Newsletter for March 22, 2019

 
 
IMPORTANT BUSINESS
 
GROWING OUR COMMUNITY:
(A) I am very excited to announce the "REFER A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT" CONTEST."  
 
Father Reggie has graciously offered to donate ONE (1) year of Tuition for one student, to the current Fatima family who generates the most referrals that register at our school by June 1, 2019, and attend in fall 2019.
 
How it works:
1. Simply refer a prospective family to Fatima.
 
2. Let Mrs. Favier know the names of your referrals for tracking.
 
3. Your family will receive contest credit for every referred student that registers by 6/1/19 and attends in fall 2019.
 
4. You can tell prospective families that school tours and shadow days are available by appointment OR encourage them to come to our Sunday, April 28th Open House.   Remember, current families and students are Fatima's best ambassadors.
 
(B) TAKE A SIGN: 
To help with our marketing efforts, I have new lawn signs to place in front of your home. New families tell us that seeing these signs is a very powerful factor in visiting our school.
 
TAXES:
Tax season is here, please remember that any money you pay for Pre-K, Kindergarten, or Afterschool does qualify as a childcare expense. Please contact the office if you would like a financial statement.
 
IOWA Exams 3/11-26th:
- 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.
- If you have any questions about any of our standardized testing, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
 
EVENTS
 
CASINO NIGHT NEW DATE 4/6:
Casino Night is now Saturday, April 6th, from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in the Parish Center.  
 
This is your Chance for an Evening of Fun with the Fatima Parish and School Community! Admission: $40 per person. Light fare, beer & wine included.  Adults only.
 
With your Admission, each person will receive $200 of Casino Cash play money, one Raffle Ticket, and two beverage tickets.   Use your Casino Cash throughout the night to test your skills at popular table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold'em and more!  Want a bigger stake? You can purchase additional Casino Cash throughout the evening!  
 
At the end of the night, it's time to cash out! For every $200 in Casino Cash you hold, you'll receive one Raffle Ticket.  Drop your Raffle Tickets in the baskets of your choice for a chance to win great prizes!  
 
Get Lucky and RSVP by March 25th to  olfcasinonight@gmail.com. 
 
STEM FAIR: 
We have a new date and time for our Annual STEM Fair for grades 1st-8th.
 
It will now be held Monday, April 8th between 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
 
We hope this way, at the end of the day, more parents will have a chance to see the students' work.
 
 
SPORTS AWARD DINNER 5/24: 
This is a "must attend "evening as we honor all Fatima athletes and Chess Team members. Please mark your calendar. More details to follow soon.
 
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE DAY
 
APRIL PIZZA FRIDAYS
As a fundraiser, the 8th-graders are selling Pizza from Pinocchio's Restaurant every Friday in April in place of hot lunch.
 
Since this is a fundraiser for the 8th grade, pizza orders should be made (and paid for) separately from the rest of your lunch order. 
 
A flyer will be sent home about this next week.
 
GREAT IDEAS & FUN IN GRADES 1/2
It was a special class in "Dr. Berrios' room" Thursday afternoon. The students became doctors and performed "Contraction Surgery."
 
During this "Contraction Surgery, "students worked at "operating tables" and wore surgical masks.  This surgery involved letter removal, followed by apostrophe replacement.
 
I am happy to report that all the words operated on survived and successfully became contractions. Great idea, Dr. Berrios
 
 
PENNY WAR:
1-2-3-4 We declare a Penny War! March Madness is here and now we have a winner to this competition: Congratulations to Team Grade 3 & 4!  First Place gets them three days of Dress Down Privilege.  The race was so tight, a Second Place prize was awarded to Team 5th Grade for pulling in the most pennies, despite being sabotaged with nearly $82.  They will get a prize of two Dress Down Privilege days 
 
In all, the kids raised almost $700.00 for the school. Well done and thank you!
 
 
 
ENRICHMENT
 
MENTORING PROGRAM:
Our pilot Mentoring Program is beginning. We had the second week of training the mentors with one more to follow, and then we will have them start meetings with their mentees. 
 
CROSS COUNTRY!
Cross Country practice started this week.  Registration forms can be found outside Mrs. Favier's office, and will soon be on this website to download. 
 
We are looking forward to another great season. Come join the Fatima Cross Country team - all levels of experience (or lack of) are welcome!
 
 
FATIMA CHESS TOURNAMENT 3/23:
The first Annual Fatima Chess Tournament was a busy day but a fantastic success. 
 
This is the first time the school has hosted a tournament and we had players from all over CT, including the Chess Club from St. Joe's in Brookfield. 
 
We are happy to mention our event was shared with Members of the USCF (U.S. Chess Federation), Coventry CT Chess Club, Eastern CT Chess Association, and CT Chess Magazine.
 
Thank you to all who made this event possible, especially our coaches from Team Dig USA (Dan, Erin, and Colin).  We look forward to our next tournament.
 
 
 
SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS
Looking for some great summer programs for your child. We are proud to offer two great programs.
 
 
SUMMER PRIMARY PROGRAM - PRE K, K, 1ST:
Information on the Pre-K, K, and First grade Summer Primary Program was sent home today. Thanks for our patience.
 
The Primary Program will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. It will offer daily athletic, arts and crafts, academic skills and game activities.
 
The program will be staffed by our own Mariah Conte, Patty O'Shea, Angelo Tsingerliotis, Kathleen Goodale, Trish Kaczmarek, and other guest staff.
 
Finally, the Summer Primary Program will cost a very reasonable $275 per week.
 
SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP:
Sign-up has begun for our summer basketball camp.
 
It is a basketball camp that focuses on skills and fun and will run for four weeks beginning the week of July 9th. It is run by Coach Joe Vazzari from Trinity Catholic and staffed by OLF alumni. The camp runs from 9:00 to 3:00 each day and the cost is $250 per week.
 
Please contact Linda Sweeny at 203-434-3441 at lindasweeny@icloud.com with questions or to register.
 
 
 
"SHOUT OUT I"
 
Susan Schneider and Carla Quigg.  We all come to school every day knowing that we are in good hands because our school is covered by one of these two great school nurses! Being a school nurse is a noble calling. On a daily basis, you will find them conferencing with parents about health-related issues, dispersing prescribed medication, answering questions, and offering our students TLC and emotional support. Thank you, Susan and Carla, for all you do to keep us healthy, happy, and safe!
 
"SHOUT OUT II"
 
Kathleen Rooney, Patty O'Shea, Liz Fontana, Diane Favier, Rebecca Gammardello, Trisha Kaczmarek and Rose Highland. The idea of the Penny Wars was enjoyed by all our students. But I, of course, forgot an important detail like who would actually count all these coins when we were done. These wonderful staff members came forward to volunteer to count the coins which included a total of 21,294 pennies. Bravo! (I do not think any of them want to see a penny any time soon.)
 
 
COMING EVENTS:
 
March 23rd - Chess Tournament here at our school
March 29th - End of third quarter marking period
April 8th - Science and STEM Fair for grades 1-8 between 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
April 6th - Casino Night - new date!
April 9th - School Board meeting open to the community between 6:00 and 6:30 in the school's Religion Room
April 10th - Stations of the Cross by the 7th-graders
April 15th - April 22 - Spring Break
April 28 - Open House 1:00 to 3:00
May 1st - National Jr. Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
May 6- May 9th - Book Fair
May 10th - Teachers PD - No School
May 14th - School Board meeting open to the community between 6:00 and 6:30 in the school's 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 23rd - Sports Award Dinner
May 27th - Memorial Day - No School
May 30th - 8th-grade trip to Boston
June 5th - Pre-K/Kindergarten Graduation at 1:30 p.m.
June 7th - Last day of Pre-K
June 7th - Spring Concert at 1:15 p.m.
June 10th - June 14th - First session of the Summer Primary Program ( Just for Pre-K)
June 11th - School Board meeting open to the community between 6:00 and 6:30 in the school's Religion Room
June 14th - 8th-Grade graduation in the church at 7:00 p.m.
June 17th - Last day of school for K-8.
June 17th- June 28th -Second session of the Summer Primary Program
July 1st - July 12th - Third session of the Summer Primary Program
July 8-12 - Summer Basketball Camp
July 15th to July 26th - Fourth session of the Summer Primary Program
July 15-19 - Summer Basketball Camp
July 22-26 - Summer Basketball Camp
July 29th - August 9th -Fifth session of the Summer Primary Program
July 29 - August 2nd - Summer Basketball Camp
August 12th - August 16th - Last session of the Summer Primary Program
 
And Finally:
 I know it is still cold and rainy outside but I also know it is spring. How do I know? Because Cross-Country has started practice! Thanks again to our great Coaches, AMBER Pace and Joanne Salageanu!