ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

May 3, 2018
Dan's Blog
Regardless if you are the parent of a soon-to-be-departing 8th grader or a returning-in-the-fall student from grades PreK through
7, please make sure you have your commitments fulfilled and tasks completed before the school year ends and summer vacation begins. This handy checklist of tasks and deadlines will help you assess if you are all set to wrap-up the year in a few weeks, or if you have to finish up assignments.
  
___By May 31, turn in to the school office your Auction procurement form - minimum $225 donation. (Please note that the minimum requirement increases to $275 after May 31.) You may also complete your procurement online .
 
___Go above-and-beyond with the Auction by procuring $350 or more and earning Free Dress for your kids and/or by purchasing Tuition Raffle Tickets and perhaps winning the half-off-tuition prize. Find out more HERE .
 
___By June 15, if you haven't done so yet, log in  your final Volunteer Hours completed for this 2017-18 school year until you reach the 40 hour minimum.
 
___By June 15, inform Lola or Mindy  in the school office if there is an error on your family information draft page for our 2018-19 family roster. (You'll receive this draft page in next Thursday's red Family Envelope.)
 
___By June 15, have your minimum amount of Charger Card profits/contributions completed. You may find more information on Charger Cards HERE .
 
___By June 15, have at least your initial pledge to the Annual School Gift Campaign (ASGC) sent in to school. You may send in a check or choose to give online HERE . After logging in, click on the "Give a New Gift" link and then choose "ASGC."
 
___By June 18, sign-up for your volunteer job(s) you're interested in for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. You'll be able to sign-up online in soon when our 2018-19 jobs are posted online. Check back shortly for that link.
 
Thanks for getting these items checked-off ASAP!
 
In addition, please note that your final monthly tuition payment for this current school year will be paid automatically through EFT on June 20, and new automatic bank payments for the new school year will begin on July 20. Contact Amy Thielman  if you have tuition questions.
 
If you have questions on any other of the above tasks and deadlines, please click below to take you to the email address of the person in charge of the various programs/commitments:
Thanks for reading, 
Mr. Fitz
p.s.
We are so proud of our 2nd graders! They have studied the importance of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year, and this Saturday and Sunday, most of them are receiving First Communion at the various St. Louise Masses. 
"Dear Jesus,
You are Our Lord and God. Thank You for coming to visit our 2nd graders in the real presence of Your Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. May You reign over these children's hearts and never let them be separated from You.
Amen."

Upcoming Calendar of Events  
Today
  • Family Rosary Afternoon, 3:15 in the church; please park in the far south lot, on the basketball court, or on the soccer field (do not park in the central parking spaces if you are staying for the Rosary)
  • Auction Half-Tuition Raffle Tickets on sale this morning outside the Charger Card office in the central wing hallway
  • Charger Cards on sale this morning (8:15-8:45) due to no-school tomorrow
  • School Commission & Parents' Club joint meeting, 6:30PM in the school library; agenda includes "Listening Session with Fr. Gary & Mr. Fitz regarding School Security"
     
Tomorrow - NO SCHOOL DAY (teacher inservice day)
  • School Office & Kids' Club Closed
  • Yearbook order deadline

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6
  • First Communion for our 2nd Graders - Congratulations!

Wednesday, May 9
  • Information Meeting for Current 5th-7th Graders regarding Next Year's School Musical; 3PM in the Music Room
  • Today is the Feast Day of our parish's and school's patroness - Louise de Marillac. Go here to learn more about St. Louise.

Friday, May 11 
  • Mass with Grandparents, 9AM; followed by reception at school
Saturday, May 12
  • Spring Spruce-Up #2, 8AM-12PM; meet outside the north wing of the original school with your yard gloves, wheelbarrows, rakes, weed-digging tools, etc.

 Saturday, May 19
  • Auction Deck Party, 6-8PM; RSVP here (limited childcare is available, so if you want to take advantage, please RSVP immediately and let us know the # and ages of your kids) 

SAVE THE DATE
St. Louise Mother Son Event ~ Sunday, June 10th, starting at 12PM ~ Moms & Sons, get ready to team up with your fellow moms & sons as you navigate a series of challenging problems that will stretch your intellect and physical being!   See details below...
 


 

Join Us Today After School for a Family Rosary Afternoon

          We, people of faith, believe that the Lord still heals people as he did two thousand years ago. And, thus, we always are praying for the sick. What a joy when we find that God really answers our prayers and heals the people we love! If you have confidence that Jesus might use your prayers to heal the sick, would you please consider joining St. Louise families after school today for a Family Rosary Afternoon? At 3:15 in the church, all school families are invited to attend for a recitation of a decade of the Rosary, to be led by fellow St. Louise parents and students. We will be praying the Rosary with the special intention of asking our Lord to heal Daryl Chu, Brian Blank, and Sheri Halling, and to comfort their families. (See Mr. Fitz's previous emails regarding these school parents.)        
          This special Family Rosary Afternoon is open to any students who will have a parent sitting with them, of a carpool adult sitting with them. Please note that teachers are not supervising students, so children are not allowed to go to church on their own without their parent or carpool driver with them. If you can attend, please park on the far south parking lot, the basketball court, or the soccer field. (Do not leave your car unattended in the central parking spaces; these are to be used for regular carpool pickup after school.) After parking on the far south lot, the basketball court, or the soccer field around 3:00 today, please find your child at the carpool waiting area outside the original school and walk into the church together in time for the 3:15 Family Rosary Afternoon. The Rosary takes less than 30 minutes to recite.
 
 

 

Our Chorale choir, under the direction of Dr. Karen Cole, inspires the entire congregation and school community to sing at school Masses. We are so fortunate to have this ministry as a part of our school.

 
 
Hello, St. Louise Families!

Some days it's overwhelming to see the generosity in our community. From my view here in the Auction Office, we have the most supportive and incredible community, dedicated to one another and our children. Thank you all for being a part of this Wonderful Life at St. Louise, and sharing your time, your stories, your skills, and your financial resources. You are so appreciated!
 
May is a busy month - especially for Auction Procurement and preparation. So let's break down what you need to know for the coming weeks:
 
1. Your procurement is due by May 31st. That is $225 in items, experiences, Sponsorships, Charger Cards or cash.

2. If you would like your children to receive the benefit of Free Dress on 6/4, you'll need to exceed the requirement and donate $350 or more.

3. We have weekly contests to help you reach these numbers (see the auction website, or the flyer in last week's Red Envelope). Each time you donate something from these contests, your children will receive a candy surprise on Friday!

4. The first 3 classes to reach 100% of parent participation completing procurement (wow, that's a mouthful!), will receive a Krispy Kreme doughnut party before the end of the school year.
 
If you need more information, visit the It's a Wonderful Life at St. Louise site by clicking here.  For the most up to date and special information, follow us on Instagram @stlouiseauction. We have some special announcements that will post there first - including one about the Deck Party on 5/19! Stay tuned.
 
Thank you, again - it is such a gift to be part of the St. Louise community!

Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
425.214.5441
julianner@stlouiseschool.org
 
P.S.
Raffle tickets will be on sale outside of the Charger Cards office THIS MORNING (due to no school Friday). They are going fast, so get yours soon! $50 each or 3 for $125 enters you to win Half-Tuition for the 2018-2019 School Year! Only 200 will be sold!
How Well Do You Read This Weekly Bulletin?

      
         To keep parents on their toes, last week we asked the first 5 parents with the correct answer to the question below to email Dan Fitzpatrick, and they would each win a new St. Louise logo-hat (as pictured at left). The fastest five were Jim Goett, Karen Salmon, Allison Weber, Darlene Kraft, and Kristina Abueg. They emailed Mr. Fitz as early as 5:40AM with the answer:  " May 9." Thanks, you five, for being such thorough - and early - readers of the Parent Bulletin each Thursday!


QUESTION: Our parish and school is named for a French woman, Louise de Marillac, co-founder with Vincent de Paul of the "Sisters of Charity" and patron saint of social workers. Her feast day used to be March 15 (the anniversary of her death), but in 2016 it was changed to a new date (the anniversary of her beatification). When is the new feast day of Saint Louise?

(L to R) Adam Crouch '07, Sarah Morgan '07, Ben Reynolds '05

 

Alumni Impress Our JH Students

          On Tuesday, we were honored to welcome three of our alumni back to St. Louise School to speak to our junior high students at "Alumni Career Day." This annual event allows our 7th and 8th graders to hear about the educational and career paths of some of their St. Louise predecessors.
          Sarah Morgan (St. Louise Class of '07), a special education teacher, talked about how St. Louise prepared her so well for a career of helping others. Ben Reynolds ('05) discussed how taking an Oceanography class in college sparked his interest and passion in Marine Biology and led to his career as a Shark and Research Diver. Adam Crouch ('07) shared with the students how the importance of commitment to and involvement in extracurricular activities in high school and college can lead to opportunities and fulfillment. Adam was the student body president of Washington State University and president of the Interfraternity Council, among many other college activities.
          Some of the common themes among the speakers were serving others, becoming a well-balanced individual, and finding and following your passions to a meaningful career.
We love connecting our impressive alumni with our current students! Their stories enrich and inspire our pre-teen and teenage students who are poised to take the next step to high school and beyond.
  Volunteer to Have Fun
 
         Our end-of-the-school-year festivities are right around the corner, and one of the fun traditions of St. Louise Parish School is the annual Field Day! This year, Field Day will be held on Tuesday, June 12, and grades K-5 will be participating. The 7th grade students lead Field Day, under Mr. Evans direction, and they are now hard at work preparing for the event.
 
...but they need your help.
 
          Parents of all grade levels and any high schoolers, college students, or even our soon-to-be graduates, who by the time June 12th rolls around will be called "high schoolers," are welcome to volunteer to help make this Field Day fun and safe.
         Volunteers may choose to help at the morning session and supervise the grade K-2 students (9:15-11:45), at the afternoon session and supervise the grade 3-5 students (12:00-2:45), or for the entire day (9:15-2:45 with a lunch time break).
         Field Day volunteering is a great opportunity to gain hours, serve the community, spend time with your terrific kids and their friends, and of course, to have fun yourself. Who knows? You might even get in a squirt-gun fight! If you are interested or have a high schooler or college student who would be able to volunteer, please contact Chris Evans.
 
 

  Students Are Expected to Be Active Christians
 
        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.
          April's Student Learning Expectations focused on throughout the school was:
  • #1.1: "A St. Louise student is an active Christian who seeks to develop a personal relationship with God as demonstrated by living out Gospel values and participating in liturgies, sacraments, and daily prayer."
Below are highlights from some of the classrooms on how they have been working on achieving this SLE not just in April but throughout the year:
          Mrs. Woods in her small-group reading classes does what is common with the other teachers throughout the other classes and grade levels at St. Louise, "I ask students at the beginning of class if there's anything we need to pray for. It lets them know that they are part of a big, caring community, and that we turn to God in all things."
          In each grade level, certain Catholic and Christian prayers are learned by heart as part of the religion curriculum. For example, our 1st graders are memorizing the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Angel of God prayers this year. They then can start and end their school day reciting these prayers by heart.
          More personal, spontaneous prayers were said in daily P.E. classes in April.  Typically, Mr. Evans chooses a prayer to say at the end of each P.E. period in the gym, but in April, Mr. Evans encouraged his students to create their own prayers if they would like to, and if called upon they could share them out loud, leading the class with their prayer. The prayer's focus was to be on being thankful for our good health and continued safety. Mr. Evans reported that he received many prayers from a variety of students in all the grade levels. Students were excited to create their own prayers and share them with their classmates. This also provided students with a leadership opportunity as well as a chance to practice the skill of public speaking.
          The 7th and 8th graders work toward being active Christians who seek to develop a personal relationship with God throughout the year as every student prepares and leads prayer in Mrs. Herridge's religion classes, based on an assigned theme. Students have the freedom to choose how they illustrate the theme - some choose a song with lyrics that reflect the message while others choose a video that further explains a topic. In any case, the prayer is personalized through the choices each student makes.
          In Mrs. Herridge's religion class, the 7th graders also took a closer look at Jesus as human person. Following the style of Kehinde Wiley (a modern portrait artist), each student created a portrait of how the Savior might look if He returned today. This project called "Jesus Now" gave each student the chance to give thought to which characteristics of Christ are most relatable to them and how those would be important in a second coming.
          " He who sings prays twice." The fulfillment of this famous quote from St. Augustine is the focus of the efforts of the St. Louise Chorale.  By leading singing, our school's choir has the privilege of modelling full participation in Liturgies for the whole school and wider St. Louise community.  At Chorale practices, Mrs. Cole sets aside time to discuss the lyrics of the songs so her grade 3-8 choir members understand how their message relates to the theme of the upcoming Mass.  This deeper perspective encourages the choir to sing with greater emotion which in turn enhances the prayer of the assembly.  The hope is that the experience of serving as a music minister will translate into a life-long passion for many of our Chorale students.
          This spring, our PreK students are preparing for a special May Crowning service they'll be holding.  Mrs. Salmon's 4 and 5 preschoolers are learning a new prayer and song, which they are using now as part of their daily prayer, and will be making a part of their May Crowning. The prayer is, " Holy Mary, we love you. Holy Mary, we love you. Holy Mary, mother of Jesus, we love you. Holy Mary, mother of our church family, we love you. Amen." The song is, " Oh, Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today. Queen of the angels, queen of the May!"
          The fourth graders in Mrs. Scruggs' and Mrs. Danforth's religion classes each chose a "Faith-Filled Person" to report upon. They had to research the biography of their person and report on what it is about that person that makes him or her a good model of being an active Christian who lives out Gospel values. Below are some of our 4th graders "modeling" their Christian role models.












         

          Finally, our 2nd graders have been preparing both their minds and hearts all year to receive two special Sacraments - the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Most of our 2nd graders have received their First Reconciliation, and most will receive their First Communion this weekend. Soon after, Miss Casey's and Mrs. McAllister's 2nd graders will reflect on their First Communion and write about how special it was to attend this Mass and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Be looking for their accounts displayed outside the 2A and 2B classrooms soon.
          Now in May, the focus schoolwide is on a new Student Learning Expectation. The SLE of the Month for May is:
  • #2.2: "A St. Louise student is a life-long learner who communicates effectively through writing, speaking, and listening."
Parents can help reinforce this expectation by discussing the meaning at home and brainstorming ways you and your family members demonstrate these same actions in your personal lives.


Thank You, Spruce-Up Volunteers! One Saturday Remains

      
           Last Saturday's rain couldn't keep away a dedicated dozen+ volunteers who weeded and planted around the school campus and parish grounds. We thank the following parents for helping at April's Spring Spruce-Up: Joe Kosiara, Ken Kincaid, Arturo & Imelda Diaz, Bob Currie, Dick & Sheila Hess, Steve & Bernadeth Wilhelm, Henry & Grace Mah, Megan Kirk, Cesar Galindo & Zandra Navarro. Also helping was alum Christina Mah and some current students. Thanks to alum parent Jeffrey Hummer for being our head, volunteer landscaper.
          Our next Saturday Spruce-Up will be next Saturday - May 12. Please email Jeffrey if you can be there, so he has an idea of his work-crew size. We'll feed you with a hearty lunch at noon when the yard work is completed. Gather with your yard tools at 8AM outside the north wing of the original school.

Cheer on Our Charger Sprinters, Runners, Jumpers, & Throwers at a Track & Field Meet this Spring

          Our St. Louise Track & Field Team begins competition this Saturday, and then continues with meets throughout May and into June. Here is the CYO schedule:

  • Preliminary Meet: Saturday, May 5th, 2018 - 10:00am @ Renton Stadium (405 Logan Ave. N., Renton)
  • Relay Meet: Saturday, May 12th, 2018 - 3:00pm @ Renton Stadium (405 Logan Ave. N., Renton)
  • 8th Grade Pentathlon: Sunday, May 13th, 2018 - 12:30pm @ West Seattle Stadium
  • Qualifying Meet: Saturday, May 19th, 2018 - 10:00am @ Highline Stadium (251 S. 152nd St., Burien)
  • Championship Meet: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - All-Comers at 10:00am & Championship at 12:00pm @ Highline Stadium (251 S. 152nd St., Burien) 
We appreciate the work of St. Louise Track Coordinator, Amy Wilken, and our St. Louise Track Coaches: Amy, Paul Krawczyk, Sarah Pierce, and Lauren Samson!

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