Principal’s Newsletter- April 13, 2016

New Global Outreach Partnership in Peru

This week we made our first connection with the Mary Bloom Center in Puno, Peru, our new focus for global outreach. The Mary Bloom Center is a mission founded in 1994 by Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Phillip Bloom. The center bears the name of Fr. Bloom’s mother and shares her values of faith, family and children. At the Mary Bloom Center, local underserved families receive food, medicine, medical treatments, supplies, and educational scholarships. In addition, the center features a tutoring program established in the memory of Fr. Bloom’s nephew, Maj. Bob Lindenau who served in the US Army in Afghanistan where he was killed in action. The Bob Lindenau Tutoring Program provides education and food to 60+ students each year. The St. Monica students and staff will begin working together to assist in the mission of the Mary Bloom Center. Two immediate goals are fundraising and starting a pen pal program with the tutoring program children. We are excited about this new opportunity to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

ITBS Scores on Our Website

The fall 2015 scores are available on our website HERE. The scores have revealed gains in virtually every grade and multiple subject areas. For the second year in a row, our students have made excellent gains in math. St. Monica students consistently score above grade level, and 61 of the 114 students who tested last fall scored 95% percent or higher in at least one subject area.

Spring Flower Fundraiser ends this week

Spring Flower order deadline has been extended until tomorrow, 4/14.  We need your flower quantities to place the order and checks can be dropped off by Friday. Check out the selections from Squak Mountain HERE!   Remember, 50% of your sales will apply to your fundraising obligations for the 2015-16 school year. Mixed Bags order forms are due by Monday, April 18.

Spirit Week- April 18-22

Who’s got Spirit? We’ve got Spirit! Yes, we do! Spirit Week is next week! We look forward to seeing our students show their spirit by dressing up in the themes of the day chosen by our 8th grade leaders. Themes for the week: Monday- Rock-n-Roll, Tuesday- Super Hero, Wednesday- Crazy Hair, Thursday- Sports Day and Friday- Service Projects for Earth Day.  Students wear uniforms on Friday for Mass and then will complete a project as a class around the school/parish grounds. Friday is noon dismissal.

Upcoming Events

The Father & Daughter Dance was a big hit this past Friday night. We had over a 100 Dads and Daughters here at our dance extravaganza!

Our next family event is Bingo & BBQ on Friday, April 29, from 6-8 pm. Join us for dinner, BINGO and great community fun! Bingo Flyer

Mother & Son Kickball, Sunday, May 1, from 3-5 pm. Mark your calendars for this epic event on the lower field. There will be a snow cone truck, hot dogs and more! Cost is $20 per couple and $10 each additional son, drop off your payment and form in the envelope at the school office. Mom/Son Flyer

Thank you, Shelley Helms, Leslie Lawrence, Christina Graham, Tami Luger and Shelley Lumaco for organizing these fun events!

School Supply Kit Program

We are excited to announce the SchoolKidz, Teacher Tailored School Supply Kit Program as an easy way for parents to purchase back-to school supplies. Ordering info will be coming soon. Make sure to place your order during the sale to take advantage of this great service! This program will save you time and make back-to-school shopping more convenient. SchoolKidz offers brand name products in their kits such as Crayola®, Fiskar’s®, Elmer’s®, Staples®, and more. Best of all, the kits contain items that have been specifically requested by our teachers for each grade. You can see a sample of what one of these kits looks like HERE. We believe you will find the pricing to be very reasonable and comparable to what you would spend when driving around from store to store during the back-to-school rush.

Science Fair- May 24 & 25

Love Science? We do, too! We will be holding our annual Science Fair on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30-7:30pm in the Gym, and Wednesday, May 25, for classes to tour.  All grades 5-8 will be participating, and optional participation is encouraged for grades PreK-4.  Please turn in the Science Fair Registration by Monday, May 2, to your homeroom teacher. Science Fair projects are due Tuesday, May 24, in the gym, before school starts (7:45-8:10am). Please contact Mrs. Schneider or Mrs. Malone with any questions.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Anca

St. Monica, pray for us!