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The Communicator
March 2013
Message from the President


Brown Bag Lunch with the President - March 7, April 18, and May 9, noon-1:00pm, Media Center, Good Counsel Campus...come and have a conversation with other parents and Mrs. Schultz!

Loyola Catholic School Emergency Preparedness Initiative
is in partnership with local law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services at South Central College. This multi-year initiative focuses on reviewing, exercising and honing our emergency response plan. Eric Weller, SCC Services/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Officers Trudy Kunkel, Tom Rother & Tim Spellacy led us through a "table-top exercise"  on February 12, 2013 giving us valuable insight and information.
What did we learn and how do we need to plan differently? Although pleased with our basic plan, we found some key areas in need of additional planning:  managing the incident command system, information dissemination internally and externally, building and Hill access by authorities and others during crisis, and post-crisis action (reunification and healing).  The Administrative Team is rewriting portions of the plan which will be reviewed again with new administrators in July. Plans are being formulated for August training with all teachers and staff. By May 30, five lockdown drills will have been completed during the 2012/2013 school year.


Interviews for President and HS Principal
Interviews with the principal and president candidates are being conducted. There are 13 applications for the principal position and 5 applications for the president position. An open forum for parents and staff to meet finalists for the president position will be provided. Please watch for an update on the website.

Enrollment Night
Please join us on the GC Campus on Tuesday, March 12 for Enrollment Night 2013 with supper 5:00 - 6:30pm and NWEA Test interpretation session for K-8 parents beginning at 6:30.  By attending Enrollment Night, you can waive the $50 enrollment fee, be eligible for wonderful prizes, and have supper with your friends on this fun evening.  Each family will receive an individualized packet of information to will assist you in planning for the 2013-2014 year (enrollment forms, tuition chart, financial aid application process, scholarship booklet, calendar, recruitment incentives, etc.) Tables will be set up for you to complete your paperwork. 
Busing & Easter Break

End of 3rd quarter is Thursday, March 21.  There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 22.  It is a teacher workday.


There is no district transportation March 25 and 26.   Loyola's Easter break will be from Wednesday, March 27, through Monday, April 1.  School resumes on Tuesday, April 2, at 8:00am.



VALUE Survey 
Please take 5 minutes to take the VALUE Survey for LCS! Thank you to the many parents who completed the survey in February. Your comments will assist us in our Marketing Plan as well as Strategic Planning for the future. You have chosen LCS for your child's education and we need to hear your comments! Please let us know if you cannot open the link. We had some technical difficulties last month and believe they are resolved. We hope that I will be able to report back in the April Communicator that 75% of our parents took the survey!  Click here to open the survey.
Shelley Schultz
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High School Students' cell phone number

Starting with 2013-2014 registration, parents will be asked to supply their student's cell phone number as well as parents' cell and home numbers. The student's cell number will not be listed anywhere and will be used only by the administration in emergency situations. Other personnel in the school system will not have access to the number. We have come to this decision based on Emergency Preparedness review and in consultation with other Catholic High Schools who have also adopted this procedure. Parents will remain the first contact. Although we hope we never need to use the student's cell number, we do need to have in case of emergency. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this new procedure.


2013-2014 HS Schedule

The High School teachers and Principal Schultz have been meeting on a regular basis to review the HS schedule, required classes, electives and daily schedule for 2013-2014. One possible change may be starting school at 8:00am instead of 8:05am. Our day is very short (currently 8:05-2:45 ) due to busing constraints.  After numerous dialogues with the transportation companies trying to get an extended day, it is clearly not possible. One option would be to begin our day at 8:00am (morning prayer) instead of 8:05am and be able to gain 5 minutes of instruction time. We would take into consideration those students who do ride the bus and would not count them tardy if they arrived after 8:00am. This is just in the review process as are other topics (moving electives to semester instead of year-long classes, adding new electives, searching for more hands-on classes, regular schedule versus drop schedule, how many class periods in the day, etc). Please feel free to share your opinion with Mrs. Schultz concerning these topics. You can anticipate the 2013-2014 Course Registration to begin in mid-March to April 2013 and by then any changes will have been communicated to parents and students.  


Study Table

One of Loyola's pillars is academic excellence.  As educators, we continually strive to meet the needs of all students.  We challenge our students to work to their ability and beyond.  We are excited to announce a great opportunity for our high school students who are in need of tutoring or some extra concentrated work. Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 a tutor from Minnesota State University will be working with our students in the media center from 3:00 - 4:00pm at "Study Table".  Some students will be required by their classroom teachers to attend, however this opportunity is open to all students who want to work on homework or get some extra help.  The teachers at Loyola want the students to be successful and this is one more strategy to support academic excellence.


science fairScience Fair
Congratulations to Loyola students for their success at the Regional Science Fair February 16 at MSU.  Hannah Bradley and Mary Ninneman received a blue ribbon, a certificate for Outstanding Achievement from the American Meteorological Society and an award for Ability and Creativity in an Atmospheric Science Exhibit.  Ester Archer received a purple ribbon and will be advancing to the State Science Fair in April.  Ester also won a $50.00 gift certificate from Thin Film,  a U.S. Army certificate for Outstanding Project,  a $250.00 Project Display award, and was named an alternate to the International Science and Engineering Fair this May in Phoenix, Arizona.

red cross logo Key Club
Blood Drive is March 6 from 9:00am - 1:00pm in LCS GC Campus Gym.
Walk-ins are welcome.  Call Sue Goebel 507-388-2997 ext. 279  or email sgoebel@loyolacatholicschool.org to make an appointment.


Loyola High School Band 
The Loyola High School Band will give a concert Sunday, March 3, the evening before Large Group Contest. The performance will be at 7:00pm in the Fitzgerald Theater and will last approximately a half hour. Come and support the band in their final contest preparation! 

Loyola Concert Choir
On March 15 the Loyola Concert Choir will travel to the Twin Cities for their winter Mini-Tour.  The Concert Choir will perform a service concert for men who struggle with homelessness at the Union Gospel Mission. The choir will then visit Concordia College for a choral clinic with Dr. David Mennicke, the St. Paul Cathedral, and attend an evening performance of "The Light In The Piazza" at the Ordway Theater in downtown St. Paul.

The High School and Intermediate School Choirs will perform their Winter Concert on Monday, March 18 at 7:30pm in the Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger Chapel, LCS GC Campus.

Knowledge Bowl

This year we have 15 participants on three teams competing in High School Knowledge Bowl.  The teams are coached by Ryan Kuisle and Mary Beth Nygaard.  Knowledge Bowl Competitions are interdisciplinary, academic contests designed for students in grades 7-12.  Teams of students compete in written and oral rounds by answering questions related to all areas of learning typical of secondary educational programs.  Questions test recall, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.  Competitions are held from January - March, ending with a statewide competition.


There is one more meet before Sub-Regionals on March 12 at MSU.  Our teams have done well, with one team frequently placing in the top 5 (of 30+teams).  Our other two teams are less experienced, but are moving up the ladder of success, and learning essential skills to improve at each meet.  Everyone is having a great time representing Loyola and interacting with this wonderful group of academically gifted people.


We will keep you posted as this season reaches the qualifying meets.  Please keep us in your prayers!


Career Center

 Minnesota Business Venture 2013

  A Leadership Opportunity
  • St John's (July 28-Aug. 2) or St Cloud University (July 14-19).  Open to students completing grades 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • Excellent opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills with high school students across the state.  It also develops networking skills and money management skills.
  • Any student considering business as a career should definitely try to attend while in high school--however, anyone can benefit.
  • Several Loyola students have attended over the years with a high rate of satisfaction.  (Last summer Andrew Sweere attended; Charlie Sorenson and Wes Otto attended the previous year.)
  • Cost is $175 for a 6-day experience ($125 if the application is submitted by April 19).  This experience is free for those on free and reduced lunch.
  • There is much more info, a video and application at  www.bestprep.org
We have a folder of additional summer opportunities in the Career Center.  Students or parents may come to the Career Center and browse through it.  Some of these opportunities are listed online at www.getreadyforcollege.org/summerenrichmentStudents on free and reduced lunch may attend a summer enrichment class free of charge.  If you have additional questions you can email Mrs. Arians at rarians@loyolacatholicschool.org. 


A Message from Principal Schumacher
7th and 8th Grade Choir Field Trip 
On March 1, the 7th & 8th Grade Choir will travel to Minnesota State University@Mankato to perform for all District #77 Kindergarteners celebrating Dr. Seuss Day.  Students will perform music from "Seussical, The Musical" as well as folk songs and concert literature. After the students perform they will do art projects with the Kindergarten students.  There are currently 70 students in this choir.  Earlier this year the 7th & 8th Grade Choir performed Christmas carols for residents at Old Main Village.


History Day

Grades 7 & 8 participated in the History Day Fair on Monday, February 25.  Exhibit boards were judged by several teachers.  Ten individual and eight group boards will advance to the Regional History Fair along with one performance and three documentaries.  Regionals will be held Thursday, March 7, at MSU.


Grade 5

Grade 5 will visit The Works Science and Engineering Museum in Bloomington on Friday, March 8.  The Works is a hands-on museum that makes learning about engineering, science, and technology interesting, understandable and fun. Students will be exploring and discovering how things work, attend a workshop called "Pasta Bridges" and use the engineering process, attempting to build the strongest bridge and testing how much weight it can hold. Students will have a fun filled learning experience.


Raffle Tickets

Thank you to all who sold raffle tickets for the Catholic United Fund school raffle.  The drawings will be on Thursday, March 14 at the Catholic United offices in St. Paul.  Stay tuned for an announcement of raffle winners and winners of prizes given by the Loyola Parent Association. 



Conferences will be Thursday, March 14, from 3:30 - 7:30pm and Tuesday, March 19, from 12:30 - 7:30pm.  Grades 4-8  will be dismissed at noon on Tuesday, March 19. 


Essay Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the essay contest on Saints sponsored by the Diocese of Winona celebrating the Year of Faith. Winners are Anne Wood, grade 6 and Grace Ellingworth, grade 7.  They each received books on the Saints and a rosary blessed by Bishop Quinn.  


God Bless,

William Schumacher 



Fitzgerald Yearbook

We have not received any photos for the Fitz Yearbook.  We need your photos to make the yearbook special.  Please submit all photos to www.community.pictavo.com.  It's as easy as finding your school and submitting it to the right grade!  We would like photos as soon as possible (end date to upload is March 22).  If you have more than 50 photos, please email Ms. Petersen at mpetersen@loyolacatholicschool.org 


A Message from Sister Mary Beth

Current Loyola families began to register for 2013-14 Preschool classes on February 1, and open enrollment began on February 18.  Registering early is the best way to ensure placement in your first choice of Preschool class.  We are again offering 2-day morning, 3-day morning, 5-day morning and 5-day afternoon classes, as well as Child Watch before each class.  Classes are filling up quickly.


Kindergarten Round-Up is Tuesday, March 5, at 4:30pm and 6:30pm.   We hope you will join us for an overview and specific information regarding Kindergarten.  Bring your 5 year old for a little orientation in a Kindergarten classroom!  Plan to be here for about one hour, including treats and a quick tour of our facility (optional).  It would be great if you would bring a new-to-Loyola family with you and introduce them to our school family! 


Primary students participated in Mission of Love, an outreach to the people of San Lucas, Guatemala, by making and sending Valentine messages of love. 


Grades 1-3 celebrated Day 100 of school on February 18, and some classes followed up by celebrating Day 101 as well.  Kindergarteners celebrated their 100th Day on February 20!  (They often say they are "100 days smarter!")


During the season of Lent, primary students will participate in prayer services on Mondays.  We are focusing on Jesus' words, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto Me."  The first graders will lead us in praying The Way of the Cross on 3/25 at 10:15.  All are welcome.


Our Lenten outreach is to help provide clean water to families in remote villages in Guatemala, where young children die because they lack clean water and where many young girls can't attend school because they spend their days walking for miles carrying gallons of clean water for their families.  We encourage Loyola families to help their primary students to earn donations by doing small jobs and making small sacrifices at home.  Children are invited to bring their donations to our Lenten prayer services.   Donations will be sent to Global Partners Running Waters, founded by Sister Jan Gregorcich SSND.  Sister Jan served in Guatemala and Honduras for 12 years and now continues to build relationships between the people of Central America and generous donors around the world.   Learn more at www.globalpartnersrunningwaters.org 


Preschool classes recently hosted Dads and Doughnuts, a fun time of playing, singing, enjoying treats, and having that precious one-on-one time with dad.  (We usually welcome a couple of grandpas, uncles and grandmas as well!)  Moms and Muffins will be coming up!


K-3 Conferences will be Thursday, March 14, from 3:30-7:30pm and Tuesday, March 19, from 3:30-7:30pm.   Preschool conferences will be March 14, 19, 20 and 21.  Third quarter ends on March 21. 


Second grade students who are preparing for their First Holy Communion will make their "Bread of Life" retreat on March 26. 


When we return from Easter break, we will begin teaching the Circle of Grace curriculum.  Circle of Grace is a K-12 program consisting of several age-appropriate lessons focused on feelings, safe relationships, boundaries, action plans, and the God-given dignity of each person.  Catholic schools in many dioceses, including Winona and New Ulm, are required to teach this program annually.  Stay tuned for more information.


We send our love and prayers with Mr. Robert Stack as he begins a new adventure in his teaching career on March 4.   Although we are sad for Loyola we know that every student, family, and colleague with whom Mr. Stack interacts will be blessed by his graciousness and professional skill, and we wish him all the best as he pursues his longtime dream of working with special needs students in the metro area.


We have arranged for Emily Godfredson to finish the year as Mr. Stack's long-term sub.  Emily is a 2011 graduate of the University of Iowa who did her student teaching in a second grade classroom and is certified/licensed in both Iowa and Minnesota.  Emily has subbed extensively at the Fitzgerald campus and has recently gotten acquainted with the Primary. 


We extend our sympathy and promise our continued prayerful support to Linda Rentschler and her family. On February 20 Linda's Dad, Dale Keefe, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Huron SD.  May he forever share in the glory of God and the peace of Heaven.


Blessings on your Lenten prayer, fasting and giving.  Next month we can say Happy Easter!


Sister Mary Beth





Ninety-one Loyola High School students who are involved in at least one activity achieved a 3.0 GPA or better during the second quarter.


Loyola Girls Basketball Coach Rick Theuninck was named the Section 2A Coach of the Year.  The Loyola Speech Team placed 3rd out of 20 teams at the Loyola tournament.


If you missed Spring Sports Sign up, Grade 6-12 students may sign up for baseball, softball, or track and field. Grade 6 participation will be based on the number of students in grades 7 and 8 who sign up.  Activity fees are $150.00 for grades 6-8 and $250.00 for grades 9-12.




ipadFebruary saw Loyola Catholic School continue to engage educators with a Technology Academy February 12.  Sessions for teachers, taught by Loyola teachers, included: using Document Cameras, using Electronic Library of Minnesota for research, using Personal Learning Networks, and using Youtube for education.  We also added open lab sessions, allowing teachers to collaborate and discuss various technology topics such as Smartboard and Notebook Software, iPads, and flipping the classroom.  In the afternoon, all K-4 teachers attended an iPad workshop presented by TIES as part of our membership. This was a great opportunity for teachers to find new inspiration and resources and to further their own professional development.       


Technology Committee            


Advancement News

The Advancement Office could use help with a couple of projects.  Let us know if you can lend a hand with any of these needs:


1.  We need to complete a couple of graphic design projects.
2.  We are creating a Legacy Room - are you good with organizing, creating visually appealing displays, and decorating?
3.  The alumni committee needs a leader or leaders to help organize 3 to 4 events over the next year.  Are you a party planner? 
If you can help, please contact Amy Klugherz at 507-388-0617 or aklugherz@loyolacatholicschool.org.             


Parish News
Pasta with the Padres, a dinner and silent auction to benefit ECHO Food Shelf and sponsored by the four Mankato area Catholic parishes, will be Sunday, March 3 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 South Broad Street, Mankato. Pasta will be served from 4:00-7:00pm. Priests from the Mankato / North Mankato parishes will be there to help. Singers/guitarists Brian Kvebak and Traci Buckle (and maybe some of the priests) will provide entertainment.  A free will offering will be taken.  Come and have a delicious meal and support ECHO Food Shelf at the same time! 
Below is a link to First Communion and Confirmation calendar reminders for  St. John the Baptist parishioners.
Spirit Shop
March Madness is here at the Loyola Spirit Shop!  Stop in any Wednesday in March (7:45am to 5:00pm, or by appointment) and draw for your "savings discount"!  Hurry in while inventory lasts. Once things are gone, they are gone for good!  March 27 is the last day the Spirit Shop is open during this school year.

Also, anyone interested in possibly taking over the position of Spirit Shop Coordinator, please let Keri Solheid (340-6991) or Shelley Schultz (388-2997) know.

Loyola Food Service

Have you heard about the 2-Bite Club?


Students in Kindergarten-grade 3 are sampling two new foods each month.  When they eat "two bites" of a new food they get a sticker, if they try five new foods they earn a prize, and if they try ten new foods, they earn another prize!


In January we sampled Blood Oranges and Parsnips.  Although Blood Oranges taste much like regular oranges, their flesh is red in color.  Students thought Blood Oranges were sweeter than other oranges. We learned that the warmer the growing season, the darker the shade of red inside the orange.  We also tried parsnips.  Most students really liked the way we fixed them and some asked for the recipe.  Here it is:


Parsnips recipe:

  • 6 parsnips peeled, with top and bottom cut off
  • � cup flour
  • � teaspoon seasoning salt

Clean parsnips, then boil in water until tender [like potatoes]. Cut in strips or cubes to look like french fries.

In plastic bag, combine flour and seasoning. Add parsnips and shake to coat, put olive oil on cookie sheet, about � to � cup.  Place a single layer of floured parsnips on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.


In February, we sampled Plums and Kale.  Many students enjoyed plums, a sweet canned fruit.


Kale Chips:

  • 1-bunch kale washed and middle stem removed
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt

Wash kale and remove the center stem. Tear into bite-size pieces. Pat dry with paper towel. In large bowl, pour olive oil over kale and toss lightly, making sure all kale is coated.  Place in a single layer on cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Bake at 250 degrees for 40 minutes.  May keep leftovers in covered jar for a few days.


Remember you may join your student for lunch any day. The cost is $3.50 for adults.  If you have any questions please contact Peggy at 507-388-0612 or ppettis@loyolacatholicschool.org.


MACS Nite "Over the Hill, On the Hill"  May 4, 2013 Black & white birthday balloons



On May 4, over 1200 people will gather on "The Hill" to enjoy music, a live auction, silent auction, bingo, bakery, raffles and great food. In 2013, we are celebrating the 40th year of MACS Nite with the theme "Over the Hill, On the Hill". 


During the evening, a lucky person will win $20,000 through the Lucky 20 Raffle.


We thank you for your past support and invite you to be a part of this great event by contributing a completed basket, gift certificate, or cash donation.  If you decide you would like to contribute, you may drop off your donation any time at the Advancement Office at 145 Good Counsel Drive or contact Barb Chicos, the Advancement Administrative Assistant at 507-388-0615 or bchicos@loyolacatholicschool.org 


Please let Barb know by March 20 what you plan to donate.  We would like the actual donation in by April 19 so it can be processed and ready for the event.  Remember to include your name and address with your donation. 

Thank you!   



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  • Thereafter, order retailer(Reload) option and follow the instructions.
  • The processing time for reloading of cards is within minutes when paid with PrestoPay online payment option or within 1 business day-Loyola order is released by Scrip Coordinator (Mondays). 

Examples of reloadable cards are: Aeropostale, BP, Bath & Body Works, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Cubs Foods, CVS Pharmacy, Domino's Pizza, Exxon, Gymboree, Hallmark,  JC Penney, Jiffy Lube, Lowe's Home Improvement, Papa John's Pizza, Starbucks, Subway, Super America, Target and Texaco.


"We first started using the SCRIP program upon deciding to send our daughter, Elizabeth, to Loyola.  We heard about the program so thought we'd give it a try.  It was easy ordering online and over the last 3 years, I have gradually increased our use of the program.  We started out using it for things like groceries, gas and such.  It made budgeting easier as well as gift giving. I try to keep a small stash of gas, LivAveda and certain cards for restaurants on hand as last minute gifts. We really enjoy the increased number of retailers available for ScripNow (electronic cards) and reload. We use the reload feature weekly and ScripNow has come in handy for last minute prescriptions or that unexpected purchase. With these features and the ease of payment through PrestoPay, our family relies on these options more and more.  We have started to have family and friends use the programs as well, especially some the of ScripNow retailers."

~ Becky & Jim Ness

Loyola parents 

Quick View Dates
This incorporates dates that are announced in above newsletter.
*Black - family information 
*Red - staff information 
*Purple - volunteers, coaches, parents

Mar 1          Girls section basketball vs TBA at LCWM 6:00pm
                     Grades 7 & 8 choirs performing at Minnesota State University Mankato
Mar 3          Loyola High School Band Concert in Fitzgerald Theater 7:00pm
                     "Pasta with the Padres" at St. John the Baptist Church 4:00-7:00pm
Mar 4          Boys section basketball vs TBA 7:00pm
                    MSHSL Music Competition at Maple River                   
Mar 5          Kindergarten Round Up, 4:30 and 6:30
                    Girls basketball subsection championship vs TBA at Gustavus Adolphus 5:00pm
Mar 6          Blood Drive 9:00am -1:00pm Good Counsel Campus gym
Mar 7          Boys section basketball vs TBA at St. James 6:00pm
                    Brown Bag Lunch with President in GC Campus Media Center, noon-1:00pm
Mar 8          Grade 5 visiting "The Works Science & Engineering Museum"
Mar 11        Boys subsection championship vs TBA at Gustavus Adolphus 5:00pm
                     Softball and Track practice begins
Mar 12        Enrollment Night, grades 1-12 (5:00-6:45pm)
                     NWEA Test Interpretation Session for Grade K-8 parents 6:30pm
                     No am busing - school begins at 8:00am
Mar 14        Conferences 3:30-7:30pm
                     Preschool conferences
Mar 15        Loyola Concert Choir "Mini Tour" to Twin Cities
Mar 18        Baseball practice begins
                     High School & 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert in chapel, GC Campus 7:30pm
Mar 19        Conferences 3:30-7:30pm  (grades 4-8 noon-7:30pm)
                     Grades 4-8 dismissed at noon
                     Preschool conferences
Mar 20        Preschool conferences
Mar 21        Preschool conferences
                     End of Quarter
Mar 22        No School
Mar 25-26    No District transportation
Mar 26        Grade 2 "Bread of Life" Retreat
Mar 27        Last day Spirit Shop open
Mar 27-Apr 1   Easter break, classes resume April 2 
April 9         No am busing - school begins at 8:00am
April 18       Brown Bag Lunch with President in GC Campus Media Center, noon-1:00pm
May 4          MACS Nite
May 9          Brown Bag Lunch with President in GC Campus Media Center, noon-1:00pm

Please remember to check the website for updates 
Peace and Blessings,
Loyola Catholic School