August 23, 2018
Dan's Blog
I offer a "welcome back!" to our returning parents, and a basic but heartfelt "welcome!" to our new school parents.

Each Thursday morning through June, you will be receiving this Parent Bulletin in your inbox, and each Bulletin will begin with this, my "blog" - a personal note to you about school happenings, educational news, and/or parenting advice.
When my blog focuses on parenting advice, I hope you will take my words in the good spirit they are written. As a parent for 31 years and a Catholic school principal for 30 years, I would like to believe I have some wisdom to impart that is at least worth considering. Not to say I've been a perfect parent or a flawless principal - far from it! In fact, because I've been a parent and principal most likely longer than anyone reading this blog, I've most likely tallied more mistakes in my decisions and actions than any of you. Then again, simply due to longevity, I've recorded a few more "wins" than you younger parents in our St. Louise community. So, I humbly ask for your ear. 

Additionally, besides sharing my years of experience as a parent and educator, I also like to write as an unapologetic voice for Catholicism and an advocate for raising families in a Christian household, being that you and I are minorities in today's society where "God" is a politically incorrect word.  In a world where today's elementary school-aged children are exposed to images and topics that you and I wouldn't have learned about until we were in high school or college, I have no qualms reminding parents that you do we have to succumb to peer pressure from the parent-culture and become "permissive" parents. If God is first in our lives, we don't need to submit to today's culture or apologize for making decisions we believe are in the best interest of our kids' souls. The power of peer pressure is diminished when you parent with this in mind, and every once in a while I'll tackle a parenting-peer-pressure topic in this blog, with the intent to inspire and/or challenge you.
Thanks for reading my blog and this Parent Bulletin every Thursday! And thanks for your efforts at being counter-cultural by raising your children in a Christian household! You have already taken a bold step and sacrificed financially by bypassing the public schools for St. Louise Catholic School. I applaud you for investing in your children by giving them a Catholic school education!

I have a few announcements about teachers for our 2018-19 school year. First of all, it's exciting to have Dr. Karen Cole extend her science talents and knowledge to more students this year. Dr. Cole, who has a PhD from Notre Dame in chemistry and biochemistry, has always taught 7th grade science, but this year we're adding 8th grade science to her schedule.  To make this schedule change work, Mrs. Veronica Williams will drop her 8th grade science and add Dr. Cole's prior grade 3-4 computer classes to Mrs. Williams' schedule. Mrs. Williams will continue to team with Mrs. Bannick and teaching the grade 7-8 math classes.
The second announcement I made previously in a summer email. Our new 2nd grade teacher in 2B will be Christina Reynolds. Miss Reynolds replaces Mrs. McAllister, who left unexpectedly in July. Christina previously taught 3rd grade in Arizona and kindergarten in Everett. She also has experience as an instructional assistant prior to starting her teaching career. A member of St. Pius Parish in Mountlake Terrace, Miss Reynolds is very excited to be joining our school community, even with her long commute!

Finally, our librarian Cherie McIntosh is recovering from breast cancer surgery, which she underwent on the 15th. I'm happy to report her surgery went well! While Mrs. McIntosh takes the entire month of September to recover, her grade K-6 library classes and grade K-2 computer classes will be comfortably handled by one of our frequent substitute teachers last year, Mrs. Orysia Earhart. Thanks for your prayers for Cherie's speedy recovery. You may send her your get-well-wishes via email. You have your first chance to meet Mrs. Earhart in the library on Passport Day.

Pax et bonum,
Mr. Fitz
"Pax et bonum" is Latin for "peace and goodness" or "peace and all good," and the story goes that this phrase is the greeting St. Francis of Assisi would give to those he met. This year, I am going to use this phrase as the closing of my blog each week for two reasons.

First of all, your children, our teachers, and I will keep God central in our lives in classroom prayer time, in religion classes, and at school-wide Masses throughout the school year. We will worship the Lord through the reading of His word, through thoughtful praying, and through partaking in the Eucharist - the source and summit of Christianity. While doing all this, we will remember our call to live our lives filled with the "peace and goodness" that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit provide. The most important thing isn't that little Susie gets "A"s in math class or that teacher Mrs. X has the most fun classroom. Being in a Catholic school, the most important thing for our students, faculty, and me is that we honor the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit in all that we do. 

The second reason I am using a phrase made famous by St. Francis is that this summer my family and I were able to visit Italy, and the place I enjoyed the most was Assisi and The Basilica of St. Francis.  More than any other city or church we visited, I was stirred the most in Assisi. For me, the most touching was walking though the peaceful streets of Assisi, praying before the solemn tomb of St. Francis, and celebrating Mass (albeit in Italian) in the Basilica. As a kid, I memorized the Prayer of St. Francis for religion class. Now as an adult (with an aging, less reliable memory), I will memorize the much shorter greeting of St. Francis - "pax et bonum."
Upcoming Calendar of Events  
Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30
  • Faculty Inservice Week; the school office may have some hours of being closed these days so that the office staff may attend various faculty meetings

Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3
  • School is closed for an extended Labor Day weekend

Tuesday, September 4
  • Opening Day for St. Louise School's 58th year! See article below that lists the various entry times for families on Passport Day;  all PreK-8th grade families are to please report first to the Parish Hall with school supplies;  students need to be in school uniform
  • Curriculum Night for all parents of grade 7-8 students - 6:30PM in the library

Wednesday, September 5
  • Parents' Coffee in library at 8:30 - all parents invited for beverages, treats, and mingling
  • Curriculum Meeting for all parents of Pre-K students at 9:00AM in the Pre-K room; this meeting is for adults only; preschoolers do not come to school today
  • Opening week prayer service for grade 1-8 students at 11:00AM in the church - parents invited
  • Dismissal for grade K-1 students at 12:00 today

Thursday, September 6
  • First day of Pre-K only for students with last names "A-M"
  • Curriculum Meeting for all parents of grade 1-6 students at 6:30PM in the Parish Hall;
    ("Student free dress day" coupons given out to 10 parents at random...if you arrive by 6:30 sharp in the Parish Hall!)
  • Dismissal for grade K-1 students at 12:00 today

Friday, September 7
  • First day of Pre-K only for students with last names "N-Z"
  • Charger Cards re-opens its sales-window in the original school's for its every-Friday 8:15-9:00AM schedule of weekly sales
  • Dismissal for grade K-1 students at 12:00 today

Saturday, September 8
  • Fall Fix-Up Day from 8AM-12PM; arrive at the north wing of the original school with your weed digging tools (please bring a wheelbarrow and shovels/metal rakes if you can, as there is some bark to spread too)

Earn a FREE $5 Starbucks Card When you Set Up a Standing Order for Charger Cards
Start your school year well by setting up a Charger Card plan during September!  You can meet and exceed your Charger Card requirement with a simple plan. Find the Standing Order Form on our webpage.
If you place a Standing Order before September 30, and include at least one "Grocery" or "Gas" category store, and you will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card with your first order!
Remember the goal is not to meet the minimum but to exceed so you earn tuition credit and St. Louise receives additional funds! Lets continue the success of the program; it benefits not only the school's budget but OUR CHILDREN.
Email us  or stop by during office hours to make an appointment to help you understand the program and the many options to purchase. We will be happy to help you make a plan for your family based on your current shopping habits and budgeting!
  • Charger Card office hours this year are:  8:15-9:00am on school-Fridays.
  • Available for 24/7 online purchases at
For more information on Charger Cards and online ordering, please visit our  webpage  or contact Marsha Rampersad Zope, who is taking the reins from Megan Kirk to chair Charger Cards in 2018-19!  If you have questions for Marsha, or better yet, if you'd like to join the Charger Cards Team and volunteer to help on a regular basis, talk to Marsha.
Background Check and Safe Environment Training Due Now
          A required task for each school parent to complete is an online background check process. This process helps confirm the safety of our students when parents are helping at school, coaching a team, supervising an after-school program, or even driving on a fieldtrip. (By the way, all of our employees undergo this same background check process.) Background checks are run through the Seattle Archdiocese's "Safe Environment" office and their "VIRTUS" program. If you haven't yet done so, to begin this background check process please click on the Volunteering link on our website.
NOTE: Every year thereafter, EACH VETERAN SCHOOL PARENT MUST KEEP CURRENT WITH VIRTUS in his/her background check status and Safe Environment training.
         When completing the background check answering questions, both you and your spouse (if applicable) will also be asked to read Archdiocesan policies on safety, and then to each register for an initial 3-hour training session - called "Protecting God's Children for Adults." Please sign up for a training session at a Seattle Archdiocese parish that works with your schedule - but that takes place no later than September. (There is a training session scheduled to take place right here at St. Louise on September 15.) Thank you for keeping our school in compliance with this required process of everyone registering with VIRTUS and taking an initial 3-hour training session!
         Please direct any questions to the Archdiocese's Safe Environment Office at (206) 274-3188 or to the St. Louise Parish office through

Congratulations to our Honor Roll Students

The following 7th and 8th graders from the 2017-18 school year earned placement on our 3rd trimester Honor Roll in June, as they each earned a 90% or above grade in all subjects:

Evie Aitken, Cole Allemand, Katrina Baradi,
Alessandro Bergamaschi, Jacob Blank, Daniel Bomberger, Rogan Bruce, Pia Canimo, Daniela Castillo, Daniel Catorcini, Ellie Charles, Madeline Clinton, Liam Curran, Emily D'Costa, Tim Doggett, Joaquin Galindo-Navarro, Kim Geiger-Lazo, Dyllan Hoffman, Elsa Kammereck, Sarah Jo Kujath,
Raizel Lagunero, Kate Leach, Lauren Lester,
Angelina Maney, Adara Martinez Del Toro, Julius Moricz, Heide Orleth, Lexi Phan, Ellie Pierce, Alexander Rotar, Ashley Santiago, TJ Russell, Jonathan Silva, Ellie St. Pierre, Alex Szrama, Mary Ta, Ryan Tang, Ryan Tiotuico,
Erin Tylutki, Alice Vimal, Jenna Wilken, Sophie Yuen.

Thanks for Starting Your Volunteering

Thank you in advance for the extraordinary help you'll be providing by volunteering throughout the school year! We couldn't be such a fantastic school without your wonderful assistance! For those who signed up by June 18, on our online volunteer sign-up form, the staff members or volunteers who head up the various programs and events are receiving your names this summer and will be contacting you to confirm your volunteer job with their programs/events. If by the end of August you do not hear back from the heads of the programs/events for which your signed up, please contact the Parents' Club's Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Sharp, at

When you are ready to begin recording your hours as you begin volunteering for the new school year, you may do this at the "submit hours" link at Remember, you have to volunteer for at least 40 hours from now through next June. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Jennifer.

If you want to start immediately on your volunteer hours, please consider the "adopt-a-garden" program, whereas on your own time this month (and throughout the school year) you can weed, prune, and rake a small, designated area on our grounds. Contact fellow school parent Eric Lund to choose your adopted area on our grounds.

Here are some other suggestions for early opportunities to start volunteering in September:
  • Throughout the coming school year, we need parents willing to give 30 minutes one day a week assisting with traffic directing. If you're already pulling in your car to pick up your child at the end of the day, why not take advantage of the opportunity to earn volunteer-hour time each week while doing so? You work with Mike Fuerte and one other parent helping to park cars from 2:50-3:20 one day a week (or 1:50-2:20 on Mondays). Please contact Mr. Fuerte to inquire about this vital volunteer job and let him know which day of the week may work for you.
  • We need parents willing to give 60 minutes one day a week or one day every-other-week assisting with lunch recess supervision. You work with our instructional assistants in supervising the two half-hour recesses for grades K-8 - from 12:00-1:00 - choosing the day that works for you. Please contact our head instructional assistant, Lisa McKenna, to let her know which day of the week (or every-other-week) may work for you.
  • Lola Bazan and Mindy Morgan require parent volunteers to assist them in the school office daily - answering phones, greeting visitors, and completing clerical tasks. If you can volunteer for a 3+hour shift one day a week (or every-other week), please contact both Lola and Mindy and tell them your preferred day and whether you can assist in the office during the 8:15-11:30 or 11:30-3:00 shift. 
  • Bake breakfast pastries/treats for our September 5th Parent Coffee and/or bake cookies/brownies as refreshments for the September 6th grade 1-6 Curriculum Night and/or serve refreshments at these or other daytime or evening events. If you are interested in baking and/or volunteering, please contact Hospitality co-chairs Shawna Shaules or Liz DeBord to ask to be added to their Hospitality Volunteer Email List.  Shawna and Liz will then reach out to you via their Sign-Up Genius account.
  • Plant flowers, pull weeds, and spread bark the morning of Saturday, September 8, at our first Fall Fix-Up of the year. From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., our parish (volunteer) landscaper, Jeffrey Hummer, needs a crew of parents to help spruce up the grounds. (And junior high-age children may accompany.) Please let Jeffrey know how many in your family to expect.   

  • Summer Math and Required Summer Reading for Your Kids

              Last June, Mr. Fitzpatrick sent parents information on the summer math assignments our grade 1-8 teachers recommend their upcoming students complete this summer. Reading assignments were also sent home as recommended summer work for upcoming grade 1-5 students. Students entering grades 6-8 have required summer reading. The written assignments connected to these reading requirements will be collected by Mrs. Patterson (grade 6) and Mr. Gallant (grade 7-8) the first week of school.
             Additionally, parents of upcoming 3rd-8th graders were given their children's MAP Growth test scores in June, and on the cover letter for those scores, Mr. Fitz noted you can your child's MAP math scores to generate personalized study recommendations using Khan Academy. Khan is the free online math tutoring program, and MAP and Khan have teamed up so you can simply insert into Khan your child's scores on the math portion of MAP, and voila! - automatic summer assignments created!
    Parish Picnic Was Resounding Success 

              The school parking lot was jam-packed with food, games, music, and lots of St. Louise Parishioners on August 4, as the annual Parish Picnic took place on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Thanks to the volunteers, especially co-chairs Sue Richards and Kristy Charles, pictured above.



    Hello, St. Louise Families!
    Charger Blessings
    Our one-of-a-kindness glassybaby, Charger Blessings, have arrived. If you have already purchased one, or you now want to, stop by the school office to pick up your pre-paid order or buy a glassybaby on the spot.
    Procurement/Purchase/Donation Update
    Please don't stop procuring donations throughout the summer. We appreciate what you've donated so far (meeting your $225-value minimum goal), but why would you want to settle for the minimum? Be an "A" student! :-)  Please remember that September 17 is the deadline for all donated items must be delivered to the Auction office in the north wing.
    Save the Date
    If you haven't marked your calendar yet, please do so now! We encourage everyone to attend the auction - so, remember the big event takes place on Saturday, November 10, 2018!
    Thank you so very much for all you do for our community - in prayer, in time, and in giving - you are appreciated.
    Julianne Read
    St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
    Family Roster and Class Lists Emailed this Week

              Mr. Fitzpatrick emailed all school families earlier this week the class/homeroom lists. The family roster which lists the names and contact information for all school families will be sent to you the first week in September. If there has been a change in your home address, your primary email address, your home phone number, or either parent's cell phone number, please update your Skyward account by going to Skyward lists the most current information throughout the school year; we do not send out any hard copies of corrected/updated family contact information after September. Please contact Lola Bazan and Mindy Morgan in the school office if you have questions.
    Turn In Your Fieldtrip Driving Form Now

              Our insurance requires us to have parents annually fill out a driver information sheet - which may be found on our website here. This sheet asks you to specify the insurance information on vehicles that may be driven on school field trips. Since there is a strong possibility that every school family will drive on at least one field trip this school year, we ask each school family to complete and return an information sheet immediately. Thank you.

    Calling All 3rd thru 8th Graders

                Students entering grades 3-8 are invited to be a part of music ministry at our school
    Masses by joining "Chorale" - the school choir. If your 3rd through 8th grade child loves to sing or play guitar, drums, violin, flute, etc., please encourage him/her to sign up.  Chorale rehearses approximately three Mondays a month from 2-3 pm in the church. There is a one-time $40 fee due by August 31.  You may pay here and also complete this form and return it to the school office by the first week of school. Please contact  choir director Karen Cole with questions.
    Last Call for Cross Country Sign-Ups for K-8 Students

    Registration will soon close for CYO Cross Country for all upcoming K-8th graders.
    Practices will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and will be every Tuesday and Friday for one month, immediately after school at Robinswood Park.  The Cross Country meets will be held at Lake Sammamish State Park on Sunday, Sept. 23, Sunday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 7.

    You may sign up your upcoming grade K-8 student-athletes HERE.
    If you are interested in coaching or have any questions, you may contact the Cross Country Coordinator, Amy Wilken.
    Soccer Season Beginning

    Registration is soon closing for CYO Soccer. If your child will be entering Kindergarten through 8th grade, the St. Louise Chargers would love to have him/her on a team! You may sign up your student-athlete HERE.
    Soccer practices and games for all grades will begin on or before the first week in September.
    Parents who are interested in coaching soccer at any grade level, please contact St. Louise Soccer Coordinators, Christie Allemand and Maria Kelly-Doggett at and register as a coach HERE.
    Are You Set with the School Calendar for 2018-19?
    A virtual version of the school calendar may be downloaded to your computer/smartphone by clicking on the "Subscribe" link on this webpage.
    We have already sent you a one-sheet summary calendar for the year of the major events, but it is recommended that you also print out a hard copy of each individual month. To do that:

    1) Click on the "Show Events" link on the right-side column on our school website's main page;
    2) Click on the "Print" button for each calendar you scroll to using the arrows in the upper left corner.

    You may then insert these 12 calendar pages inside your red binder or hang them on your frig.  
    When examining the school calendar, please pay particular attention to these important, first events:
    • The Curriculum Night for grade 7-8 parents is on the first evening of school - Tuesday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. This session is mandatory for all grade 7-8 parents (at least one parent per family).
    • Pre-K parents have a meeting on Wednesday, September 5, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Pre-K classroom. This meeting is mandatory for all Pre-K parents (at least one parent) and is for adults only. Sorry, we cannot accommodate toddlers, babies, or your pre-schooler; please arrange for childcare for them.
    • Grade 1-6 parents have their own Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 6, at 6:30 p.m. Again, this Curriculum Night is for parents only; please find childcare for your kids. At least one parent from each grade 1-6 family is required to attend. It begins in the Parish Hall beneath the church.
    • The Kindergarten Parents' have their unique Curriculum Night the second week of school - on Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. and it will begin in the lobby of the main school building. This session is mandatory for all kindergarten parents (at least one parent) - both families new to St. Louise and "veteran" St. Louise families - and is for adults only. Sorry, we cannot accommodate toddlers or babies, so please arrange for childcare for them as well as for your kindergarten child.

    Use Classbundl to Have School Supplies Shipped to Your Door
             The list of papers, folders, and other school supplies your child is required to bring to school on Passport Day (September 4) may be found on the "Student Supplies List" posted on our website. Note that you may also use to purchase online the exactly needed school supplies for your child's specific grade level, and have the supplies shipped to your front door.
    Looking for Used Tennis Racquets for Recess Equipment
             Lisa McKenna, our head recess supervisor, is putting out a call or any gently-used tennis racquets that school families may have. Students use these at recess to play games. If you have a racquet to donate, please send it to school to the attention of "Mrs. McKenna." Thank you in advance!
    Do You Know How Drop-Off & Pick-Up Works?
    Explanations of our traffic regulations and how to maneuver morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up may be found on our school websiteWe also have this BRAND NEW instructional video that is very helpful. (Thanks to Jon Sharp and 7th grader Jack Sharp for helping Mr. Fuerte create this video.)
    Please note that the first day of school - Passport Day on Tuesday the 4th - does not follow these regulations; you may enter and park on September 4th as you would when coming to Mass. And for the rest of that first week of school - Wednesday through Friday, September 5th through 7th - we will begin following most of these regulations, but there will be some slight differences because our grade K-1 students are dismissed at noon. The grade K-1 parents will not be able to exit onto Main Street these three days, as the north playground will be closed for recess for the other grades.
    For the entire years, as we only have staff supervising grade K-8 students outside on the school grounds from 8:00 through 8:30, and again from 3:00 through 3:17 (2:00-2:17 on Mondays and 12:00-12:17 on half days), it is critical that you or a carpool driver be responsible for your children at all other times. Please don't drop them off alone at school before 8:00AM, and please do not arrive after 3:17 (Mondays
    Please model safety for your kids by only crossing on the parking lot using the yellow-striped crosswalk lanes and/or following the directions of our student Safety Patrol crossers.
    2:17; half days 12:17).
    Finally, the pick-up of our Pre-Kindergarten students is somewhat different, in that these students are to be walked to and picked up directly from their room. Pre-K parents will want to park their cars in the south lot (south of the church) or on the basketball court (north of the gym) and walk their children directly to the classroom door at the far east end of the north wing (8:15-8:30 a.m.). Please pick up your preschooler directly from the classroom at 11:45 (or at 2:00 on Mondays & 3:00 on Tuesdays through Thursdays if enrolled in extended-day).
    Thanks to everyone following the same traffic rules! We need this 100% cooperation to better assure the traffic flows quickly and the students are safer.
    Medication Form Must be Filed if Child Needs Meds at School
              Any time a student needs to take medication at school, whether prescription or over-the-counter, an Authorization to Administer Medication form must be on file in our school office. If your child will need to take medication at school, please complete the form found here. Please get your doctor's signature on this form and return it to school along with the medication in its original container. Please contact our nurse, Jane Reynolds, if you have any questions.
    Volunteering Is Off and Running!
              Last week's sales event for Used Uniforms, Charger Gear, and Charger Cards was run by St. Louise volunteers, and we appreciate their assistance!
              Used Uniform sales were coordinated by new co-chairs Grace Kirchner and Kristina Yumul-Abueg and outgoing chair, Marisa Riffe. Their helpers were Veronique Tano, Sandra D'Costa, Fabiola Banuelos-Ward, Angie Ogilvy, and alumna, Olivia D'Costa.
    Our sales team for Used Uniforms
    Charger Gear sales were overseen by co-chairs Joy Tran and Anneliese Kertson, and assisted by Angie Ogilvy and Jennifer Magnusen.
              The Charger Cards office was selling last week, thanks to new chairperson, Marsha Zope, outgoing chair Megan Kirk, and assistants Chika Anyichie, Shannon Stevens, and Gabby Gonzalez.
    Updating Your Child's Immunizations
              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 the dates to school nurse Jane Reynolds, who will update your child's immunization form we have on file.
               For parents of all incoming 6th graders, a reminder that the state is requiring a booster Tdap.  Please forward Jane the date your child received this booster by no later than the end of August, or else your child will not be able to attend school.
             The state also requires all incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to have two doses of chickenpox vaccine. Most students have only received one dose, and thus will need a booster.  Please send Jane the dates of your child's chickenpox booster by no later than the end of August.
              As you may know, our state requires a licensed health care provider to sign the Certificate of Exemption for a parent or guardian to exempt their child from school immunization requirements.  The signature verifies that the provider gave the parents information about the benefits and risks of immunizations.  The parent can also turn in a signed letter from a health care provider stating the same information. Kids who aren't fully immunized will be sent home from school if a disease outbreak occurs. This law took effect July 22, 2011, so it only applies to exemptions requested after this date. If you have any questions, please contact Jane.

    School Begins for All on Sept. 4 with Special "Passport Day"

    Passport Day is a morning for every single St. Louise student and at least one of his/her parents to first meet in the parish hall beneath the church to pick up a "passport" and get instructions from Mr. Fitzpatrick.  Families then tour the school, meet familiar and new teachers, learn where all the classrooms are, and drop off all the school supplies in the student's desk (or locker for grades 7-8).

    Although students are to wear their school uniform on September 4, Passport Day is not like an ordinary first day of school. Instead, every grade PK-8 student must have at least one parent attending with him/her and have a uniquely assigned time to arrive. Your Passport Day experience will last no longer than 90 minutes, at which time you will go home for the day. Every grade PK-8 family whose student's last name begins with the following letters are to meet in the Parish Hall on the 4th at the stated start time:

    > D-J at 8:30 a.m.      > K-P at 9:15 a.m.      > Q-Z at 10:00 a.m.      > A-C at 10:45 a.m.

    Veteran school families who had been "mentoring" new families over the summer may disregard using the above schedule and instead arrive in the parish hall when the new family is scheduled so the mentor family may accompany the new family around the school.

    Please note that on "Passport Day," Kids' Club does not begin, but instead this day is when all families in both morning and afternoon Kids' Club should visit the Kids' Club staff at the Lavelle Center. Kids' Club's supervision begins on Wednesday, September 5, and after-school Kids' Club will start at noon each day that first Wednesday through Friday of school, to accommodate the kindergarten and 1st grade students who have early dismissal.

    The second day of school - Wednesday, September 5, is a more traditional first day, when grade 1-8 students are dropped off in the carpool lane, kindergarten students are walked to their classrooms by their parents, and school begins at 8:30.

    For Wednesday through Friday of the first week of school, grade 2-8 students will attend at our usual school times of 8:30-3:00, but kindergarteners and 1st graders will attend from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., September 5-7, with a noon dismissal each day.

    Monday, September 10, is a regular school day, and all students in grades K-8 attend for the usual Monday school timeframe of 8:30-2:00. [Please Note: Whenever school is in session on a Monday, it's a 2:00 dismissal time for all K-8 students, as our teachers use this extra "free time" to hold curriculum meetings each Monday afternoon.]

    The Pre-Kindergarten students have specific first days of classes (after Passport Day) based upon their families' last names. Only students with last names A-M have their first day of Pre-K from 8:30-11:45 on Thursday, September 6. Only the Pre-K students with last names N-Z have their first day from 8:30-11:45 on Friday, September 7. [There is no extended-day preschool the first week of school.] Then on Monday, September 10, all Pre-K students attend together for the first time from 8:30-11:45, with students in the extended-day program remaining until 2:00 (and until 3:00 on Tuesdays through Thursdays).
    Thanks for Following Our Uniform & Hairstyle Policies
              The School Policies and Guidelines section on our website lists our uniform guidelines, and you'll want to make sure you read it carefully so you purchase the correct clothing. At St. Louise Parish School, we value decorum and traditions, and our uniforms and appearance are our first opportunity to make an impression on those who see us. Our uniforms and appearance also demonstrate our commitment to modesty, safety, and a distraction-free learning environment. Our uniform policy contributes to an environment freer of the judgment which may be a byproduct of fads, fashion trends, or socioeconomic factors. Thanks for you support of our policy by making sure your child is in proper uniform, including hairstyle and jewelry, every morning before leaving the house.
              Uniforms are required beginning with the first day of school - September 5th "Passport Day" - and although every student is required to own a sweater/fleece, a sweater/fleece does not have to be worn if the weather on a particular day is too hot. In fact, for the months of September and October, students may wear uniform shorts instead of pants, skirts, jumpers, or skorts (but the shorts must be walking-style, not cargo-style or short-shorts, and must hang no shorter than 3" above the crease in the back of the knee).
               Please remember that your grade K-8 child must bring on Passport Day a separate pair of "sneakers" (gym shoes) in a sturdy, plastic shopping bag, which will be kept in the homeroom all year.  
               Besides confirming in the Policies section on our school website what pieces of the school uniform are or aren't allowed, in this same section please make sure your children's hairstyles follow the school rules. This may necessitate visiting the barber or salon this month. Please note below that specific section in our policies regarding hairstyles:
    these two fade/undercut styles are not allowed since we need all students to have consistent thickness of hair length in all areas
    1. Hair for both boys and girls must be kept neatly trimmed and combed. A boy's hair must not
    hang below his eyebrows or ears and not touch his shirt collar. A girl's hair must be off her face, be it through side-swept bangs or hairclips/headbands.
    2. No facial hair is allowed.
    3. Hairstyles are to be conservative, with no extreme haircuts or hairstyles allowed. The school
    administration is the final determinant of what constitutes "extreme." Typically, an extreme haircut or hairstyle is one in which unnecessary attention is drawn to it because one or more of the following occurs:
    • Is not a natural, God-given hair color (coloring, bleaching, or streaking is not allowed);
    • Does not have consistent thickness but is shaved noticeably shorter in some areas (an "undercut," a "fade,"  a "mohawk," or a style similar to the ones shown here are not allowed);
    • Is completely shaved on a boy;
    • Is buzz cut or completely shaved on a girl;
    • Has designs or lines cut into it;
    • Excessively uses gels or styling products.
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