Principal Notes 03/07/2014

St. Cecilia School


  • March 9: Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • Wednesday, March 12: 9 a.m. All School Mass followed by 3rd Grade Reception in Social Hall and 2:15 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • ***Friday, March 14: 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal***
  • Monday-Friday, March 17-21: SPRING BREAK - No School, Preschool or Owls Club

Mileage Club

Spring Break is just around the corner, let’s hope spring follows. With the new season, we are preparing for Mileage Club! Mileage Club is sponsored by Mary Greeley Medical Center and encourages kids to become more physically active and healthy by walking and running at lunch recess during the 8-week program. Students earn toe tokens for every 5 miles of walking or running and a grand prize at 25 miles! We will be walking and running at lunch recesses Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Assuming the weather permits, we’ll begin Thursday, March 27th. We are looking for parent volunteers to help mark cards at these recesses. Grades 3-5 have recess at 11:40-12:00 and K-2 from 12:00-12:20.

Please let Lisa Weary know if you are interested in helping every week, every other week, or even just once or twice during the 8-week period ( or 292-0488). REMEMBER: Parents, grandparents, and younger siblings are invited to join their child(ren) for walking or running at any time! Thank you for supporting this great opportunity for the students.

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GALA Meeting

Gala Meeting: Wednesday, March 12 at 7PM in the South Social Hall at St. Cecilia Church. Many volunteers are needed to help out in the next 7 weeks. Please join us to get “in” on this exciting event!P

We still need items for the Silent and Live Auctions. Items can be brought to the school office. Variety is what makes the auction fun, and we need your help with that. If you have ideas that aren't on our list that is wonderful.

We are making it easier to buy raffle tickets. Please click the link below to fill out the form.

Scrip Tidbits!!

Starting Saturday, March 8th through the 18th… Shop with Scrip will be having extra bonus credits on Applebee’s (8% + 2% bonus) and Lowe’s (4% + 1% bonus). So, stock up, receive those extra credits toward your tuition, and help St. Cecilia School.

If you have any questions about Scrip, please contact Bev Williams or Shannon Schroeder at

Notes from the Principal

Urgent/2014-2015 commitment forms for School/Preschool and Owls Club

Our 2014-2015 commitment form is attached and is due by Friday, March 14, 2014. We are asking each family to complete this, attach a $100 pre-payment (per family), and return to the school office. The $100 pre-payment is waived if you have made an application to PSAS for student tuition assistance.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR 2014-2015 PLANNING, SO PLEASE COMPLETE THIS BY MARCH 14, 2014. We appreciate your assistance. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. Thank you.

Private School Aid Service (PSAS)/URGENT/Deadline March 22, 2014

PSAS is pleased to provide a new online application link for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year! Your new PSAS online application represents the first of many new enhancements you will see from PSAS this year. The online application has been redesigned for ease of use and it is customized for our program;

If you have any questions about the link or what is required to post the link, please contact PSAS support team at (800)506-5303. Paper copies of the application are available in the office. Please see the attached STO letter further explaining this program.

Catholic School Board

Due to a resignation, please see below for the revised Catholic School Board Roster.

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Rice Bowls

This year, St. Cecilia school and parish will be again be participating in Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl. Each student has received a rice bowl with a calendar and envelope inside of it in their Friday Folder. The cardboard Rice Bowl is the traditional tool used to collect Lenten alms. The calendar provides families with daily reflections, weekly prayers, meatless recipes, and stories of hope from around the world.

Each Monday of Lent, during announcements, we will focus on a specific location of those noted in your materials. On Friday, April 18th, students may return their rice bowls as they will be collected during our Stations of the Cross, Good Friday Service.

For individuals not familiar with the program, CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. It was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program that encourages participants to fast, pray, and give during Lent.

CRS Rice Bowl began under the name “Operation Rice Bowl” in 1975. In 1977, Operation Rice Bowl became the official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services. In 2012, the program name was changed to CRS Rice Bowl.

CRS Rice Bowl supports hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in communities around the world, as well as in your own local community. 25 percent of donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in our diocese. 75 percent of gifts support CRS’ programs around the world. Some examples include:

  • Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests
  • Water and sanitation projects bring clean water to communities
  • Microfinance projects support small businesses
  • Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services
  • Education projects provide resources and training

Please look for rice bowl information in the parish’s weekly church bulletins. There is also a lot of excellent information at including a CRS Rice Bowl app.

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Community Events

Spring After School Art with Diana Richards

Super Summer Announcement

Super Summer 2014 June 9 - June 20, 2014 Ames Middle School

There will be two class sessions held each day:

8:30-10:00 am and 10:15-11:45 am.

Students may enroll in one or two sessions of classes.

The enrollment fee for each class is $80 per class.

April 7, 2014: The course catalog will be posted on the ACSD webpage.