Parent Memo: February 19, 2021
We have now entered the holy season of Lent when we examine our lives and our consciences and find ways we can bring ourselves closer to God. Our students will participate in various opportunities for prayer, fasting and almsgiving during these 40 days. Activities will be different depending on the age and emotional awareness of the children. Please join us in welcoming Jesus into our hearts during this hopeful time.
RE-ENROLLMENT FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR NOW OPEN
Re-enrollment packets were sent home previously with the children. Please follow instructions in packet to save a place for your child for next year. If you are adding in a new child, indicate that on the form, and this will facilitate the application process for that child. We are currently carrying waiting lists in almost all of our classes, so we will need to respond to those prospective parents once we reserve spaces for our returning families. Deadline to respond if you are returning or not is MARCH 5th.
As our Lenten outreach, we will be collecting diapers and baby wipes for Catholic Charities. We have done this outreach before, and it has been much appreciated by Catholic Charities and served many mothers in need. Students can bring in packs of diapers and baby wipes to their classes. Teachers will collect them and make sure they get to their destination. If you prefer to send in a $5 donation instead of (or in addition to) the products, this is always appreciated and will be used to purchase additional diapers and wipes. (see flyer attached to end of newsletter)
Congratulations to our Shout-Outs for this week:
Achilles M. – KG – who always has a positive outlook and comes to school each day in a cheerful spirit. He enjoys making his classmates smile by sharing little jokes or cheering them up if they are sad. He is quick to give out compliments as well.
Catherine T. – KG – who follows directions and leads the class by example. She raises her hand and is always ready for the next lesson. She encourages others to be prepared as well. Great job!
OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP RE-APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN
Between February 1st and March 1st is when families need to apply to get priority consideration for the Opportunity Scholarships. There is no benefit to being the first applicant on 2/1/ 2021 over an applicant from 2/5/2021. Actually, we have been asked not to apply February 1st to help keep the system from being overloaded. However, the March 1st deadline for priority consideration is a hard and fast deadline.
The three links below will be helpful for you. We encourage all families who are already receiving the grants to re-apply. There are more funds available than last year!
Overview of the Opportunity Scholarships
Apply for the Opportunity Scholarships
FOR FAMILIES ALEADY BENEFITING FROM the Opportunity Scholarships
FINANCIAL AID FOR 2021-2022
If you are requesting tuition assistance from the school/parish for the 2021-2022 school year (not the Opportunity Scholarship), please see the informational flyer at the end of the newsletter. Anyone applying for tuition assistance must be an active parishioner and complete the steps on the flyer.
AFRICAN AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (see flyer attached to newsletter)
On January 31, 2021, the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, the 2021-2022 application for the African American and Native American Heritage Tuition Assistance became available. Catholic school students (K-12th grade) of African American and Native American heritage in the Diocese of Raleigh are eligible to apply for tuition assistance. The assistance awards come from funds granted to the diocese from the Black and Indian Mission Office founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States.
- Allapplicants MUST complete a Catholic school enrollment application and a FACTS tuition assistance eligibility application before this application will be considered.
- Application Deadline:March 12, 2021
- Decision letters will be mailed to parents no later than May 21,2021
- Tuition awards are sent from the diocese to the applicant’sschool.
Application opens on January 31, 2021 and closes on March 12, 2021. Apply with the link below. If it doesn’t redirect, then copy and paste the link into your browser.
OPERATION RICE BOWL
Operation Rice Bowl is a donation drive that has been carried out in Catholic parishes and schools for years during Lent. It will begin soon in our parish and school. Donations to Rice Bowl help the hungry, both in our local community and beyond. 25% of the donations to Rice Bowl stay in our own community, and there is certainly a need during this time. Please use the link to donate to Rice Bowl online or see the flyer attached below about how to donate using the QR code. Thank you for your prayerful donation during the Lenten season.
Below, you will see the reservation form to send your child a special message on a special day by painting the SHAM-ROCK. The kids always get the biggest kick out of it. Instructions below.
Last call for Box Tops! We need to mail in clipped Box Tops before they expire – and many of them will next month. Please turn in the Box Tops to the airlock by Friday 2/26.
Not seeing the old Box Tops clips on your products? That’s because they’ve got a new look! Check for the Box Tops Labels that say “SCAN YOUR RECEIPT” and go to btfe.com or download the Box Tops for Education app on your phone for more information about earning cash for our school.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Feb 25 End of Trimester 2
Feb 26 Spirit Day
March 5 Report cards go live on Gradelink
March 9 Honors given to Honor roll students (virtual)
March 17 St Patrick’s Day
March 23 Rosary – 8:15 (virtual)
March 26 Spirit Day