Saint Pius X Catholic School
School Newsletter
Christ at the Core
                                                                                 October 28, 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:

Teal Pumpkin The Teal Pumpkin Project: Protecting Kids with Allergies this Halloween!

Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.  

Click HERE to learn more and take the Teal Pumpkin Pledge!

Halloween Safety Tips 
Click HERE for helpful tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween!

All Saints
Masses for the Feast of All Saints
Tuesday, November 1
(Holy Day of Obligation)
6:45 / 9:00 a.m. / 12:00 noon / 6:30 p.m.

 A Prayer for All Saints

God our Father,
Source of all holiness,
The work of Your hands
is manifest in Your Saints.

The beauty of Your truth
is reflected in their faith.

May we who aspire
to have part in their joy,
be filled with the spirit
that blessed their lives
so that having shared
their faith on earth,
may we also know
their peace in your kingdom.

Grant this through Christ
Our Lord. Amen.

Boxtops for Education
Save a clipping date!

Boxtops can be found on thousands of products and each Boxtop is worth 10 cents to Saint Pius School! Snip, save and send in today!

Join the Boxtops Clipping Club on Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym on the following dates:

December 16
January 27
February 24
March 31
April 28
May 26

Open Book

Saint Joseph County Main Library
15th Annual Open Book
A Celebration of Words in Music and Stories
Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Click HERE or image to the right for details.

Writing Conference 2016 Get Inked Teen Writing Conference
November 5
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join authors Barb Shoup & Kathy Higgs-Coulthard for a day of fun writing. No boring lectures here! Just practical tips on how to keep your writing real. Participants choose among interactive workshops on the craft of writing.

$50/participant includes lunch and two autographed books.
Click HERE for details and registration.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Grade PreK-5:
This year, parents/guardians will sign-up for a conference date and time using SignUp Genius. The link will be sent on November 7.

Grades 6-8: All students received a conference form on Thursday, October 27. If a teacher is requesting a conference, the date and time are noted on the form. Parents/guardians may request a conference using the form. Forms are to be returned no later than Wednesday, November 2.


Thursday, October 27: Conference forms home for grades 6-8.

Wednesday, November 2: Conference forms due for grades 6-8.

Monday, November 7: SignUp Genius link sent at 10:00 a.m. to parents/guardians of students in grades PreK-5.  (NOTE: To schedule multiple conferences consecutively, login early in the window.)

Thursday, November 10: PreK-5 scheduling window closes.

Thursday, November 17: Conferences 3:30 p.m.-6:10 p.m.

Friday, November 18: Conferences 8:00 a.m.-4:40 p.m. 

Conferences are held in 20 minute sessions.
Cathedral/Scholastic Book Fair at Saint Pius!
November 1-3
3:00-6:00 p.m.

Click HERE for details.
Saint Pius Band Concert
Wednesday, November 2
6:30 p.m.

Please mark your calendar to join us for an evening of remarkable (and free) entertainment, under the direction of Mr. Jeremy Hoy and Father Bill Meininger.

They won't disappoint! (Sneak peek video below!)

Band concert sneak peek
Band concert sneak peek

dress code Last Day for Shorts!

Per the school Dress Code, shorts may not be worn from November 1-March 31. Spring Break is April 3-7 so the next school day students may wear shorts is April 10.
lunch The Thanksgiving "Pizza" Party!
formerly known as the Thanksgiving Feast
Wednesday, November 23

Recently, the Home and School Association (HASA) conducted a parent survey requesting feedback on the many events and activities at Saint Pius School.

In response to the survey results and comments, the decision was made to try something new to celebrate Thanksgiving as a school community. And, the Thanksgiving Pizza Party was born! All families are invited to attend!


FOOD-Click  HERE for directions on ordering a meal for students and adults. 

SEATS-Click HERE to reserve your seats!
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Immersion Trip
Mandatory Meeting
Thursday, November 3, 2016
5:30-6:00 p.m., PEC room 213

The next trip to Costa Rica for students and the alumni of the classes of 2015 and 2016 is scheduled for June 8-18, 2017.

If you are interested in learning more about this experience and did not attend the first meeting, you MUST attend this meeting to participate in the trip. Click HERE for details.
ski-jump.jpg Ski Club Meeting
GRADES 6-8 only!
Thursday, November 3
6:00 p.m., Music Room (PEC basement)

(new skiers with prior commitments not required to attend)

Ski Club offers a great opportunity for those who know how to ski and those who want to learn. Lessons are included in the price of your pass and are encouraged for all. We are looking forward to fun on the mountain! (OK-it's a hill, but we can pretend!)

Volunteer-We are looking for parents to provide equipment transportation and supervise. If you are able to help and want to ski, please attend the meeting. 

Again, new skiers who do not attend the meeting will not be allowed to participate in the program.


Returning skiers are welcome to attend, but not required. Please contact Mrs. Pearl with any questions

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner!
Friday, November 4, 2016
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Saint Pius Auxiliary Gym
Menu: Spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, Papa Salad, bread, cookie and a beverage, catered by Papa Vino's Italian Kitchen. Carry-out available. 

NEW: GLUTEN-FREE PASTA IS NOW AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT THE DOOR! Please email Mrs. Molnar ( to reserve a gluten-free meal.
Adult ticket: $8.00  Child ticket (ages 6-11): $5.00 (under 6 eat free)
Pre-sale tickets can be purchased in the Saint Pius X Parish or school office. This community-building event will be hosted by the Saint Pius X Catholic School 8th grade class. Any proceeds will go toward their spring trip to Washington D.C. Click HERE for an order form, or HERE to order online!
Trivia  Night
Trivia Night 2016!
Friday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. 
Main Gym

Featuring Pete Byrne as official emcee of the event! The evening is sure to bring smiles and joy to all who attend!

Click HERE for details and registration.
A Message from the Health Office: 
Sending Medication to School
Dear Parents/Guardians,
While the policy for all medications students are to receive at school has remained the same since St. Pius X School first opened our doors, we would like to remind everyone of our Diocesan policy:
  • 1.) All medications are to come to the school office by an ADULT, not the student, and be picked up by an ADULT in the school office as well.  Please do not pass medications off to staff members in the drop-off lines or expect to pick them up in the drop-off lines; our staff  members are very busy keeping a close eye on the safety of our students. Medications need to be brought to the school office so we can assure medications are being brought with the necessary consents as well as the proper packaging.
  • 2.) All over-the-counter medications are to come with the proper manufacturer's bottle/packaging for that medication. 
  • 3.) All prescription medications are to come with the proper pharmacy generated label including the student's name, doctor's name, medication name,the proper dosage, and route of administration.
  • 4.) All over-the-counter medications must have a current Parent Written Consent for Medication Administration filled out each school year and prescription medications must have a current Physician Written Consent for Medication Administration each school year. These forms can be found on the school website as well as in the school health office.
 Thank you!
Halloween Fun at Saint Pius!

School parents Kat and Jay Shaul surprised preschool teachers Miss Lisa and Miss Taly when they picked up their children dressed as "Miss Lisa and Miss Taly"!
Important Upcoming Dates
October 31-NO SCHOOL, Fall Break
November 11-NO SCHOOL, Veteran's Day, Teacher Work Day
November 17-SCHOOL IN SESSION, Conferences, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
November 18-NO SCHOOL, Conferences, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
November 23-EARLY DISMISSAL, Thanksgiving Feast, 1:00 p.m. Dismissal, No Preschool Today
November 24-25-NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
December 22-January 4, 2017-Christmas Break
January 5-School Resumes
January 16-NO SCHOOL, MLK Day, Staff Development Day
February 20-NO SCHOOL, President's Day, tentative snow make-up
February 27-March 10-ISTEP Test Window
March 13-17-IREAD-3 Testing (grade 3)
March 24-NO SCHOOL, tentative snow make-up
March 25-Dedication of the New Church
April 3-7-NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
April 10-School Resumes
April 14-NO SCHOOL, Good Friday
April 17-May 5-ISTEP Test Window
May 17-NO SCHOOL, Teacher Work Day, tentative snow make-up
May 29-NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

SJHS Saint Joseph High School
Admissions Information

High School Placement Test-Saturday November 5 or 19. Arrive at 8:30 p.m. Testing begins at 9:00 a.m. No reservation required unless a student has an IEP, LIP or CaLp and would like to use extended time for test. Testing fee: $20.

Parent Question and Answer Session-During the placement test, parents may stay for a brief session covering admissions and tuition assistance information. Session begins at 9:00 a.m.
MHS Marian High School
Admission Information
Admission Application-now available online:
Introductory Parent Meeting (grade 5-8)-Monday, November 7, Marian Library, 7:00 p.m.
Open House-Sunday, November 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
High School Placement Test-Saturday, December 3, 
8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. Testing fee is $20.
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