Principal Notes 01/23/2015

St. Cecilia School

Notes from the Principal

Catholic Schools Week is almost here!!!

If you’ve signed up already to help at a Mass this weekend, students are encouraged to wear a St. Cecilia School shirt if possible. Also, please check in with the ushers when you arrive. Thank you to those who have already signed up.

We still are in need for a few more volunteers, please click here to signup: We have many wonderful activities going on next week, please refer to the attached agenda further down in this newsletter.

Kindergarten Round Up

Dear Parents,

The first part of our annual Kindergarten Round-Up will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the St. Cecilia Education Center. This is a registration session for parents/guardians only. The agenda will include some information about St. Cecilia School, some general kindergarten classroom information and registration.

Registration packets will be provided for you at this meeting, with the necessary forms to complete since formal registration will take place during our meeting time. Please bring the following paperwork with you:

  • Birth Certificate Copy
  • Baptismal Certificate Copy
  • Immunization Record Copy
  • Physical Form Copy
  • Lead Testing Copy (may be included on physical form)
  • Vision Exam Copy
  • Dental Exam Copy
  • $100 Deposit (refundable until June 30, 2015)

The second part will be the Kindergarten Round-Up visit for you and your child, which will take place on Friday, February 6th, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Kindergarten Room of the St. Cecilia Education Center. Your child will be in the kindergarten classroom working on a variety of activities while you are invited to the north social hall with our Family School Association volunteers for refreshments, question/answer time and tours of the school. At 11 a.m., you’ll meet back up for lunch. The lunch menu will be a sub sandwich, chips, carrots, applesauce and milk. Our Family School Association will be purchasing your lunch, so all we will need is your RSVP the night of Kindergarten Round Up.

People of all faiths are invited to consider a Catholic Christian education for their children at St. Cecilia School. The St. Cecilia School staff is highly committed to providing a quality faith-based education for your children. We look forward to welcoming those who share the same values concerning their children’s education. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at #515 232-5290. Hope to see you at Round Up!

Tuition Tax Credit Information

The State of Iowa provides tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools. The following summary from the Iowa Catholic Conference gives the background of the law and explains the Tax Credit Program and how to take advantage of it. Please review the attached form. If you would like to use this form, please complete the form by January 30th and send it into the school office for the principal’s signature. Thank you.

Tuition Tax Credit Form

Erv Rowlands

Ervin A. Rowlands

Principal, St. Cecilia's School

Talent Show – Please Read – Important News

Dear Parents of talented St. Cecilia School Students,

Thank you for allowing and encouraging your children to participate in this year's talent show! We have a great show planned for everyone!

The talent show will take place in the multipurpose room in the education center following the pasta lunch this Sunday. Since the lunch will probably run until 12:45 - 1 p.m., we will plan on starting the show shortly after that....probably 1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Students helping out as MCs, stage managers, and sound should arrive at 12:30 p.m. so we can get things organized!

I would like for all participants to arrive at the multi-purpose room at 1 p.m. Please have your music (and what you need to play it on), all props, costumes, sheet music, and whatever else you might need with you. Spread the word that you will be performing and that you would appreciate some great fans to cheer you on!!!

Parents, be sure to bring your cameras for pictures! I am always so proud of each and every one of the students who try out for the show. Peg Gaul and I were impressed and entertained at auditions and we are certain that Sunday will be a lot of fun for all who attend!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call me....#232-6683. Thank you!


Angi Nespor

Spelling Bee

The local Knights of Columbus will be hosting our annual Ames Area Spelling Bee on Sunday, February 8, 2015, for students in grades 4 through 7. Detailed information--including registration form, date, location, rules and word lists--are available at the following web site:

Key information:

- Free to all Ames-area 4th-7th grade students.

- Registrations due by Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

- Spelling Bee at 1pm on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at St. Cecilia School, 2900 Hoover.

- Entry form, word lists, and additional information available at:

The attached single-page registration form also includes the key information and web address.

Tim Simodynes

Knights of Columbus, Council 2230, Ames

Spelling Bee Registration Form


We are looking for people to help with the Art Projects for Gala. Not Artistic? No Problem... We need all kinds of people to help! Please sign up!

If you have any questions please contact Sara Converse at

Upcoming Events

Catholic Schools Week (CSW): Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

See the attached agenda for all the faith, knowledge and service projects and special events we have planned…Author Day, Volunteer Appreciation, Science Center of Iowa Assembly and so much more! Please feel free to join us for any or all of our special events!

  • Sunday, 01/25: 11 a.m. CSW Pasta Lunch (Social Hall) followed by Talent Show (Multi-purpose Room)

  • Monday, 01/26: SCRIP Challenge, Special Student Surprise and 6:15 p.m. Marketing Meeting

  • Tuesday, 01/27: Coins for Cancer Challenge and 2 p.m. Author Day/Ice Cream Party

  • Wednesday, 01/28: Box Top Challenge and 9 a.m. All School Mass followed by Volunteer Reception (Social Hall)

  • Thursday, 01/29: Food at First Paper Product Challenge and 1 p.m. Science Center of Iowa Assembly

  • Friday, 01/30: Mary’s Meals Challenge and 2 p.m. All Saints BINGO

Other Events

After School Art

See the attached sign up form for the After School Art classes which run from January 28-March 4, 2015.

Winter After School Art Form

Ames Foreign Language Program-Spring 2015

See the attached registration form. If interested, please complete the form and mail it directly to the coordinator’s address listed on the form.

Foreign Language Flyer