PTO

PTO Corner

PTO President Mr. Douglas Fehrer

THANK YOU to everyone who made BINGO Night such a huge success; especially our Co-Chair’s, Kim Perry and Susan Holler! What a fun time and great way to wrap up Grandparent’s Day and Catholic School’s Week.

Race for Education (R4E): Race Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Student letter writing continues through Friday, February 19th. R4E Prize cards will expire Friday, March 18th, so please plan to use them accordingly. If you have any questions regarding the prize cards please email us at R4E.saintleothegreat@gmail.com. If you would like to volunteer please sign up on My School Anywhere. Many thanks to all of you who have already donated your time and talents – we couldn’t do this without your help! Race day will be here before you know it!

Spiritwear Days
Our next ‘Spiritwear Day’ is Thursday, March 24th. A brand new winter line of St. Leo the Great School Spiritwear is available for the whole family!

FLEECE JACKETS

  • ¼ Zip Adult Jacket
  • Full Zip Adult Jacket
  • Full Zip Youth Jacket

SCARVES
BEANIES

FAQs:
Q: Can my student wear these items on any day to school or is it limited to spiritwear days?
A: Your student may wear the fleece, scarf, or beanie any day to and from school – they may not be worn during the school day. They are not limited to spiritwear days. Students can also wear spiritwear sweatshirts to and from school at any time, but spiritwear cannot be worn during the day in lieu of the school’s official PE uniform.

Q: Can the dry fit shirt be worn under a CYO uniform?
A: The dry fit shirt makes a great option to wear with CYO jerseys! You may choose between a short sleeve and long sleeve.

Regular Order Form: 2015-16 Spirit Wear Order Form (10)
Fleece Jacket Order Form: Fleece Jacket Order Form (10)

The deadline for our next order is Friday, February 19th. Order soon!

Our remaining Spiritwear Days for the 2015-2016 school year are:

  • Thursday, March 24th
  • Thursday, May 12th ‘R4E Day’
  • Tuesday, May 31st

Carpool Options
Interested in a Carpool to School?  Are you able to assist a family in need of a Carpool?  Families from Bethesda, Centreville, Fairfax, Reston, Vienna, and elsewhere continue to be interested in forming Carpools.  Please contact Jean Johnson at lohrer@qyj.us to join our Carpool list.

Important Dates in the Month Ahead
Friday, February 12th, 11:30 AM Early Dismissal (No School Mass)
Monday, February 15th, Presidents Day – School Closed
Friday, February 19th, Stations of the Cross – 2:15 pm, Church Sanctuary, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Friday, February 26th, School Mass – 9:00 AM, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Friday, February 26th, Early Dismissal – 11:30 AM, Afternoon Extended Day
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 Yearbook Sale Ends Today!
Wednesday, March 2rd, PTO Board Meeting – 7:15 to 9:00 PM, Faculty Room, Parents Welcome to Attend
Friday, March 4th, School Mass – 9:00 AM, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Friday, March 11th, School Mass (4th Grade) – 9:00 AM, Parents Encouraged to Attend, 11:30 AM Dismissal
Friday, March 11th, 11:30 AM Early Dismissal – Extended Day Available
Monday, March 14th, Professional Development Day – School Closed

Pray, Study, and Share our Faith
This Lent please continue to pray for our school’s students, faculty, staff, and families!

A family that goes to Confession together, stays together! – Fr. Russell Smith

Saint Leo the Great Parish will host a Lenten Penance Service on Sunday, March 6th at 7:30 pm in the Church. Visiting priests will join our parish priests to hear individual Confessions. Please plan to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to participate in the sacrament before Easter.

“Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.” — Pope Benedict XVI

Check out these Lenten opportunities:

Men’s Conference
March 5, join men from the Diocese of Arlington at the 2016 Men’s Conference, “God, the Father of Extravagant Mercy”, featuring Dr. Michael Horne, Fr. David Pignato, and Damon Owens. For more information, click on the link above.

Women’s Conference
March 12, join women around the Diocese at the 2016 Women’s Conference, “God the Father of Extravagant Mercy”. The conference will feature talks from Kathleen Beckman and Sister Clare Hunter. For more information, click the above link.

Women’s Lenten Retreat
Join us for a silent weekend retreat, “The God of Extravagant Mercy” The retreat will be March 3-6 and will be held at Priest Field Pastoral Center in Kearneysville, West Virginia. For more information, click on the link above.

Our Parish Middle School Youth Ministry meets on Thursday after school from 3:00 to 5:00pm, and Saturday’s from 5:00 to 8:00pm. Check out the program dates and details at: http://www.stleosyouth.com/

St. Leo 2014 – 2015 PTO Funded Activities and Goods
Our St. Leo Volunteers have had a GREAT year! THANK YOU! Look at what you have helped your PTO accomplish this year:

  • $20,000 from PTO General Funds to support the purchase of LabLearners science program for school
  • ActivBoard Computers, Computer Monitors, Teacher Document Cameras
  • Middle School Science Supplies
  • Gym Improvements – sound system
  • Kindergarten kitchen playset
  • New gym equipment for Coach Allen (basketballs, jerseys, etc.)
  • MagnifiKid Subscription
  • Cultural Arts Assemblies
  • Network Storage Devices
  • Listening Library
  • Shared cost with Development Committee for the online GreaterGiving database and credit card service
  • Preschool Christmas Party
  • Kindergarten Mother Goose Presentation
  • 5th and 6th Grade Field Trip Buses, and Middle School Teambuilding Trip Buses
  • Saint Kits for 1st and 2nd Grade
  • 4th Grade Colonial Day Presenters
  • Stocking Craft Supplies for 2nd Grade
  • Camera for Preschool
  • Secured new EPI Schools Supply Kits at reduced cost and improved overall quality of service
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day
  • Texas Instruments calculators for 5th grade
  • School safe

Since rolling out our new Spiritwear last fall numerous parents, staff and students have asked about the meaning and relationship ofFAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTERas it applies to our school:

FAITH – Relates and speaks to our Soul, the Church, our greater parish community, and our Faith based education at St. Leo’s
PRIDE – Relates to our school community; we’re proud to be part of St. Leo’s
CHARACTER – Relates to us at an individual level; our moral compass, and the virtues and values instilled at St. Leo’s

The genesis and rational for using ‘FAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTER’, came from our own school website (as found in the ‘About Us’ section):

“Our Catholic values and beliefs are woven into all aspects of the children’s education. The children are appreciated, loved and respected for who they are as individuals by their teachers and the same is expected for how they treat each other.”

FAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTER

Our Mission Statement/Philosophy:
Saint Leo the Great Catholic School provides a faith-filled learning environment where we strive to teach as Jesus did — by example, with respect and compassion for all. …

FAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTER

Academics:
Curriculum encompasses the sequentially ordered learning experiences which the school provides for your students. The total curriculum includes the development of Catholic values and attitudes…

FAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTER

Spirituality:
Rooted in the gospel message, Catholic values are interwoven throughout our daily routine and in all of our interactions with others. Through Religious education, we assist your child in coming to know Jesus in a personal way and in developing a loving relationship with Him. The outgrowth of this relationship is love, peace and hope within your student and the school community. …

FAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTER

…and from our ‘home page’:
Leading by Example to Foster Faith and Academic Growth

FAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTER

I hope you find this of interest and helpful. Likewise, I encourage you to share and discuss this at home with your children.