Family Newsletter ~ December 5, 2019
Updated: Jul 17
Celebrating St. Nick
We hope all school families will join us tomorrow evening for our St. Nick event. It promises to be a fun night with pictures with St. Nick, crafts, and milk and cookies. This event also serves as a sort of open house, so please feel free to share this invitation with friends and other family members.
Christmas Concert Preparations
We are in the midst of busy concert preparations. Our concerts are scheduled for 12/12 at Ecumen Senior Housing and 12/19 at the Church of St. Philip. It is important that children be in attendance both evenings. The concerts are at 6:30 both evenings and at 1:30 on 12/19 as well. Students are asked to dress up.
As you begin holiday baking, we ask that you reserve a couple dozen cookies to use for the receptions on 12/19. The variety of treats always makes for a special celebration. Given the special circumstances, we do not require peanut-free treats. We ask you to bring these to the school or kitchen at the church on Wednesday 12/18 or Thursday 12/19.
Each family will be receiving a letter this week to update you on the status of your fundraising requirement. It is important that everyone do their part and raise the $1300 that was part of the contractual agreement.
In January we will begin selling raffle tickets for the Catholic United Financial Schools Raffle. This is a terrific way to work toward your goal because we receive 100% of the funds made through ticket purchases.
School Committee and Marketing Meetings
Both committees will be meeting tonight for our monthly gathering. We will be discussing budgeting for 2020-2021, so feel free to pass along any considerations to a committee member or me.
Once again I am looking for a couple of parents who would be willing to sell Scrip after the 10:30 Mass the next couple of weekends. Please let me know asap if you will be able to do it. Thank you!
Thanks to all who completed the 2020-2021 surveys regarding preschool and 6th grade planning. At this time, we are still in the process of prayerfully discerning the best course of action. I met with the LSD superintendent Beckie Simenson and MS principal Chelsea Brown last week regarding the 6th grade option. There is a willingness to work with us and try to develop a shared experience for 6th grade. My hope is that our students would be here at the SoSP for core classes and they would go to LMS for specialist classes. We still have many questions to be answered. We anticipate having a meeting in early January during which district personnel will be available to help answer questions.
Each of the classrooms is conducting an Advent Angel program now during the Advent season. We continue to encourage the children to DO STUFF rather than GIVE STUFF. Please continue to remind your children to be praying for each other as well. A final gift (about $5) will be given at our parties on 12/20. Keep this in mind as you do holiday shopping.
Just a reminder to start bringing in food shelf birthday bags in the next couple of weeks. Details about this service project went home earlier this week.
Next Friday we will spend the whole day at St. Philip Church for our retreat day. Please make note of this if your children walk or are driven to school. Hicks buses will pick up and drop off there. It promises to be a great day!
We are still in need of some adults to help lead station activities. The materials will be ready for you—we just need someone to be there to manage a few students at a time. This is planned for 12:30-2:30. Please let me know if you can help.
Ecumen Concert and Parent Social
Next Thursday 12/12 is the first of our 2 concerts. Students are asked to arrive at the school at 6 pm. They will then walk over to Ecumen with their teachers. Since there isn’t enough room for our parents to attend the concert, you are invited to join us for the parent social at the school. Students should dress up for the concert.
Rescue Squad Calendars: A Message from Ms. Zuehl
As a part of my community involvement, I joined the Litchfield Rescue Squad. Since joining the rescue squad we have been involved in supporting the community in times of need. We also support numerous organizations with the proceeds from various fundraising activities. Some of these funds help defer the costs associated with the services we provide to the community.
One of our fundraising efforts includes the sales of promotional calendars. The calendars are available for $20 each. There is a chance that you could win $300, $100 or $20. The proceeds from the sale of these calendars will provide the Rescue Squad with the funds necessary to keep our efforts moving forward. If you would like to support the Litchfield Rescue Squad, calendars are available at our school for purchase. Please see Ms. Zuehl or Mrs. Roers to purchase one.