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From the Principal's Desk

by Harry Cavanaugh posted Sep 1 2015 10:54 AM

 

August 31, 2015

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”~Neil Postman

What’s happening:

 

  • Wednesday, September 2—Choir practice from 3-4 p.m.
  • Monday, September 7—Labor Day, No school
  • Tuesday, September 8--Milk and hot lunch begin
  • Wednesday, September 9—8th grade parents meeting @ 6 in Ms. Lyons’ room.
  • Thursday, September 10—Early dismissal @ 11:30—Fall Regionals.
  • Friday, September 11—Midterms
  • Monday, September 14—Iowa Testing begins (Grades 3-5-7)
  • Sunday, September 20—Children’s mass @ 10 a.m.
  • Free dental work will be provided on October 12 (Columbus Day) at the SIUE School of Dental Medicine for children ages 3-13.  Dr. Jain said that although it is intended for low income families, they do not care who takes advantage of it.  The hours are from 7:30-12:00 at the gym on the campus of the SIU Dental School, 2800 College Avenue.  Appointments can be made by calling 474-7200.  Walk-ins are welcome, but it is recommended that you make an appointment.  This includes full dental work, not just check-ups and cleanings. CALL NOW!!!
  • The Marketing Committee will be meeting with Angie Detmers on Saturday, September 19 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  All persons actively involved in fundraising should make every effort to attend.

 

Happy Birthday –Caroline Cain on September 4, McKenna Fox on September 5 and Payton Crane on September 6.

 

Calendar Change—The October Children’s mass will be October 25 instead of October 18.

 

Fun Run – We are still missing a large number of student permission slips. This is an all-school event and, in order to participate, each student needs their forms signed and turned in. We’ve asked that the forms be turned in no later than 9/1. I will notify each teacher, which students in their class have not turned in their forms.
As of this afternoon, we’ve raised $1, 215.00. This means we are well on our way and the students have met their first goal of $1,000. Students will be allowed to wear school colors “spirit day” on Wednesday. We should all thank the students in Mrs. Lyon’s Kindergarten class for working so hard and raising most of the money. Our next goal is $2, 500 and the students can earn Crazy Hair Day. Which student/class is going to take the lead?


Remember if we want to duct tape Mr. Cavanaugh to the wall we have to work together and raise $7,500. Parents please remember that 25% of the funds raised by your student is applied toward your Family Participation Program profit requirement.

 

HELP!!! – Once again, I am asking for volunteers to help monitor the cafeteria and playground over the lunch periods.  The first lunch period is from 11:20 until noon followed by the second period which goes until 12:40.  If you are available, please let Kristina know as soon as possible.

 

Attendance Policy --  Section 26-21 of the school code defines a “truant” as a child subject to compulsory school attendance who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.  “Valid cause” for absence shall be illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency and shall include such other situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the Board of Education.  “Chronic or habitual truant” shall be defined as a child who is subject to compulsory attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 10% or more of the previous 180 days of regular attendance.  This amounts to 18 allowable unexcused absences in one school year.  In order for a valid absence to be “excused,” there must be documentation presented within 3 days of the absence from a doctor, dentist, lawyer, funeral director, etc.  A note from a parent will not excuse the child under the law.  Once a child has 18 unexcused absences, the Regional Office of Education will be contacted and appropriate measures will be taken by them to investigate.

 

Section 26-10 of the code states that any person having custody or control of a child subject to the provisions of this Article to whom notice has been given of the child’s truancy and who knowingly and willfully permits such a child to persist in his/her truancy within that school year, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and shall be subject to not more than 30 days imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $500.

 

Once a child has been absent without excuse for 10 days, a letter will be sent to the parents/guardians to alert them to the situation.  An additional letter will be sent after 15 days.  On the 19th absence, a letter will be sent to the Regional Office of Education.

 

Physicals – All physicals are due in the school office.  Students playing sports must have a current physical on file before beginning practice.  Students in Pre-K 3 must have a physical on file this year.  Kindergarteners must have a physical, dental, and vision examination on file.  Sixth graders must have a physical and dental exam on file.  Second graders must have a dental exam on file.

 

Extended Day Care -- Applications are available in the office.  They must be completely filled out before your child/ren will be allowed to attend.  If there is ANY possibility that you will need to take advantage of this program, please fill out a form and have it on file.  Your child/ren will be denied admission if this is not done.  You can delay paying the registration fee until such time as you use it, but the form must be on file.

 

Distinguished Alumni/Friend of Ss. Peter and Paul – nominations are now being taken.  The criteria sheet and nomination form are available on Fast Direct.  If you know of someone who is worthy of this recognition, please nominate them!  They will be recognized at the September children’s mass.

 

Insurance – All students are required to show proof of health insurance.    All students MUST be insured.  If you do not currently have insurance, it can be purchased through Markel.  School time coverage is available for as little as $36.  Around-the-clock, for $144.  To take advantage of this, you must enroll on line at http://markel.sevencorners.com call 877-444-5014 for enrollment by phone.

 

Phone Numbers - Any time any of your contact information changes, please contact Kristina with your current information.  It is important that we have a back up number in the event that you cannot be contacted at your primary number.

 

Patrol Schedule

August 31-September 1        Parker, Abby W., Dillon

September 7-11                      Abbie, Bennet, Hattie

September 14-18                    Greyson, Owen, Joel

 

Server Schedule

Tuesday, September 1          Carmen Kline & Sean Williams

Wednesday, September 2     Parker Hunt

Thursday, September 3        Izzy Figueroa

Friday, September 4             Heath Tite, Bennett Hamberg & Noah Johnson

Saturday, September 5         Sophie Bunch & Stephen Hamby

Sunday, September 6            8:00 Lily and Clara Borman

                                                10:00 Markus Fischbeck & Izzy Figueroa 

  

“God is Faithful.”—1 Corinthians 10:13

 

Harry Cavanaugh