Weekly “Knights” News
January 17, 2020
Please make sure your child/children have proper clothing for outside. (Coats, Hats, Gloves)
Monday, 1/20 – Martin Luther King Day – No School/No CASE
No Parking In Front of School – There is no parking in front of school. This lane is used for buses and emergency vehicles only. Please use the parking lot when picking up or dropping off your child/children. All children need to be walked into or out of the building by an adult.
Helping Hands – We are still in need of some helping hands during our lunch times. Do you have time to come at 11:30AM and stay till 12:30PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays to help the children during their lunch time? If you need service commitment hours, this counts!
Knights of Columbus All You Can Eat Breakfast – This Sunday, 1/19 – 8-11AM – All kids who are in the CYO Athletic programs or who sign up for the 2020 Hoop Shoot Contest at the breakfast eat FREE! Otherwise, kids 5 and under are FREE, adults $8.00, and kids under 12 $4.00.
Hoop Shoot Contest – This Monday, 1/20 at 6PM – free sign up starts at 5:45PM in Dammann Hall (school gym) – This is the annual Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot Contest for boys and girls ages 9-14. They compete within their own gender/age group by shooting 15 free throws. The participant that makes the most in each gender/age group moves on to the district, regional, and state/provincial levels to compete. Trophies will be awarded to top finishers!
LUCK OF THE IRISH RAFFLE
The Luck of the Irish raffle has officially begun and runs through March! We will raffle off $100 each day in March and $1,000 on St. Patrick’s Day! Students were sent home with details about the raffle and 10 tickets for each family. The class that sells the most tickets will earn a dress-down pizza and ice cream party! There will be cash prizes for the top three student sellers. If you would like to sign out a ticket display to bring to work, please contact the school or Jody Agnew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets may also be sold online at https://go.stjudetheapostleschool.org/sjs-luck
Please consider volunteering to sell tickets before/after Mass in February. This is an easy way to get volunteer hours and rack up your ticket sales while attending Mass! The link to sign up is https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/508084FA9AF22A7FC1-luck
Colonie Center School Bucks – Do you have receipts from Christmas? Send them to school and we will bring them to Colonie Center for you. Place them in a labeled envelope if you would like them returned. We are currently in 6th place. Let’s move up in the current rankings! For the month of January triple points at all retailers!
Open House – Sunday, 1/26 – 12:30 to 20:30PM – Spread the word about our open house. Give a family member, neighbor or friend the flyer that was sent home and if the one of them attends our open house, your child/children will receive a dress down day. (Flyer with the child’s name on the back is needed to be handed in at the open house by the visitor) Also, please share this link to the open house with a friend who might be interested.
Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – Sunday, 1/26/2020 – 2PM – Join us for the annual mass to start off Catholic Schools week. We will be there in honor of Miss Carol Larkin for her 35 years of service to our schools.
American Red Cross Babysitting Course – For student’s 11yrs & Older – Being taught by our school nurse, Brenda Vermilya – Forms went home to the 5th and 6th graders. If your child is interested please send the forms back to school with payment. Make all checks payable to Brenda Vermilya.
Read for Ronal McDonald House – We hope you are Reading! Packets went home with each child. There is a calendar in your packet to keep track of your child’s reading. Please fill it in each day and return it in the envelope provided with your child’s first and last name. If you collected any donations for reading please include this in the envelope too. All checks need to be payable to RMHC. Please have everything in by 2/25/2020. Thank you!
Twin Town Little League 2020 Spring registration now open!!
Offering the following levels:
To register please visit: https://www.twintownbaseball.org/
Any questions please send email to Andy Murphy, Player Agent at Murphy.email@example.com
From the Nurses Desk – Please be aware that there is a stomach bug going around our community & schools. If your child has any of the following symptoms, we ask that you keep them home for observation & rest. Please note that not all students, and adults, are getting a fever with this virus. If your child has vomiting and/or diarrhea, please keep them home for 24 hours after the symptoms have stopped.
- fever (not always present)
Thank you for your cooperation! Brenda Vermilya, School Nurse
You can email the nurse at: firstname.lastname@example.org
phone (518) 283-0333
fax (518) 283-0475
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 “SwiftK12” email AND text blast will be sent to all families (phone calls WILL NOT be made). Forms were sent home for any changes (phone/email)-please return with changes.
- Posting on social media (Facebook, Instagram)
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 SwiftK12, 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 $20.
Spirit Monkey Key Chains are still available – If you are still interested in purchasing a Spirit Monkey Key Chain for your child/children please send the order form with $5.00 for each key chain in as soon as possible. We will be selling some fun spirit sticks for the key chains during lunch periods on Fridays, for $1.00 each.
January Lunch Menu
Revised Yearly Calendar
Please notice that 5/15 is now a day off.
As always we have our running fundraisers! So please continue to keep us in mind!
School Store – Hannaford Helps Schools – Do you shop at Hannaford? If you do, look for the shelf tags on more than 1,500 participating products to earn money for our school. At check out if you receive any school dollars deposit them in our collection tower in the store. Easy!
Price Chopper – Go to https://www.pricechopper.com/tools-schools and register your Price Chopper Advantage card with school code 15906.
Amazon Smile – Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose St. Jude the Apostle School as your charity of choice. Every time you shop at Amazon, use amazon.com when you shop and .5% of every purchase will go to support the school.
School Store – No one has won the golden ticket worth $100.00 yet! Could it be you! Information about our school store has gone home. If you did not get one just let us know. Your children will be eligible for prizes if you participate!
1/20/202 Martin Luther King Day-No School
1/26/2020 Annual Open House- 12:30-2:30PM. Do you know anyone that would be interested in our school? Send them to our Open House!
1/26-2/1 Catholic Schools Week
Beacon of Hope Ball – Saturday, 2/29/2020 – 6:00PM to be held at Peter D. Kiernan Plaza, 575 Broadway, Albany. At our annual Beacon of Hope Ball, we recognize an outstanding individual (or couple) from each one of our Catholic school communities who goes above and beyond what is expected of them, giving the immeasurable gift of time and talent. Our schools benefit greatly from the love and dedication of these exceptional individuals! Please join us to honor Mrs. Mary Diehl this year.
Save the Date – Our “Annual Community Service Awards Dinner” will be held at the Franklin Terrace on May 14th, 2020 at 5:30PM. This year’s recipients for the Awards are Mr. & Mrs. John Dalmata. The recipients for the Father James E Clark award are Joe Kruczlnicki and Kristine Hoffay. There is a silent auction, live auction and cash bar. All proceeds from this event go toward supporting the School Tuition Assistance Program and Catholic Education Fund.