Saint Dominic School
Academic Excellence - Catholic Values
Message from Mrs. Tonkovich
Living Stones Project Donations 
Dear Parents, 

The renovation of the church altar, the Living Stones Project, is underway. 
The students of Saint Dominic School are living through this historic event, and so strategies to allow them to play a part in the project are a focus at this time. 
 
In December, each student was given the opportunity to sign the wooden boards that will be part of the structure of the new altar (the student council members signed for pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade classes). The students were excited and appreciated this opportunity.

To continue to offer the students a role in the Living Stones endeavor, small student contributions shall be accepted. This week, small donation boxes will be placed in each classroom. Mrs. Tiernan and I will speak with the students and teachers regarding personal contributions to the Living Stones project.

Parents, I ask that the contributions be from the students themselves. The students may bring in small amounts of money - even 2 pennies is important as it symbolizes the students’ involvement. 

Respectfully, please keep the following in mind:
  • Do not send in large containers of coins.
  • Do not send in checks.
  • Do not send in large amounts of cash.

There is no requirement nor contest. This is simply an opportunity for student-giving. Should you be interested in offering a family donation, please contact the Rectory. 

Thank you,
Elizabeth Tonkovich
Principal
The Feast of the Epiphany
The Feast of the Epiphany is the feast in which the Catholic Church celebrates the manifestation of our Lord. The Redeemer & Light of the Nations has been born!

The three Magi visiting the Christ-Child with great adoration representing the birth of the Redeemer being made known to the whole world!

The star that led them east to the place in which the baby Jesus lay is a symbol of faith. Much like the Magi, our star - our faith - can lead us to our Lord and Savior.
"Father of light, unchanging God, you revealed to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, Your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen."
Reminder!
Saint Dominic School will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of Mass as a community during the 11:00 A.M. Mass on Friday, January 6th.

An Early Dismissal day will be observed
& a Philly Pretzel snack option will be offered by the SDS PTA!

Early Dismissal
Students in PreK will be dismissed at 12:00 P.M.
Dismissal for grades K - 8 will begin at 12:30 P.M.
PreK and Kindergarten Registration for
2023-2024 School Year
Renaissance 360 Testing
The second window of Renaissance Star 360 testing is scheduled for January 9 through January 30, 2023.

Students in grades 2-8 will each complete a 20-minute on-line assessment in Reading and Math.

Results will be sent home when all testing has been completed.
Mission Collection
The Advent/Christmas Mission collection will conclude on Monday, January 9. Please send all gift offerings to the school by this date.

Your prayers and financial gifts are greatly appreciated by those who are in the most need.

God bless you for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
Re-Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year
School re-enrollment contracts for current kindergarten - seventh grade students will be sent home on Friday, January 13th. All contracts are to be returned to the school office by Monday, February 6th.

Parents are asked to inform the school office if they do not plan to re-enroll their children for the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you!
2022-2023 Yearbook & Baby Ad Online Sale!
Progress Reports
On Friday, January 20, parents of students in kindergarten - grade 2 will receive paper progress reports from their children's teachers.

Parents of students in grades 3-8 are asked to log in to Parent Portal to access their children's academic records for the second trimester. Paper progress reports will not be issued for grades 3-8.
Youth Group Pasta Dinner
Catholic Schools Week 2023!
National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country.

The annual week long celebration of Catholic Schools will be held 
January 29 - February 3, 2023.

We have so much to celebrate at Saint Dominic School!

The week will involve activities for students, faculty, staff, Clergy, & Volunteers!

Be on the lookout as more information regarding Catholic Schools Week traditions, activities, and celebrations will be announced in the January News Update, which will be emailed to all parents on January 13th!
Partners in Faith
The main article on page one explains how there is no substitute for a home centered on Jesus. Sending our children into the world with a loving, personal relationship with Him gives them the tools to live a joyful, fulfilling life in the world.

Forming responsible, independent children into responsible, independent adults involves encouraging good habits early. The main article on page two offers readers tips to help youngsters become thoughtful, independent, and wise.

In this month’s Parent Talk one parent describes how having too many New Year’s resolutions can be overwhelming, setting us all up for failure. Readers can learn about a simple solution.
Lunch Menu
The Saint Dominic Kitchen Staff is excited to offer the school students hot lunch options again this year!

ICE CREAM IS BACK AT THE SNACK STAND! (See the monthly menu for info.)

Lunch meals may be purchased daily for $4.00.
-or-
Multiple meal tickets may be purchased in advance.
10 meals for $40.00. or 20 meals for $80.0.

  • All money for hot lunch options, bagels, and/or salads must be sent to school in an envelope marked with the student's name and homeroom and will be collected by the teacher upon taking the morning lunch count.
  • ONLY money for the purchase of lunch will be collected at that time.
  • Any money for a child wishing to purchase a snack from the snack stand must remain with the child and be utilized directly at the stand.
  • Lunch tickets remain at school and are distributed as needed.
  • Lunch Tickets are for complete meals only and may not be used to purchase snacks.
  • All checks must be made payable to St. Dominic School.
  • Parents are asked to include the student's name and homeroom on the check.

Reminder: In the event of an emergency or if your child forgets their lunch or lunch money, they will be allowed to charge for that day. Payment of that charge must be remitted the following day.
Diocesan Tuition Assistance for
the 2023-2024 School Year
Although re-registration for the 2023-2024 will be held in January, you can plan ahead and apply for tuition assistance today. Tuition assistance is awarded each year to families with children in Grades K-12 through the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program.


Financial awards are made based on financial need.
In order to ensure a fair and impartial analysis,
applications are made through FACTS Management.

Please note that the deadline to apply for tuition
assistance is March 1, 2023. 
Church Contributions
P.T.A. Christmas Gift Donations for the Auction
P.T.A. Annual Gift Auction -
Donations & Sponsorships
January Dates to Remember
January 6
First Friday Mass
Early Dismissal (PreK at 12:00 P.M. & K-8 at 12:30 P.M.)
Faculty Meeting

January 9
Renaissance Star 360 Testing Begins
PTA Meeting at 6:00P.M.

January 11
PreK & Kindergarten Registration for Siblings and Current PreK Students

January 12
PreK & Kindergarten Registration for Siblings and Current PreK Students

January 13
Communication Alert 
 Re-enrollment Contracts Sent Home 

January 16
 Professional Development Day for Faculty & Staff 
 School Closed for Students 

January 20
 Progress Reports (K-2) 

January 25
1st Holy Communion Meeting for 2nd Grade Parents

January 27
4th P.T.A. Calendar Raffle Drawing

January 29
 Catholic Schools Week Begins!
Catholic Schools Week Mass

January 30
Catholic Schools Week Celebrations!
Class Picture Day
Communication Alert
School Volunteer Appreciation Day
Curious About What Your Child Did At School?