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Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA
Parent Teacher Conferences
Please sign up for your parent-teacher conferences which will be held on November 5-7. Please remember that our conference schedule and week is different than the area public schools. Our conferences are 15 minutes in length, so please be on time. Our schedule is shown below. Use this link to sign up for your conference slots by Sunday, October 28:
Conference Week Schedule
Friday, November 1
No School/Teacher In Service
Monday, November 4
Regular School & Preschool Day
Tuesday, November 5
Regular School & Preschool Day
3:45-6PM School & Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair

Wednesday, November 6
Regular School Day
No Preschool Classes
8:30-4PM Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences
2:45-4PM School Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair

Thursday, November 7
No School or Preschool Classes
8:45AM-12PM School & Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
Friday, November 8
No School or Preschool Classes

A Note From Mrs. Rooney

Hi all! You’ve likely already seen brochures come home letting you know you were eligible to receive a free Kinsa smart thermometer through October 15. Great news – Kinsa has extended that deadline until October 31!

To sign up and order your thermometer, tap this link from your smartphone to download the Kinsa app and join our school group: . Cheers to a healthier flu season!

Kinsa Flyer
STEM Nights
Especially within the last several years, many parents have noticed that there has been a shift in the way schools are teaching mathematics. There are a lot more strategies being taught in addition to the traditional algorithm that most (if not all) of us were taught when we were in school. So we would like to take this opportunity to share a little bit about the way we teach mathematics.

WHY not just HOW
Students need to have a better understanding of WHY the processes we do in math work and not just HOW we do it (as we were taught). Understanding the WHY gives students a better mathematical foundation that they are then able to apply when the problems get more difficult and complex. 

Strategies – so many…..
Yes, we introduce a lot of different strategies. We teach different strategies to add, subtract, multiply, and divide so students can choose what works best for them. The traditional ways are still taught, but those are not always the ones that your child might prefer….and that’s okay. In order to meet the needs of all learners, students need to be taught different strategies and practice them so they can make the choice on which one(s) they prefer. For example, if a child is working on the problem 1,000 minus 998 the traditional algorithm can be used, but a student could also simply count on from 998 to 1,000 and find the answer of 2.  Students need to be able to recognize what strategy works best in each situation, so they need to be introduced to different problem-solving techniques.

On November 12th and 19th, we will host two STEM nights. Please plan to attend one of the nights to hear Miss Beaudry and Mrs. Hand talk about our Math curriculum and the “changes” in the way math is taught at St. Cecilia. They will be from 5:30-7PM in Rooms 530/535/537. Hope to see you there!

Our Faith STO
Using Your IRA to Contribute to Our Faith STO,
Parish or Catholic School. 
If you are 70 ½ or older you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, whether you need the income or not. If you are in this situation, you can gift that required withdrawal to the Our Faith STO or any Catholic parish or school. This IRA distribution must be given directly to the STO, parish or school by the financial institution managing the IRA in order to qualify. To learn more visit, call the parish or school office or call the Archdiocese of Dubuque at 800-876-3546 ext. 219 or 307.

One of the great ways our school families support each other is by providing meals for families who recently had newborns or when someone is recovering from surgery and needs extra help. FSA will send out a meal train link in the Principal’s Notes that you can sign up for. It is a great way to meet families and it helps so much! Please contact Emily at if you know someone who would benefit from a meal train. Thanks!

  • Meal sign up for Mr. and Mrs. Wendt

  • Jaime Wandling (Troy 4th grade, Reid 2nd grade) has returned from Mayo after successfully having a brain tumor removed. She still has along road of recovery so if you are able to help make it a little easier, please sign up to bring their family a meal. Meals or restaurant gift cards can be dropped off at school or their home. Thanks for helping!

FSA wants to THANK all the families that supported the Read-A-Thon.  All fundraiser prizes will be sent home with your child today.  If your child participated in anyway, they are invited to attend the bowling party at Perfect Games on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  Any student who raised more than the suggested amount of $60, earned a $5 arcade card.  If you child cannot attend the party and earned this arcade card, it will be sent home with them on Monday, November 5th.  Thank you to Perfect Games for sponsoring this fun event.

Conference Food and Book Fair Help:
Conferences are coming up and FSA wants to help the teachers/staff during this week.  We would like to provide snacks for them during this time and help Mrs. Simodynes with the Book Fair.  If you are interested in helping out with either of these, please sign up using the links provided.

Conference Food:  
Book Fair:

St. Cecilia’s annual Trunk or Treat is scheduled for October 27. Please RSVP and see more details at: 

Hot Lunch News –
We wanted to let parents/guests know that we will be raising Staff/Guest hot lunch prices on November 1st to $4.00 for Lunch and $2.00 for Breakfast for Staff/Guest.  Due to our State of Iowa rep suggesting that we raise prices for our Staff/Guest prices to remain profitable and secure that we can maintain the price of our student lunch at this time. Mrs. Rooney took this suggestion to the Catholic School Board at their October meeting and it was passed.  Please come join your child for lunch anytime. We appreciate your understanding and support of the Hot Lunch Program.

Breakfast Hours and Cost
We began serving breakfast on October 1st. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am (for students in early supervision) to 8:15 (for students arriving for supervision at 8:00). It will be $1.65 for students and $0.30 for free and reduced. Please complete the Google Survey here: to indicate your interest so we know how many meals to prepare. 
We are very proud of our hot lunch program and we welcome your ideas and input. We are striving to create a nutrition program that is mindful of God’s Care for Creation. With your support, our hot lunch program can thrive and grow, just like our garden!

Scrip News
Did you know that the St. Cecilia Scrip Program offers over 255 SripNow! products?? You can purchase ScripNow! products and the electronic gift card gets sent directly to your email account. It makes online shopping easy or you can send and electronic card as a gift for birthdays, graduations, etc.

Using ScripNow! products adds up quickly to benefit our school. Please, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

If you have any questions about Scrip, please contact Judy Brown or Bev Williams at

Marketing Strategic Planning
St. Cecilia School is participating in a Marketing Strategic Planning initiative with the Archdiocese. We have received a lot of valuable information and ideas. Because of this, we are creating an Enrollment Management Committee. The focus of this committee will be to work on recruitment, admissions, and retention (marketing will be one piece of this.) Please consider serving on this committee to help with enrollment efforts at St. Cecilia School. This isn’t something that would necessarily mean regular meetings, but may include meeting with Mrs. Rooney to discuss ideas and initiatives. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Rooney at  
After the theme reveal for Gala 2020, “It’s a Wonderful Catholic Life”, we are excited to start planning some of the silent auction baskets and items that will be available for bidding.  The most important things for this portion of Gala are YOU, your generosity, and your creativity!   With the Hollywood theme in mind, we have started a list of basket ideas.  Please don’t let this limit you!  If you have an idea for an auction item, just let us know.  Please see the link below to sign-up to donate a basket, individual item or talent.  Thank you for continuing to help make Gala 2020 a success!

2020 Silent Auction Item Donations



After School Art Animal Shelter Collection
School Events:
Tuesday, 10/15: Read-A-Thon Forms & Money Due
Wednesday, 10/16: 9AM All School Mass
Wednesday, 10/30: 9AM All School Mass
Thursday, 10/31: Spirit Day; 2:15-3:20PM Classroom Halloween/ All Saints Parties
Friday, 11/1: NO SCHOOL – Teacher in Service