Friday, March 24, 2017 • 8:58 PM

Principal's Monthly Letter


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Dear Parents,
Happy Easter! I am pray that Easter was filled with many blessings and lots of family time! I do not know where the time has gone since Christmas! Here are some reminders for April and the first part of May.
God bless you,
Sharon Blentlinger
Principal

Festival!!!

Our annual Spring Festival is May 6-7 and everyone should have these dates on their calendar and be spreading the word to family, friends, and co-workers! Festival work shifts are coming soon. Please return your shift confirmation by the date indicated, to help us make sure that we are covered for each booth. After schedules have been completed, it is each family’s responsibility to arrange for any needed changes. Please notify me or Sharon Kersh (479-461-7964) if a change is made. Help is also needed the week before the Festival occurs for set-up and prep work, silent auction set-up and decoration, booth set-up, as well as clean-up on Friday night and Saturday evening. Booth “take-down” will be Sunday morning and lots of help is needed! This is our largest fundraiser and everyone’s generous gift of time is essential! Silent Auction is going to be awesome once again! There are trips, parties, and lots of creative class projects and baskets.

Festival shifts are mandatory for ALL families; about $400/per child is realized by this event. If you are not able to fulfill your festival shift assignment, you may find another to attend, pay for the buy-out, or have the amount taken from you FACTS account during May. I dislike the need to be so strict about working festival shifts, but it is SO important to the budget of our school and affects every family.
Raffle tickets are in this Tuesday’s folders so sell, sell, sell! Our raffle sales have been down several thousand dollars the past several years so I beseech you to give 100%+ effort to promoting our raffle!! Wonderful incentives are being offered for individuals who sell the most tickets. The favorite rewards for selling raffle tickets are the preview parties that the top 2 selling classes enjoy the afternoon Festival begins.

Stanford 10 Testing

Stanford 10 tests will be administered to students in grades 1-6 April 11-15. These standardized tests are mandated by our diocese and quite important to improving the curriculum of our educational program. Tests will be administered from 8:30- 11:00. Students arriving after the beginning of school are allowed to enter the classroom. Makeup times will be attempted for those children who are absent due to illness.

Final PTO Meeting

Our final PTO meeting of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 pm. What’s on the agenda? Final information on Festival, a few other items, voting on PTO board officers for 16-17, and the “American Heritage” program presented by our first grade students. Please join us!

Kindergarten Visit Day

All registered and interested families are invited to attend our Kindergarten “shadow day” on Wednesday, April 20, from 11:30-1:30. A snapshot of kindergarten life will be enjoyed plus lunch and recess. An adult is not required for a child to attend. Please invite your friends to attend! All four-year old preschool children will be attending this event. RSVP at 479-783-6798 or sblentlinger@icschoolfs.org.

End of School

The end of this school year will be upon us so soon. Due to the fact that we used no inclement weather days, our last day of school will be Tuesday, May 24. The last day for sixth grade students is Friday, May 20 and sixth grade graduation and reception are Monday, May 23, at 6:30 pm.

Field Day will be Friday, May 20. More information will be sent in May.

PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEY

I.C. School Board will conduct a “Parent Satisfaction Survey” to solicit your input for the continuing improvement of our school community and programs. The survey will be enacted through Survey Monkey beginning the week of April 11. Responses will be collected and collated through our school board president’s email, Bo Hunter (bohunter23@gmail.com), and can be made anonymously or with your signature. The survey will be open through Friday, April 22. Hard copies in both English and Spanish are available upon request. A summary of the results will be communicated to our school community in May. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time but input can have a lasting impact. I thank you in advance for your participation and sincere desire to improve the spiritual and educational opportunities for our children!

SUMMER PROGRAM- 18 month/Preschool and K- 6

We will once again have our summer program for students who are 18 months/preschool and kindergarten- sixth grade age for the 2016- 2017 school year. Registration brochures will be sent home in this Tuesday folders. Early deadline for registration is Friday, April 22. After this date, registration fee increase for any openings that are left.

PTO News
From your PTO President

I hope you all had a Happy Easter and a nice lil’ spring break to help push through these last couple of months of the school year!

Wow; what a great Spaghetti Dinner we had! Final numbers are around $13,000 in revenue. What an amazing feat for a 3-hour dinner! Thanks again to our chairs, Kris Scott and Andrea Leding, and the many of our parents who volunteered to make this even so successful!

I would like to say Thank You to Michaela Files and all her volunteers that helped to provide snacks and delicious treats to our teachers during Parent/Teacher conferences. The support really does mean a lot to our teachers and staff during the 2 long days of meetings.

I would also like to thank all the volunteers that helped make cinnamon rolls! I know it was a lot of hard work, but they sure are delicious. I think all of us agree that this is a wonderful fundraiser!!

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:
*Tuesday, April 19th-PTO Meeting @ 6:30 followed by the American Heritage Program
*Friday, April 22nd-Treat Day-kindergarten students bring treats

The Spring Festival will be coming up on May 6-7!! Please watch for lots of information to be coming your way in the Tuesday Folders.

The PTO Board is still working on filling Chair positions for all our committees for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are a current chair, please let me know if you are able to chair your committee again next year. Once I have heard back from all our current chairs, I will be sending out a chair request form and would appreciate your consideration volunteering for one or more of the positions that are still available. It takes all of us working together to help make Immaculate Conception School the best place for our children, and all of your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated!!


Sincerely,
Billie Nelligan
PTO President