Principal's Message 5/17/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

    This will be the last Post for the 2019-20 school year. All I can say is, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! What a wonderful year this has been.  As we began the year, I know there was quite a bit of hesitation, uncertainty, and anxiety among students, staff, parents and pretty much everyone involved with the school.  The cooperation and support that Fr. Andy and I have received is commendable.

    Please mark your calendars for July 17th for school registration. Fr. Andy would like to conduct a mandatory parent meeting again which is scheduled for August 7th at 7:00 p.m. Babysitting will be available. Anyone who is not able to attend must schedule a time to meet with Father prior to the first day of school which will be August 16th. Starting on a Friday may seem a bit unusual but with the Holy Day of Obligation on a Thursday, it just worked out that way.

Principal's Message 5/9/2019 (2)

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

   State Assessment scores for 3 - 8 have been reported. Per Diocesan Policy:

[If a student does not meet the 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 afterschool work; Saturday school, etc.) before a student is promoted to the next grade. If an eighth - grade student does not pass an eighth - grade class or does not meet the standard on a state or diocesan assessment the school shall require successful remediation before enrollment at a Catholic high school is permitted].  

Teachers will be contacting those who did not score a 2 or better.  If parents wish to hire a tutor, that is acceptable remediation. If you have any questions, please contact your classroom teacher or myself.

      A sign-up genius link will be sent home for the help with the last day of school. We will need about 10 to 12 volunteers to help run the games and hot dog luncheon. There are additional details on page 2.

Principal's Message 5/3/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

   Happy May!!!  We have a lot of things going on these last few days of school.  Please keep the post handy to help keep things straight. We will be doing field day and the awards ceremony slightly different this year.  Please see the second page of the Post to sign up to help with games. We will have them all set up with rules and equipment. Each group will have a teacher escorting them to each station to help keep order. During the awards ceremony, we will recognize groups of participants in various categories and only a few single awardees.

    Please join me in praying for our 2nd graders who will receive their First Communion this Sunday at 12:00. The children’s choir and any siblings of 2nd graders ages 3rd grade and up are invited to sing in the choir.

    Friday, May 10th we are hosting a wedding shower for Ms. Fisher at 2:00. If you wish to give her a gift please send it to school. If you would rather donate cash so we can get her a larger gift, please send it in an envelope to the school office!  All are welcome to attend!!!!

 

Principal's Message 4/26/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

   I’d like to wish you all a very Blessed Easter Season!  He is Risen, Alleluia!!!

    Wednesday, May 1st at 2:30, we will celebrate May Crowning. Each student in Prek - 7 are asked to bring a single flower to present to Mary. It does not have to be store bought or anything fancy. Please join us to honor our Blessed Mother with prayers and flowers!

    Please join me in praying for our second-grade students who will be making their First Communion on Sunday, May 5th. The middle school choir is asked to sing so please make arrangements to have the students here by 11:45. Any siblings of a First Communicant in grades 3 and up is welcome to join us.    

    The dates for summer school are set for July 29 - 2, and August 5 - 9 from 8:30 to 11:30. Students who do not pass the state assessments or are recommended by their teacher are required to attend. There will be no charge. Parents may wish to make other arrangements such as hiring a tutor for the summer which is totally acceptable. We just ask that you let us know. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office.

    We have listed the activities scheduled for the next few weeks so you can mark your calendars. This is a super busy time. Please remember that all volunteers to who attend a field trip must have had Virtus training.

Principal's Message 4/18/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

   We now have signed contracts from all the new teachers. The first-grade teacher will be Elise Temkkit. She is from Lancaster, New Hampshire originally but attends Benedictine College. She has a minor in theology and music.  She did her student teaching in 2nd grade and has a great amount of Catholic leadership experience working with young adult groups, retreats, and teaching CCD.

    The third-grade teacher will be Hannah Stephens. She is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma but also attends Benedictine College.  She has co-taught both 1st and 3rd grade and has an ESL endorsement. Her enthusiasm for the faith has led her to teach Totus Tuus throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.

     The fourth-grade teacher will be Amber Steindler. She is from Colwich, KS. She has been teaching pre-school in Wichita but is ready for her own classroom in middle elementary.   Prior to teaching preschool, she has been a paraprofessional at St. Marks and a Title One para in Eureka, KS. She too has been very involved with her Catholic faith teaching Religious Education and starting a Vacation Bible School at her former parish.

    We are very blessed to have acquired these three faith-filled individuals. Please continue to pray for them as they begin their tenure with us.

     Many blessings to you and your families as we walk with Christ during the Triduum!  

 

Principal's Message 4/12/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,

As we enter Holy Week, we encourage you to

strive to “keep out the world” and enter into the peace, solemnity, and theology of the events of the last days of our Lord.  Last year’s palms should be placed outside in an area to decay where they will not be disturbed. They are holy and should not be simply thrown out with the garbage. If you haven’t yet made your Confession during Great Lent, try to make it during the beginning of Holy Week.  Try to make amends with those we may be upset with or those who are upset with us, so that on Pascha we can joyfully sing, “Let us call brothers, even those that hate us, and forgive all by the Resurrection!”

Principal's Message 4/5/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,   

I’m excited to announce that we have now hired all three of our new teachers for next year. I will share their names and a short bio of each of them in next week’s Post. I want to thank all of you who have been sending prayers for wisdom and guidance as we worked through the hiring process. A special thank you to our interview committee Mrs. Oeding, Mrs. Rohlman, Ms. Weber, and Fr. Andy.  Each candidate is faith-filled and full of talent that will be a great addition to our staff.

 

The 2019-20 school calendar is being finalized. As you make plans for trips, please make a conscious effort to stay within the days out of school.  We have made every effort to stay with USD 331 in regards to days off. The final calendar will be sent home in the next few weeks.

Principal's Message 3/29/2019

Principal’s Message,

Dear Parents,   

  The Parish Finance Council has decided that we will not combine any classes for the 2019-20 school year.  As a result, Ms. Weber will be returning as the 5th-grade classroom and we will be hiring 3 additional teachers to replace Mrs. Ann Vaughn who is retiring, Mrs. SanRomani who will be teaching special education, and a new teacher for 3rd grade. Please pray for the blessings of the Holy Spirit to send us teachers who will continue our mission of forming Disciples of Christ.  

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!



Dr. Eva Harmon


Dr. Eva Harmon
Principal
eharmon@stpatskingman.org

 

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