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

PRINCIPAL NOTES – May 10, 2019

May Crowning
Thank you to our 5th grade representatives; Avery Wirth and Davis Cowan, our 2nd graders, and our staff on a beautiful May Crowning celebration.

Field Day Thank You
Thank you to Mrs. DuBois, other staff members and our many parent volunteers who made Field Day fun for our students. It is a day they truly love and we could not do it without your help. We know that May is especially busy for everyone, so your time is appreciated.

FACTS Tuition Management
May 10, 2019
To: St. Cecilia School & Preschool Families for 2019-2020
From: Sara Rooney, Principal & Lois Vidimos, Administrative Assistant

We want to thank our families who have signed up previously for your new FACTS Tuition Management account. We’re about half way there! Please see below for instructions and more information on 529 plans.

Every preschool and school family will need to set up a FACTS account as we will bill tuition and fees through FACTS starting next school year. In order for us to have all your billing information in place, we are asking you to set up an account as soon as possible, so we can enter your 2019-2020 fees by the end of May.
1.) Go to:
2.) If you already have a FACTS account through the Student Tuition Organization (STO), you will use the same sign on and will see a separate tab ‘Payment Plan & Billing.’
3.) If you do not have a FACTS STO account already, please ‘create an account.’
4.) Upon signing in or creating an account, you will go through a set up process which will include adding your students and picking a payment plan option.
5.) After completing this process, your account will be ‘pending.’
6.) The office will receive notice and enter your 2019-2020 tuition and fees and ‘finalize’ your account, then your payment will start on the date you selected.
7.) Starting August 1st, you’ll be able to ‘prepay’ your students’ lunch accounts.

If you have a 529 plan, you may request to have it transferred to the account you are using to pay your tuition through FACTS. Again, we are asking you to complete this as soon as possible, so your prompt attention to this is appreciated. If you have any concerns, please contact the school office. Thank you.

EPI Supply Sale for 2019-2020
Save time and money on school supply shopping. Please go to and use school ID#STC106 to purchase your 2019-2020 supplies online. School supply kits will be on your child’s desk/classroom on Back-to-School Night in August. For questions, please contact Judy Brown at or see attached for more information. Please know that the School Supply packs are optional for you to purchase. You may purchase supplies on your own if you wish.

Spring Concert-May 20th
Parents, please see the flyers below for more details/instructions from Mrs. Wendt about the concert.
Pre K Final Performance Details
K-5 Final Performance Details

Cookie Reception following Spring Concert Sign Up
FSA is looking for cookie donations and a few volunteers to help with the cookie reception following the concert on Monday, May 20th. If you are interested, please use the following link to sign up. Thank you in advance.

Coffee & Donuts Sign Up
Dear Parents & Staff,
Coffee and Donuts are served on most Sunday mornings following the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. This is a time for parishioners to gather in fellowship while enjoying coffee, donuts, juice, milk and conversation. It can also be a time for groups to gain exposure to other members of our Church community.

Please consider covering a slot for St. Cecilia School. We are asking for 4 family or staff members to assist. St. Cecilia School is signed up to host on the following dates. If you’re able to assist, please sign up at:

05/12/19 10:30 a.m.
06/02/19 8:30 a.m.
07/07/19 10:30 a.m.
08/04/19 8:30 a.m.
09/22/19 10:30 a.m.
10/06/19 8:30 a.m.
11/24/19 10:30 a.m.
12/08/19 8:30 a.m.

This sign up is only through 08/04/19 for now. We will send out a sign up genius link for the rest of the dates later. Thank you!

2018-2019 Tuition & Lunch Fees
Please make sure your child’s lunch and tuition accounts are paid in full by the last day of school, May 31st. If you need assistance in checking your balance, please contact the school office. Any credit will carry over to the next school year. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!


Sara E. Rooney, Principal
Baby Wendt Adoption Dash-May 11th
It takes a village to raise a child, or in this case, adopt a child. We are coming together to become that village that helps Mr. & Mrs. Wendt adopt a child (or two!) from Mrs. Wendt’s home country of Colombia!
Join us! Become part of our village on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8 a.m. at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames, IA to support the Baby Wendt Adoption Fund! For more information, visit

FSA Night Out-May 13th-Smokin’ Oak
Come support FSA with a night out at Smokin’ Oak Wood-fired Pizza from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, May 13th! If you mention you are with St. Cecilia’s, they will donate 20% of your bill back to the school. Plus, there should be extra parking with the college kids gone for the summer!

2019-2020 First Lego League Meeting (Grades 4&5)-May 16th
Mr. Lewin and Mrs. Read would like to invite you to a FLL interest meeting on Thursday, May 16th starting at 4:30 p.m. in Mr. Lewin’s classroom (room 535). Parents and students are welcome to attend.

Library News:
A Note from our School Librarian
Hello parents, the end of the school year is upon us, so it’s time to start looking for all those great library books your student borrowed from the school library. The last week to check out books is the week of May 6th, and all books will be due on May 17th. In the next few weeks, please assist your child in finding and returning their library books. Please let me know if you need help with this process!

St. Cecilia Education Center Library Move – June 8, 2019
We will be moving the St. Cecilia Education Center Library back to the previous Education Center location on Saturday, June 8, 2019. We are looking for about 15 volunteers each for two shifts: 9-10:30 a.m. to move shelves and 10:30 a.m. to noon to move books and everything else. We do not need any trucks or trailers this time, however, could use some moving dollies if you have them. Sign up at:

Please sign up to help, many hands make light work. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Sara Rooney at or Terri Simodynes at Thank you.

Students and staff have exceeded 2,822 miles after six weeks of Mileage Club. Thank you to all who are helping scan QR codes.
If interested, help us on our final leg:

Cilantro and mango are the veggie and fruit of the week. Click here for new recipes: Cilantro and mango (1)

Fruit and Vegetable Tokens: Thanks to all who have returned their child’s yellow fruit and veggie tally sheet. If your child is still working on filling their sheet, please complete and return to school by Monday, May 20th.

The Mary Greeley Hope Run will be held Saturday, June 15th. If your child meets or exceeds 30 miles by May 17th, our last session of Mileage Club, he or she will be awarded by receiving a code which will waive the entry registration fee for the Hope Run. More information will be sent home before the last day of school. Questions about Mileage Club? Contact Lisa Weary @ 480-4936 or

SCRIP has been busy winding down the year. We THANK YOU for all of your support! We only have two more Mondays for placing orders. Our last Monday for orders will be Monday, May 20th. Thanks again for a great year!

5th Grade Parents-Note from Ames Middle School
Dear 5th grade parents,
If your student plans to attend 6th grade at Ames Middle School, we would like to know whether or not we should have them scheduled for Band, Orchestra, and/or Chorus. Please click to and fill out the registration form. Registration closes soon, so you don’t want to delay. If you have questions about these classes, you will likely find the answers at that same link.
Thank you! Peter Thompson

School Events:
Wednesday, 5/15: 9AM All School Mass
Monday, 5/20: Morning practice for Spring Concert & 7PM Spring Concert at Ames City Auditorium
Wednesday, 5/22: 9AM All School Mass with 5th Grade Graduation
Thursday & Friday, 5/23 & 5/24: Last Days of Preschool Classes
Monday, 5/27: Memorial Day – No School
Wednesday, 5/29: 9AM All School Mass
Friday, 5/31: Last Day of School Classes, 11:30AM Family Picnic/Activities & 1:30PM Early Dismissal (Buses will run at 2:05PM)

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.