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

PRINCIPAL NOTES – May 31, 2019

Congratulations to our Fifth Grade Graduates and Honorees

Graduates: Ayak Akol, Lily Angus, Mira Atwood-Rosati, Wesley Carl, Michael Cochran, Davis Cowan, Isaac Flory, Sophie Fox, Josey Hill, Christian Humphrey, Patrick Johnson, Cole Kaptur, Lual Kenyang, Zachary Loecke, Olivia Leto, Marach Marach, Xavier McNicholl, Chloe Nguyen, Cael O’Brien, Mariana Ortiz, Joseph Pyfferoen, Emrick Ryan, Gabriella Teske, Delilah Valline, Bowen Walton and Avery Wirth.

The President’s Award for Education Excellence
The purpose of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence is to provide an incentive for all students to aspire to the highest educational standards possible. To be eligible for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, a student must have achieved the 90th percentile or higher on the composite score of the Iowa Assessments over the last two years. This year we have eleven students who have met the criteria. Congratulations to: Lily Angus, Davis Cowan, Josey Hill, Christian Humphrey, Cole Kaptur, Zachary Loecke, Xavier McNicholl, Mariana Ortiz, Gabriella Teske, Delilah Valline and Bowen Walton.

These students did not score above the 90th percentile, but their grades and achievements have warranted special mention: Michael Cochran, Sophie Fox and Emrick Ryan.

The Citizenship Award
There are many components to citizenship; be they rights, responsibilities or rules. Citizenship is seeing that there is a connection among these various components. It is upholding the beliefs and values of self, of others, of the community, and in so doing having a positive impact on the whole community.
In order to be selected for the St. Cecilia School Citizenship Award, one must meet the following criteria:
• Show a positive attitude toward school,
• Act in accordance with what Jesus has taught us to do,
• Exemplify the beliefs that Jesus taught us, and
• Possess the strength of character to do what is right.
One young man and young woman has been chosen to be this year’s recipients. Congratulations to Ayak Akol and Wesley Carl.

Spring Concert Video & Pictures
Dear Parents,
Below is the link to our:
“It’s Cool in The Furnace” performance:

and concert pictures:

Thank you, Mrs.Dubois and Mrs.Tesdall for capturing our special evening! God bless you all! Have a beautiful summer!
Mrs. Wendt

Iowa Reading Corps – Tutor Needed
We are excited to announce that St. Cecilia has just been approved as an Iowa Reading Corps site! St. Cecilia joins all elementary schools in Ames and the majority of elementary schools in Story County that offer Reading Corps Tutor services. Now we need your help to find a tutor to serve in our building! Tutors are Americorps service members. Please contact Sara Rooney at 515-232-5290 or for more details about the position and for information on how to apply. Thank you.

Welcome to Rachel Eash
Please join us in welcoming Rachel Eash to St. Cecilia School as our Preschool Teacher next fall. Rachel comes to us from ISU Childcare at Vet Med, where she is currently the Kindergarten Prep lead teacher. Rachel is a graduate of Central College and resides here in Ames. She is very excited for the opportunity to teach at St. Cecilia and to work in a faith-based environment. We look forward to her joining the St. Cecilia family!

Thank you…
Thank you to all who supported the school in any way during the 2018-2019 school year. What a great year this has been. We truly are blessed to have the support of our St. Cecilia community and for such a wonderful education center. We will continue to thank God for such wonderful support and keep you in our prayers. Thank you to our many classroom/homeroom parent volunteers and to those who help in various ways:
FSA-Sara Leto & Betsy Pyfferoen
SCRIP-Bev Willams, Melissa Hall and Judy Brown
Mileage Club-Lisa Weary
Backpack Buddies-Betsy Pyfferoen, Sara Leto, & Allison Cochran
Marketing-Susan McNicholl & Jessica Loecke
Health Records-Katie Tjaden
Office Help-Jessica Loecke

2018-2019 Tuition & Hot Lunch Balances
Just one last reminder that if you have any 2018-2019 tuition or hot lunch balances to please pay them by June 5, 2019. This date will allow us to process the payment before the office closes on June 7, 2019. Thank you.

FACTS Tuition Management – If you haven’t done so, please complete all steps (steps 4-8 updated with additional information):
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.
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, picking a payment plan and entering your bank information.
5. After completing this process, your account will be ‘pending.’ Please make sure you go through and receive a ‘pending’ message.
6. After you receive this ‘pending’ status, your FACTS enrollment fee will be taken from your account between 10-14 days.
7. The office will receive notice and enter your 2019-2020 tuition/fees to ‘finalize’ your account, then your payment will start on the date you selected.
8. Starting August 1st, you’ll be able to ‘prepay’ your students’ lunch accounts.

School Office
The school office will be closed for summer break from June 8th through July 22nd. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please contact the parish office. Thank you and have a great summer!

Mileage Club Reminder
Parents, if your student tallied 30+ miles during Mileage Club this season, they brought home a t-shirt, and information on registering for the Hope Run. Remember to register by June 13th, and use the code to have your registration fee waived. Mary Greeley is asking students to wear the t-shirt they earned to the Hope Run.
Hope Run is held Saturday, June 15 at 8AM at the Ames Middle School. Remember, all students may register and participate in the event, only students tallying 30+ miles are offered a free registration.

St. Cecilia Summer Events
Please see the attached flyer for playgroup dates and other summer activities.
St. Cecilia Summer Events 2019 (2)

PowerSchool eRegistration – July 2019
In June, you’ll receive a letter in the mail regarding PowerSchool eRegistration for the 2019-2020 school year. This process needs to be completed each school year. We’ll be asking you to complete this process within a short amount of time. Please look for this letter and complete the steps sometime between July 13-19, 2019. You will be asked to verify your contact and emergency/medical information and update 2019-2020 permissions (fieldtrips, medication, etc.).
Remember, this year your payment process will be through FACTS Tuition Management.
Mrs. Tesdall and Mrs. Vidimos will have their contact information on this letter in case you run into any problems. Thank you for your assistance in this important process.

Durham School Services (Bus Transportation) Information
Enclosed is a new form from Durham School Services for busing. If you want your child(ren) to ride the bus to and/or from school, you MUST complete the enclosed form and mail it or take it directly to Durham School Services, 1220 S. Bell Avenue, Ames or emailed to Sara Knight: by August 1, 2019 in order to be considered for busing starting August 23, 2019, the first day of school. Do not return the completed form to St. Cecilia School, it needs to go directly to Durham School Services. If you have any questions, please contact Durham School Services at #515-233-5421. Please do not contact Ames Community Schools for busing. Above is our form and procedure with Durham School Services.
2019-2020 St. Cecilia-Durham School Services Bus Form

A Summer Blessing
May you walk with God
This summer
In whatever you do
Wherever you go

Walking with God means…
Walking with honesty
And with courage,
Walking with love
And respect
And concern for the feelings of others

May you talk to God
This summer
And every day and
In every situation

Talking with God means…
Praying words of praise
For the beauty of creation
Saying prayers of thanks
For friends and good times,
Asking God’s help
In all your decisions
Expressing sorrow
When you have failed

May you talk with God
Every day. Amen.
– Author unknown

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.