SNA Newsletter

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                                                          November 15, 2017

In this issue

Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  Principal’s corner
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  Altitude Fundraiser
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  food drive
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  athletic news
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  heaven cents
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  sickness reminders
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  financial aid changes
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 sna sharing library

Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  inclement weather
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  items needed
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  mercy dance clinic
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  kya results
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  alumni news
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  pres dance clinic
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  kuna
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  high school placement test
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  upcoming events
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  Important links
Clip Art/panther paw outline.png  new years eve


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Altitude Fundraiser for PVO!

We have another fantastic fundraiser at Altitude on our early dismissal day – Tuesday, November 21st!  Jump time will start at 1:30 p.m. and you get 2 hours of jump time for only $13 per person (socks are included in the price).  Fundraisers at Altitude have been a big hit, so come check it out!   


 St. Thomas More’s Food Pantry is running low and they need our help!  The holiday season is especially busy for the pantry, so second and eighth grades are hosting a school-wide food drive!

St. Nicholas Academy is having a homeroom competition to see which homerooms can bring in the greatest number of food items!   The winning homerooms will receive an out-of-uniform day on a date chosen by their homeroom teacher!!   


 Heaven Cents News

 PAC will be selling chances for our students to be “angels” and shop for families for Christmas.  These chances are sold for $1 each and will be sold in the classrooms through Thursday, November 30th.  The shopping event will take place on Wednesday, December 6th.


There will be at least one shopper drawn from each homeroom.  Please support our Heaven Cents program by taking a chance for your child to be an “angel”!


Additionally, we will have Red vs. Blue day on Tuesday, November 21st to show our support for the UK-UL football game.  Students may pay $1 to wear a red or blue top and uniform bottoms to support their team (and the Heaven Cents program!).  Go CARDS!  Go CATS!


 Changes to Financial Aid

The Catholic Education Foundation has made some significant changes to some of the financial aid processes for the 2018-2019 school year!

Applying for financial aid for 2018-2019 starts December 15th, 2017 and runs until February 28th, 2018!

In order to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year, you must use your 2016 (NOT 2017!) tax returns.  Fortunately, for those families receiving financial aid for this current school year, CEF already has your 2016 tax return information.  Therefore, you will NOT have to submit your 2016 tax returns again; you will only need to submit your application at with payment!

The deadline to apply for financial assistance for the 2018-2019 school year is February 28, 2018.  In order for you to have the best chance to be awarded the greatest amount in financial aid, you MUST submit your application online ( with any requested supporting documents and payment BY FEBRUARY 28!


Inclement Weather Policy
Inclement weather notifications regarding Louisville Catholic Schools will be made via the local news stations.  Below are the notifications you will see on the news station and their meaning as it applied to St. Nicholas Academy:
“All Catholic elementary and high schools in Jefferson County are OPEN”: SNA will be open on the regular schedule.
“Catholic elementary and high schools in Jefferson County will be OPEN, but on a DELAYED schedule”SNA will open at 9:15 a.m. and classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Dismissal will be the regular time.    
*if a DELAYED schedule is announced for an early dismissal day, SNA will cancel the early dismissal and dismiss at the regular 3:00 p.m. time.
*Buses will run on a delayed schedule.  
All Catholic elementary and high schools in Jefferson County are CLOSED:  SNA will be closed.  
*All extracurricular activities will be cancelled.  
*SNA snow packets will be activated on the FIRST day off for inclement weather.  


A delegation of 20 students and 2 teachers attended the KYA conference November 5th – 7th at the Crowne Plaza on Phillips Lane along with delegations from across the Commonwealth.  Our delegation sponsored two bills.
The first was CW Bill #48, “An Act relating to reduce Kentucky’s carbon footprint.”  The sponsors who worked so hard on their presentation and trifold were Darcy Komp, Cate Paul, and Makenzie Thompson.
The second was BG Bill #33, “An Act relating to Provide Shelter for Homeless and Low Income Citizens.”  The sponsors of this Bill were Becket Johnson, Casey Cirillo, Jake Owens, and Sam Vittitow.  While there was much debate on both bills, they were unfortunately defeated in the first committee.
Jolie Parker elected to run for a Leadership position and had the opportunity to chair three committees (two at the hotel and one in Frankfort).  Eileen Lin held the position of Clerk in one of the committees at the hotel and one in Frankfort.
Jake Owens won an award as Outstanding Delegate and SNA was one of the Delegations of Excellence for 2017!


KUNA is another Y program that will be offered starting in December.  KUNA follows a similar process to KYA, but encourages students to step outside of their box of familiarity.  KYA primarily focuses on Kentucky state government and issues that affect the Commonwealth.  KUNA Ambassadors take on the role of a citizen from another country to learn about issues that face the world, debate issues important to their country as a member of the United Nations, and embrace that country’s culture as their own for the duration of the conference.  There are many other aspects of the KUNA program as well.  Students that have attended a Y conference in the past are eligible to run for presiding officer and sit on a seat in the secretive security council.  New students are eligible for many jobs as well as parliamentarian, media corps (for you photographers out there!), and resolution authors.  Students may also elect to abstain from specific duties and just be a part of our delegation and assist with the creation of our banner and country display.  Students will work in groups to assist with the various aspects of our country – you will never work alone on one specific project!  Our first meeting will be on Thursday, December 7th in the music room.  This year, I am also happy to announce that our country is the United Kingdom.  I hope to see you there! – Mr. Lewis



Get ready to get your party on!! The PVO is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party on December 31st from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.!  Advanced tickets can be purchased for $25 per person or you can pay $30 per person at the door.  Your ticket gets you entry, party favors, and a beer ticket.  Bring your own snacks/food to enjoy in between dancing the night away with the DJ!  If you’d like to purchase advanced tickets, click on this link to print off the order form.  Send your order form with payment to the office for ticket processing.

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 I want to use a bit of space this week to write about two seemingly unrelated things going on this week.  And, yet, they are ironically related.

All schools in Jefferson County, whether Catholic or public, are required by law to have an accurate count of their students who do not speak English at home.  Most Catholic schools have tested one or, perhaps, two students.  St. Rita, which is almost as diverse as St. Nicholas, tested about 30 students. We have tested 61 students.  Folks from Catapult and from JCPS have been here since Monday, and they will need to return at least for one more day.

Also this week, I finished writing up the accreditation report for a local Catholic school which was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education.  Debbie McMurray is out today conducting an accreditation visit at a different Catholic school.   As part of our roles on accreditation teams, we are privy to all their school data, including Terra Nova scores.

I must tell you: our  Terra Nova test scores are on a par with Blue Ribbon schools with a tiny exception of one of our reading scores.  Let that sink in.  We have the most ethnically and linguistically diverse population among the archdiocesan schools, and yet, we are achieving on par with Blue Ribbon schools.

I admit that when I came on board seven years ago that Blue Ribbon was my pie-in-the-sky goal.  But I have never wanted test scores to be more valued than the caring and compassionate community we have worked to create.  I don’t want academic skill-building  to be more important than character-building.  And yet, thanks to the dedication of our teachers, it appears we are in reach of both.

Please continue to encourage your students to read, write, discuss and learn new words.  All of those will help get us to that big, blue banner that will one-day hang on the side of our building!



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 Athletic News

The St. Bernard/St. Michael/St. Nicholas football team are the 8th AA Division Toy Bowl Champions!!  Congratulations to all the boys including our very own:


Adam Booth           Dawson Higdon

Trey Simmons


And a big thank you to Assistant Coach Larry Higdon!

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In the last newsletter, we failed to mention Coach Todd Hall as Head Coach and Coach Tony Fowler as Assistant Coach to our Girls Volleyball City Champions!  We thank these coaches for their dedication!  Congratulations to the team!!    



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As this is the season for viruses and bugs to take hold, we would like to remind you of a few things:

If your child needs to stay home, be sure to call the office before 8:30 a.m. at 368-8506.

If your child has a fever, he/she needs to be fever-free for 24 hours before he/she returns to school in order to help keep the illness from spreading to classmates.  

If your child vomits in the morning before he/she arrives at school, we request that you keep them at home to keep the potential illness from spreading.  Additionally, if your child vomits at school, he/she must go home.

Be sure that your child is getting adequate sleep at night and eats lots of veggies during this season – sleep and healthy food are both immune-boosting according to many studies!  


SNA Sharing Library

We can certainly feel the days getting cooler and shorter!  Now is the perfect time for children and adults alike to curl up with a nice book.  St. Nicholas has a sharing library that is begging for customers.  If you have a book you have finished and would be willing to share (appropriate for Preschool – 8th grade), please place it in the library in the courtyard between the cafeteria and gym.  Or, if you are looking for a new book, feel free to pick one out of the library.  Sharing – it’s what we do!


Our art teacher, Mrs. Robinson, is in need of baby food jars with lids to use for liquid watercolors.  If you have some, please send them in to the school office.  Thank you!

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Mercy Academy Junior Jag Dance Clinic
We would like to invite PreK through 9th grade students to the Mercy Academy Junior Jag Dance Clinic.  Our Junior Jags will learn a fun dance from our dance team and coaches, enjoy pizza, a t shirt and more during The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!  
When:  Friday, November 24 from 9:00am-2:00pm – Great time to do your Black Friday shopping!
Where:  Mercy Academy, 5801 Fegenbush Lane
How:  Register online at or download a form and mail it in.
Cost:  $40
Any questions please email Angie Laemmle at


Alumni News


The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.


We are very proud of several St. Nicholas Academy alumni who were inducted into the National Honor Society through Presentation:

Destine Irabaruta

Sabrina Tran

Kennedy Florence



The Presentation Academy

Dance Team Clinic

When: Saturday, December 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Presentation Academy AAC, 900 S. 4th Street

Cost: $45 per dancer, showcase performance at 3:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 22nd

Click on the link to print out a registration form.  Registration at the door is accepted!  Register early in order to guarantee your shirt size.  

Participants learn fun dances and are invited to perform at the Presentation Academy basketball game on Tuesday, December 12th!

Contact Janet Peter at 502-417-9096 or if you have any questions!

Catholic High School Placement Test – December 9th!


11/15 Play Auditions 3 – 4:30

11/15 Confirmation child & parent meeting @ STM 7:00 p.m. 

11/16 1st grade Parent Lunch – Conversations with the Counselor 11:45; Lunch 12:15

11/16 Sewing Club 3:00 – 5:00

11/16 Chess Match double-header vs. Conway @ SNA

11/17 Snow Packets go home

11/18 Chess grade level championships 8:00 a.m. @ Rosa Parks Elementary in Lexington, KY

11/19 OLMC Chili Dinner 1:00 pm

11/20 Choir practice 3 – 3:45

11/21 Red/Blue Day $1

11/21 Report Cards go home!

11/21 DISMISSAL 1:00 P.M.

11/21 Altitude Jump 1:30 – 3:30

11/21 NO Chess Team practice

11/21 NO Chess Club

11/21 NO Homework Club for Middle School

11/22 – 11/24 NO SCHOOL

11/27 Choir practice 3 – 3:45

11/28 Chess Club 3 – 4

11/28 Chess Team practice 3 – 4:15

11/28 Art Club (5th – 8th) 3 – 4:30

11/29 1st Reconciliation Parent/Child Meeting @ STM 7:00 p.m.

Important Links

The Counselor’s Corner

Partners in Faith

Mrs. Robinson’s Art Website

NUT Card Order Form





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