September 4, 2020
Dear Families of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School,
 
Greetings! As we open this new month of September, I gratefully look back on the last few weeks and how far we have come since our first day. While not totally perfect, our students have adjusted well to our new procedures. They have been amazing with their masks, desk shields, hand-washing and it’s great to see their smiling eyes. Thank you for all you have done to support our students and teachers at home.
 
I also want to address the statement shared regarding Mr. See earlier this week. Like you, myself and the entire faculty/staff of St. Anthony of Padua are devastated by this news. I want you to know that at all times our students are supervised by school staff. Mr. See was a parish employee who officed upstairs and was never alone with students. We are cooperating to the fullest extent possible with the District Attorney and the Montgomery County Sheriff Department. When we have new information, we will share it. There will be an email later today from Father Tom on this subject. I appreciate all the support you have shared as we deal with the range of emotions we are all experiencing. Please join me in praying vigilantly for all those impacted by this tragedy.
 
Only by His Grace,
 
Veronica D. Tucker 
Principal  
PARENT INFO NIGHT
  • If you haven't had a chance to watch Parent Info Night videos yet, they are all available at the button below.
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 9th, 8:15 a.m. – Pre-K3
  • September 16th, 8:15 a.m. – 7th Grade
  • September 23rd, 8:15 a.m. – Pre-K4
  • September 30th, 8:15 a.m. – 6th Grade
  • October 14th, 8:15 a.m. – Kindergarten
  • 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
ALL-SCHOOL NEWS
MORNING ARRIVAL CHANGE
PREK-3 & SIBLINGS - The fellowship hall screening entrance will be closed beginning Sept. 9th. Please bring your students to the front of the school for personal drop-off.
FORGOTTEN ITEMS REMINDER
Please do not drop off forgotten items, including homework, water bottles, and lunches (a lunch will be provided by Geomar© for forgotten lunches; parents will be billed). We assure you that your students will be taken care of.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION REGISTRATION
The Sacramental Preparation Program through our Parish prepares children entering grades 2nd thru 8th to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
Registration Dates/Fee: August 14th @ 9am - September 14th @ 12noon | $10.00
Registration Closes: September 14th @ 12noon

Registration Pre-Requisites:

  • Child was baptized Catholic and is entering the 2nd thru 8th grade.
  • Child completed Faith Formation or attended Catholic School during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Child is registered in the Elementary Faith Formation Program (2nd thru 8th Grades) or Catholic School for the 2020-2021 school year.

This registration will take a few minutes to complete. To complete this registration, you will need the following:

1. Your Child's BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE
2. Your Child's BIRTH CERTIFICATE


If you have any questions about Sacramental Preparation at St. Anthony, please contact:

Shannon Gormley
Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation

Jennifer Rush
Sacramental Preparation Assistant
FALL PICTURES
If you missed ordering pictures, the link to order is:
2. Use online order code: PTPUC
Select St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Photo Texas initiated the direct ship to home with $5 shipping charge for pictures this year due to the Pandemic and the possibility of school closures. Our representative has said that if you have ordered online, you may contact their customer service office to have the $5 shipping fee waived. Photo Texas customer service number is 1-800-883-6463.
PARENT TIP:
Have you tried importing the RenWeb calendar to your personal calendar? Once logged into your account, click Calendar, and then the subscribe button and it will give you a link to post in your calendar app!
NURSE'S NOTES & COVID-19 REMINDERS
NURSE NOTES
Nothing to report. REMINDER: Please keep children home with any illness and follow protocols below for returning to school.

**Please make sure you send in your “Permission to Treat for Medical Emergencies” if you have not yet! We must have one for each child in the school.
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.
PADUAN PARENTS & VOLUNTEERING
THANK YOU AFTERNOON CAR LINE TEAM
Thank you so much to our Paduan Parents & Grandparents who have volunteered to help with our afternoon car line team! Thank you: Saskia Sevilla, Stephanie Ourso, Shawn Velardo, Meghann Martin, Nancy Barr, Maria Johnston, Jennifer Jurkus, Laura Kinnicutt, Jo Ann Chason, Carey Strahley, Abby Beatty, Jordan Demel, Jennifer Ebert, Rene Garcia, Deb Bowden, and our seminarian J Serrano for assisting us!
  • If you are interested in helping at least one day a week from 2:30 - 3:30 pm, please contact: advancement@staopcs.org.

THANK YOU ROOM PARENTS!
Thank you to Room Parents for attending the Room Parent Orientation on Sept. 1st!
PADUAN POINTS & FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
Family involvement is a vital part of the success of St. Anthony of Padua and volunteers greatly enhance the experiences of our students. Parents are asked to acquire family volunteer hours called Paduan Points annually. Here’s how it works:

PADUAN POINTS REMINDERS:
Each family is required to complete 20 Paduan Points for school-related volunteer activities between August 1 – April 30. Volunteering taking place in May must be preemptively recorded (Graduation volunteering, Fun Field Day, etc.). 
  • Service hours are to be completed by parents (or close family members) of the students only.
  • Partial hours of service are rounded up to the nearest half hour.
  • Families may not bank hours for future years.
  • Families may not transfer hours to other school families.
  • Paduan Points tracking is an “honor system”, meaning families enter their own time in ParentsWeb. All volunteer hours are reviewed throughout the year by the school administration to monitor family progress towards the agreed 20 Paduan Points per family per school year.
  • Each family will be billed $10 for each uncompleted Paduan Point (maximum of $200) on your family’s FACTS account on May 1st.
  • Final report cards and school records will not be released until payment is completed.

HOW TO LOG PADUAN POINTS:
Volunteer hours* can be logged in ParentsWeb by following these simple steps:
1 – Log in to ParentsWeb. 
2 – Select “Family Information ” from the ParentsWeb navigation list. 
3 – Select the name of the parent who has volunteered, then select “Service Hours ” (link next to Parent Contact Info). 
4 – Select “Add Service Hours”. 
5 – Select the Date of service. Select Description from drop down list. Enter Total Hours or points assigned to your duty - list of volunteer positions and points assigned are listed on our website . The Note section is optional and can be used for further detail about volunteer service. If known, indicate who is responsible for the program for which service hours were performed in the Verified By field (leave blank if unknown). Select “Save”. Service hours summary will appear after saving. 

For more information about Paduan Points or volunteering visit: https://staopcs.org/volunteer-opportunities 
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
Volunteer champion roles are still available:
  • Grandparents Day (VIRTUAL) | Nov. 20, 2020
  • Catholic Schools Week | Feb. 1-5, 2021
  • Pastries with Parents | Feb. 5, 2021
  • Fish Fry/Bake Sale | Date: TBD

Please contact advancement@staopcs.org if you are interested in learning more about these roles.
DOLPHIN ROSARY GROUPS
The Dolphin Rosary Groups meet each week to pray the Rosary for our community—our students, our faculty and staff, our families and loved ones, our parish, our neighbors, our world! We welcome all to join us! PLEASE NOTE: The English Rosary time has changed this year.
NEW FOR 2020-2021 - PADUAN PARENTS GROUPME
GroupMe is a quick and easy way to communicate to a large audience. GroupMe will not take the place of the Messenger, Sign-up genius links, or other ways we communicate with parents. This new tool, however, allows quick 2-way communication between all Paduan Parent leaders and parent volunteers.

The goal for the PaduanParents GroupMe is to communicate volunteer opportunities or school needs quickly during this unusual year. We are grateful to our Paduan Parent Coordinators for helping to monitor and facilitate this group.
 
Click button to join!
SPIRIT WEAR
2020-2021 SPIRIT T-SHIRTS
Spirit Shirts are in and have been delivered! Remote learners, you may pick up your orders at the front office! Please email advancement@staopcs.org as soon as possible if you still need to order!
SQUAD LOCKER SPIRITWEAR
We also have a St. Anthony Spirit Store through Squad Locker. Our school will receive a percentage of all sales to benefit our programs on campus. Enter coupon code: PLAYNOW for 10% off!

  • Outerwear & Sweatshirts may be worn by students over uniforms.
  • St. Anthony t-shirts may be worn with uniform bottoms in the 1st quarter.
SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL
WISH LIST - 2020-2021
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.

Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Thomas McNeese for purchasing 2 new Osmo gaming systems for Kindergarten & Pre-K!
COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAM
Our school would not exist without the support and engagement of our community members and businesses. Thank you to the following organizations for their early commitment as 2020-2021 Community Partners! Please consider patronizing these businesses when you are able!

Grandparents Day Sponsor:
JK Dentistry

Go Texan Day Sponsor:
CHI St. Luke's

Blue & Green Folder Sponsors:
America's Family Dental
Cherry Creek Mortgage | Jason Higham
Liz Flores Listings

Teacher Appreciation Week Sponsor:
Hughes & Cozad Orthodontics

Fun Field Day Sponsor:
Progressive Pain & Rehabilitation - Dr. Nash

Silver Sponsor:
Wheeler Pediatric Dentistry

If your business would like to support our students through our Community Partner Program, please contact Katie Tressel, Advancement Coordinator at advancement@staopcs.org. Or click the button for more information about this year's program.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
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