SeafoodFest Volunteers Needed!

Get an early start on your Volunteer Hours for the 2019-2020 School Year.  It’s Time St. Al’s to Shine at Ballard SeafoodFest

When:  Sunday July 14th 4pm to about 7:30pm

Where:  Ballard Seafood Fest Salmon BBQ and Crab Shack

This is tons of fun and is the last shift at the Salmon BBQ which means that, if there is leftover salmon, you get to take some home!

Sign up now!

Principal’s Corner: June 14 2019 – Last Day of School Edition!

Congratulations to all of our students!


While today we recognized some for their achievements here at St. Alphonsus, I would like to take a moment to recognize all of our students.  We have a stellar group of kids here in our community.  We stand out in public as a beacon of God’s love and light, receiving compliments from other groups and event/location coordinators alike.  I am so proud to serve this group of young students and I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St Alphonsus Parish School

Principal’s Corner: June 13, 2019

Hello St. Al family and friends,

We have reached the end of our school year. It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming everyone back and introducing ourselves. This year was full of opportunities for learning as we welcomed new staff and took on new content with new classes. This year we saw the establishment of our endowment, the start of new traditions like Saints month, and the celebration of established customs that always bring us together as a community.

Thank you for welcoming me as your new principal this year. I have truly enjoyed getting to know our students, staff, and parents. I am excited to continue learning more about everyone as we head into the 2019/2020 school year.

Moving ahead, the work does not end Friday. I will continue prepping for next year by filling our open positions, continuing our work on accreditation by finishing up our self-study, and researching new Science curriculum. I will also be working with several others to continue enrollment efforts, growing our community for the fall.

This summer, the office will officially close June 28. While I will be working at the school for the rest of the summer, I will be unavailable from June 21-July 5. As many of you know, I am getting married and will then head off to my honeymoon a few days later. If you find you need anyone at the school, Charleen Sweet will be able to help until June 28. I will be back in the office July 9.

It is hard to believe my first year with you is ending but I am ready to begin the work God has in store for our second year together.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St Alphonsus Parish School

Principal’s Corner: June 6, 2019

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

The year is almost over but we still have so much to look forward to.  With so much going on, I will keep this week’s message brief.  I sent an email this week that helped lay out all of the exciting activities coming up in the last days of school.  Make sure you watch your email closely, as last minute reminders are coming your way from a number of sources.  Also, please note that we needed to cancel Coffee & Conversation tomorrow due to set up for the Spring Concert and Junior Olympics.

I hope everyone has a fantastic end of the week.
Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St Alphonsus Parish School


Principal’s Corner: May 30, 2019

Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

This week we said goodbye to May and welcome the final two weeks of our 2018-19 school year.  It seems as though the year has flown by, but we certainly packed in a lot of learning and excitement.  Soon we will be saying goodbye to some and getting ready to welcome others.  Let us remember though, it is not over yet.

This time of year can be a stressful time with events, testing, commitments, etc…It can also be a joyous time too—a time to celebrate together and a time to reflect.  This reminds me of the Rosary.  In my most joyous and most stressful moments I find delight and comfort in reciting the Rosary.  Either with others or simply alone, it helps ground me; reminds me of what is really important in my life when my day seems too full, and allows me to truly rejoice during times of celebration.  Pope Leo XIII said “The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.”

If you are looking for peace, if you are looking for joy, if you are looking to rejoice, I encourage everyone to pray the Rosary.  We have some free Rosaries available on the table outside the office, as well as Rosary cards.  Feel free to check them out and help yourself.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cifu
Principal, St Alphonsus Parish School

Parents’ Club Executive Board Elections

Parents’ Club Executive Board Elections

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

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 Here

Spots Available for B21 Bingo! 

Spots Available for B21 Bingo! 

Do not miss this fun evening!!  This adults only bingo event is set for Saturday, March 9, 2019.  Join celebrity bingo caller, Dave Hiscock in a rousing round of bingo, complete with sparkly daubers, bubbly drinks, tasty bites and more! Bingo and raffle prizes galore!  Cost is $60.

Please contact Maura Cannon at for additional information or to reserve your spot.


Mary Poppins JR (1)

Mary Poppins, Jr Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale now for our Middle School production of Mary Poppins, Jr!

Tickets can be purchased online at

All tickets are $10.
(Wednesday, May 2 Preview Night tickets are $5)


Preview –  Wednesday, May 2 6 pm
Opening Night – Friday, May 4 7 pm
Saturday, May 5 7 pm
Sunday, May 6 2 pm
Friday, May 11 7 pm
Saturday, May 12 7 pm



CYO Track and Field Registration

CYO Track and Field starts soon:
Register your 4th – 8th graders now!

3rd graders are welcome to join at practice.

The daffodils are blooming and sun-breaks are emerging – this can only mean one thing: track season is here! Please don’t forget to register: visit the SportsPilot link and click “REGISTER HERE”.   Scholarships available too, just email

Running events include distance, sprints and relays of varying lengths. In addition to the running events CYO Track and Field features high jump, long jump, shot put, softball throw and turbojav.  8th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Pentathlon.

  • Practices begin Monday, March 26 and run to May 31 (no practice Memorial Day)
  • Practices: Mon. and Wed. 6:30 pm-8 pm at the Ingraham HS Track
  • Coaches can be very flexible on practice attendance for kids in conflicting sports programs, such as club soccer, baseball or Girls on the Run – please reach out to Coaches Mike or Sam with questions.
  • Runners compete according to grade/gender and we need at least 8 runners per grade/gender to run two team relays.

Kids don’t need to have any track experience—they just need a good attitude and willingness to try. Coach Mike Martinez (distance runners) and Coach Sam Lipscomb (sprinters) are both fabulous and fun, and welcome any parents can come who can help with practices and run with kids. Lorna Luebbe and Nelle Steele will be the team coordinators and help with field event practice.

Please email with questions:
Coach Sam:
Coach Mike:
Julie Giebel (St. Al’s CYO Rep)