[CLOSING ENTRY] Captain’s Log: STARDATE 96790.10
As we reflect on our experience as event chairs, we are grateful for the generations of families, friends and businesses that continue to sponsor, donate, contribute and attend our largest fundraising effort – our annual REACH Auction.
Together we raised $314,000 for SAINT PATS: The Next Generation— thank you! We are especially grateful to the 2019 REACH Board, parent volunteers, event vendors, school and parish faculty for their efforts supporting REACH.
Please join us next year on Saturday, March 14, 2020, to kick off our 45th REACH Auction.
Live long and prosper,
Doug & Salina Jones
2019 REACH Auction Chairs
Thank you to all who participated in REACH 2019 as sponsors, contributors, guests and volunteers. Check out our photos from auction!
Pink Shoes and Old Desks
This afternoon, my daughter and her children were packing up to go home after their usual weekend visit, and I wistfully watched my tiny granddaughter walk away in her little pink shoes. These particular shoes are nearing the end of their useful time for her, as they have just about been outgrown. Strangely enough, it’s a bittersweet thought for me, since these same little pink shoes were worn by her mother thirty years ago. I had saved them, not only because they were sweet and filled with memories, but because they still had some miles left in them.
Tomorrow I’ll be back at work, and I will see the faces of students as they sit at the desks in our middle school. Students seem to be bigger these days than they were 45 years ago, when those desks were new, and they almost seem to be outgrowing them. Strangely enough, this is bittersweet to me as well. I wonder who in the past has sat in these seats? What new things did they learn? Where are those students now? Are they perhaps even reading this missive? And what are the stories behind some of the secretly etched graffiti that simply won’t wash away?
Nostalgia aside, it is clear that the time has come where we need to make changes. So many of our desks are falling apart with age and use. We need to provide updated, relevant furnishings for our school children, and I am very excited that our Fund an Item for the REACH 2019 auction will feature an opportunity to do so. This theme is a fun one, and one where we will get to tangibly see our generosity at work, as new faces fill new seats this coming fall.
We’ve done well by our classroom resources. We’ve used them until we can see the end of useful miles, but we’ve used them well.
With “using things well” in mind, I suppose now is also the time for me to search for some bigger pink shoes. There are more sweet memories to make.
by Barbara Bolanos, Vice Principal
If you have not yet supported REACH 2019, (or just want to give a little more), please consider a thoughtful contribution to the Fund-An-Item for so we can provide updates, relevant furnishings for SAINT PATS: The Next Generation!
REACH Item Pick Ups
Free Dress Week is April 9 – 13, the week after spring break. This is a school wide effort. Get your Free Dress Week for a gift of $50 per family.
Pre-Kindergarten Personalized Wine Bottles Make your donation of $100 for a personalized bottle or buy a case for $1,000 and give a bottle to your family and friends.
First Grade Canvas Mrs. Johnson & Mrs. Nagel have captured your students’ dreams and aspirations. Your child was asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Your student is featured in this 24 X 24 canvas that will surprise and delight you. Special thanks to Phyllis Simons, of Simply Simons Photography. $100 donation per canvas. Perfect gift for grandparents!
Second Grade Book A donation of $100 for a keep-sake book of handwritten prayers from students in the year of First Holy Communion preparation.
8th Grade Memory Book makes a great graduation present! Make your donation of $100 per book.
Art Room After Dark is an evening with art teacher/artist Emily Keller in the Art Room at Saint Patrick Catholic School. Create a unique terra cotta clay art project while enjoying a drink and snacks with friends May 2, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. $50 per person 25 people maximum, first come, first serve. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Purchases can be made online or directly through Bonnie Viafore, during school hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Take the REACH 2019Survey and tell us what you loved about your voyage on the USS REACH!
Save the Date
Save the date for the 45th Annual REACH Auction— March 14, 2020!