Wednesday Herald                                                           December 6, 2017
A Message From Mr. Stoops

On Friday, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary with an all school Mass beginning at 9:00. This holy day of obligation is a celebration of our Mother and her willingness to accept God's plan for her as the Mother of Jesus. Mary describes this acceptance in Luke's Gospel, "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." 

As we continue through our Advent journeys, preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ, it is important that we use Mary's acceptance and willingness to accept God's plan as an example for our spiritual development. Trusting in God and His plan for us is the foundation of our faith, but, like Mary, we are called to let it be done to us according to His will. 

The celebration of the Immaculate Conception also exemplifies the importance of asking Mary to pray for us and to use her as an example of grace, love, and gentleness. There are so many beautiful songs, prayers, and hymns devoted to her and this is the perfect time to say and sing these with our family!

Finally, our Christmas concert is scheduled for Sunday beginning at 1:30. Mr. Diehl and Mrs. Leach have been working hard to prepare our students for what is always a wonderful performance. Please join us!               
   
God Bless,
Corey
Upcoming Events for Music Boosters

Christmas Concert
Please join us for the annual Christmas Concert which will take place in the Parish Center on Sunday, December 10.
Grades 1,3 and 5 will perform at 1:30
Grades 6,7 and 8 will perform at 3:00.
This is a great opportunity to see how much the children have learned since the beginning of the year and to also see where they are headed with GA and Jazz band performances!
 
Spring Musical Auditions
Audition packets for Singing in the Rain Jr. are now  available.
Auditions will be held on December 12 & 14.
The participation fee is $50.00 with $25.00 due at the time of audition and the remaining balance due at script pick up.
Script pick up will be on January 4, from 3:00 - 4:00pm.
Look for a link with more information coming soon!
PTA December Hospitality For GA Teachers and Staff

The PTA is hosting "Christmas Cookie Exchange" for the GA Teachers & Staff on Monday, December 11th. The treat is that the teachers do not have to do any of the baking! The parents and PTA will be providing them with a variety of cookies to choose from to fill their cookie box. We need your help with providing the cookies to treat our fabulous GA Teachers and Staff. Please click on the link to sign up! Thanks so much!
365 Lotto

The 365 Lotto is one of the PTA's biggest fundraisers and also gives you the opportunity to WIN MONEY!! The distribution of the four Lotto tickets per family went home last week with the  youngest or only child in your family. The 365 Lotto tickets are $20 each and there are only a limited number of tickets sold. There is a winner every day of 2017 beginning January 1 with different prize levels throughout the year. Please try to sell all four; they make great gifts as well! Additionally, tickets will be available for purchase in the Rectory, as well as the school office. All tickets must be returned to with your child/school office/Rectory NO LATER THAN FRIDAY DEC 15th. Cash or checks made payable to Guardian Angels PTA. Additional details to come later.
 
Tickets will be sold after Masses ONLY on the following dates: 
  • All Masses November 11/12
  • All Masses December 9/10
Thank you in advance, and best of luck!
 
For questions, please contact Melissa Clissold.

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! How can you help now? We are always looking for volunteers; if you're interested, please contact  Erica Monahan

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 6th or Jan 20th.  The PTA will have a representative selling tickets to the event.   

Thank you and CHEERS TO 125 YEARS!
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. 
Dodgeball Is Back

It's BACK!!!  Reserve your spot now for the GA Annual Dodgeball Tournament!
 
When: Saturday January 20th, 2018, 6:00pm
What: Evening of friendly competition (adults only)
Cost: $25 person (includes drinks, appetizer, placement on a team)
Sponsored Families: Beerman, Skie, Noone, Hall, Waleskowsi, Byrne, Kelley, Tierney, Steinhaus, Fesenmeier
 
Send cash or check (payable to GA Parish) to the office (marked Dodgeball c/o Ellen Beerman).
 
No experience necessary to play. Teams will be formed randomly (Sorry, can't request/form your own team. We do our best to even out the playing field). You can also join as a spectator for $20 if you don't wish to play.  Additional details coming soon! Reserve your spot or send questions by emailing Ellen Beerman. Space is limited!
Please Check Lunch Accounts

We have numerous students with a negative or low balance on their cafeteria account. Notices have been sent home with children who have a negative balance in their account. Check your balance by clicking here .
 
Parents, please consider signing up on myschoolbucks.com. It will allow you to do the following:
  1. Track your child/children's purchases.
  2. Set up a Low Balance Notification
  3. Add funds if necessary 

**Please note there IS a convenience fee for this service. To avoid the convenience fee, you may also send in money directly to the cafeteria via check or cash.

School Office Volunteer Needed

The school office is in need of a volunteer to work the front desk to answer the phones and watch the front door. A volunteer is needed consistently on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00-1:00pm. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact  Jill Buchmann .
Other Upcoming Events

Fall Soup & Speaker Series: December 18
All parishioners are invited to join our Fall Soup and Speaker Series. The next event is Monday, December 18th. Soup will be served at 6:00pm in the undercroft; the presentation will follow. Come hear Fr. Sean Wilson share the life and experiences of Sts. Zelie and Louis Martin, the first married couple to be canonized together. Learn how they grew in love of each other and God despite great struggle, including the deaths of four young children and St. Zelie's early death to breast cancer. A flyer is attached .
Consider Becoming An Arimathean

The Arimatheans (named for Joseph of Arimathea) are persons who attend parish funerals in order to offer prayer for the deceased and support for the bereaved family. This is an excellent ministry for anyone who is able to attend an occasional weekday Mass - including retired people or stay-at-home parents with children in school. There are no requirements, obligations, dues, or meetings! 

There is a phone chain to let anyone on the Arimathean list know that a funeral will be held on a certain day and time, usually late morning.  If you cannot be there we understand, but maybe you can. Sometimes there are very few people at the funeral of an elderly person, and the families always appreciate our presence!

Call Sue Steffen at 231-4274 or the rectory at 231-7440 for more information.
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.

Upcoming School Masses 

Students will participate an All School Mass for Immaculate Conception on Friday, December 8th 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
Save the Date: 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.
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 4th grade classes are responsible for the next donation on Monday, December 4th . 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:November 30, 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.
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
Archbishop McNicholas HS Liturgy Choir Presents Lessons & Carols
Please join us at Guardian Angels Church on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00pm as the Archbishop McNicholas High School's Liturgy Choir presents Lessons and Carols. Music and readings of the Advent and Christmas season highlight this beautiful evening of music directed by Dr. Loretta Graner. Admission is free.
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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