Saint Agnes School
March 28, 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
In this Holy Week I have much to be grateful in our school community. First, I want to thank again all of our committee members, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees of this past Friday’s Big Blue Bash. It is always a social highlight of our school community each year and your support is so significant to our ability to educate our students.
I also want to express my gratitude for our school community’s support of the Sisters of Notre Dame’s Uganda mission. We raised over $3,000 for the mission and are paying for five students to receive an education next year at St. Julie School in Buseesa, Uganda. Embracing our history is very important to me. The legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame at Saint Agnes throughout our school’s history (including Sr. Bonita still today) is central to who we are as a school. Benefiting their work throughout the world is one of the best ways we can keep their legacy alive. Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful mission.
Lastly, this will be the first, but not the last, opportunity I take to thank Mrs. Jacobs for her contributions over the past two years as assistant principal. As she communicated this week, she will be leaving at the end of the school year to take the principal position at Holy Trinity Elementary and Junior High Schools. She has set the bar high for her newly established position two years ago. We will have more opportunities to thank her as we move throughout the last two months of the school year.
I wish all of you a very blessed Easter and a safe spring break! ~ Mr. Hoyt
Congratulations Nick Prospero: Seventh grade student Nick Prospero placed first in the Biomedical and Health Sciences category at the Kentucky State Science & Engineering Fair at Eastern Kentucky University this past Saturday. Nick’s project, “NSAIDs: The Fast and the Faster” proved to be the best in the state. Great job, Nick!
Lenten Almsgiving: Thank you so very much for your support of our SND mission in Uganda, Africa. From the very beginning, Saint Agnes Parish had a unique connection to St. Julie Mission. Sister Mary Margaret Droege, a parishioner and graduate of Saint Agnes School, was one of the founders of the Mission. Sister M. Janet Stamm, another parishioner, and graduate of Saint Agnes, was one of the first missionaries, ministering there for 18 years. Now, you and your children are "missionaries," since your generous donations make it possible for the mission to not only exist, but thrive! You and your children are remembered in my prayers, the prayers of the Ugandan students, and of all the Sisters of Notre Dame!!! ~ Sr. Mary Bonita Schack
Saint Agnes Holy Week Services: Please join us at Saint Agnes for Holy Week services. Tomorrow, Holy Thursday, a pot luck supper will occur at 6 p.m. with Mass and the commemoration of the Eucharist and washing of the feet beginning at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday services will occur at noon at 7 p.m., with Stations of Cross at 1:30 p.m. The Easter Vigil, the most Holy liturgy of the year, occurs Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. We welcome new members of the Church during this service as we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation. Easter Sunday Mass times are 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m.
Easter/Spring Break: Please remember that school will be closed tomorrow Thursday, March 29 through Friday, April 6. School will resume on Monday, April 9.
Late Start Day April 11: Parents, please remember that we have a late start day the Wednesday after we return from spring break, April 11.
Steve Smith Internet Safety Presentation for Parents: Steve Smith will be coming to Saint Agnes on April 12 to present “Social Media: Your Digital Tattoo.” Mr. Smith has come to Saint Agnes before, most recently last year to speak with our 4th-8th graders, to discuss the latest trends and the impact that the internet and social media can have on people. Our 4th-8th graders will again hear from Mr. Smith. This year Mr. Smith will also present to our parents. It is extremely important that our parents attend this informative presentation. The students of parents who attend the presentation will receive an out-of-uniform pass. The parent presentation will occur on April 12 at 7 p.m. in Murphy Hall. For more information about Mr. Smith and his presentations go to his website.
Scholarship Tax Credits Update: The General Assembly is in a position to pass Scholarship Tax Credits this week. If it fails to act, thousands of Kentucky students will have to wait longer to have the educational options that they deserve. There is no reason that the General Assembly should not pass Scholarship Tax Credits into law in 2018. Call or email your legislator today and ask them to tell their leadership to pass Scholarship Tax Credits this week! Click this link or call 1-800-372-7181 to urge your legislators to support Scholarship Tax Credits. Thank you for your support to expand educational opportunities in Kentucky!
Lunch 'n Learn: The next Lunch 'n Learn for our faculty is April 10. Please help us by providing sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts. These monthly meetings help our teachers stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends.There are about 30-35 teachers in all. The food would need to be delivered to school by 10:30 a.m. the morning of the scheduled meeting. Thank you for your help! http://signup.com/go/dNPRcdJ
Artists of the Week: Congratulations to Vince Hatter, Celia Brungs, Hayley Pelstring, Alexa Cruse, Luke Rensing, and Dylan Cousineau. They are Mrs. Eckerle's artists of the week. Check out their artwork at the end of the newsletter.
2018-19 School Calendar: Important dates for the 2018-19 school year can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.
Cafeteria: April lunch menu can be found here.
Lost and Found: A watch was found in the cafeteria last week. If you are missing one, please call or email Mrs. Sucher at email@example.com.
Skyline Eat-Out Night: Join us over Spring Break on April 2 for dinner at the Ft Wright Skyline. During the hours of 3-9 p.m., Saint Agnes will receive 20% of the sales. So take a break from cooking and come see us at Skyline. Remember to let the cashier know you are with Saintt Agnes or click here to print the flyer to take with you. And thank them for all of their generosity.
Big Blue Bash Wrap-Up: Thank you to all our PTO and school supporters! The Big Blue Bash was another great event this year! This 18th year brought some new changes and returned some long standing favorites. It was clear that Saint Agnes is a fun-filled community committed to the success of our school.
Big Blue Bash Out-of-Uniform Pass: We will be offering a Big Blue Bash out-of-uniform pass to all students. If you wish to purchase an out-of-uniform pass for your student and you did not have a chance to attend the event or purchase yet, the passes will be for sale on the www.bbb2018.gesture.com website. Our out-of-uniform date is Thursday, April 19. Please purchase a pass for each of your students.
Teacher Wish List: Teacher wish lists will remain active through Thursday, April 19. Take this opportunity to fill your children’s classrooms! The teachers have listed just a few items they would purchase with extra funding. Register online to donate toward your teacher’s wish list.
CASH, CASH, CASH, Raffle Update: A Big Blue congratulations to the Klare family as the Grand Prize winners!! A special shout out to the Nienaber family for selling the winning ticket. I also would like to congratulate and thank Clara VonHoene as the gift card winner with 43 tickets sold. Thank you to everyone who supported the BBB by selling and purchasing tickets and attending the event. We couldn’t do it without you. The Mr. Softee date is set for Thursday, May 3. I will be working on a final list of children who will be participating. Contact Margaret Cousineau firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Saint Agnes Mother-Son O.K. Corral Party: Friday, April 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Calling K - 8th grade Moms and Sons! Come visit the Western O.K. Corral (Saint Agnes Gym) for some line dancing, boot scooting, and boogying moves! Prizes awarded for your moves! There will be a few games and snacks provided and t-shirts for the boys! Please provide a size by April 6. RSVP by April 6 using this link: http://evite.me/bdS92tp9cZ. A $25 donation per family is due via kid mail to Meg Koehl, c/o Charley Koehl 2L. We will need six volunteers for service hours. Thank you to all of our host families for making this event: Elizabeth Arend, Amy Lantz, Barbie Ackerman, Laura Mauller, Rebecca Gearing, Virginia France, Meg Koehl, Stephanie Fieler and Heather Randolph.
K – 2 American Girl Doll Party: Sunday April 22, 2-4 p.m.
$30/first child; $25/each additional child. Follow your inner star to the American Girl Party! Bring your favorite doll and enjoy an afternoon of girly fun! There will be sweet treats, activities, photo booth, and door prizes. Every girl and their doll will receive a matching t-shirt! When signing up, please let us know what size shirt to order. The last day to sign up is April 8. Please kid mail your donation to Meg Koehl, c/o Charley Koehl 2L. RSVP by April 8 using this link: http://evite.me/Kx24UMj4nQ. Thank you to Colleen Averdick, Eliz Frederic, Allison Fullenkamp, Rebecca Gearing, Megan Herald, Stacey Moorhead, and Jenny Schneider for hosting this event!
29-April 6 NO SCHOOL – Easter Break
10 3rd Grade Field Trip to California Woods
10 Board of Catholic Education Meeting (7 p.m., Meeting Room)
10 Faculty Lunch & Learn
11 LATE-START DAY (School begins 8:45 a.m.)
11 2nd Grade Field Trip to CSO (10:30 a.m.)
12 2nd Grade Field Trip to Children’s Theater
12 Steve Smith, “Your Digital Tattoo” (8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.; Parents: 7 p.m.)
13 Kindergarten & 1st Grade Field Trip to Children’s Theater
13 Mother-Son Dance (6:30-8:30 p.m., Gym)
14 First Eucharist Jesus Retreat Day (9:30 - Noon), Saint Agnes Church
16-27 MAP Testing
17 Marco’s Pizza Eat-Out Night
19 Big Blue Bash Out-of-Uniform Pass Day
20 Family Groups - Earth Day Theme
26 Spirit Wear Day
27 5th/6th Grade Book Fest
27 3rd Grade Business Expo (1:45 p.m.)
2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR - IMPORTANT DATES
16 Meet-the-Teacher Night
20 1st Day of School (Dismissal 11 a.m.)
3 Labor Day - No School
28 Oktoberfest (Dismissal 11 a.m.)
1 No School
1 All Saints Day - No School
15 Confirmation (7 p.m., Church)
20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (Dismissal 11 a.m.)
21-23 Thanksgiving Break - No School
21 Last Day before Christmas Break (11 a.m. Dismissal)
24 - Jan. 4 Christmas Break
7 First Day after Christmas Break
21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
28 - Feb. 1 Catholic Schools Week
1 Dismissal 11 a.m.
18 Presidents’ Day - No School
15 Teacher Professional Development Day - No School
18-26 Easter / Spring Break
29 First Day after Spring Break
27 Memorial Day - No School
30 Last Day of School (Dismissal 11 a.m.)
Artwork from our Artists of the Week: