Mass – 08.30.19

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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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- Let the Children Come to Me

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Every week our littlest children in PreK-3 through our more mature sixth graders fill the pews to worship; coming to experience the kingdom of God through song, prayer, readings, and messages from the clergy. Sometimes their little voices aren’t so little. Their wiggles tend to wander down the pew. They even steal focus from Father every once in awhile. (These actions aren’t limited to St. Alphonsus masses, they can happen inany church, at any service, at any moment.)

But we choose to remember that our students are learning. They are learning about our faith. They are learning how to praise Him through song. They are learning how to ask for help in hard times through prayer. They are learning how to seek forgiveness when they have made a mistake through confession. They are learning how to welcome others to the Body of Christ through sharing the peace. They are learning to see the least of us sitting among us. They are learning from the Bible and realizing that it is more than just a story, it is life. It gives us life.Our children are the future of our faith. Our children aren’t noisy, they are learning to make a joyful noise. Our children aren’t squirmy, they are actively, and age appropriately, participating in mass. Our children are worshipping.St. Alphonsus Catholic School mass — with its joyful noise and active participation — could not happen without EVERY ONE of its precious students. Each one is vital to the school community, the family of faith, and the kingdom of God.Thank you parents for giving your children a foundation in faith. Thank you for allowing us to worship with them at school. Thank you for the amazing work you do at home teaching them about God’s love and the importance of growing with God. It begins at home and we applaud your hard work. #calledtobeaSAINT #littlechildreninbigchurch #letthechildrencometome

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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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Picture Orders Due

Fall Picture Day was August 21st and 22nd for class and individual photos. Fall photos are used in the school yearbook and are also available to purchase.
 
The following week, Cornerstone Photography emailed proofs of individual photos to parents. To place an Individual photo order, visit the Cornerstone website. (Please note that the Cornerstone Photography website is not mobile compatible. Place orders on a desktop computers.) The deadline for individual photos is Saturday, September 14th. Questions? Contact Cornerstone at 251.634.1272 or at customerservice@cornerstonephoto.net. CLICK HERE for information on photo packages.
 
CLICK HERE to download the class picture order form and return to the school office. (Pay with cash or checks made to St. Alphonsus Catholic School in the school office. CLICK HERE to pay for class photos online.)

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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 First Disciple

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. On a daily basis they receive scripture, engage in prayer, and have the opportunity to experience their faith with their friends and teachers on a very real level. Today was the first Mass of the year where students sat with their class and experienced scripture, communion, prayer, and a special message from Father Mike. (Today’s mass was a special Holy Day of Obligation, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)
 
Here are a few things Father Mike talked about to help make today’s Mass meaningful in your home too:
– Mary was the first intentional disciple.
– She was so excited to be Jesus’ mother that she told every one of God’s work.
– We can be excited about the amazing things God does in our life, too.
– She shared her son, Jesus, with us. Jesus ultimately shared His body with us when he died.
– It is good to share with others. What good things about God can we share with others?
 

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