WEEKLY BULLETIN - March 31, 2022
From the Desk of Mike Fuerte
Dear Families,


Dear Families,

We are in the process of finalizing the calendar for the next school year. I wanted to inform all of you some important dates before the official calendar is given out in May.


  • September 6 - First Day of School (Passport Day)
  • November 21 & 22 - No School - Mandatory Parent/Teacher Conference Days
  • November 23-25 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 19-January 2 - No School - Christmas Vacation
  • January 3, 2023 - School Resumes from Christmas Vacation
  • February 17-20, 2023 - No School - President's Day Weekend Break
  • April 10-14, 2023 - No School - Easter Break
  • June 8th, 2023 - 8th Grade Graduation
  • Last Day of School - TBD


Don't miss out - Last Day to Register Tomorrow 4/1 - St. Louise “Shine Bright” Auction

The school auction is just a week away and we are so excited to have the auction live and in person at the Westin this year. Auction Chair, Laura Bonner and her auction committee have been working hard in preparing for our fun event to help raise money for our school. If you have not signed up for the auction, we would love to have you join us and sign up NOW at the following link: Auction Sign Up . Thank you for your support of our school, faculty, staff, students, and families. We look forward to seeing you on April 9th. If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Laura Bonner at auction@stlouiseschool.org


The Midpoint of Lent – A Reflection

What if I'm at the midpoint of Lent and not much is going on? 

I began with the best of intentions, but I am not sure what I'm doing or what I want to be doing. Can my Lent be 'rescued"? Can a six-week journey be completed in the remaining next two-to-three weeks - waiting for my heart to be open? Of course, the answer is “yes.” It doesn't take long for God, when we are ready. 

Here is how to begin again

The first step to beginning again has already begun, if I have the desire for something real during Lent. A therapist once said that "we get better when we get tired of not being better." This isn't the same as "guilt." Feeling guilty for not doing much about Lent won't get us very far. What we need is a real desire - a real sense of expectation that God has something for me to hear, to learn, to change, and I want to be ready to listen. This desire can co-exist with fear, with resistance, with bad habits that have been obstacles in the past. God doesn't need much of an opening to begin to free us and show us a transforming love.

Lent begins when I can say "Help me Lord!"

Now I can turn to the Lord, with some real, concrete desires. Now I can practice waking up each morning and naming a desire - while I'm putting on my slippers, or taking a shower, or getting dressed: "Lord, it feels so good to be honest with myself before you. Let me know your presence today. Help me face the challenges that will be there today. Give me some more freedom to make different choices, and act on the graces you are giving me, to refrain from escaping, but rather to give myself to loving, as you have loved me." Imagine all the different prayers like that - one minute long - that would shape our day! With these desires to let God's grace transform me, then I can pause before going to bed each night, and look back through the day to thank God for the places I felt God's presence and help.

Focus on Lent with a plan

If we have a plan, we are more likely to follow it. That plan can have the following elements, which will give real purpose in vitality to our Lenten experience.

  • What am I going to give up each day? This is something I need to fast from, abstain from every day. For most of us it means that whenever we feel the temptation to do something that is a bad pattern, we will recognize it quickly and refrain from doing it. It is basically training in self-discipline, for the purpose of letting God’s grace have a chance to work in us. So, if being crabby or impatient with various people throughout my day is my struggle, then each morning I can ask for the grace to give that up today. And, I can practice some response that will replace it. Perhaps I will try to see the other person the way God sees him/her. Perhaps I will imagine some pain or struggle or insecurity that could be the reason that they are annoying me. Perhaps I just need to say something affirming or complimentary to the person. Or, if I’m tempted to escape in fantasy throughout the day, I can ask for the grace each morning to live with and embrace the real human beings I live with today.
  • How can I be generous today? Almsgiving has been such an important part of Lent. For most of us it involves being more generous to the poor. For some of us, it will mean giving money to the poor for the first time. For others, this may be the time for me to prepare food for a meal program in my city. For some of us, it could mean deciding some simplifying of our food patterns or entertainment, and giving that amount of money saved each week to the poor. It is again, all about making ourselves less selfish, so that God can free us to be more comfortable with the graces of gratitude and generosity.

God is offering us more than we can ask or imagine.


Nominations Needed
      
 We have wonderful volunteers at St. Louise School, and each June we honor 3 of them with the Volunteer Extraordinaire Awards. I am asking both you and the faculty to nominate volunteers to be considered for this award. Nominees should have a history of dedicated, positive volunteering for the St. Louise School community. Past recipients of the award (who are still current school parents) include: Rebecca Nightingale, Joni Hoffman, and Ingrid Flaat. Do you have a fellow parent(s) to nominate? If so, please send your nomination to Mr. Fuerte, along with an explanation of why the person deserves to be considered. Thanks for your help!


Blessings for the Lenten Season!

Mike Fuerte
Upcoming Events
March
31
Thursday

  • Parents' Club Meeting - 6:30 pm
  • Used Uniform & Charger Gear Sale 3-4pm
April
1
Friday
  • LAST DAY to sign up for SHINE BRIGHT Auction!
April
2
Saturday
  • Spring Spruce Up - 8-11am
Father Daughter Dance Returns June 4th
SAVE THE DATE!
CHARGER GEAR & USED UNIFORM SALE - MARCH 31
Track & Field Registration Open Now!


Track and field starts April 26! This CYO program is open to all 4th-8th graders. Registration deadline is April 15.


TO REGISTER:

Cost: $65

Information about events and eligibility can be found at:


Volunteers and coaches: Please register as a volunteer / coach on the Team Sideline registration page above. Please make sure you have completed the Play Like a Champion training or are registered for one taking place this year.

More info on how to register can be found here: 

If you missed the initial email sent to families last week, please contact coach Lara Kierlin at lkierlin@gmail.com and she will forward you the meet and practice schedules.

Summer Camp & Booster Bunch - Sign up Now!
Summer Learning for Students

Help prevent “summer slump” by signing your students for these two special programs in August running here at St. Louise:

Summer Booster Program: Join our Booster Bunch in August 2-4 to help your students get a head start on September’s classes. St. Louise teachers will design fun lessons to minimize summer learning loss and put students on the fast-track to fall academic preparedness. Booster Bunch students entering grades 1-5 will receive instruction on material from the recently completed school year - a terrific opportunity for more practice to confidently begin a new grade level.

For additional information or to register to Booster camp, please visit Summer Booster Program

Chargers Summer Camps (Weekly August 1-26)

All aboard as we embark on epic One-Week summer camps filled with fun, discovery, and excitement. Anchored in strong character and faith, we'll set a course for grand adventures as we blast through scientific discoveries, art exploration, outdoor games, and more!

For additional information or to register, please visit Chargers Summer Camps

Limited spaces are available in each of these programs. Please email MariaZ@stlouiseschool.org if you have any questions about these Summer programs.
Student Learning Expectation (SLE) for March
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.
March's SLE is:

A St. Louise Student is An Active Christian Who…

1.2 Knows Roman Catholic teachings and traditions and
has a working knowledge of the Bible.
1.3 Actively participates in the service for which God calls us

FRIDAY APRIL 1ST
St. Louise Knights of Columbus FISH FRY
REGISTER NOW
SHINE BRIGHT AUCTION - APRIL 9, 2022

UPDATES FROM THE AUCTION OFFICE:


The big day is almost here…St. Louise Auction is NEXT SATURDAY, April 9! Your LAST CHANCE to purchase tickets will be FRIDAY April 1. 

Please register here: Registration (ejoinme.org). Even better…make a night of it by staying at the Westin. Use this link for a discounted rate: Book your group rate for St. Louise School Auction.

Next week is preview week! Stop by the school lobby to bid on some silent auction items, purchase sign-up parties and raffle tickets (including some fun raffles just for kids), purchase Black & White photos and preview art projects. 

As always, we thank our volunteers, including Edna Hewett for data entry.


Please reach out to Laura Bonner at auction@stlouiseschool.org with any questions!
BOOK FAIR RETURNS - Volunteers Needed!
St. Louise Parish Lenten Season 2022
More School News



Volleyball Coordinator Needed for 2022-23 School Year



Mark your Calendars for these upcoming events:

  • March 31 - Used Uniform & Charger Gear Sale - 3-4:00 pm
  • March 31 - Parents' Club Meeting 6:30 pm
  • April 1 - Last Day to Register for SHINE BRIGHT AUCTION!
  • April 1 - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Grades 2-8
  • April 2 - Saturday Spruce Up - 8-11:00 am
  • April 4-8 - Auction Preview Week & Silent Auctions
  • April 9 - Shine Bright Auction - 6:00 pm at the Westin Bellevue
PARENTS' CLUB
CHARGER CARDS
The Charger Card window will be OPEN for sales TODAY during the used uniform sale! Stop in, say hello, and stock up on your gift card needs! 

April Contest- Running the month of April all sales, online and in person, will be eligible to win their student a SWEET TREAT PARTY in May! 

The class that earns the highest rebates for the month of April will be sweetly rewarded with a party, date decided upon by the teacher. 

Need more info about Charger Cards? Check out their website here.


PARENTS' CLUB MEETING

Parents' Club Meeting - Thursday, March 31st at 6:30pm

Click here to join the meeting via Teams
VOLUNTEER CORNER
Thank you to all of our amazing parent volunteers!
Help Needed!

Do you still need to fulfill your 40 hour Volunteer Commitment?

We need help delivering Welcome Bags to our newly accepted families! If you have a few free hours and don't mind driving around the area to drop off these fun goodies - please call or email Mindy or Tracy in the School Office - 425-746-4220 or office@stlouiseschool.org.
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,

March 25 is nine months before Christmas Day, and Catholics celebrate it in a big way! For us it is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the Mother of God. For this special day we set aside the penances of Lent, sing the Gloria, and bring out flowers! The only hint that it’s still Lent is that the Alleluia is not sung – we have to save something to celebrate the day of Mary’s son’s resurrection!

During this March, in the shadow of war, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at a special reconciliation service in Rome. Especially since the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, the Church has invoked the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in times of war. Pope Francis asks all of us to be aware of this tradition of turning to Mary for her help, and to put it into practice, so that the weapons of war will soon give way to negotiations for peace.

The message of Our Lady of Fatima, of the Divine Mercy, and of many of the saints, is to pray and to fast for peace. We can feel helpless in the face of what we read and hear and see in the news. Yet prayer and fasting are powerful spiritual weapons for peace.

At weekday Mass I have been inviting the assembly to join me in praying a Hail Mary, and a brief litany, for peace in the world and especially in Ukraine. I invite you to do so as well. If you can, please pray one Hail Mary, or a decade of the rosary, or an entire rosary, each day, for peace. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zenlenskyy has made many powerful appeals to nations and governments for their help. Our Pope is asking us also, as individuals, to do what we can to help using the time-honored prayer of the Most Holy Rosary. Let’s unite in that effort, for the good of Ukraine and of the whole world.

This is our time, to live our faith and to do it boldly.

Fr. Gary Zender

p.s. It was fun to have Fr. Tom at the Masses in English last weekend – and I sure enjoyed visiting at St. Anthony’s too. Fr. Frank Rouleau from Outreach to Haiti will be at St. Anthony’s this weekend for his annual visit, and with us at all the Masses next weekend. Fr. Frank will also speak to St. Louise School students on Monday, April 4. We look forward to learning more about what it will mean for our parish and school to join in St. Anthony’s covenant relationship with Ste. Anne de Hyacynthe Parish and School in Haiti.
GALLERY
Thank you to Mrs. Salmon for supporting her students IN and OUT of the classroom, including these 5th graders from her reading group. Their basketball team - coached by some great St. Louise Dads - went undefeated this season!
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