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St. Columba Catholic School - News every Friday - 12/11/20

St. Columba Families,


This was definitely a tough week. News of a second class being affected by COVID-19 was not something any of us wanted to hear, but is the unfortunate reality that we are living in right now.


This week was an especially special week in regards to our Blessed Mother. On Tuesday, we had the privilege of celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception together as a whole school and Saturday, the 12th, is the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. During these times of uncertainty, it is always reassuring to know that our Blessed Mother continues to intercede and pray on our behalf. I continue to pray that my faith can be as strong as St. Juan Diego's was! What an inspiration!


We are entering the final week before Christmas break. While this final week will be a little more quiet and empty on campus with our 3rd-5th graders at home, our student council has some fun activities planned to make it a fun week!


Because 1/3 of our students are out, we will have a full school Mass on Tuesday at 8:25am so that 2nd and 6th grade are not the only ones attending that day. There will be no school Mass on Thursday.


Here is a look ahead at the upcoming events on campus:


  • Monday, December 14: Ugly or Cute Christmas Sweater Day; Hot Lunch Orders Due; Last Day to Order a Holiday Meal
  • Tuesday, December 15: All School (K-2 and 6-8) Mass
  • Wednesday, December 16: Spread Christmas Cheer Day
  • Thursday, December 17:
  • Friday, December 18: Pajama Day; Preschool 1/2 day; K-8 1/2 day, No After School Day Care; St. Columba Trivia and Beer Night (6pm)


Blessings,


Mr. Amann

NO AFTER SCHOOL DAY CARE ON 12/18!

To allow our staff to get a start to their Christmas Break, there will be no After School Day Care on 12/18/20.


All students in Preschool need to be picked up by Noon.


All students in K-8 need to be picked up by 12:30pm.

Christmas Themed Days Information!

Please see the attached flyer from Student Council about the fun days planned this week!

Christmas Program Changes

This week, we had planned to record our students while they wore their Christmas best, but those plans have changed.


Because 3rd-5th grade is not going to be on campus, we would not be able to include them in our planned live-streamed Christmas program.


Instead of a formal Christmas Program, Ms. Lori, Mr. Josh, and Mr. Amann will be recording the students this week and simply sending out the recordings to the respective classes and their families. We will still record our 3rd-5th graders after Christmas break as we will still be in the Christmas season.


While this is certainly a change from years past, COVID-19 continues to have other plans for our traditional activities.


I know we would all love to see every class and enjoy the full community feel of our Christmas program, that is just not possible this year.


Thank you for your understanding!

St. Columba Trivia and Beer Tasting Night!

In partnership with Sunset Trivia and Alesmith Brewing Company, our PTG Board invite you to join our Trivia and Beer Night on December 18th at 6pm! This is open to all St. Columba Families, Preschool-8th grade!


ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY THURSDAY, 12/17. Beer Pickup will be at Dismissal on 12/18. Zoom Link for Trivia will be sent in the morning on 12/18.


Whether you like trivia, beer, both, or neither, there are 3 ways you can participate:


1. Trivia Only: For $15, two guests can join our Virtual Trivia Game hosted over Zoom!

2. Beer Only: For $15, receive a 4 pack of 12oz Alesmith Brewing Beers (Sublime Mexican Lager, .394 San Diego Pale Ale, Local Oasis Tiki IPA, Luped in IPA)

3. Trivia and Beer: For $25, Receive a 4 pack of 12oz Alesmith Brewing Beers and two guests can join our Virtual Trivia game hosted over Zoom!


To purchase, please see the link to purchase on the Schoolspeak homepage or send payment with your child!


1st place winner(s) receive a $25 credit at the soon-to-be-released St. Columba Spirit Store and free entry to the next Trivia Night (Estimated Date in February)

2nd place winner(s) receive 2 free St. Columba Branded Glass Tumbler and free entry to next Trivia Night (Estimated Date in February)

3rd place winner(s) receive free entry to next Trivia Night (Estimated Date in February)


Let's have some good Cougar Fun!

St. Columba Car Raffle Update

As of Noon on 12/12, we have sold 520 tickets. We need at least 280 more tickets to simply break even. To prevent the school from having to make budget cuts and cause an impact on student learning for this year and next, we need to sell at least 1,980 more tickets!


We are not sending home physical tickets this year due to COVID-19. All entries need to be purchased through our online portal at

https://sccs.betterworld.org/giveaways/st-columba-car-raffle


As a reminder, the following incentives are in place for the students and families:


CLASS INCENTIVE #1: 10 ticket average per student (for example, 5th grade has 20 students, they would need to sell 200 tickets): Free Dress Day, Extra 20 minutes of Recess, and Personal Jamba Juice smoothies for each student.


CLASS INCENTIVE #2: 15 ticket average per student (for example, 5th grade has 20 students, they would need to sell 300 tickets): Movie, Pizza, and Ice Cream Party, along with Incentive #1


CLASS INCENTIVE #3: 20 ticket average per student (for example, 5th grade has 20 students, they would need to sell 400 tickets): No homework for a week and $20 gift card for every family in the class, along with Incentive #1 and Incentive #2.


Current total averages per class are as follows:


Preschool: 1.07 entries per student (60 total tickets)

Kindergarten: 3.17 entries per student (76 total tickets)

1st Grade: 2.05 entries per student (43 total tickets)

2nd Grade: 5.47 entries per student (104 total tickets)

3rd Grade: 4.73 entries per student (90 total tickets)

4th Grade: 4.17 entries per student (75 total tickets)

5th Grade: 7.25 entries per student (145 total tickets)

6th Grade: 3.18 entries per student (35 total tickets)

7th Grade: 0.50 entries per student (10 total tickets)

8th Grade: 1.11 entries per student (31 total tickets)


*Total ticket numbers add up to more than 520 because multiple grades can receive credit for sales.


Go Cougars!

Christmas Meal Drive Thru Fundraiser!

We will be hosting a Christmas Meal Drive Thru as a small fundraiser in partnership with our Hot Lunch Company!


Please see the attached flier for details!


Everything will be included and you will just drive through our parking lot on December 21st for pick up!


Orders must be placed by December 14th!

2nd Graders Practicing Place Value!

8th Grade Service Project for Holy Family Parish

All School Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception