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

PRINCIPAL NOTES – December 7, 2018

Congratulations to our “Keep Christ in Christmas” Contest
Grand Knight Dave Baldus stands with winners of the “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest at St. Cecilia Church in Ames, Iowa.
Front row: Mae Loecke, Henry Hibbs, Charles Fink
Back row: Finnegan Murphy, Mira Atwood Rosati, Molly Weiler

Advent Service Project – Week of December 10th
MICA Food Pantry needs our help! The MICA Food Pantry serves 350-400 families each month and their pantry shelves are deficient in many food/toiletry items. St. Cecilia’s School Advent Service Project is to help “restock” MICA Food Pantry shelves. MICA will gladly accept any non-perishable food (that is not expired), but would appreciate donations of canned soups, canned fruits, ramen noodles, soap, and toilet paper as these items are extremely low/out of stock at the MICA Food Pantry.

How can your family help?
Send non-perishable foods, toiletry items, or monetary donations to school with your child.

Next week. We will be collecting December 10-14. Since we are collecting ALL of next week you do not need to overload your child’s backpack with canned goods. You can spread them out over the week.

There will be a “drop off” box by the cafeteria OR your child can just take them to their classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping make the St. Cecilia School Advent Service Project a success! Please email Betsy Pyfferoen at

Thank you – free out of uniform day – December 14th
Friday, December 14 will be a free out-of-uniform day, however, if you’d like donate an additional amount, this will be the last day to make a monetary donation. This money will be donated to Iowa State Dance Marathon, along with the money the 2nd graders have raised through their hot chocolate fundraiser. (Hot chocolate will be delivered on Friday 12/14, too!)

Christmas Family Liturgy
Plan to participate in this year’s Christmas Family Liturgy on Monday, December 24 at 4pm. There are many roles to be filled in the play, liturgy, and music. Once again, we hope to have many families (adults, teens, children) involved. Sign-up is available on-line on the parish website by clicking on the ‘Christmas Family Liturgy’ image in the Left Hand column. The deadline for main roles will be Wednesday, December 12. Any questions, contact Bob Hauser at

2019 Talent Show
Calling all talented kids! Each year during Catholic Schools Week, we showcase our talented K-5 students during a fun-filled show. Kids can play a musical instrument, dance, sing or perform any other talent that will be entertaining at this family event. The 2019 talent show will be held on Sunday January 27th. Students should start planning NOW! If your child is planning to participate this year, sign ups for the talent show must be completed before Christmas break. Please note that preview auditions will take place starting January 7th, but students must get signed up on Sign Up Genius for a time slot now. This is a change from past years so that we can better plan and practice for the performance. The deadline for signing up for the talent show is December 20th on Sign Up Genius. We will not accept late entrants, so plan ahead. This will give participants a longer time to plan and practice and the organizing committee more time to put the program together. Should you have any questions, please contact one of the talent show committee members below. We look forward to another great time to showcase the many talented students at St. Cecilia! Sign-up Genius Link:

Judi Blum
Sally DuBois
Peg Gaul


Sara E. Rooney, Principal
Christmas Concert – Monday, December 10th
Please see the attachment for details about the Christmas Concert from Mrs. Wendt and Mr. Stanley. Band members need to go directly to the Ames City Auditorium on Monday morning, December 10th. Please review letter for times, etc.
Final Performance Details Christmas Concert

Scrip Tidbits!
Did you know that you can do all/most of your Christmas gift card shopping through Scrip? Don’t run from store to store getting your gift cards. Fill out a scrip order form online by Monday at 9am, and we’ll send all your cards home with your child in their Friday folder. We can order stores such as American Girl, Nike, UnderArmour, Gap, iTunes, Bath and Body Works, Amazon, Harry and David, Omaha Steaks and many others! There is still time for the “stocking stuffer” gift cards as well. For example: Amazon $10, Target $10, Starbucks $5, Panera Bread $5, Chipolte $10. Many options are also available on-line. ONLY 1 MORE MONDAY TO ORDER SCRIP before Christmas!!!
If you have any questions about Scrip, please contact Bev Williams, Melissa Hall, or Judy Brown at

Family School Association (FSA) News
*FSA would like to thank Perfect Games for donating the bowling party for all of the children who qualified for meeting their reading goal. Their generosity made our Read-A-Thon Fundraiser a huge success. THANKS AGAIN Perfect Games!
*Thank you for supporting FSA at the Little Caesar’s fundraiser in November! An extra thank you to Holden and Henry Hibbs’s family for hosting it at their restaurant and donating back $350 to our school. We have such a great school community! We will have more restaurant nights happening this spring.
*Mark your calendars! The next Trivia Night will be Friday, January 25th, 2019 at Ames Golf and Country Club. The Sign Up Genius will be available soon in Principal Notes. Even if you do not have a full team, we can find a team of fun people for you to join. Please email Angela Carl at if you have questions about Trivia Night OR would like to be placed on a team. Come support our school and students AND have a great time!
*After Mass Receptions: Once a month, each grade will sponsor an all school Mass and reception following. FSA is looking for volunteers to help set up/serve/clean up, as well as, donating cookies and drinks. Your child will invite you to sit with them during the reception, so we advise you not to sign up to help with the set up/serve/clean up for their reception. If you would like to volunteer in any way, the following link has all the receptions listed. Thank you for your assistance.

Save the Date – Project Linus
On Monday, January 21 from 1:00-4:00 p.m, St. Cecilia will be the host site for a Volunteer Center of Story County service project for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/National Day of Service. Project Linus will be providing the materials for volunteers to make fleece blankets. This is a wonderful service project for all ages. Please stop by the North Social Hall in the church anytime between 1:00-4:00 to help out. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

St. Cecilia Gala 2019
“For the Greatest Kids on Earth”
Save the Date for the 2019 St. Cecilia Gala on February 9, 2019.
Please join us for a Beer and Wine Gathering Party!
What: A come and go holiday party to collect donations for the Beer/Wine Grab at the 2019 Gala. Please bring a bottle of wine or a six pack of specialty beer to donate.
Where: The Leo residence, 3212 Magnolia Circle, Ames
When: Tuesday, December 18th, 6-9 pm
We hope you can join us for this fun evening!!

School Events:
Monday, December 10: 8:30-11AM Concert Practice at Ames City Hall; 7PM Christmas Program at Ames City Auditorium
Wednesday, December 12: 9AM All School Mass; 7PM Gala Large Group Meeting (Room 537)
Monday, December 17: 11AM FSA 4 Year Old Pre School Lunch
Wednesday, December 19: 9AM Stations of the Nativity (sorry for the error on your Calendar)
Thursday, December 20: 1:30PM Early Dismissal for Christmas Break
Friday, December 21 through Wednesday, January 2: No School – Christmas Break
Thursday, January 3: School Resumes

St. Cecilia Mission Statement
St. Cecilia School, an educational ministry of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, is a Christ-centered educational environment. We offer students opportunities to develop self-discipline, individual academic excellence, cultural awareness, and a commitment to lifelong service.