ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN
My first Parent Bulletin in the month of September, 2017, had as its subject the importance of keeping "fidget spinners" out of school. Thank you, parents! Mr. Fuerte and I didn't have to deal with one fidget spinner incident this school year.
My first Bulletin in the month of November, 2017, implored you to continue the generous legacy of bidding high at the Auction. Thank you, parents! This school year's Auction was very successful, raising necessary funds for the school and your children's classrooms.
My first Bulletin in the month of February, 2018, shared with you this "We Are Family" video produced by Mrs. Cervantes. Thank you, parents! You certainly added this year to the positive spirit of our St. Louise trinity of parents, students, and staff.
My first Parent bulletin in the month of May, 2018, called families together in prayer after school that day for our first ever "Family Rosary Afternoon." Thank you, parents! You showed through your strong attendance at 3:00 that day your belief that we are a faith community within an educational community.
So that brings me to my last Bulletin in the month of June, 2018 - my last Bulletin for this 2017-18 school year. What will be the subject of this edition?
Do I write a thank you for our prayerful, financial, and volunteer support of our teachers and staff?
Do I write the typical "OMG! Time flies! It seems like just yesterday when we opened the school year with Passport Day and Curriculum Nights!"?
Or do I give one final reminder of all the things school parents must do to officially wrap-up the school year, such as fulfill your fundraiser commitments and log your volunteer hours?
I think I'll just make my final "Dan's Blog" of this successful school year be in the form of me singing a happy song. Yes, I do sing! Here is proof.
Thanks for reading - not just today, but all year long!
For tomorrow's Family Picnic, please come to your K-8 child's homeroom by 11:30 (or immediately after the End-of-Year Liturgy and Moving-Up Ceremony concludes, whichever comes first) and check out your child from the teacher.
- You are then invited to picnic on the lawn directly in front of the school by the flagpole.
- Bring all the fixings, including a blanket, and don't forget a sharpie so your child can gather autographs from the teachers in his/her Yearbook. Yearbooks are distributed tomorrow morning, and all the teachers will be outside at the picnic saying goodbye.
- School is officially dismissed when the 12:00PM bell rings tomorrow (during the picnic), and the school office will close at 1:00 (but reopen on Monday).
Upcoming Calendar of Events
- Charger Cards will be selling out of their sales-window for an extra sales day this morning from 8:15-8:45
- Final session of before-school Kids' Club
- No extended day Pre-K; final day of Pre-K
- NOON DISMISSAL for all
- End-of-Year Liturgy at 10:30AM; all parents encouraged to attend
- Family Picnic at 11:30AM; parents to pick up children from homerooms
- NOON DISMISSAL for all
- Charger Cards will be selling out of their sales-window for one last day this morning from 8:15-8:45
- Yearbooks distributed
- Volunteer Hours must be logged in by today (minimum 40 hrs.) and Auction, Charger Cards, and ASGC Commitments completed by today - in order for your child to be mailed his/her report card and/or to have transcripts forwarded to new school; thank you!
Saturday, June 16
- "Safe Environment" class in parish hall from 8-11AM; go HERE to register
Friday, June 22
- Report Cards mailed out by this date to all K-8 parents; report cards are held in Mr. Fitz'a office for any families still owing tuition, volunteer hours, Charger Card rebate-contributions, Auction procurement commitments, and/or Annual School Gift Campaign contributions; contact the school office if your report card does not arrive by June 26, and you believe you have fulfilled all your commitments
Friday, June 29
- School Office closes at 2:00 for summer vacation; the office will re-open on August 1
Monday, July 30
Saturday, August 4
Thursday, August 16
- Playdate on the BigToy for all upcoming PreK and Kdg. students and their parents; 3-4PM
- Used Uniform Sale and Charger Cards Sale in the central wing of the original school, 4-6PM
Monday, August 20
Tuesday, September 4
- Opening Day for St. Louise School's 58th year!
Last Chance to Purchase Charger Cards in Person
This morning and tomorrow morning are your final opportunities until mid-August to stop by the Charger Cards sales window in the central wing of the original school and make in-person purchases of cards.
If you are thinking of giving end-of-year gifts to your child's homeroom teacher, as well as some specialist teachers, take a look below at the "Wish List."
Don't forget, you can reload many Charger Cards over the summer. Go
to learn how.
We want to thank
Megan Kirk for chairing Charger Cards this year! Welcome
Marsha Rampersad Zope and
Thuy Nguyen Yuen, who are taking the reins from Megan to co-chair in 2018-19!
Going Once...Going Twice...
Our Lost and Found Bin was so overflowing with unclaimed school sweaters, lost jackets, missing p.e. shoes, etc. that we have moved the collection of clothing to two long tables. You'll find the tables by the elevator in the lobby. Please come claim your children's lost items before they are donated to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society next week.
Moms & Sons Bond over S'Mores & a Rope Course
St. Louise School mothers and their sons had a great time this past Sunday as they participated in the annual Mother/Son event. This year's event was at Waterhouse Center in Snohomish, where the moms and their boys played among the trees, partneered with each other as they climbed through a spider web, balanced on a very large teeter totter, walked on wire, led each other blind folded, and enjoyed s'mores by the fire. All the while the school families created teamwork, trust, communication, confidence and FUN with each other.
If you'd like to help plan future fun events like this one, the Social Committee would love to have you. Please contact Rebecca Ort.
Yearbooks Handed Out Tomorrow
Students who ordered school yearbooks will be receiving them Friday morning before the end-of-year liturgy. They may then spend time at the Family Picnic gathering autographs from teachers and classmates.
Thank you to our yearbook team and photographers--Catherine Saffel, Victoria Bermel, Rebecca Ort, and Amy Wilken--for their many hours of hard work designing our 2017-18 yearbook, compiling and taking hundreds of photos, and coordinating and photographing 50+ athletic teams and clubs. Thanks also to Rebecca Nightingale for her photography help and to the parents and teachers who provided photos.
Recommended Summer Math for Your Kids
Earlier this spring, Mr. Fitzpatrick sent parents information on the summer math assignments our grade 1-8 teachers recommend their upcoming students complete this summer. This same information is coming home today in a hard copy for you to post on your refrigerator.
By the way, last week, parents of upcoming 3rd-8th graders were given their children's MAP Growth test scores, and on the cover letter for those scores, Mr. Fitz noted you can your child's MAP math scores to generate personalized study recommendations using Khan Academy. Khan is the free online math tutoring program, and MAP and Khan have teamed up so you can simply insert into Khan your child's scores on the math portion of MAP, and voila! - automatic summer assignments created! Go here to get started:
Summer Camp Comes to St. Louise
WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPACES LEFT AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU!
July 30 - August 3 - Sports Extravaganza (a few spaces remain)
- Special Co-Teachers for the week: Kaitlin Casey (8-12);Jacintha Vimal (12-5); Maria Zambrano (8-3)
- Get ready for a week filled with opportunities to exercise the body - and mind - in a non-competitive setting. We'll have classic games like dodgeball and capture the flag. We'll also have traditional sports such as baseball, volleyball, cross country, basketball, and more!
August 6-10 - Island Escape (a few spaces remain)
- Special Co-Teachers for the week: Terry LB (8-12); Jacintha Vimal (12-5); Maria Zambrano (8-3)
- We are seeking for talented dramatists, mask makers, shadow puppet performers, artists, singers and dancers to present a culminating Island Escape performance on August 10th. Family and friends will be welcome to this great show! Artist will also have a blast as we make icy tropical fruit drinks; sing Hawaiian welcome songs; design tissue paper Leis; learn the Hula; dance the Filipino Tinikling; play games such as Hula Hoop till you drop, Pass the Coconut, Limbo, and more!
August 13-17 - Wacky Water (a few spaces remain)
- Special Co-Teachers for the week: Nicole Howell (8-12);Marilu DeLaTorre(12-5); Maria Zambrano (8-3)
- Get ready to splash! Wave bottles, water relay races, sponge ball toss, beach ball races, water balloon sheet toss, clouds in a jar, shaving cream rain clouds, walking water experiments, and more!
Well Done, Mrs. Patterson!
Our own Paula Patterson is famous for the terrific curriculum she has created for our 6th graders - combining history, religion, and literature. Read all about it in this article featured in Northwest Catholic magazine.
Hello, St. Louise Families!
Last Call for Raffle Tickets
The drawing for HALF OFF YOUR TUITION will take place tomorrow - Friday - immediately after the end of year liturgy in the church. We have a few remaining , and we will be selling them outside of the Charger Card window tomorrow at drop-off (8:00-8:30AM).
Our one-of-a-kindness glassybaby, Charger Blessings, have arrived. If you have already purchased one, or you now want to, stop by the school office to pick up your pre-paid order or buy up a glassybaby on the spot.
Please don't stop procuring donations throughout the summer. We appreciate what you've donated so far (meeting your $225-value minimum goal), but why would you want to settle for the minimum? Be an "A" student! :-)
Save the Date
If you haven't marked your calendar yet, please do so now! We encourage everyone to attend the auction - so, remember the big event takes place on Saturday, November 10, 2018!
Thank you so very much for all you do for our community - in prayer, in time, and in giving - you are appreciated.
Cross Country Sign-Ups Begin for Upcoming K-8 Students
Registration is now open for CYO Cross Country for all upcoming K-8th graders. Practices will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and will be every Tuesday and Friday for one month, immediately after school at Robinswood Park. The Cross Country meets will be held at Lake Sammamish State Park on Sunday, Sept. 23, Sunday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 7.
You may sign up your upcoming grade K-8 (current grade PK-7) student-athletes HERE.
If you are interested in coaching or have any questions, you may contact the Cross Country Coordinator, Amy Wilken.
Sign Up Your Upcoming Gr. K-8 Child for Soccer Now
Registration is now open for CYO Soccer to any St. Louise children who will be entering Kindergarten through 8th grade in September.
It's not too early to begin planning for soccer, since teams must be registered before school starts! Soccer practices and games for all grades will begin on or before the first week in September.
You may sign up your upcoming grade K-8 (current grade PK-7) student-athletes HERE.
Parents who are interested in coaching soccer at any grade level, please contact St. Louise Soccer Coordinators, Christie Allemand and Maria Kelly-Doggett at firstname.lastname@example.org and register as a coach HERE.
Please reach out to Christie and Maria if you have any questions.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018
The St. Louise Class of 2018 graduated last Thursday, June 7, with 47 outstanding students receiving their diplomas. Here were some of the special award winners:
- St. Louise de Marillac Christian Spirit Award: Rogan Bruce, Ellie Read
- Leadership Award: Dyllan Hoffman, Elsa Kammereck
- Valedictorians: Dyllan Hoffman, Lexi Phan
- Class Speaker: Erin Tylutki
- Knights of Columbus High School Scholarships: Owen Weber, Alice Vimal
- Dave and Darlyne Glaze Memorial Scholarships: Elsa Kammereck, Joaquin Galindo-Navarro
- Human Life Essay Winners: Teresa Akers, Erin Tylutki, Daniela Castillo, Rachel Cunneely, Sophie Yuen
- Catholic Math League Winners: Joaquin Galindo-Navarro, Lexi Phan, Dyllan Hoffman
- CYO Christian Athletes: Ellie Pierce, Colin Shaules
Are You Set with the School Calendar for 2018-19?
A virtual version of the school calendar may be downloaded to your computer/smartphone by clicking on the "Subscribe" link on this webpage.
We have already sent you a one-sheet summary calendar for the year of the major events, but it is recommended that you also print out a hard copy of each individual month. To do that:
1) Click on the "Show Events" link on the right-side column on our school website's main page;
2) Click on the "Print" button for each calendar you scroll to using the arrows in the upper left corner.
You may then insert these 12 calendar pages inside your red binder or hang them on your frig.
When examining the school calendar, please pay particular attention to these important, first events:
- The school office will be closed during July. Beginning August 1, the office will be open daily from 8:00-3:30.
- Our Parents' Club is hosting a Uniform Sale in the St. Louise Room (central wing hallway in the original school), selling Charger Cards, used uniforms, and Charger Gear on Thursday, August 16. This event, for kids and adults, is from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
- That same day, August 16, all incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten students are invited to a "playdate" on our BigToy play equipment. This is an informal event for all our 4-6 year olds to get to know their new classmates, and for parents to meet each other. It takes place outside on the northwest corner of campus from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (right before the Uniform Sale).
- The Curriculum Night for grade 7-8 parents is on the first evening of school - Tuesday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. This session is mandatory for all grade 7-8 parents (at least one parent per family).
- Pre-K parents have a meeting on Wednesday, September 5, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Pre-K classroom. This meeting is mandatory for all Pre-K families (at least one parent) and is for adults only. Sorry, we cannot accommodate toddlers, babies, or your pre-schooler; please arrange for childcare for them.
- Grade 1-6 parents have their own Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 6, at 6:30 p.m. Again, this Curriculum Night is for parents only, and at least one parent from each grade 1-6 family is required to attend. It begins in the Parish Hall beneath the church/
- The Kindergarten Parents' have their unique Curriculum Night the second week of school - on Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. and it will begin in the lobby of the main school building. This session is mandatory for all kindergarten families (at least one parent) - both families new to St. Louise and "veteran" St. Louise families - and is for adults only. Sorry, we cannot accommodate toddlers or babies, so please arrange for childcare for them as well as for your kindergarten child.
Regarding the first days of school, the 2018-19 school year begins for all grade PK-8 students on Tuesday, September 4, with our special "Passport Day." This is a morning for every single St. Louise student and at least one o f his/her parents to first meet in the parish hall beneath the church to pick up a "passport" and get instructions from Mr. Fitz. Families then tour the school, meet familiar and new teachers, learn where all the classrooms are, and drop off all the school supplies in the student's desk (or locker for grades 7-8). Although students are to wear their school uniform, "Passport Day" is not like an ordinary first day of school. Instead, every grade PK-8 student must have at least one parent attending with him/her and have a uniquely assigned time to arrive. Your "Passport Day" experience will last no longer than 90 minutes, at which time you will go home for the day.
Every grade PK-8 family whose student's last name begins with the following letters are to meet in the Parish Hall on September 4th at the stated start time:
- D-J at 8:30 a.m.
- K-P at 9:15 a.m.
- Q-Z at 10:00 a.m.
- A-C at 10:45 a.m.
Use Classbundl to Have School Supplies Shipped to Your Door
The list of papers, folders, and other school supplies your child is required to bring to school on Passport Day (September 4) may be found on the "Student Supplies List" posted on our website. Note that you may also use Classbundl.com to purchase online the exactly needed school supplies for your child's specific grade level, and have the supplies shipped to your front door. We ask that if you'll be buying the supplies yourself, that you first buy Charger Cards (available tomorrow morning, and at the August 16th Uniform Sale) and then use those gift cards to make your back to school purchases at various stores (e.g. Fred Meyer, Walmart, Staples, etc.).
Updating Your Child's Immunizations
Parents of all incoming Kindergarteners need to make sure your child's immunizations are up to date. If your child receives any immunizations over the summer, please forward the dates to school nurse
, who will update your child's immunization form we have on file.
For parents of all incoming 6th graders, a reminder that the state is requiring a booster Tdap. Please forward Jane the date your child received this booster by no later than the end of August, or else your child will not be able to attend school.
The state also requires all incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to have two doses of chickenpox vaccine. Most students have only received one dose, and thus will need a booster. Please send Jane the dates of your child's chickenpox booster by no later than the end of August.
As you may know, our state requires a licensed health care provider to sign the Certificate of Exemption for a parent or guardian to exempt their child from school immunization requirements. The signature verifies that the provider gave the parents information about the benefits and risks of immunizations. The parent can also turn in a signed letter from a health care provider stating the same information. Kids who aren't fully immunized will be sent home from school if a disease outbreak occurs. This law took effect July 22, 2011, so it only applies to exemptions requested after this date. If you have any questions, please contact Jane.
Which two faculty members are in the best shape? It could well be 7th grade teacher Andrew Weiss and kindergarten teacher Lauren Samson, shown here after they both successfully ran the half-marathon in Seattle last Sunday.
Now That You're Done Volunteering in 2017-18, Plan Ahead for Your Favorite 2018-19 Volunteer Jobs
Parents of current PreK through 7th graders can get a jump on choosing which volunteer jobs they'd like to perform next year. We have opened up our online sign-up form for the various jobs, committees, and programs that need your help.
By THIS MONDAY, JUNE 18, please sign-up for your volunteer job(s) you're interested in for the upcoming school year - noting that
we'd like both mom and dad to sign-up separately. If you don't find the "perfect" job of the dozens listed, remember that the teachers will explain at September's Curriculum Night how they will need volunteers in their classrooms during the year. Plus, this Parent Bulletin will list newly developing volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Please go HERE to get started signing up for your 2018-19 preferred volunteer jobs.
Each parent is asked to complete his/her own unique form by June 18. You will be notified in the coming months by the faculty member or volunteer chair heading up the committees/programs for which you checked the boxes, of when you''ll be needed and/or of which specific work days/times/jobs you'd prefer.
Thanks in advance for all the time and talent you'll be giving to the children and faculty! If you have any questions about this sign-up form or other volunteer questions, please contact the Parents' Club's new coordinator of volunteering,
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