From the Desk of Mike Fuerte

Dear Families,

Regardless of 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 family’s 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 “assignments” to finish up.

  •  If you have not met your minimum auction requirement of a procurement or donation of a minimum of $250, please turn in to the school office ASAP. (This is for the current school year and auction) You may also complete your procurement online or pay Cash or Check made out to St. Louise. For any questions, contact Laura Bonner at auction@stlouiseschool.org
  • By June 16, if you haven't done so yet, log in your final Volunteer Hours completed for this 2022-23 school year until you reach the 40 hour minimum.

  •  By June 16, have your minimum amount of Charger Card profits/contributions completed. You may find more information on Charger Cards HERE.

  •  By June 16, have at least your initial pledge to the Annual Fund sent into school. You may send in a check or choose to give online HERE.

  • By June 17, sign-up for your volunteer job(s) you're interested in for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. You'll be able to sign-up online soon once our 2022-2023 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 Angie Ogilvy 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:

Mother’s Day
To all mothers, have a wonderful, restful, and relaxing Mother’s Day. Below is a special Blessing for all mothers.
 Blessing for Mother’s Day    
Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you give life and care for your Church. Bless these women, as we celebrate this day in their honor. May they be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor and appreciate them with a spirit of profound respect. May the example of Mary, mother of Jesus, inspire them to live their vocation as Christian mothers and call their children to faith. Guide and protect them in challenging times and help them to continue to trust in you all the days of their life.
Updates on Personnel Changes
After extensive interviews, I have hired St. Louise parent Tara Maloney as our new Grades 7/8 Science Teacher. Tara is excited to not only be joining the faculty at St. Louise this fall, but also her four daughters who are all students here. 

Tara started teaching 15 years ago at Eastside Catholic and has loved passing on her faith, passion for science, and love of computers, to many students over the years and is looking forward to extending that to the students at St. Louise. Mrs. Maloney earned her Master's in Teaching Math and Science, is a National Board-Certified Teacher in Biology, and a TEALS Alumni Gold Teacher. We are so blessed to welcome another talented teacher to our staff next year. Please welcome Tara Maloney!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mike Fuerte
Upcoming Events

  • Spring Concert Grades 3-4 - 6:30 pm
  • Spirit Week Begins!
  • Walk-A-Thon
Walk A Thon - May 13th
The countdown is on to the WALK-A-THON! Next Friday, MAY 13th is the big day so be sure to share with all your friends and family how they can donate to support St. Louise School! Click here to find out all the details!

Family Walk a Thon Packets were sent home last week in the Red Envelope and you should have received an email with a personal fundraising link to send to all of your supporters. If you didn't receive your packet, please stop by the office and pick one up. Please email the walk a thon chairs if you didn't receive the email with your personal link.
From the Auction Office...
If you have not yet picked up your auction purchases, please contact the auction office (auction@stlouiseschool.org) to schedule a time to pick them up. 

During the week of May 16-20, a selection of wine will be available for purchase in the auction office. We will also have centerpieces from the auction and selected other items for sale.

We would like to thank the volunteers who delivered our Dick’s Drive-In lunches last week: Meghan Waldron, Rochelle Archer and Kara Michael. We would also to like to thank the auction Dessert Dash team: Babna Rose Simon, Laura VanNoy, Lavina Goveas, Vicky Kan and Rachael Rivera-Wong.
CROWD - Friday, May 6th
5th - 8th Graders Welcome!
CROWD is the Junior High component of the Life Teen program, an international Catholic movement that serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith and experience belonging! CROWD meets Fridays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Come see what CROWD at St. Louise is all about this Friday, May 6th at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. Usually just open to 6th-8th graders, this Friday current 5th graders are welcome to join as well.

Find out more about CROWD here - we look forward to seeing lots of you in the hall this Friday!
Advocacy and Caring for Children Fundraiser
Register Now for Cosmos for a Cause
The Father Mychal Judge Circle of ACC (Advocacy and Caring for Children)  will be holding their 11th annual Cosmos for a Cause event at St. Louise School on May 19th. Please join us! All are welcome and encouraged to attend this fun event which includes Hors d’oeuvres, cosmos, wine and desserts and features a silent auction of wonderful items! Every dollar raised goes to support agencies in the Seattle and Eastside area serving children and families living on the margins. The Father Mychal Judge Circle is made up entirely of St. Louise School alumni parents – we look forward to seeing you, celebrating, and supporting our community together!
Student Learning Expectation (SLE) for May
Student Learning Expectations (otherwise known as SLEs) are expectations that our students should know, understand, value, and be able to do by the time they graduate from St. Louise School.
May's SLE is:

A St. Louise Student is A Well-Balanced Individual Who:

3.2 Develops mind, body, and spirit by experiencing the arts and participating in physical activity.

BOOK FAIR - Last Day Tomorrow!
More School News


The lost and found is overflowing! If you are missing sweaters, fleece, jackets or more - please stop by the school lobby to see if they are here in the lost and found! All lost and found items will be displayed until next Thursday, May 5th at which time, items remaining will be put in used uniforms or donated. Thanks for helping us clear up the lost and found!

Mark your Calendars for these upcoming events:

  • May 5 - Spring Concert for Grades 3-4 at 6:30
  • May 6 - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Grades 2-8
  • May 9 - Spirit WEEK begins
  • May 9 - Principal for the Day
  • May 13 - Walk A Thon all day!
  • May 16 - MAP Testing begins - Grades 2-7
  • May 19 - Joint School Commission & Parents' Club Mtg - 6:30 pm
  • May 21 - Saturday Spruce Up
  • May 23-26 - 6th Grade Environmental Camp
  • May 27 - Grandparents' Mass
  • May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - NO School OR Kids' Club
Come stock up for Mother’s Day, Graduations, First Communion, and Confirmation gifts with Charger Cards!

We have an array of Spa options to pamper the Mom’s in our lives. LeVue Nails, Gene Juarez, and Spa Finder cards are always a hit! We also offer Happy Dining as well as Happy Moment cards that gives the ones we love options to choose from all in one card! 

Charger Cards is seeking help for the 2022-2023 school year! Stop by the window or email us at: chargercards@stlouiseschool.org

Thank you to all of our amazing parent volunteers!

If you know of a volunteer doing great work and want to recognize them, simply email their name and what they do to socialmedia@stlouiseschool.org.

Want to volunteer - check out available opportunities here!
The Pastor's Message
Dear Friends at St. Louise,

Happy Mother’s Day! Such a blessing to reflect on the lives of our mothers – in our own families and in our community – both living and deceased. I continue to be amazed at my own mother, Lenore Zender, who, at 88 years of life, continues with a positive, “can-do” attitude, despite the fact that she is losing her sight. She listens to all kinds of great things on her iPad, including Bishop Robert Barron and Fr. Mike Schmitz. Whenever I visit her, she prepares a great meal, usually a new recipe that she has come across. Since her parish no longer livestreams their Masses, she is a frequent virtual visitor at St. Louise Parish for both weekday and weekend Masses, as well as “Coffee and Donuts.” I have to be careful about what I say!

Memorial of St. Louise de Marillac on Monday, May 9! We will honor our parish patron St. Louise at our weekday Mass that day, and will invite you to join in a prayer for the intercession of St. Louise that we will post on our website and circulate through Flocknote. St. Louise, together with St. Vincent de Paul, did amazing work for the poor in Paris and founded the Daughters of Charity. Today, there are more than 14,000 Daughters of Charity living and working in more than 90 countries throughout the world. For us here at St. Louise too, serving the poor remains very important to living the mission of Jesus Christ. Locally, our parish has a special connection to the New Bethlehem Shelter in Kirkland, to Congregations for the Homeless, and to our own St. Vincent de Paul Society, to mention a few. Internationally, we are just entering into Standing with Haiti, together with St. Anthony Parish in Renton, to establish a sister parish and school relationship with St. Anne de Hyacynthe Parish and School in Haiti. You can find more information about all of this on our parish website.

Blessings to Fr. Ben! Most of you know by now that as of July 1 Fr. Ben will be assigned as Priest Administrator to Holy Trinity Parish in Bremerton. He, like Fr. Carlos last year, will be assigned to lead his new parish as a pastor does, but will not receive the official title of pastor until later. In recent years this has been the policy of the Archdiocese of Seattle – we no longer have the luxury of having our newly ordained priests serve two three-year terms as parochial vicars in a parish with a more senior priest as pastor, to give them more “on the job training” before taking on the responsibility of leading a parish. Fr. Ben and others like him will receive special training and support through the Archdiocese, to help them negotiate the challenges of leading a parish. (Your ACA dollars at work!) The designation “Priest Administrator” gives the priest the authority he needs to lead the parish, and gives both the bishop and the young priest the flexibility for him to be reassigned if things are not working as well as hoped. I have no doubt that Fr. Ben will do very well at Holy Trinity. Please keep him in prayer! It has a growing Hispanic community and is a bigger parish than we would normally give to a newly ordained priest. We know that they will love him and come around him with their support so that he will be wildly successful!

And we look forward to welcoming soon-to-be Fr. Josh Nehnevaj! Deacon Josh is from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Vancouver, Washington, attended seminary at Mt. Angel, Oregon, and is now studying at the North American College in Rome. (Again, your ACA dollars at work!) He speaks English, Italian, and Spanish. I promised him he will be able to put his Spanish to excellent use here at St. Louise. He will return from Rome just a few days before his priestly ordination at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, June 25 at 10AM. (All are welcome to attend.) It will be a real whirlwind of activity for him to finish his studies, move back home from Rome, get ordained and celebrate his Mass of Thanksgiving. So, officially he begins his assignment on July 1, but we all understand that he will need some time to catch his breath! He will arrive here sometime in mid-July.

There is so much more to share, but that’s what next week’s column is for! Blessings to you all and especially to all our mothers!

Fr. Gary Zender
5th Graders have been hard at work on their History Maker Presentations - an awesome annual event at St. Louise!
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