Wednesday Herald

January 10, 2024

Upcoming Dates

No School

January 15-16th

Father/Daughter Dance

January 20th

Catholic Schools Week

Jan. 28th- Feb. 2nd

Parent's Night Out

February 3rd

No School

February 19th-20th

8th Grade Fundraiser

March 2nd

Grandparent's Day

April 16th

Principal's Message

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed a Christ-filled holiday season and is experiencing an exciting New Year. I look forward to watching our angels continue to earn their HALOs as we progress through the second half of the school year.

Today, we begin our iReady winter benchmark testing window. The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions based on student responses. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. Similar to the fall administration, students will be tested in both Math and English/Language Arts. Your child’s teacher will inform you of the specific days he/she will be testing. All testing will conclude by January 26, 2024. 

The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. Similar to the fall administration, students will be tested in both Math and English/Language Arts. Your child’s teacher will inform you of the specific days he/she will be testing. All testing will conclude by January 26, 2024. 

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to: 

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.
  • Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
  • Try not to worry about questions to which they do not know the answers—remind them that it is expected that they will only get about half of the questions correct.
  • Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.
  • Use paper and pencil to show work for math questions.

Finally, please see below for important updates concerning several staff members.

God Bless,


School News

Staffing Update

  • After 44 years of teaching, Donna Sarky has decided to retire at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year! She has blessed our GA community as an active and dedicated teacher for the past 31 years. She will be greatly missed by all, as she has positively impacted every person she met. We have all been so blessed with her positive attitude, team-centered approach, professionalism, joyous demeanor, and so much more. She has helped make our community a true family. Please join me in congratulating her and wishing her well in retirement. 
  • Elizabeth Pyles will need a follow-up surgery and has scheduled the procedure for 1/31/24. She anticipates being out of the health office for around 4 weeks. We are currently building a coverage schedule for the health office during her absence. Please join me in praying for a successful surgery and quick recovery.
  • Jeremy Kramer’s last day at GA was while we were away on Christmas break. He was such a great asset to our school and a great team member of the best maintenance crew out there! Our cleaning company will be providing a replacement for Jeremy.

2024 Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28th - Feb. 2nd

The 2024 Catholic Schools Week theme is “United in Faith and Community.” 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 the parish for supporting our school through your donations and prayers. 

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed

We are in need of helpful hands to keep an eye on our students in grades K-8 during lunch for the second half of the school year! Please consider sharing a small part of your day to assist. All volunteers must be SafeParish trained. If you are interested, please sign up!

Take 10 CPR Training and AED Education

Interested in learning CPR and where our AEDs are located on GA's campus?

Join us Sunday, January 21st at 11 am in the undercroft after the winter all-sports mass.


An opportunity to learn the Take 10 method for CPR and to learn where the AEDs are located on GA's campus and how to use them. This training is available to all adults and kids in fifth grade and older.

Please sign up here and feel free to share with others that might be interested.

8th Grade Fundraiser: Save the Date

Save the Date: Grandparent's Day

Save the Date: Father/Daughter Dance

Please save the date for the GA Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, January 20th

Donations are needed to make this event a success. To donate, click here.

Tickets on Sale for Parent's Night Out!

Tickets are now on sale for GA PTA "Glitz, Glam and GAtsby" Parents Night Out event! The event will take place on Saturday, February 3rd from 7:30-11 pm at Mojave East. Tickets are $75 per person/$150 couple. 

Join us for an evening of casino games, music, dancing, spirits and silent auction in support of Guardian Angels School. The proceeds from the event will benefit upgrades to the Library. Tickets include open bar, light hors d'oeuvres and casino games. Tickets are on sale now and space is limited. Tickets will not be sold at the door! 

Scan the QR code to purchase tickets, for sponsorship opportunities, or to make a cork pull donation.

Lil' Hoopers Basketball Registration is Open!

Our Pre-K-2nd grade 2024 Cherub Hoops League registration is open! The GA Boosters are proud to announce the return of a fun and instructional basketball league for our littlest Angels! Teams will be formed by age/grade: Pre-K only, K only, 1st only, 2nd only. Cost will be $75 per child.

Please register here by Friday, January 12th basketball program will be held on Saturdays from February 17th-March 23rd. There will be 6 sessions. For more information, click here.

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Volunteers Needed for Fish Fry

We are in the process of finalizing plans for our 2024 Fish Fry Events. Keep an eye out on upcoming bulletins and the Parish website for more information. If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Marianne Glassmeyer at  

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is back at Guardian Angels Parish 10 a.m. Mass on the third Sunday of every month. This ministry relies on the support of volunteers to serve our parish. Two adults and 4 teenage volunteers are needed each month. To sign up, click here.

Greeters and Gift Bearers Needed

Greeters and gift bearers are needed for all 3 weekend Masses. Please consider helping out in these important ministries! This helps the ushers prepare for Mass and not have to scramble to find gift bearers at the last minute. To sign up, click here

Young Men's Faith and Fellowship

When: Upcoming meetings are 1/22, 2/5, and 2/19 from 8-9 p.m.

Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Room B in the undercroft or by zoom 

Age: 20s - 40s 

Join together in brotherhood with other men to grow in virtue and faith. This winter, we will be using a program called Happiness and the Meaning of Life from the World on Fire Institute. Contact the group at to join our email distribution list, receive more information, or to join via Zoom.

Young Women's Faith and Fellowship

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month from 8-9 pm. Upcoming dates are 1/10, 1/24, 2/28, 3/13, and 3/27.

Where: Guardian Angels Church in Room B in the undercroft

Age: 20s - 40s

Join together with other women to expand your Catholic faith and build meaningful relationships as we dive into various faith studies from the Blessed is She, Rooted devotional. No prior knowledge or materials needed; come as you are! Contact the group at for more information.  

Fathers Team

Each Friday, Fathers Team will be meeting for Fathers Team "Lite” which consists of review and discussion of the upcoming Sunday's scripture readings. All GA fathers are invited to join in person in the Undercroft (Conference Room B), or by Zoom, this Friday at 6:05 a.m. Contact us at for the zoom information, or to get on the GA Fathers Team email distribution.

Other News & Reminders

School Masses

You can find a full schedule of school Masses on the calendar in Rediker. We will be livestreaming all of the All School Masses through GA’s YouTube channel

Cookie Ministry

Guardian Angels School Cookie Ministry teams up with the 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. Treats need to be bagged, with two treats per bag. Donations of juice boxes and prepackaged snacks are also needed. All 1st grade classes are responsible for the next donation on Monday, January 22nd. A complete schedule for the school year is attached

Attendance Line

If your child will be absent or late to school, please call the main school office by 8:00 a.m. each morning. All parents needing to report their child absent or late to school should call using the main school phone number (513) 624-3141.

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Box Tops For Education

The Guardian Angels PTA collects Box Tops and uses the funds earned to purchase indoor recess games and outdoor recess equipment. Box Tops is now on a digital platform. To participate, you’ll need to download the Box Tops App and scan your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase. You’ll find more information here.


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. 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.

Register Your Kroger Rewards Card

Bulletin Advertising Available

Our bulletin publisher is looking for new advertisers and sponsors. Thanks to our sponsors, the bulletin is published weekly at no cost to our parish. Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation make the bulletin successful, and you attract customers! If interested, please email Sherry Montel or call/text her at 614-301-7444.

Advertisements and sponsorships can be purchased for a business, family, charity, in Honor or in Memory of a Loved One, or to support the church or a community service organization, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We appreciate your support.

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Helpful Links

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Lunch Menu

Christian Service Program


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