Principal Notes 12/4/2015

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

Advent Assemblies

Please know that you are welcome to join us the next three Monday mornings at 8:45 a.m. for our Advent Service in the multi-purpose room. These services are being planned by some of our staff and help us to set the proper mood for the Advent season and preparation for the coming of baby Jesus.

Mass on December 8th

A reminder that December 8th is a day of obligation for Catholics in the Archdiocese. We will be moving our weekly Mass to that Tuesday, December 8th, at 9 a.m. and not have a school mass on Wednesday, December 9th.

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School


It's Christmas time! Let us do the shopping for you! Scrip cards make fantastic gifts and with so many retailers to choose from, there is certain to be something for everyone on your list. Let the Scrip elves know how we can help you complete that shopping list and all the while supporting our wonderful school and parish. If you have any questions about Scrip, please review the attached order form or contact Bev Williams at

Scrip Order Form

5th Grade Apron On-Line Auction

The 5th grade class is auctioning off Aprons that they painted together in kindergarten. 100% of the proceeds go to pay for their spring trip to the Omaha Zoo. Hurry to get your one of a kind art piece! Auction ends this SUNDAY, December 6th at 10:00 p.m., cst.

If you have any questions please contact Sara Converse at

GALA 2016 meeting

“Because our Children Mean the World to Us”

Tuesday, December 8th – 8 p.m. in St. Louis Room

Come be part of the adventure and join us for a brief meeting to begin planning and organizing this year’s Gala. Your talents are input are needed! Questions? Please contact Amy Jones at

Christmas Family Liturgy

Plan to participate in this year’s Christmas Family Liturgy on Thursday, December 24 at 4pm. There are many roles to be filled in the play, liturgy, and music. Once again, we hope to have many families (adults-teens-children) involved. Sign-up will take place on-line on the parish website at, where a web link will be provided in the 'Latest News' section.

Deadline is Friday, December 11. Any questions, contact Bob Hauser at

After Mass - Classroom Receptions

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. You probably don't want to sign-up to help at the Mass that your child is sponsoring because you will be invited to attend the reception with them. If you are interested in helping with one (or more!) of these receptions, please sign up at the following site:

Sign up for the Red Kettle Campaign - almost full

Again this year we are reaching out to you and your organization to help us with our Red Kettle Campaign. The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraising campaign of the year. The donations received allow us to provide emergency rent/mortgage/utility assistance, help with medical needs, our Representative Payee, Bill Payer and Pathway of Hope Programs and food to students and families in need through our food pantry. These funds will stay right here in Story County.

We have approximately 3285 available volunteer hours, which will cover all of the kettles we will have out this Christmas season. For every hour the Salvation Army has on open kettle they pay a worker to man the kettle. However, just a day of volunteering at one kettle (10 hours) x $7.25/hr. = $72.50 in wages which equals 518 pounds of food from the Food Bank of Iowa @.14 cents per pound.

To sign up:

Thank you for help with our Red Kettle Campaign.

School Events

  • Monday, 12/7: 8:45 a.m. Advent Assembly – All are Welcome!
  • Tuesday, 12/8: 9 a.m. All School Mass (Holy Day) and 4th Grade Reception in Social Hall following Mass
  • Monday, 12/14: 8:45 a.m. Advent Assembly – All are Welcome!
  • Tuesday, 12/15: 7 p.m. Christmas Concert at Ames City Auditorium – All are Welcome!
  • Wednesday, 12/16: 9 a.m. All School Mass and 11:15 a.m. 4-Year-Old Preschool Christmas Luncheon
  • Monday, 12/21: 8:45 a.m. Advent Assembly – All are Welcome!
  • Tuesday, 12/22: 9 a.m. Stations of the Nativity by 5th Grade and 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • Christmas break starts at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 12/22/15 through Sunday, 01/03/16. School resumes at 8:25 a.m. on Monday, 01/04/16. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Other Opportunities


ACPC has part-time positions available for caring, energetic individuals to work with school age kids in their Before & After School Program for the Spring Semester. Hours would be Monday-Friday 7:00-8:15am and 3:00-6:00pm (Wednesdays 2:00-6:00pm).

We are looking for individuals that are able to work a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule, a Tuesday/Thursday schedule or Monday-Friday schedule throughout the semester.

When applying, please complete an application from our website ( and send with your Spring Class Schedule to or 920 Carroll Ave. Ames, Iowa 50010. If you have questions, feel free to call Allison at (515) 460-8855.

Sports Iowa Indoor Sports – Ages 6-18

Soccer Skills meets weekly and uses a combination of teaching fundamental skills and drills to develop and improve the player’s ball handling, field movement, and shooting abilities.

Agility meets twice weekly with emphasis on endurance, balance, and coordination to provide an advantage to the athlete. Age appropriate training, including games for the 6-11 year olds and technique training for the 12-18 year olds keeps kids interested and focused on improving their ability to compete.

Lacrosse meets weekly and provides an introductory class on the basics of play to kids in elementary and middle school. Basic rules, fielding, and throwing techniques will be taught through a mix of drills and games.

Randi Wineinger



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