ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN
Last week, you received your personal invitation to our 2019 Auction, We Are One - what is being billed as THEE event of the year on Saturday, November 9. It is always so much fun to enjoy a fancy evening out - with fellow St. Louise parents, friends, family members, and school supporters...and without kids (you know what I mean). We would like you to fill out your registration online now and reserve your seat, choose your entrée, and get on the list to receive an Auction catalog.
When you reserve your seat, you have the option to additionally help "send a teacher to the Auction" (sort of like "send a kid to camp") by paying for a faculty dinner online now. We appreciate those parents who do this, offsetting the cost of a teacher's admission!
You also can reserve your Raffle tickets online now, before they all sell out. There are three different Raffles, offering anything from cash to spend at the Auction to cash to pay your Catholic school tuition. These are described in the "How to Auction" flyer that was sent home.
If you are new to St. Louise School, don't know much about how Auctions work, and are hesitant to commit to attending, let me assure you how easy it all is. You simply:
- Pay for your dinner/admission online now;
- Show up on November 9th at the Westin Bellevue (free parking in the Lincoln Square garage);
- Bring at least two credit cards in your wallet.
Seriously, the Auction is a special event that of course has as its main purpose the raising of necessary funds for our school and so relies on your financial generosity, but it also serves the secondary purpose of providing a fun, social night for parents. When you attend the Auction, you get to know your fellow parents better, as you may note on the reservation page, for example, that you'd like to be seated with all 2nd grade parents. Prior to dinner and the "live" bidding, when doing the "silent" bidding, you'll have a chance to not just mingle with fellow parents, but also to socialize with the school teachers.
Besides the amazing attendees you'll hobnob with on Auction night, what's also special about our Auction is, that by placing it in November, we've created a perfect opportunity for you to get your Christmas shopping done. You can buy gifts for your kids, bid on family vacations to take over Christmas/Easter/summer breaks, and find something special for your spouse. And your Christmas shopping provides revenue for your children's school, not for Amazon. So, it's a win-win-win situation. You have a fun social event, you get to shop, and you help St. Louise School raise money.
You'll notice that our Auction logo this year contains a disco ball. That's because this year the secondary theme of the Auction (after the "We Are One" theme) is disco! Some of you might not even have been born when disco was all the rage, but if you go here you can be inspired on potential wardrobe choices. If you can't find that perfect Donna-Summer-dress or John-Travolta-suit, it's also fine to simply dress in your Sunday-best on Auction night.
When the Auction catalogs are sent to you soon after you register to attend, you'll be able to start marking on the catalog pages all the great items that will be up for bid. I was able to get a sneak peek at the catalog draft and loved so many of the items on which you'll be able to bid. Here are just a few examples of the hundreds of gifts, surprises, and special memories you can purchase if you come to the Auction:
- Florida Vacation: includes visit to the Kennedy Space Center and lunch with an astronaut!
- Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play that had record-breaking productions in London, New York and Melbourne, and its West Coast premiere will be in San Francisco; we're auctioning off these rare San Francisco play tickets!
- Axe Throwing: yes, I said axe throwing;
- Seahawks: tickets to a game in December;
- Tailgating or Camping: a Yeti cooler, Traeger Smoker and BBQ will all be up for bid, so you can up your entertaining game;
- Ascend: there's going to be a parents-night-out at this fabulous restaurant/bar in downtown Bellevue.
But I'm getting ahead of myself talking about the fabulous items up-for-bid in the yet-to-be-distributed Auction catalog. First things first - please RSVP
. Immediately thereafter, please spread the word via texts, emails, Instagram, or dare you... face-to-face! to your fellow school parents, friends, and extended family members about the enjoyable and worthy reasons why you just signed up to attend our Auction, and how you'd like them to also register and to note that you'd like to sit at the same dinner table.
If you have more Auction questions, please contact Auction director Julianne Read or one of the hard-working committee chairs, whom I'd like to name and thank here:
Margie Clinton, Paul McCulloch, Mike Kirby, Jon & Jennifer Sharp, Rebecca Ort, Joni Hoffman, Edna Kovacs-Hewett, Jen & Peter Newton, Angie Ogilvy, Amy Thielman, Annabelle Gegus, Babna Rose Thomas; Lavina Goveas, Laura Van Noy, Mika Walker, Renee Craddock, Kathy Hueffed, Natalie Remedios, Liz DeBord, Amy Wilken, Anneliese Kertson, Erika Mervin, Janey Rabon, Rena Piercy, Ingrid Flaat, Rochelle & Rey Lagunero, Jonathan Taasan, Shiji Varuthattil, Tom Brennan, John D'Costa, Ann Marie Sweeney, Gabby Schmidt.
Enjoy God's blessings today,
Last Friday, I texted all school parents with a vital message, but we had a glitch. I apologize. The text asked if you would like to continue receiving text messages from school for emergency-use purposes (such as snow-days or lock-downs). Unfortunately, the initial text last Friday morning got cut-off, and many parents didn't reply to it as we needed.
If you did not reply to Friday's text with a "YES" or to a subsequent text this week with a "YES," please find one of those texts on your phone's history and reply by texting back "YES" to that message. You should then get an immediate response that says, "You are subscribed with St. Louise Parish School."
Thanks for getting this done right now, if you haven't already. We want to make sure every school family will receive emergency texts in the future! I have a feeling it's going to be a snowy winter
and there will be plenty of times I'll be sending early-morning texts about late starts or canceled days.
Upcoming Calendar of Events
- Photo Day
- All students to wear complete school uniform, including red fleece or sweater
- Pre-order photos through Yuen Lui Studios
- Questions? Contact Cindy Wagner
- Mass on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, 9AM - all parents are encouraged to attend; please wait for you child outside the main building or outside church, as they head to church at approximately 8:45
- In conjunction with our focus on St. Francis - the patron saint of animals - the 6th graders are holding an (optional) all-school collection drive - cans of dog and cat food to be donated to low income people with pets. Your child is invited to bring one can to school today, but please don't spend any more than $1.
Monday, October 7
- Parent Education Class for parents of grade PK, K, 1, 2 students - 6:30PM in the School Library
- All gr. PK-2 parents invited to hear from family therapist and former school counselor, Mollie Lentz, on parenting topics such as signs of anxiety in your kids, how technology affects children, and how to balance your family calendar for a healthy family life - all focusing on this specific age level of 4 to 8 year-olds;
- All adults invited, so invite your friends who have gr. PK-2 children in other schools;
- Adults only, so thank you for finding childcare;
- No cost - thanks to your fundraising efforts in the Charger Cards program which allows Parents' Club to fund these parent education classes;
Thursday, October 10
- Parents should expect a special email from Mr. Fitz this day that includes the link to complete a Parent Survey; this Parent Survey is the one where each family will sign up for their preferred day and time for a required November Parent/Teacher Conference; the survey will also include vital questions asking for parents' insights on future class sizes at St. Louise; the Survey will close on October 18; thank you in advance for completing this online survey between Oct. 10-18!
- Training of grade 5-8 Altar Servers, 3:00-4:30, in the church
- Due to Friday's No-School Day, Charger Cards will sell TODAY from 8:15-9:00AM out of their sales window.
Friday, October 11 - NO SCHOOL
- School office and Kids' Club are both closed today
- The faculty is spending the day in a theology retreat, studying the Sacrament of Penance
Saturday, October 12
- Final Fall Fix-Up of the season; come with your work gloves and yard tools from 8AM-12PM to earn 4 volunteer hours while helping to beautify the parish grounds; please RSVP to our volunteer foreman, Jeffrey Hummer
Monday, October 14 -
- All grades dismiss at 12:00 today
- Teachers are holding optional parent/teacher conferences in the afternoon
- Kids' Club is open this afternoon - from 12:00-5:45
Tuesday, October 15
- Special meeting of all our school parents who are new to St. Louise this year, 8:30AM; contact Cindy Wagner for more information and to RSVP
Wednesday, October 16
- Parent Prayer Group - gathers from 8:15-8:45 at school (check-in at the school office) to pray for our students, teachers, and parents' petitions; all parents invited; contact Thuy or Carmen for more information
Friday, October 18
- Parents received a special email from Mr. Fitz on the 10th that included the link to complete a Parent Survey; this Parent Survey closes today, the 18th; it is a vital survey that asks each family to sign up for their preferred day and time for a required November Parent/Teacher Conference; the survey also includes questions asking for parents' insights on future class sizes at St. Louise; thank you for completing this online survey by no later than the 18th!
WE ARE ONE
The excitement is really beginning to build in the Auction Office! We completed our menu tasting last week, our centerpieces and table decorations are well underway and are going to be so beautiful! Our Head Table is going to be the talk of the night (sorry - no hints on this one!)!
Those things are going really well; however, there are a couple of things we could use your help with! We need Premium Wine and Build A Bear Charger Cards (don't worry, we are not using them in the same package!) So, if you are at the store, or at the Charger Card office, think of your wonderful Auction Team and please donate these items!
Here are some dates to keep in mind:
Auction Tickets are ON SALE NOW! Click
Black & White photo request form due. Click
for the form.
Premium Wine is due for the Root Beer Float Class Party. Click
for more info.
Make it a staycation! Click
to learn more about making Auction night a fun night out. Start getting your table group together, make reservations at the hotel, and find something fun to wear! It sounds like there are quite a few of us staying at the hotel (15 rooms have already been booked), so it is going to be a FUN time at the Westin Bellevue! Click
to make your reservations before our room block gets full!
I can tell you a million times over how much fun the auction is, but it's probably more credible to hear it from other people you know - with that in mind, I wanted to share a quote about the auction from fellow school parent, Marinell Zevenbergen:
"Auction night is the best! We always get a group of friends to sit together and we spend the evening laughing and talking, and supporting our kids' school. It's really important to us that we give our kids the education they need, and the auction provides the funds to help our school do this!"
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
Come Cheer on Our Charger Runners
CYO's Championship Meet for Cross Country takes place this Sunday, October 6, at Lake Sammamish State Park.
Come cheer on the 100+ Charger kids participating in the championship meet, as they run against 10 other schools, all competing for the CYO Championship title.
The race times (all approximate) are:
- 2:00 - Kindergarten
- 2:10 - 1st Grade
- 2:20 - 2nd Grade
- 2:30 - 3rd Grade
- 2:40 - 4th Grade
- 2:52 - 5th Grade
- 3:04 - 6th Grade
- 3:20 - 7th and 8th Grade
Fifth thru Eighth Graders Serve the Church
Calling all parents of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! If your child is currently an altar server at St. Louise, or is a baptized Catholic who would like to learn how to be an altar server - to serve at school and/or weekend Masses at St. Louise - there is a training coming up next week. On
Thursday, October 10, from 3:00-4:30, training of new servers (and refresher training for returning altar servers) will take place in the church. Please encourage your 5th-8th grade child to participate in this special ministry role. Contact
for more information.
Earn Volunteer Hours on a Saturday Morning
Our final Saturday morning fix-up of the school and parish grounds is coming up next Saturday, October 12. From 8AM-12PM, school parents (and high school kids and parishioners) are coming to help rake leaves, trim bushes, and help beautify the grounds. Please RSVP to our volunteer foreman,
. Don't forget to bring work gloves and yard tools. We'll gather at 8:00 outside the north wing of the old school. When we end at noon, lunch will be served.
Please Note Special Days on the School Calendar
Next Friday, October 11, is a
NO SCHOOL DAY, as the faculty
is spending the day in a theology retreat, studying the Sacrament of Penance. The s
chool office and Kids' Club are both closed on the 11th.
Then on Monday, October 14, a
ll grades dismiss at 12:00. This NOON DISMISSAL DAY is to allow teachers to hold
optional parent/teacher conferences in the afternoon.
Kids' Club is open the afternoon of the 14th from 12:00-5:45
Credit Card Fee-Free Tomorrow Only
If you use your credit card to purchase Charger Cards tomorrow, Friday the 4th,
there will be no fee for the transaction! You qualify for this savings only if you purchase of Charger Cards tomorrow is at a value >$200 and the rebates total is >7%.
- Pay in person at the window on Friday
- Skip the line and submit your order online THURSDAY NIGHT. Then pay by credit card online when we send you an invoice for payment.
Either way, don't wait! This special is for one day only. Use your credit card tomorrow to buy a bulk of Charger Cards for when you will soon do your Christmas shopping, or for giving out as Christmas gifts themselves. Earn credit card miles/rewards while supporting St. Louise School at the same time!
Class Lunch Contest! Order Online in October!
During the month of October, place an order online and help your
child's entire class win a free
pizza lunch & donut treats!
- Online order must be placed October 1-31. Contest ends 11:59pm, October 31st.
- One online order counts toward the classes of all children in your family.
- Any size order qualifies. (Place an order as small as one $5 Charger Card!)
- Online PAYMENT is NOT required. Pay for your order by check or online (via Presto Pay).
- Winning class will be determined by the highest percentage of participating student families.
- Date of free lunch TBD by winning class's teacher
We're thrilled to announce that Charger Cards now has in stock El Gaucho $100, Bai Tong $50 and Levue Nails $30 & $50 cards at 20% rebates.
Special Window Sales Day
Due to the NO SCHOOL DAY next Friday October 11th, our Charger Card sales window will be open next week on THURSDAY, October 10th, from 8:15 am-9:00 am. Orders received by 9:30 am on Monday October 7th, will be filled and sent home in student backpacks on Thursday October 10th. You may always purchase 24/7 at
The Charger Cards sale office in the central wing of the original school is open on school-Fridays from 8:15-9:00AM.
Charger Cards...It's simple, it's thoughtful and it's truly the gift that
It's Almost Time to Start Dribbling
It is basketball sign-up time! Please register your grade 4-8 child to be a part of St. Louise CYO Basketball's 2019-2020 season!
St. Louise basketball is for children in grades 4-8 who either attend
St. Louise School or whose parents are members of St. Louise Parish. Registration for CYO Basketball is open to children of all skill levels - from beginners to experienced - and every child on a St. Louise team will get guaranteed playing time in all the games.
All regular season CYO basketball games are held on weekends, either Saturday or Sunday, and most St. Louise teams get to play a number of games in our home gym. The first
games of the season start on the weekend of November 16, and the regular season ends by January 27. No games are scheduled over Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends. Teams typically play 7 or 8 regular season games.
All registration/enrollment is done online here, and regular registration
closes on Friday, October 25, at 11:59 pm. (Late Registration runs from October 26 to November 8, and the fee increases $35.) Registration fees paid during the regular
registration period are
$75 for the first child registered within a family, and
$55 for all additional children registered within the same family.
If you have questions, please contact St. Louise Basketball Coordinator, Rodney Thomas.
Halloween Costume Guidelines
All students at St. Louise are allowed to come to school on Thursday, October 31, wearing a Halloween costume. When helping your child decide what his/her costume will be, please take into account these "Fun Dress Day" guidelines:
- Costumes must be appropriate for an elementary school and more importantly, a Catholic elementary school; therefore, themes or dress that are disrespectful and/or too "adult" need to stay home. This includes, but is not limited to:
- No dressing up as the opposite sex;
- No costume with a crude sense of humor.
- Violent themes are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, the banning of:
- Bloody makeup;
- Weapons (including fake ones);
- Costumes depicting devils or vampires;
- Costumes depicting violent characters such as Scream, Freddy Krueger, It/Pennywise, Dementor, etc.
- Mr. Fitz and Mr. Fuerte have the final decision on which costumes are inappropriate. You may ask them, if you wonder if your child's costume will be considered appropriate or not. Or simpler yet - if you have to wonder...then the answer probably is you should choose another costume. ;-)
- Thanks for keeping the "Happy" in "Happy Halloween!" by making this a fun day with no hassles.
SPECIAL TREAT - NO TRICK!
Mr. Fitz will be handing out GIANT-SIZE candy bars on Halloween ONLY to students wearing costumes of actual SAINTS! Perhaps you'll dress up as St. Gregory the Great...perhaps you'll be St. Therese the Little Flower...last we checked, there were a thousand Saints from which to choose. Find some ideas here and here. Let Mr. Fitz know on the 31st which of the Church's Saints you are dressed up as to receive your giant-size, chocolate treat from him!
Remember, October 31 is a HALF DAY with a NOON DISMISSAL.
All classes dismiss at 12:00, and there is no afterschool Kids' Club this day.
Immunization Policy Updated
The following information was supplied by the Seattle Archdiocese's Office for Catholic Schools. Please let me know if you have any questions.
St. Louise School Nurse
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September 27, 2019
There is a new Immunization Policy for the Catholic Schools of Seattle Archdiocese. Following is a summary to help clarify any concerns about the implementation of the Immunization Policy.
The Catholic Church is not opposed to immunizations, believing it has an obligation to protect and promote the welfare of all children and the common good against serious health threats. The 2017
Statement from the Pontifical Academy of Life
, states there is "a moral obligation to guarantee the vaccination coverage necessary for the safety of others... we believe that all clinically recommended vaccines can be used with a clear conscience and that the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation with voluntary abortion."
The Church is following its responsibility to provide for the common good of all with accurate information about the science of immunizations, our faith, beliefs and actions.
Based on this teaching, the Archdiocese of Seattle updated its policies. While Washington State allows exemptions for immunizations, the Archdiocese, following the Catholic Church's support of immunization for the good of all, will no longer accept religious, personal, or philosophical exemptions in our Catholic schools. Medical exemptions are still allowed with a Washington State form on file. The Archdiocese honors all five types of health care providers who can sign a medical exemption form - a qualified MD, ND, DO, ARNP, or PA licensed in Washington State.
The Archdiocese's policy is consistent with the teachings of the Church and supports the vaccinations required by the State of Washington for school attendance. While this updated immunization policy goes into effect January 1, 2020, students in Archdiocesan Catholic schools may remain in school for the 2019-20 academic year so families have time to make a decision that was best for them. Students in the Seattle Archdiocese must show evidence of vaccination by September, 2020.
Seattle Archdiocese Office for Catholic Schools
AINT OF THE
please read this with your kids
We Have a Dozen Expectations for Your Kids
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.
Mr. Fitzpatrick announces to all the students the "SLE(s) of the Month" on a Monday intercom announcement at the beginning of each month. The students and their teachers then discuss the meaning of the SLE and come up with examples of how this expectation could be practiced, observed, and realized. They work all month on improving their knowledge and understanding of this learning expectation, and some grade levels are even able to achieve it later that month or later in the year. Other grade levels will need more years of practice before they can confidently confirm they are able to satisfy this objective.
At the end of the month, each homeroom informs Mr. Fitz what their class did that demonstrated the SLE(s) was accomplished, or is being initially worked on and hopefully will be achieved in the future. A few of these classrooms' reports to Mr. Fitz are announced over the intercom to the entire school and/or in this Family Bulletin to parents at each month's conclusion.
September's Student Learning Expectation focused on throughout the school was "A St. Louise student is a well-balanced individual who sets goals and implements steps to achieve them."
Below are highlights from some of the classrooms on how they have been working on achieving this SLE.
- The 6th graders have a goal for each student to read 700 pages of independent reading by the end of the trimester. To accomplish this, each student will plan to read one book every three weeks and submit to Mrs. Patterson a detailed book report on it
- The 8th graders each have a service activity to create, plan, and run. Each student identifies a non-profit group to support, sets a goal of how he/she will help that non-profit (such as raising money for it), and then identifies the steps that must be taken to accomplish this goal. Mrs. Herridge holds mid-term check-ins to help the 8th graders re-evaluate and adjust if necessary.
Dr. Cruickshank's 5th graders did a "get to know you" activity which included each student writing 3 goals for the school year. You can see their goals on the hallway bulletin board.
- In his junior high language arts classes, Mr. Gallant had the students set goals the first day of school by writing in their journals three different categories of goals:
- Short Term Goal: This goal is one they believe they can achieve soon in Language Arts class; something that requires a little more focus and effort to come to fruition. This ranged from spell check to neatness in writing to sentence structure.
- Long Term Goal: This goal is one they believe they can achieve in the next year in Language Arts class; something that with continuous repetition and effort can come to fruition over the long haul. This ranged from varying word choice in the revision/editing process to creating stronger conclusions to answering extended response questions on tests in a more detailed way.
- High School Goal: This goal is one they believe they can achieve by the time they sit down in a Freshman English class in high school; something they want to know and do by the time 9th grade rolls around. This ranged from being more of a vocal participant in class to cooperating with peers on group assignments to crafting consistently strong essays.
To achieve all three goals, Mr. Gallant will have his 7th and 8th graders revisit their goals and their steps at the conclusion of each unit of study.
For the September SLE, students in Dr. Cole's 6th grade computer classes are writing about goals they have set for this school year. The students generated a word collage including terms describing their personalities, activities, and their goals for the new school year. An example by Gunnar in 6B is attached.
- Miss Helfen's 1st graders had a group conversation about what goals are and discussed that in order to achieve a goal, one had to take steps. For example, they talked about if you wanted to be a veterinarian, you would have to go to school and study. This discussion led to the class coming up with a classroom goal. In 1A, Miss Helfen uses the classroom management tool, "Class Dojo," where the teacher gives students points for good behavior. The 1st graders decided as a class their goal was to earn 500 class points though Class Dojo, in order to receive a reward of free time. When asked by their teacher how could they earn 500 points in good behavior, the students answered with a list including, listening to the teacher, being respectful, using the correct volume level when talking, etc. Miss Helfen reports that her students have earned good behavior points every day and are on their way to reaching their goal.
- Realizing two fundamental goals at St. Louise are to get our students into college and into Heaven, Mr. Evans began the new school year in P.E. classes with the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders establishing baseline fitness levels through fitness testing. He and the students began by discussing how one way we can gain citizenship into Heaven is by taking care of what God has created...our bodies! Next, they discussed what is expected of college level students and how a college mind collects and analyzes data, identifies trends, correlations, areas of strengths and areas of need. Students then began recording fitness standards according to age and sex for the PACER cardiovascular test, the right angle push up test, the abdominal strength and endurance test, and the sit and reach flexibility test. Once all the standards were recorded, students began collecting their personal data by completing all the fitness exams. A point of emphasis was the importance of valid and reliable data. When the students finished their fitness test and their data was recorded, the SLE for September came into play. Students were instructed to evaluate their test scores to identify their strengths as well as their areas of needs. Students then formulated fitness goals for this new school year based upon identifying their areas of need. In addition, steps to achieve their fitness goals were developed. Their goals and steps implemented to achieve their goals had to be measurable, so numbers were required. For example, if a student wrote down a goal to "become more flexible and to stretch more," that student was asked by Mr. Evans to rethink/redo their goal and implementation, such as, "I want to add 8 cm. to my sit and reach flexibility test so I can reach the Presidential Standard. In order to reach my goal, I plan on stretching for 20 minutes per day 5 days a week."
Mrs. Scruggs' and Mrs. Danforth's 4th graders have started off the year planning and setting goals. Each student wrote on a banner one goal on which they wish to work all year. On the back of the banner, the student wrote two strategies he/she would implement to achieve this goal.
Now that we're in October, schoolwide every grade PreK-8 homeroom will be focusing on new Student Learning Expectations. Our new SLEs of the Month for October are:
- A St. Louise student is a life-long learner who exhibits enthusiasm for learning, including the ability to connect learning with life experiences. (SLE #2.3);
- A St. Louise student is a community member who shows awareness of local, national, and international events. (SLE #4.2).
Parents, you can assist the teachers by not only discussing at home the meanings of these expectations, but sharing with your kids how as adults you demonstrate these expectations in your own (personal or work) life.
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