March 16, 2018
Lord, I know that Your love is always with me. Help me to make small sacrifices in my life in order to grow closer to You. May everything I do begin with Your inspiration continue with Your help and be always under Your guidance. Amen.
This is a perfect time of the year to give thanks for all the blessings God has bestowed upon us. St. Columba is truly blessed with a community of families that believe in the mission of Catholic education. Catholic education would not be as successful as it has been without the support of its school families and parishioners.
Our annual GALA was another successful fundraiser. On behalf of the students I would like to thank the GALA committee for the endless hours they put in to this event. A special thank you to Danielle Simmons and Maggie Perry for leading the GALA committee, Rhea Palma and Huy Tran for their awesome accounting, MaryAnn Mararac for venturing out into the community for donations. Mrs. Deb Oberg for another year of dedicated service, Maria and Rorie Ring for their choice of menu for the evening and beautiful centerpieces, Mr. Daryl O’Donnell for being an entertaining Auctioneer, MaryAnn Rodolfo for her patience with the email blasts, all our parents who took time out of their weekends to sell raffle tickets and for helping set and clean up the night of the event. It was a fun-filled night with good community building. We are very thankful to all the families who supported this event. The teachers are very excited that a total of $9, 250.00 was raised for Chrome Books. These Chrome books will be divided up between the classes and used for learning centers, research, and IXL.
The end of the third quarter is on March 29th. Please make sure you check Gradelink once a week to monitor your child’s academic progress. If you have any concerns, contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. I also welcome any parent who would like to meet with me.
As we continue on our Lenten Journeys let us continue to practice the teachings of Our Lord in our thoughts, words, and actions.
PRAYERS: Our prayers continue to be with all our families and extended families that are experiencing difficult times. We also give thanks in prayer for all our many blessings.
EASTER LITURGY: St. Columba parish welcomes all families to attend our Family Easter Liturgy Mass at 9:30 in the parish hall. This is a beautiful celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection to share as a family.
EASTER VACATION: Holy Thursday, March 29th is a minimum day, 12:00 dismissal. Extended care will be available from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Easter vacation begins Good Friday, March 30th school and preschool will be closed through April 6th. School and preschool will resume Monday, April 9th.
PATRICK’S DAY: Monday, March 19th we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The students may wear green shirts and green socks with jeans for $1.00 or uniform bottoms. The funds collected will go to the Mission for Holy Childhood Association.
THANK YOU: Once again, a very special thank you to our PTG Board, Ms.Navarro and to all the parents who volunteered so many hours in making our annual Gala a great success in so many ways. The dinner, drawing, silent auction, gambling, music and dancing all came together to make a memorable evening. In addition to our school support we are so grateful for the support of Fr. Ed and for all the parishioners’ participation and support. Thank you to every person who made the commitment to support this wonderful event. Without all of you Gala 2018 would not have been possible.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to the lucky winners of the opportunity drawing: Grand prize winner of the $5,000.00 went to the Bustria (7th & 1st) family who in return donated it back to our school. Thank you for your gift. Second prize $2,500.00 went to the Galvan (KG) family and third prize $1,000.00 went to the Taillon (6th) family.
THANK YOU: A very big thank you to Kristy Wentworth for making our Sports Picture Day run so smoothly. This day wouldn’t be possible without your help.
CRS RICE BOWL: Thank you to all our families who are collecting coins for CRS Lent Rice Bowl for people in need around the world. We will keep collecting through Holy Thursday, March 29th.
SCIENCE STEM ACTIVITY FAMILY NIGHT: Mark your calendar, and plan to join us for a family fun Science Stem Night Wednesday, March 21st from 5:30-7:00 pm. Each class will be hosting a fun activity from a different aspect of science. Lots of fun for the entire family.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Come join us for family movie night, Saturday, March 24th in the parish hall. Doors open at 6:00 pm – movie begins at 6:30 pm. Featuring “COCO”! Students may bring sleeping bags and pillows to put on the floor and wear appropriate pajamas and slippers. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
COLUMBA MEN’S CLUB BRUNCH & EASTER EGG HUNT: We welcome you to join us Palm Sunday, March 25th for a delicious brunch starting at 8:00 am, followed by a family fun Easter Egg Hunt starting at 11:30 outside the Ministry Center. Also a chance to win an Easter Basket filled with lots of goodies! Presale tickets are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 & under. Family rate is $25.00. Thank you to our St. Columba Men’s Club for this special event for our school and parish. Our St. Columba Men’s Club is the best!
SCHOOL RE-REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019: We are finding out that some families are not aware if they have registered for the 2018-2019 school year. If you haven’t completed and submitted the registration form with registration & PTG fees you are not registered for the upcoming school year. Also, registration fees received after March 16th are $300.00 per child. PTG family commitment fee of $200.00 is also due at the time of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Navarro. Thank you.
8th GRADE YEARBOOK: Important reminder for the school year book.
The following items needs to be submitted for the school yearbook.
- One baby photo of your child, two or three growing up, and/or family photos.
- A congratulatory message to your 8th grader not more than 150 words.
You can email these to Mr. Marte at firstname.lastname@example.org. or you can send these with your child, saved on his or her flashdrive. These items need to be received by March 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marte.
GAME SCHEDULE: Thank you to all our parents & grandparents who will be volunteering their time to coach or spring sports. Important reminder: Games have begun, and we still have a few families who have not paid their sports fees, and we need to receive these fees promptly.
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