ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

February 7, 2019
Dan's Blog
Thank you to those of you who have quickly returned your re-enrollment paperwork and paid your annual admissions-application fee. You beat the price increase from $95 to $220, which will be instituted next Friday the 15th. If you have yet to re-enroll for the 2019-20 school year, please do so by no later than one week from today - Valentine's Day/the 14th - so to save yourself $125!

We have a lot of special and unique events during this short month of February. Some of them are detailed in articles in this Bulletin. Other events include:
  • Our Winter Musical Concert this coming Wednesday the 13th at 6:30 in the parish hall - the 3rd and 4th graders will sing, and the school band will perform;
  • A mid-year Used Uniform & Charger Gear Sale next Friday the 15th from 2:00-4:00 in the St. Louise Room of the original school - come shop for clothing that will fit your growing kids for the final five months of the school year;
  • A two-day holiday to observe George Washington's Birthday on Monday & Tuesday, February 18 & 19 - no school for these two days, creating a 4-day-weekend;
  • Principal for the Day on February 20 - students Charlotte & Evie Aitken will "take over" running our school this day, with Mr. Fitzpatrick off campus and the Aitken family purchasing this opportunity at the Auction - expect some popular and fun decisions to be made by these co-principals;
  • Teachers for the Day  on February 21 - also purchased at the Auction by 19 families was the opportunity for their children to "take over" their homeroom for part of this day, teaching a lesson, and being treated like a teacher with cocoa in the faculty room before school and lunch in the faculty room with their "boss," Mr. Fitz, at lunchtime;
  • Grandparents' Day  on February 22 - all students' grandparents (or if no grandparents are available, aunts/uncles/special friends will suffice) are invited to 9:00 Mass and a reception that follows in the grandchild's classroom.
The little month of February always seems to be given short shrift when it comes to which months are the most popular or most remembered for special events. But at St. Louise School, it's obvious that February is a big month. 

Finally, I'm sure you've seen the forecast that snow is returning by as early as tomorrow night, and that the beginning of next week might find me once again having to decide on no-school days and/or late-start days. (And you wonder why my hair is turning grey!) The teachers thought Tuesday's online-learning day worked well, so if we have another no-school day, we might repeat this day of online-learning.

When online-learning is assigned on a snow day, if your child is younger, you'll need to help break up the assigned workload into snippets of work interrupted with a timer going off to signal a break. After this break, you'll then need to see to it that your child gets back to work on the next snippet. If your child is older, he/she should be able to handle this breaking up of the workload him/herself, but the snippets of work should be much longer periods of intense studying, writing, reading, and problem-solving. Thanks for your support! 

Pax et bonum,                                         
 
Mr. Fitz
 
p.s.

Some years we also begin the Lenten Season in February, but this year Lent begins on March 6. On that Ash Wednesday, expect a meaningful day of prayer (an all-school liturgy at 1:45), fasting (a simple lunch we'll cook at school for all students and staff to replace their regular lunch), and almsgiving (donations of $5 per student requested to pay for the soup lunch and also to support the Union Gospel Mission). 
Upcoming Calendar of Events  

Today
  • Bake Sale - proceeds benefit junior high activities
  • Parents' Club Meeting, 6:30PM - all parents are invited 

Saturday, February 9
  • Speech Team's competition at Archbishop Murphy HS postponed due to forecasted snow

Wednesday, February 13
  • Winter Concert performed by grades 3-4 and the school band, 6:30PM, parish hall; all are invited!

Thursday, February 14
  • 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 15th)

Friday, February 15
  • CROWD Social for grades 6-8, 7-9PM

Monday & Tuesday, February 18 & 19 - NO SCHOOL
  • School and Kids' Club closed for George Washington's Birthday holiday

Wednesday, February 20
  • Principal for the Day - 8th grader Evie AItken and 6th grader Charlotte Aitken will run the school this day (an opportunity purchased by their parents at November's Auction)

Thursday, February 21
  • 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)

Friday, February 22
  • Grandparents' Day with Mass at 9AM, followed by a reception in their grandchildren's classrooms

Save the Dates: 

  • 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
SCHOOL CALENDAR
A Message from Our School Nurse

Dear Parents,

Cold and flu season is here in the Puget Sound and it's reached St. Louise School! We need all students to remain home if it hasn't been 24 hours since their fever ended - without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol. Similarly, we need all students to remain home if it hasn't been 24 hours since their last vomiting or diarrhea. K eeping children home with bad colds that have an active cough or runny nose is also a good idea, so they can rest and recover more quickly.    I know this is sometimes hard because of your work schedule, but we do not want to spread illnesses to classmates .

Please refer to the section on "Illness" from page 22 of our School Policy Handbook for our complete policy. It includes:

"...To avoid passing on an illness to classmates, a student who has an above normal temperature, vomiting, or diarrhea is not to attend school until things return to normal for at least 24 hours after all fever-reducing medicine has been discontinued...."

Getting enough rest, eating right, and washing hands are all good ways to stay healthy.  Thank you for helping to keep your children - and therefore, all their classmates - healthy through assuring enough hours of sleep, nutritious meals, and washing hands frequently. 

If you have any questions, please let me know at JaneR@stlouiseschool.org

Sincerely,
Jane Reynolds, RN
St. Louise School Nurse
Kids Hear from Famous Author         
         
           Last week in our library, grade K-6 students had the pleasure of meeting guest author, Ben Clanton. Ben spent time with the students inspiring them to use their imagination to gather ideas for writing and drawing. He shared his talents with the students creating wild creatures, talking about the process of writing, and reminding the children that you need to practice things to get better at them. The laughs and smiles were so great to see all day!   Check out Mrs. McIntosh's website for more pictures and information about Ben's books.


          Thank you to Mrs. McIntosh for organizing our guest author day, and to the Parents' Club and all parents' fundraising in the Walk-A-Thon for paying for this special event!


Thank You, Volunteers!
         
           We have a dedicated crew of volunteers who work on the Charger Cards team, helping to sell cards and assisting our super Charger Cards chairperson, Marsha Rampersad-Zope. Thanks to Kathy Caso, Michelle Ameen, Chika Anyichie, Gabriela Gonzalez, Gabby Schmidt and Ruth Kerschbaumer! A special thanks are also due Sharon Kussy, Berry Wilhelm, and Ann Phan, who sell on Sundays!  We also appreciate the Charger Card-accounting assistance of Kathy Hueffed!
 
 
Now That We're Halfway Through the School Year, Have Your Children OutgrownTheir Uniforms?          
         
          Save the date of Friday, February 15, from 2:00-4:00PM for 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




Ready...Set...Re-Enroll!
           
It began last week and ends next Thursday - the a dmissions process for re-enrolling your children in the 2019-20 school year!

You received re-enrollment information in last week's red Family Envelope, and we ask you to complete it by no later than one week from today - February 14. There is a reduced $95 re-enrollment fee to pay, to assure your children's spots in next year's rosters. If you fail to meet the February 14th deadline, this fee jumps up to the regular rate of $220! It saves to not procrastinate!

Mr. Fitzpatrick apologizes for the incomplete Parent Contract which was sent out last Thursday. The wrong contract does not have a place for a parent signature. The correct contract has a place for the parent signature on the backside, and this contract was both emailed to you and sent home with your child on Friday, Feb. 1. Please use that corrected Parent Contract as the one you complete and return to the school office by next Thursday. 
          
Note: If you will have a child newly enrolling at St. Louise for the first time in 2019-20 (such as in PreK or Kindergarten), please contact Lola/Mindy in the school office today for additional paperwork.

For more information on re-enrollment and admissions, please go HERE.
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Mrs. Alleman, Mr. Fuerte, Mrs. Blank, Mr. Gallant, and Miss Cantu staff the first shift of teachers selling their own baked goods to eager students in the school lobby.

Faculty Bake Sale a Scrumptious Success

Thanks to all the students (and in many cases, thanks to students' parents' wallets) for purchasing treats at last week's Faculty Bake Sale. Whether it was Miss Cantu's luscious cupcakes, Mrs. Morgan's tasty snickerdoodles, or Mrs. Cervantes famous cupcakes, the items were snatched up like crazy.

The proceeds - $550 - are being sent to Seattle's Union Gospel Mission (UGM), which will be our school's focus this year in school-wide almsgiving. When UGM receives this donation, it will be directed to purchase 60  life-saving Winter Rescue Kits. These kits will help the homeless, the isolated, and those in need. 

Along with the $550, we'll be sending in 350 prayer cards that the students created and designed. These are words of encouragement and Scripture passages written on cards which are then handed out by UGM workers to those who use the Mission in downtown Seattle for their nightly shelter.

We'll also send the proceeds of our upcoming Ash Wednesday Lunch Day (March 6) to the Union Gospel Mission as well. The UGM will be here on February 27, at an assembly to explain to the students and teachers how they use donations to help those in need.  



We Carry a Wide Variety of Charger Cards to Help You Plan & Celebrate Valentine's Day
 
Your choices for the 14th?
  • Stay in! Order take-out using a Charger Card. Get in you PJ's and be comfortable.
  • Treat yourself! It has been a long winter, so treat yourself to a relaxing massage, paid for by using a Charger Card.
  • Night Out! Get all dressed up and go out to dinner and maybe dancing, using a variety of Charger Cards.
Let us help you create any package complete with gift bag! Nothing says "I love you" more than buying a gift that also helps your kids' school!  
 

What's New?
 
We now carry Jamba Juice $10 cards at 6% rebates and a new $50 denomination Safeway card.  
 

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  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 www.stlouiseschool.org/chargercards or email chairperson Marsha at chargercards@stlouiseschool.org
 
 
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. 

Volunteers Needed 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 .


PRAYER INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK

Seek a relationship when you pray, not answers. You won't always find answers, but you will always find Jesus.

~Father Mike Schmitz

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