Saint Agnes School
September 6, 2017
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
I look forward to welcoming all of our parents back to our new school year tomorrow night, September 7. Grades 1-5 teachers will kick things off at 6:30 p.m. Activities for parents with students in only grades 6-8 will not begin until I welcome all parents in the gym at approximately 7:10 p.m. Then all grades 6-8 parents may stay in the gym afterwards. We will also roll out our new school management system, Sycamore Education, this week. Our teachers have spent the month of August and the first couple weeks of school getting used to the program. They will have information at Back-to-School Night on how they will be utilizing it at their grade level. You will want to be sure to access Sycamore for assignments, grade updates, and many other features. I look forward to seeing you Thursday evening! ~ Mr. Hoyt
Back-to-School Night – Thursday, September 7: We look forward to welcoming all of our parents to school tomorrow for Back-to-School Night. Teachers in grades 1-5 will begin the evening meeting with parents of their students. Each grade 1-5 teacher will have a 15-minute session at 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. All parents will gather in the gym at approximately 7:10 p.m. for remarks from our administration. Junior high teachers will meet with grades 6-8 parents in the gym following the all-parent assembly at approximately 7:45 p.m. Kindergarten teachers will not be available that evening because they met with parents during the Kindergarten parent meeting earlier in August.
"Student to Student" Day for Houston Thursday: The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has initiated a project called “Student to Student: A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey.” This initiative is asking for Catholic schools across the country to each donate at least $1 per student to the assist Catholic schools in the Houston area in rebuilding, reopening, and re-enrolling students. Tomorrow we will have an out-of-uniform day in support of the Catholic schools in Houston. Students are asked to bring in at least $1 to support this cause. All proceeds will be sent to the NCEA’s “Student to Student” campaign.
Sycamore Education: We will be rolling out Sycamore Education to our families on Friday. Parents can receive communication regarding their children's grades, homework, and other school information through Sycamore Education. An information sheet for your convenience is attached here.
Choir Rehearsals: School choir rehearsals have begun. This year choir is open to all students in grades 5-8. Please email Ms. Mason (email@example.com) with any questions on joining the school choir.
Book Fair: Our Scholastic Book Fair’s “Wild West Family Night” will take place Wednesday, September 13. School families and guests are welcome to shop the Book Fair from 6-8 p.m. that evening. Come enjoy our Wild West Book Fair and “Rootin Tootin” good snacks. The fair will run September 8-15 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
“Dress Like a Cowboy/Cowgirl” Day: We will celebrate our “Wild West” Book Fair on Thursday, September 14. Students may come to school dressed like a cowboy or cowgirl. Appropriate attire would include Western pants, shirts, belts, vests, boots, skirts, hats, and dresses. Teachers do have the right to ask students to remove anything worn on the head if it is distracting to the learning environment. No weapons, including toy weapons, are to be brought to school.
Playground Volunteer Sign-up: The sign-up for volunteers is now available at http://signup.com/go/oOJeYZD. Currently, parents may sign up for grades K-3 recess assistance. Please remember that you must be Virtus-compliant to volunteer.
Skyline Eat-Out Night: TONIGHT is Skyline Night from 3-9 p.m.! Saint Agnes School will receive 20% of all sales tonight! Either show the attached flyer (click here) or tell your server you are with Saint Agnes so we receive credit for the sale.
The Saint Agnes PTO Annual Big Blue Bash: This March 2018, the PTO will sponsor their largest annual fundraiser called the Big Blue Bash! Planning for this event is a volunteer opportunity for any of our school parents. We are looking for time and talent from many individuals to make an event like this possible. We would like to invite you to our planning KICK-OFF meeting! Please join us on Wednesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in the school library to hear more about this year's event and the best opportunities for you!
Room Parents/Homeroom Helpers: This Friday is the deadline to sign-up to be a room parent or homeroom helper for your child's classroom. I am still in need of some help in the following classrooms: Room parents needed for: 1S, 2L, 3Hi, 4L, 4SK, 5R, 6M, 7B, 7M and 8S, Room helpers needed for 2L, 3Hi, 4SK, 5R, 6M, 7M, 8K and 8S. PLEASE consider helping your child’s class & teachers - the more help we get, the better! First come, first serve on the Room Parents. I will try my best to give every volunteer the classroom they want. Click here for the form. Thanks! ~ Carlene Brungs
APPLE Program: The APPLE Program has been in place since 1999 and will return again this school year. For those of you unfamiliar with this program, APPLE stands for Appreciative Parents Providing Little Extras. It is a volunteer program where parents sign up to provide little treats for our teachers, such as candy, cookies or other sweet items. It is especially for those parents who would like to help out with volunteer activities but are unable to sign up for most committees due to time constraints or because they are working. Attached is more information. Please return form by Friday, September 29, to Lynn Abeln, c/o Heidi Abeln 6G or email LynnAbeln5@gmail.com.
Preschool Religion: My name is Stacey Moorhead and I am organizing the Preschool Religion Program at Saint Agnes. This is my first year heading this program and I am excited to be involved in such a wonderful group. Our teachers are eager to get back to the work of sharing the Lord’s love and teachings with our small, but spirited faithful! If your child is ages 3-5 (and potty trained) and would like to be a part of this program please fill out and return the enrollment form. Please have your enrollment form turned into me by no later than September 8. The fee for the program is $40; if cost is an issue, please contact me and we can work something out.
We are always in need of helping hands for PSR. If you would like to offer some time to enrich the program, we would love to have you! All adult volunteers must be VIRTUS-compliant at all times when working with the children. We also welcome older students (Grades 6-12) to join us as aides. This is a wonderful experience for our young people and an excellent way to earn service hours. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 907-3667.
Oktoberfest: The 3rd Annual Saint Agnes Oktoberfest will be held October 6-8. Oktoberfest is one of our great parish events that has enabled our school tuition to increase only 0.5 percent over the past two years. Our school families who are parish members recently received their raffle tickets. Please try to sell those raffle tickets and return sales to the school or parish office. More information will be forthcoming on how to volunteer during Oktoberfest weekend. The schedule for the weekend’s activities can be found here. If you are interested in sponsoring Oktoberfest you may fill out and return this form.
Smiles & Miles 5K Run/Walk: The Smiles & Miles 5K, honoring Maria Schaffstein, will be held on Sunday, September 17. The event begins at 4 p.m. and is open to individuals of all ages and fitness levels. The Katie Stewart Memorial Frog Hop will be returning for a second year! This event will be available for children ages six and under and was very well received during its inauguration in 2016. Any student participating in the 2017 Smiles and Miles 5K run/walk event may wear their Smiles and Miles t-shirt or a Smiles and Miles t-shirt from past years on September 22. Please use the attached form to register. Early registration is available until Friday, September 8 (for family discount and commemorative t-shirt), or you can sign up on race day beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the school gym. We need your help to make this a successful event! Volunteer signups will be managed via Signup Genius and can be found at the following link: http:///bit.ly/smilesandmiles2017 When completing your sign up, please be sure to include your full name and email address. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Annette Ward by phone (859-760-6341) or email (email@example.com).
Basketball: The Saint Agnes Boosters field basketball teams for boys and girls currently enrolled at Saint Agnes School in grades 3-8. We will also host a six or seven-week instructional basketball session for boys and girls in K-2 (This is held on Sunday afternoons beginning in late October or early November). To continue this program we need a parent to volunteer to become the Director for this K-2 Program. This year we are also looking to offer the possibility of entering 2nd grade boys and girls teams in leagues, depending upon interest. If your 2nd grade son or daughter would like to play in a league outside of Saint Agnes, please indicate on your registration. All registrations this year for basketball teams (grades 2-8) and instructional (K-2) should be mailed to Ken Schneider at 1644 Chestnut Ct., Ft. Wright, KY 41011, or sent through kid mail (attention McKenna Schneider in 1W).
Attached here you will find a copy of the Basketball Registration Form, which must be completed and returned with a check for $80 per child for grades 2-8 for leagues and $20 per child for those interested in the K-2 instructional program. We must receive a separate form for each child participating; however, we will accept one check per family. The family max is $180.00. All checks should be made payable to Saint Agnes Boosters. Registration forms must be received on or before Friday, September 15, to guarantee your child(ren) a spot on a team or in the instructional league. If accepted after that date, an additional fee of $25 per child will be charged for all registrations received after September 15.
Concession Stand Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers to staff the Saint Agnes Soccer Field Concession stand on Saturdays this fall season. You do not have to be participating in soccer to volunteer. If you are interested in helping please sign-up via this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409094BA5AA2BA3F85-concession. If you are interested in helping with logistics and coordination, email Tim McHugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerts for Catholic Schools - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder - Saturday September 23: The Cincy Music series is kicking of the 2017 - 2018 concert series on Saturday, September 23, with Bluegrass and Country Music legend Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder at Mount St. Joseph University at 7:30 p.m. Ricky has compiled an All-Star line-up which comprises Kentucky Thunder. Tickets for the concert are $65 and $55. For tickets and information go to www.cincymusicseries.org or call (513) 570-0652. Proceeds from these performances support tuition assistance programs at Saint Agnes School.
7 Back-to-School Night (6:30 p.m.)
8 All-School Mass (9:20 a.m.)
8-15 Scholastic Book Fair
12,13 8th Grade SEEK Retreat
12 Board of Catholic Education Meeting (7 p.m., Meeting Room)
13 Scholastic Book Fair "Wild West" Event (6-8 p.m., Library)
14 Confirmation Parent Meeting (7 p.m., Church)
14 PTO Meeting (7 p.m., Library)
15 All-School Mass (9:20 a.m.)
17 Smiles and Miles 5K
22 Smiles and Miles T-Shirt Day
22 All-School Mass (9:20 a.m.)
24 Confirmation Enrollment Mass (9:30 a.m.), Saint Agnes Church
28 4th Grade Trip to Frankfort
28 Spirit Wear Day
29 All-School Mass (9:20 a.m.)