November 13, 2020
Dear Families of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School,

It’s been a great week at St. Anthony! I’m grateful to have had the time to visit classrooms this week and see the wonderful things your students are doing! At this time of year, I love the chance to see the cumulative projects our students are doing as they synthesize knowledge gained throughout this first semester. Our third graders have completed their Saints projects…one of my all-time favorites. They turned out fantastic! Our 8th graders wrapped up a unit in literature with a final project on Anne Frank. Our 5th graders continue to dig deep into genetics and DNA. Our 1st graders have grown phenomenally as evidenced by their writing samples in the hallway. And that’s just to name a few examples of academic growth! Most excitingly, I’m loving seeing how our students are growing in their faith. This week, our 2nd and 3rd graders attended their first school Mass of the year in the church. It was heart-warming to see these students back in the sanctuary singing and praising our God.

In continuing with our November Saint Trivia… Today the children were given the following clue: “I was a medical doctor. I became known as the “pro-life saint” because I put my unborn child’s life before my own. Who am I?” The answer will be shared with your students on Monday.

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker
Principal 
SCHOOL NEWS
PARENT SURVEY - THEOLOGY 101
Mr. Cayanan, our Religion Coordinator, would like to offer Theology 101 for Parents. Please take a moment to complete this survey so that he can determine what topics would most interest as he plans. https://forms.gle/ydigYZdQmUed3nmA9.
FRIENDLY REMINDERS
  • Early release requests, absence notifications or dismissal changes should be sent to attendance@staopcs.org. This email address goes to Mrs. Bierbaum & Mrs. Martin at the front desk.
  • Students must wear St. Anthony sweatshirts, sweaters, or outerwear as layers when in classrooms. Be sure to order extra layers from Risse Brothers or SquadLocker before the weather gets cooler.
  • Label items with your child's name and remind students to check the lost & found for missing items.
VIRTUAL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR - November 12-25, 2020

St. Anthony of Padua invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from November 12 - 25, 2020. Our Fair will feature a Virtual Fair walk-through so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience: Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and much more! All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss these two weeks of events, fun, and books.

GRANDPARENTS DAY - NOVEMBER 20TH
While we will miss seeing our grandparents this year, grandparents can still signup for this special virtual event. A special email from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School with links to a video message will be sent on Friday, November 20th. Grandparents who register will also receive a personalized card and greeting from their grandchild(ren). We encourage families to send in pictures of their Grandparents to add to our Grandparents Wall of Honor in our hallway. Please encourage your grandparents to register. Send in pictures ASAP. Printed pictures are preferred but if you can't print your pictures you can send them to advancement@staopcs.org

Students will participate in a variety of Grandparents Day enrichment activities in their classrooms and be treated to traditional Grandparents Day donuts!

Special thank you to JK Dentistry for sponsoring Grandparents Day this year!
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE - DROP-OFF
Thank you to all who helped with this year's Thanksgiving Food Drive! REMINDER - PLEASE RETURN FULL BOXES by November 15 at the St. Teresa Center. Volunteers will be available before all weekend Masses to assist with unloading packed boxes.
YEARBOOK ADS
Applaud your student’s achievements with a tribute in the yearbook. Celebrate with words of congratulation, encouragement and praise. It's easy to purchase and create your ad online! Click the button for more information and instructions! Ads must be purchased by March 1, 2021.
DOLPHIN NETWORK NEWS (DNN) - November 13, 2020
WHAT'S BREWIN' WITH MRS. TUCKER
This year our informal conversations with administration will be held virtually via GoogleMeet. Please mark your calendar for the What's Brewin' that corresponds to the current grade levels of your student(s).
  • Wednesday, November 18th, 8:15 a.m. – 3rd Grade
NURSE'S NOTES & COVID-19 REMINDERS
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.
FUND FOR ST. ANTHONY
NOVEMBER 18: DOLPHIN DONOR DAY

What is Dolphin Donor Day?
  • DOLPHIN DONOR DAY is a 24-hr. fundraising event designed to encourage all alumni, faculty, parents, and friends to support the Fund for St. Anthony!
  • On Dolphin Donor Day, generous benefactors will match all gifts up to $25,600 - DOUBLING your donation. If your company matches your gift you can even triple your donation! See a list of employers that will match your donation.

How will students get to participate in Dolphin Donor Day?
  • 1st Classroom/Homeroom to reach 100% Family Participation in the Fund for St. Anthony will receive a Chick-fil-A Lunch, Free Dress and an in-class Karaoke Party.
  • All additional classes that reach 100% Family Participation will receive a Chick-fil-A Lunch and Free Dress.

More FUN!
  • The largest gifts made from 8-9 am, 11am-12pm, and 2-3pm will receive a special St. Anthony Gift Pack.
  • If the Fund for St. Anthony reaches 80% Family Participation our Administration has a fun surprise in store for the whole school!
  • All alumni donors will receive a St. Anthony Alumni sticker if they contribute on Dolphin Donor Day!
  • Make a gift at: https://staopcs.org/fundforstanthony
Classroom/Homeroom Participation - updated Nov. 12th
WISH LIST - New Items Added!
Are you interested in making an immediate impact for our students? We have created a list of classroom or school-wide items that we would like to purchase! 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. 
HAVANA NIGHTS - 20TH ANNUAL GALA
We are excited to announce our first Gala Party & Socials for the year! Gala parties and socials are hosted by faculty or families and can be adult, family or child-centered—and most importantly, FUN! All proceeds from Gala Parties & Socials benefit our school and students!

PARTIES & SOCIALS (click the images to purchase spots):
Friday, Dec. 4th
HOLLY JOLLY MOVIE NIGHT
For Middle School Students

Saturday, Dec. 5th
VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHT
Parents, Grandparents and Friends are invited to form a team and join us for a fun night of trivia!
Stay tuned for additional details about the Havana Nights Gala in a Special Gala Messenger on November 30th. Be sure to look out for details about:
  • Tickets & Sponsorships
  • Winner's Choice Raffle
  • Class Basket Registries
  • More Parties & Socials
UPCOMING DATES
11/16/2020 - Rosary Group – 2:30 PM, Church
11/16/2020 - Around the Living Room Couch (VIRTUAL)
11/17/2020 – SPIRIT NIGHT – Gringo's, 30420 FM 2978 Rd.
11/18/2020 - Dolphin Donor Day
11/18/2020 - Mass (2nd & 3rd Grade Attending), 9 AM
11/18/2020 - What's Brewing (VIRTUAL) - 3rd Grade, 8:15 AM
11/19/2020 - 3rd Grade Veterans' Day Program
11/19/2020 - Spanish Rosary Group, 2:30 PM, Church
11/20/2020 - Grandparents' Day (VIRTUAL)
11/20/2020 - Beyond the Bell closed after school
11/23 – 11/27/2020 - Thanksgiving Break
You can still enroll in the optional Waldo photo delivery service where you'll get all YOUR student's photos texted to your phone!

How to enroll:
Click here or text STAOPCS21 to 735-343 and follow the prompts.

You can also scroll through and view all the photos on our Waldo Photos free web gallery here: https://waldo.photos/galleries. Enter the join code: STAOPCS21
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