Many thanks for all your generosity in 2019 and beyond! Here’s a photo of what your Auction donations brought to the library this week. I was so excited to get the boxes! Some things are utilitarian, like binders to hold STEM lessons, but most items were BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! I have no doubt that the students will be excited to check out new graphic novels, non-fiction, and exciting fiction.
Many, many thanks to those of you who donated to the library fund at the school auction! We will put those funds to good use by filling even more shelves with fantastic books for all age ranges. Watch this space for updates on what we purchase!
Please join us for our Confirmation Mass on Thursday, May 30 at 7pm. Bishop Mueggenborg will confirm 12 teens from our St. Alphonsus community, including St. Alphonsus Parish School alum and siblings.
Student Referral Program
Hot off the press… we have a new student referral program where you can earn tuition credits! Check it out here!
Yearbooks For Sale!
Many of you purchased a yearbook back in September. However, it’s not too late to purchase one today.
Cost: $18.00 (Checks payable to St. Alphonsus School, drop at front office)
Email: Mrs. Wisen at Mwisen@stalseattle.org with your order
Yearbooks will be delivered the 2nd week of June.
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.
The third week of May Madness had some serious buying!! 3rd grade has now pulled ahead of the 7/8 Boys. This is the last week to help your students earn an end of the year party. Which class will it be?
Lunch Recess Volunteers Needed
Did you know…? We need at least 1-2 parents to lunch recess volunteers every day to ensure the safety of our kids. Signing up is easy! Just click the “Lunch Recess Volunteer” button below!
It’s election season for our Parents’ Club Board. Our Parents’ Club is an important component of our St. Al’s community that both facilitates community building and fundraising events. The events knit our community together, and our fundraising commitments fill the budget gaps.
Please read below and familiarize yourself with our list of candidates. These candidates will be joining three current board members, for a total of six members. We are grateful to the following parents for their willingness to serve.
Voting opens Thursday, May 16 and will close Thursday, May 30. Click on the link below to vote online. Please take the time to vote and show your support for the Parents’ Club.
2019-2020 Parents’ Club Executive Board Candidates
My name is Christiana (Chris) Cairns. My son, Alister, has been a student at St. Al’s for 3 years now (K-2nd) and is soon to be a 3rd Grader. My husband and I have been together for nearly 20 years, dividing our time between Seattle and places around the globe. I love volunteering, organizing events and getting my hands dirty. Literally. I love to garden and will find any excuse to dig in, even if that means pulling weeds out of a sidewalk garden while I am on a walk. The reason my husband and I chose St. Al’s is the close sense of community and the incredible feeling as you walk through the doors of family.
Hello! I would like to be considered for the St. Al’s Parents Club Board for a few reasons:
St. Al’s has been a blessing to our family. Our son Ronan started at our school as a 6th grader last fall. It was a big step taking Ronan out of public school, but we had a hunch St. Al’s would be good for him. After nearly a year of watching Ronan thrive, we can say St. Al’s has been a huge blessing in cultivating his love of learning/academics, robotics, spirituality and friendships.
I enjoy and have experience serving on boards, creating campaigns and events. I have found boards to be a rewarding way to give back. During the past 10 years, I have held multi-year positions with the FIRST Robotics Advisory Board in Seattle (school age STEM program), Antioch University Seattle and currently Seattle Rotary Club, where I serve as Membership Chair.
I am ready to serve the St. Al’s parents community. We felt welcomed from the first day and I would like to pay forward the generosity by serving more deliberately next year. I will be Room Parent for 7th grade boys next year, which will hopefully enhance my contribution and insights I bring to the Parent’s Club Board.
A little background on me: I am owner of RE/MAX On Market in Ballard (with my husband, John Manning) and am also a successful realtor who works with clients to buy and/or sell homes. Prior to my real estate career, I spent 25 years as a public relations, marketing and branding executive in Seattle, Portland, SF/Bay Area and France. Most recently, I led the Pac NW consumer brand team for Edelman, the largest public relations firm in the world, working with some of our region’s top brands, including Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Charles Smith Wine, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Theo Chocolate, Value Village and Starbucks. I grew up on Bainbridge Island and graduated from the University of Oregon (yes, I am a Duck!)
Thank you for your consideration!
Amanda is the mother of 6th grader, Kelan Stewart. Since coming to St. Alphonsus in 2017, Amanda has enjoyed the school’s close-knit community and goals of providing high-quality education to its students. Having “settled in” to St. Alphonsus, Prior to becoming an attorney, Amanda served as administrative staff at a local non-profit, private school in the University District, and assisted in the first steps of that school moving toward accreditation and navigating through tremendous growth. As a St. Als parent, Amanda now would like to use her background in education and the law to serve on the Parent’s Club Board as the the school moves forward through accreditation and help our community to continue to grow and flourish.
We are opening our doors for the remaining Thursdays in May between 9-11am for 2019-2020 prospective families! Please invite all of your friends and family to observe what great things our school has to offer.
We have space available in most classrooms and would really love to see more 1st graders next year! Please let me know if you have any questions. Flyers will be coming home with each student today, please post or pass them along to someone who may be interested.
Thanks for all your help!
There’s still time left,
but May Madness is nearing its end.
Hurry in and purchase Scrip
like it’s the latest trend.May Madness is almost over, so stock up on all those grocery, gas, gift, and/or travel Scrip. Remember for the month of May, the amount of Scrip you purchase will be added to the other families in your child’s class and the class that has the highest averaged dollar amount will win an end of the year class prize.Please note that some items are special order and may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.Scrip cards may be purchased:
At Saint Alphonsus we are a community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and parishioners working together for our shared success. There are countless ways you can volunteer and we would like to help you find the right opportunities!
Please complete this short Volunteer Interests & Skills survey, which will be used to create a database of expertise and talent accessible to organizers as volunteer opportunities become available.
You guys! The library shelves are overflowing (hyperbole alert!) with the books we were able to purchase from your generous donations at the St. Al’s auction AND from your donations of used books. Since late November, we’ve added 215 books to the school library catalog! For you statistics fanatics, that total breaks down as 81 new books and 134 used. Plus, we’ve already used over 135 yards of book tape to protect our new-to-us books. What a spectacular way to end the calendar year!
Our library donations box will remain in the Commons for those of you looking to re-home your gently used books, from picture books to young adult novels. We also have a wish list on Amazon if you’re interested in purchasing an item in the new year. We in the library, both staff and volunteers, thank you for all your support and wish you a blessed Christmas!
There are not enough words to thank you for your generous donations at the school auction to help keep our school library a strong resource for St. Al’s. We are very excited to purchase many, many of the books the kids have requested and to add current works to our catalog. Plus, we can’t forget about the oh-so-important supply of book repair tape! Thank you and God bless you all for allowing us to continue to promote literacy and community at St. Alphonsus.
(Keep an eye on this spot for an update on our first wish list treasures!)
Guess what? We don’t only need new books in the library! If you have gently used children’s books that you no longer need at home, please consider donating them to our library. Look for the library book donation box near the school office. Questions about what we’re looking for? Email Melissa Rodriguez-Murphy at email@example.com.
Did you ever want to learn more about what goes on in our school library? Now is your chance! Volunteers are needed in the school library during the school day. There are so many ways you can help: from checking out books to helping with author events.
Jeffrey Brown, author of the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal graphic novels, as well as some of the Jedi Academy books, will speak with the students, demonstrate how to draw for comics/graphic novels, and answer any questions the kids may have about writing children’s books.
Books will be available for purchase at the event or download the order form here.
National Library Week: “Libraries Transform: Libraries Lead”
This week is National Library Week. Our school library has a collection of almost 8,000 books. Every class in the school comes into the library once a week to check in and out books. This school year our students have collectively checked out over 5,000 books!
The library is also used for school meetings, classes, testing, book clubs, STEM classes, coding club, school commission meetings, open houses, staff meetings, the read naturally program, and explode the code program. Over 70 middle school students attend book club each week!
All of this would not be possible without our three amazing library volunteers – Melissa Murphy, Miriam “Granny” Hansen and Sarah Salentine! They have put in a numerous amount of volunteer hours this school year alone!
We would also like to thank all the school families who support the school library with their book donations and generous spending at the Scholastic Book Fairs!