Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,
We are off to a great start with all of the students, teachers and parents feeling enthusiastic and optimistic about what promises to be another wonderful school year! A warm welcome to our new school families, especially our Kindergartners! It was terrific to see so many of you at your class Meet and Greets on campus before school started. I also enjoyed having everyone back together in the church for our first All School Mass this past Friday. This Wednesday, 8/25, we will have our first All-School Morning Assembly in person at the St. Jude statue. Last week’s weekly Wednesday assembly was canceled, due to the rain, on the first day of school. We will have assembly every day in the classroom, except on Wednesdays, until further notice. Parents are asked to drop off students and exit campus to limit the number of people on school grounds.
This week, only Kindergarten continues to have 12 NOON dismissal. For Grades 1-8, dismissal is at 3pm, and every Wednesday is 1:30pm dismissal online. Teachers’ office hours are daily till 4pm. Daycare is offered till 6pm for $12/day per child. Happy Lunch begins serving lunch on Monday, 8/23. Lunch is $6.50. Please put money in an envelope and put your child’s name and grade on it.
Wednesday, 9/8, is our BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Mandatory General Parent Meeting at 6:30pm. Vicki Marsha will be on campus from 4-8pm in Rm 7.
Families can visit their child/ren’s respective grade level(s) after our Mandatory General Parent Meeting. Please see your child’s teacher’s email messages for more information about block schedules and Classroom information.
Leah Nakayama, our Fundraising PLC Chair, will be reaching out to everyone soon to update you on Fundraising for this year. If you ordered chocolates for the annual Fall Fundraiser, you can pick up your candies on campus before Back to School Night. You can also choose to opt out of selling chocolates and pay the fee outright or roll it into FACTS, or increase your Scrip commitment for the year. We will also be selling tickets in December for our Hawaiian Raffle valued at $3000 for 1st Place.
This time of year, though hectic, is really a favorite time for educators as we receive our new students and have another opportunity to do what we love –educate… I pray that the excitement that we all felt the first week remains with us throughout the year, knowing full well that God is with us through every moment, especially the difficult ones. Please keep all families who are bearing extremely heavy crosses at this time in your prayers. A special prayer request for the repose of my mother, Rigolette Perez Baraquio who was called to eternal life on 8/14/21. Thank you and God bless you all.
Angela Grey, Principal
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2021-2022
(Be sure to always check www.stanthonygardena.org and your child’s teacher’s blog for the most current information.)
- August 17-September 21: STAR Window 1 (School-Wide testing) Please make sure students sleep early and eat a good breakfast)
- Friday, August 27: Deadline for Student Service Fee ($350 per student)
- Friday, September 3: All School Mass (all families are invited, students sit with classes and teachers)
- Monday, September 6: Labor Day No School
- Wednesday, September 8: Back to School Night 6:30 pm in the Hall (Vicki Marsha Online Sale) and Chocolates for Fall Fundraiser to be picked up this week in Hall
- Thursday, September 23: Fall Picture Day (All School Faculty and Staff Pictures: Formal Mass Uniforms)
- Monday, September 27: STUDENT FREE Day, Faculty preparation for WASC/WCEA Visit 10/19-10/21
If your child has any allergies or serious medical concerns, please be sure to notify our office as well as your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible. Emergency cards and contact info must be current and updated in the office as needed. WE NEED THE EMERGENCY CARDS RETURNED IMMEDIATELY… This is extremely important in order to make sure we have accurate and updated records for your child. If your child has a medical condition or has allergies, we need to know this up front and have a plan in case of an emergency. Any medication must be self-administered by the child or by the parent, and permission for us to administer medicine must be in writing.
STUDENT SERVICE FEES! ($350 per child)
Parents, it’s very important that we receive your student service fees of $350 per child by the end of this week 8/27. This fee covers the cost of classroom supplies for our teachers, student consumable and e-books, Teacher editions, Wi-Fi access school-wide, and Student Accident and Liability insurance anytime the students come on campus.
HANDBOOK AND IMPORTANT FORMS
Parents, please read the latest Parent Student Handbook online (the current one online is binding) at our website stanthonygardena.org to be up to date on our policies. Some rules and procedures have slightly changed, so please pay special attention to those changes. Please read and fill out all paperwork sent home and return to the office immediately. 100% compliance is greatly appreciated. If you want Counseling Services for your child through CPLA, those consent forms should be returned this week.
PLC SERVICE HOURS (30 hours per family this year)
Again, a very special thank you to ALL who helped make this school look so beautiful over the summer. Some of you came to help Pablo Flores, and got ahead on your service hours. All families must meet the 30 service hour commitment this year (10 per trimester). Please let me know if you want to be a PLC lead or if you are looking for hours. We need people to help with yard duty from 12-1 M-F and Daycare from 3-6 most days. Thanks in advance!
St. Anthony of Padua – Pray for us