Weekly “Knights” News
December 20, 2018
Monthly Character Education Theme: “Caring”
All students may have a “Dress Down Day” tomorrow, 12/21. Be festive and have fun!
Merry Christmas, Mrs. Cox
From all of our faculty and staff we would like to say,
“Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”!
Front of School-No Parking – We have noticed that there have been vehicles parking in front of school and along the sidewalk for drop off and pick up. There is no parking in front of school during school hours because this space needs to be left open for emergency vehicles and school buses. Please park in the school parking lot during school hours. You could possibly get a ticket for parking in front of the school during school hours. Thank you.
Tomorrow, 12/21 – Half day of school – 11:00AM Dismissal-No CASE
Christmas Recess – 12/24/2018 – 1/1/2019
Our gym will be shut down from 12/22/2018 through 1/1/2019 so that the floor can be redone
Christmas Concert – Today, 12/20. Pre-K perform at 1:00PM, doors to gym open at 12:30PM and K-6 will perform at 7:00PM, doors to school will open at 6:30PM. Students are asked to wear dressy-festive clothing. Please no: jeans, t-shirts, hats, or sneakers.
Christmas Pageant – Our annual Christmas Pageant will be presented at the Children’s Mass on Monday, December 24th, at 4PM. All are welcome for a heartwarming performance.
School Nurse – Mrs. Brenda Vermilya, LPN will be accepting calls Monday through Friday between the hours of 9AM and 1PM if your child is home sick or if you have any other medical concerns. She may also be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
12/20 – Christmas Concerts
12/21 – Half Day – 11AM Dismissal – No CASE
12/24 to 1/1/2019 – Christmas Recess – No School
1/2/2019 – Classes Resume
1/7 – PCA Meeting 6:30PM
1/12 & 1/13 – Coin Drop at Crossgates Mall(12 to 6PM)
1/20 – KOC All You Can Eat Breakfast
1/21 – No School-Martin Luther King Day
1/27 – Open House
1/27 – 2/2 – Catholic School’s Week
Harlem Wizards Are Coming Back! Saturday, February 2nd at 6:00PM – Doors Open at 5:00PM – Come and enjoy a fun filled night featuring some of our faculty and staff. More information will go home soon! Tickets sales are online only at: https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events.
Events for the rest of the calendar school year pending some adjusting on our big events for the Car Show and Race for Education in May, those signups will go home later.
Coin Drop https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/508084fa9af22a7fc1-crossgates1/5807755
Annual Open house https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084fa9af22a7fc1-annual
Candy Bar Bingo https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084fa9af22a7fc1-candy
Winter Carnival https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084FA9AF22A7FC1-winter
6th Grade Graduation https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084fa9af22a7fc1-6thgrade
Lego Club – Lego Club will be starting soon and we are looking for donations. Do you have Legos that your children no longer play with? If so, we will put them to good use!
School Store – Hello SJS Families! Did you know that our SchoolStore Fundraiser is ongoing? It ends when the school year ends!
This is a unique fundraising opportunity for us that works like E*Bates. All you have to do is register your child(ren), pop in a few emails and THAT’S IT! Email invitations will automatically be sent asking your friends and family to do their online shopping using a special link to benefit SJS.
With holiday shopping underway, this is the PERFECT time to remind your friends and family to shop through SchoolStore!
If you haven’t already registered your child(ren) with SchoolStore.net, please do so ASAP!! Once your child is registered, they will receive their first prize! Other prizes will be earned as people shop through your link and one student and one teacher will also win a prize just for participating in the program!
If we exceed last year’s participation number (66), the entire school will have a DRESS DOWN DAY to celebrate! We’re not too far away!
PCA Easy Fundraisers
- Box Tops – Keep them coming!
- Colonie Center School Bucks – Submit your receipts from Colonie Center to the Guest Services located on the lower level near Five Guys. Every dollar spent equal’s one school buck for St. Jude School!
Open House – January 27th, 2019, 1PM to 3PM – Please spread the word! Open house is a wonderful way to meet all of our wonderful faculty and staff, tour our school under the guidance of our students and see why St. Jude the Apostle School is the place for your child to receive a wonderful education in a family orientated atmosphere.
Snow Days/Delays – The policies we follow at St. Jude the Apostle School for snow days and delays will be communicated to families using the following methods as soon as a decision is made:
- Announcement on all LOCAL radio and television stations along with the websites associated with those stations (WNYT, WRGB, WTEN, The Times Union, FLY 92, B95.5, WGNA, The River, etc.)
- A SchoolMessenger email AND text blast will be sent to all families (phone calls WILL NOT be made)
- Posting on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
In the event of a 2 hour delay, the school doors will be opened at 9:30am. Students should not be dropped off any earlier than 9:30am and should never be left unattended at the front door. For the safety of our faculty and staff, they are not expected to arrive before 9:30am.
It is unlikely SJS will have an early dismissal due to weather; HOWEVER individual school districts may make the decision to close early and will send a bus to pick up students. If your local school district (district of residence) decides to have an early dismissal and your child normally rides the bus, they will be dismissed when the bus arrives. We will do our best to communicate this to you using SchoolMessenger, but it is truly the responsibility of the parent/guardian to stay connected through local radio, television and websites. Many websites now have the ability to send notifications for a district of your choosing. If you choose to not have your child ride the bus home in the event of an early dismissal by your district, you must communicate this to the school office in a timely manner.
Please know that CASE (Community After School Enrichment Program) is always an option for you and your child. Students are welcome to stay here at school until transportation can be provided. The daily drop-in rate for CASE is $16.