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News Notes
March 17, 2017

Luck of the Irish – Tickets may still be purchased! The cost of each ticket is $10.00. Each day there will be a $100.00 winner and on St. Patrick’s Day (3/17) the winner will receive $1,000.00! The winners so far are:
March 1st – Kim Myers
March 2nd – Eric Shevy
March 3rd – Michael Mcdowell
March 4th – TJ Jackson
March 5th – Jennifer Nardacci
March 6th – Darcy Herman
March 7th – Vince Edmunds
March 8th – Scott Bova
March 9th – Anya Roe
March 10th – MaryAnn Tyll
March 11th – Eleanor Hayes
March 12th – Amelia Ciccarelli
March 13th – Diona Chapko
March 14th – Adam Tucciariello
March 15th – Jesse Pafundi
March 16th – Greg DeJulio
March 17th – Lori Ziter won the $1,000.00 sold by Aiden Dowdell (Pre-K) who wins $100.00-Congratulations!
March 18th – Riley and Bayley McQuade
March 19th - Kathleen LeFave
March 20th – Tracee Ceresia

Stations of the Cross – During each Friday of Lent Mr. Nicholas Ascioti and our students’ will be hosting the Stations of the Cross at 1:45PM. St. Jude Catholic Community will be hosting an evening of Stations of the Cross at 7:00PM. (3:00PM on Good Friday) Please join us for this sacred time as we observe Jesus’ journey to the Cross.
3/17 – 3rd Grade
3/24 – Chorus
3/31 – 4th Grade
4/7 – 5th Grade

KOC All You Can Eat Breakfast – The Knights of Columbus will be holding their “All You Can Eat Breakfast” Sunday, March 19th in Dammann Hall (school gym). Adults $8.00, Children under 12 $4.00 and children 5 and under FREE.

Drama Club – Due to a scheduling conflict the play will now be on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00PM. All participating students must be here by 6:00PM. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday, April 4th and Wednesday, April 5th from 2:45 to 4:15PM.

PCA Meeting – Monday, April 10th – 6 to 7PM –Color Me Smart Race and 7 to 8PM PCA meeting. If you are in need of service commitment hours this would be a great opportunity to join us. All are welcome!

Lenten Rice Bowls – St. Jude the Apostle School will be participating in the Lenten Rice Bowl collection. This is a wonderful way for families to observe the Lenten sacrifice together. Just put together the Rice Bowl and put in loose change whenever you can. We use this Tice Bowl collection to help assist Catholic Relief Charities and the students at St. Gabriel’s School in Fontaine, Haiti. When the Rice Bowl is full send it to school and we can send home a new bowl. Thank you for your help during this Lenten Season.

Bus Transportation for 2017-18 School Year - Bus transportation forms need to be sent to your school district no later than April 1st. (Please do not send them to St. Jude school office) If you reside in the Berlin or Wynantskill school district please contact the district for bus transportation.

Registration for the 2017-18 School Year – Registration was sent home to all current students. Please make any corrections and send back to the school office by Monday, February 27th. A non-refundable fee of $100.00 per family should be included with your registration form. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the registration process or financial aid, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Cox.

Scholarship’s – The Beacon of Hope Scholarship Fund for grades 1-6 was included in your registration packets. The application is due back to Mrs. Danielle Cox by April 1st. There was information for grades 1-6 about the Lally Financial Aid Program. Please read and follow directions carefully.

FACTS has updated our system for the 2017-18 school year. You may now begin applying for FACTS aid and grants.

Niagara Chocolate Easter Candy Fundraiser – Orders will be available for pick up on Thursday, March 30th. Please pickup your order anytime from 2:00PM – 5:30PM. The winner of the chocolate basket for selling the most candy was Maura Dalmata Thank you for your support!

Beacon of Hope Ball – Join the Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools Office on Saturday, March 25th at 6:00PM at the Albany Capital Center to recognize the Beacon of Hope Community Spirit Award. Honorary Chair will be Bishop Edward Scharfenberger. All proceeds will directly sponsor students’ education at Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools. RSVP or donate online at rcda.thankyou4caring.org/bohball.

St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Community Service Award – This year we will be honoring Carol Ryan and Rev. James E. Clark (Posthumously) on Monday, May 1. Please join us at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom, 126 Campbell Ave., Troy, NY for cocktails at 6PM and dinner at 7PM. Dinner is $50.00 per person. Dinner choices are: Sliced Top Round of Beef Au Jus, Salmon EnCroute with Dill Sauce, Chicken Breast with Sage Stuffing or Rollatini Eggplant stuffed with Ricotta Cheese, Marinara & Mozzarella. Reservations are due by Saturday, April 1. Please make checks payable to St. Jude the Apostle Church.

Color Me Smart Run/Family Fun Day-May 20th - GO AHEAD, GIVE US THE BUSINESS!! Sponsorships are still available for business owners in our St Jude community for the Color Me Smart Run. Also, for $25.00 small businesses can set up a table and sell .If you are interested please email heather_brgr@yahoo.com.

Tools for Schools - We love our Tools for Schools supporters! A big thanks to everyone who has enrolled their AdvantEdge Card and is helping our school earn free equipment each time they shop at Price Chopper! The program runs until March 25, so keep on shopping! If you have not yet enrolled, sign up at www.pricechopper.com. Our school code is: 15906.

Student Styles (15 Cobbee Rd., Latham) – Spring Sale – 10% off all uniforms, items, in stock store orders and web orders – begins 6/1 to 6/15/17 (two weeks only). Phone 220-9244 for more information.

Catholic Schools Honor Band – The following students have been chosen to participate in the Catholic Schools Honor Band: Cooper Giles, Spencer Giles, Noelle Ascioti, Carly Hunter, Sophia Montarello all 4th graders and Annalese Short, grade 5. The ensemble combines the best musicians from Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Montgomery and Rensselaer County Catholic Schools served by the Paul Effman Music Service. The performance will take place on Sunday, May 7th, at 3:30PM. All rehearsals and the concert will take place at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Delmar. Congratulations to all!

Text Message Notifications – Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. You can participate in this free service by sending a text message of “Y or” “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “stop”. Please note the number 67587 is the correct number to use.

Schedules – Troy and East Greenbush school districts are closed on 3/24 and will not provide transportation.

Colonie Center School Bucks – Please remember to drop off your receipts when shopping at Colonie Center at the Guest Services for school buck points. We could be the winner of one of the following cash prizes! 1st place: $8,000; 2nd place: $4,000; 3rd place: $2,000; 4th - 8th place: $1,000 each; 9th - 10th place: $500 each. We have dropped to 12th place. We should think positive and go for 1st place!

From the Nurse’s Desk – It is flu season! Please remind your child about good hand washing and coughing or sneezing into their arm. If your child is sick please keep them home. We have been finding some children are being sent to school after taking medication to keep their fevers down which wears off by late morning. Their fever is back and we have to send them home. If they are sent home with a fever they have to be fever free without medication for a full day before they can return. Please keep them home so we do not infect the classroom. There have been a many cases of strep in the school so please keep this in mind when your child is complaining about sore throat, head or stomach ache. We have also had many cases of the stomach bug throughout the building. Our Pre-K has had a few cases of Pink Eye and one confirmed case of the flu.

March 2017 Reminders
Friday, 3/17 – Stations of the Cross 1:45 & 7PM (7PM-Living Stations of the Cross)
Sunday, 3/19 – KOC all you can eat breakfast
Sunday, 3/19 – Family Liturgy 11AM mass
Monday, 3/20 – Professional Development Day – No School
Friday, 3/24 – Stations of the Cross 1:45 & 7PM
Saturday, 3/24 – Beacon of Hope Ball 6PM @ Albany Capital Center
Thursday, 3/20 – Pick up the Niagara Chocolate orders between 2-5PM
Friday, 3/31 – Stations of the Cross 1:45 & 7PM

Mark Your Calendar – St. Jude School will be holding a Car Show/BBQ/Casino Night on April 29th and Family Fun Day/ Color Run on May 20th, 2017.

School Calendar Change – The Albany Catholic Diocese has added May 19th as a professional development day, therefore there is no school on this day.

Save the Date – Presentation of awards for the graduating 6th grade class will be on Monday, June 12th following the 8:00AM mass. Graduation for 6th grade will be on Monday, June 19th.



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