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Saint Timothy Catholic School
Tuesday Tidbits
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
 Monday & Tuesday, January 16th & 17th AND Friday, January 20th

Mr. McLaughlin's Tuesday Tidbit's Overview

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Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that the students from grades 3 through 7 will be participating in the Scantron Standardized testing for the next three weeks. To see the Scantron Testing Schedule for January, please click here . The results of your child's January Scantron Performance Series assessment will be included with the second quarter report cards. Please note that this is the second assessment of the school year. A baseline test was administered in September, and a final test will be administered in April. We've also included a letter from  Leslie Lipovski, Ph.D.,  Curriculum Coordinator for the Arlington Diocese Office of Catholic Schools.  The letter provides a brief description of each score on the results report. Click here  for the complete Diocesan letter.

Please note that next week is an abbreviated week. We are closed on Monday, 1/16 (to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Tuesday, 1/17 (for teacher professional development) and Friday, 1/20 (for the Presidential Inauguration).  

I am pleased to announce that on Friday, 1/13 our eight grade students will be participating in a spiritual retreat from 12:00 Noon till 3:00 pm. This is the first in a series of retreats for our Middle School students. The retreats are designed to provide students with a message of hope and give them an opportunity for prayer and reflection. The retreats will be facilitated by priests and religious from our Diocese. The retreat masters for our first middle school retreat are   Fr. David A. Dufresne (St. Leo's) and Ms. Carmen Briceno (keynote speaker for numerous Catholic youth events) 

I encourage you to join me on Friday, January 13th, at 10 am , in the McGiveney Room for the Monthly Pastor / Principal Coffee. This month we will be providing a demonstration of our new Virtual Reality Program.  

Click here to see Mr. Pryor's Monthly Academic Newsletter. This month's newsletter focuses on our Virtual Reality Program.

This year our second grade students are scheduled to receive their First Penance on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10:00a.m. in the Church. We ask that you please arrive with your child in the church at 9:45 am. We will keep our 2nd graders and their families in our prayers as they prepare to make their First Penance.

This is a reminder that our re-registration process officially kicked off last Friday, January 8th. The re-registration forms and 2017/2018 tuition rates are posted on the front page of our website. Parents are asked to print the  re-registration form and return it with the registration fee ($300 per student with a maximum of $600 per family) by Friday, January 27, 2017. We have received an overwhelming number of applications at our Fall Open House, and we have experienced a waiting list in most of our classes this year.  Please contact  Tara Irons if you have any questions.
I greatly appreciate your active support of our wonderful school.  

Mr. Joseph M. McLaughlin

Middle School Science
Hands on learning in Science!
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  Clinic Issues:  Fairfax County reports widespread numbers of Flu; which is normal for this time of year. Remember Best Practice is Prevention Measures for your family to keep the Flu Out! We have been notified of a few cases of flu since winter break. We are having more reported cases of stomach virus spreading throughout the various grades. The typical "winter vomiting virus" usually lasts 24-48 hours and its done. However, I have had a lot of complaints from students with "Bad" stomach cramping/pain, nausea and lack of appetite. Some students are missing numerous days because of this. The stomach bug is very contagious so should someone in your house get it; I suggest trying to keep them separate from the others, wiping down surfaces extra and lots of hand washing.  
I have been seeing a lot of "winter" chapped lips/skin and headaches; all signs of decreased water intake which is so common this time of year. Many people don't realize that it's just as easy to become dehydrated in the winter as it is in the summer, and because we are less tuned into the signs of winter dehydration, it can actually be more dangerous. This article is a great reminder of how important our daily intake of  water is.

Kids Total Daily Beverage and Drinking Water Requirements

Age Range    
Total Water (Cups/Day)
4 to 8 years        
Girls and Boys    
9 to 13 years    
14 to 18 years
Getting proper rest is also a great defense against winter colds/flus. The National Sleep Foundation recommends these basic daily sleep requirements:
  How much sleep do children & youth need each night?
God bless you!
Mrs. Patrice Snowden, BSN, RN
KC practices singing Psalms in music class!
KC practices singing Psalms in music class!

St. Timothy Catholic School has received  a request for the following items from the St. Vincent de Paul  Food Pantry.  The classes are asked to bring in the following:
Pre-K          cans of fruit
K                 box of pasta (any type)
1                  box of low sugar cereal
2                  cans of pasta (meat or meatless)
3                  cans of vegetables (any kind)
4                  cans of fruit
5                  Mac 'n Cheese
6                  cans of soup (any kind)
7                  box of pasta
8                  cans of tuna

Together we are able to support over 100 families from our local community! Thank you for your continued support!


We're off to the races and throwing a Derby party to remember! Please join us and help us celebrate St.Timothy Catholic School at our annual gala dinner auction!  The evening combines fun, friendship and fundraising and provides a way for the Saint Timothy family to gather in support of the school and community they care deeply about. There wil
l be live & silent auctions, raffles, Heads & Tails, dinner, dancing and so much more.  Grab your sitters today and make sure to attend the social event of the year on Saturday, March 4th 
at the Washington Dulles Hilton!

The Auction Team is looking for donations and event sponsors for this year's Auction!  Do you have a vacation home, condo or unique outing to offer? How about tickets to those sought after concerts, DC & Baltimore sports teams?  Maybe you can offer a unique experience or know a business contact willing to help.  For more information, including all donation forms, please visit our auction 
Not sure what to donate but interested?  We've made it easy. Check out our Auction Wish List at Amazon for easy to donate ideas!

Time to brush up those dance moves, vocal chords, poetry prowess and piano skills!  
The first St Timothy's Talent show 
February 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Try- outs will be held after school on 
January 12th and 20th in the music room.

All talents are welcome, and students can form a group act if they wish!  
All acts will be limited to One Minute and Thirty Seconds, so please be sure to think creatively about what you would like to wow the audience with!  Also, do to the time constraints of the show, we ask that acts be performance ready, and if playing an instrument, they have had at least 6 months of instruction.

Instructions for the try out process and sign ups can be found at the  sigupgenius link here.    Any questions about the show can be directed to Katie Pond.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Reminder: the next Box Tops contest ends  Tuesday, Feb. 28 and the prizes are M r. McLaughlin reads to the class for the preschool class winner and a free dress day for elementary/middle school class winner. Happy collecting!!
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AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Winter Lego Club is finally here! Lego Club is open to 2nd-5th grade students. We will be hosting a Tuesday Minecraft Club and  Thursday FUNdementals Club. Please see the signup sheet for more details! Signups end  January 18th! Keep eye out for more club openings in February and March!

A NIGHT AT THE RACES AUCTION DINNER:  We still have openings to help with the school Auction, please see the Sign up Genius for more details.. 

All Pro Dad's Breakfast
Thursday, January 19th at  7:00 a.m. 
Every 3rd Thursday of the Month 
at 7:00 a.m.

Calling  all   Dads  and kids, Join  All   Pro   Dad 's Breakfast for a quick, before-school breakfast and a 45-minute program of fatherhood a  nd family topics. You'll take away some great tips and resources to help you be the best  Dad  you can be, and you'll strengthen your   relationship with your kids at the same time.  RSVP   by clicking here  or contact  Paul Hunter   
Click  here  for more information.

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Save the date for the always fun and spirited 
Student vs. Faculty Alumni Basketball Game
Thursday, February 16th
6:00 p.m. (gym)
If you know of any alumni who would like to play for the faculty team, please have them contact Mrs. Schmank.

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Inviting all Men  of the Diocese to the 2017 
Men's Conference 
March 4th, 2017
All men of the Diocese are invited to the 6th annual  diocesan Men's Conference  This year's conference is titled  "Girding for Battle."  It will feature Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Ralph Martin and Fr. James Searby. Breakfast, lunch 
 and Mass with Bishop Michael Burbidge will be included.
 Confessions will be offered from 7:30 - 8:45 am. 
No registration at the door. Parking is limited. 
Go to to register. 

The 2017 Women's Conference with Immaculee Ilibagiza
Saturday, March 11th
All women of the Diocese are encouraged to attend the annual Women's Conference at St. Joseph in Herndon on March 11 with Immaculee Ilibagiza, author and survivor of the Rwandan Holocaust. The conference title is "Breaking Free through Forgiveness." It will include Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Burbidge. Online registration starts has begun. 
No registration at the door. Please visit

Important Dates:

  • Monday & Tuesday, January 16th  & 17th - NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, January 13th, Catholic High School Application Deadline
  • Thursday, January 19th, AllPro Dad's Breakfast 7 a.m.
  • Friday, January 20th - NO SCHOOL (Inauguration Day)
  • Monday, January 30th - STS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (Expo Center) 4 - 8:00 p.m. 
  •   Saturday, February 4, Talent Show
  •   Wednesday, February 8, Science Fair!
  •   Thursday, February 9, Art & Science Open House for entire school
  •   Saturday, February 11th  - School Community Wine & Cheese Event 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb.16th, AllPro Dad's Breakfast 7 a.m.
  •   Saturday, March 4th - SCHOOL AUCTION!
  •   Tuesday, March 14th  - Pi Night!  Wednesday, March 15th  - Preschool Coffee 8 a.m.
  •   Thursday, March 16th  - AllPro Dad's Breakfast 7 a.m.
  •   Saturday, March 18th  - PTO Skate Night
  •   Friday, April 7th  - NOON Dismissal, School Performance of Aladdin @10:30 a.m. in the auditorium
  •   Saturday, April 8th  - An Evening of Fine Arts & Aladdin 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium
  •   Thursday, April 13th NOON Dismissal 
  •   Friday, April 14th  - April 23rd Easter Break!
  •   Thursday, April 27th , 2017 - 6th Grade Medieval Day Field Trip & Spring Golf Tournament @ Westfield Golf Course 1:00 p.m. Shotgun start! 
  •   Thursday, May 4th  - 5th Grade Cinco de Mayo
  •   Sunday, May 7th  9 AM (2A) 10:45 AM (2B) 1st Holy Communion
  •   Friday, May 12th  - NOON Dismissal
  •   Saturday, May 13th  - 8th Grade Confirmation
  •   Thursday, May 25th  - Math Fair
  •   Friday, May 26th  - NOON Dismissal & Field Day
  •   Thursday, June 1st  - Last day of school for 3s
  •   Friday, June 2nd  - Last day of school for 4s
  •   Tuesday, June 6th - 8th Grade Yearbook Signing
  •   Wednesday, June 7th - 6th Grade Patrol Party & 8th Grade Appreciation Dinner
  •   Thursday, June 8th  - School Mass 9 a.m. & 8th Grade Farewell
  •   Friday, June 9th  - Kindergarten Graduation 10 a.m. & 8th Grade Graduation 7:30 p.m.
  •   Wednesday, June 14th  - School Wide Year book Signing NOON DISMISSAL
  •   Thursday, June 15th  - NOON DISMISSAL
  •   Friday, June 16th  - NOON DISMISSAL & Moving UP Day! LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
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