Saint Alphonsus Parish School’s annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, May 2, 2019. This fun event is a student favorite and an important fundraiser for our school.
The Jog-a-thon committee is looking for volunteers to help plan the event. We are seeking individuals who are interested in communications, logistics, and hospitality. If one of these focus areas looks like a good fit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, requests for day of event volunteers will be coming in April.
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.
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.
Principal, St. Alphonsus Parish School
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
September 18; full uniform day for pictures and for mass
Begins September 17
Policies and Procedures
Visitor badges: When visiting the school please sign in and out at the front office. Also, please pick up a visitor badge. We want to make sure all adults in the building can be easily identified and that the office is aware we have visitors. This assists us in evacuating the building during emergency situations and allows us to maintain a high level of safety and security for our students through out the day. If you see someone in the building who is not a staff member and is not wearing a visitor badge, please report it to the office immediately.
Doors: All doors to our buildings remain locked during the school day. This is to make sure that no one is admitted without permission. Please make sure to close all doors behind you when entering the building and do not admit anyone behind that is not known to you or is not clearly going to the office.
Pets on campus:
* Absolutely no dogs or pets are allowed in the school building
* No dogs or pets are allowed on the outdoor courtyard area (where we line up for morning prayer and flag salute and where we dismiss in the afternoon)
* Please also refrain from bringing dogs or pets into the “yellow cone” area that connects our school to the playground
* No dogs or pets on any part of our designated playground areas including big toys and basketball courts
AHERA: Attached is a letter that is sent out annually by the Archdiocese of Seattle. Federal regulations require that all schools send out this letter regarding AHERA information.
Thank you for a wonderful start to our second week and I look forward to our exciting events together in September.
Our Fall fair starts soon, please shop the fair and support our library. We will be open before and after school! If you would like to volunteer, contact Lori Corcoro at email@example.com. It’s a fun and easy way to earn some volunteer hours.
Our online fair opens Sept. 9. Anyone can order and the books will be shipped directly to school in your child’s name. There are many more titles available in the online fair, use the click here to explore what’s available.
Nicola Beard will be partnering with Donna Brain in our Montessori based preschool room. Nicola has a degree in early childhood development from the University of New Hampshire. She comes to us from a preschool in Kirkland where she created and implemented unit plans, developed daily schedules, and provided consistent two-way communication for families. Nicola is a wonderful fit for our school family and we are so happy to have her on board this year.
We are very happy to welcome Maureen Wittbold as our exploratory preschool teacher. Maureen has worked for many years in early childhood and elementary education. Maureen is a children’s book author and has even taught at the university level. She is familiar with the archdiocese having worked in area Catholic schools and is very happy to be returning to Catholic education this year as a new member of the St. Al’s community.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Beard and Ms. Wittbold to our school community!