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Monday
Aug182014

Welcome Back

Welcome Back! The summer certainly flew by! I remember when I was in grade school the summer had a way of lasting “forever.” Clearly, those days are gone. We are very excited about this upcoming school year. And I am not just saying that…. I am happy to announce the addition of three new faculty members. First, Patrick Antone has agreed to come aboard. As some of you may be aware, Patrick was our gym teacher throughout the 2012-2013 school year as he was completing his undergraduate education and acquiring his teaching license. He is now fully licensed and will a fifth grade homeroom teacher along with Emily Strudas. Also, Mr.Antone will head up our physical education program. He has already prepared a full curriculum for grades K-8 which is well thought out and very comprehensive. I believe our students will experience one of the best elementary gym programs in Northwest Indiana. In addition, our fourth grade will also be split consisting of Carol Kalita and Dawn Gymrek. Having four teachers in these two grades allows not only smaller classes and more individualized attention, but also facilitates an interdisciplinary approach that we intend to bring to these grade levels. Each teacher will be able to “teach” in their particular area of expertise and the students will have more exposure to different substantive content and teaching styles. Of course, each student will have their own homeroom in both grades with approximately 15 students in each homeroom. Secondly, David Schuster has also agreed to join the St. Patrick Faculty in the capacity as an assistant /aide. Mr. Schuster has a degree in Physics from Purdue University and will be a tremendous help to Mrs. Hughes with the Science Olympiad Program. His presence will allow Mrs. Hughes to not only expand the program but also delve into more concentrated scientific areas which should produce more learning and perhaps a state trophy. Also, Mrs. Hughes will again teach the Robotics Program which will be taught during school hours. Mr. Schuster will also be involved in that program. Finally, I am pleased to announce that Mrs. McCullough is back on a part-time basis. Ruth and I will team up the Language /Arts program in the Middle School. I am very excited to be working directly with her. I believe that Ruth and I can continue past efforts and expand a curriculum that emphasizes literary analysis, proficiency in writing and grammar, as well as critical thinking and public speaking. Finally, I am very pleased to be working with each and every one of you. I spoke with many of you over the summer about the St. Patrick experience for students, parents and faculty. There were many good ideas, some of which are being implemented as this email is being written. A common theme throughout these summer meetings was “communication.” My father who ran a successful restaurant with 60 employees used to say, “Son, there are two essential things to running a successful business… communication and organization…and the greatest of these is communication.” Let’s communicate!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Ice Cream Social, 6:30pm-8pm.

Sincerely,

Mr. Richard Rupcich Dean of Students and Family Affairs

================================== School Office Administrator St. Patrick School Chesterton, IN 46304 phone: 219-926-1707 email: school@stpatsparish.org ==================================

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Wednesday
Aug132014

Directory

If you are interested in advertising in the school directory and just have not gotten around to it, now is your chance! Please email Tina Raffin at tdraffin@mail.com and submit your ad today. Please forward her the information below and mail your check into the school. These directories are a great resource! Parents reference them for class sizes, teacher emails and the school calendar. Please direct any questions to Tina at 219-405-4485

Thank you!

Dear Business Owner,

St. Patrick is now offering advertising space in our school directory. This directory is a valuable resource for all of the parents, students, faculty and staff. Approximately 200 + directories will be sold and will be available at the beginning of the school year.

This is a great way to promote your business and support our school at the same time. Many families use this directory daily. Some families keep one at home and one in the car so this is a great opportunity for increased exposure for your business.

Advertising prices are as follows:

­­­Inside Full Page - $200 (this will be a full page -8 ½ x 11) or a half page available at $100.

Inside

Full block - $80 (8½ x 3)

Half block - $40 (4 ¼ x 3)

We are very excited to start working on this immediately. The deadline for advertising will be Aug. 11th. Please use the form below and return ads via email (tdraffin@mail.com) and the payment into the school office no later than August 15th.

Questions? Contact Tina at tdraffin@mail.com/219-405-4485

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Advertising for the 2014-2015 St. Patrick School Directory

Please mail checks with this form and ad (only if it cannot be emailed) to:

St. Patrick School, 640 N. Calumet, Chesterton, IN 46304 ATTN: 2014/2015 Directory

Please email your ad to: tdraffin@mail.com.

Contact Name:____________________Contact Phone:___________Contact Email:______________

Company Name:_____________________Company Phone:________________________________

Address:________________________City:________________State:_________Zip:___________ __

Please check the advertisement placement (circle the size if given an option):

_____Inside Full Page - $200 (full page – 8 ½ x 11) or half page available (8 ½ x 5 ½ ) at $100.

_____Inside Full Block - $80 (8½ x 3)

_____Inside Half Block - $40 (4 ¼ x 3)

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ST. PATRICK SCHOOL!

================================== School Office Administrator St. Patrick School Chesterton, IN 46304 phone: 219-926-1707 email: school@stpatsparish.org ==================================

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Friday
Aug082014

Registration

Please be reminded that registrations were due today, Thursday, August 7, 2014. We will be finalizing information for the school directory on Monday morning, August 11th. In order to ensure that the information in our system is correct and class assignments can be prepared, please return your registration information ASAP (the coral colored family information and the blue student information sheets) along with your payment. These forms were sent home at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

If you have misplaced these forms, please contact the school office.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

================================== Mr. Richard Rupcich Administrator St. Patrick School Chesterton, IN 46304 phone: 219-926-1707 email: principal@stpatsparish.org ==================================

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Tuesday
Aug052014

Prayers Please

Please keep the family of Chris Hoover in your prayers. Chris' father passed away on Saturday. Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Laura Thorstad

================================== Mrs Laura Thorstad Teacher St. Patrick School Chesterton, IN 46304 phone: 219 926 1797 email: lthorstad@stpatsparish.org ==================================

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Wednesday
Jul232014

School Directory

Dear St. Patrick School Parents,

The deadline is approaching to advertise in the 2014/2015 School Directory. This is where you can not only look up names, addresses and phone numbers of each school family but you can also find out your child’s classmates, teachers, and class size. We will incorporate a school calendar so you can plan ahead for our special events. The directory has always been a fantastic resource. We plan to have the directory available by the first week of school. Advertising in the directory is a great way to support our school and also promote your business at the same time. Many families use this directory daily. Some families keep one at home and one in the car, so this is a great opportunity for increased exposure for your business. The deadline for advertising is August 1st. Please use the form below and return ads via email to (tdraffin@mail.com) and mail the payment into the school office. 50% of the cost of the ad will be given to school families toward their profit dollar requirement! As always thank you for your continued support of St. Patrick School! Questions? Contact Tina Raffin at 219-405-4485/ tdraffin@mail.com

Advertising for the 2014/2015 St. Patrick School Directory Please mail checks with this form and ad (only if it cannot be emailed) to:

St. Patrick School, 640 N. Calumet, Chesterton, IN 46304 ATTN: 2014/2015 Directory Please email your ad to: tdraffin@mail.com. Contact Name:_______________________________Contact Phone:_________________________ Company Name:_____________________Company Phone:________________________________ Address:________________________City:________________State:_________Zip:___________ __ Please check the advertisement placement (circle the size if given an option): _____Inside Full Pages - $200 (full page – 8 ½ x 11) or half page (8 ½ x 5 ½ ) at $100. _____Inside Full Block - $80 (8½ x 3) _____Inside Half Block - $40 (4 ¼ x 3) THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ST. PATRICK SCHOOL

================================== School Office Administrator St. Patrick School Chesterton, IN 46304 phone: 219-926-1707 email: school@stpatsparish.org ==================================

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Thursday
Jul102014

Letter from Father Meade

TO: School Families FR: Fr. James Meade DT: 10 July 2014 RE: School Enrichment Programs and Activities for 2014-2015

I hope God is blessing all of you with a rejuvenating summer! I wonder how your students’ Summer Assignment work is progressing. One student told me years ago that the last week of July was her favorite time in the summer because, “it is too late to actually learn anything from the Summer Assignments while it is yet too early to cram for their completion!” I still think those Summer assignments, when done bit by bit, are just enough to get the curious mind to keep thinking; moreover, we hope these assignments help our students in becoming responsible, self directed learners. I would even argue that such are the kids with whom it is easier to live in the summer, as they are not so dependent on parents and others for entertainment, or simple containment as the case might be!

One of the Summer Assignments of our Faculty is the review of education enhancing programs and activities. I was pleased with this past year’s Student of the Month and the Wrestling innovations. I believe that the people involved in the Scouting programs are doing the work of God on earth because there is no program that I know that gives so many learning, producing, cooperating, and leadership experiences at the youth’s personal pace as Scouting. We all have to be proud of Science Olympiad performances. It is my personal opinion that the parent coaches are striking a proper balance between every team member getting a chance to participate in sporting games while remaining students and participants with their families. Depending on undiscovered assets in our community, faculty members are on the look-out for other educational experiences that could release talents and open horizons for your children and their students.

Mrs. Laura Thorstadt and Mr. Rick Rupcich are working together on the school schedule and educational expectations which have to deal with the amount of time children and their families have to devote and invest in maturing experiences. Our school is so much more than high test scores because we think about the possibilities and challenges for our students’ success. We think you parents have some ideas about this.

Rick Rupcich has responded to my feeling that each family ought to have the experience of thinking about improvements for our programs and how they could happen. Starting July 14, Mr. Rupcich will collect your ideas which I hope you might get to him by 5 August. You may want to Email him, or you may more generously (but, I think more productively) phone him to schedule an appointment. Our School is a real community that depends and profits from the sacrifices and commitments which parents, faculty, students, and the larger parish make in providing at St. Patrick School the best learning environment available in this community, and one of the best in the nation. I want you to share your creative ideas with us.

Contact Mr. Rupcich by Email: rrupcich@stpatsparish.org; by Telephone: 219-309-0443.

================================== School Office Administrator St. Patrick School Chesterton, IN 46304 phone: 219-926-1707 email: school@stpatsparish.org ==================================

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Monday
Jun302014

Prayers Please

Please keep the family of Vickie Lipniskis in your prayers. Vickie's father, Victor Valadez, recently died. Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Laura Thorstad

================================== Mrs Laura Thorstad Teacher St. Patrick School Chesterton, IN 46304 phone: 219 926 1797 email: lthorstad@stpatsparish.org ==================================

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