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 Pre-K through Grade 8.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
This week has certainly passed very quickly for us. Remember that students will be out of school tomorrow as the teachers attend the Diocesan Professional Day Conference at Christ the King in Little Rock. We will celebrate Mass together, and Ms. Cackie Upchurch will be the keynote speaker. In the afternoon, teachers will attend special conferences according to grade level and subject interest. This is always a great conference, and it is helpful to collaborate with other teachers of Catholic Schools in our diocese.
You should have received a lunch note with current balances. Please send in payment so that we can also meet our vendor payments.
On Wednesday, the school children had their individual pictures made. Mr. Berry will send proofs to school in about two weeks. You can order packets and make payment at that time.
On Thursday, we had a good response for our first Boxtops/Campbells Label turn-in. Please continue to save throughout the year so that we can make this year as successful as last year.
This week students in grades 1 – 8 received their interim reports for the first quarter. There was also a not from our superintendent Vernell Bowen that describe the new, 10-point grading scale at Catholic Schools. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s report, please contact the teachers to set up an appointment.
There will be no Mass on Monday due to Father’s trip to the Northeast for the Pope’s visit. We continue to keep him in our prayers for safe travels.
Remember that next Friday is the First Friday of the month of October. We will have an early dismissal on that day for teacher in-service. Students may come in free dress on that day if they bring $2 or a ream of copy paper. Some families have already paid paper money for the entire year. We have a record of that in the office. Also, on First Fridays, we take up an offering in church. We are coordinating some of these offerings with the Year of Mercy. This coming month we will observe the corporal work of mercy “burying the dead.” Our parish is working to get a monument to put in the front of the church which will remember all of the unborn, the victims of abortion. Our First Friday offering this month will go toward this memorial to all of the unborn. The monument will be dedicated after the 10:30 AM Mass on October 11th.
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming BIG fundraiser. It is the annual OLF Turkey Bingo. This event has been a long-standing tradition in the parish and in the community. We get a lot ofpeople from the area. The Bingo will be on Tuesday evening, November 10th. Concessions open at 5:30 PM, and games begin at 7:00 PM. There is always good food, fellowship, and fun. The upper grades will be hosting a bake sale to help fund their spring trip. I know they always appreciate donations of baked goods. Please help if you can. The children will be bringing home raffle tickets. The raffle prizes are $150, $100, and $50. Please try to sell all that you can. There will be incentives for the children. Make sure that you let people know that they do not have to be present to win!
Next week is the “week of the angels.” We celebrate the Feasts of the Archangels and also the Feast of the Guardian Angels. On October 2nd, Feast of the Guardian Angels, we always like to remember the sisters from Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro in our prayers. The day of the Guardian Angels is one of their feast days. You will remember that the sisters from Holy Angels began our school in 1959. Some of these ladies are still in Jonesboro. We pray for them, and we thank them for their sacrifices for the faith.
Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide. Amen.
God bless you,
“Joining Together in Faith, Hope, and Love. . .
818 W. Cross St. ~ Benton, AR 72015 ~ 501-315-3398
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~ Mother Theresa