Wednesday Herald                                                           February 7, 2018
A Message From Mr. Stoops

Each year, Guardian Angels School administers a standardized test to all students in grades 1-7. Results from the assessment are used to monitor student growth, provide teachers with instructional feedback, and identify strengths/areas of growth for the school. We consistently place in the top tier of all Archdiocesan schools, and are very proud of our students and teachers for this accomplishment. This year, testing will occur each morning on March 5-9. Please avoid using these dates for family trips, appointments, or other occasions that would prevent your child from attending school.

Re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year continues! All families received an email from Bob Buck, technology coordinator, with a link to complete re-enrollment. If your family did not receive this email, please contact the school office. Tu ition has been set for next school year and can be found on our school website.  All registration and technology fees must be paid to the school office for re-enrollment to be finalized. We are asking all families to re-enroll by February 16, 2018.

Finally, thanks to the many people who helped plan, organize, and execute a fabulous Catholic Schools Week! It was a wonderful celebration of our faith and school. We are blessed in many ways at Guardian Angels, and I greatly appreciate the support and pride of this tremendous community.

I look forward to seeing many people at the Cheers to 125 Years PTA event on Saturday!
   
God Bless,
Corey

The PTA is excited to hose Cheers to 125 Years! PTA's Annual Parent's Night Out Celebration this Saturday.
 
There is still a need for volunteers the night of the event. If you're interested, please check out the opportunities here
 
Thank you and CHEERS TO 125 YEARS!
Confirmation Meeting

Seventh grade students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and a parent are asked to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, February 8th at 7:00pm in the undercroft. Both, one parent and their current 7th grade student, must be in attendance.
Bagel Sale Friday
 
Breakfast is served! Bring your angel to school a few minutes early on Friday, February 9th 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: March 2nd, and April 13th. Thank you for your support!
Dine to Donate: GA Days at Grove Park Grille

Consider eating lunch or dinner at Grove Park Grille on Monday, February 19th or Tuesday, February 20th. Bring the attached flyer with you and Grove Park Grille will donate 10% of the sale to GA. Proceeds benefit the 8th grade trip to DC. The restaurant is open 11:30am-9:30pm; food is available to dine in or carry out.
Mother Son Event

Save the date for the 2018 GA Mother-Son Event with the FC Cincinnati Soccer Team!
Game: FC Cincinnati against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Date:  Saturday, April 21st
Location: Nippert Stadium
Game time: 7:00pm
More details about ticket sales and the event will be available soon!
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.
From the PTA

Grandparents Day
The students and their relatives enjoyed Grandparents Day. Thank you to the Teacher Committee for the planning and making it an enjoyable morning for all! PTA also provided refreshments for this event. 
 
Penny Wars
Wow! What a fun and exciting competition this year! With your support and donations, over $2,800 was raised.
Thursdays winner was 3rd grade.
Friday's winner was 7th grade.
Both grades will receive a fun pizza & movie party! Way to go!

Penny Fair
Penny Fair was a huge success! Students were full of smiles and energy as they had a blast playing various games at the event! In true GA fashion, it was a great way to celebrate an end to our wonderful Catholic Schools Week!  Penny Fair had many donations left over due to the overwhelming generosity and support. These items were donated in turn to the Cookie Ministry, The St. Vincent de Paul Pantry, and Youth Ministry. These programs are so grateful and they thank you for your donations. 

Spirit Wear Day
February 13th will be a Spirit Wear Day for the entire school because of all their spirit! All students can wear any spirit wear tops and ANGELS sweatpants.  
Thank You!

On behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Society here at GA, we would like to thank the students and staff for donating cans for the "100 Days of School" event. We only expected around 100, but so many more were donated! This will be a huge blessing for all of our neighbors in Mt.Washington who come to our food pantry on Saturday mornings. Thank you and God Bless you!
Fish Fry Fridays During Lent

Guardian Angels hosts a fish fry dinner every Friday during Lent in the undercroft from 5:00-7:30. Our Fish Fry kicks off February 16th and runs through March 23rd. There is no Fish Fry at GA on Good Friday.
Everyone is welcome! There is plenty of food for families to eat-in or carry out. Fried and baked fish, shrimp, cheese pizza, mac-n-cheese, french fries,cole slaw, and baked goods. Senior dining available for parishioners in Room B. There is also a craft corner for children.  Children must be attended by an adult at all times. If you are interested in volunteering at our Fish Fry events, please email  Marianne Glassmeyer.
Ad Space Available In Spring Musical Program

Support a performer or crew member in the Spring Musical Program!
Back this year by popular demand, you may send a message to your star performer or crew member through our Spring Musical's program!  Wish performers good luck in the performance, congratulate their hard work, or tell them how much you love them...all in a text line or up to 1/2 page ad!

½ Page ad is $25.00
¼ Page ad is $15.00
Message Ad (50 character max) is $10.00

An order form is attached. All order forms and payment must be received by February 16th.

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
Registration For Track Now Open

Calling all runners and jumpers! Registration is now open for boys and girls in grades 3-8 who would like to participate in track this Spring. Track is a great sport that can easily fit as a second or third option for those participating in other Spring sports. Regardless of experience or skill level, all are welcome and will find it to be a very enjoyable and fun activity. In past years, we have had to combine GA's track team with other schools, such as IHM. If we have strong enough registration, we'll be able to have our own GA track team this season. If you have any questions or if you need any additional information, please contact Toby Schisler.
GA Boys Volleyball Registration Is Open

Join your GA friends to play in the boys volleyball GCCYS league. Matches and practices are during the week, Monday-Thursday, minimizing conflicts with other sports. Sign up today at gaboosters.org.

For more information, contact Darlene Tierney.

League information:
*Matches are played Monday-Thursday
*6 week season
*Practices begin 2/27
*Regular season: 3/20-5/12
*End of season tournament 5/15-5/19
Winter Enrichment Opportunity

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. .

Canvas Creations   Grades: 3-8
Using acrylic paint on canvas, students will learn different techniques to create their own painting to take home and hang up.
Classes Meet: Tuesdays 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27   3:00-4:00pm    
Fee:  $50, includes supplies
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 .
40 Days For Life

Are you able to volunteer 1 hour to pray in front of the abortion facility in Mt. Auburn? Over the past years, Guardian Angels parishioners have volunteered to cover two of the 40 Days for Life where we have someone continually praying from 7:00am to 7:00pm at Planned Parenthood's abortion facility. Many of our working parishioners try to cover our early and late hours and those available during the day may fill the hours in between.

Please consider joining us as many of our "regulars" can no longer participate mainly for health reasons. Sign up online  or on the bulletin boards in the gathering space. The GA dates are Wednesday, February 14th and Wednesday, March 21st. If you have questions or any problems signing up, email  Luann Rowekamp.
Lenten Soup And Speaker Series

The Lenten Series and Soup Suppers will be held on Mondays: February 19, February 26, and March 5. Topics will be on Suffering With Christ, Lent & the Eucharist, and St Francis & the Way of the Cross. More information is attached. Supper begins at 6:00 pm and with the talk at 7:00 pm in the undercroft.
Heavenly Hog Jog Is March 24

Save the date for Guardian Angels Annual GA 5K Run/Walk which will be held on Saturday, March 24th. The race begins and ends on Guardian Angels Campus at 9:00am, You can register online through March 22nd.  More information about the race and volunteer needs will be published in the coming weeks.
Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Fathers Team Meets This Friday
Guardian Angels Fathers Team topic for Friday, February 9th -  Fasting.  How do you view fasting? Did you embrace it as a child, how about as an adult? Does your family participate in Fasting for Lent?
Please join the GA Fathers team Friday at 6:05am in room B (next to cafeteria) as we discuss this topic.  A beautiful sunrise, hot coffee and meaningful conversation promised to all who can attend.
 
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.
Upcoming School Masses 

Students will participate in an All School Mass on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, at 9:00am.

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
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.
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
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 5th grade classes are responsible for the next donation on Monday, February 12 th. 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: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.
Changes Coming To Facebook Pages
Guardian Angels uses our Facebook page to keep families informed about upcoming events, news, and other information regarding our school and parish. 
In January, Facebook has announced major changes will soon be coming to your newsfeed. The changes mean you will see fewer post from Pages you like, including Guardian Angels. That means you have to do more than just Like our page to see our updates in the future.
If you want to make sure you continue to see information posted through the Guardian Angels page, please make sure you go to our page, click Following (just under the cover photo), and then choose See First. This way anything we share will still be seen in your newsfeed.
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
Playdate With The Bearcats
Playdate With The Bearcats is a family-fun afternoon at the UC Rec Center that includes games, swimming, rock-climbing, a silent auction, raffle and food. The best part is that UC athletes from all sports are on hand to paint faces, play games, shoot hoops or just hang out with the kids and their families. This year's event will take place on  Sunday, February 11th from 2 to 5pm. More information is  attached.
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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