Principal Notes 01/08/2016

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

Thank You!

I want to say thank you to those who thought of my wife and I during the holiday season. Your thoughts are appreciated and add to the joy of the season. Everyone who works at St. Cecilia is touched by your support and gifts during the holiday season and we want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this time. Thank you for sharing with us the chance to be a part of your child’s education and daily life.

To Fifth Grade Parents

I wanted to remind the parents of fifth grade students of the approaching deadline for Open Enrollment of any fifth grade students that will be attending a public school in the 2016-17 school year. If you live outside the district boundaries for your desired district of choice, you are required to file Open Enrollment papers for your son or daughter. These can be obtained from the public school central office in Ames, the district you are choosing to attend, or are located on the Department of Education Web site.

You must file the papers for your fifth grader even if they have older siblings attending at the school of your choice. These papers are time sensitive and can be filed after January 1 and if not filed in time they are normally not approved. I encourage you to complete them as soon as possible to avoid any difficulty and avoid having to pay tuition for attending the public school of your choice.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Start of the Day

Parents we need your help. Following break it always takes some time to get the students back into the flow of mornings and getting to school on time. I have noticed a number of students arriving late since we have started back and ask you help them to be on time. You are reminded that the day does begin at 8:25 a.m. and the teachers start the morning work or what we call bell ringers at 8:25 a.m. Please have your students to the school and their room prior to 8:25 a.m. That means having you child in the building by 8:20 a.m. It takes a few minutes for them to stop at lockers and take care of other business before the day starts. We are trying to start our day with prayer as close to 8:25 a.m. as possible and it is nice if the students are in the room at this time. Thank you for your assistance on this matter and please call if you have any questions.

January 13th Mass

Remember to join us at Mass on January 13 as the 3rd grade will be planning and filling the various roles at Mass. They will host a cookie reception following Mass in the social hall.

Year of Mercy & 01/15/16 ‘Blue’ Day

All parishes were asked to be part of an archdiocesan-wide witness of mercy during the Year of Mercy. Seven weeks throughout 2016 have been designated as “work weeks” in which parishes perform a specific Corporal Work of Mercy. The designated work for each of the seven weeks corresponds to the Sunday readings. In January, it is ‘give drink to the thirsty.’ So on Friday, January 15th, we are having a ‘blue day.’ Students and staff are invited to wear appropriate ‘blue’ colored clothing, including blue polo shirts, blue t-shirts, blue jeans, etc. for a suggested donation of $1. Our donation will be sent to Sisters of St. Francis’ Water Project. The Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque Iowa, with support from their associates, instituted the Sister Water Project in 2004 to bring safe water to villages in Tanzania and Honduras. Thank you for your support!

Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is January 31 - February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Our Catholic Schools Week Committee and Jessica Loecke, FSA Chair, have worked hard on a fun new agenda for this year’s Catholic Schools Week. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Please read the daily challenges and events and help if you can. Thank you for your support in making this Catholic Schools Week a success!

Catholic Schools Week Flyer

Protection of Children

Dear Parents,

Accompanying this newsletter is the fourth of a five part series of NewsNotes from the Office for the Protection of Children from the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The purpose of the NewsNotes 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. Additional resources can be found at the VIRTUS website at

News Note

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Talent Show

Dear Parents of All Talented St. Cecilia Students,

The St. Cecilia Talent Show is going to be presented in conjunction with Catholic Education Week and the public is invited to attend! It is currently scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 31st, following the pasta lunch and will take place in the multi-purpose room at school.

PLEASE sign your talented child(ren) up for audition times at the following link:

Don't worry if your child's audition isn't perfect. It is more to see and get an idea of what acts we will all enjoy on the 31st! Thank you for your attention to this. Looking forward to seeing and hearing some great talent!


Angi Nespor

(email or or call 232-6683 with any questions)

Notes from Mrs. Dubois - Physical Education

Sport Stacking

Students have been enjoying our sport stacking unit which helps them with hand/eye coordination, crossing the midline and is just plain fun! Several students have been inquiring about where they might purchase the Speedstacks. I have discovered we can place a group order which will save everyone money and they give 10% back to our school towards future equipment. Cost for a set of 12 cups is $17.99 with free shipping. A flyer will be going home on with more information of how you can order online.

Third-Fifth Graders Roller Skating

Third to fifth graders will be roller skating at our school January 25th-February 8th. The skates come to us and we skate in our gym. Volunteers are still needed on Monday and Tuesday mornings starting January 25th to assist with getting skates on and helping students skate. Volunteers will not be on skates! Please contact Mrs. DuBois if you are able to assist:

Take them a Meal

1.) Meals are needed for: Mary Ater Family
If you would like to sign up, you can access the meal scheduling by visiting and locating the schedule by recipient last name (Ater) and password (1112).

Additional Notes: The Ater Family had their fourth child over Christmas! Please help welcome the new baby boy by signing up for a meal.

There are 2 adults and 3 children in the family.

There are no allergies.

Please bring the meals to afternoon pick up or text Mary at 515 460-4283 to arrange another time.


2.) Meals are needed for: Eva Johnson Family
If you would like to sign up, you can access the meal scheduling by visiting and locating the schedule by recipient last name (Johnson) and password (3952).

Additional Notes: Patrick and Peyton Johnson welcomed twin babies to their family in December! Please help welcome the new babies by making a meal for the family!

Meals can be dropped off in the morning with Grandma Judy Brown or call Judy to arrange another time. Her cell is 515 231-6589.

There are 2 adults and 2 children.
No allergies but please leave out onions.

Some ideas for meals:
Tater-tot casserole
Macaroni and cheese

Elizabeth Heath

Classroom Receptions – One February Date Open!

Once a month each class will be sponsoring the all-school Mass and reception following Mass. We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help get the reception set-up and help the class that is sponsoring it. Basically you would just show up for Mass about 20 minutes early - stop by the office where Lois and Tilda will have everything ready for you take to the social hall to set up and get the coffee started. After Mass, you can help serve the cookies and drinks and clean-up after the reception. If you are interested in helping with this reception, please sign up here:

School Events

  • Monday, January 11: 6:30 p.m. Marketing Meeting
  • Tuesday, January 12: 6 p.m. Preschool Round Up (If you did not receive a letter, please contact the office for more information. Please tell your friends!)
  • Wednesday, January 13: 9 a.m. All School Mass followed by 3rd Grade Reception
  • Friday, January 15: ‘Blue’ Day, wear a blue shirt with blue jeans for a suggested donation of $1
  • Monday, January 18: No School or Preschool Classes
  • Wednesday, January 20: 9 a.m. All School Mass
  • Friday, January 22: First semester progress reports being sent home in Friday folders.
  • Wednesday, January 27: 9 a.m. All School Mass followed by 2nd Grade Reception

Other Opportunities

After School Art Class – Kindergarten through fifth grade – next session starts January 27th. Attached is the registration form.

After School Art Flyer

Ames Foreign Language Program – Second Semester

The Ames Foreign Language program is offering classes at St. Cecilia School once a week beginning the week of February 1, 2016. Attached is the registration form.

Ames Foreign Language Flyer

Ames High Winter Cheerleaders Clinic

On Saturday, January 23rd from 4-7:15pm the Ames High Winter Cheerleaders are hosting their annual cheerleading clinic for Ames students (preschool-8th grade). We are inviting all boys and girls within the Ames Community School District, Ames Christian School, and St. Cecilia to attend. Attached is the required registration form.

Cheerleaders Clinic Flyer