ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

December 5, 2019
Dan's Blog
Every first-Friday, the parish has a daylong Eucharistic Adoration, and for four of those Fridays this school year, our grade 2-8 classes will be participating. The first one is tomorrow, December 7 (and the others are the first-Fridays in February, March, and April).  For those of you who aren't quite sure what "Eucharistic Adoration" is all about, let me explain.
 
Eucharistic Adoration, also called Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, is a form of worship that is offered to the Lord through His most Blessed Sacrament - the Body of Christ as we see in the Eucharist/bread. Adoration may be done in community or individually.
 
In community, Eucharistic Adoration is often led by the priest, and the ritual follows these steps:
  1. Exposition: The Blessed Sacrament is brought to the altar and exposed for all to see in a Monstrance.
  2. Adoration: Prayers, songs, readings, may be said by the congregation; a commonly used hymn is O Salutaris Hostia (Latin for O, Saving Victim).
  3. Benediction: The priest or deacon says a prayer and gives a blessing;
  4. Reposition: The Blessed Sacrament is replaced in the Tabernacle
Don't worry, there won't be a vocabulary test on all this!
 
When Adoration is done individually, as the students and their teachers will partake in tomorrow, there are not rigid steps to follow. While it is the same in how the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a Monstrance for all to see, the difference is in how everyone may employ his or her own way of praying before the Blessed Sacrament. Often, silent prayers during Eucharistic Adoration will last an hour, in connection with when Jesus told the Apostles in the garden of Gethsemane during His Passion, "Could you not spend one hour with me?" H owever, one can visit the Lord in the presence of His most Blessed Sacrament for as short as a few minutes, and for our students, the average class will be praying silently in Eucharistic Adoration for 20 minutes.
 
What is more important than the quantity of time spent is the quality. When adoring the Blessed Sacrament, one should be acknowledging Jesus deeply as our almighty God and loving Savior, praising and adoring Him. Indeed, the Lord is Himself present in the Blessed Sacrament, and the host that we gaze upon is the Lord Himself! We keep Him company (as He asked his apostles to do in the garden), and we do homage to Him by our very presence.
 
Catholics call the Eucharist "the source and summit of our faith." It is sometimes hard to explain to a non-Catholic how the bread and wine we receive at Mass are the pinnacle of what it means to be Christian. We start by explaining that we do not believe the bread and wine are merely bread and wine. After the prayers of consecration by an ordained priest, God works a miracle and transforms the ordinary bread and wine into the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.   (To learn more about Catholics' belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the bread and wine, read here or watch here.)

If Jesus walked into our church similarly to how He appeared to the disciples 2,000 years ago, we would all run to welcome Him. But Jesus remains hidden in the Blessed Sacrament under the appearance of bread, because He is calling us to faith. It was Jesus who declared, "Blessed are they who do not see and yet believe."
 
Although our teachers help on these first-Fridays to draw your children more deeply into the mystery of Christ's Real Presence in the bread, it's most important that children attend Adoration as a family so they can see their parents modeling this contemplative type of worship. Here at St. Louise, Adoration takes place in the church every Friday from 8:30-9AM and every first-Friday of the month in the parish chapel from 10AM-6PM. If you live near other Catholic churches, check schedules HERE , as many parishes have longer hours and more days available for Adoration.

Finally, check inside today's red envelope for an Advent book, compliments of St. Louise Parish. The book is divided into 13 very small segments. Perhaps you can make it a goal this Advent to reach one segment each of the 13 remaining weekdays in Advent?  Bask in the peacefulness, anticipation, and joy of the Advent Season! 

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

Save the date and spread the news to your children's Grandparents that Friday, January 10, they are our special guests at St. Louise. That morning at 9:00, students' Grandparents are invited to our all-school Mass, to sit with their grandkids and to receive special prayers of thanks for all they do. Immediately after Mass, a reception will be held at the school building, at which the students can "show off" their classroom to their Grandparents.

If you want your child's Grandparent (or grandparent-substitute) to be a part of this, please invite them. If you'd like to make it appear more special, the school will mail an invitation to the Grandparents. Simply complete the form coming home in today's red envelope, and we'll get the invitation mailed before Christmas. 

p.p.s.
Are you carefully reading this Bulletin every Thursday morning? If so, you're reading this now and know you have a chance to win a prize! 
:-)   I have a Cold Stone Charger Card for the 10th parent who emails me this Thursday morning with the phrase:
"I carefully read the Bulletin every Thursday morning."
Upcoming Calendar of Events  

Tomorrow
  • Setup for Saint Nicholas Breakfast; sign-up HERE to volunteer
  • Flavorful Friday Sale - 5th grade selling ice cream treats for $1, raising money for donating to their sponsored orphan at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos

Saturday, December 7 -  SAINT NICHOLAS BREAKFAST & CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
  • In the St. Louise Parish Hall
  • Breakfast Served from 8-11AM
  • Craft Vendor Sales from 8AM-12PM
  • An event for the whole family, including grandparents and neighbors

Monday, December 9
  • All-School Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 9AM; parents are asked to meet their children's classes outside of the main building if they'd like to sit with their kids in church

Tuesday, December 10
  • Admissions Season Begins! "Tuesday Tours" for prospective new school parents; spread the word to your neighbors/friends/co-workers to schedule a tour at 425-746-4220.

Wednesday, December 11 - NOON DISMISSAL
  • All classes end at 12:00 today - to give teachers the afternoon to hold make-up conferences
  • Afterschool Kids' Club is in session; school office is open 

Tuesday, December 17
  • The Parents' Club meeting - originally scheduled for December 12 - will be tonight at 6:00 in the faculty room; all school parents are invited

Wednesday, December 18
  • Parents' Prayer Group, 8:15-8:45AM - all parents are invited to the faith formation room in the lobby to pray for personal needs and the needs of our students and teachers
  • Christmas Concert featuring our 1st and 2nd graders - 6:30PM in the church; all St. Louise families and friends are invited (performers to arrive in homerooms by 6:15)

SCHOOL CALENDAR
Wanted: Instructional Assistant

A full-time Primary Grade Instructional Assistant position is available at St. Louise School. The instructional assistant works from 8:00-3:00 on all school days. This is a 32.5 hours-per-week, benefited position, with salary to be determined based on experience. The position begins part-time in January and converts to full-time in February.
 
The ability and skills desired include:
  • Has experience in successfully teaching reading to grade 1-4 children, including the ability to teach phonics by speaking clearly and enunciating phonemes so students can differentiate the different sounds and develop phonemic awareness.
  • Has experience in successfully teaching math to grade 1-4 children, including the ability to show students different ways to solve math problems and the gift of being able to encourage students who struggle.
  • Possesses the skills needed to assist the primary grade teacher in creating a dynamic, organized curriculum, including the ability to follow the supervising teachers' directions while at other times to manage things independently;
  • Has the ability to use time efficiently and to demonstrate attention to detail;
  • Is a practicing Christian who naturally can integrate Gospel values when instructing and supervising children;
  • Can assist the teacher in maintaining a positive and disciplined classroom environment;
  • Can maintain a safe and well-ordered recess atmosphere, including the ability to discipline students of all ages as needed;
  • Able to be outdoors co-supervising one or more recesses daily and able to handle the physical demands of loading and unloading 25 lbs. of recess equipment;
  • Has the skills to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to assist with recess supervision.
 
To apply:

When the Munson family bought the "Teacher's Day Off" package at the Auction for their son's 3rd grade class, they gave more than a day off for Mrs. Jaster. They also gave the 3A class a day with former St. Louise teacher, Karen Alleman, as their substitute and a fun gingerbread project assisted by Diane Smith.

Admissions Season Begins; Please Send a Prospective New School Parent Our Way

On many Tuesdays from now through February, St. Louise hosts "Tuesday Tours" - a morning when prospective new school parents get to tour the school with an 8th grade ambassador, sit in on a class in session to observe a teacher, and get their questions answered in a meeting with Mr. Fitzpatrick. 

Thanks for helping to spread the word about our awesome school, and the opportunity for those with upcoming 4-to-14 year-olds to tour our school and take in all the great things that happen at St. Louise during a typical school day.


Please note that our next Open House will be on January 30. Please encourage your neighbors, friends, and coworkers to come see for themselves why they would be smart to enroll their children in St. Louise for next fall. At an open house, they can meet all our teachers, explore our classrooms, and learn about after-school programs (mock trial, Girls Who Code, speech team, robotics, choirs, band, debate, etc.) and our cross-country, soccer, basketball, track and volleyball sports offerings.

Thanks for all you can do  to spread the word regarding St. Louise School and our Open Houses! Don't forget to use your social media accounts. Please share our Facebook page and Instagram page

*REMEMBER*
As a thank you for your help, we do have a referral bonus program:
one free month of tuition for one child for any current school family who refers a newly-enrolling family!
We're Dismissing at Noon This Coming Wednesday  
     
        Wednesday December 11th is a 12:00 dismissal for all students, as we allow teachers the afternoon to make up any missed parent-teacher conferences as well as to get report cards ready to send home next Friday.
         Kids' Club will be in session on the 11th, from 12:00-5:45.  The school office will be open until its regular 4:00 closing time. 
         Remember that the final day before Christmas vacation - Friday, December 20 - is also a noon dismissal day, but Kids' Club is not in session that afternoon. 
          Thank you for your flexibility in scheduling!
St. Nicholas Breakfast & Bazaar This Saturday

         
Come join us for our annual St. Nicholas Breakfast and Bazaar this Saturday, December 7, in the St. Louise Parish Hall. Breakfast is served from 8-11AM and craft vendors are selling from 8AM-12PM.

Start a new family tradition as we welcome the season of Advent! Enjoy a delicious breakfast and take care of some Christmas shopping at crafts booths that offer unique gifts and treats. 

Breakfast is $5/kid and $10/adult - with tickets sold at the door. From 9-11 a.m., Saint Nicholas himself will be in the Hall to greet the children and will be available for taking pictures with your family!
 
Volunteers are needed to help tomorrow (Friday) and the day of (Saturday). Earn your volunteer hours in fun & festive atmosphere! Please go HERE now to sign up for the volunteer job you'd like.


For more information on the Breakfast & Bazaar, please contact co-chairs,  JT & Janelle Taasan .


Breakfast Served from 8-11; Crafts Sold from 8-12; St. Nick Appears from 9-11

We Love our Volunteers!
 
        Thanks to these school parents and St. Louise parishioners for helping Mrs. Wagner with our Thanksgiving Baskets Collection Drive:  Ann Connolly; Mary Lou Davis; Tiffany Neuman; Maggie Samson; Danielle Condit; Marian Zappala; Carole Cote; Connie Heglar.

        The teacher and staff want to thank these parents for serving and/or cooking delicious meals at the monthly "feed the faculty" lunches/breakfasts and at last week's parent-teacher conference night dinner, as well as for providing refreshments for the Open House two weeks ago: Kristy Charles, Liz DeBord, Meghan Green,  Claudia Tejeda,  Maria Juarez,  Marisela Garcia,  Michael Salas,  Jennifer Magnusen,  Kathleen Lund,  Darcie Currie,  Tina Tsao,  Laura Bonner,  Molly Akers,  Kathy Brennan,  Mary Ann Macatangay,  Kristine Bautista,  Tiffany Neuman,  Natalie Remedios,  Elisa Engel,  Victor Phan,  Annabelle Gegus

Congratulations to Daniel and Fatima Cazares, (parents of 4th grader, Sarah) who this week received their Certificate of Naturalization, and are now U.S. Citizens!
Save the Date
 
          This year, the St. Louise School Christmas Concert will feature the singing, instrument playing, and acting of our 1st and 2nd graders, as they perform "Shepherds, Sheep, and a Savior" on December 18.  This is a musical concert about  one of the most familiar parts of the Christmas story:

On a hill just outside of Bethlehem, lowly shepherds were tending their sheep at night. They didn't get much company out there. People had been passing through for several days as the census was underway, but they hardly spoke at all as they walked by on their way to Bethlehem. Nobody really wanted to talk to the shepherds. That is, nobody except an angel! They may have been at the bottom of the social ladder in Bethlehem, but God chose shepherds to be the first ones to see the Savior! This is their story - what they heard and what they saw that marvelous night when God came to dwell with men.

          All St. Louise families and friends are invited to the church at 6:30PM on the 18th to enjoy this concert. A special word to the parents of our 1st and 2nd graders: please drop off your children in their homerooms between 6:00-6:15 on their performance night, wearing their school uniforms. You may then head to the church to get your seats. If you have questions, please talk to our music teacher, Terry LaRussa Banton.



No Fee If Paying with a Credit Card 

Today and tomorrow only (December 5 and 6), you get access to special bonuses and you don't pay the online fee when you pay with a Discover, Mastercard, or Visa credit card. During these 2 days, there's no online fee when you shop any brand or gift card type and pay with your Discover, Mastercard, or Visa -  which means you don't pay the 2.6% fee per transaction. Take advantage of this limited-time opportunity by simply entering your credit card information at checkout. It's the easiest way to feel good about giving back to your organization during the holidays.



Time to Purchase Gift Cards for Christmas!
Can you make this a Charger Card Christmas? How much of your Christmas shopping can you run through Charger Cards and support St. Louise? For example,  Snowflake Lane and Bellevue Botanical Garden d'lights has started! Can you plan a family evening to include dinner downtown and the holiday festivities, all paid with Charger Cards? Here are some suggested cards to purchase:
* Taco Time $25 (20% rebate)
* Bai Tong $50 (20%)
* Dominos (11%)
* Red Robin (10 %)
* PF Chang (11%)
* El Gaucho (11%)
* Wild Ginger (20%)
* Daniel's Broiler (20%)
* Tom Douglas (20%)
* John Howie Steak (20%)
* Purple Café (20%)
* Tutta Bella (20%)


 
Starbucks Cards Available at Bonus Rebate Rate of 8.75%!

Starbucks cards can help you meet your family minimum rebate and support our school even more quickly because their usual 7% rebate is bumped up for now to 8.75%! This is a great time to stock up on Starbucks cards for teachers' gifts or for you.

 
St. Louise Family Charger Card Tips
Did you know Disney cards are usable for more than the Disney store? They are also good for:
  • Disneyland or Disney World Theme park tickets (4-days DW park hopper tickets for Family of 4 cost $1,500!)
  • Theme park restaurants - counter service or sit down!
  • Theme park retail shops - buy your souvenirs in the parks with charger cards!
  • Disney hotels
  • Even frozen Mickey bars from ice cream stands in the parks!
One St. Louise family purchased $3,000 (3 cards x $1,000) for their Disney trip. They used $1,500 for tickets, and used the rest inside the parks! They even paid for dinner at Goofy's Kitchen restaurant in Disney Springs with Charger Cards!

Do you have a Disney vacation planned? If so, order your Disney cards now!



Charger Cards Holding  Extra Sales Days

C harger cards will be selling cards from our Cart after  EVERY Sunday morning Mass in December. We'll be outside the church front entrance from 8-11am . We also will be at St Nicholas Breakfast this Saturday from 8:00-12 in the Parish Hall.
 
 
Faculty Wish List

HOMEROOMS
 
PreK
Wendy Blank...Target, Old Navy, Amazon
3B
Michelle Berlin...REI, Starbucks, Amazon
PreK
Michelle Kujath...Amazon, Old Navy, Qdoba
4A
Cindy Scruggs...Starbucks, Macy's, Kohls
KA
Annalia Curry... Amazon, Target, Hobby Lobby
4B
Nancy Danforth... Starbucks, Barnes&Noble, Crate&Barrel
KA/1A
Kathy Kirby...Starbucks, Amazon, Target
5A
Liz Cruickshank...Amazon, Starbucks, Gene Juarez
KB
Lauren Samson...Starbucks, Target, Amazon
5B
Val Cervantes...Amazon, AMC Theatres,   Levue Nails
KB/1B
Vicki Cam...Target, QFC, Amazon
6A
Jeff Glaser...Amazon, Starbucks, QFC
1A
Samantha Helfen...Amazon, Starbucks, Target
6B
Paula Patterson...Gene Juarez; Amazon; Starbucks
1B
Nicole Howell... Amazon, Starbucks, Crate & Barrel
7A
Alex Gallant...Starbucks, Target, Amazon
2A
Cathy Woods...Amazon, Kohls, Bath & Body Works
7B
Andrew Weiss...Starbucks, Amazon, REI
2B
Christina Reynolds...Amazon, Starbucks, Levue Nails
8A
Mary Herridge...QFC, Starbucks, Michael's
3A
Joellyn Jaster...Amazon, Disney, Target
8B
Veronica Williams...Starbucks, Gene Juarez, QFC
 
OTHER TEACHERS & STAFF
 
Cherie McIntosh...Nordstrom, Target, Amazon
Lola Bazan...Amazon, Target, Starbucks
Karen Cole...Starbucks, Panera, Amazon
Mindy Morgan...Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Starbucks
Chris Evans...QFC, Amazon, Applebees, Target
Cindy Wagner...Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Panera
Sharilyn Lux...Nordstrom, Starbucks, Barnes/Noble
Linda Bowers...Target, Crate & Barrel
Melissa Cantu... Amazon, Target, QFC
Dan Kirby...Starbucks, Amazon
Theresa Bannick...Starbucks, Amazon
Jane Reynolds...Nordstrom, Starbucks, Amazon
Terry LaRussa Banton...Target, Starbucks, AMC
Angie Ogilvy...Amazon, Target, Nordstrom
Mika Walker...Nordstrom, Starbucks, Amazon
Lisa McKenna...Target, Starbucks, Amazon
Sheila McAllister...Target, Amazon, REI
Maria Zambrano... Amazon, Starbucks
Karen Salmon...Starbucks, Amazon, Nordstrom
Marilu De La Torre...Starbucks, Amazon, Target
Mike Fuerte...Amazon, Starbucks, QFC
Jacintha Vimal... Starbucks, Amazon
Dan Fitzpatrick... Amazon, iTunes, Cabela's
Julianne Read...Nordstrom, Gene Juarez, Starbucks
 


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NOTE: Charger Cards rebates-reports will be distributed to families in this Thursday's Red Envelope.
* * *


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



Kylie and Samantha recently spent time in the science lab dissecting a cow's eye. It's part of the famous lesson on the optical system that Mrs. Scruggs teaches in 4th grade.

Match Your Gift & Double Your Dollars
  
 
Many thanks to the families who have already doubled their dollars for St. Louise School by participating in their employer's matching gift program!

With the calendar year coming to a close, we would like to remind families who donated to the Walk-A-Thon, Auction, ASGC, or Tuition Endowment Fund to please submit your matching funds.

Corporate matching has a very important role for St. Louise, and we wish to thank all our faithful patrons who have participated in these programs. St. Louise has received matching funds from Boeing,Apple, Microsoft, Costco, Symetra, Starbucks, Verizon Wireless, Wells Fargo, Intel, and T-Mobile.

It is important, especially with payroll deductions, to keep us in the loop regarding your gift-giving so that we may accurately account for your gift. To keep us in the loop, or if you have any questions regarding matching gifts, please contact Cindy Wagner
Looking for Five Parents! Could You Be One?
  
         
Following are some vital school programs that are looking for new leaders. Each program is already set up and organized, with the departing parent leaders able to teach the incoming replacement how to continue on. Please consider stepping forward to be a new leader!
 

2 Parents
While the Walk-a-Thon is still months away (May 1st), we're looking for the next Walk-a-Thon (WAT) co-chairs! This is a great activity to partner up with a pal, or a husband and wife can team together. If you don't know whom to ask to co-chair, we can find a co-chair to teach with you. The two of you will take the lead on the festivities of this key fundraiser while inheriting lots of great documentation on how to run the event, both leading up to and including the day of. So you don't need WAT experience. Last year's chairs are available and very willing to coach you and help make the event a smashing success!  The WAT is such an amazing event - full of Charger Pride and school spirit! Please contact Jen Sharp for more information.



1 Parent
We're looking for a green thumb to take over chairing the Adopt-a-Garden program. Actually, you don't even need a green thumb! Just some enthusiasm around creating a nice looking environment on the school and parish grounds.You'll coordinate volunteers who want to "adopt" a section and tend to the plantings in that area. This is a great volunteer opportunity that can be done outside of work hours, such as evenings or on the weekend. Everything is already organized for Adopt-a-Garden, thanks to outgoing chair, Eric Lund. Eric will hand you the list of adopters and the map of the adopted plots of gardens on campus. Please contact Eric if you are interested.


1 Parent
A rare opportunity has just come up - to take on the Room Parent Coordinator role, one of the most sought after volunteer chair positions at St. Louise! Harness your organizational and communication skills to lead the Room Parent volunteer group. It's an excellent way to get to know parents in various grades along with the teaching staff and administrators. The big plus about this role is that you can do most (if not all!) of the work on off-school hours! Score! Current coordinator, Nancy Tribolet, has everything all prepared for you, so no experience is necessary. Please contact Nancy if you are interested.


 

A Letter from Our Pastor


 








Hailey and Xander loved meeting Mrs. Curry's kittens, which she brought recently to her KA classroom for show-and-tell.



Serene and Hailey played with Mrs. Curry's kittens. Mrs. Curry and her husband "foster" cats - temporarily taking into their homes animals in need, thereby freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another cat, as well as giving the foster cat the time she/he needs to be ready for adoption.

WE ARE ONE 
Auction News

We are winding down in the auction office! Here are the three things you need to know this week:
  1. Black & Whites and Passport Day Photos: These are still available! Click HERE to order your digital Passport Day Photo ($25) or your St. Louise traditional 11 x 14 Black & White photo ($100).
  2. Receipts were emailed. If you don't receive one, please email auction@stlouiseschool.org.
  3. After Auction Sale: I'm hosting an After Auction Sale online and in the Auction office, We have a LOT of wine left, so you can pick up some great host/hostess gifts before Christmas!

~Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
   auction@stlouiseschool.org  or 425-214-5441

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...


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