Principal Notes 10/09/2015

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

Picture Retake Day

School picture retakes will be on Wednesday, October 14th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the social hall. If your child was absent on the original picture day, they will be taken over to have their picture taken on October 14th. If you were unhappy with your original photograph package, please return it that day and your child will have their pictures retaken.

Each child who had their photograph taken will receive a copy of their class composite at no cost. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. Thank you.


I wanted to remind parents that short season ends next Thursday, October 15th. Starting on Friday next week students cannot wear shorts to school. I know the weather has been fantastic this fall, but it will be changing shortly and the students will need the longer pants for recess. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Blue Jean/Slipper day - October 16

We are going to have a ‘Blue Jean and/or Slipper Day’ on October 16th to support the Gabriel Project in the community. One of my concerns is a trend we started to see last year; the amount being donated is dropping each time we offer these days for our students. I know some are very faithful about donating, and in many cases we know some of the children and families are donating more than a dollar for the project being supported that month. We want to continue the program but when our donations show more than 80 students not participating or bringing their donation for the privilege of wearing blue jeans to school that day, we know it is time to try a new program. After discussions by staff we determine that the students at this age may prefer other options than blue jeans. We are going to offer an additional option for attire on Blue Jean Day. This time to fit the Gabriel Project we decided that slippers as an option some students may choose. The students will be allowed to wear ‘blue jeans and/or slippers’ for a suggested donation of $1. One caution, they will need appropriate footwear for recess activities if the weather cooperates and we are able to go outside.

I hope Blue Jean Day can continue as this is a small way that all of the students can make a donation to support a cause. And to see that by bringing a small donation from their resources and adding all of the student contributions together, it can have a major impact for the organization supported that day. Parents, please do not misunderstand, what we are wanting to see is the students developing the stewardship of giving from their resources for a special group, cause, or those less fortunate. This should be their donation and anything you can do to promote the idea of them giving, that is what we are hoping to see happening for our students. I know for the younger ones in the building, a dollar may be a large donation, but maybe you can help them by matching their donation to get them to a dollar. Thank you for your ongoing support to benefit our special projects. Now more about the Gabriel Project

The Gabriel Project helps women, who are pregnant and in need. We offer help such as providing:

· mother and baby items social services contact information

· referrals for pre-natal and delivery care.

If you would like to more information about the Gabriel Project or would like to make a donation, please contact The Gabriel Project phone line at 515-450-6473. Since its beginning in Des Moines in January 2006, the Gabriel Project has received hundreds of calls and has helped these pregnant mothers with a one-on-one assistance. We ask for your continued prayers for all mothers facing a crisis during their pregnancy.

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” Luke 1:42

Iowa Assessments

Iowa Assessments will begin on Monday, October 19th for the students in grades 1-5 at St. Cecilia School. I am sure most of you are familiar with the program and when you attended school these test were referred to as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. During this testing, please have your children get plenty of rest and send them to school after a good breakfast. Many studies have shown the importance of good nutrition and rest to peak performance on testing and in school.

The assessments are used by the staff to evaluate our curriculum at St. Cecilia School. We determine the scope and sequence for curriculum and we can determine where the strengths and weaknesses in our curriculum are located and then adjust the teaching to meet the needs of our students. They are one of the important components we will us to plan instruction for our students. The other way they are used is the state of Iowa collects the data for reporting on the progress of schools across the state of Iowa. We have performed very high in the past and want to continue this tradition of excellence at St. Cecilia School.

Thank you for your assistance and I know it is difficult to have a normal schedule with the hectic evenings for everyone trying to balance soccer, football and volleyball along with the dance or STEM activities during a week, but we appreciate the efforts to try and have a normal of schedule during this week and the following week if needed.

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.

Hot Lunch News

Due to federal requirements, we will be charging $3.50 for all guest lunches. We will no longer have a separate student guest lunch price. This will be effective on October 5, 2015.

Due to an upcoming State Hot Lunch Program Audit. We are asking you to check your student's Power Lunch account and make sure that it is current. If money is owed, please send to the school office ASAP. If you have any questions please email Tilda Thompson at or call 515-232-5290 ext.360. Thank you.

Office for Protection of Children

Dear Parents, As you know, the Office for the Protection of Children of the Archdiocese of Dubuque provides materials for the parents/guardians as a means of education regarding the issues and topics related to the abuse of children. In order to make this easily accessible to you, we invite you to access the VIRTUS website at and read the article on the home page. If you do not have access to the internet, you can request copies of articles from the school office. It is our sincere hope that by partnering together we can continually provide the safest possible environment for all our young people to grow into healthy, Christ-filled adults. Attached please find NewsNote #2 in this series. Protection of Children Flyer

Our Faith School Tuition Organization Contributions

As an Iowa Catholic tax payer, you can help families with demonstrated financial need attend the archdiocesan Catholic school of his/her choice through a contribution to the Our Faith School Tuition Organization (STO). Each contribution will receive an Iowa tax credit equal to 65 percent of the donation. The amount you contribute also qualifies as a charitable donation on a Federal tax return. Visit or call 800-876-3546 ext. 289 or 307 to learn more. Donor Form

Volunteer needed

We are in need of a volunteer to videotape our Christmas and Spring Concerts. If you can help, please email Mr. Rowlands at Thank you!

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

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

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

Trunk or Treat Flyer

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.

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

  • Tuesday, October 13: 7:30 p.m. FSA Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 14: 9 a.m. All School Mass and 9:30-10:30 a.m. School Picture Retakes
  • Friday, October 16: Jeans/Slipper Day (Donations to Gabriel Project)

Other Opportunities

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

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