Wednesday Herald                                                                    April 11, 2018
A Message From Mr. Stoops

Welcome back! It was great to see the students and teachers return to school on Monday, following our Spring Break! I hope everyone enjoyed a blessed Easter Sunday and continues to celebrate this glorious season of the Church. We are now preparing for a productive and event-filled conclusion to this academic year!
 
Over Spring Break, many educators from Guardian Angels participated in the National Catholic Educational Association's National Convention & Expo, joining over 4,800 attendees from around the world! It was a wonderful celebration of our faith and an outstanding opportunity to grow spiritually and professionally. This was made possible by the PTA, who paid for all attendees from Guardian Angels.
 
Upon returning from break, the PTA sponsored a presentation from Dr. Larry Graham on the topic of trends in teen substance abuse. This insightful presentation provided parents and students information on current trends, as well as strategies to use to spark discussions about these very important topics. Again, thank you very much to the generosity of the PTA!


God Bless,
Corey
Congratulations to Our OMEA Solo & Ensemble Performers

Every spring, members of the GA band sign up to perform in the OMEA competition where they choose a difficult piece to perform either solo or with a small ensemble (or both). An adjudicator is present to judge the performance on a scale of 1-5. GA has consistently been well represented and students have always performed at a superior or excellent level for such a small school! This year was no exception. The one exception was that due to inclement weather, the competition was canceled. However, our intrepid band leader, Mr. Diehl managed to put together a last minute recital so the parents could listen to the beautiful music of some very talented musicians. The pieces performed were indeed difficult and the hard work put forth by these students was evident. Please congratulate the students listed below on a wonderful job!

Michael Mastromauro       Gretchen Fesenmeier       Molly Montanus               Tessa Nappi
Savannah Almer               Dean Singleton                 Bobby Fechtel                  Lilly Thurnau
Regan Montanus              Jack Caccavari                  Fiona Mack                      Nicole Bell
AJ Szudejko


Thank You From Music Boosters!

The Music Boosters would like to thank everyone for coming out to support our Spring Musical! The kids did a fantastic job with a lot of help from Mrs. Leach, Mrs. Waddell, Mr. Barnes and Miss Sparks. It was fun to watch it all come together and we are so grateful so many of you took the time to come and see our talented angels perform.
7th Grade Holding Used Shoe Drive

WaterStep is a nonprofit organization that helps all the people in the world who need safe, clean drinking water. WaterStep's dream is to have all people in the world have fresh usable water. WaterStep helped a school in Kenya by giving them a Waterball. A Waterball is a ball that holds 12 gallons of water and it is very easy to move around. The school used to have to get water from buckets, but now they have a Waterball.

We are having a GA Shoe Drive for WaterStep so they may sell the shoes that we donate and use the profits to benefit people who do not have water. Our Shoe Drive is running now through Friday April 13th. You can bring in any type, size, or condition of shoe. Donate a pair of shoes, get water for someone who has no clean, safe water to drink. Our goal is 1,000 shoes.

More people die from diseases caused by unclean water than from armed conflict. One in every 10 people don't have clean accessible water. That's about 660 million people. In African cultures, the women must go collect water, they will carry the water on their head using gourds and water jugs. The water jugs are heavy, and they may suffer from health issues later in life. If you donate shoes to give them safe water, then these women will not have to suffer from health issues because of a spinal contraction. We can make a difference by helping the poor and vulnerable.
 
Sincerely,
The 7th Grade students
Bookmark Winner & Signing Event

Congratulations to 8th grade artist Maddy Beerman! Maddy's bookmark was selected by Joseph-Beth Bookstore as a winner in their annual Bookmark Contest. She receives a gift card to Joseph-Beth and will have her own bookmark signing at the Rookwood store on Saturday, April 28th from 3:30-4:00. Maddy's bookmark is on the left side below. Congrats Maddy!
The Art Show Is Coming

Mark your home calendar and clear the date to come to our annual GA Student Art Exhibit, April 28-30. Families and parishioners will be able to view beautiful works of art from Saturday at 4:00pm-6:30pm, and from 9:00am-1:30pm on Sunday, then Monday morning from 8:00am-12:00pm. This year, families will have the opportunity to purchase their child's artwork double-matted and framed for $25. (Otherwise, all artwork will be returned unframed.) This is a perfect gift for Mother's Day & Father's Day for parents and grandparents!
Ordination of Christian Cone-Lombarte to the Order of Deacon

Cincinnati's diaconate ordination will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 11:00 am at the cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. All are welcome to attend the ordination. In the evening of April 28th, at 8:00, Christian will offer a Holy Hour at Guardian Angels Church in thanksgiving and in prayer for all the newly-ordained deacons. On the following morning, April 29th, Christian will serve his first Masses as deacon at the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses. Please join him in prayer on this important weekend!
Scholastic Book Fair April 16-20

Reading for pleasure has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps kids discover who they are. Help your child develop stronger reading skills and a love for re ading by:
 

·         Setting the example. Let your kids see you read!

·         Having a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.

·         Supporting our school's Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your kids to choose their own books they'll love.

Our  Buy One, Get One Free* Book Fair is a reading event that brings books to your child ' s school that they want to read. It ' s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and help shape your child ' s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: Monday April 16-Friday, April 20
Shopping hours: Monday & Tuesday 8:00 AM-2:45, Wednesday & Thursday 11:15-2:45, Friday 8:00 AM-1:15
Location: GA Library
 
As always, volunteers are essential to the success of the fair. Volunteers are invited to sign up at SignUpGenius.com.
Girls Fall Volleyball Registration Is Open
 
Girls Volleyball registration is now open for girls who will be in grades 3-8 next Fall. You can register today online.

Tentative Evaluation dates will be the week of May 28th.

Volleyball Season Dates:
Mid-Late May: Volleyball Evaluations - Exact Dates TBD
July 31st: Practices Begin
August 25th: League Matches Begin
October 22nd: Regular season ends
Oct 26-29: Post Season Tourney for 3/4th grade 
Nov 2-5: Post Season Tourney for 5-8th grade

UC Volleyball Camp:
UC/GA VB camp is July 30-August 1. Boys and girls interested in attending can register through the boosters website. 
Save The Date: AngelsFest Is June 8, 9, 10

The festival is the parish's largest fundraiser. You'll find plenty of food and drinks, rides, and games for adults and children of all ages. There is also live entertainment all weekend long!
 
Festival Schedule
Friday:  7:00pm-12:00am
    Live Entertainment:  Nick Netherton Band
Saturday:  6:00pm-12:00am
    Live Entertainment:  Marshall Street Project &  Naked Karate Girls
Sunday:  4:00pm-9:00pm
    Live Entertainment:   2nd Wind
    Also, featuring princesses and superheroes from  Party Princess Productions on Sunday.
 
If you are interested in joining our festival committee, please contact  Susan Boettner. More information about volunteer opportunities throughout the festival weekend will be available soon.
Bid-N-Buy News
Have you made your Bid n Buy donation yet? 
There are a few ways to support Bid-N-Buy:
  • Grab a tag from the Wish Cart in Gathering Space
  • Choose something off the Amazon Wish List
  • Create your own basket
All donations welcome and appreciated. They can be dropped off in the school office until May 16th. If you have q uestions, contact Liz McElroy.
Upcoming School Masses 

Students will attend grade-level Masses during the week of April 16th.
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
PTA Volunteers
The PTA is looking for new volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact Bridget Fesenmeier or Margaret Dunn with any questions.
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 6th grade classes classes are responsible for the next donation on Monday, April 16th . A  complete schedule for the school year is attached.
2018 Family Mission Trip: June 14-17
Guardian Angels Parish is gearing up for its 4th annual Family Mission Trip to Frenchburg, KY on June 14 - 17. This family-friendly mission trip will include service projects for all ages and skill levels. Projects may include construction, landscaping, painting, crafting, and visiting the sick or elderly.  See the attached flyer for more information. Registration deadline is May 1. You can register online.
Questions? Email Anne Jones
Guardian Angels Named A Communication All Star
Guardian Angels has been named a 2017 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact. This is our third year in a row of being recognized!
The annual award recognizes the most successful 10% of Constant Contact's customer base, based on their significant achievements leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization. More than 650,000 small businesses and organizations use Constant Contact.
We use Constant Contact to send the Wednesday Herald and parish-wide emails, as well as to conduct surveys and registration for events including Open House and Camp GAudeo. The company uses several measures to determine its All Stars including:
  • Higher average open rates (>25%)
    • Our School open rate is 60%
    • Parish open rate is 43%
    • Youth Ministry open rate is 36%
  • Low Bounce Rates
  • Communicate regularly with audience
    • School: Weekly Emails
    • Parish: Monthly emails since the fall; quarterly before the dissolution of the GA Press
    • Youth Ministry: Monthly
School families are signed up for emails at the start of each school year. Parishioners can register by clicking the sign-up button on the homepage of the parish website or through the office when they register at the parish.
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.
Find GA News On Facebook
This time of year gets incredibly busy and Facebook is a great way to stay-up-to-date on everything happening in our school and parish. Guardian Angels uses our Facebook page to keep families informed about upcoming events, news, and other information regarding our school and parish. 
Facebook has changed how you see information from the pages you follow. These changes mean you will see fewer posts 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.
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. 
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!
Other Opportunities For GA Families
Summer Camps At McNick
McNicholas High School is offering a number of summer camps for students entering grades 1-9. Camps are a week long and run from June 4th through June 21st. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered. Click here for more information.
Summer Camps At Ursuline Academy
Ursuline is offering several camps this summer for girls entering grades 1-8. We have athletic camps in six different sports, as well as several academic and art camps. Camps start in early June and run through July.  Click here to learn more.
St Ursula Academy Events
Saint Ursula Academy would like to invite current 6th and 7th grade girls to our Girls Night on Friday, May 4 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. There will be many fun activities to help you get acquainted with Saint Ursula Academy. Try Zumba, tie-dye a t-shirt, participate in a cool DIY project, play games, win prizes, meet girls from around the city and MORE! This free event is open to current 6th and 7th grade girls.  Learn more here; families are asked to RSVP by April 27th.
There is something for everyone at Saint Ursula Academy this summer. We will be hosting camps for art, drama, design, guitar, HSPT review, robotics, writing, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball and track & field. To learn more, click here. Spaces are available on a first come-first served basis so please register early! 
If you have questions about either of these events, please contact Admissions Director Michelle Dellecave.
Goddard School Summer Camps
Active and S.T.E.A.M. powered summer camps for toddlers-12-years-old are available at Goddard School on Nagel Road. Goddard offers different options for children under 5, 5-6, 6-8, and 8-12 years old.  Campers enjoy an expanded summer campus, which includes neighboring Comboni's west facilities and grounds, large indoor gym, crafts, projects, gymnastics, acting, dance, sports, science, engaging visitors, and plenty of age-appropriate field trips. Summer day camps run 9:00am-4:00pm, include morning/afternoon snack and include before and after care from 7:00am-6:00pm. Campers can attend for a few weeks or all 13 weeks of summer (June 4 - August 30, 2018). Click here for more information or  call the school at (513)474-5292.
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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