October 25, 2019
Dear Parents of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School,

Next week, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints (on November 1st). Every year, questions arise on the link between our faith and All Saints’ Day and Halloween. Halloween wouldn’t exist without All Saints’ Day. Halloween (a contraction of “All Hallows Eve”) prepares us for the Holy Day of Obligation the following day. “Hallow” means “holy” --- as we recite in the Our Father: “Hallowed be thy name”.

This Vigil of All Saints Day (All Hallow’s Eve) is linked to Pope Gregory III. This feast was once celebrated in May but was moved to November in the 8th century. On November 2nd, our church honors All Souls Day commemorating all who have died and are now in Purgatory . As Catholics, we remember the roots of these special holy days. As also happens with Christmas and Easter, we must be counter-cultural --- focusing on the Catholic foundation established by our great church leaders in establishing the Catholic tradition which link to Scripture and form our faith.

On our campus, next week we will wrap up our month spent honoring Mary as our Lady of the Rosary. We have prayed a decade of the rosary each day with special intentions for all expectant mothers and all the newly baptized of our parish. We will open November with Mass on this Holy Day of Obligation and daily Saints trivia with additional activities in religion classes followed by our school Saints Trivia Bee on November 15th. Throughout the month of November, please ask your students what they have learned about the saints. Please share with them the saints who most impacted you and maybe even served as inspiration for their names! 

See if you might know the answers to these Trivia Question on the Saints:

  • To whom is the book of Revelation credited in the Bible?
  • Who is the patron saint of the United States?
  • Which saint is knows as “The Little Flower”?

Only by His Grace,
Veronica Tucker  
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
RED RIBBON WEEK - Oct. 28 - Nov. 1
Rockin' a Drug Free Life

Monday, Oct. 28 | “Rock your Red-say NO to DRUGS!”
Wear red shirts with uniform bottoms
 
Tuesday, Oct. 29 | “Hats off to being DRUG FREE”
Wear hats!
 
Wednesday, Oct. 30 | “SHADE OUT DRUGS”
Wear sunglasses!
 
Thursday, Oct. 31 | Halloween Science Day!
Students who are registered for Steps for Students by Oct. 30th may wear Halloween Shirts with uniform bottoms. ( steps4students.org )
 
Friday | “SMARTIES CHOOSE TO BE DRUG FREE”
Poster contest winners announced!
NURSE NOTES
Nurse Notes for 10/21/19 to 10/24/19:

10/21/19 | 2B | Strep Throat
10/22/19 | 8B | Strep Throat
10/24/19 | 5B | Strep Throat

**Reminder Speech Screenings will be done on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 by Carlin Speech Pathology**
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OCTOBER - ROSARY MONTH
The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary, and after the Mass, the Rosary is the most powerful prayer at our disposal. Please sign up for a day that your family will pray the Rosary together.
MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING LEADERS - 1ST QUARTER
6TH GRADE – Joseph Hinkle, Lily Kate Coleman, Nicolette Naeher, Joy Domitrovic

7TH GRADE – Madeline Bitting, Melina Doucet, Madeline McCollor, Annie Pesce

8TH GRADE – Megan Brady, Lauren McCollor, Sophie Kratter, Ben Fedoruk

GREAT WORK! 👏
BREAKFAST WITH BOOKS - 4TH - 8TH GRADE
Greetings Readers in 4th-8th grade! Mr. Mattern would like to invite you to join his book club: “Breakfast with Books.” It will be the second Friday of every month, starting November 8th at 7:30 a.m. Please meet Mr. Mattern  at the front of the school by 7:25 a.m. The first book we are reading is Wonder by R.J. Palacio . Please have this book read by meeting time. Watching the movie does not count. :o) Happy Reading everyone!
Grab your cowboy boots, bring your partner, and join us for dancing and fun at our first-ever Mother-Son Dance!

Thank you kindly for letting us know if you plan to attend by clicking the button to register - there is no cost to attend, light refreshments will be served.
DNN BROADCAST - OCTOBER 25, 2019
UPCOMING EVENTS
FAMILY MATTERS - Presented by Deacon Mike Krall
TUESDAY, NOV. 12TH | 5:30 P.M. | LIBRARY
When someone says "Catholic Church," we might think about the building where we pray. Or, we might think about the history of popes, bishops, saints, councils, and documents. Do we ever think about families as the "bricks" of the buildings? Or, do we think about families as the place where saints and documents begin? The popes and bishops tell us about the importance of the domestic church. Let's talk about their reminder to us that families matter.
  • Nursery Available for ages 6 month - 12 years. Click to register by Nov. 11th
  • After the presentation swing by MOD Pizza & Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt for Spirit Day!
GRANDPARENTS DAY
NOVEMBER 22, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
On Grandparents and Grandfriends Day, grandparents will spend time enjoying morning refreshments, visiting our book fair, participating in classroom activities, and attending Mass with their favorite students. Students will dismiss at noon to enjoy the rest of the day with their grandparents. Grandparents listed in FACTS were mailed invitation postcards this week. Please have your grandparents RSVP to assist us with planning!

NOTE: Students without Grandparents attending will still participate in classroom activities and donuts! :)
VOLUNTEERING
Thank you sincerely to all volunteers who helped count Box Tops, brought in desserts and other items, and covered lunch duty for our Paduan Parent luncheon this week!

HALLOWEEN SCIENCE DAY - Oct. 31st
Halloween Science Day is one of our biggest student activity days! Volunteers are needed to assist with all of the fun. There are a wide-variety of time slots and activities to help with; please use the drop-down menu/tabs to view opportunities at all grade-levels. Volunteers must be compliant with VIRTUS/Safe Environment and may volunteer with any grade-level. Sign-up Genius

BOOK FAIR - Nov. 15 - 22
Brrr!! Come on in our Arctic Adventure Book Fair, where we can find books that are waiting to be opened and read. If you can contribute a little of your time, it would be very much appreciated! Classes visit the book fair throughout the week. Below are a list of times available to assist with each class. During your shift, you will help children make their Wish Lists and purchases. We are also seeking volunteers to help with set-up and take-down! Volunteers must be compliant with VIRTUS/Safe Environment and may volunteer with any grade-level. Sign-Up Genius

If you have questions about how to earn and enter your Paduan Points , please check out: staopcs.org/volunteer-opportunities
STEPS FOR STUDENTS
Steps for Students 5K is an annual Archdiocesan-wide event that raises awareness of Catholic education! Please click REGISTER on the Steps for Students Page to join our team!
FUND FOR ST. ANTHONY
FUND FOR ST. ANTHONY - Every one . Every year .
Thank you to everyone who has already pledged or given to the Fund for St. Anthony! We are tracking classroom participation and have some fun in store for our classes with the highest participation by the end of Dolphin Donor Day (Nov. 13th).

WHAT IS DOLPHIN DONOR DAY?
  • #DolphinDonorDay (Nov. 13th) 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 $30,000 - DOUBLING your donation. If your company matches your gift you can even triple your donation.
  • TWO classes with the HIGHEST participation in the Fund for St. Anthony by the end of #DolphinDonorDay will receive a Superhero Dress & Pizza Day for their classroom!
  • If we reach 80% participation for all families, the whole school will be treated to a Kona Ice and Extra Recess Day.
  • Don't want to forget? Make a pledge and/or gift today.
GIVING BY LIVING
MARY WITH YOU
New Giving by Living Partner! Great Christmas Idea!

Mary with You is giving back 20% of the sales to support St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School when you purchase a special St. Anthony bracelet and any other products from the store!
  • SAOPCS uniform colors approved bracelet, adjustable and water resistant.

HOW TO GET YOUR BRACELETS?
2. Choose your bracelets and add them to your basket. (All the products in the store are eligible to support the school)
3. Enter exclusive code: SAOPFreeShip at checkout to get free shipping. (You must enter this code)
4. Receive your bracelets at home.

Helping others and being generous increases happiness!
UPCOMING DATES
10/28/2019 - English Rosary Group, 8:15 a.m.
10/28/2019 - RED RIBBON WEEK - Wear Red Shirts with Uniforms
10/29/2019 - RED RIBBON WEEK - Wear Hats
10/30/2019 - RED RIBBON WEEK - Wear Sunglasses
10/31/2019 - Halloween Science Day - NOON DISMISSAL
11/1/2019 - RED RIBBON WEEK - Poster contest winners announced
11/1/2019 - All Saints Day Mass, 9 a.m.
11/2/2019 - Mother-Son Dance (RSVP, free event)
11/4/2019 - English Rosary Group, 8:15 a.m.
11/4/2019 - Around the Living Room Couch Show, 6:30 p.m.
11/5/2019 - 3rd Grade Saints Gallery, 2:15 p.m.
11/6/2019 - Mass (4B)
11/6/2019 - What's Brewing on Campus with Mrs. Tucker (2nd Grade)
11/7/2019 - Preview Morning for Prospective Parents, 10 a.m. ( Facebook Event Link )
11/7/2019 - Jr. Master Gardener (Grades 1-5)
11/11/2019 - Teachers & Staff In-Service Day
11/11/2019 - VETERANS' DAY - STUDENT HOLIDAY

SAVE THE DATE:
11/13/2019 - Dolphin Donor Day
11/22/2019 - Grandparents Day

More pics from the week are featured on Instagram & Facebook !
AROUND OUR PARISH & COMMUNITY
Frassati Catholic High School - Blue & Gray Gala
November 16, 2019
To purchase tickets or sponsorships: BLUEGRAY19.givesmart.com
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