Educating and Nurturing Since 1953

Admission of students without regard to race, religion, or color

518 283 0333


42 Dana Ave

Wynantskill, NY 12198

7:30am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday

St Jude School

123 456 789


Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

Weekly News Notes for April 23rd

Weekly “Knights” News

April 23, 2021

This Sunday, April 25th, is Pastor Appreciation Day. We would like to thank Father Anthony Ligato and Father Zachariah Chichester for everything they do for us. They love and support our school as much as we do!


Race for Education 2021!!!!

Our annual Race for Education fundraiser is underway! Parents should have received their child(ren)’s online donation site links over the Easter break. If you did not, please contact Mrs. Hoffay. Donations have been coming in by paper mailer and online sites. We ask that families share the online donation site links through your social media platforms and by email to family & friends. It would be very helpful to re-share them once a week, to keep the post active.

This year’s prizes are:

  • School goal – $13,000.00. If this goal is met, all children that bring in at least 1 donation will be given the chance to dunk Mrs. Hoffay in a dunking booth!!!
    • We are currently at a school total of $12,625.00!
    • Only $375.00 until Mrs. Hoffay gets dunked!!!!!!
  • The class that brings in the most donations will be rewarded with a BBQ party!
    • Kindergarten is currently in the lead with $2,697.00 donated.
    • 1st grade is currently in 2nd place with $2,060.00 donated.
  • For every $100 in donations collected, that child’s name will be entered into a drawing for a $250.00 Visa gift card or a $250.00 tuition credit.


St. Jude the Apostle Summer Camp WILL open this summer!!!! More information went home in your child’s backpack. Some of the exciting details include:

  • Open to all children age 3 through incoming 6th graders.
  • 9 weeks of summer camp! The more weeks you register for, the lower the cost.
  • Breakfast, lunch & popsicles provided daily!
  • Bounce house days, water fun days, McDonalds days, crafts, cooking days, bike days, and so much more fun!!! Spots are filling up fast! Paperwork, $200.00 registration fee and a $50.00 activity fee need to be submitted in order to reserve your child/children’s spot.

Flower and Plant Fundraiser – Get those spring gardens started by purchasing some vegetables and flowers from Esposito’s Flower and Produce. Order forms were sent home and are due back, with cash or a check made out to St. Jude the Apostle School, by May 7th. Pick up will be Tuesday, May 25th from 2-5PM at St. Jude the Apostle School. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to our school!!

St. Jude the Apostle School 2020-21 Year Books – If you would like to purchase the 2020-21 year book please send the form that was sent home in with the$15.00 fee for each book that you order. Year book orders are due by June  4th. Please make checks payable to St. Jude the Apostle School.

 Clynk It – Start saving those returnable bottles! Create your account at www.CLYNK.com. Bag it, tag it and drop it at your local Hannaford Supermarket! Let us know if you need any more bagsJ We have had

such an overwhelming response to this fundraiser that we have had to order more bags!!! Keep sending in your requests for bags, we have plenty more, and we will get them home to you! This fundraiser will go till the end of the school year. Thank you!!

The Knight Tea – Visit Unbreakable Nutrition located in the 43 Mall in West Sand Lake and purchase our very own tea, “The Knight”. The tea is Blue Razz Lemonade: a mix of Lemon Lime, Blue Raspberry and Lemonade flavors and is offered in caffeine free, or a variety of caffeine levels. $1.00 from every tea purchase will be donated to St. Jude the Apostle School! Get energized and help out our school!

Use of Online Daily Attestation Form ALL families need to complete the online attestation prior to 7am each day to allow us time to download, print and disperse the daily report to all staff members located at school entrances. This will also require ALL parents of drop-off students to accompany their child(ren) to the entrance to show your completed screen to the staff member assigned to your child’s entrance. For siblings, parents/adults will need to take a screen shot of all siblings’ approval screens to be able to show the staff member at the door each day. If multiple adults drop your child(ren) off at school during the week, please share the link or the daily screenshot(s) with that adult doing the drop off. Remember that the screen color changes daily to ensure that we do not admit a child whose attestation has not been submitted. For children who ride buses to school, Miss Larkin will use the printed report to grant entrance to those children.



Registration for 2021-22 – Help us spread the word! We are still accepting students for the 2021/2022 school year. New families may register through our school website: www.stjudetheapostleschool.org. We have limited availability in all grade levels, and classes are filling up quickly. Don’t forget . . . any current family that refers a new family receives a $500 tuition refund in January.


Please make sure your child/children are coming to school with a clean mask on. Please wash

masks nightly. If they come to school with a dirty mask they will be given a paper mask.            


Reminder for Drop-off & Pick-up Families – When dropping off students in the morning, cars may not park on either side of Dana Avenue (in front of school). Cars that do so are blocking a fire lane and blocking traffic. ALL cars must park in the school parking lot, and parents must exit their vehicles to accompany their children to their assigned entrances. For families that pick-up students at dismissal, you must loop through the school parking lot and exit back out Dana Avenue toward Hidley Rd. Ext. YOU CANNOT PASS BUSES WAITING TO BOARD STUDENTS NEAR THE CHURCH!!! Doing so is against the law and North Greenbush police have received complaints of our families violating this law during dismissal. Please comply with procedure for the safety of all of our students and staff!


School Store Fundraiser – This fundraiser helps our teachers earn materials for their classrooms. Family members and friends can earn money for our school while doing their regular shopping. Our families have earned the school nearly $8,000.00 to be used for classroom supplies. Orders have been delivered! Christmas came a little early for our teachers. Pictures were shared on the school’s Facebook page. Keep shopping and earning money for our school!


Health Office Update 3/19/21 – Health Office – There have been questions about traveling and if the regulations have changed.  The travel requirements are listed on this website:


St. Jude’s will continue to use the online daily questionnaire for the students and staff.  Please remember to fill out the questionnaire by 7AM daily for each student.  For a student who is in-person or doing remote learning the questionnaire still needs to be submitted daily.  If your child is not feeling well, please fill out the questionnaire with answering “yes” for that student.  If the student has a sibling(s), they will also need to stay home until a diagnosis is received by a provider for the sick student. Please answer “no” for the sibling(s) until a diagnosis is given.   The Department of Health protocol requires any sick student to be seen by a provider within 48 hours from the onset of symptoms.  The provider will then decide if a covid test is needed.  Either a note from the provider with a diagnosis and/or a negative covid test will be needed prior to returning to school.   The documentation can be faxed or emailed to the school.

If a student is under DOH quarantine for exposure or for testing positive, a release letter from DOH will need to be faxed or emailed to the school PRIOR to the student returning to school.

Guidelines and protocols change often. Please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns bvermilya@stjudetheapostleschool.org .  We are doing our best to keep our St. Jude families up to date.


Live Streamed Masses –The Parishes of St Michael the Archangel and St Jude the Apostle are continuing to live stream daily and weekend Masses. Especially during this difficult time, as the whole world is inflicted with the Covid-19 virus, we can come together to pray for healing and peace for all the people of God. Daily Masses are at 8:00 am Monday thru Friday; and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:10 pm. Weekend Masses are 4:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am Sunday. You may attend these Masses, ALL are welcome, or they can be viewed at either parish Facebook page. Click on the Parish Facebook link, or enter the Church Name and Location and Facebook into the search bar of your Facebook page or any web browser: St Jude Wynantskill Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StJudesWynantskill/ St Michael the Archangel Troy Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StMichaelTroyNY Come worship with us!


If you would like to donate to our collection you may do so through the Parish website http://parishes.rcda.org/stjude/ by either PayPal donate button or filling out an electronic giving form and sending it to Patti Mugrace mugrap@gmail.com .


Thank you,

Fr. Anthony

When Shopping  Don’t forget our Online Fundraisers – As always we have our running fundraisers! So please continue to keep us in mind!

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. Thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com, or with AmazonSmile turned on in the Amazon shopping app, everyday purchases generated over $236 million in donations to charities worldwide so far.

  • $233.81 to St. Jude the Apostle School*
  • $216,932,702.17 to all charities in the US
  • $236,903,641.58 to all charities worldwide

Hannaford Helps Schools – Shopping Online with Hannaford To Go  – Look for the apple icon to shop more than 1,500 products online and earn money for your school! Turn in any School Dollars you collect to the collection tower in the Wynantskill store by Saturday, May 29th, 2021.

Shopping In-Store – Look for shelf tags on more than 1,500 products in-store and earn money for your school!

  • Collect your School Dollars from an associate at checkout, then deposit your School Dollars in the collection tower in the Wynantskill store.


May Reminders

5/3-5/7 Teacher Appreciation Week: Daily themes will be sent home next week.

5/6 National Appreciation Day for Nurses (Thank you Mrs. Vermilya, LPN)

5/7 St. Jude the Apostle School Appreciation Day for our tasty lunches (Thank you Mrs. Darmetko)

5/6 Annual Awards Dinner

5/10 Monday Mass will be canceled. Dress uniforms NOT required!

5/13 Ascension Thursday we will be attending Mass: K-6 @ 9:15AM and Grades 1-5 @ 10:00AM.      Dress uniforms required!

5/15 First Holy Communion

5/17 May Crowning at the 8AM Mass. Only 2nd grade will be attending mass at this time. Mass will be live streamed on the church’s Facebook page.

5/28 & 5/31 Memorial Day weekend No School/No CASE


Thinking ahead

Graduation Ceremonies will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Church on June 21, 2021.

Pre-K           11:00AM

Grade K         1:00PM

Grade 5          5:30PM

Grade 6          7:00PM


Last day of school 6/23 Half Day 11:00AM Dismissal

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