Progress Reports

Progress reports for the first grading period go home on Wednesday, Sept. 11th. Please review, sign, and return.

St. Alphonsus Catholic School uses a rigorous curriculum guided by the Mississippi College & Career Readiness Standards (MCCRS). Each student’s progress is followed throughout the year, and report cards are given each quarter. An electronic grade book, PowerSchool, is a service provided by St. Alphonsus for parents to review their child’s status at any time online.

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Grandparent’s Day

Blessed are those who snuggle and hug, spoil and pamper, boast and brag… for they shall be called grandparents!

St. Alphonsus School honors these special people in our children’s lives with a special mass and classroom celebration on Friday, September 6th. Friday’s mass, beginning at 8:15 a.m., recognizes the grandparents in attendance and has a special message. Following mass, students and their guests return to their classrooms for a short celebration from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Deacon Allen and the PTO is hosting a coffee and refreshments hour in the Cafeteria from 10:00 a.m. to lunchtime. Grandparents are welcome to join their student for lunch at the child’s appointed lunch time.


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Labor Day Holiday

St. Alphonsus Catholic School is closed in recognition of Labor Day – Monday, September 2nd.

Classes will resume on Tuesday morning, September 3rd.


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Open House & PTO Meeting

Parents are invited to walk the halls of St. Alphonsus School on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Alphonsus Open House is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and get familiar with your child’s learning environment. St. Alphonsus makes the choice to have this parent-only evening later in the month of August to give our children and teachers time to work together and lay the groundwork for the coming year. Teacher presentations during Open House are based upon their experiences with their 2019-2020 students and their plan for the coming year based upon their student’s needs.

The evening begins with a gathering in the Cafeteria, then allows time for parents to spend time in the classroom. Networking with other parents is always a highlight of the evening. Deacon Allen, St. Al’s principal, and the teachers look forward to welcoming you and having the chance to share their thoughts on the 2019-2020 school year. There will be time for parents with children in multiple classes at St. Al’s to visit each class.


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Mass – 08.23.19

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. St. Alphonsus aspires to be a Christian community with a love for all and encourages our St. Al’s family to have a place for all.

Our students receive Catholic religious instruction with a focus on scripture, prayer, and faith community experiences. All students attend mass each Friday and/or on Holy Days. Mass begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Church of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Parents are welcome to attend Mass and are asked to sit behind the classes as students worship together. Second through sixth grades prepare and lead the liturgy throughout the year. Kindergartners and first graders begin reading at mass later in the spring semester. Students participate in the greeting, readings, choir, offertory procession, and altar serving.


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Early Dismissal – 08.21.19

Wednesday, August 21st, St. Alphonsus Catholic School will dismiss students at 2:00 p.m. for the day.
 
2:00 p.m. early dismissals are scheduled for faculty/staff development and meetings. These early dismissals are preplanned and listed on the St. Alphonsus calendar. Extended “After School Care” is available on early release days. After school care runs until 6:00 p.m. and there is a $3.25 per hour fee. Students have time in after school care to complete homework, have a provided snack, and play.

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Fall Pictures – 08.21.19 & 08.22.19

Picture Day is broken up into two days (August 21st and 22nd) at St. Alphonsus to allow our talented photographer more time with your child to capture that natural smile. Wednesday, August 21st, all grades will have their class photos taken. Individual pictures for PreK-3, PreK-4, Kinder, and 1st grade will also be on Wednesday. On Thursday, August 22nd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade will have their individual photos taken.
 
Grades Kinder through 6 wear their uniforms for their class and individual photos. Photos are used in the school yearbook and are also available for purchase. Class pictures can be ordered online in the Saints Store. Cornerstone Photography will send proofs and ordering options for individual photos to parents via email. Photos will be taken following the tardy bell, so please have your child to school on time.
 
Some things to think about:
– Grades Kinder through 6th will wear their uniforms. Preschoolers are welcome to have your help in picking out clothes and colors that look good on them. After all, your child is the star of the photo—not their shirt, so avoid slogans, logos, and big patterns. Some poses may show pants or skirts, so plan the complete outfit.
– Glasses are okay!
– Any hairstyle works for Picture Day. Schedule haircuts ahead of time to allow hair to grow back a little, or you can go for a fresh-cut look.
– Keep kids relaxed and ready to be themselves. Smiles can look fake if they’re practiced ahead of time. Remember, smiles are like french fries—they’re better when they’re fresh.
– Don’t worry about “perfect”! That hair that always sticks up or a missing tooth shows your child just as they are right now—and you’ll enjoy looking back on that for years to come. On Picture Day, teachers and volunteers will help straighten collars and check posture.

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Mass – 08.15.19

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. St. Alphonsus aspires to be a Christian community with a love for all and treat encourages our St. Al’s family to have a place for all.

Our students receive Catholic religious instruction with a focus on scripture, prayer, and faith community experiences. All students attend mass each Friday and/or on Holy Days. Mass beings at 8:15 a.m. in the Church of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Parents are welcome to attend Mass and are asked to sit behind the classes as students worship together. Second through sixth grades prepare and lead the liturgy throughout the year. Kindergartners and first graders participate in the service during the spring semester. Students participate in the greeting, readings, choir, offertory procession, and altar serving.


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