It is election season for our Parents’ Club Board. Our Parents’ Club is an important component of our St. Al’s community that both facilitates community building and fundraising events. The events knit our community together, and our fundraising commitments fill the budget gaps for those extra projects.
Strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year’s Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9. To celebrate this day we will have snacks & drinks after your arrival at school.
The Places You’ll Go is the title of this year’s yearbook for this year!
Both middle school and elementary school can submit a picture. Middle school students can volunteer to draw pictures to try and have their picture featured on the front cover. Elementary school students may volunteer to draw pictures to try and have their picture featured on the back cover.
Last week Ms. Duncan and the 4th Grade released their fry (small salmon) back into the wild at Carkeek Park. The reintroduction of the salmon was the culmination of their Salmon in the Schools project. While applying such core skills as observation and data collection, students learn about life cycles, interrelationships in ecosystems, environmental stewardship, and the importance of salmon to Pacific Northwest commerce and culture.
National Library Week: “Libraries Transform: Libraries Lead”
This week is National Library Week. Our school library has a collection of almost 8,000 books. Every class in the school comes into the library once a week to check in and out books. This school year our students have collectively checked out over 5,000 books!
The library is also used for school meetings, classes, testing, book clubs, STEM classes, coding club, school commission meetings, open houses, staff meetings, the read naturally program, and explode the code program. Over 70 middle school students attend book club each week!
All of this would not be possible without our three amazing library volunteers – Melissa Murphy, Miriam “Granny” Hansen and Sarah Salentine! They have put in a numerous amount of volunteer hours this school year alone!
We would also like to thank all the school families who support the school library with their book donations and generous spending at the Scholastic Book Fairs!
Both Mike Curato and Samantha Berger (best friends in real life!) will be at school on Thursday, 26 April to read the new picture book they made together to us, talk about their lives as a writer (Samantha Berger), and as an author/illustrator (Mike Curato), and to answer student questions. Books will be available for purchase at the event, so that your child can get a signed keepsake, personalized by the both authors.
Samantha Berger has written numerous picture books including Crankenstein, A Crankenstein Valentine, Witch Spa, Snoozefest, and Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry, which won a Parent’s Choice Award Honor. When she isn’t writing, she’s doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California, and she invites you to visit her online at samanthaberger.com.
Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of the beloved polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot , who appears in his books Little Elliot, Big City; Little Elliot, Big Family; Little Elliot, Big Fun; and Little Elliot, Fall Friends. He is also the illustrator of Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle. Mike lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and he invites you to visit him online at mikecurato.com.