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

PRINCIPAL NOTES – February 22, 2019

It’s almost time for Spring conferences. Please review and sign up for your conference slots at:
Please make this a priority, so you can get a slot that works with your schedule. Note that the conferences are only 15 minutes long, so please be prompt and on time. Thank you.

St. Cecilia is pleased to announce that we have partnered with 5-2-1-0 as a Registered Site through the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. For more information, please see the attached documents. Thank you!
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Kids Heart Challenge Update
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Kids Heart Challenge thus far as we are on the way to our $4000 goal. I just received word from the American Heart Association that they would like to include our school in the Super Challenge which is a new promotion for select schools to get families involved. We would like to engage as many students as possible in learning how to get their hearts healthy and working together to contribute to this year’s fundraiser for the American Heart Association. If we can get at least 50% of our students to register online, we will be eligible for an additional $300 in PE equipment from US Games. Registration doesn’t mean you have to make a donation, but have access to take the heart challenge online. Reminder that those students who have at least $100 in donations will be invited to our Super Heart Heroes after school party sometime in March.

We are also watching for students doing good deeds and random acts of kindness at school during the month of February and they will receive a special certificate!

To register your child online for the Kids Heart Challenge, follow this link: Kids Heart Challenge

FACTS – Student Tuition Organization
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. New this year is families whose 2018 taxable income is at or below 400% of the federally determined poverty rate may qualify for an award. STO funds are only available for K-12th grade students. St. Cecilia School has made arrangements to pay the $31 fee for all families to apply. Once your 2018 taxes are complete, please file for FACTS. Please see the attachments for more information, including deadline information and help sessions date and times. Please call the school office with any questions or concerns.
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Spirit Day March 7, 2019
We will be having a Spirit Day on March 7 with donations going to our Fund A Need. For a suggested donation of a $1 or more, students may wear Pajamas to school on Thursday, March 7. Donations will go towards our Fund A  Need this year which is Beautification of the school. This includes a proposed Mural in the gym, painting of classrooms and new Water Fountain.


Sara E. Rooney, Principal

Scrip Tidbits!!
Did you know that every penny you purchase through the St. Cecilia Scrip program adds up to be a substantial benefit to your school? If each family at St. Cecilia bought even SOME ($200/month) of their groceries with Scrip, the school would benefit approximately $50 per year per family. Alone, this doesn’t seem like a lot, BUT…

If EVERY family bought all of their groceries with Scrip, the school would benefit over $8,000!! Together, we really can do great things to help our school.

If you have any questions about Scrip, please contact Bev Williams or Melissa Hall at


FSA Upcoming Event:
Please mark your calendars for March 9th from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  FSA is having a rollerskating winter event at Spinning Wheels in Ogden.  The cost is $5 per skater.  If you are unable to cover the cost, please let Sara Leto know at and FSA will help.  

Conference Week Help and Donations Needed:
Conference week is coming up and FSA would like to provide food for the staff and teachers to thank them for the extra hours they put in.  Also Mrs. Simodynes needs help with the book fair.  If you are able to donate food and/or your time during this week please use the following links to sign up.  

Food For Conference Week:

Tracy, Neal, Brooke (preschool) and Ria Molitor welcomed a new baby girl, Saige, last week! Please consider signing up to bring a meal to this sweet St. Cecilia family.

School Events:
Monday, February 25: 10AM-1:30PM AEA Hearing Screening K-5 & Pre School (4s only)
Wednesday, February 27: 9AM Prayer Service (Church)
Thursday, February 28: 3:30-5PM STO Help Session (School Office/Computer Lab)

Other Opportunities:
Sylvan of Ames-Spring Break Workshops
Please see the attachment for information on Spring Break Workshops for students in grades 1-5.
Sylvan of Ames Spring Break Workshops

Saturday, march 2 from 5:00-7:30pm
Mustard Seed Community Farm is dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing, sharing, and eating healthy food. You are invited to their annual spring FUN-raiser on March 2 from 5:00-7:30pm at Harvest Vineyard Church (320 South 17th Street, Ames.) Enjoy a delicious meal, silent auction, and fun for all ages. This event seeks to build community, share joy and gratitude, and raise funding for the ongoing construction of a new farm building for indoor events, classes, crafting, and hospitality.  Contact Amy Logan at with questions about the event.
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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.