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 NameEventRating
Aubrie MohrAlto Saxophone SoloI+
Tristan EvansAlto Saxophone SoloI
Bridget HopkinsBaritone SoloI+
Connor BrittenBaritone SoloII+
Jacob ZacharyBaritone SoloI+ (Best in Center Award)
Carley ZollmanFlute SoloI-
Cecilia ZacharyFlute SoloI
Madalyn KinsellaFlute SoloI-
Olivia BurwellFlute SoloI-
Olivia PellmanFlute SoloI-
Sasha WursterFlute SoloI
Taryn FredricksonFlute SoloI-
Kolbey Bailey/Carly GreeneFlute/Clarinet DuetI+
Haley SimmonsMarimba SoloI+ (Best in Center Award)
Ella PowersOboe SoloI-
Charles RudolfSnare Drum SoloII+
Danica PokornySnare Drum SoloI
Jacob CokeSnare Drum SoloI
Mila KuhnsSnare Drum SoloII+
Brenton TurnerTrumpet SoloI-
Gavin EvansTrumpet SoloI
Taylor SmithTrumpet SoloI
Kenzie Britten/Jess EblenVocal DuetII
Kenzie Britten/Molly SIckelsVocal DuetI-
Brenton TurnerVocal SoloI-
Jess EblenVocal SoloI
Kenzie BrittenVocal SoloII+
Aiden EvansTrombone SoloII
Olivia HagenFlute SoloI



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.


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!



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


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.


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