GALA HONORING MRS. O'SHEA & MRS. GALASSO:
Next week we are looking forward to our Pink Gala: Celebration of Life honoring our two great teachers, Patty O'Shea, and Geri Galasso.
This is a wonderful event for us to come together as a community and celebrate the school year and these inspiring teachers.
Please plan on joining us!
TUITION RAFFLE FUNDRAISER: $20,000
We need your help! The Spring Tuition Raffle is our big spring fundraiser and we have only sold 71 tickets so far.
To provide an incentive to Fatima families, we are offering the class that sells the largest number of tickets PER student a Dress Down for the ENTIRE month of June. This means regardless of your class size, the class has a shot to win the dress down!
The easiest way is to just have the person email Diane at email@example.com Mrs. Favier will then generate an invoice to the buyer that they can pay via any major credit card on PayPal.
Remember, you can sell to anyone in the United States.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!
A big thank you to our teachers for their hard work all year long!!
I will repeat what I have said before; as a public school administrator for 20 years in Tarrytown, NY, I spent considerable time observing public school teachers. I have to tell you, not one of our great teachers would look out of place teaching in a public school. And their dedication is second to none!
We are so blessed to have such a talented and dedicated staff!
STUDENT LEARNING PROFILE:
The newest and most important trend in education is "Data-Driven Instruction." This means using individual student testing data to inform and personalize instruction.
Teachers are spending the Professional Day reviewing individual student data from two different sources: our Exact Path Assessments and our recently concluding Iowa testing.
I will be mailing home the results of the Iowa testing to all parents next week. In our small school, each child's learning profile is important.
A big thank you to Something Special volunteers. Something Special has contributed $35,000 to the school this year. The money has helped with the H.S.A stipend, with the Tuition Assistance Committee funding, and with the purchasing of additional Chromebooks and textbooks for our school.
Something Special funds will also be used up to $15,000 to match money raised at the Gala. We are planning a thank you for all Something Special volunteers at the end of the year. More information to follow.
NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS:
Calling all fathers (I'm thinking of you, Declan) - I would like to start a monthly Dad's Club not only for community, but to help tackle some small projects around the building. Please let me know if you are available and interested. After Declan, no special talents are required. We will pick a mutually convenient evening and start prioritizing different small school projects.
ATHLETIC AWARDS DINNER:
We had our final Athletics meeting this past Monday getting ready for our Athletic Awards Dinner on May 23rd AT 6:00PM.
This is a wonderful event where we recognize all our athletes, Pep Squad members, and Chess Team Members. Rob has sent out an Evite, please plan to attend so your child can be recognized!
CALLING ALL SINGERS--DANCERS--COMEDIANS--MUSICIANS--ACTORS! The Annual OUR LADY OF FATIMA School TALENT SHOW is coming up!
This year's TALENT SHOW will be Wednesday, May 29 at 1:30 p.m.! The talent show is open to all students. Students may perform with a group or solo, and each act is limited to about 2 minutes. Performers will come up with their own routines and practice them AT HOME. There will be only ONE dress rehearsal on Tuesday, May 28, after school.
If your child would like to sign up for the show, please email Mara Fleming at FATIMAYOUTHK8@GMAIL.COM, or send in the linked sign up sheet to your child's teacher!
OLF THEATRE GROUP: SLEEPING BEAUTY
We are looking forward to our spring play, Sleeping Beauty, next weekend. The all-important "Tech Week" begins this Saturday.
SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS
BASKETBALL CAMP: LAST CALL
Last call for our Summer Basketball program: if we do not have a number of new members, we will not be able to run it this summer. Please contact Diane in the office if you are interested.
PreK-1st GRADE SUMMER PROGRAM:
Information on the Pre-K, K, and First grade Summer Primary Program has been sent home. 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 maximum we can accept for any week is 25 students and we need at least 12 students to run the program that week. If interested, please contact Diane in the main office.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DAY
NATIONAL JR. HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTIONS:
This past week we had our induction ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society.
We inducted six new members. All the inductees had an accumulative grade point average of 94 for the last three semesters and wrote an essay that highlighted examples of their service, leadership, and character.
Congratulations to new inductees: Rico, Sofia, Mary Kate, Lauren, Veronica, and Allison!
This past Wednesday, we had the third weekly session of our mentoring program. During the mentoring period, our middle school mentors go to recess and then eat lunch with their mentees. It contributes to a wonderful new part of our students' week!
The sound of happy soccer players filled the air as primary soccer lessons came to Our Lady of Fatima this past week. Coach Dan and Coach Saul offered soccer clinics to our Kindergarten and first graders on Tuesday and to our second, third and fourth graders on Wednesday. Thanks to Susan, once again, for arranging.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR:
We completed another very successful Book Fair this past week. Thanks, to Carole Wiemer for arranging and organizing, to the 5th-graders who set-up and then re-boxed the books, and to our parent volunteers: Susan McCall, Jackie Bembridge, Shannon Messina, and Rachael Nelson.
Our Primary grades had a wonderful field trip to the Bridgeport Cabaret on Wednesday. I didn't know Karin Beggan still had children in Pre-K? Karin volunteered once again this year to be a Pre-K chaperone. Thank you, Karin.
"SHOUT OUT I"
Carole Wiemer. Carole once again did a wonderful job directing our Spring Book Fair. As the School Liberian, Carole believes strongly in getting good books into the hands of all our young readers. Carole is a marvel in her energy and dedication to our students. Thank you, Carole.
"SHOUT OUT II"
Rachel Nelson. Rachel has been of tremendous help in our school all year and especially the last several weeks. She was a daily presence this week at our Book Fair. Also, she and Susan McCall spent several days cleaning and organizing the front lobby for our Open House. In addition, Rachel has made a tremendous contribution to the STEM program. She has donated six snap circuit kits, has ordered and put together Legos and made individual student kits. She volunteers not only with the Kindergarten STEM class but also 5th-grade STEM class who just completed a project with Textile Circuitry and light up cards. In the words of Mrs. Highland, she is "just an amazing and generous person." Thank you, Rachel!
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
May 18th - School Gala at 7:00 p.m.
May 19th - Spring Play - Sleeping Beauty at 3:00 p.m.
May 20th - Middle School Living Museum at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
May 23rd - Sports Award Dinner starting at 6:00 p.m.
May 27th - Memorial Day - No School
May 29th - School Talent Show at 1:30 p.m.
May 30th - 8th-grade trip to Boston
May 31st - Career Day for middle school students in the afternoon
June 5th - Pre-K/Kindergarten Graduation at 10:30 a.m.
June 6th - Grades 3/4/5 field trip to the Norwalk Aquarium
June 6th - 8th-grade trip to Lake Compounce
June 7th - Last day of Pre-K
June 7th - Spring Concert at 1:15 p.m.
June 8th - Recycling
June 10th -14th - First session of the Summer Primary Program ( Just for Pre-K)
June 11th - 8th-grade Retreat with Father Reggie in the morning
- School Board meeting open to the community between 6:00 and 6:30 in the school's Religion Room
June 13th - 8th-grade Luncheon
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 15th to July 26th - Fourth session of the Summer Primary Program
July 29th - August 9th -Fifth session of the Summer Primary Program
August 12th - August 16th - Last session of the Summer Primary Program
Poster seen in Mrs. O's room: "I'm a teacher, what is your Super Power?" So true!