One Body in Christ - March 20, 2023
Happy first day of Spring!
Tomorrow, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day. This is a globally recognized day that works to bring awareness around the world about Down Syndrome and how these individuals are often treated by the societies in which they live. Here at Saint Susanna, Mrs. Huther's daughter, Caroline, has Down Syndrome. We will learn more about Down Syndrome in the classroom and wear our craziest socks We rock our crazy socks for her and for a brighter future. More information is available here: https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/
Spirit Wear Order Forms are attached to the bottom of this newsletter. A hard copy will also come home with the youngest in each family this week.
Families who anticipate qualifying for a Choice Scholarship can send me or drop off your 2022 federal tax return.
God bless, Janet Abdoulaye
The Week Ahead...
Tuesday, March 21st
- Crazy Sock Day for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day - students may wear crazy socks with their uniforms today
Wednesday, March 22nd
- 2:50 PM Dismissal
Thursday, March 23rd
- All-school mass at 8:45 AM hosted by 1D
Friday, March 24th
- Spiritwear tops with spiritwear or uniform bottoms for students and staff
- 3rd quarter report cards coming home
- Early dismissal at 1:20 PM
Future Events such as the mass schedule can be found here: https://saintsusannaschool.com/events?page=1
Important Staffing Changes - 2023-2024 School Year
I especially want to acknowledge Mrs. Authenreith and Mrs. Bizeau for the roles they have played as long-time staff members here at Saint Susanna. They have been integral in shaping the culture in our building and guiding our students toward excellence. We deeply appreciate all they have contributed to our community.
I wanted to let you all know that I will be retiring at the end of this year. This is not an easy decision, but I have had many signs that it is time. Saint Susanna has been, and always will be, a part of my heart. The hundreds of kids I have read to/with/and prayed for, the many staff I have worked with, and the precious friends I have made will continue to be with me. That being said, I am sure you will see me around in a volunteer or substitute capacity! - Mrs. Authenreith
This will be my last year as Saint Susanna’s Physical Education teacher. I have cherished my time here and will thoroughly miss the laughs, the hugs, the dancing, the smiles, the fist bumps, high fives and so much more. Saint Susanna has been a part of my family for the past 14 years and will be forever in my heart. So blessed to have been a part of such an amazing community. Parents, Thank you for sharing your children! I’ve had a blast teaching each and every one of them. God Bless, Shawnna Bizeau
I will be changing my role here at St. Susanna for next school year. This shift is so that I can better manage personal obligations regarding my parents who have recently had serious health issues surface. I am moving from 7th grade homeroom/MS writing teacher to a supportive role as the 1st grade teachers’ aide. I feel blessed to have taught in middle school for the last 3 years and look forward to working with 1st grade. As always, I appreciate your support and prayers. - Mrs. Burdett
Fourth Grade Science
Fourth graders investigated wind and heat energy in science last week. What a great hands on learning opportunity.
We are looking for teachers to join us next year in our elementary classes. We are experiencing great growth in enrollment and anticipate having two classrooms in grades K-4 next year. If you know any outstanding teachers who would thrive in a faith-filled atmosphere, please direct them to Mrs. Abdoulaye at email@example.com
Celebrate Lent at Saint Susanna Catholic Church
Saint Susanna has multiple opportunities to gather in prayer and celebrate Lent as a community. All of you are welcome to attend Stations of the Cross, soup suppers, and liturgical services and masses with us. Please see below for details on these opportunities.
Cardinal Ritter High School News
Cardinal Ritter Class 2027: HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR APPLICATION?
Cardinal Ritter is excited to welcome the Class of 2027 next fall! As a reminder, the Application for Admission is now available online at www.cardinalritter.org. Please contact Jamie Liston, Director of Admissions if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-9244333 ext. 426.
Meet Mrs. Turnquest, Counselor
I am happy to announce that Saint Susanna has a school counselor available for our students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mrs. Mariah Turnquest comes to us from Catholic Charities. She is a master's level Licensed Social Worker. 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. Mrs. Turnquest's 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 Mrs. Turnquest by teachers or the principal for a one-time visit. After that, parents must complete a 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 Mrs. Turnquest directly at email@example.com
The Easter Egg Hunt has been moved to April 8th to avoid conflict with Spring Break.
Safe Environment Training
The Archdiocese recently changed their safe environment training provider to Safe Parish, from the previous Safe and Sacred system. In the new system, all volunteers are monitored quarterly. As long as you have a previous background check, your background check will be monitored on an on-going basis and it will not expire after five years as it did in the previous system. All volunteers must be registered in the Safe Parish system before they can volunteer. Instructions for registering and training are in the newsletter each week (see below).
In order to volunteer in our school building during the day or attend field trips as a chaperone, you must have a current safe environment training on file with us. This requirement includes safe environment training and a basic background check through the Archdiocese. The training and background checks are good for five years from the time of completion.
To check your current expiration date, contact Mrs. Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org
To obtain a new training and background check:
- Go to the website www.archindysafeparish.org
- Create an account as this is a new system. Previously the Archdiocese used a system called "Safe and Sacred."
- You will need a passcode in order to create an account. The passcode is Archindy2021
- Complete the background check for school or parish VOLUNTEER and select Saint Susanna as a recipient of your information.
- Complete the training video and questions.
Please allow up to two weeks for this process to be completed.
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.
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.
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.
Location: 1212 East Main Street, Plainfield, IN, USA