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


Confirmation

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.

eWallet Linkhttps://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stalphonsusschool1

Thank you for supporting our school library!


Scrip: May Madness Contest

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!

Please contact Lisa Macomber at lmacomber@stalseattle.org if you have questions or need additional information.

Lunch Recess Volunteer!

Annual Fund Contest

Have you made your Annual Fund donation?  In an effort to achieve 100% participation, we are hosting one final contest.

Until May 30, make a donation to the Annual Fund in ANY AMOUNT and your student’s class could WIN a FREE DRESS DAY in June!

All proceeds from the Annual Fund directly benefit the students and teachers at St. Alphonsus. Make your donation today! You can learn more about the Annual Fund on our school website.

Questions?  Please contact Kristin at development@stalseattle.org.



Parents’ Club Executive Board Elections

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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.

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2019-2020 Parents’ Club Executive Board Candidates

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Christiana Cairns

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.

Liz Powell

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 Daylong

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.

Vote! PC Board Elections

Hi St. Al’s families,

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!

Jenny Horstmann
Admissions Director


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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:

  • Online at www.shopwithscrip.com
  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings at 8:15-8:45 am in The Commons (small cafeteria) at school
  • Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am in the Preschool classroom
  • Friday afternoon at 2:45-3:15 pm in The Commons (small cafeteria) at school
  • After all weekend Masses in the back vestibule
  • At the Parish office during the week

Contact Mija Hamilton at mija@windermere.com for more info.


 

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.

Volunteer Interests & Skills Survey

Angels’ Angle: May 23, 2019

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

CYO Athletics

Track Registration is opening soon!

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.​​​
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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. ​

CYO Sports Registration Link

Angels’ Angle:  March 14

Monthly Teacher Luncheon Volunteers Needed

Monthly Teacher Luncheon Volunteers Needed!

Help show our wonderful faculty and staff how much we appreciate all the time and hard work that they put into giving our children the very best educational experience possible. For the last Thursday of each month, I am organizing volunteers to provide lunch for them in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Our next Teacher Luncheon is Thursday, February 28.   Please sign up HERE!

Use the Sign Up Genius below to volunteer. We need about 4 volunteers to bring mains, sides, salads, desserts, etc. Feel free to sign up for any month that works for you. It’s a great way to show our appreciation and earn your volunteer hours. (Every $20 spent on food = 1 volunteer hour.)

Contact Katy Coleman with any questions. Thank you!

NEW SIBLING ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

New Sibling Enrollment Deadline is February 21

Dear St. Alphonsus Parish School Families,

This is a special message to families who are planning to enroll a new sibling in our Preschool, Primary Grades, or Middle School for 2019-2020 academic school year.

We place priority on new siblings, and kindly ask you to complete a 2019-2020 application between now and February 21, 2019.

Please follow the steps below to complete the online application and enroll your new sibling:

  1. Complete application online for 2019-2020 year for your new sibling between now and February 21, 2019 via the link here: https://stalseattle.org/school/admissions/how-to-apply/
  2. Once I receive your new sibling application, I will import it into renweb so that you may finish the enrollment at the same time as your current student(s).

Please contact me directly with any questions.

Thank you,

Jenny Horstmann
Director of Admissions

Healthy Habits for the Christmas Holiday (1)

Healthy Holiday Habits

As we all know, it’s that time of the year for colds, coughs, fevers, and flu. Many people travel – or double dip in the chips and dips – and germs just get around. Please remember our healthy habits:

  • regular hand washing (20 seconds with soap and water – time enough for an Our Father or a Hail Mary and Glory Be Prayer!)
  • get lots of rest
  • drink lots of water
  • eat nutritious foods.

Staying home when you are sick with a cough or cold helps prevent the spread of germs. If you have a fever or are vomiting, stay at home at least 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided. If a fever is particularly high and/or lasts more than 48 hours, contact your physician.

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!