August 16

Dear Parents/Guardians:
We are off to a great start - lots of happy students and even happier teachers!
We are excited about the solar eclipse which will take place on Monday, August 21. All students in grades 1-6 who have a WRITTEN permission slip signed by a parent will be allowed to go out and experience the eclipse firsthand. Students without a signed permission slip will watch a live stream of the eclipse in one of the classrooms. Hard copies of the permission slips are coming home today with the students in grades 1-6. An electronic copy of the permission slip is also attached to this email.
Your children will also bring home applications for free and/or reduced lunches, as well as instructions for paying the lunches. Diocesan policy requires every family to complete and return the applications to school, even if you are not eligible or interested in applying. The information is used to determine our eligibility for federal programs and/or other grants. Thank you for helping us be in compliance.
Please be patient with our car pool lines. Familiarize yourself with the drop-off and pick-up locations and times (see attached.) When everyone adheres to the guidelines, things run much more smoothly. Our number one priority is your children’s safety!
The last day to sign up on-line for the Bulldog Kids Tri is Thursday, August 24. (see attachment for details)
The first issue of this school year’s Partners in Faith is attached. As usual, it contains some great little articles to share with your children.
Access to RenWeb’s ParentsWeb has been enabled. Please check the attachments for log-on instructions.
We are offering Bricks4Kidz again this year. Please see the attachment for details.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s formation and education.
Blessings,
Mrs. Jo
REMINDERS:
August 17:
  • First day of school for half of Pre-School, PK4, and Kindergarten students (see schedules mailed earlier)
  • No School Mass
August 19:
  • First day of school for other half of Pre-School, PK4, and Kindergarten students (see schedules mailed earlier)
  • 8:00am Mass for grades 1-6 – Please join us!
August 26:
  • Bulldog Kids Triathlon at LSUA
VIRTUS TM Protecting God’s Children for Adults Sessions
 

 St. Joseph Catholic Center

 Alexandria

 Tuesday, August 29
th -- 6:00pm
 

 St. Joseph Church

 Marksville (church hall)

 Wednesday, August 30
th -- 6:00pm
 

 Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

 Natchitoches -- (Church Hall)

 Wednesday, August 30
th – 6:00pm
 

Please pre-register for the session.
How to pre-register: Go to www.virtus.org; click on FIRST-TIME REGISTRANT; complete all requested information.
Every adult who works/volunteers with children/youth in the Diocese of Alexandria’s churches/schools must attend the VIRTUSTM Protecting God’s Children for Adults sexual abuse awareness training. The session lasts 2½ -3 hours. “Ongoing-training” (reading a monthly on-line bulletin and answering a question) is part of the training component.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Pamela Delrie, Coordinator, Office of Safe Environment, Diocese of Alexandria, 318-445-6424 x 213
P.S. Reminder: A background check must be conducted before an adult may volunteer/work with our children/youth.

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