St. Louise School Weekly Bulletin

School News for Jan 18-25, 2024

A Note from Mr. Fuerte

Dear Families,

The next few weeks will be very busy at St. Louise. From Grandparents’ Mass to Open House, Re-Enrollment and finally, Catholic Schools Week, we are excited for all the upcoming events.

Below is an informational calendar that details all the events scheduled for Catholic Schools’ Week. Here are some exciting things you can expect:

Catholic Schools Week January 28 – February 4

  • Special fun crazy themed wear during the week.
  • 7th & 8th grade students will have lunch with their parents on Wednesday, January 31 from 11:30am-1:00pm. Mrs. Herridge will send more information to the Jr. High parents.  
  • Eighth grade student essays will be read at the January 27 and 28 parish Masses.
  • 2nd graders leading CSW Masses.
  • A week of Appreciation for Catholic school teachers.

Staff Updates

It is the time of year I talk to teachers and staff to see what their plans are for next year. After the last couple of weeks, I have 5 teachers/staff that will be departing due to retirement or relocation.

With their permission, I would like to announce the retirements of the following teachers: Mrs. Mary Herridge, Mr. Jeff Glaser, Mrs. Cathy Woods, and Mrs. Terry LaRussa Banton. Below is a little message from each of them:

Mary Herridge: After over 40 years at St. Louise, I will be retiring at the end of the school year. I am so grateful for all this community has been for me and for my family and I can’t simply walk away! I plan to be a substitute teacher and serve in other ways as appropriate during a big transition period for the school and parish. I also plan to travel, organize my home, and spend time with those for whom I haven’t had time during busy school years. St. Louise has helped shaped my life and I will always hold this community in my heart. – Mary Herridge

Jeff Glaser: After being at St. Louise for over 20 years and in the teaching profession for over 30, I have decided that this year will be my last year at St. Louise as I have decided to retire. I plan to travel in the near future, and I thank the St. Louise Community for all the support through the years. God Bless! – Jeff Glaser

Cathy Woods:   After much prayer and contemplation, I have made the difficult decision to retire from teaching. I am very grateful for the five years I have taught at St. Louise. Our community: parents, staff, and students, have truly made this “home” for me. Thank you for your support, friendship, and generosity! I am truly blessed to be part of the St. Louise family! With a grateful heart, Cathy Woods

Terry LB: After numerous years of teaching in other schools and St. Louise, I have decided to retire from teaching. I am grateful for all the support of music and theater at St. Louise through the years. Thank you! – Mrs. Terry LB

I would like to also announce that Mr. Alex Gallant will not be returning as well, please see his letter below:

Alex Gallant: Due to amazing life circumstances, I will be relocating out of state this summer. As a result, this school year will be my final one at St. Louise. This community took a chance on me eight years ago for my first teaching job, and I will be forever grateful for the memories made along the way. I have grown so much as an educator and person thanks to the support and care of those around me each and every day here at school. Thank you for everything. I wish you all the very best both during the rest of this school year and wherever life leads down the road. - Alex Gallant

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Mr. Fuerte

Announcements - Exciting Changes for 2024-25!

Invite Your Grandparents!

Current Families are welcome to attend the Open House - bring your incoming siblings to check out their new classroom, or attend the Middle School Presentation.

RSVP for Winter Open House
Register for the Father/Daughter Dance

Chargers C.A.R.E - New Bethlehem Programs

You Are Invited

New Bethlehem Program's Annual Fundraiser - Mardi Gras Soiree! Consider attending this fun evening with proceeds supporting NBP.

Buy Tickets

Urgent Help Needed!

New Bethlehem Programs has an urgent need for:

  • Adult Diapers- in size small, medium, large and extra large.
  • Pack and Play with a bassinet attached if you are no longer using.

Please contact Ann Marie Sweeney if you can help.

Clubs & After School Activities

CYO Volleyball Registration Now Open for Grades 4-8

Deadline to Register - January 19!

Click "Sign Up" below then scroll down to 4th – 8th grade volleyball and click Enroll.

4th Grade Matches: (6 game season)

February 25, March 4, 10, 17, 24,  April 14

5th – 8th Grade Matches:  (8 game season + playoffs for 6-8th AAA)

February 24, March 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, April 13

Questions: Contact Joni Hoffman at

Sign up for Volleyball

Parents' Club News - Charger Cards & Parent Education!

If you are interested in childcare for the event, please email Note that child care is available for fully potty trained children ages 4-14.

RSVP for Parent Education Night

Mark your Calendar!

  • January 22 - NO SCHOOL or Kids' Club - Teacher Requested Winter Conference Day
  • January 24 - Treat Sale
  • January 25 - Parent Education Class 6pm
  • January 25 - RE-ENROLLMENT Begins
  • January 26 - Grandparents' Mass & Reception 9am
  • January 27/28 - Catholic Schools Week Masses all weekend
  • January 28 - Winter OPEN HOUSE & Middle School Presentation, 3-5pm
  • January 29-Feb 2 - Catholic Schools Week!
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Charger Shout-Outs!

Thank you from Mrs. Jaster!

To school parent Chris Hairston for always stepping up to help at carpool!

To 8th graders Mika C, Vasonia N, and Kalei K for the wonderful job leading the school in prayer and morning announcements on Tuesday morning.


To 3A for inviting me to participate in the Friendzy skit. It was so much fun!

We LOVE our Volunteers!

Hospitality Help Needed

The St Louise Hospitality Committee could use your help with donations of home-cooked and store bought goods and other supplies to support our four upcoming events. Please use the below Sign Up Genius Links to sign-up for specific items. Please pay close attention to the amount needed and deadlines to be brought into school. Donations can be counted for school required volunteer hours. Please reach out to Meghan Green (206-388-9350) with questions.

Parents' Club Speaker Event - Jan 25


Grandparents' Mass - Jan 26


Winter Open House - Jan 28


CSW Teacher/Staff Luncheon - Jan 31


Father Daughter Dance Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help decorate the Parish Hall Friday, March 1 anytime from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and possibly on Saturday, March 2 from 12:00 PM. Also, if you would like to help out during the dance serving ice cream, please contact Silvia Macias at

A Note from Fr. Gary & Parish Happenings

Dear Friends at St. Louise,

Each year on the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time we celebrate “Sunday of the Word of God,” and the theme for this year is “Remain in my Word” (John 8:31). This is important since, as St Jerome once said, anyone who is ignorant of the scriptures is ignorant of Christ. Jesus Christ himself is the Word made flesh.

How can we grow in what it means to remain in God’s Word? That all depends upon where we are in our own personal journey of knowing and understanding the Bible. We do know that left on our own, it is easy to get discouraged about reading the Bible regularly when the passages are confusing. Some people wonder even how to begin. We need the help of the Church to interpret and understand the scriptures, as we have the wealth of centuries of wisdom and spiritual insights from the Fathers of the Church, the saints, and scholars on which to draw.

One good place to start is with the readings for each Sunday...

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See What Happened this Week - Author Visit & 8th Grade Art

Thanks to a generous grant from the Parents' Club, Mrs. Green was able to host author Patrick Jennings for a day long visit in the Library. Mr. Jennings was so creative in his interactive and engaging presentation to the students.

8th Grade Art - Sculpture Garden

Thank you St. Louise Sponsors!

Antezana Garvizu Family

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