I wanted to say a big thank you to all of those who participated in the first week of the “Groundbreaker Challenge.” It was very humbling and heartwarming to raise $30,500 in our first week!
I encourage you to share this challenge with your family and friends who have a heart for Catholic education. Also, please remember you may honor someone with your gift as well.
This year, we have two people who have completed their terms on our Parent Advisory Board. I would like to publicly thank and recognize Julie McCulloh and Greg Hesler for their six outstanding years of dedication and service to our mission. Please know your presence and contributions will be greatly missed!
We are looking for two people who are interested in applying for these vacant spots. We meet the second Wednesday of every month during the academic school year, except for December and June. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve our school in such a vital and important way. We are specifically looking for people who have experience in budget, accounting, and law.
This Thursday, we celebrate our All School Easter Mass beginning at 10 AM at Saint Al’s Church. I invite you to join us as we share the Eucharist together. Christ has risen and brings so much joy and hope to our lives!
This morning, we recognized the following students at Monday Morning prayer for their Acts of Mercy: Eli Carlson, Adalgisa DeCaro, Jeven Helke.
In Christ’s Peace,
ELC this week:
This week, we will be egg roll painting with blue and red paint. We will also be celebrating our “Color of the Month Day” on Wednesday by wearing purple.
This week, we will be learning about plants and flowers. We will plant our very own flowers in our classroom.
This week, we will be discussing pond life. We will discover what lives in a pond and talk about the life cycles of a frog and a dragonfly. The class will also learn about the different kinds of plant life that live in and near a pond.
This week in Hawks class, we will learn letter ‘Uu’. We will continue our Pizza Parlor in the dramatic area and expand on our science theme of birds.
This week, our theme will be April Showers Bring May Flowers. Art will be spring art and we will learn letter Ww.
This week, we are doing music appreciation! We will be teaching the Tigers to listen for and how to understand what they are hearing in different types of music. Each day we will learn about a different composer and the beauty of classical music.
Jen Zemke, ELC Registrar
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars
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:
Hanging flower baskets: Happy Monday Families! It’s that time of the year again for our annual Hanging Flower Basket Sale. Each combo basket may contain an assortment of beautiful petunias, bacopa, verbena and calibracoa. They sell for $30 each and all proceeds will be split between the House of Charity and Hope2OneLife, an organization that provides water wells and health care in Ugandan villages. Get some baskets in time for Mother’s Day! You can contact any Leadership student for order forms or they can be found in the office. Orders are due May 1st. Help us help those in need!
Lost and Found: Our lost and found is busting at the seams. Please check lost and found for your child’s belongings. Everything left after April 28th will be donated.
3rd-7th MAP Testing: 4th and 5th graders will be MAP testing April 24th-28th. 3rd grade will MAP test April 28th-May 4th. 6th grade will MAP test May 3rd-May 8th. 7th grade will MAP test May 5th-9th.
Building the Future Capital Campaign: WOW!!! What an AMAZING kick-off to our GROUNDBREAKER CHALLENGE! Our Week #1 total was $30,500! God is so good! Thank you to all of you who have shared our emails and social media promos, to those who are considering a gift, and of course to those of you who have already “accepted the challenge!” We are truly humbled by and grateful for your generosity and love for St. Al’s. Starting next week, our GROUNDBREAKER CHALLENGE Weekly Updates will include the names of all GROUNDBREAKERS to date. Stay tuned! All GROUNDBREAKER info and the link to our donation page are below.
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??? https://forms.donorsnap.com/form?id=9e84d60e-6f05-4546-8664-bc215a81d365
If you accept the challenge, please share a family photo. We will post your family on our Facebook page and Instagram. Send photo to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Additionally, all families who participate in the GROUNDBREAKER CHALLENGE will have their name put on a paper brick in the upstairs entryway.
* Students will be signing letters and making an estimated “laps commitment” in class this week. Letters will be distributed at the end of April.
* Be a corporate sponsor for Fund Run! Thank you to Al Stern Memorial Bracket (Cleveland), 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 of volunteer opportunities 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
Fund Run is in need of a DJ! If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering as our Fund Run DJ, please contact Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> for more information.
Donation for Volunteer Hours – Fund Run:
Here is another donation for volunteer hours opportunity. We are asking for donations of gift cards (minimum of $20 each) to stores where we can purchases prizes such as: Fred Meyer, Amazon, White Elephant, Walmart, Target, Costco, Toys R Us, iTunes. Please provide validation receipt with each gift card. We have a list of Scrip gift cards available at the front desk for your convenience. Please ask Mrs. Kelly for assistance.
We are also asking for donations of small prizes. Click on the link below to sign up!
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.