Monday Memo

We Are Family - March 21, 2021

Dear Parents,

We have had a great week at Saint Susanna! Last week, we had visitors from the community reading in our classrooms, a short band performance, and a visit by the Indianapolis Irish Dancers. We enjoyed special science experiments, prayed the Rosary and stations of the cross, and celebrated mass as a community. Our grade levels met with their younger "book buddies" to read and share activities. Of course, we also studied all of our regular subjects as well!

The window for Choice applications has opened and I am able to process scholarships. To apply for a Choice Scholarship, please get a copy of your 2021 tax return to me at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions regarding Choice or SGO tax credit scholarships, we will have an informational presentation by the Institute for Quality Education on April 19th at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. This presentation is open to the community and all are welcome to attend. You can also contact me directly and I am happy to answer any questions you have about qualifications, process, etc.

The Knights of Columbus, Council 11896, are offering a college scholarship for parishioners of Saint Susanna and Mary Queen of Peace (one per parish). Information regarding this scholarship is available at the bottom of this newsletter. Please feel free to share with any Saint Susanna senior who is going on to college or trade school in the fall.

God bless,

Janet Abdoulaye, Principal

This Week


  • Crazy Socks Day - World Down Syndrome Awareness Day



  • Mass at 8:45 AM hosted by 4Rodebaugh. Livestream available on our YouTube Channel.

  • Way of the Cross immediately following mass led by Middle School


  • Spiritwear tops with uniform pants or spirit wear bottoms
  • 1:20 PM Release for Spring Break :)

Save the Dates

  • March 25th: 1:20 PM Dismissal for Spring Break (EDM available)
  • March 28th - April 1st: Spring Break
  • April 9th: Parish Easter Egg Hunt 9 - 10:15 AM
  • April 14th: Holy Thursday prayer service hosted by 5th grade at 9 AM
  • April 15th: Good Friday Living Stations hosted by middle school at 10 AM with 1:20 PM dismissal (EDM available)
  • April 18th: No school - Easter Monday
  • April 23rd: Sparty Party Trivia Night

Congratulations to our 5/6 Girls Volleyball Team

Congratulations to our 5/6 Girls Volleyball Team who won their semi-final game last week. They are moving onto the finals. They will play Tuesday, March 22nd, at Little Flower at 6:00 PM. Come out and support our Lady Spartans!

Congratulations 4th Grade!

Our fourth graders participated in the 21-22 Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the James and Madeleine McMullan Foundation. Congratulations to Evelyn, Redmund, and Jackson, whose letters about Wonder by R. J. Palacio were among the top 42 among more than 1,000 submissions! Their work will be featured in the upcoming 2022 Letters About Literature Anthology.

From the Letters About Literature website:

Letters About Literature is an Indiana reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, essay, or speech and write to the author (living or deceased) about how the work affected how they see themselves or how they see the world. State winners are announced each spring. Indiana’s winners receive cash prizes and are published in an annual anthology.

The Indiana Letters About Literature contest is a program of the Indiana Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress. The contest is supported by the James and Madeleine McMullen Family Foundation and the Indiana State Library Foundation.

Around Our School

St. Susanna Band 3/22
Our 5th - 8th grade band members were joined by Brian Carson, Saint Susanna alumnus, this past week. Our band performed hits like BINGO and Pop Goes the Weasel for our youngest scholars! In this selection, they took on a more difficult tune and we enjoyed playing with Mr. Carson!

Thank you to all of the parents and community members who participated in last week's Men IN Action Read Day sponsored by Sheltering Wings. We enjoyed having visitors to our classrooms serving as positive role models for our students!

Kindergarten enjoyed working with colors in science class!

Our Preschool and Prekindergarten classes tried hard to catch the tricky leprechauns that visited us last week!

Spring Uniform Sale

"Are your kids growing like weeds? And have you started your spring cleaning? St Susanna is hosting a uniform sale on Wednesday, April 6th. Educational Apparel will be on site to sell new uniforms and we will host a used uniform sale as well!

If you are interested in consigning clothes that your kids have outgrown, we would gladly sell them! Our stock of used uniforms is running low, so we are accepting all gently used clothing.

If you just want to clean out those closets and donate the clothing, we will gladly sell them to raise much appreciated educational funds for St Susanna.

All clothing (both donations and consignment) must be at St Susanna by 8:00 am on Monday, April 4th. You may leave them in the vestibule.

To sell items:

  • Items should be freshly laundered.
  • Please tag your items with your name and price in order to receive payment.
  • If you cannot drop off items during set up, please contact Kandi Carson at to arrange an early drop-off
  • If you would like unsold clothing returned, please make note of that at drop-off.
  • If you are selling uniforms, earnings MUST be picked up at7:30 pm on day of sale. Please mark each item with name and price, so we can track your earnings.

We also need volunteers to keep this sale running! If you can donate your time, please visit this Sign Up Genius:"

Easter Egg Hunt

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IREAD and ILEARN Testing

As a state accredited elementary school, Saint Susanna participates in the required IREAD and ILEARN testing in the spring of each school year.


IREAD is administered to third graders in Indiana to assess their reading skills. The test is made up of three sections and is administered via the computer over two or three school days. Our third graders will participate in this assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week.


ILEARN is administered yearly to students in third through eighth grades. Every grade level is assessed in English Language Arts and mathematics. Fourth and sixth grades participate in a science assessment and fifth graders take a social studies assessment. Students will test several days for each subject area and testing is spread over a three week period. It is critically important that students are present each day. Please avoid scheduling appointments in the mornings during the test window.

ILEARN Testing Schedule

  • Testing sessions will be held daily from 8:45 AM to 10:00 AM.
  • April 19 - 21: Mathematics (3rd - 8th grades)
  • April 25 - 29: English Language Arts (3rd - 8th grades)
  • May 2 - 6: Science and Social Studies (4th - 6th grades)

Chess at Saint Susanna

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A Note from Our CYO Chess Coach, Mrs. Bolin

I am actively looking for a Chess Coach to train and take over this Chess Club/Team in the future for me as my son Dane is aging out of CYO in 2 years and I want to make sure Chess lives on at St. Susanna!! I expressed this to my Chess families last year and no one was interested in completely taking it over for me as the Chess Coach, although I do have some volunteers who help at practices.

Here are the responsibilities of the Chess Club & Team Coach/Coordinator:

  1. Communicate with Chess Club/Team families.
  2. Schedule practices and reserve room space with Jackie Arnett. I've typically scheduled practices 4:00-5:15 pm on Saturdays for convenience before Saturday Mass. Practices have been once a month through Spring and Summer for 60-75 minutes. Weekly practices during the competitive season September-first week of November.
  3. Lead the Chess Team in CYO competitions on 5 Wednesdays October-Nov from 4:30-6:30 pm in different school gyms. One all-day tournament on the second Saturday of November in the CYO Center.
  4. Coordinate a Taco Bar for the All-day tournament on the second Saturday of November. Sign-up Genius has already been set up.
  5. Coordinate and staff a week-long Summer Chess Clinic that is led by Aaron Dean ( Learning Through Games ) each summer at the chess coach's convenience.
  6. Order Chess Club/Team t-shirts
  7. Recruit new Chess Club/Team players
  8. Become the keeper of St. Susanna's chess pieces and chess mats that are taken to each practice, every competition, and available for the Summer Chess Clinic.
  9. The Chess Coach does not have to be a Chess Master but does need to know how to play in order to teach new players how to move the pieces. Although I often refer parents and new players to | Online Chess For Kids - 100% Safe and Free to learn how to play prior to their first practice so they can come to the first practice and start playing right away.

I am hopeful that a parent or teacher steps up to help lead this Chess Club/Team. It's such a great group!! If you know anyone who may be interested they may contact me!

Thank you,



Celebrate Lent at Saint Susanna

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Tax Documents

Tax documents for extended day have been emailed directly to you from Mrs. Carson. Tax documents for tuition paid for preschool - 8th grade are available in the FACTS system. To retrieve your statement from FACTS:

  1. Login to your FACTS account.
  2. Click on "View Details" next to the heading Payment Plan and Billing.
  3. Click on "View Payment Summary" and ensure that you have the year 2021 in the drop down menu.
  4. Print this sheet. This will show totals paid per child and category and has our Federal Tax ID number on it.

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.

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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

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.