Monday Memo

We Are Family - November 29, 2021

Dear Parents,

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Advent season. During Advent, we prepare and wait for the coming of Christ at Christmas. As a school community, we mark this period with prayer, opportunities for reconciliation, and helping others. Our intermediate students will lead us in prayer each Monday afternoon. Our students in grades 3-8th will each celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation with their class this month. Our Advent food drive begins today and runs through Friday as we all have the opportunity to help those in need.

The most common symbol in Advent is the Advent wreath and candles. A quick explanation of this tradition comes from

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming.

The December menu is linked below.

Due to supply issues: December 8th will be cheese pizza instead of sausage. The days we have corn dogs will be mini corn dogs instead. We are working on obtaining whole grain breakfast items as all of our planned items are out of stock.

Happy Advent!

God bless,

Janet Abdoulaye, Principal

Saint Susanna Christmas Eve Pageant

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This Week

We will accept food donations for our Advent Food Drive every day this week. See below for more information and a list of requested donations.


  • Advent Prayer Service hosted by Mrs. Rodebaugh's 4th Grade in the church at 2:45 PM


  • We Are Family shirts with jeans or uniform bottoms
  • Early release at 2:50 PM
  • Registration closes for 4th - 8th grade girls volleyball (see below)


  • Mass hosted by Mrs. Rosich's 4th Grade

COVID Update

Please let me know if you will be traveling out of the country during Christmas break. The Indiana Department of Health may be enacting enhanced quarantine measures in schools based on international travel. I will let you know when I know more.

2022-2023 Calendar Dates

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Labor Day: September 5th

Fall Break: October 10th - 14th (2nd full week of October)*

Thanksgiving: November 23rd – 27th

Christmas Break: Friday, December 23 – Sunday, January 8th

Dr. King Holiday: Monday, January 16th

Presidents Day: February 20th

Spring Break: March 27th -31st

Easter Monday: April 10th

Last Day of School: Thursday, May 25, 2023

*Thank you to all who participated in the fall break survey. More families indicated a preference for the second week of October for fall break by a narrow margin. I have changed the date accordingly.

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Advent 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 29th - December 3rd.

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

COVID Update

The Pfizer COVID vaccination is now available for all children ages 5 and up. This vaccination is not required for school attendance, but aside from preventing illness, there are some school advantages to vaccination. Vaccinated students and adults are exempt from close contact quarantines, unless they begin to show symptoms of infection themselves. Higher vaccination rates among school children will slow outbreaks and keep more students in class.

We will keep a confidential list of vaccinated students that I will use when conducting contact tracing. These parents will still be notified of a close contact, but the student will not have a mandatory quarantine. To add your child(ren) to the list, please send a copy of the vaccination card to when it is complete.

Recess Reminders

Our students go outside almost every day for recess. The fresh air and activity is a great benefit for all ages. As the weather has turned cold, please make sure that they come to school with a coat, hat, and gloves each day to make their outside time more enjoyable.

A few reminders:

  • Recess is outdoors for the full scheduled time when the temperature is 32 degrees or above, including wind chill.
  • Recess is outdoors for 15 minutes when the temperature is between 10 and 32, including wind chill.
  • Recess is indoors when the temperature is below 10 degrees. Recess will also be indoors when it is raining or when the conditions outside warrant it such as an icy parking lot or a snow covered playground.

Inclement Weather - School Closings and Delays

In the case of inclement weather that results in a school delay or closure, parents will be notified via the following methods:

  • Our communication system which will call, text, and email the parents and guardians listed in our student information system.
  • Our social media pages
  • Major local television news programs

In the case of a 2-hour delay, there will be no 1/2 day preschool or prekindergarten classes on that day and morning care will open at 9:00 AM for all other students.

Boys Basketball Games

Join us to support our Spartan boys basketball teams! Our home games are...

Saturday, December 4

  • 9am: 4th grade vs St. Malachy
  • 10am: 56 vs St. Lawrence
  • 11am: HS vs St. Simon

Saturday, January 8

  • 9am: HS vs Christ the King
  • 10am: Cadet vs St. Michael
  • 11am: 56 vs Our Lady of Grace
  • Noon: 4th vs Christ the King

Saturday, January 15

  • 10am: Cadet vs Ritter
  • 11am: 56 vs St. Elizabeth Seton

Saturday, January 22

  • 10am: 4th vs St. Lawrence
  • 11am: 56 vs St. Malachy
  • Noon: HS vs St. Monica

Children's Liturgy of the Word at Saint Susanna Parish Masses

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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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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.