Saint Pius X Catholic School
School Newsletter
Christ at the Core
                                                                             February 10, 2017
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
hot lunch March Hot Lunch Orders
Hot lunch orders now being accepted for the month of March. Click HERE to order.

Deadline: February 20

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:

sports 2017 Spring Athletics
Grades 3-8

The following athletic opportunities are available for students this spring at Saint Pius School:

Track - Girls and boys, grade 5-8
Lacrosse - Girls grade 6-8 / Boys grade 5-8
Tennis - Girls and boys, grade 3-4 & grades 5-8
Baseball - Boys grade 5-8

Email Athletic Director Melissa Farmer, with your child's name and intended sport.  Required athletic forms can be found HERE.

For the latest in winter competitions, click HERE to view the athletic calendar and support your Saint Pius Lions! 

Tax Deduction Information

Saint Pius X School families that paid tuition or registration fees to Saint Pius in 2016 may receive a tax deduction on their 2016 Indiana tax return. (The form used is the Indiana 1040, schedule 2.) The IDOE school identification number for Saint Pius X Catholic School is D164.

Ash Wednesday
March 1
Delayed Start

Adjusted School Schedule
7:30 a.m. - Doors open for Before School Care & Band
7:45 a.m. - Band Begins
8:05 a.m. - Do NOT line up for drop-off until 8:05 a.m.
8:10 a.m. - Doors Open
8:25 a.m. - Day Begins (students should be in seats)

Mass Times
6:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m. (Please, do not arrive for this Mass until drop-off is complete)
12:00 p.m. noon
5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Peek at Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Peek at Beauty and the Beast Jr.

School Musical
Beauty and the Beast Jr.!
TONIGHT! February 10
The Lerner Theatre, Elkhart
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
Show Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets now on sale! Call the Lerner, 574-293-4469.
video Food Collection for
Saint Vincent de Paul-Holy Cross Conference a Success
Thank You, Saint Pius!

As the donations poured in during Catholic Schools Week, students worked diligently to count the over 2,200 food items that will help feed many in the area.

Click HERE to view a story on WNDU about the effort.

Cyber-Safety Presentation
Wednesday, February 22
PEC Library
9:15-10:15 a.m.

Keeping up with children and technology can seem like a losing battle, but together we can help one another stay on top of the latest in technology and continue to be the primary role model for our children. In order to help equip parents with vital information on this topic, we are bringing back Officer Eric Tamashasky from the St. Joseph County Police Department to speak to middle school students on cyber safety in today's world.

Parents are welcome to attend.

ISSMA Students Compete in ISSMA Contest
Indiana State School Music Association

In all, 43 students competed in the annual ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest recently. Every student received the highest award, a gold! Congratulations to all who participated.
Saint Pius Students 
Compete in Robotics Event

Congratulations to eighth grade students Jade O'Brien and Joseph Maffetone whose FTC robotics teams advanced to the state championship in Crawfordsville, Indiana on February 25.
FTC stands for FIRST Tech Challenge. FIRST is a robotics program where teams build and program robots, which compete with other robots. Jade's team is called The Fire Wires, out of GEARS in Granger. Joseph's team is called The Gas Attendants, located out of ETHOS Science Center in Elkhart.
Pictured are Jade and Joseph posing after the NorWestIN FTC Qualifying Tournament at Griffith High School in January. Jade's team won the Rookie Sensation Award and Joseph's team won the Motivate Award. Both teams performed very well and were picked to be on alliance teams in the finals.
The Fire Wires' alliance received the Winning Alliance Award and the Gas Attendants received second place for the Inspire Award. Best of luck at the state competition to both students and their respective teams! 

Is My Child Having an Allergic Reaction?

When a child is experiencing an allergic reaction, symptoms typically appear within minutes to several hours after eating the food. Keep in mind that children may communicate their symptoms in a different manner than adults. 

Some children, especially very young ones, put their hands in their mouths or pull or scratch at their tongues in response to a reaction. Also, children's voices may change (e.g., become hoarse or squeaky), and they may slur their words.
The following are examples of the words a child might use to describe a reaction:
  • "This food is too spicy."
  • "My tongue is hot [or burning]."
  • "It feels like something's poking my tongue."
  • "My tongue [or mouth] is tingling [or burning]."
  • "My tongue [or mouth] itches."
  • "It [my tongue] feels like there is hair on it."
  • "My mouth feels funny."
  • "There's a frog in my throat."
  • "There's something stuck in my throat."
  • "My tongue feels full [or heavy]."
  • "My lips feel tight."
  • "It feels like there are bugs in there." (to describe itchy ears)
  • "It [my throat] feels thick."
  • "It feels like a bump is on the back of my tongue [throat]."
If you suspect that your child is having an allergic reaction, follow your doctor's instructions and treat the reaction quickly.

To learn more about food allergies, watch the video below:

Important Upcoming Dates
February 10-School Musical at the Lerner
February 20-NO SCHOOL, President's Day, tentative snow make-up
February 27-March 10-ISTEP Test Window
March 4-First Communion Retreat
March 8-School Band Concert, 6:00 p.m.
March 10-Spaghetti Dinner!
March 13-17-IREAD-3 Testing (grade 3)
March 14-Parent Prep Meeting for Confirmation, 12:00 noon
March 15-Parent Prep Meeting for Confirmation, 7:00 p.m.
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
April 21-Confirmation Practice, 6:30 p.m.
April 23-Confirmation, 2:00 p.m.
April 27-Arts in Bloom (formerly March to the Arts)
April 29-First Communion, 5:00 p.m.
April 30-First Communion, 8:00, 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon
May 6-First Communion, 5:00 p.m.
May 7-First Communion, 8:00, 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon
May 9-May Crowning, 6:00 p.m.
May 17-NO SCHOOL, Teacher Work Day, tentative snow make-up
May 22-School Band Concert, 6:30 p.m.
May 25-28 Eighth Grade Trip to Washington DC
May 29-NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
May 30-Sixth Grade Swamp Stomp
May 31-Eighth Grade Graduation
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