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 20, 2017

Saint Agnes School
Family Newsletter
September 20, 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.


In my weekly message sometimes I will highlight things going on in our school. This week I would like to let you know about our new study skills program in grades 6-8. Recent feedback from parents and faculty members has noted a need for enhanced development of study skills for our students. Each Wednesday morning, students in 6th-8th grades are learning about good study habits. Mrs. Jacobs, Mrs. Finke, and Mrs. Eckerle have been instrumental in developing the study skills lessons while Mrs. Loos, Mrs. Osborne, Mrs. Rumker, and Mrs. Bergs are also involved with the instruction. So far our students have learned about organizing their school day, conducting their own learning styles inventory, and the importance of avoiding plagiarism. We look forward to this program enhancing the success of our students! ~ Mr. Hoyt


Smiles & Miles T-Shirt Day Friday: In gratitude for the support our school community provides the Smiles & Miles 5K event, students may wear a Smiles & Miles t-shirt from any year on Friday, September 22. Thank you for your support of the Smiles & Miles and the memories of Maria Schaffstein and Katie Stewart. 

Lego League: Are you in grades 5-8 and interested in being a part of the Robotics Team here at Saint Agnes?  We have two Mindstorm robots, thanks to donations from the Big Blue Bash, so we may be able to field two teams this year. Meetings will take place on Fridays from October to February. Additional meetings may be added as we get closer to competition. Interested students will need to fill in the application here and return it to the office by Friday, September 29.  We have limited space available on a team. In the event that we have too many applicants, we will evaluate the applications received, consider the number of spots available, receive input from teachers, and use our best judgment to determine which students will be asked to participate.

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 minutes and must be completed by September 29. Please complete the survey at

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 and would like to volunteer for service hours. Please contact Mr. Hoyt at or (859) 261-0543 if interested.

Congratulations 2014 Graduate Michael Collins: We want to congratulate 2014 Saint Agnes alum Michael Collins on his recognition as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Great job Michael!

Family Service Hours: For those families new to Saint Agnes and as a reminder to all, each school family is expected to share 20 hours of their time and talent over the course of the school year in one or more of a number of school/parish activities. Not only does each family's contribution provide needed service and helpful savings to the parish and school, but also actively engages each family and strengthens our parish/school community. Your cooperation in meeting this expectation is valued and appreciated.
Some families have already figured out that Sycamore, our new school management system, permits service hour tracking using the "Service Log".  This is a much more user-friendly tracking system for all stakeholders. As such, effective immediately, we are asking families to enter service hours using the Service Log.  This can be found under the "My School" tab on the left hand side of your family's home screen in Sycamore.  We are no longer entering service hours through the school website.
If you have already entered hours for this school year using the website, please find a few moments at your convenience to enter your completed service in the new system. To help streamline the process of entering hours, we have broken activities down to seven categories which are listed here.  When entering your service activity, simply select the category, enter the date of the activity, enter the number of hours, and specify the activity in the box for "Notes."  
Should you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Oak Martin ( or Mr. Hoyt. We hope you find this process more user-friendly and efficient.

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. We still need some volunteers for the Lunch 'n Learn which occurs next week. Thanks for all you do for Saint Agnes! We couldn't do it without all our great parents. 

Artists of the Week: Congratulations to Mrs. Eckerle's Artists of the Week: Charlotte Millay, Mia Crouch, Walker Murphy, Claire Gearing, Brookelynn Smith and Henry Thamann. They have all worked hard on some great pieces of art. Check out the photos at the end of the newsletter. 


The Saint Agnes PTO Annual Big Blue Bash: Mark your calendar for the September 27 kick-off meeting! In 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 all 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 which will occur Wednesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in the school library. You will 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: As the Oktoberfest Silent Auction Chair, I would like to remind everyone class baskets are due by Wednesday, September 27.  Parents, please have donations to your point person by the end of this week so they can make any final touches to the baskets. Creating and accounting for these baskets is a process, therefore the committee needs them by the assigned date. I will have Murphy Hall open (pending any funerals) on Wednesday, September 27, through Friday, September 29, from 2-5 p.m. to collect baskets or items that anyone would like to donate. If you would like to drop items off earlier, you may drop them at the parish office during regular business hours. Thank you for your support! ~ Kim Brooking

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:


Spring Soccer Coordinator: We are looking for a volunteer(s) 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 by helping at 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


Highland/Kyles Traffic Info: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is currently resurfacing Kyles and Highland Pike. Due to the high volume of traffic on Highland/Kyles this project will cause some traffic congestion especially in the morning and evening hours. KYTC has stated that this project has a completion date of November 15.

​ExploreMore! Program for grades K-8: The ExploreMore! Program, in partnership with Thomas More College, has been very busy putting together an awesome enrichment program for this fall. The dates for the fall session are November 4, 11, 18 and classes are held at Covington Latin. Click here to see the brochure and application.   

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.  


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.)

4                      LATE-START DAY (School begins 8:45 a.m.)
5                      8th Grade Visits to Covington Catholic & Notre Dame Academy
6                      All-School Mass (9:20 a.m.)
6                      Oktoberfest (Dismissal 11 a.m.)
6-8                  Oktoberfest
9                     NO SCHOOL

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