Principal's Newsletter: Sept 14, 2018
"Catholic school students learn that God is present and active in their lives and in the world. They learn to recognize the "Footprints of God" in their daily experiences, especially in the midst of life's challenges."
Father Ronald J. Nuzzi
University of Notre Dame
On Tuesday, 9/11, we had a moment of silent prayer and reflection at 8:46 a.m. to pray for all those who lost their lives on 9/11. We remember especially OLF alumni, Tyler Ugolyn.
OPEN SCHOOL NIGHT:
Thanks again to all the parents who took time to attend last night's Open School Night. I hope you learned important class and school information and formed some new relationships with other parents. You are truly our most important partners in educating your children.
- PERSONALIZED LEARNING DEMO:
What is one important issue we did not discuss in great detail last night? Our new Personalized Blended Learning initiative. Do not worry; we are planning a Special Family Station Rotation Night on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. That night, you will be hearing more about this exciting kindergarten through 8th-grade education initiative and get a chance to experience it with your child. Please mark your calendars!
- NEW SCHOOL BOARD:
Our new School Board President, Kevin Vallerie, spoke last night. He emphasized the need for everyone to be involved in helping our school and described a clear chain of communication. Ideas and suggestions should begin at the committee level and the committees will then report to the School Board. In our busy school community, this will help facilitate better communication for the entire school community. Kevin also gave out a new school board email address for anyone interested in serving on a committee. That address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was also Kevin's birthday yesterday, so when you see him around school, please wish him a Happy Birthday!
- PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT:
New this year, we handed out a Parent Code of Conduct at Open School so everyone is clear how we should be working together to benefit the students. If you did not receive one, please find it here: https://fatimawilton.edlioschool.com/apps/pages/Forms
- SCHOOL DIRECTORY:
Also, our 2018/2019 School Directory is here. If you did not get one last night, there are copies in Ms. Favier's office. Please stop in and pick one up your copy the next time you are in school.
- CLASS DUES:
Speaking of Ms. Favier's office, new this year she will be collecting all class dues. Please see the the letter giving more information: https://www.fatimaschoolwilton.org/apps/pages/Classroom
- PARENT PORTAL:
ParentPortals is part of our student management system, Rediker. In ParentPortals, middle school parents can view nightly homework assignments and view real time grades. All 5th-grade and new middle school parents should have received an invite and password to ParentPortals today. Please let me know if you are having any difficulty with this system.
- SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST ADDITION:
Important addition to our school supply list: we are asking each student in grades Kindergarten through 8th-grade to bring in a headphone or earbud to keep in school for use during the Station Rotation Period.
- MUSIC AT FATIMA:
During your busy week, is it a problem finding time time to drive your child to music lessons? We are very fortunate to offer three outstanding music programs here at school Every week you child has a great singing experience with Mr. Swingler's grade-level music classes.
In addition, we offer after-school lessons for students interested in band instruments. This past Wednesday, we had a band assembly by Effman Music Service with Director Mr. "C" encouraging the students to play in our school band. Every Tuesday after-school, Mr. "C" offers instrument lessons to interested students in grades 3-8. Band lesson forms are due by September 19th and students have a choice of a range of different instruments. As I asked the students, some students are born with a special talent, how will you know if you have a music talent if you never try?
Finally, MusicKids offers small-group violin lesson for students in Pre-K through 8th-grade Monday during the school day. Mr. Knebel announced at Open School that his lesson will begin in early October. The lessons are in groups of 2-4 students and you can register online at email@example.com call 203-434-2241.
- GIVING TREE - TEACHER'S WISH LIST:
Do you want to help your child's classroom get some needed items? There is a Fatima Giving Tree in the gym. Just find an item from your child's class that you want to donate and "pick an apple." Thanks to Carmel Bowron for making this Giving Tree a reality!
- FATIMA WEAR FUNDRAISER:
The Fatima Wear Fundraiser Form has been sent out. All proceeds will go towards the 8th grade and their trip to Boston in May. Please plan on purchasing some beautiful new Fatima wear and support our school.
Speaking of Fatima wear, if you purchase a new Fatima sweatshirt or if you have Fatima wear at home, please take a moment and make sure you put your name inside the sweat shirt. By the middle of the school year, we have many unclaimed Fatima vests and sweatshirts left in the Lost and Found. Thanks!
ATHLETICS & EXTRA CURRICULAR:
Attention all parents interested in helping with basketball. Rob Benedetto has announced our first coaches meeting. It will be Tuesday night, September 25th at 6:00 p.m.
- CHESS TEAM SIGNUP:
As you have been hearing, new this year we will offer a Chess Team for students in grades 3-8. Dan and Erin were here lasts night, spoke at the Open School and even played a chess game! Practice will be after-school on Wednesdays and we will compete in two U.S. Federation Chess Tournaments. We plan to travel to one tournament this fall and host our own tournament in spring 2019. Register: https://www.teamdigusa.com/fatima/
- CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE:
Cross-Country Update from Coach, Amber Pace.Cross-Country practice will begin this Monday, Sept 17. Cross-Country practice will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. All 5th through 8th-graders are invited to run and the first meet is September 27th. Please turn in your forms to Ms. Favier in the school office. Come join the fun!
- FALL PLAY:
Our students have already been in school for three weeks - time is flying!
Guess what has started? Play practice for the grade first through fifth-grade play. Cinderella will be performed on November 17th. Practice is every Friday and the singing I have been hearing has been wonderful.
- MILLIONAIRES CLUB:
The Millionaires Club is back! Ms. Galasso is offering her investment club to interested middle school students after school on Fridays starting in late October. Where are our future millionaires?
"SHOUT OUT I"
Have you seen the beautiful new playgrounds? In the last Principal's Newsletter, I listed all the families that helped weed, prepare, and lay down the 130 yards of new mulch. Whenever you list many helpers, you live in dread that you will leave one family out. So of course, I failed to recognize the one family where Dad, Mom, and oldest son worked all day Saturday. So this week's Shout-out goes to the Davis family and a special thank you to Clara, Gerry and Ryan! In addition to working on our playground, Gerry is our resident cameraman and makes DVDs for important school events like the school play, Clara is serving on the Board this year as the all-important Special Events Coordinator, and Ryan came in several days during the summer doing community service by helping us move classroom furniture. Thank you for all you do for our school, Davis Family!
September 18th -- Something Special Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
September 19th - 5th-grade Riverwalk field trip
September 25th - Basketball Coaches Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
October 5th - First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Grade 5
October 8th - Columbus Day - No School
October 15th - School Class Picture Day - wear your school uniform
October 16th - Individual School Picture Day - - wear your best outfit
October 18th - Living Rosary in the Church at 1:45 p.m.
October 25th - Station Rotation Family Night at 6:00 p.m.
October 26th - 7th-grade Palestinian Luncheon at noon
November 2nd - end of the first quarter
Last day for fall uniforms
First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Student Government
November 5th - First day of winter uniforms
November 6th - No school for teacher PD
November 8th and 9th - 11:30 dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 12th - Veteran's Day - No School
November 17th - Elementary Play: Cinderella
November 21st - 11:30 Dismissal
November 22nd and 23rd - Thanksgiving - No School
December 7th - First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Grade 6
December 21st - 11:30 Dismissal for Christmas Break
December 24th - January 1st - Christmas Break
January 4th - First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Grade 8
This past Tuesday, was the 17th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. Let's end with a quote from Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M. Father Judge was a victim on 9/11.
"There will always be people who want to destroy what God builds up through good people, but God will overcome.
I don't know how He's going to do it, but someday God will make the headlines instead of the devil.
So don't give up.
We pray together, we hold hands together,
We believe together, we love together,
we're saved together, and God reigns."