Monday Memo

We Are Family - October 11, 2021

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences this week. This is a great opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with your child's teacher and learn about their progress in their subjects.

Starting last spring, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis began the process of moving all schools to the PowerSchool student information system. This year, they are piloting PowerSchool with fifteen schools, including Saint Susanna. Although we were already a PowerSchool environment, changing to a district set up has had brought some changes.

The biggest change that parents will notice will be the updates to the K-3 report cards. These report cards are standards based and will include the following updates:

  • The overall subject grade in first through third grade is a reflection of all assignments in the subject. For example in ELA, the overall grade will include all assignments in spelling, handwriting, and writing. Kindergarten will not have an overall subject grade.

  • The K-3 grading scale has shifted from the traditional O-S-U scale to E (exemplary), M (mastery), P (partial mastery), and X (not assessed because there is not enough student work).

  • K-3 students will receive mastery grades in the standards within each subject area. Again using ELA as an example, students will receive mastery grades in writing, handwriting, conventions, and the writing process. This will help inform parents where their student is excelling and where they may need additional help within a single subject area.

As always, the main goal of the report card is to provide and improve communication about a student's grade level progress. Teachers will have a copy of the report card for you at conferences and we will email copies home later as we normally do.

Report cards in grades 4th - 8th are similar to years past. There will be subject area grades based on a percentage grade and traditional grading scale.

Have a great week Spartans!

God bless,

Janet Abdoulaye, Principal

Events This Week

Wednesday, October 13th

  • Regular Uniform
  • Dismissal at 1:00 PM - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 14th

  • School Mass, led by 8th grade. Livestream available on our YouTube Channel.
  • Dismissal at 1:00 PM - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 15th

  • Spiritwear for students
  • Dismissal at 1:20 PM - Happy Fall Break

School Resumes, Monday, October 25th

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

  • November 6th - Jamboree and Chili Cookoff. More info to come on the return of this exciting event!
  • November 10th - Picture Makeup Day
  • December 9th - K-4 Christmas Show (tentative)

Jamboree 2021

The annual Jamboree and Chili Cook Off will be Saturday, November 6th starting at 6:30 PM. This event will be held in Zore Hall and the north parking lot. We invite you to join us for an evening of entertainment, delicious chili, and a raffle with a grand prize of $4,000.

Families will receive a letter this week along with raffle tickets to sell to friends, family, or anyone who is interested in our grand prize and supporting our school programs. The money raised by the raffle goes directly to our parent group and is used to support our school.

All Souls Remembrance

We will remember and pray for our faithful departed during a school mass on November 11th at 8:45 AM. If your family has experienced a death in the past year, we would welcome the opportunity to pray for your loved one. Please complete the form at and we will add your family member or loved one to our remembrance. The loved one does not need to have been Catholic.

We will read your loved one's name during an entrance procession and place a candle in our memorial display at the foot of the altar.

If you would like to send a picture of your family member to be included in the display, please email a digital copy to Janet Abdoulaye at by October 30th. The pictures will not be returned.

Around Our School

Fridays are the best days to be in Kindergarten or First Grade. Kindergarten enjoyed a 5 Little Pumpkins STEM activity while first grade completed puzzles to work on critical thinking and collaboration skills!

St. Francis of Assis Pet Blessing 2021

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Vaccination Clinic - Hendricks County Health Department

Many routine doctor's visits and vaccinations were put on hold over the last year as we all dealt with the impact COVID had on our health care system. Many of our students are behind on their routine vaccinations that keep them safe from hepatitis, meningitis, pertussis, chickenpox, and more. The clinic offered on November 30th by the Hendricks County Health department is a great way to get your student caught up on required vaccinations.
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Teacher Luncheon: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our CIA: Community In Action Parent Group would like to provide lunch for our teachers and staff during parent-teacher conferences on October 13th. The luncheon will be a walking taco bar so that teachers and grab a quick meal between conferences. For more details and to sign up, please visit

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 13th and 14th from 1-6 PM. Please sign up for a conference with your children's homeroom teachers. At this time, we plan to offer in-person OR online video conferences, whichever best suit your needs. Depending on the situation with COVID in October, these may move entirely online. When signing up for conferences, please indicate if you would prefer an online conference.

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School Counselor

I am happy to announce that Saint Susanna has a school counselor available for our students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ms. Katie Evans comes to us from Catholic Charities. She is a licensed clinical social worker / therapist. She will work with students on an individual basis, as needed. She will also teach whole class social-emotional lessons on topics such as being a good friend, bullying, and other age-appropriate topics. Ms. Evans presence in our school is made possible by utilizing a portion of our EANS grant from the federal government over the next two school years.

Students may be referred to Ms. Evans by teachers or the principal for a one-time visit. After that, parents must complete an consent form for continued visits. The consent form is available at the end of the Monday Memo or in the school office. You can reach Ms. Evans directly at

Volunteer Opportunities

The service hour tracking form can be found here and a copy will be sent home in the back-to-school packets. We ask that each family complete five service hours this school year. These hours can be completed during school or parish events.

Upcoming events include:

  • Stay tuned....

Easy Fund-Raising for Saint Susanna Catholic School!

Box Tops for Education

Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Download the new Box Tops App (iTunes or Google Play) – it’s free
  • Step 2: Create a username and connect it to your child’s school
  • Step 3: Scan your grocery store receipt. Items with the new Box Tops label will be automatically credited to your school

Does this mean I should stop sending in my paper Box Tops that I have already clipped? No! Continue to send those to the school!

Kroger Community Rewards

Information on the Kroger Community Rewards program can be found here on their website or under the "rewards" tab in your Kroger app. You will need to search for the exact name of our organization as SAINT SUSANNAS SCHOOL PTP . From there, you can link your Kroger card with our organization and a portion of your spending at Kroger will come to us.

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About Us

St. Susanna Catholic School's mission is to provide a Christ-centered, quality education that prepares and inspires its students to excel as they progress in their scholastic careers. Based on Catholic teachings, our students and staff exemplify the value of faith, service, love, and respect in all situations and with all people.