Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – October 29, 2018

Hello St. Al’s Families,

Thank you all for a wonderful Family Fun Night on Friday and a special thank you to everyone who helped us run games, serve food, set up, and clean up.  Also, I would like to extend a special thank you to the Parent Club Board. This community is truly one of support and service.


  1. Middle school instrumental music is staring November 1.  I have only received a small handful of music forms so far.  Please submit your music forms to the school office ASAP.  Also,
  2. I am looking to start an elementary guitar group.   The school currently owns several guitars that are begging to be used.  I would love to offer elementary school this instrumental option, but I need a teacher.   If you know anyone who would be interested in teaching guitar to K-4th, please let me know.


Tuesday, Oct 30: NO SCHOOL MASS (It will be on Nov 1 for All Saints Day)

Wednesday, Oct 31: Non-uniform day (no costumes)

–students can wear black, orange, and pumpkins

Thursday, Nov 1: Saints Month begins with mass for All Saints Day!

Thursday, Nov 1: Middle School Band from 7:30-8:20am

–Make sure you have a signed registration form turned in prior to this first meeting

–Bring your own instrument and remember to get the music books described in the info letter that went out last week.

In anticipation of our Saints Month festivities, I would like to share a quote by St. Therese of Lisieux:  “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”  May we all remember to live the example of St. Therese of Lisieux as we look for ways to serve, to sacrifice, and to spread joy.

Meet Sisters New to St. Als

Arriving at St. Alphonsus in mid-August, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Albers had previously been assigned to the SOLT headquarters in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is very excited to be back in Seattle, where she served as a Novice in 2007-08, mostly in the Pre-K classroom at the school.Originally from Kansas, Sr. Elizabeth graduated from Benedictine College with degrees in English and Mass Communications, and played point guard for the women’s basketball team. Following graduation, she taught for two years at the SOLT mission in Belize, Central America, where she first heard the Lord’s invitation to religious life. As a SOLT Sister, Sr. Elizabeth has been assigned in New Mexico, North Dakota and Texas, and she professed her perpetual vows with five other Sisters in 2014. This year she will continue her work as Vocation Servant for the SOLT Sisters, along with being the aspirant formator and convent superior. Within the parish, she is delighted to be working with the youth group, helping out in the school office, and growing in relationship with the whole St. Alphonsus family.


Sr. Mary Peter came to St. Alphonsus in February of this year. She is originally from the Portland area and studied Spanish and Latin American Studies at Oregon State University while also competing on the OSU crew team. She discovered her vocation to religious life through a conversion experience while serving at the SOLT mission in North Dakota at the end of her time at Oregon State. She entered the Sisters of the Society of Our Lady shortly after college and made her first profession of vows in 2005. At that time she was sent to serve in a home for girls in Queretaro, Mexico for 3 years. After that she served in the sisters’ novitiate house in New Mexico for 8 years. Finally, prior to coming to Seattle, she served in Belize City, Belize for almost 2 years. Her ministry here will mostly be serving the Sisters’ community, but she will be overseeing the CCD class for the children preparing for First Holy Communion, serving as a Lector, and involved in other parish activities. She is grateful to be at St. Alphonsus, and happy to be at home again in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest!

See’s Candy Sale

The 6th graders have the exciting opportunity to attend Camp Waskowitz Enviromental Camp! This week long camp is held in the spring. It is a chance for the kids to learn about environmental science in an outdoor setting.

In order to help defray the cost of environmental camp, the 6th graders will be selling See’s candy. Please support their endeavor by making a purchase. Candy also makes great Christmas gifts! Gift certificates are also available and make a great addition to a Christmas card.

Sixth graders will be selling See’s candy from Friday, October 26th to November 30th. Orders are prepaid, so have that checkbook handy! Candy will be available for delivery to customers before the kids go on Christmas break.  

If you have questions, please contact

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Preschool – 4th Grade Open House

Join us on Wednesday, November 7 to learn more about our Preschool and Kindergarten through 4th Grade Elementary program. Meet our principal and current families, greet teachers, and observe our classrooms in action to see if our strong community, caring and effective teachers, and small class size are the right fit for your child.

RSVP here:

St. Alphonsus Parish School is an accredited Catholic School that welcomes families of all backgrounds. For over 100 years St. Als has been offering the families of Ballard and the surrounding community an excellent Catholic education for Preschool through 8th Grade by developing the whole student in a caring environment enriched by the faith of the Church and commitment of families. Our deep sense of community is fostered by our dedicated staff along with committed parents resulting in a safe, nurturing environment for our students.

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – October 23, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

It is hard to believe that the month of October is almost over and with that our SCRIP Presto Pay drive. Remember to sign up for SCRIP Presto Pay by the end of the day October 31 so your student can get credit for their class and you can reap the benefits of online SCRIP access.

As I mentioned in my email last week, November will be dedicated to saints.  Each has chosen a saint and will participate in a series of activities throughout the month that revolve around the information they learn about these holy men, women, and children. Saints will be announced to families on November 1.  Feel free to join in the fun by sharing info related to the saints you know or contributing to classroom projects along the way.


Tuesday, October 23: Middle School Open House 6-7:30pm

–Prospective middle school families are welcome to visit and learn more about the program we offer.

Wednesday, October 24: Prayer Assembly led by 7/8 Boys at 1:45pm

Friday, October 26: Family Fun Night

–Costumes allowed a.) no weapons b.) no blood & gore c.) no witchcraft/wizardry d.) no masks e.) Catholic school appropriate

–More info available on the school website

–6-8th grade dance in Wilson Room

Non-uniform Days for October

Since we did not have an official non-uniform day in September, we will be having two non-uniform days this month:

Friday, October 26:  In celebration of the fall season and in preparation for Family Fun Night, students are welcome to wear fall colors (yellow, red, orange, brown, etc…).

Wednesday, October 31: Students may wear orange, black, and pumpkin related items.

On any non-uniform day students are welcome to wear jeans.  Leggings are allowed if the shirt, skirt, etc…covering them is long enough to meet our current skirt length requirements.  Yoga pants and basketball shorts may not be worn.   

Please keep in mind that the spirit of these days is to allow us to celebrate something together as a community. Students are not obligated to participate through clothing and are welcome to wear their uniforms if they choose. With each non-uniform day I will be working with student council to come up with days that will allow every student to be included.

Welcome Breakfast 

The 5/6 Boys and Girls are teaming up this Sunday, October 28 to attend mass and the monthly Welcome Breakfast at St. Al’s.  Please dress in full uniform for the 10am mass on Sunday and then stay for the breakfast in the Family Center after.  Check with Mary Johnson for more information.

Policies & Procedures: 

We will be having a lockdown drill this week.  A lockdown occurs when there is immediate danger on or around campus that requires school activity to stop while we remain silent behind locked doors.  In the event of a real lockdown students will be quickly ushered into classrooms (if out in the halls, lunchroom, or playground) by school staff. Students and staff should go to or stay in the closest room.  Staff will make sure doors are locked, blinds are drawn, and lights are off. The principal and office staff will send out an email via RenWeb to notify parents of what is taking place and we will keep in direct contact with the local authorities to monitor the situation.  A summary of what occurred would then be sent to all families after we have been given the all clear to return to business as usual.


Thank you to all of the families who have signed up for the Chili Cook-off and those who purchased items from the prize wish list for Family Fun Night.  Also, a big thank you in advance to everyone who will be volunteering this Friday night.  Remember, the work doesn’t stop on Friday, as we will need to clean up the gym and Wilson Room on Saturday.  If you are willing and able please join us on Saturday morning.

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Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude – Send your candy to a hero!

Wondering what to do with all your excess Halloween Candy?  Bring it to school!

St. Al’s is once again participating in Operation Gratitude where we collect your leftover Halloween candy and donate it to our troops serving overseas. We are accepting candy, dental floss and pens or mechanical pencils this year.  Please do not purchase candy on sale after Halloween; only donate your extra/leftover candy.  If you would prefer to make a financial donation to help with shipping, please drop it in the office. Any excess money will be donated directly to Operation Gratitude.

Look for the box in The Commons from November 1 through November 5.

Questions?  Contact Lori Wilbur.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night – Friday, October 26

Family Fun Night

Friday, October 26
at the Family Center

Our annual Family Fun Night is creeping up on us!

Please join us for a night of festive fun including carnival games and prizes, a scary cake walk, and a costume contest.  Check out the sign-up genius to see how you can volunteer.

Chili and Cornbread Cook-off at Family Fun Night

Dust off your crock-pot and dig up your award winning family recipes!  We only have room for 15 chili contestants so you will want to register early.

Sign up here to register. Unlimited cornbread entries are allowed. Besides the pride of winning, there will prizes for the best spicy chili, non-traditional chili, kid friendly chili and finally, the best in show! If you don’t cook, come out to enjoy the food and judge the entrees!

Scary Cake Contest

Our Annual Scary Cake Contest is back! Please deliver your scary cake to the cafeteria before school on Friday, October 26. All cakes will be judged by class and prizes will be awarded. The cakes will then be used in the cake walk at Family Fun Night.

No sign up is needed – just have your child bring their cake to school!

Help Us Fulfill our Amazon Family Fun Night Wish List

We will have lots of carnival games this year at Family Fun Night and want to have some fun and exciting prizes for the children to “shop” for after winning tickets at the games. Check our our Amazon Wish List to find items to prize items to purchase. You will get one volunteer hour for every $20 spent!  How easy is that? (And don’t forget to use your Amazon Scrip card when you purchase!)