School News

From the Desk of Mrs. Schweitzer

It’s hard to believe that we only have 11 days of September left! Time is just zooming on by! This week, the Saint we focus on is St. Laura Montoya from Columbia. Take time to ask your child why many people thought that St. Laura was crazy, when she was actually one of the bravest and most loving women you could ever know!

Blessings,

Mrs. Schweitzer

COVID-19 Updates:

Letter to Parents - September 3rd -
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Return to School Requirements - September 3rd - click here
Return to School Form - click here

We Love Our St. Anthony Family!

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ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT -
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SCHOOL MASS: 
Monday, Wednesday: 12:15PM

COVID UPDATE - At this time, we have 0 active cases. The cases are non-school related.

HALF TRIMESTER -
Next Wednesday, September 29th marks the halfway point of the first trimester. Progress reports will be coming home with students on Wednesday, Oct. 6th. Some teachers may request a conference to touch base with you about your child’s progress. If a teacher does not request a conference, but you wish to meet, please contact the teacher either by calling the school office or emailing the teacher.

NEW & GENTLY USED SHOE DRIVE –
We have been asked by a couple of our teachers’ children who are attending the National Catholic Youth Convention (NCYC) in November to help support their fundraiser. The shoe drive will start today and run through October 4th. Their fundraiser is organized with Funds2Orgs, an organization who coordinates the shoe drive and pays those organizations collecting for the shoes. Shoes are then shipped to entrepreneurs who they work with in developing nations. Those individuals get the shoes ready to sell and sell them at an affordable price to people in their country who cannot afford new, retail shoes.
If you have new or gently used shoes to donate, please send to school with your students. Any new or gently used shoes may be donated. Shoes may be a little dirty, but may not be torn or worn through on the top or soles. Examples of acceptable shoes types: Sneakers, dress shoes, sandals, flip flops, sports shoes including cleats, slippers, moccasins. Items NOT accepted: Ice skates, roller skates / roller blades, heelies. Funds raised will help support the students attending the NCYC in November.

PET BLESSING – Monday, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He is remembered for his generosity to the poor, his willingness to minister to the lepers, and for his love for animals and nature. Fr. Ivan will have a Pet Blessing at 1:45 on the upper playground, weather permitting. Families are welcome to bring their pets to be blessed or students may bring their pet’s photo.

MAP TESTING WILL BE CONDUCTED -
All MAP Testing will be conducted between Wednesday, Sept. 8th and Friday, Oct. 1st. Grades K and 1 will be tested in Reading and Math only. Grades 2-8 will be tested in Reading, Language, and Math. Please encourage your child/children to give their best effort so that we can have a true picture of their academic growth.

BOOSTER MEETING – The first Booster meeting of the school year will be next Monday, September 27th a 7PM in the library. Please consider joining – new volunteers and ideas are welcome! If you have any questions or would like to join via zoom, please email [email protected].

SERVICE CLUB - The St. Anthony Service Club has returned this year! Students in Grades 5-8 may participate if they choose. The first meeting will be this week, however due to a scheduling conflict it has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday, September 23rd from 2:30 – 4 at school. If your student would like to participate, please send an email to Mrs. Bottom at [email protected].

YEARBOOK CHAIRPERSON –
We are in need of a yearbook coordinator for the 2021/2022 school year. If anyone is interested in coordinating the yearbook for the 2021 / 2022 school year, please contact the office.

2020 / 2021 YEARBOOKS – There are a few extra yearbooks available from last school year. The cost is $20 per book. If interested, please send the money to the office and the book will be sent home with your student.

HALLOWEENFEST – HalloweenFest is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd from 1-3 in Fleming Hall. In years past this has been one of PTO’s largest fundraisers. Planning is underway ~ If you are interested in joining the committee for planning, please contact Kim Moormann at [email protected].

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - At this time, we are partnering with AlphaBest for our After School Program. All registration is done through alphabest.org. If you are interested and have not signed up yet, please return the registration form this week. Any questions can be directed to Ashley Baker at [email protected].

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
 Water fountains in the building are not in use in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Each student should bring their own water bottle. A refilling station is available.
 Please wait until all students have been dismissed to depart the parking lot after school. Thanks for your patience!
 Please remember to perform your student’s Daily Personal Health Assessment each day

UPCOMING EVENTS
 Pet Blessing – October 4th
 October 8th – PD #3 – NO SCHOOL
 October 13th – Early Dismissal - 1PM
 El Jinete Night – October 20th
 HalloweenFest – October 23rd

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practice programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" 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. A list of the live training dates in our area is attached.
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.

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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