Principal Notes 11/13/2014

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

November is a transition time in the school and for families as we are preparing for Thanksgiving and starting to make holiday plans for our families. I hope your family can use the Advent Season to plan special activities that can unite your family and reach out to those around us as we spread the story of the Christmas season. The next two months are always a special time for our family with Thanksgiving plans and Christmas traditions. I hope all of us can remember the true meaning of the holiday and not get to caught up in the commercialization of Christmas and remember the joy of the season and the message of the Advent season.

Reminder on student tardies and absences

Parents, please remember that our school day begins at 8:25 a.m., so try to have your child(ren) here by 8:20 a.m. We have seen an increase in tardies lately.

Also, please remember to contact the school if you child is ill or has an appointment during the school day. We need to hear from you if they are gone to ensure their safety. This allows the school and parents to be aware that they are not in school and you know where the student is for the day. Your calling saves the office personnel time from the calls to parents of the students missing from school. As we enter the winter season some days the list gets long as students deal with colds and other winter illnesses. We appreciate your assistance!

No school, November 14th

Reminder, there is no school or any activities on Friday, November 14th.

Jeans Day - Backpack Buddies

On Friday, November 21st, we are holding a jeans day with all donations going to our Backpack Buddies program. Your student may wear jeans with their polo shirt for a suggested donation of $1.

Marketing Survey

For those of you who did not receive this at parent-teacher conferences, please print off and complete the attached Marketing Committee Parent Survey. We appreciate your assistance.

Marketing Survey

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits.

It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

⦁ Set the example. Let children see you read.

⦁ Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.

⦁ Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, And if you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our online Fair is available until November 25. Also, keep up-to date with the fair by visiting the Book Fair Homepage at:

Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Terri Simodynes

Owls Club

Just a reminder that we will NOT hold Owls Club on Friday, November 14th. Also, on Wednesday, November 26th, Owls Club will be held in the morning only due to the 1:30 p.m. early dismissal.

Scrip News

We will NOT be selling Scrip the week of Thanksgiving, Monday, November 24th. Feel free to stock up and place your order by 9 a.m. on Monday, November 17th. We will resume selling Scrip on Monday, December 1st. Keep thinking Holidays! Thank you!

St. Cecilia Feast Day Celebration

Celebrating St. Cecilia's Feast Day: Archbishop Michael Jackels will be visiting our parish for the feast day celebration of St. Cecilia on November 15/16. Our parish staff is organizing several programs to show our Archbishop the vibrancy and creativity of our parish! These are great opportunities to meet the Archbishop, give your child actor a chance to shine and earn Confirmation Hours for teens. Please visit ST CECILIA FEAST DAY for opportunities families of elementary, junior high and high school students can contribute.

5th Grade Pancake Breakfast

The 5th Grade will hold a pancake breakfast on November 23rd after both Masses. All proceeds will go toward their class trip.

Pancake Breakfast Flyer

Fifth Grade Class Trip Fundraiser

Help support the 5th grade and their class trip to the Omaha Zoo. Head to Noodles & Co. on Tuesday, December 9th from 5-9 p.m.

Bring in a flier or mention St. Cecilia's at the register and the 5th grade will get 25% of sales! Take the family out for a great dinner and a great cause!

Noodles & Co Flyer

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, 11/14: No School, Preschool, or Owls Club
  • Saturday-Sunday, 11/15-11/16: St. Cecilia Feast Day Celebration
  • Tuesday, 11/18: 7 p.m. SIAC Meeting
  • Wednesday, 11/19: 9 a.m. All School Mass
  • Friday, 11/21: Jeans Day for Backpack Buddies
  • Monday, 11/24: 6:15 p.m. Marketing Meeting
  • Wednesday, 11/26: Owls Club morning only, 9 a.m. All School Mass and 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal
  • Thursday & Friday, 11/27 & 11/28: No School-Thanksgiving Break