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 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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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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First Day of School & Back to School Mass – 08.08.19

St. Alphonsus Catholic School’s first day of class for the 2019-2020 school year is Thursday, August 8th. St. Alphonsus begins the year with a special Mass at 8:15 a.m. in the Church on the 8th. This “Back to School Mass” brings students and parents together to prepare their hearts and minds for the new year. Please plan to attend mass with your child or ensure that they attend with a family friend. Teachers will sit together, be introduced that morning to the St. Al’s community, prayed over, and will not be available to sit with their class quite yet.
 
After mass, parents are welcome to walk their students to the classroom for a special classroom blessing from Father Mike. Coffee and refreshments will then be available in the Cafeteria for parents at 9:00 a.m. following the classroom blessings.
 
Starting Friday, August 9th, the school day will begin at its normal time and the tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m. *Please note that there is no morning care offered on the first day, August 8th.

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Eureka Math Meet-Up – 08.06.19

Description:Eureka! We found it! Our teachers have researched. They have chosen. They’ve been trained. They are excited to now share with you the NEW St. Alphonsus School math curriculum. On Tuesday, August 6th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Deacon Allen (Principal), Ms. Illich (Assistant Principal), Ms. Hartzog (2nd grade), and Ms. Dent (6th grade) are hosting a parents-only presentation introducing the new curriculum. This evening is  thoughtfully prepared to cover everything you need to know about the curriculum, provide parent resources, and share the developmentally appropriate rollout plan.
 
Ms. Hartzog and Ms. Dent have played a leading role in researching the available curriculum options, sifting through options that would fit within the St. Alphonsus culture, being an instrumental voice in deciding upon Eureka Math, in training fellow teachers, and being a resource to the St. Alphonsus community. We hope you will join us on August 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria for an evening that is sure to have exponential benefit!

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Meet the Teacher – 08.05.19

The doors of St. Alphonsus Catholic School open for a special sneak peek into the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, August 5th, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Meet the Teacher Night gives students the opportunity to see their classroom, say “Hi” to old and new friends, and learn a little more about their new teacher. It is also the perfect time to bring school supplies and drop the supplies and backpacks off in your child’s classroom. (This will alleviate clutter during the opening Mass on the first day of school August 8th).


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