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News Notes
December 2, 2016

St. Jude Catholic Community Giving Tree – There are two Giving Trees with many gift tags. One tree is in St. Jude Church and the other tree is in the front hall of St. Jude School. Together we are hoping to help 28 families in our parish and school community. If you take a gift tag from one of our trees please have the gift wrapped with the tag you took attached to it. The gifts may be placed under one of the trees by December 11th. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Christmas Parade – The Town of North Greenbush will be holding their annual parade on Saturday, December 3rd at 6:00PM. St. Jude the Apostle School has the opportunity to show the town our St. Jude pride by having a float in the parade. We are looking for just a few volunteers to be a part of our decorating committee which will meet the day of the parade to spruce up the float. More importantly, we are hoping to get as many of our students and their families as we can to walk alongside the float in all of their St. Jude green and white! We want to show everyone just how proud we are to be St. Jude Knights. Please contact DessoFamily4@gmail.com or 518-488-2928 (call or text) if you are interested in helping to decorate the float. We plan on meeting at St. Jude School on the afternoon of the parade to decorate. Students and parents are welcome. If you plan on walking with the float we will be meeting on the lawn of the school between 5:15 and 5:30PM. The parade kicks off at 6:00PM. If you cannot participate in the parade please show your support by attending the parade and give us a big cheer as we walk by.

Drama Club – Drama club will meet every Wednesday, beginning Wednesday, 12/7. The production will be held on Friday, 4/7.

Outside Recess - It looks like the colder temperatures have arrived! Please be sure your child is prepared to go outside everyday for Recess with coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. The students will be going outside everyday unless the temperature, with wind chill, is below 20 degrees. It is very important that all students are prepared everyday!

St. Jude Catholic Community Christmas Pageant – Saturday, December 24th at the 4PM Mass – Rehearsals will take place on 12/10 & 12/17.

PCA Chocolate Bar Sale - After the last meeting of the PCA, it was decided that the next 3 fundraising events (Pasta with Auction, Chili Cook-off, and Krause’s Candy) would be cancelled. To give families adequate opportunity to get their volunteer hours met, we are promoting continued chocolate sales, starting 11/16/16, until they are gone and the following perks will be offered:
• dress down card for every box sold
• 1 hour volunteer time for every box sold
• 3 top sellers get a 5 lb. chocolate bar
• Top seller gets gift certificate to Colonie Center

How to get your chocolate bars:
• stop in any time to Mrs. Cox or Mrs. Diehl, and they will give you a box
• send a note in with your child and box will be sent home with them.
Thanks for your continued support of the PCA!

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.

PCA’s School Store Fundraiser - This is an all year event. Just register yourself and our school online. Do your Christmas shopping online with the many stores listed and the PCA will receive a portion of the sales. It is that easy!

Colonie Center School Bucks – Please remember to drop off your receipts when shopping at Colonie Center at the Guest Services for school buck points. Visiting Santa Counts! 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 few cases of strep in the school so please keep this in mind when your child is complaining about sore throat, head or stomach ache.

December Reminders
Sunday, 12/4 – Victorian Stroll in Troy – St. Jude Choir will perform at St. Anthony’s at 1:30PM
Monday, 12/5 – No Mass for students
Tuesday, 12/6 – St. Nicholas Day
Wednesday, 12/7 – Drama Club practice – 2:45-3:45
Thursday, 12/8 – Mass at 8:00AM for the Immaculate Conception-dress uniform required
Saturday, 12/10 – Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Sunday, 12/11- Family Liturgy at the 11:00AM Mass
Wednesday, 12/14 – Drama Club practice – 2:45-3:45
Thursday, 12/15 – Santa’s Secret Workshop
Thursday, 12/15 – St. Jude Chorus will perform at Colonie Center at 6:00PM
Friday, 12/16 – Santa’s Secret Workshop
Saturday, 12/17 – Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Sunday, 12/18 – KOC Breakfast with Santa
Monday, 12/19 – Christmas Concert – Pre-K at 1:00PM; K-6 at 7:00PM
Thursday, 12/22 – Half Day 11:00AM dismissal
Friday, 12/23/16 to Monday, 1/2/2017 – No school – Christmas Recess
Saturday, 12/24 – Christmas Eve Pageant 4:00PM Mass
Sunday, 12/25 - Christmas Day – Everyone have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the time with your family

St. Jude the Apostle Ski Club - With winter right around the corner, how about fighting off those winter blues by joining the St. Jude the Apostle Ski Club. Beginning early January, 7 weeks of great fun, skiing at Jiminy Peak. All levels welcome, lessons included if you wish. Adults and children welcome. If you or your child ever wanted to learn to ski or get back into it, this is the time with great prices. More details including prices will be coming home in backpacks soon. For more information contact Kristee Gemmill at 518-701-9782 or kkennedy@nycap.rr.com

Mark Your Calendar – St. Jude School will be holding a “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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