Principal Notes 1/28/2018

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Dear Parents,

As we kick off Catholic Schools Week, I reflect on the Open House we had 2 weeks ago.  It was well attended by prospective families, who seem excited about St. Susanna School.  It was interesting to learn that about ¾ of the people heard about St. Susanna not from signs or advertisements but from St. Susanna families!  It was appropriate, then, that St. Susanna parishioner Jim Poole spoke at masses over the weekend to share his family’s Catholic school journey.  His boys – who are now sophomores at Roncalli High School – earn 4.2 and 3.7 GPAs and play varsity golf.  In fact, over 90% of St. Susanna graduates have achieved the Honor Roll at their respective high schools! Additionally, 45 St. Susanna graduates are currently playing IHSAA sports at 9 area public and private high schools. More importantly, his boys are continuing to live the Catholic values reinforced by St. Susanna School. Clearly, St. Susanna School prepares children to meet the challenges of high school!

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Sparty Party such a fun event!  Special thanks to Toni Ellis, who organized the event.  Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly. Congratulations to the “Speedway” Crew on their big win! Everyone had a great time, regardless of the score.

Catholic Schools Week all week!  We have a different theme every day.  Please make sure all outfits are school-appropriate. In addition, we will have school-wide Saints Bingo, Teacher Trivia, and Fruit of the Holy Spirit AwardsDETAILS AND SPECIAL DRESS DAYS HERE.

Reminder:  Our next 1:00pm Dismissal will be February 15.  Extended Daycare Ministry (EDM) will be available immediately following dismissal until 6:00 pm.

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 .

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 22:  Mary Burger, Cecilia Prather, Aoife Taheny, Jackson Hewlett, Savannah Acker, Thomas Andres.  Keep letting your lights shine!

Student News: Congratulations to the students who represented St. Susanna School in the West Deanery Art and Theology competition last Thursday.  Our kids did a great job and let their lights shine!


8th grade: Ken Ohaya – 2nd place

7th grade: Brooke Cutshall – Honorable Mention

6th grade: Elizabeth Rhoderick – 1st place

5th grade: Caroline Saupp – Honorable Mention

4th grade: Makenna Quinn – Honorable Mention

3rd grade: Kennedy Christian – 3rd place

2nd grade: Aoife Taheny – Honorable Mention

1st grade: Ahmya Journey-Gilbert – Honorable Mention

Kdg: Redmond Edo


7/8 grade: Hudson Miller (3rd place), Elizabeth Taylor, Ken Ohaya

5/6 grade: Kelvin Ohaya (3rd place), Elizabeth Rhoderick

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!


1:  6:30pm  State of the School – planning for the future of our children!

3:  6:00pm My Girl Dance – Sweet event girls and special adult relatives.  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!)


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.

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,