January 6th, 2017
"The preoccupation with self is the end of humility."
                                                        Franklin Graham
  • A new year - 2017 - it is going to be a great new year at Our Lady of Fatima School!
  • The kids are back and we are glad that they are!
  • Mark your calendar - the H.S.A. is having their monthly meeting this Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. Steve Soucy, John Doyle and I will discuss  the current school budget, Fatima Faith fund-raising efforts with Brent Shaffer, and will answer questions. Two things are true: one, until our enrollment goes up, we will need to do additional fund-raising in our parish and local community. Two, we have successfully fund-raised this amount in the past, and we are confident that we will do it again. Please plan on attending!
  • Another mark your calendar - I am excited that Joe Santaniello will be back this year to direct The Snow Queen as our school Spring Musical. This classic, award-winning musical by Cheryl Kemeny is based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson story about an evil Sorcerer, a mysterious Snow Queen, and a young girl, Gerda, on a journey to save her best friend, Kai. This play will be open to all 3rd through 8th graders and practice will take place on Wednesdays between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Snow Queen will be presented on May 20th and May 21st. Permission slips to participate are due by next Friday, January 13th and play practice will begin on Wednesday, January 18th. Play permission slips were sent home with the students this past Wednesday, January 4th. Extra copies are available in the main office. Don't miss the fun and excitement and please encourage your child to participate.
  • January 29th is the beginning of Catholic Schools Week this year. We will begin by having an Open House for new families on Sunday, January 29th between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This is a very important event for us to help attract new families for the 2017-2018 school year. You can help us in two important ways: one by taking a sign for the Open House and displaying it on your lawn, and two, by telling people you know about your child's positive experience at our school. You are the most important and powerful ambassadors for our school! Any positive feedback on our school to neighbors, or on social media, or to people you meet is our most powerful endorsement! Open House signs will be found outside my office by afternoon pick-up starting on Wednesday, January 11th. Please pick one up and display on your lawn. Many parents at our October Open House responded that they learned about that Open House from seeing our signs.
  • New after-school enrichment opportunity - Students in grades K-4 can sign up for the Origami Club with Miss Fiorentini - Tuesdays after school from 3:00-3:50 p.m.
  • The Knights of Columbus are offering a basketball free throw contest in our gym on Friday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m. This contest is open to all boys and girls between the ages of nine to fourteen. If your child is interested, registration will begin at 7:00 on the 13th and parents will need to sign consent and bring proof of age for their child. Contact Pete Rubsam for more information and thanks for organizing, Pete.
  • Our Christmas Pageant was held on Wednesday, December 21st. It was highlighted by the beautiful singing of our students, the flawless narrative reading by Anastasiya, and the beautiful piano playing and conducting by Mrs. Strmecki. Bravo, everyone!
  • Courtesy of tickets won and donated by Brent Shaffer, the 4th grade had a private Mass and breakfast with the Bishop on December 21st. It was an amazing experience for our 4th graders to attend a private Mass, and then sit, eat breakfast, and talk with Bishop Caggiano on a range of issues. It was unforgettable - many thanks to Brent for his generosity in making this happen.
  • Speaking of Bishop Caggiano, if you have a Facebook account, I encourage you to "friend" Bishop Frank J. Caggiano to receive a daily inspirational reflection. They are always great.
  • Midterm exams for middle school students will be held on January 17th, 18th, and 19th. The exam schedule is on our website.
  • February 3rd is our Grandparent/Special Friend Day in the morning. It will begin with 9:00 mass and then hospitality in the Parish Center. Grades Pre-K through 5th will host Grandparents and Special Friends in their classrooms. Grades 6th through 8th will be presenting their projects at a Science Fair in the gym until 11:30 a.m. Mark your calendars!  
  • This past Wednesday, our 8th grade English class hosted Mrs. Jodie Gil, a journalism professor from Southern Connecticut State. Mrs. Gil was well-spoken and passionate about journalism. Also, a special thanks to her proud mother, our own Diane Favier, for helping to arrange the visit.
  • Father Reggie announced during Mass today, that it is Mrs. Rooney's birthday today. If you see Mrs. Rooney, please join us in wishing her a Happy, Happy Birthday!
Mary Obermayer. Mary teaches our 5th graders their core curriculum and our 4th graders science. New this year, Mary is teaching our 4th and 5th-graders their S.T.E.M. curriculum. In addition, Mary arranges special events for her students like field trips and building the recent Holiday 5th grade Ginger Bread Houses. Mary walks into our school every day with a smile on her face, offers good common sense philosophy on everyday life, and often can be seen providing extra help before school. Do you know how Mary begins her day before school? Swimming laps at the YMCA pool. Mary, where do you get the energy? And where would we be without you? Thanks for all that you do!
Dr. Maria Restrepo and Dr. George Zahrah. During our recent Christmas Pageant, we had a minor medical event. Both Maria and George immediately left their seats and ran to the front of the stage to offer their medical skills and expertise. Later, when I thanked them, George just said, "We are all family here."  Wow!
January 9th - HSA meeting at 7:00 p.m.
January 14th - Next recycling date for our school
January 16th - Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 17/18/19 - Midterm exams for 6th through 8th graders
January 18 - Play practice begins for the Spring play
January 19th to February 3 - 10th 
         Annual Tyler Ugolyn Memorial Basketball Tournament
January 20th - Marks close for the second quarter
January 27th - No Friday mass - church closed for work
                            Report cards sent home
January 29th - HSA breakfast to kick-off Catholic Schools                            Week
                       Open House for new prospective families from                         10:30 to 2:00
January 30th through February 3 - Catholic Schools Week
February 3rd - Grandparent/Special Friend Day
                        First Friday Mass hosted by Grade 6
                        Science Fair in the gym
February 7th - HSA meeting at 7:00 p.m.
February 17th - No School - Winter Break
February 20th - No School - President's Day
February 26th - First Eucharist meeting for second-grade parents
March 1st - Ash Wednesday
March 3rd - First Friday Mass hosted by Grade 7
March 7th - School-wide assembly to prepare for Jump Rope                     for Heart
                        HSA meeting at 7:00 pm.
March 21st - Jump Rope for Heart during gym class
March 24th - Safe Environment Training for students in                                grades K-8
March 31st - Marks close for the third quarter
April 7th - Report Cards sent home
                  First Friday Mass hosted by Grade 5
                  School Talent Show at 1:00 p.m.
April 10th through April 14th - School closed for Spring                                                            Recess
April 17th - School closed for Easter Monday
April 18th - School resumes
April 29th - HSA Spring Gala at the Rolling Hills Country Club
During one overly energetic practice for the Nativity pageant, a certain third- grade teacher was overheard saying, "Mary and Joseph, knock it off."
Happy New Years!

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