February 21, 2019
Dan's Blog
Let me begin by reminding you that today is the final day that current school families can re-enroll for the upcoming 2019-20 school year and pay the reduced application fee. If you fill out the re-enrollment forms and pay the fee by no later than tonight, you'll be saving yourself $125! Please go here for more information and/or call the school office at 425-746-4220.

As you know, Easter is a movable feast,  celebrated on the first Sunday after   the Paschal full moon -  the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox. So, E aster always falls between March 22 and April 25. This year, Easter is considered "late," in that it will be on April 22. Now, to  find Ash Wednesday, you start with the date of Easter Sunday, back up six weeks (that gives you the first Sunday of Lent) and then back up four more days. Thus, Ash Wednesday is the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent, and this year that date will be March 6 - two weeks from now.

Traditionally at St. Louise School, starting on Ash Wednesday and continuing throughout the Lenten season's six weeks, the students are immersed in the three pillars of Lent - praying, fasting, and almsgiving. The praying will begin at 1:45 on the 6th in the form of an Ash Wednesday Liturgy. (Please plan on joining us if you can.) Ashes will be applied to our foreheads in the sign of the cross as the words spoken by Father or the ministers will be either: "Remember, you are dust and to dust you shall return" or "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." These words and this act of placing ashes highlight our call to repeatedly repent our sins, constantly strive to live holy lives, and always keep in mind that we are mortal, but there is hope for eternal life in Jesus if we do indeed "turn away from sin."

The fasting on Ash Wednesday will be in the form of both your kids and our faculty giving up the usual full & filling lunch for a simple lunch that will hopefully cause our stomachs to growl by the end of the school day. Fasting is a form of penance and self-denial. Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days. We can fast for a few hours as we remember all He gave up for us, including His life.

This year, the simple lunch we will serve to all the students (and faculty) in place of the typical filling lunch packed from home will be rice and beans. We have been serving soup lunches in past Ash Wednesdays, but wanted to shake things up a bit with a meal that is meatless yet has protein, doesn't have as many allergic issues, and truly will give your children a sense of how little many in our world have in which to subsist. We expect every student (from full day PreK through 8th grade) and every school staff member (from teachers to principals) to participate in the simple rice and beans lunch. Students can have their usual drink at lunch time (school milk or their own beverage) and if students are already allowed by their teachers to daily bring mid-morning snacks, these snacks could still be brought and eaten on the 6th. If there is an allergic/dietary reason why your child cannot eat white rice and pinto beans for lunch, please send a medically-explained excuse note to your child's teacher and substitute a bare-bones meal from home. Oh, and by the way, the excuse of "my child doesn't like rice and beans" isn't a medically-explained excuse. ;-)

Finally, the third pillar of Lent will be highlighted during Ash Wednesday when we ask your children, as they walk through the lunch line in the parish hall picking up their bowl of rice and beans, to give a donation. We are suggesting that each student bring $5 cash which we will donate to Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. ($5 is a guesstimate of how much would have been spent on a filling lunch. Your child can always donate more.) The Union Gospel Mission (UGM) will be the recipient of our school community's almsgiving this year. Already we have collected $550 in donations to UGM when we held our recent Faculty Bake Sale. We hope to donate another $1,500 or so from your family's $5 lunch donations.  Motivated by our Christian faith, UGM provides extensive 360-degree support and recovery services for homeless men, women, and children throughout King County. Your kids will hear more from UGM this coming Wednesday when they are here to present information on how donations help the homeless. 

More Lenten information will be forthcoming next week, as we'll send you next Thursday a listing of the various liturgies and events taking place throughout the parish from March 6 through April's Holy Week.  The Lenten season is a terrific time to rejuvenate your prayer lives and to create and/or continue some memorable family practices, such as attending Stations of the Cross.

Finally, I'll be emailing every school family later today with a link to our 2nd trimester Parent Survey. Thanks for taking 10 minutes to complete the survey. It will be active through February 28.

Pax et bonum,                                         
Mr. Fitz

The teachers, your kids, and I are looking forward to tomorrow's Grandparents' Day, with Mass at 9AM followed by a reception. Please note that parking will be crowded, and overflow parking will be on the dirt soccer field. 

Upcoming Calendar of Events  

  • Teachers for the Day - 19 students will teach lessons and be treated like "teachers" today (a privilege purchased by their parents at November's Auction); in addition, these student-teachers will get to enjoy morning hot cocoa with Mr. Fuerte before school and a pizza lunch in the faculty room with Mr. Fitz and fellow adult-teachers
  • Early-admissions period for 2019-20 school year ends; last day for current families to pay the reduced $95 re-enrollment application fee (fee increases to regular $220 rate on the 22nd)

  • Grandparents' Day with Mass at 9AM, followed by a reception in their grandchildren's classrooms

Friday, March 1
  • Sales Day! Purchase Used Uniforms, Charger Gear, and Charger Cards from 2:00-4:00 in the central hallway of the original school
  • Auction's Kidd Valley Lunch - if you purchased this gift for your child at the Auction, today is when he/she will get a burger, fries, and shake delivered from Kidd Valley
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - some grade 2-8 classes will be attending Adoration in the church
  • Parish's 24-Hour Prayer Vigil - begins this morning and runs through Saturday morning; includes a Family Rosary at 5:30PM; see the article below for more information

Thursday, March 7
  • The snowed-out Winter Concert - performed by 3rd graders, 4th graders, and the school band - has been rescheduled to this date; 1:30 dress rehearsal with grades PK-6 attending; 6:30PM evening performance with parents and families invited

Saturday, March 9
  • 2019 Auction Launch-Party at 6PM in the school lobby; all school parents invited to attend for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and the unveiling of the 2019 Auction theme; contact Julianne Read for more information

Save the Dates: 

  • Saturday, March 9 - Auction Launch Party at 6PM in school lobby
  • Wednesday & Thursday, April 3 & 4 - School musical, Dear Edwina, performs in parish hall at 6:30 for two nights only; tickets go on sale to the general public in March
  • Thursday, May 16 - Donor Appreciation Event; contact Cindy Wagner to find out how to receive an invitation to this special night
Used Uniform & Charger Gear Sale Is Next Friday
          Next Friday, March 1, from 2:00-4:00PM - please shop at our winter Used Uniform and Charger Gear Sale. It will be held in the St. Louise Room in the central hallway of the original school. Stop by to order a new fleece sweater or Friday-wear hoody or track jacket. In addition, you'll be able to find great deals on used skirts, jumpers, sweaters, pants and shorts.    
          By the way, if you have clean, gently-used uniform pieces your children have outgrown, please send them to school in a bag marked "used uniforms," and we'll be able to add them to our sales inventory.  Remember, all proceeds from these sales go to the Parents' Club, who use it to provide assemblies and other enrichment grants for your kids!
          If you have questions about Charger Gear, please contact Joy Tran or Anneliese Kertson If you have questions about Used Uniforms, please contact Grace Kirchner or Kristina Yumul-Abueg

Calling for Nominations  
       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: Tom Brennan, Joni Hoffman, Amy Wilken, and Ingrid Flaat. Do you have a fellow parent(s) to nominate? If so, please send your nomination to Mr. Fitz, along with an explanation of why the person deserves to be considered. Thanks for your help!

You're Invited to Learn from and Pray with our Bishop   
        A "Day of Reflection" with Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg will be held here in the St. Louise Parish Hall on Saturday, March 23, from 1:00 to 4:30.  Bishop Mueggenborg will be speaking on the topic of " Gospel Lessons in Eucharistic Discipleship ."
        Catholics regularly receive the Eucharist as the gift of Jesus' Body and Blood. This afternoon session will help attendees better understand the lived implications of that gift and some practical ways in which they can respond to the Lord each day. The reflections will be taken from various Eucharistic passages in the Gospels .
       Doors of the Parish Hall will open at 12:30. You may find it helpful to bring a Bible.

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Charger Cards Will Hold Special Afternoon Sales Next Friday
We will have our usual morning sale from 8:15-9:00am next Friday, with an additional sale time slot on March 1, from 2:00-3:30pm.  We will be selling cards out of the Charger Card office at the same time as the Used Uniform/Charger Gear sale in the St. Louise Room of the original school hallway.



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.                          
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 keeps on giving! For more information on Charger Cards and online ordering, please visit or email chairperson Marsha at
Volunteers Needed to Assist with Vision/Hearing Screenings
          Our school nurse Jane Reynolds is looking for 12 volunteers to help with vision and hearing screenings of students on Tuesday, March 19, from 9-3.  This is a great opportunity for 6 volunteer hours, and no experience is needed.  Please contact Jane Reynolds if you are available on March 19. 

Calling on Volunteers for Father/Daughter Dance
          Are you looking for volunteer hours?  Come join the Father/Daughter Dance team, and help in this fun event.  We are in need of volunteers who can help set up for the event on Friday, March 1, and/or Saturday, March 2. Volunteers are also needed to serve ice cream sundaes during the dance (6:30-8:30pm on the 2nd) and/or to help clean up after the event (8:30pm on the 2nd).  If you have questions or want to sign-up to help, please contact Silvia Macias or Priscilla Portocarrero .

Join Us for a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil

St. Louise Parish has scheduled a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil, beginning Friday, March 1, and ending Saturday, March 2. School parents and/or families are encouraged to join fellow families for prayer time between the hours of 9AM on Friday and 9AM on Saturday in the church. Focus of the prayer time is silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. 

Some of our grade 2-8 homerooms will also be attending Adoration on the 1st during school hours. As a school parent, you may come to church during school hours or you may choose to return to church with your family for the Children's Rosary at 5:30pm. 

A box for prayer intentions and a sign-up sheet will be placed in the Church Vestibule. During the next couple weeks, you may place your prayer intentions in the box and sign up for an hour of prayer time. (These are both optional actions.) Your prayers will be used by participants to offer up intercessory prayers during the vigil. Please contact parishioner Dawn McIntosh with any questions.


If you're not too busy to check your social media account or to eat everyday, then you're not too busy to pray either."
~Father Paul Scalia

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