Dear Parents/Guardians,
Early Enrollment Form – Preschool, Kindergarten, & 1st Grade
The response so far to the Preschool-2nd grade early enrollment form (“Reserved Enrollment”) has
been great. You are encouraged to get it into the office in order to a) give yourself priority in terms of
registration and class placement and b) give us an early idea of what our numbers will be in the early
childhood grades. If you need a form for anyone else please ask for one from the front office. Do not
hesitate to contact the school with any questions.
2010-11 Tuition and Registration
During Catholic Schools Week (starts January 31) we will kick off open registration for the 20102011 school year. Similarly to the last few years, we will offer a loyalty tuition discount to all who
register by the end of February.
2010-11 Registration: a) $50 by Feb. 26
b) $60 after Feb. 26
2010-11 Tuition: There are 2 options… a) Current families who enroll by or before February 26 will
hold their current tuition rate* plus $50 for one child and $80 for 2 or more children.
b) New families and all current school families who enroll after February 26 will have tuition rates of
$3,990 (K-8) and/or $4190 (Preschool).
2010-11 Extended Day cost: $20 registration and $3.60 per hour of usage
2010-11 Fundraising: $300 per family
2010-11 Service/Volunteer Hours: 14 hours per family
We are proud of the fact that good fiscal management has enabled us for this coming year to
essentially hold the line on all costs for returning school families for the third consecutive year despite
large increases in almost all of our expenses.
One simple way that you can see a reduction in your tuition costs is to refer a new family to enroll
and attend St. Sylvester. Recall that you get your last month’ s tuition waived when that family stays the
whole year.
* If you are enrolling a new and additional child or one of your children is graduating/moving please see Mr.
Bennett for how this will work regarding the tuition hold for next year.
Catholic Schools Week
As we are less than 2 weeks away from the start of Catholic Schools Week, today’s letter will
detail the planned events and highlight the things that students and families can plan ahead for. Please see
the back of today’s letter for the full schedule.
After School Clubs
We are sending conformation slips home today for the extended day clubs. The clubs starting this
week include: Tutoring/HW Help, Arts and Crafts, Arts and Crafts, Math, Girls Fitness, Terra Nova Prep,
and Puzzle Club.
Parish Mardi Gras Celebration
On Saturday, February 13 St. Sylvester parish will be hosting a Mardi Gras party in Schwinn Hall.
The party will run from 6:30-midnight and feature dinner, drinks, and dancing. Tickets can be bought at
the parish rectory for $20 each. Volunteer opportunities: There is a need for volunteers to help with
setting up, helping work the dinner, and cleaning up afterwards. Call the school office if you are
interested in volunteering.
Parent Power Workshop
Tomorrow evening, we will have representatives from St. Mary and St. Elizabeth Hospital here
from 6:30 – 8 to lead a presentation for parents and guardians on parenting skills and strategies. The
presentation will particularly focus on teaching and talking to your children about abstinence, sexual
education, and health early teen health related issues. This talk will be part of the program that starts this
week on health and sexual abstinence education in grades 6-8. Attendees will earn 1.5 hours of
volunteer/service credit.
Catholic Schools Week 2010 Plans
School-wide contest: Students in all classes are invited to participate in a contest. Classes on the first
floor (preschool – 2nd grade) are asked to make a poster responding to the question, “What Makes St.
Sylvester School Great?”. While grades 3-8 will write a poem that responds to the same prompt. All
posters and poems will be due be Tuesday, February 2. The awards ceremony will take place in school
on Friday, February 5.
11:30 Family Mass and blessing for all school students (2 free dress down day passes for all attendees)
“Pajamas” free dress down day, students can bring blanket and/or pillow to school for free reading time
Prayer service at 9:00 in Schwinn
Staff luncheon - We kindly ask for anyone who would like to help provide some food for this staff
luncheon to bring it to school by 10:30
“Twins or triplets” free dress down day – students are invited to dress the same as a friend(s);
Pep rally for basketball teams and all other sports teams at 9:00
Classes today will make Valentines Day cards that will be delivered by Catholic Charities to people and
families in need.
Posters and poems due today
We will have coffee and treats in the front lobby today at 8:00 for all visitors. All families are invited to
visit their children’s classrooms today from 9:00-11:45 to observe a regular school day. Everyone is
welcome to stay and have lunch with their child too up until 11:45.
Family Game Night from 6:30 – 8:30 in Schwinn: We will have board games and a trivia contest open to
students and families with the winning grade level getting a free pizza lunch in school the next week.
All students should dress in gym uniform today for our 2010 School Olympics
All School Mass at 8:30, all families are welcome to join us
Assembly to announce junior high honor roll students and contest winners plus winners of first
semester’s Effort and Peacemaker Awards