This Week's Mass:
Mrs. Smith's 2nd Grade will be responsible for Mass on Friday, December 14 at 9:00am......Fr. Tony
12: Christmas program 6:00pm (kids in rooms at 5:30)
12: Beta Club Christmas Bake Sale (starts 8:00am)
18: Middle School field trip to Roller Skate Rink
19: Last day of school before Christmas break
20 - Jan 1 Christmas Break
FALL, 2018 NEWSLETTER
TO ALL SRIS STAKEHOLDERS
LADIES and GENTLEMEN:
I am writing this Newsletter following Sunday Mass on the day after we finished celebrating our two-day SRIS PTO Fall Festival and I am exhilarated, invigorated, grateful, and blessed. While the final numbers have not been shared with me yet, I have full confidence that its success financially set a new standard. More importantly, seeing so many parents, teachers, students, and community members work so hard for the future of our school was incredible. Please consider:
· We are a bit nervous this year when we ended our major fall fund-raiser (Krispy Kreme) and asked our families and students to put all of their efforts into the raffle for $1000 cash. Typically, we raise about $4000 on the raffle (less the payouts) and hoped the school could realize their half of the raffle to be equivalent to the $5000 we raise through Krispy Kreme and this felt like a stretch of optimism. We hoped for the total to be in the $9000 total range. Our kids, with virtually everyone participating, raised over $12,500.00!!!! WOW!!!
· We were nervous when school was cancelled for the Friday of Fall Festival – afraid that we would not have the necessary help to get everything set up. But, our teachers, PTO officers, parents, students and community volunteers responded in a phenomenal fashion and the set up was the BEST ever!!
· We were nervous when we switched our dinner menu on the request of many and the new meal of pulled pork was celebrated by all who attended and praised all those who had a hand in the preparation and serving.
· We were nervous with the cool and rainy weather, the home BCHS football game, and the day many spent in Louisville at the volleyball state tournament which BCHS participated in following their first-in-history Regional Championship. But our auction had a record crowd and a record total due to the generosity of area merchants and vendors and the enthusiasm of our bidding audience.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PLAYED SO MANY IMPORTANT ROLES IN MAKING THE 2108 SRIS PTO FALL FESTIVAL SUCH AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS!!!
We kicked off the SRIS Foundation in mid-September and I am proud to advise you of our progress. Let me first say that I had hoped to receive more of the letters with potential donors listed returned from parents. I calculated we would receive nearly one thousand names and addresses from this letter which went home at the beginning of the school year – we received only two hundred names and addresses. Additionally, when I surveyed our school families for suggestions on revamping our fund-raising efforts last spring, the Foundation was number one on your survey, and raising tuition $200 per student was number two. Now, please be sure each of you who favored the Foundation, if you have not done so already, please still send in some names and EXACT addresses as we continue our solicitation (please return the pink page attached to this newsletter). And, for those of you who favored the tuition increase, you are encouraged to join the Foundation ($10 per month, $120 per year) and you can help us and get your wishes fulfilled in that fashion.
But, now the GREAT NEWS. At this writing, we have had 163 memberships committed by sixty-seven individuals, and additional ‘one-time’ donations totaling nearly three thousand dollars, we have deposited nearly one-half of our 2018-2019 goal which will be used for the purchase of new textbooks for our students in each of our core content areas (religion, math, social studies, English, and science) over the next five years (textbooks run about $30,000 per subject area so we still have a ways to go).
Our goal, you may recall, is to get one thousand members committed to the Foundation in the next five years. Our goal for this current school year was to get two-hundred and fifty members and to grow from there. We are making great progress on our first year goal and will remain aggressive in our solicitations until achieving that goal. If you have not received this Foundation information, please advise me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be honored to get the information to you. TO ALL WHO HAVE HELPED AND BEEN SO GENEROUS SO FAR, THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS YOU!!!
SRIS ALUMNI REUNION AND HOMECOMING::
The 3rd Annual Homecoming held on October 6th was fantastic. Plans are already underway for the 4th Annual SRIS Homecoming scheduled for October 5th, 2019 so please save that date. The SRIS Class of 1969 is planning for their fiftieth anniversary as one of our “milestone classes” and I hope others do as well.
The food and fellowship is terrific and I hope you SAVE THAT DATE!!
FALL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:
We ended the First Academic Quarter on Friday, October 26th and will hold the Fall Conference on Wednesday, November 7th. We typically hold the conference on the Wednesday following the end of the quarter, but since that date will be Halloween, I have moved it to the 7th and while I had previously announced this conference to be on Tuesday, October 30th, we have league ball games scheduled on that date and I thought this would be less of a conflict. I am sending home the First Quarter Progress Report attached to this newsletter to get it your hands as soon as possible and so that you can immediately begin work with your child as necessary without waiting the extra week.
FALL TUITION RAFFLE::
The drawing for the Fall Tuition Raffle will be at 6:00 pm at the St. Romuald Altar Society Turkey Dinner. Each staff member has (10) ten tickets to sell at $40.00 each and only 250 will be made available for sale. The winner has a choice of one year of FREE tuition (value $2800) or $1000 cash. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
God has abundantly Blessed SRIS with wonderful students, parents, staff and a supportive family. Thank you for all that you do to make our kids and school successful.