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March 2013 Newsletter

St. Pius X Catholic School Message from the Principal

Welcome back from your winter recess. I hope that the reprieve from making lunches, hunting for uniforms, helping with homework and all of the others duties involved with school allowed you some extra time with your children. These breaks from the routine can often help us reflect and renew while reminding us of how blessed we are to have been given these children of God. In the spirit of this renewal, our students and staff are journeying together through the season of Lent as we prepare for Easter. Our classes will hold special prayer services, attend weekly Masses, prayer for people everywhere, experience the Stations of the Cross together, and continue our Friday visits to the chapel for Eucharistic Adoration. We will also encourage our students to sacrifice something during Lent, perhaps forgoing a lunch snack, a movie or a toy, and instead, contribute those savings to the “rice bowl” that was given to 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.

The theme for March is Compassion and Empathy

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

Inside this issue:

In his Lenten message to the world, Pope Benedict reminds us that, “There is nothing more beneficial…towards one’s neighbor than to break the bread of the word of God, to share with him the Good News of the Gospel, (and) to introduce him to a relationship with God.” With your support and prayers, we will strive to do just that with your children and family each day here at St. Pius X. May God continue to bless you and your families with health and happiness this Lenten season. Yours in Christ, Dennis Mullahy St Pius X School

Monthly Calendar School News Important Dates Partners in Faith

St. Pius X School Loudonville, NY will be holding an

Open House Tuesday, March5, 2013 6:00 to 7:30pm Invite your friends and neighbors to see our school and meet our outstanding faculty!

Come see why over 700 students call St. Pius X their school! Pre-School through 8th Grade with Full Day 3 and 4 year old Pre-K

St. Pius X School and The Sacred Heart Food Pantry Both Win at the “Souper Bowl!” While the Ravens were battling the Forty Niners in the Superbowl, St. Pius X students were involved in the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” First, all 30 classes at St. Pius X, from Pre-K to 8th grade, huddled up to decide the name of their classroom football team. Taking the field on behalf of the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in North Albany were the 4th grade Dignum Dominators, the 2nd grade St. Gelais Saints, a 3rd grade team called Whatley’s Gators, along with Bick’s Bucket Fillers and the K-1 Superstars just to name a few. Ten donated food items were needed to earn a “football” for the team. As soon as the game began, paper footballs were flying up onto the school’s huge bulletin board football field. When the final gun sounded over $1,600 in donations and food items were collected. This year every dollar that was collected was worth approximately ten dollars at the Regional Food Bank where the Sacred Heart Food Pantry has an account. This means Sister Sarah will be able to purchase $16,000 worth of food ! The postgame and ensuing celebration was shared by all of the St. Pius X students as well as Sister Sarah and the volunteers at the Sacred Heart Food Pantry. Each team is looking forward to helping Sacred Heart and representing St. Pius in next year’s “Souper Bowl.” 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 the school. On behalf of our students and staff, have a very blessed Lenten Season and a peace-filled and renewing Easter.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

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

Carter Semmes of Mr. Dole’s 7-E was the winner of St. Pius X School Geography Bee. About 30 students were tested on their knowledge of the world around us.

Love is in the Air! Maura Thurkal from Miss St. Gelais’ 2-E sings, and her sister Hanna from Mrs. Rameriz’s 6-3 plays the piano at the Valentine Recital “Love is in the Air!” performed at the Carondelet Music Center.

St Pius X School Earns Grant Thank you to Exxon Mobile Education Alliance Program who awarded our Middle school Math and Science Department a $500.00 grant!

Alumni News Bidget Fitzgerald, a graduate of St. Pius X School, recently returned from a visit to the St. Francis Xavier Orphanage in Haiti. This is Bridget with Joceline, one of the children who lives at the orphanage. Bridget traveled with Father Farano, her parents Barbara and John Fitzgerald and Gail and Fran Bouchard. St Pius students raise money each year for St Gabriel School in Haiti.

Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. James 1:17

Thank you to Mrs. Bick’s PreK Class for sending valentines to Ronald McDonald House. The children and their families loved the handmade valentines!

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Michael Fritz and Lilly Cahill

Lauren Bick and Gianna Collea

Teddy David And Erin Huban

“In Days Gone By� The Scotia Glenville visited the second grades. They explained what it was like to be a child one hundred years ago!

Liam Hayes Marie Gauna and Katie Field

March 2013 Sun






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



Girl Scout Teddy Bear Tea Parish Center 1:30


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



Open House for Prospective Families 6-7:30 Please spread the word!!!



Registration for New Students, Pre-K - 8th Grades in the School Library 9am - 1pm March 6th&7th

Day 2

Day 1


School Board Meeting 7:00

School Mass 9am Please Join Us!


Day 6



Scholastic Book Fair ! Spring Pictures

Girl Scout cookie sale after Masses Day 3

24 25 ________ 5th

Day 4


School Mass 9am Please Join Us !

Day 1 St Pius X School

Day 2

Day 3

No School Diocesan Staff Development Day



Lenten Hunger Meal (Grades 5-8)

No School !

16 Girl Scout Mass and Dinner 5:00 Jesus Day for students preparing for their First Holy Communion! 9:30am-12pm


No Bussing Available

Day 6

28 No School Holy Thursday

PSA Family Game Night 6:30-8:00 in Parish Center

Day 4

Day 2

Day 5


Grade Living Museum


Spring Begins!

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


Chuck and Duck 6:30

Day 1



Day 3

Scholastic Book Fair !

Day 5



Day 5

Day 6



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


PSA Meeting 6:30 pm Library Please Join Us!


29 No School Good Friday


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 5th- 2nd Grade Parents Meeting for First Holy Communion 7:00pm Church March 5th -Open House For Prospective Families 67:30pm March 6th & 7th– Registration for 2013-2014 /9-1pm March 15th-No School-Diocesan Staff Development Day March 13th-19th Scholastic Book Fair (Library)

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March 18th-19th Spring Pictures March 21st-Hunger Meal March 22 -No School March 28-29th No School Holy Thursday/Good Friday

School Mass Dates Summer Fun

March 27th April 11th May 1st June 18th


St. Pius X School Golf Classic Monday, July 22, 2013

March 2013 Newsletter  

March 2013 Newsletter

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