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St. Kieran Catholic School
50 Years of Teaching God's Children

School News

We have dedicated this page to keeping you informed of all things new and noteworthy at St. Kieran Catholic School. While you’re here, be sure to check out our newsletters at the side of the page. Please also visit our Calendar page for important dates to remember for the school year.

Supply List 2021–2022

Get a head start on the 2021–2022 school supply list this summer! This list includes kindergarten through eighth grade! Happy shopping! 

Re-Registration Fee Information

Re-registration fees were $50.00 per child and due by May 28, 2021.

 The balance of fees due by June 25, 2021, includes:

  • $200 for the general book fee per a family
  • $20 PTG dues per child 
  • $25 Diocesan fee per child 
  • $100 Graduation fee per child
  • Full tuition payment due on or before July 16 (there is an application of a 2.5% discount which will not be available after July 16, 2021)
Field Day the Last Day!

Mark your calendars for June 11, 2021! Race to the finish line and come prepared!

Important things to remember: 

  • Wear physical education clothes. Yes, students will wear physical education clothes to Mass
  • There will be an 8:30 a.m. Mass
  • Games will begin at 9:40 a.m. 
  • There will be a noon dismissal

Report Cards

We will mail all report cards K–8 to your home address the week of June 28. Please be sure to check your SchoolSpeak account and be certain that your home address is correct. Thank you in advance!

No School

There is no school on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. School resumes on Tuesday, June 1. Enjoy your long weekend!

Graduation

Graduation will take place on Friday, June 4 with Mass at 10:00 a.m. and early dismissal at noon. Congratulations to the class of 2021!

June Calendar

Our June 2021 calendar is now available below. Check out what's coming up next month. We are looking forward to a marvelous June!

Thank You, Families!

Thank you for all your lovely cards, gifts, and expressions of appreciation for teacher appreciation week. Between the tasty treats like empanadas, fruit cream cake, bundt cakes, and donuts; the cards, flowers, and gifts from the students; the fancy Nespresso machine in the faculty room; and the delicious home cooked feast on Friday, our hearts, hands, and stomachs are full! Thanks to the student council for their awesome leadership. We are blessed and humbled by all your thoughtful acts! It’s all a bit overwhelming. 

With happy thanks, 

SKCS Teachers, Staff, and Principal

We Love Our Grandparents

We cannot meet together in person this year to celebrate you, but we want you to know just how treasured you are and how much we love you. Please see the special messages below from your grandchildren to you.

Inland Federal Savings Account

Perhaps the Easter bunny brought some extra cash in the Easter baskets. Consider adding to your Inland Federal Savings account. If you don't have one, it's easy to open one. Just request an application form and make your deposit!

Outstanding Invoices and Payments Owed

Just a friendly reminder all outstanding invoices/payments owed need submission to the school by May 7, 2021! We will deduct from your last facts payment in June of 2021, any outstanding balance. If you are uncertain if you have any outstanding invoices, please email Monica Kearney or call her at (619) 588-6881. 

Last Day of School and First Day of School

Mark your calendars! The last day of school is Friday, June 11, 2021, and the first day of school next year is Monday, August 23, 2021.

April Calendar

Our April 2021 calendar is now available! Check out what's coming up next month. We hope you all are having a happy spring.

Easter Break

Easter break is on Thursday, April 1 through Friday, April 9. School resumes on Monday, April 12. Have a safe and enjoyable break!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teachers conferences will take place on Thursday, April 15 and on Friday, April 16. These will be minimum days for students with dismissal at noon. Conferences will be online via Google Meet. We will email you your conference date and time at the end of March.

2021-2022 School Year Re-Registration

Your children have learned and grown so much during their time here at St. Kieran Catholic School, and we are very proud of their progress. We feel very blessed to have been a part of your family this year. Now it is time to start planning for the next school year. We hope you will re-enroll your children in our wonderful elementary school and continue to build on the fine academic and spiritual foundation they have received so far. This is an investment that will pay dividends for the rest of their lives!

You can re-enroll your student directly on our School Speak platform. The deadline for registration is on Friday, May 28. Our goal is to get an accurate enrollment number for planning purposes. Please see our re-registration letter for more information. As always, we are deeply appreciative of your loyalty and support for St. Kieran.

40 Days for Life Campaign

The spring campaign for 40 Days for Life runs from February 17 through March 28. 40 Days for Life Campaign is a continuous prayer vigil for 40 days in front of abortion centers in San Diego County. This is a peaceful, legal event that is occurring at the same time in hundreds of cities throughout the world, including 50 locations in California this year. If you’re not able to join in, pray for those who can and do.

Feast of St. Joseph Mass

Don't forget to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time. Don't forget to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Savings Time begins on March 14. We look forward to those extra hours of daylight!

Kindergarten Open House

Our kindergarten open house is on March 24 at 3:15 p.m. The open house will be in the kindergarten classroom. We invite you to come out and meet the kindergarten teacher, experience a day in the life of a kindergartener, learn about kindergarten readiness, and discover the benefits of a SKCS education. Please spread the word and tell your relatives and neighbors to come and check us out.

Golf Fundraiser

Golf packets were sent home with students on Monday, March 1. This is the last fundraiser of the school year, and it is always a lot of fun. Each family has an obligation of $100 in golf ball sales and $25 toward an auction basket. Please contact us with questions.

Absences

Everyone has been so cooperative and helpful in these days that require extreme caution. As a reminder, please be certain that if your child is absent you notify both the teacher and the office. It is important that you state the reason for the absence. If your child is sick, please provide the symptoms. In these COVID-19 days we have specific protocols that we must follow to maintain in-person learning. Thank you!

2020–2021 Yearbooks

There is nothing else like your school yearbook. Get your hands on the limited edition collection of our stories from the year. Share it with your friends today, and hang on to it for years to come! Please visit the Jostens website to order your yearbook.

Yearbook Art Contest

St. Kieran is hosting its annual art contest for the first and last pages of the 2020–2021 yearbook. This year’s inspirational quote is "We can do hard things with God’s help.” Let your heart guide your hand as you illustrate an image for the first or last page of the yearbook. The due date for submissions is on Friday, February 19. Thank you in advance for all your hard work!

Lent is Coming Soon

Lent is 14 days away. There are many daily Lenten prayer books to help us make Lent a deeply spiritually enriching time in our lives. Whatever fits your spiritual style, there are enriching things to be found.

Family Directory

We will be publishing a family directory to send out to all SKCS families on February 18, 2021. We will create the directory directly from School Speak. We need each family to do the following:

  1. Login to your School Speak account.
  2. Indicate what information you want included/excluded on the directory. You will see a choice you can check. For example, do not show my address in the online directory. 

Please be sure to do this by February 15. Thank you in advance!

Looking for a Landscaper

Are any of our families landscapers? We’d like to renew our garden area outside the school office. We’d like some advice and assistance. We thank  you for your consideration!

Thursday Envelopes

These are returning as of February 4. The oldest child will be responsible for taking it home on Thursday and returning it to school no later than Monday. Please sign the front sheet to verify you’ve received the materials included. Thank you in advance!

Report Cards Coming Soon

It's almost report card time! Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 28. We will publish report cards on this day.

Important February Dates

Please take note of the following February dates.

  • Thursday, February 11 - Red/purple/pink spirit wear day, Valentine's parties, and noon dismissal
  • Friday, February 12 - Teacher planning day - No school
  • Sunday, February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • Monday, February 15 - Presidents Day holiday - No school
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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2021

To celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week, we will be having some fun activities. 

  • Monday, February 1: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, February 2: Free Dress-Inside Out & Backwards Day
  • Wednesday, February 3: Crazy Mask Day
  • Thursday, February 4: Sports Day
  • Friday, February 5: Purple Pride Day

We will also be doing some videotaping, and other activities to celebrate SKCS. More news later. Please remember to email the SKCS office if you do not want us to use your child/ren’s pictures or videos for publicizing our great school. If we do not hear from you, we assume your consent. 

Please check out our parent's guide to Catholic Schools' Week for more information.

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SKCS Virtual Gala

This year’s gala will look a little different. To remain compliant, we have something special in store—an evening at home with a meal for you! We encourage your participation as well as reach out to family and friends who may want to get in on the raffle and auction opportunities that we will present. Help us reach our $30,000 goal! For more information, please visit our SKCS Gala 2021 Virtual Fundraiser page.

  • Each family two tickets = $120.00

Office Volunteers Needed

We are looking for office volunteers to help on Mondays, Thursdays, and to substitute when needed. If you are willing and available between 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. on these days, please contact us. Duties include answering phones, attending to students, and assisting parents. Thank you for your interest and support!

Deposit Day Canceled

Please note that we have canceled deposit day for Friday, December 18. We wish you all a safe and healthy Christmas break!

Very Merry Spirit Week

Student council is sponsoring a very merry spirit week on Monday, December 14 through Friday, December 18. Join in the fun of the Christmas spirit by participating in the following daily activities:

  • Monday, December 14 - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Christmas-Themed Hairstyle Day
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Wear Christmas Add-Ons Day
  • Thursday, December 17 - Wear Christmas Socks Day
  • Friday, December 18 - Christmas Spirit Day

Christmas Shop 2020

Come and take a look at the items we have for sale in the Christmas Shop. You can view items in person at the office. The deadline for custom ornament orders is December 10. Your last chance to order other items is December 14. We will deliver all items by December 18.

Food Drive

St. Kieran Catholic School students are hosting a food drive classroom contest. The contest runs from Monday, November 16 through Friday, November 20. Please bring in canned goods: corn, yams, cranberries, green beans, tuna, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, cake mixes, and tubs of frosting. The classroom that brings in the most items wins a prize. Thank you for your participation!

Picture Day

School pictures will take place on Wednesday, November 18. Dress your best, and be ready to smile!

Health Update

Attention, parents! Please note that we immediately launch any child who presents with one or more of these symptoms: fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, runny once, sick to your stomach, or diarrhea, into our COVID process. This is mandated by the Diocese of San Diego and San Diego County Health Department. If you do not know what our COVID process is, please consult the documents that Mrs. Provo sent home at the beginning of the school year.

Holiday Shopping

Start thinking about Christmas gifts you might need. If shopping on Amazon remember to use Smile.Amazon.com. Choose Pastor of St. Kieran’s as the recipient of donations. Happy shopping!

Christmas Food Bags

As we have done in years past, St. Joseph’s Pantry, our parish emergency food pantry, will be distributing Christmas food bags to 140 needy families. This year we are asking your help in providing dry cake mixes, tubs of frosting, and dry stuffing mixes (i.e., Stove Top or Mrs. Cubbison’s) to add to the distributed bags. If you would like to donate one or more of these items before December 12, you may drop them off at the Parish Administration Office, the school office, or St. Joseph’s Pantry on Saturdays between 10:00 through 11:30 a.m. The Pantry will be closed on November 28. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We sent out parent/teacher conference schedules Monday morning October 26 by email. Please contact your child’s teacher if there is a problem with the date and time of your scheduled conference. In addition, we sent home report cards for kindergarten through third grade on Wednesday, November 4, and fourth through eighth grade report cards are ready to view online on Wednesday as well.

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 1. Be sure to fall back and re-set your clocks!

No School

There is no school for students on Friday, October 23 due to a staff development day. School resumes on Monday, October 26. Enjoy your long weekend!

Halloween Celebrations

We will be celebrating Halloween at school on Friday, October 30. Students may wear costumes as long as they are modest, light-hearted, and appropriate. No violent themes, gore, or weapons of any kind. Students may also wear orange and black as an alternative. Our costume parade will take place at 2:00 p.m. Please be sure to follow our Halloween treat guidelines. 

Dance-A-Thon

Our dance-a-thon is on Friday, November 6. T-shirt order forms are due by Friday, October 16. Let's get busy and raise some money for St. Kieran Catholic School!

SKCS Scrip

Don’t forget about eSCRIP and re-loading your gift cards via shopwithscrip.com. Scrip is now available after Mass.

Update Schoolspeak Immediate Action Required

If you’ve done this, we thank you but we still have many families outstanding. Please be certain to go into your SchoolSpeak account and update all your information: address, phone, email, and especially the medical information and emergency contact information are particularly important. We will be using the information from your SchoolSpeak account as our guide for your children’s well being. If you have trouble accessing your account, contact the office or Abby Chargualaf and we will do our best to help you out. 

Blessing of the Animals

On Monday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m. we will hold our blessing of the animals. This will involve the use of a photograph only. God required that we assist the animals when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection - St. Francis of Assisi. We hope you will join us.

Emergency Lunches

There are emergency lunches available for $3.00 which include peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables, chips, fruit, and water. If your child forgets a lunch and you cannot bring one or you did not have time to make one at home, we can fill in. Remind your child to speak up!

Absences

If your child will be absent for any reason including illness, family matter, travel, etc., please email both the teacher and the office by 9:00 a.m. to report the absence and the reason. If your child is coming from a medical appointment, be sure to bring a slip from the medical office verifying the appointment. Thank you!

Used Uniforms

Used uniforms are available for purchase. Browse through the available items in the parish hall, then bring your payment to the school office. We are also accepting used items in good repair with no holes, tears, frays, etc. 

Deposit Day

Our next deposit day is on Friday, September 25 at 8:30 a.m. here on campus. We have a long standing partnership with Inland Federal Credit Union (IFCU), a Catholic credit union created in 1960 by St. Kieran and Holy Trinity Parishes. IFCU serves the 16 parishes in our east county deanery.

Our students have the opportunity to open a savings account with many benefits and to make deposits twice a month right here on campus. Inland Federal Credit Union also offers loans to help with tuition, uniforms, computers, and other back-to-school needs. They also co-sponsor our school events.

If you would like to open an account for your child, download and complete the application, or pick one up in the school office. Have your child bring the application and deposit to the credit union representative.

Tuesday Pizza Lunches

Hooray! School is in full swing with both in-person and distance learning options. Tuesday pizza lunches will begin on Tuesday, September 15. Personal pepperoni pizzas are $3.50 each, and all orders due by Friday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. We will not accept any late orders. Thank you!

First Day of School

The first day of the 2020–2021 school year is on Monday, August 31. We cannot wait to see you!

2020–2021 School Supply Lists

Please take a moment to view our school supply lists below to prepare for the upcoming school year. We are looking forward to a great 2020–2021 school year!

Kindergarten Immunizations

All incoming kindergarten students must present verification of immunizations before entry to the classroom on the first day of school.

Tdap Immunizations

Attention, parents of incoming 7th grade students! Please remember that you must present verification of your child's Tdap immunization before he/she can enter the 7th grade classroom on the first day of school. No Tdap, no school!