I was so grateful this morning, as I woke to cleaner air and realized that today the children will go outside for recess! This weekend at Mass we were called to remember the blessings in our lives and there were so many for us to count. One of the many is the students and parents we serve.
I am looking forward to this evening’s Back to School night to share our wonderful plans for the school year. Here is an outline of the evening:
* Meet in the Gymnasium at 6:30pm
* Preview. New multimedia lab (located in old library space) 7:00-7:45pm
* First classroom rotation at 7:10-7:30pm
* Second classroom rotation 7:35-7:55pm
* Conclude 8:00pm
I hope you all can join us this evening. We know one of the keys to our success is our engaging and continued partnership with our families.
This week we will try normal drop off 8:15-8:30am and pick up time 3:00pm in our new parking lot design. As the week progresses, I will send out modifications or changes if needed.
If students are not picked up by 3:15 they will be checked into aftercare for their supervision and safety. Just a reminder, all before care students K-8, arriving before 8:15am need to be signed in at the receptionist desk in the morning. They cannot be dropped off in the parking lot. Thank you for helping us to adhere to this state law, and most importantly your students safety. If you know you need before care and aftercare services please call the front office so we can assist you in the registration process.
I hope you all see God’s face in this beautiful creation around us and have a blessed week.
In Christ’s Peace,
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars
Sept 11th- Back to School Night- 6:30 pm
Sept 22nd- Teacher in-service- No School/ELC Open
Sept 28th- All School Mass of the Holy Spirit – 10:15am at St. Al’s Church
Oct 11th- K-8th grade Individual Picture Day
Oct 12th- ELC-Montessori Individual Picture Day
Oct 20th- Teacher in-Service Day- No School/ELC Open
Oct 27th- Hallowfest- More info to come
Important Notes & Reminders:
Sweatshirts: Its that time of year again to get new sweatshirts ordered. Orders are due with payment by this Wednesday, September 13th. Please see attached order form.
K-8 Health Screening: The Gonzaga Nursing students along with their instructors will again be doing the health screening for our students at St. Aloysius. The dates will be Wednesday, September 13th for the initial screening and Wednesday, October 4th for the rescreens and for any students absent on the first day. The state of Washington requires for school accreditation that students in K thru 3rd, 5th and 7th grades, and all new students be screened for hearing and vision and if time permits to include the 4th, 6th and 8th grades. The nursing students also include screening for height and weight, blood pressure, pulse and respirations. The screening results are kept confidential and are recorded as part of the student’s permanent record at St. Aloysius. If your student fails either the hearing or the vision screening, or is absent for a needed rescreen, you will be notified by a letter home. It is helpful if the student wears their glasses or contact lenses (if they already use them) for the screening day. Thank you for your support of this important process for our students.
Nazareth Guild letters: If you received a sponsor letter from the Nazareth guild, please remember to write your Thank you. Please turn it into Mrs. Kelly at the front office.
Building the Future Capital Campaign: Garco crews are working hard, and our new building progresses daily right before our eyes! In partnership with our St. Al’s community, your Mission Advancement team is also working hard to reach the Phase 2 Finish Line! We have already raised over $2.9 million, and we still need $600,000+ to complete construction and cover Phase 2 soft costs, furnishings, curriculum, landscaping, playgrounds, etc. GIVE TODAY at www.stalsschool.org<http://www.stalsschool.org>!
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Volunteer Hour Opportunities:
Volunteer Hour Summaries will be handed out tonight at Back to School night! Along with your family’s spreadsheet, I have included a description list (yellow paper) of each of the categories on the spreadsheet to clarify where to list your hours. I have also included the Volunteer Hour Policy on the same sheet. Please look over the info on the spreadsheet and make sure the information on there is correct and make any changes necessary.
I would like to thank all of you for the time, love and commitment you put into our school last year! Attached is a copy of the “Totals” sheet with a breakdown of all volunteer hours recorded for the 2016-2017 school year. As a community we recorded 5,012.5 hours! The Category Description sheet was created to help determine where volunteer hours should be listed. When you list hours in the “other” category, please give a brief description of what you did.
Info about Volunteer Hour Summaries:
* Volunteer Hour Summaries will be sent home with the youngest child in your family
* K-4 will be in red folders and 5-8 will be in backpacks.
* They will be sent home the first school day of each month.
* Please use as a reference of your total hours completed.
* Record any volunteer hours completed throughout the month.
* Return in red folders or to Mrs. Kelli at the front desk by the end of the month.
I will put a reminder in the Monday News that Volunteer Hour Summaries will be coming home. Please make sure your hours are accurately recorded as you complete them. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Box Tops and Labels for Education:
If you wish to participate in Box Tops and Labels for Education, there will be a stack of collection sheets available on the bulletin board outside of Mrs. Devita’s classroom. This board will also have our weekly updated totals. Box Tops/Labels can be taped or glued to the sheet (no staples, please) or you can submit them in baggies. You may claim 1 hour of volunteer time for every 50 Box Tops/Labels for Education submitted. Please make sure to write your family name and grade on the sheet or baggie so that your child’s class receives credit. Each family is required to record their own hours. Please record these hours under the category “Box Tops and Labels for Education”.
Box Tops are a great fundraiser for our school! Last year our school received almost $600 from the Box Tops program!
We will also still be participating in The Labels for Education program this year, but we have been informed that the program will be winding down. Labels for Education labels are still out there, just not as many participating products.
A HUGE thank you to Kim Resleff (6th and 8th grade parent) for leading our Box Tops program and to Rachel Druffel (1st and 2-MAC parent) for leading our Labels for Education program. Your efforts are a treasure for our school!
* 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.