May 21, 2015
Memorial Day-In observance of Memorial Day there will be no school tomorrow, May 22nd and Monday, May 25th.
St. Jude the Apostle School Website – Check out our redesigned website sjsalbany.org. You will find information about our school lunch program and much more. Thank you Jillian Platt for all your help!
Grade 7 & 8 Meeting - The planning committee known as the Troy 2016 Innovation Committee has been working since December on a long-range plan to evaluate the structure of Catholic education in the Troy area. The committee has scheduled a public meeting here at St. Jude the Apostle School on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00pm to solicit thoughts about 7th and 8th grade returning to elementary schools and identify questions as the process moves forward. These meetings will be listening sessions to help committee members fully understand the perspectives of all. So please, bring your ideas, suggestions, questions or concerns. All are welcome.
New Lunch Menu Starting in the month of June – We sent the lunch menu for the month of June along with the pre-paid order form home. If you wish to purchase pre-paid lunches starting in June please send the form with payment in by Tuesday, May 26th. Please note that Friday, June 19th is half day so there will be no lunch served. Monday, June 15th is Pre-K & Kindergarten graduation no need for those who are graduating to order lunch.
CONGRATULATIONS- Mrs. McCue, our 6th grade teacher, has been named a New York State 2015 Teacher of Excellence from Senator Kathleen Marchione 43rd District.
Pre-K Service Project – Throughout the month of May, the Pre-K classes will be collecting items for delivery to St. Joseph’s house at the beginning of June. Examples of some items may be fruit snacks, fish crackers, chips and pretzels, individual fruit bowls, peanut butter crackers, spaghetti-o’s or ravioli, canned soup etc. Please do not send in items that require refrigeration. Thank you Pre-K for helping, sharing and caring!
Lost and Found – Please look to see if anything belongs to you. After May 26th, all items will be donated to charity.
Progress Reports – If you have a concern with your child’s progress to date, please contact their teacher.
Tuition Payment Plan – The tuition payment plan forms for the 2025-16 school year was due back by May 15th. Anyone registering for the 2015-16 school year should have received one. School tuition, CASE and our summer program will be entered into FACTS Management. Please let the front office know if you need a form.
NYS Science Test Grade 4 – On Tuesday, May 26th and Monday, June 1st the fourth grade will be taking their NYS science test.
Award’s Night – We will be holding an Awards Night for our Sixth Grade on Friday, June 12th. As a reminder all sixth grade parents please RSVP by May 29th. Thank you!
Service Commitment Hours – If you have not completed your service commitment hours, please note that the “in lieu of fundraising” charges will be applied to your tuition account in May. Please contact the school office with any questions.
Year Book for 2014-15 -The price per book will be $13.00. Over half of the year books have been sold. If you would like to purchase one please do as soon as possible.
Lifetouch - Important Parent Information- School Pictures- If you have already paid for your portraits, thank you! Select your favorites and pay online! Go to mylifetouch.com. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code, which is on your portrait package insert. Please return any unwanted portraits to school.
Graduations – The classes of 2015 will be graduating as follows: Pre-K at 9:00AM on Monday, June 15th; Kindergarten at 1:00PM on Monday, June 15th and Sixth Grade at 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 17th.
Last Day of School – Last day of school for Kindergarten will be Friday, June 12th, Pre-K will be Thursday, June 18thand for grades 1-6 Friday, June 19th at 11:00AM.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Summer Program - is available to any child entering or currently attending Pre-K and Kindergarten. If you are interested please send your registration in as soon as possible.
Run 4 Vocations – Families, parish and school groups and 5K enthusiast are invited to register for the 2015 RUN 4 VOCATIONS online at http://www.albanyvocations.org. The run will be on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:00PM at Crossings in Albany. Contact Sister Rosemary Ann Cuneo, CR: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 518-674-3818 for more information.
Diocesan 5K Dash-to benefit the Beacon of Hope Scholarship Fund for our four high schools-Saturday, June 20th at The Crossings, Town of Colonie Park, South Pavilion. Registration – 8:00AM-9:00AM; 8:30AM Dash for Hope Kids Race(free for kids 10 and under); 9:00AM 5K Road Race and 5K Walk. Fees: $15.00 for students in the Diocesan Catholic Schools, $20.00 early bird adult/non-students on or before May 1 and $25.00 Race Day-All participants. Register at finishright.com.
Vacation Bible School – There will be two weeks of Bible School this year! Week one “Everest” is July 6-10 (9:00AM-Noon). Week two “Shining Star” is July 20-24 (9:00AM-Noon). The cost for each week will be $20.00 for 1 child, $10.00 for each additional child. Forms will be emailed to you. If you need a hard copy please let the front office know.
Why GoFundme? - We are always looking for new innovative ways to raise funds for the school that will help keep our tuition affordable. An exciting idea was brought was brought to our committee by one of our parents that leverages social media using a site called GoFundme.com. We can expand our reach to the World Wide Web! This first fundraising campaign is dedicated to enhancing our technology in the classroom. Our goal is $19,629 (that’s a lot of candy bars!!!). These funds will be used to purchase enough iPads to allow each classroom to have 3 or 4 to use each day, and for a charging station in which to store the iPads. Any and all monies raised will be used to purchase as many units as we can, up to and beyond this goal of 40 and a cart. Please go visit http://www.gofundme.com/sjstech and do what you can to spread the word. Let’s keep our school the premier Catholic School grade school the Albany Diocese.
Colonie Center School Bucks – School Bucks program will run from August 1st, 2014 to June 1st, 2015. When school shopping remember to bring your receipts to the customer service desk or send them into school and an FSC member will bring them for you so that our school can start earning school bucks for the 2014-15 school year. We are currently
in 3rd place!
From the Nurses Desk – Please remember if your child is showing signs of illness or has a fever , please keep them home. All children should be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.