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Winter Recess Monday 2/20 to Friday, 2/24.
Lunch Changes – due to Lent students who ordered on 2/28 (creamy mac & cheese) will be served this on 3/1. Students who ordered on 3/1 (meatball hero) will be served this on 2/28. We are just swapping out the days.
On Monday, March 20th there is no school. We will give you credit on the April lunch menu along with the snow day (2/13) if you ordered that day. If your child is absent there are no credits because we pre-order.
All you can eat KOC Valentine Breakfast – This Sunday, February 19 – 8:00AM to 11:00AM. Bring your “Sweetheart” to breakfast and buy 1, get one 50% off! Otherwise, kids 5 and under eat free, adults $8.00, and kids 12 and under $4.00. They will be raffling off a $50.00 Labella’s gift card.
Mrs. Diehl will not be in the officefrom Monday 2/27 to Friday, 3/3 ,due to the unfortunate passing of her father.
Luck of the Irish – Each family should have received 10 tickets. The cost of each ticket is $10.00 which gives you 31 chances to win in the month of March. Each day there will be a $100.00 winner and on St. Patrick’s Day (3/17) the winner will receive $1,000.00! If you have not purchased a ticket yet there is still time! The drawing will begin on Wednesday, 3/1. Please send any unused tickets back to school. Thank you!
Ash Wednesday, 3/1 – Students will be attending the 8:00AM Mass. Dress uniform is required. We will not be attending Mass on Monday, 2/28.
Chowder Sale - St. Jude Catholic Community Teen Pathways will be selling chowder made fresh by Terry’s Catering on Ash Wednesday, 3/1. Pre-orders for New England and Manhattan clam chowder may be purchased before March 1st. Pints-$5.00-Quarts-$9.00. If you are interested please call the parish office at 283-1162.
Stations of the Cross – During each Friday of Lent Mr. Nicholas Ascioti and our students’ will be hosting the Stations of the Cross at 1:30PM. 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.
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.
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– Please submit orders by Wednesday, March 1st. Orders will be available for pick up on Thursday, March 30th. Please pickup your order anytime from 2:00PM – 5:30PM. Top seller will win the Niagara Chocolate basket that is displayed in our lobby. Thank you for your support!
Women’s Retreat – The Cup of Life – Saturday, March 11th – 9:30AM to 1:30PM – empowering women to create balance of body, mind and spirit facilitated by Creator of Divine Sisterhood Vici Armsby. There is no charge for this retreat. We just ask that you bring your favorite cup with you! RSVP by Wednesday, March 1st by calling Patti Mugrace at 283-1162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Divine Sisterhood by visiting http://divinesisterhoodny.com/.
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.thankyou4coming.org/bohball.
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 email@example.com .
Young Actors Guild of the Capital Region – The Young Actors Guild will be holding a one week workshop February 20 – 26 and April 17 – 21. The cost of each workshop is $250.00. A $50.00 nonrefundable registration fee is due with each registration. The balance of $200.00 is due on 2/3 for the February session and 3/15 for the March session. For questions please email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://youngactorsguildcapitalregion.org/camps-workshops/.
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) – Mid Winter Recess Sale – Celebrate Student Styles 15th Anniversary with 15% off all in stock merchandise 2/20 to 2/24/17. (web orders excluded). 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.
Outside Recess - The colder temperatures have arrived! Please be sure your child is prepared to go outside every day for Recess with coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. The students will be going outside every day unless the temperature, with wind chill, is below 20 degrees. It is very important that all students are prepared every day! Schedules – The following school districts will be closed and they do not provide bus transportation on these days; Troy closed on 3/24 and Lansingburgh closed on 3/17.
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 are currently in 11th 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.
February 2017 Reminders Sunday, 2/19 – KOC All You Can Eat Breakfast starting at 8:00AM Monday, 2/20 to Friday, 2/24 – Winter Recess Sunday, 2/26 – Family Liturgy 11AM Mass
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.