Wednesday Herald
January 23, 2019
Principal's Message
Open House is this Sunday, January 27 ! 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. 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! Concluding Catholic Schools Week is our annual Penny Fair! We are still in need of volunteers for this event. Details for volunteering can be found below. 

Open House will also serve as our start date for accepting new registrations to Guardian Angels School for preschool through 8 th grade. We anticipate an exceptionally strong response for all programs, especially in preschool. Anticipating this, we opened re-enrollment and registration of new students with siblings currently enrolled at GA last Friday! Thank you to all the families who have already taken advantage of this opportunity. In order for registration to be complete, all families must go through a two-step re-enrollment process.
  • First, you will complete an electronic form through Administrator’s Plus Online Forms that can be accessed from the email you received last Friday. This step must be completed for each child you are enrolling.
  • Second, you must also complete a payment which includes registration and technology fees. The payment for these combined fees will be collected through the WeShare payment site.
The email you received last Friday from Bob Buck included instructions and links to the Administrator’s Plus Online Forms and the WeShare payment site. Both re-enrollment steps must be completed for full registration into next school year. 

The preschool process is separate from the KDG-8 th grade process. If you are re-enrolling in preschool and KDG-8, you will need to fill out online re-enrollment forms for all of your returning students using Administrator’s Plus Online Forms and then make two payments at the WeShare payment site: one for your re-enrolling student(s) in preschool and one for your re-enrolling student(s) in KDG-8 th grade. Also, if you are a current family registering a new student in any grade level, a new student registration packet can be found through the school website or in the school office. I strongly encourage all families to have new registrations complete before we open registration to new families on January 27.    

Finally, I am excited to publish our 2019-2020 school year calendar. You may view the calendar here .           

God Bless,
Corey
School News
Open House is January 27th
The Guardian Angels School Open House is scheduled for  January 27th  from 1:00-3:00pm. This is a great opportunity to meet other GA families and teachers, talk with administrators and help us kick off Catholic Schools Week.

You can help us spread the word about Open House by sharing our Facebook event .

All are welcome to join the faculty and staff for the noon Mass on January 27th followed by an Art Show presented by grades kindergarten through fifth grade, our GA Expo and a guided tour by one of our junior high students.

Please stop by the Religious Education table at the GA Open House. We will have information and registration forms for Bible Camp, Camp Gaudeo, our youth ministry program, and the Vocation Ministry. We will also offer seminarian trading cards (families choose a seminarian to pray for especially) and a free raffle of religious books for all ages!  
Catholic Schools Week is January 27 - February 1
The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2019 is HALO - Honest, Accountable and a Leader to Others. As a thriving Catholic school, we strive to provide the best educational instruction and religious formation for your family. Catholic Schools Week is a wonderful time to thank God for the many blessings He gives us as well as show our gratitude to you for choosing Guardian Angels and trusting us to enrich your children’s lives! We also thank you for supporting our school through your donations and prayers. Please see the attached schedule for the events planned for this special week.

Specific information regarding our Art Show, Grandparents Day, and Penny Fair can be found below.
Art Show This Weekend
All students in kindergarten through 5th grade will have art work exhibited this weekend! Join us in the Undercroft after our 5:00pm Saturday Mass and all Sunday Masses, during our Open House from 1:00-3:00pm on Sunday and on Monday until noon. Each student will have two works of art on display. 

Your child’s beautiful framed and matted artwork can be purchased for only $25! If grandparents or friends would also like to buy it, a beautiful reproduction can also be ordered. All proceeds will allow us to buy exciting new supplies for all students to use in art classes! Any matted and framed work that is purchased will be sent home on Monday, while other work will be returned later.

We also hope you enjoy the “stained glass” designs by our 8th graders. These can be viewed in the Gathering Space this weekend and next week for Catholic Schools Week.

Finally, be sure to take time to look at our school bulletin boards this weekend at Open House or in the upcoming weeks. You’ll love our Gallery of Gratitude that our 6th grade students created! Each student made a clay portrait of a school teacher or staff member. They are amazing and so fun to view!

A separate art show for grades 6, 7, 8 will be held the day of our Spring Concert on May 15th.

We have wonderful artists at GA! We look forward to sharing their imagination and talent with you this weekend.
Grandparents Day
Catholic Schools Week begins in the school on Monday, January 28 . All grandparents are welcome to join us that day; another special guest is welcome if grandparents are not available). Our celebration will begin with Mass at 9:00am followed by a tour of the school and refreshments.
Please RSVP by emailing Kay Froehlich or calling her at 513-624-3146 by Wednesday, January 24. Please include the number of guests attending and your grandchildren's names as well.
Penny Wars & Penny Fair
Penny Wars start on Monday, January 28th.

Penny Fair is on Friday, February 1st , 10:30am-1:30pm
Wristband Order Forms are due this Friday, January 25th.
  • All students must have a wristband.
  • Students in preschool through first grade must have a parent volunteer to escort them during Penny Fair.
Volunteers Needed:
In order for this to be a successful event, we need many volunteers. If enough volunteers are not available, the event will need to be scaled back.

The PTA is still looking for a few cake donations. If you are able to donate, please click here .

Due to Penny Fair, there will be no Extended Care on Friday, February 1st.
Annie Kids Musical
We have 66 talented students from pre-k through 4th grade participating in the Annie Kids musical produced by Performing Arts, Inc. There are still tickets remaining for the 5:00pm show on Friday, January 25th at the Anderson Center Theater off Five Mile Road. Tickets are $10/seat and are reserved seating. They can be  purchased online .

Shows scheduled for 7:00pm on Thursday, January 24 th and Friday, January 25th are SOLD OUT. 
Financial Assistance Available Through the Archdiocese
As the re-enrollment process begins, we strongly encourage families to apply for tuition assistance through the Catholic Education Foundation. This needs-based scholarship was a major piece to the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. This year, 2 million dollars will be distributed to families of elementary school students for the 2019-2020 school year. To learn more and apply, please visit http://catholicbestchoice.org/k-8-tuition-information/ All families who plan to apply for financial assistance from Guardian Angels must first apply for assistance from this source. The deadline to apply is January 31 . Last year, over $28,000 was given to Guardian Angels families from the Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance Fund. 
Father Daughter Dance
Attention Fathers and Daughters! Grab your hula skirts and mark your calendars for the Father Daughter Luau on Saturday, February 9th ! A reservation form and flyer is attached with more information.

Proceeds from this event goes toward the 8th Grade Washington DC trip.  Thank you for your support!
Boosters News
Registration For Track Now Open
While it seems hard to believe with the snow on the ground, spring weather and outside activities are just around the corner. Please go to the GA Boosters website to register your son or daughter for track this spring. Track is a great activity for kids of all athletic abilities, and works as a great compliment sport for kids playing another sport or two. We’re hoping to have enough kids this year for GA to field its own team instead of combining with another school. We were really close to having enough last year. So have your kids gather their friends and sign-up for a fun activity this spring. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Toby Schisler .
Boys Volleyball Registration is Open
Join your GA friends to play in the Boys Volleyball GCCYS league! Matches and generally practices are during the week minimizing conflicts with other sports. Registration is open to boys in grades 3-8; the deadline to register is February 8th . Sign-up today at gaboosters.org . For more information, contact Darlene Tierney.

Details for 2019 Season:
  • Games played on Monday-Friday
  • Practices begin February 18
  • Season matches begin March 18
  • 6 week season
  • No games during Holy Week or Spring Break
  • Four weeks of two matches
  • Tournament May 13-17
Spring Soccer
Guardian Angels Spring Soccer Registration is now open. Please register on the Boosters' website as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Teams will be made on February 22 . Practice will begin March 18 and the season will start on March 30. Don't miss out on the fun.
Parish News
Thank You!
The thank you notes have come in from the mission sites who received the clothing school families donated in December. Here are just a few:
  • From the Interfaith shop in Elkton, KY: "Thanks for all you do for us. I'm so glad for the toddler clothes you sent. There were many mothers who came in for toddler clothes and I didn't have any till your boxes came. Thank you." 
  • From Caruthersville, MO: "...Your timing in sending the boxes just before Christmas is perfect. Moms came in to the Mother's House and were delighted to find the footed pajamas for their little ones. It gets cold here and not all families have good heat. God bless you." 
  • From St. Bernard Mission in North Dakota: "Thank you for the 24 boxes of candy sent for our children for this Holy Season. The candy is a treat for our children and shut-ins who might otherwise not have any. God bless you."  
Bid-N-Buy
Did Santa miss the mark on your perfect gift this year? Avoid the hassle of long return lines and donate your unwanted gifts to the AngelsFest Bid-n-Buy. Don’t forget to hit the end-of-season sales, too! You can send your donations to the rectory, school office, or the Religious Education office. Tax donation forms will be available at any location.

Some Basket Bonanza ideas we are working on include:
  • The WEIGHT is Over (gym/exercise)
  • There’s No Day Like a SNOW DAY (indoor fun)
  • Music to My Ears (CDs, music accessories, concert tickets)
  • Take it to the Hoop (basketball)
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We will also happily accept any ready-made baskets and gift cards. Thank you for your support! If you would like to join the planning committee or have any questions, email Kay Froehlich or call her at 513-624-3146.
Upcoming School Masses
Students will participate in an All School Mass to kick-off Catholic Schools Week on Monday, January 28th 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.  
Reminders
Box Tops Collections
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! 
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 8th grade classes are responsible for the next donation on Monday, February 4th. A   complete schedule for the school year is attached.   .
School 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.  
Amazon Shopping to Support GA
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.c
Helpful Links
Stay Connected
Stay up-to-date with all things GA by following us on social media. Guardian Angels uses our Facebook page to keep families informed about upcoming events, news, and other information regarding our school and parish.  If you want to make sure you 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.
You can also follow us through our Twitter page .
Guardian Angels School
513.624.3141
6539 Beechmont Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45230