I hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend and were able to stay warm. I want to introduce you to Fr. Paul Cochran who is our interim priest at Saint Al’s parish. He will work in partnership with us to grow our students’ minds and nurture their hearts. We are grateful for all the gifts he brings to our school community.
The recent outbreak of the mumps in Washington state has grown, and we are taking proactive measures at our school to ensure student and staff well-being and prevent spread of the disease. According to the Washington State Department of Health: “Students who have been exempted from mumps vaccination for medical, religious, or other reasons should be excluded until the 26th day after the onset of parotitis in the last person with mumps in your facility”.I encourage you to contact your pediatrician and verify your child’s immunization record and ask if they have any recommendations for your child.
Also, our annual auction is quickly approaching – Friday, February 3 – so make sure to buy your tickets to attend this event. This is a vital fundraiser to support our school and we look forward to being in partnership with you to make it a huge success. Please contact Anne Hesler if you have procurement items or any questions.
We are looking forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week at the end of January and all the wonderful gifts a Catholic education bestows upon our children. This fun week will end with Grandparents/Special Person’s Day and the auction on February 3rd!
This morning, we recognized the following students at Monday Morning prayer for their Acts of Mercy: Patrick Manfred, Julia McIntyre and Sophia Twohy.
In Christ’s Peace,
Week of January 16th-20th
This week the toddlers will be practicing their cutting skills by using scissors to cut coffee filters into snowflakes. They will also be singing and reading “Frosty the Snowman.”
This week we will be talking about Martin Luther King. We will be teaching the children, that we are all the same on the inside, even if we may be different on the outside. We will talk about Martin Luther KIng Jr. dream and ask the children to make one of their own.
This week our theme will be the Arctic. We will discuss what animals live there focusing on the polar bear. We will also talk about the climate and what it would be like to live there. This week we will introduce the letter “Ii” for ice and igloo.
This week we will be learning about the letter “Xx.” We will examine some x-rays in our science area, play tic tac toe with x’s and o’s and go on a treasure hunt, following a series of clues around our school until we find where “X marks the spot!”
Our theme this week will be ‘We are one world’. We will discuss Martin Luther King and work on the letter Dd.
Next week our theme is “We Are One World” for MLK Day. We will be continuing our math lesson counting to 50. Also, a fun coloring craft for MLK.
Jen Zemke, ELC Registrar
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars
Jan 20- All School Family Dance- 6:30pm-8:30pm see info below
Jan 27- Staff Appreciation Day
Jan 29- Catholic Schools Parish Appreciation Mass- 8:30am and 11:00am
J 29-F 4- Catholic Schools Week
Feb 3- Special Persons All School Mass- 10:15am at St. Aloysius Church
Feb 3- St. Aloysius School Auction- 5:30pm at the Convention Center
Feb 16-17- Teacher In-Service Day- School Closed/ELC Open
Feb 20- Presidents Day- School Closed/ELC Closed
Important Notes & Reminders:
Girls Scouts: 1st meeting this Thursday, February 19th from 6:00pm-7:15pm at St. Al’s school. Any questions please contact Renae DeCaro email@example.com or call 509-999-3581.
Daisy’s – Age 5, Kindergarten or 1st Grade interest in Girl Scouts
Meeting: 1st & 3rd Thursday
Time: 6 pm – 7:15 pm.
Field Trips, Badges, Cookies, etc.
Family Dance: Come have a great time with your family and friends! There will be dancing, food, face painting and tons of fun. January 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm, hosted by the 8th grade class. Cost is $5 per person or $15 max per family.
5-8 Basketball: All practice is back to normal this week. Also see the school calendar for all game days and times.
3rd & 4th Be Like Coach: The 3rd and 4th Grade Be Like Coach Basketball begins this Thursday, January 19 starting right after school and lasts until 4:30. Student athletes should wear shorts, sneakers and a t-shirt. Be ready for learning fun and laughing fun with good focus and learning our core values of respect, responsibility, servant leadership, integrity and sportsmanship!
4th-8th grade Baseball Players: Baseball hitting clinic this Saturday, Jan. 21st from 4:00pm-5:00pm at The Warehouse. This is a great opportunity to get a jump on the baseball season! You will receive one-on-one and group instructions on proper hitting technique from knowledgeable coaches and assistants. At only $5, this clinic is a steal! Please email Therese THompson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend, or if you need more information. The coaches would like a head count in advance in order to staff accordingly.
K-8th grade Jr. Bullpup Wrestling: Jr. Bullpup Wrestling sign-up January 17, 6-7 PM for grades K-6. Practices will be at Gonzaga Prep in the wrestling room on Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 PM beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15. There will be four tournaments on Saturdays beginning March 4. If you need additional information, please contact Chris Healy (509.993.7337) or go to sjwwrestling.com.
Building the Future (Advancing our Mission):
Capital Campaign: We are working closely with Garco to finalize details for ground-breaking in April! Also, one of our generous school families made a $25,000/5-year pledge ($5,000 per year for 5 years) with the possibility of a company matching gift. In September, we received $5,000 from the family, and last week, we received a $10,000 check from the company because they were doubling their matching gifts this year! When you make a pledge to the campaign, please let us know if your company gives matching gifts. It is a huge blessing to our school!
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!
HEART ST. AL’s: Please send us a photograph of you and your HEART St. Al’s postcard and we will print it to add to our bulletin board in the main office. Spread the St. Al’s love! Send photos to email@example.com. Thank you.
Christmas Program Photographs Here is the link to the pictures taken by the professional photographer at the Christmas Program.
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga. Share your photos with Anne Hesler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auction: Thank you parents for your donations that have been dropped off!!!! Your support is truly appreciated and we couldn’t do this without your help. Please join us for this amazing event, purchase your tickets online or at the office. Tickets are $60 until Jan. 27th, after this date tickets will go up to $75 for late registration.
Basket making party! Please join us for our annual auction basket making party this Saturday, January 21, 8-10 AM, in the school cafeteria. Get your volunteer hours and help make our annual auction a huge success!
Watch for your Volunteer Hour Summary to be coming home TODAY. It’s crazy to think, but we are already almost halfway through the school year! There are still many opportunities left this year to complete the required 20 hours per family. If you are concerned about completing your hours, the Volunteer Hour Summary and Category Description sheet sent out at the beginning of the year is a great resource. You can find a copy of this on the school website under the Volunteer Coordinator tab. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
The auction is less than one month away! Aside from this being our largest fundraiser of the year, it is also a very fun community building event. Below is a list of all the volunteer opportunities and dates that we will need help. Please email Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping.
Thursday, February 2nd:
Transportation: We will be loading items into a moving truck on Thursday morning at 8:20 AM (just after drop-off). We will need volunteers at school to load the truck and volunteers at the Convention Center to unload.
Set-up at the Convention Center starting at 8:45am
Silent Auction tables
Friday, February 3rd:
Backroom and silent auction during the auction
Raffles & Games the night of the auction
Clean-up after the auction (DOUBLE VOLUNTEER HOURS!)
Parish Thank You Mass:
The Parish Thank You Mass is the kick-off to Catholic Schools Week and will be held on Sunday, January 29th. This is a great way for our school community to thank the amazing parishioners of our church for all they do for us. We will be hosting a reception in O’Malley Hall in honor of the parishioners after both the 8:30 AM Mass and the 11:00 AM Mass. Below is a list of volunteers needed to help with the reception:
Set-up at 7:30am
Serve at 9:30am (help restock for 11:00am Mass)
Serve at 12:00pm (help with cleanup after reception)
Homemade baked goods will also be accepted. If you are interested in donating items or volunteering for this fun event, please email Aleisha Webb at email@example.com.
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.
Please pray for the homeless in our community. May they find comfort and services they need during difficult times.
For all of our school families and loved ones, that God will bless our lives abundantly with peace, joy, and healing, and fill us with His Holy Spirit.