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

PRINCIPAL NOTES – May 17, 2019

First Communion
Congratulations to our second grade students on their First Communion. What a stepping stone for them in their faith journey. Thank you to all who prepared them for this celebration. Congratulations to: Aluel Ater, Elizabeth Carl, Braylen Chambers, Mason Cochran, Phoebe Crimmins, Leah Dolan, Charles Fink, Jack Grandgenett, Henry Hibbs, Luke Hill, Juliet Humphrey, Lucas Kellen, Mae Loecke, Andrew Leo, Michael Love, Andrew Markley, Lucas Martens, Katelyn Miller, Gavin Murphy, Ava Nguyen, Jack Poss, Alex Pyfferoen, Natalia Ramirez, Hope Rooney, Claira Ropp, Kiernan Ryan, Bianca Serao and Zachary Stevermer.

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.

FACTS Tuition Management-Please Complete ASAP
May 17, 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 over half way there! Please see below for instructions and more information on 529 plans. This process only takes about 5 minutes to set up, so please make it a priority.

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.

Coffee & Donuts Sign Up
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:

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
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. All books were due today, 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:

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.

We will wrap up Mileage Club today, May 17th. After the 7th week of running, students and staff have tallied over 3,439 miles.

Parsnip and Peach are the veggie and fruit of the week. Click here for new recipes: Peaches and parsnips (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

Family School Association News:
Fundraiser Update

Thank you to all of you who enjoyed a night out at Smokin’ Oak Pizza this week. We raised over $150 for FSA! We have such a great school community!

Last Day of School-Volunteers Needed Please
FSA has planned some fun activities for the last day of school. We are looking for volunteers to help run each station after the family picnic. There are two shifts available for each station. We always appreciate all your help! If you are interested in helping out, please use this link to sign up:

SCRIP has been busy winding down the year. We THANK YOU for all of your support! We only have one more Monday to place an order, May 20th. Thanks again for a great year!

May Menu Changes
May 21st-Corn Dogs instead of Chicken Nuggets
May 23rd-Sweet Potato Fries instead of Fries
May 29th-Cooks Choice: BBQ Rib on Bun, Potatoes (variety), Veggie, Apricots, Brownie & Milk
May 30th-Cooks Choice: Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries, Veggie, Fruit, Oatmeal Cookie & Milk

Corpus Christi Procession
All St. Cecilia School families are invited to join the Eucharistic Procession for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on Sunday, June 23. The procession will begin after the 10:30 am Mass and travel from the front of St. Cecilia’s Church, through the neighborhood west of the church where Fr. Secora lives and back to the church. Lunch will be provided in the Social Hall immediately following the procession. All children who made their First Holy Communion this year are invited to have a special part in the procession but need to RSVP to ensure we have enough flower petals and banners for the children. If interested, please contact Colleen Humphrey ( or Maria Schneider (

School Events:
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)

Other Opportunities:
Ada Hayden Picnic & Unveiling
Everyone is invited to a free picnic and unveiling at Ada Hayden on June 1st at 12:30PM. Please see attached flyer for more details. RSVP to so we have an idea of how much food to provide.
Ada Hayden Picnic Flyer

Are you ready for an adventure? Join the Saint Cecilia Cub Scout Pack 159 family! Open to boys and girls K to the 5th grade or 5 to 11 years old, Pack 159 offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness for kids who love adventure. The life lessons learned in Scouting form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles in life.
• A fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills
• Character building and development centered around good morals and values
• The chance to learn life skills that help Scouts be successful adults and contributing members of society
• Exciting outdoor experiences kids love like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more Scouting is the perfect program for the whole family!
Sign up now and join us for Summer Camp! For more information stop by the Pack 159 table following 10:30am Mass Sunday, May 19th and meet members of Pack 159 and pick up an application or contact Tim Read at
159Family Flyer

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.