News 2-8-192019-02-08T18:27:13-05:00

February 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

Catholic schools are faith-based communities where belief in God is part of the everyday environment. Our schools have daily prayer, and students regularly attend Mass together. Inspirational words and images are present throughout our schools, as well as frequent reminders of Jesus’ message for all of us.

We know the importance of children experiencing religion firsthand. Their experiences give them a chance to understand the beliefs, purposes, issues and practices of Catholic faith without prejudice or pre-conceived notions. With a firm sense of their values and faith, children can boldly go out in to the world in need of help and make a difference.

Even though Catholic identity and faith formation play a critical role in our Catholic schools, nearly 15 percent of children who attend our schools are from non-Catholic families. The parents of these children value the academic excellence of a Catholic school education and the respect shown in our schools for beliefs, values and a higher sense of purpose. Catholic schools educate the whole child – academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally.


Communication with your Child

Good communication between you and your child is important for developing a positive relationship. As your child gets older, good communication will make it easier for you to talk to him about things like alcohol and drugs. Good communication with your child can start early. Two skills that are helpful for good communication with toddlers and preschoolers are praise and active listening. You will learn more about these skills in this section.

Keys to Communicating with Your Child

  1. Praise your child when she does something right. The more you praise a behavior, the more likely it is your child will behave the same way again.
  2. Pay attention to your child when he is talking to you or trying to communicate with you. Giving him your full attention will help you understand what he is telling you. It will also make him feel like you care about what he has to say.
  3. Set aside time each day to talk and play with your child. Creating a special time lets your child know she is important. It also strengthens the bond between the two of you.


Dr. Murphy



Mrs. Swanson and Mrs. Wernicke – Kindergarten

We have focused on beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words this week.  The children have been working with sounding out a word in order to spell it.  You will see more activities coming home where the kids are asked to spell their own words now using “word chunks” or word families.  This works well with practicing rhyming words, too. As we do more of our sign-in sentences, they will be asked to spell more difficult words by using the sounds they hear.  Please review this at home for extra support. They also should be including the correct beginning capital and ending punctuation by now (we remind them during each sentence).  Here are the sentences that were given this week:

  • Where can you play ball?
  • Come and see the green box.
  • Is the car going super-fast?
  • He runs to jump on the slide.
  • What will a shark eat for lunch?

Mrs. C. Kelly – Grade 5

Ms. Wooley from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District came to speak to the STEAM classes on Monday. She came to explain to our students where our water comes from and discussed what happens to our water after it goes down the drain. We learned the importance of conserving water and ways to keep our waterways from getting polluted. Students will use this information to teach other students about water conservation, to audit our school for water use, and to try to reduce our water bill.

PTO will host the Valentine Pizza Lunch on 2/14.

Thank you to all who participated in the Scholastic Book Fair!  We appreciate your help raising funds for the teachers and students!!  Thank you to the volunteers who came and supported Priscilla Garcia, our Chair of the event.  Especially, Mesha Barlow and Debbie Fuehrmeyer who ran the show when Priscilla could not.  PTO’s programs run smoothly because of the volunteers who give their time.

Remember to clip, save and send in your Box Tops!! Tammy McMahon has been working hard organizing and submitting them.

In the upcoming weeks we will announce a PTO Meeting date.  For the last couple of years I have been organizing the events and programs and then with the help of the office and volunteers running them.  It is past time to regroup and rebuild the board.

PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization, consisting of parents and teachers working together to support and enrich all students.  We support school staff, help promote student self-esteem, and assist in efforts to solve school needs through volunteering and funding.  But, in order to do all that we need the support of the parents.  Below is the outline for the board roles.

Outline of PTO Board and Roles

President:  The president shall preside over meetings of the organization and executive board, serve as the primary contact for the principal, represent the organization at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee, and coordinate the work of all the officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served.

Vice President:  The vice president shall assist the president and carry out the president’s duties in his or her absence or inability to serve.

Secretary:  The secretary shall keep all records of the organization, take and record minutes, prepare the agenda, handle correspondence, and send notices of meetings to the membership. The secretary also keeps a copy of the minutes book, bylaws, rules, membership list, and any other necessary supplies, and brings them to meetings.

Treasurer:  The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board for the organization. He or she will present a financial statement at every meeting and at other times of the year when requested by the executive board, and make a full report at the end of the year.  The treasurer will present a proposed budget for the current year to the PTO Executive Board for approval at the August Meeting.

Ways and Means:  The ways and means coordinator shall be in charge of any and all fundraising projects to be sponsored by the organization.  This includes timelines, dates, expected costs, and projected revenues.  They shall coordinate activities of the fundraising committee.

Administrative Representative:  An administrative representative, designated by the principle, will serve as the liaison between the PTO Executive Board and the administration.