ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

September 19, 2019
Dan's Blog
This coming Wednesday, September 25, we hold the first of three parent education classes with a family therapist/school counselor who will help parents understand how to maneuver through the upcoming years with raising your kids.

On the 25th, the focus will be on parenting the 6th through 8th grader. Then on October 1st, the parent education class spotlights parenting the 3rd through 5th grader. The third class is for parents of PreK through 2nd graders and it's held on October 7th.

Note that each class is free - thanks to your fundraising in the Walk-A-Thon which allows the Parents' Club to pay for special speaker! And each evening is for adults only, so please find childcare.

I'm sure one topic the therapist/counselor - Mollie Lentz, L.M.F.T - will discuss at her three parent education classes is the topic of "stress in kids." Let me give a pre-class observation to chew on prior to these parenting classes, especially if you're the parent of a 6th through 8th grader.

In her article, How to Help Teenagers Embrace Stress,  psychologist Lisa Damour points out that the conventional wisdom is wrong when it comes to parents of teens believing they must reduce or prevent any stress in their children. In recent years, our society has seen an increase in the number of parents who feel that it's their job to rescue their child from situations that are stressful. However, although it's true that it doesn't feel good to stretch beyond familiar limits so much that one feels stressed, growing and learning can't happen any other way.

A similar article on kids and stress is The Stress Sweet Spot by psychiatrist Dr. Richard Friedman.   Dr. Friedman says, "We should do all we can to protect children - especially those with psychiatric illness - from chronic and unmanageable stress. But for most young people, everyday stress is beneficial and promotes resilience. No need to shield them from the world... Instead, let's enhance their capacity to handle stress and succeed in the face of adversity."

How students themselves regard stress - whether they see it as positive or negative - has powerful effects. Studies find that when faced with the toughest of intellectual tasks, those with an outlook that "stress can be enhancing" outperform those who believe that believe "stress is debilitating." This is where you parents step in. Your ability to handle stress, and to hand to your kids this same positive outlook and understanding acceptance that stress is inevitable, unavoidable, and has some benefits, will benefit your children.

The Stress Sweet Spot talks of a study that found that anxious children whose mothers "tended to be overprotective were more likely to have anxiety disorders during adolescence than those whose mothers were not over-controlling ." Parents who tried to protect their children from experiences that made them anxious actually prevented them from learning to be unafraid. Thus, exposure to some level of stress promotes resilience.

Dr. Jeremy Jamieson, an associate professor of psychology who specializes in studying how stress impacts emotions and performance, says, "Avoiding stress doesn't work and is often not possible. To achieve and grow, we have to get outside our comfort zones and approach challenges."

Parents - especially of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade preteens who have the highest demands placed upon them in our school - need to think of the figurative "weight" our teachers place on their children similar to the literal "weights" the personal trainer puts on you to get stronger. We all know that lifting weights to the point of discomfort is the only way to build your muscles.  The process of developing intellectual ability, including the ability to manage the stress that comes with it, works just the same way.
That is why our teachers should be giving your preteen kids challenging and demanding academic workouts that push them to be somewhat stressed. (Of course, the challenge is just how much stress is fine, and how much is debilitating?) And that is also why as parents, you should be supporting the workload and pushing your middle school children to work through the "pain." By doing this, our teachers and you are partnering to help transform your near-teenagers from the scrawny kid to the muscular kid in terms of strength to fight through the future stresses in academics and life which inevitably will come. 

I hope to see you at one of the upcoming Parent Education classes, where you will learn even better advice from Mollie. Although you can't bring your children top these sessions, you are encouraged to bring a friend or neighbor who has similarly aged kids but in a different school. The classes run from 6:30-8:00PM in the PARISH HALL. (Note this is a change of venue from previously published information.)

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

Is caffeine important to you? Are you addicted to carbs like I am? Check out the article below about some special mornings where you'll have the chance to grab a cup of coffee and a fresh breakfast pastry while saying hello to our pastor, Father Gary. "Pastries with the Pastor and Principal" will be held periodically throughout the school year at morning drop-off time. We'll gather in the school lobby, and Father Gary and I will be there, serving you a breakfast drink/treat while available to answer any questions you may have about the parish, our school, or the larger Church. And if you don't have any questions, but just want to chew and chat, that's fine too. The first Pastries with the Pastor and Principal will be next Thursday, September 26, from 8:15-8:45 AM. Please consider parking your car, coming on in to the main lobby, and spending 10-15 minutes talking to a priest. (No, this doesn't count as a Confession.)
 
Upcoming Calendar of Events  

Today
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit, 9AM - all parents are encouraged to attend; please wait for you child outside the main building or outside church, as they head to church at approximately 8:45

Wednesday, September 25
  • Parent Education Class for parents of grade 6, 7, 8 students - 6:30PM in the Parish Hall
    • All gr. 6-8 parents invited to hear from family therapist and former school counselor, Mollie Lentz, on parenting topics such as signs of anxiety in your kids, how technology affects children, and how to balance your family calendar for a healthy family life - all focusing on this specific age level of 11 to 14 year-olds;
    • All adults invited, so invite your friends who have gr. 6-8 children in other schools;
    • Adults only, so thank you for finding childcare;
    • No cost - thanks to your fundraising efforts in the Charger Cards program which allows Parents' Club to fund these parent education classes;

Thursday, September 26
  • Pastries with the Pastor and Principal - parents invited to the school lobby anytime from 8:15-8:45AM for caffeine, conversation, and carbs

Tuesday, October 1
  • Parent Education Class for parents of grade 3, 4, 5 students - 6:30PM in the Parish Hall
    • All g. 3-5 parents invited to hear from family therapist and former school counselor, Mollie Lentz, on parenting topics such as signs of anxiety in your kids, how technology affects children, and how to balance your family calendar for a healthy family life - all focusing on this specific age level of 8 to 11 year-olds;
    • All adults invited, so invite your friends who have gr. 3-5 children in other schools;
    • Adults only, so thank you for finding childcare;
    • No cost - thanks to your fundraising efforts in the Charger Cards program which allows Parents' Club to fund these parent education classes;

Thursday, October 3
  • Photo Day
    • All students to wear complete school uniform, including red fleece or sweater
    • Pre-order photos through Yuen Lui Studios
    • Questions on Photo Day? Contact Cindy Wagner

Friday, October 4
  • Mass on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, 9AM - all parents are encouraged to attend; please wait for you child outside the main building or outside church, as they head to church at approximately 8:45

Monday, October 7
  • Parent Education Class for parents of grade PK, K, 1, 2 students - 6:30PM in the Parish Hall
    • All gr. PK-2 parents invited to hear from family therapist and former school counselor, Mollie Lentz, on parenting topics such as signs of anxiety in your kids, how technology affects children, and how to balance your family calendar for a healthy family life - all focusing on this specific age level of 4 to 8 year-olds;
    • All adults invited, so invite your friends who have gr. PK-2 children in other schools;
    • Adults only, so thank you for finding childcare;
    • No cost - thanks to your fundraising efforts in the Charger Cards program which allows Parents' Club to fund these parent education classes;

SCHOOL CALENDAR
Parent Education Classes will be held in the PARISH HALL (beneath the Church) from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
These classes are for adults only.
Please find childcare.

Parents Are Served Caffeine, Conversation, and Carbs
           
          We have some special mornings on the school calendar this year where you'll have the chance to grab a cup of coffee and a fresh breakfast pastry while saying hello to our pastor, Father Gary. "Pastries with the Pastor and Principal" will be held periodically throughout the school year at morning drop-off time.
          We'll gather in the school lobby, and Father Gary and Mr. Fitz will be there, serving you a breakfast treat while available to answer any questions you may have about the parish, our school, or the larger Church. And if you don't have any questions, but just want to chew and chat, that's fine too.
          The first Pastries with the Pastor and Principal will be next Thursday, September 26, from 8:15-8:45 AM. 

Don't Make Us Hand Out Traffic Tickets 
        
         
          We understand that our newest St. Louise parents might still be learning how everything works around St. Louise, especially as it pertains to traffic and parking regulations in our parking lot - how to drop off children in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we're also seeing some "veteran" St. Louise parents not following the correct traffic and parking regulations. Please watch this entertaining and informative video that Mr. Fuerte and the Sharp family produced that educates you on how to drop off and pick up kids. 
          The most abused regulations so far this year have been:
  1. In the morning, vehicles doing "double stops" in the single-file drop-off lane that parallels the old school wings. 
    • Once your vehicle is forced to stop in the single-file line, due to the cars in front of you stopping, please put your car in "park" and have your kids exit.
    • Do not pull up closer to the main school, stop a second time, and drop off your child more north - that is what we call a "double stop" and it slows down traffic.
  2. In both the morning and afternoon, vehicles parked in the south lot exiting out to 156th Ave. 
    • The traffic flow direction from 8:00-8:30 in the mornings and 3:00-3:20 in the afternoons (2:00-2:20 on Mondays) is always south to north - enter at 156th Ave. and exit at Main St. 
    • We want to be able to allow two lanes to pull into 156th Ave. at carpool time, but if a car is exiting, that blocks this opportunity.
    • Remember, you can always stay in the farthest south lane in the south parking lot and drive north (with the gym right next to you on your left) so to avoid the slow traffic closest to the old school and to be able to exit more quickly at the Main St. gate.
         Besides watching the video, please refer to this and this written information which was given to you in your August mailing. Thank you for your cooperation!



MAP Testing Begins Next Week
                    
MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress, and MAP Growth is a three-part test that measures student knowledge in reading, language usage, and mathematics. All students in grades 2 - 7 take the MAP Growth assessment each spring and fall at St. Louise and throughout most of the other Seattle Archdiocesan schools.

MAP measures your child's academic progress or growth. By having precise measurement of student achievement, teachers and parents are able to monitor academic progress. Each Measure of Academic Progress is made up of parts, which are called goals. These goals are closely aligned to reflect progress toward the standards. Below is a listing of the goal areas for each test.

Reading
  • Word meaning
  • Literal comprehension
  • Interpretive comprehension
  • Evaluative comprehension
 
Language Arts
  • Writing Process
  • Grammar & usage
  • Conventions & mechanics
 
Mathematics
  • Problem solving & reasoning
  • Number sense & operations
  • Algebraic concepts, processes, patterns, relations, functions
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data analysis, probability, statistics
When parents, their child, and their child's teacher look at MAP scores - which are shared each November at parent/teacher conferences and again each June - it may become apparent that certain goal areas need more attention than others. If a child needs help, parents and teachers will know exactly what skills on which to focus. These tests will also give a long-range picture of a student's learning as he/she progresses through the grade levels.
 
Scores depend on two things: how many questions are answered correctly and the difficulty of each question. These assessments, which are taken over a three day period on school computers, are leveled to meet the needs of children at each grade level. Then within the grade level the tests are again adjusted to match a student's current level of achievement. Although every test has questions covering the same goal area, not every test has the same questions, and the test questions vary in difficulty.
 
In a computerized adaptive test, which is what a MAP Growth test is, the difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's performance, so each student sees different test questions. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered the questions up to that point. As the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. If the student answers correctly, the questions become more difficult. Thus, some students may be doing well on the test, but because they sense the questions are becoming more difficult and they don't know all the answers (there will never by a student scoring 100%), these students might actually assume they are failing the test. Prior to the testing, students in each class will receive explanation of how to do the testing, how a computerized adaptive test works, and how the results will be used.
 
Parents can improve the chances their child will perform to the best of his/her ability by:
  • Making sure their children get a good night's sleep prior to testing day, and eat a filling breakfast the morning of testing;
  • Assuring their children that they will do fine on the test, and motivating them to do their best so we can get a true assessment of academic strengths while also knowing which goals to establish for future learning;
  • Explaining to their children that test-taking should be taken seriously, but not pushing the seriousness all the way to test anxiety.
 
Here are the scheduled testing days for each homeroom this fall:
  • Miss Reynolds - Sept. 24, 25, 27
  • Mrs. Woods - Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2
  • Mrs. Berlin - Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2
  • Mrs. Jaster - Sept. 24, 25, 26
  • Mrs. Scruggs - Sept. 23, 25, 27
  • Mrs. Danforth - Sept. 24, 25, 27
  • Dr. Cruickshank - Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2
  • Mrs. Cervantes - Sept. 24, 25, Oct. 1
  • Mrs. Patterson - Sept. 24, 26, 27
  • Mr. Glaser - Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 1
  • Mr. Gallant - Sept. 23, 25, 26
  • Mr. Weiss - Sept. 25, 26, 27
 
If you have a general question regarding MAP, please talk to Mike Fuerte, who oversees our school's testing programs. If you have a question on your child's specific progress in reading, language arts, or math, please talk to the teacher. Again, the results of fall's assessments will be shared at November's parent/teacher conferences.

Charger Cards Is Different

Charger cards is different because we aren't selling stuff that you don't want or need and you're not spending any extra money.
  • Buy physical gift cards, eGift cards, and reloadable gift cards at face value on ShopWithScrip.com or the mobile website, MyScripWallet.com.
  • Easily pay online and earn a rebate between 2% and 18% that immediately goes toward funding for our school.
  • Shop using Charger Cards at many of your favorite shops and restaurants. Use your gift cards for everyday shopping.
 
 

Setup a Standing Order and Earn a FREE $5 Starbucks Card
 
September 30th is the deadline to earn a free $5 Starbucks card by setting up a standing order. Place an order for basic stores you use monthly, like grocery and gas. Send postdated checks with your order and your cards will be delivered during the first week of each month. This is the best way to set a budget, determine your needs and meet your Charger Card requirement! We are sending home Order forms in this week red envelope or find the Standing Order Form on our webpage See the Online Registration Directions  page for step by step instruction to register online and get started!
 

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

Say, 'Cheese!'
  
          
          Once again, we will be partnering with the iconic Yuen Lui Studios for our school photos! Both individual student photos and class photos are scheduled for Thursday, October 3. Throughout the day, each student will have their individual photo taken, regardless if the student is purchasing photos to keep or not. These are used for our school Yearbook in June.
           Students are to come to school in their complete uniforms on the 3rd, wearing the traditional red sweater or the red fleece (no hoodies or track jackets please).     
          The preferred method is for you to pre-order online. Simply go here  to place your order . All photo packages you purchase will include a complimentary class photo. If you have any questions concerning school photos, please contact Cindy Wagner in our development office.  

If You Haven't Yet Taken a Retreat, Now's Your Chance
         
           Christ Renews His Parish - or CRHP ("chirp") - is an established St. Louise Parish program in which you're invited to partake.  The goal of CRHP is to support each of our parishioners with their continued growth in a Christian life and help them to find a greater sense of intimacy and connection within such a large parish community. It was established with everyone in mind - literally with the goal of every adult parishioner joining in a renewal-weekend-experience.
          Many of your fellow school moms and dads have gone on a CRHP Retreat Weekend. The next one is October 19-20.  Please consider joining fellow school parents and/or parishioners by registering at:  http://stlouise.org/crhp. 

"When we are too busy to reflect on how we are living our lives,
it is almost certain that we are not busy doing the right things."
Matthew Kelly

WE ARE ONE 
Auction News

Wow! What a week! Thank you so much for all of the generous donations you have provided to support We Are One! Your commitment to our school is second to none, and I am continually amazed at how generous our families are. Thank you for all you do!
 
We Are One is just 7 weeks away! If you'd like to stay at the Westin on Auction night, make  your hotel reservation now! Click this link to get the St. Louise special rate at the Westin Bellevue.
   
There will be lots more auction info coming home in the Red Envelope next Thursday! Watch for the invitation request form, Black  & White Photo order form and more!

If you have any questions or need any more info, please let me know!  Thank you, again, for all you do - your generosity is unparalleled!
~Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
   auction@stlouiseschool.org or 425-214-5441
Walk, Don't Run, to This Opportunity to Serve & Lead
            
            Interested in being a Walk-A-Thon co-chair and helping to raise $70,000 for St. Louise? By co-chairing the Walk-A-Thon, you can be part of one of the biggest fundraisers of the year. Find your fellow parent friends to join you in co-chairing, or ask the Parents' Club to help find you some co-chairs.
          Last year's co-chairs will share their experiences and give guidance when needed.Templates are already put together so you can follow what's already been done or just put your own stamp on it for this May 1st event! You will have so much fun while raising money for the school.
          The majority of your time will be spent volunteering in March/April/May, and you can expect you and your co-chairs to together log in 40 hours. 
          Make it a year you won't forget! If interested, Colleen Nowak, Parents' Club board member, is available to answer your questions. Text Colleen 425-417-5043 or email her at  Colleen.nowak2@t-mobile.com. Thank you for your interest!


Meet Our New School Parents
            
          We are excited to have a few dozen new families joining St. Louise Parish School this year! Over the next few weeks, we'll introduce you to a handful of these new St. Louise parents in this Bulletin.  Below are some of our newest Chargers. Thank you, veteran St. Louise parents, for making the new members of our school community feel welcome.

left-to-right:  Miguel & Julia Paola Lacouture (daughter in Kdg.); and Kelly and Gary Miller (son in 4th grade)

left-to-right: Chris & Uyen Higashi (daughter in Kdg.); and Yergeny & Ann Kolovyansky (daughter in 6th grade)



Start Ordering Your School Yearbook Now...and Save $
          
          St. Louise School Yearbooks are full-color, hardback, and truly terrific mementos. They are distributed on the last day of the school year in June, but you can put in your order for one NOW.
         Besides purchasing your yearbook from our publisher, TreeRing, you'll have the opportunity throughout the year of adding your own memorable pictures. Every student has the option of getting a one-of-a-kind copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. Your two free custom pages will be in your book only and are optional. (If you choose not to personalize you'll receive the same book, without the two extra pages.) 
          If you order your yearbook before September 30, you will save 15% - bringing the cost down to $19.97 (which is less than a Starbucks-stop these days!). If you have questions, please email TreeRing or the St. Louise yearbook team.


To purchase and personalize your yearbook, go to:   https://tr5.treering.com/validate or click on the TreeRing logo. The St. Louise School passcode is  101439484318388.

Two Different Study Groups Beginning for Women

          
Many Catholics want to read the Bible but get bogged down by the long stretches that seem not to make sense or get lost among the sea of Old Testament names and places.  The Bible Timeline, a Bible study that is designed to help you uncover the story of salvation woven throughout Scripture, will enable you to get the "big picture" of the Bible and understand what it's all about.
    •  Two women's Bible study groups at St. Louise Parish will begin The Bible Timeline study this fall.  A morning group will start meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 8:30 am.  Participants in the morning group will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation followed by lively group discussion and fellowship.  For more information or to register for the morning group, please contact Colleen Lowell at colleenlowell5@gmail.com or at 425-351-6402. 
    • An evening group will also be undertaking the same study program this year, with twice-monthly meetings beginning on Thursday, September 19 at 7:15 pm.  For more information or to register for the evening group, please contact Caya Hartman and Connie Schouviller at wbbs@gmail.com.


        

Only know Humanae Vitae as "the birth control encyclical"? It's so much more! Come join learning and conversation about authentic love and truth in human relationships at the parish's Humanae Vitae Women's Study Group which meets every other Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:30 in Room CW-A in the central wing of the old school.  Cost is $35. You can sign up and order your book at  https://endowgroups.org/groups/amy-wilken-s-group-2 For more information, please contact Amy Wilken .
S AINT OF THE W EEK
please read this with your kids
 
 

Thank you for patronizing the following businesses and thanking these families who, through their generous sponsorship, help underwrite the costs of St. Louise School's Auction, Walk-A-Thon, and other events...


See what's happening on our St. Louise Facebook page