Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,  

    

Thank you for the responses and comments on the survey.  Here are the statistical results from 58 surveys taken.

 

1 Do you feel we should follow USD 331 Calendar as closely as possible?

51.7% - Yes, 17.2% - No, 31% - Neutral

 

2 Would you prefer we also do late start days that coincide with USD 331?  

46.6% - No, 24.1 - Yes, 29.3 Neutral

 

We are very blessed in the Diocese of Wichita to be able to provide Catholic Education free of charge. However, it is a requirement that families be registered in and active members of a parish.  If you have not picked up your stewardship envelopes, please do so.

 

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,  

    As if today, we have had 19 responses on the survey about the school calendar. I would like to hear from as many parents as possible so I will run this for one more week. Please take a moment to go to this link and answer a few questions. School Calendar Survey.  Thank you!!  We are sending a hard copy home in case you cannot get to the link.

   Please join me in welcoming Waneta King to our staff. She has been hired as our part-time custodian and will be working from 12:30 to 4:30 each day. She will be responsible for cleaning bathrooms, spot sweeping and mopping classrooms and hallways, windows, walls, trash, lunchroom floor, and a list of other deep cleaning areas.  We will continue our weekend cleaning rotation because that will free up the custodian to hit some areas that have not been cleaned for some time such as the bleachers, etc.. We certainly appreciate the stewardship of every family who has already worked your first weekend.

Principal's Message 01/04/19

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,  

    Happy New Year and Welcome Back!  Thank you all for the wonderful gifts and good wishes for the Holiday Season.  Please join me in praying for a successful second semester!!

    Over the past few months, we have been working with the South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative to improve our student's services in the area of special education.   The SCKSEC board has decided to place a part-time special education teacher in our building to serve those students who are identified as needing specialized instruction. Mrs. SanRomani will be transitioning to a part-time first-grade teacher and part-time special education teacher (funded by the SCKSEC). While we continue to search for a 1st-grade teacher to replace her, we have hired Jenny Clouse as a substitute.  Mrs. Clouse has many years of experience as a classroom teacher and has been a volunteer in our building since the beginning of the school year. Please help make her feel welcome!

    As I stated before the break, I will be asking for input on policies and procedures in order to plan for next year. The first issue is the calendar. Please take a moment to go to this link and answer a few questions. School Calendar Survey.  Thank you!!

    

Principal's Message 12/14/2018

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,  

    I would like to thank you for joining us Wednesday evening for the Christmas program. I truly enjoyed working with the students. The fifth through the eighth-grade program will be in the spring.   

    Christmas break is almost here!!! Three more days. Wednesday, December 19th is a half day and Crazy Christmas Spirit Dress day. Students are invited to wear their most colorful Christmas outfits. We will have Mass so any headgear or noisemakers (bells) will need to be removed.

    As we near the end of the 1st semester, I want to again thank you for such a warm welcome to St. Patrick Catholic School and the wonderful cooperation with changes that have occurred. After Christmas, I will begin gathering information from you as we start planning for the 2019-20 school year. I will do by sending short surveys using Google forms and/or through the post. If you do not have a Gmail account, you may fill out the surveys on the post and return them.  Items such as the school calendar, discipline, dress code, etc. will be addressed. This will be a great opportunity for your voice to be heard so I encourage you to read the post and check your emails regularly!!

     St. Patrick Choir will be singing at the 10:00 Mass this weekend!  Hope to see you there!



Principal's Message 12/7/18

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,     

    Along with this newsletter comes a note with additional details regarding weekend cleaning. I want to thank those of you who have already cleaned and done so with little direction. It is a work in progress clearing out all the bugs and trying to make it as smooth as possible. We truly appreciate your patience. Please look over the note and if you have any further suggestions, please let us know.

    Next Wednesday is the Christmas Program for PreK through fourth grade and band students. It will begin at 7:00 and last about 75 minutes.  Prek will need to meet in front of the band room (See Mrs. Walker’s Note). Students in grades K - 4 will need to arrive in costume and be in their seats by 6:50. They will have an assigned seat in the front two rows of the auditorium. Please have them wear dark socks along with their costume.  Those students who have their own costume are to come dressed. Those who are borrowing a costume are to meet in the band room behind the stage to get dressed. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!

    

Please Help!!!

We need help with snow removal. If you live nearby and are able to come to remove the snow from the front driveway and sidewalks, it would be most appreciated!! Please call the school office if you are able to assist in any way.        

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,     

    This Sunday we begin the season of Advent.  Advent is a time for remembering and reflecting on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let us pray that we will turn our hearts toward Him as Christmas approaches.  Let us not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season this year and miss the chance to celebrate the gifts of hope, faith, joy, and peace, that you sent to us on that first Christmas.

    During Advent, we will participate in a Jesse Tree Devotion.  The Jesse Tree seeks to present visually the important family history of our Savior -  a family history that in Christ becomes the history of our salvation. The name for this visual depiction of Christ’s heritage arises from the passage in Isaiah that proclaims,

There shall come forth a shoot from the root of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.  And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-3).

We will begin the devotion Monday after Mass in the school foyer. Fr. Andy will bless the tree and we will begin with the first ornament - World (Creation).  All are welcome to join us!!

    

Principal's Message 11/16/18

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

    As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to express my most sincere gratitude for all the wonderful support and generosity we have experienced over these past few months.  Your passion for St. Patrick Catholic School has been a great joy to witness and be a part of.

    I’d also like to thank our first cleaning crew.  We had representation from all the families who were assigned as well as some middle school students!  Allowing your children to witness your stewardship is a much better lesson than any we can teach them. Please bear with us as we work out all the kinks and get the appropriate supplies ready for the crew. We will certainly accept any suggestions on how to make things run smoothly.

    These past few weeks we have had several field trips requiring many of you to provide transportation. We appreciate all your help by rearranging your schedules especially when we have fallen a bit short on drivers.

   Congratulations to our 5th Grade Religion Bowl team and Coach, Mr. Marks!  First place!!! We are super proud of you!

Principal's Message 11/9/18

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those who worked on the Rio Carnival Auction, came to the auction, donated to the auction or purchased items at the auction.  It was a fun evening and the place looked great!! It has often been said, God will not be outdone in generosity and I truly believe that. It takes all of us to make things happen and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such a great event.  

    This is the first weekend for cleaning duty. The schedule was emailed out on Monday. Please remember to call a sub to take your place if you are unable to clean.  This is such a wonderful opportunity for stewardship and we are so grateful for your understanding and cooperation.

     Those of you who are members of St. Patrick Catholic Church, please remember to pick up your stewardship envelopes. Our Catholic School is possible due to the generosity of parish stewards and it is important that all of us do our part in giving of our time, talent, and treasure.  

   

Principal's Message 10/31/18

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

    Please join me in congratulating Finley Maloney for being one of the 18 statewide winners in the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Poster Contest. There were 837 entries and she was one of the 3 South Central Kansas winners.  We are so proud of her!!!

Per State requirements, we are to conduct 9 crisis safety drills. Today we practiced an active shooter drill.  I realize these types of drills can cause some concern or worry for the students. Please take a moment to discuss what happened at school to make sure your children don’t harbor any such feelings.

    We will have a PowerSchool training for any parent who has not yet signed in to review grades and lunch balances next Wednesday at 6:00. The PTO meeting will follow at 6:30. We will be contacting those who have not yet set up their account.

   Please keep Andrew Schonlau in your prayers as he begins his next job at Kingman High School. Many thanks for all he has done for our church and school!!

I’d like to wish you all a very Blessed All Saints Day and of course Halloween!  Be safe and have a great evening and weekend!!

 

Principal's Message 10/25/18

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

   What a crazy week!!! It’s amazing how being out of uniform affects the energy level of our students.  It certainly was a fun week. I hope you all had an opportunity to visit with your children about how abusing drugs and alcohol can have a negative affect their lives.

    Yesterday we mailed a letter about the plan for cleaning the school in the absence of a full-time custodian.  I sincerely hope we can look at this situation as an opportunity to grow in our journey towards faithful stewardship by sharing our time and talent.  Once you get the letter, please let me know if you have any questions.

     Next month we will be joining the diocese by renewing our stewardship commitments.  Teachers will be incorporating stewardship lessons and I will be discussing several areas in which we can improve on regarding caring for our school and each other.

     May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School with an abundance of Peace and Love!

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

    The Children’s Choir will be singing at the 10:00 Mass this Sunday. I invite all students who attend the Mass to wear their uniforms as a way of saying thank you to all the parishioners for supporting our Catholic School. We have been working on appropriate “prayer posture” while praying or at Mass.  Holy is defined as “different” so when we are praying and/or in God’s house we are to act differently. Hopefully, you have seen this already but if not, ask your children to demonstrate appropriate prayer posture.

    Please remember to sign-up for Dillons Community rewards so we can get “free money”.  All you have to do is go to www.dillons.com, my account, community rewards, find our school and enroll.

    This Sunday,  Mrs. Hill will be hosting a family activity to watch the movie Coco, view the Day of the Dead art projects and visit the book fair. The movie is rated PG.  If you would like to have more information about it prior to attending, please visit

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/coco.cfm  

 

May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School with an abundance of Peace and Love!

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

    In case you haven’t noticed there are many opportunities to get involved this month.  We currently have sign-ups going on through sign-up for the book fair, conferences, staff conference meals, fall parties, and school cleaning. In addition, we are actively seeking donations for the Rio Carnival Live Auction and Dinner.  If you have contacts with anyone who owns a business or might be willing to donate items and/or cash for the auction, please contact Darla Harbert. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We are hoping for a great turn-out so hurry and get your tickets!!

     Report cards will be coming home next week. We will be sending hard copies home each quarter.  With access to view grades on PowerSchool, there should not be any surprises. If you have not yet logged in, I encourage you to do so. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Rohlman and she will be happy to assist you.

    In music, I have spent much of the first quarter reviewing and getting a grasp on where the students are in reference to the music standards. Students have not taken any assessments that require a grade. Next quarter, students in grades K-4 will be graded on participation and conduct as we prepare for the Christmas program.  Please note: Grades 5-8 will have their music program in the spring. The date is TBD.

May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School with an abundance of Peace and Love!

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,
Dear Parents,
I was so proud of our students who
participated in the Softball Fun Day. Way to
go coaches and players!!
Next week is National 4-H Week!
Students who participate in 4-H may dress
in spirit dress on Tuesday, October 9. What
a wonderful program that benefits so many
young men and women!!
We will not have Mass on Monday
morning, however, we will be praying a
rosary for the repose of the soul of Bishop
Eugene Gerber. Please join us if you are
available!
Once again we had a good turnout for the
PTO meeting last Wednesday, however, we
were down a few parents. The meetings are
short and sweet and it’s a great way to stay
informed of what is going on. The next
meeting will be November 7th at 6:00 in the
library!
May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School
with an abundance of Peace and Love!!

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,


Dear Parents,
Please join me in thanking Student Council
and Ms. Fisher for planning our activities for
Respect Life Week. What a beautiful way to
recognize our Catholic responsibility in
evangelization and prayer.
Good luck to our Crusader Softball players as
they travel to Haven for the Valley Nine Softball
Fun Day! There will be 6 schools participating!!
Come out and support our Crusaders!!
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed a bit
of laxity in general Christian Courtesy among
our student body such as picking up paper on the
floor, holding doors open, fighting for spots in
line, impatience with classmates, etc. I hope that
you will join me and our staff as we continue to
form our children into Disciples of Christ not
only academically but
socially as well. We are
working on the VBRD for
some of the bigger conflicts
but we can always improve
on the small acts of
kindness.


May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School with
an abundance of Peace and Love!!

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

   Next week we will celebrate Respect Life. We have several activities planned including specific dress days. Please remember, if students choose not to dress according to the day, they are to be in uniform. This includes when we have VBRD shirt and jeans day.   See flyer for details on the schedule for the week.

     Please remember to check the parent portal on PowerSchool for 1st quarter progress reports!

    

May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School with an abundance of Peace and Love!!

                 

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,

 

Dear Parents,

 

    I trust all of you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We are wrapping up baseline assessments and are making plans to address student needs that may go beyond the regular education classroom.  There will be a few changes due to the reduction in personnel. I am still working with the State of Kansas and USD 331 to determine how Title I services will be conducted as well as with the South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative for any student who qualifies for special education services (learning difficulties or gifted).  

    Today we celebrated First Friday through Benediction and offering prayers in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  What a wonderful way to start each month. Please continue to pray for a successful school year! If you ever have any questions or just want to visit, please feel free to contact me.

 

May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School with an abundance of Peace and Love!!

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

    On Monday of this past week, Senseney Music company put on an instrument Showcase for the 5th and 6th graders.  Beginning band will be offered two times a week here at St. Patrick Catholic School. My intention is to work closely with Mrs. Kerschen at the public school so students are where they need to be by 7th grade when they join the public school.  If your child is interested in band, please send the form back to school by Friday, September 7th. Students will be required to purchase their own book and bring their own instrument.

     We are still looking for a few parents to join our School Council. If you are interested, please contact the school office. We will extend the deadline for the application to September 5th.

     Today we held our VBRD kick-off assembly by practicing the definition of Virtue and peace. Fr. Andy joined us to share a bit about St. Louis who represents just one of the crusaders who were instrumental in bringing peace to many.  I’d like to give special recognition to Mrs. Jeralyn Hill for her guidance in making the tie-dye shirts. She spent many hours making sure they turned out and I must say they look awesome!!!! Thank you, Mrs. Hill!!

     I’d like to wish you all a fantastic Labor Day weekend!  See you in September!

 

May God Bless St. Patrick Catholic School with an abundance of Peace and Love!!

 

Dr. Harmon's Message

Principal’s Message

It has been a great pleasure getting to know so many of you and your children these past few weeks!!  I would like to thank you for your cooperation regarding standard operating procedure changes. We are always looking for ways to make the school run smoothly but more importantly, safely!!  Your patience is much appreciated!

Please welcome Melissa Thimesch to our school staff. She will be working Monday through Thursday afternoons in the resource room. We are still looking for a morning resource teacher so if you or someone you know may be interested, please call the school office.

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Walker for being awarded the South Central Special Education Cooperative teacher of the year. We are so proud to have her part of the St. Patrick Catholic School staff. Way to go!!!

This year we will be implementing Virtue Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD). We will have a kick-off assembly next Friday, August 31st at 2:45 in the gym. All are welcome!  Our virtue for this first quarter is Peace:  a state of calm or quiet showing love and unity.  Over the next quarter, students will be participating in various activities that focus on ways to live out this virtue daily.  We need the support and commitment of all parents in order for this program to be successful. There will be some days that students will be bringing home "family homework."  Please take advantage of these opportunities to grow in faith with your family. I realize time is in strong demand with various other commitments you may have so I thank you in advance for making this a priority.

As your principal, I hope to do all I can to support you in forming your children as Disciples of Christ.  I want you to know that I welcome any comments or concerns anytime!! I wish you all a wonderful and blessed year.

Notes from Dr. Harmon

Dear St. Patrick Catholic School Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself.  I began my career in education in March of 1990. I have served the Diocese of Wichita for the past 28 years as a music teacher, band teacher, p.e. teacher, and administrator. I earned my bachelors in Music Education from Wichita State University, my master's in Educational Leadership at Newman University, and my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Baker University.  My husband Kelly and I have been married for 29 years and together we have 3 daughters and one grandson. 

I look forward to many wonderful years here at St. Patrick Catholic School. I ask that you pray for myself and all the staff so we may continue to do God's work of forming your children as disciples of Christ. 

Peace and Blessings,

Dr. Eva Harmon

 

"Catholic Education for Catholic Action"

Dr. Eva Harmon


Dr. Eva Harmon
Principal
eharmon@stpatskingman.org

 

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