A Message From the Principal
Saint Patrick School
131 MT. PLEASANT AVENUE ROXBURY, MA 02119
August 7, 2019
Welcome to St. Patrick School,
It is hard to believe that summer is almost over! I am excited about beginning my third year as Principal, and truly grateful for the blessing of this community of staff, students and families and eager to see you again on the first day of school, Thursday, September 5th.
Over the summer, we as a school have been working hard to ensure that we are offering the best opportunities for the children of St. Patrick’s. We are excited to announce a few important partnerships that will allow us to grow and strengthen as a community. Our first new partnership is the work we will be doing with the Achievement Network to ensure that we are providing both rigorous academic programming as well as equitable instruction. That is a core priority in our community. We are also excited to relaunch our partnership with City Connects as we are hiring a full-time Guidance Counselor. Included in this work will be the implementation of weekly Social-Emotional Lessons (SEL) sponsored by Pennies for Patients.
It is with great joy that I announce we are launching a new K0 classroom this fall with the assistance from the Lynch Foundation. Due to increased interest and enrollment, this will be our second K0 classroom!
I am excited about our partnership with Boston College and their Urban Catholic Teacher Corp. We have two new enthusiastic teachers that we will be welcoming this fall.
It still seems unreal that we are entering our 2019-2020 school year and I am excited to introduce our incredibly talented and dedicated teaching staff! Meet the Faculty! - Please click the link “our team” to meet all of our faculty!
I would like to begin this year with a challenge. I want to reward the first 11 families (1 family per class) who sign up to volunteer and fill out their CORI at our Welcome Back Night on September 4th. (Families will receive a special St. Patrick School Prize) This challenge will be ongoing throughout the school year. Each term a new Challenge will be presented. Thank you for participating!
Below please find some important notes and reminders about the start of the school year. Thank you in advance for your attention to all the details.
First Day of School: Thursday, September 5th. When you arrive on Thursday at 7:30 AM, please proceed to the schoolyard where teachers will be waiting for your arrival. Each teacher will have a sign clearly marked with his/her grade, so you will know which teacher to approach. We invite parents/guardians to join us in the schoolyard for a special blessing at 7:45 AM. After the blessing, teachers will lead the students to their respective classrooms. We kindly ask all parents to say goodbye to your child(ren) in the schoolyard to ensure a smooth transition to the classrooms.
Arrival Procedures: Doors open at 6:45 AM for before-school care (starting September 9th)
● Students (grades Pre-K through 6) report directly to their classrooms where the teachers will greet them with a handshake. Breakfast is served upon their arrival and ends at 7:50 AM. We ask that all students who plan to eat breakfast arrive at or before 7:30 AM. At 7:55 AM, we will have school-wide Morning Prayer in the main hallway. We invite parents/guardians to join our school community for Morning Prayer, which lasts approximately five (5) minutes each day. At 8:00 AM, teachers and student aides will lead students to their classrooms to begin the day’s instruction.
● Late students: students who arrive after 7:45 AM will be marked tardy.
Dismissal Procedures: School is dismissed at 2:40 PM each day, with periodic 11:30 AM early dismissals. After-School care is available until 5:45 PM, for an additional fee (see below).
● Grades Pre-K - K0 meet their families in the classroom. We ask all parents to notify their child’s teacher when they leave with their child.
● Grades K1 - 3 meet their families on the convent side of the school (to the right of the main entrance). We ask all parents to notify their child’s teacher when they leave with their child.
● Grades 4 - 6 meet their families on the parking lot side of the school (to the left of the main entrance). We ask all parents to notify their child’s teacher when they leave with their child.
● Students who take the bus will meet on the First Floor Hallway steps and wait in their bus line until the designated staff person escorts them to their bus.
● Students in the After-School Program will be picked up directly from their classrooms by the After- School teacher.
Welcome Conference Popsicle Party: On Wednesday, September 4th, we will host “Meet the Teachers Afternoon.” This meeting is a valuable opportunity to meet your child’s teacher before school starts and discuss how you can partner together to ensure an excellent academic year. At this meeting, you will receive the St. Patrick School Handbook, which outlines the School’s policies and procedures. You also will have the opportunity to sign-up for volunteer activities, among other things. All students and families are invited to participate in a Popsicle Party on Wednesday, September 4th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your child’s teachers, classmates, and their families.
Opening Family Picnic: Our Annual Opening Family Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Games and face painting for the students. This event is hosted by the St. Patrick School Staff and to defray the cost we ask families to contribute $5 per family. Also, we ask families to donate a dish. The school provides drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers.
Back-to-School Night Workshop: We have redesigned our Back-to-School Night so that it gives you an opportunity to meet other families, participate in Data and Goal Setting for your child, and learn and share strategies that you can use to keep your child motivated at home. Tuesday, September 24th.
School Handbook: Our highest priorities include school safety, a nurturing student learning environment and effective teacher/family communication. Hence, we have revised the School Handbook so that it lays out the policies and procedures we will follow throughout the 2019-2020 academic school year. As stated above, you will receive the Handbook during the Welcome Conference. We will dedicate time during the Back-to-School Night Workshop to review the most important parts.
Tuition Reminder: Tuition is due on the 5th of each month, beginning September 5, 2019 and ending April 5, 2020. IMPORTANT: for your child to enroll at St Patrick on Wednesday, September 5th, the following must be paid in full:
1) the registration fee; 2) the tuition deposit; and 3) for returning families, all unpaid balances from the 2019-2020 academic year. No exception to this policy will be made. We depend on tuition to pay our teachers, to fund various activities, and to keep the lights on. We appreciate all those who have made an effort to pay on time – we can’t thank you enough. For more information, please email our Tuition Manager: Shamim Clegg email@example.com.
School Supplies: In June a supply list for each grade was emailed to families and have been posted on the school’s website for your convenience. Please refer to the website for any school supply needs.
Summer Reading: Summer reading assignments must be completed by all students entering grades 1-6. Completed assignments are due on Monday, September 9, 2019.
Coffee with the Principal: Throughout the school year there will be several opportunities for families to meet with me in an informal setting to share their concerns, have their questions answered and hear about new things happening in the school community. The Coffee Hour will be held on Friday, October 18th.
Home and School Association: St. Patrick’s Home and School Association (our parent organization) meets regularly throughout the school year to discuss ways to support school events and volunteer initiatives, as well as to plan for events and fundraisers that will engage the entire school community. We welcome all parents who are interested in participating! The first meeting is Thursday, October 3rd at 5:30 PM. Meetings occur on the first Thursday of every month.
Child Care Before- and After-School: There are several options for child care before- and after school:
● Before-School Care (no additional fee) is offered for all students in Pre-K through 6th Grade starting on Monday, September 9th. Parents drop off students at the front door (please ring the doorbell) beginning at 6:45 AM. Teacher supervision will be provided until 7:25 AM, at which time the students will be sent to their classrooms.
● Pre-K After-School Care: Students in Pre-K and K0 (for an additional fee) are invited to participate in After-School care, which runs from 2:45 until 5:45 PM each day. Please see the sign-up sheet in the class envelope on the first day of school. For more information please email:
● After School: We offer an enriching after-school program to all interested families in 1st through 6th grade from 2:45 PM to 5:45 PM. Enrollment occurs during the week of September 5th and the program begins on Monday, September 9th. For more information please email:
Transportation: School bus transportation is available for students in K2 - 5th grade who live at least 2 miles away from St. Patrick School. 6th graders who meet the same requirements are eligible for a free monthly MBTA pass. To participate in either services, please email our school secretary: Shamim Clegg firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uniforms: Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our School's uniform policy (see school website). Uniforms can be purchased at JB Pride Uniforms: 28 Corey Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132, or ordered online:
The school code for St. Patrick's in Roxbury is: 084 or Landsend uniforms * Please note our grade 6 girls uniforms will not transition this year*
Free Breakfast and Lunch Program: We are proud to be able to provide 100% of our students with free breakfast and lunch. This year we were announced as one of Massachusetts Challenge Champions Breakfast and lunch are provided by City Fresh and are available to all students at no charge. A menu will be distributed at the beginning of every month.
Communication: Our primary means of communicating with you will be through our Student Information System Renweb and Weekly Email Updates. As you know, you can always contact me directly.
Student Information System: Parents/Guardians can access their child's information using ParentsWeb. (login instructions attached) ParentsWeb Login Page District Code for St. Patrick School: SPAT-MA Use a desktop or laptop computer to create your new account with free web access, or download the app on your smartphone or tablet for only $4.99. If you were on RenWeb last school year, please login to update any information that may have changed.
Please save the text alert number: 2283
Thank you for your attention to the many details in this letter! As we approach the beginning of the school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and/or concerns.
Tiffany R. Sawyer