Science Club

Join the Science Club! (Grades 3-8)

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
October 11
November 8th
December 13th
Jan 17th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Swanson at pswanson@stalseattle.org or Maureen Endres at maureen@chris-endres.com

Principal's Corner

A Message from the Principal – September 13, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

Welcome to week two of our school year together. I wanted to provide information about a few upcoming events as well as reminders about some of our safety polices and procedures.

Events
Curriculum Night

  • Pre-K through 4th Grade; September 19, 7-8:30pm

Book Fair

Picture Day

  • September 18; full uniform day for pictures and for mass

Maps Testing

  • 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.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu
Principal

Welcome New Preschool Teachers!

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!

Welcome our new Middle School Math Teacher!

We are happy to welcome our new middle school math teacher, Jamie Walker. Mrs. Walker comes to us with a background in technology, electrical engineering, and mathematics. She has worked as both a math teacher and math specialist for several years in the archdiocese, even serving under our very own Mrs. Foisy for a time at St. Pius X.

Mrs. Walker brings a mix of hands-on project-based learning as well as more traditional methods, making math acquisition fun and accessible for a variety of learning styles. In addition to Math, Mrs. Walker will also teach 7/8 Boys Religion and Homeroom. She is a St. Al’s parishioner and lector for Sunday morning mass, so she is an excellent fit for this new role.

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Walker to St. Alphonsus Parish School.

Kathleen Cifu
Principal

Be A Part of Our Community Kitchen!

As a way to celebrate not only the 30th anniversary of our Auction & Gala but also our amazing community, St. Al’s will be publishing a cookbook titled, Community Kitchen. 

Do you have a favorite family recipe? Or maybe you have a traditional dessert you make every Christmas? What about that quick and easy weeknight meal that all the kids will eat? We’d love for you to share your recipes with our St. Al’s community!

We’re looking for recipe submissions from our entire St. Al’s community, so please feel free to forward to parishioners, alumni, and/or alumni parents!

The cookbook will be published November 2018 and first sales will be at the Auction & Gala.

If you would like your recipe to be considered for our cookbook, please fill out this form.

Please note:

  • Recipes must be original or adapted recipes (if possible, please include credit to original recipe). We cannot accept published or copyrighted recipes.
  • Submissions are due August 1, 2018.

Please contact Season Evans with any questions or if you have issues with the submission form.