Saint Agnes School
January 18, 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...
Parents, do not forget that if your children are returning to Saint Agnes for the 2017-18 school year the deadline for priority registration is next Wednesday, January 25. We are fortunate in that we expect to have at least three full classes next school year and we have several students that are on a wait list. We would, of course, love to have all of our current students return but it is essential that all re-enrollments are completed by next Wednesday. Thanks for your diligence with this. If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment please contact the school office. ~ Mr. Hoyt
TEACHER OF THE WEEK
This week's Teacher of the Week is 6th-8th grade Social Studies teacher Mrs. Rachael Sharp. Mrs. Sharp is new to Saint Agnes this year and has become involved in our school community quickly. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Sharp also moderates the student council and is assisting with the junior high play. She is also proud owner of a certain "presidential" pooch! Here is more about Mrs. Sharp:
Years in Education: This is my third year teaching and first year at Saint Agnes. I taught 6th grade Language Arts for two years and now teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies.
Why I Got into Education: I've wanted to be a teacher since I was 5. I always worked with the little kids at my school and then came home and played school with my stuffed animals. Now I would say that I am glad I trusted my 5-year-old instincts because I love seeing kids grow from the beginning of the year. I love seeing their progression and I love when they're proud of themselves for mastering something they couldn't do before. When you tell someone you're a middle school teacher, they either cannot believe you're that crazy or they're very encouraging and offer prayers for your sanity. But I love working with the junior high students, seeing them mature into independent young adults and watching them build their future path in the world.
Best Memory as an Educator: During my second year of teaching, I had a student that was struggling and was considered "below grade level" at the beginning of the year. By the time he took his spring progression test, he was testing above grade level and specifically asked if he could leave the testing area and stop by my classroom. Having a student beaming with pride, telling me his latest score, and jumping to give me a huge hug is a feeling I don't think I'll ever forget.
What Do You Like about Saint Agnes: The family atmosphere here is something I will never take for granted! I love how friendly everyone is, from my junior high students to even the ones that I don't have yet that make it a point to say hello and ask about Bear, to the amazing faculty who have been so helpful and supportive, to the parents who have taken their time to make sure I feel welcome (your emails and notes have definitely been very appreciated and your generosity has not gone unnoticed). I love how involved I have been able to be at Saint Agnes this year from student council to the junior high play. It really is true - if you love your job you will never work a day in your life.
Favorite Thing to Do Outside of School: I love to read. I can get lost for hours in a good book, whether I'm sitting on my back porch or curled up on my couch with the dogs. I especially like reading books that I know are being turned into movies or just finding something super random.
Re-registration of current school families for the 2017-18 school year - ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT: Re-enrollment for current students for the 2017-18 school year is in progress. 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. (If you do not have your Ascend log-in information, please email Mindy Sucher in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Reminder to families that have already re-enrolled: Thank you to the many families that have already re-enrolled on Ascend; however, many still owe the registration fee. Don't forget to send in the registration fee of $30/student to complete your registration for next year.
Out-of-Uniform Thursday for Students with No Second Quarter Uniform Violations: Any students who did not have any uniform violations during the second quarter are permitted to be out of uniform this Thursday, January 19.
Penny War: 1..2..3..4..Saint Agnes declares a Penny War! Students are encouraged to bring in their pennies from January 23 - February 3. All money collected will go to a Saint Agnes family in need of our support. K-5 students will have a piggy bank in their homerooms. Each grade level will be averaged out according to the total collected per student, and the winning K-5 grade level will win a student council-sponsored pizza party. Junior high students will have a competition between each grade level and their teachers. Each grade level will have a piggy bank in the cafeteria during lunch time from January 23 - February 3. Junior high students can bring in pennies and silver change. The pennies count as positive and the silver change counts as negative (placed in another junior high grade level's piggy bank). The grade level that has the highest amount per student by the end of the two weeks wins a student council-sponsored pizza party.
Junior High Science Fair: It is that time again! The science fair will take place February 1 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 email@example.com or, next week, we will hopefully have links to Sign Up Spot. Thank you for all of your help!
Catholic Schools Week Activities: Catholic Schools Week will take place Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 this year. We have established our daily theme and activities for the week. They are as follows:
Monday: "Celebrate our Faith and Community Service" - Dress red, white & blue; Prayer service 8 a.m.; Each grade level chooses a group in our community to thank for their service
Tuesday: "Celebrate our Students" - Spirit wear or gym clothes; Bowling
Wednesday: "Celebrate our Knowledge" - Dress like a favorite book character or historical figure; Junior High Science Fair (evening)
Thursday: "Celebrate our Family" - Dress like a “twin” day; School-wide B-I-N-G-O; Catholic Schools Week Showcase (6:30-8 p.m.)
Friday: "Celebrate our Spirit" - Mass (8 a.m.); 8th Grade/Faculty Volleyball Game (9:30 a.m.); Dismissal 11 a.m.
Catholic Schools Week Bowling Schedule: The following is the bowling schedule for Catholic Schools Week bowling on Tuesday, January 31:
9:00-10:30 a.m.- Kindergarten, 4th, 5th
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - 6th, 7th, 8th
12:30-2:30 p.m. - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Artists of the Week- A big congratulations to our artists of the week. Please take a moment to look at their artwork at the bottom of the newsletter.
Gr. 5 - Simon Fieler, Kiernan McMurtry, Hope Miller
Gr. 8 - Addie Middendorf, Sophie Ryan
Marco's Eat-Out Night: TONIGHT is Marco's Eat-Out Night. Saint Agnes School receives 20 percent of all sales for the evening!
Big Blue Bash: Play the $5000 Grand Prize CASH, CASH, CASH Raffle! First Early Bird Prize will be drawn Friday, January 20. The seller wins $25 and ticket holder wins $100. It is recommended that each school family sell at least ten tickets. New this year, there will be additional incentives for the top three selling families! The Saint Agnes family that sells the most raffle tickets will win an iPad mini! The second highest-selling family will win two Kings Island 2017 season passes. The third highest-selling family will win a $100 gift card to Dave & Busters! Look for these prize details and more on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/saintagnesbigbluebash.com. 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. For questions about this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Soccer: Registration for Saint Agnes spring soccer is now open and will close at Midnight on Saturday, February 4. The soccer program is open to ages 4–14. The season begins at the end of March. For more details and to register please visit http://ky-stagnes.sportsaffinity.com. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Tim McHugh at email@example.com.
Baseball: Registrations for baseball, t-ball, and machine pitch are being accepted until February 10. Registrations received after February 10 are not guaranteed a roster spot and will only be accepted as needed to fill rosters. Registration forms can be sent through kid mail, C/O Will M. in 5R. Sign up forms are available here. As a guideline only, 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 for 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-to-late April and going through June. Teams will generally practice one night per week and play 1-2 games per week (approx. 16 league games). Practice schedules/nights are not known until teams are formed and coaches are determined. For any other questions, please contact Joe Michels via email at Joem@Michelsconstruction.com or by phone at (859)344-8045. Teams will be participating in the Crosstown Baseball League again this year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 304-9089; or Dan Melching at email@example.com or (859) 393-7888.
Covington Catholic After-School STEM Camps: Covington Catholic High School is offering two multi-week, after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camps for 6th-8th grade boys and girls during January – March 2017. The camps are based on Project Lead the Way’s Gateway curriculum, designed to expose middle school students to STEM-related fields with a primary focus on engineering. The spring sessions feature two separate Gateway curriculum tracks: 1) STEM Robotics; and 2) STEM 3-D Modeling & Design. Cov Cath Technology Instructor Mr. Craig Cleveland and St. Pius X Math Instructor Mr. Jeff Slater will teach the classes. Each camp meets on six dates: STEM ROBOTICS - Jan. 23-24, Jan. 30-31, Feb. 6-7; STEM 3-D MODELING & DESIGN - Feb. 13-14, Feb. 27-28, March 6-7. Tuition for each camp is $149, with a discount if registering for both camps and/or multiple students from the same family. For more information and to register for one or both camps, go to www.covcath.org/stem678 or email Mr. Cleveland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pancake Breakfast: Please join the Sisters of Notre Dame for their Pancake Breakfast at Notre Dame Academy on Sunday, February 19, from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Click here for the flyer and more information. Proceeds benefit The Sisters of Notre Dame Mission in Uganda.
Annual Diocese of Covington Ski Trip: The Diocese of Covington's annual ski trip for students in grades 7-12 will take place Saturday, February 11. Click here for more information.
The Cincy Music Series Presents Grammy Nominee Sierra Hull Jan. 28 - Concerts For Catholic Schools: The Cincy Music Series 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.
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
1 8:45 a.m. Late Start Day
1 Jr. High Science Fair
2 6:30-8 p.m. Saint Agnes Catholic Schools Week Showcase/Open House
3 8:00 a.m. School Mass - Note the early time change!
3 9:30 a.m. 8th grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Match
3 11:00 a.m. EARLY DISMISSAL
10 8:30 a.m. School Mass
ARTISTS OF THE WEEK