Sisters 2018

The SOLT Sisters at St. Alphonsus

Although every religious community incorporates the same essential elements of liturgical prayer, common life and apostolic service, each community is also a unique expression of the gift of Christ within the Church, with its own charism, mission and spiritualty. The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) is an international missionary community, based out of Corpus Christi, Texas, composed of priests, consecrated sisters and brothers, and lay members serving together on ecclesial teams in areas of deep need throughout the Church.  Founded in New Mexico in 1958 by Fr. James Flanagan, SOLT’s vision and charism anticipated many of the movements of Vatican II, including the role of the laity in the mission of evangelization, the significance of Our Lady’s relationship with each Person of the Trinity, and “communion” as the foundation of all renewal within the Church.

The SOLT Sisters first arrived at St. Alphonsus in 2004, and the convent has been a house of formation from the beginning, serving as a place where young women who are taking their first steps toward a religious vocation begin their formation.  Since 2004, more than 30 Sisters and SOLT aspirants, postulants and novices have become a part of the St. Alphonsus family.  The various stages of formation include Aspirancy—an initial four-month time of discernment, Postulancy—a year of more intense formation geared toward the development of the whole person and greater understanding of consecrated life, and Novitiate—the official entrance into a religious community when the habit and white veil are received and the Novice begins a two-year period of preparation to make first vows.

Striving to achieve a balance of prayer, work, service, study, community life and recreation, the convent could be described as both prayerful and invariably busy!  Each day the Sisters participate in Mass, a Eucharistic holy hour and the five hours of the Divine Office.  They also pray the Rosary and meditate on Scripture together daily, and hold formation class five days a week.  They serve at the school and in the parish in a variety of ways, from assisting in the classrooms, lunch duty, recess, extended care and the school office, to helping out with CCD, Youth Group, RCIA and some cleaning around the facilities.  The SOLT Sisters are exceptionally blessed to have a home at St. Alphonsus, and they look forward to all the wonders the Lord will continue to work!

Sister Elizabeth Albers

Be on the lookout in the next few weeks as we introduce the newest members of the community…


Check off your Auction To-Do list!

Have you checked off your Auction To-Do list?


The procurement deadline has come and gone, but there is still time – if you act now. Fill out the information online, via the procurement form or through procurement buyout. Our catalog will be going to the printers soon so we have a real “need to know”! To date, just 58% of our school community has fulfilled their auction procurement commitment. Unfulfilled procurement commitments will be billed in June.

Our school is full of amazing volunteers. The Auction Sign Up Genius is almost full! There are still some spots and we’ll add more as we think of them. Another way to earn your volunteer hours is at the Loyal Heights and St. John auctions in the Spring. Loyal Heights will hold their annual auction on March 23, at the Nordic Heritage Museum. St. John’s auction is on April 5, at Fremont Studios. We’ll send out more information leading up to both events.

Auction RSVP’s are due by Monday, October 29th!  You can RSVP online or via the card included with your invite (there is a drop box in the school office). Don’t forget our “Fill Your Table Challenge”… There is a $50 Dessert Dash credit and more awaiting you!

Find information about the above (and so much more!) on our website.

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – October 15, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and you found a moment to enjoy some of the fabulous sunshine we have been having.  This week, I wanted to send out a school wide announcement that Ms. Brain is no longer an employee at St. Alphonsus. We are currently looking for her replacement and would encourage anyone who is interested, to apply through the Archdiocese by clicking here or by visiting the Office for Catholic Schools website for open positions.  We have also placed ads on three other job sites, two specifically geared toward Montessori education. Feel free to spread the word and I will keep you posted on our progress.


Tuesday, October 16: Middle School Instrumental Music Open House

–Middle school students can join us at lunch recess to get information about a new instrumental music group starting at St. Al’s.  Students can take a flyer and stay for a demonstration of several instruments.  The group will be run by Michael White, former music teacher at Bishop Blanchet.

Wednesday, October 17: GRACE Teacher Leader Conference

–St. Al’s will be hosting our regional GRACE leadership conference.   All events will be in the Wilson Room and should not impact the students as they go about the normal school day.  The one change you will notice will be the orange cones on the playground.  We will need to move those in to accommodate parking for our guests.

Thursday & Friday: Conferences for K-8 Parents

–The schedule is ready and you will receive your time(s) soon.  Teachers will be notifying families and Charleen Sweet has the master list in the office.  If you are not able to meet during our typical conference days, please contact your student’s teacher.

–Preschool: due to the recent changes in personnel, we will not be able to schedule conferences in time for the end of the week.  However, we will be sending out progress reports for each student by the end of next week.  Feel free to reach out to Ms. Beard and Mrs. Wittbold if you have specific questions or concerns.

Friday, October 19: St. Anne’s Dance for 7th/8th grade students

–Permission slips available from Mrs. Pollack or through the office

Tuesday, October 23: Middle School Open House for prospective families

–We are having an open house event for prospective middle school families.  Invite your friends and reach out to families in your neighborhood.  If you refer a family for a tour of our school you will get 2 volunteer hours and if they officially sign-up you will get 4 volunteer hours.

Thank you to everyone who donated time and items to the auction thus far.  We have been working hard on our end to make it a truly fantastic evening for all.  If you have not already done so, please RSVP.  Remember, you can reserve a table of ten as well as individual seats.  Contact Lena Anderson if you have any questions.


Middle School Open House – Tuesday, Oct. 23

Join us as for our Middle School (Grades 5-8) Open House!

Tuesday, October 23
6 – 7:30 pm

Families will have an opportunity to meet our Principal and faculty, learn about our curriculum, and our single-gender learning environment. We look forward to meeting you!

Register 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.

Author Visit

Author Visit: Author/Illustrator Jeffrey Brown

Author Visit: Author/Illustrator Jeffrey Brown

Tuesday, October 23
2 pm Auditorium
Grades 3-5

Jeffrey Brown, author of the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal graphic novels, as well as some of the Jedi Academy books, will speak with the students, demonstrate how to draw for comics/graphic novels, and answer any questions the kids may have about writing children’s books.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or download the order form here.

Soctober – Donate New Socks

Second grade has chosen to collect socks for the homeless as our service project for the month of October. Please help them by having your student bring in new socks for men and women. There is a drop off box by the front office or you can send them in with your student. Mrs. Cintron will deliver the socks to Queen Anne Food Bank at the end of the month. Thank you!

Save the Date! Family Fun Night – October 26

Family Fun Night

Friday, October 26
6 – 8 pm
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.  Keep an eye out for more information and the sign-up genius to see how you can help and earn volunteer hours.

Also, this year, as part of Family Fun Night, we are having a Chili and cornbread cook-off!

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.  There will be a flyer going home this week in your child’s back pack.

Fill out the form and return it to the office or email 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!

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – October 8, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

October is the month traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For many, praying the Rosary is a source of peace and contemplation. For me, praying the Rosary has always been a way to fully embrace the connection of my faith and its practice.  I would encourage all to take a few moments out of the day to contemplate the mysteries of the rosary and make a connection of your own.


Month of October: SCRIP Presto Pay Contest

–Sign-up for Presto Pay through SCRIP.  It only takes a few minutes and gives you instant access to the same rebates you know and love from the physical cards.  Check out this link to sign-up.

–The class with the highest percentage of parents to sign-up for SCRIP Presto Pay will win a non-uniform day.

Tuesday, October 9: School Commission Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, October 10-11: 8th Grade at Camp Huston

Friday, October 12: Auction Procurement Item Descriptions Due & No School (Teacher Excellence Day)

Policy & Procedure Reminder

Just a reminder that students who do not arrive in time to join their class for line-up should check in at the office.  In addition, if a student is going to be late or absent, please notify Lisa Macomber via email or through the main office phone as soon as possible. You may also want to connect with the student’s teacher for class work and other news from the day.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Parent Club meeting and first Coffee with the Principal event last week.  It is such a wonderful part of my week, getting to spend time with our parents and share some of the reasons why I love this school community.   Also, a big thank you to Sr. Mary Elizabeth Albers who shared her story and inspiration with everyone at the Parent Club meeting.

I wish you all a wonderful second week of October.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu


CYO Basketball Registration

CYO Basketball Registration

Registration is open for coaches and players in grades 4-8. Registration fee is $105

Registration is open until October 29th, 2018.

If you do not register your child by this date, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to participate in CYO basketball this year.

Follow the link on our website to register at SportsPilot:

Assessments for teams will take place beginning the week of October 30th (unless your child’s team is in Soccer Playoffs that week). For 4th and 5th grade, teams will be separated by gender and the teams will split up as evenly as possible. For 6th – 8th grade there will be Varsity and JV teams for both Boys and Girls. Independent assessors will be evaluating to separate the teams according to CYO rules. Practices will start the week after assessments.

Games start the weekend of 11/16/2018. There is a week off for Thanksgiving, then one game each weekend for the first three weekends of December. There are then four games (one per weekend) between January 5th and January 27th.  Playoffs will be held for 6th – 8th grade the first two weeks of February.

Your child’s specific practice and game schedule will be communicated by your child’s coach following the assignment of teams.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Deines via email at or by phone at 206-300-0741.

Contact for a scholarship. No questions asked.

Contact Julie Giebel ( ) with any questions.

Basketball/Volleyball Uniform Return

We need you to look through you drawers and closets for last years Under Armour basketball/volleyball jersey and shorts. We are missing a significant amount of them (about 100). Please, please return them. They are to be re-used to keep costs down over the next few years. This also goes for students who played volleyball including the high school teams.

You can return uniforms to the office.  Please return them ASAP but no later than Tuesday 10/9.  Thanks!