Decorating Human Christmas Trees has become an annual tradition at St. Patrick Catholic School. This year Ms. Muir, Fr. Carroll and Fr. Sawicki (from St. Mary Parish) will be the human trees. PTO will sponsor hot chocolate and cookies from Providence Bakery (kindness of the Stein Family) and Steven Courtney will MC the decorating and perform for us.
It is sure to be a fun-filled afternoon beginning at 1:15 pm. All are welcome to join us! All will have an opportunity to "vote" for the favorite tree at the Christmas Concert.
St. Patrick Catholic School Christmas Concert - December 18th
The annual St. Patrick Catholic School Christmas Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th at 7:00 pm as indicated on the school calendar. All students PK3 - 6th grade have been preparing. In addition our Chime Choirs and Honors Band will perform.
It is truly an event that helps us to focus on the true meaning of Christmas!
A Dress Rehearsal will be held at 9:30 am on the same day. Visitors are most welcome to join us for the dress rehearsal!
St. Nicholas Day/Slipper Day for the Missions- December 6th
St. Patrick PTO will be sponsoring St. Nicholas Day on Friday, December 6, 2013. Students may bring slippers ($1 donation for the missions) to change into during the school day & to leave outside the classroom door at lunch/recess time in hopes that St. Nicholas will pay us a visit. Typically, St. Nicholas alludes us but there is talk that we may catch a glimpse of him this year!
Christmas Toy Collection for Ronald McDonald House in Memory of Jacob Gurreri
St. Patrick Catholic School will once again participate in the Ronald McDonald Toy collection in memory of Jacob Gurreri. This drive is held annually by Chris and Emily Gurreri. Items may be brought to school by Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The public is invited to attend York Catholic’s Annual Open House and Science Fair on Sunday,
January 12 from 12-2 PM. Prospective students and their families are
welcome to tour the school; talk with faculty, staff, and students; view
students’ science fair projects; and enjoy refreshments. For more
information, contact York Catholic High School at 717-846-8871
Instruments and voices come together at York
Catholic High School's Christmas
December 8 at 5:30 PM. Celebrate the season and enjoy the sounds of holiday spirit! York
Catholic is located at 601 E. Springettsbury Avenue. Admission
The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2014 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1.
According to the NCEA, the 2014 theme was developed in response to member requests for a theme and logo that would last more than a year, the new theme will be used for at least three years. This will provide opportunities for schools to brand the week and their ongoing marketing activities with repeated mentions and use of a consistent logo. It’s especially appropriate that this new brand will mark National Catholic Schools Week 2014 – the 40th anniversary of this annual event.
The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.
The new logo features a swirl of colors interacting around a cross, which is at the center of all Catholic education. The vibrancy of the colors and the movement and shadows in the logo portray the inner-connectivity and community life that are present in our Catholic schools.
St. Patrick Catholic School Student Council will sponsor a pasta dinner and bingo evening on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. Please support our student council and join us for an evening of fun and community building. Please RSVP by December 6th to help us plan appropriately.
Sunrise Soap Company Supports St. Patrick Catholic School
The Sunrise Soap Company (29 N. Beaver St.) has generously offered to support St. Patrick Catholic school by returning 10% of all of their soap and bath & body purchases to our school when the purchaser mentions St. Patrick Catholic School from now until December 24th. This is a great way to Christmas shop and support our school!!
A Message from Mr. Joe Stein, SPCS Board President
This past weekend I volunteered to speak at all of the weekend masses about the SCRIP program. I would ask that you please read my thoughts on this matter as support of this program is imperative to help reduce the operating costs of the church and school which in turn keeps tuition costs down.
By purchasing SCRIP (gift cards) through St. Patrick to do things you are already doing such as buying groceries, buying gas or going out to eat, you can generate money for the church and school. At the masses I showed a perfect example. By buying SCRIP for Wal-Mart, my weekly grocery purchase of $170 generated $4.25 for the church/school. In one year's time, my contribution to the church/school increases by $221.00 simply by paying for my groceries with SCRIP. If I shopped at Weis, that amount would double. Now add in gas purchases, dining out etc.. and the proceeds add up quickly.
There are over 1,100 families in our church and school community. If 500 families purchased $75 in SCRIP per week, to do things they are already doing, the church would receive almost $100,000.00! This is not an additional $75, it is $75 already in your budget.
Parishioners are encouraged to buy SCRIP to help support the church which does very much support the school; school families are asked to purchase SCRIP to support both! 50% of proceeds from school families' purchases goes to the church, but the other 50% goes to a program of your choice. As a brief example, you can designate 50% to go to the school's art or music programs, or that money could go to social events or field trips. Please see the attached order form for the full list. You may think that by not directly receiving a tuition credit, the program is not worth your while. But on the contrary, helping to generate money through SCRIP ensures that tuition increases are not necessary to cover these programs'expenses.
As we approach this holiday season, I would like you to please consider buying SCRIP. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose. Available online, the number of retailers is six sheets long with three columns per page of local and national retailers. The amount returned to the Church/School ranges from 2% to 25%! If you give gift cards as a present, buy them as SCRIP. Going to buy a present for co-worker, family member or friend? Buy SCRIP first then make the purchase. SCRIP can be used to make online purchases! It only takes a few moments to register.
SCRIP is available after all weekend masses except Sunday evening. The SCRIP office, located in Brenner Hall, is open Monday and Friday 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Orders can be submitted via order form, phone or email. Cash or check is due upon pickup. SCRIP can be purchased online using PayPal as well. It only takes a few moments to register.
At the conclusion of this presentation at the weekend masses, parishioners were given a chance to write down on a note card why they choose not to utilize this simple yet beneficial program. I would ask you to do the same. Please email the SCRIP office with the reason why you don't use the program. Our SCRIP staff is very flexible and will work to meet your needs. If you have a suggestion on how to improve the program, one that would allow for you to purchase SCRIP, please feel free to pass it along. Please contact email@example.com
Penn State Nittany Lions Football Game Raffle - in IRELAND
RAFFLE FOR A TRIP FOR TWO TO THE PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS FOOTBALL KICKOFF CLASSIC GAME TO BE PLAYED IN IRELAND ON AUGUST 30, 2014.
The ticket cost is $100 and a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be for the benefit of St. Patrick Church. The drawing will be held in Brenner Hall on Sunday, December 15, 2013 after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Call Terry in the Parish Office for more information.
FREE Money for Our School - Giant A+ Bonus Card Registration
It is time to register your Giant Bonus card for the 2013-2014 school year to earn free money for our school. Cards may be registered at www.giantstores.com/aplus using our school code: 01206 or by contacting the school office and providing us with your bonus card information. Last Year we earned $2,000. Let's work together to increase the number of cards registered which will result in an increase in money to our school. Giant A+ money was used to assist with the new carpeting in the Library.
The education of a student is a partnership between the family and the school. Families enrolling their children in St. Patrick Catholic School are expected to:
Want their children to receive an education with a strong religious emphasis.
Be willing to make sure their children are on time and ready for school each day.
Attend all school related meetings, events, and report card conferences.
See that their children are present for special events such as the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and other community events.
Speak, act, and dress MODESTLY
Attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation.
Receive the Sacraments on a regular basis.
Meet with teachers and administration when requested.
Be respectful and cooperative with school staff.
Support and follow school policies.
Remain current in tuition and all other school related fees.
Participate in fundraising activities.
Meet parent service requirements.
Understand that a parent / guardian’s presence and participation in a child’s school life is critical to his / her success and growth.
The parent has the right to withdraw a child if desired and the school administration reserves the right to require the withdrawal of a student if the administration determines that the partnership is irretrievably broken.
Responsible self-discipline in students is another key to quality education. All members of the school community are expected to practice Christian behavioral techniques and attitudes to model this for our children.
How best to communicate when there is a problem, concern, complaint?
· Calmly gather facts from those who have firsthand information. Suggested questions: What did you see? What did you hear? Who did you see/hear? If the name is not known: What did the person look like? When did this happen? Take notes if it is helpful to keep the facts factual.
·Avoid jumping to conclusions.
·Avoid speaking about the matter in the presence of your child/ren or other children.
·Avoid E-mailing and texting
·Avoid chatting about a concern in public places.
·Avoid leaving voice mails that are loud and angry. Better to indicate a need for conversation, including your name and phone number/s. Indicate the urgency of the matter.
·Avoid approaching the principal, teacher or staff member while they are engaged in some other activity or conversation.
·Indicate calmly the need you have to speak privately about the matter or concern and recognize that that particular time may not allow the full attention of the person to whom you are addressing the matter and thus there may be a delay before being able to discuss it.
·Realize that there are always at least two sides to every story.
Curriculum Partnership with The Byrnes Health Education Center
St. Patrick Catholic School will partner with the Byrnes Health Education Center to provide programming for our students in first through sixth grades as well as a parent program. The schedule of programming for the year is as follows:
Sepetember 24 - Five Men Up & In Her Shoes (Grades 5 & 6 Anti-Bullying Programs)
September 25 - True Colors: You Make a Difference (Grades 3 & 4 Character Development)
October 23 - The Talk:101 (Parent ONLY program how to talk to your child in an age appropriate way about human sexuality)
February 11 - Way to Grow (Grade 2 Health)
February 12 - Great Whites (Grade 1 Dental Health)
March 25 - Cells to Systems (Grade 4 Science) March 25 - Fueling My Special Body (Grade 3 Health)
April 1 - Drugs: What's the Big Deal (Grades 5 & 6 Health)
Families whose children qualify for Free or Reduced
Lunch pricing through direct certification have been sent letters of
notification. If you have not received a letter but feel that your child
may qualify for this special pricing please click on the link below for
information and an application. Please submit your application to the
school office at your earliest convenience.
Please click HERE for the information and application.
Individual class supply lists may be obtained by clicking on the link below. Please note that supplies provided by the school are purchased with a flat $30 supply fee to be sent to school on or before the first day (August 21st). Third grade students have an additional fee for a recorder and book for music class. Please see grade 3 supply list below for details.