Once again, Our Lady of Hope School will participate in a “Math-a-Thon” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Math-a-Thon will run through Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, and ending on April 9th.
Collection envelopes will go home the first week of March, and all students will receive a Math-a-Thon booklet in his/her classroom. The children may also participate online by going to www.mymathathon.org.
As always, we’d like to thank you in advance for your support of this worthy cause. Since we began participating in the Math-a-thon, our school has raised over $47,000. Last year alone we raised over $7,000, and we hope to match that amount this year. We could never do this without your generous support.
Thank you and God bless.
Our Lady of Hope School will be sponsoring their 8th annual “Night at the Phillies”. Come on out to Citizen’s Bank Park on May 27th and cheer on the Phills as they try to defeat the Colorado Rockies. Get there early and tail gate with your friends!! We will also be making a slide show of our school and it will be shown on Phan-a-vision. Be in your seats by 6:40 and maybe you will see yourself on the big screen.
Tickets are $32. This includes your ticket to the ballgame and a Phillies t-shirt especially designed for our night at the game.
Please complete this form and return it to school with your money by April 7th. Tickets run out quickly, so don’t wait. If you want to sit with other families and friends, send in the order in one envelope or staple orders together. It is very difficult to organize tickets and I cannot seat people together once the orders are sent to school.
The Season of Lent
The weather we have been experiencing since December has truly challenged our patience. Yet, we continue to survive the impact of Mother Nature and at times make a joke about the idea of more snow. Not knowing what else is in store for us, we continue to trudge forward and deal the best we can.
Maybe the season of Lent which begins this week will be a means of strength for us as we continue to trust in the Lord and ask for His continued guidance each day.
May the days of Lent be a source of peace, hope and a renewed spirit for you and your family.
Sister Paula M. Randow,Principal
Students in Grades 3-7 will be administered the Iowa Standardized Testing beginning Monday, March 3- Friday, March 7. Please be sure your children are present each day and well rested so they do their best on the tests. A special letter explaining about the Iowa Testing was sent home with your child along with the schedule so that parents can anticipate what subjects will be tested on a particular day. Please check with your child about this communication.
St. Jude Hospital Math-a-thon
Once again we are participating in this important fundraiser to help support research in the treatment and cure of various diseases such as cancer which can attack children. This will run until April 9. We encourage all our children to participate by completing the Math booklets or just acquiring donations to help raise funds. Last you we raised over $7,000 dollars for this cause.
Information will be sent home this week and donations should be returned no later than April 9.
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday March 9 @2am. Please remember to move your clocks forward 1 hr. (Spring Forward)
SNOW MAKE UP DAYS
As I indicated in the February newsletter, we will have school days to make up because of all the snow days we have had this year. As of now we have 5 days to make up and here are the dates:
- Holy Thursday- April 17- 11:30 dismissal
- Easter Week
- Wednesday, April 23
- Thursday, April 24
- Friday, April 25- 11:30 dismissal on this day NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE
- Friday, May 23
March Calendar Updates
- 3-7Iowa Testing Grades 3-7
- 5- Ash Wednesday, Mass 8am
- 7- 1st Friday Mass 8am full day of school
- 9- Daylight Savings Time begins
- 12- 1st Grade Bake Sale
- 14- Faculty Retreat Day- No classes for students
- 19- Feast of St. Joseph- Mass 10am- 8th Grade Boys Special Mass
- 25-28- Spring Book Fair
- 31- 3rd Marking Period ends
Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Melanie Ragozzino winning first place and Maddie Rose winning second place in the Spelling Bee last month. Both girls will now compete in the next level of the contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus on March 18. Once again we will have the plaque on display in our school because of the hard work of our students under the direction of Mrs. Thompson.
Once the budget has been approved tuition costs will be provided for our families. If you have applied for assistance for next year, families who qualify will be notified again once the budget has been approved. Please note that in order to receive financial assistance families must have tuition payments up to date.
Please keep in your prayers Mrs. Schultz whose mother passed away earlier in February and Mrs. Cardamone, whose father passed away last week. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord…May they rest in peace.
Mrs. Iacone returned to school following her recuperation from surgery.
May the days of Lent be filled with many graces and blessings as we journey toward the Great Feast of Easter.
February is the month associated with Valentine’s Day, hearts, candy, and chocolate. It’s no surprise that the American Heart Association celebrates February to be American Heart Month.
The American Heart stresses people to pay attention to symptoms that could mean a problem. Heart attack warning signs include:
- Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. This does not always have to be actual pain. It can also feel like fullness in the chest, pressure, or squeezing feeling.
- Discomfort in the stomach, neck, jaw, arms or back
- Shortness of breath (with or without chest discomfort)
- Breaking out in a “cold sweat,” nausea, dizziness
Signs of Stroke include:
Spot a stroke “F.A.S.T.”:
- Face Drooping- one side of the face droops or is numb. Ask the person to smile to detect facial weakness.
- Arm Weakness- one arm is weak or numb. Ask the person to raise both arms and observe if one arm drifts downward.
- Speech Difficulty: Speech may be slurred, there may be inability to talk, or speech may be hard to understand. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, such as “the sky is blue.” Is it repeated correctly?
- Time to call 9-1-1-: If the person shows any of theses symptoms, even if symptoms go away (possible sign of a “mini-stroke” or “TIA”), call 9-1-1- and go the hospital.
In both situations, early diagnosis and treatment is key for best outcomes.
Taking preventive measures is important. Changes occur in arteries, including the ones that surround the heart, that come from a lifetime of eating unhealthy foods, lack of physical activity, and smoking. The risk of heart attack and stroke are even higher if there is family history of stroke or heart attack, or if other illnesses, such as high blood pressure or diabetes is also present.
Because these changes take place over a long period of time, it makes it especially important to adopt healthy habits at an early age. It is important for children and adults to eat a healthy diet and participate in physical activity on a regular basis, and maintaining a healthy weight.
A health diet includes:
- Eating at least 4 cups of fruits and vegetables every day
- Two servings of fish a week
- Eat whole grains and whole grain products
- Limit salt in the diet to 1500 mg. per day
- Eat lean cuts of meat and poultry
Be Physically Active:
Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It still counts if you don’t do it all at one time. Try getting a 15 minute brisk walk in the morning and again after dinner. Being active with another family member or friend can make it more fun and you can encourage each other. Always talk to your doctor before undertaking an exercise program.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke
- Control other conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes
- Get regular check ups
And remember, developing healthy habits in your children will help them reduce their lifetime risk of heart disease and stroke. And your children are counting on you to stay healthy for them too!
A good resource for more information about heart disease, stroke, healthy diet, physical activity and other information is the American Heart Association: