Week of February 5, 2019

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From the Principal's Desk

Thanks to our students, teachers and parents for a great Catholic Schools Week! It is so gratifying to join as a community in worship, service and fun. From the opening mass and Open House to the Minute to Win It contest, the entire week was a outstanding. St. Max is a special place; no doubt about it!

A note about weather related closings, delayed openings and early dismissals

St. Max follows the decisions of the West Chester Area School District regarding school closings, delayed openings and early dismissals. However, there are St. Max students who live in, and receive transportation from, the Garnet Valley School District, Kennett Consolidated School District, and Unionville- Chadds Ford School District.

If/ when the decisions of those school districts differ from the decision of the WCASD, students in those districts can follow their districts’ directions. If WCASD opens at regular time but a two hour delay is called in any one of those districts, those students will be picked up for school on a two hour delay. They will not be marked late.

Likewise, if those districts close early, but WCASD remains open, we will only dismiss the students from those districts.

As was the case on Friday, February 1, Kennett Consolidated and Unionville-Chadds Ford dismissed early while WCASD remained open. Our text and phone messaging system is not capable of sorting students by school district so the message went to all families. St. Max sent out calls and text messages stating the specific school districts that were dismissing early. I sincerely apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding on Friday, February 1st. I hope this is a helpful clarification.

St. Maximilian Kolbe School Annual Fund

The St. Max Annual Fund Campaign continues. On January 27th, Conrad Olenik a St. Max alum, spoke eloquently about the value of his St. Max education. He stated that the values he learned at St. Max drive his actions and decisions in the adult world. He said the bonds of friendships that began at St. Max remain strong today. Conrad is an exemplar of the quality of St. Max students past and present.

The Annual Fund helps narrow the gap between the tuition and the full cost of education. Each year parish members, parents, grandparents, alumni, teachers and friends contribute generously to this campaign. All donations go directly to our school. A special thanks to our parents and teachers who are reaching out personally to parish members and previous donors to express our gratitude. These personal contacts allow the donor to hear how their gift directly benefits our students. When you receive your letter and/or your call, please give whatever you can.


Mrs. Malseed

FACTS - Financial Aid applications for 2019-20 are now being accepted. Families are encouraged to begin the process early.

Link to application: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4LF32

Thank you to all who bought tickets for Designer Bag BINGO. It is 95% sold out. If you would like to help us out the night of the event, a sign up genius will be out shortly. We need assistance in selling raffle basket tickets, the 50/50 and checking in the guests.

Important dates to remember

February 7 Mass at 9:00am All are welcome: Principal of the Day: Maeve Stokes

February 8 1st student appreciation dress down day. Bring your pass to school Pre-K 4 carnival at 6:30pm in the MPR

February 11 Principal of the Day: Maddie Cohee

February 14 party in grades 1,2, and 3 in the pm

February 15 No school for students President's Day holiday

February 18 No school for students President's Day holiday

February 22 2nd student appreciation dress down day. Bring your pass to school

February 23 1st Eucharist retreat for second graders

February 27 1st grade health fair in MPR

Congratulations to all the Science Fair Winners 2019


Grade Seven Chemistry

1st Joseph Domizio

2nd Anna Oliver

3rd Abbey Wolfe

Grade Seven Physics

1st Spencer Principi

2nd Luke Steinrock

3rd Isabella Reagoso

Grade Seven Life/Environmental

1st Rachel Kealey

2nd Luke Stokes

3rd Madison McCarrin

Grade Six

1st Cullen Peterson and Joseph Sucher

2nd Kate Venditti and Lucy Kornacki

3rd Gabby Clancy and Kara Dougherty

Save the Date.docx

2019-20 Tuition Policy.pdf
service project.pdf

Tell your neighbors, co-workers and friends about our new

Saint Max Mommy and Me Club

Who: St. Max Community- Mom’s and children ages 0-5 years old (Dad’s welcome too!)

What: story, craft, snack, play

Why: meet families in our community

Where: St. Max School- meet in Multi Purpose Room

When: once a month

Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Contact: Debbie Jaskot if interested djaskot@stmax.org

***Our first gathering will take place on

Friday, February 8, 2019! Wear red for Valentine’s Day!

Friday, March 8

Friday, April 5

Friday, May 3

Congratulations to Thomas, Aidan and Marina! Great Job and good luck next week at the district competition!

Cardinals on the Green 2019 .pdf

Irish Dance and Culture Camp

Grab your ghillies (or sneakers!) and come learn a jig! Irish Dance and Culture Camp will include an introduction into basic Irish dancing. Stay active this summer and learn individual and team dances and dance to both traditional and pop music! Camp will include arts and crafts projects, including tie-dyeing your own poodle socks! We will explore some tasty Irish treats (rolling your own Irish potatoes) and play fun games. Camp time is 9-12

Ceili Dance Camp

Come and learn a ceili! Ceili dances are traditional Irish team dances. This camp will teach students traditional ceili dances that can be seen performed around the world at Irish events and competitions. In addition to learning ceili dances, this camp will focus on team building skills. Campers will complete activities such as scavenger hunts, hula hoop challenges, and more to foster the skills required to work as a group! If the weather is nice, we will complete some outdoor water challenges! Camp time is 1-4. There will be an option to bring a packed lunch if participating in both camps.

Who: Any students aged 5 and up

When: 7/8/19-7/12/19 for ages 5-8 and 7/15/19-7/19/19 for ages 9+

Where: Rustin High School

Does my child need dance experience? Nope! This camp is open to both beginner Irish dancers and experienced Irish dancers!

My child already dances for an Irish dance school, is it okay for him/her to participate? Yes! We will not be doing “school specific” steps.

How do I sign my child up? Visit www.chestercountynightschool.org and click on the tab for “CHECK” Enrichment Program for Children on the left hand side.

Questions? Please email cmeighan@wcasd.net