Saint Agnes School

1322 Sleepy Hollow Road, Fort Wright, KY 41011

Saint Agnes School
1322 Sleepy Hollow Road, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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January 25, 2017


Saint Agnes School
Family Newsletter
January 25, 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...

Next week is Catholic Schools Week. It has traditionally been an exciting week full of activities that celebrates Saint Agnes and our Catholic identity. But did you know that Catholic Schools Week is celebrated all throughout the United States next week? We will be celebrating the week along with over 6000 other Catholic schools in the U.S. We join with them to thank everyone for making Catholic schools such an important part of our country's education. I would like to share this newsletter from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) for you to further understand the role of Catholic schools: http://ncea.informz.net/NCEA/data/images/16%20NCEA_ParentNewsSept..pdf

Also, we have a couple different opportunities to get involved next week. For any parents, relatives, or friends who have a science background we are still searching for volunteers to judge Wednesday night's science fair. Also, volunteers are still needed for Tuesday's bowling at Super Bowl in Erlanger. More information on these volunteer opportunities can be found below. I look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week with our community! ~ Mr. Hoyt

TEACHER OF THE WEEK 

This week's Teacher of the Week is 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Sarah Hughes. Mrs. Hughes has spent her entire teaching career at Saint Agnes and coordinates the 3rd Grade Business Expo each year. Here is more about Mrs. Hughes:

Years in Education:
  This is my 16th year. I've spent all of them at Saint Agnes.​
Why I Got into Education:  I always admired my teachers throughout my Catholic School education. I wanted to give back and follow the same vocation. ​
Best Memory as an Educator:  My students surprised me with a wedding shower and a baby shower the last two years. I didn't know third graders were so good at keeping secrets!​
What Do You Like about Saint Agnes: I really like our faculty and staff. I think we have the best in town!
Favorite Thing to Do Outside of School:  I have two favorite things – 1) Spending time with my family, especially having snuggle and play time with my 8-month-old baby. 2) I love to Cross Fit. Cross Fit is where I get to be with friends, lift heavy things, and push myself beyond what I think I can do. It is a great stress reliever from a busy day. 

SCHOOL NEWS

Diocesan Day of Prayer and Penance: This Friday is the Diocese Day of Prayer and Penance. Our school will celebrate this day with our regular school Mass at 8:30 a.m. and also a Rosary & Benediction Prayer Service, led by 8th grade student council members, at 1:45 p.m. in Saint Agnes Church. All are welcome. 

Governor’s Cup District Results: The following is recognition that our Academic Team received at the district competition on Saturday -
Math-
Charlie Metzger 1st, Ben Dickhaus 5th, Will Bright 8th
Science-Daniel Bloemer 2nd, Charlie Metzger 3rd, Kate Wainscott 9th
Social Studies-Alex Bloemer and Dimitri Dunn 7th, Kate Wainscott 9th
Language Arts-Celia Brungs 4th, Michaela Summe 5th, Annamae Martin 8th
Arts and Humanities-Daniel Bloemer 5th, Annie Kleier 8th, Annamae Martin 9th
Composition-Celia Brungs 3rd, Lauren Carothers 4th, Annie Kleier 6th
Quick Recall 2nd
Overall 3rd
Saint Agnes also received the Hume Award for Outstanding Sportsmanship!
Also a big thank you to Riley Hurst, our manager, who helped out a lot on Saturday.
Congratulations to our Academic Team!

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
Volunteers for bowling are still welcome. You may sign up at the following address to volunteer on Tuesday: 
http://signup.com/go/bHiAnq

Late Start Next Wednesday: Next Wednesday, February 1, will be a late-start day. We will begin school at 8:45 a.m. Cafeteria doors will be open for students beginning at 8:10 a.m. 

Catholic Schools Week Showcase: Our annual Catholic Schools Week Showcase will take place next Thursday, February 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. All guests will be able to see junior high science fair projects, the sixth grade sarcophagus showcase, and many other exciting things our Saint Agnes students have been working on. 

Reminder to families that have already re-enrolled: Thank you to the many families who have already re-enrolled on Ascend. Don't forget to send in the registration fee of $30/student to complete your registration for next year.  

Spirit Wear Day Tomorrow: Tomorrow is a Saint Agnes Spirit Wear Day! Students may wear any Saint Agnes top with any uniform bottoms, including gym sweat pants. Girls may wear gym shorts with tights or leggings under them. Any Saint Agnes sweat pants purchased from the spirit wear shop may also be worn. 

Science Fair Judges Needed: The Junior High will be having our school science fair in the gym on Wed., Feb. 1. 7th Grade topics take place from 4:30-6 p.m. and are in the Life Sciences (anatomy, microbiology, genetics, zoology, botany, etc.). 8th grade topics take place from 6:30-8 p.m. and are in the physical and earth sciences (chemistry, physics, aerodynamics, electricity and magnetism, geology, weather, ecology, etc.). If you have a background or experience in any of the life, physical, or earth sciences, we need your help. As a Science Fair Judge, you will be provided with a brief orientation, clear guidelines, and a form for judging projects. You will judge display boards that students have created to explain their projects. A light meal and guidelines will be provided. Parents, this is a great way to get an idea of what's to come and the students really appreciate having faces they know from the neighborhood, school, etc.
You can sign up using our VolunteerSpot link or by emailing directly. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bridget Gruner (bgruner@saintagnes.com) or Mrs. Jorja Kremer (jkremer@saintagnes.com).

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.

Empty Milk Gallons Needed: Mrs. Brauch is in need of used milk gallons. Parents, if you could please clean and wash out your used milk gallons and send them to school for her to use for class activities she would appreciate. She will be starting a lacrosse unit and needs the plastic milk gallons for younger students. Please turn in any milk gallons by Wednesday, February 1.  

BOOSTERS NEWS

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 timemchugh@gmail.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.

PARISH NEWS

Pursuit of Happiness Mission – Jan. 30-Feb. 1: Come, listen and receive a spiritual boost in your life at Saint Agnes Church next week. International speaker and author, Ken Yasinsk will be speaking for three evenings. Ken is a young father of four and married to Janelle Yasinski, who has her own ministry on Facebook called Faith and Fitness:       https://www.facebook.com/janellefaithandfitness/. For more information, visit: https://www.clayministries.org/events

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 mstevens@amfin.com or (513) 304-9089; or Dan Melching at danmelching@fuse.net or (859) 393-7888.

COMMUNITY NEWS

School Belles Sale: School Belles’ mid-January sale is going on now through January 28. The sale features 20% off all fleece, sweaters, and sweatshirts, including school-specific items. Also, they have extended the 40% off all shoes & 50% off all backpacks & lunch bags through the end of the month. For more information about the sale, check out http://www.schoolbelles.com/pdf/January2017(1).pdf

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 ccleveland@covcath.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.

Northern Kentucky University's Camp Innovation Pathways to College Program for Gifted and Talented Youth Program: Camp Innovation is a program designed for high potential and gifted youth to discover and explore transdisciplinary courses infusing entrepreneurship, science, mathematics, social studies, technology, visual and performing arts, and original interdisciplinary studies. The program will be held Saturdays, March 11, 18, and 25, at Northern Kentucky University.  This enrichment program allows the opportunity for students in kindergarten through sixth grade to attend classes at Northern Kentucky University and learn with peers of similar abilities and interests. Our program brochure can be downloaded at http://gifted.nku.edu.  If you have any questions or would like further information, Camp Innovation Director, Dr. Kimberly Code can be reached at codek@nku.edu or phone 859-572-6685.

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. 

New Hope Center Father-Daughter Dance - More information about the dance is attached here for grades K-5 and here for grades 6-12. It is sure to be a fun night!

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS

Volunteers may sign up for playground and lunchroom assistance, APPLE program, Helping Hands, and Teacher Lunch & Learns here: http://signup.com/go/GpYmNi

SCHOOL CALENDAR 

JANUARY
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

FEBRUARY
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