September 25, 2020
Dear St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Families,

I need to share some news regarding a very beloved member of our school family. Mary Cunningham will be retiring on October 2nd after 16 years of serving our school community. Since my first moments on campus I quickly learned that Mary is the heart and soul of St. Anthony. She knows everyone and we all love her! While I have a hard time envisioning the front office without her, I’m excited for her to enjoy some much-deserved relaxation, later starts to her mornings and time with family. While it’s hard with current restrictions on campus visitors, I’m sure she would love to hear from you. We are very blessed to have Mrs. Kristina Martin joining our school family to serve along Mrs. Bierbaum at the front desk. Mrs. Martin’s family was a founding family of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. She was very involved in youth ministry as a teen and is excited to return to the place she thinks of as “home”. She shared that she would like to carry on Mrs. Cunningham’s ability to spread joy and make students, families and visitors feel like they belong. Happy Retirement, Mrs. Cunningham! And welcome to St. Anthony of Padua, Mrs. Martin! 

Only by His Grace,

Veronica Tucker 
SCHOOL NEWS
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL REMINDERS
  • Please remember that morning arrival at the front of the school is not a carline drop-off. You must park your vehicle, walk to the sidewalk and remain with your student until their COVID screening is completed.
  • Front of school dismissal --for the safety of our students and staff, please do not pull out of the afternoon pick-up line to go around waiting vehicles unless directed to do so by a staff member on duty. 
  • Please clearly display your orange car line sign in your windshield until your student is picked up.  

FREE DRESS REMINDERS
Please remind your students to use the following guidelines as outlined in the Family Handbook on Free Dress Days or Spirit Shirt & Jeans Days.
  • Clothing must be modest and appropriate for wear in the Catholic school setting.
  • The length of skirts and dresses should be no shorter than 2” above the knee.
  • Tank tops, halter-tops, midriff shirts, shorts shorter than fingertip length, or any garments exposing an inappropriate amount of a student’s body are not permitted.
  • Clothing should not be too tight or revealing.
  • Garments with advertisements for cigarettes, alcohol, or music groups may not be worn. Garments with offensive or inappropriate language, graphics, or symbols may not be worn.
  • Garments such as sweatshirts and t-shirts with appropriate references to collegiate or sports teams are acceptable on non-uniform days.
  • Hats/caps are not indoor wear and not allowed in the classroom.
  • When blue jeans are worn, they may not be frayed, tattered, too tight, too baggy, or too low.
  • Boots with heels no higher than one (1) inch are permitted on free dress days. 
CHARACTER COUNTS AWARDS
The following students have been nominated by their homeroom teacher for the Character Counts award for the month of September. These students have exemplified the character trait of Respect. The KJV Dictionary’s definition of respect is to regard; or to consider others with some degree of reverence; to esteem others as valued. Congratulations!
  
1A – Andrew Staed
1B – Andrew Hubbard
2A – Davidson Tucker
2B – Inima Umoh
3A – Riley Childress
3B – Jack Held
4A – Arabella Cook-Norris
4B – Lelis Schubert
5A – Anthony Janda
5B – Noah Cooper
6A – Cecelia Nahigian
6B – Lucy Guion
7A – Ethan Rivers
7B – Izzy Brumfield
8A – Sutton Blakesley
8B – Manuel Del Valle
INTERNATIONAL DAY - FAMILY VIDEO PROJECT
We need your help to create a video highlighting some of the different countries and nationalities that the families of STAOPCS represent. Families are asked to create a 2-minute video highlighting their country, traditions, food, dress or other information for our students. Videos will be compiled to show to our students on International Day in their classrooms! If your family would like to participate, please sign-up using the sign-up genius. Please make note of the other families who have already signed up so that we don't have more than 2 families representing the same countries. All videos must be submitted by Oct. 7th! More information on how to submit each video will be emailed to those who sign-up.
MARATHON KIDS - RUN CLUB
RUN WITH US! Stay up to date on your child’s progress!
When: Starts VIRTUALLY 9/30/20 and goes until 5/12/21
Where: Wherever you want!
Cost: $15 per child (students in PK-3 to 8th grade) - to be billed through FACTS
How To Sign Up: Fill out attached form and return by 9/25/20
Benefits:
  • FUN. A simple and effective program that gets kids moving.
  • GOALS. Opportunities for kids to learn effective goal setting.
  • EXCITEMENT. Fueling kids so they’ll be active in other areas of life.
  • CERTIFICATES. For completing a ½ marathon and a full marathon
HIGH SCHOOL VIRTUAL TOURS
8th Grade students will participate in the following "Virtual Visits" in their classrooms.

  • Oct. 1st | Frassati Catholic High School
  • Oct. 20th | St. Thomas High School and Incarnate Word Academy
  • Nov. 4th | St. John XXIII College Preparatory
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).
  • September 30th, 8:15 a.m. – 6th Grade
  • October 13th, 8:15 a.m. – Kindergarten (DATE CHANGE!)
  • October 21st, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade
  • October 28th, 8:15 a.m. – 1st Grade
  • November 4th, 8:15 a.m. – 4th Grade
  • November 11th, 8:15 a.m. – 2nd Grade
  • November 18th, 8:15 a.m. – 3rd Grade
Monday, Oct. 5 | Mixed-up Monday* - Wear mixed-up / mismatched clothing!*

Tuesday, Oct. 6 | Under the Sea Tuesday - Wear all blue uniforms to honor Our Blessed Mother; Living Rosary will take place.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 | Wear Shades Wednesday - Wear sunglasses with uniforms (4th & 5th Grade will attend Mass)

Thursday, Oct. 8 | Tropical Thursday* - Wear Hawaiian shirts or tropical prints!*

Friday, Oct. 9 | Family Fan Friday - Show you are a fan and wear St. Anthony spirit wear with jeans or uniform bottoms. Parents encouraged to wear your St. Anthony spirit wear too and show us your pictures! Parents decorate your cars to show your Dolphin spirit in afternoon car line!

*Please follow "Free Dress" Guidelines
NURSE'S NOTES & COVID-19 REMINDERS
NURSE NOTES
Nothing to report.

PARENTS, I just want to thank you for continuing to partner with us for the safety of our school. I know this year has been challenging (and frustrating) regarding colds/allergies, etc. because we have to be so careful due to COVID-19. Thank you for making extra doctor visits, thank you for your patience and understanding. All of your “extras” have gotten us this far without any setbacks. I pray that it continues to go well. - Nurse Pavlock 
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
FUND FOR ST. ANTHONY - Every One. Every Year.
September marks the kick-off for the Fund for St. Anthony! Follow us on social media or click the button below to learn more about how the Fund for St. Anthony impacts our school and students!

PADUAN PARENTS: This year because of restrictions on volunteering, you earn 10 Paduan Points when you contribute to the Fund for St. Anthony! Help us reach 100% participation for fun incentives for your students!

MATCHING GIFTS
Does your employer (or your spouse's employer) have a matching gift program? If so, you can ask your company to match your support for St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. You can double or even triple the value of your donation simply by notifying your employer of your gift.  Please contact your employer’s personnel office for eligibility requirements and to obtain a matching gift form.

WISH LIST - 2020-2021
Are you interested in making an immediate impact for our students? As a school we will be working to fund Wish List items through the Fund for St. Anthony but if you would like to give to specific items, you may make a wish list purchase at the link below.
AROUND OUR COMMUNITY
The Fifth Annual National Rosary Rally will take place across the United States on Sunday, October 11. The organizers will gather outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. at 4 pm ET to pray the Glorious Mysteries, and participants in different locations are asked to pray the Glorious Mysteries at the same time. Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe will be hosting this event locally, free of charge and open to the public.  

Coast to Coast Rosary Rally
Join us at Sacred Heart Church, outside at the three crosses, corner of Frazier & Old Montgomery Road. 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
109 North Frazier St. Conroe, TX 77301
LIFEFIRST STUDENT CONTESTS & CASH PRIZES!
LifeFirst’s contests give students and their parents the opportunity for important conversations regarding the value of life. View more information about their contests at: www.lifefirst.org
UPCOMING DATES
09/28/2020 – Rosary Group, 2:30 p.m., in the church
09/30/2020 – Virtual What’s Brewing with Mrs. Tucker – 6TH GRADE
09/30/2020 – Mass (5A), 9 a.m.
10/01/2020 – Spanish Rosary Group, 2:30 p.m., in the church
10/01/2020 – Spanish Rosary Group, 2:30 p.m., in the church
10/05/2020 – SPIRIT WEEK - Mixed-up Monday - Wear mixed-up / mismatched clothing!
10/05/2020 – Rosary Group, 2:30 p.m., in the church
10/06/2020 – SPIRIT WEEK - Under the Sea Tuesday - Wear all blue uniforms to honor Our Blessed Mother
10/06/2020 – Living Rosary, 8:15 a.m., on the athletic fields
10/07/2020 – SPIRIT WEEK - Wear Shades Wednesday - Wear sunglasses with uniforms (4th & 5th Grade will attend Mass)
10/07/2020 – Mass (5B), 9 a.m.
10/08/2020 – SPIRIT WEEK - Tropical Thursday - Wear Hawaiian shirts or tropical prints!
10/08/2020 – Spanish Rosary Group, 2:30 p.m., in the church
10/07/2020 – SPIRIT WEEK - Family Fan Friday - Show you are a fan and wear St. Anthony spirit wear with jeans or uniform bottoms. Parents encouraged to wear your St. Anthony Spirit Wear too and show us your pictures! Decorate your cars to show your Dolphin spirit in afternoon car line!
10/09/2020 – End Quarter 1
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