Principal Notes 02/14/2014

Happy Valentines Day! St. Cecilia School


  • Monday, February 17: NO SCHOOL-Workshop Day
  • Wednesday, February 19: 9 a.m. All School Mass followed by 4th Grade Reception (Social Hall) and 2:15 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • Thursday, February 20: 6:30 p.m. Marketing Meeting (Room 530)
  • Monday, February 24: Regular School and Preschool Day
  • Tuesday, February 25: No Preschool Classes, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Bookfair and 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal for School
  • Wednesday, February 26: 9 a.m. All School Mass, No Preschool Classes, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Bookfair and 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal for School
  • Thursday, February 27: No Preschool Classes, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Bookfair and 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal for School

FSA News: Pool Party!

Join us Sunday, February 23rd from 1pm - 3pm at the Ames Municipal pool (at the High School) - FSA will provide free admission to everyone (feel free to bring friends) and the 2nd grade class will be providing snacks.

2nd grade parents please click on the following link to help provide snacks - if you can't make the event we would still love your help with snacks - you can bring them to the school office on Friday, February 21st. Click here to sign up for snacks for the pool party

After Mass Receptions

As you probably already know - once a month a different grade will be sponsoring the Mass on Wednesday mornings. We are looking for 2 or 3 people to help set up the cookies and get the coffee ready for the reception after Mass. You can just pick up all the stuff in the office before Mass and Lois or Tilda will fill you in on the details. Ideally you wouldn't want to pick a Mass that your child's class is sponsoring because they might be doing things during the Mass. Please click on the following link to sign up - again try not to pick a Mass your child's grade is sponsoring.

Dates to fill - Feb. 19th- 4th grade, March 12th - 3rd grade, April 9th - 2nd grade, April 30th - 1st grade, May 14th - Kindergarten

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up

The spring conference sign up is now open for Tuesday through Thursday, February 25th-27th for Preschool and Tuesday and Thursday, February 25th or 27th for School. You should have received an e-mail from VolunteerSpot confirming the time. You are assigned the same day and time that you chose in the fall. If the assigned time does not work for you, you can go to the site link listed below to change your time.

We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming conferences. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

2. Review the conferences listed for your child(ren)’s teacher(s), and choose the time(s) that fit your schedule.

3. Sign up! It’s Easy — you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.

If you did not receive an e-mail notification about your time, please go to the link above to set up a time, or contact Mrs. Tesdall at to set up a new time.

Sign ups will end on 2/20/2014. If you have an emergency, and need to change your time after that, you will need to contact the school office to make those changes.

Book Fair news from Ms. M-Z

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up Feb. 25th, 26th and 27th. Please visit our Book Fair homepage at:

for direct access to online shopping, dates and times of the fair.

Also, please see attached flyer regarding the new FREE Book Fair App. It includes reading, age and grade levels for books, book summaries, prices, recommendations and much more!

BookFair Handout

Scrip Tidbits!!!

New to Scrip and just in time for Valentine’s Day! Ge-Angelo’s is now partnering with the St. Cecilia Scrip program. The gift certificates are in $25 increments, and Ge-Angelo’s is offering a 10% rebate.

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


Car Raffle Tickets

Lost and (hopefully) Found-A few families have bought or sold their Car Raffle Tickets that were distributed before Christmas break. Thank you! The rest of you may be like us and “file by pile”. Is there a non-descript brown envelope floating around a desk, drawer, under the bed or other special place? In that envelope, are Car Raffle Tickets just waiting to be purchased or sold. If possible, please get the money and receipt stubs in as soon as you can. Do you need more tickets? Please contact one of the co-chairs, school or church office or Jessica Loecke at 515-451-8126.

Valentine’s Day

You are cordially invited to join Steve & Diane Hustedt for a Valentine’s Day Stock Your Bar/Wine Cellar Party. At The Hustedts, 2521 Northwood Drive, on Friday February 14. Stop over anytime from 6:30 til ?? to donate a bottle of wine or a spirit with the bottle’s receipt for the Saint Cecilia Gala and enjoy a dessert and a coffee/cocktail. RSVP acceptances to There will be cheesecake, cookies, truffles, and cream puffs. Bring your sweetheart over for a drink or dessert on Valentines Day. Hope you can join us.

Notes from the Principal

Thank you to all those who donated to the Freedom Flight of Ames-Story County. Today we raised $252.43 with our jeans day donations. Thank you for your support!

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;

We will send out paper copies of this application to those who filed with PSAS last year. If you do not receive one, please stop in the office to obtain a copy. 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.

We will host two STO Help Nights during Parent-Teacher Conferences, so please stop by the STO Help Desk from 2-7 p.m. on February 25th and 27th or contact the school office if you have any questions. Applications need to be completed online or postmarked no later than March 22, 2014. Please make this a priority!

Please see this attached STO letter further explaining this program.

Earned Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit

Please click here for the attached flyer to see if you qualify.

Earned Tax Credit Flyer

Thank You Letters

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Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School