November 27, 2019

While Thanksgiving is a very unique American holiday with a long tradition, the idea of giving thanks is a universal sentiment. G.K. Chesterton was a very prolific English writer and Catholic apologetic at the beginning of the 20th Century. G. K. Chesterton was a great believer in the family as the foundation for society and he accurately predicted the stresses and attacks on the family because of modern society. He is sometimes referred to as the "Apostle of Common Sense" and is known for his many very fascinating insights.
  • On Tuesday, November 19, we had an important meeting with Bishop Caggiano and Dr. Steve Cheeseman, Superintendent of the Bridgeport Catholic Schools, updating them on our school. The issues discussed at the meeting included our multi-age classroom model, our personalized instruction, our fall fundraising efforts, our enrollment picture, and our 2019/2020 budget. All was received positively by Bishop Caggiano and Dr. Cheeseman.
  • Our Student Government and Mrs. Highland raised $321 for Hurricane Dorian relief through the selling of Beanie Babies. Who knew that Beanie Babies could do so much good? Way to go Mrs. Highland and Student Government!
  • The Christmas season is the time for giving and we have a number of important charities starting this season.
    • The Student Government is collecting in the main lobby for Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.  
    • New this year we are also joining forces with Al's Angels. Al's Angels collects and distributes toys for children in the tristate area that are battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and severe financial hardship. You can purchase a new toy and drop off at one of the collection boxes in the main hall. The flier is attached.
                                                 Al's Angels Flyer
  • On the school front, I am very pleased to announce that for one period on Friday afternoons, for three weeks, our 8th-graders will have a special guest speaker teaching wellness strategies. The speaker is former OLF parent, Simmi Narula.  Ms. Narula is finishing her Doctorate in psychiatric Nursing and is interested in the area of teaching children proactive coping strategies for stress. She started with the students last week and I spoke to one of the students after class. He told me that "I have stress in my life from a lot of things. It is good that she came." I plan on having Ms. Narula continue teaching additional grade levels these important wellness coping skills.
  • The next time you're in our lobby, please check out the new bulletin board entitled, "Symmetry and Insects." It is a fascinating art study. Bravo, Mrs. Jovic and Mrs. Highland!
  • How crazy is Fatima about basketball? We now have a five-foot hoop in the Pre-K playground! Thank you for your donation, Caitlan, and Marie Kennedy! 
  • New fundraising initiative: we are going to be selling Dress Down coupons to our students for days before the holidays and for St. Patrick's Day. The Dress Down coupons days for sale started today  Nov. 27, and then are on December 20, February 12th, March 17, and April 8th. The cost is $40 for the block of five days or $10 for each individual day. Please see Mrs. Favier in the office to make your purchase.
  • Are you keeping track of your 20 service hour commitment? Forms can be found outside of Diane's office.
  • Attention room parents - we have an important, and only, meeting of the year on December 4 th to plan for coming activities. The meeting will take place at Something Specials at 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars. 
  • Reminder: I am asking that all regular morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups to take place through the back door.  This is both a safety consideration and courtesy consideration since we do not have adequate parking in front of the school for all parents. This leaves the front door with its limited parking for just emergencies and unusual situations. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation.

"Shout Out I"
Carmel Bowron. We had a jam-packed lobby Monday afternoon as 457 Thanksgiving pies arrived and were picked up by parents. As you know, Carmel was the driving force behind this fundraising initiative that raised $3,300 for our school. Besides this initiative, Carmel gives back to our school in many ways: she is an important member of our Marketing Committee, a major contributor to our Fatima families' Facebook page, a member of the Athletic Committee, and was a chaperone at our recent middle school dance. Where would we be without you, Carmel?
November 28/29 - Thanksgiving Break
December 2 through December 19 - Christmas globe Sale
December 2-19 8th-grade candy gram Sale
December 4 - Room Parent meeting at Something Special at 7:00 p.m.
December 5 - Palestinian Luncheon by 7th-graders
                        Athletic Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m.
December 9 - No school - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 10 - BOE meeting 
December 11 - 8th-grade to Broadway Play/Pre-K through first-grade to Rudolph
December 12 - GingerBread houses on sale from the 4/5 team
December 13 - Christmas Show
December 14 - Family Christmas Party
December 17 - Youth Group caroling at Brookdale Senior Living
December 19 - Staff Christmas Luncheon
December 20 - 11:30 dismissal and no after school program
December 23 - January 1 - Christmas Holidays
January 6 - January 17 -Midterm exams for middle school students
January 14th - Sodality Animal Encounter activity
January 17- End of the second semester
January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No school
January 23- February 10 Tyler Ugolyn Basketball Tournament
January 26 - February 1 - Catholic Schools Week
February 13/14/17 Winter Break
February 21 - Restaurant Night
March 9th through March 27th - Iowa testing period 
March 14 - St. Patrick's Day Dinner
March 13 - Youth Group Stations of the Cross
March 17 -  St. Patrick's Day - Green bagel sale for 8th-grade class
March 27 - Last day of winter uniforms
March 27 - End of the third semester
March 28 - Youth Group Stations of the Cross
March 30 - First day of spring/fall uniforms
And Finally:
Another fantastic academic honor for Fatima: Eighth-grader, Ava F., received the Presidential Merit Award this year for Immaculate High School. Ava had the highest score from all Diocese of Bridgeport students taking the entrance exam this year and will receive a four-year academic scholarship to Immaculate High School. Way to make us proud, Ava!
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We all have much to be thankful for!!