Week of January 8, 2019

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From the Principal's Desk

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a brand new year! As the new year begins our teachers and students are taking stock and recommitting to their goals. It is a valuable practice. I would ask you to take time with your children to review and, in some cases, reset the routines and practices that make for successful living and learning.

There a many different ways that people evaluate and set their goals for the future. Each year our family has a rhyme for the new year. It’s an easy way to focus on the small things. This year it’s “Re-define in 2 0 1 9 ”.

What is your word? There’s an online movement called #MyOneWord. In the 7th grade, Mrs. Newhard’s students selected one word to define and direct their year. They took up the challenge to select one word as a beacon for the entire year. They have their word taped to their desks. It is interesting to distil all our resolutions down to one word. For 2019, my word is #purposeful.

I also like the last verse of William Ernest Henley’s poem, Invictus, because it reminds me that I am in charge of my own actions and decisions. It seems to align with both our family rhyme and my one word.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Summer Camps and Activities Fair

Looking for Summer Camps? The Chester County Intermediate Unit is hosting an evening for parents to explore the many summer opportunities for their children.

Summer Adventures Camp and Activities Fair

January 22, 2019 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Chester County Intermediate Unit

455 Boot Road Downingtown, PA 19335


Summer Adventures Camp and Activities Fair

St. Maximilian Kolbe School Annual Fund

The St. Max Annual Fund Campaign has begun. This campaign 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

Important dates to remember

January 10th School mass at 9:00 am in the church. All are welcome

January 21th Martin Luther King Jr Holiday no school

January 25th Pre-K conferences. No school for Pre-K children

January 27th Catholic Schools Week Mass at 9:00. All are invited to attend. Students please wear your school uniform to Mass.

January 29th Student appreciation day. DEAR

January 30th Volunteer Brunch

January 31st Career Day

February 1st Faculty Appreciation Day, Family Bingo night

Bingo flyer 2019.pdf

Family Bingo at St. Max is back! Please come join the school community for Family Bingo Night on Friday, February 1st in the Multi Purpose Room. Pizza is available for order if you choose to join us for dinner at 6:30 on a pre-order basis only! Bingo games will be sold at the door, $5 for 10 games. Games will start at 7:00. Everyone is guaranteed to be a winner!

Final Copy Coach Bingo ticket order form 2019

Afterschool art club.pdf

Crime Scene Investigation Club

Do you love a good mystery? Are you interested in learning the science behind investigations? Come join the CSI Club and learn various techniques the professionals use to examine evidence and solve crimes. In this session we will be using bone replicas to solve a missing person mystery, as well as analyzing and casting shoe prints, using karyotypes and more to identify the perpetrators a crime. It is not necessary to have attended the fall session of CSI in order to participate in this session.

This club is open to all students in grades 5-8.

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:15. Jan 16

Jan 23

Jan 30

Feb 6

Feb 13

Cost: $150 for the 5 week session. All materials will be provided.

Class size is limited so early signups are recommended. Please complete and return the form below. All checks should be made out to Mrs. Mary Riccardo.



Grade____________ Phone_______________________

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