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

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Notes from the Principal

PRINCIPAL NOTES – February 15, 2019

PRINCIPAL NOTES – February 15, 2019 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL 5-2-1-0 St. Cecilia is pleased to announce that we have partnered with 5-2-1-0 as a Registered Site through the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. For more information, please see the attached documents....

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Principal Notes – February 8, 2019

PRINCIPAL NOTES – February 1, 2019 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Catholic Schools Week Update Even though Catholic Schools Week was interrupted by Mother Nature, it was still a great success. Thank you to our many volunteers, especially Sara Leto, Betsy Pyfferoen and...

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FACTS – Student Tuition Organization

FACTS - Student Tuition Organization The Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future School Tuition Organization (STO) and St. Cecilia School are pleased to once again provide tuition assistance ot qualifying families. New this year is families whose 2018 taxable income is at...

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New Tution Rates for 2019-2020

New School Tuition Rates 2019-2020 Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, St. Cecilia School will be changing tuition to a flat rate. The rate will be $3,000 per student, regardless of in or out of parish status or number of students per family attending the...

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Principal Notes – February 1, 2019

PRINCIPAL NOTES – January 25, 2019 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Update on Catholic Schools Week & Snow Days You will have until Monday morning by 9 a.m., February 4th, to bring in all your donations for the daily challenges. These donations are items for the Access...

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Principal Notes – January 25, 2019

PRINCIPAL NOTES – January 25, 2019 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL New School Tuition Rates 2019-2020 Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, St. Cecilia School will be changing school tuition to a flat rate. The Catholic rate will be $3000 per student, regardless of in or...

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Principal Notes – January 18, 2019

PRINCIPAL NOTES – January 18, 2019 Urgent...Early Dismissal today at 1:30 p.m. due to weather forecast and no school on Monday, January 21 (teacher inservice)... NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Catholic Schools Week 2019 - Sunday, January 27 to Saturday, February 2 Catholic...

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Principal Notes – January 11, 2019

PRINCIPAL NOTES – January 11, 2019 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Band Band lessons will resume on Friday, January 18, 2019. Hickory Park Community Benefit - January 20, 2019 Hickory Park will donate 20% of dinner sales accumulated by your elementary. Valid for Dining Room...

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Principal Notes – January 4, 2019

PRINCIPAL NOTES – January 4, 2019 NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL Band Band lessons will resume on Friday, January 18, 2019. FACTS - Student Tuition Organization The Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future School Tuition Organization (STO) and St. Cecilia School are pleased to...

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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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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, http://acpc-childcare.org.

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)

WHAT IS 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.

 

WANT TO LEARN MORE OR GET INVOLVED?

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 stcfsachair@gmail.com 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
2018-2019 TUITION AND LUNCH FEES

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 https://online.factsmgt.com/3Z9B0 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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLw8_p7iS0Y&feature=youtu.be


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 www.shopwithscrip.com (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 scrip@stceciliaschoolames.org

Click here for order form

Shop with Scrip Instructions

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