Reopening Video and Transcript
Here is a link to our previously emailed Reopening Video for a seamless transition to having students back on campus.
Reopening Wednesday, September 16th
As you know, our waiver and plan for reopening was submitted to the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health on August 31st for grades Kindergarten through 6th grades. Unfortunately, the state and county are not accepting waivers for 7th and 8th grades at this time. However, we are working on a plan and will email middle school families separately on how we can get those students back on campus.
On September 8th, the county submitted our plans to the state for final approval, and last night and we found out we have been approved to reopen with in-person instruction! We are very excited about the opportunity to have students back on campus for instruction following the safety protocol outlined in the plan that was shared with you and can also be found on our website.
We will slow roll our opening next week with K-3 coming in on Wednesday, September 16, and for grades K-3, and it will be a noon release. Thursday, September 17, and Friday, September 18, we will have K-6 on campus with noon release. To keep our campus safe and within county & state guidelines, parents will not be allowed on campus at this time. Students will need to be dropped off & picked up in the designated areas in the school parking lot and on Sutter Street.
A short video will be provided by Monday morning, via email, and on our school website, reviewing all expectations of students and parents for a successful reopening to in-person instruction.
* Special note to Kindergarten families; students do not need to be signed in or out, Brightwheel will no longer be used, and drop off and pick up will follow the same school procedures as the rest of the grade levels.
We want to ensure students are comfortable with the transition back to school and are able to follow the new procedures and protocols. These half days will have instruction, but it will also be critical for us to have students well prepared in the classroom. As a part of preparing to be back in the classroom, please ensure students have the necessary school supplies, have haircuts, and are dressed to be back in private school. We are giving a 30-day grace period on the school uniforms and logos; however, this is not free dress for 30 days. Students should have collared shirts and chino type pants on if uniforms have not yet arrived. We also have used uniforms available in our closet. Any uniform questions can be directed to our Parent/Student Handbook on our school website.
At this time, we are not able to provide snacks or a lunch program. Students will be eating snacks and lunches in their classrooms as a cohort. We ask that you ONLY provide water as a drink for your child since milk tends to sour when spilled and juices/sugar drinks attract ants. If things change, more information will follow in our weekly newsletters.
We are also not able to offer extended care at this time due to a mixing of cohorts. We will be sending out a survey in the coming weeks to see the need for extended care to ensure that we have the spacing necessary for the students needing care. Please check the weekly newsletters for updated information.
If your family chooses to stay with the Distance Learning option, the teachers continue to provide the needed information about their daily schedules and login information to their Google Meetings. If you chose to wait a few weeks before returning or you would like your child to return after responding “not at this time” to our survey, please contact the office a minimum of one week before your desired return date. Teachers have been spacing desks and removing unneeded desks based upon survey answers and will need time to readjust classrooms.
We are so excited to see you and your families soon!
Yours in Christ,
Susie Dickert, M. Ed.
Principal, St. Anthony's Catholic School
WCEA Commissioner, Diocese of Stockton
323 N. Fremont Ave., Manteca, CA 95336
"Growing God's children in faith, to build a lifelong relationship with Christ."
St. Anthony's 20-21 Parent Student Handbook
We have made a couple of updates to the Parent-Student Handbook for this year. Most notably is the Appendix with the changes due to the county health directives.
Letter from our Pastor, Fr. Chad Wahl 8/7/20
I know Principal Dickert has communicated with you regarding this upcoming school year. She and her team have worked diligently to prepare not only a strong academic education, but also one that weaves in the very core of our Catholic faith.
GOD’S PLAN FOR US
God loves us and He provided us with a world that is governed by natural laws. We should not always presume that everything bad that happens, like the coronavirus, is a punishment for sin or evil. Regardless, God always brings about good when an evil does occur. The pandemic provides us with a reminder that God has a plan. We are to draw near to Him, repent, and continue to seek a relationship with Him that includes spiritual Holy Communion and online Mass worship.
A Catholic education prepares your child academically and spiritually. It instills in them Christ’s mercy and kindness to others: a respect for human life; helps them mature in scripture, tradition, and the sacraments. The very nature of a Catholic education builds your child’s identity with their Catholic community. It also provides your child with an attitude of faith, with the confidence that God is with them every day; He loves them; and that He has a plan specifically for them.
It may be a financial sacrifice to send your child to St. Anthony’s, but it will be a decision that will shape your child’s future and impact their decisions and choices for a lifetime.
In early June we developed a plan to accommodate all pending First Communions, Confirmations, and RCIA etc. by rotating our 3 priests, 6-nights a week for approximately 6 weeks beginning in August. The day we planned to announce the schedule, the County shut down all church indoor services. When the Order is lifted, we will proceed with our plan.
Please keep our church and school central to your prayer. Acknowledge that our staff, clergy, and teachers are also dealing with much change in their own lives, yet they continue to seek the best for your children. Above all, pray that our children come to know the love of God.
In Christ Our Lord,
Fr. Chad Wahl
Letter from Bishop Cotta 8/7/20
School Information Night PowerPoint
20-21 Student Supply List
Here is the student supply list for the 2020-2021 school year. We will not have a typical Round Up this year, we will keep you informed as to when you can drop off supplies during he first full week in August.
Congratulations 8th grade Graduates 2020
Bishop Cotta's letter dated 5/29/20
Catholic Schools Week 2020
Our Pastor, Fr. Chad Wahl's homily from January 26, 2020. Please take a few moments to listen by clicking the link here: https://frchadwahl.podbean.com/e/why-catholic-schools-3rd-sunday-of-ordinary-time-2020/
Financial Aid 2020-2021
NOTE: NEW SUBMISSION DATE FOR FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION IS MARCH 15
ELIGIBILITY: All families enrolled at St. Anthony's Catholic School are eligible to apply for scholarships.
PROCESS: If a family is interested in applying for a scholarship, the application timeline is as follows.
NEXT STEPS: Log in to your FACTS Family Portal (formerly ParentsWeb). Click on the FINANCIAL icon on the left side of the screen and then click on the Financial Link - Apply for Grant and Aid which will take you into FACTS to complete the financial process.
2020-2021 Calendar Highlights
8/5/20 Round Up
8/10/20 First Day of School/8th gr Sunrise
9/11/20 Blue Mass
9/4-7/20 No School Labor Day Weekend
9/21/20 No School (festival Monday)
10/12-16/20 Fall Break
10/30/20 Safe Halloween
11/2-6/20 Parent Conferences (minimum days)
11/7/20 Table Setting (Education Foundation)
11/26-27/20 Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday Minimum Day)
1/18/21 No School Martin Luther King Weekend
2/12-15/21 No School Presidents' Weekend
3/15/21 No School
3/27/21 Auction Dinner
4/2-9/21 No School Easter Break
5/8/21 Barn Dance
5/20/21 8th gr Sunset
5/21/21 Olympic Day
5/25/21 8th gr Awards Dinner
5/26/21 8th gr Graduation Mass
5/28/21 Last Day of School
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2020-2021 Student Applications
Interested in applying for the 2019-2020 School Year? Click the button below to be taken to our online application, If you are being referred by a current St. Anthony's Catholic School family, be sure to include their name on your application.
St. Anthony's Catholic Church Daily Mass
Looking for Something?
If you are looking for Spirit Wear forms, field trip driver forms, or our Parent-Student Handbook, click here to be taken to our Forms Page.
Coming Up This Month
Calendar Highlights for the 2020-2021 school year can be found below.
School uniforms can be purchased through Tommy Hilfiger or Dennis Uniform. Click on the pictures to be taken to the St. Anthony School uniform shop.
When shopping with Dennis don't forget to use your SCRIP!