Principal Notes 10/16/2015

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up – Please Read ASAP!

Our Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday through Thursday, November 3-5.

It is a normal school and preschool day on Monday, November 2nd. Please note that we do not follow the Ames Public or Gilbert Public conference schedule.

On Tuesday through Thursday, November 3-5, no preschool classes will be held as preschool conferences will be attended from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on these days. Kindergarten through fifth grade conferences will be held on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday (where necessary), and on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. Please click the link below, then click on the appropriate teacher tab to sign up for your conference time by Wednesday, October 21st. After this date, a conference time will be assigned for you.

PBIS Celebration – October 23rd

October's PBIS celebration will be held Friday the 23rd from 2:20-3:20 p.m. Students will need 5 Super Saint tickets to come to the pirate-themed celebration. We will have 8 centers for students to rotate through. We are focusing on movement fun since students will have finished taking the Iowa Assessments that week. We will need 3 parent volunteers to help run a station during the celebration. Please contact Alicia Sloan if you're interested:

Alicia Sloan
Kindergarten Teacher
Saint Cecilia School

Halloween Parties

Kindergarten through fifth grade classes will be having Halloween Parties on Thursday, October 29th. Individual teachers will be working with the parent volunteers to plan the parties. The students will be able to wear costumes to the parties on that day and will have a free blue jean day on that day. Watch for more details from your individual classroom teachers for the plans. Preschool will be having parties, but the information will come from Ms. Weber as they plan to have these parties at different dates/times to coordinate with her preschool classes.

Family Matters: Mission of Love Adult Conference

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Five Sullivan Brothers Center, Waterloo, IA, $40.00 per person, lunch included. Registration is now open!

Welcome to the website for the Archdiocese of Dubuque Adult Conference on the Family, Family Matters: Mission of Love. In the year of the World Synod on the Family, we are eager to take the message of the importance and beauty of the family to our families and parishes. This day has been designed to emphasize the Christian mission of the family–in all its forms and stages. We are excited to offer a stellar lineup of national speakers who will inspire us. We are pleased to offer interesting breakouts to address a variety of topics relating to family life. We are thankful to conclude the day with Mass, celebrated by Archbishops Michael Jackels. Please join us. Bring a friend. Be informed. Be inspired. Be equipped. Be sent out on this mission of love.

We need volunteers! Please consider volunteering for one hour of the day (we promise you won’t miss a thing!) by contacting Nancy Rigel:

Family Matters Registration Form

Dress Code

I wanted to remind parents that short season ended Thursday, October 15th. Your child will not be allowed to wear shorts until April 15th, unless we have a special attire day that allows shorts. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Classroom Photos

I wanted to share with parents a recent issue that occurred with photographs by parents in our building. A parent was in taking pictures of a classroom of an event and then went home and posted the photos on their personal Facebook page. There was nothing wrong with the photographs and in this case there were not students posted where the parents have requested that nothing went to the internet, but I am concerned. We are not going to stop parents at this time from coming in to take pictures of these special events, but we do need to ask that any photographs, videos, or other electronic images not be posted and only be used for the family albums and personal sharing. We have a list of the families do not want have images posted and so as a school we can screen our photos, but parents are not aware of these individual students and thus could inadvertently post a photo on the internet of a child that the family has requested no internet postings.

There are exceptions for public events that would include concerts, our pet blessing, Stations of the Cross, or sporting events when they enter middle school when posting is permissible. These events are exceptions and parents cannot expect privacy for these events that are in the open to the public. We do try to not post the photos of students that have requested no internet postings for these events when possible.

We love the excitement that you bring to these special days for our students and the classroom but need to respect privacy issues or we may need to adopt a policy of no photos in the building unless by school staff. I am sure that by the cooperation of our families we can meet the requests of all our families. Thank you for your assistance in this matter and if you are ever in doubt about what can be posted please call and I will help you with your questions.

Field Trip Lunches

Just to clarify our procedures for fieldtrip lunches. All students and chaperones are asked to take school sack lunches on a fieldtrip during the lunch hour. Unless your child has special dietary needs, then we ask you contact Tilda Thompson to let her know.

Illness Reminder

The preschool handbook includes the following information if a child has diarrhea, vomiting or fever. They should not return to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. We are asking kindergarten through fifth grade to also follow these guidelines. Thank you.

Diarrhea and Vomiting: If there is any diarrhea or vomiting, the child should not be brought to the Preschool. If the child has any loose stools or if the child vomits at the Preschool, he/she will be sent home. The child may return to the Preschool if he/she has been free from diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours. If there is diarrhea for several days, a physician should be notified.

Fever: If a child has a temperature of 100 degrees F. and/or exhibits any of the above conditions (diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, etc), the child will be sent home.

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Mark Your Calendars for F.S.A. Trunk or Treat!!!

Mark Your Calendars for F.S.A. Trunk or Treat this Sunday!!!

Please join us this Sunday, October 18th - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Trunk or Treat Flyer

FSA Sign-Ups

We have several opportunities for you to sign up to help with upcoming events, bring food, etc. Please take the time to look at the following sign-ups and help where you are able.

Fundraiser Pick-Up is on October 28. We are still looking for several volunteers to help that afternoon. Please sign up if you are available even just for an hour or two:

Conference Week is just a few weeks away (November 3-5). During conference week we ask for parents to help at the book fair and to provide food for meals and treats for the teachers. Please go to the following links to sign-up to bring a food item and/or help at the book fair.

Book Fair:

Staff Food For Conference Week:

If you have any questions contact Jessica Loecke at

Fun Run

Please join us Monday, October 19th for the first ever "Fun Run" from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The "Fun Run" is a family friendly event that promotes community, fun and fitness while helping our 5th graders raise money for their end of the year field trip to the Omaha Zoo. Run, walk, jog, skip or dance around St. Cecilia's playground (where Mileage Club runs) and socialize with friends. All students and families are welcome to participate. Donations are appreciated.

GALA 2016 Kickoff

Friday, October 23


St. Cecilia Social Hall

Come and be a part of the Adventure!
We will be revealing the new theme and logo for this year's exciting gala. Also, enjoy food and refreshments while we discuss new ideas and ways you can help with this very important fundraiser.

Dinner at Valentino's

Looking for a break from cooking? On Monday, October 26 from 5-8pm, enjoy a night out at Valentino's and help support our St. Cecilia 5th grade school students as they raise funds for their parent sponsored class trip. Fifth grade students will be serving guests and all tips will go towards the class trip.

STEM news!!

On Wednesday, October 28th from 2:15-3:15 p.m., the Iowa State group "Toying with Technology" will come and we will learn about simple machines. Please pick your child up from the social hall. Please note that this is the fundraiser pickup day and plan accordingly. Parents are always needed as volunteers for STEM. If you have questions, please contact Diana Thatcher ( Please sign your child up with the following link:

Younkers Coupon Books

The St. Cecilia Family School Association (FSA) is selling the Younkers Community Days Coupon Books. The coupon books cost $5 and the entire $5 will go to the St. Cecilia FSA. The coupons in the booklet can be used at any Younkers November 11-14 and include several coupons including one that is $10 off a regular or sale price item of $10 or more.

If you are interested in purchasing a coupon book you can stop in the school office during school hours anytime between now and November 13. If you have out of town family or friends that might be interested in purchasing a coupon book and supporting St. Cecilia FSA, they can also be purchased online at: - select Saint Cecilia School when given the option of an organization to support.

School Events

  • Sunday, 10/18: FSA Trunk or Treat
  • Monday, 10/19: Iowa Assessments begin (grades 1-5) and 5:30-6:30 p.m. 5th Grade “Fun Run”
  • Wednesday, 10/21: 9 a.m. All School Mass
  • Friday, 10/23: End of 1st Quarter and 6-7:30 p.m. Gala Kick Off
  • Monday, 10/26: 5-8 p.m. 5th Grade Fundraiser at Valentino’s
  • Wednesday, 10/28: 9 a.m. All School Mass, FSA Fundraiser Pick Up and STEM (social hall)

Other Opportunities

Children's Liturgy

Children's Liturgy of the Word will begin for the year this Sunday during 10:30 a.m. Mass. The schedule for the year will be in the bulletin. Children's Liturgy of the Word is for children age 4 through 2nd grade. We would like parents to stop by the table in the narthex before Mass to sign up their child(ren) to participate. If you have any questions contact June Burns at or (717) 825-9404.

Holiday Art Class – see attached flyer for more information and registration form from Diana Richards

Holiday Arts and Crafts Flyer

Abundant Living: Discerning God’s Will with Natural Family Planning - What is God's call for your family? Be sure to join us on Saturday, Oct. 17 for dinner and a presentation from Adam Storey, Director of Marriage and Family for the Diocese of Des Moines, who will be addressing the topic of discerning God's will in regards to family planning. You will also hear from local couples who have successfully navigated this process in their marriage by sharing how they have tried to discern God's will in their family.

When: Saturday, October 17

Time: Dinner 6:15 pm with program starting at 7:00 pm

(Childcare will be available and dinner will be provided for children)

Where: Social Hall, St. Cecilia Catholic Church

RSVP:Contact Deacon Ron and Mary Smith at or 515-441-0480 by Oct. 16

Abundant Living Flyer

Children's Liturgy of the Word will begin for the year this Sunday during 10:30 a.m. Mass. The schedule for the year will be in the bulletin. Children's Liturgy of the Word is for children age 4 through 2nd grade. We would like parents to stop by the table in the narthex before Mass to sign up their child(ren) to participate. If you have any questions contact June Burns at or (717) 825-9404.

Story Theater Company’s Alice in Wonderland

The dates are as follows:

November 6th and 13th at 7:00pm

November 7th, 8th, and 14th and 15th at 2:00pm

Alice in Wonderland Flyer

Upward Basketball

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: The early registration cost per child for basketball is $85; after November 1, the cost is $100. Deadline for registration is November 5. Basketball shorts are optional at a cost of $15. EVALUATIONS: Everyone must attend one basketball evaluation. They will take place at The Plex at Christ Community Church as follows: Evaluations for K-6th Grade Monday, November 2, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 5, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. PROGRAM SCHEDULE: First Practice- Monday, November 30, 2015 First Game- Saturday, January 9, 2016 Awards Celebration - Sunday, March 6, 2016 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kaleb Miller at See attachment for more information and registration form.

Upward Flyer


Hello! My name is Megan Peters and I am a Co-Director of Outreach from the Iowa State University chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). My Co-Director, Jamie, and I would like to invite you to attend our "GLEE (Girls Learning and Experiencing Engineering) Day" on behalf of all the members of the Society of Women Engineers at ISU. Our goal as an outreach team is to connect and encourage younger girls to pursue a career in a STEM field through providing creative innovative activities lead by members of SWE. Girls between the ages of 3rd-8th grade are brought to campus to participate in science and engineering activities. The girls will also listen to a presentation lead by another engineering club on campus. This semester, our GLEE Day will take place on Saturday November 7th, from 9am-3pm in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University. We are really looking forward to making this another meaningful successful event.

Please use this google form to sign up for the event:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at this email

Thank you, and we look forward to an amazing GLEE Day 2015!


Society of Women Engineers

Iowa State University

Co-Directors of Outreach

Glee Day Flyer