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Family Newsletter ~ Sep. 12, 2019


Keep working hard on collecting those marathon donations! As of Monday, we had hit the $5,000 mark, and the total reached $8385 today! We have quite a way to go to hit the $60,000 goal. Remember that none of us does this alone. Get out there and do your part to make our marathon a success! We sent out the mailing to the Shepherd of Souls Area Faith Community yesterday and ask that you begin following up with your list of contacts (which is coming home today). If you do not belong to the parish and need a directory to obtain phone numbers, let us know in the office and we will provide some copies of the directory.

If anyone is interested in setting up a table for collecting marathon donations after Mass in any of the parishes, please let me know. This is a great way to connect with parishioners.

Check out some pictures from our rally last Friday!


Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is the last Friday in September. Our students will begin and end the day in normal fashion at the school. Grandparents are to meet at the CHURCH, and the students will ride our blue bus and meet them there. We will have regular 8:30 Mass followed by a short music program and reception. Then the students will ride the buses back to the school. Grandparents are invited to drive over and visit the classrooms. The visit wraps up about 11:00 AM and our school day resumes in typical order. As is typical for Mass days, students are encouraged to dress up and if needed, bring clothes to change at recess.


NWEA Assessments

Next week we will begin our fall NWEA assessments for K-5 students. The tests will take about 45 minutes each day. Please help to remind your children to take these seriously because they provide us with valuable information. The intent is never to add undue stress on the students but as teachers, we want to obtain the best picture of where our students’ strengths and struggles lie so that we can best meet their specific needs. We always encourage proper sleep, good nutrition intake, and limited screen time, but this is especially true during the week(s) of testing.


Hearing and Vision Screening

The school nurse from District 465 will be in the building on Sep. 24 with her team to test hearing and vision with the K-5 students. If any issues need to be addressed, parents will be contacted.


WINE (Women In the New Evangelization)

All women in our community are encouraged to get involved with the WINE (Women In the New Evangelization) programming that happens through our Area Faith Community. We are looking forward to a dynamic speaker next Thursday 9/19. Check out the details below.


Invitation from Cub Scouts

Hello St. Philip's families! Have you ever wondered what Cub Scouts is all about or are interested in signing up? Scouting is available to all boys and girls, from grades K - 5! Please stop by and visit with the Litchfield Cub Scout Pack 353 for a fun-filled evening at our "School Night For Scouting" event. We will be meeting next Thursday, the 19th, from 6:00PM - 7:30PM at Lake Ripley Elementary. Our leaders and pack committee members will have some great activities set up for the kids to do while parents go over cub scouting information, registration, and events we have coming up! For more information, please visit us at our Facebook page -, or email us at"


Volunteer List

If you have not yet submitted your yellow volunteer form, please do so ASAP. It is important for us to have all families share the load of the many activities together, and as Jason and Jared shared at the parent meeting, it is a lot of fun getting to know others in the school!


Apparel Orders

Remember to get your apparel orders in by tomorrow, 9/13!


Calendar of Events

· 9/15 Fall Festival at St. John’s in Darwin

· 9/22 Our Lady’s Pork Chop Dinner

· 9/24 Hearing & Vision Screening

· 9/27 Grandparents Day

· 10/4 Marathon Day 2019

· 10/15 Picture Day

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