July 31, 2020
Dear St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Families,

Hello! Well.. what a summer this has been! I think more than any other year in my 19 years in education, I am excitedly anticipating the return of your students to campus this year. Let the countdown to the first day of school begin! I hope you and your students are as excited to welcome the 2020-2021 school year as I am! This year will look a little different as about 10% of our dolphins will join us remotely as we start the year. These students will be just as much a part of our daily learning and growth as we anxiously wait until all of our students are able to gather together on campus. 

I look forward to this year for a variety of reasons. After being separated since March, our reunion will be all the sweeter! I’m also very excited to embrace this year’s theme. In continued alignment with our parish, we will continue with our adoption of the parish theme of “Belong. Believe. Bless.” as part of a three-year focus on these essential components of our faith. This year, we start the second year with our focus on: BELIEVE

This word, “BELIEVE”, has many definitions. Definitions include accepting something as truth, having faith, confidence in the existence of something and more. As a school family united by our faith, the concept of “believe” is at the core of all we do. This year, more than ever, this belief, or faith, is critical. We must believe in our students as they start a new academic year following one which ended so unexpectedly. We believe in our God who we ask to heal our suffering world and send His Spirit to give us the wisdom to make good choices with our hearts always focused on Him. We believe in our teachers and our staff to continue with the high caliber of education expected of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. This year, we will stress to all of our community - students, parents, extended family members, faculty, staff, alumni - that this is a school full of believers. We will deliberately share this message knowing the wisdom of St. Augustine: â€śFaith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe”. In our partnership together, please take extra time this year to discuss the importance of faith at home. Remind your children that this faith has the power to move mountains, transform hearts and cure the sick.

As I begin my third year at St. Anthony of Padua, I continue to be amazed by the skill, dedication and passion of this faculty and staff. Throughout the summer, they have shared their ideas for this upcoming year and their strong desire to be reunited with your children. Thank you for believing in us and choosing St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School to assist you in forming these young children to be followers of Christ. 2020-2021 will be a fantastic year!

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker
Principal
MEET THE TEACHER
  • Tuesday, August 11 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • This will be a virtual event, with more details included in next week's edition of The Messenger.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Wednesday, August 12 | 8 am – 12 pm (Doors open at 7:30 am )
  • Arrival & Dismissal Procedures are being finalized and will be included in next week's edition of The Messenger.
  • Car line tags/signs will be mailed to each family this week. Please make sure your mailing address is correct in ParentsWeb/FACTS.
FAMILY HANDBOOK & RE-OPENING PLANS
Please review the Family Handbook & Revised 2020-2021 Calendar prior to the start of the school year. Additionally some of our handbook procedures have been changed for COVID-19 safety. A s we work out final details of processes and procedures with our reopening, please continue to refer to our website ( https://staopcs.org/reopeningplans ) for detailed reopening procedures and changes.
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.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL
WHAT DO I BRING TO SCHOOL?
School supplies have been purchased in bulk and will be in the classroom when students arrive. Students need to bring a zippered backpack and lunchbox if they are bringing snack/lunch to school ( lunch is not served on the first three days of school ). Information about snacks will be provided by the classroom teachers. Backpacks must be large enough to hold textbooks and a 9 1/2” x 11” folder. We highly encourage Pre–K & K students to have non—rolling backpacks due to safety concerns. Please label backpacks and lunchboxes.

  • Arrival & Dismissal Form (for walkers or bikers ONLY) should be filled out and turned in on the first day of school to teachers or front office.
  • With our current guidelines, we require all Pre-K3 â€“ 8th grade students to have masks. Students would need to wear masks during transitions and at other times as designated by the teacher and administration depending on the guidelines at the time. 
  • All masks/face coverings should cover the nose and mouth and fit securely over the child's face.
  • Masks/face coverings may be any color and have a design as long as they are school appropriate. 
  • To help your child become accustomed to wearing a mask, see this helpful infographic from Behavioral Interventions and Solutions, LLC.

UNIFORMS, SHOES & DRESS CODE
Uniforms are required beginning on the first day of school. Here are a few reminders:
  • Shopping for socks and shoes will be easier if you read the requirements first and refer to dress code in the Family Handbook and the uniform color chart.
  • Before getting back to school haircuts, please read the requirements.
  • Uniform information is available at: staopcs.org/uniforms
  • Spirit Shirts (and St. Anthony tops from SquadLocker) may be worn with uniform bottoms during the 1st quarter of 2020. Ordering details are further down in this newsletter.
  • Uniform and dress code infractions are reflected in conduct grades.

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL CHANGES
  • Doors will open at 7:30 am to provide more time for arrival for those families who are able to come to campus early. 
  • Families will continue to have the same two arrival options. Parents (wearing masks) must walk students to the front porch or use carline.
  • On the front porch and in carline, faculty/staff will take the student’s temperature before students are separated from parents. Temperatures below 100 degrees will be allowed to attend school. 
  • All students will sanitize hands upon arrival in their classrooms.
  • All students will dismiss through carline. We realize that this may be frustrating for some, especially our middle school students who enjoy Middle School Park & Walk. However, this is the best way for our school to keep students socially distant and safe at the close of our school day. The Walk/Bike option is still permitted with a signed parent consent form.
  • Additional details about the arrival and dismissal (traffic flow, maps, etc.) will be included in next week's Messenger. Thank you for your patience as we finalize procedures.
 
BEYOND THE BELL (Before & After Care)
The August and September calendars are available on our website at: staopcs.org/beyondthebell . If you plan to use Beyond the Bell during the months of August and September, please complete the calendars and email to Charlotte Aldrich at caldrich@staopcs.org . Payments are invoiced through FACTS© accounts. There is no Beyond the Bell after care on the first day of school (August 12th). 
 
SUMMER REQUIRED READING
Students (1st through 8th Grade) still have time to finish up summer reading. Requirements and forms are posted on the school web site, staopcs.org/summer–reading–lists . Please keep summer reading logs and reports at home until teachers ask for them.

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.

HEALTH & SAFETY: VISITORS
  • For the time being, visitors will not be allowed on campus.
  • Parents will not be allowed to drop off forgotten items, including lunches (a lunch will be provided by Geomar© for forgotten lunches; parents will be billed).
  • There will be no in-person gatherings or events held on campus until deemed safe.
  • For the time being, birthday treats and birthday lunches are not allowed. 

FACTS FAMILY PORTAL (ParentsWeb©)
Our school management system is FACTS FAMILY PORTAL (ParentsWeb©) – a private and secure parents’ portal that allows parents to see academic information specific to their children, while protecting their children’s information from others. If you went through the online enrollment process, you should already have a FACTS FAMILY PORTAL Login. However, if not, please follow the directions listed on our website at: https://www.staopcs.org/parentsweb

LUNCH PROGRAM
We are pleased to welcome Geom ar © back as our hot lunch vendor. Lunch service will begin the second week of school. Orders and payment must be placed through their website at geomar.h1.hotlunchonline.net . Geoma r© will continue to provide a sack lunch option Monday – Thursday with a pizza option on Fridays. You can access their website directly or through a link on the school web page. Online menus are available for viewing, and orders must be placed at least 2 days in advance to ensure that enough meals are prepared each day.
  • Lunch will be eaten in classrooms to foster social distancing. Purchased lunches will be delivered to classrooms.
  • Students may also bring lunches from home. Information about snacks will be provided by the homeroom teachers. Students do not have access to cold storage, heating appliances or utensils.
  • Extra staff will assist with cleaning after lunch. 
  • When it is safe to do so, outdoor lunches will be introduced.
  • EMERGENCY LUNCHES - During the 2020-2021 school year, St. Anthony will be unable to accept forgotten lunches. If a student forgets his/her lunch Geomar© will provide an emergency lunch and parents will be invoiced. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHROMEBOOKS:
We are excited once again to offer our middle school students the use of Chromebooks™ to enhance their educational experience. The purpose of this 1:1 Chromebook™ Program is to have a seamless integration between technology and the curriculum in order to promote a 21st century classroom. This device is for educational purposes only. If you have any questions about our Chromebook program please contact our Information Technologist, Arlene Failde .

ATHLETICS PROGRAM
  • All GHCAA Athletics have been pushed back until January.
  • Soccer will be will be played the same time as basketball.
  • Soccer and basketball practices will start in December and games will begin in January.
  • The GHCAA cross country championship meet will be scheduled some time during the winter season as well.
  • Volleyball will be played in the spring season along with track, baseball and softball.
  • Unfortunately, GHCAA Six man football season has been cancelled.
  • More details about Athletics will continue to be communicated as decisions are made.
SHOW YOUR ST. ANTHONY SPIRIT
New STAOPCS Yard Signs are now available! Show off your St. Anthony spirit at home. You may pick one up during our office hours or we will have them available to pickup at the front of the school on the first day!

There is no charge for yard signs - we just ask that you please prayerfully consider how your family can support our school in 2020-2021.
NURSE'S NOTES from Mrs. Leslie Pavlock
Please make sure you send in any updated immunization records for your child   . If you have a returning student and I am missing any immunizations, you should have received an e-mail request from me.    If your child is a NEW student to our school, please make sure we have a copy of their immunization record. If the immunization is printed from an electronic record from the doctor’s office, the record must be signed or stamped by the physician/office. It can have a signed electronic signature from the doctor. This is a state requirement   Please make sure they are up-to-date by the first day of school. 

If your child requires any medication to be administered during the school year (or on field trips), please make sure you have the “Medication Permission” form completed and signed by their physician. This is for any over the counter medications as well. ALL medications must be in either a new unopened box or if it is a prescription it must be in the original box (epi-pen box with labels or inhaler box with labels). Prescription should match the “ medication permission forms   ” signed by the doctor.  
  • MEDICATION DROP-OFF: 8:00 am-3:30 pm | Monday - Friday

If your child has a health condition such as severe allergies, asthma, diabetes or cardiac issues, please make sure the care plan is completed and signed by their physician (if medications are needed they should be listed on the care plan or noted on the medication permission form). If your child has asthma or severe allergies and is old enough to carry an inhaler or epi-pen, you must have the paperwork completed (along with the “Self- Carry” form). We must have two inhalers (for asthma), one for the student to carry and one that stays in the clinic as a back up and 2 to 4 epi-pens 1 or 2 to carry and 1 or 2 in the clinic for back up. 

You can find all of the forms on the school website:    https://staopcs.org/nurse. If you have any questions, Mrs. Pavlock can be reached via email:  lpavlock@staopcs.org
MEET OUR NEW FACULTY & STAFF
Welcome to our newest faculty & staff members for the 2020-2021 School Year!
  • Dania Baglio – World Languages/Spanish
  • Kari Faw – Kindergarten Teacher
  • Yvette Flot – Pre-K4 Assistant (coming from Beyond the Bell)
  • Lauren Harris – Pre-K4 Teacher
  • Sarah Hernandez – Kindergarten Assistant
  • Martha Insignares – Middle School Math Teacher & 6th Grade Advisory
  • Deborah Morgan – Library Manager / Middle School Electives
  • Mary Macora – 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Keri Meyer – 1st Grade Teacher
  • Hilda Serrano - Beyond the Bell
  • Kaitlyn Schmidt – Counselor
  • Misty Twellman – Angels Coach
  • Ken Wetzel – Assistant Principal, Middle School & Auxiliaries

We will introduce our new faculty on social media over the next few weeks!
INTRODUCTION FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Dear St. Anthony of Padua Families,

My name is Kaitlyn Schmidt and I am excited to be the school counselor for the '20-'21 school year. My background includes working in clinical settings providing ABA therapy to individuals with neurological and behavioral disorders, as well as experience in a private practice setting. Most recently, I am coming from a private school in Spring Branch where I spent two years counseling children and adolescents. I earned my Master's in Counseling from The University of Houston and hold my full licensure in professional counseling. In my spare time, I enjoy seeing my family and eating anything that can be thrown on a grill! I also have two dogs who I think have mastered the working from home routine now!

I believe it takes a collaborative effort from all individuals in a student's life to help them navigate their way through their educational career. I am eager to join that effort and am looking forward to working with your family this coming year!

Sincerely,

Ms. Kaitlyn Schmidt, M.Ed, LPC
PADUAN PARENTS & VOLUNTEERING
We are very excited to announce our new Paduan Parent Coordinators for the 2020-2021 school year! If you have any questions about our school and getting involved, please contact any of our coordinators. They might not know all the answers, but are willing to help you figure them out and welcome you to our St. Anthony Community!
Early Childhood
Paduan Parent Coordinator
Elementary
Paduan Parent Coordinator
Andrea DeAguirre (Spanish-speaking)
Middle School
Paduan Parent Coordinator
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING (VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT)
While we can't currently welcome volunteers and visitors on campus, it is important for all parents to complete Safe Environment Training prior to volunteering for any school activity. 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.

Safe Environment Program - The CMG Safe Haven online training consists of 3 vignette style training videos that is approximately 60 minutes and will include a criminal background check that must be completed. These trainings will be available in English and Spanish. Live trainings will no longer be offered, all Safe Environment training will only be available online. For more information about completing Safe Environment Training please visit: https://www.staopcs.org/safe-environment-training

ROOM PARENTS & OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested in being a Room Parent or other volunteer opportunities, please complete this volunteer interest form . Room Parents will be notified if they are selected. Additional Volunteer Opportunities will be communicated in The Messenger e-newsletter.
SPIRIT WEAR
2020-2021 SPIRIT T-SHIRTS
This year's SPIRIT SHIRT continues to reflect our theme, "Belong. Believe. Bless." The charge for the shirt will be $15 each.  Students will be allowed to wear Spirit Shirts with uniform bottoms during the 1st quarter of 2020-2021. These are Gildan SoftStyle t-shirts - the same as last year's spirit shirts.  For more info on sizing please visit our website: https://www.staopcs.org/spirit-store .

PLEASE ORDER BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 7TH!
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
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!

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

If you 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.
WISH LIST - 2020-2021
Are you interested in making an immediate impact for our students? We have created a list of classroom items that we would like to purchase for our students. 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!
GIVING BY LIVING
Through just living your life and making purchases, you will be supporting our students.  These are some of the simplest ways to support our school!

  • AmazonSmile customers can now support St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
  4. If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.

  • Box Tops for Education - The next generation of Box Tops is here. No more clipping – just scan your receipt using the new and improved Box Top mobile app. Find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online. Giving has never been so easy! And you can still send in clipped Box Tops for double the earnings!

  • Mabel's Labels - Mabel’s labels are dishwasher, microwave, and laundry safe personalized labels. Please visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and search for St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School to place your order and support our school! Great for uniforms, water bottles & lunchboxes!

  • Shutterfly or Tiny Prints - Shop at Shutterfly or Tiny Prints and 13% of your purchase will be donated to St. Anthony! Shop here: staopcs.shutterflystorefront.com
2020-2021 Administration
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Enjoy your last few days of summer! See you soon!
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