Weekly Newsletter – October 15, 2015

MASS

Mass this Friday focuses on St. Luke and his stories of Jesus. Students have been asked to journal about their favorite story about Jesus. This might be a good discussion to have as a family. Grade 2 leads the Mass this week. Know that you are always welcomed to attend.

PICTURE DAY

Life Touch Studios will be here this Friday, October 16 to take photos of every student. A flyer reminding you about the day is included in this week’s envelope.  Buying school pictures is optional, but if interest is low, next year they will probably only take the pictures of students who purchase packages. Students may be out of uniform on Picture Day, but must dress appropriately. Thank you, in advance, for reviewing the non-uniform guidelines in the handbook (p.23-24).

NON-UNIFORM PASS DAY

Due to Picture Day being Friday, October 16, students who purchased the Non-Uniform Pass Coupon Book may be out of uniform on Monday, October 19. This is a change to the date on the September coupon

REPORT CARD CONFERENCES

Report Card Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 22, from 9am-8pm.  Report Card Conference times are included in this Thursday’s envelope. Remember that your child must come to the conference and that all fees (tuition, Before Care/Extended Day, lunch) need to be paid before a conference can be held. There is no school the next day, Friday, October 23.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: PAINT THE GYM

Next Saturday, October 24, alumnae from St. Philip’s (now Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School) will be painting the gym.  (See event flyer in this week’s envelope.) We are in need of many hands. This would be a wonderful opportunity to give of your time and work with other supporters of our school. The event begins at 9am and goes until 1pm. There will be a Continental Breakfast and music by D J Needles. Please come out and help us make a difference in our students’ lives.

And if you really want to be doubly blessed, on Friday, October 23, we will do the prep work needed before the painting.  Walls need washing and cobwebs conquered. We will clean in the afternoon from 1pm-3pm. Please call the school at 397-0316 if you can help on either of these two days.

ALTHOFF OPEN HOUSE

Students in 4th through 8th grade, who are interested in learning more about Althoff Catholic High School, are invited to attend their Open House on Sunday, October 25. Please see the enclosed flyer.

ANNUAL FUND

The Catholic school system is based on a spirit of loving service and generosity, both on the part of the parents/guardians and teachers. Family involvement is a necessity to providing quality education, as well as creating a faith community for our students. In today’s envelope, you will find our Annual Fund letter and envelope. This is one of our two fundraisers. Families pledge financial support and/or prayer in order to keep our school going. Your support is vital to the future of your children and all the future students who will become a part of the Sister Thea Bowman family. We are Children of The Way.

We ask that each family return their envelope by Friday, October 30. If your family returns their envelope by that Friday, your child may be out of uniform on Tuesday, November 3.

TRUNK OR TREAT

Our 12th annual Trunk or Treat event will be held on Friday, October 30.   Students are invited to bring a costume to change into around 2:00p.m.  We count on our parents/guardians to make sure that costumes are appropriate for your child’s age and for wearing at a Catholic school event. Traditional Halloween costumes such as skeletons, scarecrows and witches are fine.  Costumes/masks of famous artists or stars who use violent, foul or degrading lyrics or images are not allowed, as well as anything bloody and/or violent in nature. Props, including toy guns and swords, etc., are also not allowed.  Please note that students do not have to have a costume to participate in Trunk or Treat.  Your child should bring a container for the Halloween treats they receive.

As an alternative, some classes are sponsoring a “Costume Challenge.” In the younger grades, students are asked to dress up as saints or people who have made a positive impact on our world.

Grades 6th-8th are challenged to dress up like a person they have or will read about in their Social Studies book. Prizes will be given to the winners who accepted the “Costume Challenge.”

Parents/Guardians who are participating are invited to come between 1:30p.m.-1:45p.m.  A staff person will be on hand to show you where to park your car out on the playground area between the school and the church.  Feel free to come in costume and to decorate your car in Halloween style!  Have the Halloween treats, (wrapped candy, stickers, and pencils) you plan to hand out in the trunk of your car.

Please note that for safety reasons, all entrances to the parking lot will be closed at 2:00 and won’t reopen until 3:30p.m. dismissal.  

After a class has been to each car, they will go back into to their classrooms to enjoy their treats until dismissal time at 3:30p.m. Parents/Guardians are welcome to enjoy some refreshments in the staff room until dismissal time.  If you are unsure of the appropriateness of your child’s costume for this event, or if you have any other questions regarding this event, please call the school office. Thanks for all you will do to make our 12th annual Trunk or Treat event a huge success!

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