Reminders

1.  Cold and Flu Season:  If your child has a fever or is feeling ill, please keep them home.  Remember that students should not return to school until they are fever and vomit free for at least 24 hours.  This will prevent the spread of germs and allow students who are sick a chance to rest and recover.
2. Drop-Off & Pick-Up:  Please make sure you are heading in the right direction during drop-off and pick-up times.  Need a refresher? A parking flow map is located in the Family Information Booklet and also here.
Angels’ Angle:  March 14

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER – FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

This has been a wonderful week, with a chill in the air but plenty of sunshine. We were so happy to be back to our normal schedule.  As we transition into another month and end another trimester, I wanted to share a few pieces of news.  First, I am very happy to announce we have officially hired a Development Director.  I am so pleased to welcome Kristen Ferguson to our staff here at St. Al’s.  She is the mother of two students here and brings a great deal of experience in bookkeeping, event coordination, and fundraising in the Catholic school arena.  She will start at the end of this week, continuing the fabulous work started earlier this year by Lena Anderson.

In far less happy news, it is my unfortunate duty to inform everyone that Krissy Altenhoffen will be leaving St. Al’s at the end of this school year.  Krissy loves our St. Al family but she and her husband, John, are about to start their own family.  As they move into this next phase of their lives, Krissy would like to step back to spend more time with her baby.  We are so sad to see her go but we wish her and her future little one all the best.

As we begin Lent next week, I would like to remind everyone that school mass is on Wednesday, March 6th next week.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Lent is a time of reflection, sacrifice, and preparation.  As Pope Francis said, “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” This is a time to slow down our day-to-day movement, to think longer and deeper about our God and our relationship with Him.  It is a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice Jesus will make on the cross.  Pope Francis encourages each of us to experience our own version of sacrifice in hopes that it will be for the ultimate good and benefit of others.  I would like to encourage every member of our community to think about what making this type of sacrifice might mean for them.  Perhaps you have already decided what your sacrifice will be this season or perhaps you are still considering a few choices.  I encourage us all to think about these decisions through the lens of Pope Francis so that we might “deny ourselves something every day to help others.”

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu

Coffee & Conversation with Ms. Cifu

Thursday, March 7
8:45 am
In the Commons

Join Ms. Cifu in the Commons for coffee and refreshments. This is an opportunity to connect with the Principal, and discuss the State of the School (SoS) presentation.

Please note: The SoS presentation is available here.  For audio access, you will need to open the presentation in PowerPoint. Click the speaker icon to start the audio description for each individual slide.

CANCELLED: STATE OF THE SCHOOL

Please note:  The following State of the school presentations have been cancelled.  An updated presentation schedule will be posted soon.  Thank you for your patience.  

Updated:  02/06/2019 at 1:45 pm

State of the School Presentation

Join your fellow parents for the State of the School Presentation to learn school facts and figures as well as hear about curriculum and enrichment programs at the State of the School presentations.

  • Tuesday, February 5 at 10:00 am CANCELLED
  • Thursday, February 7 at 9:00 am CANCELLED
  • Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 pm CANCELLED

Every family is required to attend a State of the School session before re-enrolling.

Thank you,
Jenny Horstmann
Director of Admissions

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – October 4, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

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.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu
Principal

Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation with Ms. Cifu

Join Ms. Cifu in the Commons every first Thursday of the month at 8:45 am for coffee and treats. The first meeting will be on October 4.

This is an opportunity for school families to connect with the principal, ask general questions, and get updates on all things St. Als. See you there!

Principal's Corner

Principal’s Corner – September 24, 2018

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Below you will find this week’s event info and policy/procedure reminders.

Events

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.

Policy/Procedures 

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.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St. Alphonsus Parish School

Welcome our new Principal, Miss Kathleen Cifu

Dear St. Alphonsus Families and Friends,

I’m so excited to announce our new principal, Miss Kathleen G. Cifu.

Miss Cifu is originally from southern California but has lived in the Seattle area for the last 12 years. She obtained her BA in History at California Baptist University and later studied at Seattle Pacific University where she earned her masters and PHD in Curriculum and instruction. She converted to Catholicism four years ago and is an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Seattle where she sings in the choir.

Miss Cifu comes to us with six years of teaching experience at the middle school level from West Seattle Academy and Islander Middle School as well as two years of administrative intern experience at Islander Middle School on Mercer Island. She is also a current adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University teaching classes to prepare future teachers for the job market.

Miss Cifu is very excited about being the next principal of our school. Please join me in welcoming her.

I also would like to invite you to a Town Hall meeting that the School Commission and I are hosting on Wednesday June 20th at 7pm in the Family Center. During this meeting we plan on presenting our new principal as well as answering some questions.

Please RSVP to let us know if you plan to come. We are organizing child care so please let us know how many children you might bring with you. We will offer a movie and other activities to keep them entertained.

Thank you for all your support during this time.

God bless,
Fr. Richard Klepac, SOLT
Pastor
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church

Principal Search Update

To Our St. Alphonsus Community,

The principal search committee would like to thank you all for the amazing participation in the survey. We were able to gather information and form a solid idea of whom our community is looking for based on the results.

We are now proceeding with candidate interviews.

Thank you for your prayers as we seek to welcome a new head of school.

The School Principal Hiring Committee
Fr. Richard Klepac
Karen Tarabochia
Jim Chamberlin
Mike Corcoro
Mija Hamilton
Anne Loucks
Kim Serwold
Rachael Stover

hiring Committee

A Message from the School Principal Hiring Committee

To Our St. Alphonsus Community,

The search for a new principal has officially begun with the formation of the hiring committee. The members of the committee (listed below) include representation from the parish, school parents, Parents’ Club, the School Commission, and the Archdiocese of Seattle.

We will be updating our school and parish community regularly in order to keep you informed of our steps throughout this process. We will also be asking for your feedback and a survey will be sent next week to gather your input.

Thank you for your prayers as we seek to welcome a new head of school.

Fr. Richard Klepac
Karen Tarabochia
Jim Chamberlin
Mike Corcoro
Mija Hamilton
Anne Loucks
Kim Serwold
Rachael Stover