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St. Pius X Catholic School October 2012 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

The theme for October is Respect.

Welcome back! I hope these first weeks of school have gone smoothly for everyone and that your children are back in the routine and having fun while they learn. Our faculty, staff and I are very excited about seeing so many familiar faces and the many new faces among our students. When our 4th through 8th grade students walked into Miss Reid’s technology lab for the first time this year, they discovered (36) brand new computers to complement the room’s interactive Smartboard, (30) i-Pad 2’s and the newest software tools to enhance their learning in this technological world.

Special points of interest:

Of course our school’s technology remains far from replacing our hardworking, dedicated and compassionate teachers who will be working with your children this year. And while mathematics, science, English Language Arts, social studies, and fine arts will all educate our students’ minds for the challenges ahead; our daily religion classes, prayers, sharing of the Eucharist, weekly Adoration, and continual acts of charity and service will help form them in their faith and keep them close to our Savior.

 First Day of School

Our very deep gratitude goes out to all of you for your continued commitment to our school’s mission of providing an outstanding Catholic/Christian education for all who seek it. Have a wonderful autumn and a blessed school year.

Inside this issue:

Yours in Christ, Dennis Mullahy Principal

“God, our Father, I offer You my prayers, thoughts, words, actions, joys and sufferings in union with the Heart of Jesus, who continues to offer Himself in the Eucharist for the salvation of the world.” – Pope Benedict XVI

 Technology News  Health Office Notes  Tutoring

Monthly Calendar School News Important Dates Partners in Faith

Student Spotlight-Dream Big, Read The following students participated in the Dream Big, Read summer reading club at the William K. Sanford Town Library. The goal of the program was to read at least four weeks during the summer break. Younger children were to keep track of books while independent readers kept track of minutes read. Many of the students surpassed their goal and were rewarded with prizes, certificates and a Finale festival!

Congratulations to… Riley Brooks Kara Corso Jackson Cox Mary Caelyn Moreland Nina Page Kieran Cummins Olivia Lutz Hannah Scheu Mia Corso Evan Heidbreder Sean Moreland Nicholas Novak Liam Downey Ben Heidbreder Chelsea Novak Shannon Lipscomb John Weatherwax Emily Allocco Stefania Bonanni Delaney Cummins Ryan Patrick Connor Patrick Jackie LeBlanc

Tutoring Available! Emily Sabatino AuClaire (St. Pius X 2nd Grade Teacher) is available to tutor! I am offering tutoring sessions at St. Pius X School or at your home. I am offering tutelage in the following subject areas: Reading Phonics

Math Writing Addition/Subtraction Using the 5 steps of the writing process Vocabulary Time/Money Organizing thoughts Comprehension Multiplication/Division Communicating Ideas Fluency Measurement Increasing Vocabulary

*Each session will be 1:1 and last an hour. If you are interested, please contact Emily AuClaire at 376-2715 or email

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Jessica Smith (St. Pius X 2nd grade Teacher) is available to help! Certified Elementary Education and Reading Teacher with a Masters in Literacy  Tutoring in all subject areas and all grades on Monday-Friday at St. Pius X School  Enrichment and support services are also available  One on one hourly sessions  Half hour sessions are available for younger children If you are interested or have further questions, I can be contacted at: 

St. Pius X School: 465-4539 Home: 356-1170


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First Day of School

Students, Parents and Faculty alike, all came to the first day of school with smiles, smiles, smiles!

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Health Office Policy and Procedures Absences Please notify the health office if your child has contracted an infectious disease that may affect the health of fellow classmates or faculty ( eye, strep, fifth’s disease, coxsackie virus, flu, impetigo, pneumonia).

Cough drops Cough drops are not dispensed by the health office. Students may bring in their own supply of cough drops and keep them in the classroom with a written note from a parent.

Illness During School Hours

Children who develop the following symptoms will be isolated from the rest of the students, and parents will be notified to take their child home: ---Diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat with fever, persistent ear ache with fever, rash of unknown etiology, pink eye (conjunctivitis), temperature of 100 degrees or higher, impetigo, scabies, ringworm or head lice.

Immunizations All immunizations must be up to date and meet the required New York State mandates. ---New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164 mandates that schools not permit a child to be admitted unless the parent/guardian provides the school with a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician that the child is in the process of receiving the required immunizations. Immunization records should be turned into the health office on or preferably before the first day of entering school.


If a child is injured in school, parents will be notified immediately. Should your child be injured outside of school hours, please notify the Health Office. Any exclusion from physical education needs a parent note. If the injury requires an exclusion from physical education for three or more days, a physician’s note stating the diagnosis and length of time for the exclusion must be submitted to the Health Office.

Medication Policy

If your doctor feels it’s necessary for medication to be administered in school, the following steps must be taken for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs: ---Submit a written doctor’s order, which includes the medication, dose, time, frequency and duration of administration. ---Submit written parent/guardian permission for the medication to be given in school. ---Deliver the medication to the Health Office in a pharmacy-labeled bottle for prescription medications. Over-the-counter medications should be in the original manufacturer’s container. ---A student in school should not carry medications without a doctor’s written permission filed in the Health Office.

Physical Requirements New York State law requires that each student receive a physical when entering a school district for the first time and again in grades K, 2, 4, 7. A physical administered during the twelve months prior to entering the school year is acceptable. Forms are available in the health office or your doctor may use their own.

Sick Day Guidelines To reduce the spread of infection and communicable disease, we ask that you keep your child home: ---with a fever over 100 degrees and until fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Ibuprofen. ---if experiencing constant cough or severe runny nose. ---for 24 hours after a vomiting or diarrhea episode ---for 24 hours after the start of antibiotics ---Until results of throat cultures are known. Nurse Substitutes If anyone is interested in being a substitute nurse per diem, please call school nurse, Elaine Libruk RN, 465-4539 with any questions.

St. Pius X School 75 Upper Loudon Road Loudonville, NY 12211

Upcoming Activities and Dates to Remember: October 8th– No School—Columbus Day

Phone: 465-4539 Fax: 465-4895 Email:

“Children Learn What They Live”

October 10th & 11th—School Pictures October 31st—Halloween Parade 1:30pm November 12th—No School—Veteran’s Day November 9th-16th—Scholastic Book Fair November 14th—Picture Retake Day

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November 15th—No School— Report Card Conferences November 20th— Prayer and Share Day

Candy Bar Fundraiser!

School Mass Dates October 22nd- School Mass for the Canonization of Kateri Tekawitha 9:00am November 1st- All Saints Day Parish Mass November 20th- Prayer & Share Day December 8 -Feast of the Immaculate Conception Parish Mass December 21 January 10 February 1 February 13 Ash Wednesday Parish Mass March 13 March 27 April 11 May 1 May 9 Ascension Thursday

Please help us sell candy bars during the month of October to help fund our new playground equipment!

Parish Mass June 18


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