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Saint Jude the Apostle School Board is seeking volunteers to join the board to support the schools educational ministry mission to teach children Catholic values in a caring, nurturing environment. It is vibrant, growing, fully accredited, Prek-6 elementary school located in Wynantskill, NY. The board is made up of representatives from the parish, school, and community and supports the Principal by committing to active participation in subcommittees in the areas of finance, education, marketing, and development. Term is 3 years with maximum of two consecutive terms. Candidates will be selected for skills that best fit the needs of the board. Persons interested are invited to call the Parish Office at 283-1162 by May 22. For more information, please call school board officers John Santora at 518-330-4851 or Carol Ryan at 518-337-3312.
Color Me Smart Run and Family Fun Day – This Saturday - May 20th – Color Run begins at 830am – Following the Color Run we will once again have Family Fun Day from 11AM to 2PM. Bounce House, pony rides, petting zoo and cake walk too. Vendors will be in attendance, perfect for the end of year teacher gift shopping. There will be Classroom baskets and silent auction items as well. Mr. Ellis will be manning the kitchen with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and more. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are still looking for volunteers! If you need service hours this will be the last big event! See you there!
Classroom Basket Bidding – Classroom baskets will be on display in the front hall of school. The bidding on the baskets will begin on Wednesday, 5/17 and continue until Saturday, 5/20 during the Family Fun Day.
Scholastic Book Fair – If your child was unable to purchase books at the Scholastic Book Fair they will be at the Color Me Smart Run/Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 20th.
Car Show/Chicken BBQ – We would like to thank all the volunteers who made this event a great success. The entire event made $3,500.00 for our school. Thank you Peter Fiorino for organizing this event. We all know you were out there hitting the pavement back in September! St. Jude the Apostle School Community Garden – St. Jude School is seeking donations for their community garden. For more details please email Mrs. Kathy Vonk at email@example.com. 6th Grade Chicken Parmigiana Fundraiser-to benefit their trip to Nature’s Classroom. Family Dinner for 4 for just $25.00! Dinner includes Chicken Parm with Ziti, Garden Salad and Bread. Pick up on May 18th between the hours of 3 & 6PM.
KOC “Mom’s Appreciation Breakfast” – Join the Knights of Columbus “All you can eat breakfast” on Sunday, May 21st from 8 to 11AM in Damman Hall (school gym) in honor of Mother’s Day. Mom will receive a free carnation! Kids under 5 are free, under 12, $4.00 and adults $8.00. Breakfast includes “All you can eat” pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, coffee, juice, fruit, bagels, cereal, sweets, and more.
2016-17 Year Books – Year books are here! The cost of the year book is $15.00 for one or $25.00 for two. Please send your order form in as soon as possible. There are a limited amount of books.
2017-18 School Tuition - Your tuition rates for the 2017-18 school year have been entered into FACTS. Any financial aid, for grades K-6 only, will be applied after you apply for the FACTS aid and grants. We have noticed that some of you who did apply have incomplete applications. The deadline of April 15th has past. If you created a FACTS aid and grants application please make sure all documents have been uploaded. No new applications are being accepted. You will also need to meet with Mrs. Cox to discuss the tuition assistance or aid and sign a tuition agreement.
NEW THIS YEAR– All families will need to set up banking or credit card information in order to make any payments. We will no longer be accepting checks or cash. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Cox with any questions.
Early Childhood Summer Program Reminder – We are still accepting registrations. Spots are filling up fast so please do not wait to register! The program runs from June 26th to August 25th for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Regular camp hours – 8AM to 3PM, $150.00 per week. Extended camp hours 8AM to 5:30PM, $175.00 per week. Two or more children 10% discount. When registering a $50.00 activity fee per child is due.
SchoolKidz – A Staple Company – We will be offering a program that will save you some time shopping for school supplies. Order online through SchoolKidz-click, pay and it will be delivered right to your child’s classroom! It will only take you about 5 minutes! No hassle-trying to find a parking spot, then shopping and trying to get all those supplies to school on or before the first day of school. This is where your child’s updated school supply list can be found. Go to www.shopttkits.com and use our code #96582. Pre-K Nap Matt (for full day 3 year olds) and Flash Drives (for grades 3-6) are not included in the supply kit. They are also available on www.shopttkits.com. Orders must be submitted no later than June 23rd. The system will shut down and not accept any orders after this date.
Rensselaer County Child Passenger Safety Checks: Saturday, July 29, Center Brunswick Fire Station Saturday, September 9, Castleton Volunteer Ambulance For more information contact Eric Dahl @ 266-1970 or firstname.lastname@example.org or NYSP Troop G Traffic @ 783-3258
Student Styles (15 Cobbee Rd., Latham) – 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.
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.
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 have dropped to 13th place. Thank you Marianne Hunter for volunteering to be the chairperson for the 2017-18 School Bucks Program! If anyone is interested in helping Marianne and earn some service commitment hours please let us know.
When school shopping at Colonie Center please remember to save your receipts. Turn them in on the first day of school or drop them off to be stamped at the Colonie Center Guest Service. (If you would like us to return them please let us know) Receipts will be accepted with dates running from August 1st to June 1st of the 2017-18 school year. They have to be turned in within 30 days from the date on the receipt.
From the Nurse’s Desk – 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.
May Reminders Saturday, May 20th – Family Fun Day/School Color Run Friday May 26th & Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day weekend – No School
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner – The 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is Thursday, June 8th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Franklin Terrace Banquet House on Campbell’s Ave. in Troy. The Dinner is for anyone who gives their time and talent to our Parish and School. We look forward to be able to thank you for your generous services to our community. Please let the Parish office know if you plan on attending or call if you would like more information at 283-1162.
Field Day – June 13th for grades 4-6 and June 14th for grades 1-3.
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.
Summer Bible Camp – Registration forms have been sent home. Please send your registrations back to school as soon as possible.
Fall Festival – Our St. Jude Catholic Community Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Planning has begun and they are looking for volunteers. We are looking for ideas, help with advertising, chair one of our booths and many other opportunities to help out. If you could just give a couple of hours of your time this would count as a part of your service commitment hours. Many hands make light work! Please contact Jessica Dworakowski at 518-229-3079 or StJudesFestival@outlook.com.