Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,

The Visitation community spirit was very evident on Saturday with the Sauerkraut making party. Parishioners, parents, and students gathered to make barrels of the wonderful, well-known dinner sauerkraut. It is truly amazing what can be accomplished in a few hours with a sense of community. We thank the chairs and volunteers who made the sauerkraut possible. If you have never been to one of the pre-dinner events, I challenge you to come to our next event, sausage making and grounds cleanup, where you will find the Visitation community spirit welcoming you.

Next week the 3rd through 8th grade students begin standardized testing with the Iowa Test for Basic Skills (ITBS). School attendance, sleep, nutrition, and hydration are especially important during the next two weeks. These tests are given for three main purposes:

  • To obtain information that can support instructional decisions made by teachers in the classroom.
  • To provide information to students and their parents for monitoring student growth from grade to grade.
  • To share and reflect on this information for improved student learning.

Standardized testing provides us with further data to help your child to succeed academically. Please help your child to be physically and mentally ready for these tests.

Next week Thursday, October 4th, at 2:30 P.M., we will be celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Saint Francis reminds us to care for all of God’s creation, and to work peacefully   with others. Through the example of Saint Francis, the students are reminded to grow in our Schoolwide Learning Expectation of I respect and appreciate that all people, cultures and the environment are a part of God’s creation. Please join us for the Blessing of the Animals at 2:30 P.M. in the back field behind the main school building. Parents may bring pets for students at this time. Please check with your child’s teacher if bringing smaller pets in cages ahead of time. Also students who are not able to bring a pet may bring a picture or stuffed animal to represent their pet.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas.

In Christ,

Carol Funk, Principal




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Visitation is a Catholic Parish School that prepares students to be responsible citizens and life-long learners committed to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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