Breathe Easy! HEPA Air Purifier Goal Reached

Dear families and friends,

We did it and then some! Your rapid response in supporting this need to protect the health and well-being of this community was absolutely astounding. In just three days, we raised over $13,000 to get HEPA air purifiers in every classroom and the cafeteria spaces, as well as cover the cost of replacement filters for the next three years. Incredible!

As a “newcomer” to St. Al’s, I have been deeply moved at this outpouring of generosity. It has been such a demonstration of unity and love for our special school. I offer a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all our donors in providing an added layer of protection and peace of mind to our families, staff, and students.

Although we reached our goal, the option to give to this project will remain open until October 1. Any additional funds received will go towards keeping our facilities clean, well-maintained, and more equipped to combat COVID-19 and beyond.

Thank you again for helping St. Alphonsus Parish School breathe clean and breathe easy. God is good!

With gratitude,

Nick Padrnos, Principal

Help Us Reach Our HEPA Air Purifier Goal at St. Al’s!

Dear families and friends,

Yesterday we received a $5,000 gift from an anonymous donor to provide HEPA air purifiers in every classroom. These purifiers have been tested to remove 99.9% of airborne COVID-19 & SARS-Cov-2 particles and are designed for school settings. We are so incredibly grateful for this gift!

Using that momentum, I announced at last evening’s K-4 Curriculum Night that we needed $2,000 in additional support to cover our high-capacity areas like the Cafeteria and Student Commons. Within hours, we more than doubled our goal! But don’t worry. There’s still time to get in on the action.

Please consider making an online gift to our Annual Fund to cover the cost of replacement filters and ongoing maintenance for the next 3 years. The filters on each of the 25 units cost $60 and last one year. We are hoping to raise an additional $3,000 by October 1. When making your online gift, please indicate Greatest Need (Annual Fund/HEPA Air Purifiers). This is an excellent opportunity to satisfy your family’s recommended commitment of $125 to the Annual Fund.

From the outset, our guiding principles during this pandemic school year have been to provide a safe, uninterrupted, in-person learning experience. Your generous donation further safeguards that commitment both now and for the future, which likely involves new COVID variants, not to mention the common flu, smoke from more intense fire seasons, dust and pollen, and whatever else Mother Nature hurls our way.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of contributing to the health and wellness of St. Alphonsus Parish School. We are so blessed by this community’s generosity and commitment to our sustained educational mission. God is good!

With gratitude,

Nick Padrnos, Principal

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See’s Candy Fundraiser

The 6th grade will be attending Waskowitz Outdoor Education camp from May 4 to May 8th. This is an incredible opportunity to connect with nature and experience personal growth.  Students will explore the forest, Snoqualmie River, and overnight community living. During their stay, the program will engage students in science and environmental education.

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Book Fair

Come to the Book Fair!

St. Al’s Book Fair is OPEN May 16 – May 24, at the following times:

  • Before school each day: 8:15 – 8:45am
  • After school each day: 2:45 – 3:45pm and 1:45 – 2:45pm (Wednesday only)
  • Special event: Friday, May 24 from 11:30am to final purchase.
  • Orientation evenings: Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 – 8:15pm

An exciting new feature this year is the eWallet for your student. Instead of sending a check or cash with your student to purchase books, you can easily set up an eWallet for them online and we can use that for any book purchases over the course of the Fair.

Look for the eWallet information on our Scholastic Book Fair info page, link below. You may also purchase books online through 5/23 using the link.

eWallet Link

Thank you for supporting our school library!


Jog-A-Thon Donation Deadline: Friday, May 10

THANK YOU for another fantastic Jog-A-Thon! All the kids did a wonderful job and gave it everything they had for their class, their school, and their families.

Just a friendly reminder that all Jog-a-thon donations are due back to school by May 10th. Friends and family can give easily and securely online to help you reach your $125 family commitment, $75 for PreK only families.

And don’t forget, for every additional $100 your child raises by the deadline, they will receive an extra entry in our GRAND PRIZE drawing on May 15th.

Thank you!
2019 Jog-a-thon Committee

Angel’s Angle:  May 9, 2019

Shop With Scrip

She cooks, she cleans, she makes our beds.
She always has a shoulder for our heads.
When we’re down, she knows exactly what to say.
So make her feel special this Mother’s Day.

Treat your mom using Scrip for flowers (Safeway, Fred Meyer), chocolates (See’s Candy), dinner (Ruth Chris, Red Lobster), and a movie (AMC, Regal Cinema, Majestic Bay).

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

Scrip cards may be purchased:

  • Online at
  • 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 [email protected] for more info.

Angel’s Angle:  May 9, 2019

CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the CRS Rice Bowl campaign!

The parish and school together raised $2,867.61 towards this important campaign. Great job students!


St. Al’s Jog-A-Thon

Today’s the day! Students are off and running in the 2019 Jog-a-thon. Participants will have a chance to win one of several fabulous prizes, including a family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge!  This event is made possible by parent volunteers, students, and the support of our greater Ballard community.

THANK YOU to the following sponsors for their generous financial support:

THANK YOU to the following sponsors for their generous in-kind donations:

  • Casper Babypants
  • COAL Headware
  • Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants
  • Farmers Insurance-Isabelle Oschner Agency
  • Kidd Valley
  • Fred Meyer-Ballard
  • Majestic Bay Theaters
  • New Seasons Market
  • Pagliacci Pizza
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Sip & Ship-Ballard
  • Swansons Nursery
  • Trader Joe’s

About Our Jog-A-Thon:
The Jog-a-thon is an annual tradition that promotes health and fitness while raising funds to support School operating expenses.Thank you for supporting your child’s fundraising efforts.

Important Dates:
Kickoff Assembly: April 10
Ask For Pledges: April 10 – May 2
Event: May 2
Donations Due By: May 10
Awards Assembly: May 15

Learn More:

Give Now:

Please email us at [email protected].

Angels’ Angle: May 2, 2019

Annual Fund Contest


Have you made your Annual Fund donation?  In an effort to achieve 100% participation, we are hosting one final contest.

Until May 30, make a donation to the Annual Fund in ANY AMOUNT and your student’s class could WIN a FREE DRESS DAY in June!

All proceeds from the Annual Fund directly benefit the students and teachers at St. Alphonsus. Make your donation today! You can learn more about the Annual Fund on our school website.

Questions?  Please contact Kristin at [email protected].

Angels’ Angle: May 2, 2019