ST. LOUISE SCHOOL PARENT BULLETIN

April 11, 2019
Dan's Blog
With Holy Week here next week, the theme of Death-and-Resurrection will be covered in all religion classes. Depending on the grade level, your kids could do anything as fundamental in their learning about this topic as reading a story of a pet that died (kindergarten level) to a level that is approaching-adult-subject-matter, such as discussing the causes of teen suicide (8th grade level).

Of course, all of the teacher's lesson are tied to the beliefs in our Christian faith, so the story of Jesus being condemned to death, crucified, buried, and rising from the dead are all a part of next week's religion classes, as is the subject of heaven.  At St. Louise School, we take advantage of Death-and-Resurrection W eek to not just teach students the history of Jesus's Passion and Resurrection , but also to connect the reality of our humanness and mortality ( and the mortality of our grandparents /loved ones who are deceased/etc. ) with the  miraculous possibility of eternal life with God .

Now, as your children take time during Holy Week with these lessons so to expand their theological knowledge and deepen their faith lives, can I suggest we adults spend time also focusing on our own faith lives? You and I should make sure we set aside time during Holy Week to contemplate how we can grow more deeply in our faith so that it's stronger than it was when we started Lent 4 0 days ago. 

You might have already taught your kids (and our teachers are reinforcing this next week) that Our Lord experienced excruciating pain when He went through His Passion.  Because it brought about good for us, Jesus accepted this physical pain - and also the emotional pain of knowing he was being betrayed by Judas, left alone by his Apostles, and put to death by the mob yelling "Crucify him!" Although we will never experience the pain of being nailed to the cross or being betrayed by a loved one in such a serious matter, in our own life experiences, we  all experience  suffering - both physical and emotional . In my role as St. Louise's principal, I have the opportunity to hear of the pain that various school parents or faculty members are going through - from surgeries to sicknesses, and from funerals to family fights.  (Why do you think I have two boxes of Kleenexes in my office?) And I know the stories shared with me only are the tip of the iceberg of the sorrow and woe you and the school staff are going through in our personal lives.

Jesus said, "Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:28). We can make
the most of this Holy Week not just by figuratively walking the way of the cross with Jesus in prayer and examination of our closeness with Him, but also by saying to ourselves, "The sufferings in my own life are my own cross that I carry . " (See the article below about Good Friday's Stations of the Cross to which you're invited.)

Jesus's death and resurrection story reveals to us that suffering is an opportunity given to us to offer these pains to God in self-giving sacrifice in union with Christ's sufferings. Our suffering then takes on a whole different dimension. No longer do we need to doubt God's goodness or even His existence, when we go through our own emotional and physical pains and cry out, "Why, God!?" Instead, we get to think of this greatest of opportunities to "give it up" (as Catholics are famous for saying), knowing that our suffering will be recompensed beyond our wildest dreams with perfect happiness and eternal life.

As you walk through Holy Week, at the same time that you are helping your children focus on the history, significance,
and lessons learned about death-and-resurrection, please take time to slow down and center on the great love of Jesus who gave Himself up for you, as if you were the only person in the universe. How great is the love of our Almighty Father for you. And how easy it will be for you to carry your own cross, recalling Jesus's cross and realizing what everlasting joy is to come.

Pax et bonum,                                         
 
Mr. Fitz
 
p.s.

Before you take a week to stop thinking about St. Louise School and focus entirely on Easter and Easter-Vacation (as you should!), can you please make sure you are aware of the following current or upcoming tasks and events?
  1. Early turn-in day for Walk-A-Thon pledges is today. See below for the rewards of turning in your pledge $ by today. The final deadline to turn in Walk-A-Thon pledge $ is May 10.
  2. We are holding our final event of the Admissions Season this coming Wednesday - April 17. See the ad below, and please share this with the friends, neighbors, and co-workers you know who have children ages 4-13. 
  3. It's not too late to sign-up your child for Summer Camp. Go HERE to see the various weeks camp is offered right here at St. Louise - in a Catholic environment. 
  4. Donating to the Annual School Gift Campaign is an act all school parents commit to each year on your Tuition Contract. If you haven't yet donated, please do so HERE.
  5. All parents also commit to the upcoming year's Auction, and you'll find in today's red Family Envelope your procurement-requirement information and paperwork. Thanks for starting now to procure donations to the fall Auction.

Upcoming Calendar of Events  

Tonight
  • Auction Packet coming home to school parents; thanks for starting on your 2019-20 commitment to procuring donations (see article below for more information)
  • Parents' Club Meeting, 6:30PM - all parents invited to attend 
  • Walk-A-Thon Pledge Form early turn-in day is today
    • keep the bottom yellow copy but turn in the front white copy;
    • NO MONEY DUE at this time;
    • keep any early turned-in cash/checks until May 3-10, when pledge money is to be collected and turned-in;
    • any family who has turned in at least $127.50 in pledges by today gets a Free Dress Day on May 1 for all kids in the family

Monday through Friday, April 15-19
  • During Holy Week, all religion teachers will take time to present lessons on the theme of "death and resurrection"; please contact your child's teacher for more information 

Thursday, April 18
  • Holy Thursday all-school Prayer Service, 9AM; parents are encouraged to attend, meeting your child outside the school at 8:45

Friday, April 19 - NOON DISMISSAL; NO AFTER-SCHOOL KIDS' CLUB
  • Good Friday Stations of the Cross; all K-8 classrooms are walking the Stations outdoors (see the article below for times; parents are encouraged to attend)
  • Charger Cards sales window open from 8:15-10:00 this morning

Sunday, April 21 - ALLELUIA! CHRIST HAS RISEN!
  • Easter Vacation runs through April 28; school resumes on April 29

Monday, April 29 thru Friday, May 3 - Walk-A-Thon Spirit Week
  • Fun Dress Days allowed on Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri
  • On Tuesday, bring $1 per foot of duct tape to duct tape Mr. Fitz to the wall, with all proceeds going to the Walk-A-Thon 
  • On Friday, PreK thru Gr. 3 walks from 10:20-11:30; Gr. 4 thru 8 walks from 12:20-2:30 - parents welcome to attend and cheer on the students
  • Friday Tailgate after school for all families; DJ-music and food for sale in front of the school during the 3PM-hour; please park on the basketball court or soccer field if you're staying for the tailgate
  • Sign up to volunteer for Friday's events by contacting walkathon@stlouiseschool.org

Wednesday, May 1
  • Grade 1 & 2 Spring Concert; 6:30PM in the parish hall (1st and 2nd graders to report to their classrooms between 6:00-6:15 please)
SCHOOL CALENDAR
Charger Pride with Every Stride...
2019 Walk-A-Thon Is A Few Weeks Away
   
As of Tuesday, we are at 20% of our goal to raise $60,000 to support enrichment programming, technology enhancements, and daily school operations for St. Louise! Keep those pledges coming!
 
We are on track and are looking forward to receiving the white copy of your pledge sheets today! Remember to send those in with your kiddos today to help their class win tomorrow's doughnut party! The class with the highest donations as a percentage of students in the class will win a doughnut party. Additionally, if your class has the highest donation total, they'll get a doughnut party too! And,
if your child has reached $127.50 in pledges by TODAY, they will receive FREE DRESS on MAY 1!
 
And, just because you have taken care of early turn-in of your pledge sheets, doesn't mean you have to stop collecting donations from friends, family, and neighbors. You can keep writing more on the yellow copy, or use your student's personal link from 99pledges.com to solicit these donations. All donations are due by Monday, May 10th - the week following the Walk-A-Thon.  Please note what your family's required  MINIMUM DONATIONS must total  by the final turn-in day on May 10 (but we're hoping everyone can surpass the minimum!):
  • $85 for 1-student families;
  • $170 for 2-student families:
  • $235 for 3-or-more student families.
On to Spirit Week, which takes place the week we return from Easter vacation...

Please make note of these dates and the celebrations on each of the Spirit Week days:
 
Monday, April 29th:
  • Poster Day (grade level spirit posters made in classrooms)
  • Superhero Fun Dress Day (costumes or accessories such as capes may be worn; no violent-themes or toy-weapons please; no face paint or hair coloring please)
 
Tuesday, April 30th:
  • Shorts & Sweats Fun Dress Day (shoes and socks must be worn please)
  • Tape Mr. Fitz to the Wall Day (duct tape will be sold at a $1/foot, so bring in that cash)
 
Wednesday, May 1st:
  • Regular Uniform Day, except for students who submitted at least $127.50 in pledges by April 11
 
Thursday, May 2nd:
  • Twin/Triplet/Dress-like-your-Buddies Day (try to wear the same clothing as 1 or more kids in your grade level; no face paint or hair coloring please)
 
Friday, May 3rd:
  • Walk-A-Thon Day!
  • Wear your Walk-A-Thon t-shirt along with class colors accessorizing (make sure to wear good socks and athletic shoes; dress for the weather, as we all go outside for 1-2 hours of walking)
 
Visit the Walk-A-Thon webpage for all the details! We can't wait to celebrate this awesome week with our community!

If you have any questions, please email   walkathon@stlouiseschool.org , and one of us will get back to you.
 
From your Walk-A-Thon Chairs,  
Marinell Zevenbergen, Jen Sharp & Julianne Read
Charger Pride with Every Stride!
Can You Make a Pot of Coffee?

           We are looking for the next Hospitality Committee Co-Chair! This is a great way to earn volunteer hours, get to know other parents, and help provide a welcoming environment for our open houses and other school events. If you have a smile, can make a pot of coffee and send Sign-Up Genius emails, you would be a great fit. Please contact Hospitality Co-Chair, Liz DeBord  for more details.
Walk the Stations of the Cross

          On Good Friday, April 19, all grade K-8 homerooms will be walking the outdoor Stations of the Cross. Our 8th grade students have prepared inspiring posters which depict each of the 14 Stations, and the 8th graders will be placed throughout the campus ready to show the posters and lead prayers to help us reflect on the significance of each of the major events that took place 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem.
          Parents and grandparents are encouraged to walk the Stations with their children. Please wait at the flagpole outside the main entrance to the school to join your child's classroom, which will begin with Station #1 underneath the deck at the following times on the 19th:   8:50-6A;  8:55-6B;  9:00-2B;  9:05-7A;  9:10-7B;  9:15-1A;  9:20-KA;  9:25-4A;  9:30-5B;  9:35-4B;  9:40-KB;  10:35-3B;  10:40-3A;  10:45-1B;  10:50-5A/2A;   11:00-8A/8B.

*NOTE: The above times are approximate, so it's recommended parents arrive 10 minutes prior to the above time.

Auction 
Packets Coming Home to Parents Today


Good Morning St. Louise Parents!
 
We recently announced our theme, We Are One, to our whole community, and I hope you'll take some time to look around and see how our community comes together as one - one body, one church, one  school. If you have a We Are One moment you'd like to share, please send it to me at auction@stlouiseschool.org.

 


I'll start and s
hare a special 
We Are One moment with you. I was walking to the office a couple of weeks ago, and two older boys were heading in to school with a little girl in between them. She was clearly upset. One of these boys said, "She fell down at carpool, and we are taking her to the office to see the nurse." These boys didn't even know the girl. Wow! Can you think of many other places where that would happen? All was well, and the sweet little was given some ice in the office and headed off to class.
 
Now, it's on to DONATION/PROCUREMENT SEASON! Auction packets will be coming home in today's Red Envelope and inside you'll find the following:
 
  1. Your FAMILY PACKET: This is your guide to all things Auction this year. Please take some time to review it (I KNOW it's a ton of info ��) so you can get up to speed on this year's event and our Donation/Procurement needs
  2. Procurement requests/gift registries - these are the items that we know will sell for a lot at our annual event and we hope you'll support  us in purchasing these items to donate.
  3. Sponsorship info - Last year we launched our School Sponsorship program and we've updated it for 2019/20. I hope you'll take a look and consider joining the ranks of our great sponsors!
 
Two final notes for today. First, good luck to Parents' Club with the Walk-A-Thon! It's our first one to be held in the spring, and here's to making it a terrific success!
 
Secondly, I am extremely grateful for the volunteer support received for the Auction. Thank you, Ana Gonzalez, for helping me clean up the Auction office! Thank you, Kristin Jamer, for your help in updating our gift registries! Thank you, Jonathan Taasan, for your help in providing great benefits to our School Sponsors!
 
St. Louise Parent & Auction Director


Tom Lester, left, receiving the Lifetime Coach Award from Athletic Board President, JC Fawcett
Two Coaches Honored
          
          At last Saturday's St. Louise CYO Coaches' Appreciation Dinner, fellow parent Tom Lester received the St. Louise Lifetime Coach Award . Tom has been coaching St. Louise soccer teams for the past 15 years, and some of those years he coached more than one team! Also at the dinner, fellow school parent Rodney Thomas received the St. Louise Coach of the Year Award for his basketball coaching this winter.
            The speakers at the dinner were Max Engel, head baseball coach at Seattle Prep and current St. Louise parent, and Bill McMullan, a CYO basketball commissioner and former St. Louise coach.
          

Rodney Thomas (left), the 2018-19 Coach of the Year


We want to thank those who have been serving all year on the St. Louise CYO Athletic Board - JC Fawcett, Joe Hueffed, Jim Goett, Sharon Kussy, Chris Evans, Christie Allemand, Maria Doggett, Amy Wilken, Rodney Thomas, Joni Hoffman, Scott Bailey, Julie Kennedy.
Your High Schooler Can Play CYO Sports
        
          CYO High School Volleyball registration has begun.  Any current St. Louise Parish high school student can participate.  The cost is $50 and registration ends April 5th.  Please visit www.teamsideline/cyoseattle.com  to register.  Please contact Joni Hoffman with any questions.
Students Tested on Knowledge of the Catholic Church
        
          Our 5th and 8th graders are taking the Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education test this week - aka, the "ACRE." Each April, 5th and 8th graders (and some 10th graders) in our Seattle Archdiocesan Catholic schools take this national assessment. The ACRE helps schools evaluate the effectiveness of their religion curricula, and it helps students and their parents know the level of the child's knowledge of the Catholic faith. For more information and to see last spring's results, please go HERE.
Go, Chargers!
        
Congratulations to three of our St. Louise volleyball teams who made the first round of CYO playoffs last week - the 8th grade boys and both 6th grade girls' teams. One of those 6th grade girls' team made it to the semifinals, and they'll be playing this Saturday at 2:00 at Assumption School in Seattle. If St. Louise wins that match, our girls will be playing Sunday at 2:00 at Bishop Blanchet High School for the CYO championship. Families are encouraged to show up and cheer on the Chargers!


We want to thank all the coaches during this soon-to-be-completed volleyball season! We had parents who were coaches -  Julie Kennedy, Kathleen Lund, Renee Craddock, Ingrid Flaat, Gary Schoenlein, Tom Kussy, Tyler Wilken, Peter Newton, James Szarma, and Glen Doggett. We had alumni who were coaches - Natalie Nowak, Kate Condit, and Jeremy Lim. And we even had teachers who were coaches - Val Cervantes & Andrew Weiss. We also appreciated the leadership of the volleyball program from CYO board member, Joni Hoffman
 
In your Red Envelope today, y ou'll find your personalized Charger Cards
Family Rebate Report  for the period July 2018 - March 2019.
Thanks for working toward completing by June at least your family's minimum contribution to the school of $125 per school year generated in Charger Cards rebates (from July 1 through June 30).


Can You Make This a Charger Card Easter?

Organize your life and get ready for Easter with Charger Cards!  Buy a plastic card from the Charger Card Office once and register it online. You can order RELOAD value for these cards online and earn rebates while on Easter break.
 
You can RELOAD your cards at your convenience online!
  • RELOAD late at night after the kids go to bed!
  • RELOAD on your phone when you are out and need to buy groceries!
  • RELOAD all Easter break or summer break and support St. Louise year round!
 
Here are a few of the most popular RELOADable cards!
  • Grocery - Safeway, Whole Foods, PCC
  • Gas - Shell, Arco, 76
  • Restaurants - Burger King, Dominos, Landry's, Papa John's, Starbucks, Subway
  • Clothing - Athleta Gap, Old Navy, Bath and Body Works
  • Retail - Target, AMC, Lowe's, Jiffy Lube
 
We would LOVE to help you set up RELOAD cards! If you'd like one of us in the Charger Cards office to walk you through each step of online process in person or by phone, please email us and we'll be happy to coordinate a time to help you!

 

Use Charger Cards to help you celebrate Easter.  Charger Cards has a limited supply of Honey Baked Ham gift cards in stock. Conveniently located in Bellevue, Honey Baked Ham's $25 cards at @ a 12% rebate helps you with your Easter feast and you earn rebates at the same time.

 

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



  Fourth grader Katelyn competed last week in the Junior Olympic Compulsory Gymnastics State Competition for Washington, and placed 1st in vault and 6th all-around. Congratulations, Katelyn! 
PRAYER INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK

"
A most excellent means of learning how to pray? Acknowledge that we are unworthy to pray, and so place our efforts entirely in the hands of the Lord."
~Saint Philip Neri

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