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March 2014 Newsletter

St. Pius X Catholic School Message from the Principal

Welcome back from the winter recess. It looks like March will be coming “in like a lion.” Despite the snow and cold, I hope that the break from school brought some relaxation for you and your children.

The theme for March is Compassion and Empathy

This week we enter the season of Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday. We hope you can join us at the 9:00 am Mass that day as we start our journey together toward Easter and the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Throughout Lent our classes will hold special prayer services, attend weekly Masses in the church, continue to prayer for people everywhere, experience the Stations of the Cross each Friday at 1:30 p.m. and continue our Friday visits to the chapel for Eucharistic Adoration. You are always welcome to join us for any or all of these prayer opportunities. In keeping with our long tradition, we will be encouraging our students to sacrifice something during Lent, whether it is a lunch snack, or a movie or a toy, and instead, contribute those savings to the “rice bowl” that we will be giving them. Through Catholic Relief Services, your child’s sacrifice will be turned into much needed food, and health and educational services for those in need both locally and globally. With the help of you and our teachers, even our youngest students can appreciate the importance of sharing our blessings with others. In his Lenten message to the world, Pope Francis reminds us that, “…The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope.” Our Holy Father says, “It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts and offering hope to our brothers and sister experiencing darkness.” With your support and prayers, we will strive to do make your children and family a part of that “thrilling experience” throughout Lent and the rest of the school year. May God continue to bless you and your families with health and happiness this Lenten season.

Special points of interest:  Reminders from the School Nurse  “Souper Bowl”  Beacon of Hope Scholarship

Inside this issue: Monthly Calendar School News Important Dates Partners in Faith

Yours in Christ, Dennis Mullahy Principal St Pius X School

Pius X School and The Sacred Heart Food Pantry Both Win at the “Souper Bowl!” While the Seattle Seahawks were preparing to win the Superbowl at Metlife Stadium, here at St. Pius X School students were having a much friendlier competition of their own, but with rewards that supersede even a Superbowl ring. Again this year each one of our 30 classrooms “battled” to win our “Souper Bowl of Caring.” To begin, each class, from Pre-K to 8th grade, huddled up to decide the name of their classroom football team. Then they took the field on behalf of the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in North Albany.

For every ten food items donated or $2.00 pledged to the Regional Food Bank, which helps support Sacred Heart, a class earned a “football” for the team. Those paper footballs flew onto our huge football field bulletin board across from our library. When the final whistle blew, everyone was a winner.

The final celebration was shared by all of our students with Sister Sarah and the volunteers at the Sacred Heart Food Pantry. Mrs. Cote and Mr. Lavigne’s 4th grades delivered thousands of food items to the pantry on behalf of the entire school. Once the food was delivered, the students raced to sort everything in order to help feed dozens of families in need in North Albany.

St. Pius X School has a long tradition of helping the Sacred Heart Food Pantry and those less fortunate, whether they live locally or on the other side of the world. That is because the Gospel message and Christian service to others is at the very center of all the learning that takes place in our school.

Yours in Christ, Mr. Dennis Mullahy Principal

Mr. Lavigne and Mrs. Cote’s 4th grades delivered and sorted all of the food our school collected during our “Souper Bowl of caring.

We also sent the Regional Food Bank a check for $1750.00 on the Food Pantry’s behalf. Great job St. Pius X!

Katelyn McCready from Mrs. Baker's 1st grade class spends time with Bishop Howard Hubbard after a Catholic Schools Week mass at the Cathedral.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Reminders from the School Nurse PHYSICAL EXAMS

*All required physical exams for this current school year should be submitted to the nurse by now or contact the nurse with the date of your upcoming appointment with your private doctor. Physicals are required for all new students as well as grades K, 2, 4, and 7. Any physical exam during the twelve months prior to the commencement of the school year is acceptable. Physical exam forms are available in the health office or your private doctor may use their own form if desired. IMMUNIZATIONS

*All students who are 11 years old or older when entering 6th grade in the fall are required to have proof of Tdap immunization (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) before entering school per NYS immunization laws. Please keep this in mind when scheduling doctor appointments. Reminder letters will be going out to 5th graders in the spring. MEDICATIONS

*Please notify the school nurse of any changes in a student’s medical history or medications. *ANY medication (prescription OR over the counter) that your child needs during the school day must have a written doctor’s order and written parent permission on file. The medication must be in the original container and will be locked in the health office.

*Students may keep cough drops in the classroom as long as written parent permission is provided.


*It’s flu season and to reduce the spread of infection, we ask that you keep your child home: ----With a fever over 100 degrees and until fever free for 24 hours without medication. ----If experiencing constant cough or severe runny nose. ----For 24 hours after the start of antibiotics ----For 24 hours after a vomiting and/or diarrhea episode PLEASE CONTACT THE HEALTH OFFICE WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

Elaine Libruk, RN St Pius X School

Geography Bee

Eighth grader Tom Thayer was the winner of St. Pius X School Geography Bee. Students were tested on their knowledge of the world around us. Great job Tommy!

Alexandra Sipos represented St. Pius X School at the 2014 Capital Region Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Proctors. She joined 114 other students from 62 different schools for the competition. They were all vying for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Washington ,DC to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Alexandra successfully spelled her way through 4 Rounds of competition lasting more than 4 hours on stage. Alexandra left in the 5th round of competition with only 16 spellers remaining. Kudos to you Alexandra!

Lucas Baker, son of Amy Baker, our 1-3 teacher, now gets to scoot around the house in his new Gait Trainer! The Gait Trainer that gives Lucus his new freedom was the result of the many donations made by our St. Pius X School families! Thank You!

Mrs. Jen Manuli’s student’s asked her to try on a “few” hats. Look’n good Mrs. M.!

Catholic Schools Week 8th grade vs Faculty Basketball Game! The 8thn graders came away with a lopsided win. Congrats class of 2014!

Ava Zakrzewski from 2-3 won first place in an ice skating competition in Lake Placid! Congratulations Ava!!!

The St. Pius X Albany Junior Boys won the Albany Academy Holiday Tournament.

Congratulations! The St. Pius X Albany Biddy Boys won the Ravena Youth Basketball February Frenzy Tournament!

Fifth grade went to Sunset Bowling for Catholic Schools Week! Looks like fun!!!!

On Monday February 3rd the feast of Saint Blaise, Father Walsh and Principal Mullahy blessed the throats of all of our students Pre-K through Eighth. In accord with various traditions, St. Blaise was born to rich and noble parents, and received a Christian education. He was a physician before being consecrated a bishop at a young age. Keep in mind that at that time the local community usually nominated a man to be a bishop based on his outstanding holiness and leadership qualities; he in turn was then examined and consecrated by other bishops with the approval of the Holy Father. Therefore, St. Blaise must have been a great witness of our Faith, to say the least. St. Blaise, receiving some divine command, moved from the town, and lived as a hermit in a cave. Wild animals visited, and he healed any that were sick and wounded. One day, a group of hunters gathering wild beasts discovered St. Blaise and seized him. As he was being taken to the governor , St. Blaise encountered a woman whose pig was being seized by a wolf; St. Blaise commanded the wolf to release the pig, and it was freed unhurt. While in prison, he miraculously cured a small boy who was choking to death on a fishbone lodged in his throat. Also, the woman whose pig had been saved brought St. Blaise candles so that his cell would have light and he could read the sacred Scriptures. One reason for St. Blaise's popularity arose from the fact he was a physician who cured, even performing miraculous cures. Thereby, those who were sick, especially with throat ailments, invoked his intercession. Eventually the custom of the blessing of throats arose, whereby the priest held two crossed candles over the heads of the faithful or touched their throats with them while he invoked the prayer of the saint and imparted God's blessing. In our present Roman Ritual, the priest prays, "Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." This practice continues in many parishes on St. Blaise's feast day. While we invoke St. Blaise for his protection against any physical ailment of the throat, we should also ask his protection against any spiritual ailment - profanity, cursing, unkind remarks, detraction or gossip. St. James reminds us, "If a man who does not control his tongue imagines that he is devout, he is self-deceived; his worship is pointless" (1:26) and later, "We use [the tongue] to say, 'Praised be the Lord and Father'; then we use it to curse men, though they are made in the likeness of God. Blessing and curse come out of the same mouth. This ought not to be, my brothers!" (3:9-10). Therefore, may St. Blaise protect us from all evil, physical and spiritual, which may attack the throat.

The Blessing of the Throat The blessing of the throat is carried out using two white taper candles that were blessed on the previous day, February 2, Candlemas Day, the Feast of the Presentation. The white color of the candles symbolizes purity. Often, a red ribbon will be draped over the base of the candles, the red symbolizing the martyrdom of St. Blaise. The candles are grasped in an X-shape and held up to the throat of the person receiving the blessing "Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

St Pius X School

St Pius X School

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All your children will be taught by the LORD, and they will have much peace. Isaiah 54:13



PSA Meeting 6:30 pm Library Please Join Us!


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Registration for New Students, Pre-K - 8th Grades in the School Library 9am - 1pm March 3rd & 4th

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Parent Meeting for 2nd Grade First Communion 7:00pm

School Board Meeting 7:00 All are welcome!

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Wednesday Parish Mass 9:00 AM

10 Diocesan Staff Development Day

Stations of the Cross 1:30pm Please Join Us!

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Bully Prevention Assembly!

Scholastic Family Book Fair Fiesta 5-7pm in Library

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Spring Pictures Day 2

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Girl Scout Mass 5:00 PM /Dinner 6:00 PM

5th Grade Living Museum

22 Stations of the Cross 1:30pm Please Join Us!

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Jesus Day for students preparing for their First Holy Communion! 9:30am-12pm Parish Center

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Stations of the Cross 1:30pm Please Join Us!


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School Mass 9am Please Join Us!

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PSA Bingo for Books 6-7:30 Parish Center

Stations of the Cross 1:30pm Please Join Us!

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Scholastic Book Fair ! Girl Scout cookie sale after Masses


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

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

Upcoming Activities and Dates to Remember: March 3rd & 4th– New Family Registration for 20142015 9-1pm March 10th-No School-Diocesan Staff Development Day March 11th- 2nd Grade Parents Meeting for First Holy Communion 7:30-8:30 pm Church March 17th-21st Scholastic Book Fair (Library) March 20th-21st Spring Pictures

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March 22 –Jesus Day 9:30 –12:00 Noon Parish Center April 1-3 NYS 3-8 ELA Exams April 14-18 Spring Break June 17th 8th Grade Graduation

School Mass Dates Summer Fun March 5th Ash Wednesday March 19th April 11th May 21st May 29th Ascension Thursday Parish Mass June 17th


St. Pius X School Golf Classic Monday, July 21, 2014

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