Testing Time

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I briefly reminded everyone that State Testing will begin next week in my last message.  The testing is very important for many reasons.  One of the most important is accreditation.  We must be accredited to receive funding from the state, services for our students, and for our teachers to remain licensed.  Not only are the test scores a factor for this accreditation, but also attendance plays a key factor.  The purpose of the tests help us gauge progress and provide service to individual students.  All of this factors into every test.  So when you hear that these tests are high stakes, you will have a better understanding of why this label has been attached.

With that said, our students do very well.  The support and effort that every child receives from both teacher and parent is superior.  I am asking that we continue this support by making sure that every child has a good breakfast before they come to school, and each family provide encouragement and interest in all the events that are taking place during the next few months.  Statistics show that a good breakfast and some simple words of encouragement go far when it comes to success on these high stakes exams.

Every student in grades three through eight will take a reading, math, and religion assessment.  Additionally, every student in grades four and seven will take a science assessment, and every student in grades six and eight will take a social science assessment.  Other testing that will also take place is all students, kindergarten through eight, will take a battery of physical tests in P.E.  Music assessments are administered in every grade, kindergarten through eighth.  A technology assessment is also given in the eighth grade.  Each test is unique and can take up to three days to administer.  The P.E. and Music tests require year long assessment and come to fruition in the late spring.  So you can see that every child will be very busy during this time, not to mention in need of support and encouragement.

Next, I would like to remind everyone that we are getting ready to do Kindergarten screening.  Please call the school office to schedule your appointment for you and your child.  This year we have had tremendous interest expressed in our preschool and our kindergarten.  Please make this a priority as we are filling these spots very quickly, in fact we are near capacity in both grades.  This is exceptional news, and we want to make sure we are available to everyone.

Please mark your calendar with this important date.  Tuesday, March 6h, we will not be having school as we have been asked to host the Valley 9 Music Festival.  We are happy to do so, and will be using just about every room in the school to accomplish this hospitality.  Students who are in choir and are performing solos and duets will receive information on when they are to report for their performances.  You should have received a note home last week. Please mark your calendar.

Both are girls and boys basketball teams finished the year a league runner-up.  We are very proud of all of your accomplishments Crusaders.  Keep-up the great work.  It truly was an excellent season for both teams.

Last, but not least, be reminded that school will not be in session this Monday, February 20th, in observance of President's Day.  On this day our entire faculty and staff will be in retreat at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.  During this retreat the teachers and the staff will be examining all forms of prayer and spending time with Christ in personal conversation.  Please support our teachers and staff in this day of reflection and prayer by offering your own prayer on their behalf.

May God continue to abundantly bless all that we do.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

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Well, I guess old man winter finally showed-up.  The moisture is certainly welcomed.  I know as the snow fell on Tuesday of this week the students were anxiously hoping for a snow day.  I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of how you would get a message for school to be canceled due to inclement weather.  If you are in our School Reach system, you will get a phone call with all the instructions necessary for the cancellation.  Additionally, we post an announcement on the news stations channels 12, 10 and 3. If you have not yet registered for School Reach, please contact the school office for assistance.

With the cold weather coming back, this also is a good time to remind everyone that every student could use hats, gloves, and coats on these brisk days.  We try to go outside everyday, so it is important that the students stay warm as they play.  I know that the students think that 30-40 degrees is nice, but truly it is not.

The county spelling bee will be held at Kingman High School in the auditorium on February 17th.  The B division will be at 9:15 and the A division will follow.  The Valley 9 spelling bee will be February 23rd at St. Paul in Cheney.  Congratulations to every qualifier.  Good luck Crusaders, I am sure you will make us proud.

Our basketball teams, both boys and girls are in the final tournament in Partridge.  They have had very good seasons thus far, and look to do well in the tournament.  Good luck ladies and gentlemen.

All assessment testing will begin the week of February 21st.  Please discuss the importance of doing well on these exams with your student, and make sure they get plenty of rest.  Our students perform at very high levels and that is largely due to all the wonderful things we have in place at home and in the school to ensure that they do very well.  PTO is providing snacks before each testing session. Thank you!!

Students will be tested in reading, math, science social studies, religion, music, and physical education.  This is quite a load but we are up to the task.  Please pray for the students during this stressful time, and support everything that they are trying to accomplish!

Thank you for all your support.
With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

What A Week!

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What a week!  The students, faculty, and everyone involved did a fantastic job during this Catholic Schools Week.  The activities were great fun and provided a wonderful spirit of pride that echoed through the school.  On Monday we could tip our hats to the outstanding work that is done in our school.  Tuesday, superheros graced our hallways to prove that superhero students walk these hallways everyday.  Wednesday, our students got to be movie stars and watch the world premiere of movies created by their class.  Our future was so bright we had to wear shades!
On Thursday, our students dressed in various colors to prove how, "bright" we all are!  At the conclusion of this day we had a pep rally to show off our "brightness' and cheer for our outstanding achievements.  The week concluded with a Grandparents day luncheon where we could break bread with family and enjoy a wonderful home cooked meal.

In addition to all of these activities, our 8th graders lead a drive for the homeless of Wichita.  Students raised money by having a breakfast for the entire school and their parents.  The 8th graders used this money to make 110 lunches for the homeless of Wichita.  These lunches will be delivered on Tuesday of next week.  I want to brag about these kids, as they did this all on their own.  This was a fantastic way to celebrate Catholic Schools' Week, as well as support the mission of our Church.  February is traditionally the month that the Catholic Diocese participates in the Warm Souls project.  During this month various parishes provide food and shelter for the homeless of Wichita.  Way to go 8th Grade!  You are making a difference.

Yet another superior event during this week was the awards banquet that occurred Wednesday evening.  Mr. Robert Voboril, Superintendent of Catholic schools, and Mr. Jamie Finkeldei, Director of Student Services, came to St. Patrick to present the Banner School Award and the Governor's Award of Academic Excellence.  During this evening of celebration, Mr. Voboril explained both awards and presented them to Father Shockey and myself.  Both Father and I were very proud of the accomplishments and gladly accepted the awards on behalf of the entire parish and school.  We have a lot to be proud of and thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to our school.  Words alone cannot express my gratitude. Mr. Dan McAdam attended mass on Friday morning to present every student, teacher and staff member with their medal commemorating our remarkable achievement of 4 consecutive Governor's Awards and 2 consecutive Banner School Awards.

In other news, don't forget to register for our 3 and 4 year old preschool.  We have only 2-3 remaining spots for each class.  Please call the office if you would like more information.

So, as you can see a whirlwind of fantastic events and wonderful activities graced our hallways this week.  We are so blessed here!  Thank you!

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Catholic Schools Week 2012

This year's theme to Catholic Schools Week is, Catholic Schools: Faith, Academics, Service.  This theme rings true in our school everyday.  Truly, faith is what drives every one of us to support and sustain this wonderful school.  Faith is more than ethics.  There are many people today, even members of our own community, who think that the foundation of religious faith, even our own, is a system of ethics.  There is no doubt that our Catholic faith calls us to live in an ethical way with our neighbor, giving him or her as much respect and consideration as we give ourselves and our dearest loved ones.  Obviously an ethic --in fact, a very demanding ethic-- is a central element to our Catholic faith; yet, it is not the foundation of our Catholic faith.  The foundation of our faith is a belief in a God who made us and who loves us more than life itself.

Throughout scriptures, it is clear that a religious understanding of reality begins with a profound awareness of this Creator and Father and our deep awe of the wondrous work He has done, and continues to do each and every moment. The awesome reality of God requires every believer to worship Him.  As St. Paul says: "For it is written, 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.'"

This is the foundation of our faith and our school.  We participate in this school because Jesus is the driving force.  We want our faith to reflect this message, and support our mission, to love and serve God.  What a blessing we have!  What an opportunity we have to share our faith!

Our Catholic School strives to meet this mission, and with the help of the parish and greater community, we make disciples of Christ!

When you think about it, this is a very special opportunity we have in our community.  We should want this for everyone. This I believe, is what St. Patrick Catholic School strives to do each and every day.  Sharing our faith, learning about God, striving for excellence, and being at service to one another are the key factors of our school.  Let's celebrate this Catholic schools Week with this in mind.

Thank you for making this Catholic School a pillar of Faith, Academics, and Service

Attached you will find the weeks activities.  Please come and enjoy any and all.  I am very proud of the students here, and all that we have accomplished. I look forward to serving the students for years to come!

May God continue to abundantly bless everyone in this community!

With you in Christ,

Winter is Here

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Well, I think winter has definitely arrived.  The cold temperatures have not brought a lot of snow yet, but you never know in Kansas!  This is a good time to remind everyone that in the case of inclement weather that it becomes necessary to close school, you will be contacted by the School Reach System with a message, as well as announcements on the news stations.  Please make sure we have the correct phone information for your family in our system.  If you have questions, please let Pam in the office know.

Catholic Schools' Week is fast approaching.  This year's theme is Faith, Academics, Service: Catholic Schools.  We have a full week of events planned for January 29th through February 3rd.  I think all of the events will celebrate all of the key aspects of our wonderful school.  I think we just might have some fun too!  St. Patrick's has a lot to celebrate and be proud of, so let's enjoy this week.

At the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week, the Drexel promotion will conclude for this year.  Please support this endeavor, as it truly benefits our school.

Next, I would like to do a little bragging on our basketball teams,  They are doing very well in the Valley Nine, and could have very high seats in the Tournament which is in February.  Our next, and last, home game will be January 26th against Yoder.  Come on out and support our boys and girls teams.  Keep up the great work Crusaders.

We will be hosting the Valley Nine Music Festival this year.  Since this will require most every room in our school, we will not be having classes, Tuesday, March 6.  Instead, our school will be filled with numerous students singing and playing instruments for the competition.  More information will be coming, however mark you calendar with this date.

I am very proud of all that is going on in our school.  We have so much to be thankful for, God has truly blessed us.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Welcome Back to a Great New Year!

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Welcome to second semester.  I once again want to thank everyone for their generosity during this Christmas season.  I truly appreciate all that you do for each of us here, and am humbled by the giving spirit in this community.  You truly are a treasure to St. Patrick Catholic School.

I wanted to update everyone on the front area of the school.  We secured some grant monies as well as generous donations to complete the area around the flag pole and the Northeast corner of the parking lot.  Both of these areas have been prepared as "outdoor classrooms" as an extension of our science programs.  These areas are beautiful and practical additions to our outstanding educational resources.

Next, you should have received your first semester report cards on Wednesday.  Congratulations to every student who qualified for one of the various honor rolls.  This list is printed on the back of the POST.  Keep-up the outstanding work Crusaders your efforts are truly exceptional.

Second semester always has many items to keep us very busy.  Among those things are preregistration and state assessment testing.  Both of these items are very important and require much of our time and effort.  We will keep you informed as these events unfold.  Please be reminded that the website and the Post are available for you as excellent communication tools.  PowerSchool and SchoolReach too are excellent ways to help us keep you informed.  Just as a reminder, if school needs to be canceled for inclement weather, you will be receiving a phone call from the SchoolReach system.  If you have not received any messages from this system, we do not have your information.  This can be remedied by calling the school office to get registered.

Additionally, please don't forget that the Drexel Collection officially started today.  Please remember that all of these donations come directly back to our school.  Thank you for your support and prayers for the success of this campaign.  We appreciate it very much.

May the Lord continue to abundantly bless each of us in this new year.  I know we certainly look forward to everything this year will bring!

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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First, I would like to sincerely thank you on behalf of our teachers, staff and myself for the generous outpouring of gifts and goodies. It is heartwarming to know that so many of you take time out of your busy Christmas schedule to think of us.  We truly appreciate your kindnesses.  

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all us here at St. Patrick Catholic School to wish you and your family a happy and holy Christmas holiday. For those of you who are traveling, our prayers are with you for a safe and storm-free trip.  We hope that you all have the opportunity to slow down, relax and enjoy the company of family and friends this holiday season.  

We wish you a Christmas filled with the wonder of the birth of Christ, the warmth of the Holiday spirit and the love of family and friends. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and all the best in 2012!

In Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Another Fabulous Christmas Program

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First, I would like to tell you how much I truly enjoyed the music and entertainment at the Christmas program last evening.  It definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.  It was easy to see how much hard work and preparation had gone into this year's production.  Thank you to Mrs. Molitor, students and parents that helped to make our Christmas program such a success.

Our basketball teams are both off to an excellent start this season.  We are happy that they are able to play a full schedule this year with the addition of two CSAL teams to our list of opponents.  Thank you to all those who make the transportation to these away games possible.  Both teams will be participating in the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Holiday Tournament on December 27th and 28th.  I hope to get to see you all there and watch the Crusaders compete.  

Thank you to all those who donated items to the Christmas store.  Mrs. Arensdorf called to let us know that it as an unbelievable success.  All donated items were gone by 10:00 a.m.  I am so glad that we were able to help so many.  I would also like to thank Mrs. Arensdorf for all her hard work coordinating this event and to all the volunteers who helped her set  up and work it on Saturday.  

I am sure that by now your students have informed you of all of the illness going through our school.  Cold and flu season has definitely arrived and our absences reflect this.  With that said, I would encourage you to keep sick students home. Nothing is gained by having an ill student at school except for the spread of their illness.  However, keeping the attendance policy in mind, please try to avoid any unnecessary absences.  In excess of 10 absences in one semester can require a student to make up the missed time.  If there are specific health considerations for your student that we are unaware of, please let both the teacher and I know as soon as possible.  We can not make accommodations for these situations if we are not informed. Please check the diocesan attendance policy in your student's agenda if you have any questions.  Nothing replaces the instruction time that your child misses when they are absent.

Due to diocesan server capacity and scheduling, your student's 1st semester report card will come home with them on January 4th when they return from Christmas break.  This is a change from past years but it gives the teachers more opportunity to make sure all students records  are complete as well as optimize the computer capacity at the diocesan level.  Thank you so much for your understanding.

Last, but not least, don't forget that the 21st, our last day before break, is a 12:30 dismissal.  Please mark your calendar.

I continue to pray for a happy and blessed Advent season for you all.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Busy Time of Year

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The weather certainly has gotten cold these past few days, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to send winter coats, hats, and gloves with students to school.  If the temperature is above 25 degrees, we try to take the students outside for their recess or break.  It is just wise to have this gear here just in case.  Thanks.

We had a beautiful Advent prayer service on Tuesday.  This surely is preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas.  Thank you to the Student Council and Mr. Arnold for preparing this service.

Please, don't forget the Christmas store this weekend.  Please let everyone know that all are welcome to help, shop, or participate.  We have a lot of items this year.  The shopping day is Saturday the 10th at the house that used to be the Adoration Chapel.  Please feel free to share the news of this store to any and all.  Thank you to everyone who donated items or their time.

Basketball season is underway.  Our boys team started the home games last week with a win against St. Paul.  Both the boys and the girls played a new team here on Tuesday, St. Mary, Newton.  Both teams did a great job and we are pleased that we were victorious in both games.  Keep-up the great work Crusaders.

Class pictures and Winter Sport pictures will be on December 14th.  These pictures are taken in the school uniform, and the basketball players will be given an opportunity to change for their team picture.

Our Christmas program will be Thursday, December 15th, 7:00 P.M. at the high school here in Kingman.  Mrs. Molitor and the students have been practicing very hard for this performance, and I am personally looking forward to seeing it.  Hope to see all of you there.

Everyone should have received a phone message reminder from our School Reach System about the parade on last Saturday.  If you did not receive this message, please let the office know so we can verify and correct any incorrect phone numbers.

Last, but not least, don't forget that the 21st, our last day before break, is a 12:30 dismissal.  Please mark your calendar.

I am wishing all of you a happy and  prayerful time this Advent season.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Advent Begins

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Advent is upon us.  The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from a profound sense that we live "between the times" and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God’s people. So, as the church celebrates God’s inbreaking into history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which "all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption," it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to "love the Lord your God with all your heart" and to "love your neighbor as yourself."

To increase this understanding of Advent our students will be participating in many activities here at school.  This is to will allow students to fully participate in the preparation for Christmas.  One example is the Advent prayer services that are planned for each week.  A note went home on Monday explaining the many items that we will be doing as a school.  Additionally each teacher has prepared classroom activities.  This truly will be a beautiful celebration in preparation for Christmas.

Next, I would like to remind everyone of some items for next week.  Thursday December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and therefore school will not be in session.  The next day, Friday, December 9th, we will not have school as the teachers will be in a required inservice in Wichita on that day.

The next reminder that I would like to relay is that we are still looking for items for the Christmas Store for the community.  You may send these items to the school office or church office through December 7th .  Your assistance is very much appreciated, and I am sure your donations will go to good use.

Happy Advent everyone.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Thanksgiving Gratitude

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I asked the teachers a few months ago if they wanted to write an article for the POST. This week Mr.Arnold has a wonderful offering that is very fitting for this time of year.  Enjoy.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, November has always been a time to reflect on the people and things in our lives that we are grateful for. At the top of my list of thanks is my faith. Simply put, it gives my life meaning, direction and peace. In particular, I am thankful for the Wichita Diocese and how it enables us to live our Catholic faith. When Mr. Lyall asked us teachers if we would take a turn writing the Post message, our Diocese came to mind as a topic. Often, I think we forget how blessed we are in this corner of Kansas.
My appreciation for our diocese began when I was a teen. The Wichita Diocese provides many opportunities, such as CYO and Totus Tuus, to help its youth navigate these turbulent years. It was at retreats like Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) that I came to love our Church. These programs also helped my friends and me to discern our vocations. For such a small diocese, we are very blessed with the number of young women answering the call to be sisters and young men having the courage to discern at the seminary.
I believe this openness to totally giving your life flows from our attitude of stewardship. This philosophy of giving God your time, talent and treasure is unique within our diocese. Stewardship is the engine that keeps our Catholic schools strong and running. When I taught in Ohio, the Catholic school charged $800 a month per child. I have visited with friends in other cities where their Catholic school tuition was even higher. A Catholic education is a great gift to give to our children, and this diocese is the only place that makes doing so affordable.
Many Catholics across the United States have marveled at our thriving Catholic schools and our number of seminarians. For such a small diocese, our success seems near miraculous. Other dioceses wonder how we do it. What is our secret? I believe our attitude of stewardship is rooted in prayer, specifically in Eucharistic Adoration. One of my best friends moved to the third largest city in Michigan. She had to drive an hour to the nearest church with Adoration.  But no matter where you are in Wichita, you are within 10 minutes of the nearest chapel; there are over a dozen. And when you multiply those prayers being offered by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, you begin to understand the force behind stewardship. Grace flows through our diocese from our devotion to the Eucharist.
It seems to me that the challenge in our diocese is not finding a way to live our faith-our Church has provided so many avenues to grove in love for God. Rather, I see the challenge as not taking all these blessings for granted. Advent will be here soon and with it a chance to renew our commitment to stewardship, to prepare our hearts through prayer. I want to encourage our school families to try something new and bold for the 4 weeks of Advent. Perhaps you will pray each night with your children that they may know their vocations. Maybe you’ll give your time and talent at the Lord’s Diner or another worthy cause. Or perhaps you’ll commit to an hour each week at our parish’s own Adoration chapel. This is a chance each week to spend time before God, soaking up his grace. In our world of constant noise, what a gift God gives us to let us come into His presence to hear Him in the silence. I hope that you will find that these efforts, rather than take away precious time in your life, actually seem to multiply it because now your focus has been renewed. But be careful in what you decide to do this Advent-it just might be life-changing. And you could t find yourself the newest member of the Wichita Diocese Fan Club.

Improving Communication

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Well the weather certainly did change this week.  I suppose that the old Kansas adage applied, "If you don't like what is happening with regards to the weather, wait fifteen minutes and it will change."  I know the rain was a welcome blessing.  Many students pray continuously for rain, and certainly their prayers are being answered.  I know some students pray continuously for snow and a snow day, but that is another story.

All of you should have received a some important paperwork that needs to be returned to school as soon as possible.  This paperwork will allow us to create the data base for the School Reach program that we are participating in this year.  This will allow the fastest and most efficient communication to all of you.  Thank you for making this a priority.  In addition you should have noticed that reminders are arriving by e-mail as well.  If you are not receiving e-mail notifications and want them, please contact Pam Hein in the school office and provide an e-mail address so you can receive these updates.  These two items, coupled with the updates on our web page, are really enhancing communication.  Thank you for your support.

Speaking of e-mail, you should have received notification that we will not be having school on December 9th.  A mandatory inservice for the teachers in Wichita on Common Core Standards has been mandated for this day.  On December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we do not have school so that families may attend mass in honor of the Holy Day of Obligation.  So to summarize, there will be no school on December 8th or 9th.  Thank you for making this change to your calendar.

November is the perfect time to pray in thanksgiving for the many gifts that God provides for each of us.  I am thankful for all our students, parents and all the wonderful support we receive here at our school.  God truly has blessed us.  In the month of October we raised enough money to complete the purchase of stools for the Science/Art lab, and finish the plans for the outdoor planting area.  Much hard work and effort as well as support went into the events that led to the completion of these projects.  It is the combined effort of our community that truly shines for the good of our students.  These actions go above and beyond stewardship, truly proving that Jesus is at the center of our school.

You will have the entire week, November 21st through the 25th off for Thanksgiving.  Monday and Tuesday the teachers must attend a religious certification class, and then the rest of the week is for the holiday.  This has been on the calendar since it was released in May, I am just reminding all of you.

May God continue to abundantly bless all that we do for the good of our children.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

Whirlwind of Activity

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We have had a whirlwind of activity these past few weeks here at school.  The students are responding very well, and I am very proud of their participation in all of these activities.  With Respect Life Week and Red Ribbon Week activities the students had an opportunity to earn a traveling spirit trophy.  The 4th grade won it during Respect Life Week, and I am proud to announce that 6th grade is the current holder.  The participation for all of these wonderful learning activities is at an all time high.  Keep it up Crusaders! 

Next I wanted to let everyone know that basketball for our students officially started this week. Parents, We have posted a schedule on the web page, sent one home with the players, and look forward to seeing you at the games.  Our players will enjoy a full schedule this year.  We have them playing in 16 games this year including tournaments.  Good luck Crusaders, make us proud!

Hopefully everyone got to meet with their child's teacher during conferences.  Please stay in touch with your child's teacher as they really do know how to help and provide support for the individual needs of students.  Working together to create a collaborative learning environment is what makes for a successful experience.  Please continue to strive for this relationship.

In other news, the Chili Supper, trash bag sales and Shamrock Triathlon were very successful.  We have already ordered the stools for the Science/Art Lab and they should be here any day now.  Additionally, we are adding an outdoor planting area and finishing around the flagpole with these funds.  Thank you for your overwhelming support of our school and students.  As I mentioned before, this is the type of action that allows us to provide the highest quality of education for our students.  Our Parent Teacher Organization as well as all of the participating parents and students deserve all the credit.  Thank you!

I would also like to remind everyone that we still are collecting money for the Drexel fund.  Every classroom has a box for this specific reason.  The students should be able to explain this campaign.  Please participate, as this directly benefits our school.  The next activity that will benefit this is the sale of hand made Christmas Cards. Pre-order forms for these cards will go home next week. The cards were a huge hit last year, and I am sure they will be even better this year.  Thank you for your support.

A note went home this week telling all of you about the new program which our school has become involved with in order to continue to improve communication.  School Reach will be an excellent asset for all of us to notify everyone quickly, by phone of cancellations and other necessities.  Please be assured that the numbers you provide are secure and are only used to notify you of important items in our school.  Please return all of this information as soon as possible so we can transfer this information to the system and make it fully operational by November 28th.

November is here, soon it will be second semester....I am thankful for all of you.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

A Time To Reflect

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As we move into the gorgeous fall season and enjoy these cool, crisp mornings, it seemed liked the perfect time to sit back and reflect.  All of us here at St. Pat's want to thank you for the gift of your trust in us to assist in the education of your child.  We understand that the job of parenting can sometimes seem a daunting task, but know that you are not alone.  We want to share with you in their successes and help you through their difficult times.  Please take a few moments to enjoy some quotes from others that can help give us all a fresh insight into parenthood.

Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here for an hour old I would die for you. This is the miracle of life. --Maureen Hawkins

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. --Brian Tracy

Our children are watching us live and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say.--Wilfred Peterson

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. --John Lubbock

Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.--Jess Lair

Fifty years from now it will not matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how much you had in your bank account or what your clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better place because you were important in the life of a child.--Unknown

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.--David Bly

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.--Charles Swindoll

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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I have a few reminders this week.  First, please call and make
an appointment for conferences if you have not done so yet.
This is a very good opportunity to spend time with your child's
teacher, and understand what is happening at school. We will
be available to take calls on Tuesday, even though students are
not in school.

Next, I would like to remind everyone that the deadline for
records and immunizations is fast approaching.  With the days
off of school we have for inservice and workdays, this would be
the perfect opportunity to get all of this paperwork finalized. If
your child's immunization records are not complete, we
cannot allow them to attend school. This is a STATE AND
FEDERAL regulation. If you need assistance, please call and
visit with Pam Hein so we can accomplish this important task.
The deadline for this paperwork is October 21st.  The office will
be open during conferences so that you can turn these in.

On Tuesday I received notification that our students
received the Standard of Excellence from the State of
Kansas in every testing category and in every grade. This is
FANTASTIC news! Keep up the excellent work Crusaders.
I am very proud of each of you!

I do not know if you have noticed, but our web page is slowly
but surely getting more information. We are diligently trying to
utilize this resource to its fullest potential. If you should have
suggestions on how to make this better, please feel free to
contact us so we can incorporate your ideas. You may have also
noticed that you are receiving more school e-mails as well. This
too is another way we are trying to keep you informed. Both
improvements have become welcome changes. I appreciate all
the input as we continue to make better use of all our resources.

First quarter ends today, and report cards will be sent home
On Wednesday, October 19th.

May God continuously bless you and your families. We feel truly
blessed here at St. Patrick's.

With you in Christ,
Mr. Lyall

The Gift of a Catholic Education

Mr. Lyall's Line
This week I would like to focus on some information that I have gathered in my administrative meetings this year.  I feel it is important to share this with you, as the news really reflects the effectiveness of our school and diocese. Across the United States, Catholic Schools are facing financial uncertainty, and many have closed during this recession, or a catholic education is only for the wealthy.  In contrast, the Diocese of Wichita is thriving. Of course, this is due to Stewardship. Whereas 67% of elementary costs and 80 % of secondary costs were funded nationally by tuition, in this diocese, only 8% of the costs were covered in the same way.  What is the difference? The effectiveness of the parish.
Our parish is filled with strong disciples, those who have experienced a conversion of heart, have embraced the teachings of the Church and choose to follow Jesus through acts of Stewardship. These people live what they believe in service to the parish community, the wider church and the entire human family.  This is a response to God's generosity to us. Together we accomplish the church's mission of education.
Our school is thriving spiritually, academically, and physically. Many parishes are thriving in this diocese because of the premise of stewardship. No where else in this country are catholic schools thriving in this matter. No where else in the country can people make this claim for all catholic children. Our schools are more than a “better choice” they are places of faith and are committed to a mission of discipleship. Every catholic parent should want this for their children.
I am sharing this with you because I want you to know that it is our mission to serve in this way, and we do it at the highest levels in the diocese, and in the state. Nationally, we are recognized as part of the best catholic school system in the country.  St. Patrick Catholic  School is serving its members with faith and diligence, providing the highest quality education for every child. We should be proud of this and share this news with others. In contrast, we cannot rest on our laurels. We must reach all who wish to be a part of this, and we are called to spread this news and form disciples. I have had many conversations with people who want to know why we have such great success here. It has to be the parish and the spirit of stewardship. Thank you for all that you do, and for helping us spread this way of life to all who seek this relationship with Christ.
Additionally, I would like to remind everyone to please call and set your appointments for parent/teacher conferences. Conferences will be held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on October 19th and 20th. We look forward to seeing all of you.
We are trying very hard to keep the web page as current as we possibly can this year, please refer to this communication tool for information.

May God continue to bless all that we do.
With you in Christ,

 

Mr. Lyall

MAKING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE A PRIORITY

MAKE SCHOOL ATTENDENCE A PRIORITY   
Your child's teachers will do their best to help your child learn and succeed in school.  But there's one thing only you can do—get them to school every day ready to learn.
Children who don't attend school regularly fall behind and score lower on tests.  They can have a hard time making and keeping friends—especially in elementary school.  
A study of the nation's fourth graders, conducted by The U.S. Department of Education, showed that almost one in four (19 percent) had been absent from school three or more days in the last month.
Show your child and his teachers that you know attendance counts:
Tell your child how important school is.
Make dental and other appointments during non-school hours when possible.
Don't let you child skip school for reasons that wouldn't prevent you from going to work.
Avoid taking your child out of school on exam days.
Keep track of your child's absences.  See if there are any patterns that need to be changed.
Discuss the consequences of missing school.  Not understanding. Needing to do make-up work.  Missing out on friends.
Talk to the teacher if your child regularly doesn't want to go to school.  
We are all working together to ensure the success of every student here at St. Patrick's.  Regular attendance is a key component in making each student's success a reality.  Thank you so much for partnering with us on this important matter.
In Christ,

Bob Lyall

Building Our Future

Building Our Future
This school year is off to an excellent start and promises to be one that will see historic events unfold.  The excitement and anticipation of the completion of the building project as well as the awareness of a clean and safe learning environment enhanced with state of the art furnishings, textbooks, and technology certainly add to the high expectations.  I too must admit that I share the same excitement and exhilaration at the thought of all the new possibilities that we have before us.
 
Our Catholic school is very blessed to have a multi-talented and vastly experienced faculty and staff that greet each new year with enthusiasm and vibrancy.  This type of enthusiasm, I am proud to say, is always part of our school, and is a beacon of professionalism that shines brightly in all that we do for this community.  With our multiple academic and athletic achievements we see our mission, Catholic Education for Catholic Action, as our driving force in our success.  We certainly are proud that we have achieved the Governor's Award for Excellence, as well as scoring in the standard of excellence in every testing category, which places us in the top 3% of all schools in Kansas.  Additionally we rank number one among all diocesan schools when it comes to academic testing.  These accomplishments are a testimonial to our mission and purpose for the glory of God.  We continuously strive for this type of excellence, and are never satisfied to rest on our laurels.  Our Christ-centered vision provides the foundation for this success.
 
We cannot do this alone.  In order for all of this to come to fruition, we must recognize the generosity of our parish and community.  Countless volunteers, parents, grandparents, and friends offer their time talents, and treasure to ensure this continual success.  We are very grateful to everyone who gives so freely to invest in our mission and vision.
 
So, as we take the next step into this new year we have even greater confidence that we we continue to grow spiritually, academically, and physically for the greater glory of God.  Thank you for all of your support and effort.  We are blessed to have you with us.  We are truly building our future! 
 
With you in Christ,
Bob Lyall
Principal

Mr. Bob Lyall