Week of November 14, 2022



Make Up Picture Day


TK Gratitutde Celebration,

5th-8th Grade 8am Mass, & K-4th Grade 9am Mass


Senior Citizen Luncheon

FRIDAY 11/18

End of 1st Trimester

MONDAY 11/21-FRIDAY 11/25

Thanksgiving Vacation

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Principal Notes

Dear Parents,

The California Department of Public Health has sent us enough at home covid tests for each student to take home two. The goal of sending these home is to limit covid exposure when we return from our weeklong Thanksgiving break.  We are asking each family to covid test their children on Sunday, November 27, before returning to school on Monday. This is not mandatory and we will not be checking for completion.  We are however hopeful that families will participate in keeping covid transmission down to keep us all healthy between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You will find the covid tests in your child’s backpack on Friday.

Thank you for all the prayers for our 6th and 7th grade classes as they traveled to Yosemite.  Both classes experienced rain and snow and were able to have wonderful weeks of exploration and learning. And a huge thank you to Ms. Medlin for taking on two weeks of travel learning.  It was a challenge but this trip is important and we did not want any class to miss it.  Next year we will be caught up and it will be a 6th grade trip only.

This Saturday, November 19 our Varsity Football team plays for the Open Division CYO finals at St. Francis High School.  Game time is 1:15 pm.  Come out and show your SPAS spirit and support our team.  See you there!

Have a terrific Thanksgiving.  

God Bless,


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Announcements and Events

Picture Retakes and Make-Up Day

Picture day retakes are tomorrow, 11/15. If you were not satisfied with the pictures that were taken in September, return the picture package with your child for a picture retake. 

If your child missed picture day in September, this is their last chance to have photos taken. You can purchase your picture package using the following information:

If you missed picture day, you can order here: mylifetouch.com

Picture Day ID: EVTZQTB9S 

Falcon Fun Thursday Information

Thank you everyone for a wonderful Falcon Fun Thursday session! We can't wait to get Session 2 running.

We have a few make up classes scheduled for this week.

1. Dance with Mrs. Simone this Thursday from 3:20 to 4:10.

2. Tissue Art with Mrs. Ramos this Thursday from 3:20 to 4:10

3. Holiday Art with Ms. Diana this Thursday from 3:20 to 4:10

4. Baking with Mrs. Morales this Wednesday and this Thursday from 3:20 to 4:10 each day.

Novice and Varsity Cross Country Sports Photos

Novice and Varsity (retake) Cross Country sports photos will take place in the morning after mass, this Wednesday, November 16th. Please make sure students wear their sports uniform to school.

Hot Lunch

Ordering for December is open until Black Friday. Please remember to order lunch during this busy time! In fact, do it today! To open an account, go to www.boonli.com and use the school password falcon174

Applications for Admission

Sibling applications for the 2023-24 school year are due soon! Please go to our website under the Admissions tab and click on SPAS Online Application to start the process. Contact Karen Conley with any questions. Application Link

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon Invite

All senior citizens are invited to the Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 17th. Click here for more information

Thanksgiving Food Drive – November 14-18

Please support St. Vincent De Paul in providing Thanksgiving dinners to those in need by donating the requested items. Send items with your child or drop off in the school office. See attached flyer.

8th Grade Dine to Donate at The Stand

Support the 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip! 

The Stand - Pasadena

December 7th (11am-9pm)

20% of the sales will be donated to the D.C. Trip. 

Bring in the flyer below or show it on your phone.

Click here for the flyer

Holiday Sees Candy Drive Benefitting the 8th Grade DC Trip

The Annual See's Candies Holiday Drive is here, from now to 12/2/22! Buy your family and office gifts through See's. Your purchase will help support our 8th grade Washington DC trip and be delivered to your CLICK HERE FOR LINK

Sunday Mass Student Volunteers

St. Philip the Apostle School is proud to be the largest ministry of St. Philip the Apostle Parish. As the largest active ministry of the parish, our students have been invited to have a regular, active role in our Sunday 9:00 AM Mass. Students in grades 4th-8th have been invited to be the Lectors for the first reading and to be greeters and ushers during the mass. We feel this is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience being active participants in our Parish Mass.

Click here for Sign Up Genius link. We would like to ensure that every 9:00 AM mass has our students participation.

Please note - families will be expected to attend the mass with the student. When you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions. Students who sign up will practice during the week before their scheduled mass.

Thank you and we look forward to having an active presence at the 9:00 AM Liturgy! 

Service Hours

PLC Service Hour Opportunity

Want to get your Volunteer Hours in a quiet, low-key setting? Come help us in the PLC (TK-2nd library)! Sign Up Genius below.



Interested in coming out to help coach Mallory with Playworks? Looking for volunteers to assist with lunchtime games and recess. This is a fun way to get out there and play with the kids, making sure that all are included on the playground and teaching kindness. Please see the sign up genius below. When submitting hours, please submit under Playworks- Kelly Paulus. 


Any questions, please reach out to me at kellypaulus@gmail.com

PTO News

PTO Vroman's Book Fair

Save the Date: St. Philip the Apostle School Book Fair at Vroman's Bookstore December 5 - 11

Get your holiday shopping started while also supporting our local bookstore and St. Philip the Apostle School!

Shop at Vroman’s the week of December 5th-December 11th and SPAS will receive 20% of the net sales from your entire purchase online or in-store! Vouchers and online codes will be provided in the upcoming newsletters.

Christmas Luncheon Donations

Want to help the Teachers & Administration feel EXTRA appreciated this Christmas Season...? Please help the PTO Cater the Annual Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday Dec.14. We will be catering the Luncheon with Gus’s BBQ. We are looking for Volunteers to purchase $25 Gift Cards in exchange for 1 School Service Hour due Dec.2nd. Gift Card purchasing instructions are included in the Signup Genius. Click here for Sign Up Genius

PTO Service Awards

2022-23 PTO Service Award Nominations

Each year, the PTO recognizes individuals in our Parish and School Community for their commitment to helping others, making connections and bringing us closer together as a school community.  

Monsignor Parker Service Award

This award commemorates an individual(s)’ cumulative record of service of any nature that benefits the school. 

Elizabeth A. Mahoney Service Award

This award commemorates an individual(s) who have made outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the school by virtue of various leadership roles. 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

This award recognizes notable volunteerism over the last two years by an individual(s) who exceeded expectations in their support to the school. It is in her name that we recognize those who have illustrated excellence in volunteerism to the school in the current year. 

St. Philip the Apostle Legacy Award

This award recognizes past parents of the school who have continued their volunteerism and served as inspiration to the school community after their children have graduated. 

Nomination Process & General Criteria

Who can provide Nominations?

Any member of the St. Philip the Apostle School community.

Who can be Nominated?

Any member of the St. Philip the Apostle School community (see individual awards for specific criteria). Current PTO Board members are NOT eligible to receive an award. 


Award Recipient Determination:

Please use the attached nomination form and submit nominations electronically by the designated deadline of Wednesday, November 16, 2022.


All nominations will be gathered and will be voted on by all PTO Board members. The PTO Board Executive Committee will make the final determination of the recipients for each of the PTO Service Awards.

Recipient Announcement:

The recipients of the 4 PTO Service Awards will be contacted and invited to the Angel Donor Dinner in January 2023.

Used Uniforms

Looking for a few more uniforms? The Used Uniform Committee has your back, and we have lots of new inventory! We have monthly used uniform pick up/drop off from 7:45 am to 8:30 am by the PTO Closet, outside of the Ministry Center (at the TK parking lot), the 1st Friday of every month resuming in December. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Used Uniform Committee at uniforms@stphiliptheapostle.org

Updated Volunteer Requirements

If your family is on tuition plan A or C, volunteer requirements must be up to date for both parents before service hours can be earned. If you are on a non-service plan but would like to volunteer you must satisfy all volunteer requirements.

We must have the following on file : 

  • Current TB 
  • Virtus
  • LiveScan

Proof of covid vaccination and/or negative covid test is not currently required to volunteer on campus. 

As a reminder, you must be feeling 100% healthy to volunteer on campus. We thank you for your efforts in helping keep our campus safe and healthy. 

Service Hours Update 9/12/22

The service hour requirement has been reduced by 4 hours. Tuition plans A and C are no longer required to perform parish service hours. Instead, we encourage you to volunteer at the parish and a maximum of 4 hours will count towards regular school service hours. 

30 hours school + 4 hours Fall Fest + 2 Red Tie Benefit hours (when applicable) = 36 service hours total per school year. 

After School Activities

Crochet Class

All levels of experience are welcome! Click here for more information about weekly crochet classes with Mrs. Nieto.


Quarantine Pathway Flow Chart

The health department has recently updated their health requirements, please refer to the flow chart below. Questions regarding Covid please email our Health Aide - Dorene Flores dflores@stphiliptheapostle.org

Click here to view the Quarantine Pathway Flow Chart

Covid Vaccination
Please send a copy of your child's covid vaccination card to the following email address once your child is fully vaccinated (14 days from last dose):


School Tours

Do you know anyone who may be interested in St. Philip the Apostle School? Encourage them to join us on a tour! The available tour dates are listed below. All tours start at 9am. To sign up, they can contact Tricia Ortega at tortega@stphiliptheapostle.org.

2022-2023 Tour Dates: November 29, December 2 (Friday) & 13.

Tardies and early pick ups

If your child is late because of a doctor or dental appointment, please bring a note to the office from the professional for an excused tardy. 

If you pick up your child early, please sign them out at the front desk. If someone other than the parent picks up a child during the school day, we need a note signed and dated by a parent giving that adult permission to take the child out early. This is the case even if they are on the carpool and/or the emergency list. Thank you for understanding that this is to keep your child safe!

Popsicle Fridays

Be sure to send your child to school with $1.00 for a cold treat that will benefit the 8th grade fundraising efforts for the DC trip.

Reporting Absences

When reporting your child out, please state the reason for the absence. Thank you for being a partner in keeping everyone safe!

You can report your attendance to Karen Conley at kcconley@stphiliptheapostle.org.


SVDP's Christmas Angel Program

Would your family benefit from heart-felt gifts at Christmas to offset financial difficulty? Are you a Christmas Angel who's inspired to assist a local family, but don't know how? We at the St. Vincent de Paul Ministry can help!

Our Christmas Angel Program strives to enhance the spirituality and well-being of both families in need and parish "Angels" during the Christmas season. SVDP talks with families, identifies some modest wants and needs of their members, and conveys a "wish list" to each Angel donor. Families range from single parents with kids to multi-generational households, sometimes with disabled adult members. We keep all family and Angel identities confidential.

Gift-giving allows Angels to experience selfless acts of kindness that truly make a difference. Angels wrap their purchased items and provide them to SVDP in time for Christmas. 

If you would like to participate as a recipient or Angel, leave your name, phone number and email address no later than November 28 on St. Vincent de Paul's hotline (626-863-7041) or email them to SVDPChristmasAngels@gmail.com. Clarify if you want to participate as a recipient or Angel. We will respond soon after. 

Blessings and thank you!

--St. Vincent de Paul Ministry at St. Philip the Apostle

Parish Toy Drive

Help bring joy to more than 400 children this season!

Please bring unwrapped toys and cash donations to the Parish office, church or school as there will be boxes in each location from November 13th to December 7th. Click here for more information.

Reflection of the Week

"I loved autumn, the season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it." - Lee Maynard

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