Saint Agnes School

1322 Sleepy Hollow Road, Fort Wright, KY 41011

Saint Agnes School
1322 Sleepy Hollow Road, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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September 13, 2017

Saint Agnes School
Family Newsletter
September 13, 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.


I hope to see many of you this Sunday at the Smiles & Miles 5K. This is traditionally one of my favorite Saint Agnes events. We look forward to honoring the memory of Saint Agnes alums Maria Schaffstein and Katie Stewart. I am always impressed with the amount of community support this receives. The work of the Smiles & Miles committee, the student volunteers, and the efforts of all community members is noticed and appreciated. If you are unable to participate in the run/walk but would still like to volunteer for the event there are still many opportunities available. See the link below for volunteer registrations. ~ Mr. Hoyt


Book Fair: Our Scholastic Book Fair’s “Wild West Family Night” will take place tonight, September 13. School families and guests are welcome to shop the Book Fair from 6-8 p.m. this evening. Come enjoy our Wild West Book Fair and “Rootin Tootin” good snacks. The fair will run through Friday, September 1,5 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Parents, Please Complete This Reading Survey: As a member of Scholastic Book Fairs’ national Principal Advisory Board, Mr. Hoyt has the opportunity to receive $1000 in Scholastic dollars for the school if we receive at least 50 percent participation in this reading survey on reading habits, collections, book access, and perceptions about the Book Fair. The survey takes about 5-10 minutes and must be completed by September 29. Please complete the survey at

“Dress Like a Cowboy/Cowgirl” Day: We will celebrate our “Wild West” Book Fair tomorrow, 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.

Hurricane Relief Collection: Thank you to our entire school community for your participation in last week's collection for hurricane relief. Saint Agnes School collected a total of $1000. This amount was sent to the National Catholic Education Association's (NCEA) "Student to Student" initiative, where the money will go to areas affected by both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This total was well over double the amount we requested so thank you to everyone for your generosity. 

Saint Agnes Spirit Wear: Spirit wear is now available. Orders need to be placed by September 17 for delivery thru kid mail the week of October 9. Please use this link to place your order online. Thanks for your patience and support. Go Wildcats!  

Academic Team Coaches Needed: The Saint Agnes School Academic Team program has a great history of success and has served as an outstanding formative program for our students over many years. Our Academic Teams are in need of coaches for the coming school year. These positions entail becoming trained (if not already) at the KAAC Conference in September, leading practices a few days per week, coordinating matches, and collaborating with coaches of our other academic teams. These are paid, stipend positions. We also welcome high school-aged students who have experience participating in Academic Team who would like to volunteer for service hours. Please contact Mr. Hoyt at or (859) 261-0543 if interested.

Congratulations Jacob Deere!: Class of 2017 Alum Jacob Deere has been recognized as one of the top 300 MASTERS in the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS®, a national program of Society for Science & the Public. This honor places him among a select group of 300 MASTERS named from over 6,000 nominees throughout the United States. Jacob’s earned this honor because of his 8th grade Science Fair project, “How Do Aluminum Birds Stay in the Sky?” 30 finalists will be named from these 300 MASTERS next week. 

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 appetizers and desserts for the teachers during their monthly Lunch 'n Learns. The first Lunch 'n Learn is scheduled for September 26. What are Lunch 'n Learns? Saint Agnes Computer/Technology Coordinator and Guru, 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!

Volunteer Opportunities: Looking for a way to help out around school, but don't know where to start. Here is a collective link to all our recurring volunteer opportunities throughout the year: It includes Lunchroom, Playground, APPLE, & Teacher's and Lunch 'n Learn.


PTO Meeting Thursday: The first PTO meeting of the school year will take place this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. All parents are welcome to attend this meeting. 

The Saint Agnes PTO Annual Big Blue Bash: This March 2018 the PTO will sponsor their largest annual fund raiser 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!

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


Saint Agnes Parish Children's Choir: We are looking for young singers grades 1-6 to participate in this joyful, fun, and prayerful music ministry opportunity. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights 6:45-7:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall-E under the direction of our music director, Bobby Fisher. Please come join us!


The 3rd Annual Saint Agnes Oktoberfest will be held October 6-8. The schedule for the weekend’s activities can be found here.

Grand Raffle Ticket Sales – Each school family has now received raffle tickets to be sold. Parish families received them in the mail over the summer. Non-parish families received them through kid mail last week. Raffle ticket sales are currently down from sales over past years. All school families are encouraged to sell at least four raffle tickets for the event. Raffle ticket sales may be turned into the school and parish offices. If you would like more raffle tickets they may be picked up from either office, as well.  

Class Baskets – All homerooms have been assigned a theme for a class basket. Donations are due in about two weeks so the baskets may be assembled for the event. Your assistance in providing donations for the class baskets are appreciated. A list of parents coordinating each classroom basket and their email address can be found here. 

Volunteering – A major contribution we need from our school families are your Oktoberfest volunteer hours. I would encourage each family to volunteer at the event. Here again is our link for our volunteer sign-up for adults:
Students in grades 6 and above may register to volunteer at this link:


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 & 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. 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:///   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 (   

Last Week for Basketball Registrations:  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 an eight-week instructional basketball session for boys and girls in K-2 (This is held on Sunday afternoons beginning in early November). 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.

Spring Soccer Coordinator: We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to take over coordination of the U6 Instructional Soccer League beginning in Spring 2018. The league is for 3-5 year-olds and takes place for eight Sundays from 2-3 p.m. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Allison Fullenkamp at We’d like to get the volunteers identified before the fall season is over so they can learn from helping on a Sunday session.

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: If you are interested in helping with logistics and coordination, email Tim McHugh at


Saint Agnes Alum Paul Allison in the News: Saint Agnes Alum Paul Allison (2016) was recently profiled on Local 12 News for his photography skills. You can view the interview with him here

Dancing and Tumbling: Studio Dee offers many classes for ages 2 and up. Click here for information.

Camp Innovation: Registration is now open for Northern Kentucky University's Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies. This is a program for students in grades K-8. Camp Innovation will take place Saturdays from October 21 - November 4, 9:00-11:30 a.m. at Northern Kentucky University. Students are encouraged to choose their own classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Class sizes are limited to provide an optimum teaching and learning environment. For registration or questions, visit, contact NKU's Community Connections at (859) 572-5600, or email

Covington Catholic Future Colonel Night: Boys in grades 5-8 are invited to the CCH soccer game on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. Wear your team soccer jersey for free admission and a free hot dog. Help us cheer on the Colonels!

Concerts for Catholic Schools - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder - Saturday September 23: The Cincy Music series kicks off 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 or call (513) 570-0652.  Proceeds from these performances support tuition assistance programs at Saint Agnes School.  


8-15                Scholastic Book Fair
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.)

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