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From the Desk of Mrs. Schweitzer

God Rules! This month, we will focus on the Fifth Commandment: “You shall not kill.” This commandment calls us to respect ALL life. Jesus taught us that ALL people have value. He taught us that we should not act out of anger or use angry words because doing so causes harm and pain to others. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus says, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

Our challenge this week will be to: Apologize to someone whose feelings we have hurt.

Prayer for our school year: “Dear God, please grant us the strength to be your faithful followers. Help us live out these Ten Commandments so that we may grow closer to you each day and be reunited with you in Heaven. We ask this through Jesus Christ, ourLord and Savior… Amen.”

Mrs. Schweitzer

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We Love Our St. Anthony Family!


Friday: 8:00AM

WELCOME- Please welcome two new members to our St. Anthony staff: Mrs.Tara Drummond and Mr. William Lindsey. Mrs. Drummond teaches music. She came to us after the beginning of the school year from Holy Family School. Music class is generally on Thursdays. Mr. Lindsey will be serving as a classroom aide. He is bilingual, which makes him a great addition to our staff! WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE SO MANY NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR STAFF THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

NO SCHOOL – Next Friday, Dec. 8th, school will be closed for the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception. There will be Mass offered at St. Anthony at 8AM and 6PM on this day. 

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST – All 8th Graders planning to attend a Diocesan high school are asked to register to take a placement test on Saturday, Dec. 9th. Students should take the test at the high school they wish to attend. Please call the high school office at which your child will attend if you have any questions about the test. 

PARENTS NIGHT OUT- RSVP REQUIRED!!!! On Friday December 15, from 5:30pm - 9:30pm, St. Anthony PTO/COF invites you to leave your children with us for a fun Christmas evening, while you have time to shop and prepare for the Christmas holiday!! We will meet in FLEMING HALL! Everyone is invited to join us! The evening for the children includes PIZZA, snacksand drinks, (no cooking for you!), Santa's Gift Making Shop, Crafts, Games, and more!! (Pre-school siblings are welcome to come - they MUST be fully potty- trained :-) It will be a very FUN night! ALL of this is included for just $14 a child, or $22 a family - and you have the evening for yourself!! Money may be turned in anytime between now and Friday December 15. 7th and 8th graders may earn service hours as determined by their cooperation and helpfulness throughout the evening. Please RSVP by MONDAY December 11th, either by written note to the office or email to Lisa Faulhaber at [email protected]. We look forward to this fun night!

ONLINE AUCTION - PTO is conducting our annual online auction in February to help raise funds for building improvements to our school. If you would like to donate gift cards or new/unused items, or know a business that might like to donate something for the auction, please email [email protected] and we can forward your email to the PTO representatives who are working on this event. No donation is too big or small as we pair items for baskets, etc. Thank you for your support!

GOOD WORKS CLUB – At this time, there have been no definite plans made for the Good Works Club to return, but the club could make a return after the first of the year. More details will be sent out if the Good Work Club resumes. 

LUNCH – Some discussion has come up regarding portion size for older students at lunch. As part of the Federal lunch program, the portion sizes, as well as the menu options, are determined by the Federal program for all who participate. Packing your student’s lunch is always an option, even if they choose to get the hot lunch at school in addition to their packed items. There should be no reason for anyone to go home hungry. If this is happening, please contact the office and the information will be shared with the Director of the lunch program.

DRAMA CLUB – We will meet EVERY Monday from 2:30 - 4:30 until further notice. We are excited to have a huge cast! We will be very busy on Mondays creating and writing our own story! We have several great ideas already in process! We will perform our story on stage in Fleming Hall in the evening of Thursday March 14, 2024!! Monday meetings will continue to be in the cafeteria and include a snack and a drink We will assume your child is staying for the meeting unless you send a note telling us otherwise. When coming for pick-up, parents please park in the lower playground lot OR the upper playground lot, NOT in front of school and I will walk the children out to you at 4:30. Parking in the lower and back lots keeps the children safer because we are not walking up the driveway as cars are trying to leave. I appreciate your help with keeping our students safe. For any questions, email Mrs. Faulhaber, [email protected].

PTO MEETINGS - DID YOU KNOW?? – When a parent of a student attends a PTO meeting, the student will receive a day Out of Uniform. If there are multiple children in the family, all children in the family will be granted an Out of Uniform day. Students are given a certificate to be redeemed on a specific day.

SCHOOL GROUNDS CONSTRUCTION – As part of our ongoing safety enhancements around school, a gate has been installed on the upper playground parking lot. The gate will be closed during the school day after morning drop off. As you have noticed, a new traffic pattern is necessary for drop off as the gate is only one-way traffic. Please YIELD and take turns coming through the gate. As a result, the morning drop-off traffic pattern may be altered slightly as only one car will fit through the gate at a time. Additionally, if you need to get out of the car with your children, please pull forward around the building and walk with them to the door. Please be patient and extra careful in the mornings!!

COMMUNICATION – This school year, the Diocesan schools will once again be using Sycamore Education for online grading. Login information will be sent home to new families. If you are a returning family and need login information resent to you, please contact Mrs. Bottom.

For weather emergencies, the local news stations will report and delays or closings. Automated phone messages will also be sent – as a reminder, the call will show from Carlisle, KY.

SCHOOL ABSENCES – Please be sure to contact the school office by 7:30AM if your student will be absent on a given day. Completion of the St. Anthony Reentry After Absence Form or a note will be required upon the student’s return to school. A copy of the form is attached to this newsletter. After 3 days, a physician’s note / release is required to accompany the form.

NOTRE DAME URBAN EDUCATION CENTER – NDUEC offers an afterschool program for students K-8 and is accepting registration.  Homework PLUS provides one on one tutoring assistance with daily homework, practice on age appropriate skills and enrichment activities such as music, art, science, sewing, basketball and more!  Homework PLUS is open from 2:45pm – 5:10pm Monday through Thursday.  Parent Orientation is September 7, 2023 at NDUEC at 5PM.  See attached for more details.

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practice programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote right-doing within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. “Protecting God's Children® for Adults” is training conducted by VIRTUS® certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. The Diocese requires all adults who enter the school building or are around school children in any capacity, must be in full compliance with the charter. This requires completed paperwork on file with the Diocese, attendance at a one-time Virtus Live Training session and maintenance of monthly online bulletins. More information can be found at www.virtus.org. In summary, ALL ADULTS who would like to be involved with our school children must be Virtus certified and in compliance with the National Charter, “Protecting God’s Children” program. This means that all volunteers are required to be VIRTUS trained -- this includes classroom volunteers, field trip sponsors, room mothers, cafeteria workers, coaches, and substitutes, etc. New parents wishing to be VIRTUS trained should register online at www.virtus.org. If you are transferring from another parochial school, please make sure you add St. Anthony School to your VIRTUS account. If you already have an account with VIRTUS and it has been suspended or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bottom.

2023-2024 SCHOOL CALENDAR – Attached is the school calendar for this year.  

• Friday – Cheese Bites
• Monday – Fiestada Pizza or BBQ Chicken Pizza

• Dismissal is a busy time. Please do not allow children to run & play on school grounds at the end of the day. With more students & vehicles coming and going we need to ensure everyone is picked up safely. Thank you for your cooperation.
• There are no water fountains available in the building. Water refilling stations are available. Each student should bring their own water bottle.
• Please wait until all students have been dismissed to depart the parking lot after school. Thanks for your patience!


REMKE CARING NEIGHBORS – As part of the Remke’s Caring Neighbor program, they will donate up to 2% to St. Anthony for every purchase made when you use your Remke Rewards card if you have designated St. Anthony. It has been brought to our attention that even if you had previously chosen St. Anthony, you may need to log into your account and verify that St. Anthony is still designated.
Here’s How!
 Sign in to your account at www.remkes.com
 Go to My Account in the top right corner of the page
 Choose St. Anthony as your favorite Caring Neighbor Non-Profit Organization from the drop down box toward the bottom of the page

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS – Please designate St. Anthony as your Kroger Community Rewards partner.
Here’s How!
1. Login or create your digital account at www.kroger.com
2. Link your Card to an organization.
Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the Kroger Community Rewards selection on your digital account.
1. Sign in to your digital account.
2. Enter the name or NPO number of the organization you wish to support.
3. Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save”.

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