DECEMBER 2020 NEWS & UPDATES | STPHILIPS1600.ORG
On behalf of St. Philip’s School and Community Center, we would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday! We pray that you and your family stay safe and healthy this holiday season. Remember to be vigilant when attending festivities with others who do not live in your home. Be sure to take safety precautions to keep you, your family, and others from contracting or spreading COVID-19.
Annual Christmas Store 
Help us share the gift of giving. We are currently accepting donations and enlisting volunteers to help with our Annual Christmas Store on December 19, 2020. Our Christmas store serves approximately 175 families each year, providing gifts for children and adults. In order to keep everyone safe this year, our Christmas store will be a curbside pick-up. Due to COVID-19 we must adhere to strict safety guidelines. Please note that only registered volunteers will be allowed to support this year’s Christmas Store in order to maintain social distance safety protocols. Thank you! To sign up to volunteer or to download this year's wish list, click here.
We Love Referrals from our Friends and Families!
Do you know a family or friend who would make a great addition to our village?
Invite them to our next Admissions Preview on December 16th at 8:00am. Families will learn about our unparalleled college preparatory education and how we develop critical thinkers and community servant leaders. Interested families should register here.
Visit our Admissions Office Virtually! 
Our virtual admissions office is open on on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11am to 1pm.

Please note our virtual office will be closed December 21-January 4th.
Spread the Word: New Student Applications are Now Open!
New Student Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 school year! You are our best ambassadors; tell a friend or family you know to apply today for priority consideration!

REVIEW OUR SCHOOL: Word of mouth from happy students and parents is the best way to spread the good news about St. Philip’s School & Community Center! Reviews on various websites help promote our school. Information and links to share your experience can be found here.

EARN TUITION CREDIT FOR YOUR STUDENT: The highest compliment our parents can pay us is the referral of family or friends. In appreciation, for each new student you refer that enrolls and attends St. Philip’s, your family will be awarded a $200 tuition credit through our referral program!
Photo credit: Joe Henson
SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, March 26, 2021 

A conversation with ISABEL WILKERSON winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, and the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns, and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Oprah Winfrey describes Wilkerson’s work as “the most essential….the most necessary for all humanity.”
ICYMI: Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway
In lieu of our annual Community Thanksgiving Feast, St. Philip’s hosted a drive-through event for 300 neighbors on November 14. Each family received a box of nonperishable goods, a large bag of produce, and a frozen turkey as part of the Pastors Turkey Box Giveaway 2020, organized by Mitchell Ward and MW Logistics. A huge thank you to the Dallas Spurs, Liverpool Supporters Clubs, and other volunteers who orchestrated the event.
In the Pantry, 400 turkeys and all the holiday fixings were distributed to clients during the two weeks before Thanksgiving. To supplement the groceries regularly received by our clients, the Dallas Spurs used funds that they raised to purchase additional holiday menu items to add to the to the Thanksgiving boxes.

In addition, we were blessed with 121 turkeys from The Storehouse of Collin County which we were able to distribute to neighbors on November 30, the last pantry distribution day before the holiday. These turkeys were given to neighbors who were not pantry clients and who had not previously participated in our Thanksgiving Box Giveaway. We are so appreciative of this collaboration with The Storehouse of Collin County and for this incredible gift for our neighbors this season!.
St. Philip’s Percussion Ensemble 
St. Philip's Percussion Ensemble is being featured in the Lone Star Wind Orchestra virtual concert series three times during the Fall and Winter. As arts groups are being challenged by the pandemic to find new and creative ways to express their artistry, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra gives our students the opportunity to participate in world class performances. Our next performance will be on January 1st at noon on LSWO Facebook Live.

Watch this amazing video produced by LSWO to learn more about our Percussion Ensemble and how it grooms our students to become great artists, and strong and confident individuals. Many thanks to Mr. Menkiti and LSWO for their continued support and belief in our students.
Student Artwork Featured on Expression Cards
We would like to congratulate four students whose artwork was recently selected to be highlighted or published on social expression cards for the holidays.
Naomi L., 2nd grade: Thanksgiving Meal Kit Distribution Card
Nyla L., 6th grade: Thanksgiving Meal Kit Distribution Card
Tyson S., 2nd grade: Junior League Thanksgiving Card (submitted for consideration).
Kaleb J., 3rd grade: Annual Donor Christmas Card
Cookin' with Aunt Bette
Cookin’ for a great cause! Our virtual fundraising event, “Cookin’ with Aunt Bette,” hosted by honorary chairs Ann Mahowald, Dotti Singhal, Abigail Sinwell, and Tina Stansbury was a success! During the event, pantry clients learned how to turn their typical pantry items into healthy, creative, and delicious dishes perfect for the holidays. Local chefs, Chad Houser, Sharon Van Meter and Tisha Crear and St. Philip’s very own Musco Family, demonstrated how to make healthy side dishes and entrees using items available in Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. All funds raised went towards the Perot Family match to endow Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry.
Scholastic Book Fair
We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Book Fair. Make sure you checkout our virtual book fair before it ends on December 11. On December 3 we hosted a drive-through book fair on our campus with Clifford, the big red dog. We were so thrilled to be able to make sure this annual event happened in a new creative way this year. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to purchase books and to Scholastic book fair for making this all possible. If you didn’t make it to the drive-through book fair, click here to purchase your books today!
Girls Night Out Goes Virtual!
Girls Night Out will take a short break for the holidays and resume on January 8th. In this fun-filled virtual mentorship and networking program for young ladies in 1st - 12th grades, girls engage with Junior League mentors in small and large groups for fun, educational, creative, and meaningful activities. Themes will include goal-setting, health and wellness, public speaking, and leadership If you are interested in signing up for our next Girls Night Out event in the new year, sign up here.
Dr. Flowers' Words of Wisdom
Enjoy this inspirational and thought-provoking message informed by his faith, ministry in education, and community development. Read the Blog
Friends of St. Philip’s 
Friends of St. Philip’s (Friends) was established in February 2019 as an auxiliary of men and women committed to supporting St. Philip’s School and Community Center as ambassadors through service and fundraising. If you would like to join, renew, or become more involved by joining the expanding board of Friends of St. Philip’s click here.
Volunteers in Action!
Two college students searching on google to find volunteer opportunities found their niche right here at Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry.
Aleci Limas, is a junior at the University at Texas, Arlington, and has been working in the pantry every Wednesday since August. He also spent his Saturday helping with the logistics of the Thanksgiving Box Giveaway.
Hannah Sheard, a junior at SMU, has been working in the pantry every Monday since September. Your weekly dedication to this ministry is invaluable, thank you for your service!
Aunt Bette's Community Pantry
Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry has a few volunteer slots available on Mondays from 7:45am-11:15 am. All volunteers must wear masks and gloves, maintain safe social distancing, and neighbors are required to wear masks upon arrival. Masks are provided for those without one. If you are interested in helping out, sign up here. Sign up to volunteer.

We are in need of wrapped plastic cutlery, such as those given with take-out orders. These are distributed to our neighbors receiving Snap Kitchen meals. If you have gently used rolling duffle bags and suitcases to donate, we would appreciate those as well. These would enable clients without transportation to easily transport their groceries home.
Food Truck Helps Expand Food Supply!
Over the summer, St. Philip’s School and Community Center received a $49,500 grant from local Albertsons and Tom Thumb Foundations to help feed children and families due to the dramatic surge in requests for food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The funds were used to purchase a refrigerated truck which will enable St. Philip’s to continue to expand food supply, maintain safe handling procedures, and increase the amount of food deliveries to neighborhood residents.
Tackle Hunger Souper Bowl of Caring
Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry has been selected to participate in the Tackle Hunger Souper Bowl of Caring. Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy around football’s biggest celebration to inspire youth to tackle hunger across the country. Each campaign runs throughout the American football season, starting in September through the Super Bowl. St. Philip’s supporters can make donations to our campaign portal which directly supports our pantry. Donate today!
Experience Feedback Box
We want to hear from you! We now have an anonymous form that can be submitted electronically to offer feedback regarding your experience, suggestions, or compliments.
How You Can Help
For those who have asked what you can do to support St. Philip’s – PRAY and DONATE. Our needs and that of those we serve continue and grow daily. You can make an online charitable donation here to support our families.
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