May 9, 2019
Dan's Blog
I wanted to let you know our exciting news on new teachers being hired to teach at St. Louise in 2019-20! I was so relieved to have found three quality teachers, because we were going to need to replace three quality St. Louisers - Karen Alleman, Kaitlin Casey, and Anne Etter. 
(By the way, you will have a chance say your final farewells to these three departing teachers  at our end-of-year liturgy on June 12.)
Annalia Curry will be our new teacher in K-A, replacing Mrs. Alleman. Annalia and her husband moved here from Ohio two years ago, as he was hired by Microsoft. They live in Bellevue. Mrs. Curry previously taught kindergarten at a Catholic school in Cincinnati, and she is a graduate of Xavier University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Montessori Education and Early Childhood Education.

Tricia Bolding is our new reading specialist teacher. "Wait!" you say. "Isn't Cathy Woods our reading teacher!?" Yes, Mrs. Woods is our reading teacher through June. Then she will transition to be our new 2nd grade teacher in 2-A replacing Miss Casey, as Cathy was itching to get back into being a homeroom teacher once again. Tricia comes to us from teaching 1st grade at St. Brendan School in Bothell, and before that from teaching kindergarten and 1st grade at a Phoenix Catholic school. She lives in Seattle, not too far from I-90, making her Seattle-to-Bellevue commute next year very attractive compared to her current Seattle-to-Bothell commute.
(Just don't tell Miss Reynolds, who still has her daily Lynnwood-to-Bellevue commute, or yours truly, who still has my Snohomish-to-Bellevue commute.)  Miss Bolding received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Arizona State University, and is receiving her Master's Degree in Reading from Grand Canyon University.

One more transition is in 5th grade, as Joellyn Jaster is moving from her 5-A classroom to 3-A this fall. She, too, was eager to try something new. So instead of searching for a new teacher to replace the departing Miss Etter in 3rd grade, we spent April looking for a new teacher for 5th grade. And we found her! Our new 5th grade teacher in 2019-20 will be Liz Cruickshank . Dr. Cruickshank previously taught for seven years in California, and then became a professor of education at National University (La Jolla, California). She currently has three children at Eastside Catholic School and lives in Sammamish.

Finally, just when I thought I was done hiring, I received the sad news that Donna Neil will not be returning as our Pre-K instructional assistant. Donna and her husband are going to move back "home" - which is North Dakota - where Donna can be close to her family and transition to a less urban-hectic and more rural-relaxing life.  (Sounds enticing!)  So, I've posted a part-time job position on the Archdiocesan employment page .  I f you know of a qualified candidate looking for a 20-hour-per-week position which begins in August, please have him/her complete the application process and contact me.

Pax et bonum,                                         
Mr. Fitz

Thank you for your participation in our fund raiser, the Walk-A-Thon, which culminated in our fun walk last Friday (see the article below). I appreciate the work of the Sharp, Zevenbergen, and Read families - whose husband-and-wife-teams organized the event - as well as the support of their tremendous group of volunteers.

The Walk-A-Thon officially ends tomorrow - Friday the 10th - when all pledges and donations are to be turned-in.

Thanks for fulfilling your family's commitment to this required fund raiser. Remember, we hold these fund raisers (WAT, Auction, Charger Cards, Annual School Gift Campaign) so to keep our tuition the lowest of all the Catholic schools on the Eastside, thus making tuition more affordable for more families.

Upcoming Calendar of Events  

  • All-School Mass on the feast day of Saint Louise de Marillac, 9:00; parents encouraged to attend - please meet your child's class outside the school at 8:45
  • On this Feast Day of St. Louise de Marillac, go here to learn about this lesser-known Saint, including learning about one reason why our parish was named "Louise" - it's not for a reason you'd think

  • The 5th grade sponsors two children from the NPH Orphanage (Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos) as part of their class service. To help raise a little extra money to send to these sponsored children as Christmas presents each year, the 5th grade classes will be selling ice cream sandwiches on this "Flavorful Friday Day." The treats are $1 and will be sold to all classes during lunch. Thank you for considering sending a dollar with your child for ice cream to help the support the 5th grade's NPH pequeños!
  • On Fridays in May, outside of the Charger Card Office from 8:15 - 9:15 you can buy Auction Tuition Raffle tickets. For each ticket purchased, you could win Half-Tuition for the 2019-2020 School Year. But note...if 100 tickets are sold, that prize goes up to FULL TUITION for the 2019-2020 School Year! 
  • Walk-A-Thon Turn-In Day - DEADLINE for donations! (see article below)

Saturday, May 11
  • Spring Spruce-Up, 8am-12pm; help beautify the parish/school landscape by weeding, pruning, and spreading bark; email Jeffrey Hummer if you can volunteer; meet outside the north wing of the original school with your yard tools (including a wheelbarrow and shovel if you have them)
  • Volunteer Appreciation Event, 12pm; please see article below for your opportunity for a free lunch and free t-shirt as St. Louise's thanks for your volunteering; RSVP needed; adults only please

Sunday, May 12
  • God Bless Our Mothers!

Monday through Thursday, May 13-16
  • Sixth Graders leave on Monday morning to environmental-education overnight-camp at the Mt. Rainier Institute with Mr. Glaser and Mrs. Patterson 
  • Sixth Graders return Thursday afternoon, and do not have school on Friday, May 17

Thursday, May 16; Saturday, May 18; Sunday, May 19
  • Bake Sales to support junior high activities and 8th grade graduation events; Thursday's Bake Sale will take place during lunchtime (students who want to purchase baked treats and candy should bring $1 or more); Saturday's and Sunday's Bake Sale will take place before and after every weekend Mass outside the front entrance of the church


Above is one of three groups of 2nd graders who received their First Holy Communion last weekend.  Congratulations to our 2nd graders!

Walk-A-Thon Is Whopping Success

Wow! We had a great Walk-A-Thon last Friday! Students and staff enjoyed some time outside with our great weather and walked TONS of laps! We are projected to raise over $64,000 once all the pledges come in tomorrow - Friday!
Thank you to our 30+ volunteers for all the work you put in to make it a great day! We are grateful to our students and staff for walking and making it super fun. We appreciate the support of our entire community. Charger Pride with Every Stride!
Please take advantage of these final 24 hours of collecting donations from friends, family, and neighbors. You can keep writing more on the yellow copy, or use your student's personal link from to solicit these donations. 

All donations are due tomorrow - Friday.
Next week we will announce the prize winners, including which students reached Charger Club - raising  $250 (or more) - and will be receiving a free dress day, free pizza lunch, and a gift card to Flying Circus.  Please visit the Walk-A-Thon webpage for more details on donating and prizes!  
If you have any questions, please email
From your Walk-A-Thon Chairs,  
Marinell Zevenbergen, Jen Sharp & Julianne Read
Charger Pride with Every Stride!
Are You Being Called to Get More Involved in Your 
Child's School?
Serving a three-year term on the Parents' Club Board is a fabulous way to volunteer at St. Louise, as well as a great way to learn the "inside scoop" of all the various events and advancements regarding your child's school. You are committing to approximately six evening meetings during the school year, and would be working with a nice group of fellow parents. You may find their names here, so please contact any of them today if you would be interested in learning more about volunteering to serve on the Parents' Club Board beginning in the 2019-20 school year. 

NOTE: Less than 5 WEEKS until the school year ends! Make plans now to complete your Charger Card requirement! 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 Cards Make Mothers' Day Gifts

Mothers' Day is this Sunday! Charger Cards will make it easy for you for all Mothers' Day orders!  Stop by and pick up the perfect gift for your wife, mother, or grandmother!
Great gift card suggestions for Mom include:
  • - $25 or $100
  • Crate and Barrel - $25 or $100
  • Spa and Wellness - $25
  • Levue Nails - $30
  • Jo Ann Fabrics or Michael's - $25
  • Macy's - $25 or $100
  • Nordstrom - $25 or $100
  • Pottery Barn - $25 or $100
  • Starbucks - $10 or $25
Create a Mother's Day Package:
  • The Spoil Mom Package ($110): four $25 Spa and Wellness cards & one $10 Starbucks card. (Spa and Wellness gift cards are redeemable in many locations in the Eastside, such as InSpa, Elements Massage, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa.)
  • The From Dad and the Kids to Mom Package ($50): one $25 card to Marshall's, Macy's or Nordstrom and one $25 Starbucks card.
  • The Mom's Day Out Package ($110): one $50 Gene Juarez card, one $50 Macy's card, and one $10 Starbucks card.
  • The Date Night for Mom Package ($130): one $30 Levue Nails card and one $100 Daniel's Broiler card.
  • The Dinner and a Movie at Crossroads Package ($75): one $25 Regal Cinema card (good for 2 single tickets) and one $50 Tutta Bella card.
  • The Dinner and a Movie at Lincoln Square Package ($75): one $25 Lincoln Cinema card and one $50 Maggiano's card.
Or if you'd like to get creative and make your own package, we'd be happy to customize any package! Nothing says "I love you Mom" more than buying a gift that also helps your kids' school! Take that extra step to show her you care!
It's Auction Procurement time!

Buy Charger Cards before you make your purchases on the Auction Wish Lists, and thus, increase your support for St. Louise! You may also purchase and then  donate Charger Cards directly to Auction! Auction requests the following gift cards in a limited supply (with the  rebate amounts listed):
  • Amazon (3%)
  • Disney (3%)
  • Pottery Barn (8%)
  • Nordstrom (4%)
  • Bai Tong (20%)
  • Daniel Broiler (20%)
  • Purple (20%)
  • Tom Douglas (20%)

Organize Your Life and Get Ready for Summer with RELOAD Charger Cards

Buy a plastic card from the Charger Card Office once and register it online. You can order RELOAD value for these cards online and never need to make an in-person Charger office visit again!
  • You can RELOAD your cards at your convenience online!
  • RELOAD late at night after the kids go to bed!
  • RELOAD on your phone when you are out and need to buy groceries!
  • RELOAD all summer and support St. Louise year round!
We would LOVE to help you set up RELOAD cards! If you'd like one of us to walk you through each step of online process in person or by phone, please email us and we'll be happy to coordinate a time to help you!

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

Volunteers Needed This Saturday

There are two ways that volunteers are needed this Saturday, May 11. First, we have one of two Spring Spruce-Ups from 8AM-12PM, and we need helpers to weed, trim, and rake around the school and parish landscaping. If you can help, please bring yard tools (and a wheelbarrow if you can, as we'll be shoveling some bark) and gather outside the north wing of the original school at 8AM. Please RSVP to our head landscape volunteer,  Jeffrey Hummer, so he knows the size of Saturday's work crew.

Secondly, if you're a volunteer for ANY parish or school group - so that would be EVERY SCHOOL PARENT - St. Louise Parish is honoring you this Saturday the 11th at 12PM with a lunch. The Volunteer Appreciation event begins in the church at noon with a brief prayer service, and then a barbecue lunch will be served in the parish hall immediately following. This event is for adults only please. We'd love for school parents to come to the church at 12 this Saturday and be treated to a blessing and a lunch. Thanks for all you do when you volunteer at St. Louise! 

We Love Our Volunteers!

We want to thank the following volunteers for their yearlong assistance in various ways around school. We couldn't have done these programs and events without you!

Recess Supervisors: Karen Garvizu, Elizabeth Armenta, Daniella Olson, Veronique Tano, Ruth Kerschbaumer, Carolyn Yepez, Ichsan Zwart, Shirley Wu, Sharon Victor, Rocio Garcia, Maria Moreno, Ana Gonzalez, Diane Sloss, Michael Stapleton, Palma Conces, Jillian Cambridge, Joe Pacheco, Kat Caso, Karla Pardo, Dana Balajova, Paul Herber, Genevieve Bekkerus, Cesar Flores, Shiji Varuthattil, and Carolyn Salazar.

Afternoon Traffic Directors:  Veronique Tano, Karla Pardo, Ichsan Zwart, Ely Ponte, Rayme Teders, Hicham Kehdy, Ann Marie Sweeney, Brian Piercy, Cheryl Sutton

Library Helpers:  Anna Jung, John Perreault, Carolyn Yepez, Sharon Victor, Kathleen Kirby, Michelle Ameen, Diane Smith, Veronique Tano, Gabby Schmidt, Jacintha Vimal, Shiji Varuthattil, Allison Weber, Angela Fernandez, Lillibeth Tiotuico

Office Assistants: 
Katie Barrows-Rempe,  Jen Curran,  Ichsan Zwart,  Kelly Miller,  Kristina Abueg,  Amy Wilken,  Angie Ogilvy,  Taryn Reed,  Laura Dark,  Jackie Munson,  Kristine Bautista,  Amy Manne,  John Spaith,  Mari McMenamin,  Beth O'Rourke,  Rebecca Nightingale,  Isabella Becker,  Rayme Teders,  Lorena Denny

PE Class Helpers:  Babna Rose, Dana Balajova Ivannikov, Nicole Wong 

Volunteer Nurses:  Maggie Samson, Aila Olayo, Isabella Becker, Lavina Goveas

Computer Lab Assistants:  John Perreault, Babna Rose, Dana Balajova Ivannikov, Hernando Silva

Thursday Envelope Stuffers: Ashley Dickinson,  Kathleen Kirby, Laura VanNoy, Kathy and Stefan Sulaiman, Dawn Spencer, Annaliza Cruz, Angeleigh Gregorios, Teresa Casanova, Lavina and Johnson Goveas, Didi Burrington 

WE ARE ONE Auction News

We are well into Procurement Month, and I'm so happy to share with you that many families have already completed their Auction procurement requirement, as well as donated up to the "Free Dress level" of $350! (Their children will not get a Free Dress day in June.) Thank you so much for your generosity!
Here are the 4 things you need to know about We Are One this week:

1. Procure! Donate! Underwrite! Purchase!
Thank you to the families who have completed their Procurement/Donation forms and have already turned them in. Click here to refer to the Family packet, complete our online Procurement/Donation form, or review any Wish Lists or requirements! This Week's Procurement Contest - Amazon Registry! Consider purchasing items from our Amazon Registry no later than tonight, so we can send home a little prize with your kids tomorrow! Please send your receipt to so we can send the gift home!

2. Next Week's Procurement Contest: Parties and Premium Wine!
Want to host a grade level party in your home or at a nearby restaurant? That can be your procurement! Simply fill out the procurement form online outlining your party idea! Or, want to send in Premium Wine? Donate any bottles valued at $35 or more!
3. Tuition Raffle Tickets: On sale tomorrow outside of Charger Cards!
Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Half-Tuition goes to the big winner, unless all tickets are sold, then that prize goes up to FULL-Tuition! Don't wait - pick yours up early! We'll be selling in the central wing hallway of the original school from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
4. Thank You!
A BIG THANK YOU to Margie Clinton, Paul McCulloch, Natalie Remedios, Tom Brennan and Rochelle and Rey Lagunero for meeting at the Westin last week. With our new venue, many of our key operational volunteers had the opportunity to review the site and start planning our big event for November 9th!
Stop by Monday morning for coffee and doughnuts in the Parent Lounge/Auction office! And, if you find you cannot stop by in the morning, come by Wednesday evening for a working happy hour!
Thank you so much to this wonderful community - your energy, dedication and generosity to the auction continues to warm my heart. We're all so fortunate to be here!
~Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director or 425-214-5441

"You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. If there is no other time, say it in the street without letting anybody notice it. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God."
~Saint Josemaría Escrivá

The boys are smiling because they got to go to a Mariners' game with one of their favorite teachers as part of an auction-outing that their parents purchased at last year's auction.

Mr. Gallant is not smiling because the Mariners are losing 14-1.

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