Saint Philip the Apostle School 665 Elizabeth Street| San Francisco, CA 94114 P: 415.824.8467 | F: 415.282-0121 | www.saintphilipschool.org DECEMBER 17, 2014 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Events this Week & Important dates…..1 St. Philip Christmas Program…………….2 Christmas Vacation & Thank Yous……..3 Principal’s Bulletin Annual Run, B-days, Men’s Club………..4 Spring Auction, Decanter Pick up..….....5 Remembrances.…………….…….….………..6 Dear Parents, Guardians, and Friends, On behalf of Father Tony, the Faculty, Staff and myself, I would like to wish our families a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and lots of laughter, surrounded by friends and family and instilled with the loving presence of the First Christmas, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I thank all of you for all the many ways you are gifts to our students, staff and school. UPCOMING ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THIS WEEK Dec. 17 - Tonight School Christmas Program 7:00 p.m. Church Dec. 18- Scrip pick up for orders placed on 12/12. Previously shown as 12/17, but we had a slight delay. Thanks for your patience. Dec. 18 - PTA Christmas Caroling - 6PM Meet in Extended Care Room ADVANCE CALENDAR PLANNING Dec. 18 - Christmas/Holiday colors free dress day. Early Dismissal, 12:00 Noon, Extended Care offered till 6:00PM School office closes at 12:30 p.m. (updated time). Dec. 19-Jan. 2—Christmas Vacation Dec. 19 - Men’s Club Movie & Pizza Kid Night Dec. 24 - Annual 5K Candy Cane Run January 5, 2015 - School Resumes! SAVE THE DATE January 24, 2015 Crab Feed! SAINT PHILIP THE APOSTLE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SHOW, WEDNESDAY 12.17.14 7:00 PM, CHURCH Good News Awards The Gospel Value for December is: Generosity Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for practicing Our annual Christmas Show, directed by Ms. Mary McKeever is tonight! Students will meet their teachers in the classroom no later than 6:45 p.m. or the assigned time by their teachers. Seating will be reserved for students and teachers so parents need to arrive early enough for seats. This is a wonderful evening for all, approximately an hour in length. All students in all grades are part of the evening’s performance so they are expected to be in attendance. Cooperation on Dec. 5 Alan McLaughlin - K Brooks Baxter - 1 Raymond Della Lana - 2 Emma Major - 3 Joseph Hubbard Gabriel Pena Calling Shepherds & Angeles! 4 - 5 Sally McCarthy - 6 Timmy Powell - 7 Taylor Martin - 8 Fiona Clayton (Science 4th) Sign up now for your child(ren) to take part in the St Philip’s Christmas Eve Mass as an Angel or a Shepherd. In this lovely tradition, the children will process with Fr Tony to place the baby Jesus in the crib. They will also sing two favorite carols: Away in a Manger and Silent Night for the congregation. The words to these carols are included in the sign up document (Sheet ‘words to Christmas carols'). All children from Kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to take part in this special start to the Christmas Eve Mass. For more information, please contact Rhona O’Leary [email protected] 2 THANK YOU! The Faculty and Staff Luncheon Thank You The luncheon provided to the faculty and staff was absolutely anticipated and enjoyed by the staff. The food was plentiful and very tasty; the gifts to the school staff were very generous and so appreciated. Thank you so much to all who helped, the Consultative Board, chefs and yard/ office supervisors. This day could not have happened without you. Candle Lighting Mass Many thanks for the great attendance and participation at our annual Candle Lighting Mass. This is a wonderful celebration during the Advent season for both our school families and our parishioners. Thank you all. Men’s Club Pancake Breakfast Thank you to the Men’s Club for providing a delicious pancake breakfast following Sunday’s Mass. St. Francis Living Room We appreciate the many jars of peanut butter and jam that were sent in by students and their families. This provides needed supplies for St. Frances Living Room in their care for seniors. This is a staple food item. Thank You to Sandra Kearney A big thank you goes to Ms. Sandra Kearney who has helped me with the bulletin, designed a new look, and assisted many parents with bulletin news and information. Thank you, Sandy. School dismissal on Thursday, December 18th will be at 12:00 noon. Extended Care will be offered until 6:00 p.m. The school office will close at 12:30 p.m. (note the updated time). The staff will be leaving for Christmas time off. The school office will be closed for the duration of Christmas vacation and will reopen on Monday, January 5th. If SCRIP is needed, please contact the rectory at 415-282-0141. 3 Annual Candy Cane Run Join St Philip’s Running Club for its 5th annual 5k Candy Cane Run, at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, at 9am Christmas Eve morning Dec 24th. Young and old will enjoy a fun active morning. Smaller kids run after Santa around the water fountains. Refreshments following. Men’s Club End of year Movie Night & Pizza Dinner! Friday, December 19th Children can be dropped off anytime after 5:30pm and we'll be there This will make it possible for parents to get some last minute Christmas errands done or just to enjoy an evening out to start the Christmas holiday off right. There will be a holiday movie for the older kids and also a separate one for the younger kids. RSVP to [email protected] When: December 19, 2014 Where: St. Philips Par ish Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Why: Holiday fun for kids/night off or Christmas shopping outing for parents Cost: $25 for 1st child, $15 for 2nd child, $10 for 3rd Food, snacks and drinks included Happy Birthday to the following Students: December 17 John (Jack) Keenan Grade 5 December 21 Valentina Courrege Grade 7 December 24 Iban Morales-Miller Grade 3 Marc Vasquez Grade 6 December 28 Sadie Powers Grade 2 December 30 Gracey Bauer Grade 5 Sofia McGee Grade 5 Ages 4 & up welcome. Seating will be on the floor. Bring a pillow from home. Pajamas also welcome. Limited space. Please RSVP to [email protected] 4 Planning for St. Philip’s Spring Auction We are still looking for someone or two parents who would assist Natasha Merritt and Richard Mullen with this coming spring’s auction. They would really appreciate the help, especially as this is their last year organizing the auction. Please contact the school office if you can help or need more information. The St. Philip Sports Council Annual Crab Feed is on Saturday, January 24th in the Parish Hall. Enjoy a delicious meal consisting of an antipasti, crab, tri-tip, pasta and dessert. 1st Annual St. Philip’s Wine Glass & Decanter Sale ‘Tis the Season – Share the Bruin Spirit Pick-ups available TODAY, December 17th, 2:15 3:30 p.m. at the front entrance foyer of the school. Space is limited so mail your check to the Rectory and reserve your seats today! Proceeds benefit St. Philip Sports Council programs and activities. 5 Remembrances and Prayers We would like to keep the following families in our prayers as they have experienced recent loss or illness in their families. The McBride Family The McNamara/Clayton Family The Navarro/Orge Family The Dominic Galu Family (Dominic Galu was a very active coach of St. Philip School years ago. 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