February 14, 2019
Dan's Blog
Extreme sorrow has hit our St. Louise community again, as fellow school parent Verene Woelfl passed away Monday night. Verene and husband Eric have two sons in our school - Ian in 6th grade and Drake in 7th grade. Verene was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago, and had been valiantly fighting the disease.

I will let you know when there is information about funeral arrangements. In the meantime, thank you for keeping Eric, Ian, and Drake in your prayers, and thank you for praying for the repose of the soul of Verene. 

Eternal rest, grant unto Verene, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon her.
May Verene rest in peace.

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Regarding snow days, I don't recall in my 30 years, St. Louise School ever missing this many days for snow over a two-week period. Congratulations on being part of a record-breaking year... I guess? Because of you and the teachers working together, and your children persevering, we were able to not lose as much instruction as we would have had we not had electronic means to create and complete online-learning lessons. Typically, we build in to our yearly school calendar more than the minimally required 1,000 hours of instruction the State requires of private schools. This is purposely so we don't have to make up a missed day here or there in a typical year.

But of course, this February has not been typical. So had we not had online-learning, we definitely would have eventually reached the point where missed days totaled too many, and we would have dropped under the 1,000 threshold. But with a combination of having a calendar with built-in additional hours to start, and adding the online-learning hours, even with our missed days this February, we aren't required to extend the school year past our calendared final date of June 12.  

Again, thanks for your cooperation during these past two weeks! There were three gr eat outcomes because of the snow days:
  1. Parents and their children got to spend time together building snowmen, drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace, and eating meals together.
  2. We all were forced to slow down and realize there are more important things than unremitting work in the "rat-race."
  3. Parents who didn't already appreciate teachers a lot, certainly do now, after having their kids home for hours-on-end, trying to get them to complete hours of lessons. ;-)

Pax et bonum,                                         
Mr. Fitz

Our librarian and primary grade computer teacher, Cherie McIntosh, will be going through yet another major surgery as part of her cancer treatment program. This next surgery is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, February 20. Thus, her last day teaching will be tomorrow, and she will return in early April.  Mrs. Orysia Earhart, who subbed for Mrs. McIntosh during her other leaves, will be returning to teach the library and primary grade computer classes starting on the 20th. The students will be in good hands.
Cherie tells me she appreciates your prayers more than any gifts or meal-trains. We all know how well the St. Louise Community rallies around those in need of care or prayers. Thanks for your support of Mrs. McIntosh!

Upcoming Calendar of Events  

Tomorrow (all due to change based on the weather)
  • Used Uniform and Charger Gear Sale postponed - moved to March 1
  • 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); for their first administrative decision, Principals Evie & Charlotte have already decided that this day is a free dress day for all students and staff (regular free dress rules apply, including no-shorts during this winter trimester)

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); in addition, these student-teachers will get to enjoy morning hot cocoa with Mr. Fuerte before school and a pizza lunch in the faculty room with Mr. Fitz and fellow adult-teachers
  • 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 22nd)

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

Friday, March 1
  • Sales Day! Charger Cards, Charger Gear, and Used Uniforms all on sale from 2:30-4:00 in the central hallway of the original school building


Save the Dates: 

  • Saturday, March 9 - Auction Kick-Off Party at 6PM in school lobby
  • 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
Used Uniform & Charger Gear Sale Postponed until March 1   
         Our winter Used Uniform and Charger Gear Sale has been postponed from tomorrow until Friday, March 1, due to the weather. It will be held on March 1 from 2:00-4:00 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

Calling for Nominations  
       We have wonderful volunteers at St. Louise School, and each June we honor 3 of them with the Volunteer Extraordinaire Awards. I am asking both you and the faculty to nominate volunteers to be considered for this award. Nominees should have a history of dedicated, positive volunteering for the St. Louise School community.  Past recipients of the award (who are still current school parents) include: Tom Brennan, Joni Hoffman, Amy Wilken, and Ingrid Flaat. Do you have a fellow parent(s) to nominate? If so, please send your nomination to Mr. Fitz, along with an explanation of why the person deserves to be considered. Thanks for your help!

Lent Is Approaching   
         Some years we begin the Lenten Season in February (it depends on when Easter falls), but this year Lent begins on March 6 (as Easter falls late on the calendar). On Ash Wednesday, March 6, expect a meaningful day that contains the three pillars of Lent:
  1. Prayer - an all-school liturgy at 1:45;
  2. Fasting - we'll cook a simple lunch at school for all students and staff to replace their regular lunch (this year the lunch will be rice and beans);
  3. Almsgiving -  donations of $5 per student will be requested to pay for the simple lunch and also to support the Union Gospel Mission.

Don't Let the Weather Prohibit You from Charger Cards 
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See this  video that shows you how to use - the mobile website to purchase, use, and track Charger Card scrip on your phone. See the  Online Registration Directions page for step by step info to register online and get started!

Charger Cards Will Hold Special Afternoon Sales on March 1
In two weeks, on Friday, March 1, Charger Cards will be sold out of the CC window at the usual morning time from 8:15-9:00am, and there will be an additional sales time slot that day from 2:00-3:30pm.  We will be selling cards out of the Charger Card office at the same time as the Used Uniform/Charger Gear sale in the St. Louise Room of the original school hallway.



The Charger Cards sale office in the central wing of the original school is open on school-Fridays from 8:15-9:00AM. 
Of course, you may always purchase 24/7 at  or  for ScripNow, Reload, or Reload Now cards.                          
Charger Cards...It's simple, it's thoughtful and it's truly the gift that
 keeps on giving! For more information on Charger Cards and online ordering, please visit or email chairperson Marsha at
Volunteers Needed 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. 

You and Your Spouse Are Invited
         All Catholics are invited to attend a special conference - The Joy of Life: Celebrating 50 Years of Humanae Vitae - which will be held on Saturday, March 2, at St. Brendan Church in Bothell. This event offers "TedTalk" style brief presentations by Bishop Mueggenborg, Dr. Sarah Bartel, Jason Kidd, Ashley McCullough, and more. Meet and network with other Catholics throughout the day at the vendor booths and exhibits. Learn more at or call 253-278-6550.
Calling on Volunteers 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 .

Join Us for a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil

St. Louise Parish has scheduled a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil, beginning Friday, March 1, and ending Saturday, March 2. School parents and/or families are encouraged to join fellow families for prayer time between the hours of 9AM on Friday and 9AM on Saturday in the church. Focus of the prayer time is silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. 

Some of our grade 2-8 homerooms will also be attending Adoration on the 1st during school hours. As a school parent, you may come to church during school hours or you may choose to return to church with your family for the Children's Rosary at 5:30pm. 

A box for prayer intentions and a sign-up sheet will be placed in the Church Vestibule. During the next couple weeks, you may place your prayer intentions in the box and sign up for an hour of prayer time. (These are both optional actions.) Your prayers will be used by participants to offer up intercessory prayers during the vigil. Please contact parishioner Dawn McIntosh with any questions.


Until you are convinced that prayer is the best use of your time, you will not find time for prayer."

~Father  Hilary Ottensmeyer

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