Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA

Parent Resources

Notes from the Principal

PRINCIPAL NOTES – December 8, 2017

PRINCIPAL NOTES – December 8, 2017 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Parents Stopping in During the Day We are making a change after Christmas break regarding parent visits throughout the school day to drop off school materials or lunch, etc. We continually evaluate security...

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PRINCIPAL NOTES – December 1, 2017

PRINCIPAL NOTES - December 1, 2017 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Mass on December 8th A reminder that December 8th is a day of obligation for Catholics in the Archdiocese. We will be moving our weekly All School Mass from Wednesday, December 6th to Friday, December 8th, at...

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Principal Notes – November 17, 2017

PRINCIPAL NOTES - NOVEMBER 17, 2017 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL World Day of the Poor Pope Francis has announced a new church observance, "World Day of the Poor", which will be held on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This year the observance will fall on November...

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Principal Notes – June 2, 2017

Principal Notes - June 2, 2017 GALA-Thanks to the many generous contributions of your time, talents & gifts, the 2017 Saint Cecilia Gala is thrilled to announce a net fundraising profit of over $146,000...most of which will benefit a growing endowment fund that is...

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Principal Notes – May 26, 2017

Notes from the Principal Congratulations to our Fifth Grade Graduates May Crowning Representatives Especially in May, we honor our Blessed Mother Mary. One young man and young woman has been chosen to be this year’s May Crowning Representatives and will crown Jesus...

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Principal Notes – May 19, 2017

Principal Notes - May 19, 2017 Notes from the Principal Field Day - Monday, May 22nd Students can wear appropriate athletic clothing along with tennis shoes at no charge for field day. Grades 3-5 will be in the morning and preschool-2nd will be in the afternoon. Thank...

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Principal Notes – May 12, 2017

Principal Notes - May 12, 2017 Notes from the Principal May Crowning Thank you to all who made our May Crowning so beautiful; Father Secora, Mr. Hauser, Mrs. Wendt, Mrs. Hand, Ms. Schoenrock, Mrs. Gaul and Mrs. Blum. If we forgot anyone, please know you are...

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Principal Notes – May 5, 2017

Principal Notes - May 5, 2017 Notes from the Principal Gala Thank you! Thank you to the co-chairs; Jason & Julie Crimmins, Mike & Mary Cowan, Rod & Amy Jones and Greg & Katie White and the many many volunteers for all your time and hard work to make...

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Principal Notes – April 21, 2017

Principal Notes – April 21, 2017 Notes from the Principal Gala News from Mr. Rowlands Hope to see many of you at the Gala next Saturday, April 29th. Thank you to Mary & Mike Cowan, Julie & Jason Crimmins, Amy & Rod Jones, Katie & Greg White and the...

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Ames Community Preschool Center (Before & After School Care)

St. Cecilia School has partnered with Ames Community Preschool Center (ACPC) to provide before and after school care at St. Cecilia School. If you are interested, please call ACPC at 515-233-2901 or view their website for additional information,

Archdiocese of Dubuque Policies
Durham School Services – Bus

Dear Parents, If you live outside of two miles from our school, you will receive a pick up time and drop off time from Durham School Services before school starts. If you are in need of discretionary busing (i.e. you live within two miles from the school OR your child is being picked up or dropped off at a different location such as childcare), you will need to complete page two of the attachments. Please print off page two, complete it and take it into the Durham School Services office at 1220 South Bell Avenue (new address) or fax it to #515-233-5479 as soon as possible. If you have any transportation questions, you can contact Durham School Services at #515-233-5424. Thank you.



Family School Association (FSA)


FSA stands for Family School Association. FSA is an association organized by the families and teachers of St. Cecilia Catholic School. The FSA promotes family life in our school through family activities and projects that lead to the educational enhancement of our school. All school families are members of FSA. FSA relies on family dues and the money raised from fundraisers to provide events and other needs for the school. Some of these include: Trunk or Treating, Catholic Schools Week activities, Field Day, 5th grade bibles, books for each student at the book fair, and much more.


All parents are encouraged to attend meetings and share their ideas and find ways to get involved! If you have any questions or want to learn more, email or call Sara Leto at (515) 291-1664.

Sara Leto – FSA President

Betsy Pyfferoen – FSA Vice President

Katie Tjaden – FSA Treasurer

Alyssa Spicer – FSA Secretary

Emily Poss – FSA Hospitality/Outreach Coordinator

Financial Aid

Attached is a flyer showing our tuition assistance possibilities:
St. Cecilia School – Tuition Affordability

The Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future School Tuition Organization (STO) and St. Cecilia School are pleased to once again provide tuition assistance to qualifying families. The STO program will be utilizing FACTS Management in Lincoln, NE to assist in determining the level of assistance to be awarded. FACTS Management has an application that all families need to complete to be considered for assistance. Your personal information will be held in the strictest confidence at all times. There is a $26 non-refundable processing fee for the online application payable to FACTS. If the processing fee is cost prohibitive for your family, please email Mr. Rowlands at The FACTS application needs to be completed no later than March 31st. The application is available online at in both English and Spanish.

In addition to your completed application, you must include a copy of current wage and tax information. See attachment: “Grant & Aid Assessment” for specific requirements. Tax and wage documents can be scanned, faxed, or sent via U.S. mail postmarked no later than March 31st. We urge you to complete the materials early to allow time for notification of any missing/incomplete materials.
To assist you in completing the application, the FACTS call center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. at #1-866-441-4637. The FACTS online application also has a chat feature to assist parents available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. At St. Cecilia School, we are happy to assist you with the application process. A brief video about how to begin the application process can be found below.
2017 FACTS Parent Flyer FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

Local Tuition Assistance

Once you receive your award letter showing your PSAS assistance, and if this doesn’t meet your financial needs for the school year, you may apply for our Local Tuition Assistance.  Please complete the attached application and return it to the school or parish office.  All information is confidential.
Local Tuition Assistance Form Page One
Local Tuition Assistance Form Page Two

If you have any questions, please contact the school office at #515.232.5290.


Iowa Assessments
Lands’ End Spirit Wear

Lands’ End offers a 16% rebate and once we order a certain amount of clothing, the school also receives cash back.  Lands’ End SCRIP can also be used at Sears and Kmart.  It’s a win-win deal.

Lands End Instructions (scroll down for second page)

Click the logo below to go to the site. 300x73_spirit_wear_wdg

Mass Schedule
School Board Policies
School Tuition Organization (STO)
Scrip Information

What is Scrip? Scrip comes in the form of gift certificates to many local and national businesses. St. Cecilia is able to order the gift certificates at a discount and sell them at face value. This results in a winning situation for all involved as the business and school/faith formation programs both make money.   Tuition Credit The St. Cecilia Board of Education approved that 50% of the scrip profits generated by your family can be designated as you wish (school tuition, faith formation tuition, or tuition assistance).  The other half of the profits are used to support the education programs at St. Cecilia. This is a great way to support the school and faith formation programs and get tuition credit as well.   How to Get Scrip


  1. Place your order online at (see link below if you are registering online for the first time).  You may also complete a paper order form (see link below).
  2. Place order by 9:00 A.M. on any Monday. Certificates will be ready by that Friday.
  3. Tuition credit will automatically accumulate and be credited to the designated account quarterly.

If you have any questions concerning the scrip program, please contact our coordinators at

Click here for order form

Shop with Scrip Instructions