October 2, 2017
“The Lord is bigger than the giants you face .”
~1 John 4:4
Message from Principal Angie Krauss:
I am amazed that we are already in October! It was an action packed first month of school with many memories that we will treasure. I wanted to let you know that we have asked the Leadership Class to reflect and think about ways that students would like to be recognized for their God-given talents. The year of mercy which Pope Francis instituted is now over, so we will rename the Acts of Mercy (student recognition awards) based on student feedback. In the next few weeks, the leadership students will be asking for input from the various classes on how we can celebrate and recognise all the wonderful things our students do at our school.
Also, we have changed the requirements for volunteering at our school. Only those parents who will be having regular, unsupervised contact with students need to participate in the Code of Conduct training and renewal process. The major events we host such as Hallowfest, auction, and Fund Run will not require you to complete this process. If you are a coach or university student working with our students on an ongoing basis then you will need to complete the Virtus training. Please feel free to contact me or Meg Martens email@example.com if you have any questions.
We will be having the Blessings of the Animals tomorrow at 2:30 in the field area and we invite you to join us. If you are unable to bring your pet, please know your child can bring a picture of your pet. Please have your pet on a leash or be able to control it, because their is a range of different animals that usually attend!
I hope you all have an awesome week!
In Christ’s Peace,
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars:
Oct. 3rd- Blessings of the Animals- 2:30pm St. Al’s field
Oct. 4th- GU Nurses re-screening
Oct. 5th- Ordinary Time All School Mass– 10:15am at St. Al’s Church
Oct. 11th- K-8th grade Individual Picture Day
Oct. 12th- ELC-Montessori Individual Picture Day
Oct. 18th- Parent Advisory Meeting
Oct. 19th- Earthquake drill 9:19
Oct. 20th- Teacher in-Service Day– No School/ELC Open
Oct. 24th- Fire drill 9:20am; Fire department will be present
Oct. 27th- Hallowfest- See info below
Nov. 1st- All Saints/All souls All school Mass- 12:15 at St Al’s Church
Nov 8-9- Parent/Teacher Conferences- No School/ELC Open
Nov 10th Veteran’s Day/ Holiday- School Closed/ELC Closed
Important Notes & Reminders:
Blessings Under the Bridge: We have 10 spots available if you would like to volunteer on Wednesday, Oct 18th. Please contact Pat Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Building the Future Capital Campaign: To date, we have 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 and help us Cross the Phase 2 Finish Line! For more information, please contact Cami Carlson at 489-7825 x238 or email@example.com.
DID YOU KNOW??? In our new building, we will have space and staff to care for 16 infants, 6 weeks-12 months old!
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga Share your photos and St. Al’s stories with Anne Hesler at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Follow us on Facebook “St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School Spokane”
Save the Date: The Annual Auction will take place on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. Mark your calendars now. Be on the lookout for ways to volunteer for the auction in upcoming news.
Please watch for your Volunteer Hour Summary to be coming home today. Any corrections needed can be made on the form itself and returned to Mrs. Kelly at the front desk by the end of the month. If you did not receive one, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Aleisha Webb, at email@example.com.
Reminder: If you are coaching a sport please indicate which sport you are coaching. If recording in any of the “other” categories, please leave a description at the bottom of the page. Hours will not be accepted until clarified. Thank you!
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. Kelly at the front desk by the end of the month.
Please watch for a reminder in the Monday News that Volunteer Hour Summaries will be coming home. It is important to make sure your hours are accurately recorded as you complete them. If you have any questions, please contact Aleisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luncheon supplies for volunteer hours! Thanks to donations from last year we are still pretty well stocked! The only items I am in need of are:
Tablecloths: 10 plastic tablecloths (range of colors)= 1 volunteer hour
Please record these hours under “Baking/cooking” on your Volunteer Hour Summary.
Hallowfest is one month away! Please join us on Friday, October 27th for a night filled with fun, games and of course, CANDY! Here are a few different ways your family can receive volunteer hours for Hallowfest:
Set up on Thursday, October 26th TBD
Volunteer (in school) on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 and help prep for the big night!
Volunteer the night of Hallowfest at the many different games and activities. More information about this will be distributed through your child’s Room Parent.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please email Aleisha Webb at email@example.com. Thank you!
We are looking for volunteers for our auction committees! The auction committee is a great way to earn volunteer hours. There are many ways you can help! Here are a few ways that you can help:
The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4th from 5:30-6:30 (location TBD) If you are interested in helping out with the auction in any way, please attend this meeting. We will be forming committees and will begin planning right away. If you have any questions please contact Aleisha Webb via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 509-489-7825 ext. 244
Box Tops and Labels for Education:
Great job on collecting Box Tops and Labels for Education this month! The winning class for the month of September is 3rd grade with 270! Winning class will receive and ice cream party.
Second place: 5th with 165
Third place: 2nd with 144
September total: 992
Please check out the bulletin board outside of Mrs. Devita’s room for 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. Attached to this email are collection sheets for both Box Tops and Labels for Education. 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”.
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.