Dear Parents and Friends,
Last Tuesday PTG met in the second grade classroom. It was a very productive meeting, with many topics covered. You will have received an e-mail from the school with two versions of our emerging Vision Statement. This Vision Statement, which articulates our goals for our children and school community, began with our teachers sharing their dreams for students, and then the School Advisory Board took those dreams and formulated three distinct components in one statement. Please take the time to respond with your comments.
Last year, PTG’s Rummage Sale generated $10,000 in funds to toward St. Catherine School programs, including technology implantation, enrichment, and teacher/classroom support. Teachers are able to make requests of PTG for projects and class needs, in addition to PTG’s goals. This year, funds will go toward new desks and chairs for the lower grade classrooms, which are using the same furniture that my 24 year old son used in 1996. It’s time for some new stuff… Students who help out will earn a Free Dress Pass.
Parents often ask why we need to raise so much money in addition to tuition. The state of Hawaii estimates a cost of over $13,000 to educate each child. We spend approximately $7,500 per child (nearly all of that is in the classroom), and receive roughly $5,000 in tuition. This leaves a substantial gap which is made up for with fundraising, grants, and private donations. With this in mind, we are asking each parent to contribute 3 hours to the Rummage Sale set up and weekend.
Chef Gilly is generously cooking laulau to sell during the Rummage Sale. Help is needed on January 17 at 10 am to wrap the bundles. Order forms for laulau tickets are going home soon. These will make a wonderful gift for a good friend, or a convenient dinner to pull out of the freezer on short notice.
Catholic Schools Week is coming January 25 through February 1. We begin the week with mass at St. Catherine Church on Sunday at 9:30, and ask that all students (in uniform) and their families attend and bring a snack to share after mass. We are inviting students to serve as readers and cantors.
Time flies! We are getting ready for re-registration for the 2015-2016 school year. Financial assistance applications are now available on line (www.st-catherineschool.org or www.augustinefoundation.org) and in the school office. Completed applications are due in the school office by March 6, 2016.
Dates to Remember:
January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School
Laulau wrapping, Kitchen lanai
Science Olympiad, Kauai Community College
January 20: Rummage Sale preparation and set up in Coyle Hall – all day
January 23: Home Lunch only – No school meals served.
January 24-25: Rummage Sale – All hands on deck!
January 25: Catholic Schools Kickoff – 9:30 Mass St. Catherine Church
January 29: Kamalani Day – Home lunch
January 30: ACCE – Teacher Retreat – No School
January 30: Re-enrollment forms due