November 2, 2017

Dan's Blog
Last chance!
Tonight is the deadline to RSVP  to Our School House Rocks - the St. Louise Auction! There are still seats available for you to note you'd like to sit at specific grade level tables... or ask to sit with the two fine, upstanding rock star administrators pictured above. It's going to be a wonderful evening, and I'd hate for you to miss it. All our teachers and staff will be there, as will be Father Gary and Father Fabian.
Below is the promotional flyer for our Fall Open House, taking place two weeks from tonight. We are giving prospective new school parents an early chance on November 16, to tour the school, peek in the classrooms, and meet the teachers, who will be here that evening. I think the little photo below of our teacher and student speaks hugely of what St. Louise School is all about. We have (1) hard-working students and (2) caring teachers, and...oh, yeah...(3) do you notice that cross hanging from Mrs. Danforth's necklace?

We invite three types of families to attend our Open House on  Thursday the 16th, taking place throughout the main school building, as well as the north wing and the gym:
  1. First, any families with children who will be entering grades PK-8 next fall are welcome. If you have neighbors, co-workers, or extended family members living on the greater Eastside with upcoming 4-14 year-olds, invite them to our Open House, and better yet, tell them you'll meet them here and give them a tour that night.
  2. Secondly, we invite any families who have babies and are looking ahead. Over the years, we've even had Open House guests who were pregnant, and some visitors who were simply newlyweds - not pregnant - but just "type A" early planners.
  3. And last but not least, we welcome YOU - current St. Louisers - who would like to meet next year's teachers of your children. You may attend the Open House and stop by the next grade level's classrooms to introduce yourselves.
If you want to electronically pass on the Open House invitation to your friends, co-workers, etc. whom you are inviting, you may send them to our Facebook page, or wait until next week when we'll email you a direct link that you may forward. Thanks for promoting St. Louise School. You are our best advertisement!

Thanks for reading, 
Mr. Fitz
Did you know you can step forward to sponsor a teacher's registration to next Saturday night's Auction by paying for a teacher's auction dinner? You'll find the "Sponsor a Teacher's Auction Ticket" option here. What a terrific gesture! Thanks in advance to those school parents who are able to figuratively reach for the bill when the waiter brings the dinner check to their child's teacher and say, "Let me take care of that!" :-)

And if you cannot attend the November 11th Auction due to unforeseen circumstances, you can work with Sue Richards on having a "Proxy Bidder" for you. You'll want to take her up on this plan when you take a sneak peek at all the fantastic items that will be up for bid in the Marriott ballroom next Saturday night! Look at these unbelievable items!

Upcoming Calendar of Events
  • RSVP deadline for Auction reservations
  • Charger Cards sales window open this morning from 8:15-8:45AM instead of Friday (due to no-school on Friday)
  • School Commission meeting, 6:30PM in the faculty room; all parents are invited to attend

  • NO SCHOOL - end of the 1st trimester
  • Kids' Club closed 

Saturday, November 4
  • Junior High Math Team competes at Bishop Blanchet Tournament
  • Grade 2 Parents' Sacramental Preparation Meeting, 9AM
Tuesday through Friday, November 7-10
  • AUCTION PREVIEW WEEK: Visit the school lobby every morning from 8:00-9:00AM to purchase raffle tickets for both the adult raffle items and the kids' raffle items; to bid on the Black & White Photos of your children with their best friends; and to preview the beautiful grade projects and the all-school art project
  • Stop by the Auction Office Tuesday or Wednesday if you can't wait for the Thursday Envelope, and you can pick up your Auction Catalog early!*
Thursday, November 9
  • Bake Sale; proceeds benefit junior high activities
  • Auction Catalogs going home in the red Family Envelope*

Saturday, November 11 - God Bless Our Veterans!
  • Grade 2 Parents' Sacramental Preparation Meeting, 9AM
  • Doors open at the Seattle Marriott Bellevue at 5:00; limited $10 valet parking at the Marriott garage or park at the Atrium parking garage one-block south at 110-110th Avenue NE ($10 cash only); better yet - use Uber or Lyft.
  • Don't forget your Auction Catalog!

Auction News

Mr. Evans Thinks This Live Auction Item ROCKS!!
We can't wait to share all the items that you will have a chance to bid on in the Live Auction when catalogs are sent home in the
November 9th red Family Envelopes! To give you a sneak peek, we asked a few members of our St. Louise Staff to look over our exciting live auction lineup and tell us which one they think ROCKS and can't wait to bid on come auction night.
This week Mr. Evans picked:

An Evening with Harry Styles
Land six awesome seats to the hottest show in town! Talented pop sensation, Harry Styles, formerly with One Direction, and opener Kasey Musgraves, are performing for one night only on Saturday, July 7, at Key Arena in Seattle. His shows have sold out all over the world. With a $200 gift card to Red Robin, you will be able to enjoy dinner before the show. Thank you to generous donors Tyler and Meghan Green.


Registration for the Auction Closes TODAY
TODAY is your final chance to RSVP to attend the Auction. Don't miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the social event of the year, and the chance to make a difference by supporting your children's school.
If you're not able to attend the auction this year, you may either give a straight donation to the auction here, or you may bid on Live Auction Items through "proxy bidding." Email auction director Sue Richards for details about proxy bidding.

Auction Catalog Is Available Online
You may now view all of the items up for bid on Auction night by looking at our Auction catalog online ! Hard copies of the catalog will be going home next Thursday with all who have RSVP'd to attend the event.
Come to the school lobby next week before and/or after school Tuesday through Friday for the excitement of Preview Week - you won't want to miss it! Kid Raffles, Adult Raffles, Black and White Photos, Grade Projects, early Auction Catalog Pick Up and more! Read all the details on Preview Week HERE.
Sign Up Opportunities - Purchase NOW Online
There's something fun for everyone in our Sign-Up Opportunities! Treat your kids to Kidd Valley Hot Lunch delivered to school; or how about a week of free dress; and/or a fun event with one of their favorite teachers! Better yet, treat yourself to one of a kind events with other St. Louise parents - such as brunch and mimosas on Lake Sammamish, a group cooking class, or a Dance Party! All these and many more are available to purchase online now!

Purchase Your Live Opportunity Ticket Now - Before They Sell Out
We have already sold many of our Live Opportunity Tickets - only 100 tickets will be sold, so be sure to purchase yours ahead of time online here. One ticket will be drawn just before the live auction begins, and that lucky winner will get to choose any item* from the Live Auction to take home that night for the price of their $100 Live Opportunity Ticket! For just $100, you have a 1 in 100 chance of winning one of our amazing Live Auction Items! (*Please note the Punta Mita, Mexico trip is excluded.)

Thank You to Our Volunteers!
Heartfelt thanks go out to the following volunteers - we are so grateful for their efforts!
Mika Walker and assistant Renee Craddock for coordinating the beautiful grade projects * Andrea Matt and Diane Sloss for all their work on Item Display * Amy Thielman and Teresa Brosche for their work on Centerpieces and the Head Table * Peter Newton for work on the auction night signage * Margie Clinton, Mike Kirby, MaryAnne Baradi, Elwell Baradi and Paul McCulloch for their behind the scenes work prepping for auction night logistics and accounting * Auction Angels Edna Hewett, Arlene Isaksen and Ruth Kerschbaumer * Rebecca Ort for taking Black & White Photos * Amy Wilken and Anneliese Kertson for the mementos * Ingrid Flaat and Joy Tran for their work on the raffles * Rayme Teders and Nikki Craig for sponsorships.
We are looking for more volunteers for specific vital needs! If you'd like to be involved in the exciting auction preparations - it's a great way to earn volunteer hours and get to know other St. Louise families. Please email Sue Richards for more information about how YOU can help!
We have some jobs to be done during Auction preparation week, including the night before and morning of the Auction (Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9). And we have Auction-Night-Worker positions available, where you can be a part of the festivities around the Marriott Ballroom.

Please contact Sue if you're able to help. Thank you in advance - we couldn't do it without YOU!

Thank you for all your support! Our School House ROCKS!
~Sue Richards, Auction Director

Earn Volunteer Hours this Weekend or Next
         The Auction committee needs up to 10 volunteers to help with transporting items to/from the Marriott next weekend. This is a great opportunity to get volunteer hours on a weekend! Here are the details:
  • Friday, November 10: help load our rental truck from 5-7PM at St. Louise;
  • Saturday, November 11: help unload the truck from 8-10AM at the Seattle Marriott Bellevue and assemble the items in the hotel;
  • Saturday, November 11: help load the truck starting at 9PM at the Marriott, working through midnight.

         The Auction Committee also needs volunteers this weekend to sell Raffle Tickets after any or all of the Masses outside of church. If you can help at any or all of the Masses - this Saturday night, this Sunday morning, and/or this Sunday night, we'd appreciate your help.

          Please contact Sue Richards if you're able to help with any of the above volunteer jobs.

Parent/Teacher Conference Confirmation Letters Came Home
         Parents should have received earlier this week a "Confirmation of Conference" letter from their children's teachers, asking them to confirm the Parent/Teacher Conference date and time for the upcoming November 20-21 conference week. Thanks for sending back to the teacher the confirmation slip at the bottom of the letter.
        If you did not previously pick a November 20-21 conference time in the Parent Survey, you did not receive a letter. Instead, the teacher is waiting for you to contact him/her via an email and suggest another date for a before school (7:30AM) or after school (3:15PM) conference to hold later this month or in December. Thank you for being responsible for setting this up ASAP. The teacher's calendar is filling up, much like your doctor's and dentist's appointment books do, and you'll want to quickly contact the teacher to make sure you can find a date that works to come in as a family and conference. 
Thanksgiving Baskets Service Project Calls on Kids & Parents
         On Friday, November 17, the entire school will be donating food items and other goods for our annual Thanksgiving Baskets service project. We will be partnering with the parish and the St. Vincent de Paul Society to create 25 bountiful, traditional Thanksgiving feasts to deliver to families in need within our community. Here's how your family can help.
Annie, Megan, Ruby, and Bridget donating food at last year's Thanksgiving Baskets service project
          Your child will soon be discussing in his/her homeroom what he/she agrees to bring to school to add to the classroom basket. It could be food (e.g. flour, canned pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc.), or it could be items (e.g. the basket itself - we carry these donations in new, plastic laundry baskets we gift to the families). We suggest you then allow your child to select the designated item from your pantry or help you shop at the store. This assures your child will feel a connection to the service project. Please have your child bring the food or item to the classroom the morning of Friday, November 17 (November 16 for Pre-K). If you have any questions, please ask your homeroom teacher.
          If parents want to help besides with the donation, it takes many hands to sort your generous donations and create these bountiful baskets to hand out to the families. Volunteers are needed for assembling our offerings during the service project day on the 17th. Please contact Cindy Wagner if you can volunteer for a few hours beginning at 8:30AM that morning.

Special Window Sales Day Today
Due to a NO SCHOOL DAY TOMORROW, our Charger Card sales window will be open TODAY, THURSDAY, from 8:15-8:45 am.  Of course, you may always purchase 24/7 at

Special Holiday Offers Are Here
We're stocking up on special bonus rebate offers and special holiday season cards to help you get ready for holiday celebrations.  Special offerings of $5, $10, and $15 cards are available for a variety of popular stores and restaurants, so please stop by the Charger Card window or visit to learn more.  Before you purchase all the fixings for your Thanksgiving Feast, please get your Charger Cards!

For more information on Charger Cards and online ordering, please visit or contact the Charger Cards chairperson, Megan Kirk.

Thank You, Volunteers!
          Thank you to the following parents who are part of the Emergency Preparedness Committee and helped with last week's all-school Earthquake Drill: James Szrama, Ruth Kerschbaumer, Emerson Gregorios, and Karen Garvizu. If you would like to join this committee and assist the school in being prepared for emergencies, please contact James. Most of the help needed are actions you can do on your own schedule.

Take a Parenting Class for Free
          Many of you have heard of the non-profit organization, Kindering, which has a campus in Bellevue and one in Bothell, and works with over 4,000 children and families annually. They are known for serving children with developmental delays or disabilities caused by autism, chromosomal abnormalities, cerebral palsy, vision impairment, etc., by providing early intervention and family support services. But Kindering also provides parent education to parents of children of all abilities. Beginning in mid-November, Kindering in Bellevue will be offering FREE parenting classes. The classes will meet each Monday evening for ten weeks, and are aimed at parents of typically developing children from ages 2 to 12.  Topics covered include building self esteem in your kids, effective parent-child communication, managing anger (both your child's and yours), and behavior management. The series of classes are taught by Lois Ralph, a parent-educator specialist at Kindering for 27 years. Register here for the series of free classes, with the first one beginning on November 20.

Soccer Program Seeks Apprentice Co-Coordinators
          Our St. Louise CYO Athletic Board is currently seeking two apprentice soccer program co-coordinators for the fall of 2018 soccer season to train with current coordinators Christie Allemand and Maria.Kelly-Doggett.  Please contact them at  if you are interested. Much of the work is done on your own time at home.
          When we thanked our CYO soccer coaches last week, we inadvertently left off coach Chris Read from the list. Thanks, Chris!
Mrs. Howell enjoyed watching a recent 1st grade Charger game.

Students Expected to Be
Life-Long Learners & Community Members
           Student Learning Expectations - SLEs - are expectations that our students should know, understand, value, and be able to do by the time they graduate from St. Louise School. These 12 SLEs comprise four categories important to the development of a well-rounded student: an active Christian; a life-long learner; a well-balanced individual; and a community member. Each month, one or two different SLEs are focused on school-wide until the 12 expectations are covered by the end of the school year.
          October's two Student Learning Expectation focused on throughout the school were:
  • #2.3 "A St. Louise student is a life-long learner who exhibits enthusiasm for learning, including the ability to connect learning with life experiences."
  • #4.2 "A St. Louise student is a community member who shows awareness of local, national, and international events."

           Below are highlights from some of the classrooms on how they have been working on achieving these two SLEs.

          Our preschoolers focused on SLE #2.3 as they learned about shapes.  They went on a shape-hunt around campus, and the PreK kids did an amazing and very enthusiastic job spotting squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles all around them! Mrs. Salmon's students also learned how Saints are people who lived wonderful lives full of goodness, and they showed us how to be good friends of Jesus.  The PreK class specifically learned about St. Francis of Assisi and the ways he cared for people and animals and inspired others to love and care for all of God's creatures.  Then, the kids made bird feeders to hang in their yard/garden as a way of caring for birds, just like St. Francis.

          The 1A & 1B homerooms met October's two Student Learning Expectations. For SLE #4.2, the first graders made a chart about what is going on in each of our communities. The students brainstormed ideas about things going on in each of the different communities, and then shared their ideas and chose a few to fill in a chart. For SLE #2.3, Miss Helfen's and Mrs. Howell's students have been learning about the season of fall and the changes it brings (such as pumpkins, rain, leaves). They read nonfiction texts and a Scholastic News article about the science behind fall leaves, which explained why they change and fall to the ground in autumn. The first graders then went outside to the playground for a leaf hunt and each brought back a leaf inside to make a leaf rubbing. The students also wrote prayer intentions on paper leaves to decorate the classrooms and hallway with prayers. See below.



         Even in our junior high Spanish language classes, we expect our students to demonstrate achievement of our SLEs. Thus, Mrs. Lux had her 7th and 8th graders the bring in and share currents event news stories regarding the hurricanes and earthquakes which affected Spanish-speaking countries.

          Fourth graders are learning about the Beatitudes in religion class.  To show awareness of local, national, and international events, Mrs. Danforth's and Mrs. Scruggs' students are being asked to research about a newsworthy action using the internet, newspaper, or television that represents one of the Beatitudes.  They will be writing up a summary of the newsworthy action and then matching the Beatitude to the action. 
           In Mrs. Cole's fourth through sixth grade computer classes, the students are exploring

topics in "digital citizenship," where they learn how to use online resources safely and responsibly.  One recent lesson had

the sixth graders connect learning with life experiences as they learned how prospective employers might use not only current but also long-ago online information posted by job applicants in the employers' hiring decisions. This online information a person posts is called his/her "digital footprint," and the sixth graders thought about what they would like their digital footprint to show about them 10 years from now.  At right is an example of what Grace in 6A would like her digital footprint to be.

          As we move into November and December, the focus school-wide will be on two new Student Learning Expectations. The SLEs of the Month for Nov/Dec will be: 

  • #1.2 "A St. Louise student is an active Christian who knows Roman Catholic teachings and traditions and has a working knowledge of the Bible."
  •  #1.2 "A St. Louise student is an active Christian who actively participates in the service for which Gods calls us."

          Parents can help reinforce these expectations by discussing the meaning at home and brainstorming ways you and your family members demonstrate these same actions in your personal lives.

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