Wednesday Herald
March 20, 2019
Principal's Message
Teachers enjoyed a hands-on, engaging, and productive professional development opportunity last Friday. The focus of the training was critical thinking, in alignment with our school improvement goal. Teachers learned strategies on how to take basic recall questions and extend those to higher level thinking questions. The presentation was led by Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh who is an author and presenter on the topic of critical thinking. Also throughout this school year, teachers have led one another on a book study using How to Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills . As a school, we are making significant strides in teaching our students how to think critically and will continue with this focus in the upcoming years. 

God Bless,
Corey
School News
Spring Picture Day
Lifetouch will be on site March 26th to take Spring pictures. Order forms were sent home with students last week. 
School Office Volunteers Needed
The school office is in need of volunteers to work the front desk greeting guests, answering phones, and watching the doors. A volunteer is needed consistently on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm. If you are interested, please contact Jill Buchmann .
GA Named Communication All-Star
Guardian Angels has been named a 2018 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, the trusted marketing advisor to hundreds of thousands of small organizations worldwide.

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. This is our fourth year in a row that Guardian Angels has been recognized! Only 65% of Constant Contact's All Stars are multi-year recipients.
 
Guardian Angels is thrilled to be recognized for our electronic communication efforts. New efforts have been launched in recent years to keep our parish and school families engaged and informed about news and events happening at GA. Guardian Angels uses Constant Contact to produce and send Parish Newsletters, School Newsletters, Youth Ministry Newsletters, conduct surveys, and gather event registrations. To give you an idea of how we compare, our open rate for the Wednesday Herald (our school newsletter) is almost TRIPLE the industry average for primary schools. Our parish and youth ministry emails open rates are almost DOUBLE the average for religious organizations.

Thank you for reading our emails, clicking on links provided and participating in any necessary surveys! That engagement is what makes GA stand out!
 
More than 650,000 small businesses and organizations use Constant Contact each year.
Vote for GA in Local 12's Fish Fry Poll
Guardian Angels is featured in this week's Local 12 Fish Fry Poll. Local 12 show up at the winning fish fry event on Friday. You can vote for GA here . Voting ends at 6:00pm today.

GA hosts a fish fry dinner every Friday during Lent in the undercroft from 5:00-7:30. There is no Fish Fry 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.

PTA is in charge of running the Bake Sale Table  at each Fish Fry. They are looking for people who will make/donate baked goods for the table. They also need volunteers to work the bake sales. You can sign-up to do either here . If you have any questions, contact Margaret Dunn .
Spring Musical is March 21 & 22

Guardian Angels is proud to present the musical Getting to know The King and I on March 21 & 22 , at 7:00pm, in the Sr. Delores Parish Center. Please join the GA community to enjoy the show and support our young talent!

Tickets for each performance will be sold at the door. Tickets cost $10 per adult, $6 for a student, and children five and under are free.
Jazz Group Performing March 23rd

The GA Jazz Group will be performing in the Forest Hills Jazz Fest at Turpin High School at noon on Saturday, March 23rd . At this is fabulous event the students will perform a 20-minute concert for everyone in the auditorium and then move into a private workshop with a professional jazz educator for a great learning experience!
Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair is April 1-5

Did you know that reading 20 minutes a day with your child is the best investment your family can make in their future? Research shows that children who read just 20 minutes per day score in the 90 th percentile on standardized tests. Come to the Book Fair to stock up on the books your child will love reading and ignite your home reading habits.

Please mark your calendars to visit our Book Fair and discover your child’s next favorite book!

Save the date!
Book Fair dates: April 1-5, 2019
Shopping hours in the GA Library:
  • Monday & Tuesday 8:00am-2:45pm
  • Wednesday & Thursday 11:15am-2:45pm
  • Friday 8:00am-1:15pm

Introducing Book Fair eWallet! Let your child shop the Fair cash-free with our NEW digital payment option. Learn more on our Book Fair homepage and get started creating an account.

As always, volunteers are essential to the success of the fair. Volunteers are invited to sign-up online .
Collection for St Joseph's Table
Dear Families of GA;
During the Middle Ages in Sicily, there was an exceptionally severe drought. No rain fell for an extended period of time, no crops would grow, and countless people died in the ensuing famine. The peasants prayed to God for rain, and they also prayed to St. Joseph to intercede with God on their behalf. They promised that if God caused it to rain, they would have a special feast honoring God and St. Joseph and share the bounty with the poor.

Miraculously, the rains came and the crops were planted. With the harvest, the people prepared a feast of foods from their crops. All were invited to share in the bounty. This has become known as the Tavola di San Giuseppe (St. Joseph’s Table). Through the centuries, and around the world, people have used this festive table to express their thanks for favors granted through the intercession of St. Joseph.

In honor of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19 th , we asked the St. Vincent de Paul Society what they needed to help our neighbors today. The items most needed are listed below by grade level. (None of these necessary items may be purchased with Food Assistance Cards.) We invite you to offer a family prayer to St. Joseph, and as a sign of gratitude for our blessings, provide an item(s) for those who count on our generosity. You may bring your offering to school and place it on our St. Joseph’s Table, located in the copier hallway by the Religious Ed. office from Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22nd.

Thank you,
The Sixth Grade

  • Preschool/PreK: Hand Soap (Pump)
  • Kindergarten: Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • 1st Grade: Liquid Dish Soap
  • 2nd Grade: Bath Soap (Bars)
  • 3rd Grade: Shampoo
  • 4th Grade: Toilet Paper/Facial Tissues
  • 5th Grade: Paper Towels
  • 6th Grade: Cleaning Sprays/Sponges
  • 7th Grade: Deodorant
  • 8th Grade: Laundry Detergent
Boy Scout Mulch Sale
The Annual Boy Scout Troop 445 Mulch Sale has begun. This is our 6th year for selling mulch. The scouts earn money for troop campouts and summer camp. This is our only fund raiser of the year. Our delivery dates for this year are April 26 and 27 . The order form is attached , or you can come see us at Guardian Angels Fish Fry. Orders must be postmarked BEFORE April 15th . If you have any questions, please email Michael Bursk .
Halo Hustle is May 17th
Mark your calendars for the GA 5k - The Halo Hustle! Our 12th annual 5k event will take place May 17th at 6:30pm and includes a run/walk, kids fun course, and a post-race party!
 
Join us for a scenic 5K Run/Walk through the neighborhoods of Mt. Washington with music and fans cheering you on along the way. Stay for the after-party and awards ceremony to enjoy live music by the Marshall Street Project , food trucks, beverages, and kids entertainment which includes a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course! Race registration includes a bib tag and a "swag bag" filled with goodies and one free drink ticket. All proceeds benefit Guardian Angels School.
 
New for 2019:
  • Refer a Friend! If you refer at least 3 friends, you will receive $10 back on your registration!
  • Start or join a team! Do you have a student at GA? Join his/her homeroom team so the class can win a pizza party! 
  • Post-Race Party Only! Not into 5Ks? No problem! You can still support the school and join the party, Don't miss out on the live music, great food, and mingling with your friends.

Online registration is now open! You can sign-up here .

If you are interested in sponsoring the Halo Hustle, please email  Nicole Schneider  or  Christine Ackerman .
PTA News
PTA Spring Used Uniform Event
It’s time to clear out those outgrown uniforms and donate them to the PTA Spring Uniform Event! If you have uniforms to donate, just drop them into the collection bin outside the school office anytime from March 13-21. Clothing should be in good used condition.

Need some extra uniform items? Stop by Room A in the undercroft on Friday, March 22nd from 2:30-3:30pm AND 5:30-7:30pm and grab what you need! FOR FREE!
PTA Informational Evening
Join the PTA! 
Please join the PTA on  Monday, April 1st at 7pm  in the undercroft to learn more about the different volunteer opportunities PTA has to offer. Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to RSVP.  
Staff Appreciation Week: April 8-12
We are excited to spoil our staff to show our appreciation for all they do. If you would like to donate to help make this week special and run smoothly for our teachers and staff, please follow this link .
After School Enrichment Opportunities
April Fools!  Gr. K-8        
Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16, 30 2:45-4:00pm
$50 includes all supplies and snack   
These projects are unbelievable! We're each creating a book of animal handprints, a paper mache ice cream cone, and a clay taco. Depending on grade & desire of participants, each project will have different choices & level of difficulty. 

May Magic!  Gr. K-8        
Wednesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22 2:45-4:00pm
50 includes all supplies and snack               
End the school year by making your own painted paper kite collage, some clay bugs, and a unique tissue paper flower bowl. Depending on grade & desire of participants, each project will have different choices & level of difficulty.

A flyer for the art enrichment opportunities is attached with more information on the sessions available; you sign-up now online .

Life Skillz 101 Grades: 3-6
Mondays April 8 & 15 from 2:45 - 4:45pm
Through interactive role play and fun hands-on activities, students will learn the meaning of manners and respectful behavior. Topics include table manners at home, at a nice restaurant, and at a family gathering. We will also explore manners in public places. We will help them understand personal space, and how to respect people who have disabilities. Other topics will also include manners when hosting or attending a party, playdate or sleepover, and how to write a thank you note! Your kids will come home excited to set the table!

A flyer for Life Skillz is attached . Registration is available on the Enriching Kidz website .
Boosters News
2019 Football & Cheer Registration Open Through April 30th
Registration is now open for all students interested in playing football or cheerleading for Guardian Angels next year. Registration is available on the Athletics Boosters website through April 30th . When registering, make sure you enter your child's grade level for the 2019-2020 school year.
Parish News
Changes to CCD for 2019-2020 School Year
Guardian Angels CCD program will be changing for the 2019-2020 school year. Beginning September 2019, CCD classes will be offered Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:45 throughout the school year. 
 
If you have questions or would like more information, please email  Kay Froehlich .
40 Days for Life
Over the past years Guardian Angels parish has volunteered to cover two of the 40 Days for Life event 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 fill the hours in between.
 
Please consider joining us as many of our “regulars” can no longer participate mainly for health reasons. Sign up at  40daysforlife.com/cincinnati  or on the bulletin boards in the gathering space.  The next GA date is Wednesday, April 10th . Questions? Problems signing up? Contact  Luann Rowekamp A flyer for the campaign is attached  
Wigs for Kids Community Service Opportunity
Tired of giving up the same old thing for Lent? Want to make a real sacrifice that will make a difference in the life of a child AND earn six hours of community service? Join us Thursday, April 11, from 3:00-6:00pm in the Guardian Angels Cafeteria and donate 12 inches of hair to Wigs for Kids . Not enough hair to donate? Stop by, learn about Wigs for Kids.. For more information, please email Kay Froehlich .
BONUS: Your new hair style will look great on Spring Break 2019!
Guardian Angels Follies: Hooray for Folliewood
GA Follies presents  Hooray for Folliewood   April 26, 27, 28, May 3, and 4  . This will be the group's 56th production!

Tickets to the show are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door. All shows begin at 8:00pm except for the April 28th performance which begins at 3:00pm.

Guardian Angels Follies is a Parish Service Organization that has been dedicated to raising funds for the Guardian Angels Church and School for more than five decades. Funds raised have helped bring to life projects such as the Science Lab, Parish Center, student scholarship fund, steeple lighting and many more.


AngelsFest is June 7, 8, 9
Our annual parish festival will be held June 7, 8, and 9 . AngelsFest is the parish's largest fundraising event of the year! You will find plenty of great food and drinks, rides, and games for adults and children of all ages. We will also have live entertainment all weekend long!
Festival Schedule:
Friday: 7:00pm-12:00am
   Live Entertainment: Vintage Gear
Saturday: 6:00pm-12:00am
   Live Entertainment: Marshall Street Project 
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
   Live Entertainment: The Sly Band
We will also have a golf ball drop from the football field on Sunday.

More information about volunteer opportunities and donation needs will be communicated in the coming months.
Thank You to Our Festival Sponsors!
We want to thank those companies who have signed on to sponsor AngelsFest this year! Bolan Capital Management, Pinnacle Paving & Sealing Inc, and T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home are our Gold Sponsors for the event.

We have three sponsorship opportunities available for any other business owners who also want to support our event. Besides generating funds for our parish, a sponsorship is also a great opportunity to get your business name in front of our GA community! You can find more information and a sponsorship form on our website .
2019 Gold Sponsors
Family Mission Trip - June 13-16
Guardian Angels Parish is gearing up for its 5th annual Family Mission Trip to Frenchburg, KY on June 13-16 . This family-friendly mission trip will include service projects for all ages and skill levels. Projects may include construction, landscaping, painting, crafting, food preparation, and visiting the sick or elderly. See the Family Mission Trip Flyer for more information.

Registration deadline is May 1 . You can register here.

Questions? Please email Anne Jones.
Roar Into Vacation Bible School
Life is wild for kids – full of ups and downs and twists and turns. At ROAR VBS, kids will deepen their friendship with a mighty, loving and good God who empowers them to boldly face life’s challenges.
 
Bible Camp runs from Monday, June 17th through Thursday, June 20th , 9:00am until 12:00pm each day.
 
Children ages 5-8, (incoming kindergarten through incoming 3rd grade) are welcome to attend.
 
The cost for GA Bible Camp is $45 per camper. Included in this fee is a GA bible camp t-shirt, snacks and crafts! We will have music, story time and games all week long.
 
The Registration Form and Archdiocese Release Form may be found on the Religious Education page of the parish website . A separate registration form and release form must be completed for each child.
Camp GAudeo
Registration is now open for Camp GAudeo, a summer ministry for students currently in grades 5-8. Camp will be held June 24-28 at Guardian Angels, and includes a ton of fun activities for the youth of our parish. This year’s camp will include roller skating, field day activities, Coney Island, service projects, and a trip to Run Jump-N-Play. The Camp GAudeo page on the parish website hosts registration, additional event information, and applications for potential high school and adult volunteers. Contact Youth Ministry at youth@gaparish.org with additional questions.
Upcoming School Masses
Students will participate in an All School Mass on March 28th at 8:15am .

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:  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, March 25th. 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 .
Other Opportunities for GA Families
Guardian Angels School
513.624.3141
6539 Beechmont Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45230