Do you want to buy some great gifts at great prices? If you don't have someone in ICS and you want to order on line please click on the Believe link. Orders and money are due by 9/6/17.
Does your student like to run? A permission slip will be sent home with students grades 1-6. Official start date is 8/22 - 9/21 (weather permitting). There is limited registration.
Thursday, August 10 marked the Inaugural Running of the Rams Community 5K at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks. It was a beautiful night for a race. More than 125 racers of all ages crossed the finish line. The red lantern goes to Brandy Gloria and son Ryan who finished the race in just under an hour.
The Monroe Cross Country Team (the Rams) started one minute behind the rest of the racers. The Ram mascot, Monroe cross country coach John Mayer, cheered on runners along the route. It was definitely a fun run.
Thank you to our sponsors: Denali State Bank, The Mayer Clinic and John Bast Dental Clinic.
2017 Race Results
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Busses start tomorrow....please, DO NOT park in the-
Bus Lot on the right (South), off Illinois Street - that lot is reserved for busses.
Parent Stop/Walk In - park on the left (North), off Illinois Street.
Parent Stop/Drop, use the parking lot in the rear of the building off of Betty Street.
Please watch for children.
Here is the link for the Bus Route information. If you have other questions, please contact the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The number is 907-452-2000, option 4.
A couple of weeks ago, Tod “Skip” Johnson, who attended CSF through 9th grade and would have graduated with the class of 1962, stopped by to hand deliver a check for $25,000.
“This is to help with teacher salaries,” he said. “My wife Linda and I would like to make it an annual contribution.” We are grateful for their gift.
Teacher salaries have been a long-time struggle at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks. Given our tight budget, and lower teacher salaries, it is often difficult to attract and retain the best talent. That said, we do have many fabulous teachers who have accepted a pay cut to be here.
If you take a minute to think about your childhood, what comes to mind? I’m going to guess your most vivid memories involve people. Maybe your friends, maybe your parents, maybe a sibling, or perhaps a teacher. Here’s one of Skip’s memories from his freshman year at Monroe:
Sister Paul Xavier – circa 1950s
It was a dark winter morning. I had arrived early at school as I did many mornings. Dim lights lit the school halls and the empty classroom where I sat working on homework that should have been completed the night before.
From the hallway, I heard the padded footsteps of Sister Paul Xavier. She had also arrived early to prepare for her day. As she entered the room, we exchanged pleasantries and then went about our respective business. After fifteen minutes of quiet, she came to sit next to me in the back of the room.
Sister spent a few minutes developing her purpose and then asked, “Skip, Why have you been ignoring your natural talents by acting like a wisenheimer? Why not put effort into your studies?” *A person who behaves in an irritatingly smug or arrogant fashion, typically by making clever remarks and displaying their knowledge.
She went on to remind me that ignoring my skills could lead to a lifetime of accepting less for myself. “This is a tragedy that too many inflict on themselves,” said Sister Paul Xavier.
Over the years, I have revisited this dark morning memory many times. I thought about it when I worked in Boeing’s “Think Tank” and again when I ran the flight testing of the 747. And now, it’s with me as I pass on wisdom I’ve learned to my children and grandchildren.
Sister Paul Xavier, who taught French, made a significant impact in my life. It’s important to “bring your own dog into the fight of being successful.”
Share your ICS or Monroe memories with us! Tell us about the teachers who made an impact on your life or your child’s life. We will compile the memories and share them in the newsletter and on our website.
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August 9 - Back to School Social
Sept. 22 & 23 - MF Super Sale
Each year, we hold this large sale before HIPOW for items we are not able to auction (used furniture, for example). If you were thinking about having a garage sale this summer, but would rather not, consider donating your items to this sale!
As the basketball coach and athletic director, I am most often associated with the gym. In fact, I am sure many would assume this is the place I find myself the happiest when I am at work. I do spend a lot of time in our gym, however, this is not the room I enjoy the most.
So, I am sure the wheels are turning as you try to figure out the place in this building I enjoy the most. My wife is probably thinking bathroom–wrong. And, yes, I love the little kitchen in HIPOW where I find coffee and often some sort of snack. But, that’s not it either. Give up? The answer is the chapel.
In May, as I sat in Baccalaureate, it hit me. This is the room where I truly feel most connected to our school and its Community. Let me be clear: this is not a “Catholic thing” or necessarily even a “faith thing.” It is a “connection to those we are closest to” sort of thing.
Have you ever sat in the midst of a group of elementary kids and listened to them sing together with passion? If you have, you know what I mean.
I can pray and feel the presence of God just as easily in the gym as I can in the chapel. I don’t need a chapel to feel closer to God. However, it is here, more than any other place, where I feel we, as a Community, are one.
The chapel has provided me with no shortage of examples of excellence. Whether it be a solo by Emily Anderson or Ciara Newman, the guitar play of James Johnson or a Homily by the Bishop or Father Vance, seldom do I walk out of the chapel unmoved by the passion and commitment of someone in our school Community.
It’s in the chapel that we gather in support of those who are mourning the loss of a family member or loved one. It is during these moments I realize the power of this Community and it is at these moments I am strengthened by the knowledge of knowing if something ever happened to me, each one of you would be there for my family.
I work in the gym, I play in the gym and I have shared in great joy within the walls of our gym. However, next time you see me in the gym and it appears I am the happiest I could ever be, understand it pales in comparison to the strength, love and togetherness I feel as a member of this Community when I am within the walls of our chapel.
This partial story is reprinted from The Full Curl, published weekly by Coach Ostanik. You can find Coach O and Monroe Athletic results on Twitter @thefullcurl.