Week of November 28, 2022



Family Activity at 8am


Dollar Dress for DC Trip


Report Cards Sent Home

MONDAY 12/5-SUNDAY 12/11

PTO Vroman's Fundraiser


Feast of St. Nicholas


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


12:30 Dismissal, Parent Teacher Conferences and Fall Drama at 6pm


No School - Parent Teacher Conferences and Fall Drama at 6pm


Fall Drama at 6pm

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Principal Notes

Dear Parents,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was good to see all of the smiling faces coming in to school this morning. We only have a few weeks now until Christmas but so much going on before that. Next Thursday evening we have opening night of our fall drama production, Miracle on 34th Street. To preorder tickets for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday’s performances complete this form and return it to the office. Your seats will be reserved for you in the order that they come in. You can also purchase tickets at the door. All performances are at 6 pm.

Next Thursday and Friday we have Parent Conferences for grades 2 through 8. To sign up for a conference, go to Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Link. The sign up will open at 7pm tonight. 

Junior High parents have limited scheduled conference times on Friday for those who need to see all of the JH teachers. There are open times from 1:30 to 4:45 and 6 to 7 on Thursday for those who only need to see just a few JH teachers. 4th and 5th grades also have open times for those who wish to see the non-homeroom teacher. You can check the class newsletter for those times.

Finally, we are preparing for the Christmas Worship Service which will be outside right after school on Thursday, December 15. The gates will open at 2:30 pm for the 3:15 pm service. We welcome grandparents and other family members or friends to attend this beautiful service. Just bundle up if it is cold and bring your own seating. If by chance it is raining, we will move the service to the church but then we will only be able to accommodate parents. 

Students will wear long pants and Christmas sweaters or nice shirts or blouses for the worship service. They can also get in the spirit with hats and scarves if they like.

The children have been working very hard to learn songs and instruments and this service is a retelling of the Christmas story. We ask that all guests remain for the entire service which last just an hour. Student will not be released to parents until the end of the service. Thanks for understanding.

Although these next weeks are super busy I hope that we all find time to appreciate our blessings and to remember what Christmas to all about.  



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Announcements and Events

Service Hours Due 11/30/22

Period 1 service hours are due this week. Please make sure you have submitted your regular school hours and Fall Fest hours on the Track it Forward website. Failure to log your hours correctly may result in a service hour billing. 

Fall Drama Tickets

Our Fall Drama performance of Miracle on 34th Street will take place December 8th-10th at 6pm in Holy Angel Hall. The ticket order form is attached here. Priority seating will be given to preordered tickets.

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

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

Shop at Vroman’s next week (December 5-December 11) and SPAS will receive 20% of the proceeds from your entire purchase online or in-store!  Please see attached flyer for details. Don't forget to print out and bring the shopping voucher with you when you shop. 

Flyer and Voucher Linked Here

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

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

Falcon Wear

Falcon Wear Sale on Thursday, 12/1, from 2:30-4:30 near the lunch tables.

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

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 Ms. Mallorie 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

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

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):


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! 

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.


St. Philip Hosts Family Promise

St. Philip is excited to announce that we will soon host families that are a part of the Family Promise Program.  Our next host week is February 12th- February 19th.  We are looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers ready to help! Please contact Erin O’Toole-Delawari at edelawari@gmail.com to sign up to help or for more information. Click here for more information about Family Promise.

SVDP's Bucket and Burrito Sunday

Celebrate Advent with Bucket and Burrito Sunday, on December 4th at all morning masses. Please bring your gently used clothing for the St.Vincent de Paul Truck collection. We will be collecting coins from buckets and selling burritos in Holy Angel Hall. Click here for information flyer.

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 POP

Join our small faith community for women at our Open House on 12/1 at 7:00! Contact Kathleen at pop@stphiliptheapostle.org for location details in Pasadena. Click here for more information.

Reflection of the Week

"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." - Lauren DeStefano, "Wither"

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