November 16, 2016

Christmas Boutique Returns

2016christmasboutfullcolorHe’s making a list, checking it twice … Santa Claus is coming to Bedford!

Family photos with Santa are just one of the many activities offered at the St Patrick’s School annual Christmas Boutique, to be held Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school on 483 Old Post Road in Bedford.

For more than 25 years, the school has transformed overnight into a winter wonderland of shopping and cheer. Held the weekend before Thanksgiving, the popular community event rings in the start of the holiday season, attracting shoppers and merry-makers from around Westchester, Putnam and neighboring Connecticut who seek high-quality gifts, including crafts, collectibles, jewelry, decorations, leather goods, clothing and toys, among other items. Home-baked goods, café lunch items, hot cocoa and coffee is also available for purchase in the Holiday Cafe. A 50/50 raffle, and games and crafts for young children round out the joyful day’s events.

The holiday shopping showcase includes such vendors as: Mary Kay cosmetics, Venture Photography, Initials, Inc., LuLaRoe, Origami Owl and Rodan Fields. Pottery, handmade jewelry, pillows, blankets, baby items, soaps, gifts and accessories, and pocketbooks are among the many items available for purchase.

Admission and parking are free at this important fundraiser for St. Patrick’s School.

See-For-Yourself Science

Students in Ms. Nolan’s third grade learned how water moves through plant stems with a hands-on, see-for-themselves science demonstration. The best way to learn! img_0873-1

Seeking Vendors

With Halloween just around the corner, the holiday shopping season can’t be far behind. St Patrick’s School in Bedford, NY, welcomes vendors to sign up for space at the annual Christmas Boutique, to be held Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 483 Old Post Road in Bedford.
For more than 25 years, the popular community event has signified the start of the holiday shopping season and attracts buyers from around New York and Connecticut seeking high-quality gifts, including crafts, collectibles, jewelry, decorations, leather goods, clothing and toys, among other items.
Vendors can reserve tables for $90 for a 6-foot table or $125 for an 8-foot table, chair included. Two or three 8-foot tables are also possible, for $220 or $300, respectively. All proceeds from the table reservations go to support St. Patrick’s School.
For more information or to reserve vendor space, please email stpatschristmasboutique@gmail.com.cb-pdf

Thank you for your support!

We would like to thank all of our golfers, dinner guests, sponsors and donors for their participation inimg_9020 the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Golf Outing & Dinner.

A gorgeous fall day on the green brought fellowship and fun for all who attended.

The day began with brunch followed by 18 holes under sunny skies. Cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and spirited live auction rounded out a camaraderie-filled day. Highlights included competitive bidding for the coveted prize of “Principal for a Day” at St. Patrick’s School!

Your support helped make the day a success!

Special thanks to our lead sponsors: Rabinowitz Cohlan Dubow & Doherty LLP, ENT and Allergy Associates/Dr. George and Eileen Pazos, Trivella & Forte LLP, Ammirati Coffee Co./The Tarateta Family, Thomas Nastasi, The O’Gara Family, A. Amaraone, Team Perseverance/The Atkins Family, The Bisignano Family, LaFamilia, Backyard Sports.

Additional supporters include: The Bomba Family, Legato Landscaping, Property Organics, William Raveis Real Estate, The Creegan Family, Flynn & O’Hara, Lifetouch, Korth & Shannahan, Marshall Oil, The Weaver Family, The Alloy Family, Abel Duarte and Family, Elizabeth Jara and Family, The O’Leary Family, Euphoria Kitchens, Cross River Shell, The Cardascia Family, The Bedford Sportsman, The Rynott Family, The Kneis Family, The Mezzatesta Family, The Arena Family, The DiGiacinto Family, The Bartucca Family, The Makarczuk Family, The Bisaillon Family, Nicolas C. Vece, DMD, The St. Patrick’s Staff, The Carlson Family, Milrose Consulting, R&M Richards, Betsy and Adam Sales, The Hayes Family, Keith Greve.

Additional thank yous to those who donated items for our auction: The Monaco Family,
The Mara Family, Todd Cronin, The Vessecchia Family, Jessie Mignone, The Zagreda Family, The Bartucca Family, Jennifer Hopf and Family, Desiree DiBono and Westchester Food Service, St. Patrick’s School, St. Patrick’s Parish, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Bradford Portraits

… And many others who came out to golf, share dinner and enjoy the company of friends that day! We are truly blessed by your support.

Principal O’Leary on the Power of Chores

The act of helping around the house is critical to teach kids responsibility, the value of work and the sense of contributing to the family good, say experts in a recent special section on Back to School published by the Scarsdale Inquirer, which quoted St. Patrick’s own principal Mrs. Sharyn O’Leary extensively for a story on the Power of Chores for Children.

Time spent helping around the house “also can be a time for building relationships and team work and some special Kids and Chorestime with a parent of sibling,” said Mrs. O’Leary in the story. It can also give children some much-needed quiet time for contemplation. “Dusting, folding laundry, walking the dog — all afford children time to be alone with themselves and think and reflect,” she said.

Read more here.

 

Registration Now Open for the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Golf Outing

golf imageJoin us Monday, October 3, 2016 for the

15th Annual St. Patrick’s Golf Outing

Golf “Fore” a Good Cause!

Registration is now open for the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Golf Outing, to be held Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Salem Golf Club, 18 Bloomer Rd, North Salem, NY. The day’s activities include 18 holes with a shotgun start and scramble format, brunch, cart, range balls, cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions.
Check in begins at 10 a.m. followed by brunch; the drivers start swinging at 11:30 a.m. Cost for a single golfer is $275 and a foursome is $1,100.
Those who don’t golf can still join the festivities at the cocktail reception, dinner and live and silent auctions beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for the post-golf events only are $75 per person.
Customizable sponsorships are also available at many levels and are a great way to show the support of your business or family. Cart, Hole and Flag Sponsorships are available starting at $75. Silver, Gold and Platinum Sponsorships start at $400 and include dinner tickets and/or golf tickets and more!
For more information or to register, please call (914) 471-2404 or email SaintPatsGolf@gmail.com.
Download a reservation or sponsorship form here.

Chromebooks in the Classroom: Now in Grades 4 to 8!

NEW FOR 2016-2017: WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT STUDENTS IN GRADES 4 AND 5 

WILL ALSO HAVE INDIVIDUAL CHROMEBOOKS, IN ADDITION TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 !

On a recent morning at St. Patrick’s School in Bedford, NY, middle school students in ELA class hung up their jackets and pulled out their CB2_2341books to begin the school day. But the tomes they opened on their desks to start their new vocabulary lesson were not made of ink and paper. Instead, the students unpacked new Chromebooks, which the school introduced into the classroom for all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 in fall of 2015, thanks to a technology grant from the Archdiocese.

“Each middle school student has received an individual Chromebook, which they carry with them from my class to the science lab to their social studies class … wherever they may be learning during the day,” explained Mrs. Sharyn O’Leary, principal. “We have been experimenting with all the new learning applications available to us — including exciting presentation tools and note-taking apps — to differentiate and supplement our traditional classroom and homework experience.”

With the new Chromebooks, St. Patrick’s middle school students use the “Google Classroom” app to receive and submit assignments, take practice tests, share ideas and communicate with teachers and other students regarding schoolwork. They have easy access to word processors, presentation tools, and numerous educational applications. Students can also reference the internet for research and informational purposes. Additionally, while the Chromebooks remain at school at the end of the day, students can submit homework and continue to access the school day’s materials from home, thanks to working in “the Cloud.”

While enjoying all the benefits of the new technology, the school has managed to seamlessly incorporate it into the traditional classroom experience for which it is known — one that includes hands-on demonstrations, caring and effective teaching, and one-on-one instruction.

“The new Chromebooks offer exciting ways to use technology in the classroom, and help us to meet the demands of the middle school curriculum,” said Mrs. O’ Leary. “While they don’t replace the supportive faculty and the experiences our teachers bring to their classrooms, we believe the Chromebooks will be a fundamental add-on in the organizational and academic support for our students, and in preparing them for high school — where many of these tools are already being incorporated — and beyond.”

Sweetheart’s Dance

The girls of St. Patrick’s School arrived at the Gym on a warm Friday night in June, decked out and ready to dance with their dads or other special adults in their lives — grandpas, step-dads, uncles, family friends. Nearly 30 fathers attended the first-ever St. Patrick’s School Father-Daughter/Sweetheart Dance, many of whom had to juggle dancing with two–and sometimes three–daughters! DJ entertainment, delicious sweets, and lots and lots of dancing rounded out the evening, which received rave reviews from both fathers and daughters, who welcomed the chance to spend some time together.  DSC_0175

Spring Show a Spectacular Success

Our students sure can sing! And dance, and act, and play their instruments! Thank you to Mrs. Stone, our music teacher, and everyone who made our Spring music show a spectacular success! A 10 am dress rehearsal wowed grandparents and friends, while the evening show amazed parents. From the Lemonade musical featuring favorite nursery rhyme characters to We Haz Jazz, featuring a lesson on beloved Jazz greats, our children learned a lot and shared their love of performance with the audience.

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“O Mary We Crown Thee”

“O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today! Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May!” So sang students at St. Patrick’s School in Bedford during the May 20 Crowning of Mary, a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony led each year by the second graders at the school. The service includes the singing of hymns, praying of one decade of the Rosary, and the presentation of scrolls written by every St. Patrick’s School student with petitions and intentions for Mary. During the ceremony’s highlight, a crown of roses is placed on the head of a statue of Mary. This year, the school was visited by a special guest, Tricia Dunn Paolucci, a former Pound Ridge resident who crowned Mary at the school in 1968. St. Patrick’s School teacher Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald, who has been at the school for 50 years, was present for both crownings.image1-2