Monday Memo

We Are Family - September 13, 2021

Dear Parents,

We have a busy week ahead!

Our first Kaizen Day for this year will be on Tuesday! Students may wear their We Are Family t-shirts with jeans. Each class will discuss their group's service projects for the year. This is normally the third Wednesday of each month, but I moved it up a day to avoid conflicts with school pictures.

School picture day is Wednesday. Students may dress up for pictures and be out of uniform for the day. Students should bring their order form to school by Wednesday. All checks must be made out to Cripe Photography. An extra picture order form is available at the end of this newsletter.

Students will visit the Scholastic Book Fair in the parish center throughout the week. Shopping days are Thursday and Friday with a family night on Thursday evening.

Important Information About EDM Billing:

The first EDM statements will be emailed this week. Going forward, statements are emailed bi-monthly depending upon calendar breaks. Please know that you may apply money to your EDM account at any time and do not need to wait until you receive a statement. You may send a check via backpack mail marked EDM or make a payment via bank transfer or credit card at No additional processing fee is assessed for online payments through this link. Cash payments must be paid directly to Mrs. Brown at the reception desk and cash should not be sent through backpack mail. Money is applied to your account when received and charges deduct from this balance. We appreciate when you are able to keep a positive balance in your account since the EDM program is self-supporting.

Have a great week Spartans!

God bless,

Janet Abdoulaye, Principal

Events This Week

Monday, September 13th
  • Book Fair - Parish Center West

Tuesday, September 14th

  • Book Fair - Parish Center West
  • Kaizen Day
  • We Are Family T-shirts with Jeans or Uniform Bottoms

Wednesday, September 15th

  • Book Fair - Parish Center West
  • Picture Day - students may dress up for pictures and be out of uniform
  • Dismissal at 2:50 PM

Thursday, September 16th

  • Book Fair Shopping Day - Parish Center West
  • Book Fair Family Night 5-7 PM - Parish Center West
  • School Mass, led by 4th grade - Mrs. Rodebaugh's class. Livestream available at

Friday, September 17th

  • Book Fair Shopping Day - Parish Center West
  • Spiritwear for students
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September 13 - September 17

Open 8-4 every day

Family Night Thursday, September 16, 5-7 PM

Students will visit and make a wish list Monday - Wednesday. Shopping days are Thursday and Friday.

Please consider using an eWallet. You (or anyone) can add funds to your child's account.

Website for more info:

All purchases benefit our school!

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

  • September 13th -17th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • September 15th - Picture Day. Students may be out of uniform on picture day. Makeups will be taken on Wednesday, November 10th.
  • October 8th - Pet Blessing, 8:30 AM, Parking Lot
  • December 9th - K-4 Christmas Show (tentative)

Around Our School

Fifth Grade STEM Activity - Shadows

Fifth graders learned about the Earth's rotation and how it seems that the sun is moving rather than the Earth. They traced each others' shadows at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM to compare how they changed.

First Grade Church Tour

First grade stayed after Mass for a tour of the church with Father Rob. He told us about the altar, Ambo, statues, baptismal font, tabernacle and even the big black circles that used to be speakers.


Support Mrs. Huther in the October Buddy Walk

The Huther Family will be walking in the Buddy Walk this year to support Down Syndrome of Indiana.

From Mrs. Huther: Caroline is a six year old who loves Kindergarten, bacon, and her Barbies. I could not image our family with out our Sweet Caroline.

I'm involved in the Buddy Walk® to support people with Down syndrome in my community. Please support my efforts as an advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

For every step I take and every dollar I raise, I am helping to create a culture that fully includes the more than 400,000 Americans with Down syndrome. Last year, more than $12.1 million dollars was raised by more than 305,000 Buddy Walk® participants worldwide.

Your support for the Buddy Walk®, either by walking with me or by making a donation, will help honor and celebrate people with Down syndrome.

Click on the link below to support Caroline's Page:

Governor's COVID Update

Last week, Governor Holcomb issued an executive order regarding the COVID 19 pandemic and schools. Schools that have a consistent mask wearing policy in place, such as we do at this time, do not have to quarantine close contacts from the classroom. What this looks like for us is this -

  • If there is a close contact from the classroom, I would still contact trace and notify parents of the close contact. This student would not have to quarantine, but parents should be extra alert for signs of a COVID infection.

  • If there is a close contact from a time of the day that is unmasked, such as our lunch period or after school sports, then those close contacts will be quarantined for 10 days.

  • When we return to masks optional, then we return to quarantining all close contacts within a 6-foot radius of the COVID student or staff member.

I appreciate your continued cooperation in keeping our students safe and in school.

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 13th and 14th from 1-6 PM. Please sign up for a conference with your children's homeroom teachers. At this time, we plan to offer in-person OR online video conferences, whichever best suit your needs. Depending on the situation with COVID in October, these may move entirely online. When signing up for conferences, please indicate if you would prefer an online conference.

School Counselor

I am happy to announce that Saint Susanna has a school counselor available for our students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ms. Katie Evans comes to us from Catholic Charities. She is a licensed clinical social worker / therapist. She will work with students on an individual basis, as needed. She will also teach whole class social-emotional lessons on topics such as being a good friend, bullying, and other age-appropriate topics. Ms. Evans presence in our school is made possible by utilizing a portion of our EANS grant from the federal government over the next two school years.

Students may be referred to Ms. Evans by teachers or the principal for a one-time visit. After that, parents must complete an consent form for continued visits. The consent form is available at the end of the Monday Memo or in the school office. You can reach Ms. Evans directly at

Volunteer Opportunities

The service hour tracking form can be found here and a copy will be sent home in the back-to-school packets. We ask that each family complete five service hours this school year. These hours can be completed during school or parish events.

Upcoming events include:

  • Stay tuned....

Easy Fund-Raising for Saint Susanna Catholic School!

Box Tops for Education

Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Download the new Box Tops App (iTunes or Google Play) – it’s free
  • Step 2: Create a username and connect it to your child’s school
  • Step 3: Scan your grocery store receipt. Items with the new Box Tops label will be automatically credited to your school

Does this mean I should stop sending in my paper Box Tops that I have already clipped? No! Continue to send those to the school!

Kroger Community Rewards

Information on the Kroger Community Rewards program can be found here on their website or under the "rewards" tab in your Kroger app. You will need to search for the exact name of our organization as SAINT SUSANNAS SCHOOL PTP . From there, you can link your Kroger card with our organization and a portion of your spending at Kroger will come to us.

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About Us

St. Susanna Catholic School's mission is to provide a Christ-centered, quality education that prepares and inspires its students to excel as they progress in their scholastic careers. Based on Catholic teachings, our students and staff exemplify the value of faith, service, love, and respect in all situations and with all people.