ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

June 6, 2019
Dan's Blog
If you go here now, you'll be able to get "first dibs" on choosing volunteer jobs you'd like to commit to for the upcoming school year. This Volunteer Jobs Sign-Up Form will only be posted online through June 17. We appreciate every family who is returning to St. Louise in the fall to let us know at this time in what areas they'd wish to volunteer. This will allow our teachers and chairpersons to start setting up their teams and committees, making sure they'll have enough volunteer help for the program or event they oversee. 

Of course, at September's Curriculum Night, your child's new teacher will let you know about ways you can volunteer in the individual classroom next year. But this Sign-Up Form which is online for the next two weeks lists most of the school-wide programs and daily/weekly school tasks which could use your help. Thank you in advance for signing-up now and committing yourself to helping out a teacher or fellow parent chairperson!

Please note that today we're sending home the final red-colored Family Envelope of the year. (No need to return this to school; please recycle.) You'll find in it our School Supplies List for September. These items are to be brought to school on Tuesday, September 3 - Passport Day/Opening Day for 2019-20. 

Today's red envelope also contains the list of either required or recommended summer work we need your children to complete throughout June, July, and August, in order to keep their minds sharp and their knowledge intact by September 3. Thanks for your support of keeping your kids on an albeit "loose" schedule this summer so they tackle the reading, math, and keyboarding homework on a frequent and regular basis (and not just jammed into the final week of August). 

Next week, since our last day is on a Wednesday, I'll send out the final edition of this 2018-19 Parent Bulletin on Monday night. It will include your final reminder to some of you to please fulfill your commitments for this school year in terms of fundraising donations and volunteer hours. The teachers, your kids, and I greatly appreciate the time and treasure you have given to St. Louise School this year! We couldn't run our school with only tuition. We need your helpful hands and generous hearts just as much!

Please make sure you have made plans to get off work this Wednesday for our 10:30 end-of-year liturgy, when we'll praise God for a terrific school year as well as announce some surprise awards. We'll also say goodbye to our departing staff.

Then immediately following Wednesday's liturgy (11:30-ish), we'll begin our Family Picnic on the lawn outside school. Bring your blanket and picnic basket full of goodies. (Or your McDonalds' or Subway bag full of goodies.) School dismisses at noon on Wednesday - and at noon on Tuesday. 

Finally, some of our school families graduated either their only child or their last child from St. Louise last night, and therefore, they will be ending their careers this week as St. Louise School parents. We wish to thank these parents for their years of support for St. Louise as trustworthy volunteers, generous donors, and loving supporters of the teachers and staff:

Chris & Christie Alleman
Lorenzo & Tiziana Pibiri-Bergamaschi
John & Jen Curran
Glen & Maria Kelly-Doggett
Ross & Anne Gooding
Chris & Julie Kennedy
Rob Leach and Laura Leach
Tom & Jennifer Lester
Sonia Del Toro & Luis Martinez
Eric & Laure Mittelette
Michael Moricz and Rosamund  Wu
Paul & Teresita O'Beirne
Araceli Santiago
Wayne & Claudia Scrimshaw
Steve & Cheryl Sutton
Victoria Bermel & James Szrama
Shelton & Joanne Tang
Voltaire & Lilibeth Tiotuico
Frank & Maria Vanris

Pax et bonum,                                         
Mr. Fitz
 
p.s.

I had announced earlier this spring that we had hired a new reading specialist teacher (as current reading teacher Cathy Woods will be moving to be our 2A homeroom teacher this fall), but unfortunately that candidate has removed herself from teaching. So we're back to advertising for a reading teacher. Please see the article below and spread the word that St. Louise School is hiring.

Upcoming Calendar of Events  
Tomorrow
  • Field Day - Free Dress Day (students are to dress prepared for the weather and outdoor games; regular free dress rules apply)
  • Final day for milk delivery and hot lunch program

Monday, June 10
  • Charger Gear Sale - sale of fleece and Friday-spirit-wear in the school lobby from 1:30-2:15
  • New Parent Orientation at 6:30PM in the library; Charger Gear Sale in the lobby restarts at 5:45
  • Auction Procurement Deadline for returning families

Tuesday, June 11
  • Dismissal at 12:00 for all PK-7 classes
  • There is no afterschool Kids' Club
  • Free Dress ONLY for families who donated $350+ for their 2019 Auction procurement

Wednesday, June 12
  • Final Day of the School Year
  • Liturgy & Awards at 10:30
  • Picnic at 11:30
  • Dismissal at 12:00
  • There is no beforeschool or afterschool Kids' Club

Monday, June 17
  • Please complete the Volunteer Jobs Sign-Up Form by today's deadline, noting which volunteer positions you'd like to take on in 2019-20

Monday, June 24
  • Report Cards mailed home
  • Note that cards are not able to be mailed if a family has not fulfilled these commitments:
    • Annual School Gift Campaign donation made;
    • Charger Cards rebate contribution reached;
    • Charger Cards Participation Form submitted (only if family is returning in '19-20);
    • Minimum 40 hours volunteered and logged online;
    • Auction donation for November 2019 Auction made (only if family is returning in '19-20);
    • Walk-A-Thon donation made.

Friday, June 28
  • School office closes at 3:30 for July vacation
  • Office re-opens weekdays on August 1

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Charger Gear is having a sale of fleece sweaters and Charger FridayGear - hoody sweatshirts and track jackets which may be worn on Fridays during the school year.

The sale is on Monday, June 10, from 1:30-2:15 in the school lobby.
(There will also be a sale from 5:45-6:15, geared toward newly enrolling families.)

For more information, please contact Joy Tran and Anneliese Kertson.




Volunteers Help Keep the Grounds Looking Nice
 
          Thank you to the following volunteers for helping at last Saturday's Spring Spruce-Up:
Jeffrey Hummer, Michael Moricz, Ron Sangalang, Suzanne Clark, Barb Keeffe, Brian Nartates, Esther Stapleton, and Gary Studt.
          If you like the idea of earning volunteer hours by doing yard work (pruning, weeding, raking, etc.), did you know you can "adopt a garden" on the parish/school grounds, and on your own time keep your area looking nice? In this way, you can work according to your own schedule, doing yard work on a weekend, evening, etc. If you're interested, contact our Adopt-a-Garden coordinator, Eric Lund

Last Call for Lost Items
 
          Our Lost and Found bin is once again overflowing! You have just a few more days to come find your child's forgotten sweater, jacket, p.e. shoes, water bottle, etc. All items that are unclaimed will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society immediately after the last day of school.

Please Return Your
Charger Cards Participation Form

In the past, you have noted on your Tuition EFT Form each year how you will be participating in Charger Cards for the upcoming school year as well as how you wanted any additional contributions you earn beyond the $125 minimum. As you know, any additional profits you earn beyond the $125 that goes to Charger Cards/Parents' Club, can be set up to be:
  • returned to you in cash;
  • applied to the upcoming school year's tuition balance;
  • given back to Parents' Club;
  • designated as a gift to the Father Phil Wallace Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund.  
This past winter, you may have noticed that you were not asked to note on the 2019-20 EFT Form how you will be participating in Charger Cards. That's because we are transitioning to have school families only note one time in their "school career at St. Louise" how they will be participating in Charger Cards and how they want any additional contributions to be applied. This one-time notification is in the form of completing a one-time "Charger Cards Fundraiser Participation Form." You received this form in last week's red family envelope. You can also print out the form from here

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PLEASE NOTE: The designation a family made last year at this time on the 2018-19 EFT Form for how they wanted their Charger Card contributions applied will be followed through this June, as we close out the 2018-19 school year. The new Charger Cards Fundraiser Participation Form takes effect starting in July with the 2019-20 school year and beyond.
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We hope this one-time form during your career at St. Louise School will be easier for you. It certainly will be easier for our Charger Card team and bookkeeper. 

Thank you to those parents who completed the Participation Form in the past week. You are all set! For those of you who forgot to complete the form and send it back to the school office, please do so tomorrow.

Please note that if you are a returning 2019-20 family but you forget to return this participation form at this time, we'll wait until we receive it before we mail out your report card next month. Sorry...but that's our best bet at getting a 100% return-rate!

If you have any questions about Charger Cards, you may read the information on the website, or you may email Marsha, our chairperson. Marsha has sent out this month one final report to each family to remind you if you still have to reach your $125 minimum contribution level. We need this particular fund raising commitment completed by the last day of school, so please stop by the Charger Cards sales window on these final Friday mornings to purchase cards (8:15-9:00AM on May 24, 31, June 7).  You can buy gas cards for the summer road trips you'll be taking, grocery cards for all the summer barbecuing you'll be doing, and/or gift cards for end-of-year gifts to your child's teachers.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019

          Yesterday we  celebrated the graduation of our eighth grade class with a memorable morning Mass and evening Commencement .  We are proud of this  special group of students who composed our Class of 2019, and wish them God's blessings as they embark on their high school journeys.
   The following are the major awards announced at graduation:
  • Valedictorians: Jenna Wilken, Kate Leach, Ryan Tiotuico
  • Class Speaker: Kate Leach
  • St. Louise de Marillac Christian Spirit Award: Aiden Gregorios, Jenna Wilken
  • Leadership AwardTim Doggett, Emily D'Costa
  • Knights of Columbus Scholarships: Nicholas Scrimshaw, Ashley Santiago
  • CYO Christian Athletes: Jenna Wilken, Tim Doggett
  • Human Life Committee's Essay Winners: Emily D'Costa, Daniel Catorcini, Raizel Lagunero, Jenna Wilken


The Class of 2019

Dress Appropriately for Field Day Tomorrow

Our annual Field Day is tomorrow, with grade K-5 students participating in competitive, fun outdoor games. (Note that grade 6 classes run their own unique program Friday, and don't participate in Field Day.)  Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for tomorrow's Free Dress Day:
  • Regular length athletic shorts or walking shorts
     may be worn .
  • Hats may be worn outdoors but must be removed when indoors.
  • Shoes must be closed-toe and with a heel to allow for running if necessary.
  • Some of the clothing not allowed on field day includes: flip-flops/sandals, tank tops, spaghetti-strap tops, short shorts, baggy pants, any revealing clothing.
  • If you question whether clothing will pass the "good taste" or "safety" test, then it's best to just choose something else to wear to school.
  • Because some field day activities involve water - and/or because it might rain - students might want to bring a bag with an extra pair of clothes...just in case.
Mr. Evans is still looking for parent volunteers for tomorrow to help during either the morning session (9:30-11:45), the afternoon session (12:15-2:30), or preferably the entire day (9:30-2:30 with a lunch break). Please contact him (425-214-5409). 

 
Last Chance to Stop By and Pick Up Charger Cards for the Summer 

Charger Cards will be selling out cards in the coming days. We will place our last order for this school year tomorrow, June 7.  Otherwise, the only cards available next week at our three final sales day will be cards in stock. The  Charger Card sales office will be open:
  • Tomorrow, June 7, 8:15-9:00
  • Monday, June 10, 1:30-2:30PM - With a special "no credit card fee" offer of any orders of $100 or more using a credit card
  • Tuesday June 11, 8:15-9:00
  • Wednesday, June 12, 8:15-9:00 - Last day for in person/in stock card purchases
 
Have you planned to purchase Charger Cards for upcoming events?
  • Teacher gifts for End of year
  • Graduation gifts
  • Father's Day gifts
  • Summer Plans - Gas, Hotels, Disney gift cards, restaurants, etc!)
  • Uniform and school supplies

 
 
Use Charger Cards for the Summer

Learn how to use Charger Cards this summer and earn a Starbucks $5 gift card for rebates earned over $50 and Krispy Kreme Gift card for rebates over $100 when you buy ScripNow and RELOAD Charger Cards online!  Promotion Ends August 31.


It's Auction Procurement Time

Buy Charger Cards before you make your purchases on the Auction Wish Lists and increase your support for St. Louise!  Or donate Charger Cards directly to the Auction! 

Our school Auction requests the following gift cards in a limited supply (with their  rebate amounts listed):
  • Amazon (2.5%)
  • Bai Tong (20%)
  • Daniels Broiler (20%)
  • Disney (3%)
  • Tom Douglas (20%)
  • Purple (20%)
  • Red Robin (20%)
  • Pottery Barn (8%)
  • Wild Ginger (20%)
 



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 chairperson Marsha at

Summer Camp Right Here at St. Louise this July/August

Limited spaces are available for Summer Camp - to be held right here on campus and run by our own trusted teachers and staff. One week of camp has already sold out! Don't miss out on a spot for your child.

We are excited about our St. Louise Summer camps! And your children will too, if they watch this video.  You can also find information on our four weeks of summer camps here . Please  email our camp director, Maria Zambrano , if you have questions.

Current 2nd-7th Graders Can Sign Up Now for Next Year's Choir


Students entering grades 3-8 this fall are invited to be a part of music ministry at our school Masses by joining "Chorale" - the school choir. If your current 2nd-7th grade child loves to sing or play guitar, drums, violin, flute, etc., please encourage him/her to sign up.  Chorale rehearses approximately three Mondays a month from 2-3 pm in the church, starting in September. There is a one-time $50 fee due by August 31.  You may sign up and pay  here . Please contact Karen Cole   with questions.

Summer Camp, Summer School, Summer Fun
 
          As you plan for all the fun and exciting adventures your children will be having over the summer, please keep in mind that summer is also an excellent opportunity to keep inquisitive minds active and engaged! Research shows that summer learning loss equals at least one month of instruction. Knowing this causes parents and teachers to think about how to best keep academic skills sharp over the summer while also using the time to improve upon or master some lagging academic skills.
            Below please find the article on SUMMER WORK we are either REQUIRING or RECOMMENDING for your children who will be entering grades K-8 this fall. You'll also find this information on our  website  and some information is coming home in today's red envelopes.
          Also on our school website, you'll find a  Summer Programs and Camps document, listing opportunities for enriching summer learning and fun for preschoolers through high schoolers.  Please take a moment to explore the possibilities. Please note that St. Louise School is not necessarily "endorsing" these camps and programs - other than our own  Chargers' Adventure Summer Camps right here on the St. Louise campus. We offer the list as a helpful guide for parents to then investigate.
          Speaking of our own Chargers' Adventure Summer Camps, please contact  Maria Zambrano, camp director, to find out which weeks of camp have sold out, and which weeks still have space.
          If you have any questions about summer enrichment opportunities, please contact our student support teacher,  Melissa Cantu who not only compiled this helpful list of Summer Programs and Camps, but also the list of recommended books for parents to read over the summer. You'll find this book list at the end of the list of summer camps.

Start in June with Required/Recommended Summer Work

Parents and teachers often worry about the perils of "summer slump." Students spend 10 weeks away from school over the summer and then come back in September seeming behind where they left off in June. To try and combat this, St. Louise School expects students to do some "homework" over the summer, to keep children out of a slump in math, reading and keyboarding, so too much time doesn't have to be spent on review in the fall.
You will find recommendations or requirements (based on the grade level  your child will be entering) for summer work for your children at our website
 
For students entering grades K-5, we have suggestions for READING 20 minutes a day this summer. For students entering grades 6-8, we have specific novels from which these students must choose for REQUIRED summer reading. The grade 6-8 teachers have also developed written assignments, to be completed after the reading and due on the first day of language arts class in September. 

We are recommending every entering grade 1-8 student complete free online MATH lessons on the Khan Academy website throughout the summer - preferably no less than a lesson every-other-day. In addition, some teachers will send home math packets and/or parents might want to buy a math workbook, such as this brand
 
Finally, regarding KEYBOARDING skills, because the level of speed and accuracy expected by our computer teachers increases as the children develop in age and finger dexterity, practicing proper keyboarding over the summer will help your child continue to develop fundamental typing skills as well as preventing him or her from reverting to poor fingering habits. Thus, we are REQUIRING that every St. Louise student entering grades 3-7 put in a minimum number of minutes of keyboarding practice at least 5 days a week, using the online keyboarding programs listed on our website.

If you have questions about summer work, please talk to your child's teacher prior to the last day of school. Thanks for partnering with us, parents, in keeping your kids from "slumping" over the summer.
St. Louise Brings Home the Medals

          T he St. Louise 6th grade boys won the AAA Overall Grade Trophy at the CYO Track and Field Championships at Highline Stadium last Saturday.  The 6th grade boys team (some of them pictured below) was comprised of Matthew Brennan, Noah Carolan, Sean McMenamin, Matthew Pardo, Charlie Peters, Ethan Read, Ben Shaules, Ben Sharp, and Nick Sharp.
 
          
        Jenna Wilken (pictured at right) finished in 2nd place in the CYO 8th Grade Pentathlon earlier in May at West Seattle Stadium. She competed in the 100m, 400m, 800m, shot put and long jump against 42 other girls.
 
         At the CYO Championship Meet, St. Louise also had several top-3 medalists in the following events: 
 
1st Place
6th Grade Boys 1600 meter - Ben Shaules
8th Grade Girls 800 meter - Jenna Wilken
6th Grade Boys 4x100 Relay (Matthew Pardo, Noah Carolan, Sean McMenamiin & Ben Shaules)
4th Grade Girls Turbo Jav - Maura Kirk
 
2nd Place
6th Grade Girls 1600 meters - Annie Wilken
4th Grade Boys 1600 meters - Zak Litovkin
4th Grade Girls Shuttle Relay (Joila, Raniesha, Bailey, & Maura)
4th Grade Boys 800 meters - Blake Wilken
6th Grade Boys 800 meters - Ethan Read
Sprint Medley Relay (Ann Sullivan, Annie Wilken, Elise Hueffed & Jenna Wilken)
4th Grade Turbo Jav - Kaya Hewett
8th Grade Turbo Jav - Alex Szarma
6th Grade Long Jump - Charlie Peters
7th Grade Long Jump - Justine Utz
6th Grade Shot Put - Ethan Read
 
3rd Place
5th Grade Boys 75 meter - Michael Charles
5th Grade Girls 75 meter - Elisa Castillo
6th Grade Boys 75 meter - Charlie Peters
8th Grade Boys 100 meter - Aiden Gregorios
6th Grade Boys 200 meter - Matthew Pardo
7th Grade Girls 800 meter - Justine Utz
8th Grade Boys Turbo Jav - Tim Doggett

          There were several St. Louise School records newly set this year. Congratulations to these record setting track stars:
  • 4th Grade - 1600m - Zak Litovkin (6:05)
  • 5th Grade - 75m - Elisa Castillo (11.26)
  • 6th Grade - 75m - Charlie Peters (10.72)
  • 6th Grade - 200m - Matthew Pardo (29.55)
  • 6th Grade - 1600m - Ben Shaules (5:40)
  • 6th Grade - 4x100 Relay - Matthew Pardo, Noah Carolan, Sean McMenamin & Ben Shaules (57.54)
  • 8th Grade - 800m - Jenna Wilken (2:37)

          Finally, we want to applaud the coach of the St. Louise track team - Amy Wilken - her head assistants  Sarah Pierce and Paul Krawczyk, and coaches Shawna Shaules and Dave VanNoy
WE ARE ONE 
Auction News


The DEADLINE for meeting your Procurement/Donation requirement is THIS MONDAY, June 10.  This means you need to have procured or donated items or cash valued at $225 (or $350 if you would like your kiddos to have FREE DRESS on Tuesday the 11th). Forms may be filled out online , or paper forms are still available in the school office.


We are still hoping to complete our Amazon Registry to allow our Silent Auction to be EPIC. So, if you are looking to complete your requirement this week, please consider purchasing from our Registry by clicking here. These items will be shipped directly to St. Louise, so it is super convenient and helpful! Use many of these items to help you reach your $350 for Tuesday's FREE DRESS prize for your children.

 

Purchase your Tuition Raffle Tickets today by sending me a quick email to let me know how many you would like, and we can take care of payment via phone or email. There are 100 tickets being sold at $100 each. The prize is HALF TUITION for the 2019-2020 school year. Should all 100 tickets sell, the prize goes up to FULL TUITION for the 2019-2020 school year. Wow! The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday in the church after the end-of-year liturgy.

 
Thank you, again, for working to make We Are One a success! If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
 
~Julianne Read
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director
   auction@stlouiseschool.org or 425-214-5441
PRAYER INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
 
 
" There is nothing the devil fears so much, or so much tries to hinder, as prayer."
~Saint Philip Neri


Yearbooks Distributed on Wednesday

          Thank you to Victoria Bermel and Catherine Saffel for co-editing this year's school yearbook! We also appreciate the hundreds of photographs taken by Victoria, Catherine, Amy Wilken, and Rebecca Ort!
          Yearbooks will be handed out on June 12 to all students who ordered one. If you forgot to order a yearbook, the school office has limited number of books for sale for $25 cash.

School Has Job Opening

St. Louise Parish School has a teaching position opening up! If you know of a teacher who might be interested, please forward them this information...

A Reading Teacher position is available for the 2019-20 school year at St. Louise School in Bellevue, a school providing academic excellence in an atmosphere fostering Catholic faith and values. A competitive salary is provided, along with a significant continuing education and benefits package, and impressive facilities and equipment.  This teaching position can be full time or part time, depending on the applicant's needs.  For more information on the qualifications desired and to complete the application form, Interested candidates are directed to  the Office for Catholic Schools' jobs-website at http://www.ocsww.org/employment.php .
Applicants must also send a letter of interest and resume directly to Dan Fitzpatrick at danf@stlouiseschool.org


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