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Ms. Monaghan’s Message – June 1, 2018

Good morning St. Patrick families, I hope you are enjoying your summer break!  We are working hard here to prepare for the upcoming school year, and I am already excited.  🙂 Please see the link below for my message this week.  A VERY important item of note is that the parish is expecting all school families to move to online tithe/tuition this year.  While this might cause some frustration, I hope you find it’s a more convenient method of payment for everyone involved.  It’s important to the parish that, as we move towards a financially sound future, we create easier means of tracking and collecting school tuition and tithe payments.  Through research, we have found that most parishes and schools have moved to the online payment method and have found great success, so we are hopeful that this brings us the same. We are also working hard to set up ways to make paying online for things like lunch, field trips, and other fees more convenient for you and hope to have those methods in place this fall.  Many good things happening to, hopefully, make your life easier! Next week, I will be off on an adventure with my kids as we celebrate a Senior Trip for my daughter, but I will be back in the office on Monday, June 11th.   Thank you, Kaci Monaghan Principal St. Patrick School Check out my newsletter here:    

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*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: <>***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 <>. 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! 😁👏😁👍*

Ms. Monaghan’s Message – April 13

Good morning St. Patrick families, I don’t know about you, but the last two days of 70 degree weather have been incredibly good for my soul!  Please see the attachment for my message this week.  I hope you have a restful weekend with your family! Have a great day, Kaci Monaghan Principal St. Patrick School
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Mrs. Monaghan’s Message

Challenge. Inspire. Empower. Serve.

Dear St. Patrick families,

What a week this has been! There is nothing quite better than having Halloween on a Tuesday.
Wednesday was interesting around here to say the least, but we absolutely survived and pushed on through to finish the week strong!

Second quarter is always a challenging quarter at school. With Thanksgiving Break and Christmas Break thrown in there, it feels as if the quarter flies by. Add on Christmas program practices, service days, and field trips, and the teachers find themselves in a mad rush to keep up. This is a great time to remind your child to stay organized.

I’ve had many conversations with students over the last couple of weeks about using a planner to write down their assignments. I can tell you firsthand that if I don’t write something down, it leaves my mind about 2 seconds after it entered. The students are telling me that they are having the same problems. Second quarter is a great time to start fresh and get on top of things. Below, I have listed a couple of tips for staying organized.

  1. Set up a family wipe-off calendar at home. Each month, start by writing down the important dates you know ahead of time. Then once a week, have your child write down when any assignments are due or when tests will be given. This creates a wonderful visual for the entire family. (I used this in my home and can tell you, we would not survive without it!)
  2. Create a homework station. Find a space in your home where the kids can go to complete homework. This can also be the place where all supplies can be kept and files can be created to store any important papers.
  3. Be sure your child has a planner to write down all assignments. Check the planner nightly to ensure work is being completed on time. Have your child mark off assignments as he/she finishes.
  4. Be sure your child has a folder that he/she can use to bring home any loose leaf assignments or other important school papers.
  5. Remind your student to use his/her planner at the end of the day to decide what items need to go home. This is a habit that will save a lot of time and trouble! Everyone at St. Patrick School wants your child to be successful, and by working together, we know that each child can and will find success! Staying organized and on top of assignment due dates is one major step in this success. We want our students to gain independence and responsibility, but we also know that they are still young kids. As adults, we struggle to remember everything all of the time, so it’s important that we do what we can to help our students master these skills now.

Kaci Monaghan


The website is just the starting point!

St. Patrick Community,

We hope you are happy with the new website. Combining the Parish and the School websites brings our entire community together and helps everyone enjoy the work we are all doing. All are welcome at St. Patrick and our united website is part of this outlook. So, please look to the website for the following information:

Mass times
Updated bulletins
Ministry schedules
News from CFF
School information for prospective students
Link to the parent portal for the school (Sycamore)
Contact information for all staff
… and much more.


We are looking for photos of the church, events held with our parishioners, historical memories, school memories or historical etc. We intend to use these to freshen the website and social media and for archival purposes. Please submit your photos to: or upload them here:

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