September Newsletter

Dear Panther Families,

Welcome to a new school year!  The faculty, staff, and I are excited to be back.  I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families as well as our new faculty.  We are very excited about the gifts and talents that each and every one of us brings to St. Pius X School this year. 

On the first day of school each student received and brought home a Back-to-School folder.  Please take some time to look through this folder and to complete any paperwork that needs to be returned to the school.  Please send all of the paperwork back to the homeroom teacher by Friday, September 7th.  Homeroom teachers will be keeping track of the paperwork for a raffle.  Each homeroom who has returned all paperwork by September 7th will receive a TAG day (date will be announced).  We appreciate your cooperation. 

This year we will continue to use email notification as our regular communication tool with families.  Each Thursday, you will receive a Peak at the Week email notification for the coming week – this will allow us busy parents and families time over the weekend to plan accordingly for the following week of school.  If you do not receive these emails, please contact Mrs. Ripley.  We will continue with Friday Folders – all paper communication, including graded assignments will be sent home on Fridays, again allowing families ample time to review information.  Look for your Friday Folder in your child’s backpack each Friday or the last day of the week that school is in session. 

The St. Pius X School Handbook was included in the Back-to-School folder.  Each handbook contains a draft school calendar.  The most up-to-date school calendar can be found on the school website and a monthly “draft” calendar will also be published with the newsletter.  The newsletter can be found on the website each month.   Please make sure to take some time to review the important information included in it.  Teachers also have their class websites operational and these provide another great resource for students and families.

Just a reminder that all students who do not attend After Care on any given day must be picked up by 3:15 p.m. 

During the first weeks of school we will practice many of our safety drills including fire drills.  We take the safety of the students very seriously and practicing these drills helps us prepare for any number of situations.  Should you have any questions about these drills or our overall crisis plan, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Please remember to continue to send in Box Tops for Education which can be found on a variety of food products.  This is a wonderful way to help St. Pius X.  The Box Tops mailbox is in the lobby!

Volunteering is an essential piece of what makes St. Pius X School a great place to be.  In order to volunteer in any capacity with the children, you must register in Virtus – www.virtusonline.org  – complete the training and criminal history screening, as well as the reference check process.  This mandatory volunteer training is in place for the protection of all children in our Catholic schools and helps educate volunteers about their role in the care and protection of youth and children.  Should you have any questions or require more information about volunteering, please contact Mrs. Ripley at jripley@stpius10school.org. Please be sure to email Mrs. Ripley once you’ve begun the process so that the school can finalize paperwork on our end.

We know that the beginning of the year is very hectic and we appreciate your attention to all that is happening.  Please let us know if you have any questions or we can be of any assistance.  We are looking forward to a fantastic school year.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Jen Ripley

Principal