Principal Notes 01/03/2018

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Dear Parents,

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I hope everyone has enjoyed a relaxing break with family and friends.  (Don’t forget – School resumes Monday, January 8!) It was my grandson Noah’s first Christmas, and it was a wonderful family time at the Tillery house!  Noah discovered, as most babies do, that the wrapping paper and boxes are MUCH more fun than any toys!

If Santa (and grandparents) were generous to your children, please consider donating outgrown toys to our Extended Daycare Ministry.  Our kiddos (preschool through middle school) who stay after school will love having some gently-used, “new-to-them” toys to explore!  Just bring them in at drop-off, and Mrs. Castro, Ms. Flanigan, or Mrs. Beck will be happy to accept them!  You may also drop off toys at any time during the school day or after school until 6:00pm.  Thank you!


Brrrrr…. Is it COLD outside!! Regardless of the temperature, we will ALWAYS have recess.  We will use the following guidelines to determine if recess will be inside or outdoors:

  • If the temperature (windchill included) is ABOVE 32*, we WILL go outside for the full recess time unless it is raining or there are puddles or other hazards on the playground.
  • If the temperature (windchill included) is 32*-10*, we WILL go outside for 15 MINUTES.  Recess time begins at regular time and ends 10 minutes early.  This allows for the teachers on duty to come in and thaw out for 15 minutes before the next group goes out.
  • If the temperature (windchill included) is BELOW 10*, we will stay inside.
  • If the there is snow/ice on the playground, we will stay inside.

PLEASE encourage your child to wear pants (or plain navy, white, or black leggings underneath jumpers/skirts) and tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes to school. They should also have coats, hats, gloves, etc. – all labeled with names or initials. *Reminder:  Boots are NOT part of the school uniform.  Since we will not go outside if there is snow on the playground, it is not necessary for students to wear boots. Please do not allow your child to wear non-uniform items, unless it is a specific alternate dress day.  Uniform policy is found HERE.  Thank you for your help!


Reminder:  The following dates in second semester will be 1:00 pm dismissal times:  January 24, February 15, April 24, and May 15.  Teachers will use this time each afternoon for common planning, analyzing student data, and curriculum alignment. Extended Daycare Ministry (EDM) will be available immediately following dismissal on those dates until 6:00 pm.  We also have a 1:00 pm dismissal on March 30 for Good Friday.


St. Susanna School Open House is 10:00 – 11:30 am on Sunday, January 14.  Come meet and talk with the teachers your child will have next year!  Donuts and drinks will be served in the cafeteria.  Bring a friend or neighbor and share the good news of St. Susanna School!  Student ambassadors will be available to give tours.


School Updates:  Mr. Wally Carr and his team of Tuesday Night Guys have been working hard over break giving the restrooms in the original section of the building a facelift.  The terrazzo floors have been repaired and refinished – they shine like new!  Fixtures and other items are being upgraded, too. Once complete, we’ll have practically new restrooms!  Be sure to check them out at the Open House on January 14!


2018-19 School Calendar:  We will be finalizing the calendar soon.  I can tell you that our calendar for 2018-19 aligns well with Plainfield, Avon, and Ritter!

The following important dates for 2018-19 for your planning:

First Day: Aug 8

Fall Break: Oct 12 – 19

Teacher In-service: Oct 29-30

Thanksgiving: Nov 21-23

Christmas Break: December 21 – January 4

Spring Break: March 22 – 29

Last Day: May 30


Student News: Do you have any good news to share?  Anything our students or graduates have accomplished?  Please let me know how students and graduates are letting their lights shine!


Spartan Spirit Awards for week of December 18:  Hudson Miller, Bryan Dick, Sonja Helbert, Tristan Taheny, Greyson Osgatharp, Griffin Hewlett, Kelly Ohaya, Elizabeth Taylor, Hannah Jones.  Keep letting your lights shine!


Calendar:  January

8:  Welcome back!  Classes begin promptly at 8:20am (8:30am for PS/PreK)

10:  7:00pm – 8th grade fundraiser (Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat)

14:  10:00 – 11:30am School Open House

15:  NO SCHOOL – Dr. MLK Holiday

18:  7:00pm School Commission Meeting

24:  1:00pm Dismissal

25:  Candid/Club Photos (during school hours)

25:  1st Reconciliation

27:  Sparty Party Trivia Night – Bring a team of smarties, choose a fun theme, and enjoy an adult night out!

28:  Catholic Schools Week begins

SAVE THE DATE!!!

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Child Development: Thursday, February 8; 6:30pm. Did you know that at certain ages, a child’s brain goes through growth stages? Changes at each stage can effect a child’s behavior, attitude, and learning. Learn about these stages and how you can help your child navigate through them.

Mad Hatter Auction: Saturday, March 3.   Support our Parish’s commitment to Catholic Education by attending this fun event. Raffle, dinner, live and silent auction.  Don’t miss this very important date!

God bless,

Michele