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

PRINCIPAL NOTES – November 16, 2018

Nonpublic Transportation Services
Parents that live outside the Ames School District are reminded to turn in your transportation reimbursement request. The reimbursement comes from the resident district and is flow thru dollars from the state of Iowa so by requesting the funds you are not taking any dollars from the local district, they are reimbursed for the amount they pay you.

Notice to nonpublic parents regarding public school district transportation services: Iowa Code Section 285.1 requires public school districts to provide transportation services to resident nonpublic students that are entitled as per that section. How the transportation service will be provided is to be determined by the public school district. When funds are appropriated by the Iowa General Assembly and if your public school district has selected “Parent Reimbursement” as their transportation service type of choice and you meet the transportation entitlement policy provisions of the public school district in which you live and the nonpublic school being attended has been accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, you are entitled to parent reimbursement as per Iowa Code Sections 285.1, subparagraph 3 and 285.3.

(Iowa Code, Section 285.3) If your public school district selects the “Parent Reimbursement” option, it is your responsibility as the nonpublic parent or guardian to notify your resident public school district that you have children attending an accredited nonpublic school and its location. In addition, specific information, as requested on this form, must be submitted by the nonpublic parent or guardian no later than December 1st (for first semester reimbursement) and May 1st (for second semester reimbursement), each year and sent to the school district where they reside. Failure to submit this request by the above deadline each semester will result in the denial of the reimbursement request for the claim period.

Please print off the appropriate form, complete it and mail it to the address toward the bottom of the form by December 1st for 1st semester and May 1st for 2nd semester.
Ballard -15.16 Nonpublic Parent Reimbursement Request Form
Gilbert -15.16 Nonpublic Parent Reimbursement Request Form
Nevada -15.16 Nonpublic Parent Reimbursement Request Form
Roland Story – Nonpublic Parent Reimbursement Request Form
United -15.16 Nonpublic Parent Reimbursement Request Form

Second Grade Service Project
The second grade class will be making hot chocolate packets to sell (and collecting donations) as a part of our class service project, which is raising money for Iowa State Dance Marathon! Please check your child’s Friday Folder for the order form and more information about Dance Marathon!
On Friday, November 16th students and faculty of Saint Cecilia School joined Iowa State University Dance Marathon in honoring the kids who have been impacted by pediatric illness or injury. Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a national movement that benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It is the only children’s charity that is committed to having 100% of the funds raised support local kids and it ensures that no child or family fights alone. Together we learned more about the miracle kids that Dance Marathon supports, danced to spread joy and optimism, and decorated holiday cards for the children currently being treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. We encourage you to ask your child about Dance Marathon and head to to learn more about this movement and the children it supports!
2018hot choc order form

Donation for Beautification
We want to provide a warm and welcoming environment for your children where they feel at home away from home. We want the aesthetic of our school to transmit the faithful, loving, enthusiastic and joyful culture that we provide at St. Cecilia.
We would like to add one accent wall to each classroom to bring more warmth, color and personality to each space. Three classrooms have been painted, we would love your help to continue this process into the remaining classrooms. We are seeking donations of $35 to per can and anticipate needing 27 additional cans to complete this project. If you’d like to donate, please complete this sign up genius link and thank you in advance for your generosity:

St. Cecilia School Band
We are having early all band rehearsal on Tuesday, November 20th, starting promptly at 7:30 a.m. Only rehearsal this day, no lessons. Thank you.

Spirit Day – Wednesday, November 21st
We will be holding a Spirit Day on Wednesday, November 21st. For a suggested donation of $1 per student, your student can wear a sports team or St. Cecilia School spirit shirt along with jeans or athletic pants. Our donation will be sent to The Haitian Project which is supported by the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This is the day before Thanksgiving and since we are thankful for our school, we want to give so that other students can go to school too.
Please read more on this project below:
The Haitian Project (THP) is embarking on an ambitious plan to develop The Louverture Cleary Schools Network in Haiti—a national system of 10 schools, one in each governmental department, providing 3,600 students with a rigorous, tuition-free Catholic secondary school education and supporting 1,200 alumni on scholarships to Haitian universities each year.
The Haitian Project, which has been providing quality secondary education in Haiti for three decades, sees this endeavor as a game-changer for Haiti—a way for the country to finally have the human capital necessary to emerge as a successful nation out of the poverty and chaos that has gripped the second oldest republic in our hemisphere for over two centuries.
The Haitian Project through its support of Louverture Cleary Schools, a national network of tuition-free, Catholic, coeducational secondary boarding schools in Haiti, provides for the education of academically-talented and motivated students from Haitian families who cannot afford the cost of their children’s education in order to maximize their potential and enable them to work toward building a Haiti where justice and peace thrive. For more information, go to:

Thanksgiving Holiday
Please note that we get out at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21st. Our Thanksgiving break will be Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd. We will not have any Principal Notes next week due to the Thanksgiving break.

Thanksgiving Activities
Please check your child’s Friday folder for an activity handout we printed for your child to do at home for Thanksgiving. Preschool through second grade has a Thanksgiving Table Prayer Card and third through fifth grade has a Gratitude Reflection sheet. We hope you’ll enjoy them as a family.

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 where a web link is provided in the ‘Latest News’ section. The deadline for main roles will be Wednesday, December 12. Any questions, contact Bob Hauser at


Sara E. Rooney, Principal
No SCRIP next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Start thinking ahead for your Christmas shopping list and get your gift cards via Scrip to support our school.
Scrip Family order form.xlsx – Final (1) 01-17

FSA Meal Sign Up
A Three-Year Old Preschool family just had twins! Congratulations to Calleen, Tyler, Henry (preschool) and Nora Jensen on welcoming Leo and Lucy into their family. Below is the meal sign up if you would like to meet and help out this sweet family-thanks!!/showSignUp/10c0548a4a72ca5fc1-jensen

Christmas Concert – Monday, December 10th

St. Cecilia Gala 2019
“For the Greatest Kids on Earth”
Save the Date for the 2019 St. Cecilia Gala on February 9, 2019. We need your help!
Please sign-up to donate specific items or baskets to the Gala Silent Auction. This is a fun way to be involved in the Gala. Be creative!
If you are interested in being the on the Decorations Committee or just helping with decorating in any way, please e-mail me at or text/call at 515-520-0866.

School Events:
Wednesday, 11/21: 9 AM All School Mass & 1:30 PM Early Holiday Dismissal
Thursday & Friday, 11/22 & 11/23: No School – Thanksgiving Holiday
Wednesday, 11/28: 9 AM All School Mass

Other Opportunities:
Chess Utopia
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced chess player this program is for you. Children in all grade levels, K-5, are welcome to come and learn the great game of chess! Please see the registration form for more details and sign up with the registration form attached or sign up at:
Chess Club_2nd Session Flyer – Anthony Swindell

Cub Scouts Pack 159 needs YOU!
Do you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people? Would you like to be a part of a respected worldwide program that share the best of yourself with the leaders of tomorrow? If so, cub scout pack 159 needs you. Pack 159 is a growing pack of 33 boys and girls from the Ames community. Many of our members are Saint Cecilia students. In 2 years we’ve grown 154% and now we need to also increase our leadership team. This is where you come in.
If you are a former scout or leader, parent, grandparent, or retired community leader, or just someone who is looking for an opportunity to get involved in something special we’d like to speak with you. Pack 159 currently has volunteer openings for several positions. Anyone 21 year and older, women or men are welcome to join us on our adventure.
So, consider stepping up to support a great program and contact us today. Below are some links about the benefits of becoming a valued volunteer with Pack 159.

For more information please contact:
Tim Read, Cubmaster Pack 159

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.