August 28, 2020
Dear Families of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School,
 
What a week! While full of challenges, we also witnessed many blessings. We are grateful for the continued health of our students and staff. We also thank God for the protection of our families and community during Hurricane Laura while praying for those harmed by its path. And we see the blessing in the fact that our greatest loss was power in some of our neighborhoods. I hope that you are able to use Thursday and today for a little recharge and some time with family. We are about to enter the start of our fourth week of the quarter. Thank you for the tremendous support you continue to give me and our faculty and staff. Your children amaze me with their adaptability and resiliency. What a testimony to each of you! I can’t wait to see your students on Monday!
 
Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker
Principal
PARENT INFO NIGHT
  • If you haven't had a chance to watch Parent Info Night videos yet, they are all available at the button below.
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
SPIRIT DAY
Monday, August 31st - Crust Pizza Alden Bridge - All Day!
PICTURE DAY
Wednesday, Sept. 2nd. Students please wear official school uniforms (Mass Uniform). If you do not have an official school uniform yet, other uniforms are ok, but please no t-shirts.

 If the paper order form has not made it home yet with your student(s), you can use the following link to order and pre-pay:

To prepay online:
2. Use online order code: PTPUC
Select St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION REGISTRATION
The Sacramental Preparation Program through our Parish prepares children entering grades 2nd thru 8th to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
 
Registration Dates/Fee: August 14th @ 9am - September 14th @ 12noon | $10.00
Registration Closes: September 14th @ 12noon

Registration Pre-Requisites:

  • Child was baptized Catholic and is entering the 2nd thru 8th grade.
  • Child completed Faith Formation or attended Catholic School during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Child is registered in the Elementary Faith Formation Program (2nd thru 8th Grades) or Catholic School for the 2020-2021 school year.

This registration will take a few minutes to complete. To complete this registration, you will need the following:

1. Your Child's BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE
2. Your Child's BIRTH CERTIFICATE


If you have any questions about Sacramental Preparation at St. Anthony, please contact:

Shannon Gormley
Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation

Jennifer Rush
Sacramental Preparation Assistant
NURSE'S NOTES & COVID-19 REMINDERS
NURSE NOTES
Nothing to report. REMINDER: Please keep children home with any illness and follow protocols below for returning to school.

**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
AFTERNOON CAR LINE TEAM
We are assembling a volunteer afternoon car line team! If you can help at least one day a week from 2:30 - 3:30 pm, please join us in front of the school on Monday, August 31st at 2 pm for an initial training. Then we will create a schedule based on your availability. Perks include sweating off extra calories and being one of the first cars in line!
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
Additional volunteer champion roles are still available, including but not limited to:
  • Fund for St. Anthony grade-level coordinators
  • Grandparents Day Champion (may have co-champion)
  • Mother/Son Dance Champion - Moved to later in the year, date TBD
  • Father/Daughter Dance Champion

Please contact advancement@staopcs.org if you are interested in learning more about these roles.
DOLPHIN ROSARY GROUPS
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 this year.
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.

The goal for the PaduanParents GroupMe is to communicate volunteer opportunities or school needs quickly during this unusual year. We are grateful to our Paduan Parent Coordinators for helping to monitor and facilitate this group.

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.
  • Please do not add anyone who is not an enrolled parent at St. Anthony

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
  • 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 are in and have been delivered to homerooms! We have a few limited sizes left if you need one. 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
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.
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.
Flexible seating being used outside for mask breaks & independent work!
Thank you to our English & Spanish parent-led rosary groups for joining together to lead a special rosary in front of our school for our students.
New students and ambassadors are getting to know each other through special lunches!
Have a great weekend!
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