St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School
April 18, 2017
“Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things with great love.”
Message from Principal Angie Krauss:
I hope you all had a very blessed Easter holiday. I want to compliment the 8th grade class, Liturgy team leaders, Mrs. Dixon and Mr. Barfield for the very moving performance of Stations of the Cross last Friday. This exemplified the significance of a Catholic education and how our students understand and demonstrate the importance of this holy time of year. Like me, I hope you experience renewed hope and joy as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
I would like to thank all of you for returning your registration materials so promptly. We are full in many grade levels already, and our projected enrollment numbers for next school year are positive. We still have openings in both Kindergarten classes so please refer anyone that might be looking for either AM or All-Day Kindergarten.
I am pleased to announce that we have set June 14 as our groundbreaking date for the new building! We will have a special ceremony to kick off this momentous occasion. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made this dream a reality. Without our school community’s support, determination, and focus, this would not have been possible.
I would like to invite each of you to participate in our GROUNDBREAKER CHALLENGE. This is a unique opportunity to give and have your family recognized in the entryway of our new facility. Please look for a special GROUNDBREAKER CHALLENGE email that will be released later today. For the next nine weeks, we will be featuring families that have accepted the GROUNDBREAKER CHALLENGE on our website and social media promotions. Are you a GROUNDBREAKER?
Once again, thank you for all you do to make our St. Al’s community so special!
This morning, we recognized the following students at Monday Morning prayer for their Acts of Mercy: Scarlett Johnston, Mario Rivera and Adelle Pilgrim.
In Christ’s Peace,
ELC this week:
We will be practicing the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty,” and we will be using purple play dough and coloring on different shades and sizes of purple paper.
We will be learning about baby animals. We will be doing fun art projects of baby chicks, lambs, etc.
We will be learning about rain and rainbows. We will discuss how rain is formed and why it is good for the earth. The class will also learn how rainbows are made and what colors make up a rainbow.
The Hawks class will celebrate Earth Week! Our topics will include recycling and natural resources. We will also make pinecone bird feeders!
Our theme will be plant life. We will watch green bean plants grow and work on letter and number writing. Our letter will be Xx and we will make x-rays.
Tigers will be learning about the letter K this week! We will be doing a fun kite craft and learning about kale and how to eat it!
Jen Zemke, ELC Registrar
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars
April 18 GROUNDBREAKER CHALLENGE begins!
April 27 Easter All School Mass – 10:00am at St. Aloysius Church
May 11 Living Rosary
May 18 8th Grade Hero Project Presentation
May 25 Marian All School Mass
May 26 Teacher In-Service Day – No School/ELC Open
May 29 Memorial Day – No School/No ELC
June 2 Fund Run
June 5 8th Grade Graduation
June 14 Last Day of School & Groundbreaking!
Important Notes & Reminders:
Building the Future Capital Campaign: We reached the $2 million mark in pledges and gifts toward our $2.8 million goal! Wow! According to Diocesan Policy, we need $2.3 million pledged in order to break ground. Garco is ready to break ground on June 14, our last day of school, so…TODAY we are launching our…
We need 300 individuals/families to give $1000+ to raise $300,000 by JUNE 14! Several people have already accepted the CHALLENGE! You will receive a specific email later today with details and a link to donate now and be a GROUNDBREAKER. Then, watch for updates via social media, email, and the school website. Will you be our next GROUNDBREAKER???
* Students will be signing letters and making an estimated “laps commitment” in class this week. Letters will be distributed at the end of April.
* Student Sponsor Request Forms were sent home before Spring Break. Please verify the contact info and return them to school ASAP!!! Thank you!
* Be a corporate sponsor for Fund Run! Thank you to Evergreen Cosmetic & Family Dentistry (Dodson), EnergeticX (Russell), Yost-Gallagher Construction (Gallagher), Nollette Investments, Papa Murphy’s (McCabe), and Goodale Barbieri for already stepping up to sponsor our 31st annual Fund Run!
* Details about our sponsorship opportunities are attached.
Social Justice Photos: Please share photos of social justice activities you and your family are involved in during the month of April. Email photos to Anne Hesler, email@example.com.
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga. Share your photos with Anne Hesler at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> .
Testimonials: We need your help! Marketing would like to incorporate the use of more parent/family testimonials in publications and media. If you would like to write a testimonial about why you choose St. Al’s, please email it to Anne Hesler, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> Thank you for your support!
If you are recording hours under any of the “other” categories, please make sure you include a description of those hours. Hours recorded under “other” without a description will not be counted until confirmed. Please note that Volunteer Hour Summaries turned in after the 27th/28th of each month will not reflect until the following month. Please email Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> if you have any questions.
You are still able to complete volunteer hours even if you have not taken the Protecting God’s Children class. Here are a few ways to help you fulfill them:
* Watch the Monday News for upcoming opportunities.
* Ask your child’s teacher about take home projects and/or helping out with projects they need completed.
* Look through the categories listed on the Volunteer Hour Summary.
* Email Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
Fund Run is not only one of our largest fundraising events of the school year, but it is also a huge volunteer opportunity! We have opportunities ranging from daily/weekly to just an hour or two the day of Fund Run. To volunteer the day of Fund Run, you must have completed the Protecting God’s Children class. Please check the Monday News weekly for an updated list and email Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> to volunteer.
* Wednesday, April 26: Letter stuffing (Time TBD)
* Wednesday, May 31: T-shirt sorting
* Friday, June 2:
* Lap counter (Meeting at 8:00 am)
* Early morning set up at 7:00am
* Ticket counting
* Number sorting
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. Box Tops and Labels for Education can be submitted in a bag or either taped or glued (no staples please) to a collection sheet. New collection sheets can be found at the Box Tops/Labels for Education board located in the junior high wing. There is also a new Box Tops collection sheet attached to this email that you can print at home.
* 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.