With your generous financial support of this year’s
we can make a K – 8 Art Program a reality for our children. The arts enrich the quality of life and contribute to children’s development. With your financial support we can bring a dedicated
Visual Arts Program
to our students. An art program that builds on the students previous years’ skills and knowledge will enrich other subject areas as well, such as science, religion and social studies.
Pope John Paul II stated: “the arts draw our children closer to God.” He confirmed, “in order to communicate the message of Christ, the Church needs art.” (Pope John Paul II, 1999 letter to artists)
The Last Two Days of the Scholastic Book Fair:
The Book Fair closes Friday Morning at 10:45. Be sure to stop by Thursday before or after school or Friday before or after the Halloween Parade. You can also shop online if that is more convenient:
The Interact Club
at St. Isabella has recently been very busy with several upcoming service projects. Just like last year, the club will be working to sell bags from our sister club in Zimbabwe to raise funds. We are selling the bags on our Interact website and at other Interact and Rotary events. In late January, a majority of the club's board members will be attending the Rotary Dinner where past President, Rick King, will be speaking. The club is also organizing a coat drive for Homeward Bound during the winter. We are also planning new projects, which include
Music for Memory
to assist the elderly with Alzheimer's disease, solar ovens for people in need, and making cards for children at St. Jude's. Tomorrow, October 30, the club is also hosting a very special guest speaker. Dr. Angelo Capozzi, the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Rotaplast will be speaking about his work in Mexico, helping children with cleft lip or palate. Nearly 40 years and over 60 mission trips later, he is still working to improve the lives of children around the world.
begins with the Halloween parade at 8:05. The students can come to school in costume as well as their parents and younger siblings. We will have a place for the younger sibling to join the parade as well.
is from 1:00 until 2:00 for K, and until 2:30 for 1
. The Student Council is busy planning a fun-filled afternoon for the students.
Halloween Party at Stone Tree
Golf Course on Friday, October 31
all school families are invited to attend. There will be games, Halloween crafts and a trick-or-treat path lined with candy for the kids (and adult beverages for the adults). This event is being hosted by the Bay Club and is free for the children of SI ($10 per adult). See the flyer for additional details. Get an early peek at the Auction site.
David Roche, inspirational humorist,
will present an assembly for our 6
, and 8
graders on November 5 from 10:30 – 12:00 in the Parish Center. A family friend of the Kirk Hunter family, Mr. Roche looks forward to returning to St. Isabella School to share his personal story. Students will be able to look beyond his disfigurement to meet this unique man. You may wish to meet him you can find him on line at
Admission tours and registration
for the school year 2015-2016 are underway. We wish to invite parents of entering kindergarteners to attend a Kindergarten/Young Fives informational meeting on
Wednesday, November 5 at 9:00 to 10:00
in the Parish Center. We encourage you to share this information with parents of perspective kindergarteners in your preschools and neighborhoods. Please call the school at 479-3727 for more information.
You, our current families are our best source of referrals.
If you have friends or family members who may be interested in learning about our school community, please encourage them to call the office and set an appointment.
Lost and Found –
our collection is growing! If your child is missing a sweatshirt or another article of clothing please have them look in the Lost and Found closet. On
all items left will be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Charity.
Children do best in school when parents and teachers work together. Research shows that students learn more, have higher grades, and have better school attendance when parents are involved in their child’s education. That’s why attending parent-teacher conferences is so important: it’s a great way for parents to become involved and stay involved throughout the school year. Parent-Teacher conferences are a good opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and learn about your child’s academic performance, as well as the teacher’s expectations. Report cards will be presented during the parent conferences. If you know what is expected in the classroom, you can more easily address any issue that comes up as your child moves through the school year. By attending conferences, you also send a positive message to your child that school is important. Keep in mind that you are an equal partner at the conference. If you have questions or observations, the conference is a good time to share them with the teacher. Don’t forget to share what you know about your child. Your information helps the teacher better understand and teach your child.
Parent conferences are scheduled November 5 – 7.
We have received the results from the ITBS testing that was administered to students in grades 2-8 which will distribute at parent conferences. Our scores are strong across the grades and I am grateful to our teachers for their excellent work with their students. Although the tests are only one “work sample,” and “one dimension of assessment” in a total program, they do indicate trends over time, and most importantly, they measure critical thinking ability. Unlike the “high stakes” achievement tests administered by the public schools in May, our testing program serves diagnostic, formative, and program evaluation purposes. The ITBS is the only standardized, nationally normed, author-written test developed in a university setting. Parents of children in grades two through eighth will receive their child’s scores during parent-teacher conferences.
Parent Coffee and Conversation:
Join our school counselor, Jane Mertens, for our second Parent Talk and coffee on
November 13 at 8:00.
The topic is
Stress Management for Parents: How busy families can maintain their priorities. We will focus on tools to help families reduce stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
This is a topic that relates across the grades and ages. Those in attendance will be credited one volunteer hour.
Support our Garden Program while you shop.
With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get ready for company coming. You will find mums, cyclamen, pansies, violas and much more to brighten up the garden this time of year. Sloat Garden Center’s Growing Up Green Program is a great opportunity for schools to earn Sloat Gift Cards to use on the school garden. The next Growing Up Green week is November 1st through November 9th. Attached is your Growing Up Green Flyer. Shop at Sloat this fall to earn a gift card for your school.