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News Notes
October 14, 2016

Knights of Columbus All You Can Eat Breakfast – This Sunday, 10/16, 8AM to 11AM the KOC is holding a “Coats for Kids” breakfast. Bring a gently worn adult or kids coat to breakfast and eat for free! Otherwise, kids 5 and under are free, adults $8.00 and kids under 12 $4.00. They will be raffling a $50.00 gift certificate from Party City, just in time for Halloween!

Schedules – The following school districts will be closed and they do not provide bus transportation on these days;
Troy closed on 10/21 & 3/24
Lansingburgh closed on 10/21 & 3/17.

School Uniform Policy: Please note the change to the uniform policy for girls. Girls may now start wearing pants as part of their uniform beginning October 1st. The new uniform policy reads:
Girls optional clothing: warm weather uniform, (worn from April 15th through June and September) tan walking skort with green polo shirt. During the cold winter months, girls will be allowed to wear tan uniform slacks with a long sleeve polo shirt. The cold weather option may be worn October 1st through March 31st.

St. Jude Choir - St. Jude Church Junior Choir will have its first rehearsal on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 5:30 until 6:00 in the Church. This Choir is open to students in grades 1 through 6 and provides music for the Family Liturgies on Sundays at 11:00am. A complete rehearsal and singing schedule will be handed out at the first rehearsal. For more information or questions please contact Mr. Ascioti at nascioti@sjsalbany.org

Many Hands Make Easy Work - On Friday, Oct. 21st we will have a $1.00 dress down day, to support Joseph’s House and Shelter. Funds collected on Friday will go to purchase shampoo and disposable razors, which are in short supply at the Shelter. Thank you for your generosity. Mr. Ascioti

Bottles for Haiti – A student in our fourth grade class, Carly Hunter, will be collecting returnable bottles to help the people in Haiti recover from the recent Hurricane. If you don’t have bottles you can donate your change. All donations will go towards helping the people of Haiti. Collections will take place on the following Fridays in October: 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28. Thank you for caring!

Race for Education – On Monday, October 31st St. Jude the Apostle School will be participating in our seventh annual Race for Education. Our goal this year is to raise $25,000.00! If our goal is met, our principal, Danielle Cox, has agreed to allow every student who submitted at least 15 names & addresses to attempt to dunk her in a dunking booth. The following schedule is our walk times:
Pre-K Friends: 8:45-9:45
4th & 5th: 8:45-9:45
K, 1st & 6th: 9:45-10:45
2nd & 3rd: 10:45-11:45
Please join us for this very special event.

Special Person Day – Monday, October 17th. We would love your help with the following for this special day: Setting up, replenishing refreshments, helping with the photo booth and clean up. We are also accepting donations for the following: Pre-K-Juice boxes (8-10 pack) , Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd – Small(8oz.) water bottles. Please send drinks in by Friday, 10/14 so that we can refrigerate them. 3rd – 6th grades – Donut holes. Thank you for your time and generosity.

SchoolStore – Information was sent home this past week about the PCA’s SchoolStore 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!

St. Jude School Bowling – Bowling began on Thursday, October 13th for grades 3-6. The fee per week is $8.00 per child ($7.00 if they own their own bowling shoes). Please make sure the money is sent in on the morning of bowling with exact change. Please mark “Bowling Team” and “Your child’s name” on the envelope. Bowling alley policy prohibits the children and chaperones from bringing outside food or beverage into the facility. So, if you would like for your child to have a snack, they will need to purchase it from the snack bar or vending machines. Children must be picked up at the bowling alley by 5:00PM each Thursday.

St. Jude School Night of Hockey Join the SJS Chorus as they sing God Bless America during half-time at the Albany Devils Hockey game. All St. Jude families are eligible to receive $15.00 discounted tickets for the game. Our Hockey Night will be Friday, Oct. 28th at 7:00PM at the Times Union Center. To purchase tickets please visit: http://www.thealbanydevils.com/tix/group-stjude/ Hope you can join us. (Chorus Member Families please check information sent home with your child.)

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Last year the St. Jude Catholic Community was able to provide over 250 Thanksgiving Baskets to needy families, with the help of your generous donations. All of our Thanksgiving Baskets go to members of our own Catholic Community who are in need as well as to St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry and Joseph’s House of Troy, who provide our baskets to needy families in our community. A list of items per grade will be sent home on Friday, 10/28. We will be collecting these items until Friday, 11/18. You may donate as much as you are able or your family may donate $50.00 which will cover an entire meal. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Ascioti at nascioti@sjsalbany.org.

Attention - Picnic Tables Needed – Pre-K is looking for gently used plastic picnic tables for their playground area. If you would like to donate one please let the school office know. (283-0333) Pick up is available.

Wing War – Check out http://www.capitalwingwars.com. Wing Wars is just around the corner and we need your Help!! We need many Volunteers to make this event a huge success! Please go to this website to sign up to Volunteer http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094da5a82ea2fd0-wing or email Diane Dwyer at ddwyer904@yahoo.com. Here is some information to get the word out to friends and family!
When: November 5th from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Franklin Terrace
Cost: $25pp and $35pp VIP
Volunteers should arrive by 4pm and stay until the end.
We want you all to have fun while volunteering but we ask that you don't drink any alcoholic beverages while working this event. Thank you

Box Tops – There is a free mobile app called “Box Top for Education Mobile App”. You will need to register St. Jude the Apostle School so that our school will get credit for the points. We will still accept clipped box tops at school. Please send in all clipped box tops to school by October 27th. Thank you!

School Banking - In order for your child to participate in school banking, he or she must have a SEFCU account. Please feel free to contact Kasya Trimarchi at ktrimarchi@icloud.com should you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in school banking!

Piano Lessons – Mr. Ascioti is accepting new piano students. Students must be at least six years of age to begin. Any questions or to sign up please contact Mr. Ascioti at nascioti@sjsalbany.org.

Candy Bar Sale – If you need any additional boxes of chocolate please contact Heather Berger at Heather_brgr@yahoo.com.

Picture Make Up Day – If your child missed picture day or you are unhappy with your pictures once you receive them, they may have their picture taken on Monday, November 14th. Dress uniform required please.

From the Nurse’s Desk – Please remember to have all your medical information in to Mrs. DeBell as soon as possible. Grades K, 2 and 4 needs to have immunizations and physicals. Memingococcal Immunization requirements: It is mandated that children in grades 7-12 or comparable age level grade equivalent receive an adequate dose or doses of the meningococcal vaccine for school attendance. Thirty days after school entry, any child entering grades 7-12 will be excluded from school if their parents or legal guardians have not submitted a certificate of immunization from a health practitioner or from NYS documenting that the child has received an adequate dose or doses, or a medical or religious exemption. Please notify Mrs. DeBell of any medical issues and she will relate this information to the appropriate faculty and or staff.

November Reminders
Friday, November 4th – Pai’s Tae Kwon Do Registration Due
Saturday, November 5th – Wing War
Tuesday, November 8th – Parent Teacher Conference – No school for students
Friday, November 11th – Veterans Day – No School
Monday, November 14th – Picture Make Up Day – Dress uniform required
Wednesday, November 16th – Professional Development Day – No School
Tuesday, November 22nd – Thanksgiving Luncheon
Wednesday, November 23rd thru Friday, November 25th Thanksgiving Recess – No School

Pai’s Tae Kwon Do – Pai’s Tae Kwon Do is offering a special session to help raise funds for the PCA. The special session will run from November 14th to December 16th. The cost will be $45.00 for each student which goes directly to St. Jude PCA. Registration was sent home. If you would like to register please do so by Friday, November 4th.

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

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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