Monday Memo

We Are Family - November 1, 2021

Dear Parents,

Today, November 1st, is the Solemnity of All Saints. A Solemnity is the highest celebration in the Catholic church and today is dedicated to celebrating all those who have attained heaven whether they are recognized as canonized saints or not. Tomorrow, November 2nd, is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, or All Souls Day. This day celebrates all who have died and await heaven. Traditionally, on this day, we pray especially for all those who have died in the past year. We will celebrate All Souls Day as a school community on Thursday, November 11th. Please visit to include your recently departed loved one's name in our service.

The Saint Susanna Pro-Life Committee hosts a pro-life art contest each year. The awards were presented after mass this morning. Mass and the awards ceremony are available at

The Jamboree is coming up this Saturday, November 6th, starting at 6:30 PM. This is a great evening of fellowship for our school and parish community. The event traditionally includes chili tasting, children's games, a draw down (reverse) raffle, the teacher wishlist, a jail and bail, and other fun activities. it will be an indoor/outdoor event to allow for social distancing.

The Committee welcomes additional chili entries. I make the world's worst chili, so I will spare you all my offerings and assure you that any chili you make could beat mine, hands down. Chili and dessert entries welcome here: Who will walk away with the award for hottest chili? For people's choice? For non-traditional? We will see!

The Jamboree Committee could use help with various activities including

  • ticket sales before/after weekend masses
  • event set up
  • event concessions
  • chili contest participants - bring your best chili in a crock pot and your grandest table decorations
  • event tear down
  • and more

Please see for all of the volunteer opportunities! If you have any questions, Gaytanna McGuire, Jamboree Chairperson, would love to answer them. You can contact her at

The November lunch menu is attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

Have a great week Spartans!

God bless,

Janet Abdoulaye, Principal

Events This Week

Monday, November 1st

  • Solemnity of All Saints - Mass led by 6th grade at 8:45 AM

Wednesday, November 3rd

  • We Are Family Shirts with jeans or uniform bottoms
  • Dismissal at 2:50 PM

Thursday, November 4th

  • No school mass
  • Cardinal Ritter High School Open House at 6:00 PM

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

  • November 6th - Jamboree and Chili Cookoff.
  • November 10th - Picture Makeup Day
  • November 11th - All Souls Mass at 8:45 AM, Veterans Day Program at 2:00 PM in the church
  • November 15th - Diabetes Awareness 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.

All families have received a letter 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.

School Picture Retake Information

School picture retake day is Wednesday, November 10th, in the morning.

If you missed photos altogether, you may order photos here.

Retake Day FAQ's

Q. Does my student need to bring anything with them if they missed the first picture day?

A. No, they just come to the photographer with their best smile!

Q. We received our photos, but would like to do a retake. What does my student need to have with them for a retake?

A. They must have their original packet with ALL contents inside, even if they did not purchase a package. The photographer needs this packet, or we will be unable to do the retake.

Q. I did not purchase a package, can I still have my student retake their photo?

A. Yes, your student will need to bring their original packet, with the proof inside. Please also include $5 for the retake fee. The photographer needs the packet, or we will be unable to do the retake.

If you have any additional questions regarding Retake Day on Wednesday, November 10th, please contact us here:


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 November 3rd. The pictures will not be returned.

Diabetes Awareness Day - November 15th

Monday, November 15th is Saint Susanna's Diabetes Awareness Day. For a minimum $1 donation to Strike Out Type 1 Diabetes, a 501c3 Foundation in Hendricks County, students may have a dress down day and wear BLUE or a BASEBALL themed shirt with jeans or uniform bottoms in honor of National Diabetes Awareness month. Mrs. Morgan will visit each of the classes and talk living with diabetes to raise awareness.

November Food Drive - St. Anthony and Holy Trinity Food Drive

Each November, we hold a food drive to benefit the St. Anthony and Holy Trinity Food Pantry here in the west deanery of the Archdiocese. This year's drive will be held from November 15th - 19th.

They have requested the following items this year:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Dish Soap
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Crackers
  • Canned Chicken
  • Pancake Mix and Syrup
  • Canned Pineapple
  • Canned Fruit Cocktail
  • Canned Mandarin Oranges
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Around Our School

Spartans of all ages finished up October with a focus on science. Our youngest ones explored the inner workings of a pumpkin, second and third grade focused on the bones that make up our hands and our skulls, fourth grades used a hands-on science table to learn about weathering and erosion, and 7th grade learned about the cells that make up our bodies.

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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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.