December 2012 Newsletter
St. Pius X Catholic School Message from the Principal
A Message from the Principal Season’s greetings! Thank you, thank you, and thank you! Our St. Pius X School and prayer community’s response to those in need this holiday season has been overwhelming. In the past few weeks we have donated hundreds of coats and mittens to children and adults in our local community who will need them as the cold weather approaches. Since Hurricane Sandy struck, we have sent carloads of baby food, diapers, cleaning items, food and blankets to the metropolitan area to aid in the relief effort. And while helping those in need locally and in the New York City area, our school families have not forgotten their own. Our school Christmas Giving Trees, which not long ago were decorated with countless ornaments that represented gifts of food, clothes and toys for our own students and their families, are now almost bare. Your generosity and compassion will brighten the Christmas of some of your children’s classmates and their parents. Those families are forever grateful for the gift of joy you help give their children on Christmas morning.
The theme for December is
Caring and Generosity
Special points of interest: Prayer and Share Day Winter’s Night Out
The faculty, staff and students of St. Pius X are excited about the approach of Christmas and the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. While we all delight in the smiles of our students and the excitement that the advent season brings, we remain mindful that the greatest gift we will receive this year will not come wrapped in paper and decorated with bows. Long after new toys are put away and Teddy bears have settled into their new homes, God’s gift to us, His only Son, will remain with us forever. On behalf of Father Farano, Father Butler, Father Walsh, and our entire faculty and staff, I wish you all a very blessed and merry Christmas, and I thank you for being a part of our school community. Yours in Christ,
Giving Tree Native American Day
Inside this issue: Monthly Calendar School News
Dennis Mullahy Principal
Important Dates Partners in Faith
St Pius X School
Prayer Request Please keep Mrs. Donna Michels and her family in your prayers. After surgery Donna is now in recovery at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady Donna misses St. Pius X and all of the children she works with. We know she would love to hear from our students. We thank you for your prayers and support.
St. Pius X School Giving Tree Please remember to return your Christmas Giving Tree items to the school office no later than Friday, December 14th . Thank you for your generosity!
Jesus said, â€œIt is more blessed to give than receive.â€? St Pius X School
Students Give Back to The Community
Eighth grade students carry items that were donated by the school community for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Third graders collect â€œCoats for Kids.â€? Through your generosity, the students collected 220 coats for children and adults.
Third Grader Olivia Dickinson shops for Hurricane Sandy victims. Olivia bought $200 worth of supplies and brought the items to St. Pius X school and the CNY Storm All-Stars for delivery to the metro area. Thanks, Olivia.
Helping Our Furry Friends
The 5th grades collected food, treats, toys and litter for Heart's Herd Animal Sanctuary in Buskirk, NY. They also donated $156.75 to the sanctuary. Their donations will help homeless animals in need through the winter. The funds will help with veterinarian services too. Thank you, fifth grade!
An Advent Prayer â€œO Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, come and dwell with us. Desire of all nations; Gift to every generation, Come, make your home with us. St St Pius Pius X X School School
St. Pius X Catholic School 75 Upper Loudon Road Loudonville, NY 12211
October 10, 2012
Dear Parents and Friends:
Event Chair Josie Pienkosz St. Pius X School Board Lisa Semmes, President Josie Pienkosz, VP Julie Bonanni, Secretary Renee Beaulieu Wendy Colonno Frank Faragon Glenn Fisher Ed Manny Kelly McCready Michael Murray Shawn Nash Jim Thayer Donation Coordinators Maria Brunell Danielle Cox
On Saturday, January 12, 2013, the St. Pius X School Board will sponsor A Winter’s Night Out in Miami at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. This annual event provides an opportunity for parents, friends, and patrons of St. Pius X School to come together for an evening of entertainment while raising money for our parish school. We anticipate that over 300 people will attend A Winter’s Night Out in Miami this year! Through silent and live auctions conducted during the evening, this event also serves as the single largest fundraising activity for St. Pius X School each year. Last year the generosity shown by parents, parishioners, friends, and other supporters helped raise over $50,000 for the School! We were able to help purchase new computers in our upper wing Technology Lab. We hope that you will help us make this evening a success by donating an item or gift certificate that can be used in the silent or live auction. In addition to receiving recognition for your donation, your name and/or the name of your business will be included in that evening’s program. If you would like to make a donation, please complete the enclosed Auction Donation Form and return it to St. Pius X School office c/o Maria Brunell. If you would like to have your donation picked up or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school office at 465-4539. Your continuing support and commitment to St. Pius X School and the success of this event is genuinely appreciated. Sincerely, A Winter’s Night Out in Miami Auction Committee
A Winter’s Night Out in Miami
Individual or Business Name as you would like it to appear in the program: _________________________________________________________________ Contact Name and Title: _____________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________________________________ Description of Item(s) Donated:
Value of Donation: $______
____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ Please check all that apply: ___ A Gift Certificate is enclosed. ___ This form constitutes my Gift Certificate. ___ I would like to donate a theme basket for the event. ___ Please contact me at the above number to arrange to pick up my donation. Signature of Individual or Business Contact: ____________________________________
Thank you for your generosity and support! Phone: 518-465-4539Fax: 518-465-4895Email:email@example.comWebsite:stpius-x.com A Middle States Accredited School
St. Pius X Catholic School
75 Upper Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
October 10, 2012 Dear Parents and Friends, On Saturday, January 12, 2013, the St. Pius X School Board will sponsor A Winter’s Night Out in Miami at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. This annual event provides an opportunity for parents, friends, and patrons of St. Pius X School to come together for an evening of entertainment while raising money for our parish school. We anticipate that over 300 people will attend A Winter’s Night Out in Miami this year! As in past years, all the proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the students of St. Pius X School. It will further the School’s commitment to Catholic education. Through silent and live auctions conducted during the evening, this event also serves as the single largest fundraising activity for St. Pius X School each year. Last year the generosity shown by parents, parishioners, friends, and other supporters helped raise over $50,000 for the School! We were able to help replace all of the computers in the Technology Lab used by the upper grades. If you would like to become a sponsor of A Winter’s Night Out in Miami, please complete the enclosed Sponsorship Form and return it along with your check made payable to “St. Pius X School” by November 30th, 2012. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school office at 465-4539. Your continuing support and commitment to St. Pius X School and the success of this event is appreciated. Sincerely, Josie Pienkosz Event Chair
Phone: 518-465-4539Fax: 518-465-4895Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:stpius-x.com School
A Middle States Accredited
The St. Pius X School Board cordially invites you to become a Sponsor of our Annual Event: A Winter’s Night Out in Miami Key Biscayne ($1500 Contribution)
Recognition for your support in the event invitation Recognition for your support in the event program & displayed at the event A personal “thank you” announced at the event Recognition letter after the event in the parish bulletin & the school newsletter Admission for ten (10) to the event
South Beach ($1000 Contribution)
Recognition for your support in the event invitation Recognition for your support in the event program & displayed at the event A personal “thank you” announced at the event Admission for eight (8) to the event
Coral Gables ($500 Contribution)
Recognition for your support in the event invitation Recognition for your support in the event program & displayed at the event A personal “thank you” announced at the event Admission for four (4) to the event
Miami Beach ($250 Contribution)
Recognition for your support in the event invitation Recognition for your support in the event program & displayed at the event Admission for two (2) to the event
Bal Harbour ($125 Contribution)
Recognition for your support in the event invitation Admission for two (2) to the event
Please complete the enclosed information: Individual or Company Name as it should appear in the event materials: Sponsorship Level – please circle: We cannot attend but would like to make a donation: I would like to charge my credit card for the amount of
Enter amount here: $ Enter amount here: $ Please circle one: MC Account #
VISA Expiration Date
Please note if you are using a credit card, you may fax this sheet to us at 518-465-4895 or you may mail this form to St. Pius X School, 75 Upper Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211, Attention: WNO To ensure your name is included with our event materials, please return this form by November 30th, 2012
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Josie Pienkosz at 281-0417 or email@example.com Thank you for your support!
Vets Grateful for Cards
A Star is Born ! Congratulations to Jack Rento one of our Eighth grade students. Jack has been cast in the role of Charlie in the Theatre Institute at Sage’s production of Willy Wonka . The play runs from November 30th to December 11th. For ticket information Call 224-2248 or ryanm42sage.edu. “Break a leg " Jack !
Team Captain/MVP William Conklin ,St. Pius Class of 2012, was MVP of his Shenendehowa freshman soccer team. He was also named team captain. The team ended the season with an 8-4-3 record, going 7-1 over the last eight games. Congratulations Will, keep up the great work!
St. Pius X Grad Shines at Albany High Congratulations to June Crisione, St. Pius X Class of 2009. June, who is now in her senior year at Albany High, just recorded a perfect score on the ACT Exam that she took last spring. She is currently ranked number one in her class, and she is a semi-finalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. When June is not “hitting the books,” she is working hard as a member of the Albany High Speech & Debate Team, and the Model United Nations and Masterminds teams. She also runs track and cross country, and she is an accomplished violinist in Albany High’s Advanced Orchestra and the Empire State Youth Orchestra. St. Pius X School is proud of all of our graduates, and we are glad to see that June has accomplished so much since she graduated from our 8th grade.
More Alumni News Congratulations to Colleen Felt, St. Pius X Grad Colleen Felt, St. Pius X class of 2010, has been awarded the “SportsmanshipAward” by her Shaker High School soccer coach. The Sportsmanhip Award is given annually to that player who “… demonstrates generosity to her teammates and a genuine concern for others.” Her coach said that Colleen always “cheered for her teammates and applauded our opponents,” and after every practice and game, Colleen thanked her coach. This is the Colleen that we remember growing up at St. Pius X, and the one we are still proud of. Congratulations, Colleen.
Prayer and Share Day 2011
St Pius X School
Native American Day Our fourth graders participated in Native American Day! The day consisted of many activities to help the students learn about Native American culture.
The Siena college Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Lacrosse teams spent the day with students teaching them how to play lacrosse. They explained that the game of lacrosse was a gift from our Native American predecessors.
The students made sun catchers, butter, cornhusk dolls and Native American headdresses.
News From the Cafeteria This year brings many changes to our menu due to new state and federal regulations. To mention a few: The maximum serving for meat is 2oz. a day or 10 oz a week with a minimum of 1 oz. a day. That goes for wraps, sandwiches, taco meat or turkey and gravy, etc. There is a maximum of 2 grains per day. We will no longer be offering bread as a side dish. The other big change is that a student MUST take a fruit OR vegetable along with their entrĂŠe to make a complete meal. If they do not have a complete meal, it rings up as ala carte and this could actually cost more than the 2.50. We are offering more choices of fruits and encourage the students to take them. We do still offer snacks and bottled water . Please discuss these items with your children and whether it is okay for them to use their account to purchase snacks or water. If you prefer they do not use their account for these purchases, please let me know so I can enter it into the system. We encourage everyone to take advantage of our prepay system and send a check (made out to NCCS food service) or cash to the school to be deposited in your child's account .Please note that if you prepay 50.00 into their account they will receive one bonus free lunch. You can also pay on-line at www.PayPams.com. You will receive notices when your childâ€™s account is low or if they owe money. These notices go home with the children, so please check with your child periodically. Thank You, Dawn Souza Cafeteria Manager
December 2012 Sun
It is more blessed to give than to Receive.
PSA Advent Craft Time Parish Center 11:00am-2:00pm
PSA Meeting 6:30 pm Library Please Join
PSA Barnes&Noble Book Fair at Colonie Center
Christmas Concert 6:30pm
Christmas Concert Grades 1st &2nd 6:30pm
School Board Meeting 7:00pm
6th-8th Choir Concert 7:30pm
20 Grades 3rd-5th Christmas Concert 7:00pm
PSA Santaâ€™s Workshop 8am-3pm
Band Concert 2:00pm Parish Center Day 6
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
School Mass 9am
29 *When we return on
it will be
Christmas Recess No School !
St. Pius X School 75 Upper Loudon Road Loudonville, New York 12211
Upcoming Activities and Dates to Remember: December 1st- PSA Craft Time a family event December 5th - PSA Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Phone: 465-4539 Fax: 465-4895 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 6- PK & K Christmas Concert 6:30pm December 12th - Grades 1& 2 Christmas Concert 6:30pm December 20th - Grades 3-5 Christmas Concert 7:00pm
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December 21st Mass 9:00 a.m. December 24th-Jan 2nd Christmas Break January 2nd- School resumes Day January 8th-Spelling Bee January 12-Winter’s Night Out
School Mass Dates Free Dress Days: January 10th February 1st, 9:00am Catholic Schools Week Mass
February13 (Ash Wednesday) March 27th April 11th May 1st June 18th
“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.” I THESSALONIANS 5:17
A reminder that all free dress days from the candy sale have to be redeemed by December 21st. Thank You!
Published on Nov 30, 2012