School News
Financial Assistance Available for GA Families

Guardian Angels School will begin accepting scholarships provided through the EdChoice Scholarship Program and the EdChoice Expansion Program for the 2020-2021 school year.

The EdChoice Scholarship Program  provides state-funded scholarships to students who live in neighborhoods for designated public schools (the designation includes specific schools, not entire districts). The state has expanded this list of designated schools to include several local public schools. Families who live in neighborhoods covered by these individual schools can apply for a $4,650 scholarship to use towards tuition at a private school (Guardian Angels).  It is important to note that this scholarship is only for incoming students who do not currently attend a private school.  However, incoming kindergarten students of current Guardian Angels school families (living in one of these designated public school areas) can apply for the scholarship.  Click here  for the complete list of designated public schools.

The EdChoice Expansion Scholarship  is an income-based program for families in grades KDG-6 who have an income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Families of students currently enrolled at Guardian Angels can apply for this scholarship, unlike the traditional scholarship described above.

The priority application period for the EdChoice scholarships begins February 1 and concludes April 15  . Application forms/materials will be made available by the Ohio Department of Education at the end of January. We will make these available in the school office and also on our school website. Ahead of time, families of students intending to apply for the EdChoice scholarship must first be accepted to Guardian Angels School based upon our admission standards.

The Catholic Education Foundation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati  is currently accepting applications for 2020-2021 elementary school (K-8) tuition assistance grants. The Catholic Education Foundation tuition aid program became a reality for the 2017-2018 school year through the One Faith, One Hope, One Love Capital Campaign. Due to the generosity of local parishes, including ours, the Catholic Education Foundation will again be able to offer over $2,000,000 in financial aid! I strongly encourage families to apply for tuition assistance through the Catholic Education Foundation.  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, 2020.  Last year, over $20,000 was given to Guardian Angels families from the Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance Fund. 

To learn more and apply, please visit the archdiocese's  tuition assistance page .  

If you have any questions, please contact  Corey Stoops .
Guardian Angels Preschool

Our Preschool classrooms are officially full for the 2020-2021 school year! These are the 3/4 year old classes. Guardian Angels Parishioners have filled 20 of the 24 spots; 4 non-parishioners have turned in applications to be on the wait list. These families will fill the remaining spots, if still available, when enrollment opens to the community on a first come first served basis on Sunday.
 
There are two remaining spots in the Pre-K program. Enrollment is open to GA parishioners and current GA school families now. Enrollment to other families opens at Open House on Sunday.

Registration materials for new students are available on the preschool page of the school website. Re-enrollment information was shared with current families individually.
Open House & Catholic Schools Week

The Guardian Angels School Open House is scheduled for this Sunday, January 26th  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 also have yard signs in the Gathering Space available to be picked up after all Masses this weekend. The signs are great way to advertise our Open House.

Open House kicks off Catholic Schools Week. For a complete list of the week's events at Guardian Angels School, click here . The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2020 is “#GAisFamily.” 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. Don't forget to send in your family pictures (8x10) or smaller to add to our #GAisFamily wall! And p lease stop by the Religious Education table at the GA Open House. We will have information about Bible Camp, Camp GAudeo, our youth ministry program, and the Vocation Awareness Ministry. We will also offer a free raffle of religious books for all ages!  

Grandparents Day is  Monday, January 27.   All grandparents are welcome to join us for a celebration that begins with Mass at 9:00am; another special guest is welcome if grandparents are not available). Guests will also be taken on a tour of the school and beverages will be provided.
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.

There is no Extended Care after Penny Fair on Friday, January 31st.
"All About Me" Art Show This Weekend

K-5 Students are very excited to show off their art projects in our annual Catholic Schools Week Art Show in our school undercroft/cafeteria. Every student in these grades will have two pieces on display. Please visit before and after GA Masses during the following times:
Saturday, January 25:  4:30-6:15pm
Sunday, January 26: 9:00-3:00pm
You are also welcome to visit on Monday, January 27th from 8:00am-12:00pm.
 
Framed artwork may be purchased for only $25, including professional quality reproductions if more than one work for a student is desired by parents, grandparents, relatives, or friends. Of course, any unpurchased framed work will also be returned to the students next week, without a frame.

New this year!  Take a raffle chance on baskets of "Our Favorite Things!" We've filled baskets with all sorts of art supplies, games, gift cards to Hobby Lobby and Michael's, which our GA artists love. All proceeds from the raffle baskets will be used to purchase extra fun artistic items that students can choose during early finisher/choice time in the art room.
 
We haven't forgotten our 6th, 7th, & 8th graders either! Eighth grade artists will have a special display in the Gathering Space, while 6th & 7th graders created drawings on the walls on the way, and bulletin boards nearby. 
 
All students are so proud of their colorful and creative work, so mark your calendar now to stop by and be amazed by their talent! If you are able to volunteer on Friday between 8:30-2:30pm, or Monday anytime between 10:00-3:00pm, please email Mrs. Pavely.
Christian Service Program

Time to think about the Christian Service Program again! This program will focus more on the meaning of the actual service opportunities rather than completing a prescribed amount of time. You will choose activities for each component—service to your family, service to your school/parish and service to the poor and vulnerable in our community. There is no minimum requirement of hours to complete. Grades 1-3 are required to complete at least 2 activities for each component; grades 4-8 at least 3 for each. You are certainly encouraged to complete more! There are numerous suggestions on the attached sheet in which the students may volunteer their time in service to others. This list is by no means a complete list. Feel free to add any other organizations. This sheet will be due to your Religion teacher on May 1, 2020 .
GA Students Perform the AristoCats

Guardian Angels School students from preschool through fourth grade are performing The AristoCats on February 7th and 8th . The Friday night performance is at 7:00pm; the performances on Saturday are at 2:30pm and 5:00pm. All three shows will take place in the theater at the Anderson Center on Five Mile Road. Tickets are available online. Come out to support our GA performers and see all the hard work they have put into this musical!
Save the Date: Father-Daughter Dance

Please join us in your brightest neon at the Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 29th. Our glow themed part, “Light Up the Night”, will take place in the undercroft from 7:00-10:00pm.

Next week's Herald will have more information about how to RSVP and pay the admission fee, which is $30 per family. All proceeds benefit the 8th Grade Washington D.C trip. 
After School Enrichment Opportunities
Please see the attached flyer for more information on classes available in January and February. They include art classes, a skills and agility training session, sewing workshops, and cake decorating.
Any questions, please email Dena Conover .
GA Athletics Boosters Scholarship
Guardian Angels Athletic Program strives to provide a positive sports experience, while teaching the fundamentals of each sport and preparing children for high school athletic programs. The GA Booster Board is dedicated to providing the best possible athletic program for the children of our parish. Catholic Youth Athletics furthers the mission of the Catholic Church by providing sports experiences for the youth that are firmly rooted in the Catholic faith tradition, based on the goals of the Catholic Youth Ministry, and aligned with the evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church.
This spring, the GA Athletic Boosters will again award two $1,500 non-renewable scholarships to one male and one female 8th grade student enrolled at Guardian Angels school or a student parishioner enrolled in CCD to help with the costs of a Catholic high school education. Click here for eligibility and application.  The deadline is Friday, March 20 .
Boys Volleyball
Boys Volleyball registration is now open! Registration closes on January 27th. Practices begin February 17th; the season wraps up in mid-May. Students in grades 3-8 are eligible to play. Just register online.
Spring Soccer
Spring Soccer Registration is now open for students in kindergarten through 8th grade grade during the Spring Season. No prior experience is needed. The teams play in the SAY East Cincinnati organization which is a recreational soccer program; there are no tryouts, everyone plays. All Divisions emphasize the SAY philosophy of fun, maximum participation and player development.

Key Dates:
  • Registration is open until February 10th
  • Practices start March 16th 
  • Season: March 28th - May 17th (No Games Easter Weekend)

All player parents must register and sign liability and other waiver forms on the Boosters' website .

Volunteers: Our Programs are dependent on our coaches and parent volunteers. We cannot field these teams without your help! If you're able, please email Brian Kathmann .
 
Additionally, as mentioned in previous communications through the Wednesday Herald, we are proud to introduce GA Preschool Soccer ! GA Boosters will now also offer an option for preschool/pre-k aged students and parishioners to be a part of a soccer team and play against their classmates. If you are interested in signing up your preschool or pre-k student or would like to volunteer to coach, please email Bubba Lanham by Friday, January 24th.
Registration Open For Track
Calling all runners and jumpers! Registration is now open for boys and girls grades 3-8 who would like to participate in track this Spring. Track is a great sport that can easily fit as a second or third option for those participating in other Spring sports. Regardless of experience or skill level, all are welcome and will find it to be a very enjoyable and fun activity. Like past years, we anticipate our teams will be combining with IHM’s track teams. Don’t miss out on the fun and register as soon as possible. More information is available on the Boosters' website . If you have any questions or if you need any additional information, please feel free to contact Toby Schisler .
Last Chance Registration for Lil' Angels Program
Lil Angels program for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade is starting in February and registration will close Jan 31st . Visit the GA Athletics Boosters  new Sports Registration Portal  to sign up!   Practices days and times have been decided and are listed below. 

About Lil Angels
Lil’ Angels Athletics program will expose children in grades K-2 to a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, and soccer. The goal of the program is to offer children the opportunity to interact with their friends in an extracurricular environment while introducing different sports to the children in a fun and casual atmosphere. The kids will learn fundamental skills to be prepared for the GCCYS (Greater Cincinnati Catholic Youth Sports) programs offered beginning in 3rd grade. This year's season will be 8 sessions starting mid-February through early April. The program takes place on GA property outside and/or in the Old Gym. A small fee of $25 is charged to each participant.

Lil Angels Schedule
Kindergarten: Practices are Thursdays 2:45-4:00pm starting 2/13 
1st Grade: Practices are Wednesdays after school 2:45-4:00pm starting 2/12
2nd Grade: Practices are Tuesdays after school 2:45-4:00pm starting 2/11
 
Any questions about the program or registration can be directed to Nicole Schneider .
Reminders
Upcoming School Masses
Students will attend an All School Mass for Catholic Schools Week on Monday, January 27th 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.   
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 Tuesday, January 27th . A  complete schedule  for the school year is attached
Spirit Wear
PTA is offering a new spirit wear option this year. Just go to the online shopping site and choose what you like. There are many different options available. If you need to check sizes, stop in to U Sports on Five Mile Rd. Orders placed online are typically ready for pickup in the store within 10 days.
Parents Service Hour Challenge
The PTA is encouraging every parent to give a minimum of two hours of service to the School or Parish. Any GA school parent who submits the attached form no later than May 1, 2020 with over 25 hours of service documented will be entered into a drawing for one free in-parish tuition for the 2020-2021 school year. The winner must also be in good standing with VIRTUS. Examples of service opportunities and a list of the official rules for the challenge are listed on the PTA section of the website .

The scholarship prize is sponsored by PTA, Music Boosters & Athletic Boosters.
The winning family will be announced prior to the end of the school year.
Family Rosary
GA is blessed to have Eucharistic Adoration almost every Thursday from 3:00-9:00pm. We begin those hours with the Family Rosary at 3:00pm. We say five decades of the rosary and rotate which mysteries we pray based on the day of the week or the liturgical season. It takes about 20 minutes. We will be praying each week for our Guardian Angels school and parish community. ALL ages welcome. 
Click here for which classes will be leading throughout the remainder of the year.
Box Tops Goes Digital This Year
Box Tops is going digital! The Guardian Angels PTA collects Box Tops and uses the funds earned to purchase indoor recess games and outdoor recess equipment. This year, Box Tops is switching to a digital platform. To participate, you’ll need to download the Box Tops App. No more cutting labels off boxes! Instead, you’ll go into the Box Tops app and just scan your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase. You’ll find more information attached . You can also watch a quick video showing how the new digital platform works here.

Currently, you can still find old Box Tops labels on some products. GA students can still submit those paper Box Tops to their homeroom teachers and parishioners can drop them off in the special collection envelope located on the bulletin board in the Church Gathering Space. Those labels will be picked up again on March 1st . These physical labels are being phased out though so at some point the digital option will be the only way to submit Box Tops.
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.
Amazon Shopping Supports GA
During the holiday shopping season, remember you can now support Guardian Angels Parish when you shop at Amazon.com! GA is a 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 GA to receive the benefit.  
Stay Connected with GA on Social Media
Stay up-to-date with all things GA by following us on social media. 
Guardian Angels is active on several social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Facebook serves as our primary social channel 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 Facebook 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 .
And new this year: we've just launched an Instagram account !
You will also be able to find links to our social media channels at the bottom of every Wednesday Herald.
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