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

Happy Long Weekend! Your students (and you!) have definitely earned it after getting through the first three weeks of this year. When your students return on Tuesday, we will begin our Second Step Social - Emotional Learning Program. I am so excited to launch this program which will help our students build empathy, social skills, understanding and compassion. You will also receive communications which will help you reinforce these concepts at home. Thank you, in advance, for your help with this program’s success. Something at our recent Archdiocesan in-service made me think of this program and the need for us to be “all in”. One of our speakers shared that “Alone I Am a Movement; Together We Are a Force”. Mrs. Ettman shared this with her Art students as each made a butterfly now on display in the upstairs hallway (pictured). Alone, a butterfly might not make a major impact. But a fleet of butterflies together can make a change. Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker 
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
ATTENTION: MIDDLE SCHOOL PARK & WALK:
  • Middle school park and walk is for middle school students and their siblings
  • Parents and other family members should stay in their cars to wait for the students
  • Anyone who wants to park and get out to meet their student should park in the front of the school in the personal pick-up lot
  • All cars should back in to parking spaces and pull out facing forward
  • Students will be released to cross over to the Park & Walk lot one group at a time, waiting until cars are cleared so students can move safely
  • Cars and students should not be moving at the same time
  • Students whose parents are not parked in the lot are sent back to the sidewalk to wait. Students may not wait in the parking lot.

Please remember to exercise kindness and patience in our parking lots for the safety of all of our students, families and parishioners.
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 need to be completed.
  • 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 26-30th:

8/28/19 | 7A | Reported case of lice

  • There are still a few outstanding “Permission to Treat in Medical Emergencies”. Another copy will be sent home, so please check with your child to see if one needs to be completed for them (it will be a green paper). 
  • Reminder: If you have been contacted regarding a delinquent immunization record this must be addressed immediately and resolved by next week.
  • Flu cases have already been reported in other schools in the area, so if your children regularly receive the flu vaccine, you may want to get that appointment scheduled.
AFTER-SCHOOL RUNNING CLUB
Information and forms were sent home in Green Folders. Please fill out and return by Sept. 11th if your student is 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.
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!

ROSARY GROUP - SPANISH
The Spanish Rosary Group meets every Thursday at 2:30 p.m . to pray the Rosary (in Spanish) 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!
ANGELS CHEER CLINIC
 Come dance and cheer at the Angels Cheer Clinic on September 28th, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Gym ! All St. Anthony of Padua Kindergarten through 5th graders are welcome to attend!
  • Participants will learn two cheers, a chant and a dance to perform with the Angels at the school Pep Rally & the Homecoming game on Oct. 3rd.
  • Participants will receive a STAOPCS Homecoming T-shirt and a matching bow.
  • Fee is $35 if you register by Friday, Sept. 13; After Sept. 13 fee is $40.
  • Forms went home in Green Folders to sign-up, or you can print & return.

HOMECOMING T-SHIRTS
We are selling Homecoming Week T-shirts this year to benefit our Athletics Department! All participants in the Angels Cheer Clinic will receive one with their registration fee. If additional students or parents would like a t-shirt please return this order form to the school by Sept. 13th — Order forms went home in Green Folders today !
COUNSELOR'S CORNER BY JANAY O'CONNOR
I would like to extend the warmest welcome to all our new and returning students and their families! The character trait for September is Respect.

I would like to send out a BIG “Thank you” to all the students who signed up for the Student Ambassador Program. We are blessed to have them serve as ambassadors and we appreciate their help in making our new students feel welcome!

Important Dates:
  • “Meet the Counselor” visits to the classroom during the month of September.
  • New student “check-in” with the counselor during the month of September.
  • Second Step Social Emotional Learning program begins September 3rd!
  • First Quiz Bowl meeting is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6 from 3:45-5 pm in Mrs. Sturgeon’s room.
  • Allison Zapata, author of “Bernadette the Brave” will be visiting with our K-5th grade students on Monday, September 23.
  • Eighth grade visit to Frassati Catholic High School on Thursday, September 26.
  • Catholic High School Open House dates will be going out to all of our 7th and 8th grade parents.
  • Catholic High School admissions and shadowing information will be going out to our 8th grade parents.
  • Character Counts program begins Friday, August 30.
VOLUNTEERING
PADUAN PARENT VOLUNTEER & ROOM PARENT ORIENTATION
Wednesday, Sept. 4th | 10:15 a.m. 
Rm. 205 in Parish Life Bldg.
All Parents are welcome to attend!

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

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 and be sent home in September.

All orders must be received end-of-day 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
FUND FOR ST. ANTHONY - Every one . Every year .
September marks the kick-off for the Fund for St. Anthony! Watch your mailboxes for a special letter from Mrs. Tucker highlighting the importance of this campaign for our school and how you can participate. We are excited to celebrate the Fund for St. Anthony over the coming weeks!

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 make a wish list purchase at the link below.

THANK YOU to the Stamps Family for helping us to add more IXL/ELA Materials for 2nd Grade!
UPCOMING DATES
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
9/9/2019 - English Rosary Group, 8:15 a.m., Church
9/9/2019 - Chess Club begins, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
9/10/2019 - Talks with Father Tom, 8:15 a.m., PLB Room 203
9/11/2019 - Deadline to submit Running Club Forms
9/11/2019 - What's Brewing with Mrs. Tucker - Pre-K3 & Pre-K4, 8:15 a.m.
9/11/2019 - Mass, 9 a.m.
9/12/2019 - Gala Planning Meeting, 12 p.m., AMR
9/12/2019 - Spanish Rosary Group, 2:30 p.m.
9/13/2019 - $5 Free Dress Day to support Student Council

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