Principal's Message 03/22/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,   

    Please join me in praying for our second grade students who will be receiving the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time this Sunday at 12:00.  Sometimes this sacrament can be considered somewhat bittersweet. It is hard to recognize our offenses yet alone admit them out loud to a Priest. However, how wonderful it feels when we hear those words out loud, “I absolve you from your sins,”.  If you have not taken advantage of this beautiful opportunity for a while, I encourage you to once again experience the joy and grace that is felt after going to confession.

     State Assessments have begun!!  Please be mindful of scheduling appointments over the next several weeks so we can get them completed in a timely fashion.  A good breakfast, nights rest, and effort are encouraged.

    I would like to thank all of you who helped sell the raffle tickets and work at the dinner.  We served over 1000 people and the raffle brought in roughly $20,000.00. As you may not know, it cost St. Patrick Catholic Church between $5000.00 and $6000.00 per student to provide a Catholic education.  Attending a Catholic school without having to pay the thousands of dollars in tuition like other dioceses is a true gift and it takes all of us working together to make it possible!!! So again, thank you!!!

Principal's Message 3/7/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,    

I only received 9 responses to my last survey. Please take a moment to provide some feedback.    2-22-19 Survey.  I would like to wish each of you a very restful and pleasant spring break!! Hopefully the time off will bring healing to all those who have been battling illness!

Principal's Message 3/1/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,       

As we prepare for the state assessments and the 4th quarterfinal progress monitoring, it’s time to start thinking of the possibility for summer school to help remediate those students who have not yet mastered specific standards.  The Diocese of Wichita has a Policy number 402 states:

If a student does not meet standard on a state or diocesan assessment, the school shall require successful remediation (i.e., documented progress on an ILP; a minimum of 30 hours per course of summer school or after-school work; Saturday school, etc.) before a student is promoted to the next grade.  

Please encourage your child/ren to put forth their best effort as the year winds down to avoid the necessity of summer school.  Details on times and dates of summer school will be released at a later date.

Principal's Message 02/22/19

Dear Parents,     

    I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped clear the parking lot and sidewalks on Wednesday morning.  What a wonderful example of stewardship!! Fr. Andy sent a picture when they arrived very early in the morning. I know he was so proud and so am I. God Bless You!!!!  I was also able to see the cleaning crew from last weekend hard at work. It was great to see our older students chipping in and doing their part. This truly is what working together is all about.

    This week I am sending another survey home with a few short questions. If you do not have middle school students feel free to answer the question about discipline in anticipation of when they will be old enough.  Survey 2-22-19

    Finally, if you have not sent in a donation for the St. Pat’s Dinner, please do so. We need your help!!

Principal's Message 1/15/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,     

  Thank you once again for taking the time to fill out the survey. We had 58 responses! As I mentioned last week, both Fr. Andy and I along with the faculty and school advisory council will review the results.
   Please remember to send in donations for the St. Patrick’s raffle.  A guideline flyer was sent home last Friday and is available on the school website. We would like all donations in by February 20th. Remember:  God will not be outdone in generosity!!!!!

    Did you know we have a twitter, facebook, and school website?  Do you visit it to see what’s happening??? If not, let’s share the good news of our school by “liking” or retweeting, or just simply reading the weekly newsletter and church bulletin. It’s amazing what you can learn.  This may also lead to more suggestions on how we can improve communication. We are always open to hearing from you!!

 

      Facebook:  Stpatskingman.org

      Twitter: @kingmanstpats

Principal's Message 2/8/19

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,     

   

I would like to thank those of you who have completed the survey.  What a wonderful response!! Our diocesan superintendent, school council and I will carefully examine the results and adjust accordingly.  

 

As a reminder, if you are down to clean, it is your responsibility to find a substitute. I realize life is busy, however, this is a small price to pay for the wonderful gift of Catholic education. We are so blessed in our Diocese where living the stewardship way of life allows us to not have to pay thousands of dollars for school tuition. I appreciate the many positive responses to this new task.

 

The next Children’s choir is February 17th at 10:00 Mass. If any 3rd or 4th-grade student would like to join us, please let me know so we can make sure to prepare the music for them.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Principal's Message 2/1/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,     

    It was wonderful to see so many of you for donuts and coffee last Sunday.  What a wonderful way to celebrate our Catholic School. I would like to thank our student council and their sponsors for planning all the fun events this week.  To end Catholic Schools Week, I invite you to complete the survey that was emailed yesterday morning or is coming home today with the Post. As part of our state accreditation process, it is important that we gather this information.  It was created by our Superintendent for that purpose and of course to help us better serve our students and families. Here is the link again in case you missed it. It will only work if you have a Gmail account. If you don’t have one, please complete the hard copy and we will enter it into the google form to adequately gather the data.  As of Friday morning, we have already had 44 surveys filled out. THANK YOU!!! That is AWESOME!!!

Catholic Schools Week Parent Survey

    Last month the School Council

discussed recess procedures for grades 5 - 8. Early in the fall, we had a student who was hurt so we suspended co-ed activities until we discussed the issue.  After discussion and consultation with other Catholic schools, it was decided that we will once again allow both boys and girls in grades 5 - 8 to participate in games together at recess. I strongly encourage you to visit with your child if this is a concern to you. There are physical limits which goes both ways as in some girls are larger than boys and some boys are larger than girls. We will visit with the students and make very clear the expectations of behavior. Please remember that they are children and we are all prone to accidents.  

    Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!!!

Principal's Message 01/25/19

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,     

    Next week we celebrate Catholic Schools Week  In the Diocese of Wichita, we believe parents are the first educators of your children with three critical responsibilities.

-To set a good example as a Catholic steward by taking them to Mass with you on Sundays and holy days, providing them with their material needs, personal formation, and learning readiness.

-To be active stewards and participate at Mass on all Sundays, and holy days, be active in parish ministries, provide for your religious education and your children's, participate in the sacramental life of the Church, and make and keep a good faith pledge of your treasure.

-To cooperate with the school to make sure your child is ready for school every day,  support the school’s academic, religious, and disciplinary standards, communicate your concerns in a proper forum, and be honest in all dealings with the school.

    Please continue to pray for the success of our school and the continued commitment to providing a quality education forming Disciples of Christ.

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.        

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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!

Dr. Eva Harmon


Dr. Eva Harmon
Principal
eharmon@stpatskingman.org

 

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