St. Pius X High School
Weekly Family Newsletter
For the week of October 10, 2016
2016-2017 School Year Theme
"Live Like Jesus"
Girl's Tennis District Team Champions
Doubles Team of Amy Kallenberger and Molly Heinzler
1st Place at Districts - Sectional Winners --State Qualifiers
Congratulations to the girls and Coach Thornburg!
Auditions for All-District Choir, Women's Honor Choir, and Men's Honor Choir took place at Oak Park High School. These auditions cover the entire greater Kansas City area for both private and public schools of all sizes. It is one of the most highly competitive districts in the state. Achieving any of these three choirs is a tremendous honor. This year Sean Bryant, Sarah Koster, and Caroline Ramsey were chosen for the All-District Choir, which is the highest ranking of the three choirs. They are granted eligibility to audition for the All-State Choir later this month.
Congratulations to these Sartons and Mrs. Nelson!
Parent/Teacher Conferences are here!
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 12th from 1:30pm to 7pm and on Thursday, October 13th from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Please contact Mrs. O'Malley at email@example.com if you did not receive an email through Sign Up Genius to schedule your conferences.
Through fundraising and advocacy, FIRE lights the way for children with special needs to share in the opportunities that Catholic schools provide. Without funding from FIRE, most students with special learning needs would not be able to attend Catholic schools. By fostering a culture of acceptance and compassion, ALL students benefit from inclusion as they grow together in faith, knowledge and friendship. FIRE’s model of funding and advocacy has become a national model for inclusive Catholic education.
We are grateful to announce the opportunity to raffle off the cash prize of $1996 (the year FIRE was founded) for this year’s FIRE Ball challenge! Ticket sales start October 3rd and will end October 31st. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit FIRE’s mission to provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive Catholic education in their home parish schools.
Tickets are $10. The drawing for the $1996 cash prize will be held during the FIRE Ball auction that will be held on Saturday, November 5th.
We will be selling raffle tickets at our last two home football games (October 7th and October 14th). Please contact Krista Daniels (Inclusive Education Coordinator)
if you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets.
(816) 453-3450 ext. 126
We’re FIREd Up in KC! Get ready to celebrate our hometown in true Kansas City style.
Support inclusive Catholic education at our school and 12 other FIRE partner schools by attending FIRE Ball 2016 on Saturday, November 5th at 6 pm at The Midland Theatre. Tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To sponsor the event, purchase tickets or for more info go to firefoundation.org. Donatio
Don't forget to order your FIRE Foundation t-shirts. The deadline to order is Oct. 12th. These fun t-shirts are approved as spirit wear. The cost is $18 and they will be ready for pick up at our school before FIRE Ball Week. Click here to order yours today.
A Presentation for SPX Parents
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
in the SPX Commons
from 6:30pm to 8pm
Everything You Need To Know About A Teenager, But Were Afraid To Ask
The teenage brain undergoes the one most dramatic change in any period of human development. The transition from child to adult is the foundation for future adjustments and endeavors in life. The teenage transition years can be challenging for all involved including family, educators and friends. This seminar will discuss what motivates a teenager, why they do the things they do and how we can help guide them to their goals and into adulthood. The content that will be delivered to selected classes at St. Pius X will be presented.
Presenter: Al Babich
Al has been an educator for over 36 years. His career has included experiences as an elementary counselor, psychological examiner, special needs counselor, educational evaluator and high school counselor. He has conducted seminars about the brain for over 20 years nationally, statewide and locally. Some of his clients have been the North Carolina Education Department, the Pinellas County School District, Tri-County Mental Health, various Career and Technical Organizations and Leavenworth Federal Prison.
Al has been awarded National Special Needs Teacher of the Year, Missouri Special Need Teacher of the Year, Kansas City Missouri School District Secondary Counselor of the Year and other awards throughout his career. He has published numerous articles at the state and national level in professional journals.
Al has an Educational Specialist degree in Counseling and Guidance and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. He is retired and mentors at Leavenworth Prison along with volunteering in the community and ministering at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Al graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1966.
Order your 2017/2018 Yearbook Now!!!
It is time to order your Yearbook and Sr. Ads. Please follow the link (below) to purchase your son/daughter's memories for the 2016-2017 school year. This year has already been record breaking for fun and excitement!!!! Don't miss out - supplies are limited and the cut off date to purchase is December 31st!
We Love Our Parents!
We are very thankful for all of our parents who volunteer thei
St. Pius X community. There are many volunteer opportunities at St. Pius X. Below is a link to our Parent Volunteer Survey, please take a minute and complete the survey at your convenience. If you have any questions or have another idea for a volunteer opportunity please contact Missy Petit in the Advancement Office firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasoned SPX Families to help our Newest Family Members Navigate their first SPX Year!
Do you remember the first time you were a St. Pius X family? Did you wish you had another "seasoned" SPX family to call, or it was after office hours and you needed a quick answer? We are looking for families who are willing to be a “Contact Family” to assist new families at St. Pius X. Inaddition, bilingual families would be a great resource and tremendous help. It could be something as simple as trying to find something on the web page, or understanding specific school policies “shorts vs pants rule”, etc. We already have a few families ready to answer questions but If you are willing to be a Contact Family, please email Barbara Blando at email@example.com with your contact information.
New families – are you looking for someone to call for quick answers or assistance, please feel free to email Barbara Blando at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will put you in contact with someone who can help you.
SPX PARENTS ANNUAL CONCESSION OBLIGATION
St. Pius X requires each family to work one concession shift per school year. Each family is assigned one shift (either on the Fall or Winter schedule) no matter if your student plays a sport or not. Only one parent is required to attend (or another adult in the family, grandparent, aunt, uncle,etc).
Your student is NOT elgible to take your shift.
The Fall schedule is available on the SPX website under the Parent's Association tab.
The Winter Schedule is set in early November.
Please contact Jenny Vutich, Parents Association Concession Scheduler, if you have any questions regarding your concession obligation at 935-6923 or email@example.com
Many times we are in need of photos of students playing sports, participating in extra-curricular activities, service projects or other school activities throughout the school year. Since many parents take photos of their kids at these activities, we often come to you to seek extra photos when we need them for publications. To make this process easier, we have created a photo sharing site: spxkc.smugmug.com
We encourage parents who take photos at games to upload them onto this site for sharing. Please email Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an upload link if you are willing to share your photos.
In addition, smugmug allows photo ordering, so any parent can view the site and order photos they may want that others took. Our hope is that this will make photo sharing easy for our community.
Track and Field
Calendar at a Glance
11 Vincit Christus Schedule
12 Early Dismissal Schedule
12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:30pm to 7pm
13 No School
13 Parent/Teacher Conferences 9:30am to 11:30am
14 No School - Professional Development Day for faculty
15 - 17 Diocesan Youth Office - TEC Retreat
18 Sophomore Retreat
21 Low Mass Schedule
23 Father/Daughter Bowling Event
26 Parent Meeting: The Teenage Brain 6:30 - 8:30pm
28 High Mass Schedule
The school calendar is available and kept current on the website at www.stpiusxhs-kc.com. The dates listed in this and later newsletters are subject to change.