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Final post for 2016-2017 School Year!

I just cannot believe this year is coming to an end!  It went so fast!  I look around these halls and I have seen so much growth and it makes me so proud.  St. Malachy students have grown physically but also spiritually.  These students have gained so much new knowledge and learned how to do so many new things.  I’ve seen growth in our teachers too.  They have shown a great willingness to try new things.

Thank you for choosing St. Malachy school for your child’s education.  We are so glad they are here!  Wishing you the best summer ever!

God Bless, Mrs. Simmons

 

Mark your calendars!

Fall Registration Day

August 3 – 7:30am-6pm

Please plan to attend and get your family paperwork in order

 

It’s time to order your yearbook!

YEARBOOK ORDERS ARE DUE May 26th

Yearbooks are $15 each and include an e-yearbook

Please go to this link to order your yearbook online

https://stmalachy1516.picaboo.com/2016-2017-yearbook

STM school breakfast numbers are on the rise!  We used to serve about 20 students each day and now we serve on average about 50-55 students breakfast.   

Just remember breakfast is .95 a day and we serve a healthy variety of breakfast items.

Students do not need to sign up to eat breakfast.

Applications for 2017-2018 enrollment are past due.  Please turn in your applications to the office to secure your child’s 2017-2018 enrollment.  Some of our grade levels are almost full!  Don’t lose your spot!

SCRIP

We will not have SCRIP the week of May 29th.  We will begin every other week orders starting June 5th.

SERVER TRAINING

Students who will be in 4th grade (and above) next school year are invited to a server training class.  Training will be held after all Masses the weekend of June 3/4 and June10/11.  Students who are already serving may also come for a refresher class.

What a beautiful spring concert!  Mrs. Stoner and the students did an excellent job!  I big thanks to all the guest band members!  We should really take our show on the road!

May 31st – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 1st and 8th grade

8th Graduation Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Parish on May 26th at 7pm

Preschool Graduation will be held at St. Malachy on May 30th

Tuesday, May 30

No Library Classes

Sack Lunch milk provided

12:15-1:00 – PK graduation in the Chapel

1-3pm Field Day

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Wednesday, May 31

No Lunch

9:15 – Mass – Free Spirit Day (Mass attire not required)

Following Mass End of the Year Assembly

Includes: Sports Recognition

Commissioning 7th and 8th grade students

Recognizing Teachers

Summer Blessing from Father Halbur

10:30-12:00 – Classroom Time

12pm Dismissal

Yearbooks

It’s time to order your yearbook!

YEARBOOK ORDERS ARE DUE May 26th

Yearbooks are $15 each and include an e-yearbook

Please go to this link to order your yearbook online

https://stmalachy1516.picaboo.com/2016-2017-yea

5/11/17

Kindergarten and Preschool took a great trip to the Des Moines Botanical Center on Wednesday.  They explored the grounds, went on a scavenger hunt and listened to a story. We are so thankful our students are able to go on these great educational trips!

Mrs. Eblen donated caterpillars to our school back in April.  Today many of our butterflies took flight!  Here are some middle school students letting their butterflies go!

Our band students are gearing up for our concert on May 24th!  

Mrs. Miller from SWCC stopped by our school today to show our preschool and kindergarten students a baby goat!

It’s time to order your yearbook!

YEARBOOK ORDERS ARE DUE May 26th

Yearbooks are $15 each and include an e-yearbook

Please go to this link to order your yearbook online

https://stmalachy1516.picaboo.com/2016-2017-yearbook

 

 

St. Malachy School is hiring

Positions available

*Part-time TAG/Resource – teaching license required – 2 days a week

*Part-time Library – teaching license not required – 1 day a week

Please contact Mrs. Simmons for more information or stop by the school to pick up an application.

 

Applications for 2017-2018 enrollment are past due.  Please turn in your applications to the office to secure your child’s 2017-2018 enrollment.

Congratulations to our new exec board:

President: Heather Burwell

Vice President: Tiffany Ossian

Secretary: Michelle Wagner

Treasurer: Alisha Stehr

We are pleased to announce that the PTO raised almost $5000 for the Lap-a-thon this year!  Great job PTO and St. Malachy students and families!

Corey Frey raised the most money!

&

Colby Burg ran the most laps!

3rd grade was the class that raised the most money!

Middle School Info Night

Tonight!

6pm

Letters will be coming home today.

Middle School Wax Museum

May 19th

Mark your Calendars!

The St. Malachy Spring Concert

May 24, 2017

6:30pm – Creston High School Auditorium

This is a change from the original date posted in the family calendar of May 10th

May 17th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 4th and 3rd grade

May 24th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 5th and 7th grade – 7th Reception

May 31st – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 1st and 8th grade

8th Graduation Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Parish on May 26th at 7pm

Preschool Graduation will be held at St. Malachy on May 30th

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Spirit Day May 12th $1 !!!

Spirit Day May 31st – FREE!

Wishing you a Blessed Weekend,

God Bless,

Mrs. Simmons

Free Tuition Raffle Winner

Kurtis  in 3rd grade won our Free Tuition Raffle today!  We are so excited for Kurtis and his family!  Enjoy!

4/21/17

This is the LAST week to purchase a raffle ticket for the Free Tuition Drawing!  St. Malachy is selling 100 raffle tickets for one new or current student to win a year’s worth of free tuition.  The price of a raffle ticket is $50 each.  The drawing will be on May 1st.

Contact Jennifer Simmons or Sarah Lane for more information!

TIES AND TUTUS

April 28th, 2017

6:30-8pm

Preschool – 5th Grade Girls and their special man

Special man + 1-2 girls – $10

Special man + 3+ girls – $15

Mark your Calendars!

The St. Malachy Spring Concert

May 24, 2017

6:30pm – Creston High School Auditorium

This is a change from the original date posted in the family calendar of May 10th

May 4th – 6pm

This will be an April/May combo meeting and will include the nominating and voting in of the 2017-2018 executive board. We look forward to seeing you there.

April 26th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 5th grade

May 3rd – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 4th grade

May 6th – 5:15pm, Holy Spirit Church First Eucharist

May 10th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by:  2nd & 6th grade

May 17th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 4th and 3rd grade

May 24th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 5th and 7th grade – 7th Reception

May 31st – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 1st and 8th grade

Lap-a-thon is coming up on May4th

 High Lakes Youth Leadership

Once again, the month of April will be the application period for the next High Lakes Youth Leadership Class of 2018 starting this fall. This will be our 6th year of the program.  Applications will be accepted through April 30th, 2017.  Please find attached an electronic copy of the application.  The adult/peer reference form can be used to nominate a student for the program.  So if you would like to nominate a student to the program please fill out this form and send it to me ASAP. I will then notify the student of their nomination and encourage them to apply.   The program is for HS aged youth going into grades 9-12.   Students may apply directly, but will need to include an adult or peer reference form.   The program is designed for 15-20 students.

Applications and nominations can also be found on our website here:  http://www.highlakesleadership.com/html/HLYL_appForm_Page.html

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Spirit Day May 12th $1 !!!

Wishing you a Blessed Weekend,

God Bless,

Mrs. Simmons

4/13/17

God is good all the time.  We had an absolutely beautiful day for our Seder Meal and Crosswalk.

April 14-19, 2017

Professional Development day for St. Malachy Teachers

Creston schools WILL be in session on the 18th and 19th

There will be no SCRIP this week.

St. Malachy is giving away a year’s worth of free tuition!  St. Malachy is selling 100 raffle tickets for one new or current student to win a year’s worth of free tuition.  The price of a raffle ticket is $50 each.  The drawing will be on May 1st.  Hurry and get your tickets they are going fast!

Contact Jennifer Simmons or Sarah Lane for more information!

LITERACY NIGHT!

A big thank you to everyone who came for Literacy Night.  It was a fun evening!

 

TIES AND TUTUS

April 28th, 2017

6:30-8pm

Preschool – 5th Grade Girls and their special man

Special man + 1-2 girls – $10

Special man + 3+ girls – $15

 

Attention 4th-8th Grade Students!

Would you like a chance to design this year’s yearbook cover?  If so, enter the yearbook cover design contest.

The cover must meet the following criteria:

*Be on a white piece of 8.5×11 paper (may use the opposite side of this sheet)

*Be bright and very colorful

*Must be hand drawn

*Must include the words:  Faith, Academics & Leadership

*Include St. Malachy’s name: St. Malachy School

*Include the year: 2016-2017

*Include your name in the bottom right corner of the design.

Submit your design to your teacher by Thursday, April 21st

(this is a new deadline)

Mark your Calendars!

The St. Malachy Spring Concert

May 24, 2017

6:30pm – Creston High School Auditorium

This is a change from the original date posted in the family calendar of May 10th

April 12th –

April 26th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 5th grade

May 3rd – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 4th grade

May 10th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by:  2nd & 6th grade

May 17th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 4th and 3rd grade

May 24th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 5th and 7th grade – 7th Reception

May 31st – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 1st and 8th grade

Check your child’s folder.

Iowa Assessment scores are coming home today along with the Application Packet for the 2017-2018 school year.

Applications and fees are due back May 5th

Lap-a-thon is coming up on May4th

Pledge Packets came home today!

 High Lakes Youth Leadership

Once again, the month of April will be the application period for the next High Lakes Youth Leadership Class of 2018 starting this fall. This will be our 6th year of the program.  Applications will be accepted through April 30th, 2017.  Please find attached an electronic copy of the application.  The adult/peer reference form can be used to nominate a student for the program.  So if you would like to nominate a student to the program please fill out this form and send it to me ASAP. I will then notify the student of their nomination and encourage them to apply.   The program is for HS aged youth going into grades 9-12.   Students may apply directly, but will need to include an adult or peer reference form.   The program is designed for 15-20 students.

Applications and nominations can also be found on our website here:  http://www.highlakesleadership.com/html/HLYL_appForm_Page.html

EARTH DAY

Spring Cleaning Day

April 21, 2017

Spring cleaning is a day of service for our students at St. Malachy.  

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Spirit Hat Day April 21 $1 !!!

Wishing you a Blessed Easter.

God Bless,

Mrs. Simmons

3-30-17

Have you heard the news?  St. Malachy is giving away a year’s worth of free tuition!  St. Malachy is selling 100 raffle tickets for one new or current student to win a year’s worth of free tuition.  Information sheets will be coming home today.  The price of a raffle ticket is $50 each.  The drawing will be on May 1st.  Tickets will be sold first come first serve.   Contact Jennifer Simmons or Sarah Lane for more information!

What an exciting week at St. Malachy.  We returned from Spring Break and hit the ground running!

Congratulations to Tucker in 5th grade.  Tucker received 2nd place at the state level in the Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

Mrs. Burg invited Brad Edwards from Channel 5 news to join us on Wednesday to talk about severe weather.

Haley (7th), Bridget (6th), Ella (6th) & Brenton (6th) attended the Lenox Honor Band on March 25th.

Our 8th grade students experienced a day of segregation.  We had the red group and the green group.  Our red group experienced multiple restrictions throughout the day including how the used the water fountain.  This was an eye-opening experience for all of the students.  Students participated in the activity created by Miss Steinkamp in order to prepare their minds for reading “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.

Our Lenten Angels spent time this week discussing Holy Week and the order of events in Jesus’ final days.

LITERACY NIGHT!

April 6th

6:30-7:30

Reading Games and Activities

Author Visit

Book Swap

Light Meal

 Grades PK-5th

RSVP sheets will be coming home today

Take advantage of St. Malachy School Breakfast .85

All students are welcome to eat breakfast at school.  No need to sign-up.  Breakfast is served from 7:50-8:10

Tomorrow’s Breakfast is – egg patty or cereal, fruit and juice and milk.

1st Eucharist Parent/Student Session – 1pm @ STM

April 5th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 7th Grade

April 12th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 6th Grade Coffee and Donuts Reception

April 26th – Mass 9:15 Hosted by: 5th grade

Tonight!

6pm

Due to the passing of Mrs. Dinham’s mother we have moved our roundup to April 7th.  Please contact Sarah Lane slane@crestonstmalachy.org to RSVP.

 

 

St. Malachy second trimester progress reports are now available.  https://ps-ddm.gwaea.org/public/

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have a question about their scores.  Please contact the school office if you have a question about how to login to Power School 641-782-7125.

All St. Malachy families should consider applying for CTO.  This is a great organization that helps families afford Catholic School Tuition.

This year CTO is asking that families apply online www.fairapp.com

DUE APRIL 7!!!!

Optional Sack Lunch Day

April 7th

Don’t forget to pack a Lent friendly lunch

 April 3rd, 2017

Professional Development day for St. Malachy Teachers

Creston schools WILL be in session on this day.

spiritdaylogoSpirit Day March 31st $1 !!!  From now through the end of Lent Spirit Money will go towards the  Nigerian Seminary.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend with your family.

God Bless,

Mrs. Simmons

3-9-17

Students spent time with their Lenten Angels on Wednesday.  This week they watched a LEGO video about Ash Wednesday and Lent. The students also made crosses and personalized them with their plans to pray, fast and participate in almsgiving.


March 10, 2017

St. Malachy School WILL be in session on

Creston Schools will not be in session due to a scheduled professional development day.

There will be NO bus service on 3/10/17 so please plan accordingly.

March 17th – March 26th

 

 

Congratulations to Jess Eblen, Breton Turner, Kenzie Britten & Olivia Hagen for being selected for Honor Choir. (due to a schedule conflict Olivia was unable to attend)

 

 

Please check your child’s folder this week.  We are sending home information about Smart911.com.  This is an excellent program that helps Emergency Responders know more about your family and home in case of an emergency.  Please take a moment to signup.

 

 

March 15 – Mass 9:15am  Hosted by: 8th Grade – NOISY CHANGE COLLECTION

March 29 –  Mass 9:15am  Hosted by: All grades – Coffee & Donuts Reception for Kindergarten

St. Malachy and Holy Spirit Fish Fry

March 24, 2017

5:30-7:30
Fish, coleslaw, roll, Mac & Cheese, dessert and drink
Adult $8 and kids $5

St. Malachy will host the Scholastic Book Fair

March 13th – March 16th

Students may bring money to purchase books during the school day.

March 31st, 2017

Please contact Mrs. Lane if you still need to register.  slane@crestonstmalachy.org

 

 

St. Malachy second trimester progress reports are now available.  https://ps-ddm.gwaea.org/public/

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have a question about their scores.  Please contact the school office if you have a question about how to login to Power School 641-782-7125.

Parent Teacher Conferences

March 16th

1pm-9:30pm

You should have received an online sign-up from you child’s teacher.  If you did not please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Lane to get signed up.

All St. Malachy families should consider applying for CTO.  This is a great organization that helps families afford Catholic School Tuition.

This year CTO is asking that families apply online www.fairapp.com

DUE APRIL 7!!!!

 Optional Sack Lunch Day

March 10th

Do you shop on Amazon?  If so you could be donating money to St. Malachy every time you shop!   Please go to  smile.amazon.com and register St. Malachy School in Creston as your school of choice.  Each time you visit Amazon make sure you are shopping with your “smile” choice as your shop. It will be noted on the main page right under the search bar.

spiritdaylogoSpirit Day March 10th $1 !!!  From now through the end of Lent Spirit Money will go towards the  Nigerian Seminary.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

God Bless,

Mrs. Simmons

3-2-17

Lent is a time of praying, fasting and almsgiving.

This week our teachers prepared their hearts for Lent.  Teachers wrote down words on an egg that spoke to them about servant leadership.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

 

Congratulations to Marshall, Rylie and Keely for the participation at the Knights of Columbus Regional Competition.

Marshall and Keely each took second place in their division.  Rylie on the 13-year-old girl division and will be going on to State at Wells Fargo Arena!

 

A few 3rd grade students this week had the opportunity to read to the kindergarten class.  They did a very nice job.

 

 

Fat Tuesday Donuts:

4th grade students and Mrs. Sickels made fried donuts for the students and faculty this week.  They sure were yummy!

 

Today Mrs. Levine’s 1st grade students have our local officers a “Back the Blue” basket!  It was so exciting to have the officers in the room.  The students were speechless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all of our musicians who performed or sang at the music contest this past weekend at Creston Middle School.  The students did an excellent job and represented St. Malachy well.  A big shout out to Haley Simmons and Jacob Zachary for receiving “Best in Center” awards!

Student Name Event Rating
Aubrie Mohr Alto Saxophone Solo I+
Tristan Evans Alto Saxophone Solo I
Bridget Hopkins Baritone Solo I+
Connor Britten Baritone Solo II+
Jacob Zachary Baritone Solo I+ (Best in Center Award)
Carley Zollman Flute Solo I-
Cecilia Zachary Flute Solo I
Madalyn Kinsella Flute Solo I-
Olivia Burwell Flute Solo I-
Olivia Pellman Flute Solo I-
Sasha Wurster Flute Solo I
Taryn Fredrickson Flute Solo I-
Kolbey Bailey/Carly Greene Flute/Clarinet Duet I+
Haley Simmons Marimba Solo I+ (Best in Center Award)
Ella Powers Oboe Solo I-
Charles Rudolf Snare Drum Solo II+
Danica Pokorny Snare Drum Solo I
Jacob Coke Snare Drum Solo I
Mila Kuhns Snare Drum Solo II+
Brenton Turner Trumpet Solo I-
Gavin Evans Trumpet Solo I
Taylor Smith Trumpet Solo I
Kenzie Britten/Jess Eblen Vocal Duet II
Kenzie Britten/Molly SIckels Vocal Duet I-
Brenton Turner Vocal Solo I-
Jess Eblen Vocal Solo I
Kenzie Britten Vocal Solo II+
Aiden Evans Trombone Solo II
Olivia Hagen Flute Solo I

 

 

St. Malachy School WILL be in session on

March 10, 2017

Creston Schools will not be in session due toa scheduled professional development day.

There will be NO bus service on 3/10/17 so please plan accordingly.

Congratulations to Garon Wurster!

We received word this week that he will be competing at the state level competition for the National Geographic Bee.

 

 

Auction Baskets and Silent Auction Items

Thank you to the many generous families who helped put together the class baskets and silent auction items for the upcoming Gala.

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23rd Annual St. Malachy Fundraising Gala

Hosted by the St. Malachy Foundation

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Dinner Tickets $35

Supertel Inn and Conference Center – 800 Laurel Avenue

*100% of the auction proceeds go directly to our school.

Check out all the great items that will be there this weekend!

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Please check your child’s folder this week.  We are sending home information about Smart911.com.  This is an excellent program that helps Emergency Responders know more about your family and home in case of an emergency.  Please take a moment to signup.

 

 

Please be watching for more information about FACTS tuition coming home in student folders.  St. Malachy will be adopting this tuition service program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Keep watching for more details about the roll-out process.

Iowa Assessment Testing will begin the week of March 6th, students should plan to:

*get plenty of rest

*eat a healthy breakfast

*relax and do their best

March 8 – Mass 9:15am  Hosted by: 1st Grade – Coffee & Donut Reception

March 15 – Mass 9:15am  Hosted by: 8th Grade – NOISY CHANGE COLLECTION

March 29 –  Mass 9:15am  Hosted by: All grades – Coffee & Donuts Reception for Kindergarten

St. Malachy and Holy Spirit Fish Fry

March 24, 2017

Watch for me details to come!

March 31st, 2017

Please contact Mrs. Lane if you still need to register.  slane@crestonstmalachy.org

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

March 16th

1pm-9:30pm

You should have received an online sign-up from you child’s teacher.  If you did not please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Lane to get signed up.

All St. Malachy families should consider applying for CTO.  This is a great organization that helps families afford Catholic School Tuition.

This year CTO is asking that families apply online www.fairapp.com

  • The CTO has contracted with FAIR, Inc. to process the financial aid applications and provide an objective evaluation of each family’s financial need. FAIR is a nationally recognized leader in financial need evaluation services for Catholic and private schools.
  • Applications and instructions will be made available during Catholic Schools Week in late January through schools in the Diocese. There is a $27 fee per family for processing the application.  St. Malachy will pay the processing fee.  Please contact Kim Coen 641-782-7125 for a fee waiver code.
  • Applications for tuition assistance need to be completed online by the first Friday in April of each year for round 1. If there is still money available, applications will be accepted until July 31st.
  • Families who apply will be notified of their tuition assistance awards near the middle of August.

 Optional Sack Lunch Day

March 10th

Do you shop on Amazon?  If so you could be donating money to St. Malachy every time you shop!   Please go to  smile.amazon.com and register St. Malachy School in Creston as your school of choice.  Each time you visit Amazon make sure you are shopping with your “smile” choice as your shop. It will be noted on the main page right under the search bar.

spiritdaylogoSpirit Day March 10th $1 !!!  From now through the end of Lent Spirit Money will go towards the  Nigerian Seminary.

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Start making plans.  Students have a big spring break March 17-26

Students have a mini-break April 17-19.

This mini-break allows our entire teaching staff to attend the National Catholic Education Association Conference in St. Louis.  Our teachers are so excited to go and collaborate with Catholic teachers from all over the nation.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

God Bless,

Mrs. Simmons

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