St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School
February 20, 2018
“Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now.”
~Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Message from Principal Angie Krauss:
I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. I talked to several students today who went skiing, played in tournaments or just had a chance to relax. I have also enjoyed listening to the students ideas around Lent and how God is calling them to become closer to Him in their faith journey.
On Thursday we will have our Generation Alive packing day. The students raised $1,413.00 which will provide 5,652 meals to families in need. I am proud of our students efforts to help the hungry and it is a great way to kick off Lent and our social justice projects.
We had a successful Open House and are still conducting tours of our ELC and K-8 programs. We appreciate you turning in your pre-enrollment forms for next year. As you prepare for the registration process, please be mindful that accounts must be paid in full to register for the 2018-2019 school year.
Current families will begin registration on March 19, 2018 and the registration packet will be due on March 28th. Open registration will begin on April 9th to our waitlist families, so it is important to solidify your child’s spot with your packet turned in on time.
We will begin Fair Share Conferences on March 19th and run them through March 30th. Next week in the news, I will be sharing information about a new program called FACTS that will be a tool used in our fair share meetings and allows families to apply for the Nazareth Guild Tap Grant awards.
In Christ’s Peace,
Person for Christ Awards this week: Abrihet Epps, Makena Krauss and
Teddy Bears: This week we will celebrate Keenan and Sawyer’s birthdays on Tuesday. Also on Friday we will celebrate our “Color if the Month” day by wearing pink.
Chickadees: This week in Chickadees we are learning about healthy teeth. We will be doing fun art projects too!
Owls: This 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.
Blue Jays: This week we will be learning about dental hygiene. We will be talking about healthy foods and keeping your teeth clean.
Hawks: This week we will be working on winter assessments. We will also make our March placemats.
Tigers: This week in Tigers class we will be learning letter ‘Qq’ with a focus on quarters and quiet, and we will be making our own quesadillas!
Montessori East: Topic of discussion will be Presidents.
Montessori West: Topic of discussion will be Presidents.
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars:
Feb. 21: Parent Advisory Meeting
Feb. 22: K-8 Generation Alive Packing Day!
Feb. 27: 8th grade Retreat-Immaculate Heart Retreat Center
Feb. 28: 7th grade Retreat-Immaculate Heart Retreat Center
Mar. 5: 6th grade Retreat-Immaculate Heart Retreat Center
Mar. 9: Teacher In-Service- No School/ELC Open
Mar. 14: 5th grade Retreat-Immaculate Heart Retreat Center
Mar.15: Lenten All School Mass
Mar. 16: Parent/Teacher Conferences- No School/ELC Open
Mar. 22: K-8 Class Picture Day-Wear best Uniform
Mar. 23: ELC/Mont Class Picture Day
Mar. 30: Good Friday-Stations of the Cross
Apr. 2-6: Spring Break
Important Notes & Reminders:
5th-8th grade Softball/Baseball registration now open: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Baseball and Softball registration for Spring Play at St. Aloysius Gonzaga School is now open! Register your child now! Practices will begin around March 12. Registration will close on March 7th and spots may be limited on each team. https://www.familyid.com/organizations/st-aloysius-gonzaga-school
Lost and Found: Please check for your child’s lost belongings as our lost and found is busting at the seems. Anything left at the end of the month will be Donated to Kira’s Kloset.
Kira’s Kloset: We will have two donation barrels at St. Al’s. One will be upstairs near the office, and one will be downstairs near the ELC check-in desk. Kira’s Kloset needs clothing for children ages 0-18 years old. At any time, you can donate gently used children’s books, boys and girls clothing, pjs, shoes, boots, coats, snow gear, backpacks, costumes, holiday wear, and accessories like hats, belts, jewelry, cinch bags, and headbands.
Building the Future Capital Campaign:
We have raised $354,949 of our $600,000 goal to Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line! Yahoooooo! We are past the halfway mark! PLEASE CONSIDER RENEWING YOUR PLEDGE or making a new gift to help us reach our goal. Please continue to pray for generous support of our mission and our campaign. Thank you!
Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line! GIVE TODAY at www.stalsschool.org or https://forms.donorsnap.com/form?id=d12688f4-decc-4152-91a1-1739f210d503
and help us reach our $600,000 goal! For more information, please contact Cami Carlson at 489-7825 x238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Auction-KIDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION:
Still crunching auction numbers…Official $$$ amounts coming soon!
Thank You Auction Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help set up, decorate, work, and clean up the auction. Your help was greatly appreciated!
Send Us Your Pictures
Please share your pictures you take at sporting events or any fun St. Al’s moments that you capture. We will gladly share them on our social media!
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Please watch your email for Volunteer Hour Notices to be sent out. Just to clarify:
½ Day Kindergarten or Montessori enrollment = 10 volunteer hours per family
Full time Montessori & KALL-8 enrollment = 20 volunteer hours per family
Volunteer hours are to be completed and submitted no later than Friday, June 8th.
If your family is low on hours, here are some ways for you to get volunteer hours in:
Walk with your student to Mass. Teachers love having helpers (especially with the younger grades) We have 1 all school Mass a month.
With the new building opening up, we will have projects periodically that we will need help with. Please contact Aleisha Webb for more information.
Watch the Monday News for more upcoming events or opportunities to volunteer.
Contact Aleisha Webb with any questions you may have at
This Thursday, February 22nd will be the Generation Alive packing day and WE NEED TO BORROW YOUR TABLES! The leadership kids will be setting up in the gym to start packaging meals and we are still in need of some extra 6 ft. folding tables. Rather than buying them, we are reaching out to families to see if you have tables we can borrow. If you are able to help out, please email Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure your last name is clearly labeled on the table and drop it off at school by 8:30 am on Wednesday, February 21st. They can be picked up any time on Friday, February 23rd. Thank you for your help!
There have been many questions so I wanted to clarify that yes, the Labels for Education Program has ended BUT the Box Tops program is still going strong! Thank you to all of the families that have participated this year. Box Tops are such an easy fundraiser for our school! The Box Tops program sends out checks 2 times a year, once in December and once in April. Our next submission deadline is Thursday, March 1st. Our goal this year is to earn $1,000 and we are already at $600! Please watch for a Box Tops sheet to be coming home with your child today. These sheets hold 50 Box Tops which can be taped or glued and each full sheet earns our school $5. Did you know Box Tops count for volunteer hours also?
50 Box Tops = 1 volunteer hour Please record your volunteer hour(s) under the Box Tops category on your Volunteer Hour Summary and list your families name and the grade to credit on every bag or sheet turned in. I do not record hours for this so make sure you are keeping track.
This month the prize for the top 3 classes will be a popcorn party. Please check out the Box Tops website at btfe.com for coupons, bonus Box Tops, and information about the Box Tops app. Please contact Aleisha Webb at email@example.com with any questions you may have. Thank you!
In what ways will you try to move forward in your relation to Christ this Lent?
We pray to be centered this Lenten season. How can you center yourself more on God and God’s ways?
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School