Principal Notes 01/10/2014

St. Cecilia School


  • Wednesday, 01/15: 9 a.m. All School Mass and 2:15 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • Friday, 01/17: End of Second Quarter
  • Monday, 01/20: NO SCHOOL-Teacher Workshop Day
  • Wednesday, 01/22: 9 a.m. All School Mass followed by Fifth Grade Reception in Social Hall and 2:15 p.m. Early Dismissal

Owl's Club

Owls Club needs a childcare provider to work Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 3:15-6:15 p.m. You must be 18 years or older. If interested, please email your resume to Judi Blum, Program Manager, at Thank you.

Coins 4 Kids

Our grand total for the Coins 4 Kids Advent collection was $873.99. We are very proud of our students for bringing in their coins during the month of December and collecting this much money for other children and families in need.

First Grade Can Drive

Our can drive redemption center and cash donation total was $207.30. This money will be donated to the M.S. Society. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Open Enrollment-5th Graders

Please see the attached letter regarding Open Enrollment for 5th Graders for the 2014-2015 school year.

Open Enrollment Letter

Notes from the Principal

Class Sponsored Mass & Coffee

Starting on January 22nd, we are going to have a class sponsor the Mass for the day and will be hosting a coffee following Mass. The 5th grade will be responsible for the various parts of the Mass that the students perform during the Mass. We would like to invite all the parents and parishioners to join us for the Mass and coffee to follow in the social hall. Hopefully you can join us on this date and as the year continues, each of the classes will have a Mass that they will be responsible for planning and hosting a coffee after Mass.

Student of the Week

This month we will begin recognizing a student of the week in the various grades. Each week we will recognize students that have displayed outstanding actions during the past week at the school. They may receive the certificate for academic reasons, behavior in the classroom, service to others, or other actions that the teachers have identified in the student. We will continue this recognition the remainder of the year to honor our outstanding student’s at St. Cecilia School.

Protection of Children

Under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, all dioceses in the United States have agreed to do the following:

  1. Establish age-appropriate safe environment training for children. Key training components are to include information about quality relationships, proper forms of touch, actions to take in uncomfortable situations, and reporting possible abuse. This program is not the same as sex education.
  2. Offer the training to all children/young people.
  3. Document that the training has taken place.

While all children are to be offered the Archdiocesan safe environment training, a parent/guardian can refuse to allow their child to participate in the Archdiocesan training.

In the event that you do not wish your student to participate in the safe environment training, please complete, date, sign, and return this form (page 2)

‘Protection of Children.’

If we do not receive the form by Friday, January 17, 2014, we will assume your approval of your child(ren)’s participation in the program. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Catholic Education Week

The last week in January is traditionally Catholic Schools Week. In the past, this week has been to recognize the schools that offer the outstanding programs provided by our catholic schools in Ames and across the nation. This year we will continue with many of the same traditions that have occurred in the past with a variety of events that recognize the people that make our school succeed. One significant change is we are using the week as recognition of all of our Catholic Education Programs. We are referring to the week as Catholic Education Week (CEW) as we want to recognize the programming found in our PK-5 program, but also the Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Programs. The people that are a part of these programs are helping in the work to prepare our young people as they become the future of our parish. I hope that you will use this week as a chance to say thank you to all of those that work with our young people at St. Cecilia School and Parish. Please join us for a part of the various activities that we have to celebrate Catholic Education Week. Please click here Catholic Education Week Agenda to see our community service projects and special events! Also, look for the family project in your child’s Friday folder. These are due back on Friday, January 24, 2014. Let’s make this a great Catholic Education Week!

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Community Events

Ames High Winter Cheerleading Clinic

On Saturday, January 25th from 2:30-5:45pm 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.

After School Art

See attached flyers for Start with Art and After School Art opportunities for Winter 2014.

After School Art

Start With Art

Ames Foreign Language Program – Spring 2014

See attached flyer for classes starting February 3, 2014.

Ames Foreign Language Program