Saint Agnes School
September 19, 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
This evening a voice message blast will be sent to all of our school families. The purpose of the voice message is two-fold. First, it is a test of our voice message system to ensure it is working. Second, it will provide more friendly reminders of the help still needed by the Oktoberfest committee as they wrap up planning for the event.
Oktoberfest begins in just nine days! Please note the things still needed in the "Oktoberfest" section below.
We have also finalized all MAP testing for our first session. Ms. Cappy, Mrs. Woolley, and I are thankful for the cooperation of all students and staff. To celebrate we will all have a snow cone on Friday afternoon!
~ Mr. Hoyt
Half-Day September 28 / No School October 1: Please remember that dismissal occurs at 11 a.m. on September 28 and we will not be in school on Monday, October 1, due to Oktoberfest setup and teardown.
ALICE (Lockdown and Evacuation) Drill: Saint Agnes School will be participating in our first ALICE (school lockdown and evacuation) drill of the school year next Wednesday, September 26. All parents will be receiving more thorough information about the drill prior to next Wednesday’s drill.
Spirit Wear Day: Next Thursday, September 27, is a Saint Agnes spirit wear day. Students may wear any Saint Agnes top with their uniform shorts, pants, or gym shorts or sweatpants. Students are not permitted to wear pajamas.
Bus Information: To parents of students who ride the bus, please be aware that on Friday afternoons a lot of students go to Skyline after school. Therefore, the children that ride the buses will be arriving home approximately 5-8 minutes earlier than usual. Please be sure that whomever is responsible for the student at home is aware of this early arrival.
MathCounts: Sharpen those pencils....MathCounts is an accelerated math program that is available to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. It is NOT tutoring but a challenging math program offered by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers. Practice will be after school from 3-4:30 p.m. on the day that is best for all who would like to participate, from October to February. The season culminates with the regional competition to be held on a Saturday in February. Each Mathlete walks away that day with a sense of challenge, and some door prizes and gifts.The top three finishers will walk away with partial or full-scholarships to Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. Wow! There is a $15 activity fee for each Mathlete. Snacks and drinks are provided each week. If your child is interested in attending please fill in the attached form. Visit the MathCounts website for more information: https://www.mathcounts.org/.
Odyssey of the Mind: For the second year, Saint Agnes will be offering Odyssey of the Mind for students in grades 1st-8th grade. See the attached form here for more information about Odyssey of the Mind. If your child would like to participate, please fill out the interest form and return it to school by Friday, September 21. Send it to Joan Thamann c/o Henry 7B. There will also be an information meeting for parents to find out more information about Odyssey on Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.
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 first Lunch 'n Learn is NEXT WEEK. 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
APPLE Volunteers: 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 that parents sign up to provide little treats for our teachers. 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. Sign Up Here. If you have questions, please email Lynn Abeln at LynnAbeln5@gmail.com.
POP Parties: Looking for a fun way to support our school and raise money for the PTO? Host a P.O.P. (Party of Purpose) Party! You (or a group of friends) host the party and the attendees donate a designated amount, which is given to the PTO. Please reach out to Meg Koehl (email@example.com) or Heather Randolph (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions, party ideas, want to be a host, or join our committee! Currently we need help with a fall/winter kids' movie/pizza night. Save the date of December 8 for an "Ugly Sweater" party. Thank you to last year’s hosts that raised $10,000! The parties are fun and an easy way to make money for our school.
Adult Faith Formation: “What is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’? Is what’s right for you right for me? Is there a right and wrong for everyone, all the time? These are difficult questions to discuss in our culture. We live in a society that supports the opinion that each person should make up his or her own morality—that there is no moral truth that applies to everyone.” (www.formed.org) How do we talk about and live a moral Catholic life in a relativistic world, and teach our children to do the same? This fall at Saint Agnes, we are presenting “Who Am I To Judge?”, an Adult Faith Formation opportunity featuring Dr. Edward Sri, offered on FORMED. Please join us on Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. September 19 through November 7 in the Rectory Conference Room. To register email email@example.com or call the parish office at (859) 431-1802.
Oktoberfest Raffle Ticket Sales: Be sure to sell those Oktoberfest raffle tickets. Each school family who sells at least four raffle tickets will receive a bracelet granting access to the inflatables section for the entire weekend. Remember to write your family name on the envelope when turning in raffle tickets to the school office.
Saint Agnes Oktoberfest Volunteers: Signups may be found at the following links:
Oktoberfest Kids’ Games (for volunteers in grades 6 and above): http://bit.ly/saintagnesoktoberfestJR2018
At this time, we are 50% filled for the main event (including setup and weekend shifts) and currently less than 20% for the kids’ game booths that students should be volunteering. We appreciate everyone who has signed up at this point. However, there is still a LOT of help needed and the event begins in just nine days! If anyone has questions about volunteering, they can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out directly to Annette Ward or Lisa Mosley. They may be reached at the contact info listed below:
Annette Ward (859) 760-6341, email@example.com
Lisa Mosley (859) 468-7465, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oktoberfest email: email@example.com
Homeroom Baskets Donations: It takes a great deal of time to gather and prepare all of the donations that make up the silent auction. If you have not sent your child's (or children's) cash donation or theme item to your assigned basket mom please do so by this Friday, September 21!
Silent Auction Items Needed: Since we need time to organize and assemble all of the donations for our silent auction tent, would you please consider donating something to us by Wednesday, September 26th. Some suggested items we could use are (but not limited to) gift cards (for goods or services), wine and spirits (extremely popular!!), sporting event tickets, vacation home stays, sports memorabilia, etc... Just think of something fun you would be excited to bid on!! If you have new/unused items at home please feel free to donate those as well! If you have larger items and alcohol we will gladly arrange to pick it up or you can drop them off at the school or church office. Smaller items can be sent in through kid mail to Lucie 2L or Amberlee 2B. Thank you for supporting our school's event!!
Saint Agnes Basketball Registration: Basketball registrations are due online by Sunday, September 23.3 If your child is interested in playing basketball with Saint Agnes this school year, register online at http://tshq.bluesombrero.com/saintagnesboosters. Saint Agnes offers two basketball programs. The K-2 Basketball Instructional Program takes place on Sunday afternoons and combines practice sessions and drills to learn fundamental skills alongside short friendly games focused on learning. Grades 2-8 basketball teams participate in local leagues and tournaments with a weekday practice and a weekend game/games. Registration details can be found on the Saint Agnes Boosters Sports registration site. We also need parent volunteers to coach.
Soccer Clinic: Join us for a Saint Agnes / Coerver soccer clinic on Sunday, October 7, with coach Sam Fiore and staff of Coerver Ohio and Saint Agnes coaches for a technical soccer practice to benefit our soccer program! Coerver® Coaching is a global coaching program inspired by the teachings of Wiel Coerver and created in 1984 by Alfred Galustian and Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke. Coerver Camps are a specific copyrighted soccer skills teaching method suited for all ages, but especially for players aged 6-14 years old. The teaching method focuses on individual skills development and small group play and is endorsed and recommended by many top federations, associations, club teams and legends/experts of the game. Please register your child for the level they are currently playing at. Space per age group is limited due to the individual focus of the training. Currently accepting registration for U8 and U10 boys/girls. U12 TBD. The link to register is here: https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2307437
Informational Coffee at NDA: If you are interested in learning more about Northern Kentucky's ONLY all-girl Catholic high school, Notre Dame Academy is hosting "Informational Coffees" for prospective Panda parents on Wednesday, October 10, from 8 - 9 a.m., and Wednesday, November 28, from 8 - 9 a.m. Reservations are required for these events. Please RSVP to Katie Caccavari, Director of Admissions, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 292-1829 at least 24 hours prior to the date you wish to attend.
Share the Journey: A Concert for Compassion: Immigrants and refugees whose lives have been disrupted and whose families have been torn apart due to detentions and deportations are getting a helping hand from the Tristate. Musician, composer, and Saint Agnes music director Bobby Fisher, in partnership with Bellarmine Parish at Xavier University and recording artist The Pierson-Young Project, invite Cincinnati and all the surrounding communities to attend a benefit concert to support the Kino Border Initiative and LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens). The concert, “Share the Journey; a Concert for Compassion” will be held on Friday, October 12, from 7-10 p.m. at Bellarmine Chapel on the Xavier University Campus. Tickets are available at: www.shareinthehope.com. The performers and sponsors see this event as a way to help raise awareness of the plight of those affected by current policies as well as a way to raise funds for these organizations who work with and for them. For more information about the concert and these organizations or to donate, please visit www.shareinthehope.com.
Volunteer link: Here is the link that will take you to our many volunteer opportunities. We truly appreciate the time and talent that our parents give. Be sure to check out the ways you can help! http://signup.com/go/GpYmNi
19 Scholastic Book Fair (Open until 7:30 p.m.)
19 Girl Scouts Information (6-7 p.m., Cafeteria)
19 Odyssey of the Mind Parent Meeting (7 p.m., Cafeteria)
21 School Mass (9:20 a.m., Church)
23 Confirmation Enrollment (9:30 a.m. Mass)
24 Lunch & Learn
27 Saint Agnes Spirit Wear Day
28 Oktoberfest (Dismissal 11 a.m.)
1 No School
3 Late-Start Day (School begins 8:45 a.m.)
4 4th Grade Field Trip to Frankfort
5 Out-of-Uniform Day for Families who Sell at Least 4 Oktoberfest Raffle Tickets
5 School Mass (9:20 a.m., Church)
9 BOCE Meeting (7 p.m., Meeting Room)