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 August 20, 2019 from 2-6pm 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 9am-3pm 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.

Next, I wanted to let everyone know that the new school calendar is currently available on the school’s website.  Some items have specific times and descriptions.  More information will be provided for later events when it is available.  Remember, if you have any questions about school events feel free to consult the latest edition of the Angel’s Angel, my emails to families, room parent communication, school staff, and the main office.

Finally, it is time once again for everyone to check their information in RenWeb.  This information is what we use when we need to contact you about school closures due to weather or emergencies, illnesses or other school day incidents, and most commonly, school events/information.  If are not sure how to verify this information or need help accessing the parent portal of RenWeb, please contact the main office or stop by the FACTS/RenWeb table on August 20.

The countdown has started.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you very soon.

 

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit
Principal, St. Alphonsus Parish School
206-782-4363
www.stalseattle.org

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

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

This week we observed Holy Week.  School family time was spent discussing what “leave it at the cross” means to us and how we can leave our burdens and sins at the cross, becoming a new creation ready to do the will of God.  Students wrote on “nails” what they wanted to leave at the cross and these nails were placed on a cross outside the main office. In addition, several teachers read parts of a prayer this morning for Holy Thursday.  One of my favorite lines from that prayer was the following:

“Lord, when I face the crosses of my own life, give me Your divine courage and strength to say “Yes” to the Will of the Father.  Your love for me is abundant and is perfect in every way.  Help me to know that love, to embrace it and to allow it into my life.”

Students will also participate in living stations of the cross tomorrow at 11am and I would like to invite any parents who are available to join us for this annual activity.

I wish you all a wonderful Easter, full of celebration.  May God give you courage and strength to overcome your trials and may you feel the love of God as you gather with family and friends.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu

Angels’ Angle: April 18, 2019

 

Message from the Principal

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

In true Seattle fashion, the weather has once again turned and sunshine has been brief. The arrival of rain and the presence of clouds would be enough to cast gloom on anyone, but not our students.  This week I witnessed an incredible amount of spirit coming for our collective student body at the jog-a-thon kickoff and pep assembly.  Complete with blue pompoms, our school dressed in blue, green, and white to show St. Alphonsus Parish School pride.  Eighth grade students led everyone in school cheers and kids found out about everything the jog-a-thon entails.

The joy was contagious and the sense of community was everywhere.  That joy doesn’t need to stay within our close community.  As you work to fundraise for this year’s jog-a-thon, I encourage everyone to tell friends and family exactly why St. Alphonsus Parish School is important to you.  Tell others about what their donations would provide for our students and the work they would allow us to continue.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu

Angels’ Angle: April 11, 2019

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

We are so thankful for the blessings God has given us as we consider the sacrifices, we have made this Lenten season.  The 4th grade class led a wonderful prayer assembly on Wednesday, reminding us of just how important it is to be kind.  At the end of the assembly I had the students sit silently for ten seconds and think of two ways they could show kindness this week.  As we watch the news and read the headlines, it is difficult at times to see the good that still exists around us.  Through the lens of Lent and Catholic teachings, I encourage everyone to find ways in which we can spread the love of Christ through our own acts of kindness.  I challenge each of you to consider this question: what acts of kindness can you perform this next week?

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. ~Ephesians 4:32

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu

Angels’ Angle:  April 4, 2019

Principal’s Corner

 

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

The cherry blossoms are blooming and evidence of spring is everywhere.  We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country and I hope everyone has been able to take a few moments to enjoy it this week.

As some of you know, I spent the past three days serving on a visiting committee for accreditation at another school in the Archdiocese.  This was a valuable experience as we will have a visiting committee at our school next year.  I walked away from this experience with a wealth of knowledge to apply to our own accreditation journey.  I also return this morning feeling so proud of our community.  Great things are happening here and I am so happy to show that to our visiting committee when the time comes.  I know I have said this before, thank you for everything each of you do for St. Alphonsus Parish School.  The school thrives because of the dedication of our loyal community.  Our students benefit academically, spiritually, and socially from the hard work of everyone associated with our school family.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu

Angels’ Angle:  March 28

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

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER – February 14, 2019

 

Message from the Principal

Hello St. Al Families,

As some of you may know, I am originally from Southern California. Despite the fact that I have lived in Seattle for almost 13 years, the weather, and especially the snow storms, never cease to amaze me.  I found myself putting on my snow gear and taking a walk every day to a nearby park.  I spent time enjoying the beauty that God gave us and spent some time in prayer, as there is nothing more peaceful than the sweet stillness of a snowy Seattle morning.  Despite the disturbances in our schedule, I do hope that you too were able to enjoy some snow time.  Even if the snow was a burden, we can all thankful for the variety in our weather and the gorgeous greenery it will leave behind.

On a vastly different note, as the snow created issues with our State of the School schedule, I want to let everyone know that we will be doing a video version this year.  I will record my presentation with my slides so you can view at your leisure.  I will also set up a Coffee with the Principal event that will focus on any questions you may have about the presentation video.  Once we are back at school, I will find a date that works for that event.  In addition, I know that enrollment has always been tied to attending the State of the Schools presentation.  I am going to open enrollment before the end of this week but I want to caution everyone about checking the parent commitments and tuition rates on our website, as there have been some changes.

It has been quite a start to February.  Thank you to everyone for your patience as we all navigated the weather.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you back again for our normal scheduled times.

Thank you,
Kathleen Cifu