ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

October 17, 2019
Dan's Blog
Today is the deadline for parents to complete the Parent Survey which I previously emailed you. If you forgot to complete the survey, check your October 10th or 14th emails to find the one from me, and click on the link within that email to complete the survey. This is a survey that every school family must complete in order to let us know on what day and time you would like your child's teacher to schedule your required November Parent-Teacher Conference.  There are also additional questions on the survey asking for your input on future tuition rates and class sizes, so you'll need about 10 minutes to answer. Thanks for completing the survey (one per school family) by today's deadline. 
 
If you never responded to the recent text message sent by the school asking you to opt-in to our emergency messaging system, please opt-in now by texting the word YES to 87569. You will then be sure to receive texts from St. Louise School during emergencies such as school closures or lockdowns.

Remember, if we are going to start a school day late or close school due to snow, we don't broadcast on TV like the public schools and some private schools do. We instead privately broadcast to St. Louise families via email and/or via our texting system. It's therefore very important that moms and dads opt-in to receive these texts. 

Finally, as I'm sure you're aware, our school staff and students regularly practice emergency evacuations in cases of fire, earthquake, and or safety lockdowns. We've already held a successful all-school fire drill, and today (weather dependent) we're planning on holding an all-school earthquake drill. Ask your child how it went, and what his/her duties were in proper behavior and actions to take from the start of the drill to its finish.

As for parents' duties, did you realize you have some too?! Should there be an actual earthquake, fire, or lockdown while school is in session, parents are not to telephone school. We will try to send out an emergency email and/or text as soon as possible, but our first priority is to attend to your children. Parents  are also not to attempt to enter a school building during an emergency. If you're able to arrive at school after an earthquake, parents should enter at the 156th Avenue entrance and proceed to the Student Pickup/Reunification Area - which will be set up in the south parking lot. The faculty member in charge of this area will direct parents to where you may wait to pick up your children. As you can imagine, we need everyone's cooperation for an orderly and systematic release of students to either their parents or to the adults listed on their emergency forms who have permission to take them home.

The school has water, food, and other supplies stored for use in emergencies when students have to remain overnight at school. Let's hope we never have to use them, but it's good to be prepared. Speaking of prepared, does your family have these plans in place? If not, you might want to set them up ASAP.

If you would like to be a part of our Emergency Preparedness Committee, helping us continually evaluate and update St. Louise's plans and supplies for emergencies such as earthquakes or lockdowns, please contact fellow parent  Joe Dickinson, the coordinate of the committee. 

Enjoy God's blessings today,                                         
Mr. Fitz
 
p.s.

Please register HERE to attend our November 9th Auction.  It's always such a fun event, and it's a vital event, as we have a goal of raising over $200,000 in auction revenue and fund-a-need project donations. 

As for the fund-a-need for this year, we will have TWO opportunities during the live portion of the Auction for you to raise your bid card and donate your chosen gift for two school needs:

1. Our TUITION-ASSISTANCE ENDOWMENT FUND - You can help grow our fund so we can meet the needs of helping families with financial aid scholarships in order for them to afford to send their kids to St. Louise.

2. UPDATING OUR SCIENCE CURRICULUM & ENHANCING OUR SCHOOL'S TECHNOLOGY - We have plans for new purchases of updated science programs for K-8 as well as improving our wi-fi so it will reach all areas on campus.

You'll be receiving more information on our two fund-a-need projects soon. It's going to be exciting to experience the bidding and donating going on in the Westin Ballroom on November 9th! Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Upcoming Calendar of Events  

Today
  • 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;  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 
  • Parents' Club Meeting at 6:30PM in the faculty room; all parents are invited to attend

Tomorrow
  • Flavorful Friday Sale - the 5th graders will be selling ice cream treats for $1 at lunchtime, raising funds to support the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos orphans they sponsor
  • CROWD Social for grades 6-8 in parish hall from 7-9PM

Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20

Saturday, October 26
  • 8th Grade Math Team to compete in Seattle Prep Math Games

Tuesday, October 29
  • All-School Lockdown Drill

Thursday, October 31 - NOON DISMISSAL FOR ALL
  • No afterschool Kids' Club or extracurricular clubs
  • Kindergarten concert at 8:40
  • Fun Dress Day - please follow the costume guidelines; students dressed as "Saints" should see Mr. Fitz for their giant-sized candy treat

Friday, November 1

Saturday, November 2
  • 8th Grade Math Team to compete in Bishop Blanchet HS Math Tournament

November 4-8
  • Auction Preview Week in the school lobby; come inside at the start or end of each school day to buy raffle tickets, sign-up for parties, view Black & White Photos, and get a sneak peek at the grade level art projects

Saturday, November 9
  • We Are One Auction at the Bellevue Westin, 5PM

SCHOOL CALENDAR
WE ARE ONE 
Auction News


The excitement continues to build as we are just 23 short days out from We Are One - our largest fundraiser of the year! We have some AMAZING items you'll be able to bid on the night of the auction including:
  • See Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran Theater in San Francisco!
  • Parents' Night out at Ascend - the hottest restaurant on the Eastside - enjoy cocktails and appetizers with all of your St. Louise friends 31 stories up!
  • Red Hot Ride to School - your kiddos will enjoy a ride to St. Louise in a Bellevue Fire Department Fire Truck!
  • Upgrade your entertainment game with a new Traeger Smoker, Yeti Bucket Cooler and a new BBQ tool set!
  • An Axe Throwing Party for 8 at Blade & Timber!
These items, plus about 300 more, will be available for your generous bidding on November 9th!
 
Here are a few auction reminders:
  1. If you purchased your tickets at the Launch Party or New Parent Orientation back in March and June - all you need to do is send an email listing who you would like to sit with to auction@stlouiseschool.org with the subject line "Reservations".
  2. If you need to purchase tickets, please click HERE to go to the Registration Page. Within the registration page, be sure to note which meal you would like to enjoy, and under Special Accommodations
    , please note with whom you would like to sit ! If you are new this year, and don't know who you want to sit with, we'll seat you with other families in your grade.

By the way, Congratulations to 4B for handily winning the Premium Wine Contest! Mrs. Danforth's class will enjoy a Root Beer Float Party next week! Way to go and thanks for your generosity, 4th grade parents....and all the other parents who donated bottles of wine!

Here are the volunteer needs we have right now:

Auction Night Volunteers:
We need 12 more Auction Night Volunteers. These are our dedicated volunteers who make the night run smoothly - they handle accounting, registration, raffle ticket sales, live auction spotters, runners, item distribution, etc. You will be trained so no experience is necessary, and please  note that you will be working for the entire event and your tasks may change several times during the evening. If you have specific questions about how volunteering works on the night of the big event, please reach directly out to Mike Kirby. Or, simply sign up HERE

Morning Set-Up Volunteers
We need 20 volunteers to set up all of the items for the auction from 8AM-12PM on the morning of Saturday, November 9. Please sign up  HERE to join in the fun! You'll get to see all of the wonderful items that will be up for sale ahead of everyone else! We'll also make sure you have plenty of time to go home to get ready to return for the big event.


Important dates:
11/1:
RSVPs due for We Are One at St. Louise!
11/4 - 11/8:
Preview Week!
11/9:
We Are One at the Bellevue Westin begins at 5PM!
 
Thank you so much for all of your incredible support!
That's what makes this event the BEST!

~Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
   auction@stlouiseschool.org or 425-214-5441

Calling All Veterans
and Active Military

          Please note that on Monday, November 11, the entire school will be holding an outdoor ceremony at 8:30 AM in recognition of Veterans' Day. We will be praying, singing, saluting the flag, and thanking any military veterans or active military who were able to join us that morning. If you or a family member (or neighbor) is a veteran or active military, it would be great to show up outside our flag pole on Veterans' Day to join us and be recognized!

Do You Need Some Fresh Air on Fridays?

          We are looking for a parent volunteer to assist with Friday recess supervision from 11:50-1:00. You get to enjoy being outdoors, watching your child play with his/her classmates while making sure all the students stay safe. You'd be working with our two instructional assistant staff plus other parent volunteers. No experience is necessary, and moms with babies in strollers or toddlers are allowed to bring their lil' ones. Please contact Lisa McKenna for more information. 
Thanks to Our Fall Fix-Up Volunteers 

          We want to thank these volunteers for cleaning up the parish and school grounds last Saturday at our final Fix-Up of the Fall:  Jeffrey Hummer  (our volunteer, head-landscaper and foreman); Ken Kincaid; Paul McCulloch; Jose Cruz; Uyen Higashi, Paul Weber, Owen Weber (alumni); Gary Studt; Francisco Solares; Sander Munoz; Kemper Scott; Cindy Kemper; John Yuen; Sheldon Sequeira. 
          We'll have two Saturday morning work days coming up later in the spring. In addition, parents can easily earn volunteer hours by joining our Adopt-a-Garden program. You are assigned a small plot of land on campus and asked to come on your own schedule to keep the area free of weeds, leaves, etc. If you're interested, please contact Eric Lund


Don't Forget This Month's Class Lunch Contest! 
 
During the month of October, place an order online and help your  child's entire class win a free pizza lunch & donut treats! 

The current classroom stats are:
  1. 6B class is leading in family participation with 20%!
  2. KB, 2B, 5A, 5B, 6A each have 18%
  3. 2A, 4B have 16%
  4. 8A, 8B, 4B classes have 12%
It's close! One or two more orders can make a big difference!

Contest Details:
  • 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 and donut dessert TBD by winning class's teacher
Please use the Online Registration Directions form to get started!

Are You Ready for Halloween?
Buy your Halloween candy, party decorations, and costumes with Charger Cards! We have cards for Target, Disney, Fred Meyer, and Walmart.
 

Buy & Use Charger Cards from Your Phone

Learn how to use Charger Cards from your phone and increase your support for St. Louise! Our online website has an app and mobile website! The app makes it easy to purchase, use and track online Charger Cards!
  • See the video that shows you how to use MyScripWallet.com.
  • Login with your ShopWithScrip® online account (what we call your online account)
  • Purchase ScripNow® and Reload brands
  • Pay securely with PrestoPay™
  • Redeem right from your Apple or Android device
  • Manage eCards and Reloads
  • Keep earning rebates on the go!
  

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  www.shopwithscrip.com  or myscripwallet.com .                          
 
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 www.stlouiseschool.org/chargercards or email chairpersons Marsha and Katherine at

Basketball Registration Closes in One Week

           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 sche duled 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 .
You're Invited to this Special Presentation

          St. Louise Parish's Gospel-of-Life group is presenting an informative evening for all parishioners and school parents.  Seattle attorney Margaret Dore will be in the Parish Hall to show and discuss the documentary, Fatal Flaws. This documentary explains how the Death with Dignity Act applies to people with years or decades to live and exposes us and our loved ones to abuse and exploitation. The evening begins at 6:30PM on November 2.  Refreshments will be served.
Parents Need All the Support They Can Get
          
          What is conscience? How can I help my children form true Christian consciences? How can I help my children make the best decisions when they faced with a new or unfamiliar situations? How can I explain the difference between following conscience and doing what "feels good at the moment" or what gets me "off the hook"?
          Sister Carolyn Roeber will be at St. Louise to meet with parents and address these and other important practical issues that arise in the formation of your children as citizens of this world and the next.  Sister's deep expertise and practical wisdom are sure to give you skills and support to address this critical dimension of your children's formation for Faith & Life. The event, sponsored by the parish's Adult Faith Formation Committee, begins at 6PM on November 16 in the Parish Hall.



Archdiocese Is Asking for Your Support
            
The Called to Serve as Christ campaign is an extraordinary opportunity for all to play a role in strengthening the Catholic Church in Western Washington. This campaign will focus on raising $100 million to strengthen our priest pension and retirement medical plans, provide support to women religious serving or who have served in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and assist key efforts in our parishes. There are two questions that are often asked about the campaign so we'd like to share them and the answers to each one:
 
  • Will any of the Called to Serve as Christ campaign money be used to pay clergy abuse claims?
No. The money for abuse claims was paid by the archdiocesan insurance program. Money for the campaign is put in a separate bank account overseen by a separately incorporated nonprofit entity - The Called to Serve as Christ Campaign Fund. Both plans are trusts and assets that can only be used for priest pension and medical benefits. In other words, they can't be used to pay for anything other than those benefits.
 
  • How did the archdiocese decide what amount to ask my family?
Ask amounts were set by looking at a number of factors, including: a parish offertory snapshot, parishioners giving history to the Annual Catholic Appeal, other archdiocesan giving history (Crozier Society, etc.), planning study responses, other public knowledge of philanthropic giving, and capacity and an evaluation done by the parish. The archdiocese has no way of knowing a family's personal financial situation, income or obligations. Capital campaigns are about extraordinary giving towards extraordinary goals. To accomplish these goals, every parish family is humbly invited to consider a gift above and beyond their regular support to their parish and the Appeal. The amount of your gift or pledge is your personal decision.
 
You probably have other questions so we invite you to go over the list of frequently asked questions that's available on our parish website here or you can get a printed copy from the parish office. Please visit the Stories of Vocation and Service about our priests and women religious here. You can also read Fr. Gary's letter about the campaign here.
 
By now you should have received a campaign packet through the mail. Kindly take the time to read the material provided about the campaign and Archbishop Etienne's invitation. Please prayerfully consider the level of support that the good Lord is moving your heart to do for the campaign. Please call the parish office or send an email to calledtoserveaschrist@stlouise.org if you haven't received your campaign packet or for any other inquiries.
 
Thank you for your prayers and generous support for the Called to Serve as Christ campaign.

S AINT OF THE W EEK
please read this with your kids
 
 

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