Week of November 7, 2022



7th Grade Yosemite Trip


Dine to Donate at Gus's BBQ


B Sports Photos &

5th-8th Grade 8am Mass

K-4th Grade 9am Mass

FRIDAY 11/11

Veterans Day - No School


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

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Principal Notes

Dear Parents,

Our 6th grade class had a wonderful time in Yosemite last week. It rained and snowed for them, giving many of them their first experience in those types of weather conditions. This week our 7th grade class is there. Pray for safe travels and a beautiful experience for them as well.

I’m happy to let you know that Fr. Tony is home and recovery well from his accident. He is grateful for all the prayers and food deliveries. We continue to pray for his full recovery.

Last week, one of our staff was almost hit by one of our parents as he was escorting pedestrians across the driveway during carline drop off. The parent was pulling out too quickly and did not see him. He was pretty shaken up about what almost happened. Please don’t be in such a hurry when you come through our carlines. There are 524 students here and each student has to be dropped off and picked up safely. Give yourself enough time, knowing that the line takes time. And remember, in the morning you can drop off as early as 7:30 and in the afternoon you can pick up until 3:15 for the younger students and 3:30 for the older students. Giving yourself five extra minutes is all it takes to not feel so rushed. We do not want a tragic accident to happen. Thank you.  

I hope that all of us have a terrific week. Think of me if you hear of rain or snow in Yosemite. I’ll be there.


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Announcements and Events

B Team Fall Sports Photos

B Team sports photos will take place in the morning, this Wednesday, November 9th. This is for B flag football, B volleyball, and B cross-country only. Please make sure students wear their sports uniform to school.

8th Grade Dine to Donate at Gus's BBQ

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

Gus's BBQ in South Pasadena

November 8th

15% 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

Hot Lunch

Ordering for December opens on Thursday, November 10th. To open an account, go to www.boonli.com and use the school password falcon174.

Thank You from the Gates

Michael is now out of the hospital and continuing his weekly CAR-T cell infusions. He’s improving slowly and in overall stable condition. The Gates family want to thank everyone who participated in providing wonderful meals for last couple of weeks. They greatly appreciate your support and prayers. Thank you.

Picture Retakes and Make-Up Day

Mark your calendars for 11/15 picture retakes and make-up day. If you are not satisfied with the portraits that came home today, send them with your child on retake day. 

If you missed picture day, you can order here:


Picture Day ID: EVTZQTB9S 

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon Invite

All parish 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.

Funeral Information for Michelle Winschel

Funeral services for Michelle Winschel will be Saturday, November 12th at noon at St. Philip.

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. Our students 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 15, & 29, December 2 (Friday) & 13.


Blessed are the Children

Thank you to all those who have pledged to this year’s Blessed Are the Children campaign! All donations go towards filling the gap of what it costs to educate each child and what we charge in tuition. This year, the gap is $1500 per student and we have a goal of raising $365,000. Your contributions to this campaign will go towards ensuring your child(ren) receives an outstanding Catholic education. 

Please check with your employer if they have a matching gift program. Many companies do and will help us meet our goal!

For those who have pledged a Gift of Prayer, and to all our parents, we ask that you continuously keep us in your prayers so that we meet our goal of $365,000. 

“Eternal God, You are worthy to be praised because You are able to bless others abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that they need, they will abound in every good work! I thank You in advance for blessing Your children and uplifting them, for in doing so their time on earth has become more endurable. I thank You for being gracious to Your people by allowing them to experience joy in You, Amen.”

2 Corinthians 9:8

If you have any questions or still need to make a pledge, please contact Tricia Ortega at tortega@stphiliptheapostle.org.

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 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.


Updated Quarantine Pathway Flow Chart 8/19

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):


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.


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

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” - Emily Brontë

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