Weekly Parent Letter January 16, 2024

January 16, 2024

Dear Parents and Guardians,

So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Some words and moments in history are so powerful, it can be difficult to offer an additional reflection.  I simply invite us to read, or reread the transcript of the “I have a Dream” speech.  


May freedom ring on the hearts, minds, and home of all people,

Ms. Danielle Gonzalez


Monday, January 15

  • No School – Martin L. King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16

  • Rediker Parent Portal is closed while teachers finalize grades
  • Grades 6-8 Language Arts and Literature Midterm Exams

Wednesday, January 17

  • Grade 5 – Math Midterm Exam
  • Grades 6-8 Math and Religion Midterm Exams

Thursday, January 18

Friday, January 19

  • 8th Grade Graduation Pictures – *Students must wear their full school dress uniform and bring their cap & gown to school labeled & on a hanger. 
  • Grade 5 – Science Midterm Exam


Monday, January 22

  • Grade 5 – Social Studies Midterm Exam

Tuesday, January 23

  • Grade 5 – Religion Midterm Exam

Wednesday, January 24

  • Grade 5 – Grammar Midterm Exam

Friday, January 26

  • End of Marking Period II



Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 28, 2024.  The theme this year is Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.  There is a great week planned to celebrate at St. Philip Preparatory School! Take a look below.

Sunday, 1/28 – Kickoff to Catholic Schools Week Mass –  Attend 10 AM Mass at St. Philip the Apostle Parish! Children’s choir will be singing.  We ask all students attending to wear the school uniform.

Monday, 1/29 – Celebrate our Community – Mrs. Clifford has organized a guest speaker with Maryknoll Missionaries who will speak to all the classes.

* ATTIRE for the day: There will be a $2 minimum donation to dress down for all students, faculty and staff. All money collected will be donated to Maryknoll Missionaries. Feel free to donate more if you can.=

Tuesday, 1/30 – Celebrate our School – Bishop Sweeney will be celebrating the 9 AM Mass for our school. There will be a Pep Rally organized by 8th grade in the Auditorium at the end of the day.

* ATTIRE for the day: This will be a Spirit Day and students can also wear green and yellow accessories. Any accessories will need to be removed before going over to church. *No leggings – gym sweatpants or SPPS pajama bottoms only.  

Wednesday, 1/31 – Celebrate our Vocations –  Career Day.  

* ATTIRE for the day:  Students are invited to dress up as their future career aspirations.  

Thursday, 2/1 – Celebrate our Students – Buddy Day  

* ATTIRE for the day:  Dress Like Your Buddy Class. (More information to come from your child’s homeroom teacher.)  

Friday, 2/2 – Celebrate our Church – Conclude Catholic Schools Week by attending 9 AM Mass (Feast of the Presentation).   The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will take place after Mass in the Church. 

* ATTIRE for the day:  Regular school uniform and attire unless it is a Gym day for PreK – 5th grade.  All middle school students will be in regular “dress” uniforms. This is also a 12 Noon dismissal for students.  

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