2018 Bump It Up Parent Fundraiser

Bump! Set! Spike!

…or something close to it!  This is our Annual FUNraiser Tournament to support St. John/St. Al CYO Athletics!

Moms, Dads, Grads & Teachers, grab some knee pads or not, and join the upcoming BUMP IT UP! Volleyball Tournament coming in October. Contact me to get on a team (see below or download flyer) It’s a great way to meet other parents and learn some volleyball.

Playing times for your team will be for 1 hour, twice a week during the evening hours (6:15 or 7:15 or 8:15) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during October. Support St. John/St. Al Athletics, by coming out and playing!

Any questions, please contact John Fletcher (Volleyball Coordinator) at fletchjp@aol.com.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Troop 43679

Is your girl interested in Girl Scouts?  St. Al’s has an all-ages troop that meets after school on Mondays and Thursdays!
Last year we did crafts, made blankets for Seattle Children’s Hospital and created bird houses and squirrel nesting boxes for our community. Oh! And we also sold some Girl Scout cookies! 😉

This year, we will be making our world a better place!  We will be educating ourselves on bees and our environment.
This is just one of our main projects this year. If your family is interested, please register for Girl Scouts on the regional website:  https://www.girlscoutsww.org

We also need adult volunteers!  Please contact Maureen Endres at maureen@chris-endres.com for volunteer details.

Our Fall 2018 schedule for meetings will be 3:15-4:15pm in the Art Room

Sept. 27th
Oct. 1st
Oct. 8th
Oct. 15th
Oct. 25th
Oct. 29th
Nov. 5th
Nov. 15th
Nov. 29th
Dec. 3rd
Dec. 10th
Dec. 17th

Sign Up for PrestoPay! Earn a free dress day!

Presto Change-o – Watch the Rebate Grow

At stake, a free dress reward day for your student’s class!

During the month of October, be the class who has the greatest Presto-Pay enrollment and the free dress day is yours.

What is Presto-Pay? It is the on-line ordering and paying system to buy Scrip. It works on the same principle as Facts Web (how we pay tuition) only better because you get to shop. Once you have signed up for presto-pay, you can take advantage of the 100’s of Scrip Now retailers on-line that allow you immediate access to your gift card. That’s right, within minutes, your gift card will be ready and you can add to your account (I’m thinking Starbucks and Amazon) or print out and take shopping with you (Nordstrom, Target, Safeway…options are endless).

It’s easy to get signed up. Go to www.shopwithscrip.com. Our authorization code is A28AF4B59532. Click on the payment types link under Family Functions on your dashboard and follow the steps. Easy as that.

Watch this video to learn more or check out our Scrip page:

And you wonderful families who are already using Presto Pay, don’t worry. You are definitely getting counted.

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – September 27, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

We are almost through our first month of school. Now that things are settling down a bit and routines are established, I would like to send out a few reminders. First, remember to check your email for weekly updates from me, as well as any other pertinent school information from teachers or other staff. If you have not already done so, please check the information on RenWeb to make sure phone numbers, email addresses, and authorized pick-up/emergency contact adults are current. Updating your RenWeb information will ensure that we are able to contact you with any important school information and allow us to notify you quickly should we need to reach you during the school day.

Also, it looks like cold and flu season has arrived a little early this year.  We have had a plethora of runny noses, coughs, and upset stomachs. We love each and every day we get to spend with your students, but if they are sick please keep them home. If we send a student home after being ill at school or if a student was ill during the night at home, we ask that they not return until they are fever and vomit free for at least 24 hours.  This helps to ensure a speedy recovery and reduces risk of spreading the illness to others.

Finally, I would like to say a special thank you to everyone who purchased items from our book fair. This event assists us in funding our library and provides additional reading material for our classrooms. I would like to extend a special thank you to Lori Corcoro and Melissa Rodriguez-Murphy who organized/managed the fair, and a thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to set-up and pack-up all of the fair items. Our community made this event a success and our students will benefit in a variety of ways.

Thank you for a wonderful first month. I wish you all a wonderful end of September.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St. Alphonsus Parish School

Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation with Ms. Cifu

Join Ms. Cifu in the Commons every first Thursday of the month at 8:45 am for coffee and treats. The first meeting will be on October 4.

This is an opportunity for school families to connect with the principal, ask general questions, and get updates on all things St. Als. See you there!

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – September 24, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Below you will find this week’s event info and policy/procedure reminders.


Wednesday: Conference Info Sheets 

Info and sign-up sheets for October conferences go out via email to all parents/guardians for K-8 students.  Please read the form carefully and fill out your choices for conference times.

Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday, Friday: SCRIP is on sale!

Check the SCRIP page on our website for more details about purchasing SCRIP and look for our new signs on school sale days. You can also purchase at the parish office.


Uniforms: Our school sets ourselves apart from other institutions in many ways—our knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith, our academic programs, etc.. One important way we stand out is through our uniforms.  Our uniform policy exists to assist students and parents on how to appropriately dress for a day at St. Alphonsus.  It is such a nice sight to see students looking their best in our uniform each morning, ready to start the day together.  I would like to encourage each family to take a moment and review our uniform guidelines as we have been noticing a few issues with socks, skirts, and other clothing items.  Teachers will be assisting me in addressing dress code concerns and we may contact you if a situation arises.   If you have any questions about our uniforms please contact our school office or your student’s teacher.

Remember that navy blue shirts are now allowed for Pre-K through 4th grade, in addition to the white shirts previously worn.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of the individuals who helped at Bingo on Friday night and the Welcome Breakfast on Sunday.  Bingo was a wonderful event to behold and I am so thankful for the parent volunteers who help make it possible.  On Sunday, our Student Council members were on hand to welcome parishioners, hand out bulletins, and bring up the gifts at the 10am mass.   Thank you to the volunteers and students who assisted with the Welcome Breakfast after mass.  Parents and volunteers served the parish community as the students represented our school.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St. Alphonsus Parish School

Scrip News

The price for Brown Bear Car Wash is increasing. Once our current inventory of Brown Bear coupons is gone, we are increasing the price from $6 to $7 per car wash. This is still a $1 off the price at Brown Bear without a coupon.

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – September 19, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week #3 of our school year together.  Below you will find some policy and procedure items as well as event news for the rest of this week.


Pre-K & Elementary Curriculum Night: This event is tonight from 7-8:30pm.  The book fair will be open starting at 6:30pm.

Bingo: Our first Bingo night is this Friday in the lunch room, 7-8pm with kitchen opening at 6:30pm.

Policies and Procedures

Playground After School: Playground time is a favorite for some of our students. For the safety of all our children we need to have non-Extended Care students supervised directly by parents when on the playground after school.  This means that parents need to be on the playground with their students to directly supervise their playground activity.  Our Extended Care staff need to be the support for our Extended Care students.  Tracking who is and is not in Extended Care can be difficult for our staff when children without adult supervision join them on the playground.  Also, families who are not paying for Extended Care supervision are receiving services for free that others have paid for if their students are unsupervised with our Extended Care group.

Please note that when K-8 Extended Care students are on the playground they use both play areas, so smaller children will come in contact with older elementary children on the smaller playground.  My hope is that we can all use the playground area after school.

Extended Care: Once you sign students out from Extended Care we are releasing them to you.  I know that there may be times when you need them to stay longer or you may need to take care of something in the office.  If this is the case, we ask that you sign your student back in or simply wait to sign them out.  This let’s our Extended Care staff know exactly who is still under their supervision and who should be going home with their trusted adult.

Thank you to all of our school volunteers, parents, students, and staff.  It has been a wonderful start to the school year and I can’t wait to see what the rest of September has in store.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St. Alphonsus Parish School

Science Club

Join the Science Club! (Grades 3-8)

Science Club is an exciting opportunity to explore all things science!  We use fun to explore the everyday world through the lens of chemistry, physics and astronomy. It is an chance to have hands on fun without the pressure of a grade.  Last year the group made soap, cheese, explored chlorophyll chromatography, gas phases with dry ice and extracted DNA.

This club is open to students in 3rd through 8th grade. Limited to the first 22 students to turn in permission slips. Annual supply and snack fee is $15 for the year. If the supply fee is a burden, please contact Mr. Swanson. No child shall be excluded based on the ability to pay the fee. Permission slips can be obtained in the school office or Mr. Swanson’s classroom.

The club meeting dates are Thursdays, after school from 3:15 – 4:30pm
October 11
November 8th
December 13th
Jan 17th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Swanson at pswanson@stalseattle.org or Maureen Endres at maureen@chris-endres.com

Auction Dessert Dash Volunteers Needed

“A party without cake is just a meeting.” -Julia Child

Calling all bakers (and baked good lovers)! Karen Leung-Waite is back to take charge of our Dessert Dash once again. Karen is looking for about 25 dessert options this year. Email Karen if you want in on the fun.

Remember, time spent baking or shopping and money spent on baking or shopping count towards your volunteer hours.

Don’t forget to check your inboxes for our Auction Insider, which keeps you up to date on all things Auction related. Past issues can be found on our website.