Principal Notes 12/20/13

St. Cecilia School


  • Friday, 12/20: 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • Monday, 12/23 to Friday, 01/03: Christmas Vacation – No School
  • Monday, 01/06: Classes Resume

Coins 4 Kids

is an exciting youth program at Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, Inc.. Good Neighbor ( provides emergency rent, utility and food assistance for Story County residents in need. The donation total so far from the Faith Formation and School donations totaled $789.00, with one more deposit to go! Thank you for your generosity.

Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE)

The Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE) is the umbrella organization that unites all of the accredited parochial and private schools in Iowa. Their primary purpose is to work with administrators to be the voice supporting school choice in Iowa for all of us. As superintendent I represent the Archdiocesan schools in that effort.

· Most recently, Iowa ACE has proposed the development of Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) to assist parents to choose the best educational opportunity for their children regardless of income or address. If you have not yet viewed their video I would encourage you to do so at This nine minute video will explain the concept being considered.

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic Schools and have a very Merry Christmas Season.

Heartland AEA11 Hearing Screenings

Students in K-5 will receive a hearing screening on Monday or Tuesday, January 6-7, 2014. Please look for a notice from Heartland AEA11 in your child’s Friday folder. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.


Please join us for a Gala Planning Meeting on Monday, January 6 from 7PM to 8PM in the Social Hall . This will be a chance to join in planning for this exciting St. Cecilia community event. We hope to see you there. Questions? Contact Also, please email if you need childcare during the meeting.

Attention Shoppers (before and AFTER Christmas!) Please consider adding a "gift for Gala" to your Christmas shopping this season by donating to the Silent Auction. Below is a link to our wish list if you need some ideas.

To sign up, go to:

Please check your Family’s Friday folder for important information about the 2014 Gala Raffle. The raffle has been very successful in the past and we are excited about our 2014 raffle prize: a new 2014 car! All of the details on how to purchase and sell tickets is included.

Thanks! 2014 Gala Co-Chairs: Nate & Lezli Pelzer, Pat & Mindy Stahr and Matt & Diana Thatcher

January STEM - January 10th

For our January STEM session we will be playing math and logic games. Please sign your child up by midnight on Thursday, January 9th using the STEM website. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies and if they will be going home with someone other than a parent. Have a wonderful Christmas and see you in the New Year!

Talent Show

Dear Parents of All Talented St. Cecilia Students,

The St. Cecilia Talent Show is going to be presented in conjunction with Catholic Education Week and the public is invited to attend! It is currently scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 26 following the pasta lunch and will take place in the multi-purpose room at school.

Auditions will be held the week of January 6. PLEASE sign up for audition times at the following link:

Don't worry if your child's audition isn't perfect. It is more to see and get an idea of what acts we will all enjoy on the 26th!

Thank you for your attention to this. Looking forward to seeing and hearing some great talent!


Angi Nespor (email with any questions)

Notes from the Principal

The Sparkle Box

During the Advent Season your child has been seeing a sparkle box in their classroom. I am not sure if they have shared with you the story behind the box but please ask them about the Sparkle Box and the type of presents or notes that go into the box. I am hopeful that they can continue the sharing and good things that are part of the Sparkle Box for the remainder of advent and also continue to build on the gifts of the season for the entire year.

Merry Christmas

From all of the staff I do want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that you have a special Holiday Season. Enjoy the time with your family and by January 6th, we’ll be ready to start 2014! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.