Feb 22, 2019

 REGISTRATION: IMPORTANT

Reminder that for all returning families, the registration fee will remain $50 per child up until March 15th. After March 15th, the registration fee will become $200 per child. This is so we have time to plan for staffing and materials. Save yourself some money, register now!

Also, the window for applying for aide to the Bishop Scholarship Fund opened on February 1 and you should have all your paperwork in by March 1st. You must first register for next year before applying for the Bishop Scholarship Fund. The Bishop Scholarship Fund is the number one way the Diocese supports families with economic challenges and are interested in a Catholic education.

SUMMER CAMP: 

Exciting news: on Thursday night the board approved a Pre-K through first grade Our Lady of Fatima Summer Camp.

The camp will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. The camp will offer daily athletic, arts and crafts, academic skills and game activities. The camp will be staffed by our own Mariah Conte, Patty O'Shea, Angelo Tsingerliotis, Kathleen Goodale, Trish Kaczmarek, and other guest staff. Details and registration forms will be sent home next week. It is going to be great. 

TAXES:

Tax season is coming, please remember that any money you pay for Pre-K, Kindergarten, or Afterschool does qualify as a child care expense. Please contact the office if you need a statement.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS: 

1. One thing that Our Lady of Fatima School should offer all our families is a strong sense of community and belonging. Clara Taveras, the Board School Events Chair, has some great plans for this spring.

- The first event is Casino Night which will be next week on Saturday, March 2nd. Casino Night will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and promises to be a blast.

Please RSVP and join us in the Parish Center and take time to enjoy some time with our Fatima community.

2. The first annual Fatima Scholastic Chess Tournament is coming to our school on Saturday, March 23rd. Stay tuned for more details. Go, Fatima Chess players!

 

TESTING: 

1. IOWA: From March 11 to March 26, our students in grades first through seventh will be taking their Iowa tests. These tests will give us additional information on how our students' scores compare with normed results of students from across the nation.

2. EXACT PATH: We live in the time of data informing instruction. All are students in grades 1-8 completed their second round of Exact Path testing in English Language Arts and Math. We are very happy with the gains our students are making and very happy with our Station Rotation model that provides personalized learning for our students.

 If you have any questions about any of our standardized testing, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

O'SHEA's LESSON:

I had a chance to visit Ms. O'Shea's class this week. Ms. O'Shea was teaching her third-grade students on the three different reasons authors write. She told her students that authors write to inform, persuade, or entertain.

Ms. O'Shea then had students identify who was telling the story. Students could identify whether the article was written in the first person, second person, or third person point of view. This is a concept that I don't think I understood until late middle school or high school. Bravo, third graders!

 

TYLER UGOLYN TOURNAMENT: 

Here are some final sights, sounds, and spirit of the recently concluded 12th Annual Tyler Ugolyn Tournament:

- On the last Friday evening of the tournament, Jon Pace provided a laser light show for the introduction of the Girls Varsity Team. The gym lights were turned off, laser lights flooded the gym ceiling and Jon did the team introductions over the sound system. This introduction was described best by Jerry Davis as, "Epic!"

- More teachers were seen on Friday evening cheering on their students. Mrs. Mancuso was here to cheer on the varsity girls and Mrs. Fontana was here with her children to cheer on our teams. Thank you to all the many teachers who came by the tournament.

- Congratulations to Mara Fleming and her Youth Group for collecting over 300 pairs of sneakers during the tournament. Bravo, Youth Group!

- Finally, it is time to start my diet as I gained weight eating the great food from the kitchen each night! Thanks again to all our kitchen helpers.

 

"SHOUT OUT I"

Kathryn Goodale. Ms. Goodale does a fantastic job every day teaching our kindergarten students. Ms. Goodale not only does an excellent job in teaching the vital decoding skills needed to be a good reader, and the vital math skills that are the basis for future math success, she does a wonderful job teaching good social skills. Social skills are a fundamental life skill. What is amazing about Ms. Goodale is that she has the same nurturing manner with her students, every single day of the school year. We are so fortunate to have Ms. Goodale teaching our kindergarten students. Bravo, Ms. Goodale!

 

 

COMING EVENTS:

February 26th - K-5 Kids Heart Challenge

February 27th - 3rd and 4th-grade trip to the Wilton Historical Society

February 28th - 5th-grade trip to the Wilton Historical Society

March 1st - First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Grade 6

March 2nd - Casino Night 6:30 to 9:30 in the Parish Center

March 11th - Lifetouch here for Yearbook candid pictures from 12-2:00

March 11-27th - Iowa testing window:

                    Grades 1, 3, and 5 - Iowa Cogat

                    Grades 2, 4, 6, and 7 Iowa Battery

March 15th - Registration amount changes for returning families

March 16th - St. Patrick's Day Dinner

March 23rd - Fatima Scholastic Chess Tournament (OLF gym)

March 29th - End of third quarter

April 5th - STEM Fair for grades 1-8

April 9th -School Board meeting, open to community 6-6:30 Religion Room

April 15-22nd - Spring Break

May 1st - National Jr. Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

May 10th - Teachers PD - No School

May 14th - School Board meeting, open to community 6-6:30 Religion Room

May 18th - Spring Play Sleeping Beauty at 3:00

School Gala at 7:00 p.m.

May 19th - Spring Play Sleeping Beauty at 3:00 p.m.

May 27th - Memorial Day - No School

May 30th - 8th-grade trip to Boston

June 7th - Last day of Pre-K

June 11th -School Board meeting, open to community 6-6:30 Religion Room

June 14th - Last day of school

June 14th - 8th-Grade graduation in the church at 7:00 p.m.

July 8-12 - Summer Basketball Camp

July 15-19 - Summer Basketball Camp

July 22-26 - Summer Basketball Camp

July 29-August 2nd - Summer Basketball Camp