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News Notes
December 15, 2017

Open House for Prospective Families - Sunday, January 28th from 1-3PM. Spread the word!

Breakfast with Santa – The Knights of Columbus and our PCA join together to host the “All You Can Eat Breakfast with Santa”. Join us this Sunday, 12/17 from 8 to 11AM. Adults $8.00, children 6 to 12, $4.00 and children 5 and under free. All proceeds benefit St. Jude School and the NYS Knights of Columbus will match the proceeds.

Homework Club is canceled for Monday, 12/18.

Christmas Concerts – Thursday, 12/21 – Pre-K will perform @ 1:00PM, doors will open at 12:30PM. K-6 will perform at 7:00PM doors will open at 6:30PM. Please wear holiday apparel. No jeans, shorts or sneakers. Thank you Mr. Ascioti for preparing our children! Thank you Mr. W for preparing our band. The concerts are always with holiday cheer!

Friday, 12/22 – Half day – 11:00AM Dismissal. Christmas Recess -12/25 to 1/2/2018, classes resume on 1/3/18.

School Bucks – Visit Santa at Colonie Center, get your picture taken with him and receive double bonus points for “School Bucks”! We are currently in 6th place, we need to climb up! Remember to save your purchases for Christmas receipts!

Snow Days and School Delays – With the anticipation of the first snow storm knocking at our door, it is a good time to review the policies we follow at St. Jude the Apostle School. Snow days and delays will be communicated to families using the following methods as soon as a decision is made:
• Announcement on all local radio and television stations along with the websites associated with those stations (WNYT, WRGB, WTEN, The Times Union, FLY 92, B95.5, WGNA, The River, etc)
• A SchoolMessenger email AND text blast will be sent to all families (phone calls WILL NOT be made)
• Postings on social media (Instagram and Facebook)
It is very unlikely that there will be an early dismissal due to weather; however individual school districts may make the decision to close early and send a bus to pick up students. If your local school district (district of residence) decides to have an early dismissal and your child normally rides the bus, they will be dismissed when the bus arrives. We will do our best to communicate this to you using SchoolMessenger, but it is truly the responsibility of the parent/guardian to stay connected through local radio, television and websites. Many websites now have the ability to send notifications for a district of your choosing. If you choose to not have your child not ride the bus home in the event of an early dismissal by your district, you must communicate this to the school office in a timely manner.
Please know that CASE (Community After School Enrichment Program) is always an option for you and your child. Students are welcome to stay here at school until transportation can be provided. The daily drop-in rate for CASE is $16/day.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have regarding snow days, school delays and early dismissals by your local school districts.

St. Jude Catholic Community Christmas Pageant – Join us on Sunday, December 24th at the 4PM Mass for our annual Christmas Pageant and Mass. If your child/children signed up to be in the pageant rehearsals will take place on Saturday 12/ 9 and Saturday 12/16.

Soda Tabs For Ronald McDonald House – Our Unity friends in Pre-K are collecting soda can tabs for Ronald McDonald House from now until the end of the school year. Please send your tabs to the front office and we will make sure our Unity friends receive them.

Luck of the Irish – March 1 to March 31 - Get your tickets now, they will make great stocking stuffers for Christmas! The cost of each ticket is $10.00 which gives you 30 chances to win $100.00. On March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) one lucky winner will receive $1,000.00 and $100.00 will go to the person who sold the $1,000.00 winning ticket. Information went home in book bags. If you need more tickets let the school office know. May the luck of the Irish be with you!!

I Ski NY – Kids can learn to ski or snowboard for free. Go to www.iskiny.com for more information.

Lunch Time Recess – Students will be going outside for recess as long as the temperature reads 20 degrees or more and/or the wind chill states that it “feels like” it is more than 20 degrees. Your child should be prepared for outside recess. Please make sure they have coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. Thank you.

SEFCU School Banking – School Banking will be taking place after morning assembly each Wednesday. If your child does not have an account with SEFCU you will need to open an account for them. Pre-K students are invited to participate in school banking also. St. Jude the Apostle School is affiliated with the SEFCU across form Hudson Valley Community College. Thank you Mrs. Harris for volunteering to be our banker!

*Colonie Center wants to help you earn money for St. Jude the Apostle School! Every time you, your family and your friends shop at Colonie Center, you can help the school earn points. At the end of the school year, Colonie Center will give away $20,000 in cash prizes to the top 10 schools, and we want to be one of them. We are currently in 6th place! It's easy to help- Bring your original cash register receipts from ANY Colonie Center store, restaurant or movie theater to the mall's Guest Services (located on the lower level by Five Guys) and St. Jude the Apostle school will receive 1 SCHOOL BUCKS POINT for EVERY dollar spent! You can also submit your receipt to St. Jude's School (or Church) receipt drop off envelope located in the school (or church) lobby. The school's volunteer coordinator, Mrs. Hunter will be happy to submit your receipts on a weekly and/or monthly basis. Thank you Mrs. Hunter and Carly Hunter (grade 5) for getting us back up to 5th place.

December Reminders
Sunday, December 17th – Knights of Columbus & PCA Breakfast with Santa
Thursday, December 21st – Christmas Concert – Pre-K @ 1:00PM; K-6 @ 7:00PM
Friday, December 22nd – Half Day – Dismissal @ 11:00AM
Sunday, December 24th – St. Jude Catholic Community Christmas Pageant – 4:00PM Mass
Monday, December 25th –( Christmas Day ) to Tuesday, January 2nd – No School

Save the Date – Reconciliation for 2nd grade will be on February 5th at 12:30PM.

Save the Date – Presentation of awards for the graduating 6th grade class will be on Monday, June 11th following the 8:00AM mass. Graduation for 6th grade will be on Monday, June 18th.



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