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

PRINCIPAL NOTES – September 7, 2018


School Pictures – September 11th

Please look for your school picture order form in your child’s Friday folder. Pete Tekippe Photography will be taking our class pictures on the morning of September 11th. The 4-year-old preschool class students may come in that morning (8-11 a.m.) to have their pictures taken or may have their pictures taken on the retake day when they will be in session.

Please make sure your child brings back their school picture order form, even if they are not placing an order as this saves on many phone calls home. If you are not placing an order, please just put your child’s name and ‘no order’ on the form. All order forms can be returned to your child(ren)’s teacher on September 10th or the morning on September 11th. All students who have a picture taken will receive a class composite picture.

If you wish your child to wear their Sunday best or another outfit, other than their school uniform, please have them come dressed for pictures and send their uniform in their backpack to change into immediately following.

Tornado and Fire Drills

We have been completing the mandatory tornado and fire drills and have three more this school year. If your child expresses any concerns about the drills, please take the opportunity to discuss with them that they are only drills. It may be a good time to rehearse these drills at home while the students are doing the same here at school.

St. Cecilia Facebook and Website

I wanted to remind everyone of the Facebook presence that St. Cecilia School has; St. Cecilia Catholic School Ames Iowa and on the Web:

You can add us by liking on our Web page. If you have not accessed the school Web page please take time to check our page out. We use the page for the principal notes but you can also access other information about the school on our page. I hope you find the time to visit the site and explore the information. Please note that we are in the process of making sure all information is updated. Please let use know if we need to add items to the page and we will explore if that is possible to add.

Archdiocese Twitter and Facebook

Did you know that the Archdiocese of Dubuque offers Twitter and Facebook accounts for your access? Please visit the Archdiocese website to access the links for the accounts:

Safe Environment Training for Volunteers

ALL background checks and safe environment training are now online through CMG (Catholic Mutual Group) at with the exception of one form — see below under NEW Employee and Volunteers.

CURRENT Staff and Volunteers
(anyone who has previously completed the VIRTUS training)

All will be required to be “Retrained” by completing the Safe Environment online video through CMG (Catholic Mutual Group). This will replace the Virtus training and monthly bulletins.

If you already have a CMG account (ie: from safe driver training) use that account. If not, use the following user name and password. User name: firstname.lastname.aod (ex: joe.smith.aod) Password: 1234 (suggest resetting on first login)

Go to to complete the retraining.

Please complete this training by September 28, 2018.

Retraining is for anyone who is currently active AND has had a background check previously completed.

NEW Employees and Volunteers

All will be required to go to the link: There, they will be able to set up a new account, complete the online safe environment training and enter their personal information for a background check AND they will have to complete 1 form, the DHS “Authorization for Release of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Information”. Please complete by September 28, 2018.

The need for the one form is a very recent change because Iowa DHS had previously approved online access for to check the abuse registries, however, now is only allowing manual submission. is continuing to work with DHS and we hope this is only temporary.

The completed DHS Authorization for Release of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Information should be completed and returned to the school office by September 28, 2018.

Authorization for Release of Child and Dependent Adult Info


Sara E. Rooney, Principal


Physical Education volunteers needed

Mrs. DuBois is in need of a few volunteers on September 17-18 in the mornings and right after lunch to help her during our fishing unit. You don’t need to know anything about fishing, just need to be able to assist with management and untangling lines. Please e-mail Mrs. DuBois at if you are able to help out. Thanks!

Family School Association Information

Please see the attached sheet for information about St. Cecilia’s Family School Association (FSA). This sheet explains more about FSA, how to be involved, and how FSA dues and fundraisers support the events and items FSA provides throughout the year. Please note that FSA dues are $10 per child and can be sent to school with your child. Checks can be written to St. Cecilia FSA. There is also information about the opportunity for school families to advertise their businesses in the school directory.

FSA Information 2018


What is Scrip? Scrip is a term that means “substitute money”. At St. Cecilia, scrip is gift certificates to many local and national businesses. Scrip is also the name of a national, on-going fund raising program used to distribute business donations to non-profit organizations. Organizations like St. Cecilia purchase gift certificates from businesses at a discount and then sell them to their supporters at face value.

Example: 1) St. Cecilia purchases a $10 gift certificate from Hickory Park for $9.

2) St. Cecilia sells the $10 gift certificate to the Smith Family for $10, making a $1 (10%) profit.

3) The Smith Family uses the gift certificate just like cash at Hickory Park, redeeming the certificate for $10 in food.

Therefore, Hickory Park donated $1 to St. Cecilia Education, thanks to the Smith Family’s purchase. Hickory Park is happy because they received increased business and advertising. The Smith Family is happy because they received $10 in food from their $10 certificate which generated a $1 donation to St. Cecilia Education with no out-of-pocket expense to them. (They would have gone to Hickory Park and spent $10 anyways.) St. Cecilia is happy to receive the donation to support their education programs. You can also chose to use 50% of the profits to help pay your school or faith formation tuition. Everyone wins! Please see the attached for more details. Scrip has started taking orders again on Monday mornings, so please turn your order into the school office by 9 a.m.

SCRIP Participation Form New (1)

Scrip Information (2)

Scrip Family order form.xlsx – Final (1) 01-17

School Events

Tuesday, September 11: 8am-1pm School Pictures

Wednesday, September 12: 9AM All School Mass

Wednesday, September 19: 9AM All School Mass

Wednesday, September 26: 9AM All School Mass

Other Opportunities

Ames Foreign Language Program

Would you like to learn beginning Chinese, French or Spanish? If so, please review the attached flyer for more details. Please send completed form to the address shown on the form, not back to the school.

Ames Foreign Language Program

Cardinal Gymnastics – Free Gym

Cardinal Gymnastics is hosting a free gym time for anyone on Sunday, September 9th starting at 1:30 p.m. For more information, please check out their Facebook or Website.

Chess Utophia

St. Cecilia School Chess Club will begin on September 11th and will held on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Anthony Swindell, Ph#847-668-1069,

Chess Club Registration – Anthony Swindell (1)

Iowa Heart Volleyball

The attachment is the Iowa Heart Volleyball Association flyer for 4th through 6th graders volleyball clinics.

Marty Miller, Home phone: 292-7113, Email:

Iowa Heart Volleyball

Join Cub Scout Pack 159! Now for Boys AND Girls!!!

Boys and Girls ages 5-11 or grades K-5 are welcome to join our adventure. Make new friends, discover new adventures, and enjoy the outdoors.

Upcoming Pack 159 events…All are welcome to come and meet the pack and sign-up at any of the events:

Pack 159 Cub Scout family orientation/Q&A/Sign-up

When: Sept. 7th – 6:30pm-7:30PM

Location: Daley Park – Daley Park – 340 Wilder Blvd, Ames, IA 50014

Pack 159 Welcome Picnic

When: Sept. 9th – 4-6PM

Location: Hawthorn Shelter River Valley Park 725 E 13th St, Ames, IA 50010

If you have any questions contact Cubmaster: Tim Read #515-451-1684

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.