November 9, 2017

Dan's Blog
There is still time today and tomorrow morning for your kids to buy Kids' Raffle tickets in the lobby of the school. We pick the winners Friday mid-morning. And there is still time for any adults who won't be attending the Auction to get in on purchasing Adult Raffle Tickets, Black & White Photos (your kids are so precious; come take a look!), Adult Parties, and Kid Outings & Opportunities (who wouldn't want a Kidd Valley lunch delivered to them at school or a WEEK of free dress!?). Stop by the lobby today or tomorrow.

If you are one of the 328 guests coming this Saturday to the Seattle Marriott Bellevue for the Our School House Rocks! Auction, please try to arrive at close to the 5:00 doors-opening time as possible and remember to:
  • Bring your Catalog. Auction catalogs are being sent home in today's red Family Envelope. Take time over the next 48 hours to dog-ear or post-it-note the pages of all the items you've decided you'll be bidding on. You'll especially want to dog-ear Live item #3.
  • Bring a bottle of wine. When you check-in, you'll be handed a gift tag and asked to affix the tag to your bottle after writing a message on the tag such as, "Bottoms up! From the Fitzpatricks." Your bottle will be added to the hundred others, and they'll line the auctioneer's stage, to be auctioned off as our Live item #1 - "Instant Wine Cellar."
  • Bring your patience when it comes to parking.
Bellevue has grown-up to be just like Seattle, and as such, free parking is becoming a thing of the past. Thus, you'll need to assume it may take you a bit to find parking on Saturday, and you may want to build in extra time in your planning for when you'll leave the house ...consider it similar to leaving early on Christmas Eve when you know it will be hard to find parking & seating at Christmas Mass.

Parking options include:
  • Valet parking at the Seattle Marriott Bellevue is $10. But there is limited availability, and hotel parking will fill up very quickly early Saturday evening.
  • $10 CASH ONLY parking is available 1 block south of the hotel at the Atrium Garage (110 110th Ave NE; levels 4 & 5 only). This parking lot is available from 4pm-12midnight only. (Any cars left past midnight on level 5 must be picked up on Monday, so park on level 4 if you're staying past midnight.)
  • There is limited street parking and limited parking in lots in the surrounding area; any parking you may find is at your own accountability. (For example, the Toys-R-Us lot is nearby, but that is a private lot that is marked "For customers only." Please park wisely and respectfully.)
  • Uber or Lyft. Hmmm.... Maybe I should have started with these options as the #1 choices! With this option, there are no worries about available parking spaces, about getting ticketed or locked out, and no worries about having too much to drink.
  • Carpool with friends ...and make your friend have to hassle with where to park. :-)
*BONUS : All Auction dinner guests will receive one drink-ticket when checking-in at registration, and this drink-ticket may be used at any of the bars set up for the STL Auction (cannot be used at the hotel lobby bar).
**DOUBLE BONUS : Passed appetizers will be served until 5:45 so there is added incentive to leave the house early
***How sweet is that!?
Thanks to Sue Richards and her crew of super volunteers for all the work you've been doing to prepare for this huge event, and for the work many of you will be doing at the Marriott all morning, day, and night this Saturday!
Thanks to all of you for the fantastic items you've procured and donated! I've looked through the catalog and was blown away!
And thanks in advance to you Auction attendees who will be joining me on Saturday night, for the bidding and buying you'll be doing to help raise funds for your kids' school! One thing I forgot to add above when I listed all the items to bring with you to the Marriott ---- bring your credit card with the highest credit limit! :-)

If you've never been to a St. Louise Auction, you're in for an unbelievable night!

Thanks for reading, 
Mr. Fitz
I'm excited on Saturday night in our "Family Honor" portion of the Auction, that this year we will be honoring the Schoenlein family! Gary and Kris Schoenlein are legendary St. Louise School parents, who were previous recipients of our Volunteer Extraordinaire Award. We will also recognize the Schoenlein children - Casey (St. Louise Class of 2010), Grant (Class of 2008), and Braden (Class of 2006).

And it isn't just remembering their 13 years as super-involved school parents that we recognize Gary and Kris. Even though it's been 8 years since their youngest child graduated from here, Gary continues to coach our CYO volleyball teams. He's been doing that now for 21 years! And daughter Casey continues to return each June to referee our annual 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game ...just as long as she isn't busy with her more important volleyball job. See the photo for a hint of what that other job is.

Being that the Auction falls on November 11 - Veterans' Day - I will be asking Braden to lead the room in the Pledge of Allegiance. No, it's not just because she earned a 100% grade in Social Studies on her St. Louise report card in 8th grade. Braden attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point four years after graduating from St. Louise, and upon graduation was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. She is currently serving her country as a 1st Lieutenant. We're proud of Braden's service, and who better to lead us in a Veterans' Day than an impressive member of our armed forces and a future veteran herself!

We have the "Family Honor" portion of the Auction to celebrate the wonderful, model families that St. Louise School is famous for, and the Schoenleins certainly fit the bill!
Upcoming Calendar of Events
  • Bake Sale; proceeds benefit junior high activities
  • Auction Catalogs going home in the red Family Envelope
  • School Photos going home in the Family Envelope

  • Final Day for AUCTION PREVIEW WEEK in the lobby; Kids' Raffle winners announced soon after the morning's sales (8:00-9:00AM); last chance to preview the Grade Projects and Black & White Photos; purchase the Live Auction Opportunity tickets and Adult Raffle Tickets

Saturday, November 11 - God Bless Our Veterans!
  • Doors open at the Seattle Marriott Bellevue at 5:00; free appetizers passed until 5:45.
  • 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 to bring your Auction Catalog and a donated bottle of wine!
Wednesday, November 15
  • School Photos Retake Day (PreK, KA, KB, 1A will also be retaking their CLASS Photos, so students in these classes are asked to be sure to wear their school sweaters/fleece)

Thursday, November 16
  • OPEN HOUSE, 6:30-7:30PM; both prospective new school families and current school families are invited

Friday, November 17
  • Thanksgiving Baskets Collection Drive
  • Grade K-8 Report Cards Sent Home; parents keep the cards but sign and return the unsealed envelopes
  • Today is a designated "StL Hat Day"; students with a St. Louise hat may wear it indoors today
Saturday, November 18
  • Speech Team Tournament at St. Louise, 8:00AM
  • Tech Committee Breakfast Meeting, 8:30AM; RSVP to Dan Kirby

Monday and Tuesday, November 20-21 - NO SCHOOL
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Students in grades 1-8 are to attend part/all of the conferences
  • Students/siblings may watch videos in the library under the supervision of a teacher while conferences are taking place (no toddlers please)

Wednesday through Friday, November 22-24 - NO SCHOOL
  • Thanksgiving Vacation

Come to Next Thursday Night's Open House...Bring a Friend
         We invite three types of families to attend our Open House next Thursday the 16th starting at 6:30PM, 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 forward them the link we've emailed you. Thanks for promoting St. Louise School. You are our best advertisement!
Repeat! Our Math Team Does It Again!
          Our junior high students attended the Bishop Blanchet Math Contest last Saturday, competing with 15 other schools in the Seattle Archdiocese, and won 1st place for the second year in a row!
          St. Louise was represented by 8th graders Joaquin G., Jose Luis A., Dyllan H., Mason F., Hayden K., Katrina B., Alice V., Lexi P., Sophie Y., Rachel C., Angelina M., Erin T., Mary T., and 7th graders Cole A. and Julius M.
          Special congratulations are due to Joaquin, who won 2nd place in the individual overall division for 8th graders among the Archdiocese, and with that won a scholarship to Bishop Blanchet High School and a gift certificate.
         The test was in three parts - written, oral, and group - and our students' team effort helped to win enough points to take the 1st place  trophy. The St. Louise Math Team teachers, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Bannick said, "We are very proud of what our students have accomplished in a little more than a year to help win this event twice in a row!"
          Two of the students who attended last year as 7th graders, when they won 1st place as a team and top honors in the individual divisions, said they were glad that they decided to come back this year so they could go for the repeat. Now, do we dare say, "Three-peat!"?
Mrs. Williams and the repeat math champions
Auction News


Don't Forget Your Auction Catalog
The Auction catalog is coming home in today's Family Envelope to all who have RSVP'd to attend Saturday's event. Make sure you take time to mark those items you'll want to bid on, and then bring this catalog with you on Saturday night. (No catalogs will be handed out at the Marriott.)

We asked Miss Etter which of the items in the catalog she's most excited about and...
Miss Etter
Thinks This Item Really Rocks:
  Christmas by Boat
Ring in the Christmas spirit following the Argosy Christmas Ships and Christmas Fleet on a 32-ft. boat, captained by St. Louise parents Todd and Nikki Craig. Four people will be treated to appetizers and cocktails and all the festivities at the Seattle Yacht Club prior to departure. Once aboard the enclosed and heated cabin, cocktails and dessert will be served. What a festive way to kick off the Christmas season! Thank you to generous donors, Todd and Nikki Craig.
Thank You to Our Volunteers!
We are so grateful to all our awesome Auction volunteers! This week we would like to especially thank:
Ruth Kerchbaumer - Special Projects, Michelle Bomberger, Thuy & John Nguyen - Raffle Sales, Amy Thielman and Teresa Brosche - Centerpieces and Head Table, Kristy Charles - Sign Up Parties, Tom Brennan and Dan Kirby - Computers
Thank You for Sponsoring a Teacher!
Many thanks to the following families who sponsored a teacher's registration to Saturday night's Auction. Their generous and kind gesture of paying for a teacher's way on Auction night is greatly appreciated!
Erin & Matt Aitken
Maria Kelly-Doggett & Glen Doggett
Cristina Cris & Alessandro Catorcini (2!)
Mindy & Mike Morgan
Didi & Steve Burrington
Maria Baquero & Luis Aviles
Megan & Elliot Kirk
Katie & Bill Teplicky
Trinette & Hans Kuester
Barbara & Oscar Tengtio
Theresa & Modesto Estrada
Julie & Pat Riley
Shannon & Mike Stevens
Kathleen & Rich Barth
Zandra Galindo-Navarro & Cesar Navarro (2!)
Gina & Dan Tylutki
Michele Rasmussen & Sean Muller
Rena & Brian Piercy
Sheila & Dick Hess
Monica Chen & Paul McCulloch
Preview Week Ends Tomorrow
Come to the school lobby before and/or after school today or tomorrow for the excitement of Preview Week - you won't want to miss it! Kid Raffles, Adult Raffles, Black and White Photos, Grade Projects, and more! Read all the details on Preview Week HERE.
Last Chance to Volunteer
If you didn't get around to volunteering, but you find you will have time this weekend, please contact Sue Richards. She could use help Friday night, Saturday morning, and/or Saturday night with some labor involving loading and unloading items.
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 for all your support! Our School House ROCKS!
~Sue Richards, Auction Director

Parent/Teacher Conferences in 10 Days
        Thank you, parents, for confirming your Parent/Teacher Conference date and time with your child's homeroom teacher for November 20 or 21 in the recent Confirmation of Conference slips which were sent home. The teachers are looking forward to having this time to meet with you to go over the accomplishments of your children, to see the progress they've made in the curriculum and in the behavioral/social aspects of school, and to look ahead to what is coming up in the last 2/3 of the school year. 
        Remember, all grade 1-8 teachers have time built into the conference for the child himself/herself to speak and be a part of the agenda, so students in these grade levels are required to attend the conference. For pre-K and kindergarten, those students may be dropped off in the library while parents conduct their conferences. Our specialist teachers are supervising students and siblings in the library during the November 20-21 conference days.
Check out today's Family Envelope where you'll find the handout:
        If you are out-of-town on November 20-21, your child's 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 in November or 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. 
God Bless Our Veterans
         Veterans' Day is November 11, and we want to give special thanks to any of our St. Louise parents and grandparents who are Veterans. Thank you for your service!
          Here is a video-prayer that you can join in with your family this weekend. It takes exactly two minutes to watch. Have your kids gather 'round your computer screen or phone screen to view it with you.
          Throughout the year, our 4th graders write letters to our Troops, thanking them for their service and telling them we are praying for their safe return. At left, Angela shows off the letter
she wrote this week, as her classmates work on their letters behind her. The 4th graders don't just write occasional letters to servicemen and women, but they also collect necessary items to complete care packages to send to those who serve. Also, Mrs. Scruggs' and Mrs. Danforth's students connect with the children of the deployed Troops through the "Battalion Buddy" program. This program is designed to comfort the children while their parent is far away serving their country. A "Battalion Buddy" - AKA a stuffed animal - is given to children to comfort and hug when their parent is deployed. Our 4th graders complete service in their homes and neighborhood to raise money to purchase these Battalion Buddies/stuffed animals for military children. What a difference our 4th graders are making!
Thanks for Your Thanksgiving Baskets Donations Next Friday
         Next 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.
          Your child has discussed  in his/her homeroom what he/she agreed 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 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 next Friday, November 17 (November 16 for Pre-K). If you have any questions, please ask your homeroom teacher.
Be Looking for Your Volunteer Hours Email
         Every school family should have received an email this week confirming how many Volunteer Hours have so far been logged in for St. Louise programs or services. First off, let us tell you how much we appreciate any and all time which you give to St. Louise Parish and School in the form of your volunteer time! Being a nonprofit organization, we could not function without your terrific support!
        Secondly, let us remind you that each school family has committed to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours for parish or school programs or services. Once you have logged in 40 hours, you no longer have to keep logging in, but of course we would love for you to keep volunteering! Why stop a good thing?! If you do not believe you will be able to fulfill your 40 hour commitment by the end of the school year on June 15, 2018, you may pay a fee in lieu of the volunteer time. The fee is $18.50 for every hour.
        Finally, if you have a problem with logging in your hours online, or if you need help coming up with volunteer jobs, please contact Marinell Zevenbergen, the Volunteer Coordinator on the Parents' Club Board. And check out this Bulletin weekly for miscellaneous volunteer job listings. This week there is a listing for volunteer help needed this weekend with the Auction (see the Auction blurb). And there is always the Adopt-a-Garden program for year-round volunteer hours which may be earned weekends and evenings on your own time. You may email Megan Kirk for more information on that program.
School Photo Packets Coming Home Today
         Be looking for the School Photo package from Lifetouch to be coming home with your child today, if your family ordered school photos. Individual school photos are being sent home today. Class photos will be sent home in the coming weeks.
          Retakes are being shot this coming Wednesday morning the 15th for any student in any grade who was not here on the original photo day (October 5) or whose parent is not satisfied with the individual school photo received today. In the latter case, please return the individual photos on Wednesday and have your child report to the lobby for a photo retake when his/her homeroom is called for anyone in that homeroom desiring a retake. (Parents of younger children, you should give the teacher a heads-up that your child is returning the individual photos on Wednesday and desires a retake.)
          Please note that on retake day this Wednesday, PreK, KA, KB, and 1A will also be retaking their CLASS Photos, so students in these classes are asked to be sure to wear their school sweaters/fleece.
          If you have questions on school photo retake day, please contact Cindy Wagner. If you have questions for Lifetouch, please contact them directly at 866-955-8342.

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.

Way to Go, Chargers Chess Team!
           Last Saturday, eight students from our St. Louise Chess Club participated in the Seattle Prep Catholic Schools Tournament and led the St. Louise Charger Chess Team to the 2nd place trophy!
          Participating in the K-3 division were Christopher A., Matthew H., and Rachel S.. Christopher was the overall 2nd place winner out of all the students in this division. The grade 4-6 division was represented by St. Louise chess players Drake W., Harper S., Jason Jose P., and Louis T.. Louis won the 1st place individual trophy in this division, Drake took 3rd place, and Jason came in 5th. Rounding out the Charger Chess Team, Ian W. participated in the Open Division, which is where the stronger players compete.

Congratulations, Chargers Chess Team


See what's happening on our St. Louise Facebook page