The Cardinal Connect is our weekly newsletter to parents and guardians full of important information about school events. Read on to stay connected:

August 17  click here to download PDF

St Philip Staff Welcomes You!

Mr. Raymond E Zinnel – Principal

Mrs. Julie Stephan – Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Ann Marie Mitchell – Preschool Director

Mrs. Rachel Johnson – Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Wendy Tetzloff – Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Stephanie Kimble – Preschool Aide

Mrs. Terri Harris – Preschool Aide

Mrs. Beth Agnew – Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Christie Bru – Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Shannon Hancock – 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Suzy Goon – 3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Ruth Heinitz – 5th, 6th & 8th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Chris Terres – Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Katherine Nunes – Art Teacher (1st – 8th grade)

Mrs. Bette Stark – A.M. Extended Day Care

Ms. Stephanie St. John & TBD – P.M Extended Day Care

Lunch Supervisors: Mrs. Anna Matey

Mrs. Terri Harris

Mrs. Nance Johnsen – Librarian

Pastor Brady Blasdel

Ms. Becca Geisler – Ministry Assistant

Parents & Guardians…the Cardinal Connect is our weekly newsletter and is full of important information. The Cardinal Connect normally comes out on each Thursday. Your child will bring a hard copy home and you will receive an electronic copy as well. Please be sure to read the CC to stay connected to the events at SPLS. 

Please note: NO SCHOOL on September 4th …school will be CLOSED for the Labor Day Holiday. 

Back-to-School Night: Our annual “Back-to-School Night” for the Jr. Kindergarten – 8th grade is on Wednesday, August 30th We hope you will all come to meet with the teachers and to get acquainted with other school parents. This is an informational evening for parents and guardians only. Here is the schedule for the night: 

  • 7:00 – 7:30 General Assembly in Church for Jr. Kindergarten – 8th grade parents
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Classroom Sessions
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Classroom Sessions Repeated (this provides opportunity for those of you with more than one child to go to other classrooms)

Preschool Back-to-School Night is on Thursday, August 31st 

  • Preschool 3’s families meet in the church from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
  • Preschool 4’s families meet in the church from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapel News: One of our traditions here at SPLS has been that our students from the Preschool morning class – 8th grade come together each Wednesday morning at 8:40 to have chapel. Please know that parents and guardians are always invited to attend this special time of worship with the students. We would love to have you join us in worship! 

Gates: The gates are for safety during the school day. Gates will be shut shortly after school begins and opened a few minutes before the end of the day. The parking lot gate will be closed again at 3:15 to ensure the safety of the after school day care children. For those of you picking up children from after school day care you will need to use the intercom system located on the gate near the playground. The intercom system is attached to the extended day care room so it will allow the day care staff to see and speak with people at the gate. If you come to pick up your child from day care and the gate is locked, just push the red button and the bell will ring in the day care room. The staff will then be able to “buzz” you in so that you can sign your child out of day care. 

We are sending home pizza orders thi week for the first quarter. The first pizza day will be Friday, September 1st. 

Uniform Dress Code Update: This is to inform you that this year we are putting more effort into enforcing the SPLS dress code for Kindergarten – 8th grades. We will discuss this in more detail at Back-to-School Night. The staff will work to see that the following areas are enforced: 

  • Tie or Velcro shoes only (Mary Jane shoes may be worn because they have an adequate strap that ensures student safety.)
  • Socks are to be worn at all times
  • NO cargo pants or cargo shorts may be worn (they are not acceptable uniform pants)
  • Girls should wear crawl shorts (bike shorts) under skirts, jumpers, or dresses

If your child is out of uniform the following procedure will be followed: 

  1. Sent to office and parent will be called. Parents will be asked to bring the appropriate uniform clothes.
  2. Parent will bring the appropriate clothes to school for the child to change into.
  3. If this is not possible, clothes from our used uniform tubs will be lent to the student to change so that they will be in uniform.
  4. Students will be given one “grace” infraction where they will be reminded by a staff member. However, after 3 times being “out of uniform” they will be issued a detention. Grades 4 – 8 will serve detentions after school while lower grades will be assigned a detention during school hours (possibly recess).

If you have questions concerning the dress code, please see pages 13 – 16 in the SPLS 2017 – 2018 School Handbook. Thank you! 

Free Dress Day: Free Dress days will be given throughout the year as a special reward. Also, students in Kindergarten – 8th grades will be given a “Free Dress Coupon” from their teachers to help celebrate their birthdays. In addition to special days, the last full Friday of each month is usually a free dress day. The first free dress day of the 2017 – 2018 school year will be on Friday, August 25th 

ATTENDANCE: The key to your child’s school success! 

  • Research show that children who are in school most of the time do better on standardized tests.
  • Being late for school hurts a child’s learning! A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year!
  • Children can take notes or make up an assignment, but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive!
  • Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid educational background, one that only can be gained through regular school attendance.

Schools are responsible for teaching your child…but, schools can’t do their job if your child is absent. Learning builds day by day. A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning! 

Here are some ways of building your child’s school attendance: 

  • Talk to them about the importance of school attendance
  • Avoid scheduling family trips or doctors appointments during school
  • Help them stay healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise
  • Discuss what happened at school each day
  • Support school rules
  • Show them that education is important
  • Lead by example

Research shows that attendance is the single most important factor  in school success!