It is hard to believe that this is our last week of school before Christmas break. It has been such a blessed Advent season, and we are so excited to share our Christmas program with each of you on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 PM at St. Aloysius Church. Please feel free to invite family and friends to this blessed event. Remember, we will also have a full dress rehearsal on Wednesday at 10 AM for those who find it difficult to attend the evening performance.
Your child will need to wear their Sunday best unless they have a specific costume for the play. Also, remind them that we are in a sacred place and to be respectful of this beautiful and reverent spot. We hope you can join us for the cookie social immediately following the program over at the school. This is a great time for our community to enjoy fellowship and celebrate our children!
This week is very special for our school and allows us to celebrate our mission statement by recognizing the spiritual development of each child. We ask you to join us in celebrating the birth of Christ and look forward to seeing all of you Wednesday evening.
Also, on Thursday, grades 3-8 will be attending a reconciliation service at St. Al’s Church at 10 AM.
I wish your family a very blessed Christmas holiday. Thank you for all you do to support our school in so many different ways. The spirit of St. Al’s is truly amazing and warms my heart this time of year and always.
This morning, we recognized the following students at Monday Morning prayer for their Acts of Mercy: Chris Croft, Lisa Huynh and Cameron Magnuson.
Week of December 12th – 16th
This week the toddlers will be finishing up their special Christmas presents for their parents and singing Jingle Bells. Our class Christmas party will be Friday the 16th at 3:00.
This week we will continue learning about snow animals and hibernation. We will read books about Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
This week in preschool we will continue telling the story of the first Christmas. We will discuss the true meaning of Christmas and read stories about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, Jesus’ birth, the angels appearing to the shepherds, and the star that led the people to the stable where jesus was born.
This week, the Hawks will learn about the letter “Jj” and will work on making Christmas gifts for our families
This week we will discuss the true meaning of Christmas, talk about Jesus’ Birthday, and finish up assessments. Thank you to the families who donated items for our Christmas program reception, what a fun night! The children’s performance was amazing.
Tigers did great on their Christmas program! Next week we will be learning about the letter “Tt”. They will be making a turtle arts and craft also, comparing textures.
Jen Zemke, ELC Registrar
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars
Dec 14: K-8th Christmas Program- 6:30 PM at St. Aloysius Church
K-8th Christmas Program DRESS REHEARSAL – 10:00 AM
Dec 15: Advent Reconciliation
Dec 19-31: Christmas Break- No School
ELC Open Dec 19th-23rd
ELC Closed Dec 26th-Jan 2nd
Jan 2: Christmas Break/Holiday-School and ELC Closed
Jan 3: School/ELC Resumes
Important Notes & Reminders:
Christmas program: If you loved ones can not make the program they can still see it. The church will live stream the program: stalschurch.org; then click the steaming link.
Building the Future (Advancing our Mission):
Capital Campaign: We had a great meeting with Garco last week, and we are moving toward our April 1st start date! Please consider “Building the Future” with a year end gift to the campaign. Or, over the holidays, please give prayerful consideration to making a donation in 2017. We will be making a specific request for support to our awesome school families after the new year.
Annual Appeal: This year, our goal is to raise $25,000 through our annual appeal so we can continue to provide the finest 21st century education by implementing:
* A classroom set of Chromebook laptops with a mobile charging cart
* Increased staff support for our technology curriculum
* An updated existing space designated for technology instruction and student use
We ask that you prayerfully discern your gift amount knowing that every contribution, large or small, will positively impact our students. Thank you for your prayers, your steadfast support of our mission, and your continued generosity. God bless you! And, don’t forget to share the love and let us know how much you love St. Al’s! Please let us know if you did not receive an annual report. firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
Facebook: Our Facebook has over 700 followers! Thank you for supporting us and sharing news with friends and family. If you don’t follow us, our page is St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School. If you share photos with us or check in on FB, please be sure to tag the full name of the school.
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga. Share your photos with Anne Hesler at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Auction: There is still time to donate your auction items to be entered into the school drawing. Families who get their donations turned in by December 13th, will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $200 tuition credit and free dress passes to be used on December 15th and 16th. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Hesler at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
* Save the Date: The auction is Friday, Feb. 3rd. Please make sure to attend the best event of the year!
* If you are recording hours in the “miscellaneous” or “other” category, please remember to give a brief description at the bottom of the page. If no description is provided,the sheet will be returned to you.
* When recording hours, make sure to check that you are using the correct column (month and category).
Box Tops and Labels for Education:
* Please remember to include your family name and grade when turning in either sheets or baggies of Box Tops or Labels for Education. When recording them for volunteer hours, 50= 1 volunteer hour. You are responsible for recording your own hours on the Volunteer Hour Summary. We do not record hours for your family.
* Here is an example of what part should be clipped off to count for Labels for Education and Box Tops. For Labels for Education, please submit just this piece (see below), not the whole soup label. Thank you!
Christmas Program Volunteer Opportunities!!!
Our K-8 Christmas program is this Wednesday, December 14, at 6:30pm at St. Al’s Church. I still need volunteers for the following:
* Set up risers @ 9am at St. Al’s Church (meet at the Church) on Tuesday 12/13 and Wednesday 12/14.
* Take down the risers and help straighten up the pews after the children leave the church @ 2pm on Tuesday 12/13 and Wednesday 12/14 after the program has concluded.
* Cookie Social:
* Sign up sheets for cookie donations will be placed outside of each classroom. Please record any volunteer hours under “baking” rather than “Christmas Program” 2 dozen cookies = 1 volunteer hour
* Plate all the delicious cookies for the post-concert Cookie Social (meet in the cafeteria at 9:30 AM)
* Volunteers to help with set up of Cookie social at 5pm
* Volunteers to help refill cookies during and clean up after the social.
* Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out!
* Christmas Program prop donations still needed. Please turn items to Mrs. Kelly at the front desk ASAP! Here is the list of items:
* 3 fedora-style hats (3 = 1 hour)
* 3 green gambler visors (3 = ½ hour)
* 3 plastic soldier helmets (3 = ½ hour)
* 3 plastic swords/spears (3= 1 hour)
* 4 brown wooden canes (with crooks) (2 canes = 1 hour)
* tape measure (for Narrators)
* Please pray for the homeless in our community. May they find comfort and services they need during difficult times.
* Please pray for peace during this Advent season.