School News
Cafeteria Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed in the cafeteria to help wipe tables and assist children during their lunches. You can work once or twice a month or more, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. You are welcome to bring small children with you. All volunteers must be VIRTUS trained and up-to-date on all bulletins. If you are interested in volunteering in the cafeteria, please click here . If you have any questions, please contact  Katie Durstock
Robotics Club Begins Tomorrow

The GA Robotics and Engineering Club will be starting up this year with our first meeting on Thursday, September 5th in the GA Science Lab from 3:00-4:30pm. All students from grades four through eight are welcome to join. If you are interested, please plan to attend our first meeting this Thursday. An enrollment form is attached ; enrollment forms will also be available at the meeting or they can be picked up in Mr. Rowekamp's homeroom and in the school office. Our first meeting of the year will be a study of lasers and some "hands-on" fun activities with them.
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.
Christian Service Program - Faith in Action

The purpose of the Christian Service Program is to enhance the religion curriculum at Guardian Angels Church. It is the duty of all Christians to reach out in service to those around them. Christ asks us to be His hands and feet on earth, keeping His mission of reaching out to those in need alive. The students will complete their service within the following settings: at home, the parish community/school and the community at-large. This outreach may be completed individually, with a partner, or in a group.

This program focuses 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! See your school religion teacher, our Director of Religious Education - Mrs. Froehlich, or the parish website for a list of suggested activities and the log sheet. If you have questions, please contact Kay Froehlich .
Junior High Hoodies

Attention all 7th and 8th graders! Don’t delay on ordering your hoodies! If you haven’t placed your order yet, here is a link to the order form . Due date is tomorrow, September 5th.  
Car Wash September 22

Come get your car washed and help the Guardian Angels 8th graders raise money for their Washington DC trip. The car wash will take place on Sunday , September 22 from 1:00-4:00pm in the upper parking lot of McNicholas High School.
Servathon is September 27

Our 7th annual Labor of Love Servathon will be held on Friday, September 27th ! All students, faculty, and staff spend this day providing service to many different charities. We ask that parents, family members, and friends sponsor students for their service. More information can be found in the brochure .


We are also looking for a number of volunteers to help execute this day of service. For more information about the volunteer opportunities available, click here .
GA Chess Registration is Open

We are very excited that Guardian Angels has been selected to participate in the Cris Collinsworth Proscan Fund Chess in Schools program again this year. 

Registration is open now and available online ; the first 14 students to sign-up secure a spot in the club. The club meets on Mondays after school until 4:00pm beginning September 9th. The Chess Club is for experienced players only and runs throughout the entire school year. It is free to join the club but parents are asked to agree to the conditions outlined in the online sign-up. If you have any questions, email Florence Dwyer .
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.
Fees/Dues/Gifts for 19-20
We’ve made it easy for you to take care of your PTA/Booster Dues, Classroom Fees, and Gifts for the 2019-2020 school year. Please visit pay.gaschool.org to pay your dues . Please ensure to pay attention to each payment; some are per family, and some are per student. We hope that you find this easy and convenient. Your contributions are very important to our children to continue to build a bigger, brighter future for each child, and to our teachers for recognizing their love and dedication to our children.
PTA Volunteer Sign Up Genius is LIVE!
The PTA Volunteer Sign-Up is live and ready for action! Please click here and sign-up for any activities for which you are able to donate your time. Recall that each family is asked to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours each school year. This is a great way to fulfill those duties. You will be contacted by the event lead as each event approaches.

PTA has also created a list of PTA & School events for the year. It can be found here .
After School Enrichment Opportunities
After School Enrichment will be offered again for the 19-20 school year. Please see the attached flyer for more information. A variety of classes are offered from October through February. Any questions, please email Dena Conover .
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 .

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 on November 1st and then 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.
Feast of the Guardian Angels
Celebrate The Feast of the Guardian Angels by joining us for noon Mass on September 29th and then stay for a community luncheon. A potluck style lunch will be served around 1:00 (after Mass). Sweets & Meats will provide the BBQ and cole slaw; parishioners are asked to bring another side, salad, or dessert to share. Please RSVP by clicking here If you are interested in helping with this event, please email Julie Bruns. Volunteers are needed for setup, managing the food lines, and cleanup. 
Soup & Speaker Event on September 10th
Please join us for soup, fellowship, and a fantastic speaker on Tuesday, September 10th. All ages welcome. Father David Endres, Dean of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, will discuss the heroism of Catholic chaplains and sisters in the American Civil War. More information is attached.
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 dates are Wednesday, September 25th and Wednesday, October 30th . Questions? Problems signing up? Contact  Luann Rowekamp A flyer for the campaign is attached
Religious Education Office News

CCD Help Needed
Looking for ways to become more involved in our parish programs? We have two teacher openings in our CCD program for the kindergarten class and 5 th grade. We are looking for Catholic adults who are interested in sharing their faith with the children of our parish. Teaching experience is helpful, but not required. Stipends are available for CCD catechists. CCD will take place in 24 sessions Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:45 am between September 8 through March 29.
We are also in need of high school aides. We have students in many grade levels who require additional assistance or grade levels that could use another set of hands, eyes and ears. 
High school aides would receive a stipend of $150 or Christian Service Hours. Attendance at every CCD session would equal to 36 hours. 

Are You Interested In Becoming Catholic
Are you a non-Catholic parent or spouse in our parish? Do you attend Mass with your family? Have you ever thought about becoming Catholic? Now is the time! We are pleased to offer classes for those who are part of our GA community, but have not been initiated into the Church. God desires you to participate in the Church fully and receive Him in the Eucharist.

If you are interested in helping our CCD program or joining RCIA this year, please contact Kay Froehlich.
Reminders
Upcoming School Masses

Students will participate in grade level Masses during the week of September 2nd. The Masses begin at 8:15am.
Wednesday: Grades 4-8
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.   
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, September 9th . A  complete schedule  for the school year is attached
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

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.  
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