Saint Agnes School
March 7, 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
As we enter the second half of the Lenten season it is appropriate to remind our students and our faith community about the role of the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We take these three things very seriously in our school during the season. Obviously, prayer is an important part of each school day. We also observe fasting practices; refraining from candy and altering our Valentine’s Day party plans on Ash Wednesday this year serves as an example. And almsgiving is a wonderful character trait that we attempt to foster.
As you know, we are again raising money for the Sisters of Notre Dame Uganda Mission during this Lenten season. I think it is especially important that our students experience some sacrifice in giving their own alms this season. We will have three more Thursday collections during the season. Parents, I encourage you to have your children give their own alms, make their own sacrifices, however much they are able, during these remaining collection dates. ~ Mr. Hoyt
Lenten Almsgiving: We're almost half way to our $3000 goal. Tomorrow is another collection day to help send five students to attend St. Julie School in Buseesa, Uganda. So far our Saint Agnes students have brought in over $1100. Thank you for your generosity! Please be kind again this Thursday for our collection. The next out-of-uniform day in celebration of our almsgiving will be Thursday, March 15.
MAP Testing Night: Parents, Mr. Hoyt and Mrs. Jacobs will be holding a MAP testing parent information evening on Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. in the school library. You can learn more on how to read your children’s MAP test reports, how the school is using the test data, and have the opportunity to answer any questions.
Many hands make for light work...and lower expenses: Each year we ask school families to log at least 20 hours of the service they give in many ways to our school/parish community. This not only encourages each of us to give of our time and talent, but also provides data to our administrative staff in understanding the many ways we all contribute to keeping tuition, fees, and expenses to a minimum. This year, that goal is 5,000 hours from our 250 families. Since opening the Service Log in Sycamore for families to enter service hours in mid-September, 95 school families have logged 2,913 hours, averaging 11 hours per family. Thanks to those already entering the time and talent they've shared. Please be sure to enter your offerings of time and talent through Sycamore either online or through the app.
Artists of the Week: Congratulations to our artists of the week: Angelia Lane, Michael Cody, Andie Zeis, Alex Bloemer, Maeve Seither, and Gibby Carpenter. Check out their artwork at the end of the newsletter.
RSVP to Big Blue Bash by March 16: This event has sold out the past five years! Don’t miss your chance to join the evening. New this year is mobile bidding with Gesture.com. Details to register and shop the event are coming soon.
BBB Silent Auction is looking for Baskets/Bins: If you have any extra household baskets/bins, we could use them to help us put together this year’s auction items. You may drop them off at the school office. Please contact Heather Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASH, CASH, CASH Raffle Update: Early Bird Drawing is this Thursday, March 8. Don’t forget to turn in any sold tickets for a chance at $100 and $25 for the seller! The top ticket seller to date is still the Van Hoene Family with 30 tickets. Tickets can be purchased and sold up to the event on March 23. Contact Maggie Cousineau at email@example.com for questions or additional tickets. Turn tickets in through 5W.
POP Parties (Parties of Purpose): THIS FRIDAY is the K- 3rd Grade Circus Mojo POP Party. The clowns will come to perform and have a few workshops so the kids can experience a day in the life of a clown. The event take place Friday, March 9, after school from 3-5 p.m. in the school gym. Every child must have a permission slip and they will be passed out when we receive your RSVP and donation. The party costs $12 per child or $25 per family. Space is limited. We could also use some chaperones, drink, and snack donations. An amazing thank you to Paul and Rene Miller and to the entire Circus Mojo team! Any questions please contact Meg Koehl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Randolph at email@example.com.
POP Parties Save-the-Date:
Mother/Son Date Night Dance - Friday, April 13; All School; Gym
American Girl Party - Sunday, April 22; K-2; Murphy Hall
Father-Daughter Dance (being planned for May - stay tuned) - All School
End-of-Year Pool Party - Friday, June 1; All School; Five Seasons Sports Club
Basketball News: Congratulations to our 3rd grade and 6th grade girls basketball teams. The third graders made it to the Mary Queen of Heaven league championship game for the second year in a row and came away with the runner-up trophy. The 6th grade girls were Saint Agnes tournament champions with a win over BSS this past weekend in the Mike Moffitt Tournament.
2nd Grade “Jesus Day” Rescheduled: The second grade “Jesus Day” has been rescheduled from March 24. The new date is April 14 from 9:30 a.m. - Noon.
The Pierson-Young Project at Saint Agnes: Celebrate the love and mercy of God through music and prayer on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Saint Agnes Church. Greg Pierson and Stephan Young, with the assistance of the Saint Agnes music ministry and children’s choir, will take you through the journey of Lent while reflecting on God’s message to His children. The evening will also include a special St. Patrick’s Day tribute and fellowship afterwards. For more information on Pierson-Young, click here.
My Parish App: Our new Saint Agnes app is now available to download to your smart phones. Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply or to share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy many additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more. Help foster a stronger parish life at Saint Agnes and better engage the New Evangelization. Download the app at myparishapp.com or simply text APP to 88202. You will immediately receive a link to download the app. Look for Saint Agnes (Fort Wright), log in, and you’re ready to use the new app.
Formed.org: Do not forget that you can access many great Catholic resources at www.formed.org. Once you reach the site, enter code “7CWP2N” and follow the instructions. If you are having trouble registering please call or email the parish office at (859) 431-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fish Fry: Make plans to come to our last and final Saint Agnes fish fry this Lenten season on March 9. Dine in or carry out is available.These fish fries would not be possible without the help of many volunteers. Here is a link for volunteers to sign up: http://signup.com/go/LEJJjQC
Chrism Mass at the Cathedral: The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys invites you to attend the celebration of Chrism Mass to be held at the Cathedral on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. The Chrism Mass is the only occasion when as many Catholics as possible celebrate the Eucharist together with their priests and representatives from every facet of Catholic life. We come together as one Church to celebrate one Eucharist.
Co-Ed Junior High Summer Art Class: Each summer Mr. Eckerle (NDA's Art teacher) and Mrs. Eckerle offer a fun art class for students that will be in grades 6-9 the following school year. Classes are taught at NDA,but are open to any student - boy or girl - from any area school. This year's project is a favorite! Please click the link for more info and the registration form: https://sites.google.com/site/ndajrhighsummerart/
Incoming NDA Freshmen Girls: Mr. Eckerle offers a high school summer class for girls who can't fit Art in their class schedule, or just want to get familiar with the school and begin meeting friends early. One week is dedicated to each of the following: drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Students can sign up for just one week of their choice or they can take all four weeks, which fulfills a 1/2 Fine Arts credit at NDA. See this link for more info: https://www.ndapandas.org/admissions/summer-enrichment-programs.aspx
8 Collection Day for St. Julie Mission
8 6th Grade Stations of the Cross (Church, 1:30 p.m.)
13 Board of Catholic Education Meeting (7 p.m., Meeting Room)
15 Collection Day for St. Julie Mission / Out-of-Uniform Day
15 PTO Meeting (7 p.m., Library)
16 End of 3rd Quarter
19 4th Grade Fish & Wildlife Program
20 Marco’s Pizza Eat-Out Night
22 Spirit Wear Day
23 8th Grade Passion Play (1:30 p.m.)
24 First Eucharist Jesus Retreat Day (9:30 - Noon), Saint Agnes Church
29-April 6 NO SCHOOL – Easter Break
ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: