*St. Patrick School Mission StatementThe mission of St. Patrick School is to develop young men and women with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Encouragement is given to students to bring their lives into conformity with God’s will and plan, so that He is glorified.What’s New This Month:April 22: Big Sonia movieApril 25: Spring AccreditationApril 26: Diocesan Day of Prayer – Bishop attends prayer serviceApril 27: 8th Grade Service DayMay 2: Candle Passing @ Mass; Rosary Passing @ Mass; Time Capsule placement after mass“Big Sonia”Our PTO is sponsoring the movie, Big Sonia, the courageous story of Holocaust survivor, Sonia Warshawski. The movie will be shown on Sunday, April 22nd at 4:00pm. This movie is appropriate for students in 7th-8th grade and is open to all parents who would like to attend. Babysitting for children ages 2 and older will be provided. You can learn more about Big Sonia here: bigsonia.com/ <bigsonia.com/>***All students or students with a parent in attendance will receive a dress down pass. ** All students who attend WITH a parent will be invited to a popsicle party and movie discussion with Ms. Monaghan.2018-2019 RegistrationIf you have not yet completed your registration paperwork, please do so at your earliest convenience. We would love to have 100% of our students registered for next year before we leave for summer break. Help NeededWe would like to plant a tree and create a rock garden in memory of Father Robert. However, I don’t even know where to begin with this process. If you have experience with or knowledge in this area, please email me at kcmon4@gmail.com <kcmon4@gmail.com>. I really want to do this before our 8th graders graduate as a tribute to our beloved Father Robert. Diocesan Day of PrayerBishop Johnston has designated Thursday, April 26 as a Diocesan Day of Prayer for child abuse victims. On this day, we will gather as a community to say a rosary for child abuse victims, and Bishop Johnston will be joining us! We are very fortunate to have the Bishop attend our prayer service. Due to his schedule, he can’t arrive until 2:30pm, so we will need to push back our dismissal until 3:15pm on this day. You are encouraged to join us for this prayer service with the Bishop! We hope to see you there. Dear St. Patrick Families,As I look back on this school year, my first year as principal, I am filled with many different emotions. This year has been one full of joy and hope, yet also full of sadness and challenge. One thing has remained true. Good or bad, happy or sad, St. Patrick School is a community that rallies together to triumph over whatever comes our way. Not every school has this quality, so I know just how much we are blessed.Each year, I like to look back at what worked well, what didn’t work at all, and what we can do to improve in the future. We can never stop learning and growing! Sometimes, however, that means taking a tough look at our school and making decisions that might be hard. One area where I feel we have really excelled this year is strengthening our community bond and creating a more positive, welcoming atmosphere. Our students are honestly the most welcoming kids I have ever had the pleasure of working with. When a new student enters a class, it is merely days before that student has become one of our own, as if he/she has been here for years. I love that about our kids. One area I want to focus on next year is in building perseverance and stamina in our kids. Often times, kids these days lack the skill of perseverance. They want to give up when something is too hard, they would rather complain about the task at hand, rather than dig in and get started. I’ve walked into classes where the teacher has said something as simple as, “Take out your book” and heard a class full of students groan and complain. I’ve heard students tell me they didn’t complete an assignment because it was “too hard” or the “didn’t have time”. What??? To me, this is disheartening. When a child graduates from our school, I don’t care what grades he has on his report card. I care what he has learned. I care that he has earned the grades he has been given, because he has worked hard for them. I care that, on top of all of the educational knowledge he has gained, he walks out of our building with good character, a strong moral compass, the ability to face tasks and persevere, and the desire and thirst for knowledge. We are failing our students if we only worry about giving them grades without teaching them to work hard and persevere. For this, we really need your help. Next year, we are changing up our schedule so that we can provide more one-on-one, hands-on learning opportunities. We want to not only challenge our students, but to inspire and empower them to challenge themselves. But we need your support. Encourage your child to push through when something is hard, make time for him to complete homework or study for a test. Empower your child to speak (respectfully) to a teacher when he is struggling with a topic and encourage him to seek out the answers to questions he has. Let’s build up some stamina in our kids so that when they get out into the real world, they aren’t so likely to give up when the going gets tough. We owe them that! 💙💙Kaci Monaghan** Reply to this email acknowledging you read the newsletter and your child will receive a special prize! 😁👏😁👍*