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Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a series of commemorative days dedicated to those who have died. It is celebrated generally between Halloween, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and coincides with the Catholic holy days of All Saints (Nov. 1) and All Souls (Nov. 2). Families often come together over this period and preparations can be made during the entire year leading up to the Day of the Dead. This is a solemn occasion, with few actual festivities. Instead, people visit and repair graves of their dearly departed. It is common to light candles, leave offerings of prepared foods, often a favorite meal, and to pray and play music. Private altars are built as focal points for small, private religious observances. This year, St. Patrick School will be honoring this tradition with our own Dia de los Muertos altar. Beginning next week, students are invited to bring photographs of loved ones, friends, or pets who have passed away. Starting the week of October 28, students will be learning about this Mexican tradition and will visit the Dia de los Muertos altar with their class where they will display the photograph(s). The altar will be displayed throughout the week and at the end of the week, Father Matthew will pray a special blessing over our altar and for those we have lost.
Would you be willing to donate items to display on our altar? We are looking for some flowers, fruit like guava, limes, or bananas, religious candles, or other religious statues to display. We will return your items at the end of the week - just be sure to label them!
If you have experience with creating a Dia De Los Muertos altar, we could use your help in designing ours! If you're willing to share some thoughts or ideas, please email me at: email@example.com.
This year, we are grateful to have the S.O.S - Signs of Suicide Youth Suicide Prevention Program for Middle School students coming to St. Patrick School. The goals of SOS are:
On Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30pm, St. Patrick School will host a parent information night where you will learn more about this program. Parents will have a chance to understand how the program works, gain access to a parent portal where you can find a lot of great information, and ask any questions you may have.All parents of middle school students are encouraged to attend. After the parent information night, you will have the chance to opt your child out of this program or to allow your child to participate in this program fully. Please make plans to attend!
During the week of October 7-9, we will be completing different activities to show our support to the FIRE Foundation. One of these activities is a "Be Kind" dress down day. We are asking ALL students to donate a plain t-shirt by October 1st. This shirt can be any color, but should not have any writing or design on it.
Don't feel like you have to go out and buy something new! If your chid has a plain t-shirt hanging in his/her closet (that you don't mind donating), just send it in! If you have a bunch of extra plain t-shirts around, send those in, too! Students will be decorating their "Be Kind" t-shirt and bringing it home over the weekend so that it can be worn on Monday, October 7th for our "Be Kind Dress Down Day".
If you are unable to provide a plain t-shirt for your child, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are willing to donate extra t-shirts, please send those in by October 1st as well! Thank you for helping us with this project!
Reminder: Bring in a plain t-shirt (any color, no writing or designs) by October 1st.
Sept. 11: Mid-Term; Church Night
Sept. 12: 8th Grade Parent Roundtable with Ms. Monaghan @ 5:00
Sept. 15: Class T-Shirt Online Store Closes
Sept. 18: Church Night
Sept. 20: Pizza Lunch Fundraiser for FIRE
Sept. 21: PTO Family Fun Event
Sept. 25: Meet me at the Pole; Church Night
Sept. 27: Spirit Day
There is a cool new app called "Pocket Points" that lets your child earn coupons at local restaurants for putting his/her phone away during school hours. You can download the app and set it up for your geographical area so that your child can earn coupons to places around you. It's a great incentive for you child to keep his/her phone turned off during the school day!