St. Cecilia Spotlight

August 30, 2023

Special Shout Out

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See you at festival! Check out all of the happenings and updates here!


Grandparents and grandfriends will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 12! Mark your calendars and let family know! We will begin by celebrating mass in the church at 8:00 am. More details to come!

Last Chance

Last chance for your chance at that brand new Corvette or $50,000 cash! We will have guests in the pick-up lines Thursday afternoon selling last chance tickets. Tickets are $25 and will be cash or check (make out to St. Cecilia). Tickets are still available online for purchase at

Special Announcement - Festival

RETURN to normal schedule on Wednesday, September 6!

As you know, the St. Cecilia Labor Day Festival is a HUGE event! In addition to being a big event, it is also another source of income for our school.

Because of the work involved with festival, we need to make some changes to arrival and dismissal the week of festival.

During the week of August 28 - September 1, the LOWER LOT will be CLOSED to all traffic. (Don't panic, we have a plan.)

ALL drop-off and pick-up will move to the upper lot (lot closest to the school).


  • doors will open at 6:45 am
  • all students will enter through the MAIN entrance
  • students will be directed to various sections of the building and be supervised until rooms open at 7:00
  • have students ready to exit the vehicles as soon as you stop at the cones


Monday - Thursday (August 28-31)

  • Grades 5-8 will dismiss at 1:50 pm in the upper lot
  • Walkers and bus riders will dismiss whenever the buses arrive
  • Grades K-4 will dismiss at 2:10 pm in the upper lot (please do not arrive early as we will need to get the lot cleared)

Friday, September 1, 2023

  • We will dismiss at 11:00 am for the day
  • Students will be served breakfast in place of normal school lunch. The menu for that day is mini French toasts OR mini waffles, scrambled eggs, syrup, tater tots, veggie boats, baked apple, fruit, milk and juice.
  • Students choosing not to eat breakfast will have their snack during that time.

  • DISMISSAL on Friday, September 1
    • Grades 5-8 will dismiss at 11:00 am in the upper lot
    • NO buses - walkers will dismiss next
    • Grades K-4 will dismiss at 11:15 am in the upper lot

NOTE: Bus transportation will be available for the morning only.

NO after care will be provided that day.

Students will dismiss with the oldest in the family.

Please be patient with everyone during this time. The safety of our students is of the utmost importance!

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Spirit Wear

Check yesterday's email about how to order your FREE student spirit wear shirts!


PTO Updates

Spirit Wear T-Shirt order forms have been emailed to everyone.

Please let Mrs. Kathman know if you did not receive the Google

Form email. Orders must be submitted by Friday, September 1.

Please be sure to submit an order form for each child.

Separate paper order forms will be sent home if any

parents/grandparents/etc. would like to purchase one.

The first PTO meeting is next Thursday, September 7 at 6:30pm

in the Undercroft. Anyone who hasn’t sent in their membership

form or paid the $10 fees may do so at the first meeting.

If you have any questions, please email

Upcoming events:

Sept 7 - PTO Meeting at 6:30pm in the Undercroft. *Please note

the change of location!

Sept 12 - Dine-to-Donate at Chick-fil-A in Ft. Wright. More

information will be sent home in the Family Folders.

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Festival Help

2 liter soft drinks are needed for the Ring Toss game at the festival. Please bring your 2 liter donations to the reception area for our festival. 2 liters needed by Sept. 1. Thanks for your generosity.

Change to lower lot procedures

Please reveiw the map below for lower lot dismissal. Due to our growing number of families, we need to make a slight adjustment. Please be patient as you enter the lot and lineup in the order outlined below. The red line will be the first group of cars, blue line the second group and so on.

The red and blue lines will start lining up on the ramp, continue around the parking lot, and ending at the end of the median. The green, orange, purple, yellow lines will line up like they had in the past. The goal is to release the red line first, blue line second, and yellow line third up the ramp. The green line will follow the yellow line up the ramp while the purple and orange lines release out of the entrance.

1st: Red

2nd: Blue

3rd: Green

4th: Orange

5th: Purple

6th: Yellow

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Please remember to review the updated attendance policy in the handbook. A parent and/or doctor note is requried for each absence.

An Important Message from Your Sports

The Sports Committee and Your Role in Our School

Why do I have to volunteer if my kid plays sports? I already paid the

registration fee.

New ways of doing things often bring up lots of feedback in any community. The

Sports Committee wants to make sure everyone understands the purpose of the

sports volunteer hours.

The Sports Committee does not get funding from the school in any way to support

your students in sports. It is a small volunteer crew of parents trying to ensure we

have proper working equipment for all sports, and we can give our kids the best

opportunity to try old and new sports at our school.

Registration fees paid per sport cover the fees incurred by the school to sign up

teams for league play, cross country events and more. Registration fees do not

bring in big bucks for the Sport Committee. We use most, if not all, of the fees to

get our kids signed up in the sports they want to play. Registration fees are not

money makers for the Sport Committee fund.

How do we get funds to support all the sports activities?

We fundraise and we hold league events in the gym. Currently, we have a

volleyball league and will be starting a basketball league this year. Both these

leagues bring in door money from attendees of the event and concessions. We

cannot have these leagues if we don’t have volunteers to work the admissions

table and the concession stand. This is where our parents, with kids playing

sports, comes in to play. WE ARE ASKING FOR 2 HOURS TOTAL FOR THE ENTIRE

SCHOOL YEAR. You can work one night at the admission table for 2 hours and

you are done. Love the concession stand and popping popcorn, 2 hours one night

and you are done. These are just a few examples of volunteer opportunities. We

also hold a golf outing and the STAG event to raise funds as well.

Why do we need extra funds? What in the world does the Sports Committee


Over the last few years, we have invested the sports money in various ways.

We paid to have the gym floor cleaned and rewaxed. It had never been done!

This is a must do to ensure our gym floor stays in good working order for any

sports, but also the PE classes and aftercare use. We also purchased a

maintenance cleaning mop system to ensure we can properly take care of it. In a

few years we will again need to plan to pay for the full cleaning and waxing again.

We purchased brand new basketball uniforms for grades 1-8, boys and girls

teams. The Sports Committee had used the previous uniforms for more than 13

years. It was time, but it was a HUGE expense.

We paid to install safety wall pads in the gym. The pads were donated by a

sponsor the sports committee acquired.

We purchased a pop-up tent for cross country to use during their events, but we

also used it during the golf outing.

We have purchased all the equipment for our newest sport, Archery!

We offer a scholarship at the end of each school year.

We pay for all the equipment needed to line the U4/U6 fields.

This is just a small glimpse of what has been done for our kids.

There are so many things we could do for student athletes and many of those

things will benefit all the students. We are splitting revenue from the volleyball

and basketball leagues with the school. It means all students will benefit!


There are still things that our student athletes could use, but we need your help!

We need you to volunteer to make these events work. We would like to put

basketball goals outside for recess. We did have them, but they were taken down

during construction of the new section of the building. We want to have a

portable AED machine for cross country, soccer practice on site and U4/U6

games. We need to get one of the score boards fixed in the gym. We could go on

and on.

We appreciate all the support so far and hope everyone will jump in to help make

St Cecilia sports the best around.

ARCHERY comes to St. Cecilia!

Registration is now open to all students in grades 4-8 for St. Cecilia Archery. Entry fee is $100 and teams will have one scheduled practice on Wednesdays as well as tournaments on Saturdays. The season runs from October through March.

We are also looking for parents volunteers to coach or assist. As a reminder all parent volunteer coaches must be VIRTUS compliant. Please indicate your willingness to help when registering your child.

Registration ends SEPTEMBER 28th to register go to

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Basketball sign-ups

Registration is now open to all students in grades 1-8 for St. Cecilia basketball. Entry fee is $100 and teams will have one scheduled practice a week to go along with one game a week.

We are also looking for parents volunteers to coach or assist. As a reminder all parent volunteer coaches must be VIRTUS compliant. Please indicate your willingness to coach when registering your child.

Registration ends SEPTEMBER 8th to register go to

Soccer Sign-ups

St. Cecilia Soccer Program has a few more openings for our U4/U6 program. If this is something you'd be interested in, please use the link below to register. If you'd be interested in volunteering to coach, please do that during the registration process as well. Our program takes place over 7 weeks, starting Sunday, September 10th, which includes 30 minutes of instruction time, and 30 minutes of play time from 2:30-3:30p, each Sunday.

Registration will close this Sunday, September 27th, to give time to order shirts for the kids and get the teams together, prior to the start of the program. Any questions can be directed to Jon Rourk at

Sports Updates


Sports Volunteer Opportunities! Work concessions, admission, clean up, scorers table!

STC Volleyball League has now started and volunteers are needed! Please click the link below to sign up! Remember, sports families need to complete 2 hours of volunteer hours before the end of the current school year. Volunteers are a must for a league to run successfully.


Basketball Registration is now open!

Registration is now open to all students in grades 1-8 for St. Cecilia basketball! The season length will vary based on grade level and team placement (most seasons start as late as after Thanksgiving some as early as the beginning of November) but practices will begin in October. Teams will have one scheduled practice a week to go along with one game a week. Most leagues will schedule between 8-10 games and play a season ending tournament.

We are also looking for parent volunteers to coach or assist as well. Please indicate your willingness to do so when registering your child. As a reminder all parent volunteers must be VIRTUS compliant. This is the perfect way to satisfy your parental service hour requirement!

Initial entry fee is $100 per player. Due to several of the leagues we play in deciding to raise the team entry fee and eliminating charging admission IF your child's team will be playing in one of these leagues there will be an additional $25 fee to offset the higher league fee. Based on most leagues charging $3-$5 per game this will actually be less paid out as opposed to paying admission to each game. Teams playing in leagues that charge admission will not be charged the extra fee.

Registration ends Sept. 8th. To register please go to and sign into your account. New families will need to sign up for a new account at the same link.

Also as an invitation to our new families as well as a reminder to our existing families there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with our St. Cecilia Sports Committee! We encourage you to come to a meeting and help if you can!

Teams are based on your child's current grade level for the 2023-2024 school year, if for some reason during the registration process they aren't able to register for the correct grade level, please let us know and we'll get it corrected!!

Please contact Josh Whisman at with any questions.


Fall Sports Pictures: Soccer U4 through U14, Volleyball, and Cross Country

Location: St. Cecilia School Gym

When: Tuesday, September 19th 2023 starting at 5:30pm.

Schedule of each program will be sent out a couple weeks prior.

Men's Stag Returns!

Save the date: St. Cecilia men's sports stag committee is planning our annual stag event for January 20,2024 from 6:00-11:00 in the church undercroft. Tickets are on sale now, but we are still in search for game tables sponsors and donations for the raffles. The funds raised from this event will be used to purchase outdoor basketball hoops for the students. If you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring a game table or purchasing tickets for the night of the event please click the link below. For all donation please contact Josh Whisman

Tickets can be purchased here:

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Upcoming Events - REMEMBER September 1 is an 11:00 dismissal


Mon 4 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tue 5 Festival Cleanup - NO SCHOOL

Wed 6 Picture Day (In-Uniform)

Thu 7 SCPTO Meeting

Tue 12 Dine to Donate (Chick Fil A)

Tue 12 Grandparents Day


Wed 4 Pet Blessing (1PM)

Fri 6 Private Transportation - NO BUS SERVICE

Mon 9 Private Transportation - NO BUS SERVICE

Tue 10 Dine to Donate (Chipotle)

Fri 13 PD3 - NO SCHOOL

Sat 21 Trunk or Treat