Saint Agnes School
January 4, 2017
Mission Statement of Saint Agnes School
Saint Agnes Elementary School strives for excellence in providing a Catholic education that inspires and empowers our students to live the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ as compassionate and faithful Christians, who continue to pursue their spiritual journey, their highest academic potential, and stewardship to others.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...
Happy New Year! It is great to have our students back this week. The word "routine" is such an important word for all of us. After a couple weeks of family time and sleeping in, I think many will agree that is great for us all to be back into a routine. We lead more productive lives when we have our daily rituals, even if it means getting up earlier in the morning!
This week I want to alert you to re-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year for all current families. We are now conducting re-enrollment for grades 1-8 for all current school families. Information on re-enrolling is listed under "School News" below. Please be advised that all re-enrollment will be done online using your Ascend SMS account this year. The deadline for re-enrollment is January 25. Please be prompt with your re-enrollment as we do have waiting lists for many classes.
I hope 2017 is prosperous for you, your family, and Saint Agnes! ~ Mr. Hoyt
TEACHER OF THE WEEK
This week's Teacher of the Week is 6th Grade Teacher Mrs. Bridget Gruner! "Mrs. G" teaches Language Arts and Religion to all of our sixth grade students. Get to know "Mrs. G" a little more:
Years in Education: 25 years
Why I Got into Education: I come from a long line of teachers. My day, several aunts, a brother-in-law, and a sister-in-law are also in education. When I was in grade school, I used to get picked to tutor other students at lunch. In junior high, for some reason, I was allowed to make the purple ditto worksheets for our class. I remember adding drawings to jazz them up for my friends and classmates.
Best Memory as an Educator: I have too many favorite memories in education to count! Scarlet (our recently adopted dog)says being in the Doggie Election was definitely one of the top ten moments!
What Do You Like about Saint Agnes: My favorite thing about Saint Agnes is that the teachers and students are so welcoming and kind. My family was fortunate to end up here when we were looking for schools many years ago. I love that the whole community is so giving and watches out for one another.
Favorite Thing To Do Outside of School: I have many things I like to do outside of school. #1 is being with my family, especially watching my kids' games and traveling.
Re-registration of current school families for the 2017-18 school year: It is time for our current families to re-enroll students for the 2017-18 school year. This year the entire registration process will be online. Every school family will need to fill out the re-enrollment form to let us know if your child will be returning to Saint Agnes. The re-enrollment form can be accessed from your Ascend account. Simply log in and click on the tab at the top that says "re-enroll". A $30 registration fee is also required for each student returning to Saint Agnes. After filling out the re-enrollment form, send your check to the school office in a clearly marked envelope that says "School Office - Registration Fee." Deadline for registration is January 25. Anyone registering after that date will have to pay a late registration fee of $40/student.
Winter Coat Season: Parents, please also be sure to have students wear winter coats, hats, and gloves. With temperatures below freezing and a long winter ahead, students will need these when they are not inside the building. Children will still have outdoor recess if the temperature is above 25 degrees.
Please Label All Outerwear: Please make sure all student outerwear, including jackets, pullovers, sweatpants and sweatshirts, and lunch boxes have names on them. We have been receiving many items that need to be placed in the lost & found because there are no student names.
Wildcast: Check out last month's edition of the Wildcast: https://safeshare.tv/x/y4eeUI0Npcc
Lunch 'n Learns: Would you like to help make sure your student's teacher is up-to-date with the latest technological trends? Please help us by providing lunch for the teachers during their monthly Lunch 'n Learns. What are Lunch 'n Learns? Saint Agnes Computer/Technology Coordinator and Guru, Christina Woolley, will be holding monthly meetings during lunch to keep teachers updated on the latest technology trends. There are about 30-35 teachers in all. We are asking for (at least) two volunteers for each category of food listed. The food would need to be delivered to school by 10:30 a.m. the morning of the scheduled meeting. https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1655628/false#!1655628/false/false
Big Blue Bash: The PTO's Big Blue Bash is launching our $5,000 Grand Prize CASH, CASH, CASH Raffle this week! Students will be bringing home raffle tickets this week. Please look for those tickets and take this opportunity to support our school's annual fundraising event by purchasing just ten tickets per school family. Look for more information regarding new incentives and additional prize details. The Grand Prize for the CASH, CASH, CASH Raffle will be drawn at the Big Blue Bash on Friday, March 31, at the Gardens of Park Hills.
Christ Renews His Parish: Men of Saint Agnes! The next Men's Christ Renews His Parish weekend is February 18-19, 2017. This weekend is open to all men associated with the parish and/or school. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a stress-free weekend that includes spiritual renewal and fellowship. The weekend takes place from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon and all activities are on the Saint Agnes campus. Please join those who have already made the commitment for a great weekend. See the attached flier here and sign up now! For more information, please contact Matt Stevens at email@example.com or (513) 304-9089; or Dan Melching at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 393-7888.
Special Olympics Volunteer Opportunity: Special Olympics will be conducting practices for their basketball program in our Saint Agnes Gym on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. beginning this week. Special Olympics is in need of volunteers who would like to help coach these athletes during their practices and weekend games. To register to volunteer fill out the volunteer form and contact Michele Fisk at email@example.com.
The Cincy Music Series Presents Grammy Nominee Sierra Hull Jan. 28 - Concerts For Catholic Schools: The Cincy Music Series will presents Grammy nominated Bluegrass artist Sierra Hull to the St. Xavier Performance Center Saturday Jan. 28 at 7:30 PM. For show information and tickets go to www.cincymusicseries.org or call 513-570-0652. For each ticket purchased, $5 will be donated to Saint Agnes School. The ESAP (Education Scholarship and Assistance Foundation) will match the donation for a total of $10 per ticket contribution.
Robotics Tournament: Covington Catholic High School will host the 2nd Annual Colonel Classic Robotics Tournament at the Covington Catholic High School gymnasium at 1600 Dixie Highway in Park Hills, KY, on Saturday, January 7, 2017. As many as 50 middle school and high school teams are expected to compete in the “VEX Robotics Competition” event. Spectators are welcome; the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Mr. Bob Lind (STEM Director, Robotics/Engineering Club Moderator, and Teacher at Covington Catholic) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas More Basketball Diocese of Covington Day: The Diocese of Covington students are all invited to see basketball games at Thomas More College on January 7. Click here for details.
Referee Clinics: There will be entry level referee clinics in January and February at Thomas More College. You must be 12 years-old to referee and it is a good way for 6th-8th graders to make some extra spending money. Pay starts at $12 per game for assistant referees for recreational games and goes up from there. More information can be found at www.kyreferee.com or by contacting Bryan Schaefer at email@example.com or (859) 512-2696.
4 8:45 a.m. Late Start Day
6 8:30 a.m. School Mass
10 7:00 p.m. Board of Catholic Education (BOCE) Meeting, Library
12 7:00 p.m. PTO Meeting, Library
13 8:30 a.m. School Mass
13 End of 2nd quarter
16 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
20 8:30 a.m. School Mass
21 Feast of St. Agnes
24 7:00 p.m. Second Grade First Eucharist Parent Meeting, Saint Agnes Church
26 Spirit Wear Day
27 8:30 a.m. School Mass
27 1:45 p.m. Diocesan Day of Prayer and Penance Rosary Service, Saint Agnes Church
30-Feb. 3 Catholic Schools Week