St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School
October 9, 2017
“Show your greatness in the sky, O God, and your glory over all the earth.”
Message from Principal Angie Krauss:
I am enjoying these last few weeks of fall before the weather turns colder. I am continually amazed at the beauty of the leaves changing color and the intricate design on each one. We have so many blessings to be grateful for each day.
Our staff and students brainstormed different ways to enrich our faith formation experience at Monday Morning Prayer. I was impressed with their creative ideas on how to inspire our faith journey. We have made several changes to the format and I am excited to see how our shared vision impacts all of us this year. You are more than welcome to join us on Monday mornings, it begins about 8:45 am. Today, fourth grade will be presenting on our monthly theme “Love” by featuring St. Francis of Assis.
I am also very thankful for all the wonderful progress Garco Construction is making on our new building. It is so fun to see all the work completed each week. If you haven’t had a chance, please check out Pete Hanson taking the first shot in our new gym. It is posted on our Facebook page! We are on track to finish the new building this spring. We still have some naming opportunities available and still need to raise $600,000 to complete our funding of Phase 2. If you haven’t had a chance to give, please go online to our website or stop by the front office to make your pledge.
We feel so grateful to have this new facility and know it is the hard work and sacrifice of so many that made this vision a reality for generations to come.
In Christ’s Peace,
Teddy Bears: This week we will be finger-painting with yellow and red paint to make orange. We will also be getting our individual pictures taken on Thursday morning.
Chickadees: This week the Chickadees will continue learning about Fire Safety. The dramatic play area has been turned into a fire station so that the kids can pretend to be firemen and fight fires. This week we will also start learning about pumpkins and make crafts that we can decorate our classroom with.
Owls: This week in preschool our theme is personal and fire safety. During the week we will read books about safety and discuss ways to stay safe. The class will talk about “Stranger Danger” and how to stay safe during a fire.
Blue Jays: This week we will be learning about harvest. We will bring in gourds and complete a tractor art project.
Hawks: This week the Hawks class will be learning about the letter “Bb.” We plan to make banana bread, go on a bear hunt around our school and make really big bubbles! Our dramatic play area will turn into a Halloween house and in the science area we will focus on the concepts of color and light.
Tigers: This week the Tigers class will be working on the letter “Ll”. We will be doing a leaf collage and talking about why leaves change with the seasons. On Monday we will make homemade lemonade and make predictions during the process.
Montessori East and West: The topic of discussion this week will be numbers. We will demonstrate number activities and read books about numbers.
On Oct. 12 we will have individual pictures taken at 10:10 am. Your order form is in your child’s hall cubby. Please fill one form out for each child. Payment must be with the order. Students can dress in free dress for their photo. If you want them to change into their uniform after the photo just send it and we will have them change.
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars:
Oct. 11th- K-8th grade Individual Picture Day/ Free Dress
Oct. 12th- ELC-Montessori Individual Picture Day
Oct. 18th- Parent Advisory Meeting
Oct. 19th- Earthquake drill 9:19 am
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:
K-8th Picture Day: Students may wear free dress for picture day Wednesday,
Sweatshirts: If you ordered a sweatshirt they will be ready for pick up tomorrow!
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<mailto:email@example.com> .
Building the Future Capital Campaign: Garco and their subcontractors are rockin’ and rollin’! Next week, the gym walls will be painted, and after that, the gym floor will be installed! 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<http://stals.wpengine.com> and help us Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line! For more information, please contact Cami Carlson at 489-7825 x238 or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
DID YOU KNOW??? In our new building, both the church and the school will be able to host events such as auctions, reunions, and receptions in our gymnasium/event center!
Please note that the email for Mr. Hanson has changed, he can be reached at
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga Share your photos and St. Al’s stories with Anne Hesler at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> .
Follow us on Facebook “St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School Spokane”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto: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:
* Tablecloths: 10 plastic tablecloths (range of colors and can be purchased at the dollar store)= 1 volunteer hour
Please record these hours under “Baking/cooking” on your Volunteer Hour Summary.
It’s time for Hallowfest! Friday, October 27th , 5-8pm. Hallowfest is our annual celebration of Halloween here at St. Al’s. We have games, prizes, a “toddler” game area, book walk/cake walk, food, and of course, CANDY! We will also be adding The Haunted Theatre to our list of attractions this year!
Here are a few different ways your family can receive volunteer hours for Hallowfest:
* Set up on Thursday, October 26th TBD
* 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<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. Thank you!
* Candy Donation:
We ask that every family donate 2 bags of small wrapped or individually packaged healthy treats that we use as prizes at Hallowfest. You can drop that off any time at the front desk with Mrs. Kelly.
* Cake & Book Donations:
We will also need cakes/cupcakes/desserts and books for our cake/book walk. Mrs. Krauss will give prizes for the best desserts in a variety of categories.
* Booth Sponsorship:
There are two levels of sponsorship available. A business or individuals/families can sponsor either the Glow Booth or The Haunted Theatre for $100 or any of the game booths for $50. Each sponsorship will have a “Booth sponsored by” sign recognizing their generosity.
* Hallowfest “pre-sale” tickets:
Pre-sale tickets will be sold 5 for $1 and will be on sale starting Monday, October 16th. Tickets will go up to 4 for $1 on Friday, October 27th. Your ticket order will be filled and returned to teachers for distribution or you can choose to pick them up at the ticket counter the night of Hallowfest.
All forms for Cake/Book walk, Booth sponsorship, and Pre-sale tickets will be available at the office on Tuesday, October 10th.
Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, October 17th at 5:30pm.
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:
* Silent Auction
If you are interested in helping out with the auction in any way, please attend the meeting. We will be forming committees and will begin planning right away. If you have any questions please contact Aleisha Webb via email at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or at 509-489-7825 ext. 244
Box Tops and Labels for Education:
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.