School News

School News

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct. 19 – Friday – Charger Friday (last Friday of the month school is in session.) Students may wear uniform bottoms with a St. Patrick School or Columbus top.

Oct. 22-24 – Monday-Wednesday – Pumpkin Decoration Contest

Oct. 22-25 – Monday-Thursday – Book Fair. See below for times.

Oct. 23 – Tuesday – School picture retake day, 8:30 a.m. in the MPR.

Oct. 23 – Tuesday – Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences starting at 2 p.m. No afternoon preschool. Circle of Care/Daycare available after dismissal until 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 – Wednesday – Regular 1:30 p.m. dismissal.

Oct. 25 – Thursday - Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences starting at 2 p.m. No afternoon preschool. Circle of Care/Daycare available after dismissal until 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 – Friday – No School, Circle of Care or Daycare for PS-Gr. 8.

Oct. 28 – Sunday – PS-Gr. 4 Halloween Party – Dutcher Gym.

Oct. 31 – Wednesday – Last day for students to wear uniform shorts.


10/18/18

TEST NOTIFICATION - Sign up for Important Text Messages from Mrs. Hackett
We use the Remind text alert notification system for weather related and important announcements. We will be sending a test notification next week Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 12:00 p.m. If you signed up and do 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.


Scrip Cards - Low Denomination Gift Cards Available October 20 — December 14. For a limited time, some of your favorite brands are offering low denomination gift cards. Don’t wait to place your order—they’re only here from October 20 through December 14 or while supplies last. Click here to see the list!


Read the November Family Matters Newsletter – Click here.


Congratulations to Mrs. Kjeldsen’s homeroom for winning the Godfather’s pizza party for the month of October. Godfather’s also gave the school a check for $63.05, 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. Be sure to order your Scrip for the next pizza night on Wednesday, November 14. Please support Godfather’s for their generous contribution to St. Patrick Catholic School!


Information about the Sailor Mat Club and a registration form can be found by clicking here. Practices begin on Thursday Oct. 25th at Columbus in the wrestling room. 


Our annual Book Fair will be Monday Oct. 22 through Thursday Oct. 25 in the MPR.

Monday Oct. 22 from 3:20-4 p.m.

Tuesday Oct. 23 from 8-8:30 a.m. and 1:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday Oct. 24 from 8-8:30 a.m.

Thursday Oct. 25 from 8-8:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.


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.


Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest will be held from Oct. 22-Oct. 24. Details can be found on our Parent Resources Page under Recent Flyer. Decorate a pumpkin and bring it in to school on Oct. 22. It will be displayed and judged on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Winners will receive an out of uniform day. Pumpkins will need to be taken home by 3:30 on Wednesday, Oct. 24  or they will be discarded.


What is Scrip? Click below to find out!

The next Great Lakes Scrip order will be placed Monday, Oct. 15, Scrip cards will be ready Friday, Oct. 19. Go to Order Scrip under the Quick Links of our website to learn how to place an order.


Mrs. Rhomberg has scheduled volunteer nights at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank again this year 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 this year are: Oct. 17  /  Nov. 14  /  Dec. 19  /  Jan. 16  /  Feb. 20  /  March 27  /  April 17  /  May 15


Per our dress code, the last day for students to wear uniform shorts is Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Sailor Nation Volleyball registration is now open for grades 3–8. See Flyer.  Practice is one night a week & on Sunday with tournaments on Saturdays. Signup here


Upcoming Parish Retreat – A Future Full of Hope will be November 4-7 at St. Patrick Church. Click here for a sneak peek at the list of events.


School Picture Retakes will be Tuesday, October 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the MPR for students who were gone during school pictures in September, or those who would like their picture retaken. Order envelopes with payment, or original picture packets must be brought to the MPR if pictures are taken that day.


Halloween Party for Preschool-Gr. 4 students sponsored by St. Patrick School CPTO is Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Come in costume and play games, eat treats, and have fun with your friends. Preschool students must be accompanied by a parent.

Gr. 5-8 students are asked to help. A volunteer signup sheet went home. Students who help will receive service hours.


10/4/18

During the month of October, St. Patrick Student Council is sponsoring cancer awareness and fundraising events. Click here for a list of events. 


Conference letters are going home this week. Information on how to schedule online as well as student login information is included. Scheduling opens Friday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Click here to pull up the scheduling website.


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.”


Box Top Contest! Turn in your Box Tops for Education Oct. 8-19 to your classroom teacher for a chance to win. The class that turns in the most box tops will win an out-of-uniform day. We receive credit from the Box Tops for Education to purchase classroom items. Be sure to clip and send in box top throughout the year to help our school.


Scrip Wallet – Using Scrip just got easier! If you have a Scrip account, you can set up MyScripWallet to purchase Scrip right from your phone or other electronic device. MyScripWallet.com is your one-stop shop for all things scrip. Read the latest blog and watch the video to see how easy it is to earn every day with the updated mobile site. Read the Blog. Contact the school office at 319-277-6781 to set up an account or if you have questions about Scrip.


9/27/18

Proposed STO Changes  Please help take action! The Internal Revenue Service has proposed new regulations that would limit the federal deductibility of individual donations to School Tuition Organizations (STOs) in Iowa. We are asking that School Tuition Organizations be exempted from the IRS rule, as it will reduce donations to STOs, resulting in a shortage of funds available for tuition grants for lower-income and working-class families.

Help us voice our objection to this rule by sending a message to Senators Grassley and Ernst as well as your member of the U.S. House, asking them to assist us in this effort. Click here to log in and send a message.


We are still in need of lunchroom volunteers. If you are interested in helping one day, once a month, or whatever works for your schedule, you can sign up online. Click here for the link.


Godfather's Pizza Results  Congratulations to Mrs. Stone’s homeroom for winning the Godfather’s pizza party for the month of September. Godfather’s also gave the school a check for $80.84, 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. Be sure to order your Scrip for the next pizza night on Wednesday, October 10. Please support Godfather’s for their generous contribution to St. Patrick Catholic School!


Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held the end of October. Watch for a letter going home soon with instructions to sign up for your family’s conferences online. Students are required to attend. Be sure to note the early out days on Tuesday and Thursday.


Family Matters is a monthly Archdiocese newsletter directed toward family and marriage.


9/24/18

The Parish Fall Festival is Sunday, October 7. If you would still like to donate an item for the classroom baskets, please send your item(s) to school by Friday, September 28. Make sure to label which classroom the item is for.


9/21/18

Below are the dates from the SIE registration form for your reference. Maker Kids is full, but we are still accepting registration for the other clubs through next week. Click here for a registration form.

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.

*Healthy Foods SIE – Grades 1-4, meets on  Wednesdays, Oct. 3 &  Dec. 5

*Healthy Foods SIE – Grades 3-8, meets on Wednesdays, Oct. 10 & Dec. 12

*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.

               *September (Gr. 3-8): T-shirt design - tie-dye, screenprinting, embellishment

               *October (Gr. 4-8): Sewing projects – blankets, pillows, pillow cases, stuffed animals

               *November (Gr. 4-8): 3-D printing

               *December (Gr. 3-8): Christmas gifts – bath bombs, candle holders, plate painting

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

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

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


9/20/18

Scrip order forms are going home this week. Great Lakes orders, along with our usual weekly local orders, will be place on Monday Sept. 24. It’s easy to earn credit toward your tuition by purchasing Scrip for your everyday needs. Groceries, gas, travel, entertainment and just some of the types of Scrip you can purchase. Check out our Order Scrip page on our website for more information.


Check the calendar for SIE after school classes that started this week.


9/19/19

Yearbooks went home yesterday. There are a few extras if you didn’t get your order in and would like to purchase one. The cost is $12.


Don’t forget to vote for our school through the UnityPoint Health Back-to-school contest. See link below under 8/14/18.


Applications for school wide Leader In Me jobs went home on Monday. They are due on Monday, September 24. Encourage your students to apply and be sure to sign their forms.


9/14/18

UnityPoint Health Back-to-School Contest: Imagine the Amazing with UnityPoint Health Back-to-School Contest to Bring Big Dreams to Life Vote for St. Patrick Catholic School September 17-30 at http://www.unitypoint.org/imaginetheamazing

The winning school will win $25,000 to enhance the well-being of students, teachers and/or learning environments. Ten runner-up schools will win $1,000 to invest in a health and wellness need at their school.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif You may vote as many times as you like, and you may invite your friends and relatives to vote for us too!


Service Opportunity: Students who would like to help at the parish Fall Festival on October 7 need to sign up online at  https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/AIMJ7085. Please help your student choose a time slot if he or she would like to participate. This is a service hour opportunity and they are asked to wear the new school t-shirt. Activities have minimum ages listed next to them and include table runner and bake sale for ages 10+ and also table bussing, pumpkin painting, and games for ages 13+. Mark your calendars to attend the festival and take your family and friends! More info and ticket purchases .


School Pictures: If you did not a get a chance to order pictures Thursday, you may still order them online for up to 48 hours. Go to mylifetouch.com and enter in school code ID: BN608197Q0.  If you were absent Thursday, you may still get your picture taken on Monday. Please let the office know.


9/12/18

MakerKids After School SIE Club:

Tuesday, Sept. 18 will be the first class for those who have been in contact with Mrs. Steinfadt with an approved project.

Thursday, Sept. 20 will be the first class for t-shirt art for those who have signed up. Students are to bring their own t-shirt.


Sign up for Important Text Messages from Mrs. Hackett
We use the Remind text alert notification system for weather related and important announcements. 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.


Scrip promotions:

New and Improved MyScripWallet.com is here.  Learn more!

Walmart Scrip is now available for reload. You must first purchase a physical card from Great Lakes and then you can log into your account and add an additional amount as needed.


9/7/18

SIE (Student Interest Enrichment) brochures are going home this afternoon to the youngest family member in Grades 1-8. SIE is our 'after school clubs' for students in Grades 1-8. Space is limited, so if your student is interested in a class, be sure to send your registration form and fee to school as soon as possible.


Tuesday, September 11, is our first Out-of-Uniform Day for this year. All proceeds will go toward recovery efforts for the tornado victims in Marshalltown. For one dollar, you may wear an out-of-uniform top with appropriate bottoms See Out-of-Uniform Guidelines on the Parent Resource tab under Dress Code. With the flag ceremony Tuesday morning, it would be nice to see a lot red, white and blue tops.

We expect you will make wise choices for appropriate clothing. Anything deemed inappropriate will be addressed with the individual that day.

Students need to have tennis shoes for PE.

As always, the choice to be out of uniform is optional, you may wear the school uniform if you wish.


School Picture Days are Thursday, Sept. 13 and Monday, Sept. 17. Students in Kindergarten-Gr. 8 are to wear their school uniforms for pictures. Click link for more information.

Thursday – K-Gr. 8 plus 2-Day and 4-Day preschool

Monday – 3-Day preschool and anyone who was absent on Thursday.


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.


The first CPTO meeting of this school year is on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 in the MPR. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.


The St. Patrick Church Fall Festival is coming up!  Once again this year we will have classroom baskets available as part of the festival silent auction.  School families are invited to contribute an item or money to one of the following baskets. This is an optional contribution. Please send your contribution in to the school office by September 27th.  If you are donating cash, please note which basket it is toward. 

Feel free to contact Lisa Ahern at 309-236-0061or lahern736@gmail.com with any questions. 

Here are the basket themes:

Preschool and K:  Education themed items.

1st and 2nd: Arts and Craft items.

3rd and 4th: Family Fun.

5th and 6th: Winter Wonderland.

7th and 8th: Faith is our Foundation.


9/4/18

Mrs. Rhomberg has scheduled volunteer nights at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank again this year 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.

Sept. 12  /  Oct. 17  /  Nov. 14  /  Dec. 19  /  Jan. 16  /  Feb. 20  /  March 27  /  April 17  /  May 15


On Thursday, Sept. 6, there will be a Columbus High School pep assembly for our students in the Dutcher Gym. Students are allowed to wear a St. Patrick Catholic School/Columbus High School t-shirt or a green shirt that day. Students must wear uniform bottoms.

The faculty and staff at St. Patrick School really love their jobs and the kids.  It is such a wonderful thing to see as a parent!  It really is a great big family…not just a teaching institution.”    

—Michelle, parent