Principal’s Corner: October 17, 2019

 

Message from the Principal

 

Hello St. Al Families,

Last Friday, our teachers met together for our annual Christ in the Classroom (CIC) retreat.  It is time for us to pray and learn together. We discover more about our faith so we can guide our students through that same discovery.  The focus of this year’s retreat was on the parts of mass: the symbolism, the practice, and the message.

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Principal’s Corner: October 3, 2019

 

Message from the Principal

 

Hello St. Al Families,

October is Rosary month, with October 7 being the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This particular month is special to me as the Rosary was one of the first things that captured my heart when I joined the Catholic church. There is nothing quite like the silence of a still church as you pray each piece of the Rosary in communion with Mary and our Lord.  While silence and stillness work for me, I know they don’t work for everyone. The beauty of the Rosary is that there is no one place or time required for this practice.  We have a group that meets on campus every Friday to pray the Rosary together. Others take a moment on a plane or a park bench to calm their spirit and reach out with those familiar words of devotion. It is about the words, the intent, and your connection with Our Lady and our Lord.

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Principal’s Corner: September 26, 2019

 

Message from the Principal

 

Hello St. Al Families,

This week we saw a bit of rain and some colder weather come our way.  In what could be a gloomy, grey experience I found myself filled with joy.  The rain and clouds are what give us our striking plant life and clean, blue skies.  The colder wetter weather could be discouraging but I love this rain and grey sky scenario. It is part of what makes everything so beautiful here.  It creates the captivating landscape we all enjoy and the clean air I longed for as a little girl in Southern California.

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Principal’s Corner: September 12, 2019

 

Message from the Principal

 

Hello St. Al Families,

It is hard to believe but we are about to finish our second week of school.  This was a week full of specialists, routines, and new friendships.  We welcomed a visiting priest, had our first curriculum night, and experienced some impressive thunder and lightning.  It has been a wonderful start to the school year in many ways.

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Principal’s Corner: August 1, 2019

 

Message from the Principal

 

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer thus far.  While we still have a month to go before school, your school staff have been busy cleaning, planning, and preparing for a great year ahead.  This year we will have some new staff, new events, and a new schedule (kind of).

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Principal’s Corner: August 9, 2019–School Startup Event

Message from the Principal

 

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

The end of summer is fast approaching and we are working hard to make sure everything is ready in time for our first day on September 3. As we prepare for the upcoming year, we are offering a new event that will allow your family to get ahead with paperwork and planning.  Please join us on August 20, 2019, from 2-6 pm in the school cafeteria to fill out paperwork, sign-up for volunteer opportunities, register for clubs/activities, go through the uniform exchange, and learn about some of the groups who assist our community. We will even have spirit wear for purchase! Can’t attend? No worries, you are welcome to stop by the office starting Aug 19 from 9 am-3 pm to fill out forms and receive information.  We hope to see you on Aug 20 but if not, we look forward to seeing all of you on September 3.

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Principal’s Corner: May 23, 2019

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

This week we celebrate our grandparents and special friends with events and activities on Friday, May 24.

My grandmother was an incredibly important part of my life.  We spoke nightly on the phone (she lived in Montana) and wrote letters back and forth for years.  She was a huge source of support and a sound voice of reason.  I will remember her for many things but most importantly how she shared love.  My grandmother was born and raised Catholic.  She had a constant desire to fully live the values of service and sacrifice that she learned through the Church.  Any given day my grandmother could be found delivering meals, running a mobile library, and spending time with residents at a local hospice.  While I was not raised Catholic, I always watched the example my grandmother set for me.  I watched the expressions of her heart and her love for Christ lead her to do powerful things for others.  I thought to myself, if that is what it means to be Catholic, then that is what I must be.

Grandparents and family friends are important people who shape our lives in ways we could never imagine.  They are a blessing and we are so happy here at St. Alphonsus to celebrate them.  If you are a grandparent or special friend, thank you for the difference you are making in the lives of those in our community.  We love you.  We thank you.  We are so happy you are a part of our lives.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St Alphonsus Parish School
(206)782-4363
www.stalseattle.org

Message from the Principal

Message from the Principal

Hello St. Al Families,

This week was again a busy one with camp, MAPs, Bike to School Day, and looking forward to the final musical performances this weekend.  We also took time this week to honor our teachers, and really all of our staff, for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I would like to extend a special thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time and talent to provide lunch and other goodies for our staff.  All of the staff here at St. Alphonsus are so thankful for the ongoing support we receive from our parent community.

Jog-a-thon was a huge hit last week.  We all had a great time running/walking to support our school.  Thank you to all of the families and our school friends who donated.  Remember all donations are due May 10.  I would also like to extend a personal thank you to our Jog-a-thon Committee for all of their hard work putting this event together.  They reached out to companies, collected prizes, and, organized every detail of the event.

Finally, I have the unfortunate duty to announce Ruth Foisy will be leaving St. Alphonsus at the end of this year.  Ruth has been feeling the call to go back into administration and God has provided a wonderful opportunity for her.  I have been so thankful for Ruth this year as she served on both my leadership team and my GRACE teacher leader team.  She has been a huge help for all of us in the accreditation process and a strong support for our students.  The following is a statement from Ruth:

Note from Mrs. Foisy – “One of my long term plans was to return as a learning resource teacher. Here at St. Al’s, I truly valued that role and enjoyed contributing to the success of this special program. I’m answering the call back into administration near my home. Please know, it has been a blessing to work with so many wonderful students, parents and faculty. I wish all of the St. Alphonsus families and school the very best in the future.”

I will be posting her position before the end of the week.  If you know someone who may be interested feel free to direct them to the Office for Catholic Schools employment page.

May God bless and keep all of you.  Thank you for being a part of our community and thank you for all of your support with the work we do.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St Alphonsus Parish
(206)782-4363
www.stalseattle.org

Angel’s Angle:  May 9, 2019

Message from the Principal

Message from the Principal

Hello St. Al Friends and Families,

May is here. Yesterday we celebrated May Crowning for the prayer assembly hosted by our 7th and 8th grade girls. It was a beautiful reminder of the work that God can do in each of our lives and how He fulfills His promises. Our Lady, Mother Mary, is a beautiful example of following the will of God with courage, wherever that may lead.

As we push into the month of May we are already in the midst of several exciting events. Remember to check the school calendar and other communication for event times, dates, and other details.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St Alphonsus Parish
(206)782-4363
www.stalseattle.org

Angels’ Angle: May 2, 2019