PRINCIPAL’S CORNER – FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

This has been a wonderful week, with a chill in the air but plenty of sunshine. We were so happy to be back to our normal schedule.  As we transition into another month and end another trimester, I wanted to share a few pieces of news.  First, I am very happy to announce we have officially hired a Development Director.  I am so pleased to welcome Kristen Ferguson to our staff here at St. Al’s.  She is the mother of two students here and brings a great deal of experience in bookkeeping, event coordination, and fundraising in the Catholic school arena.  She will start at the end of this week, continuing the fabulous work started earlier this year by Lena Anderson.

In far less happy news, it is my unfortunate duty to inform everyone that Krissy Altenhoffen will be leaving St. Al’s at the end of this school year.  Krissy loves our St. Al family but she and her husband, John, are about to start their own family.  As they move into this next phase of their lives, Krissy would like to step back to spend more time with her baby.  We are so sad to see her go but we wish her and her future little one all the best.

As we begin Lent next week, I would like to remind everyone that school mass is on Wednesday, March 6th next week.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Lent is a time of reflection, sacrifice, and preparation.  As Pope Francis said, “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” This is a time to slow down our day-to-day movement, to think longer and deeper about our God and our relationship with Him.  It is a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice Jesus will make on the cross.  Pope Francis encourages each of us to experience our own version of sacrifice in hopes that it will be for the ultimate good and benefit of others.  I would like to encourage every member of our community to think about what making this type of sacrifice might mean for them.  Perhaps you have already decided what your sacrifice will be this season or perhaps you are still considering a few choices.  I encourage us all to think about these decisions through the lens of Pope Francis so that we might “deny ourselves something every day to help others.”

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu

Coffee & Conversation with Ms. Cifu

Thursday, March 7
8:45 am
In the Commons

Join Ms. Cifu in the Commons for coffee and refreshments. This is an opportunity to connect with the Principal, and discuss the State of the School (SoS) presentation.

Please note: The SoS presentation is available here.  For audio access, you will need to open the presentation in PowerPoint. Click the speaker icon to start the audio description for each individual slide.

Costume Work Party

Do you love Theater?  Can you sew? Are you a bargain thrift store hunter? 

Costume Work Party
Saturday, March 2
2-4 pm
School Auditorium

We’re looking for volunteers to help us with this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. You do not need to have a child cast in the show to volunteer. This Saturday we are having a Costume Work Party where we will begin by sorting through the many bins of costumes we already possess and outlining what needs to be re-purposed, adapted, created, purchased or procured. We’re looking to assemble a team to hit thrift stores, hem here or there, and help organize. We promise a fun time, clear communication, and tasks based on volunteer time available. Please reach out to Victoria Long and let her know you want to be part of this year’s Costume Crew: victoria.long63@gmail.com.

If there are other ways you would like to help with the middle school musical, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Tricia Bentley at triciabentley@gmail.com.

CYO Baseball Sign Ups

It’s time to sign up for CYO Baseball!

We hope to field a 5th/6th and either one or two 7 and 8th grade teams for the 2019 CYO season.

We need coaches for the 5th/6th grade team! Without a coach, we cannot field a team. Please contact Kevin Sylvester at sylvesterkj@msn.com right away if you would like to coach or be an assistant.

Register here:  https://reg.sportspilot.com/106510/leagues

Registration Fee is $95

CYO Baseball reminders:

  • Baseball is a co-ed sport.
  • We encourage our players to participate in additional leagues (LL, Pony, Club, etc.)  CYO is an opportunity for classmates to play the game together, but we do not practice (just 2 practices in March) during the season, this is an opportunity to play more games and get more chances to hit, field and pitch.

Outdoor practice will be at Loyal Heights 3/2 and 3/9 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.

Game Dates:

  • League
    • March 17, 24, 31
    • April 7, 14, 21, 28
    • May 5, 12
  • Tournament
    • Wednesday, May 15 – Sunday, June 2, 2018

Question Of The Week

We would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on what happens at St. Al’s. Every week (or so) we’ll ask questions to our school community about curriculum, activities, policies, etc.

This week’s question was submitted by a Saint Al’s staff member.  Just click the button below to answer.

Please note: These questions are just to gather feedback and initiate dialogue and do not indicate any immediate policy changes. Your feedback is anonymous.

Volunteer Interests & Skills Survey

At Saint Alphonsus we are a community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and parishioners working together for our shared success. There are countless ways you can volunteer and we would like to help you find the right opportunities!

Please complete this short Volunteer Interests & Skills survey, which will be used to create a database of expertise and talent accessible to organizers as volunteer opportunities become available.

T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

The Saint Alphonsus Parents’ Club and 2019 Jog-a-thon Committee are pleased to share the winning  T-Shirt Design Contest entries for the Saint Alphonsus Jog-a-thon, happening May 2, 2019.

Students from every grade level submitted a record number of entries impressing judges with artistic creativity and design. Individual classroom winners will each receive an ice-cream coupon to redeem during their lunch hour.  Entries are currently on display in the Commons.

From the pool of classroom winners, three designs where selected to be included on our 2019 Jog-a-thon T-Shirt. The artwork from these designs will be integrated into one logo, and featured on all 2019 Jog-a-thon materials.

Shop With Scrip

Spring is around the corner.
Time to prep your garden.
Get ready for your yard
to become springtime heaven.

Mulch, check. Shovel, check. Pruner…. not check. Missing a tool or two? Get all the garden tools you need using Scrip from Fred Meyer, Home Depot, or Lowe’s.

Please note that some items are special order and may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.

Scrip cards may be purchased:

  • Online at www.shopwithscrip.com
  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings at 8:15-8:45 am in The Commons (small cafeteria) at school
  • Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am in the Preschool classroom
  • Friday afternoon at 2:45-3:15 pm in The Commons (small cafeteria) at school
  • After all weekend Masses in the back vestibule
  • At the Parish office during the week

Contact Mija Hamilton at mija@windermere.com for more info.