December 14, 2018
Dear St. Anthony of Padua Families,

It’s the final countdown! If your house is anything like mine, we have our Advent Calendar countdown to Christmas (just 11 more days!) and our chalkboard countdown to the last day of school until Christmas break (just 2 ½ days after today!). While I try not to wish time away, I think we all welcome our upcoming much-deserved break. I pray that you enjoy some sleeping in, homework-free nights and uniform-free attire. Your families will be in the prayers of my family this Christmas as we focus on the arrival of our Savior in the form of an infant lying in a manger.

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
NURSE'S NOTES
From 12/7/18 to 12/13/18:

12/10/18 | 3B | Lice (Reported)
12/11/18 | KA & KB | Conjunctivitis
12/13/18 | 4B | Strep Throat

Speech Screening evaluation forms are due by December 18, 2018.  
PARENT SURVEY
Continuous school improvement can only happen with input from our school community. Your feedback is essential as we work to better serve you and create a positive experience at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School.

Please complete the survey below by Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

If you are a returning family, you may notice that some questions are the same as previous surveys. This is done intentionally so that we can track progress in certain areas over time. You will see this specifically regarding events and communication. These are areas which are very important to us. Please complete one survey per family. Thank you, in advance, for your help and for your commitment to our school.
MARDI GRAS BALL SPONSORS & UNDERWRITING
Proceeds from Gala help St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School meet its annual operating budget and provide financial aid resources for students needing assistance.

  • Sponsors are a vital part of the success of the Gala. As a sponsor, you will be our special guest at the event. Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. A portion of your sponsorship may be tax deductible.

  • Underwriting is another way you can support the Gala. As an underwriter, you will cover a specific Gala expense, which will increase the event's proceeds that benefit our students. There are a number of underwriting levels to choose from. Underwriting donations may be 100% tax deductible.
AUCTION DONATIONS
Our Gala Committee is hard at work looking for the most desirable items out there, and we would love your help!

DONATE A GIFT CARD: Gift cards for restaurants, family activities, spa/salons and retail shops are popular. We are also specifically seeking H-E-B, Kroger, SPECS, or Total Wine cards to help curate a wine cellar!

DONATE AN ITEM OR SERVICE: Here is a fantastic list of suggested items !

GIFT REGISTRY: Our Gala Committee has picked out some "Wish List" items. Click here to visit our  Amazon Registry  and start shopping! Items purchased through the Registry can be sent directly to the school for your convenience.
GALA RAFFLE TICKET SALES
January & February Fellowship Sundays
We will be selling Gala Raffle tickets at the January and February Fellowship Sunday events after weekend Mass. Please consider volunteering to assist our Gala committee with these sales to earn Paduan Points! And any tickets you sell can count towards your family's sales ! Sign-up Genius .

WINNER'S CHOICE RAFFLE:
One Grand Prize Winner will win a choice of one of three trips :

  • "Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway" - Lower Level Tickets to Choice of a Select Regular Season MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL or non-major PGA Event, 2-Night Weekend Stay with Airfare for 2
  • "Escape to San Francisco & Sonoma" - Winery Tours & Tastings, Fairmont 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2
  • "Tennessee Whiskey Adventure" - Jack Daniels and George Dickel Distillery Tours and Tastings, Lunch, Transportation, 3-Night Stay in Nashville with Airfare for 2

Tickets and more information went home in your student's folder. Please be sure to read the Raffle Ticket Sales Guide thoroughly to answer any questions. Contact advancement@staopcs.org if you need more tickets!
GIVING BY LIVING
Buying Christmas Cards?! Shop at Shutterfly or Tiny Prints and 13% of your purchase will be donated to St. Anthony! Shop here: staopcs.shutterflystorefront.com

Christmas Shopping?! Give back to our students by shopping at AmazonSmile : smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0652692
STEPS FOR STUDENTS
We already have 88 team members for the Feb. 16th race - well on our way towards our goal of 200 team members! We are having a Steps for Students assembly on Jan. 11th to announce more fun! HINT : You may want to encourage your students to set-up their racer pages over Christmas Break!

UPCOMING DATES
12/14/2018: $1 T-shirt & Jean Day benefiting Prolife Across America
12/14/2018: Talks with Fr. Tom, 8:15 AM
12/17/2018: STAOPCS Rosary, 8:15 AM
12/17/2018: Chess Club, 3:45-4:45 PM (K-8)
12/19/2018: Mass (7-1), 9:00 AM
12/19/2018: End 18-19 2nd Quarter
12/19/2018: 12:00 NOON DISMISSAL
12/19/2018: BEYOND THE BELL CLOSES AT 12:00 NOON
12/20/2018 - 1/7/2019: School Closed/Christmas Break
1/7/2019: Staff Development Day (No School for Students)
1/8/2019: Students Return
1/9/2019: School Mass, 9:00 a.m.
1/10/2019: Campus Tour, 10:00 a.m.
1/10/2019: STAOPCS Rosary (Spanish), 2:15 p.m.

Full Calendar in ParentsWeb!
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AROUND OUR PARISH
DECEMBER 24TH | CHRISTMAS EVE VIGIL MASSES
4:00 PM | 6:30 PM | 9:00 PM | Midnight
 
DECEMBER 25TH | CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
9:00 AM | 11:00 AM | 1:00 PM en Español | 6:00 PM
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The Woodlands, TX 77382