School News

VERACROSS PARENT PORTAL ON ITS WAY

We are migrating to a new school database system called Veracross and will phase out MyBackPack and its related database Senior Systems over the coming weeks and months. This migration will give parents easier and more streamlined access to school information. We will roll out Veracross in phases to minimize disruption. Here's what you need to know:

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THE WRITING & LEARNING CENTER: SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH ANXIETY AND STRESS WITH DR. BONNIE ZUCKER

We invite all St. Patrick's parents to join us on the Whitehaven Campus on Wednesday, November 29, at 8:15 am.

We will host our second coffee in the Writing & Learning Center Coffee Series, this one focused on what we as parents and educators can do to support young people as they wrestle with anxiety. Leading the session is Dr. Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist with a background and expertise in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults and utilizes a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach.

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STUDENT PLANNING IS WELL UNDERWAY FOR GIFTS FOR GOOD

Grade 5 students presented their grant proposals for the Gifts for Good alternative gift fair to members of the Gifts for Good Planning Committee and the Parents Association Tuesday. Students seek $25 grants from the PA to buy materials to create token gifts and supplies to create table displays for the fair on Saturday, December 9, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm in the Gymnasium and Performance Center.

Each year at Gifts for Good, attendees make donations to a variety of organizations in exchange for token gifts that can be given to family and friends in place of more traditional consumer products. With PA funds to offset expenses, proceeds from each Gifts for Good table can go to supporting the organizations researched by students.

This year's fair will support a variety of local, domestic, and international organizations such as No Kid Hungry, United for Puerto Rico, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Horizons Greater Washington, along with our annual support of St. Etienne, our partner school in Haiti.

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VETERANS DAY CHAPEL

Last week's Upper School Veterans Day Chapel speaker, Greg Muhlner (Zoe 6A and Eve 2B), gave an inspiring talk about service, discussing three central values of the Navy SEALS with whom he served: Teamwork, humility, and perseverance.

After his talk, service members who are also Day School parents stood on the altar with their families, in St. Patrick's tradition.

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