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St. Columba Catholic School - News every Friday - 9/6/19

Fall Festival is Coming!

St. Columba Families,

What a week! Even though it was a short week, it was full of fun and learning! The kids did a great job dealing with the heat and being flexible and patient! Luckily, next week looks to be cooler!

This week, I want to take some time to discuss Fall Festival. Each family should have received an envelope today with a letter and 10 Fall Festival Raffle Tickets. These were sent home with the oldest child in your household. If you are a preschool family and did not receive one today, don't worry, you will get yours on Monday or Tuesday next week. Please review the letter enclosed for a good overview of what Fall Festival is and how the Raffle Tickets work.

Essentially, Fall Festival is our MOST IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER of the year. This fundraiser has the most direct impact on your child's experience at St. Columba. As I mentioned at Back to School Night, in order for the school to continue to operate as is, we must have a net profit of $55,000 from Fall Festival. Anything that exceeds that amount goes directly back in to the school in the form of upgrades and improvements. If you wish to see our school continue to grow and thrive, this is the time to make it happen!

The good news, is that the easiest way to make a difference is by selling raffle tickets. This year, just like we do each year, we are raffling off a brand new car! Each raffle ticket is $20 and enters the buyer into the raffle for a 2020 Toyota C-RH! Last year we sold 3,000 tickets. My goal for our school this year is 4,000! If you sell or purchase the 10 tickets provided to you, you can pick up more to sell from Ms. Linda in the Welcome Center. If each family sells the 10 provided, we will have sold over 1,700 tickets already! I know we can do this!

The next best way to make Fall Festival a success is through donations. Any food or drink items that we do not have to purchase for the weekend allows us to have a higher profit margin. Please read below for details about some specific items we need.

All in all, it is going to be an exciting month between now and Fall Festival. It is truly one of my favorite weekends of the year! It is such a great community event and I am looking forward to the involvement of ALL of our families, from Preschool-8th grade!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Here is a look ahead at the upcoming events on campus:

  • Monday, September 9: Hot Lunch Begins!
  • Tuesday, September 10: After School Band Forms Due
  • Wednesday, September 11: Back to School BBQ and Ice Cream Social (5:30pm) - All are Welcome!
  • Thursday, September 12: 5th-8th Grade Book Presentation (8:30am - Parish Hall)
  • Friday, September 13: Mass (8:15am)
  • Saturday/Sunday, September 14 & 15: Fall Festival Raffle Ticket Sales at Mass - 7th Grade


Mr. Amann

Back to School BBQ and Ice Cream Social

Please join us on Wednesday, September 11th at 5:30pm for our Annual Back to School BBQ and Ice Cream Social!

We will be selling Hamburgers and Hotdogs, along with chips and drinks. We will also be selling St. Columba shirts, sweatshirts, and hats! We will accept cash or card!


Our Extracurricular activities will also have little booths set up with information and sign ups!

This is a great community event to enjoy the company of your fellow St. Columba families!

All are welcome, so bring the whole family! You don't want to miss out!

Fall Festival Donations and Sponsorships!

We have 3 primary areas in need of supplies as we are planning the Fall Festival and they are:

  • Mexican Food Booth
  • Asian Food Booth
  • Beer Garden

All donations/sponsorships to the following below are tax-deductible!

Presently, we do not have any sponsors for our Mexican Food Booth. If you own/work at/have a connection to a Mexican Food Restaurant that would like to sponsor our Mexican Food Booth, please let me know ASAP. Ideally, we are looking for a restaurant or sponsors to provide the meat, tortillas, and other supplies to make this booth possible!

Our Asian Delights Booth has some items covered, but if you would like to make or sponsor any Asian food items, it would be greatly appreciated!

Lastly, our previous donation source of kegs for our Beer Garden is looking like they may not be able to donate again. Last year, we used almost 10 kegs of beer and cider and 8 of them were donated. We currently have at least 1 keg of cider and 1 keg of beer already donated, but if you have any connections to Breweries, please let Mr. Amann know ASAP.

We are adding a sponsorship component to the Beer Garden to assist with covering the cost. An average keg costs around $100, so for any family that would like to sponsor a keg with a $100 donation, we will happily provide your family with either 5 free tokens to use in the Beer Garden or two Inflatables Wristbands that are good for the whole weekend! If interested, please speak with Mr. Amann.

Fall Festival Rummage Sale!

For the first time, we are hosting a Rummage Sale as part of our Fall Festival. This will be on October 19th from 12-5pm. In order to make this a success, however, we need items to sell.

If you have anything that you think would sell at a garage sale, please bring it in! This is a great way to clear out those items just sitting around while benefitting the school! Anything like tools, handbags, vintage dishes, costume jewelry, bicycles, shoes, toys, appliances, exercise equipment, books, clothing, etc.

Please drop off items (labeled "Rummage Sale") at the Welcome Center between now and October 11th.

Please, if the items is broken or missing pieces, do not donate!

If you have questions, or would like to help, please contact Maggie at

Attention Beer Brewers!

The 3rd Annual St. Columba Beer Brewers’ Competition takes place Oct. 18th at the Fall Festival!

All attendees (21 and up) can taste the brews and vote for their favorite. Winner receives an engraved trophy beer stein.

To enter your own homebrew(s) email Prepare to donate 2½ gallons, and thank you for your beernevolence!

Kids Holy Yoga with Ms. C!

We are so excited to announce that Ms. C will be hosting Kids Holy Yoga on Tuesday morning! As a certified Yoga instructor, Ms. C will be leading students through Yoga and other exercises, but all centered around our Faith! This is open to all students in K-8 and she is also planning on adding in some Parent Classes on the weekends!

Please see the information below, which was also sent home in the Family Envelope!

Cooking Class!

This year, we will be offering an after school cooking class instead of Mad Science. There are only 16 spots available during each session, so if you are interested make sure to sign up! See more detail in the flyer below, which also went home in the family envelope.