Principal Notes 05/01/2015

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

Before and After School Childcare

Parents, we have confirmed the meeting to review our plans for day care for next year. ACPC will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on May 5th to explain the plans for next year. After compiling the survey numbers, the hope is to have the program at St. Cecilia's in the afternoon. Unfortunately the numbers were too low to support the AM program, however, ACPC would offer an AM program, but it would be off site.

For parents unfamiliar with ACPC more information can be obtained from their Website at,

information on the tuition rates for the program are available at the following website.

I hope you can join us in Room 530 if interested in day care before or after school. If you cannot attend, please contact the school for more information and you will be added to the list of parents that will be using the program next fall.

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Student Lunch Accounts

May will soon be here! May is always a hectic and super busy month. Please make sure to check your child's Power Lunch account to make sure they are not in the negative or will not end the school year in the negative. If you have any questions, please email me. Thank you for your assistance.

Tilda Thompson

Monster Town with Tim Read

We still have an opportunity for people to give to Gala and let their kids have an awesome experience at the same time. Sign up for Welcome to Monster Town with Tim Read! Class takes place June 8th at the Octagon Center from 9 to Noon. Your child will enjoy creative activities of monstrous proportions! Go to the link to sign up. Cost is $30 per child and space is limited, so act fast!

Spring Concert

Please see the attached letters (one for preschool students and one for K-5 students) from Mrs. Wendt and Mr. Stanley for updated Spring Concert details.

Pre-K Final Performance Details

K-5 Stage Spots

K-5 Final Performance Details

Gala Update

“While the dollar amounts are not yet finalized, the results of the 10th Annual Saint Cecilia Gala were overwhelmingly positive. Those in attendance enjoyed a lovely meal in a room transformed into a glittering environment that helped us celebrate the jewels of our lives, our children. Guests enjoyed shopping, bidding and winning donated items on the Silent Auction. The Live Auction turned livelier with the energetic staff of Auctioneer, Mike Curran.

James McElroy was the lucky winner of the car raffle and has the choice of a 2015 Ford Mustang, Toyota Camry, Jeep Patriot or Chevrolet Malibu.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Terri and Tim Simodynes. The Honorary Alumni Award was presented to the school secretary, Lois Vidimos.

A sincere thank you to all of the volunteers, supporters, and sponsors for sharing your time, talent, treasure and prayers.”

Your 2015 Gala Co-chairs
Nancy & Craig Fink, Mindy & Pat Stahr, Diana & Matt Thatcher

Judge it by the Cover

Dear St. Cecilia parents and students,

It's time for the annual Judge it by the Cover contest to celebrate Children's Book Week, May 4th - 10th!

Students may choose a book they have read this school year or are currently reading and design a new cover for it! They can use any materials they want, pencils, crayons, markers, paint, etc., but nothing printed off the computer please. Use nice paper (no ripped out notebook pages, etc.) and make sure the title of the book and student's name is clearly written on the front.

A panel of judges will be selected to choose the winners. The covers will be judged on (age appropriate) creativity, neatness, originality, and how well it represents the book.

The covers are due Friday, May 8th.

They will be displayed in the library so come on in and take a look!

Good luck and have fun!!


Friday, May 1st is the last day students can check out books. ALL books are due Friday, May 15th.

Please help your children find and return any library books they may still have. It is a huge job trying to get all the books back to the library before the end of the school year, so I appreciate your help with this.

Thank you!

Mrs. Terri Simodynes

May Crowning

We hope you can join us for our May Crowning, which takes place after our May 6th All School Mass. We will be choosing two fifth grade representatives to crown Baby Jesus and Mary and they will walk up an aisle that will be formed by our second graders, dressed in their First Communion outfits. It is a very special event and we hope you can join us.

Scrip Tidbits

There are only 3 more Mondays to order Scrip before the end of the school year! We continue placing orders on a monthly basis during the summer months.

Summer Scrip ordering dates: June 1st, June 22nd and July 27th. We will be ordering these Mondays for pick up after mass the following weekend. If you have any questions about Scrip, please email

First Lego League

The First Lego League at St. Cecilia was started over 3 years ago and due to increased interest, we have had to form 2 teams of kids. This has been an amazing program that gives the students increased confidence in speaking/presenting, knowledge in engineering, robotics and programming and is SO MUCH FUN in the process!

We are trying to determine if we will need to form 2 teams next year and would really like some feedback from you as to if your child MAY be interested in joining Lego League in the fall and if any parents MAY be interested in helping coach a team. Please respond to me ( to let me know. This in no way is a commitment so please consider it and talk to your kids.

Thanks so much,
Shannon Schroeder

Fifth Grade Fractured Fairy Tales

Please come and join us for a couple of fairy tales like you have never heard before. The 5th grade classes will be performing two fractured fairy tales for both student and adult enjoyment on Wednesday, May 20th from 1:30-2:15 p.m. in the Saint Cecilia Multipurpose Room. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 05/04: 7 p.m. Spring Concert at Ames City Auditorium
  • Tuesday, 05/05: 5:30 ACPC After School Care meeting, Room 530
  • Tuesday, 05/05: 7 p.m. Catholic School Board Meeting
  • Wednesday, 05/06: 9 a.m. All School Mass followed by May Crowning
  • Wednesday, 05/13: 9 a.m. All School Mass
  • Thursday, 05/14: 5th Graders visit Ames Middle School or Gilbert Middle School and Last Day of 3-Year-Old Preschool Classes
  • Friday, 05/15: Last Day of 4-Year-Old Preschool Classes
  • Wednesday, 05/20: 9 a.m. All School Mass and 5th Grade Graduation and 1:30 p.m. Fifth Grade Fractured Fairy Tale Plays
  • Friday, 05/22: Last Day of School with 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal; 9-11:30 a.m. Field Day, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Family Picnic/Activities

Upcoming Faith Formation Events

Save the Date

VBS Week of July 27! Sign up coming soon!

Totus Tuus

For grades 1-12, see attachment for information and sign up.

Totus Tuus Flyer

Community Events

Ames Children’s Choir, see attachment for concert, audition and Act! Sing! Dance! opportunities.

Ames Children's Choir Flyer