Mom, we’re bored.
What is there to do?
Dinner and a movie?
Yes, we’ll go with you!
Date night with the kids is as easy as 1-2-3 with Scrip. Head over to Red Robin then catch a show at Regal Thornton Place with a Regal Cinema Scrip. Please note that some items are special order and may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a fantastic start to Advent. For information about upcoming school events please reference the school website and calendar. December has some exciting events taking place and I want to make sure everyone has all of the details.
Today, we celebrated Advent with prayer, scripture reading, and the lighting of the first candle on our Advent wreath. We will have similar ceremonies every Monday and an activity every Wednesday. As we celebrate this time of anticipation and waiting, I decided to share the lyrics of Christ Be Our Light with the students.
Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.
This song is one of my favorites, addressing the symbolism of light and how the world longs for the arrival of the Savior.
Finally, remember to purchase Scrip and use the amazon Smile code when you are buying gifts this holiday season. As you give gifts to loved ones you can also give the gift of rebate rewards to the school.
I wish you all a joyous kick off to Advent and a happy holiday season.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. As we begin this last week before Advent, we will spend a few more days with our saints to round out Saints Month. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a special video of saint door decorations throughout the school.
In this last week of November, we are back and ready for a brand new trimester. With the new term, comes some new information and I wanted to take a moment to make everyone aware of the following:
New preschool teacher
Edal Fernandez joins our team today. We are incredibly excited to have her joining the St. Al community.
Middle School Study Hall
A new trimester means a new start and a new chance to develop some new habits. Study hall during lunch recess has been going strong and we still have room for more individuals to join. If you are looking for a quiet place to work on homework or would like to have just a little extra time to study before that afternoon test, this is the place for you. Join others in Mrs. Foisy’s math room for a silent and independent work time before lunch. A big thank you to Luke Uniack for proposing this idea and getting it started.
Change in Communication
I will no longer be publishing specific event information in my weekly emails but will instead announce general or one-time items of note. For all other information I will be linking the school website. The reason for this change is that we are trying to streamline our communication, creating a simpler way to receive electronic communication about our community. The goal is fewer items to look through and more information shared. Season Evans has done a wonderful job on the website and if you haven’t already done so, I encourage each of you to take a few moments to explore what is posted there. The calendar will be updated with more events each month to incorporate my previous email information. The Angle will still be sent out as usual with no significant format changes.
Inclement Weather and Other Important Communication
Heading into ice and snow season, we need updated information from everyone in case of school closures or late starts due to inclement. We are continuing to receive a lot of bounced emails when sending out communication. Incorrect information means you will not receive timely updates or information. Please take a moment to check your email information on Renweb and your junk mail folder to make sure you are properly updated and informed.
Holiday Shopping and Giving
It is cyber Monday. For anyone looking to purchase items online, remember you can also help St. Al’s as you shop. Use our [smile.amazon.com/ch/91-0577481]Amazon Smile code as well as Scrip through Presto Pay. Scrip has a variety of businesses available and you can even receive email updates for special rebate promotions. Traveling for the holidays? Scrip has you covered with that too. Get Scrip for airlines, hotels/house rentals, cruises, vacation packages, gas stations, and more. Of course, you can also give directly to St. Al’s and even match with a corporate gift.
Finally, I encourage everyone to stop by our new display table outside the main office. We have moved all school handouts and other items to this table to create more space on the counter for individuals signing-in/out. The table also features items for those with questions about the Catholic faith or current Catholics simply wanting to learn more. Pamphlets, books, pencils, and even rosaries are there for anyone to take home.
In our last week of Saint Month I would like to leave you with the words of St. Catherine of Sienna, “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze.” I pray that we each hear the call of God and in answering it, use the talents and gifts God has given us to truly set the world ablaze with His love.
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.
Happy October to everyone! I can’t believe we have been in school for a month already. I wanted to remind everyone of some great items we have happening this month: Scrip Presto Pay contest, conferences, and Family Fun Night. Remember to check your email for updates about these events and more. I would also like to remind everyone that the cold weather is setting in. Please make sure students come to school with a warm coat so they can continue to enjoy playing outside for as long as the weather holds.
In other news, you may have noticed our very large and very fabulous new planters in the courtyard area where students line up. These planters will help keep this area clear of cars and provide some color. This last weekend the planters were placed and this week rocks and soil were added in preparation for plants that will be coming soon. We are so thankful to not only have something beautiful for our courtyard/outside meeting area but also a safe place for our students to gather before, during, and after school.
I hope everyone has a wonderful end to this first week of October.
At stake, a free dress reward day for your student’s class!
During the month of October, be the class who has the greatest Presto-Pay enrollment and the free dress day is yours.
What is Presto-Pay? It is the on-line ordering and paying system to buy Scrip. It works on the same principle as Facts Web (how we pay tuition) only better because you get to shop. Once you have signed up for presto-pay, you can take advantage of the 100’s of Scrip Now retailers on-line that allow you immediate access to your gift card. That’s right, within minutes, your gift card will be ready and you can add to your account (I’m thinking Starbucks and Amazon) or print out and take shopping with you (Nordstrom, Target, Safeway…options are endless).
It’s easy to get signed up. Go to www.shopwithscrip.com. Our authorization code is A28AF4B59532. Click on the payment types link under Family Functions on your dashboard and follow the steps. Easy as that.
Watch this video to learn more or check out our Scrip page:
And you wonderful families who are already using Presto Pay, don’t worry. You are definitely getting counted.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Below you will find this week’s event info and policy/procedure reminders.
Wednesday: Conference Info Sheets
Info and sign-up sheets for October conferences go out via email to all parents/guardians for K-8 students. Please read the form carefully and fill out your choices for conference times.
Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday, Friday: SCRIP is on sale!
Check the SCRIP page on our website for more details about purchasing SCRIP and look for our new signs on school sale days. You can also purchase at the parish office.
Uniforms: Our school sets ourselves apart from other institutions in many ways—our knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith, our academic programs, etc.. One important way we stand out is through our uniforms. Our uniform policy exists to assist students and parents on how to appropriately dress for a day at St. Alphonsus. It is such a nice sight to see students looking their best in our uniform each morning, ready to start the day together. I would like to encourage each family to take a moment and review our uniform guidelines as we have been noticing a few issues with socks, skirts, and other clothing items. Teachers will be assisting me in addressing dress code concerns and we may contact you if a situation arises. If you have any questions about our uniforms please contact our school office or your student’s teacher.
Remember that navy blue shirts are now allowed for Pre-K through 4th grade, in addition to the white shirts previously worn.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of the individuals who helped at Bingo on Friday night and the Welcome Breakfast on Sunday. Bingo was a wonderful event to behold and I am so thankful for the parent volunteers who help make it possible. On Sunday, our Student Council members were on hand to welcome parishioners, hand out bulletins, and bring up the gifts at the 10am mass. Thank you to the volunteers and students who assisted with the Welcome Breakfast after mass. Parents and volunteers served the parish community as the students represented our school.
Principal, St. Alphonsus Parish School