Principal Notes 12/12/2014

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

Concert Practice

All School Practice

· On Tuesday morning, December 16th, all kindergarten through 5th grade students will be transported to and from the auditorium by bus for practice. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time.

ATTENTION: Please drive ALL BAND STUDENTS to the auditorium and arrive by 7:30am to practice. Students in band need to bring their music and instrument for practice. All siblings not in band should arrive first to school for attendance and lunch count.

The Advent Virus . . . . Anonymous via email WARNING……

Dear Parents,

I received this the other day and wanted to share it with you. I hope that you are able to have some of the feelings and joy from the advent season.


Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Free Jeans Day - December 19

We will be having free a jeans day on Friday, December 19th. You may wear jeans with a holiday themed top. No charge!

Coat Drive

Coats, Hats, Scarves and Gloves!!!

Do you have gently used coats that you aren’t using anymore hanging in your closets? Clear them out! The 5th and 2nd graders are wanting to help those in need this winter and you can assist in two ways!

1.) Simply bring your gently used coat(s), size infant to adult, to St. Cecilia School and drop them in the totes located in the hallway by the front office doors. Preschool also has a tote in their classroom for donations. Coats can be donated throughWednesday, 12/17. The 5th graders will sort and distribute the coats to Birthright and the Bethesda Community Clothing Closet in Ames, as well as local community members in need on Wednesday, 12/17, just in time for Christmas.*

2.) Want to help, but don’t have any coats to provide? Send your monetary donation in a envelope marked, 2nd grade Service Project, and have your student give to their teacher. All contributions will be used to purchase hats, gloves and scarves and donated with the gently used coats. The monetary donations will be combined with proceeds from the 2nd grade hot cocoa sale offered last week. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, December 16th.

Questions, please contact Lisa Weary at or #515-292-0488. Thank you for helping those in need this winter and Christmas season, as well as supporting the 5th and 2nd grade service projects!

*Birthright provides caring, non-judgmental suppor​t and resources to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. We ​offer positive and loving alternatives​, ​confidential help, friendship and emotional support, & free pregnancy testing. We provide a room of free clothing including maternity clothing, baby clothing, coats, shoes etc., up through the babies first year.

*Bethesda Community Clothing Closet is a volunteer operated organization and provides free clothing and meals to families in need.

Fifth Grade – Stations of the Nativity

Please mark your calendars for Friday, 12/19 as the fifth graders will celebrate the Stations of the Nativity in the Church at 9 a.m. All are welcome!

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is overflowing! All items will be set out on tables next week. Please remind your students to look for lost items.

Anything not picked up by the end of next week will be donated to Goodwill. Thanks!

Scrip Tidbits

Did you know that you can do all/most of your Christmas gift card shopping through Scrip? Don’t run from store to store getting your gift cards. Fill out a scrip order form online by Monday, and we’ll send all your cards home with your child in their Friday folder. We can order stores such as American Girl, Nike, Under Armour, Gap, iTunes, Bath and Body Works, Amazon, Harry and David, Omaha Steaks and many others!

There is ONLY 1 MORE MONDAY TO ORDER SCRIP before Christmas break!!!!!! If you have any questions about Scrip, please contact Bev Williams or Shannon Schroeder at

Christmas Concert Details & DVD Order


Date: Tuesday, December 16 / 2014

Place: Ames City Auditorium

Time: 7:00pm

Dear Parents,

It is with great excitement that we are writing this letter! Christmas is quickly arriving and we are preparing a wonderful performance to give you a wonderful start to the season!

Below you will find important information about this event, please read thoroughly.

K- 5 Students’ Concert Attire

Girls: Dress / Skirts / Pants (No blue Jeans)

Shirt (Make sure shoulders are covered)

Comfortable Shoes

Boys: Shirt & Tie

Pants / No blue Jeans

Comfortable Shoes

All School Practice

· On December 16, during school hours students will be transported to and from the auditorium by bus. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time.

ATTENTION: Please drive ALL BAND STUDENTS to the auditorium and arrive by 7:30am to practice. Students in band need to bring their music and instrument for practice. All siblings not in band should arrive first to school for attendance and lunch count.

Performance Details

· Doors will open at 6:20pm

· Band Students are expected to arrive at 6:20pm

· K - 5 grade students are expected to arrive no later than 6:45pm.

Please have them come to the hallway behind the stage.

· The performance will last 45 minutes.

Performance DVD for Purchase

· If you wish to have a recording of the Musical please send $10 - ten dollars with the completed slip found below. The band part of the show will not be on this DVD as the recording rights for these pieces have not been purchased. The slips will be collected and DVDs sent out in January 2015.

Performance Details Letter

Should you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wendt at

God bless,

Luisa Wendt

Vocal Music Teacher

Cecil Stanley

Band Instructor

St. Cecilia Talent Show

Dear Parents of All Talented St. Cecilia Students,

The St. Cecilia Talent Show will be presented in conjunction with Catholic Education Week and will be open for the public to attend! It is currently scheduled for Sunday afternoon,January 25 following the pasta lunch. Auditions will be held the week of January 5. There will be a sign up for audition times online very soon. More information will be forthcoming.


Angi Nespor

Christmas Family Liturgy

Plan to participate in this year’s Christmas Family Liturgy on Wednesday, December 24 at 4pm. There are many roles to be filled in the play, liturgy, and music. Once again, we hope to have many families (adults-teens-children) involved.

Follow this web link to sign up today:

Any questions, contact Bob Hauser at

Christmas Break

Please note that we will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 19th. Our Christmas break will be until Sunday, January 4, 2015. School and preschool classes resume on Monday, January 5, 2015. We hope you have a safe and relaxing Christmas break that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas. God’s blessings!

Upcoming Events

Monday, 12/15: 8:45 a.m. Advent Prayer Service

  • Tuesday, 12/16: 7 p.m. Christmas Concert at Ames City Auditorium
  • Wednesday, 12/17: 9 a.m. All School Mass and 11:15 a.m. 4-Year-Old Preschool Lunch
  • Friday, 12/19: 9 a.m. Stations of the Nativity by 5th Grades, 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal, No Afternoon Owls Club and End of Second Quarter
  • Monday, 12/22/14 to Friday, 01/02/15: Christmas Break

Other Events

Cyclone Contracting

See attached letter for information on how to nominate a deserving recipient for a free furnace.

Nomination Information

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