Blast Email: September 19, 2017

Safety Concern

Some parents have asked about the children’s safety in light of the parish giving out assistance to homeless people (or those who are struggling financially) during school hours. I would like to describe some of the security measures that the school uses:

  • The teachers and staff are vigilant and communicate to the office and me any suspicious activity. I asked those who supervise on the playground to always have their phones in case something needs to be reported. We report to the Unified Police Department any activity that we see as a potential threat to students’ safety and they respond immediately.
  • The entire campus is locked down with security doors.
  • The school continually consults with Officer Bruno of the Unified Police Department on security issues. Officer Bruno (and his police cruiser) are often a visible presence at the school.
  • We have 32 video cameras monitoring activity on campus. The images are displayed in the main office throughout the school day.
  • Those wishing to enter the school must be buzzed in by the office personnel.
  • Students have been instructed to not open doors for adults wishing to enter the school (unless the adult is known to them).
  • We ask coaches or others volunteering in the school to never prop open outside doors so they can reenter them. Anytime we see a security door open, we close it.

Fr. Norman is aware of the concerns and wanted me to tell you that, while providing charity is an integral part of our parish/school mission, that he and his staff take every precaution they can to ensure the safety of everyone on campus.

Gary Green

Picture Day: Monday, September 25th

Lifetouch will be on campus on Monday, September 25th for student picture day. All students are required to wear full dress which includes their vest, and pants for boys. We have sent home with your child the picture order form. Please make sure you send your order form back with your money by Wednesday, September 20th or you can go to Lifetouch Pictures.
Saint Vincent Picture Day ID is UM777051Q0.

Suicide Prevention Presentation

Taryn Aiken, Co-Chair for the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will give a presentation to parents at St. Vincent School on Tuesday, September 26 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The location will be determined based on how many people rsvp. Please let Kat know if you would like to attend by emailing her at Class presentations for the middle school students will also be given by Ms. Aiken on another date.

29th Annual Bulldog Boogie

29th Annual Bulldog Boogie 2017: Friday, September 22: “Blast From the Past”
Calling ALL Youth, ages 5 and up! Come participate in this high-energy, fun event and perform the “Bulldog Boogie” during halftime of the Judge Memorial varsity football game. Judge students from the Dance and Cheer programs serve as choreographers and coaches. Clinics will be held September 19, 20, and 21 from 5-6:30 PM at Judge Memorial. Halftime performance will be the evening of Friday, September 22. A registration fee of $30 includes a commemorative Bulldog Boogie T-Shirt.
Click here for details and to register

5th Annual Fun Run Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 5th Annual Fun Run last Friday, and a great big shout out to the School Board and HSA members who helped make this event such a success. Everyone who participated is a winner for being a part of this fun event! Here are the run results for the top four places:

1st Place: Kristine Deffner, an alumna
2nd Place: Jackson Green, 8th Grade
3rd Place: Talon Eicheid, 3rd Grade
4th Place (Tie): Nicholas Whitney, 7th Grade; Max Toner, 7th Grade

1/2 Mile
1st Place: Dylan Anderson, 5th Grade
2nd Place: Malen Semerad, 5th Grade
3rd Place: James Anderson, 5th Grade
4th Place: Lyvia Candilora, 2nd Grade

Spirit Dress: September 26th

Spirit Day is Tuesday, September 26th. The theme for spirit day will be St. Vincent spirit wear. If you do not have any St. Vincent spirit wear, you can stop by the school office to purchase a t-shirt or you can wear the school colors (red, white, navy blue).

Oktoberfest: Friday, October 13, 2017

First beverage served at 7:00 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Benvegnu Center
$35 per person (includes food, drink and entertainment)
Adults only.
Click here to register online.

Juan Diego High School (6th-8th)

Juan Diego’s Soaring Eagle Basketball Program will be holding tryouts to fill sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teams on Sunday, September 24th.
Download the flyer for more details. 

1st Grade Volunteers

Our 1st grade teachers are looking for volunteers to help with their centers in the morning. Please contact Denise Calderbank ( or Mary Williams ( for more details.

Lego League Jr. (2nd-4th)

Calling all Junior Lego Leaguers! Lego League Jr. is a fun way to be introduced to the more complicated challenges of the 5th-8th grade Lego League. Students in grades 2nd through 4th solve problems, answer questions, and make a Lego construction related to a theme. Go to this link for more information:

If you would like to sign up or if you need more information, please contact Jonathan Carnes at There is a $50 fee for each team member.

Homework Lab (2nd-8th)

Please remember that students in homework lab must have work or a silent reading book, or they will be sent to the Extended Day Program. We are finding that some students come without anything to do and then make it more difficult for the other students who are trying to work.

Annual Auction News

Announcing the Saint Vincent de Paul Parish School Annual Auction

An Evening at Casino Royale
Saturday, February 10, 2018
5:30 p.m. – Midnight

We are excited to announce that Ali Barber has agreed to co-chair the auction this year with Therese Clay as the HSA/Parent representative. If you want to help out these secret agents, please contact Therese at or (801) 527-2043.

Tickets on Sale November 14, 2017.

Cost: $70 per person (Includes appetizers, dinner, and 2 drink tickets. Cash bar available.)

More exciting details coming soon!


This is a reminder that we will be having two masses next week on Wednesday, September 27th and Friday, September 29th. Full dress is required for mass.

Monthly Collection

The 8th grade class will be collecting money during the St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day Mass on Wednesday, September 27th at 9:00 AM. The money collected will go towards relief efforts for the hurricane victims.

Blessing of the Animals

Mark your calendars. The Blessing of the Animals will take place on Friday, October 6th at 12:00 PM in the pavilion.

Standards-Based Report Cards (K-3)

Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade will receive a standards-based report card for English-Language Arts, Math, and Study Skills. This means that, instead of receiving one overall grade for the subjects of language, reading, spelling, math, and study skills, students will receive a grade for each individual standard that is assessed each quarter within those subjects. The standards that the diocese is using are M (Meets Standard), A (Approaching Standard), and N (Needs Intervention). The logistics of transitioning to this new grading system and to RenWeb (the diocese’s new grade recording system) have been very difficult. Please bear with us as we adjust to two new systems at once. More information will be sent to you as we get closer to the end of the quarter (October 19).

Development Assistant Job Posting

10 hours per week (more during Auction months Jan/Feb)
School Year Hours (August through May)


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Publisher and File Maker Pro knowledge a plus
  • Knowledge of Multimedia facets (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Auction Knowledge (Greater Giving program knowledge a plus)
  • Public relations (good personal skills/communication with parents/constituents/donors)
  • Can work independently on projects
  • Can work with deadlines
  • Attention to detail

This position is in the development office and assists the Development Director in advancing the mission of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish School. Primary tasks include alumni database management, help recruit and work with parents on committees for the auction, database management of auction donations, supporters, and reporting functions, help with other fundraisers and events as needed. In addition, this person helps set up the auction website for the purchase of tickets, party boards, or other items.

If interested email your resume to Gary Green at

Scott Joplin – 100th anniversary

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of African-American composer and pianist Scott Joplin, local composer and Jazz Pianist Scott Larrabee will be performing part three of his four part recital series “Scott Plays Scott” showcasing the entire Scott Joplin Catalogue.

With narration by Baritone Michael Allen Gray, this Storytelling Recital transports us back to the birth of Ragtime and how it changed American Music forever. Performance starts at 7:00 PM, September 23rd in the church, and there will be a freewill offering to benefit “Sr. Angela’s Assistance Program for the Poor”.
Download the flyer for more details. 

Flu Shot Clinic – Friday, October 6th

Community Nursing Services (CNS) will be administering flu shots from noon until 3PM in the Benvegnu Center on October 6th. Please note, this year there will be NO FLU MIST vaccine available. CNS can bill most insurance companies, or cash payment will be $35 for the Flu Shot. Please register by sending an email to with the number of vaccines your family needs.
Download the flyer for more details. 

Rocky Mountain College Fair (6th-8th): September 23rd

The Rocky Mountain College Fair will be held at Juan Diego High School on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:45 AM – 3:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn and meet with over 90 college and university representatives from around the country.

This event is free to both students (6th-12th) and parents. On-site parking will be available.

Download the flyer for more details.


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