Saint Agnes School
October 17, 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
MAP test results are being sent home this week. As a faculty one math skill we have noticed in our one-plus year of MAP testing as a growth area is geometry. Our math classes at each grade level are beginning to implement a little geometry into their lessons each week, similar to what we do for DOL (daily oral language). Some of our older math classes have begun to post geometry-related signs in the hallways so all students have visuals to keep geometry fresh on their minds. This is one focus of our professional learning communities (PLCs) this year. Another focus is test-taking strategies. A group of our non-math teachers are developing a resource with sample questions to use with their students. We use our monthly late-start days as meeting time to collaborate on these topics. It is our goal to further develop geometry and test-taking skills for our students throughout this year. MAP testing results will provide us the data we need to assess our performance. ~ Mr. Hoyt
Welcome to Saint Agnes: Saint Agnes School welcomes Fr. Jason Bertke as the new Associate Pastor of Saint Agnes Church. Fr. Bertke comes to Saint Agnes from St. Paul where he served for two years. We look forward to Fr. Bertke's ministry with our students. We also welcome new Business Manager Pat Cunningham as our new Parish Business Manager. Pat will be transitioning in with Tom Rasp until the end of the calendar year when Tom will be retiring. Welcome to both Fr. Bertke and Pat.
Lifetouch School Pictures: Picture day is tomorrow, October 18. Don't forget to send back your order form or you can order online at mylifetouch.com (use Picture Day ID: JC118194Q0).
Obviously, students are permitted to be out of uniform and wear nice, appropriate clothing for their pictures. As stated in our parent-student handbook, "yoga pants and leggings may not be worn by themselves." Any sweaters or shirts worn with yoga pants, tights, or leggings should be appropriate-length near the knee. No gym shorts or sweatpants may be worn.
Spirit Wear Online Orders: Spirit wear may be purchased online at this time. For more information about online ordering check out the information provided here. All online orders are due by October 28.
MAP Testing Results: Results from your child's first MAP testing session will be coming home Thursday. These results will show your children's academic growth since our MAP testing began last fall.
Grandparents Days Information: This year our Grandparents' Days will take place Thursday, November 8, for students in grades K-4 and on Friday, November 9, for students in grades 5-8. Here are time frames and activities for each day...
November 8 - Grades K-4 grandparents may arrive and visit classrooms from 12:30-1 p.m. K-4 Grandparents and students will head to church for a prayer service from 1:15-1:45 p.m.
NOTE: Any student dismissing on November 8 with a grandparent should return the permission slip sent home to school. Students will not be permitted to leave without a signed parent permission slip.
November 9 - Grades 5-8 grandparents may arrive by 9:20 a.m. in the church to attend Mass with grades 5-8 students. Grandparents may come to the school for refreshments following Mass until 11:15 a.m.
NOTE: All grades 5-8 students should remain in school following the end of the Nov. 9 Grandparents' Day.
Grandparents Day Invitations: We would again like to send invitations to grandparents for Grandparents' Day. Please fill out this form with grandparents' names and address info so we may send them an invitation.
Kindergarten Daisy Scouts: If any kindergarten students are interested in signing up for Daisy Scouts, contact Angie Lander at email@example.com for more details.
Sycamore Education: Parents, please make sure you can access your parent Sycamore account. This is where you will view your child's report cards and sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences coming up next month. Please let Mindy Sucher (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christina Woolley (email@example.com) know if you cannot get into your account.
Lunch 'n Learn: Would you like to help make sure your child's teacher is up-to-date with the latest technological trends? Please help us by providing lunch for the teachers during their monthly Lunch 'n Learns. The next Lunch 'n Learn is October 22! What are Lunch 'n Learns? Saint Agnes Computer Teacher/Technology Coordinator Christina Woolley will hold monthly meetings during teachers' lunches to bring teachers 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 and don't forget to count this towards your volunteer hours! http://signup.com/go/svTMBCR(link is external)
FACTS News: Our tuition management company has a new website at FACTSmgt.com. Parents that preferred to log into their FACTS account from a bookmark or from the link on our school website can continue to do so. Parents that preferred to log into their FACTS account from FACTSmgt.com will follow a similar process. Once on the new FACTSmgt.com, you can click "Parent Log In" in the upper right-hand corner and select "Pay Tuition/Apply for Aid." No matter which method you choose to log into FACTS, your credentials (username and password) will remain the same. This change does not affect the functionality of FACTS for parents in any way.
Box Tops for Education: The fall Box Tops competition is on! Please start sending in the Box Tops coupons found on participating items to your child's classroom. They are each worth ten cents and the proceeds add up fast. The past few years we've been earning nearly $2000 for our school just for collecting the box tops from items you purchase anyway! If you want to learn more you can visit their website (https://www.boxtops4education.com/) or earn extra by downloading the Box Tops app. The box tops do not need to be perfectly trimmed, but they do need to have a visible expiration date and product code, and they cannot be expired. The classroom who sends in the most will earn a special class treat and extra recess!
Big Blue Bash: All parents are invited to the kick-off meeting to start planning this year's Big Blue Bash! The meeting will take place tonight, October 17, at 7 p.m. in the school library. Please join us for this informational meeting to learn more about our PTO's largest fundraiser. The Big Blue Bash is a fun night that takes place every year in the spring and includes dinner, drinks, dancing, raffles, and auctions. Proceeds from this event help fund operating expenses for our school, enrichment programs for our students, and classroom needs for our teachers and staff at Saint Agnes. We have several volunteer opportunities available and would love to have fresh ideas and input! We hope to see you there! If you have questions or would like more information please contact the BBB committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/saintagnesbigbluebash.
Covington Catholic High School Open House: Covington Catholic's annual open house will be held Sunday, November 4, from 1-4 p.m. The open house is a great opportunity for prospective students and families to learn more about Covington Catholic. All 7th and 8th graders who attend will be entered into two big door prize drawings. 7th and 8th graders who attend between 1:00-2:30 p.m. will be eligible for the first drawing and those who sign in between 2:31-4:00 p.m. will be eligible for the second drawing. Both drawings include two winners: $500 tuition credit and $250 tuition credit; four winners in all.
Notre Dame Academy Open House: Notre Dame Academy invites all 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls to its open house Sunday, November 4, from 1-3 p.m. Potential Pandas and their families will be given personal tours by NDA Ambassadors. NDA faculty will be available to answer any questions visitors may have and NDA students will be on hand representing the many co-curricular opportunities offered at Notre Dame Academy. Get a first hand look at 21st century learning and, most importantly, see what The Notre Dame Life is about and all that it has to offer! For further information contact NDA Director of Admissions Katie Caccavari at (859) 292.1829 or email@example.com.
Women’s Retreat For Ladies Ages 18 – 108: "Joy in the Journey – Preparing for Advent" will take place Saturday, November 10, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. $25 includes continental breakfast, lunch, and appetizers. Register online at catholiceventsnky.blogspot.com by Friday, November 2, to receive a $5 discount. Contact Laura McGlinchey at (859) 443-6981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Meet the Candidates Night for City of Park Hills: Notre Dame Academy is hosting "Meet the Candidates Night" for the City of Park Hills on Tuesday, October 23, from 7-9 p.m. The event promises to be a lively venue for voters to meet the candidates first-hand, hear their positions on issues of importance to the city, and pose questions directly to them. The event is free and open to the public.
18 Lifetouch Picture Day
19 School Mass (9:20 a.m., Church)
22 Faculty Lunch 'n Learn
23 1st Grade Farm Field Trip
25 Saint Agnes Spirit Wear Day
26 School Mass (9:20 a.m., Church)
26 End of Quarter 1
1 All Saints Day - No School
2 School Mass (9:20 a.m., Church)
4 Prospective Family Open House (12:30-2:30 p.m.)
7 Late-Start Day (School begins 8:45 a.m.)
8 K-4 Grandparents Day
9 5-8 Grandparents Day
9 School Mass (9:20 a.m., Church)