Saint Pius X Catholic School
School Newsletter
Christ at the Core
                                                               September 5, 2016

Saint Pius X Catholic School partners with the parish community to provide a safe and effective learning environment, anchored in the Gospel Values, fostering spiritual development, academic excellence and stewardship, centered on the Eucharist. 

In This Issue

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Have A Change in Plans for the End of the Day?
Please notify the school office as soon as possible, no later than 2:30 p.m. Requests received after 2:30 p.m. may not be able to be accommodated.

Email changes to:


Lunch Room 
Help Needed!

The school lunch program relies directly on parent volunteers to operate.  If you are able to help, even once or twice this year, please contact our Lunch Room Coordinator, Laura Salela, as soon as possible:
Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve Saint Pius X Catholic School!


Saint Pius offers daytime childcare for parish and school staff. We are seeking one individual to care for children ages 1-4, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., (4:45, T and W), during the school year. $11.25 per hour.
Contact Maureen Newsom, Business Manager,, 574-272-8462 for information and to apply.


Marriage Enrichment
Marriage in Christ
September 9-October 14
7:00 p.m. Fridays
PEC Library

The Marriage in Christ seminar offers practical suggestions for ways to keep Christ, and life with him, the ongoing center of our marriage, and offers ways to renew and deepen our love and friendship as husband and wife, which is the very 

fabric of marriage.

2016-2017 MAGNIFICAT and Magnifikid! Order Forms Available 
Saint Pius will be placing a bulk order with Magnificat and MagnifiKid! to begin the month of December 2016. A bulk order can offer parishioners a significant savings on a yearly subscription.


All orders and payments must be submitted to the parish office by Friday, September 23, 2016. Once the order is placed, subscriptions will be sent directly to Saint Pius and will be distributed through the parish office on a monthly basis. Any questions, please contact Sally Flask at or 574-272-8462, ext. 125.

Click HERE.
Saint TeresaThe Cannonization of Mother Teresa

Yesterday, Mother Teresa was recognized as a Saint. Mother Teresa embodied God's mercy for the poor and the ill and dying.  

HERE is a link to a brief biography of the new Saint Teresa.
dismissal Dismissal Notes

We thank you for your patience as we work through the dismissal process. 

STUDENT DISMISSAL TIME-Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will not be exiting the building until 3:05 p.m., the regular dismissal time. time.  

Students in afternoon preschool will begin exiting the building at 2:55 p.m.  Drivers who do not have students in kindergarten through eighth grade in their car, only preschool students, will be dismissed from the East Parking Lot first, if those drivers are in the preschool area of the lot.  See purple arrows on map, HERE.

PM PRESCHOOL PARENT ARRIVAL TIME-If you are picking up afternoon preschool students ONLY, please arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. (and line-up in the areas noted by purple arrows on attached map). If you arrive and cannot access the preschool line area (purple lines), please follow the general flow of traffic.

PARENT ARRIVAL TIME-If you have students in grades kindergarten through eight (even with a preschool student), please arrive between 2:50-3:10 p.m. Arriving early slows the process and blocks parking areas utilized for daily business.

If you arrive before dismissal begins and are waiting in line, please turn off your vehicle until the first group of students are loaded into vehicles.
SPX Hang Tags!

All families received a hang tag or tags to be used at dismissal. Students will not be release to vehicles without a hang tag.

Hang tags will be collected at the end of the school year. 

Thank you!

Our Neighbors on Santa Monica and Grand Vista Drives

If you use Grand Vista Drive, Santa Monica Drive or both during drop-off and/or dismissal, please continue to be aware of and courteous to our neighbors on these roads. DO NOT BLOCK their driveways and yield to them if they are trying to enter or exit.

Thank you for helping us be good neighbors!
Back-to-School Paperwork Now Past Due!

During the first week of school, students brought home a packet of information and forms to be completed and returned to the school office.  Those forms are now past due!  Please return no later than Tuesday, September 6.

Safe Environment Training-Volunteer Requirement

All school volunteers must participate in Safe Environment Training and provide information for a background check before helping with any parish or school activities. 
The training is valid for five years.  Entering our seventh year at Saint Pius X Catholic School, many volunteers are due to renew their training.  Please click HERE for more information or contact Kim Slott, 574-277-5760, x132.
Safe Environment/Student Program


The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend created a safe environment educational program for all children enrolled in their Catholic schools and parish religious education programs. The diocese established this important program to fulfill one of the mandates of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.


In our diocese, children receive this educational program every year. During the months of October and November, your children will be presented this material during their religion classes. Grades preschool through 8th grade will be presented very age-specific safe environment training.


If you choose not to have your child receive this information, there is a form called an Opt Out form. You can access this form by contacting Kim Slott ( or the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend.


The diocese requires you to turn a form in each year. Please return the form as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Slott in the Religious Education office at 277-5760.


Little Flowers Girls' Club
Kindergarten-Grade 2
First Meeting: Tues. Sept. 13

Little Flowers Girls' Club is a fun, flexible, faith-filled club that invites young ladies to deepen their faith as they learn about saints and virtues, while growing in friendship. The club is open to school and parish girls in kindergarten through second grade. The club will meet in the Saint Pius X Religious Education Center on the second Tuesday of each month.
For more information, email Jennifer Dees at
Important Upcoming Dates
September 15
NO SCHOOL, Staff Development

September 16
NO SCHOOL, Staff Development

September 23
NO SCHOOL, Catholic School Mission Day
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Granger, IN 46530

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