Saint Agnes School
May 10, 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
It is that time of year! We have so much going on! So much good stuff! Congratulations to our second grade students who received their First Communion on Sunday. They looked great! We have also had some great supplemental education resources recently. This past Monday, author Dan Gemeinhart spoke to the 4th-8th grade students with a great message about the persistence and effort it takes to be a Scholastic-published author. Today we have presentations to 5th-8th grades from the Fort Wright Police Department on staying “Drug Free.” And our Wildcat Bash and Talent Show take place this Friday. To use our fourth quarter theme, we are GRATEFUL for all of our community members who assist in educating our children and to all those who help make these events possible! And to use a line from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, “And down the stretch we come!” ~ Mr. Hoyt
Teacher of the Week: This week’s teacher of the week is Ms. Shauna Ryan. Ms. Ryan was recently recognized for her tenth year of service at Saint Agnes and in the Diocese of Covington. Learn more about Ms. Ryan this week.
Years in Education: I have been a teacher for 32 years.
Why I Got into Education: I always wanted to be a teacher. Growing up, I had a classroom in my basement complete with a large chalkboard and desks. If I couldn't get my little sisters to be the students, I would set teddy bears and dolls in the desks to be my students!
Best Memory as an Educator: I've had lots of great memories over the years as a teacher, but I guess one of my best memories is the day I started here at St. Agnes. I remember the parents and students being so welcoming and kind. My first year here I taught third grade and then moved up to fifth grade the following year. So I had my first class here two times!
What Do You Like about Saint Agnes: I love it here at St. Agnes. I feel truly blessed to teach at this school and be part of this close-knit community.
Favorite Thing to Do Outside of School: Outside of school, I love to walk my dog, spend time with my new grandchildren, swim, and read.
Students of the Month: The following are Students of the Month for May - KR: Nola Lyons; KT: Pippa Holbrook; 1B: Stella Berger; 1S: Reese Kruze; 2L: Mia Crouch; 2W: Dominic Summe; 3Hi: Matthew Frazee; 3Hu: Gunnar Ditrick; 4L: Alexa McClure; 4KS: Ian Fariello; 5R: Parker Cribbs; 5W: Jamie Collins; 6G: Oliver Schaefer; 6M: Grant Ackerman; 7B: Alex Muck; 7F: Jayden Otto; 8K: Kyle Brungs; 8S: Drew Hassman. Congratulations students!
Congratulations Mrs. Jansing: This evening Mrs. Jansing is being recognized as a recipient of the Diocese of Covington’s Catechetical Leadership Award. Mrs. Jansing is being recognized for her 42 years of service as a catechist in the Diocese. Congratulations Mrs. Jansing!
Congratulations Gwyneth Thomas: Congratulations to 8th grader Gwyneth Thomas. Gwyneth was awarded the 2017 Fort Wright Fire Department’s Vonderahe Memorial Scholarship. Gwyneth read her essay Tuesday evening at a fire department meeting.
Wildcat Bash Volunteers Needed: Parents, volunteers are still needed for this Friday’s Wildcat Bash. If you are able to assist with leading our games (8:30-12:15) or with lunch (11:30-1:15) we welcome your help! Please sign up at http://signup.com/go/ffqBiEy. Please remember that you must be Virtus-compliant to volunteer for the Wildcat Bash.
Mass/Wildcat Bash/Talent Show Schedule Friday: This Friday is a big day for our school. Here is the schedule of activities for the day…
Mass – 8 a.m. (Please note the time change of our regular school Mass.)
Wildcat Bash – 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Talent Show – 1:30 p.m.
Wildcat Bash Dress: Students have been assigned team colors for Friday. They should wear a t-shirt and/or sweatshirt of their assigned color. They can also wear any athletic shorts with appropriate length. If you have questions regarding your child’s team color please check with their homeroom teacher.
Saint Agnes Night at Florence Freedom: The Florence Freedom Independent League professional baseball team has provided a free ticket to their home game next Wednesday, May 17, to all of our K-5 students. Students should be receiving it today. Students who attend the game will be welcome to participate in a pre-game parade on the field. All family members without a ticket can purchase tickets $2 off at the Freedom box office. All students will also receive a voucher for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich on the field during the parade. The Freedom will provide more information at the game.
Saint Agnes Book Fair: Our spring book fair is going to be held in the library May 11– 19 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day! The theme is “Explore Book Fair Wilderness: Get Lost in a BOOK.” If anyone has some time and would like to help us navigate the safari of books, please email Kim Brooking at email@example.com. Let your imagination run wild as you help your campers thumb through an exciting new adventure! ~ Wildly, Queen of the Jungle Bergs and Safari Guides.
Summer Math Program: Saint Agnes School will participate in a summer learning program for second through eighth grade students. Our staff has focused our efforts this year to improve our math skills. Many of you have heard of our Response to Intervention (RTI) program that your child may have participated in, and to keep up with the strides made in this program we are going to introduce the students to Khan Academy. Today in kid mail a letter and step-by-step enrollment packet will be coming home with current second through fourth grades. First, fifth and junior high students will be added in days to come. If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drug Free Week: May 8-11 is Drug-Free Week for students in grades 5-8. This program includes one short activity each day to promote healthy habits and educate students about the dangers of drug use. The week’s activities were taken from the National Family Partnership Red Ribbon Campaign.
Reminder: On May 11, students will sign a Drug-Free pledge to celebrate their healthy choices and may wear red shirts with whatever regular uniform bottoms they would ordinarily wear on Thursdays.
Artists of the Week: Congratulations to our artists of the week! Be sure to check out photos of their artwork at the end of the newsletter.
Grade 3 - Reaghan Connelly
Grade 4 - Marissa Bloemer, Chloe Anneken, Alexa McClure
Grade 8 - Ella Kluemper, Mady Broering, Russell Graf
A Note from the Daniels Family: Wes and I just want to say thank you. When Wes had his Aortic dissection on January 1, we were shocked. It was a miracle he survived. Our four kids, Kate 7th, Ben 6th, Alex 4th, and Lilli 2nd, are truly grateful for the support as well. The community and school of Saint Agnes stepped up. The students and teachers reached out and helped our family tremendously. To all of you parents, wow! You should be proud. The student council really thought outside of themselves and came up with really fun and creative solutions to help our family. Hopefully they enjoyed the cupcakes! Saint Agnes really has a great group of kids. From the meal support, the financial support, we are truly grateful for you all. To the Parish as a whole. God has blessed us so through all of you. You really have shown Christian love and care. We are a stronger family because of this. We thank God for everyone. May you continue to see God's blessings.
Wes and Danielle Daniels
BOARD OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Board of Catholic Education Openings: Looking for an opportunity to get involved with the school? The Board of Catholic Education of Saint Agnes has four positions open and need to fill for the upcoming school year. The Board is comprised of nine members who work in partnership with the school and church to provide the best educational experience for our kids. Some of the areas we focus on are school safety, marketing, finance and corporate sponsorships, and family volunteer service hours. If you are interested in learning more please contact Katie Rawe at email@example.com.
Big Blue Bash Parties: Looking for information or sign-ups for some of the Big Blue Bash parties? Click here to get the details.
Free Summer Volleyball Skills Clinic: Saint Agnes is hosting a volleyball clinic for all incoming 2nd and 3rd grade girls attending Saint Agnes. This is a great opportunity for girls new to volleyball to learn the fundamentals and to have some fun along the way. The dates are June 6, 8, 13, and 15, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your daughter’s name and grade.
Art Classes: Mr. Eckerle (NDA's Art teacher) will be teaching a summer CO-ED Digital Photography class that offers two sessions the last two weeks of July. The classes take place at NDA, and are open to any 6th-8th grade student from any school. Students will learn a basic introduction to Photoshop and digital editing, while looking at several artists' works, including Andy Warhol, Shephard Fairey, and more. This link shows examples and contains registration information: https://sites.google.com/site/ndajuniorhighsummerstudioart/.
Incoming NDA Freshmen may also take a summer Art class that will earn them a half credit toward their Fine Arts requirement before even starting the school year. It will also allow them to meet other fellow Pandas! This class is helpful for students whose schedules don't allow them to take Art their Freshman year. This link contains info: http://www.ndapandas.org/admissions/summer-enrichment-programs.aspx.
Florence Freedom Game: Members of the Serra Club for Vocations, Northern Kentucky, are currently selling ticket vouchers to the June 7th Florence Freedom doubleheader at UC Health Stadium to help raise money for their organization. Honorary first pitchers for the June 7 game include Sr. Patricia Jean Cushing S.J.W., Fr. Andrew Young, and Deacon David Profitt. Ticket vouchers are $10 and can be purchased through the Diocesan Stewardship Office or from individual Serra Club members. To purchase your tickets, please call Mike Murray at (859) 392-1500 or email Mike at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your support!
Summer Horse Camp for Children with Dyslexia: This camp for children with dyslexia is held in Union, Kentucky. It is for elementary school children with learning differences. Contact Jean A. Deters, Psy.D. at 859-331-6525, x:0.
11-19 Scholastic Book Fair
12 8:00 a.m. School Mass
Wildcat Bash / Talent Show
16 7 p.m. Board of Catholic Education Meeting
18 4th Grade Field Trip to Aronoff Center
19 8:30 a.m. School Mass
23 4th Grade Field Trip to Riverfront
25 Last Day for 8th Grade Students
Spirit Wear Day
29 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
30 10 a.m. Kindergarten Ceremony
30 7 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation
31 8 a.m. School Mass / End-of-Year Awards Ceremony
31 EARLY DISMISSAL – 11 a.m., Last Day of School/
End of 4th Quarter
2017-18 SCHOOL CALENDAR IMPORTANT DATES
August 22 First Day (Dismissal 11 a.m.)
September 4 NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
October 9 NO SCHOOL
November 1 NO SCHOOL – All Saints Day
November 22-24 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
December 8 NO SCHOOL – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Dec. 21 – Jan. 2 NO SCHOOL – Christmas Break
January 15 NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 19 NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day
March 29-April 6 NO SCHOOL – Easter Break
May 4 NO SCHOOL – Faculty Professional Development
May 28 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
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