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St. Columba Catholic School - News every Friday - 8/20/21

St. Columba Families,


What a fantastic first week of school for our K-8 students!


Next week will be a lot of fun with our Preschool and Pre-K students starting and our K-8 students having full days!


One of the highlights of the week this week was being able to have our entire K-8 school community come together today for Mass. An additional bonus was that today's Gospel passage was one of my favorite messages from Christ. In the simplified kid-version I provided for our students after Mass, Christ tells us that they key to life is to Love God and Love Everyone. These two practices will be the core of our campus and will center all we do this year.


My greatest highlight of the week, however, was the birth of my son on Sunday evening. Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. Jonah Oscar Amann was born on Sunday, August 15th. He was 21 inches and 7 lbs. 1 oz. He and mom are doing well and our two older kids are loving having the little guy in their lives. There will be days in the coming weeks and months where I will not be on campus. On those days, I will be happily be at home with Jonah and my wife. Thank you for your understanding and patience if I am not replying to emails as quickly as I usually do on those days.


Here is a look ahead at the upcoming events on campus:


  • Monday, August 23: First Day of Preschool/Pre-K; First Full Day for K-8; K-8 After school Daycare Begins; Interested Fall Sports Coaches Meeting (6pm)
  • Tuesday, August 24: Field/Playground Blessing and Ribbon Cutting (8am); Fall Festival Planning Meeting (Any Interested Committee Members Welcome, 5:30pm)
  • Wednesday, August 25:
  • Thursday, August 26
  • Friday, August 27: K-8 Half Day; Dine and Donate for Preschool/Pre-K: Kona Ice on Campus (12pm)


Blessings,


Mr. Amann

Field and Playground Blessing/Ribbon Cutting

Join us Tuesday, August 24th, at 8am for our Field and Playground Blessing/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.


After years of waiting, we will officially unveil our new turf field and playground!


This is a special event you won't want to miss!

Fall Sports Interested Coaches Meeting

Fall all of those interested in coaching Fall Sports, please join Coach Watters for a Coaches Meeting on Monday, August 23rd at 6pm in the Parish Hall.


Fall Sports include:

Flag Football (5th-8th graders)

Volleyball (5th-8th graders)

Cheerleading (Kinder-8th graders)

Cross Country (Kinder-8th graders)


There will also be a Zoom option for those who cannot attend in person. See below for info.


https://cui-edu.zoom.us/j/5771223648?pwd=Sy9odVNMWmo1VStXQjlYSGtvdzhiZz09

Meeting ID: 577 122 3648
Passcode: cw1990

Dine and Donate: Kona Ice 8/27

Every month, our PTG will host one Dine and Donate event to benefit each of our classes.


For August, Preschool/Pre-K will be the beneficiaries of our Dine and Donate.


On Friday, the Kona Ice truck will be on campus on the basketball court starting at noon.


If you have an 11:30am pickup for preschool, you are welcome to walk over and get Kona ice.


If you do not have an 11:30am pickup for preschool, you can still send your child with $5 and the teachers will take them over to get a Kona Ice to go with their lunch.


For K-8 students, this will be happening during dismissal. If you plan on having your child get Kona Ice, please park in either parking lot and walk on to campus. If you are coming through the car line and your child is in line for Kona Ice, I will have to ask you to park and wait for them.


The price is a flat $5 and there is a single size for everyone.


Thank you in advance for your support!

St. Columba Children's Choir

Mrs. Manlapaz, our new choir director, is excited to begin working with our students to have our Children's Choir return.


Our Children's Choir leads our school community in song at our Friday school Masses at 8:15am.


Our hope is also that our choir will also begin leading St. Columba Parish's Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:30pm.


Tryouts will be beginning soon, so if you have a child in 3rd-8th grade who is interested, please follow the link below to learn more and sign up!


https://sites.google.com/view/stcolumbachildrenschoirsd/

Ascension Catholic Parish Seeking Clothing

Ascension Catholic Parish in Tierrasanta is collecting new or gently used women's and children's clothing and other essentials for Catholic Charity's Refugee Shelter at the Border. All sizes are needed.


They are asking you to join them in helping refugee children and families with their needs as they are seeking asylum. Please see the list of needed items below.


All items can be dropped off at the school Welcome Center and they will be delivered over to Ascension. Thank you in advance for your support.


· Child shirts, pants and socks

· Tennis/athletic shoes, flip flops, slip-on-shoes, crocs

· PJ’s, tops and pants, only

· Toddler and infant clothing

· Snacks (individually wrapped)

· Apple Juice in single servings

· Cases of bottled water

· Toiletries, toothbrushes, and toothpaste

· Skin cream or lotion

· Hairbrushes, combs, deodorant

· Nail clippers and Emery boards

· Sanitary pads and tampons

Preschool/Pre-K Back to School Night

Back to School Night for all Preschool/Pre-K Families will be on Thursday, September 2nd.


From 6-7:30pm, Ms. Clarissa and our Preschool/Pre-K teachers will welcome all parents of our Preschool and Pre-K students. This evening is for parents/guardians only.

K-8 Back to School Night

Back to School Night for all K-8 families will be on Wednesday, September 8th.


We will have 2 food trucks available from 5-6:30pm for dinner options. You are welcome to bring your child to this portion of the evening.


Beginning at 7pm, we will start Back to School Night. This part of the evening is for parents/guardians only. Please arrange for child care to ensure someone from each family can attend.

Back to School BBQ, Ice Cream Social, and Club Fair

We invite all families (Preschool, Pre-K, and K-8) to join us for our Back to School BBQ and Ice Cream Social!


Starting at 5pm on Friday, September 10th, our PTG Board will be hosting this great social event!


Hot Dogs and Hamburger meals will be available for purchase and teachers will be serving up Ice Cream Sundaes for free!


Additionally, all of our after school clubs will have little stations set up for you to learn more information before signups open up!


Trust us, this is an evening you don't want to miss!

1st Day of School Assembly

1st Graders and 8th grade Buddies Meeting

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Middle School Community Building

7th Grade and Kindergarten Buddy Fun!

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Full Church for First K-8 Mass of the Year

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