Welcome to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. We are a private, parochial school located in Benton, Arkansas. Our school offers a quality, academic program for grades K-8.

 Weekly Principal’s Note:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy week this week at Our Lady of Fatima. We have completed our first major fundraiser, the Turkey Bingo. The students did a great job selling raffled tickets. We took in well over $2,000. in total raffle ticket sales. Thanks to the Baka girls, Hanah and Emma, who sold over $700 in raffle tickets! Other top sellers were P.J. Jones, Camille and Caitlin Little, Teresa Parker, Julie Patton, and Elena and Leyla Hinojosa. Thanks to these all all who sold and bought tickets. Winners of the raffle were: $150 – Sharon Estes; $100 – Stephanie Parker; $50 – Verna Bragg. Congratulations!! We had a great turn out, a lot of sponsorships, and much support in working the event. Thanks to everyone who made this event so successful. If it sounds like fun. . . and you missed the fun . . . mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 17th, and come join us for more fun and festivities at the HAM BINGO!!!

It was a big treat for the students on Thursday afternoon as the school was visited by former Chicago Bears football player, Michael Cobb, who gave a motivational and inspirational Christian witness talk to the students of Our Lady of Fatima.  He allowed all of our students to attend and visited with each as he autographed trading cards.  Mr. Cobb encouraged the kids to live as Christians daily and to honor their parents.

Next week, several of our Language Arts teachers will be attending the Arkansas Reading Conference at the Convention Center in Little Rock. It will be held on both Thursday and Friday, and different teachers will group and attend each day. In addition to various workshops, they will enjoy luncheons with current children’s authors.

We ask that every family try to solicit an item for the auction in relation to the Dinner Dance. It becomes pure profit for us. Also, we will be needing workers to make this big event a success; don’t forget that each family is responsible for two activities and/or events per semester. If you have ideas, questions, or suggestions, please contact the office. You will find will find a flyer attached about this information.

Well, it looks like cold weather is upon us. . . even a dusting of snow! Last week you received more information about the Cyber Make-Up Snow Days as well as information about students’ signing up for Remind101 so that we can continue to communicate assignments even if we are out of school due to bad weather. Each class is given a unique sign-in number, so if you have more than one child, please sign each child up in the appropriate grade so that they can get assignments for the correct level. If you need more information about the program and sign-ups, please contact the office.

During the next couple of months, snow and icy weather conditions seem to always be in

the back of our mind. I just want to remind you that Our Lady of Fatima School is generally closed when the Benton Public Schools are closed. This is sometimes difficult for us because they generally wait until buses attempt to run before making a decision about closings. Once Benton has closed, we generally follow with an announcement about our school’s closing. Please also be aware that we have students and teachers who travel a distance to get here; therefore, if necessary, we can close Our Lady of Fatima School if we see the need, even if the Benton School District is open. In the case of inclement weather, please see the local stations for school closings. If Benton is closed, Our Lady of Fatima is closed. If there is still some doubt, also look for Our Lady of Fatima closings.

The basketball teams have begun practicing this week. Dr. Jim Thomas has once again volunteered to come to school to do physicals for our athletes. He will be giving physicals on Friday afternoon, November 21st, at 5:00 PM after the girls’ practice.

As you are making holiday plans, please remember that we will be out of school on Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving Break.

This week our parish and school said good-bye to a long-time friend, parent, grandparent, and supporter. Mrs. Rose Anne Derfler passed away Sunday morning. Mrs. Derfler’s children and grandchildren have all attended Our Lady of Fatima School. At one time, Mrs. Derfler taught P.E. to our students. Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday. Please pray for her family and the repose of the soul of Rose Ann Derfler as we commend her soul to God.

Have a blessed weekend,                                                                                        Jan Cash


“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” 

   ~ Mother Theresa