School News

School News

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb. 21 – Thursday – Kindergarten Information Meeting 6-7 p.m.

Feb. 22 - Friday - Charger Friday

Feb. 23 – Sunday – Regional Spelling Bee held at St. Patrick Catholic School 

Feb. 28 – Thursday – CPTO Meeting – 6:30 p.m. MPR (rescheduled from Feb. 12 - snow day)

March 4 – Monday – Great Lakes Scrip orders will be submittedLocal Scrip is submitted weekly.

March 12 - Tuesday - PS-Gr. 8 Spring Conferences

March 13 - Wednesday - Preschool Only Spring Conferences

March 13 – Wednesday – Godfather’s Pizza Night at the 1st Street, Cedar Falls location.

March 14 - Thursday - PS-Gr. 8 Spring Conferences

March 15 - No School PS-Gr. 8

March 18-22 - Spring Break


If you turned in a Nonpublic Parent Reimbursement Request Form during the first semester, it's time to turn one in for the second semester. This is a request for transportation reimbursement if you live more than 2 miles from school and your student Does Not use our school bus for transportation to and/or from school. Click on the appropriate link below for a form.

Waterloo School District

Cedar Falls and all other school districts

Please turn forms in at the St. Patrick School office.


Required student-led Spring Conferences will be March 12, March 13 (for Preschool only), and March 14. Watch for the pink conference letter going home with details for that week. Please keep the letter for your reference.

Online conference scheduling will begin Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Please click this link https://www.myschoolsystems.com/cfcatholicschool/ to sign up for conferences.Schedule early to get a time that works best for you!


Congratulations to Mrs. Frederiksen and her homeroom for winning the Godfather’s pizza party for the month of February. Godfather’s also gave the school a check for $87.46, which is a percentage of the sales from that night. Godfather’s Pizza Nights are the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cedar Falls 1st Street location. Our next night is Wednesday, March 13. Please support Godfather’s for their generous contribution to St. Patrick Catholic School!


The CPTO Meeting on Feb. 12 was cancelled because of the weather. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28. 


2019-20 Registration form and tuition deposit for K-Gr. 8 students for is due by March 1. For budget purposes, we would appreciation every family returning their registration form with their intentions for 2019-20. Tuition assistance (STO) information will also be going home.


Your gift to our Annual Appeal and your attendance at the Main Event will make a difference! The Main Event is Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the UNI Commons Slife Ballroom. Click here for information on making a donation or purchasing tickets.  Direct link to ticket purchase


Spread the Word about our Admissions Open Houses and Informational Meetings!

  • Preschool Open House: Sunday, Jan. 27,10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (snow date Feb. 3)  Click on the Preschool tab for program information and a registration form. 
  • K-Gr. 8 Open House: Thursday, Feb. 7, 8:30–11 a.m., 1-3 p.m., or 5–6:30 p.m. (snow date Feb. 12)
  • Kindergarten Information Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 21: 6–7 p.m. (snow date Feb. 25)
  • Kindergarten Visitation Day: students will visit on Wednesday, Apr. 10 from 8:30-11 a.m. Let us know if your child will be attending.

Refer a family! Use this form or email the information to Ldobson@cfcatholicschool.org.

Families may call or request a personal tour online any time of year. 


FOR YOUR REFERENCE: 

Click here to read the February Family Matters Newsletter. 


Boys basketball has started. Check the school calendar or Athletic Schedules page for game dates. Directions to schools we play are listed here.


Are your students outgrowing their uniform clothing? We have bins with gently used uniform clothing here at school for free. There is a large amount of girls size 5 & 6. If you would like to look through the bins, stop in the office and we will direct you. If you have uniforms you can no longer use and would like to donate them, you can bring those in as well.


Weather Announcements: Information about notifications can be found on our website under Parent Resources>Helpful Information.


Sign up for Important Text Messages from Mrs. Hackett
We use the Remind text alert notification system for weather related and important announcements. We sent a test notification Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 12:00 p.m. If you signed up and did not get an alert, please double check your information on the Remind website/app. We cannot access your information.  

Parents can sign up for text alerts, push notifications (when you download the Remind app) or emails. If you are new this year, or did not sign up last year, click here for directions.


Mrs. Rhomberg has scheduled volunteer nights at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for St. Patrick School families. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with your family! Please email Mrs. Rhomberg (lrhomberg@cfcatholicschool.org) if you are interested, she will give you more details. Dates for the remainder of the year are:  Feb. 20  /  March 27  /  April 17  /  May 15


Protection of God’s Children – Information from the Archdiocese of Dubuque:

Parents, the Archdiocese of Dubuque takes seriously its call to provide the safest possible environment for all of our young people.  As part of that call, we provide information to parents to help them and all of us to be more informed of the issues and topics related to the abuse of children. It is our sincere hope that by partnering together we can continually provide the safest possible environment for all our young people to grow into healthy, Christ-filled adults. 

We invite you to view the Catholic Mutual Group Training “Safe Haven - It's Up to You”  videos that all employees and volunteers in the Archdiocese are required to complete.

As a parent you are invited to access these videos by following these steps:

  1. Go to https://dubuque.cmgconnect.org
  2. Register for a new account
  3. Select your school or parish location
  4. Select Role of “Volunteer”
  5. Select Participation as “Parent”
  6. Start the Training, “Safe Haven Training for Parents - Dubuque”
  7. Register your account

Parents who view the videos through the “Parent” section will not be required to have a background check.  Parents who wish to be a parish/school volunteer, averaging over an hour a week, are asked to participate as “Volunteer” (step 5 above) as this will automatically prompt you through the initial background check process.


Mark your calendar for our spring music programs 

  • Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. - 5th & 6th grade musical
  • Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. - 7th & 8th grade musical

What is Scrip? Click below to find out!

Our next Great Lakes Scrip order dates are Feb. 4 and 18. Go to the Order Scrip Quick Link on our homepage to learn more or to place an order.


Important information for parents who drive students to school events.  We appreciate our volunteers and employees that drive for school activities.  The safety of our students is of the utmost importance! As a requirement from Catholic Mutual, the Archdiocesan insurance carrier, all volunteers and employees must complete a 20-minute online defensive driving training prior to driving for school activities.  This includes drivers of both school vehicles and private vehicles.  The required training can be found at cmgconnect.org > Sign in or create an account > Defensive Driving Curriculum > Start Curriculum.  Be sure to use “Dubuque” in the pull-down menu and select the location of your youngest child.  At the end of the training, each participant will complete a driver questionnaire. This will include questions about your personal insurance coverage limits so you will want to have your insurance card available.”


Below are the dates from the SIE registration form for your reference.

St. Patrick School 2018-19 Student Interest Enrichment

*Art Club – Grades 3-8, meets once a month on Fridays from 3:20-4:30 (September – April)

  Fall meeting dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, and Nov. 30.  Spring dates TBA.

*MathCounts – Grades 6-8, meets on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00  (September – March)

*Music S.I.E.  – Grades 7 & 8, meets on Fridays from 3:20-4:00 (October – May)

*Maker Kids – Grades 4-8, meets Tuesdays from 3:20-4:30 – individual projects with approval from Mrs. Steinfadt

*Maker Kids – Grades 3-8, meets on Thursdays from 3:20-4:30 to focus on monthly projects. See below to sign-up.

               *January (Gr. 3-8): Stop-motion videos

               *February (Gr. 5-8): Photography/Photoshop

               *April (Gr. 2-3): Kites, paper airplanes, stomp/water rockets


Hungry for Pizza? Buy Godfather's pizza the second Wednesday of every month during the school year from Godfather's Pizza on 1st Street in Cedar Falls. We earn a percentage of sales. Help more by purchasing Scrip and by cutting the fedora off of the box (=$0.25) and sending them to school. Turn in the flyer from your child's class so our school is credited with your purchase. The homeroom that turns in the most flyers wins a pizza party from Godfather's! Check out all our fundraisers under the Parent Resources page/Fundraisers on our website. Pizza dates are: September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8.

Choosing to send our children to Clover Patch Preschool and St Patrick School is one of the best decisions we've made for our family. We really appreciate the smooth transition that takes place from preschool to the elementary. The school has a family-like atmosphere that makes all children feel welcome. 

—Brett and Steph