Principal Notes 11/15/13

St. Cecilia School

School Events

  • Tuesday, November 19: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Passport to Kindergarten (please contact the school office if you have additional questions)
  • Wednesday, November 20: 9 a.m. All School Mass and 2:15 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • Thursday, November 21: Principal Appreciation Day and 1 p.m. Children’s Theater
  • Wednesday, November 27: 9 a.m. All School Mass and 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • Thursday & Friday, November 28-29: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday

Save A Life, Support Our Students! Catholic Schools Week Mission Project

It's not often that a small act can literally save a life. You may have heard of the Nothing But Nets Campaign, which provides malaria nets for children in Africa. And you may have heard of Simon Estes, an Iowa-born African American who has performed in some of the most prestigious operas in the world. But did you know that he's engaging students throughout Iowa, through the selling of a CD which benefits African children and our very own St. Cecilia School students? Hear some of the music, and find out more, at our website: If you don't have web access, just call Tiffany Walker at 231-4012 to find out more and place your order! (Buy as a Christmas gift, and for your own family!) Thank you for helping us with this important mission project, part of this year's Catholic Schools Week celebration.

Band News

Due to Thanksgiving Holiday, Mr. Stanley would like to hold another all band rehearsal on Wednesday, November 27th from 8-8:30 a.m. Please bring your child early that day if they are in band. Thank you.

Calling all Christmas Carolers!

Thursday evening, December 5th, from 6-8pm, Saint Cecilia School families will once again sing Christmas carols on Main Street. We will meet at the "dragon statue" at the Ames Community Center at 5:45 that evening and then walk downtown. Song sheets will be provided and we will have a cookie and hot cocoa break part way through. If you have questions, please contact Diana Thatcher at 292-9511 or

Notes from the Principal

NewsNotes from the Archdiocese

Attached to this newsletter is the third of a five part series of parent NewsNotes from the Office for the Protection of Children from the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The purpose of these publications is to help all of us be more informed of the issues and topics related to the abuse of children. It is our sincere hope that by partnering together we can continually provide the safest possible environment for all our young people to grow into healthy, Christ-filled adults. Future NewsNotes will be distributed during the months of January and February. Additional resources can be found at the Virtus website at

Jeans Day-Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief

In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Dubuque and Catholic Relief Services, we will be having a jeans day on Friday, November 22nd to help with the typhoon relief efforts. Our suggested donation is $1, but if you’d like to donate more, feel free to do so. Checks may be made out to St. Cecilia School. We will total up our donations and send a check from the parish and school to Catholic Relief Services. We also ask for continued prayers for the victims and families of this tragic storm.

Thank You

I want to thank everyone that stopped in to complete the English survey required by the state. I think there was some confusion with who needed to complete this form; however, all parents are required to complete the process for the state of Iowa. If you were not able to complete the form during parent-teacher conferences, please go in on page 1 of PowerSchool e-registration to complete or stop in the office or call and we can complete the paper work by phone. We appreciate your assistance in completing this form for the state.

Thanksgiving Wishes

November is a transition time in the school and for families as we are preparing for Thanksgiving and starting to make holiday plans for our families. I hope your family can use the Advent Season to plan special activities that can unite your family and reach out to those around us as we spread the story of the Christmas season. The next two months are always a special time for our family with Thanksgiving plans and Christmas traditions. I hope all of us can remember the true meaning of the holiday and not get too caught up in the commercialization of Christmas and remember the joy of the season and the message of the Advent season.

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School