students, our faculty and staff, our families and loved ones, our parish, our neighbors, our world! We meet inside the church, in front of the Blessed Mother statue to the left of the altar. We welcome all to join us!

AFTER-SCHOOL RUNNING CLUB
Information and Forms were sent home last week in Green Folders. Please fill out and return if you are interested in participating. Please email Heather Koett with any questions!

AFTER-SCHOOL CHESS CLUB
Join in the fun with chess clubs at St. Anthony of Padua this semester. Experience the positive and fun teaching style and the excellent instruction and play. The course will be taught by experienced chess instructors and employ a teaching style which makes learning the game a fun and educational experience for children of all abilities.

BIRTHDAY FREE DRESS
NEW! Students may wear FREE DRESS on their birthday or a day near their birthday (No Mass Days please). Students with summer birthdays may make arrangements with their teacher to designate a day to use their birthday pass. Birthday Free Dress must follow the guidelines of Free Dress Days in our Family Handbook .
FAQs
HOW LONG MAY I WALK MY CHILD TO CLASSROOMS?
Students in 1st through 8th grade should walk on their own to class starting Monday, August 26th . You are welcome to kiss & hug in the lobby! We understand that the transition for Pre–K & Kindergarten is sometimes harder, so you may walk with your children until September 3rd. If your Pre–K & K student is able, please encourage them to walk to class on their own (or with older siblings) as soon as possible–our teachers and staff will happily assist them on their way.

MAY I BRING IN SPECIAL LUNCHES FOR MY CHILD?
Fast food may be brought in as a treat for birthdays, but not on a regular basis in place of forgotten lunches.
VOLUNTEERING
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING (VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT)
Our school requires anyone wanting to participate in volunteer activities to complete Safe Environment Training. As a community of faith it is our moral responsibility to safeguard children, the most important gifts God entrusts to us.  NOTE: All volunteers/parents must be current with safe environment training in order to participate in volunteer opportunities within our school. For more information about completing Safe Environment Training please visit: https://www.staopcs.org/safe-environment-training

ROOM PARENTS & OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Room Parents have been assigned & notified by email. Additional volunteer champion roles are still available, including but not limited to: Mother/Son Dance , Father/Daughter Dance , Earth Day, Fun Field Day . Please contact advancement@staopcs.org if you are interested in learning more about these roles.

Save-the-date for a General Volunteer & Room Parent Orientation:
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10:15 am in PLB-205

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERING: The library is a great place to help out around campus! Share your time and talents; sign up to volunteer. We would love to work with you in the library. LIBRARY SIGN-UP GENIUS
SPIRIT SHIRTS - LAST CALL!
2019-2020 SPIRIT T-SHIRTS
This year's SPIRIT SHIRT reflects our new theme, "Belong. Believe. Bless." The charge for the shirt will be $20. Once purchased, money will not need to be sent in on $1 Spirit Shirt & Jeans Days. The cost of $1 Spirit Shirt & Jeans Days is included. The proceeds will go to support the following ministries: Honduras Mission, Cross Catholic, The Labouré Society, Prolife Across America and PACN (Pregnancy Assistance Center North ). Click button below to order. Shirts will arrive in and be sent home in September.

All orders must be received by Friday, August 30!

**Students wearing Spirit Shirts from previous years will be required to contribute $1 to the sponsored ministry on $1 T-shirt & Jeans Days. 

For more info on sizing please visit our website: https://www.staopcs.org/spirit-store .
SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL
WISH LIST - 2019-2020
Are you interested in making an immediate impact for our students? As a school we will be working to fund Wish List 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 the Daigle Family for purchasing a 2nd GaGa Pit for our school! THANK YOU to the Lorenzetti Family for helping us to upgrade our Raptor school safety system!
GIVING BY LIVING
Shop at Amazon, need school supply labels, or collect Box Tops? Through just living your life and making purchases, you can raise money for our school and students.These are a few of the simple ways you can support our school! More info is at: staopcs.org/giving-by-living

STAOPCS students, parents and teachers have been collecting Box Tops coupons and earning money for our school.  Download the app - scan your receipt - and we get a donation! It's as easy as that!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.

Personalized labels are great for uniforms, water bottles & lunchboxes! Visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and search for St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School to place your order and support our school!

Shop at Shutterfly or Tiny Prints and 8% of your purchase will be donated to St. Anthony! Shop here: staopcs.shutterflystorefront.com
UPCOMING DATES
8/26/2019 - English Rosary Group, 8:15 am, Church
8/28/2019 - Mass, 9 am
8/29/2019 - Middle School Parent Info Night, 6 - 7:45 pm
9/2/2019 - Labor Day | No School
9/4/2019 - Mass, 9 am
9/4/2019 - Individual Student Pictures
9/4/2019 - Volunteer & Room Parent Orientation, 10:15 am, PLB Room 205

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