News and Notes December 23, 2019

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A Note from the Principal

I hope your Christmas Vacation is off to a great start!

  • Lunch and Pizza orders are open for January and the deadline will be January 2nd at 2pm. Please make sure you order the main entree when ordering. The milk order for 2nd Semester will be open until January 3rd. We will not take any late orders after the deadline.

  • Mark your calendar to hear Dr. Brandt talk to our school community about child development, particularly Kindergarten Readiness. Dr. Brandt will be here on January 23rd at 12:00.

  • Marquette collected 105 letters to Santa which in turn created $105 that went towards me Macy’s Make-A-Wish partnership!

  • With Winter Weather approaching I would like to remind you that we will communicate any weather-related closures or delays through text message, email, and social media.

Go for Catholic Education

As you consider your end of the year giving, I ask that you strongly consider Go for Catholic Education. Both as an individual contributor and as an administrator of a Catholic School, I can tell you that this program truly benefits individuals and schools. In contributing, I receive a tax credit that lowers my tax bill each year. More importantly, however, Go for Catholic Education provides a huge source of financial aid to Marquette students as well as the students of Diocese. Please take a look at the link below to view a video explaining Go for Catholic Schools and consider donating to Marquette and Marquette RISE. You will not find another program that allows you to lower your tax bill, directly benefit Marquette students, and have 10% of your contributions go towards the neediest students in the Diocese of Tulsa Catholic Schools. You can find out more at https://goforcatholicschools.com/ .

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Inclement Weather Notice

As we enter the winter months, I think it is appropriate to take some time to discuss my approach to closing school due to extreme weather before it happens.

All families handle weather differently and I strongly encourage families to make their own decisions regarding whether or not it is safe to travel to school. On a bad weather day or a potentially bad weather day, the school will make a decision to hold classes or not no later than 6:15 in the morning. The school will send a text message through RenWeb and post on the Marquette Facebook page. I always prefer to make a decision about school closure as early as possible, however, sometimes the timing of incoming weather can make the decision difficult. Often times a decision is made during overnight hours, so check your phone/email or social media early in the morning or even the night before.

Once I determine to open school, I will not close the school early barring a major catastrophe or loss of power/heat. Although the school will not be closed mid-day, we do encourage families to make their own decision on picking up their children early. Please do not delay picking up your child(ren) early if you have concerns, we will not make judgments on your personal family decision. Any child picked up after 12:00 will not have any penalties apply to their attendance. To keep phone lines open, however, please do not call ahead to check out your child. We ask that you arrive in the school office and we will call your child down with their things.

Late starts are an option the school may choose to use in the case of bad roads or the potential for bad weather hitting around arrival time. Theoretically, a late start allows families and teachers to begin driving after the sun comes up and could better allow individuals to navigate icy or snow packed streets. While we understand a late start can disrupt a parent’s ability to get to work on time, our hope is that a shorter day at work is better than taking an entire personal day to watch children. During a late start, the school will indicate through email communication what time the building will open and when drop off can begin.

While the school will not ever close early once the day has begun (barring a major catastrophe), the school may choose to close Extended Care early. In the event of bad weather or potentially bad weather later in the day, Extended Care may be closed early. In the event that Extended Care closes early, we ask families to make every effort to pick up their children as soon as possible so that our employees can drive home safely. We will do our very best to make an announcement about extended care as early as possible.

Decisions on canceling school are always incredibly difficult. Living in Oklahoma, we know that the weather can change quickly. Likely, many of us can remember times that the forecast was wrong and fears of inclement weather never materialized. In my experience, most principals have called off school before only to feel foolish later in the day. In times when I am most uncertain, however, I often think of the quote, “I would rather be foolish 99 times, than deadly wrong once”. While to some, the decision to remain in school or not does not seem one of life and death. Ultimately, however, I cannot risk the potential of a family or teacher being injured in a car accident or slipping on ice when we still have room in our calendar to close without impact to our last day of school. In this situation, the health and well being of our community outweighs the costs of inconvenience.


If you should have any questions about our winter weather closing, please contact me at jay.luetkemeyer@marquetteschool.org or simply call the school office. The decision to close school is not made easily and I will always try to make a decision that is in the best interest of all of our students, families, and staff. I implore you to never go against your better judgment when making a decision to bring your child(ren) to school. I am making a decision that meets the needs of all our students and families, you must make the decision for your specific family.

Yearbook Pictures Needed!

The Yearbook Committee is accepting any photos since first day this year that parents might have of any school-related activity or event. Pictures can be sent directly to
marquetteyearbook@marquetteschool.org or you are always welcome to use the ReplayIT app.
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Calendar of Events

2019-2020 Parent Calendar

*All times and dates are subject to change.

1st Semester

December 21 Christmas Break Starts

January 6 Last Day of Christmas Break


2nd Semester

January 6 Teacher Curriculum Planning Day

January 7 Class Resume

January 7 Early Childhood Parent Education Session

January 10 Kindergarten Open House 11:30

January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

January 25 Boots N BBQ

January 25-31 Catholic Schools Week

February 4 Early Childhood Parent Education Session

February 6 2:15 Dismissal for Conferences (Conferences from 3:00-6:00)

February 7 NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferences 8:30-12:00

February 13 Valentine Parties-2:15 (Kindergarten Friendship Breakfast)

February 14 Diocesan Professional Day-No School

February 17 Presidents Day-No School

February 26 Ash Wednesday

March 3 Early Childhood Parent Education Session

March 12 Q&U Wedding

March 15 Last Day of 3rd Quarter

March 14-22 Spring Break

March 27-April 3 Spring Book Fair

April 9 Living Stations of the Cross-2:00

April 7 Early Childhood Parent Education Session

April 10 Good Friday-No School

April 13 Easter Monday-No School

April 23 NJHS Inductions

April 25-26 2nd Grade Treasure Box Weekend

May 5 Early Childhood Parent Education Session

May 6 K-8 May Crowning 10:00

May 13 Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Day @8:30

May 1 1st Communion Luncheon--2nd Grade

May 2 & 3 1st Communion Weekend

May 8 Field Day

May 15 Field Day Make Up

May 14 8th Grade Luncheon and 8th Grade Graduation

May 21 Last Day of School/Kindergarten Graduation 10:30/Noon Dismissal

2019-2020 Marquette School Theme

2019-2020 Marquette School Theme

Prayer Request

Please join us in praying together as a community this school year. If you have a prayer request and would like the school to join you in prayer, simply email a brief intention and will post it here. If you would like the intention to remain private, simply say so and we will post it as a private intention without indicating the person who requested the prayer. We ask for Blessed Stanley Rother's intercession and pray that he will become a Saint. Let us begin with the following intentions.

Heavenly Father as we begin this new school year I pray that you would give us an understanding and discerning heart in our thoughts, words, and actions with our children, with their teachers, and with our fellow parents. Help us to be slow to anger but quick to respond to the needs, disappointment, and problems that others are facing.


Keep me Lord from developing a judgmental spirit that can so often jump to the wrong conclusions and prevent me for speaking too hastily, which can so often cause sadness and pain to those that are in need and trouble.


Lord as a community we want to be used by You as a channel of blessing and of loving compassion. Teach us, Lord, how to be the models for our children and we pray that You would change us from the inside out to be the person that You would have me to be. Lord, bless this school as we celebrate 100 years of Catholic education and may we do all things pleasing to You. Amen.

  • For our students, parents, and teachers that we will experience a year of faith-filled development.
  • For an increase in vocations within our Christ the King/Marquette community.
  • For our Priests and for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood and religious life.
  • For those separated from their families due to military deployment.