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

We are excited for our 2019-2020 school year and have started preparing for the return of our awesome students and to welcome our new students soon! Here’s some back to school news to keep you in the loop:

New Teachers
We would like to welcome our new teachers; Rachel Eash and Karen Fitzsimmons.

Rachel Eash will be our new preschool teacher. She is a Central College graduate and comes to us from ISU Childcare at Vet Med where she most recently taught Prep-K. She is very active in her home parish.

For those of you who haven’t heard, Lisa Teske accepted a position with Ames Public Schools after the 2018-2019 school year ended.

Karen Fitzsimmons will be our new art teacher. She is from Pella and is an experienced art teacher who will be teaching at St. Luke’s in Ankeny as well. She is also very active in her home parish.

PowerSchool eRegistration & FACTS Tuition Management
This message is only for those who have NOT completed these steps yet. If you have, thank you. If you haven’t completed these, please do so by August 1st if possible. These are considered our official registration as these steps are required by each school and preschool family. If you have any questions, please contact the school office asap. 

Step 1:

  • See PowerSchool E-Registration Parent Guide and follow steps (also included are instructions for adding a student to existing account and setting alerts)
  • New families, your login/password is on the label at the bottom of the letter mailed to your home early June. Please note you need to ‘Create an Account’ and not use the ‘Login.’ If you cannot find this letter, please email Lois Vidimos to ask to have your login/password emailed back to you.
  • Returning families, you should have your login/password from prior year.  If you don’t remember, there’s a link under PowerSchool, “Having trouble signing in?” for you to request this information.

Step 2:

Every preschool and school family will need to set up a FACTS account as we will bill tuition and fees (FSA Dues & Fieldtrip fees) through FACTS starting next school year.

  1. Go to:
  2. If you already have a FACTS account through the Student Tuition Organization (STO), you will use the same sign on and will see a separate tab ‘Payment Plan & Billing.’
  3. If you do not have a FACTS STO account already, please ‘create an account.’
  4. Upon signing in or creating an account, you will go through a set up process which will include adding your students and picking a payment plan option.
  5. After completing this process, your account will be ‘pending.’
  6. The office will receive notice and enter your 2019-2020 tuition/fees to ‘finalize’ your account, then your payment will start on the date you selected.

Americorps Reading Corps Tutor Needed
We are still looking for someone to serve as an Americorps Reading Corps tutor at St. Cecilia for the 2019-2020 school year. For questions or if you are interested in applying, please contact Sara Rooney at 515-232-5290 or at Thank you!  

Ames Community Preschool Center – Before & After School Care
If you haven’t signed up for ACPC childcare yet and need to do so, please see the attached form for sign up instructions. Please complete this asap. Thank you.

Durham School Services – Bus 
If you haven’t signed up for busing to and/or from school and need to do so, please complete the attached form and return it to Durham School Services (address on form) by August 1st to be considered for busing on the first day of school. Please take the completed form to Durham School Services and not St. Cecilia School. Thank you.

Hot Lunch

  1. Free & Reduced Application: Attached is two letters and the application for free and reduced hot lunch. Please complete the application and return it to the school office to be considered for free or reduced lunches. The reduced price is $0.40 per day.
  2. Prepay: In our FACTS Tuition Management information, we talked about the ‘prepay’ lunch option that would be opening up on August 1st. After further review, this new ‘prepay’ option is not going to be a good option for us to use at this time. Therefore, we will not be using it. 
    You can still pay by cash or check in the school office. If paying by check, please make payable to ‘St. Cecilia Hot Lunch.’ The student lunch costs are:$3.55 per day, $71.00 per month or $639.00 per school year. Each lunch includes one milk. Extra milks are $0.50 each. 
    Remember to set your alert on PowerSchool, so you’ll be emailed once your child’s balance goes below a certain amount. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Cowles at or call #515-232-5290. Thank you.

Open House & Ice Cream Social – August 21
We hope to see you at our come-and-go Open House & Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 21, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the St. Cecilia Education Center. Please bring in your child(ren)’s school supplies (or if pre-ordered through EPI, they will be in the classroom for you), find their classroom, meet their teacher and end the evening enjoying an ice cream treat provided by our wonderful Family School Association.

First Day of School (K-5) – August 23
Our first day of K-5 school will be Friday, August 23, from 8:25 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Please note that we do not follow other districts’ schedules for back to school or conference weeks. Class rosters will hopefully be posted on Friday, August 16, as long as all PowerSchool eRegistration and FACTS Tuition Management requirements have been completed by all families to verify enrollment. We need to verify all enrollment before posting the class rosters.

Parish Affiliation Form – Please complete by August 15th
We will need your help to complete this quick survey regarding your parish affiliation. Since our tuition is now only Catholic or Non-Catholic, we will need some additional information on parish affiliation for reports, etc. Thank you for your help.

Family School Association (FSA) News
Need your help please: FSA will be hosting an Ice Cream Social during the Open House on Wednesday, August 21. This is a come & go event from 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
We could use your help to make this a successful event. Please sign up to provide an ice cream topping and help set-up, serve, or clean-up at the event. Please bring the toppings to the Multipurpose Room by 5:00 on August 21 or drop off at the school office earlier in the day. We need several volunteers to help at this event. Please sign up for a shift if possible.

Ice Cream Social Sign Up  

Trivia Night – August 23
FSA is hosting Trivia Night at the Ames Golf & Country Club on August 23rd. Please see the attached flyer for reservation details (please note date on flier should read August 23, 2019).

Thank you!    Sara Leto, FSA President

All School Mass followed by New M/P Room Mural Reception
You are welcome to join our All School Masses anytime throughout the school year. They are held most Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the church. 
Our first All School Mass is staff run and will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28. After Mass, we invite you back to our multi-purpose (M/P) room for the unveiling of our new mural designed by Tim Read. We will have cookies and refreshments. 

First Day of Preschool – September 3
Our first day of preschool classes will be on September 3. Our 3-year-old morning class will meet from 8:15-11 a.m and our 3/4-year-old afternoon class will meet from 12:30-3:15 p.m. We’re excited to see you soon!

We can’t wait to see everyone again and start the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions about this information or the school year, please feel free to contact one of the school office staff below. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Sara Rooney, Principal

Lois Vidimos, Administrative Assistant

Dawn Cowles, Office Assistant

Phone #515-232-5290 (please note that we are having some phone issues, so if you can’t get through, please email us)

PowerSchool eRegistration Parent Instructions updated 5-29-19
Powerschool email notifications and alerts
ACPC Glimpse 2019
2019-2020 St. Cecilia-Durham School Services Bus Form
F R Hot Lunch Application Parent Letter part 1
2019-2020 Iowa Application for Free and Reduced price School Meals-Milk-Final-PDF with three fillable cells
Trivia night flier August 2019 (7)