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

Parent Resources

Notes from the Principal

Principal Notes – December 7, 2018

PRINCIPAL NOTES – December 7, 2018 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Congratulations to our "Keep Christ in Christmas" Contest Grand Knight Dave Baldus stands with winners of the "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest at St. Cecilia Church in Ames, Iowa. Front row: Mae...

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PRINCIPAL NOTES – November 30, 2018

PRINCIPAL NOTES – November 30, 2018 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Nation Day of Prayer Today is the National day of Prayer for Inclusion of People/Students with Disabilities and the Families Who Love Them. During our morning announcements this morning Mrs. Rooney read the...

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Principal Notes – November 16, 2018

PRINCIPAL NOTES – November 16, 2018 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL 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...

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Principal Notes – September 28, 2018

PRINCIPAL NOTES – September 28, 2018 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Greetings - The Internal Revenue Service has proposed new regulations that would limit the federal deductibility of individual donations to School Tuition Organizations (STOs) in Iowa. Donors to the STO...

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Principal Notes – September 21, 2018

PRINCIPAL NOTES – September 21, 2018 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL 2018 Read-A-Thon School Fundraiser! Dear Saint Cecilia Families, This year the FSA school fundraiser will be a Read-A-Thon. We hope the Read-A-Thon will be our main fundraiser, replacing the need for...

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Principal Notes – September 7, 2018

PRINCIPAL NOTES – September 7, 2018 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL 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...

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Principal Notes – August 24, 2018

PRINCIPAL NOTES – August 24, 2018 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Thank you! Thank you to Susan McNicholl for the adorable St. Cecilia School 'First Day of School' picture signs. They were a huge hit! Parent Drop Off & Pick Up Instructions Please see the attached diagram for...

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St. Cecilia School – Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year

August 1, 2018 Dear Parents, We are preparing for the upcoming for 2018-2019 school year. We look forward to the start of the upcoming year. Our starting time will remain at 8:25 a.m. this year and our dismissal times are 3:20 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and...

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2018-2019 PowerSchool eRegistration due July 29, 2018

Your 2018-2019 official registration is to be completed using PowerSchool e-registration. The window for completing this process is July 22-July 29, 2018.  We are sorry for the short window of time, however, PowerSchool doesn’t get rolled-over until mid-July. This...

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Ames Community Preschool Center (Before & After School Care)

St. Cecilia School has partnered with Ames Community Preschool Center (ACPC) to provide before and after school care at St. Cecilia School. If you are interested, please call ACPC at 515-233-2901 or view their website for additional information,

Archdiocese of Dubuque Policies
Durham School Services – Bus

Durham School Services/Busing 

New School Year:  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 in Ames by August 6, 2018 in order to be considered for busing starting August 23, 2018, the first day of school. Do not return the completed form to St. Cecilia School, it needs to be mailed or taken to Durham School Services. If you have any questions, please contact Durham School Services at #515-233-5421.

Changes During the School Year:  If you need to add or change your busing during the school year, please complete the form below and note/mark the change, then mail it or take it directly to Durham School Services, 1220 S. Bell Avenue in Ames. If you have any questions, please contact Durham School Services at #515-233-5421.

St. Cecilia 2018-19 Durham School Services Info
St. Cecilia 2018-19 Transportation Request Form


Family School Association (FSA)


FSA stands for Family School Association. FSA is an association organized by the families and teachers of St. Cecilia Catholic School. The FSA promotes family life in our school through family activities and projects that lead to the educational enhancement of our school. All school families are members of FSA. FSA relies on family dues and the money raised from fundraisers to provide events and other needs for the school. Some of these include: Trunk or Treating, Catholic Schools Week activities, Field Day, 5th grade bibles, books for each student at the book fair, and much more.



All parents are encouraged to attend meetings and share their ideas and find ways to get involved! If you have any questions or want to learn more, email or call Sara Leto at (515) 291-1664.

Sara Leto – FSA President

Betsy Pyfferoen – FSA Vice President

Katie Tjaden – FSA Treasurer

Alyssa Spicer – FSA Secretary

Emily Poss – FSA Hospitality/Outreach Coordinator

Financial Aid

Attached is a flyer showing our tuition assistance possibilities:
2018 How to make tuition affordable

The Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future School Tuition Organization (STO) and St. Cecilia School are pleased to once again provide tuition assistance to qualifying families. The STO program will be utilizing FACTS Management in Lincoln, NE to assist in determining the level of assistance to be awarded. FACTS Management has an application that all families need to complete to be considered for assistance. Your personal information will be held in the strictest confidence at all times. There is a $26 non-refundable processing fee for the online application which will be waived this year, thank you to the approval by our Catholic School Board. The FACTS application needs to be completed no later than March 28th. The application is available online at in both English and Spanish.

In addition to your completed application, you must include a copy of current wage and tax information. See attachment: “Grant & Aid Assessment” for specific requirements. Tax and wage documents can be scanned, faxed, or sent via U.S. mail postmarked no later than March 28th. We urge you to complete the materials early to allow time for notification of any missing/incomplete materials.
To assist you in completing the application, the FACTS call center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. at #1-866-441-4637. The FACTS online application also has a chat feature to assist parents available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. At St. Cecilia School, we are happy to assist you with the application process. A brief video about how to begin the application process can be found below.
2017 FACTS Parent Flyer FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

Local Tuition Assistance

Once you receive your award letter showing your PSAS assistance, and if this doesn’t meet your financial needs for the school year, you may apply for our Local Tuition Assistance.  Please complete the attached application and return it to the school or parish office.  All information is confidential.
Local Tuition Assistance Form Page One
Local Tuition Assistance Form Page Two

If you have any questions, please contact the school office at #515.232.5290.


Lands’ End Spirit Wear

Lands’ End offers a 16% rebate and once we order a certain amount of clothing, the school also receives cash back.  Lands’ End SCRIP can also be used at Sears and Kmart.  It’s a win-win deal.

Lands End Instructions (scroll down for second page)

Click the logo below to go to the site. 300x73_spirit_wear_wdg

School Board Policies
School Tuition Organization (STO)
Scrip Information

What is Scrip? Scrip comes in the form of gift certificates to many local and national businesses. St. Cecilia is able to order the gift certificates at a discount and sell them at face value. This results in a winning situation for all involved as the business and school/faith formation programs both make money.   Tuition Credit The St. Cecilia Board of Education approved that 50% of the scrip profits generated by your family can be designated as you wish (school tuition, faith formation tuition, or tuition assistance).  The other half of the profits are used to support the education programs at St. Cecilia. This is a great way to support the school and faith formation programs and get tuition credit as well.   How to Get Scrip


  1. Place your order online at (see link below if you are registering online for the first time).  You may also complete a paper order form (see link below).
  2. Place order by 9:00 A.M. on any Monday. Certificates will be ready by that Friday.
  3. Tuition credit will automatically accumulate and be credited to the designated account quarterly.

If you have any questions concerning the scrip program, please contact our coordinators at

Click here for order form

Shop with Scrip Instructions