November 15, 2018
Dan's Blog
Father Gary and I are so grateful for the dedication of Auction workers and committees, the donated time of our teachers, the tireless leadership of our Auction director, Julianne Read, the hard work of item-procurers, and the generosity of donors, sponsors, and bidders! All of these pieces working together so well were why last Saturday's Auction was so successful! It's a Wonderful Life at St. Louise was not only a fabulous fund raiser for the school, it was a terrific time of community where the closeness and positive spirit of St. Louise parents, staff, and alumni were truly evident!

I want to make special mention of the time and talent given the final days and hours leading up to the Auction by Mike Kirby, Margie Clinton, Mary Anne & Elwell Baradi (alumni parents), Tom Brennan, Jacob Brennan (StL Class of 2015), Jon & Jennifer Sharp, Chris Read, Kathy Hueffed, Diane Sloss, Anna Jung, Amy Thielman, Cindy Wagner, Mindy Morgan, Sarah Morgan (Class of 2007), Meghan Green, and Rebecca Nightingale. They played key roles behind the scenes in making sure the
Congratulations to Ella for winning the Barbie car during last week's Auction Preview Week. Thanks to all parents and kids who purchased raffle tickets in support of the Auction.
Auction ran efficiently and that last-minute details were attended to!

We don't have all the financial figures available yet, but preliminarily we can say that the Live Auction netted $79K, the
Silent Auctions (including Raffles) netted $55K, and the Parties/Sign-Ups brought in $29K. The tentative total (minus Fund-a-Need) is $163,000, and this is the second highest total we've generated in the last five years! Thank you, generous St. Louisers!

As for our special Fund-a-Need to pay the bill for construction of the new parent/visitor security door and to start facility work this winter to enhance our parish hall so it can become a great venue for the school musical and school concerts, donors in the Marriott ballroom were generous to the tune of $85,000! Wow!

For more information on the Auction, please read Julianne's article below, which includes news on wine for sale. You probably could use some white and red bottles on your Thanksgiving dinner table, right?

...OH! ...and if you haven't picked up your items purchased at the Auction, stop by the Auction office tomorrow between 7:30am and 4pm. Or, if you would like items sent home with your child, please send Julianne an email today. She needs room to breathe in there, and the Auction offices is starting to look like Fibber McGee's closet. If you aren't an old man like me, you'll need an explanation of who Fibber McGee was. Look here.

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This coming Monday and Tuesday, the majority of you are conferencing with your children's teachers, finding out about the specific curricula taking place in classes, hearing about your kids' strengths and areas where they're improving, and collaborating with the teachers on how to help your children grow even stronger.

Last week, I sent home a " Tips for Successful Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences" sheet. Please refer to it so you better assure your 20-minute conference time is well-utilized. Note that every grade 1-8 student is expected to be present for at least the beginning of the conference. There will be a specialist teacher in the library supervising siblings, so if you need to drop off one child while whisking the other to a classroom for a conference, please thank Mr. Evans, Dr. Cole, Mrs. McIntosh, Mrs. LB, and/or Mrs. Lux.

Unlike past years, this year our 1st trimester was longer, and thus report cards are not ready in time to hand out and discuss at conferences. Report cards will initially be worked-on by the teachers starting the following Monday - November 26 - and thus, that Monday is a no-school day. It takes quite some time for teachers to complete compiling grades and marks on report cards and to write comments. They'll be working evenings and weekends beyond the 26th, and thus, report cards won't be sent home until the second week of December.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you need some help for your Thanksgiving dinner table when it comes to praying an inspiring family prayer, here are some suggestions.

Pax et bonum, 
Mr. Fitz

Note there will be NOT be a Parent Bulletin sent home next week.

When we return from Thanksgiving vacation on Tuesday the 27th, we have just a few more days before two special events - The Saint Nicholas Breakfast & Bazaar on that Saturday the 1st, and Advent beginning on Sunday the 2nd. See below for information on the Saint Nick Breakfast, and how you can sign up to help! Please make plans for your family to attend, with breakfast being served from 8-11. The Bazaar portion of the day, with wonderful crafts vendors selling items you could purchase for Christmas gifts, runs from 8-1.
Upcoming Calendar of Events  
  • All-School Collection Drive for Thanksgiving Baskets - your child's teacher has provided more information; thanks for your donations!
  • Today is the end of the 1st trimester; grade K-8 report cards will be sent home in December

Saturday, November 17 
  • Speech Team Tournament at St. Louise, 8AM-12PM

Monday & Tuesday, November 19 & 20: NO-SCHOOL DAYS
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences run both days
  • Students must also attend conference if in grades 1-8; siblings may wait in library under teacher-supervision while conferences are taking place (please no babies/toddlers)
  • If you were unable to schedule a conference for these two days, please contact your child's teacher immediately to set up a before-school or after-school conference

Wednesday thru Monday, November 21-26: NO-SCHOOL DAYS
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Teachers' workday on report cards on Monday the 26th; school and Kids' Club closed on Monday

Tuesday, November 27
  • School Resumes

Saturday, December 1
  • Saint Nicholas Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar: pancake breakfast in the parish hall from 8AM-11AM; arts and crafts vendors in the parish hall from 8AM-1PM; please sign-up here to volunteer for Friday set-up or Saturday help

Tuesday, December 4
  • Admissions Season kicks into full-swing with today's "Tuesday Tours," where prospective new school parents may visit the school for a tour, a meeting with Mr. Fitz, and a chance to sit in on a teacher's lesson; please spread the word to friends/neighbors/co-workers to call the school to set-up their own Tuesday Tour (425-746-4220)

Wednesday, December 5
  • All-School Mass during the Advent Season, 9AM

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 19
  • Christmas Concert featuring the singing of our 5th & 6th graders, 6:30PM; all school families are invited

 School Photos Delayed


        If you ordered school photos, your child brought individual pictures home on Monday. We apologize that our school photographer, Yuen Lui, is running late on sending out Class Photos for all who ordered them. You will receive Class Photos in about two weeks. If you have questions, please contact Cindy Wagner.  

Hello, St. Louise Families!
I want to thank everyone who helped make our 2018 Auction - It's a Wonderful Life at St. Louise - so successful! 
Please make note of the following late-breaking news and announcements:
  • Holiday Wine will be on sale tomorrow - Friday - at the Auction office, and also on sale this Monday and Tuesday - during conference days - at the School office. By purchasing our unopened wine bottles from the Auction you'll be helping the school, as well as getting nice wine for your Thanksgiving dinner or to give away as corporate or friends/family Christmas gifts. Buy by the bottle or the case before we run out!


  • Parties that have remaining spots open will be available for purchase on the auction website starting tomorrow and running through December 3rd. This includes A-Week-of-Free-Dress and Kidd Valley lunches. 


  • Please stop by the Auction office tomorrow between 7:30AM-4:00PM to pick up your purchased items. If you would like items sent home with your child, please send me an email today.

Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving vacation, and I'll get back to you in two weeks (November 29) with more Auction wrap-up news and financial figures!

Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
Braden Schoenlein Named as Distinguished Graduate
Distinguished Graduate Captain Schoenlein - St. Louise School Class of 2006 -  with parents Kris and Gary
      This past Monday, during our school Mass on Veterans' Day, we announced our 2018 Distinguished Graduate - Braden Schoenlein - a graduate of the St. Louise Class of 2006  and a graduate of West Point. Braden has just returned from deployment in Qatar, where she served as a Captain in the US Army.
       Each year in conjunction with every Catholic school in the country, the National Catholic Educational Association names Distinguished Graduates, and Braden received that top recognition this year for the commendable education, career, and service she has gone on to achieve after graduating from St. Louise School.
       While receiving her award at Mass, Braden spoke to the students about her wonderful education at St. Louise - from the academic skills she learned from teachers who taught her (such as Mrs. Bannick, Mrs. Danforth, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Herridge) to the school spirit she was immersed in, such as the CYO volleyball championships she won over the years with her classmates (with her dad as coach).
         Braden also spoke of how her Catholicity helped her get through basic training, finding solace in the quietness and spiritual support at weekly Masses with other Catholic Army cadets.
        We are proud of you, Braden, and thank you for your service to our country!
Get Ready to Enjoy a Delicious Breakfast and to Shop for Crafts
St. Louise Parish School is hosting our annual St. Nicholas Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1st. This annual event is a wonderful Advent/Pre-Christmas experience, so please plan on stopping by on December 1st between 8:00 and 11:00 for a delicious breakfast, followed by Christmas shopping with all the crafters until 1:00.
Proceeds from the Breakfast and Bazaar benefit the St. Louise Parents' Club and student enrichment programs. Contact the Breakfast co-chairs, Janelle and JT Taasan , if you have any questions.

If you would like to earn volunteer hours by helping with set-up on Friday the 30th or serving, cooking, greeting, and/or cleaning on Saturday the 1st, please sign-up here. There is much work that needs to be done the day prior and the day of, and we'd love to have as many volunteers as possible! 
Women's Bible Study Begins this Week

         Women of the school and parish, and their adult friends/family are invited to join a new Bible study series at St. Louise Parish.  Our first focus will be on excerpts from the Gospel of John using a Bible study program published by Dynamic Catholic titled, "Turning Point."  Please pass along this news to any women who might be interested in studying with us. All are welcome!  
         This program includes workbooks for participants and brief lectures on DVD. There is some recommended "homework" to do between sessions, but the workload is light and we are confident that any level of involvement will be rewarding.
          We will be meeting the first and third Thursday MORNINGS of the month, from 8:30-10:00 AM, in the original school's central wing room B (CW-B).  A second group will be meeting in parallel, also on the first and third Thursday EVENINGS of the month, from 7:30-9:00 PM, also in CW-B.
          Both of these groups will have their first meeting this Thursday, November 15.  You are welcome to join either of these groups, or to attend sessions of the one that best fits your schedule on each meeting day. 
           Materials can be purchased from Dynamic Catholic for $15.95 (includes DVDs).  We will also have a few sets of materials available at our first meeting.  We have received a couple of donations to support getting materials to interested participants, so please do not let the cost of materials deter you!
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 
~2 Timothy 3:16-17
Volunteers Needed for Some "Light" Work this Saturday
          Come help St. Louise Parish decorate for Advent and Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9 AM.  All are welcome to string lights and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, & cookies while we work!  Be sure to dress for the cool weather and meet outside the Church. Visit to sign-up. See you there!


As part of their desire to do service, our Pre-Kindergarten class planted bulbs in the center-island on the playground. Here, Leah and Kate take their turns to dig holes and drop in bulbs. Stay tuned until later this spring when you'll see beautiful, colorful flowers bloom in this area!


Credit Card Fee-Free Week Ends Tomorrow; Black Friday Shopping Begins Next Week

If you use your credit card for Charger Card purchases by tomorrow, Friday, November 16, there will be no fee for the transaction! Use your credit card to buy Charger Cards for Christmas shopping! Use your credit card to buy Charger Cards in preparation for Black Friday shopping! Earn credit card rewards AND support St. Louise!

  • Pay in person at the window from 8:15-9:00AM tomorrow.
  • Or skip the line and submit your order online or paper order, then pay by credit card online when we send you an invoice for payment.
  • Fee-free offer applies only to cards generating 3% or higher rebate (e.g. will not apply for purchasing Amazon or gas cards using a credit card).
  • Either way, don't wait! This promotion ends Friday at 9:00 am.

Special Cards Available
If you need special cards we do not have in stock, Charger Cards is doing an additional order for cards this morning before 10am. So if you fall into this category, get your order in before 10am today, and you can stop by to pick up your cards on Tuesday, November 20th during parent teacher conference morning. Orders can be picked up in the school office.

Find Gifts for Everyone on Your Christmas List While Raising Funds for Our School
Shop while using gift cards from over 750 top brands, including Best Buy, Amazon, Nordstrom, Macys, Target, The Home Depot and more. Charger Cards has in stock special bonus rebate cards and holiday season cards of $5, $10, and $15 for a variety of popular stores and restaurants. Whether you buy the gift cards to give as presents to family and friends, or to use them to buy your Christmas presents, St. Louise School earns with every gift card purchased!

As you're planning your Christmas gift lift for school teachers and staff, and you want to know what your child's teachers prefer in gift cards, see this Faculty Wish List.

It's simple, it's thoughtful and it's truly the gift that keeps on giving! Of course, you may always purchase 24/7 at  or  for ScripNow, Reload, or Reload Now cards.                          

For more information on Charger Cards and online ordering,
or email chairperson Marsha at

Take Advantage of Childcare While Mom & Dad Have a Night Out
Do you have a Christmas party to attend or still have Christmas shopping to do?  Let your kids play at St. Louise while you go out!  Your children will be supervised by parish adult volunteers and the St. Louise Youth Ministry Trekkers who are raising money for their service immersion trip to Tijuana, Mexico next summer.
  • When:       Saturday, December 15th from 6pm - 9:30pm
  • Ages:         4 to 11 years old
  • Location:   St. Louise Parish Lavelle Center - gym & upstairs Lavelle
  • Activities:  Pizza dinner, gym time, board games, Christmas crafts, and age-appropriate Christmas movie\
  • Cost:          Suggested donation of $50 per child
The maximum number of children is 25, so register online before all the spaces are filled:
Your online registration form, completed permission slip, and a payment must all be submitted to be considered fully registered.  You may pay online through the online registration form, or by check delivered to the Parish Office c/o Annarose Jowenson (payable to St. Louise Parish, memo: Parents' Night Out).
Registration is due by Friday, December 7. If you have questions, please contact Colleen Lowell at or 425-644-2297.

Prayer Inspiration for the Week

"Pray, hope, and don't worry."
~Saint Padre Pio 

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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