Saint Agnes School
January 17, 2018
Mission Statement of Saint Agnes School
Saint Agnes School exists to provide excellence in Catholic education while inspiring and empowering our students to live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. As compassionate and faithful Christians, we continue to pursue our spiritual journey, achieve our highest academic potential, and be stewards of the Catholic faith to others.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Winter weather has definitely arrived! I would like to remind everyone that we use plenty of resources in communicating any school delays or closings. I use our School Messenger voice message system, email, Facebook, and Springmyer Communication who disseminates our announcement across most of our local media sources. There may be a rare exception but I make every attempt to call a school delay or closing an hour-and-a-half before the scheduled start time (7:45 a.m., unless a delay has already been called).
Many of you are probably curious if we have to add any school days to our calendar for the days we miss. The short answer is “no.” We have six hours and 15 minutes of instruction (7 hours minus 45 minutes of lunch and recess) in our school day. A required Diocesan school must have at least six hours of instructional time. Diocesan policy states that if a school has at least six hours and 15 minutes of instructional time, they are able to “bank” that extra 15 minutes of instructional time per day throughout the 177-day school year. We must have 177 instructional days so we are not permitted to reduce days if we have a minimal amount of snow days.
With the recent string of snow, I would also encourage all of you to thank our maintenance crew, Rick Wolking and Dan Lee. They often arrive by 5 a.m. on school days when they need to remove snow. Our campus is always in great shape during the inclement weather thanks to them! Here is hoping they don’t have to remove much more this winter! ~ Mr. Hoyt
2018-19 School Registration: Registration forms for current students for the 2018-19 school year have been sent home. Please fill them out and return them with $30 per student to the office by Wednesday, January 24. If you have any questions regarding registration please contact the school office.
Diocesan Day of Prayer and Penance This Friday: Each year our entire Diocese celebrates the Diocesan Day of Prayer and Penance. This Friday all schools throughout our Diocese will participate in a Rosary service to commemorate the day. Saint Agnes Church will have Benediction beginning after the 11:30 a.m. Mass and the Rosary service with our students will begin at 1:45 p.m. in the church. Members of our student council will assist in leading the Rosary.
Please Review Your Voice Messages from Saint Agnes: Parents, please be sure to listen to any voice messages from our Saint Agnes phone number (859-261-0543) before calling the school back. When the voice message blast went out yesterday regarding no bus service, our office received dozens of calls. While we welcome your calls, listening to your voice message could have prevented these calls and freed up our office staff for other administrative work. We appreciation your attention to this.
MAP Testing This Week and Next: We began our second session of MAP testing yesterday. While it is always important for your child to attend school, unless they are sick, it is especially important for your child to attend when MAP testing occurs. Please remember that each student in grades 2-8 are administered three tests (Reading, Language, and Math) and grade 1 is administered two tests. The testing schedule, by grade levels (not by classes), during the next two weeks includes:
Grade 1: Jan. 17, 19, 23, 26
Grade 2: Jan. 18, 19, 22, 29
Grade 3: Jan. 16, 17, 22, 29
Grade 4: Jan. 17, 18, 23, 24
Grade 5: Jan. 16, 18, 23, 24, 26
Grade 6: Jan. 22-25
Grade 7: Jan. 22-25
Grade 8: Jan. 22-25
Remember each student will test on no more than three of these dates.
Junior High Science Fair: It is that time again! The science fair will take place January 31 this year. This is a wonderful event which cuts across all curricula and is a wonderful public display of what exciting things our Saint Agnes junior high students can accomplish. In order to accomplish this evening, it takes a village. Attached here is a list of possible volunteer positions that would really help pull this off. You may respond to Jorja Kremer at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or sign up at the Sign Up Spot. Thank you for all of your help!
Lower Tuition Payments: Is your family looking for a way to help with school tuition payments to a Diocesan school? Working Reds and Bengals games with like-minded parents can assist.Contact Mikkie Martin at (513) 257-6904 or email@example.com for more information.
Catholic Schools Week is Coming Soon: Catholic Schools Week will soon be here! This year’s celebration will take place January 28 – February 3. Here is a preview, including daily themes and events, for each day of the week.
Monday, Jan. 29 - "Celebrate our Faith and Parish"; Red, White, and Blue Day; 8 a.m. CSW Prayer Service
Tuesday, Jan. 30 - "Celebrate our Students"; Spirit Wear; Bowling
Wednesday, Jan. 31 - "Celebrate our Knowledge"; Dress like your favorite book character of historical person
Thursday, Feb. 1 - "Celebrate our Family"; Mismatch Dress Day; Student BINGO; Catholic Schools Week Showcase 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2 - "Celebrate our Spirit"; Wear Catholic sweatshirt or shirt with uniform pants, skirts, jumpers; Mass 8 a.m., 8th Grade vs. Teachers Volleyball ,9:30 a.m.
More details will come in next week's newsletter.
Artists of the Week: Congratulations to Peyton Mast, Tatum Gabbard, Ethan Lindbloom, Jacie Hail, Isabelle Minning, and Grace Heberling. They are our "Artists of the Week." Check out some of their artwork at the end of the newsletter.
Volunteer Sign-ups: http://signup.com/go/GpYmNi
PTO Meeting Rescheduled: The PTO meeting that was originally scheduled for this Thursday, January 18, has been postponed to next Thursday, January 25, at 7 p.m. That meeting will take place in the school library.
Big Blue Bash CASH! CASH! CASH! Raffle!: CASH! CASH! CASH! Raffle is back!! Tickets went home last week with your chance to win $5,000. Incentives will be announced for families who sell ten or more tickets. An early-bird drawing with a chance to win $100 will take place and the winner will still be eligible for the grand prize to be drawn on March 8.
Re-gift to the Big Blue Bash!: Look for Big Blue Bash committee members in the drop-off and pick- up lines this Thursday and Friday, January 18 and 19, passing out Donuts and Cookies and collecting donations! Did you receive a gift or gift card this holiday season that you know you will never use? Do you have unopened liquor leftover from a holiday get-together, or maybe you received two of the same item? Consider re-gifting to the Big Blue Bash Silent Auction this year. Bring your donations to the car lines this Thursday and Friday. To make other arrangements to donate, contact Heather Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POPs News: Mark your calendar for a "Parents Night Out" on Friday, January 26, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in Murphy Hall. Drop off your kids so that you can go out for the evening. Cost is $12 per child or $25 per family. This is for K - 3rd grades only. We do also need 7th and 8th graders to help for service hours and parents to chaperone. All adults must be Virtus-compliant. Pizza, drinks, a movie, and an activity table will be provided. Please vote on the movie to watch and it will be revealed the night of the event: 1) Sing 2) The Descendants 3) Zootopia, or 4)Wizard of Oz.
Spring Soccer Registration: Registration is now open for Saint Agnes spring soccer. Visit ky-stagnes.sportsaffinity.com to register and receive more details. Registration is open to children ages 4 – 14. We are also in need of coaches for this season. Registration ends at midnight on Saturday, Feb. 3. Please contact Tim McHugh with questions at email@example.com.
Baseball: Registrations for baseball, machine pitch and T-ball are being accepted until January 30. Registration forms may be sent through kid mail, C/O of Brian F. in 5W. Sign-up forms are available here. As a guideline, instructional teams (T-ball and machine pitch) will begin practice in early April and games begin around the first week of May. Once the games start, practice usually stops. Instructional games are tentatively scheduled on Wednesday or Thursday evening and the season lasts about eight weeks. 8U - 14U teams generally start practice in early March (weather permitting) with league games starting in mid-April and going through June. Teams will generally practice one night per week and play 1-2 games per week (approx. 14 league games). Practice schedules/nights are not known until teams are formed and coaches are determined. For any other questions, please contact Paul Finke via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (859) 814-4979. Teams will be participating in the Crosstown Baseball League again this year.
Play Like A Champion Coach Training: As of January 1, all youth coaches in our Diocese should have participated in a Play Like A Champion youth coaches' training before being permitted to coach. The next training session in our Diocese is on Monday, February 12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. This is an ideal training time for any coaches planning on coaching spring sports who have not already been PLAC-trained. Mr. Hoyt will be presenting at this training. You may register for this training session through your Virtus account. Please let Mr. Hoyt know if you have questions.
Valentine Dance: Mark your calendar and join us for a Valentine Dance on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7-11 p.m. in Murphy Hall. Music will be performed by RETRO. Cash bar, snacks, casual dress. Tickets are $10 each and this will definitely be a good time. Contact Shelly Sandfoss at email@example.com or (859) 240-2452 for tickets.
Oktoberfest: The Oktoberfest committee would like to receive your feedback on the event. We appreciate your time. Please respond to the following survey:
Welcome Retreat: Calling all school dads! You are invited to join Zach Holbrook and other men of Saint Agnes for a Welcome Retreat (formerly known as CRHP) February 10-11. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or click this link.
Dream Out Loud Challenge: The Dream Out Loud Challenge is a program sponsored by the Kentucky Savings Education Plan Trust. Students in pre-K-6th grade have the opportunity to produce a video, drwing, essay, or poem explaining how they are going to "change the world." If any student is interested in applying, more information can be found here.
16-29 MAP Testing
18 PTO Meeting (7 p.m., Library)
19 Diocesan Day of Prayer and Penance (Rosary, 1:45 p.m.)
12 School Mass (9:20 a.m.)
21 Feast of Saint Agnes
23 2nd Grade First Eucharist Parent Meeting (7 p.m.), Saint Agnes Church
26 School Mass (9:20 a.m.)
29 - Feb. 2 Catholic Schools Week
29 Catholic Schools Week Prayer Service (8 a.m., Gym)
30 Catholic Schools Week Bowling at Super Bowl
31 Junior High Science Fair
1 Catholic Schools Week Showcase (6:30-8:00 p.m.)
2 School Mass (8 a.m.)
2 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Match (9:30 a.m.)
2 Early Dismissal (11 a.m.)
ARTWORK FROM OUR ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: