ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN
As you plan for all the fun and exciting adventures your children will be having over the summer, please keep in mind that summer is also an excellent opportunity to keep inquisitive minds active and engaged! Research shows that summer learning loss equals at least one month of instruction. Knowing this causes parents and teachers to think about how to best keep academic skills sharp over the summer while also using the time to improve upon or master some lagging academic skills.
Below please find the article on SUMMER WORK we are either REQUIRING or RECOMMENDING for your children who will be entering grades K-8 this fall. You'll also find this information on our website and some information is coming home in today's red envelopes.
Also on our school website, you'll find a
Summer Programs and Camps
document, listing opportunities for enriching summer learning and fun for preschoolers through high schoolers
Please take a moment to explore the possibilities. Please note that St. Louise School is not necessarily "endorsing" these camps and programs - other than our own Chargers' Adventure Summer Camps right here on the St. Louise campus. We offer the list as a helpful guide for parents to then investigate.
Speaking of our own Chargers' Adventure Summer Camps, please contact Maria Zambrano, camp director, to find out which weeks of camp have sold out, and which weeks still have space.
If you have any questions about summer enrichment opportunities, please contact our student support teacher,
who not only compiled this helpful list of Summer Programs and Camps, but also the list of recommended books for parents to read over the summer. You'll find this book list at the end of the list of summer camps.
We're excited to add Michelle Kujath to our school staff in the fall. She will be replacing Donna Neil as our Pre-K instructional assistant and grade K-4 recess co-supervisor. Mrs. Kujath has been a long-time substitute assistant for us, as well as a preschool instructor at nearby Faith Lutheran School.
Upcoming Calendar of Events
- 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 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
Monday, June 10
- Charger Gear Sale - sale of fleece and Friday-spirit-wear in the school lobby from 1:30-2:15
- New Parent Orientation at 6:30PM in the library; Charger Gear Sale in the lobby restarts at 5:45
- Auction Procurement Deadline for returning families
Save the Dates
- 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
- Monday, June 24 - Report Cards mailed home; note that cards are not able to be mailed if a family has not fulfilled these commitments:
- Annual School Gift Campaign donation made;
- Charger Cards rebate contribution reached;
- Charger Cards Participation Form submitted (only if family is returning in '19-20);
- Minimum 40 hours volunteered and logged online;
- Auction donation for November 2019 Auction made (only if family is returning in '19-20);
- Walk-A-Thon donation made.
If you go here now, you'll be able to get "first dibs" on choosing volunteer jobs you'd like to commit to for the 2019-20 school year. This Volunteer Jobs Sign-Up Form will only be posted online through June 17. We appreciate every family who is returning to St. Louise in the fall to let us know at this time in what areas they'd wish to volunteer. This will allow our teachers and chairpersons to start setting up their teams and committees, making sure they'll have enough volunteer help for the program or event they oversee.
Of course, at September's Curriculum Night, your child's new teacher will let you know about ways you can volunteer in the individual classroom in '19-20. But this Volunteer Jobs Sign-Up Form - which is only available online for the next couple of weeks - lists most of the school-wide programs and daily/weekly school tasks which could use your help. Thank you in advance for signing-up now and committing yourself to helping out a teacher or fellow parent chairperson.
Charger Gear is having a sale of fleece sweaters and Charger FridayGear - hoody sweatshirts and track jackets which may be worn on Fridays during the school year.
The sale is on Monday, June 10, from 1:30-2:15 in the school lobby.
(There will also be a sale from 5:45-6:15, geared toward newly enrolling families.)
Skyward Shuts Down for the Summer
Starting this Saturday, 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, report cards will remain in the school office. Thanks for fulfilling these commitments by the last day of school at the latest:
Annual School Gift Campaign donation made;
Walk-A-Thon donation made.
Auction donation for November 2019 Auction made (only if family is returning in '19-20);
Minimum 40 hours volunteered and logged online;
Charger Cards Participation Form submitted (only if family is returning in '19-20);
Charger Cards rebate contribution reached;
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.
Congratulations, Class of 2019 - We're Going to Miss You
This coming Wednesday, June 5, we
celebrate the graduation of our eighth grade class with a memorable
This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the journey of these 43 14-year-olds and how their lives have been shaped by their parents, their teachers, their classmates, and, of course, their Lord. It has been a privilege to partner with their parents
in raising this special group of students who composed our Class of 2019.
Our area high schools are so very fortunate to welcome such exemplary young adults as their newest students this September. We are confident that the St. Louise Class of 2019 will be fine servant leaders, setting high standards for excellence, not only academically but morally as well. Just as similar graduating classes have done in the past, these young men and women will be guided by the values - learned at home and at school - which are embedded in our Catholic faith and traditions. They are ready to embrace this next chapter of their lives with trust in themselves and in God. In this new chapter, each will take a different path but will always be united by one strong common thread... St. Louise Chargers!
All St. Louise families are welcome to Commencement in the church at 7:00PM.
The 8th graders wearing their high school colors.
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.
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.
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 6 classes run their own unique program 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).
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.
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egistered online for Presto Pay so I can purchase cards over the
have a plan to purchase Charger Cards for upcoming events:
- End-of-Year gifts for St. Louise teachers and school staff (see their wish list)
- Graduation gifts
- Father's Day gifts
- Summer Plans - Gas, Hotels, Disney gift cards, restaurants, etc.
- School uniform and school supplies in preparation for August shopping
Offering No Credit Card Fee Tomorrow Only
Take advantage of the convenience fee waived if you use your credit card for purchases of $100 or more of Charger Cards. This offer ends tomorrow, Friday, May 31. Take advantage of this offer to complete your Charger Card requirement!
The final day to purchase cards in person is the morning of June 12th! Don't delay! See below for the limited times our sales window will be open in June. Stop by one of these mornings to:
- Complete your auction procurement!
- Stock up for summer travel plans
- Complete your Charger Card requirement (minimum of $125 earned rebate; note that this is not the same as $125 in purchased cards)
Please contact us if you need help with ordering or understanding the program and requirements.
Place your Order Now for Charger Cards for the Summer
Charger Cards will be selling out cards in the next two weeks. We will place our last two orders for this school year on June 3 and 7. Families stocking up on cards for the summer are asked to have big orders in by this Monday, June 3, to ensure you get your cards. If all your cards are not in stock, you run the risk of your order not being filled completely. Every order placed earns you rebates.
Use Charger Cards for the Summer
Learn how to use Charger Cards this summer and earn a Starbucks $5 gift card for rebates earned over $50 and Krispy Kreme Gift card for rebates over $100 when you buy ScripNow and RELOAD Charger Cards online!
Promotion Ends August 31.
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%)
Only 4 Sales Days Remain
Charger Card office hours are 8:15-9:00AM and only for these final days:
- Tomorrow, June 2nd
- Friday, June 7th
- Tuesday June 11th
- Wednesday, June 12th - Last day for in person/in stock card purchases
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
Our final Spruce-Up of the spring will be this Saturday, June 1, from 8AM-12PM. Gather outside the north-wing of the original school at 8:00 with your yard tools. Come earn four hours by pruning, raking, and planting, and be treated to lunch at noon when we're all done. If you plan to volunteer, please email
, so he has an idea of the size of his work crew.
Summer Camp Right Here at St. Louise this July/August
Limited spaces are available for Summer Camp - to be held right here on campus and run by our own trusted teachers and staff. One week of camp has already sold out! Don't miss out on a spot for your child.
You can also find information on our four weeks of summer camps
We are excited about our St. Louise Summer camps! And your children will too, if they watch
email our camp director,
, if you have questions.
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
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
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
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
We are entering the last couple of weeks of school, and I wanted to reach out and share 5 Things You Need to Know about We Are One this week!
The DEADLINE for meeting your Procurement/Donation requirement is June 10. This means you need to have procured or donated items or cash valued at $225 (or $350 if you would like your kiddos to have FREE DRESS on 6/11). Forms may be filled out online, or paper forms are still available in the school office.
This is the FINAL week of our procurement/donation contests. This week's theme is Sponsorships & Cash Donations. Think of Sponsorship as the way we cover the costs of hosting the auction, so 100% of all dollars raised the evening of the event go directly back to St. Louise! It is key to have generous participation in this program! Submit your Sponsorship & Cash Donation online before THIS Friday and your kiddos will enjoy a sweet surprise sent home with them on Friday afternoon! Click here to learn more about our Sponsorships program.
Amazon Registry: We are still hoping to complete our Amazon Registry to allow our Silent Auction to be EPIC. So, if you are looking to complete your requirement this week, please consider purchasing from our Registry by clicking here. These items will be shipped directly to St. Louise, so it is super convenient and helpful! Use many of these items to help you reach your $350 for FREE DRESS for your children.
Raffle Tickets: Purchase your Tuition Raffle Tickets today by sending me a quick email to let me know how many you would like, and we can take care of payment via phone or email. There are 100 tickets being sold at $100 each. The prize is HALF TUITION for the 2019-2020 school year. Should all 100 tickets sell, the prize goes up to FULL TUITION for the 2019-2020 school year. Wow!
Volunteering: We have an immediate need for someone to sell Raffle Tickets. If you can sell for just 30-minutes during car pool pickup time (2:40-3:10) any day after school, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius page. Also, we have openings on the next two Fridays to sell tickets from 8:00-9:00 outside Charger Cards. THANK YOU!
Thank you so much for all you do here at St. Louise! I had a
We Are One
moment over the weekend as I met with a parent who is bringing a new kindergarten student here next year. She said, "St. Louise has such a strong community. We couldn't imagine sending our son anywhere else." I could not agree more!
Thank you, again, for working to make We Are One a success! If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
A Letter from Your Nurse
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:
- 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.
- For parents of all incoming 6th graders, the state requires a booster Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, 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
PRAYER INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
It is not particularly difficult to find thousands who will spend two or three hours a day in exercising, but if you
ask them to bend their knees to God in five minutes of prayer , they protest that it is too long."
~Archbishop Fulton Sheen
I love the line 'I'm too busy to pray.' Thinking about facing our Lord in eternity and trying that line is a good way of revealing how false it is. If you say, 'I'm just too busy to pray,' then something else in your life has to give."
Father Paul Scalia
St. Louise Students Are Expected to be Life-Long Learners
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.
For the month of May, we had one Student Learning Expectation focused on throughout the school:
- "A St. Louise student is a life-long learner who communicates effectively through writing, speaking, and listening." (SLE #2.2)
Below are highlights from some of the classrooms on how they worked during May - and/or all yearlong - on achieving this SLE.
The 7th graders in science class demonstrated a synthesis of effective writing, speaking, and listening in their rocket project. Dr. Cole's students have been working this spring in small teams building bottle rockets. (The rockets will be shot off on the soccer field tomorrow from 1:30-2:30. Parents are welcome to come watch.) Part of this rocket project included the 7th graders orally presenting PowerPoint presentations in class to communicate to their peers about their team's research. They also made presentations at last week's Science Showcase.
The month of May in first grade was all about insects! Mrs. Howell's and Miss Helfen's students all become entomologists this spring, as they studied insects in science. After listening to read-aloud stories about insects and their life cycles, the 1st graders had to put down their knowledge on paper. As they learned how entomologists observe, write, and draw about insects, the students had to do the same. In every stage of the insect's life cycle, 1st graders wrote about what they saw.
Fifth grade demonstrated May's SLE that a St. Louise student is a life-long learner who communicates effectively through writing by way of an essay writing project for a scholarship for which they're applying. One 5th grader will be chosen for the Dave and Darlyne Glaze Memorial Scholarship, a financial award worth half of their 6th grade tuition cost. To be considered for the scholarship, each 5th grader had to write a 250-word essay, explaining how he/she exemplifies similar qualities to the late Mr. and Mrs. Glaze - being active, positive members of the Church community and demonstrating loving their neighbors as themselves. The best written essay will be announced at our end-of-year liturgy on June 12.
Third grade students practiced their speaking skills in recent weeks by preparing to present this week's oral biography reports. Students were required to read about and research a famous person, write out notecards that highlight the most important information about this person, and then present this information orally in the first person, pretending they were this person. In fact, the 3rd graders even dressed as this famous person dressed. Mrs. Berlin's and Miss Etter's students completed a checklist to ensure they were prepared for their reports. The list included practicing at least five times at home. Before these reports are presented, the 3rd graders also reviewed the expectations for all the students who will be listening in the audience. Listening expectations include keeping eyes on the speaker, keeping hands free from handling anything, and not engaging in any side talk. These oral biography reports provide students with the opportunity to practice both their listening and speaking skills.
The 3rd through 6th graders in Mrs. LB's music classes worked on the listening portion of this SLE. Students prepared a two-person piece on the recorder as their graded "quiz." They had five minutes to practice and perfect their assigned piece as a duet. When each pair played their recorders in front of the class, their classmates had to focus on listening skills in order to determine if the two performers played the piece correctly.
Finally, communicating effectively
through writing, speaking, and listening is exhibited in a powerful way by our junior high students in the language arts classes. Mr. Gallant requires the 7th graders
to use specific pieces of figurative language and create a 10-poem Poetry-Collection. The students then must read a couple of their poems in front of their peers. To practice their persuasive writing, 7th graders wrote essays connected to the novel they read, Beowulf. They analyzed whether the character Beowulf should be considered an archetypal hero. Meanwhile, in his 8th grade classes, Mr. Gallant had those students write an eight-page research paper, in which they were required to verify all of the formal writing knowledge and formatting they have accumulated through the years at St. Louise, using principles of research and sourcing, as well as crafting analytical thesis statements. The topics of these 8th grade essays ranged from ballet to marketing strategies to video game evolution to social media's effect on the brain. Including in the process or the final product annotated bibliographies, outlines, works-cited pages, and revising/editing activities all enhanced the process.
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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