PONY Newsletter | October 9, 2020
Welcome HOME!
Fall Break is upon us and we are looking forward to connecting virtually with every family and their child next Wednesday. This day is vital to a strong partnership in our Catholic school!
School Updates
Conferences, Fall Break, and Travel Advisories

Next week we have Parent-Student-Teacher conferences on Wednesday, October 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents should follow the Sign-up Genius directions sent on October 6th to secure a 15-minute time slot. All conferences will be held via the Zoom meeting platform. St. Patrick uses a holistic approach to our conferences, so the focus will be on your child’s overall development, including academics as well as their spiritual, social, emotional, and physical health. 

There will be no school on October 15 or 16th. We hope you are able to refresh and recharge. Please be mindful of COVID-19 guidelines as you gather with others or travel. Kentucky has added the state of Florida to the Travel Advisory List, and recommends a 14-day quarantine should you travel there. St. Patrick cannot mandate this nor do a census on families and their whereabouts. However, we ask that you consider the Celtic Promise and the places you travel and spend leisure time. Please be safe, avoid large crowds, wear PPE if necessary, and monitor your health. Our community is doing a fantastic job and we have great momentum heading into the break. Let’s keep it going! 

COVID-19 Daily Reporting

Per the state of Kentucky mandate for all schools, St. Patrick submits a daily report of COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines. We have done a great job thus far, and the entire Archdiocese of Louisville system has remained in the single digits since the reporting mandate began on September 28. KDE uses this dashboard as a metric for school districts to use to determine what mode of instruction to implement (i.e. hybrid, in-person, virtual). The metrics are a tool for guidance, so decisions made by JCPS or another district may not mean that the Archdiocese of Louisville would do the same. We remain optimistic that we can keep the momentum going and keep our students in school! Thanks again for all you are doing to help us make it happen.

"Measuring Academic Progress" - MAP Assessments

According to NWEA, research indicates that the average 3rd to 8th grade student can lose 2-5 RIT points over the summer in a typical year. This has been coined “summer learning loss.” Studies have shown that this loss does not discriminate, and is fairly consistent across age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status. It is yet to be determined what the learning loss will be from the pandemic. Still, St. Patrick made the important decision to go ahead and assess our students early. We wanted this benchmark to see where our students are and plan accordingly. While it is only one piece of data, it can be very helpful. We will be sharing more this Fall about strategies to help each child grow in each academic area based on their strengths and areas for growth. 

Cafeteria News

Don’t forget the cafeteria has an app to help you keep up with the menu found in your app store. With the constant schedule changes and uncertainties right now, we will periodically need to make changes to the menu. Use this app to keep up to date. Taher Food4Life App

Matthew Clements
Chef Manager, Taher, Inc.
St. Patrick Catholic School

CUB SCOUTS New Parent Orientation (grades 1-5)

Join us, Monday Oct. 12th at 6:30pm for a New Parent Orientation. It will be held at St. Patrick – on the outside Gym picnic tables,  with the Cafeteria as backup for weather.  (Kids don’t have to come, but will be able to play on the playground if they do.) Parents can come learn about Cub Scouts (Grades 1-5) COVID Style! Our Pack 380 leader, Phil O'Nan will give an overview of the program, describe uniforms, dues, registration and recruit a 1st grade parent(s) to become a Den Leader for the 1st Grade boys. Should last less than an hour.  We look forward to seeing you Monday!

Carryout Crafts for Christ

October's Carryout Craft for Christ is a #STPRocks kit.  The kit will contain 5 rocks, 3 paint pens, a foam brush + sealant, and a prayer card with directions.  Kits can be purchased through October 15th and will cost $10.  Click HERE to order your link.

Preschool Progress
It is fun to see the new Preschool being built each day before our very eyes! Our contractors are currently ahead of schedule and working on completion of the roof today through the weekend. The exterior framing is complete and the interior framing has already begun. See some pictures below!
Check out our newest ad in the East End Living magazine this month!
Preschool building has fully taken shape.
Looking from the school to the northwest, where there will be four classrooms, a hallway, and a director's office.
Looking southeast towards the school, you can see the entrance to the Preschool, and a thin outdoor play area that will be on the backend of the complex.
Each classroom, which can occupy up to 20 students, will have unique ceiling heights, large windows, custom cabinetry and countertops, and a bathroom.
Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace,
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it,
trusting that you will make all things right,
if I surrender to your will,
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with you forever in the next.