March 1, 2019
Dear St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Families,

As we approach the peak of “fundraising season” here at SAOPCS, it seemed appropriate to explore your responses to the Fall 2018 Parent Survey regarding fundraising. The chart shows your responses to these questions:

  • We feel informed about all fundraising opportunities at the school. (88 % agreed or strongly agreed.)
  • We are pleased with the format of the Gala. (71% agreed or strongly agreed.)
  • We would be interested in an additional fall fundraising event such as a clay shoot, fall festival,
  • Barbeque cook-off, softball/kickball tournament, etc. (63% agreed or strongly agreed.)
 
Comments again varied in this section. Many shared that they would appreciate a fall event focused on families. Some enjoy the format of the Gala. Others felt it is time for a change. One parent suggested that the school use our page in the church bulletin to promote school events. Another parent suggested additional fees for each family or increase tuition and then doing away with fundraising.

As you are aware, tuition alone does not cover the expenses of the school. To keep our tuition low, we must pull in additional funds to cover the gap. We are blessed to have a community that steps up for our fundraising efforts. Our Advancement Committee (consisting of staff, parents and parishioners) will carefully review all comments as events are planned for 2019-2020. Thank you, again, to all who support our school in so many ways. Hope to see you at the Gala tomorrow!

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker 
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
Please read the message below sent from the Archdiocese about a social media danger impacting students across the country:

Recent news media has many parents concerned on the latest viral challenge targeting children. It is called the Momo Challenge and it centers on a disturbing character suggesting dangerous tasks for kids to perform, including potentially hurting themselves or hiding for an extended period of time. This dangerous challenge is found on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook. Children can access this content using cellphones and tablets. Recent news have indicated that the content may have been hacked into YouTube Kid videos, Fortnight fames and Peppa Pig videos.

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO:
  • Consider age appropriateness for children’s use of technology, time spent on social media and overall reminders of family expectations for making good choices.
  • Ask your child if they know about recent dangerous online challenges and engage in conversations about safe technology use.
  • Children should never respond to unidentified messages on social media and parents should advise their children to never share personal data, photographs or phone numbers on the internet
NURSE'S NOTES
For 2/22/19 to 2/28/19:

02-22-19 | 2B | Strep Throat
02-22-19 | 6A | Strep Throat
02-22-19 | KB | Conjunctivitis
02-25-19 | 6B | Influenza
02-25-19 | 2A & 3A | Strep Throat
02-28-19 | 6A | Influenza

**Please remind your children to cover and cough and to wash their hands often. Children must be fever free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
FACULTY & STAFF LUNCHEON | MARCH 5
Our Paduan Parent Coordinators are organizing three staff luncheons (Dec. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 25) for the faculty of STAOPCS and we need your help! Click the Sign-Up genius to volunteer for lunchroom coverage (VIRTUS-certified only) so the teachers can enjoy this meal! Thank you!
BOOK FAIR | FEB. 28 - MAR. 8
Volunteer for Book Fair! During your shift, you will help children make their Wish Lists and purchases, and you may be asked to assist with the register too! We are also seeking volunteers to help with set-up and take-down.

If you are really looking to chomp up some more volunteer hours, we are also looking for Book Fair Champion Parents . You will be Mr. Mattern's right hand person in helping run the cash registers throughout the week. Please contact Mr. Mattern for additional details at cmattern@staopcs.org .
FISH FRY & STATIONS OF THE CROSS | MARCH 29

PARENTS: There are opportunities below to bring in baked goods for selling at the fish fry. Thank you for your help!
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: There are service opportunities to assist the Knights during the fish fry at the baked goods table.
 
FAMILIES: There are opportunities below to participate in Stations of the Cross.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, underwriters, donors, and volunteers for tomorrow night's Mardi Gras Ball! We truly couldn't pull off an event of this magnitude without your assistance. Please patronize the businesses that support Catholic education in The Woodlands. Click below to view tomorrow night's program and a listing of all the people who made it possible!
SILENT AUCTION
OPEN FOR BIDDING UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT!
You do not need to be present at Gala to bid in our auction! Have fun!
Class Projects, Super Silent, Arts, Children, Fashion, Food, Home, Sports, Travel, and Career for a Day:
  • Bidding Closes at 10 p.m., Saturday, March 2nd.

School Offerings & Make My Day (for Faculty & Staff):
  • Bidding Closes at 11 p.m., Saturday, March 2nd.
PARTIES & SOCIALS
UPCOMING DATES
3 /2/2019 | Mardi Gras Ball Gala | The Woodlands Resort, 7 p.m. 
3/2/2019 | GALA: Silent/Online Auction Closes ,  10 p.m. (11 p.m. School Offerings)
3/1/2019 | Book Fair Open, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., in Sheltz Hall
3/4/2019 | Book Fair Open, 7:40 am – 4:00 pm
3/4/2019 | STAOPCS Rosary, 8:15 AM
3/5/2019 | Book Fair Open, 7:40 am – 4:30 pm (Family Event)
3/6/2019 | Book Fair Open, 7:40 am – 4:00 pm
3/6/2019 | Ash Wednesday, Mass (4A), 9:00 am
3/7/2019 | Book Fair Open, 7:40 am – 4:00 pm
3/7/2019 | STAOPCS Rosary (in Spanish), 2:30 pm
3/7/2019 | 4th & 5th Grade Program, 7:00 PM (Book Fair Open After)
3/8/2019 | Individual Spring Pictures | Students Have Free Dress
3/8/2019 | 12:00 Noon Dismissal
3/8/2019 | No Afternoon Session for Beyond the Bell
3/8/2019 | 3rd Quarter Ends
3/10/2019-3/16/2019 | School Closed - Spring Break

Full Calendar in ParentsWeb!
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