OUT AND ABOUT:
We are seven weeks into our new school year and our students have left the "safe harbor" of their families, and have set sail on the adventure of a new school year!
THE BIG ITEMS:
- STATION ROTATION:
As part of this adventure, last night we had a successful Station Rotation Night. Thank you to all our parents and students who attended.
Our Diocese consultants, Alan Barnicle and Stacy Clements, were here and they emphasized how technology is not the goal but a tool to help better unlock individual student potential
As you know, this year our fall fundraiser will be selling Christmas wrapping paper and kitchen and home items.
Depending on the item, our school will make 40% to 50% profit on each item. This will be the only fall school fundraising event!
We need everyone's help and we will award individual and class prizes. Any class with 100% participation will receive three days of Dress Down coupons. You can help just by passing on the link by email to ten friends.
Here is the link to forward to your friends. Our school code is: 16105
- SOMETHING SPECIAL:
The Something Special store is now open weekends during the school year. Last year, Something Special donated over $45,000 to the school.
Your volunteer hours at the store make it all possible.
- VETERAN'S DAY 11/12:
Veteran's Day is November 12th. Are there any veterans in your family? In your extended family?
We would love to recognize these veterans.
Just sent in a picture with the branch of service, service time frame, and student/staff related to. (Ex. Thomas Manning, U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. Father of Diane Favier).
We will set-up a table in the lobby with all the veteran's pictures to recognize their service.
- EXTRA HELP:
Please find attached the Extra Help schedule offered by all our K through 8th-grade teachers.
This is a wonderful "tool" for our students to get in the habit of using if they are out ill, have a big test coming up, or are just having difficulty with homework. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this important resource.
- COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL:
Weekly Coffee with the Principal has begun. This week parents from grades six and seven joined me for coffee and discussion in the French Room from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00. We discussed the new personalized learning initiative and the high school selection process.
These parents would like to see a high school Open House in the spring. It was a rich discussion and I hope the parents learned half as much from me, as I learned from them. Next week, parents of children in Kindergarten are invited to join me for coffee.
I am very interested in hearing about your child's experience in our school. Please check the calendar of coming events and join me for morning coffee!
Anne Benanti is chairing the school yearbook again this year. Yea! Anne did a fantastic job on last year's yearbook.
She needs your help more than ever this year by collecting pictures for this year's Yearbook.
Please take a moment and deposit any school pictures you have taken this year and put a copy in the drop box that Anne has just set-up. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- VOLUNTEERING? NEED VIRTUS 11/13 @ 7PM :
Reminder: class field trips are happening and basketball practice has started.
You cannot coach, be a class volunteer, or go on a class field trip unless you have been VIRTUS trained. Father Reggie is offering a VIRTUS training session on November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.
The training takes about two hours and once you have completed the training, your VIRTUS certification is good for five years. Please call the Parish office at 203-762-3928 if you are interested.
- WINTER UNIFORMS MON 11/5:
We switch to winter's uniforms officially on November 5th. That said blue pants or OLF sweatpants are acceptable as the temperature becomes colder. Also, if it is not raining we go outside for recess each day so please make sure your child wears a coat and hat to school.
- SPRING PLAY:
Mrs. Beggin, our play producer, came to see me and we have begun discussing the third through eighth-grade spring musical. Part of our decision on which play to present will be based on how many students are interested.
Please make sure Mrs. Began knows if your child is planning to participate. You can email her at email@example.com. One of the great things about being in a small school is that all can take part.
- HALLOWEEN BINGO 10/26 @5:30 PM:
Tonight is our annual Halloween Bingo Party. Children wear their Halloween costumes and parents dress up if they choose.
Trick or Treating takes place in the school beginning at 5:30 p.m.
It costs $20 per family and is a blast for children of all ages. I hope to see you here!
- TYLER UGOLYN PLANNING MEETING 11/7 @6PM:
Rob Bennedetto our Athletic Director, is ready to start planning for this year's Tyler Ugolyn Tournament.
Our first planning meeting is scheduled for November 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the gym.
We will need help at the door, in the kitchen, and with the scoreboard. NO experience is necessary. This is always one of our great school events so come and be part of it this year. All are welcome. More information to follow.
- INTERNATIONAL NIGHT, SAT 11/10:
The annual International Family Night will be held on a Saturday evening, November 10th beginning at 6:00 in the gym.
This is one of my favorite events of the year with families preparing food and dressing up in the clothes of their native countries.
Come and experience the cultural diversity of Fatima!
- BOOK FAIR 11/27-29:
The school's Book Fair is coming! It will be held from November 27th to November 29th.
The Book Fair will be open mostly before school. Please plan to stop by.
- CT KID GOVERNOR:
There is an important election coming up the first week in November - and I am not referring to a national election. Our own, Madison Lowthert was elected by her classmates to run in this year's Connecticut Kid Governor 2018 election. Madison's platform is focused on improving our conservation efforts through better recycling. Good luck, Madison!
- FIRST HAND LEARNING:
I visited Mrs. Obemayer's fifth-grade science class last week. Students were dissecting owl pellets and looking for different bone structures from rodents the owls had eaten. Yes, gross, but very interesting!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
- "THE POWER OF MEANING":
I am reading a good book by Emily Esfahani Smith that is called, "The Power of Meaning." In the book, Ms. Smith makes the case that our society encourages us in many ways to make being "happy" as our life goal.
For example, Ms. Smith quotes, "According to Psychology Today, in 2000, the number of books about happiness was a modest fifty. In 2008, that number had skyrocketed to 4,000." Ms. Smith disagrees with "happiness" as the goal for personal satisfaction.
Through studies, she makes the argument that true happiness is achieved only when people have found a meaning to their lives. She quotes the philosopher, John Stuart Mill who wrote, "Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way." Ms. Smith is not Catholic or Christian, but her studies and findings are very much in line with our traditional Catholic beliefs and why we feel a purpose-driven life is most important.
"SHOUT OUT I"
Our grade level and middle school teachers. Whenever you start a new educational initiative like we have with our Personalized Learning initiative, you are asking teachers to take risks and to be open to learning new skills. And we all know learning involves trial-and error, flexibility, and the willingness to "learn on the go."
A special thank you to Ms. Katherine Goodale, Ms. Mariah Berrios, Ms. Patty O'Shea, Ms. Kelly Kirby, Ms. Mary Obermayer, Mr. Angelo Tsingerliotis, Ms. Geri Galasso, Ms. Danielle Mancuso, and Ms. Rose Highland for the great attitude and effort you have brought to this new initiative. Bravo!
"SHOUT OUT II"
Declan Carbin, Carpenter. This past summer we needed to put a new bathroom into the middle Pre-K module. Declan had John Doyle create the plans, then got the town building permit, arranged for the plumbing and electrical work to be subcontracted out, and was here on site every day for over three weeks working through the hot August. While here working, Declan also found time to fix the roof shingles on the module, repaired decaying facia boards and siding on the other two modules and even spent time making needed repairs in the school's bathrooms. The bathroom is beautiful with Declan's finished carpentry work reflecting a master carpenter. This week Declan submitted his bill to the school. In the bill, Declan donated all the labor for himself and his employees! Wow! Thank you, Declan!
October 26th - 7th-grade Palestinian Luncheon at noon
Trick or Treating beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Halloween Bingo beginning at 6:00 p.m.
October 30 - Coffee with the Principal for Kindergarten parents
October 31st - Halloween Parade for Pre-K through 2nd-grade students
Student Government selling "Witches Brew" at lunch
November 2nd - end of the first quarter
Last day for fall uniforms
First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Student Government
Halloween Dance from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
November 5th - First day of winter uniforms
November 6th - No school for teacher PD
November 7th - Tyler Ugolyn Planning Committee meeting at 6:00 p.m.
November 8th and 9th - 11:30 dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 9th - Veteran's Day Assembly at 10:00 a.m.
November 10th - International Family Night beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the gym
November 12th - Veteran's Day - No School
November 13th - Coffee with the Principal for grade 5 parents
VIRTUS class with Father Reggie at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center
November 17th - Elementary Play Cinderella at 12:00 and 2:30 p.m.
November 20th - Coffee with the Principal for grades 2 and 3 parents
November 21st - 11:30 Dismissal
November 22nd and 23rd - Thanksgiving - No School
November 27th - Coffee with the Principal for grade 4 parents
November 27th to November 29th - Book Fair in the gym
November 29th - Photo Retake Day
December 4th - Coffee with the Principal for grade 8 parents
December 7th - First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Grade 6
December 14th - Christmas Concert at 1:00 p.m.
December 15th - OLF Family Christmas Party beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the gym
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
January 18th - End of second quarter
January 21st - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no school
January 24th - February 11 - Tyler Ugolyn Tournament
January 27th - February 1st - Catholic Schools' Week
January 27th - Open House
I want to say a sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to attend our Station Rotation Night. Your presence showed you are really our partners in this exciting new educational initiative! I was at a conference on Personalized Learning and the speaker said that what we call today Blended Learning or Personal Learning in five years will be just called learning. We do live in exciting times for our children!