Wednesday Herald                                                           January 10, 2017
A Message From Mr. Stoops

It was delightful to welcome our angels back to school last week! I hope everyone enjoyed a Christ-filled holiday season and is experiencing an exciting New Year. There are many events planned for students and parents in the coming month. This afternoon, our annual Spelling Bee will take place for students in grades 5-8. Additionally, on January 17 at 1:00 in the PC Gym, students in grades 4-8 will test their geography skills in our school wide competition. I am always amazed at how well our students perform in these competitions!

Open House is scheduled for January 28! We encourage all current and prospective families to attend this showcase event! Please encourage any family member, friend, co-worker, etc. who may be interested in Guardian Angels School to also attend. You can help us spread the word by sharing our flyer or our Facebook event. We will also have yard signs in the gathering space after Masses this weekend. Please consider taking one, or a few, to display in your yard or at your business.
The Open House will kick off Catholic Schools Week, which is our devoted time to celebrate our wonderful school and faith through many exciting events!  Full details for all activities planned for the week will be communicated in next week's Herald.  During Catholic Schools Week, on January 31, we will celebrate Grandparents Day. We will begin with Mass at 9:00, and grandparents will visit classrooms immediately following Mass. Additional details for this event will be included in our Catholic Schools Week communication next week. However, please mark your calendars and begin to invite grandparents to this special day. 

A major piece to the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which many of you generously gave, is additional tuition assistance for families who financially qualify.  This year, 2 million dollars will be distributed to families of elementary school students for the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more and apply, please visit www.catholicbestchoice.org. All families who plan to apply for financial assistance from Guardian Angels must first apply for assistance from this source, so that additional assistance could be available for your family. Last year, over $26,000 was given to Guardian Angels families from the Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance Fund. 

Finally, our annual 8th grade vs. seminarians basketball game is scheduled for this Friday, January 12 at 1:30 in the P.C. Gym. We are honored to host Archbishop Schnurr, who will be in attendance to watch the competition and help celebrate vocations. All parents are invited to attend.
 
I look forward to seeing community members throughout all these exciting events and activities!
   
God Bless,
Corey
Norovirus Notice From The Nurse's Office

This is the time of year that the incidence of Norovirus tends to peak. We hope you will find this information to be a helpful resource for prevention, and if needed, in your decision of when the right to time to send your child back to school after a stomach bug.
 
Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both. This is called acute gastroenteritis.  The most common symptoms include, diarrhea, throwing up, nausea, and stomach pain. Other symptoms include, fever, headache, and body aches.  A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus. Most people with norovirus illness get better within 1 to 3 days, although they may remain contagious even after symptoms subside. If you have norovirus, you can feel extremely ill and throw up or have diarrhea many times a day. More information is attached.
 
Other information to consider:
Encourage children to sneeze in their elbow as they would a cold. The virus can be aerosolized in saliva if a child who has been vomiting returns to school the next day and sneezes or coughs.
 
Although the article quotes 60% alcohol in hand sanitizer kills norovirus, other literature suggests 70% alcohol is more effective. This includes brands like Purell "Advanced" hand sanitizer.
 
Encourage students to wash hands or use hand-sanitizer at aftercare or sports practices prior to eating snacks or handling balls. They can use it afterwards as well.
 
Thank you for helping to keep all of our Angels healthy!
Updated Websites Include Mobile Responsive Platform

If you have visited our website in the last couple weeks, you may have noticed it looks different. The school and parish sites have been updated to be mobile responsive. Our sites have been mobile friendly since the redesign in 2014 but the update means you have a fresh clean look at the sites when using your phones without losing any of the content options. About one-third of people visiting our school website, do so through a mobile device. That number jumps to more than half of visitors for our parish site.

We apologize if you've had any issues using our site since early December when the transition began; there are always a few kinks to work out before it is fully established.
Bagel Sale Friday

Breakfast is served! Bring your angel to school a few minutes early on Friday, January 12th for a breakfast of a bagel with or without cream cheese or  granola bar and  juice bag. The sale will run from 7:30-8:00am in the 8th grade hallway and each item costs only $1.  All proceeds go toward the 8th Grade Washington DC trip or graduation activities. The following are the dates of future Bagel Sales: February 2nd, March 2nd, and April 13th. Thank you for your support!
Chipotle Fundraiser

Please plan on dining at Chipotle for dinner on Wednesday, January 17th. Chipotle will donate 50% of its sales made from 4:00-8:00pm to our 8th grader fundraising efforts for the trip to DC in the Spring. Bring the paper flyer with you, which is attached, or show it on your phone for GA to receive credit for the purchase. 

Cheers to 125 Years! PTA's Annual Parent's Night Out Celebration is on Saturday,  February 10. Mark your calendar now for a fabulous night of friends, food, drinks and entertainment...GA PTA's largest fundraiser of the year! Tickets are now available online.

How can you help now? We are always looking for volunteers; if you're interested, please check out the opportunities here

The event committee is currently collecting items for the silent auction and the Cork Pull Game.  To donate items to the silent auction at the event, see the attached  Amazon Wish List . The gifts you donate will be delivered right to GA.

The Cork Pull game is always a big hit! Sign-up to donate to the Cork Pull here; please plan on dropping your donation off at any one of the Masses the weekend of January 20th. The PTA will have a representative selling tickets to the event.   

Thank you and CHEERS TO 125 YEARS!
Penny Fair Is February 2nd

Penny Wars will be back this year to help wrap up Catholic Schools Week. Please start saving your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. There will be more information to follow on this exciting war between grade levels.

We do need 80-90 volunteers (grandparents welcomed) to help staff this day of fun. Please click here to see the times and places we need volunteers. All volunteers must be VIRTUS trained and up-to-date on bulletins and background checks.

We are also asking for donations of cakes, gift cards, soda and chips. Please sign up and support our Penny Fair.

Parents are encouraged to pre-purchase wristbands for Penny Fair. The cost is $15 and includes unlimited games and lunch. On the day of the event, wristbands will be available for $20. Details are included in the attached order form. The order form should be returned to school by Friday, January 26th. Only one form per family is needed.

Thanks again for your all you do to make GA a great community.
Father Daughter Dance

Get ready to get down and boogie at the GA Father Daughter Disco Dance on Saturday, February 24th from 7:00-10:00pm at GA. Tickets are $25 for dad and his daughter(s) when purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the 8th trip to Washington DC.
Click here to download the reservation form.  Return reservation forms and payment to the school office or parish office by February 23rd.
Music Boosters Needs You

The Music Boosters is in need of some new boosters to support the music and theatre programs at Guardian Angels school. As you have heard at the Christmas concert, our band program is one of the best around. The program consistently is awarded OMEA and Honor Band accolades along with a Jazz Band group that this year was chosen to perform for the OMEA in Columbus! Also each year the theatre program puts on a quality spring musical that engages and enriches students and urges them to step a bit out of their comfort zone... all while having a blast!

The music boosters would love to welcome new members for the current year and looking to the future. Music Boosters meet 6 times a year. It does not require much time but the benefits the boosters provide to support the programs are immense!

We are an easy going group and meetings generally only last about an hour. Can you spare a little time to support these programs and help them continue to provide superior opportunities for our Angels? If you are interested please contact Katie Montanus, Jan Diehl, or Holly Leach.
Winter Enrichment Opportunity

Better Babysitters   Grades 5-8
Would your child know what to do if the child he/she was babysitting was choking? Does your child babysit younger siblings? Your child will learn the skills needed to be a Better Babysitter!  Students will learn: first aid & safety; infant & child CPR with mannequin instruction; care of the choking child and infant; how to handle emergencies; creative problem solving; job professionalism and how to create a marketing flyer; hands on practice with diapering, bottle feeding and infant care; and creative age appropriate activities. 
Classes Meet: Wednesdays 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 from 2:45 - 5:15pm
Fee:   $95 
More information is attached.

LEGO Engineering Grades   Grades 2-4
Calling all LEGO maniacs! LEGO Engineers will use motors, gears, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles to create radical creations. Students investigate the principles if engineering as they work in teams to build and test simple and compound machines using LEGO Educational kits.
Classes Meet : Tuesdays 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 and 3/27; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Fee : $85
More information is  attached .
 
Storybook Science     Grades K-2
Exploring the science in beloved children's literature such as The Mixed Up Chameleon or The Sound All Around, engages even the youngest scientists through experiments and hands-on activities. Topics include, insects, kitchen chemistry and sound!
Classes Meet: Wednesdays 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 and 3/28; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Fee:  $85
More information is  attached .
 
Passport to the World     Grades: K-4
** Different Countries Than Last Year **
Voyage around the world without having to step on a plane! Participants will be able to ''visit" various countries, exploring different cultures through hands-on activities such as listening to traditional music, learning dances, making indigenous crafts, learning a new sport, and/or trying "local" foods. Students will develop global awareness and a greater appreciation for cultural diversity.
Classes Meet: Thursdays from 2/8-4/26 (no class 4/4); 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fee : $120
More information is  attached .
Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Fathers Team Meets This Friday
Guardian Angels Fathers Team topic for Friday,  January 12  -  Moral Absolutes and our Catholic Faith! A set of human values that are universally accepted regardless of culture or era!  Have you ever thought that certain values are simply dated and do not pertain to the modern life that we enjoy. Have you ever thought to modify some of these absolutes to fit your lifestyle?
Join Guardian Angels Fathers Team this Friday at 6:05am as we discuss this topic in our lives.
A Beautiful Sunrise, Hot Coffee and meaningfull conversation promised to all who can attend! 

Passion and Purpose for Marriage
Guardian Angels Parish's Fathers Team is partnering with IHM for an event for couples in January. Dynamic Catholic present Passion & Purpose for Marriage on  January 13th. The event will be held at IHM from 9:30am-2:00pm and features Author/Speaker Dr. Allen Hunt. Participants will discover key ingredients to a healthy and happy marriage. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased  online. A flyer with more information is  attached. If you have any questions, please contact  Reid Rooney.

Confirmation Parent Meeting/7th Grade
The Confirmation Parent/Candidate meeting has been rescheduled. The new date is  February 8th at 7:00pm in the undercroft. This replaces the original meeting scheduled for January 11th. Both, one parent and their current 7th grade student, must be in attendance.
 
First Communion Parent Meeting
The First Communion parent meeting, scheduled for October 26th, has been rescheduled. The meeting will now take place on  February 22nd at 7:00pm in the undercroft. This meeting will be for the parents only.

Spring Musical: March 22 & 23rd
Please save the date for our Spring Musical: Singing in the Rain, Jr. on March 22 and 23. You can find more information on the Music Boosters' website
Upcoming School Masses 

Students will participate in grade level Masses during the week of  January 15th.
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday: Grades 4-6
Wednesday: Grades 7-8
Thursday: Grades K-3

For a calendar of upcoming Mass times, log into your parent portal in  Rediker. Click on the Calendar, the box with the arrow, found on the right side of your home page. School Masses are shown in the light blue color. Or you can make a selection in the filter drop down, to the right above the calendar dates, to just show School Masses.
 
Parents and other family members are invited to attend any Mass your child will be attending. You are also welcome to bring any younger siblings with you.    
Other News & Announcements
Save the Date: 2018 Family Mission Trip
The 2018 Family Mission Trip to Frenchburg, KY will take place on June 14-17. Mark your calendars now to join us as we spread God's love through action! Look for more details in early Spring. Questions? Email Anne Jones
Volunteer Opportunities
Photographer
Guardian Angels is looking for a skilled photographer to document wonderful things happening around our campus. You do not have to be a professional photographer, just someone who loves taking pictures and is able to capture great moments. The opportunities vary but include parish and school functions/activities and include weekend, evening, and daytime events. So there is an opportunity to fit any schedule! If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Strah
Heavenly Cafe
Parents are needed in the cafeteria to help wipe tables and assist children during their lunches. You can work once or twice a month or more, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You are welcome to bring small children with you. All volunteers must be VIRTUS trained. If you are interested in volunteering in the cafeteria, please sign up via this link . If you have any questions, please contact  Katie Durstock .
Cookie Ministry
Guardian Angels School Cookie Ministry teams up with the Parish Parish Peanut Butter group to feed families in need. The Peanut Butter group makes 1,500 peanut butter and bologna sandwiches. GA students donate cookies. St. Francis Seraph Church in Over-the-Rhine gives the food to families in need. Students are asked to bring in two dozen cookies, brownies, or rice krispie bars on their classroom's designated day. They do need to be bagged, two treats per bag. All kindergarten classes are responsible for the next donation on Tuesday,  January 16th. A  complete schedule for the school year is attached.
Box Top Collection
The Guardian Angels PTA is collecting Box Tops from various consumer products. GA students can submit Box Tops to their homeroom teachers and all parishioners can drop off Box Tops in the special collection envelope located on the bulletin board in the Church Gathering Space.
The Box Tops are picked up at the following dates:January 25, February 25, March 22, and May 19.
We use the funds earned to purchase indoor recess games and outdoor recess equipment. Please start collecting Box Tops today and help us make this year even more successful! 
Have News To Share?
If you have information you would like to be included in the Wednesday Herald, please email it to   Tiffany Strah Information must be received by Friday to be included in the next Wednesday Herald.
School Events Calendar
Looking for more information about upcoming events at GA? You can find a calendar in your Rediker Parent Portal. Log into your account, then click on the Calendar on the blue navigation bar. The calendar shows school events, parish events, and much more.  Just a reminder, events posted on the school website, www.gaschool.org , only include those open to the public or new families who may not have activated a Rediker account yet. All other event information is posted in Rediker, which is password protected.
Support GA While You Shop On Amazon
You can now support Guardian Angels Parish when you shop at Amazon.com! GA is a newly registered participant in the AmazonSmile Program. You can sign-up to have a portion of your purchase sales come back to Guardian Angels. When you make purchases through the AmazonSmile page, and have GA selected as your beneficiary, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products back to GA. You have to be shopping from smile.amazon.com page of the site for us to receive the benefit.
Kroger Community Rewards
Have you signed up for Kroger Community Rewards and designated GA as your beneficiary? The more families who register, the more money our school receives through the program.
Kroger Community Rewards offers a great way for you to support our school's technology fund...and you don't have to spend a penny. Register your rewards card online and select Guardian Angels as your beneficiary. You can search for GA or use our NPO number, 80200. The amount Guardian Angels receives depends on the points our supporters rack up while grocery shopping. Enrolling does NOT impact the points you use to redeem for discounts at the pump. 
Like Us On Facebook
If you're on Facebook, that is a great place to stay up on the latest happenings at Guardian Angels School and Parish. We post information about upcoming events, ways to get involved, and share stories about news on our campus. You can find our Facebook page  here
In an effort to keep spam out of your newsfeed, Facebook changed how you see information from organizations and businesses. If you would like all of our posts to show up in your feed, click on the like button. A drop down menu will appear. Click on See First instead of default.
Have You Checked Out Formed.org
Guardian Angels invites you to explore all of the resources offered through  Formed.org  by registering with the parish code 4EVXRB. Registration is complimentary to all parishioners and residents of our parish area, so be sure to tell your friends. Great programs, videos, books and more are added every month. There are also a number of resources now available for children!
Growing In Faith
Growing In Faith is a monthly publication produced by a company in Virginia. It offers our parishioners advice for living the Catholic faith, guidance about prayer, insights into Catholic traditions, and explanations about seasonal feasts and celebrations. For the latest edition, click  here.
Other Opportunities For GA Families
Junior Rockets 7th/8th Grade Softball Team Forming for 2018 Season
Come join Junior Rockets 7th/8th Grade Fast Pitch softball team for its second season. Players are being taken from the McNick feeder schools and will be playing a 15 game schedule against other schools around the city. We plan on carrying 13-15 players. The season begins in early April but there will be workouts and open batting cage work beginning in January in the McNick Gym. Home games are played on the McNick Varsity Softball field.
Interested players should contact Junior High Coach Tim Ross at 513-615-0842 or Varsity Softball Coach Terry Doyle at 513-633-8402 for more information.
McNicholas HS Spring Bus Tour
Any women 21 and older are invited on a bus tour to Nashville in April. The ladies only event raises money for McNicholas High School Athletic Boosters. The event is April 27-29. A deposit is required to hold your reservation by January 5th. More information is attached.
Helpful Links
Have news to share? Send news or upcoming event information to Tiffany Strah.
The deadline to be published in next week's Wednesday Herald is Friday.
Contact
Corey Stoops, Principal
Katie Durstock, Assistant Principal
6539 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
513.624.3141
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