Monday, 12/5 = PJ Day
Tuesday, 12/6 = Santa Hats
Wednesday, 12/7 = Tacky Sweaters
Thursday, 12/8 = Mass Polo
Friday, 12/9 = Red and Green Day
Support your Student Council and purchase a Candy Gram between Monday, 12/5 through Wednesday, 12/7. Purchase 1 Candy Gram for $0.25 or 5 Candy Grams for $1.00.
Pennies for Patients helps fund continuing research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Clean out your change cup and make a donation to your favorite person willing to take a pie in the face for a good cause-
Pikes make generous contribution to Catholic education
Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. We are consistently awed by the generosity of our donors, both here in the Fairbanks community and thousands of miles away.
This column spotlights the very same couple that allowed us to share their love story last month: Bill and Marsha Pike.
Bill and Marsha met 25 years ago (1991) at the annual HIPOW Auction & Dinner. Bill, whose four daughters attended Monroe, was not a stranger to the schools. He had volunteered at HIPOW for many years, and Julie, his youngest daughter graduated from Monroe in 1991—the Spring before Bill and Marsha met. Marsha was a relatively new addition to the HIPOW office. The couple married in 1992, the year after they met at HIPOW.
“We wanted to make a lasting donation while we are still living to see the fruit of our donation,” explained Marsha. “We talked with our financial advisor and he made it happen for us and for the school.”
The Pikes donated an endowed account managed by Merrill Lynch. The earnings can be spent however the administration chooses, but the principal remains intact.
“Think of it like a seed that has been planted that can keep growing. And as the initial investment grows, so do the earnings,” explained Marsha.
“It is our hope that others will recognize the opportunity to invest in the future of the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks and make a contribution to the endowed fund. Every little bit counts,” said Bill.
We are grateful for the Pikes’ contribution.
The Pikes urge you to talk with your accountant and their Merrill Lynch financial advisor. You, too, can make a lasting gift now. Bill and Marsha would enjoy talking with you about their inspiration.
The Pikes’ generosity doesn’t end here. They also put us in their will.
Bill and Marsha agree there is something very special about supporting Catholic education. In giving to education, you are providing for and shaping the future.
“We are now engaged in watching the little pre-k students grow over the years to become high school graduates who are: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving and Committed to Doing Justice,” said Bill.
Contact the Foundation Office (907) 456-7970 for the Pikes’ contact information.
Thank you to the more than 80 people who donated $6,050 to the schools through the Alaska Permanent Fund Pick.Click.Give. program this year. The donations will help with teacher salaries.
My pick for Student of the Week is Maureen Meyer.
Maureen is a student in my English 10 class and she is also the business manager for the yearbook staff. Maureen impressed me when she was an eighth-grader on the yearbook staff two years ago. Now she has returned to take on one of the most difficult and important tasks — keeping track of ad revenue and laying out the ad pages. Maureen took on this duty with a partner at the start of the school year; when her partner moved to a new school, Maureen quietly assumed the whole job without complaint. She helps her distracted advisor keep track of who has sold which ads and how much money we have raised.
In English class, Maureen is a thorough reader and a graceful, thoughtful writer. She is often one of the last students to turn in a test, not because she is unfamiliar with the material, but because she just can’t stop writing! She’s also a talented actress, as all who saw her as the conniving Cassie in “The Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar” last spring may attest.
Beyond her scholastic and theatrical accomplishments, Maureen is a kind-hearted person and a good friend to others. She is an asset to Monroe.
— Ms. Bristow
Comet Cubs Christmas Concert, December 1st, 10:00-10:30 a.m. in the MPR. Our Comet Cub performers are grades 1st and 2nd. We hope you can come.
Because of your outpouring of generosity, our school was able to donate 2,568 lbs of food to the Fairbanks Community Foodbank. Thank you for your willingness to give.
Candy Cane Gram Sale November 28-December 2 during Lunch and Recess (11:30 - 12:30). The cost is 25 cents for one or 5 for one dollar.
This is an excerpt from the October 24 Full Curl published by Frank Ostanik, Monroe Athletic Director
My mom sends me an email, pretty much every day, regarding a “Saint of the Day.” She has done this for the better part of two years, I believe. Out of respect for my mom, I made an effort to read these as often as possible. Sometimes I would read them right away and sometimes I would binge read, taking in the lives of four or five Saints in one sitting. One thing that struck me was how many Saints are martyrs.
The martyrs always seemed to get my attention. In fact, whenever I realized the saint I was reading about was a martyr, I would go back and reread the text, making sure I was showing proper respect for someone who had given the ultimate sacrifice for his or her faith. Invariably, I would ask my self the same question: would I give my life for my faith?
The answer is always the same; I don’t know. I don’t believe anyone could say what they would do without actually being in this position. However, I know what I want the answer to be. I know I am hopeful I would say yes. I am in awe of the martyrs. I am in awe, because I think of the incredible commitment to their cause. To be so completely and totally invested in a cause that one would give one’s life for it commands my respect. All of us have causes we would give our lives for. The majority of us would gladly lay down our lives for our spouse or our children, no questions asked. However, while these causes are of course important, they are essentially innate, almost instinctual. I am of the opinion we all need more than this.
It is unrealistic to believe a high school student knows what their cause in life will be. It is important however to understand the need for a cause. Your cause today doesn’t need to be your cause in ten years. Regardless, you will need a cause. Most of us are not employed directly within our cause, meaning we will get up and go through the daily grind and then have to find time for our cause. Why would we do this? Because your cause gives you purpose. Because your cause gives you hope.
The joy derived from giving your heart and soul to something you do not have to do is unexplainable. I can’t define it and I don’t think it can be defined. It can only be felt. I asked the students to look at adults they respect and see if they can identify the individual’s cause. One thing I know and believe is that the greater the cause one chooses to give their heart and soul to, the happier they will be and the greater the sense of fulfillment they will take with them.
As I mentioned, your cause can change. Nine years ago, my cause, beyond my wife and son, was my basketball program. It took time, but I came to realize this was too self-serving. The first time I ran a basketball camp Mr. Fantazzi and I raised about $500. I couldn’t comprehend the notion of the money going to “athletics,” and not directly benefitting my program. I have since evolved and come to understand the importance of a cause greater than me. I get it now and I am better for it.
My cause is not unique. Ms. L and the rest of the gals who work passionately in HIPOW share it. We share it with many, if not all, of you. I saw that cause in the eyes of Mrs. Fritze, Mrs. Bennet, my sister and all of he ladies who gave of their time to make the holiday bazaar a success. I see it in Mr. Ribar, who will show up and keep score for a volleyball game eight years after his last daughter graduated. This shared cause is our school, our community.
In the end, if you can look in the mirror and know you gave your heart and soul to a worthy cause, isn’t that a life well led? I believe so, and I am grateful my mother took up the cause of educating me on the Saints. I know I am better for it.
You can follow all Monroe sports events by following Frank on Twitter: @thefullcurl.