ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

October 18, 2018
Dan's Blog
          Thanks to all of you who have been supporting Natalie Remedios Cimprich with your words, gifts, and private prayers. Her husband Patrick's funeral Mass is today at 11:00 here at St. Louise. Our entire 6th grade class will be attending and our Chorale choir will be leading the singing.
          This short article for Catholic school parents gives some advice on how to talk to your children about death and funerals, focusing on discussing these three key points: a person has a soul; it's okay to grieve; the faith that is evident at a funeral Mass binds us together as the Body of Christ. On that last point, isn't it wonderful that we have faith and know that there is eternal life after this life on earth? It's already difficult enough to handle the sorrow of a loved one's passing, but I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be if we didn't have our Christian faith.
          We attend Patrick's funeral Mass today to grieve in our loss of Pat while simultaneously celebrating his life. Moreover, we gather so we may give praise to God for Christ's victory over death and to seek strength in our belief in Jesus's resurrection and the heavenly afterlife that can be ours.
          Also at Mass, we will entrust Pat to God's tender mercy. Thus, it's fitting that this is one of the songs you'll hear at many Catholic funeral Masses, and we will sing it with heavy yet hope-filled hearts today:

May the choirs of angels come to greet you.
May they speed you to paradise.
May the Lord enfold you in His mercy.
May you find eternal life.
 
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          After today, teachers will start scheduling the November Parent-Teacher Conferences in which all school parents must participate, which is why TODAY AT NOON IS THE DEADLINE for parents to choose their preferred day and time to hold their conference. Please refer to the recent email from me that contained the link of the Parent Survey, where you are to choose the more convenient conference dates/times. After 12PM today, we'll close down the survey. The teachers and I will sit down and set up Parent-Teacher Conference schedules based on your requests. We will notify on November 2, about your confirmed Parent-Teacher Conference date.

Pax et bonum,
Mr. Fitz
 
p.s.

It's a Wonderful Life at St. Louise - our 2018 school Auction - is taking dinner reservations for just two more weeks.
 
Please RSVP now at this link.
 
On Auction night we'll be holding a special Fund-a-Need bidding time during the live auction. Every single one of you will be able to raise your bid card high and get called out by the auctioneer as a "winning" bidder, based on the giving level you choose for this Fund-a-Need. This year's focus will be on facility upgrades:
     1) Helping St. Louise School pay the bill for our recent addition of a security door, camera, and parent keycards;
     2) Helping us pay for our upcoming plans to makeover our parish hall so we can hold our school musical on campus, as well as have a better performance area and more seating for school concerts.
 
For more information on this year's Fund-a-Need, please watch our slideshow, narrated by some of your kids.  
Upcoming Calendar of Events  
Today
  • The Parent Survey - which Mr. Fitz emailed you on October 11 - closes today at 12:00PM. This survey is where you request the best date/time for your required Parent-Teacher Conference, so please make sure to complete the survey by noon!

Tomorrow
  • Auction Wine Contest ends today; details here
 
Friday, October 26
  • CROWD Social for 6th-8th graders from 7-9PM in the parish hall

Saturday, October 27
  • Fall Fix-Up from 8AM-12PM; bring your yard tools and help us beautify the grounds 
  • Junior High Math Team competes in Seattle Prep tournament

Wednesday, October 31
  • Fun Dress Day; go here to find costume restrictions and find out how your child can get a special treat from Mr. Fitz
 
Thursday, November 1 - NO SCHOOL DAY/Holy Day of Obligation
  • The school office and Kids' Club are closed today
  • All Saints Day Masses at St. Louise at 9AM and 7PM
 
Friday, November 2 
  • All Souls Day Mass at 9AM; all K-8 classes attending and parents encouraged to attend
  • The Parent Bulletin is sent out today instead of Thursday; also expect your youngest child to bring home today the Confirmation of Conference Time letters from all your children's teachers; parents are asked to confirm the scheduled parent/teacher conference time by signing and returning the bottom section of the letters to the teachers

Monday, November 5 
  • Deadline to RSVP to attend the Auction
SCHOOL CALENDAR
 Here's a Way to Earn Hours on a Saturday Morning
 
           Next Saturday, October 27, from 8AM-12PM, parents are invited to join our Fall Fix-Up and help beautify the school and parish grounds. We'll be raking leaves, pulling weeds, and doing other yardwork as directed by our head volunteer landscaper, Jeffrey Hummer. Please email Jeffrey if you are attending, so he knows how large the work force will be. At the end of the morning, Mr. Fitz will feed all the workers lunch in appreciation.
          Please meet outside the north wing of the original school with your work gloves, yard tools, and a wheelbarrow (if you're able to bring one). Thanks for considering helping out!
 Volunteer While Enjoying the Great Outdoors
 
          We need a few more volunteers to step forward and help supervise our 11:45-1:00 lunch recesses on a weekly or every-other-week basis. It's important to keep your children safe and supervised when they're outside playing, and our paid supervisors need additional volunteer help on select days. You don't need to know the rules for soccer or to demonstrate an ability to climb the BigToy in order to be a recess supervisor. You just need to like the outdoors and like kids. Training is provided. If you can help one 75-minute day on a weekly or every-other-week basis, please email our head supervisor, Lisa McKenna.
 
Hello, St. Louise Families!

This isn't the week for peppy bulletin messages - as we mourn the loss of Patrick Cimprich from our community. It has been wonderful to see the support offered and provided to Natalie and Simone since his passing. And, that's one of the reasons we are in a community like this - we are here for one another.
 
As we near the day of our largest fundraiser, you'll find that the list gets longer and longer regarding things to note about It's A Wonderful Life at St. Louise . Hang in there! We are nearly there!
 
Here are a few auction reminders:
  1. Be there for each other, and pray for each other.
  2. If you purchased your tickets at the Deck Party back in May - all you need to do is send an email listing who you would like to sit with to auction@stlouiseschool.org with the subject line "Reservations."
  3. If you need to purchase tickets, please click on this Registration Page. Within this page, be sure to note which meal you would like to enjoy (See Red Envelope Flyer for choices this year!), and under "Special Accommodations," please note with whom you would like to sit. If you are new this year, and don't know who you want to sit with, we'll seat you with other families in your grade level.
  4. Bring in your Premium Wine for the contest this week - you can hand your bottle off to a volunteer when you drive in to carpool Friday! Tomorrow starting at 8:00AM, we'll be waiting near the 156th Ave. entrance with baskets to hold all the wine donations handed through your car window! :-)

 

Here are the volunteer needs we have right now:
 

Auction Night Volunteers: We need just 2 more Auction Night Volunteers. These are our dedicated volunteers who make the night run smoothly - they handle registration, raffle ticket sales, live auction spotters, runners, item distribution, etc. If you have specific questions about how volunteering works on the night of the big event, please reach directly out to Mike Kirby. Or, simply sign up here.

 

Morning Set Up Volunteers: We need about 20 volunteers to set up all of the items for the auction from 8am until noon on Saturday morning, November 10. Please email auction@stlouiseschool.org to join in the fun! You'll get to see all of the wonderful items that will be up for sale ahead of everyone else!


Pre Event Volunteers: Also, if you are here any day or evening, and have 30 minutes  or more to volunteer (day or evening), I have all kinds of jobs that need to be completed over the coming weeks. Just send an email to auction@stlouiseschool.org and let me know when you can be here and for how long and we'll help you check off your volunteer time.


 

 

Thank you for all you do - you are appreciated!
 

Sincerely,
 
Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
425.214.5441
julianner@stlouiseschool.org
 Planned Absence Form Needed for 3+ Missed Days
 
          Because of our growing concern for more and more students missing school for reasons other than illness or family emergencies, and because this problem affects both the teachers' workloads and those students' academics and anxiety of being able to catch up, we have strengthened our school's absence policy.
          Please go to page 4 of the POLICY HANDBOOK on our school website where you'll find the entire Absence Policy spelled out. Our website also has a link to the new Planned Absence Form that you and your child must present to the teacher at least 5 days prior to certain planned absences. Thanks for your cooperation!
Job Opening Up at St. Louise School
         
           We were sad to hear that our school bookkeeper, Amy Thielman, will soon be leaving us to work full time at another company. Amy has been a major part of our administrative team since she joined us two and a half years ago. She not only has been a tireless worker to oversee the various financial processes at school, but her efforts have helped us create new ways of doing financial transactions, such as an increase in how parents can make online payments using credit cards and electronic fund transfers.
          With Amy's impending departure, we are announcing a part-time bookkeeper position available at St. Louise. This position enjoys a flexible schedule, allowing the bookkeeper to work three full days a week or four to five shorter days per week, for a total of 25 hours weekly. The bookkeeper's work schedule mostly follows the school calendar, with limited hours during school vacations.
          The candidate chosen for this position will be trained by the outgoing bookkeeper and must be available to begin training by no later than December 1, 2018, with the ability to completely take over the position by no later than February 1, 2019. (Earlier training and start dates are possible.) A compensation range of $25 to $35 an hour will be based on experience. This position does not offer health benefits.
          A candidate is desired who has as an associate degree in accounting. Bookkeeping experience is required, as are strong computer skills with accounting software and database management, including proficiency in QuickBooks and Excel. The ability to work as a team player and manage multiple tasks simultaneously is essential.
          The school bookkeeper oversees the processing of tuition, cash deposits, fee collections, and bill payments. Other duties of the school bookkeeper include preparing reports for our school's fund raisers, and assisting the school's finance committee in preparing an annual budget.
          For a more detailed job description, and an application form, please go HERE. Contact Dan Fitzpatrick if you have any questions.

 School Photo Retakes Next Month
 
           Thanks to Lilibeth Tiotuico, Trinette Kuester, and Victoria Bermel for their assistance during last week's Photo Day. If your child was absent last Wednesday, the Photo Retake Day is November 14. Contact Cindy Wagner if you have questions.
 Say "Boo!" to the Flu
 
           Flu Season is around the corner. Are you and your family "flu" ready? Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. Anyone can get sick from the flu and spread it to friends-even if you consider yourself to be healthy.  Getting the flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease.  This year the FluMist (nasal spray) will be available but the American Academy of Pediatrics is advising the standard flu shot because the FluMist has been shown to be less effective. The CDC recommends anyone 6 months or older to get the flu shot. 
           People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
* Fever or chills
* Cough and sore throat
* Runny nose and headache
* Muscle or body aches
* Some people will have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
 
NOTE: This Sunday October 21, from 8:30am-12pm in the St. Louise Room (in the original school building), the parish nurses will be offering flu shots for all. 
 


 
Local Arts & Crafts Vendors Welcome  
  
St. Louise Parish School is hosting our annual St. Nicholas Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1st. We're inviting local artists to showcase their arts and crafts. Proceeds from the Breakfast and Bazaar benefit the St. Louise Parents' Club and student enrichment programs.
Kindly email Janelle and JT Taasan, our St. Nicholas volunteer coordinators, at stnick@stlouiseschool.org if you are interested and would like to receive additional information. Please extend the invitation to any other craft creators you feel may want to participate. Thank you for helping make our event a wonderful Advent/Pre-Christmas experience for the larger St. Louise community.
Holiday Bonus!
Buy Charger Cards & Earn Special Rebate Bonuses!
          

Earn big rebates during 7 days of flash bonuses - Bonus Fest is coming October 24th through 30th! Each day features a different lineup of brands for 24 hours only. 
 

  • Participating brands will be announced at 9PM Pacific Time each day the night before.
  • All products for the brands will be on bonus.
  • Families have to order online to earn big.

Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to learn more.




Special Offers on Low Denomination Cards

We're stocking up on special bonus rebate offers and special holiday season cards. Start putting a list together of all the treats for Halloween, stocking stuffers and presents you need for the holidays. Special offerings of $5 and $10 cards will be available from October 20 for a variety of popular stores and restaurants, so please stop by the Charger Card window or visit www.shopwithscrip.com to learn more. 

Happy Shopping!!
  


 
For more information on Charger Cards and online ordering,
or email chairperson Marsha at chargercards@stlouiseschool.org
 
It's Time to Sign-Up for CYO Basketball
                    
Dear Parents, 
 
It is basketball sign-up time! Please register your 4th through 8th grade children to be a part of St. Louise CYO Basketball for the 2018-2019 season.
 
St. Louise CYO Basketball is open to all 4th through 8th grade students at St. Louise school, as well as to children who attend other schools but whose parents are members of St. Louise Parish.  CYO Basketball is for kids of all skill levels - from beginners to experienced. Every child on a St. Louise team will get guaranteed playing time.
   
All registration is done online at: https://reg.sportspilot.com/106300/leagues
  
Our NEW LOWER-PRICE Registration Fees are as follows:
  • $75 for the first child registered within a family;
  • $60 for the second child registered within the same family;
  • $45 for the third child registered within the same family.
These regular Registration Fees are in affect until Friday, November 2, at 11:59 pm. Late registration between November 3-16, will see the fees increase to $110.
 
By the way, all regular season CYO basketball games are held on weekends, either Saturday or Sunday.  Teams typically play 7 or 8 regular season games. The opening weekend for games is November 17-18, and the regular season ends on January 27. There are no games scheduled over Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact St. Louise Basketball Coordinator, Rodney Thomas at rodneytthomas@hotmail.com .
 
Thank you in advance for signing your child/children up for Chargers Basketball!
Sincerely,
Rodney Thomas
St. Louise Basketball Coordinator

 

Upcoming Opportunity for the Dads Out There

           Do you sense that something's missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren't so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
          All men from St. Louise School and/or Parish are invited to the next Christ Renews His Parish (or CRHP) weekend! This Men's Retreat is an incredible experience. Whether you want to connect with other women/men in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday, you will find what you are looking for-and more.
         The weekend is a one-and-a-half-day retreat designed to meet you where you are in your faith journey. It is hosted by fellow parishioners who have previously attended a CRHP retreat at St. Louise Parish and want to pay it forward.
 
Who:                      Men in St. Louise Parish and/or School
When:                    November 3-4
Where:                   Sheraton Hotel in Bellevue
REGISTER:           CRHP@stlouise.org
Cost:                      It's free! Donations are accepted but not required
Questions:             
CRHP@stlouise.org or Paul Davie at 425-802-3151. 
 
Attendance is limited to 36 participants due to space availability, so sign up soon!

 
Prayer Inspiration for the Week

"Mary prays for us at the two most important moments of our lives:
now and at the hour of our death."
~Father Kyle Schnippel


PARENTS in PRAYER
All parents are welcome every Wednesday-schoolday at 8:15 a.m. to pray with fellow school parents in a small-group setting. Please check in at the school office.
 
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