ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

August 29, 2019
Dan's Blog
Tuesday begins St. Louise Parish School's 58th year of providing an excellent education with a Catholic foundation to children. The teachers, staff, and I are so excited to begin and partner with you in teaching your kids about academics and faith!

Speaking of "partnering," please make sure you have on your calendars the dates of the specific grade-level "Curriculum Nights" at which every family needs at least one parent to attend.
  • For parents of grade 7-8 students, your time to meet with your children's new teachers and learn about the grade-level curriculum and teachers' expectations is right off the bat - this Tuesday at 6:30PM in the library. 
  • For parents of grade 1-6 students, your Curriculum Night is next Thursday at 6:30, and it begins in the parish hall beneath the church.
  • For parents of kindergarteners, you will meet the teachers in 10 days - on Tuesday the 10th at 6:30 in the school lobby.
  • Finally, parents of Pre-K students meet in the daytime, not at night. Your curriculum meeting is the coming Wednesday at 9:00AM.
Also on Wednesday starting at 8:30AM (after you drop-off your kids for their first day of regular classes in their homerooms), we'll have a Parents' Coffee in the lobby. Please plan on staying, enjoying some coffee/tea while meeting new parents and catching up on summer news with parents you know. 

Please remember on that Wednesday that we'll have our 2nd-8th graders put in a regular full day of work (as compared to Tuesday's brief Passport Day time frame), but  our Kindergarteners and 1st graders dismiss at 12:00 that day and for the rest of the week. Additionally, parents of Pre-K students have a very different schedule for Wednesday through Friday, so please refer to the calendar of events below.

Finally, regarding Passport Day this Tuesday, please head first to the Parish Hall beneath the church. Come at your designated time with your school supplies, and meet Mr. Fuerte and me in the Hall where we'll give every student his/her very own "passport." I have a few words to say to the group (which will include explaining how some students who get their passport stamped will win prizes), and then as a family you'll spend the next 60-90 minutes walking through campus and settling in your child's new homeroom to unload the supplies. Have fun touring, loading up the desk or locker, and meeting the teachers! It's going to be a great start to a great, new school year!

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

You want to see the faces and names of our 5 new faculty members? I bet you do! But I'm not going to show you here. Instead, you have to go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StLouiseSchool. And while you're there, if you haven't yet done so, please "LIKE" our page. We're up to 1,000 LIKES and climbing! 
 
Upcoming Calendar of Events  

Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2
  • School Office Closed

Tuesday, September 3 - First Day of St. Louise's 58th School Year! 
  • Passport Day Schedule - Families Report to the PARISH HALL at the following times with their school supplies:
    • Last names A-C at 8:30
    • Last names D-J at 9:15
    • Last names K-P at 10:00
    • Last names Q-Z at 10:45
  • Curriculum Night for Parents of 7TH & 8TH GRADERS - Library at 6:30PM; every gr. 7-8 family must have at least one parent present

Wednesday, September 4
  • Parents' Coffee - Main Lobby at 8:30AM; all parents invited 
  • Curriculum Meeting for PRE-KINDERGARTEN Parents - Pre-K room at 9:00AM; every grade Pre-K family must have one at least one parent present; meeting is for adults only - please find childcare; there is no Pre-K class held today
  • Opening Week Prayer Service for Gr. 1-8 - Church at 11:00AM; parents invited
  • Noon Dismissal ONLY for gr. K & 1 - parents park in south/central parking lot and wait outside central wing of original school for your children at 12:00PM
  • Kids' Club begins today.

Thursday, September 5
  • ONLY Pre-K students with last names A-O attend Pre-K today - 8:15-11:45 (no extended day) 
  • Noon Dismissal ONLY for gr. K & 1 - parents park in south/central parking lot and wait outside central wing of original school for your children at 12:00PM
  • Curriculum Meeting for Parents of 1ST THRU 6TH GRADERS - PARISH HALL at 6:30PM; every gr. 1-6 family must have one at least one parent present; meeting is for adults only - please find childcare; (note that the evening begins in the Parish Hall, not the school)
     
Friday, September 6
  • ONLY Pre-K students with last names P-Z attend Pre-K today - 8:15-11:45 (no extended day) 
  • Noon Dismissal ONLY for gr. K & 1 - parents park in south/central parking lot and wait outside central wing of original school for your children at 12:00PM
  • Cross Country practices begin

Saturday, September 7
  • Fall Fix-Up Day - 8AM-12PM; please meet outside the original school's north wing with your weeding tools, metal rakes, shovels, and/or wheelbarrows.

Monday, September 9
  • Daily Milk & Hot Lunch begin
  • Reminder: school dismisses at 2:00 EVERY MONDAY for all K-8 students and extended day Pre-K students

Tue sday, September 10
  • Curriculum Meeting for Parents of KINDERGARTENERS- Main Lobby at 6:30PM; every kindergarten family must have one at least one parent present; meeting is for adults only - please find childcare

SCHOOL CALENDAR
Looking Forward to Seeing Y'All on Tuesday
         
         School begins for all grade PK-8 students this Tuesday, September 3, with our special "Passport Day." This 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, 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 2nd at the stated start time:
  • A-C at 8:30 a.m.
  • D-J at 9:15 a.m.
  • K-P at 10:00 a.m.
  • Q-Z at 10:45 a.m.      
         Please have your children b ring not only their school supplies to Passport Day but also their P.E. shoes stored in a durable, reusable bag. Gr. 6-8 students should also bring a simple "P.E. uniform" in a bag. (See page 47.)
          Please note that on this first day of school, Kids' Club does not begin, but instead Tuesday is when all families in both morning and afternoon Kids' Club should visit the Kids' Club staff at the Lavelle Center when touring with their passports.
Fall Fix-Up Is the First Saturday of the School Year
        
         We have two Saturday mornings in the fall when we ask for parents to join us in helping to beautify the school and parish grounds through raking, weeding, bark-spreading, etc.  Our first Fall Fix-Up is Saturday, September 7, at 8AM. We ask volunteers to gather outside the north wing of the original school with your yard gloves, tools (rakes, shovels, and weeding tools most needed), and wheelbarrow (if you h ave one). At 12PM, we finish up by feeding everyone lunch!  If you are able to help (and teenagers are welcome, too), please RSVP Jeffrey Hummer , our volunteer landscaping foreman.

A Welcome from our President and Chair
         
          Please read the following letter from the heads of two important parent boards - the School Commission and Parents' Club. You may email Karen Reed and/or Sean Manne if you have questions. 
 
Start Purchasing Cards on Tuesday Morning  

On Passport Day this Tuesday morning, the Charger Card sales window in the original school's central hallway will be open from 8:30am-11:30am. 

Additionally, you may always 
purchase cards 24/7 at www.shopwithscrip.com or   MyScripWallet.com   and pick up cards at the Charger Card window.

Special offerings of physical cards at 18% and 20% rebates are available for a variety of popular stores and restaurants, so please stop by the Charger Card window to see what we're offering.
 

Free $5 Starbucks Card

Place a Standing Order before September 30, that includes at least one "Groceries or Gas" category store, and receive a $5 Starbucks gift card with your first order.  Find the Standing Order Form on our webpage Start your school year well and set up a Charger Card plan during September! You can meet and exceed your Charger Card requirement with a simple plan! Here's one example of a family's monthly plan...


Remember the goal is not to meet the minimum but to exceed so you earn tuition credit and St. Louise receives additional funds! You can meet and exceed your Charger Card requirement with gas and groceries alone!


Sign-Up for Online Payments (PrestoPay)

In addition to not having to drop off checks, with Online Payments:
  • You'll receive your ScripNow eCards instantly
  •  ReloadNow funds are added to your card immediately
  • Your Reload orders process faster
  • You'll have access to our mobile ordering website, MyScripWallet.com, or download the app MyScripWallet on your mobile device.
 

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

Do You Like Being Outdoors?
        
         We are in desperate  need of volunteers for two crucial items - supervising recesses and directing carpool traffic. For supervising recess, you have to be available from 11:45-1:00 one day a week or one day every-other week. For carpool directing, we need you from 2:50-3:20 one day a week. Don't be intimidated - you are working with other volunteers and with staff members when doing these jobs, and you don't need experience.
          Please contact our head recess supervisor, Lisa McKenna, if you want to learn more about recess supervision. Please talk to vice-principal, Mike Fuerte, if you have an interest in helping with carpool directing. 
Thank You, Volunteers
        
         We appreciate Kristina Yumul-Abueg and Aila Olayao co-chairing the Used Uniform program and leading last week's sale. Assisting them were:  Victor Phan, Maria Juarez Veloz, Veronique Tano, Sharon Victor, Imelda Diaz,  Alvin Abueg We also are grateful we had some alumni who assisted at the sale:  Emily D'Costa, Olivia D'Costa,  Nikhil Victor.
WE ARE ONE 
Auction News

We hope you've enjoyed a wonderful summer and we are looking forward to seeing you on Passport Day! Here are the key things you need to know this week:
 
Passport Day - Find Us By the Front of the Church In the Trees
  • Photos: Make sure you stop by and have your children's photo taken by the front of the church! This photo will become a special memento for you to keep when you attend We Are One - our fabulous disco-inspired auction!!
  • Party Sign Ups: You can sign up for a week of Free Dress in December, or the Winter Lunch Series (taking the place of Kidd Valley lunch)!
  • Charger Blessings and Charger Spirit: our St. Louise glassybabys will be offered for sale at the Auction table! Just $85 for this wonderful keepsake. Purchase them for gifts or for yourself! Just 12 left!
 
Item Donations Due September 16th
  • If you committed to an item last spring, please make sure that it is turned in to the auction office no later than 3pm on September 16th.
  • Not sure what to purchase or procure? Stop by the We Are One table on Passport Day and we will share a list with you!
 
Save the Date
  • We Are One will take place on November 9th.
  • Please mark your calendars and join us for this fabulous disco-inspired event! The evening promises to be loaded with fun as we raise money to support our children and our community!
 
Thank You!
  • I am always so grateful to our fantastic volunteers - there are some people who are able to come in to the office and share their time with the auction, and those that can volunteer from home, and we are so fortunate you have taken time to share your talent with us! Thank you so very much!
  • I especially wanted to thank Joni Hoffman for all of her time in entering the great items and packages for the BIG event. And, thank you to Shiji Jeparatnam for taking on and doing such a great job with our Teacher Experiences! Also, I want to thank our Committee Chairs this week - their efforts make this event and fundraising possible!
  • 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
   auction@stlouiseschool.org or 425-214-5441
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:  Dana & Andy Matthews (son in 8th grade); 
Nirmala Radhika Jose & Don Peter (daughter in kindergarten)

left-to-right: Tiffany & Jeffrey Neuman (son in 3rd grade & daughter in kindergarten); Kemper Scott & Gretchen Wiseman (son in kindergarten)


Will & Amy Colby (son in pre-kindergarten)


S AINT OF THE W EEK
please read this with your kids
 
 
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