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Family Newsletter ~ October 24, 2019

Updated: Jul 17, 2020

St. Paul Cathedral and MN History Center Field Trip

Our trip last week was quite a memorable event! I hope the students told you all about the many wonderful experiences. The enormity and majesty of the St. Paul Cathedral is hard to match and the students were so respectful and awed by it all. The MN History Center provided so many opportunities for learning and play. Here is an attempt to capture some of our day. Many thanks to our parent chaperones.


Fire Safety Training

Special thanks to LFD for joining us for a great day of learning. How fun to have Lucas Elwell’s dad, Martin, join us!


Altar Server Training

Our 3rd grade students will be trained tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 25 to be altar servers. We are most grateful for their service to our church!


Flu Shots

The opportunity to receive a flu shot will be made available to students and staff at our school on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Permission forms and further information were sent home last week.


Mass Next Week 11/1

Due to the holy day feast of All Saints’ Day on November 1st, we will go to noon Mass on Friday, November 1. As always, families are encouraged to join us!



We had a great group to help with our Adopt-a-Highway service project—even a bunch of alumni! Thanks to each and every one of you.


SCRIP Gift Card Fundraising

With holiday shopping just around the corner, I wanted to remind you of the SCRIP program we offer here. If you visit the link below, you’ll hear a thorough explanation and learn how to use both the actual gift card or purchase online links for gift cards. Basically, you purchase gift cards that have a face value of $10, $15, $25, or $100 depending upon the retailer. You pay the face value amount and a percentage of the money is returned to the school. You can purchase Scrip for local businesses like Family Fare and Wal-mart, gas stations, and Amazon and other online retailers.

We keep a supply on hand at school, but if you know that you will be making major purchases in the near future, you can plan ahead and place an order.

If you have any questions or want to place an order, contact The School of St. Philip at 693 -6283 or The Church of St. Philip at 693 -3313.

St. Nicholas Event

For anyone interested in helping plan the St. Nicholas event, we are planning to meet Tuesday 10/29 at 4:30pm at the school. If you’re unable to meet but still want to help, let us know in the school office.

Extra Clothing

We are looking for donations of (used or new) sweat pants or stretchy pants to be used when students have accidents.

Early Release Day

Just a reminder about the early release day we have coming up November 6. Buses will pick up and students will be released at 12:15. Our staff will be taking part in a cultural competency workshop with the Litchfield School District during the afternoon.

ALICE Lockdown Training

You may be hearing from your children about our first round of ALICE training that we are undertaking during these last weeks of October. We used a book by Julia Cook to introduce the topic and the significance of the ALICE acronym. Here is a link to a video you may find helpful as it has some language to talk about this issue with your child.

Marathon Donor Appreciation

Many thanks to all who helped with our open house event today!


We will be celebrating Halloween here at St. Philip School next Thursday. Our kindergarten children will join their 5th grade buddies for special celebrations in addition to the regular classroom parties. Teachers will communicate their specific party plans and needs.

For us as Catholics, Halloween is recognized as All Hallow’s Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day and has nothing to do with the occult. Your child may bring a costume if he/she wishes. Please choose one that is appropriate for school and that he/she can put on by him/herself. No toy weapons or face paint, please. Do not have your child wear the costume to school since we will be having regular classes during the morning. They will have an opportunity to change after lunch.

We plan to visit Ecumen senior housing at 1:45 and share our costumes.

Chili Luncheon

Catholic United Financial hosted their annual fall Chili Luncheon yesterday. Our 5th grade students and Mrs. McGraw helped to clear tables at this event. Thank you for your service, 5th graders!

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