Principal Notes 02/05/2018

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Dear Parents,

Catholic Schools Week 2018 was great!  I know the kids had fun with the dress up days and special activities.  Did you catch the video on Facebook?  If not, access HERE. Congratulations to our middle school kids and their “Mean Machine” volleyball team who, for the first time in over 15 years, defeated the teacher team.  What I admire about that effort is the team that emerged during the game; the spirit and perseverance they showed was impressive.

Catholic schools focus on teaching students that all creation comes from God and that it is through Him that we do all things.  He gives us gifts, which we encourage students to let shine.  This month of February, we focus on Habit #6, Synergize, which is valuing the strengths of others and learning to work together. This fits in with our value of Love because we are respectful of the gifts God has given to each of us. By loving one another, we encourage each other to develop the gifts from God.  It causes us to be humble, to admit when we need help and to allow another’s light to shine.  By working together, we can accomplish more!

We held our first State of the School Forum on Thursday, Feb. 1.  Members of school commission, school staff, and parents attended to hear about improvement efforts at St. Susanna School.  As good as ANY school is, there is ALWAYS room for improvement!  Access the information and Presentation HERE.

My Girl Dance was a hit on Saturday night!  Thank you to Rita Mitchell for organizing and to all volunteers who helped make it a success! You let your lights shine!

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 that can impact behavior, attitude, and learning? Find out about these stages and how you can help your child navigate through them.

Reminder:  Our next 1:00pm Dismissal will be February 15.  Extended Daycare Ministry (EDM) will be available immediately following dismissal until 6:00 pm.  Speaking of EDM, we welcome back Ms. Erica Kermon to our EDM staff!

Vision/Hearing Screening:  On ThursdayFebruary 8 and February 15, 2018, the Hendricks County Public Health nurses will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for Saint Susanna students.

  • Vision screenings will be conducted for students in the third, fifth and eighth grades. 
  • Hearing screenings will be conducted for students in the first, fourth and seventh grades.

If a vision or hearing problem is detected in your child(ren), you will be notified and asked to take the student(s) for a complete professional examination.

*** If you do not want your child(ren) to be screened, please notify Ms. Crews in writing at no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2018 .

We have an author visiting St. Susanna on Wednesday, Feb 2!  Kamilla Benko is a former student of mine who has worked in children’s publishing for 10 years (yes, I do feel old!).  Her first published novel Unicorn Quest is available for purchase in my office.  It received excellent reviews (read a review HERE), and has been compared toNarnia series and A Wrinkle in Time. Kamilla will be here as part of her book tour to conduct a writing workshop with our 3rd – 8th graders. She’ll also sign copies of the books people purchase. I’m very excited about having her visit us!

2018-19 Enrollment is now open!  Click HERE to access the current student re-enrollment form.  If you also have a child who will enter St. Susanna School for the first time next year, please follow the link on the re-enrollment page. Please complete this form so we can make appropriate arrangements for classes for next year!

Did you know…. That graduates of St. Susanna School’s 8th grade class have completed Algebra I and Spanish I, both of which are high school level classes?  Your child can earn high school credit at St. Susanna School!

2018-19 School Calendar:

The following are important dates for 2018-19:

First Day: Wed, 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

Spartan Spirit Awards – For week of January 29: Sonja Helbert, Maria Mescher, Andrea Corona, Dylan Haught, Cole Cutshall, Ann Chlupacek, Isabel Phelps, Mark Liston, Olivia Rhoderick, Peyton Burger.  Keep letting your lights shine!

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!

Intramural Basketball for boys and girls in 1st – 4th grades begins soon.  Evaluations are this Saturday, Feb. 10.  CLICK HERE.


6:  Middle School Science Fair

7:  1:00pm Visiting Author conducts writing workshop with grades 3 – 8.

8:  6:30pm Child Development Presentation

12:  STAR testing week

14:  Ash Wednesday (8:45am mass – Please join us!)

15:  1:00pm Dismissal

16:  No School: Flex Day

19:  No School : President’s Day


Mad Hatter Auction: Saturday, March 3.   Support our Parish’s commitment to Catholic Education by attending this fun St. Susanna signature event! Raffle, dinner, live and silent auction are all included.  Don’t miss this very important date!  Tickets are on sale now… and are going fast!  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

God bless,