March 8, 2019

Out & About:
 
IMPORTANT BUSINESS
 
PHOTO DAY 3/11: 
- Monday 3/11 is team photo and club picture day.
- Students should wear their regular winter uniform for club pictures and bring their basketball uniform and Chess Shirts for team pictures.
- The only exception is the Pep Squad can wear their Pep Squad uniform to school.
 
Re-REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIP FUND:
Reminder that for all returning families, the registration fee will remain $50 per child up until next Friday, March 15th.  After March 15th, the registration fee will become $200 per child. 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.
 
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
 
St. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER 3/16:
Mrs. "O'Beggan" and her leprechauns are busy preparing a fantastic St. Patrick's Day Dinner for next Saturday evening, March 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is a very reasonable $15 per adult and $5 per child. There will be great food and entertainment. It is one of my personal favorite Fatima events.
 
CASINO NIGHT POSTPONED:
As you know, due to poor weather our Casino Night was postponed. Our new date is April 6. Still time for more families to sign-up for a fun evening with our Fatima community.
 
SPORTS AWARD DINNER: 
The Athletic Committee met this week to begin planning the Sports Dinner set for May 24th. This is a "must attend "evening as we honor all Fatima athletes and Chess Team members. Please mark your calendar. More details to follow.
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE DAY
 
PENNY WAR:
1-2-3-4 We declare a Penny War! March Madness is here.
 
For the next two weeks, we are going to have a "Penny War" among classes with the winner being the class that loses the least. If that is confusing, please see the information sheet that went home today.
 
The winning class will get three Dress-Down days. The teachers are entering as a separate team - they want some Dress-Down Days too!
 
 
READING: 
It has been cold outside...... so it is a wonderful time to enjoy some reading!
 
- What has the Pre-K been doing this week? Celebrating a special birthday. Happy Birthday on March 2 to Dr. Seuss!! Pre-K students have been hearing a Dr. Seuss book each day and yesterday proudly wore their "Green Eggs and Ham" hats home.
 
- Ms. Goodale's kindergarten students celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday last week.
 
- Ms. Berrios's "One/Two" Team is enjoying the read-aloud book, "Ribsy." The book is written by wonderful children's author Beverly Cleary and tells the story of Henry Huggins' dog, Ribsy.
 
- Ms. O'Shea's third graders are working in Literacy Circles and enjoying the book "Rainforest Relays" by Kristin Earhart. This is an exciting adventure story that mixes chapters of information on the animals and plants of the Rainforest with the adventure story.
 
- Ms. Kirby's fourth-graders having been enjoying Ms. Kirby's favorite book, "Wonder." The students are preparing for a class "Wonder Day" to celebrate this book.
 
- Ms. Obermayer's fifth-graders are reading a science fiction or fantasy book of their choosing and preparing to design and make their own book cover.
 
- Ms. Mancuso has her middle school students on their annual "READO Challenge." Students pick any book across multiple genres of science fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, humorous, adventure or award-winning. This is a wonderful challenge that allows students personal choice while also encouraging them to explore all the different reading genres. In addition, 8th-graders are reading "Macbeth" and 7th-graders are enjoying "Cheaper by the Dozen."
 
- Ms. Fleming's youth group has joined the spirit with a Book Swap in the main lobby. Please stop by to pick up or drop off a book.
 
 
ENRICHMENT
 
FATIMA CHESS TOURNAMENT 3/23:
The first Annual Fatima Chess Tournament is coming to our school on Saturday, March 23rd. It is open to any chess player with a USCF rating. There will be players that are not only Fatima students and alum, but chess players from all around CT; Hartford, Norwalk, Wethersfield, Weston, Bridgeport, and Wilton. 
 
The details: 
Ages 6-19
Three divisions: Grades K-3, U600, U1300
USCF Membership required
12pm to 5:30pm
$40 registration fee ($50 day of the tournament)
Contact: DIGCoachErin@gmail.com with questions.
 
Unlike many other tournaments, food will be available to purchase during the tournament hours. 
 
The Fatima Team has already won 1st Place Team awards in two Scholastic Tournaments.  Let's cheer them on to a third...Go, Fatima Chess players!
 
MENTORING PROGRAM:
Our pilot Mentoring Program is beginning. We will be spending the next few weeks training the mentors and then we will put start the meetings with their mentees.
 
 
 
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. The Summer Primary Program will offer daily athletic, arts and crafts, academic skills and game activities. The Primary 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"
 
Liz Fontana. If you ask many of our students what is their favorite class, they will tell you it is their art class with Ms. Fontana. This is due to a number of important factors. The first is Ms. Fontana's quiet and nurturing manner in the classroom. The second is the wide range of different mediums she exposes her students to and the range of different projects that they get to complete in art class. And the next factor is how Ms. Fontana takes time out of her busy schedule to bring her own children and support the OLF basketball teams. And finally, it is because of her creative ideas that she comes up with ideas like ...........a Penny War! Thanks for all you do, Ms. Fontana.
 
"SHOUT OUT II"
 
Brian Broesder. Brian reflected on the positive relationship his son, Bennet has with some of our older middle school students. He met with me and suggested that we take advantage of these positive relationships but formalize it in a student Mentoring Program. Brian did some research and provided us with models that are successful in other schools. So now, we are going to have our own mentoring program! Thanks for this great idea, Brian!
 
COMING EVENTS:
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 14th - School "Pi Day"
March 15th - Registration amount changes for returning families
March 16th - St. Patrick's Day Dinner
March 23rd - Chess Tournament here at our school
March 29th - End of third quarter marking period
 
April 5th - Science and STEM Fair for grades 1-8 between 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.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
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 7th - Last day of Pre-K
June 10th - June 14th - First session of the Summer Primary Program ( Just for Pre-)
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: Pi Day
 
We began the newsletter by discussing different class reading activities; Mrs. G wants us to end with math.  Ms. G is declaring March 14th (3.14) as official Our Lady of Fatima "PI DAY." All classes will be celebrating this geometric expression with PI games and activities. In addition, the student at each grade level who has memorized the most digits of Pi will win a Dress Down Coupon. Great ideas, Ms. G
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