November 9, 2018 "My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces." ~ Sidney Sheldon


THE BIG ITEMS 

- THIS SATURDAY EVE 11/10: International Family Night

The annual event will be held this Saturday evening, November 10th beginning at 6:00 in the gym.

This is one of my favorite events of the year and this year we have fifteen families preparing food and dressing up in the clothes of their native countries.

The cost is only $25 per family or $15 per person. Come and enjoy some delicious food and experience the wonderful cultural diversity of Fatima!   

- NEW SCHOOL BOARD MODEL:

Yesterday we sent home the new governance model from the School Board.

The School Board meets the second Tuesday of each month. As part of the new model, the School Board meetings will be open to the community from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please join us with your ideas or questions. The meetings take place in the middle school religion room which is the second door on the left as you walk down the school hall. 

- FUNDRAISER - SUPPORT FOR OUR SCHOOL:

If you did not get a chance to participate in the Holiday paper sale and would like to support our school, you can always make a donation to the Fatima Faith Fund.

Your contribution is tax deductible and this fundraising is very important to our school. 

- 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.

- NURSES OFFICE

News for the Nurse's Office: Susan Kellogg has left us to take a full-time position and Carla Quigg has replaced her.

Carla is a registered nurse who has been working with the Visiting Nurses and in a local Pediatrician's office.

We are very happy to have Ms. Quigg joining us between 8-2 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please stop in and say hello to Ms. Quigg and introduce yourself. 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING

- COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL: 

Weekly Coffee with the Principal has begun.

Attention 5th-grade parents. This coming Tuesday, November 13th at 8:00 a.m., you are invited for Coffee with the Principal.

We meet in the French room and will be done by 9:00 a.m. Please join me to discuss your child's experience this year in school.

All, remember to check the calendar of coming events and join me for morning coffee!

- VETERAN'S DAY 11/12: 

We had a school assembly honoring all veterans this morning to celebrate Veterans Day. The importance of this day was demonstrated by the presence of the Knights of Columbus from St. Mathew's Church. In their official dress, they processed into the gym to begin the assembly.

The highlight of the ceremony was U.S. Army Captain Bryan Rooney who spoke to the students about his experiences in the army. Captain Rooney was a fabulous speaker and the students had many great questions. Thank you, Captain Rooney, for speaking today and for your service to our country!

- MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE:

Last weekend we had a fun-filled middle school dance.

It was highlighted by great music provided by Isabella's brothers, a beautiful gym decorated by Student Government, and a Haunted House organized by our Student Government Co-Presidents Anais and Amelia.

Bravo to everyone for a fun evening!

   

HOUSEKEEPING:

- PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to meet their child's teacher over the last two days of Parent-Teacher Conferences. You are truly our partners and we thank you for the opportunity to meet with you.

 - YEARBOOK: 

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  olfpix@gmail.com.

- EXTRA HELP: 

Please find attached the Extra Help schedule offered by all our K through 8th-grade teachers.

Extra Help Schedule

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.

- 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. 

 

EVENTS:

- 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 and replenish your home library.  

TYLER UGOLYN PLANNING MEETING 12/5 @7PM: 

Rob Bennedetto, our Athletic Director, has started planning for this year's Tyler Ugolyn Tournament.

Our next planning meeting is scheduled for December 5th 7:00 p.m. in the Religion classroom.  

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. 

 

BRAGGING

- CROSS COUNTRY

We are a small school, but our Cross-Country Team is the best!

Our Cross-Country team took home a leading 11 placing Ribbons at their final meet at Sherwood Island State Park. Runners are awarded ribbons for being in the top five places in their age category. After our school, the school with the next highest number of ribbons took home only five ribbons.

Congratulations to all our dynamite runners and to our three dedicated Cross-country coaches, Amber Pace, Joanne Salageanu and Diane Robinson.

- 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! 

 

"SHOUT OUT I"

Danielle Mancuso. All our teachers were at a Diocese Professional Development Day on Tuesday. At this training, Ms. Mancuso was selected to lead a session for other teachers on using the Station Rotation Model to teach middle school English. Ms. Mancuso did a wonderful job! She explained how she incorporates the well-known Readers and Writers Workshop in her work with middle schoolers. This has been an especially busy semester for Ms. Mancuso as she is also taking graduate classes from Fairfield University to earn a certificate in Technology Instruction. And if that is not enough, Ms. Mancuso is acting as our 8th-grade Homeroom teacher. Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Mancuso!

 

"SHOUT OUT II"

Jon Pace. Halloween Bingo was a smash success this year thanks primarily to the efforts of Jon Pace. Jon brought his amazing Halloween decorations, did the work to set-up the gym, and then ran the Bingo game all evening. Thanks for the great night and all you do for our school, Jon.

 

CALENDAR:

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

                           - School Board meeting open to the community between                                         6:00 and 6:30 in the school's Religion Room

                          -  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 5th - Tyler Ugolyn planning meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.                                               in the Religion Room

December 7th - First Friday Mass and Hospitality hosted by Grade 6

December 11th - School Board meeting open to the community between 6:00 and                              6:30 in the school's Religion Room

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 8th - School Board meeting open to the community between                                             6:00 and 6:30 in the school's Religion Room

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

And Finally:

Veterans Day is a wonderful time to thank a veteran you know for their service to our great country. Don't miss the opportunity this year!

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