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Thursday, November 9, 2017
 

"Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind."
                                                                   -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

Ask O'Rourke 

Question: Why are girls not allowed to wear leggings under their skirts in the cold weather as opposed to tights? Many girls struggle with the discomfort of tights and leggings tend to be a bit more comfortable allowing students to focus more on learning and less on discomfort. I understand not allowing girls to wear leggings to replace pants, but I do not at all understand why leggings cannot be a replacement of tights, especially in colder weather.

Answer: We discussed this as an administrative team and agree that leggings would be a warmer and perhaps more comfortable option during cold weather, and that this is a reasonable concern. Going forward, leggings will be fine a fine alternative to tights but, the administration is stipulating that only solid gray, maroon, or black leggings will allowed, and only under the plaid jumper or skort (if they fit comfortably.) Leggings may not be worn in place of the black slacks or the gym pants.
 

Waste Free Wednesdays

Published in June of 2015, the Laudato si' ("Praise be to you") is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle "On Care For Our Common Home" and speaks in part, about environmental issues...our "Common Home" being the world we all share. 

The Student Council, taking a deeper look this year, has decided they would like try to do more impactful projects around the environment and recycling. Such an effort reflects the Pope’s Laudato si’. We couldn't be more proud of their goals on caring for our Common Home. 

Starting next Wednesday, we are implementing "Waste Free Wednesdays." The Student Council is encouraging families/students to use reusable lunch bags and containers in an effort to reduce waste.

Additionally, we are looking into recycling and composting food not eaten during lunch on Wednesdays. The idea is for each campus to get a 5-tray worm compost bin. What’s nice about these composters is that the students can watch the worms turn food waste into a nutrient-rich soil as each tray has a clear viewing window; the units are for use indoors and are odorless.

The natural fertilizer created will be saved until the spring. The compost will be used to plant flowers and assorted greenery. The goal would be that these flowers would occasionally be cut and delivered to local senior facilities. A true local and global project. Keep an eye out for updates from Student Council!


Should I let my kid use Instagram?

As an educator and a parent myself, I have heard this question from countless people. As an administrative team, we all agree that there's no hurry for kids to get involved in the social media mix. There are questions of access and judgement that may lead kids to posting or getting involved with posts that they are not emotionally ready for. There is plenty of time as students get older to enjoy the social aspects brought about by the newer technology. And, it seems that the sooner they get hooked into one thing, the sooner they want to get on to the next. Better, we think, to pace them according to what the experts suggest.  

A great resource for parents around these issues is Common Sense Media's Parent Question/Answer Forum. From that forum...

The reason the age minimum of many social sites and apps is 13 is because of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which protects kids from marketing come-ons. Many kids easily bypass the age restriction by simply registering with a false birth date, or they can get your permission to sign up.

"We advise kids to wait until they're 13 for both safety and privacy reasons, but, if you decide to allow your kids to join, talk together about how they'll use the service and bring up any concerns either of you has. Familiarize yourself with the service -- you can sign up, too -- so you can understand what your kid is seeing and doing online. Stay involved, and help them follow these five guidelines:

  • Use privacy settings.
  • Think before you post.
  • Be respectful.
  • Call out cyberbullying if you see it.
  • Know that anything you post online can be hard to take back and can be shared and used in ways you didn't intend.


Weather and Being Prepared

The forecast looks frigid for the next few days.  Just another reminder to encourage your students to dress appropriately with coats, hats and mittens. 

Warmest Regards,

Terrence K. O’Rourke
Head of School 
Pope Francis Global Academy

Our first ASK O'ROURKE question has been asked and answered. If you have a question that you think other parents might also have, please submit it  HERE. Thank you!
THURSDAY FOLDER FOR POPE FRANCIS PARENTS
Everything underlined includes a link to more information. 



Printable November Calendar PDF

Howl at the Moon
 

REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK AND NEXT

RED, WHITE AND BLUE DAY TOMORROW!
There will be an out of uniform day TOMORROW, November 10 to celebrate our successes with two of the big service projects we've completed so far this year:  Soup-er Stadium Challenge and the Backpack Project. Students can wear Red, White and Blue in honor of Veterans Day on the 11th, or their regular uniforms. 

HOWL AT THE MOON ONLINE AUCTION CLOSES TOMORROW NIGHT (FRIDAY) AT 10PM!
You still have time to go online to bid on some wonderful items through our online "Bidding for Good" auction HERE.  These are different prizes than those which will be available at our Howl event on November 18. Go online now and see what items you just can't live without!  AND....SHARE, SHARE, SHARE THE LINK!  (That's the beauty of an online auction!)

PROSPECTIVE FAMILY INFORMATION NIGHT
We will host prospective parents at the South Campus on Tuesday night November 14 at 6:30.  Please help us spread the word among families with 2 or 3 year olds, or anyone looking for a new school for next year!  Flyer is HERE.  If you can come in to help Mrs. Thyen with the tour, please RSVP HERE.  

VETERANS DAY MASS AND RECEPTION MONDAY AT NORTH
We had a nice showing of veterans at our South Campus Mass and reception on Wednesday.  There was some very enlightening and interesting discussions that we all enjoyed. We hope to have at least that many at our North Campus on Monday morning at 8:30 Mass.  Please invite any of your friends and family members who are Veterans to join us for a special Mass in their honor. Please  RSVP for them HERE.   

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHRISTMAS POSTER CONTEST
Poster submissions are due tomorrow, Friday, November 10 at the school office where your child attends. 

HOWL AT THE MOON
Please remember to go online to buy your event tickets for Howl at the Moon on November 18. You can also buy tickets for the special Disney Trip raffle and support the school with a sponsorship right on the same page!  Remember, you can link this online page to your Facebook or send it out by email or text to Grandma and Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles, Old college roommates, etc. so they can support us through raffle tickets or sponsorship...even if they can't attend! 



LOOKING AHEAD

THANKSGIVING WEEK
Monday, November 20 will be a half day with pick up at 11:30. Parent Teacher meetings will begin at 1pm and are scheduled to go through 8pm.  You should have already received your meeting times.  EDP will be available from 11:30 - 6 pm. 

Tuesday, November 21 there will be no school and Parent teacher meetings will go from 8 until noon. 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will be no school. 

HIGH SCHOOL FAIRS
There will be high school representatives in from most all of the local Catholic High Schools on both Monday, November 20 from 6:30-8 pm at the North Campus, and on Tuesday morning, November 21 from 10am - 12pm at the South Campus. Families with 6th -8th graders are encouraged to attend one of the sessions...which ever is more convenient for you. 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM DATES SET
We are doing the Christmas Programs a little differently this year.  The entire South Campus student body will present Christmas Around the World on Wednesday night, December 13 at 6:30 at St. Pascal Church.  Then, the North Campus will present the same program on Thursday night, December 14 at St. Tarcissus Church.  The school buildings will be used for keeping the kids occupied when they're not up. "Christmas best" is the attire and we hope you can all join the fun and watch our beautiful students beam with pride as they give you the gift of music! Look for more information next week.

SUPPORT OUR TEAMS
Fall Sports are wrapping up and Winter sports will begin soon!  Go out and support the Wolves on the fields and courts when you can!
 SCHEDULES ARE HERE.
TOMORROW IS AN OUT OF UNIFORM DAY!
Our students and families have generously come through in a big way on our two fall service projects, and by doing so have earned an OUT OF UNIFORM DAY on November 10! 

Because this OOU day is the day before Veterans Day, it will be a RED, WHITE AND BLUE DAY!  Standard out of uniform policy applies (no ripped jeans, tight fitting yoga pants, and no hoodies.) 
Please invite all the Veterans you know and come with them if you can!
RSVP HERE IF YOU CAN MAKE IT.

The Parents' Club is organizing treats and drinks for the reception after the Masses.
Click HERE to sign up to help.  Yes, this counts toward your volunteer hours!
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT POPE FRANCIS GLOBAL ACADEMY!

We had a very nice showing at the North Campus tour on Tuesday and we've got 6 families RSVP'd for next Tuesday at the South Campus event. It's a great start to the enrollment season which is coming right up!

We invite you to "share" the posts/events on Facebook and to help distribute flyers in all of our surrounding neighborhoods to help ensure a good turn out.  

A printable
FLYER IS HERE.

If you are a prospective parent, the RSVP to attend is HERE.

Please RSVP HERE to help with one or more of these events. 
 
WE'RE IN THE HOME STRETCH!

The ONLINE auction closes tomorrow night at 10 pm.  This is a different set of auction prizes than you'll see at the actual Auction on November 18!  So, check this out and get your bids in by tomorrow night at 10 central!

The deadline to secure Party Sponsorships (Lanterns and Record Albums) will be Monday night, November 13.

Event Tickets and Disney Raffle Tickets may be purchased online until Thursday night, and then will be available at the event.  


 ONLINE PURCHASE OF EVENT TICKETS, DISNEY TRIP RAFFLE TICKETS  and SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HERE. 



VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED BOTH BEFORE AND DURING THE EVENT  
SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER 


 
It is High School Open House season and all 6th, 7th and 8th graders are encouraged to attend as many of these events at the schools they are interested in as possible.  

SAVE THE DATES
Junior High parents - please mark your calendars. We are confirmed on dates for two High School recruitment events. On Monday night, November 20 from 6-8pm representatives from most all of the Catholic High Schools will be in attendance to share information with our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and parents.  On Tuesday, November 21 from 10am - 12 pm (a day off of school for parent teacher conferences) those same high school reps will be at our South Campus.  Families may attend either event- whichever works better for you - regardless of which campus you attend. 

We have added a
page to our school website specifically to help families with the high school placement process. It includes a calendar of all Catholic High School Open Houses in the area. It is under the Student Life tab.

Also, the Archdiocese has put together a
handy timeline for parents of 7th and 8th graders.  Please print this out and post it somewhere handy. 

Also, please remember that the
Catholic High School Test date has changed this year and will be on Saturday, December 2 at 8 am. As a reminder, this is the ONLY date and every Catholic High School will test at the same time. By this point you will need to know your student's top choice high school because that is where you will sit for the test.


 
Please take a minute to view this message from Cardinal Cupich!

The Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools is continuing to  prepare for the implementation of tax credit scholarships for K-12 students which, if you qualify, would apply for next school year. They have posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on their website and we encourage our parents to begin learning as much as possible about this opportunity. There is still much to be determined as the state finalizes the rules for SGOs (Scholarship Granting Organizations), student applications, etc. The best thing we can recommend for the moment is to try to read as much about it as possible as these decisions come down from the state. 
We will inform you as we learn more.

The Ecosystem in the South Campus Science Lab is growing like crazy after 1 month!  Students are learning about how and why things are working and not working!
Our Boys Varsity Football team won the conference last weekend against St. Juliana!
The trophy traveled between campuses this week so everyone could get a look!  
Impressive, indeed...way to go fellas!
The Libraries at both campuses are open for business!  Thanks to all of the many volunteers and staff who have helped with the process!
MEET OUR TEACHERS - LIANE SKOLAK, KINDERGARTEN NORTH

Liane Skolak feels teaching Kindergarten is an amazing job and likes all of the many exciting learning opportunities the little ones discover. She has been teaching for about 25 years at the primary grade levels in the private and public school systems. Mrs. Skolak is a lifelong resident of Park Ridge and attends St. Paul of the Cross parish. She's been married to her wonderful husband Barry for 24 years and they have 2 young adults attending college (Lauren and Joseph). Last fall her family adopted a shelter puppy named Sammy and he's become an energetic addition to their family. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends in Door County and gardening during the summer. Mrs. Skolak teaches Kindergarten at our North Campus.
The Mistletoe Market is beginning to get their volunteers lined up and they need your help!  Mistletoe Market is a Parents' Club "FUN-raiser" and fundraiser.  Money raised will support the great enrichment events for the kids that they sponsor, including things like the Secret Santa Workshop, Fat Tuesday Fun Fair, and assemblies or special projects like last year's puppet workshop. They also bring us events for parent and neighbors, like Tears and Cheers, the First Responders reception (after the First Responders Masses, like this week!) Bags and Bunco, etc.  And, they're huge supporters of our teachers providing Teacher Appreciation lunches, breakfasts, special treats like the Teacher Cookie Exchange, etc.  

To volunteer, CLICK HERE.
NEIGHBORHOOD DISCOUNT CARDS AVAILABLE

THESE MAKE GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS AND GIFTS FOR SITTERS, SNOW SHOVELERS, NEWSPAPER DELIVERY PERSONS, ETC.!!

Neighborhood Discount cards are available at all of our founding parishes for direct purchase and through the school offices by sending in the order form HERE.  

Cards are $10 each and include discounts from 10% off to buy one get one at so many areas merchants!  Buy them for yourself and as a gift for friends, babysitters, grandparents, coaches, etc.
COMPLETE INFO HERE. 
ORDER FORM HERE.

ST. TARS 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

We're asking for everyone's support for the St. Tars 12 Days of Christmas Raffle as it will directly pay for some Auditorium improvements at our North Campus.  It's fun with lots and lots of prizes given out over 12 days.  You can even win prizes just for SELLING tickets.

Grand Prize $12,000 –January 5, 2018

December 25,2017 thru January 4, 2018 $1,200 per day
CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO

St. Pascal Holy Name Society Annual Bears VS. Packers Party.  INFO HERE.

OLV - Sunday at 10:30 am Mass - Information HERE.
St Cornelius – Sunday at 9:00 am - Information HERE. 
St Pascal – Sunday at 10:30 am Mass
 - Information HERE.
St Tars Sunday 9:30 am Mass
 - Information HERE.

VISIT the Pope Francis Global Academy website to learn more about our school!
Click on the burger above to print out the flyer.  Bring it in with you to have the money donated to the Women's Club for the Scholarship Fund!
Please join St. Cornelius for an evening of fun and learning for the whole family! Doors open at 5:45 and the show begins at 6!
Help Saint Tarcissus Cadet Girl Scout Troop #21734 collect supplies for the cats/kittens of Tree House Humane Society! Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the inherent value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper animal care and responsibility. Tree House houses over 200 cats who depend on donors like us to help provide needed supplies to live healthy lives and eventually reach their forever homes. The girls will be hand delivering donations and volunteering a day of service with the cats. The collection is held from November 6-November 20 where you may place items in the boxes in the back of church or in the school office. Thank you for helping animals in need!
  • Dry/canned cat food                           
  •  Canned tuna
  • Cat Litter
  • Food Bowls
  • New or used towels/blankets 
  • Cat Toys
Thank you from Leader Ms. Dal Santo and the 7th grade Cadets! 
Our Boy and Girl Scout troops are gearing up for the year.  Membership drives and information fairs are happening!  Please visit our website for information.
SCOUT INFO HERE.

 
 
HOWLER SUBMISSIONS
Submit a PDF FLYER  to the Howler by emailing it to jthyen@pfgacademy.org with the words "Howler Photos" in the subject line. Submit all items by TUESDAY morning. 
Our four founding parishes are alive in Christ! There are many activities and special events that our families would surely find helpful and of interest.  Please take the time to read through the weekly bulletins of each to see what you might be interested in!

CURRENT BULLETINS
Our Lady of Victory
St. Cornelius
St. Pascal

St. Tarcissus
 CLICK HERE TO GET TO OUR PUBLIC FB PAGE.
Click the above picture for a printable version of the flyer. 
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