May 23, 2019
Dan's Blog
Yes...I know this blog is long...That's why I sent it when a 3-day weekend is coming up...More time for you to read it. :-)

As we recall from the night Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying regarding His crucifixion to come that next day, He exasperatingly asked of those disciples who loved him,
Could you not spend an hour!?" Today, we are the disciples who love Jesus, but if He were to ask us this same question, could we honestly say that of course we could stay awake at least one hour and devote the time to praying with Jesus? 

If the average parent today was asked to spend an hour driving their children to and from their gymnastics lessons or soccer games, these parents would willingly agree to do so. If the average adult today was asked to devote an entire weekend binge-watching a Netflix series...or an entire evening cruising Facebook and Instagram...there would be no hesitation to spend all that time on their screens.
And yet, when was the last time that same average person spent an hour at Sunday Mass, or spent an hour in Eucharistic Adoration, or even took less than half-an-hour to pray the Rosary? It's not that it's not important to drive your kids to athletic events or to treat yourself to some leisure time, but it's important to deliberate and check your priorities. 

Jesus Christ deserves at least some of our time each week, right? After all, His other titles include the Savior of the World , the Alpha and Omega , and the King of Kings . I'd say He's important enough to earn an appointment slot on our day-planner . Let me name three ways we can think beyond ourselves and spend time with our Lord:
1) Going to Mass;
2) Praying the Rosary;
3) Spending time in Eucharistic Adoration.

What's great about the Catholic Church is there are a variety of Mass times and a variety of church locations, so there shouldn't be an excuse to not be able to attend Mass on a weekend. At St. Louise alone, there are six Masses from which to choose over a 24-hour period. Did you know about this handy website?

There once was a time when Catholic families worked their weekend schedule around Mass. Sadly for most families today, Mass is "fitted in" to the family's busy schedule, if even considered at all on most weekends.
Here's a challenge for you... 
This summer when you go on vacation, find out when and where Mass is held, and make sure you and your kids get to Mass even if you're vacationing across the country or across the world. Personally, my family is going to take our first trip to Ireland this July, and my wife and I have already mapped out the Catholic church locations and times so that we'll be attending Mass every Saturday night, Sunday morning, or Sunday night for the few weeks we'll be overseas. I'm even making sure in the middle of the week when we're driving by here, that we'll stop in so to be able to attend a weekday Mass. It's actually going to make for a more memorable and inspiring trip to make sure we get inside many churches, than if we only scheduled getting inside these places

The second way we can think beyond ourselves and give time to Jesus is to make praying the Rosary as commonplace as checking our Twitter feed. Although praying the Rosary is sometimes only thought of during the months of October (the month of the Rosary) and May (the month of Mary), it needs to be a year-round practice. Popes have strongly promoted the rosary as a means of deepening one's faith and combating social evils. Pope John Paul II called the rosary Mary's prayer "in which she herself prays with us."
Everyone in your family should own their own rosary beads - whether it's by this route or this route. If your kids can point to their iPhone or their Sony Playstation, but not to their rosary beads, again, check your priorities.

Here's your second summer vacation challenge...
On day 1 of your family vacation, how about everyone take out their beads in the car and pray the Rosary out loud as a family when driving to the airport or to the cabin? At a good pace, did you know it only takes 17 minutes to pray five decades? You can promise the kids they can go back to their music or to fighting in the car with their siblings after a 17:00 time-out for family prayer. Children can take turns being the "leader" of reciting the first half of the Our Father and/or the Hail Mary; this helps keep them engaged. Won't it be reassuring to know that as you are approaching your vacation destination, you will be calling down God's blessings on your family?

Finally, of the three ways we can selflessly spend time with Christ our Lord, spending time in Adoration most closely resembles what Jesus asked of Peter and the Apostles on that original Holy Thursday evening as described in the opening paragraph above. The venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen said of Eucharistic Adoration, "The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead, but for an hour of companionship."
Eucharistic Adoration, which often is for an hour in length but can be shorter, begins by the priest taking a consecrated host, and placing it in a monstrance. We Catholics know that, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the host/bread which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly becomes the Body, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. It is His True Presence in the form of bread. The monstrance exposing the host is placed in front of the tabernacle or is placed on the altar for adoration. Individuals then contemplate over this Blessed Sacrament in awe, in adoration, and while privately, silently conversing with their Lord. God appears to us in the bread and we take this time in prayerful thanksgiving and to express our love for Jesus's sacrifice.
If Jesus were actually visible in church similarly to how He appeared to the disciples 2,000 years ago, everyone in today's world would run to welcome Him. But Jesus remains hidden in the Blessed Sacrament under the appearance of bread, because He is calling us to faith. It was Jesus who declared, "Blessed are they who do not see and yet believe."
Here at school, most of our students attend Eucharistic Adoration at the church or chapel a few times a year, as their teachers are working to draw your kids more deeply into the mystery of Christ's Real Presence in the bread. But to really strengthen their faith in God, your children need to attend Adoration as a family so they can see their parents modeling this contemplative type of worship. Here at St. Louise, Adoration takes place in the church every Friday from 8:30-9AM and every first-Friday of the month in the parish chapel from 10AM-6PM. If you live near other Catholic churches, check their schedules, as many have longer hours and more days available for Adoration.

Whether it's by... 
1) Going to Mass;
2) Praying the Rosary;
3) Spending time in Eucharistic Adoration;

...our Lord invites us to sit with Him, to kneel with Him, to pray with Him, and in all of these times, to listen to Him.
Do our lives reveal what we hold most dear? Do we value more our time for sports, TV, and social media over time spent with Christ? Do we value more our over-scheduled kids' activities over God's plans? Do we have no problem spending an entire weekend traveling for hours just to sit through four sports tournament games, but we can't be bothered to attend a one-hour Mass that weekend?
Jesus exasperatingly asked of those who loved him, "Could you not spend an hour!?"
As Christians, each of us needs to figure out what percent of the day we give to God. Whatever that number is, we need to make it more. If you currently don't spend any time of your day in prayer to God, can you turn off the radio in your car for just 5 minutes and talk to or listen to Him? If you currently go to Mass for 60 minutes every Sunday, can you also add another 60 minutes weekly in Adoration or another 17 minutes daily in praying the Rosary?
Just think how much you and your children can grow closer to God by spending more time each day with our Savior starting this spring, and then to keep it going through the summer and yes, even on vacation days. The immediate effects are this will strengthen your relationship with the King of Kings and be fantastic modeling for your kids as they see you boost your prayer life. The long-term effect is you and your family members will greatly improve your chances to get into Heaven.
God desires that all will be saved, but He has given us free will. We can freely choose to glorify God and make Him #1 in our lives, as evidenced by the time we devote to Him. We can also freely choose to walk away from God, as evidenced by prioritizing more time spent on worldly objects like our screens and our sports.
It's much easier to sleep in on Sundays than to get up and go to Church. It's much easier to spend an hour channel-surfing as opposed to spending an hour Sacrament-Adoring. It's much easier to hand our child a cell phone than to hand our child a Rosary. But it's the difficult and hard path that leads to eternal life. Jesus made this clear when He said, "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
Pax et bonum,                                         
Mr. Fitz

Starting on June 1, Skyward will be closed for parents/students to access grades in grades 4-8. This is so the teachers can begin to input final marks and comments for the upcoming end to the 3rd trimester. If you have a question about your child's current grades in these final weeks of school, please contact the teacher directly.

Note that all grade K-8 report cards will be postal mailed home beginning on June 24. If a family has any outstanding commitments - Charger Cards requirement, ASGC donation requirement, 40 volunteer hours logged, etc. - report cards will remain in the school office. Thanks for fulfilling your commitments by the last day of school at the latest.
Upcoming Calendar of Events  
  • Second grader David Munson is the "Principal for the Day" (as purchased at the Auction); expect some special treats that the "boss" of the school has the power to give out to students today; Principal Munson has already made one administrative decision - he has declared today, May 23, a free dress day for all!
  • Science Showcase in the parish hall from 9-12 and 1-3; parents encouraged to attend and view the science projects from the various grade levels

Friday, May 24
  • Fee-Free Fridays! No credit card fee is you use your credit card to buy Charger Cards - 8:15-9:00AM at the Charger Cards sales window
  • Buy your Tuition Raffle ticket outside the Charger Cards sales window from 8:15-9:00

Monday, May 27 - NO SCHOOL DAY
  • God Bless our brave Americans on this Memorial Day; find a family event to attend so to help teach your children about this important day - try Issaquah's Lower Hillside Cemetery, Bellevue's Sunset Hills Cemetery, or Renton's Veterans Memorial Park, which all annually hold Memorial Day ceremonies

Tuesday, May 28
  • Technology Committee dinner-meeting, 6PM; please RSVP to Dan Kirby

Thursday, May 30
  • 8th Graders vs. Faculty Volleyball Game in gym at 1:45
  • Auction's Science/Ice Cream Party in parish hall at 3:00

Saturday, June 1
  • Final Saturday Spruce-Up of the year - 8AM-12PM
  • CYO Track Championship Meet

Wednesday, June 5
  • Graduation for the Class of 2019!
  • Graduation Mass at 9AM; Commencement at 7PM

Friday, June 7
  • Field Day - Free Dress Day (students are to dress prepared for the weather and outdoor games; regular free dress rules apply)
  • Final day for milk delivery and hot lunch program

Save the Dates
  • Monday, June 10 - Auction Procurement Deadline for Returning Families
  • Tuesday, June 11 - Dismissal at 12:00 for all PK-7 classes; there is no afterschool Kids' Club
  • Wednesday, June 12 - Final Day of the School Year - Liturgy & Awards at 10:30; Picnic at 11:30; Dismissal at 12:00; there is no beforeschool or afterschool Kids' Club

For their yearlong service project, our kindergarten class supports the Bellevue Fire Department. Mrs. Samson's and Mrs. Alleman's kindergarteners collect teddy bears for the fire department's "Teddy Bear Patrol." Last week, the Bellevue firefighters came to school to collect the bears and thank our students. The bears will be given to children during trauma situations. Thanks for helping others, kindergarteners!

Thanks for Your Walk-A-Thon Donations
Please check to see if your employer would match your family's contribution to our Walk-A-Thon. We are finalizing our revenue figures for this fundraiser, so there is still time to get in additional donations. Thank you!
As the class with the most laps (1,516!), Mrs. Jaster's 5th graders get their own pizza party on Friday the 31st.  As the class with the most money raised ($4,294!), Mr. Glaser's 6th graders also get a pizza party on May 31.

There were 10 students who walked/ran the most laps in their respective PK-8 grade levels, and 10 grade PK-8 students who collected the most donations in their respective grade levels. These 20 students receive a free dress day on Friday, May 31, along with a prize from the prize pack:
Austin Tsao;  Levi Swilley; Hailey Hairston;  Olivia Jung;   Connor Kertson;  Matilda Suttles;  Mary Salmon;   Jensen Muller;   Nick Sharp;   Ella Utz; Justine Utz;  Evie Aitken;  Alex Isaksen;  Alejandro Sanchez;   Leonardo Flores;  Efrem Yarrek;  Blake Wilken;  Jane Clinton;  Matthew Brennan;  Colin Harris;  Andrew Gooding.

If you have any questions, please email
From your Walk-A-Thon Chairs,  
Marinell Zevenbergen, Jen Sharp & Julianne Read
Charger Pride with Every Stride!
Please Return Your
Charger Cards Participation Form

In the past, you have noted on your Tuition EFT Form each year how you will be participating in Charger Cards for the upcoming school year as well as how you wanted any additional contributions you earn beyond the $125 minimum. As you know, any additional profits you earn beyond the $125 that goes to Charger Cards/Parents' Club, can be set up to be:
  • returned to you in cash;
  • applied to the upcoming school year's tuition balance;
  • given back to Parents' Club;
  • designated as a gift to the Father Phil Wallace Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund.  
This past winter, you may have noticed that you were not asked to note on the 2019-20 EFT Form how you will be participating in Charger Cards. That's because  we are transitioning to have school families only note one time in their "school career at St. Louise" how they will be participating in Charger Cards and how they want any additional contributions to be applied. This one-time notification is in the form of completing a one-time " Charger Cards Fundraiser Participation Form ." You received this form in last week's red family envelope. You can also print out the form from here

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PLEASE NOTE: The designation a family made last year at this time on the 2018-19 EFT Form for how they wanted their Charger Card contributions applied will be followed through this June, as we close out the 2018-19 school year. The new Charger Cards Fundraiser Participation Form takes effect starting in July with the 2019-20 school year and beyond.
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We hope this one-time form during your career at St. Louise School will be easier for you. It certainly will be easier for our Charger Card team and bookkeeper. 

Thank you to those parents who completed the Participation Form in the past week. You are all set! For those of you who forgot to complete the form and send it back to the school office, please do so tomorrow.

Please note that if you are a returning 2019-20 family but you forget to return this participation form at this time, we'll wait until we receive it before we mail out your report card next month. Sorry...but that's our best bet at getting a 100% return-rate!

If you have any questions about Charger Cards, you may read the information on the website, or you may email Marsha, our chairperson. Marsha has sent out this month one final report to each family to remind you if you still have to reach your $125 minimum contribution level. We need this particular fund raising commitment completed by the last day of school, so please stop by the Charger Cards sales window on these final Friday mornings to purchase cards (8:15-9:00AM on May 24, 31, June 7).  You can buy gas cards for the summer road trips you'll be taking, grocery cards for all the summer barbecuing you'll be doing, and/or gift cards for end-of-year gifts to your child's teachers.

What Talented Artists We Have!

The winners of the Yearbook Cover Design Contest have been selected! Grade 4-8 students participated in this contest, submitting cover designs for this June's school yearbook from art work they began in art class with Mrs. Walker. The theme they had to keep to for this year's contest was "A St. Louise Student Is a Community Member," which is one of our Student Learning Expectation's overall categories. From the almost 200 entries, the school faculty voted for these winners:
  • Semifinalists - Maia Guzman-Yepez (gr. 4); Jane Clinton (gr. 5); Elina Nartates (gr. 5); Simone Cimprich (gr. 6); Sean Sollars (gr. 7); Jenna Wilken (gr. 8); Aiden Gregorios (gr. 8).
  • Back Cover Winner (her design will grace the back cover of everyone's yearbook) - Fiona Wallis (gr. 7).
  • Front Cover Winner (his design will grace the front cover of everyone's yearbook) - Tim Doggett (gr. 8).
Come view in the school lobby all these above semifinalists and the top two winning designs shown below.

design by Fiona Wallis
design by Tim Doggett
Free Class Available 

Mental Health First Aid" is an 8-hour training course designed to give adults skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. There is a Mental Health First Aid course aimed toward those who work with children and teens, and our school teachers and staff will be taking this one-day course in August. Taught by St. Louise Parish counselor  Cathy Callans, the course will be addressing mental health challenges common among youth, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavioral disorders, and substance use disorders. This  site explains more about the course. 
If you are a CYO coach, a substitute teacher or substitute instructional assistant,  a parish youth group volunteer, or in some other way are around kids a lot or around a child with has a mental health challenge, and would like to learn more about mental health support for youth, please contact Mr. Fitzpatrick. He will make room for a dozen of you to take this course with our faculty, for free. The class will be from 8AM-5PM on August 28, here at St. Louise. You can email him if you would like to get on a registration waitlist for this course.
Be a SuperMentor

With this school year almost finished, you surely can remember back when you were newly enrolling in our school and needed to learn about and transition to this wonderful community. With it came many questions - from "How do I buy uniforms?" to "How do I maneuver morning drop-off?"
We'd love for you current parents to become a SuperMentor, to mentor and support new families with reassurance and basic information. You can be that familiar face and easy-to-turn-to online-support to assist as needed during their integration from this spring through next fall.

Mentor hours count towards your volunteer commitment (for this school year or next), and being a mentor is a great way to make new friends.  Here are the incoming new families who need mentoring:
  • 2 entering PreK girl families
  • 3 entering PreK boy families
  • 5 entering Kindergarten girl families
  • 1 entering Kindergarten boy family
  • 1 entering Gr. 2 boy family
  • 2 entering Gr. 3 boy families
  • 1 entering Gr. 4 girl family
  • 1 entering  Gr. 4 boy family
  • 2 entering Gr. 6 girl families
  • 1 entering Gr. 8 boy family

  • 1 entering family who will have a Gr. 3 girl & Gr. 4 girl & Gr. 7 boy
  • 1 entering family who will have a Gr. 7 girl & Gr. 8 boy
For more information on how you can mentor a family - preferably one who has a child in the same grade level as your own - please reach out to one of our Mentor Coordinators right away: Daisy Mendes or Laura Bonner

If your child has had Mrs. Walker for art class, you know there isn't a more talented art teacher out there! Recently, her students created 3-dimensional "cakes" in art class, and Mrs. Walker then created a "bakery" to display the art pieces in our lobby trophy case.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Field Day

Our annual Field Day is coming up on Friday, June 7. On this day, grade K-5 students participate in competitive, fun outdoor games. (Note that grade PreK and grade 6 classes run their own unique programs this day, and don't participate in Field Day.) Our 7th grade students will be helping Mr. Evans run the Field Day games, but they need parent volunteers, too!

Parents help with directing kids to their next rotation of games and supervising to make sure all are safe and having fun. (Seventh grade students do much of the work!) If you can help for either the morning session ( 9:30-11:45), the afternoon session (12:15-2:30), or preferably the entire day (9:30-2:30 with a lunch break), please contact Mr. Evans (425-214-5409). 
Register Your Child for Soccer, Cross Country

CYO fall sports registration for St. Louise SOCCER and/or CROSS COUNTRY is now open to everyone entering grades K-8 this fall.  Please note that soccer practices start in late August or early September. Cross Country practices begin after the school year starts in September. 

Please go to the St. Louise Parish website  to find the CYO registration link. Discounted registration is available only if you enroll early:
  • Soccer = $75 if registered by August 12; if you register after Aug. 12, the fee increased to $110. Soccer registration closes Aug. 30. (There is a $20 sibling discount if you sign up two or more children for soccer.)
  • Cross Country = $25 if registered by September 8; if you register after Sept. 8, the fee increases to $45. (There is no sibling discount for cross country.)
If you have questions regarding either sport, or are in need of a scholarship, please contact the coordinators: SOCCER: Jenelle Bair and Mari Sullivan at ; CROSS COUNTRY: Amy Wilken at .

Fee-Free Friday Is Here for One Final Time
Tomorrow is a great time to buy Charger Cards, as there is no credit card fee if you order $100 or more tomorrow morning at our office sales window in the original school. 
  • Complete your auction procurement;
  • Stock up for summer travel plans;
  • Complete your Charger Card requirement (minimum of $125 earned rebate per family).
Take advantage Friday of the convenience fee waived if you use your credit card.

Less than 3 Weeks Until School Year Ends

Make plans now to complete your Charger Card requirement! Last day to purchase cards is the morning of June 12th! Last week to order cards for summer that are not in stock is Friday June 7th! Don't delay! Please contact us if you would like help with ordering, planning or understanding the program! We are happy to help you make a plan that will fit your family's budget and habits.
Charger Card office Window Sales (only 5 Sales days left!)                                      
  • 8:15-9:00am - Friday, May 24th
  • 8:15-9:00am - Friday, May 31st
  • 8:15-9:00am - Friday, June 7th
  • 8:15-9:30am - Tuesday, June 11th                                                                  
  • 8:15-9:00am - Wednesday, June 12th - Last day for in person/in stock card purchases

Charger Card End of the Year Checklist:

__  I have met my Charger Card minimum requirement:
  • Purchased cards which earn a combined $125 rebates -OR-
  • Opted-out  by making a $250 donation (check payable to "SLCC" dropped off to the main office)
__  I returned all Charger Card plastic envelopes to the main office.

__  I r egistered online and signed up for Presto Pay so I can purchase cards over the  summer.

__  I used  the online registration form for step-by-step instructions.

__   I viewed the video on how to use MyScripWallet mobile website on my phone.

__  I  have a plan to purchase Charger Cards for upcoming events:
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Teacher gifts for end-of-year
  • Graduation gifts
  • Father's Day gifts
  • Summer Plans - Gas, Hotels, Disney gift cards, restaurants, etc.
  • School uniform and school supplies

It's Auction Procurement Time

Buy Charger Cards before you make your purchases on the Auction Wish Lists and increase your support for St. Louise!  Or donate Charger Cards directly to the Auction! 

Our school Auction requests the following gift cards in a limited supply (with their  rebate amounts listed):
  • Amazon (2.5%)
  • Bai Tong (20%)
  • Daniels Broiler (20%)
  • Disney (3%)
  • Tom Douglas (20%)
  • Purple (20%)
  • Red Robin (20%)
  • Pottery Barn (8%)
  • Wild Ginger (20%)

The Charger Cards sale office in the central wing of the original school is open on school-Fridays from 8:15-9:00AM. 
Of course, you may always purchase 24/7 at  or  for ScripNow, Reload, or Reload Now cards.                          
Charger Cards...It's simple, it's thoughtful and it's truly the gift that
 keeps on giving! For more information on Charger Cards and online ordering, please visit or email chairperson Marsha at

Our final Spruce-Up of the spring will be on Saturday, June 1, from 8AM-12PM. Come earn four hours by pruning and planting, and be treated to lunch at noon when we're all done. If you plan to volunteer, please email Jeffrey Hummer, so he has an idea of the size of his work crew.

Summer Camp Right Here at St. Louise this July/August

We are excited about our St. Louise Summer camps! And your children will too, if they watch this.  
You can find information on our four weeks of summer camps here, and you can also email our camp director, Maria Zambrano, if you have questions.

Limited spaces are available, so don't miss out on a spot for your child. You many sign up for 1, 2, 3, or all 4 weeks. 
Start in June with Required/Recommended Summer Work

Parents and teachers often worry about the perils of "summer slump." Students spend 10 weeks away from school over the summer and then come back in September seeming behind where they left off in June. To try and combat this, St. Louise School expects students to do some "homework" over the summer, to keep children out of a slump in math, reading and keyboarding, so too much time doesn't have to be spent on review in the fall.
You will find recommendations or requirements (based on the grade level  your child will be entering) for summer work for your children at our website
For students entering grades K-5, we have suggestions for READING 20 minutes a day this summer. For students entering grades 6-8, we have specific novels from which these students must choose for required summer reading. The grade 6-8 teachers have also developed written assignments, to be completed after the reading and due on the first day of language arts class in September. 

We are recommending every entering grade 1-8 student complete free online MATH lessons on the Khan Academy website throughout the summer - preferably no less than a lesson every-other-day. In addition, some teachers will send home math packets and/or parents might want to buy a math workbook, such as this brand
Finally, regarding KEYBOARDING skills, because the level of speed and accuracy expected by our computer teachers increases as the children develop in age and finger dexterity, practicing proper keyboarding over the summer will help your child continue to develop fundamental typing skills as well as preventing him or her from reverting to poor fingering habits. Thus, we are requiring that every St. Louise student entering grades 3-7 put in a minimum number of minutes of keyboarding practice at least 5 days a week, using the online keyboarding programs listed on our website.

If you have questions about summer work, please talk to your child's teacher prior to the last day of school. Thanks for partnering with us, parents, in keeping your kids from "slumping" over the summer.
WE ARE ONE Auction News

2. Procurement Forms are due no later than 6/10 to the Auction Office (or fill it out online by clicking here). With school ending on 6/12, we really need these in on 6/10 so we can process everything before the end of the school year!

3. Get your Tuition Raffle Tickets before they sell out! $100 each, and if we sell all 100, the prize is FULL TUITION for the 2019/2020 School Year! Wow! On sale outside of Charger Cards tomorrow morning or in the Auction Office next week!
Be on the lookout for an email requesting a bit of volunteer help - don't worry, it's nothing you can't handle!

Happy May-cember! And thanks for all you do!
~Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director or 425-214-5441
A Letter from Your Nurse

Dear Parents,
Washington has just passed a new law about vaccinations and vaccinating students. There are some important changes you should know about, and the most detailed information is found at the Department of Health.
Let me summarize these changes for you. Our state legislators passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. The bill was signed into law by Governor Inslee on May 10, 2019. Although Washington State is no longer allowing exemptions for personal or philosophical reasons, the MMR vaccine can be objected to for medical or religious exemptions.It's also important to note there are additional ways that parents can demonstrate their child has been immunized. Your child may take a blood test which shows he/she is immune, or your health care provider may certify that your child has already had the disease for which the immunization is required.
Remember, each student is required to have a completed vaccination form on file before starting school each September. If you have claimed an exemption in the past for your child receiving immunization based on personal or philosophical reasons, that exemption will no longer be accepted for the MMR vaccine. That exemption can still be used for other types of immunization, like DTaP.  As noted above, a medical or religious exemption for MMR immunization is available, but if your child isn't immunized (even with an exemption), he/she must be kept away from school if a disease outbreak occurs.
It comes down to this: if your child has not received MMR immunization because of personal/philosophical objections to that immunization, your child will not be able to attend school starting this September unless you present us with one of the following:
  • an updated vaccination form reflecting your child has now received the MMR immunization;
  • a blood test of immunity (titer blood test);
  • a health care provider letter that certifies your child has already had measles/mumps/rubella;
  • a letter certifying you have a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination (no longer can the exemption be based on personal or philosophical reasons).
When a new law is passed, there are additional regulations and changes in the way the new law works, and our legislators and health department have yet to finalize all the procedures and measures. We will try to keep you informed of any clarifications or updates, but it is best for you to check with the Department of Health if you have questions about this.

Finally, for parents of children in the following specific grade levels, please make sure you take care of the following immunization requirements. These are not changes, but the same requirements as in past years:
  1. 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 me the dates, and I will update your child's immunization form we have on file.
  2. For parents of all incoming 6th graders, the state requires a booster Tdap (tetanusdiphtheria, and pertussis).  Please forward me the date your child received this booster by no later than the first week of September, or else your child will not be able to attend school.
I hope this early information is helpful, as we don't want to have a student not allowed entry into school in September due to incomplete immunizations or incomplete paperwork. I suggest you avoid the end-of-summer rush and start getting to work now at the beginning-of-summer on one of the actions above if your child is in need of updated vaccinations.
Jane Reynolds, RN
Jane Reynolds, RN
St. Louise School Nurse


" Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship with the Lord. "
~ Pope Francis
Parish Has Full-Time Job Opening

St. Louise Parish seeks an ideal team player to serve as Pastoral Assistant for Youth Ministry. The successful candidate will be an active, practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church; enthusiastic in evangelizing high school and middle school youth; have two years of recent successful experience in related position; some formal training in theology or systematic catechesis; highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills; able to lead teams of volunteers effectively. Competitive salary and excellent benefits are offered. Contact Katie O'Neill ( 425-214-5477) for more information and an application packet. Open until filled.

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