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Straight from Principal Delgado

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April 24, 2018


*CONGRATULATIONS to our 2nd grade students who are making their First Holy Communion this Saturday evening and Sunday morning at St. Dominic Church!  We are proud of you!  We are also proud of your classroom teacher, Mrs. Strasser, who prepares our first communicants so well year after year.

*Assessments* Students in grades 3-6 have completed ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies State Assessments, and will begin Religion assessments and AIMS testing (grades K-6) later this week.  Say a prayer together each morning as you drop your child(ren) off, that God will be with them in ALL they do at school!  We continue to be super proud of how hard all our students and staff are working!

Our new uniform company has been selected!  We have partnered with SchoolBelles School Uniform Company. We are in the final stages of securing uniforms that fit our dress code policy here at St. Dominic School.  As soon as details are complete, we will notify our families and put a link on our school website for you to order from.  Prices and quality are very similar to Parker Uniforms.  Know that you will be able to continue to wear your Parker items during the 2018-2020 school year(s), as we transition to SchoolBelles.  There is a slight difference in the jumper/skirt style.  Cardigan sweaters are exactly the same.  Although we encourage you to order from the new company, we are respectful of the fact that you may have Parker uniforms that still fit your children, and wish to pass those items down.  We will not be accepting old uniforms here at school.  Know that SchoolBelles School Uniform Co. has also partnered with the Wichita Diocese, and, we are told, intend to have a brick and mortar store located in Wichita in the near future.  SchoolBelles will not be coming out to us this summer, as Parker Uniforms did.  SchoolBelles will provide us with uniform samples that you may preview and try on your child.  They also assure us that they will alert us to sales held throughout the summer months.    



The MAY CALENDAR has been sent home with your oldest child. All calendars can be found on this website.

A reminder that TRACK PRACTICE times change beginning tonight through next week.  Practice will be held from 4:45-5:45 pm at GCCC rather than a 5:45 start time.  If practice needs to be canceled due to the weather, we will make an announcement at school and post the cancellation on our website homepage.

A 2nd BOOK FAIR for the year (Paws for Books) will be held beginning next Monday through Friday.  Book Fair Coordinator Shannon West states, ‘there will be a wide selection of buy one, get one free books, along with a custom order for advanced readers, a few classics, appropriate middle school reading, plus, even more special value books.’   What a great time to stock up on your child(ren)’s summer reading material!  Note: This is a BOOK only fair and will not include toys.

Matt Pfeifer (head girls basketball coach) and Jacy Holloway (head boys basketball coach) at Garden City High School are putting on a free BASKETBALL CLINIC for boys and girls at BSIC (May 2nd) from 4 – 5:30pm.  St. Dominic boys AND girls in 5th & 6th grade(s) are invited to attend.

The Annual All-School TALENT SHOW is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th, beginning at 12:30 pm. Each class will have a group performance as a class, and students may participate in up to TWO other acts - one individual and one group. Students must sign up and audition (and be approved) BEFORE they will be added to the list of performers at the Talent Show. A sign-up sheet for auditions will be posted on (music teacher) Mrs. Johnson’s classroom door by Friday, April 27th. The final deadline to sign up and audition will be Wednesday, May 9th.

Acts/songs must be clean and selected with the mission of a Catholic school in mind. The following things are prohibited: swearing, drugs/alcohol, violence/guns, and innuendos. If students audition with music that breaks these rules, an instrumental-only version may be requested in order to use it during the Talent Show. The time limit for individual and group acts is 2-3 minutes. Lip-syncing is not allowed.  If you have further questions, please email Mrs. Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the Chamber's CRYSTAL APPLE AWARDS. We have many wonderful and deserving teachers here at St. Dominic School!  Six outstanding teachers in Finney County are recognized each fall.  The nomination process begins now.  Anyone can nominate by going to the following website, GardenCityChamber.net.


A reminder to turn Summer Adventure Forms in to Mrs. Frick if interested in a 3-week summer school opportunity!  Forms can be picked up from the information board outside the school office.   

TOTUS TUUS is yet another summer opportunity for your child(ren).  Available for children in 1st-12th grade, the week will be filled with FUN activities that promote learning more about the Catholic faith. Stop by or contact the parish office for more details.


Find below the results for the BOX TOP for EDUCATION ongoing contest.  Numbers listed are totals through March.  

3Pre:  297

Pre K: 35

Kinder:  874 < In THIRD place!

1st:  1015 < In FIRST place!

2nd:  402

3rd:  659

4th:  545

5th:  766

6th:  875 < In SECOND place!

March 23, 2018

A reminder to all 4th, 5th and 6th grade students to be AT school no later than 7:45 AM on Monday for the Field Trip to Liberal.  Remember to bring a sack lunch with a drink.  Regular uniforms (vs. mass uniforms) are required.

Spring photos were sent home today. Look them over and decide whether you want to purchase any of the pages. This can be done on- line or by using the provided envelope. Details are in the packet. If you decide not to purchase any, please return the entire packet. All purchases and/or packets need to be returned by Friday, April 6.

Ten semi-finalists presented Civic Oration speeches to the entire student body and a host of guests today in the school gym. Semi-finalists included:  Katelyn Barrett, Graham Dirks, Grady Gleason, Katie Heiman, Sydney Schiffelbein, Maddy Schreibvogel, Allie Strandmark, Emma Wedel, Kyleigh Whitehurst, and Logann Williams.   Congratulations to the 5 finalists who were selected to move on to the final school round:  (in no particular order) Logann Williams, Kyleigh Whitehurst, Maddy Schreibvogel, Katie Heiman and Allie Strandmark.  These students will present to a panel of community judges Tuesday evening, March 27 at 7 pm in the parish center. 

Thursday, March 29, Katie Heiman is Principal for the Day.  Thank you, mom and dad, Jon and Becky Heiman for purchasing this item during the live auction at the Spaghetti Dinner.  Katie has chosen blue t-shirts (of any kind) along with athletic shorts of your choosing as the uniform for the day.  Thank you, Katie!  

Finally, congratulations to the following students in 5th grade who were announced today as winners in the Arbor Day Poster Contest

Grady Gleason, FIRST place for St. Dominic School AND the city of Garden City
Claire Heiman, SECOND place, St. Dominic School
Maddy Schreibvogel, THIRD place, St. Dominic School

For winning at the city level, Grady will be awarded with the planting of a new tree for our school grounds!  This will take place on April 27, Arbor Day.  Great job, Grady!

February 27, 2018


Results are in!  The 31st Annual Spaghetti Dinner was a TREMENDOUS success!   Some fast FACTS:

       Profit earned was just over OVER $46,000.

       We profited nearly $5000 MORE than last year’s event.

       Advance Ticket sales were the HIGHEST they have been in 31 years totaling $21,240.  It takes a team effort to be most successful.  We proved that to be true. To have a school of just under 175 students, and PARTICIPATION rate of nearly 90% in a fundraiser is to be celebrated! 

       Auction receipts totaled just over $17,600 including almost $6000 in Gifts From the Heart for Student Scholarships

       We sold $8925 in CHANCE Tickets.  Winning CHANCE ticket owner Misty Hawkins took home a check for $4,462.50.

       Pie Sales profited over $1600.

       The Jammin’ Jar creativity just keeps getting better and better!  *See winners below.

       Cooks prepared for 1100 dinners.

       We had over 100 (adult) volunteers that were signed up to assist in some way with the day.  Many others simply showed up to help on the day of the event. That doesn’t include middle school and high school students that also assisted.

       Our parish Center was FILLED with people throughout the day!  Did the dining room look less full than last year … It’s because we moved the wall over and INCREASED the size by about 150 seats.

A tremendous amount of FUN was had by all ages!  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!

ALL contributions to our event are appreciated and valued.  A list of item and/or monetary contributors, including those made to the Give From the Heart Scholarship portion of the Live Auction, will be included in a bulletin insert this weekend.  It will also be attached to next week’s Tuesday Telegram.   

A special thank you to our school council and event chair people for the many hours that they put into their respective Spaghetti Dinner areas making certain everything goes just right for the BIG day;

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEMBERS, Lee Barrett, Karla Pammenter, Tara York, Jonathan Aguilar,Heather Strandmark, and Ryan Phannenstiel

DECORATING, Taff and KarlaPammenter Family, Chairs

KITCHEN, Susan Dreiling and Beth Koksal, Chairs

LEAD COOK(S), Dr. Mark Neuman, Chad Frick, Nathan Scheopner and Pedro Castro

DINING ROOM, Matt and Michelle Schiffelbein Family, Chairs 


RAFFLE, Heather Strandmark, Chair

GAMES, Dr. JayMain Family and Dr. Randy Ackerman Family, Chairs

PRIZE ROOM, Jenny Biera and Teresa Wassinger, Chairs

AUCTIONS & PUBLICITY, St. Dominic School Staff

AUCTIONEERS, Larry and Esther Johnston Auction Service

TICKET PRINTING, Graph Ink Design & Printing Services


The TOP 2 OVERALL sellers for Spaghetti Dinner Tickets (dinner & raffle) were: 

Kyleigh Whitehurst (1st place), $1676 and Katelyn Barrett (2nd Place), $701


The TOP PARTICIPATING class was 3rd Grade with 95% of students participating, followed by 5th Grade at 94%


Jammin’ Jar OVERALL DESIGN Winners were:

Spencer Williams (1st place), Moving Fish Tank

Jencie Stocking (2nd place), St. Dominic Catholic School Yellow Bus

Leo Pfannenstiel (3rd Place), Venus Fly Trap

Christy Donovan (4th Place), Paris Flower Bouquet


STUDENTS SELLING $150 and over may attend a BOWLING PARTY given by GARDEN BOWL on MONDAY, March 5th from 4-5 pm.  Entry Tickets will come home with your child TOMORROW.  59 students made it to this level!

STUDENTS SELLING $200 and over have earned a DRESS DOWN COUPON.  Coupons will come home with your child TOMORROW.   38 students made it to this level!



·       Congratulations to the following two students for being awarded the Parking Places of the Month for March.  These two students have earned the most reading points so far this year for their respective grade levels; Cindy Yang, 2nd grade student with 99.1 pts. (Primary Parking Spot) and Sydney Schiffelbein, 5th grade student with 480.3 pts.  (Intermediate Parking Spot).



  • The MARCH CALENDAR will come home with your child today
  • Spring PICTURE DAY is Monday, March 5th.  Students may wear an outfit of YOUR choice. 
  • There will be NO SCHOOL March 12-16 for SPRING BREAK.  Wishing you a wonderful break with your families! 

We have begun our Silent Lunches (held each Tuesday throughout Lent) and Meatless Fridays.  If your child brings a sack lunch on any Friday during Lent, please make sure that their lunch does not have meat in it. Thank you for helping us to teach this lesson on sacrifice!

February 13, 2018

Happy FAT TUESDAY! Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  It is one last day to feast before the Lenten fast.  As indicated by our Valentine's Parties today, we are taking that seriously!

Sunday's Spaghetti Dinner proved to be a HUGE success!  We have no final numbers yet, but we do know that as of Friday, February 9, we had sold the MOST raffle and dinner tickets ever … $21,240!  That does not count the amount sold on Sunday, as well as auction, CHANCE, game or pie earnings.

The TOP two ticket sellers’ names  for our 31st Annual Spaghetti Dinner have been announced!  Congratulations Kyleigh Whitehurst (1st Place) for selling $1,676 and Katelyn Barrett (2nd Place) for selling $701 worth of dinner and raffle tickets.  Additional ticket seller details will come home next week; including students who earned the Bowling Party, sponsored by Garden Bowl, and the Dress Down Day. 

The 50/50 CHANCE winner was Misty Hawkins.  The six (6) other CHANCE finalists were:  Angie Price, Dana Woodbury, Jody Neuman, Jeff Clarke, Lincoln Biera, and Debi Kempke

NO SCHOOL Friday, February 16, for a scheduled Teacher Inservice Day.

Parent Teacher Conference Schedules have been both emailed and sent home with your child.  Conferences will be held next Tuesday (4-8) evening and Thursday (12-7pm).  There is NO SCHOOL Thursday or Friday of next week.


January 23, 2018


Our annual School Spelling Bee was held yesterday in the school gymnasium.  Congratulations to the TOP 3 placers at each level: Primary Bee, (1) Leo Phannenstiel, (2) Joela Lobmeyer, and (3) Jencie Stocking.   Intermediate Bee top placers included (1) Allie Strandmark, (2) Jaron Lopez, and (3) Taran Castro.  Intermediate winners will represent St. Dominic School at the Finney County Spelling Bee THIS Saturday.  Good Luck!  We are proud of each of you!

CONGRATULATIONS TOthe TOP 3 Spaghetti Dinner Ticket sellers(dinner & raffle) for WEEK 1;  Kyleigh Whitehurst (5th grade), Ruby Urteaga, (Kindergarten) and Paxton Alexander, (Preschool).  Winners for week 1 recieved Movie Tickets.  WEEK 2 winners were, Kyleigh Whitehurst, Annalise York (5th Grade) and Kolton Burgardt (1st Grade).  Week 2 winners all received a PeachWave Gift Card.  Remember each Friday is a NEW turn in date. Top sellers for week 3 will be awarded Dairy Queen Gift Certificates!  We appreciate your hard work, St. Dominic families!  Cold winter weather makes for difficult selling.  Keep that momentum going!

In preparation for all the festivities of our 50th Anniversary we are seeking reflections from St. Dominic School Alumni, families and past staff; stories, pictures, newspaper articles, etc.   ALL school alumni are invited to attend a special Alumni Mass to be held Wednesday, Jan. 31st at 8:30!  We look forward to the memories you send our way!


·       ON THURSDAY your student will bring home a Catholic Schools Week Schedule.  Next week is a super fun, super packed, super charged week!  It’s an entire week that we celebrate the gift of a Catholic education, this year highlighting our school’s 50th year of existence!  Post the schedule on your refrigerator and refer to it closely as the week unfolds.  We don’t want your student to miss one thing along the way.  Thank YOU for choosing St. Dominic Catholic School for your family.  We ARE a Community that Prayers Together and Plays Together!

·       The OPENING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS is THIS Sunday, January 28!!  We hope to have a packed house just like last year.  Our students will be doing all the ministries this weekend, just like a weekday school mass.  Directives for this mass will be on the Catholic Schools Week Schedule (coming home Thursday).  Your students and your family best represent our school (especially when in school uniform).  Help us to say THANK YOU to our supportive parish community!  Who knows, you may see the family sitting next to you with their child in your child’s class next fall.  We invite EVERYONE  to attend this mass, preschool through grade 6, Catholic and Non-Catholic families. 

·       A reminder to return your Spaghetti Dinner VOLUNTEER Form.  If you need another see our website or stop by the school office.   This is a HUGE event that takes many helpers.  What an example for your children as they see you serving others! 

·       We are preparing the Parent Teacher Conference Schedule to be held at the end of February.  The schedule will look very similar to last fall.  If you would like a completely different time slot than the one you had in the fall, please phone or email the school office and we’ll get you taken care of.



·       We have set a GOAL of $50,000 for the 31st Annual Spaghetti Dinner!  We invite your help in any way you can.  A reminder that our LIVE AUCTION begins at 1:30 pm with many unique classroom items up for bid; photographs of your students, yard pieces, gorgeous artwork and quilts.   We also have items donated by generous St. Dominic business owners and parishioners; starting with a beautiful heart shaped gold and diamond necklace, PERFECT for Valentine’s Day, valued at over $850.  Thank YOU, Linenberger Jewelry, Jeff and Marla Linenberger.  Or how about a scenic, relaxing Colorado Cabin stay.  Perfect as you look ahead to vacation!  Thank you Cornett Family!    More highlighted items to come.

·       NEW Spaghetti Dinner EVENT, taking the place of our large Silent Auction …. 50/50 CHANCE Drawing, celebrating our 50th Anniversary!  450 Chance Tickets will be available beginning at weekend masses, Feb. 3 and 4th, the week prior to the Dinner.  The winner of the drawing takes home 50% of the pot!  The remaining 50% goes to the school.  Get 1 ticket for $25 or 5/$100 (if purchased BEFORE the dinner).  The day of the event (if any remain) all CHANCE Tickets are $25/each.  More details to come!


December 19, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Annalise York who will make her First Holy Communion at our 8:15 school mass this Wednesday.  Annalise is a 5th grade student who has taken her faith journey very seriously.  What a beautiful time of the year to be welcomed to the Lord’s Table, surrounded by family and school friends.  God Bless You, Annalise!


We anxiously await this evening as our students busily prepare for ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM!  A special thank you to Mr. Lowry (band instructor) and Mrs. Johnson (vocal music instructor) for the hard work and magic that they put in to making the Christmas production so special.  Please see specific directives for arrival down below.

All is set to begin at 7 pm in the church.  Students are to dress in their finest holiday attire for the event.  Sixth grade students who are Nativity actors are to wear dress clothes beneath the costumes.

ALL students are to report to the school between 6:30 and 6:45 pm.  (Please do not bring children to the school prior to 6:30.) Students will meet in their classrooms.  Kindergarten students will meet their teacher in the classroom north of the library/computer lab (rather than their classroom).   Please leave only your student.  Take their coat with you to the church.  Enter the school through the north or west door(s) of the school (rather than the front doors). 

Students in band are to report to the church FIRST with their band instrument.  They are to leave their case along the north wall and bring their instrument back to the classroom with them.  You will take your child directly from the church following the program.  Please enter the church quietly as there is an evening mass at 5:30 pm. tonight.

THANK YOU, Bruce and Pat Reichmuth family, for purchasing reserved seating at the school Christmas Program, and Troy and Jessica Dirks family for purchasing a reserved pew at the 5 pm Christmas Eve Mass.  These are items purchased at the February 2017 Spaghetti Dinner.  We are so appreciative of the support you offer our school!

Tomorrow is CHRISTMAS SWEATER/SHIRT/PJ DAY!  This is in place of regular Mass Uniforms!  Thank you, Father Warren and Father Mark for allowing us a super special way to bring the first semester to an end!

IF your child has not turned their Advent Money in, from weekly chores they have completed for you, they may still bring it tomorrow morning.  On behalf of the Dominican Sisters and the people they serve we thank you!

This is a good time of year for a CARDIGAN AND SWEATER CHECK.  Please make certain that your child’s clothing has their name written on it, and that you don’t (by chance) have cardigans or sweatshirts that have a different name written in them! We’ll try to get things back to their rightful owners as 2018 begins.  

Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve … how about the Buffalo Ball News Year’s Eve! The Buffalo Living Legacy Fund will hold its 2nd annual fundraising event, the Buffalo Ball at Southwind. Tickets for the event are $60 and will include gourmet buffet, complimentary wine with dinner, drink specials, music, and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year. Tickets can be purchased at the Garden City High School Athletic Office. For more information about the fund or to purchase tickets for the New Year’s Eve event, call 620-640-2277 or 620-290-1199, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Last year the event raised about $16,500. $5000 of that total amount was awarded to St. Dominic alumni to assist with college expenses.  Thank you Buffalo Living Legacy Fund!


Send those DECEMBER BOX TOPS in tomorrow!  The winning class for the month wins a Dress Down Day.

SPAGHETTI DINNER LIVE AUCTION contributions are coming in beautifully!  Thank you to the businesses and individuals that have contributed so far.  A Colorado Cabin stay (thank you, Cornett family) and a 12-bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler (thank you LeAnne and Mike Hamtel) are a couple of Live Auction items to date!  

Spaghetti Dinner RAFFLE AND DINNER TICKETS will be available tomorrow for those of you who may wish to check some out prior to the Christmas Break.  Raffle Tickets are $5/each and have many incredible prizes on them, including nearly $3000 in cash prizes.  Wow!  Dinner Tickets are $9/each.  Children 4 and below eat free.  ALL families will receive a starter envelope with Raffle and Dinner Tickets the Tuesday that we return from break. Please stop by or phone the school office if you’re interested in the ‘early’ tickets.




While they were there, the time came for her to have her Child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  – Luke 2:6-7 

May Peace, Blessings and Happiness be yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year! 


December 5


OUR sign in the front of the school reads ‘WELCOME ADVENT’.  Students began their week yesterday, with our regular Monday Morning Assembly, focusing on Advent … what it is (a time to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ birth)how we can focus on it (rather than all the Christmas sales going on)… and what our school-wide Advent Project is all about… being PRESENT for the needs of someone else.  The first candle of the Advent Wreath was lit.  What a great start to a new week and a beautiful season!  See more Advent details below.

·       Your student came home yesterday with a small bag with a (chore) coupon in it.  We have challenged our young people to be present to YOU and assist with what they can at home.  This week maybe they could help set the table, and in exchange be offered $0.50-$1 to be given away to someone in need.  Our School-Wide Advent Project is to partner with The Dominican Sisters’ Ministry of Presence.  You may have heard of Sr. Janice Thome and/or Sr Roserita Weber.  They are well known for devoting their service to the poor throughout our local community; teaching people to drive, transporting people to medical appointments, assisting with utility, food or medical expenses, translating mail, and providing financial assistance in times of crisis.  Their list of needs is long.  The (chore) change that students earn, and return to school, will be given directly to Sr. Janice and Sr. Roserita to use as they best see fit. 

·       Thursday, Dec. 7, students may come dressed in a CHRISTMAS SHIRT AND JEANS (or leggings).  They are exchanging a day of no uniform for $1.  Money earned will go directly to our Advent Project. 

·       Students are invited to bring a Family Tree Ornament on Thursday, Dec. 7.  Ornaments will be hung on the tree in the gym as we reinforce the partnership of families at home and our school family.  Ornaments will come home on the final day of school prior to Christmas break.

·       The Classroom Advent Tree(s) are placed in the school entryway with teacher wishes placed upon them.  Each teacher has a specific set of ornaments (i.e. bears) that they used to write a Christmas wish on (i.e. a Nerf football for the playground or money towards a new classroom printer).  If you choose, you may select an ornament, fulfill the wish and have your child deliver the gift and ornament to their teacher(s).  What a great way to gift not only the teacher, but also the classroom as a whole!

·       The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Friday, Dec. 8. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the Holy Day Mass at our regular 8:15 mass time.  Additional Holy Day Masses will be held Thursday evening at 7 and Friday at 12:10. 

·       Mrs. Victor is beginning registration for Session 3 of her After School Art Program: Hang It.  Classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings beginning January 9/10.  Sign up form is attached.  This has become a really popular opportunity for our students and spaces fill quickly!



Congratulations to students Michael Thang and Nailah DeLaRosafor being the 3rd Place County Winner and Classroom Winner (respectively) for the Finney County Soil Conservation Poster Contest.  The 4th Grade students, and their teacher Mrs. Ramsey, will attend the banquet this evening for the award presentation.  We are super proud of both of YOU!




We are in the process of seeking items for the LIVE AUCTION portion of the 31st Annual Spaghetti Dinner.  ALL classrooms will have an item in the Live Auction.  These include art pieces created by the students, photography projects, and/or one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture/home items; such as mirrors, tables, etc.  These are always unique as well as beautiful.  Additional Live Auction items will be comprised of fun offerings from the school and Big-ticket items from generous donors.  *Please see the Auction Wish List beneath the Spaghetti Dinner Tab.  Monetary donations to go towards the purchase of Live Auction items are always appreciated as well.  Please contact the school office if you have an item you wish to donate. 


Thank you, 6th Grade, for counting NOVEMBER Box Tops.  A SHOUT OUT to our monthly WINNER, 1st Grade, (with 183) and to 6th Grade (with 162) and Kindergarten (130) who aren’t far behind!  Thank you, everyone, for saving Box Tops for us!  We have collected just under 3000 Box Tops so far this year! 


November 21, 2017


·       Happy Thanksgiving Week to all of you!  What a blessing it is to have the students, staff and school families we have at St. Dominic as a part of our lives day in and day out.   On behalf of our school staff, I extend my thanks to you for choosing to place your child(ren) at St. Dominic School, and for all that you do to help make our school such a great place!

·       Research has found that Gratitude, the practice of being thankful, has significant benefits to all people, especially children.   Look at ALL Gratitude can do for a child:

o   Boost overall well-being

o   Encourage better grades

o   Improve pro-social behavior

o   Help promote good sleep

o   Protect from negative emotions associated with loss or stress

o   Practicing gratitude can be as simple as asking children, “What are you thankful for today?”  (National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children, 11/20/16)

·       A reminder that there is no school Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Enjoy the time with your family and friends.  Prayers for safe travels for everyone! 

·       Parker Uniform is holding a 50% off CYBER SALE through next Monday, Nov. 27th.  Use Promo Code: 50cyber.  The Parker Uniform site can easily be found through this website beneath the Parents Tab.  If your order is less than $100 and you wish to get FREE shipping, phone the Wichita store directly (316-687-4634) and ask that your order be shipped to the school.  Orders are shipped to us two times per month; on the 1st and the 15th of the month.  Note for phone orders: The Parker Uniform Store will only be open until 3 pm through Wednesday, Nov. 22.  They will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday through the weekend. 

·       Please help us FINALIZE our Cookie Dough Sale.  We ask that everyone check the orders you received and make certain orders are complete.  We will send one final ‘correction order’ to the company following Thanksgiving Break. 

·       If you wish for your child to receive medication, (over the counter or prescription) at school, a doctor’s authorization form must be on file in the school office.  That form can be found on thiswebsite beneath the Parent Tab, or you may stop by the school office.  Completed forms with the appropriate signatures can be faxed to the school at 276-2086.  For additional information, please see our Student Handbook, page 7. 

·       The weather is definitely changing.  We have had a beautiful fall and have become spoiled by the warm weather!  Please remember to send your child in a coat in the mornings.  That 1st recess can be pretty cold, especially for little bodies.  Hats and gloves are encouraged!

·       Believe it or not, the Season of Advent begins Sunday, December 3!  Advent means “arrival”.  It is the four weeks before Christmas that we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.  Our teachers that chaired the Advent planning for us this year have put together a wonderful slate of activities.  Full details will come out in the Tuesday Telegram on December 5.

·       You are always so generous to our teachers/staff during the Advent season.  We have heard from many of you that the Advent Tree(s) (put up in the school entryway), with ‘teacher wishes’ placed upon them, are very helpful to you.  Each teacher has a specific set of ornaments that they write a Christmas ‘wish’ on (i.e. a Nerf football for the playground or money towards a new classroom printer).  If you choose, you may select an ornament, fulfill the wish, and have your child deliver the gift and ornament to their teacher(s) as Christmas approaches.  What a great way to gift not only the teacher, but also the classroom as a whole!

·       CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Strasser’s 2nd grade students for going through the preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for their first time on Sunday, December 3.  We are proud of all of YOU!

·       Christmas Program Date: Tuesday, December 19 at 7 pm




We are busy preparing for our annual St. Dominic Spaghetti Dinner.  The event will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018.  This is a HUGE undertaking and requires the help of everyone in our school family in some capacity.  Last year’s event raised OVER $40,000.  Will this be a $45,000 year?

One of the largest areas of income are the RAFFLE TICKET sales.  This year we are selling raffle tickets for $5/each rather than a book of tickets for $5.  It saves us manpower in having to staple over 15,000 tickets.  It also eliminates ‘buyers’ from having to fill out multiple tickets.  Now they can fill out one, and have the same chance of winning.  Finally, it saves in printing costs, as now we will have 3,500 printed rather than 15,000.  Thank you, Raffle Sales Chairperson, Heather Strandmark for putting together an OUTSTANDING Raffle Ticket once again this year!

We are in the process of seeking items for the LIVE AUCTION.  ALL classrooms will have an item in the Live Auction.  These include art pieces created by the students, photography projects, and/or one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture/home items; such as mirrors, tables, etc.  These are always unique as well as beautiful.  Additional Live Auction items will be comprised of fun offerings from the school and BIG-ticket items from generous donors.  *See the Auction Wish List beneath the Spaghetti Dinner Tab.  Monetary donations to go towards the purchase of Live Auction items are always appreciated as well.  Please phone the school office with an item you wish to donate or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Finally, we are replacing the SILENT AUCTION with a 50-50 CHANCE DRAWING.  Watch for additional details to come in the next Tuesday Note! 



Our appreciation is extended to the Garden City Arts Center on Main.  Executive Director Katy Guthrie is so very good to our school. Grades 2, 4, and 6 travel to the Art’s Center for a monthly art class.  The concepts and skills she covers with our young students are amazing.  What a fun surprise it was to open the Western Kansas Community Foundation yearly report (magazine) this past week and find not only beautiful pictures of a St. Dominic School family, Carol Nanninga and granddaughters, but also a great picture of our 6th grade students with arms linked beneath the headline, “Infinitely Impactful Art!”  Thank you, Katy, for the great appreciation for art you are passing to our young students! 



Congratulations to our kindergarten students for bringing in the MOST Box Tops during the month of October!  Kindergarten collected 214 Box Tops with 1st Grade right behind them with 212.  Kindergarten has earned a Dress Down Day to be held Tuesday, November 7th! 

October 31, 2017

Coming Up

·       Happy Halloween!  Tomorrow, November 1, is All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. We invite you to join us for our school mass beginning at our regular 8:15 time.  If you are unable to come then, additional scheduled mass times for the Holy Day are 12:10 and 7 pm.     

·       A reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday.  Turn your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday evening!

·       Picture Retakes will take place Wednesday, November 8th.  Please remember to return your student’s original picture, and have them wear a white shirt for their retake picture. 

·       We are very excited to announce that Friday, November 10th, St. Dominic School students/staff will be traveling by bus to Horace Good Middle School for a special performance of The Wizard of Oz done by Steps Dance School.  Buses will depart from the front of the school at 1:15 for a 1:30 performance start time.  The total performance time is 2 hours. Please be patient for student pick up on this day, as we may be about 5-10 minutes late returning to school.  Buses will park in the back of the school so that we may walk through the building to gather backpacks and then come out front (as usual) for dismissal.   Parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. are invited to attend the performance with us if you choose.  Guest Ticket Cost is $5/each.  Tickets will available beginning next Wednesday in the school office.  Please provide exact change, or you may write a check to Steps.  Guests will meet us at Horace Good where you will join your child(ren).  St. Dominic wishes all Wizard of Oz cast and crew good luck, especially our alumni Jessica Pammenter (Dorothy), and Jenna Crook (Lion) and our current student dancers James Montez, Alexa Goodman, Katelyn Barrett and Logan Williams.  Thank you, Steps Dance School owner and instructor, Sabrina Montez for this great opportunity to expose all of our young students to the performing arts! 

·       A 1st Reconciliation Meeting for 2nd grade students and their parents is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm in the school gym.    

·       Did you know that each classroom of students at St. Dominic School, grades K-6, has a year long Service Project Partner?!  Students learn about the services their partner provides in our community through classroom presentations and field trips.  Throughout the school year, our students do activities assisting their partner in efforts to build relationships throughout our city, as well as to serve those most in need. See the list of partners under celebrations below.

·       Congratulations to the following families who have been awarded the November Parking Places of the Month due to their student’s performance on the Pacer Test in PE.  The pacer is an aerobic capacity (running) test taken by students in grades 1-6 two times per year (fall and spring). It measures students’ endurance level.  Parker Schreibvogel and Drew Strandmark were the top (two) finisher(s) in the primary grades, each running 38, 20-meter shuttle(s) with a (progressive) cadence.  Mia Flores was tops in the upper grades, running 47, 20-meter shuttles.  Way to go Parker, Drew and Mia!  Enjoy your ‘closer’ to the door parking spots as the weather begins its nasty ups and downs!

·       Christmas Program Date: Tuesday, December 19 at 7 pm



SERVICE PROJECT PARTNERS  (Look who our students have partnered with for the year!)

            K: Meals on Wheels

            1:  Homestead Assisted Living

            2:  Catholic Charities

            3:  St. Dominic Parish Home Bound

            4:  Finney County Humane Society  

            5:  Emmaus House

            6:  Sr. Janice Thome, The Ministry of Presence and The International Rescue Committee (IRC)



All Diocesan Schools have recently received a payment from the Diocesan Vibrant Ministry Appeal.  This appeal has taken place throughout the Dodge City Diocese beginning in the Fall 2016.  Our Catholic schools fall under the focus of Faith Formation.  St. Dominic School received a check in the amount of $12,450.  Many thanks, to those of you, that have contributed/are contributing to this Diocesan Appeal.  We take the responsibility of ‘formation’ of our youth, in partnership with you as parents, very seriously. This financial gift assists us greatly!

St. Dominic School received a (quarterly) check just this week from the Kroger Family of Stores, in the amount of $681.04.  Currently 86 households are signed up through the Dillon’s website directing a percentage of funds to go to our school simply by YOU shopping at Dillon’s!  If you are a Dillon’s shopper, and have not signed up yet, please follow the directions below:

·       Visit Dillon's online to set up an account (if you have not already created one) https://www.dillons.com

·       Once you have an online account go to https://www.dillons.com/communityrewards

·       Sign In

·       Click "Enroll Now'

·       Enter ID # 10407 for St. Dominic Catholic School

Today was the final day to turn in Box Tops for the month of October.  Keep saving and sending Box Tops to school!  The winning class for this month earns a Dress Down Day!  Watch for this to be announced right here beneath this tab tomorrow!


October 17, 2017

Welcome to Read Week!  Who wouldn’t be excited to come to school in their pajamas, and curl up next to a campfire with your favorite blanket, pillow and book!  Ask your child about our guest book character Monday morning!  I’ll give you a hint.  He had a long tail, twitching nose, suit and tie.  Hmm.  No rodents that you know come to mind?  Maybe your young readers can help you out. 

Thank you, Shannon West, for chairing the Scholastic Book Fair taking place on the school stage.  Thank you, Mrs. Frick and Mrs. Rein for planning Read Week.  Thank you, parents and teachers, for ensuring that your children/students are surrounded by print, including books of all types.  Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Victor sent home a newsletter in early September that read, “On days we are busier than expected and I need to skip an activity, it in never the read-aloud.  Reading aloud is the most important part of our day, and I hope it is in your home also.”   It could not be better said.     Mrs. Delgado

Coming Up

·       Read Week activities continue throughout the week: (Tuesday) Wear Western Clothes Day!  (Wednesday) Wear Mass Day Uniforms.  GCCC Rodeo Team Presentation; 12:30 (K-3) and 1:00 (4-6)!

·       Conferences will be held beginning this afternoon at 4 pm-7:45.  We look forward to seeing parents both this evening and Thursday.  What will you take away from your child’s Parent Teacher Conference:

o   Fall Report Card overview (Your child’s report card will come home today)

o   AIMSweb Reading and Math Results (students in grades K-6) This report tells you where your student is performing compared to students of his/her age nationwide.

o   STAR Report  (students in grades 2-6) This report tells you what your child’s current reading level is and what the best level of library books are to read to/with your student for understanding and continued growth.

·       HALLOWEEN PARTIES will be held on Tuesday, October 31st following the afternoon recess (Grades K-6).  Classroom teachers will plan parties and contact room parents for assistance in various ways.  We will leave the ‘surprise’ of costumes for the nighttime hours instead of wearing them during the school day.  Parties will include food, fun and Halloween games!



ü  Students have finished with their 1st nine reading goals.  One particular achievement is worth mentioning.  Fifth grade student Emma Wedel completed the book War and Peace (1025 pages without the epilogue) and passed the test with a 95%. Most impressive is that Emma is able to discuss the book with great clarity.  Second most impressive fact is that War and Peace was Emma’s third book of the 9-weeks!  Way to set a goal and stick to it, Emma.  We are proud of you!

ü  Congratulations to Kyleigh Whitehurst ($2,010), Derek Bridges ($1,035), and Atticus Schuetz ($720) for being the TOP three Cookie Dough SELLERS in the school!   Your hard work is noticed and appreciated!

ü  Scholastic Book Fair will be open Tuesday, 11 am - 12:15 pm and 3:30-7:30 pm, Wednesday, 10 am - 12:15 pm and 3:30-4 pm, Thursday, 11:45 am - 6:15 pm. There is a great selection of books for all ages. Perfect for some early Christmas shopping. Come early for your conference and visit the Book Fair on the gym stage. 

ü  A special promotion attached to the Book Fair this year; ALL FOR BOOKS.  This is a program designed by Scholastic Book Company to raise money to purchase books for our school and others at the same time.  This year the Scholastic Possible Fund will match every donation up to $1 million in books for the children in the Houston flood areas.



·       COOKIE DOUGH will be delivered tomorrow. Please pick your dough up anytime from 3-5 pm.  It will be in the school gym by grade level rows.   After-school Care families can pick yours up when you get your children.  Thank YOU; parent Mirna Hernandez, for chairing Cookie Dough again this school year.  Gross sales totaled just under $29,500!  That’s a LOT of items! We will report final results as soon as all cookie dough bills as paid.  * We are in need of dough sorters starting at 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon.  Please phone the school office if interested in helping.  276-8981



The ideal (and cheapest) tutoring plan is reading aloud to your child. – Jim Trelease


October 3, 2017


  • Fall days and all the beautifully unpredictable weather they bring with them are here!   Wish to order your student a St. Dominic Sweatshirt! (the classroom sweatshirt that is allowed per our uniform policy) This year, all sweatshirt orders will be done online.  Look under HEADLINES on our homepage.  Follow the 'Sweatshirt' link for The Good Sport.  By Wednesday morning, October 3, there will be a button for St. Dominic School Store directly on The Good Sport webpage.  Click on our button to review colors (red or blue), sizes and prices.  Orders may be shipped to your home for a shipping and handling fee, or you may pick your order up at The Good Sport with no added fee.  Our school store is open until midnight October 11.  All orders will be ready for pick up after Thursday, October 26.  A shout out to Brian and Julie Rupp, owners of The Good Sport, 220 North Main, downtown Garden City, for helping to make sweatshirt ordering so easy for school families!
  • We are trading a Mass Uniform Day!  Last week students were asked to wear Mass Day Uniforms on Wednesday, due to fall pictures.  Mass Day Uniforms were supposed to begin this Wednesday.  (October through April Mass Days) We are trading this Wednesday for last week, and allowing students one more day in regular uniforms (no cardigans, jumpers/skirts, or long pants required.) Please remember Mass Uniforms each Wednesday and Friday beginning Friday, October 6.
  • 1st and 3rd Grade(s) will be taking their Field Trip to Pumpkin Paradise and Noble Dairy following mass on Wednesday, Oct. 4.  Students are to wear regular uniforms with old shoes or boots (due to the predicted rain). Bring a sack lunch, drink and jacket or sweatshirt!
  • Parking Place of the Month Winners were selected from those students who have Perfect Attendance to date.  Perfect includes no absences, tardy(ies) or early dismissal.  Winners of the October Parking Place(s) of the Month are: Bernal Family, (Primary Students) and Schreibvogel Family (Upper Grades).  Congratulations!  Your special spot begins immediately!  
  • There is no school on Friday, October 13.  It is a scheduled Teacher Workday.
  • Report Cards for the 1st 9-weeks will come home with your child Tuesday, Oct. 17.  
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 (evening hours 4-7:45) and Thurs., Oct. 19 (12-6:45). If you need to have a specific time due to your work schedule, please let Mrs. Drevnick know, and she will do her best to get you scheduled as such, 276-8981. *Note: There will be no school Thursday, Oct. 20 or Friday, Oct. 21 for any St. Dominic students.
  • Scholastic Book Fair and Read Week will be held the week of October 16.  Read Week Activities are as follows: (Monday) Campfire Reading!  Students are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a favorite blanket and pillow.  (Tuesday) Wear Western Day!  (Wednesday) Wear Mass Day Uniforms.  GCCC Rodeo Team Presentation; 12:30 (K-3) and 1:00 (4-6)!  
  • Halloween Parties will be held on Tuesday, October 31st following the afternoon recess (Grades K-6).  Classroom teachers are busy party planning.  Teachers will be contacting room parents for assistance in various ways.  We will leave the ‘surprise’ of costumes for the nighttime hours.  Parties will include food, fun and Halloween games! Preschool and Pre-K classrooms will have specific party directives coming your way soon!



BOX TOP Numbers for SEPTEMBER are IN!  Find your child’s grade level total below:

Preschool, 0

Pre-K, 102

Kindergarten, 99

1st Grade, 212 < 2nd Place

2nd Grade, 81

3rd Grade, 216 < 1st Place

4th Grade, 61

5th Grade, 149

6th Grade, 209 < 3rd Place

TOTAL = 1,129



·       Cookie Dough will be delivered to school, Wednesday, Oct. 18.  We are in need of a couple additional helpers to move the boxed dough from pallets to grade level lines.  This starts about 2 PM (or as soon as the truck arrives).  Please phone the school office if this is something you’d like to assist with.  Dad’s … this is a great opportunity for you! 

·       Watch for TOP Cookie Dough Sellers to be announced in the next Tuesday Telegram!



“Good parenting, and good teaching, does not mean giving children a perfect life.  It means teaching them how to lead a good and happy life in our imperfect world.”

Coming Together to Inspire Hearts and Develop Minds
Going Forth to Encourage All as Examples of God’s Love


September 19, 2017

 Of course the focus in an elementary school should be on reading, writing and arithmetic. But the single most important focus in our Catholic school must always be to teach our students a great love for God.  Did you know, that in grades 3-6, students take a Religion Assessment (pre and post), just like they take assessments in ELA (English Language Arts), Math, Science, Social Studies and PE? 

Throughout the school year, students learn about our Catholic faith, the parts of the Mass, history and people in the bible, as well as many wonderful prayers.  One of the additions that we are putting on your child’s report card this year are prayers that students are responsible to know, by heart, by the end of the school year. 

ALL grades, K-6, are working on the prayer The Morning Offering.  We are learning it line by line each week.  We don’t just want students to memorize the words. We want them to truly understand what those words mean, so that they can say the prayer on their own this year, next year and throughout their lifetime.  Where can you find the prayers we are asking students to learn; on the inside of your child’s agenda (for grades 1-6).  Students also have a “prayer ring” that they refer to in their classrooms (2-6). 

This week’s line from The Morning Offering is… “For all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart”.  It’s pretty powerful to hear a gym full of young students pray this amazing prayer together, and better yet, to understand and display what it means.  God loves your children so much.  And so do we.     

Mrs. Delgado


  • COOKIE DOUGH Orders are due.  If you have not turned your order in please do so no later than tomorrow.  
  • PICTURE DAY is next Tuesday, 9/26, and Wednesday, 9/27.  Picture forms were sent home with your child last week.  We have extras in the office if you need one.  This is the individual picture that will be in the school yearbook.  You do not have to order pictures, but each student will get their picture taken.  If you are interested in ordering pictures, please send each student’s order separately.  The photographer requests this because the order is placed when the picture is taken.  You can pay for your order online or send money with the envelope.  Students in grades K-6 are to wear white shirts with Mass Day uniforms.   *Note: Be certain to add sales tax to your picture order.
  • A reminder to email/call the front office in the case of a STUDENT ABSENCE.  Emailing your child’s teacher is great, but that needs to be in addition to the office.  The office must account for all students not in school.
  • Students in grades 1and 3will be traveling to NOBLE DAIRY and PUMPKIN PARADISE (near Sublette) Thursday, Sept. 28.  They will be taking USD 457 school buses.  Buses will leave St. Dominic School at 9:30 AM and return home from Pumpkin Paradise at 2 PM.   Students need to bring a sack lunch with a drink.  (No fast food, energy drinks or soda, please.)      
  • Your October SCHOOL CALENDAR will be sent home with your oldest child next Tuesday.  Know that you can always access the calendar here on our school website. Want to link our school calendar directly to your Google calendar … watch this video for directives!  https://youtu.be/DkmCWPD0k9I
  • Mrs. Doering’s YOUTH CHOIR (grades 4-6) will meet off the St. Dominic Gym in the “piano room’ Wednesday’s from 8-8:40 pm.  This choir sings at weekend masses.  All are welcome! Questions, please phone Mrs. Doering.



·       Did YOU Know …we have an active ENDOWMENT FUND for St. Dominic Catholic School!  Generous contributions, plus wise investment decisions made by our Endowment Board, allow contributions to be made yearly to our school’s general operating costs.  This year we will receive $65,000 from our endowment.  Wish to contribute?  You may do so through your St. Dominic Church envelope marked for Endowment, or mail/deliver a check to the school or church office designated for the Endowment Fund. 

·       Have you LINKED your Dillon’s Shopper’s card to St. Dominic Catholic School?  We earn a percentage of profit each quarter simply from you buying groceries.  Directions how:

Visit Dillon's online to set up an account if you have not already created one at https://www.dillons.com
Once you have an online account go to
Sign In
Click "Enroll Now'
Enter ID # 10407

Your Dillon’s grocery receipts should now read St. Dominic School (at the very bottom)!



  • Welcome Ryan Pfannenstiel to our St. Dominic School Council.  A “school council” is similar to a public school board.  We have six members on our council that serve rotating two-year terms.   Other members currently serving are Lee Barrett, Carla Pammenter, Heather Strandmark, Jonathon Aguilar, Tara York, Father Warren Stecklein and Father Mark Brantley.  We thank them for the time they put into meetings and activities for our school!
  • Have you noticed how beautiful our school/church grounds look!  We are fortunate to have a gorgeous playground for students to play on.  A shout out to parishioner(s) Roy Williams, who can frequently be found pulling weeds throughout the grounds, Kari Butler who does the weekly mowing, and Lyle Lobmeyer who installed our new front benches.  We are indeed blessed to have them, as well as an entire parish property commission!



“In a Catholic school, everyone should be aware of the living presence of Jesus the “Master” who, today as always, is with us in our journey through life as the one genuine “Teacher”.

 – The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School


Mission Statement

Coming Together to Inspire Hearts and Develop Minds
Going Forth to Encourage All as Examples of God's Love