Principal Notes 11/19/2017

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Dear Parents,

I send out my weekly Principal Notes to keep you up to date on what’s going on in the school.  I include information about special programs, upcoming events, opportunities for students and/or parents to get involved, student recognitions, and calendar items.  I provide links to additional information, which can usually also be found on the St. Susanna School website ( under “Latest News”.  This serves as our weekly electronic school newsletter and is our main method of communication.  I recommend creating a file on your email account called “school” to drop these messages in, as well as correspondence from your child’s teacher.  That way, you can easily access this information at a later time, and they won’t get lost in your inbox.  Just a suggestion!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Thanksgiving Food Drive last week.  The food pantry was impressed by the number of donations they received on such short notice.  Thanks to your generosity, families were able to get much-needed food this past weekend! Thanks for showing your goodness and letting your lights shine!

This year, our 8th-grade students participated in the We the People program.  Sponsored by the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Center for Civic Education, We the People is a program of constitutional study that prepares students to be active citizens.  Our students learned about topics ranging from political theory and republican government to the compromises that made our constitution possible.  The program culminates with a mock congressional hearing. Last week, we hosted St. Malachy’s 8th grade for a mock hearing in our parish center.

We would like to thank our panel of judges which included our own Mrs. Jennifer Andres, an attorney with IU Health, and Mr. Shane Authenreith, a Plainfield high school graduate who participated on one of Plainfield’s national We the People Teams.  We were joined by Mr. Ed Hannon, an attorney with Steuerwald, Hannon, and Witham in Danville, Indiana.  Also thank you to Mrs. Abdoulaye for preparing our students.

Our 8th graders presented their prepared papers to Mr. Hannon and Mrs. Andres.  Their papers, focused on the Declaration of Independence and the Philadelphia Convention, were presented orally to the judges.  Each group then answered follow up questions from the judges to demonstrate their depth of knowledge on the topics. Both Mr. Hannon and Mrs. Andres had excellent feedback on our students’ performance. We are very proud of their efforts and look forward to future participation in this program!

Congratulations to the St. Susanna Chess Team in the 20th annual CYO Chess League!  Bryan Dick, Allison Wildeman, Robert May, James Andres, April Zabell, Gloria May, Xavier Long, and Chris Andres represented St. Susanna School well!  The 8th Grade & Under Team came in 5th place out of 12 teams, the 3rd Grade & Under Team came in 8th place out of 21 teams, and the 6th Grade & Under Team was Runner-up in the Knight Division of the City Championship Tournament!

The St. Susanna Spell Bowl Team represented us well at their competition last Thursday.  Fourth grader Isabel Palanca led our Spartan Spellers with a perfect score, followed by fifth grader Brady Cartwright, who missed only one word.  Congratulations on a great performance!

Know of anyone who is good at working with children?  We’re looking for a well-organized, positive person over 18 years old to join our EDM staff.  Hours are 3:00 – 6:00pm Monday through Friday (school days).  Please email our EDM director Mrs. Elaine Cutshall ( or call 317-839-3713.

The 8th Grade Class is selling discounted tickets to an Indiana Pacer’s game on January 10th, 2018, against the Miami Heat.  This night will be our school spirit night hosted by the Pacers! At halftime, a lucky 8th grade student will accept a check from the team from our fundraising efforts to be used toward our 8th Grade Trip. If you’re able, please consider purchasing tickets! Information HERE.

St. Susanna Holiday Basketball Camp will be held on Friday, December 22.  It runs 9:00am – 3:00pm and is open to boys and girls in first through seventh grades. Click here for more information.

Spartan Spirit Awards for week of November 13: Layla Anderson, James Andres, Aiden Arickx, Ava Beck, Eric Birge, Brady Cartwright, Victoria Correa-Medina, Hughie Corrigan, Trenton Cutshall, Eli Davis, Kendra Dick, Kristina Dick, Regina Edo, Own Gessner, Sonja Helbert, Connor Jones, Hailey Jones, Trevor Liston, Robert May, Tommy Mescher, Kendell Ohaya, Caroline Saupp, Jordan Schmitt, Ava Stader, Allison Wildeman, Emerie Worl, Hudson Miller, Evan Stader, Kelly Ohaya, Matthew Roth.  Keep letting your lights shine!



21:  2:00pm dismissal

22 – 26:  Thanksgiving Break


7:  8:45am Our Lady of Guadalupe mass

7:  6:30pm Preschool/PreK Program

8:  8:45am Mass (Immaculate Conception)

10, 11, 12:  Santa Shop (in Parish Center)

11:  6:30 pm Christmas Band Concert

13:  6:30 pm K – 4 Music Concert

15:  8th grade Movie Drop In Night

18:  9:00 – 11:30am  Penance Service (3rd – 8th grade)

21:  8:45 Mass

21:  7:30pm School Commission meeting

22:  Teacher Work Day – No Students.

December 22 – January 7: Christmas Break

God bless,