Congratulations to the November lottery calendar winners!

Bernadine Bachman
Christina Berry
Cheryl Keefer
Lou Mersing
Megan Reilly
Dianna Shipley
Ron Smith
Jen & Brian Aldridge
Bill Carter
Doris Ponder
Stacey Green
Dot Kosakowski
Steve Zabawsky
Harriet & Michael Petersen
Michael Dubinak
Andalushia Reilly
Val Kuzma
Amy Bladel
Paul Defabb

St. Philip Ice Skating - Order tickets online now!
Sunday December 11th -  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
If you will be sending a check through school,
please use the printable form on the Ice Skating Event website page.
Friends and family welcome!  The more the merrier!
Skate passes are good for the entire day!


Cars may enter the parking lots for drop off and
exit by the American Legion or on Crennell Ave.
Crafton Ave. is for bus traffic only.
Your cooperation is a "safety plan" for our students.



Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director
PYSO Fall FREE Concert
The Color of Sound
Sunday, November 20, 2016
7:00 PM
Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists
Leah De Gruyl and Brian Vu
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol
Georges Bizet – Carmen (Habanera, Seguidilla, Cancion de Toreador)
Manuel de Falla – Finale from the Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2
Concert length is approximately two hours with intermission.
Appropriate for school age students and older.
Download free tickets at or you can pick up free tickets on the day of the concert in the outer lobby of Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland starting an hour before the performance.

The order deadline for Sarris Christmas Candy has been extended to
Monday November 14.   Please help SPS surpass last year's orders of over $25,000!

Placing an Order via Catalog:
Orders can be placed using the form on the catalog
Return the order forms c/o School Office with a check made payable to St. Philip PTG
Orders are due by November 14, 2016
Placing an Order Online
Orders can be placed online at Sarris Candies Fundraising with group #10-0604
Orders placed online will be shipped directly to the address provided.
Online orders earn 25% profit.


The order deadline for Sarris Christmas Candy
has been extended to Monday November 14.  
Please help SPS surpass last year's orders of over $25,000!

Placing an Order via Catalog:
Orders can be placed using the form on the catalog
Return the order forms c/o School Office with a check made payable to St. Philip PTG
Orders are due by November 14, 2016
Placing an Order Online
Orders can be placed online at Sarris Candies Fundraising with group #10-0604
Orders placed online will be shipped directly to the address provided.
Online orders earn 25% profit.


Chess Club announcement:

As stated in the flier that went home last week,

November 3rd was the last week for after school chess sessions.

Originally, we had planned to have an in school tournament on November 10th. However, there is a Middle School Musical meeting in the cafeteria tonight which Mr. Fischer must attend so the tournament was moved to Thursday, November 17th from 6:30-8:00 in the cafeteria. A sign up form was sent home with that information. Many students have registered for that event and we are looking forward to it.


Hoagie Sale
This is our first hoagie sale of the school year!  What a delicious way of earning your FRQ!  Because the Italian Bread Place has closed, we are now ordering from the North Shore Deli. We will be offering Italian and Turkey Hoagies.
Please complete and submit the FINAL ORDER FORM with your checks, no cash, payable to St. Philip PTG, to Robin Sanders room 5A.
DUE DATE:              November 10, 2016.
PICK UP DATE:       November 17, 2016 in the cafeteria from 3:30 – 5:00.  
Orders will not be released until 3:30 to ensure the accuracy of the orders.

Congratulations to the SPS JV soccer team on winning the Diocesan Championship today with a 3-1 victory over St. Patrick!  Led by Matthew McDevitt’s three goals and outstanding defense and goalkeeping, the JV team gave the large contingent of SPS spectators a lasting memory with their performance today.  The JV team and coaches would like to thank Sister Geri, SPS athletics, and all the SPS fans who came out to support us today, last night, and all season long.  We’re thrilled to be bringing the championship trophy and banner back to SPS!

Please turn in your orders and money on Monday, November 7, 2016. This is the LAST DAY because the order is going in on Tuesday, November 8. Anything received after 11/7/16 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Thanks to all of the SPAA teams, their coaches, VP's
Parents and SPAA BOARD who make us so proud of the way that our
youth play their sports.


Congratulations to the JV soccer team on its Diocesan semifinal victory Saturday night at Seton La Salle, defeating Sacred Heart 3-0. 
The JV team now advances to Sunday’s Diocesan championship game at 3:30 pm at Founders Field in Harmarville (101 Eisele Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15024).
We had a great show of support for the semifinals,
and we’re hoping for the same Sunday. 
It’s not often one of our teams competes for a Diocesan championship—come on out and enjoy tomorrow’s game and show your school spirit!

There will be NO After School Care
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving

Square One Art On-line order deadline extended!
You can still place your square one art orders on-line until Saturday, November 5th at
We are only 10 orders away from our Goal of 150 orders to get 15% FRQ!!!
So if you wanted to place an order and thought you missed your chance, please take advantage of this extension and order holiday gifts and keepsakes of your child's artwork.
Help us reach our goal of 150 orders!
Any questions contact Sue Sniadach at or 412-315-9048.


 Our school is beginning the process of Middle States re-accreditation which is an external, objective validation of school quality and student achievement that fosters continuous school improvement. Along with all the schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, St Philip School is being asked to assess our school’s performance in many areas and to choose some goals for improvement. Parent input is an important part of this activity and parents are asked to help measure the school’s “current reality” by assessing the school against the 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation.
An on-line survey is being provided to help parents with this task.
The link to access the survey is - .

This link can also be found on the SPS website –
Please respond by November 15th.
Thank you for your co-operation in this effort to make St Philip School a truly excellent place of learning.

October Lottery Winners
Carol Komoroski
Laurie Koeppl
Samantha Bird
Barbara Loniero
Edward Laffey
Patricia Connell
Sherry Flowers
Mike Schmitt
Lena Zenorini
Rose Rosenwald
Ken Jackman
Dot Kosakowski
Michele Janoski
Christine Banycky
Regis Ellis
Karen Flaherty
Theresa Laffey
Mary Lou Coleman
Jim Sproats
Yolanda Barbuto
Val Kuzma
Darla Cappello
Kathy & Bob Phillips
Great numbers still available…….
Contact for more information


                                                         Orders due November 2                                                              

All paper orders should be submitted to the Main Office in an envelope marked “Square One Art”.

Payments should be made by check or money order payable to Square 1 Art.  NO cash please.   

Order on-line at

Don’t miss this chance to order gifts and keepsakes featuring your child’s art!

FRQ is 10%; but if we get 150 orders, FRQ will be 15%!

Any questions, please contact Sue Sniadach at or 412-315-9048.

                                             Christmas Greens 

The due date for the Christmas Greens and Poinsettia orders has been changed to Thursday November 3.   The date is changed because there is no school on Friday November 4.  We have Parent Teacher Conferences.  
Thank you,
Marie J Gossic

Happy All Saints Day


                                  SPS Soccer Teams In Playoffs!

The SPS JV and Varsity soccer teams have qualified for the Diocese-wide playoffs this weekend. The Varsity team will play a quarterfinal game this Friday, November 4, at 6:40 pm at Founders Field on Route 910 in Cheswick (address is 101 Eisele Road, 15024). The JV team will play a semifinal game this Saturday , November 5, at 6:00 pm at Seton La Salle High School (1000 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226). Championship games will be played Sunday afternoon at Founders Field. Both teams secured the 3 seed in their divisions after very strong regular season performances. It would be great to see a strong SPS fan turnout this weekend—come out and support our student-athletes!


Congratulations to both the SPS Varsity and Junior Varsity Soccer teams for making it to the playoffs!

Both teams will finish the regular season this Saturday with home games at St. Paul’s; JV at 1 PM and Varsity at 2:15


2016 Soup and Bake Sale

St. Philip Parish has grown in parishioners. So with that being said.

To make this sale a success we need your help.

We are in need of soup. 1 batch = 4 quarts. We need a total of 20 batches of Chicken Noodle soup, 12 - 15 batches of Potato soup and 12 - 15 batches of Chili.

To reach our goal this is what we still need:

9 batches of chicken noodle

6 batches of potato

9 batches of chili

If you can help please send me an email with your choice of soup and how many batches you can do. I will then send the containers home to you for the soup.


Phone: 724-584-0198

Thank you for making this year a huge soup sale.

Marie Gossic and Jennifer Hoffman


Due to the recent merger of parishes, along with the addition of the school, it will take time to process all of the clearances.  If you need your clearances, please continue to get them and continue to volunteer.  We need your help. We are still trying to get everything in order in the administrative end of the new parish that has formed post-merger. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 2016-2017 SPS SPIRIT WALK either as a Donor, Worker, Community Member Student, Parent or SPS Staff Member!  Your support is FABULOUS!
You have one more chance for your child/family/business to be publicly recognized as a supporter of SPS!  This will be GREAT advertisement for the businesses!!!
There are still donations being made by community members and SPS families.  
THANK YOU!!! Your kindness is genuinely accepted and appreciated.  


PRESENTATION by the Crafton Police

Grades 5,6,7,8

Monday, October 24, 2016

School Gym

1 PM


Lottery Calendar

Final few days remaining to keep your last year's lottery calendar numbers. 

After 10/16/16, they may not be available.

Please email to reserve your old or new calendars or return your form to school this week.

Thank you


Green and White Spirit Day

Come with Spirit.


Wednesday, October 12


TOMORROW is a beautiful day for a Spirit Walk!!!!

We are accepting last minute sign orders to be made the morning of the

Spirit Walk 

Email Darci Lynn  Reilly directly.

Just send your check or money to the office by Friday, October 14.



Dates for Bowling (see flyer)

October 14, 21

2:30- 5 PM


All School Liturgy
Friday, October 7, 2016
Canned goods for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank are being accepted
at the All School Liturgy Friday, October 7.
Thank you for your continuous support of our local food bank.


Lock Down

The students were in Lock Down this morning at the

request of the Chief of the Police in Crafton.

Students were released from lock down after about

40 minutes.

The Chief requested that the student have

indoor recess today.

There was no one in the school or outside of the school.

Police are investigating a 911 call for the area.

All are safe.


Pennsylvania Mandated Reporting

Session at Ascension is closed.

There is a session at OLSH

 Nov. 3, 2016 6:30-9:30 P.M.



The first PTG General Membership Meeting is Wednesday, October 5, from 7 - 8:30 in the Cafe.

All families are encouraged to attend.

You can find the agenda for the meeting on the school website under PTG/about the PTG.

Or just click here:

Gym Uniforms are being sent home with children today (October 3). Please review your order.    

Some items are back-ordered. We anticipate having the back-ordered items very soon. When these items arrive, they will be sent home with your student. Please contact Catherine Neal or Kelly Ziolkowski with any questions.
Volunteers are needed for the St. Philip School 2016 Fall Soup and Bake Sale being held on November 5 and 6. We are in need of volunteers to make soup and bake bread and cookies (no cupcakes please). This is an easy way to get volunteer hours. Soup recipes will be provided. Please contact Marie Gossic at if you are able to bake or make soup.

September 30
Last Day
for uniform shorts.
Uniforms are required beginning in October.

Spirit Walk signs will be posted today.
It is not too late to get your sign.
Go to the SPS on line store.

Instructions for Completing 
Mandated Pennsylvania and Diocesan Volunteer Clearances
Check backpacks for Directions on how to do your volunteer clearances.
Look for the YELLOW paper in the book bag. 
Call the school office if you need help.
Thank you for attending to our obligation to keep our children safe.

      Wednesday, September 28th will be the last day to register for basketball.

             Please send your registration forms to the school office, 

  to the attention of Mary Aiello. 

    If you need a form they are available on the school website,    

   under the athletics tab.


Diocese of Pittsburgh
Volunteers & Employees need the following  
Forms are found on:  
1.  Diocese of Pittsburgh Application for Employees & Volunteers
2.  Password is  Protect
3.  Child Abuse History Certification
4.  Consent/Release of information authorization form
5.  Fingerprinting or Waiver
6.  Mandated Reporter Training...Send the copy of the certificate to the school office.
7.  Code of Pastoral Conduct
Thank you for helping to protect our children.

Thank you for coming to Meet the Teachers Night.
We have a great group of parents at SPS
as well as students and teachers.
Blessings to all.

All possible Homeroom Parents must have a Mandated Reporting certificate.

 There is one scheduled at Ascension Worship Site on Oct. 12, 2016.

It can also be done on line.

People can take the MRT online and the link is on the Diocese Website under Protection of Children and Youth. 

 There is a list of live MRT classes there.


Basketball sign-ups will be tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20th in the school courtyard
 from 5:00 - 7:00PM, during fall sports pictures. 
 Please turn your paperwork in to Mary Aiello. 
The deadline to register for basketball will be Wednesday, September 28th.
 5:00pm cross country
5:15 JV soccer
5:30 varsity soccer
5:45 Varsity volleyball
6:00 JV volleyball
6:15 Devl soccer
6:40 peewee soccer


Monday, September 19, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 PM


Meet your child's/ children's Teachers

Group Sessions 

6:30 - 7 PM

7:00 - 7:30 

7:30 - 8:00

        If you need a conference, 

      you may schedule a time to meet.


New Band Parent Meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

School Library

6 PM

Parents and children interested in the band need to be present.



Do you have all of your clearances?

Are you ready to start fulfilling your volunteer hours ?

Consider helping at the SPS CAFE'

We need help Monday - Friday    10:15-12:15 PM

It is fun and a very easy way to volunteer. 

If you have clearances you can just come or contact Noelle Panza at or  412-928-2742 x 9



Peewee soccer starts tomorrow, Saturday, September 10th from 9-10:00 AM  at St. Paul's Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road

                     PeeWee plays in the lower field near the pavilion, but please don't park in the lot closest to the field. Please park in the lot by O'Conner Hall.

                                                                        Any questions, please contact Kelly Cullen at


Festival Volunteer Hours

If you have a form indicating your 2016 Festival volunteer hours and have not submitted it,

please send it to the school office this week so we can give you credit. 

Mark it Festival Volunteer Hours.


 Congratulations to the August Lottery Calendar Winners!

Doug Vinos
Linda Zug
Robert Smith
Nina Petersen
Melissa Keefer
Kim Avery
Maryann Bohn
Robert & Lilla Mikush
Al Mizia
Rose Rosenwald
Edward Eglar
Tommy Thompson
Jessica Flaherty
Mildred Moran
Chrissy Celesti
Kellie Kimberling
Jessica Bigler
Donna Howard
Jon Morencel
Carol Adams
Shirley Babeji
Doria Schuck & Steve Zabawsky
Dianna Shipley




                                                         Please submit all gym uniform orders by FRIDAY.

                                        Please contact Catherine Neal or Kelly Ziolkowski with any questions.

"Thirty One orders are due tomorrow. Remember, you will earn 15% towards your FRQ! Please contact Catherine Neal with any questions."


All School Liturgy

St. Philip School students will have Liturgy

Friday, September 2 with Fr. John at 8 AM.

Students are invited to bring a canned goods for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

Thank you in advance.



Because the teacher is not feeling well,

There will be no PreK orientation on Friday, Sept. 2

Class begins on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8:15 AM.

 Parents may visit the classroom at that time.


3 year old orientation is Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 PM. 

Preschool  1st day is Thursday, September 8.


St. Philip Information Fair

Monday, August 29

6:30-8:30 PM

Father Kelty Hall

It is a time to meet PTG Chairpersons, the Religious Ed Director

Pick up the 2nd and 8th Grade Sacramental packet for

dates and informations about the sacraments.

Come for ice cream.


2nd Day

Great  1st and 2nd Day at SPS!

All families are invited to our


You are invited!
St. Philip School
Information Fair
August 29, 2016 
 6:30-8:30 PM
Fr. Kelty Hall
(below St.Philip Church)

Representative will be present to answer questions 
and offer possibilities for your children and for you to volunteer!

Representatives from:
  • PTG Committees
  • including the Cafe'
  • Faith Formation (Sacraments)
  • SPAA St. Philip Athletics Board
  • Parish Festival
  • School Extracurriculars
  • and more...
COME  for the ice cream social!
 We hope you will attend!
Sister Geri Marr, S.C.    Rev. John B. Gizler, III


Monday, August 22, 2016


Welcome to the launch of the 2016-17 

St. Philip School Year

Some points to remember:

Students will come to the courtyard to meet the teachers and enter the building at 7:30AM

At that same time parishioners will be coming for 8:00 AM Mass on 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Tuesday and Thursday

Mass is at the Ascension Worship Site.


The late bell is  7:50 AM

It is a good habit to be on time.

You are welcome to come to the Cafe' for refreshments at 7:30 AM.



who have spent hours preparing the new STEAM ROOM

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Room)

for the students.

COME AND VISIT at Meet the Teachers Night

The 100th anniversary funds made the 




After School care will begin on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

No After School on Monday, August 22, 2016


NEWS from SPS Revised 2B

The first day of school will be here before you know it and there are many new and exciting things happening this year at St. Philip! I’m happy to give you an overview of some of the changes.

Faculty Updates

We wish Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Ehmann and Mr. Dan Miller the best in their new endeavors as they departures from St. Philip School.

Miss Catherine Rogers will be teaching  2B.

Mrs. Wilfert be teaching  4A.

The third grade will have one classroom this year and we welcome Mrs. Anne Peterson, who did a long term substitution at SPS, as our new 3rd Grade teacher.

We are happy to have Mr. Andrew Kraus as our new music and band teacher this year.

The faculty is currently preparing for the school year and will update the school supplies list so students are prepared. Please check the school website for updated teacher webpages, teacher emails and new faculty bios!

As many of you know, Mrs. Gilles has retired this year and we are so grateful for her many years of service to our school!

Mrs. Suzy Ruskin is our new school secretary, a former library director. Please welcome her as you call into the office or stop by the school!

Facility Improvements

We are excited to announce that our STEAM Lab is almost complete and will be up and running very soon. The lab will hold our library of technology items but will also serve as an “idea” forum for interactive learning.

The STEAM Lab, as well as the Library, will have new air conditioning units this year.

New blinds have been installed in all classrooms and will hopefully help cool the rooms as well as provide shade for Smartboard use. Blinds have also been installed on the classroom doors for security purposes.

New carpet has been installed in many classrooms.

We thank St. Philip Parish for the newly paved parking lots.

Classroom Assignments

Please check Option C for classroom assignments. If you do not have a password, please call the office and Mrs. Ruskin, new secretary, will be happy to forward you the information.

New St. Philip Families

We understand that there is always a learning curve when entering a new school. As a new family, you will be assigned a Parent Partner. If you feel that you need assistance right away, please call the office and we can help direct you!

SPS is almost ready for the new school year, but not yet.

1.  See the revision of faculty and staff on Option C...keep watching
2.  Several rooms have new rugs from the Centennial Funds
3. Since the Grades 3,4,5 Girls bath room had water damage by a girl plugging up a sink
on purpose, we had to repair bathrooms and several areas to the tune of over $5,000.
(Thank God it was covered by insurance).  
Our 1st School Rule is:
4.  Our new STEAM ROOM is almost complete with the use of Centennial Funds
(It was the Wireless Lab). 
5.  Every window and classroom door in K-8 have new blinds with the Centennial Funds.
6.  Several families have received a grant from the  Centennial Compassion Fund.
7.  More news later as we enjoy our 2nd Century of glory.
We are grateful for the PAST,  PRESENT, and  FUTURE of
Catholic Education for our YOUTH who are our future leaders. 
Continue to invite more new families to St. Philip School.
They are WELCOME.
We say:

Happy  Summer 2016
Welcome All 
Here are some events for your calendar:
They will soon be on our website calendar.

We hope everyone is having a great summer!
While the start of school is several weeks away there are some events to mark on your calendars.

Monday August 22 is the first day of school for grades 1-8

  • Saturday August 27 is the St. Philip Church BBQ in the courtyard begins at 5 PM
  • Monday August 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 is the SPS Family Information Fair. Representatives from the PTG, SPAA, Faith Formation (formerly Religious Education) and School Extracurricular activities will be there to provide information, answer questions and offer volunteer opportunities to families for everything occurring in the upcoming school year.
  • Monday September 19 is K-8 Meet the Teachers Night from 6:30 - 8:30.


Congratulations to the SPS JV soccer team

 on an outstanding season!

The team advanced to the Diocesan semifinals in the top division this past Saturday
after defeating St. Alphonsus 2-0 in the quarterfinals last week.
Although they came up short in the semifinal game against Allison Park United,
the kids’ effort and performance in that game was something
those in attendance will not soon forget.

The way the kids played and handled themselves with class in defeat
represented what SPS is all about—

they made all of us proud.