School News

Mark your calendars for "A Great Day to Be a Wolfhound," St. Patrick's inaugural spring day of giving and school spirit, on Tuesday, April 30. All students (and parents!) are encouraged to dress in Wolfhound spirit gear to celebrate St. Patrick's as we join together to meet or exceed the 2018-2019 Annual Fund goals of $1 million+ and 100% parent participation. All students in grades that surpass 90% participation in the Annual Fund by the end of April 30 will receive something special—stay tuned for more details! Ready to give now and move your children's grade level participation toward 100%? Visit www.stpatsdc.org/donate to make your online gift today or contact Director of the Annual Fund Megan Maturo for assistance (MaturoM@stpatsdc.org | 202-342-7010). Thank you for supporting the Day School and remember: It's all about COMMUNITY!

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A MEMORABLE AFTERNOON WITH AUTHOR

Students in Grades 1 to 4 had a memorable afternoon with award-winning author Patricia Polacco. Ms. Polacco visited the Whitehaven Campus as part of her greater-Washington, D.C. independent school tour to share her classic picture books Meteor and The Keeping Quilt, published in 1987 and 1988, respectively. The author-illustrator of more than 115 children's books proved she is indeed a master storyteller. As she talked about the night a meteor fell into her grandparents' yard, Ms. Polacco expertly wove in stories about her family history. That she came from a loving family of European immigrants who were also storytellers strengthened her narration of her family's precious quilt. Further, with bravery, wisdom, and humor, she described her childhood experiences with a learning difference and with bullying.

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Please join other St. Patrick's families, faculty and staff, and friends for an Earth Day Community Event on Saturday, April 27, in Glover-Archbold Park. While this effort is part of a larger clean-up initiative, this particular event will only be for St. Patrick's parents and children, faculty and staff, and friends. Volunteers will clean up the lands, banks, tributaries, and waters of Rock Creek throughout Maryland and D.C. Click "Read More" for further details and the sign-up link.

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Community members came together in a big way for the Day School's annual Marcy Ference Hoops for Haiti 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. More than half of Day School students—266, to be exact—participated in the event, with 164 players and 102 Superfans cheering them on. Our collective efforts raised nearly $28,000. Combined with the Haiti Art Show and Gifts for Good this school year, this community has raised nearly $40,000 for the students of St. Etienne, an impressive level of generosity!

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The St. Patrick's Writing & Learning Center hosted its sixth, and final, parent coffee of the year, The Power of a Growth Mindset, on Thursday, April 4. Nationally recognized teacher, author, and speaker Mary Cay Ricci spoke to a crowd of about 25 parents and faculty and staff. Click "Read More" for a recap on the event. 

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One of the many ways the Parents Association benefits the St. Patrick's community is by underwriting annual gifts to the school. The PA's fundraising activities generate the funds to purchase these gifts. Each year, we seek the input of parents and faculty and staff for the PA Gifts to the Day School. Please click "Read More" for further details and the link for submitting gift ideas. 

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