I can’t believe that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. It is amazing how fast the year is going. We will have Red and Pink free dress tomorrow!
I wanted to let you know that this morning at Monday morning prayer we had Generation Alive introduce a service project in which our K-8th grade students will participate. We are the first Catholic school in the Spokane area to join this program. Our leadership class serves as the “Action team” constituting our student leaders along with the assistance of Gonzaga Prep service learning students.
Each class will collect coins which will be used to create meal packets for the poor. Generation Alive will help our students create meal packets on March 21st, our school “packing day”. The food will then be given to Second Harvest, a supporter of Catholic Charities. We invite you to come join us on this day to see our service project in action, on March 21st. A letter will be coming home today with your student outlining more detail about this school wide service project. I encourage you to talk with your child about the assembly today, and how they envision themself taking part in this exciting act of service to our community! We are excited about the myriad of opportunities available to our students as we work to educate the whole child and fulfill our mission.
On February 22 and 24, we will host our annual Open House to meet with and tour prospective families that may be interested in joining our St Al’s family. If you know a family that may be interested, please have them call the front office to schedule a tour. If you refer a family that enrolls at our school next year, you will receive $100 off your tuition bill.
Once again, thank you for your incredible support of our school and for your partnership with us that makes St. Al’s so special.
In Christ’s Peace,
Week of February 13 -17:
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. We will be making valentines. We will also have a party on Tuesday at 3:00 where we will decorate cookies with our parents.
We will be learning about Valentine’s Day. We will do Valentine’s Day crafts and have a small party as well.
This week in preschool, we will start the week getting ready for Valentine’s Day. Then on Tuesday morning between 10:00-11:00, we will be having our Valentine’s’ Day party. The rest of the week, we will focus on emotions and feelings. Throughout each day, the children experience many feelings, ranging from happiness to sadness. The purpose of this theme is to have the children develop an understanding of feelings. We will list different feelings and explore ways of expressing them.
This week, we will be learning about the letter ‘V’. We will celebrate Valentine’s Day, sample vegetable soup and start growing violet crystals in our science area!
Our theme will be Valentine’s Day. We will continue to discuss Valentine’s Day and do arts and crafts. Our letter will be ‘Ll’
Tigers will be learning about the letter and sound of ‘V’ this week! We will also be doing a fun science project making mini volcanos. We are looking forward to our Valentine’s Day party as well with Bumblebees.
Jen Zemke, ELC Registrar
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars
Feb 16-17- Teacher In-Service Day- School Closed/ELC Open
Feb 20- President’s Day- School Closed/ELC Closed
Feb 28- School Skate Night- See info below
Mar 1- Ash Wednesday All School Mass- 12:15pm at St. Aloysius Church
Mar 8-10 Godspell Performances- More info to come
Mar 10- Teacher In-Service Day- School Closed/ELC Open
Mar 23- K-8th Class Picture Day
Mar 24 ELC/Mont Class Picture Day
Mar 30 Lenten All School Mass- 10:00am at St. Aloysius Church
Mar 30 Parent/Teacher Conf 12pm dismissal
Mar 31 Parent/Teacher Conf 12pm dismissal
Apr 3-7 Spring Break-School Closed/ ELC Open
Important Notes & Reminders:
Valentine’s Day Free Dress: Tomorrow–Tuesday, February 14, is Red and Pink free dress.
Teacher In-Service Day- No school on February 16 and 17. If you are in need of child care, please make sure you sign up at the downstairs desk.
St. Al’s Skate Night: Come enjoy an exciting night of roller skating Tuesday, Feb 28th at Pattison’s North from 5:30-7:30. Cost is just $7.50 per skater. All proceeds support our 8th grade class trip.
Building the Future Capital Campaign: Check out our progress thermometer in the upstairs office area! Less than $900,000 to go to meet our $2.8 million goal! We are starting to receive pledges from our parishioner outreach, and as a follow-up to our Grandparents Day presentation, we will be asking our grandparent community to financially support the campaign. Please continue to pray for the success of our campaign. Your prayers are working!
ANNUAL FUND & AUCTION PADDLE RAISE: We met our $25,000 goal through our annual fund and our auction paddle raise! We will be working on implementing our plan to purchase a classroom set of MacBooks with a mobile charging cart and renovate an existing space in the school for use as a technology lab/learning center. Thank you to all who contributed to help make this happen!
HEART ST. AL’s: Thank you sending us your Heart St. Al’s Photos! Keep them coming-they are promotional photos for our school!
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga. Share your photos with Anne Hesler at email@example.com.
Auction:“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
St. Al’s Auction would not be possible without the help of many. As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” Each year, we come together for one night in February to eat, drink, enjoy each other’s company and, most importantly, support the mission of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School. The work to make that night a success, however, begins much earlier. Planning begins in the fall with parents, teachers and volunteers coming together to lend their time, talents, and ideas to ensure that each year’s Auction is fresh and innovative. Thanks to the efforts and ingenuity of those who volunteer, an idea is planted, grows, and blooms.
In the months that follow, the community of St. Al’s comes together in an amazing display of solidarity and support. From the financial support of sponsors and donors to the countless volunteer hours and parent donations, each of the details needed to make the auction a success comes together. Silent auction baskets are filled and wrapped thanks to parents who go above and beyond. Beautiful decorations are created by an inspired event planner. Classroom projects are created by the hands of our students with the guidance of their loving teachers and room parents.
Each member of our St. Al’s family contributes in their own way. They do so without request for reward or recognition, but rather because they believe in the mission, purpose, and community that only St. Al’s can offer. I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge the following volunteers whose support is vital to the success of the auction:
• Auction Committee • Decorations Committee
• Procurement Committee • Basket Committee
• Technology Committee • Catalog Committee
• Dessert Dash Committee • Auctioneer and MC
• Sponsors and Donors • Spokane Convention Center
• Walt’s Mailing • Teachers and Administration
• St. Aloysius Parish • Parents and Grandparents
This list is undoubtedly incomplete. Suffice it to say, to each of you, and to everyone who contributed to make the 2017 St. Al’s auction a success, please accept our sincerest thanks.
Very truly yours,
Volunteer Hours: Please email Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about hours recorded or if you did not receive a Volunteer Hour Summary sheet.
Just a friendly reminder that each Montessori and K-8 family with a full-time student is required to complete 20 hours of volunteer time per year, and Montessori and K-8 families with a part-time student are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer time per year. Hours are to be completed and submitted no later than Wednesday, June 14th, Any unrecorded volunteer hours will be billed out at the rate of $20.00 per uncompleted hour. We will be reviewing each family’s hours this week and emailing those who still have hours to complete.
Baking for volunteer hours:
We have 2 baking for volunteer hours opportunities coming up so mark your calendars! There are still quite a few spots available and so items have been added.
Thursday, February 16th –https://mealtrain.com/6g859z
Tuesday, February 21st- https://mealtrain.com/e7yqm1
If you are interested in contributing a food item, please visit the links next to each date to sign up. This is a new volunteer sign-up website that I am trying out called Mealtrain. Hopefully it will help simplify signing up. Please let me know if you have any questions and I would love feedback about the process if you sign up on Mealtrain. Thank you!
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.