Wednesday Herald
January 9, 2019
Principal's Message
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. As we start the second half of the 2018-2019 school year, I am delighted to announce the hiring of Chrissy Waleskowski, who will assume all responsibilities and duties for our Physical Education position. Chrissy is a valuable member of our community, who has worked in many grade levels, subjects, and classrooms as a substitute teacher. She also has three wonderful children at Guardian Angels. Please join me in welcoming her to our staff. You may contact her at at any time. 

There are many events planned for students and parents in the coming month. Tomorrow afternoon, our annual Spelling Bee will take place for students in grades 5-8. Additionally, on January 18 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 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. Additional details for Open House, as well as all events planned during Catholic Schools Week, are listed below.

Next week, details for re-enrollment will be sent to all current families. Please look forward to this communication to be sent through an all school email. As we begin the re-enrollment process at Guardian Angels, I 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 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, 2019 . Last year, over $28,000 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 11 at 1:15 in the P.C. Gym. All parents are invited to attend.

I look forward to seeing community members throughout all these exciting events and activities!

God Bless,
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 . We will also have yard signs in the Gathering Space to be picked up after all Masses next weekend (January 12/13). The signs are great way to advertise our Open House.

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.
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 Penny Fair on February 1st can be found below in the PTA section.
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.
Congrats Mr. Diehl
Mr. Diehl would like to thank The GA Jazz Group members past and present for their hard work and dedication. Because of the excellent reputation of the jazz musicians at Guardian Angels School, Mr. Diehl has been invited to conduct the OMEA, District 13, Junior High Honor Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm, at Kings High School. Mr. Diehl is truly honored to be asked to preside over an ensemble of the best junior high jazz musicians from Butler, Warren, Clinton and Preble Counties.
Stay Up-to-Date on Your VIRTUS Training
If you are an adult wishing to volunteer with children who has not completed VIRTUS, you must attend a child protection training class in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and have an online background check submitted through their system. The next VIRTUS training session at Guardian Angels will be offered in the Undercroft on Tuesday, January 15th from 6:00-9:00pm. Anyone wishing to attend should first email for a background check token, and then visit to pre-register for this session. Registrations are locked 24 hours prior to the start of class, and no additional registrations or walk-in attendees will be accepted. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to attend and once the session begins, no one will be permitted to enter, per Archdiocesan policy.
8th Grade Fundraising Events
Bagel Sale This Week
Bring your angel to school a few minutes early on Friday, January 11 th for breakfast with friends. On the menu: bagels (with or without cream cheese), granola bars, and juice boxes. The sale will run from 7:30-7:55am in the main entrance hallway and each item only costs $1! 

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 these events go toward the 8th Grade Washington DC trip.  Thank you for your support!
5K Looking to Change Its Name
Our GA 5K is getting revamp this year! We are moving the race to May 17th, a Friday evening, and looking for a new name. The 5K Committee has a number of name ideas in mind but would love to hear your ideas! If you have any suggestions, please email Christine Ackerman by Monday, January 14th.
PTA News
Help Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
PTA is looking for one to two parent volunteers to hand out a treat to the students during lunch periods on Tuesday, January 29th from 11:00am-12:45pm to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please contact Bridget Fesenmeier if you are able to help. 

Penny Wars are coming - January 28-31st - start saving your coins! More information to come soon!

Penny Fair is on Friday, February 1st , 10:30am-1:30pm
This is a fun-filled in-school carnival sponsored by the PTA. We depend on our MANY parent/guardian volunteers to help make this event successful and fun for the students. Please click on the attached sign-ups to send in donations or volunteer time the day of the event. 
All students must have a wristband. See the attached form for more information. Forms for pre-order wristbands are due by Friday, January 25th .
* Students in preschool through first grade must have a parent volunteer to escort them during the Penny Fair.
Boosters News
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
Annual GA Dodgeball Tournament
Join us for the annual GA Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, January 19th at 6:00pm. It's a night of friendly competition, great food, and fellowship. No experience necessary to play. Teams will be formed randomly. Cost is $35 a person which includes drinks, food, placement on a team, and a team shirt. You can also join as a spectator for $20, if you don't wish to play. Deadline to register is January 12th. Space is limited so sign up soon!

Hosted at the GA Parish Center by the Hall and Skie families.

Go to to register or email Stephen Hall or Jay Skie . We also looking for team captains, please reach out to us if interested.

Proceeds benefit Guardian Angels Parish.
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)
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 grade level Masses during the  week of January 14th. These Masses begin at 8:15am. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday: Grades 4-5
Wednesday: Grades 6-8
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.  
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 1st grade classes are responsible for the next donation on Monday, January 14th. 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, , 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! 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 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
6539 Beechmont Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45230