Principal Notes 08/27/2017

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Dear Parents,

Our students have been learning what it means to be Proactive. This is our first habit, related to the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, JOY.  Students were asked how they can demonstrate this habit with their friends. Some of our students shared with the school how they were able to be proactive:

“Proactive means doing the positive thing.  Being proactive is letting our light shine, so let us be proactive and let our lights shine in God’s name.” – Tristan, 4th grade

“I was being proactive when I told someone good job instead of being jealous.  Be nice and listen to your teacher.” – Chloe, 4thgrade

“I have been proactive by helping a friend who couldn’t reach the sink and helping friends in the classroom.” – McKenzie, 1stgrade

“When I am proactive, I am in charge.  I listen.  I choose to respect others. I make good choices!” – Isabel, 1st grade.

This week, our students will be introduced to Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind.  People who practice this habit plan ahead and set goals.  They do things that have meaning and make a difference.  Students realize they are important parts of their classroom and are called upon to contribute to the mission of our school.  They look for ways to be a good citizen. We relate this habit to Goodness – as in fulfilling one’s purpose and doing what you know you should do.  “For this very reason, make every effort of add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge…” 2 Peter 1:5

Through some generous donations, we are able to host a high-energy, Catholic faith-based program called “Hard as Nails Ministry” on Wednesday, September 27. The goal of this event is stressing the importance of each individual in God’s world, acknowledging that God gave each person gifts to share. The program is called “You are Amazing!” All of our children in kindergarten through 8th grade will be divided into smaller grade-level groups to experience our faith either through a book reading for primary children or an interactive program for older kids.  We invite you all to a family bonding event that evening – Wednesday, September 27 – at 6:30pm. Click here for a preview.

School Pictures will be taken September 6 and 7.  Exact schedule will be sent out soon.  Order forms were sent home last week, so please look for them in backpacks!

The Annual Jamboree and Chili Cook-Off is coming Saturday, September 30!  Raffle Tickets will be sent home this week.  We ask for each family to sell AT LEAST 5 Drawdown Raffle tickets at $20 each.  The top prize in the raffle is $4,000!  Please watch for these tickets and do not throw them away!

Funds raised from this event help provide teachers with supplies and teaching items for their classrooms as well as a special teacher appreciation lunch.  It also provides new books for our school library.  Contributing to the Teacher Wish List will provide special items your child’s teacher would love to have to make your child’s school experience special.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Jamboree on September 30!

Spartan Spirit Awards:  This year, we are recognizing students who go above and beyond expectations to let their lights shine and create God’s kingdom at St. Susanna School.  Congratulations to this week’s recipients:  Zachary Birge, Lilah Quinn, Thomas Andres, Allison Bowen, Brooke Cutshall, Peyton Burger, Mitch Chlupacek, Emily Farria, and Bryan Dick.  Students, how do you let your lights shine?


Sept 4 – Labor Day, No School

Sept 6 – Pictures

Sept 7 – Pictures

Sept 13 – 2:00pm Dismissal (EDM available)

Sept 14 – Accreditation Visit

Sept 20 – 22 – 5th – 8th grade to Bradford Woods

Sept 23 – Plainfield Quaker Day

Sept 27 – “Hard as Nails” You’re Amazing! Presentations

Sept 30 – Jamboree and Chili Cook-Off

God bless,