January 24, 2020
Dear Parents of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School,

Happy Catholic Schools Week --- Almost! 😊 Catholic Schools Week kicks off nationally this Sunday, January 26th. Here at St. Anthony, we will extend Catholic Schools Week by a day to end with our parish Mass celebrations the weekend of February 1st. In honor of this week of celebration, here are some fun facts about Catholic schools:

  • There are more than 6,200 Catholic schools in the United States.
  • The Catholic Church is the largest private educational system in the United States.
  • Total Catholic school student enrollment in the United States for this academic year is 1,789,363 students.
  • Research shows that the unique partnership between Catholic schools and parents results in higher attendance rates and lower dropout rates. 
  • Catholic School students score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing. 
  • The vast majority, approximately 94% of Catholic school graduates, pursue higher education. 
  • Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic School students develop more effective writing skills. 
  • Catholic Schools represent affordable excellence; there is an emphasis on efficiency and accountability. 
  • In addition to a strong program in the "basics," as well as challenging programs for gifted students, Catholic Schools add the significant "plus" of religious, moral, and spiritual development. 
  • Catholic Schools help students understand that each person is unique and valuable and made in the image of God. 
  • Catholic School students are more likely as adults to pray daily, attend church more often, donate to the church and retain their Catholic identity.
  • (Information source: USCCB, NCEA & Archdiocese of Milwaukee)

So many great reasons to choose Catholic schools. Thank you for choosing St. Anthony of Padua for your children! 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Patron Saint of Catholic Schools, Pray for Us.

Only by His Grace,
Veronica Tucker
RE-ENROLLMENT FOR 2020-2021
Online Re-Enrollment for Returning Students on FACTS Family Online (ParentsWeb) :
  • Re-enrollment for returning students is Wednesday, January 22 – Friday, January 31.
  • You received an email on Wednesday when your student’s re-enrollment packet was ready on your FACTS Family Online (ParentsWeb) account.
  • Complete your student’s online re-enrollment packet for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • If you have questions or need assistance contact Cathy Russell at crussell@staopcs.org.
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
Fathers and Daughters - join us for dancing, refreshments, and fun at our first-ever Father-Daughter Winter Wonderland Dance! It will be a magical evening that will enchant your daughter and be a special memory forever in her heart. Thank you for letting us know if you plan to attend! Date/Time: January 25th at 6:30 PM.
NURSE NOTES
For the week of Jan. 20, 2020:

01/21/20 | 7B | Influenza B (Dx 1-17-20 and reported this week)
BREAKFAST WITH BOOKS
The next book club meeting will be on Friday, February 14th at 7:30 am . Meet at the front of the school by 7:25 am.  Please read the book: “ The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street ” for the meeting! Book Club is open to students in 4th through 8th grade.
CALENDAR ALERT!
Please make note that Fun Field Day (noon dismissal) will be held on Tuesday, May 19th . Beyond the Bell will be open. School Calendar
Monday, Jan. 27 | Celebrating Your Community  | B aby Bottle Campaign
  • 3rd Quarter Stewardship Project – Kick off of our 3rd Quarter Stewardship Project - Baby Bottle campaign. Families will collect change throughout the week that will benefit PACN.
  • Staff Door Decorating Contest - help us pick a winner on our Facebook & Instagram pages!
  • "Appreciation Station" set-up in the lunchroom for students to recognize faculty & staff (Sign-up Genius)
  • School-wide Paduan Pod Olympic Games throughout the week. Help Referee!

Tuesday, Jan. 28 | Celebrating Our Students  | E ncourage One Another
  • School-wide Paduan Pod Olympic Games throughout the week. Help Referee!

Wednesday, Jan. 29 | Celebrating The Nation  | L ove God with all our heart.
  • Students will be sitting with Paduan Pods for Mass. There will be a procession of our Paduan Pods Saints’ signs facilitated by 8th graders.
  • Eucharistic Adoration for students

Thursday, Jan. 30 | Celebrating Vocations  | O pen our hearts to the Holy Spirit
  • Special interview with Fr. Kingsley on this week's DNN
  • Future Family Open House | 6:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 31 | Celebrating Faculty And Staff  | N otice our blessings
  • Appreciation notes to teachers on display
  • Pastries with Parents | 7 - 7:40 a.m. | Join your student for a donut in Sheltz Hall & walk them to class.

Sunday, Feb. 2 | Celebrating Your Parish  | G o and announce the Gospel.
  • Catholic Schools Week Mass – Students from our school will serve as readers, ushers and school choir will serve 11 a.m. Mass. Students are encouraged to wear school uniform to Mass!
VOLUNTEERING
PARISH FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL - School Booth
We are going to have a table at the Parish Food Truck Festival on January 26th to promote education on campus and support our Parish event! If you are able to volunteer we would love to have you help! ( Sign-up Genius )

APPRECIATION STATION & PADUAN POD REFEREES
It's Catholic Schools Week! Help students write notes to teachers and staff at our "Appreciation Station" set-up in the lunchroom on Monday or Tuesday. Or help us referee our Paduan Pod Olympics! Volunteers must be compliant with Safe Environment. ( Sign-up Genius )
A MILLION WISHES GALA
TEACHER EXPERIENCES
Your student can be "Teacher for the Day" ! Each year as a part of the Auction Gala, the teachers and staff donate experiences as a part of our silent auction. Most Teacher Experiences will be held on the same day, Wednesday, March 25th, but please check descriptions for more information.

  • BID NOW AT: staopcs.givesmart.com
  • Bidding Closes at:
  • 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 for: All Classroom Teachers and Middle School experiences (8th, 7th, & 6th)
  • 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 for: Auxiliary Teachers (Band, Music, Librarian, World Languages, Religion, Assistant Religion, Art, Theatre, Athletics & Assistant Athletics)
  • 11:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 for: Front Office Adventure, Advancement & Communications Adventure, School Counselor, Nurse & Classroom Assistants
**Please make note of the age restrictions for each experience and the dates each experience will be held when bidding.**

MOBILE BIDDING PROCESS:
  • To take part in the online auction you must register at staopcs.givesmart.com
  • Browse the teacher experiences under ITEMS.
  • Place your bid on any item you select. You also have the option to set an AUTOBID!
  • You will be notified via text message if you have been outbid.

Thank you for bidding generously! All proceeds will be used to support our school and students!
UPCOMING PARTIES & SOCIALS -  Purchase a spot at the links below!

"CAMP OUT" PARTY - 2nd & 3rd Grade (Only 9 more spots remaining!)
  • Feb. 7, 5 - 7 pm | $50 per student

  • Feb. 21, 8 - 8:45 am | $75 per student

  • Feb. 21, 11 - 11:45 am | $75 per student

  • Feb. 21, 12 - 12:45 am | $75 per student

  • Feb. 29, 4 pm | $75 per person
DONATE AN AUCTION ITEM!
Our Gala Committee is hard at work looking for the most desirable items out there, and we would love your help! 

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.

DONATE A GIFT CARD:  Did you receive unwanted gift cards over the holidays? Or miss the Gift Card Drive? We will still accept your donations! Drop off at the school office.

STEPS FOR STUDENTS
REGISTRATION RATES GO UP JANUARY 31ST!

STEPS FOR STUDENTS TEAM UPDATE:
  • We currently have 177 Team Members (11th place in the Archdiocese)
  • Thank you to Giselle Schubert for helping to design this year's team shirt & Doucet Safety Analysis LLC for sponsoring.
  • This year our team shirts will be performance/dri-fit shirts! Each St. Anthony Team Member will receive a Steps for Students Race t-shirt & a St. Anthony Team t-shirt! To receive a Team shirt you must be registered by Jan. 28th!

Join our Steps for Students Team to be eligible for these fun incentives!
  • NEW: If we reach 200 team members we will have Cafeteria Karaoke at lunch.
  • All student team members will be entered in a drawing to win Airpods.
  • All students who run or walk with us on race day will earn a Homework Pass from Mrs. Tucker.
  • Our top student earner (raising money through their Steps for Students fundraising page) will earn a FREE SHOE PASS (with the exception of Mass Days) for the rest of the school year!
GIVING BY LIVING
NEXT SPIRIT NIGHT:
Feb. 11th | Jersey Mike's | 3091 College Park Dr. Suite 150

BOX TOPS
  • Our next Box Tops submission date is fast approaching! Please make sure to send in any clipped Box Tops by Feb. 14th.
  • 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!
UPCOMING DATES
1/25/2020 - Father-Daughter Dance, 6:30 PM, Gym ( RSVP )
1/26/2020 - Parish Food Truck Festival ( Sign-up Genius )
 1/26/2020 - 2/1/2020 - CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!     
1/27/2020 - English Rosary Group, 8:15 AM, Church
1/28/2020 - 100th Day of School!
1/29/2020 - Mass (7-2), 9:00 AM
1/30/2020 - Future Family Open House, 6:30 PM 
1/30/2020 - Spanish Rosary Group, 2:30 PM, Church
1/31/2020 - $5 Free Dress Day Benefiting 8th Grade Class Gift
1/31/2020 - Current Student Re-Enrollment Ends       
1/31/2020 - Pastries with Parents, 7:00 AM, Sheltz Hall
2/1/2020 & 2/2/2020 | Mass 2nd Collection benefits the school
2/2/2020 - Catholic Schools Week Mass, 11 a.m.
2/04/2020 - Talks with Fr. Tom
2/05/2020 - New Student Enrollment Begins
2/05/2020 - What's Brewing with Deacon Mike Krall, 8:15 a.m.
2/05/2020 - Mass (5A) - Special Teaching Mass
2/07/2020 - GALA: 2nd & 3rd Grade "Camp Out" Party
2/09/2020 - Fellowship Sunday - Gala Raffle Ticket Sales

More pics from the week are featured on Instagram & Facebook !
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7901 Bay Branch Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77382