2nd & 3rd grade students are hosting a Crayola drive to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. Through April 18, families can donate *NEW* Crayola markers, crayons, colored pencils and sketch books at the school office. Only new items may be donated. Thank You!
Does your child like to run? Jump? Throw things? Get to know kids in other grades? Have fun? Track season is starting soon! Sign your 4th – 8th grader up for the St. Al/St. John track team. We had a ton of fun last year with a record 85 kids participating, and a 2018 CYO championship team win. We look forward to another year and any and all are welcome to participate regardless of experience or ability.
Practices start Monday, March 25 and continue through the end of May. Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Ingraham High School track. This year we are also able to offer Friday practices, 6:30 – 7:30, for those who want to do a bit more running or get additional practice on their field events. Meets will be on Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, and June 1. There is also a very fun 8th grade-only Pentathlon on May 19 that we encourage all 8th graders to participate in—pizza party details will be forthcoming.
Like cross-country, practices are optional–we understand kids have many other commitments, so please send your kids when it works. Please don’t worry if you can attend any or all of the meets. Also, we understand many kids do club sports outside of school, so if they can’t make any practices but will be running elsewhere, we would still love to have them for meets if they are interested, so let us know.
We’re welcoming back Mike Martinez as distance coach and Trevor Sevigny as sprinting coach, and are thrilled to have Dave White and Rachel Lambert on board to coach sprinting and Chris and Marie Holt back to continue their support with coaching distance. If anyone else has a passion for track, we welcome any and all parent-helpers at practices.
The Presto Pay challenge has come to an end and after a busy week of buying Scrip, 4th grade was able to keep their lead and earn the free dress day. Congratulations to 4th grade and thank you, families, for participating and supporting Scrip. A total of $7,710 was purchase in Presto Pay Scrip!
A Special Message From Saint Martin de Porres Shelter
During National Catholic Schools Week, primary grades created Valentine’s day cards which were delivered to St Martin de Porres Shelter in downtown Seattle. The handcrafted notes were placed on individual sleeping mats of clients who would be staying the night.
Saint Martin de Porres Shelter shared three photos of the cards on their Facebook page, with a message of appreciation. “Thank you, Saint Alphonsus Parish School Seattle, for the Valentine’s Day cards we received today! The men enjoyed reading the cards left on their mats this evening!”
Our school also received a personal follow up note from the shelter, expressing gratitude for our student’s kind gesture. “All of us at St. Martin’s certainly appreciate the school’s support over the years!”
Do you have a school photo that might be a great addition to our yearbook? The Yearbook Committee is looking for any photo featuring St. Als students on a CYO sports team, field trip or at a class party, after school activity or working hard in the classroom. Any photo featuring our great students are welcome.
The Places You’ll Go is the title of this year’s yearbook for this year!
Both middle school and elementary school can submit a picture. Middle school students can volunteer to draw pictures to try and have their picture featured on the front cover. Elementary school students may volunteer to draw pictures to try and have their picture featured on the back cover.
Liz Kessler, coming all the way from England, is the author of the New York Times best-selling Emily Windsnap series as well as three adventures about Philippa Fisher and her fairy godsister. She is also the author of the middle-grade novels A Year Without Autumn, North of Nowhere, and Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?
Special thanks to Jennie Bender and Secret Garden Books for hosting.