The Bishop Scholarship Fund application process closes (for returning families) this Thursday, March 15th! This means, you must register for school with Diane for next year by Thursday and then request Bishop Scholarship assistance on the FACTS application. Please, if in any doubt about needing financial assistance for next year, register and apply for the Bishop Scholarship Fund!
I am writing to tell you about the new spring testing program initiated this year by the Diocese of Bridgeport. One of the biggest trends in education in the 21st Century is using data to drive and inform instruction. The Diocese of Bridgeport decided last spring not to continue with the Terra Nova spring tests but to replace them with two new types of assessments from the Riverside Testing Company to help better inform instruction.
- Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
- Happy Read Across America Day. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. We celebrated today across the different grade levels from Pre-k wearing their Dr. Seuss shirts and baking a Seuss theme cake, to first grade bringing in pillows and sleeping bags and doing a "read-in," to the middle school spending time in Sustained Silent Reading. I have always felt that reading is fundamental for school success. How are you celebrating in your home?
Guess what day today is? If you guessed the 100th Day of School you are correct. (And I bet you are a parent of a primary student!) Thank you, Primary Teachers for your great work in so many ways making today memorable for our students!
- Congratulations to our middle school students for their great science projects shown at today's Science Fair.
- The sound of dribbling basketballs and cheering fans is again echoing through the walls of our school as we have begun our 11th annual Tyler Ugolyn Memorial Basketball Tournament. The tournament lasts through February 9th. I have been here most nights but my favorite memory is the first night. Our Boys Junior Varsity team played a great game and the stage was packed with middle school students cheering on their younger schoolmates. That is the Fatima spirit!
What type of person do you want your child to grow into? How about responsible and self-motivated young adults? On Friday, I was on the phone when the 8th graders who were assisting at the 9:00 Mass came to my room. They saw that I was talking, on their own, they walked over to the church. When I entered the church, the altar servers were lighting candles and the readers for the Mass were taking turns rehearsing their readings from the altar. These 8th graders were doing this without any adult direction! Bravo young people! You make us proud!
For the past 11 years, Our Lady of Fatima has hosted a basketball tournament in honor of alumnus and tournament namesake, Tyler Ugolyn, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. But this year its students are taking their charitable efforts a step further.
An arctic greeting from our school to your home. We missed the kids the last two days last week and we are glad they are back!
Our students participated in several events the last week before Christmas where they helped spread the Christmas spirit! Our Eighth Grade students visited the Whittingham Cancer Center on Thursday, December 21.
On Wednesday, November 29th, Cynthia Kim was here from Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation to receive a check from the H.S.A. for the money raised from International Family Night at our school. The thousand dollars raised will go to support the education for children of families that have lost a parent serving in the armed forces.