October 16, 2017
“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”
~ Saint Francis of Assisi
Message from Principal Angie Krauss:
I am so thrilled that today students and staff will have a tour of the new building! Each child will have an opportunity to put a “picture or their name” on the cement floor. In years to come, they can tell their own children that their special mark is beneath the wood floor in the gymnasium. Please check out our website and Facebook page to see all the cute pictures of our children marking a page of history!
The school community has been praying for this new space for years and to see it become a reality before our eyes is truly a gift. Please continue to pray for the construction phase and our “Cross the Finish Line” campaign to raise the last $600,000 needed to complete Phase 2 of our building project.
I hope you feel the Holy Spirit’s presence today in all you do, think and say.
In Christ’s Peace,
School is closed for K-8th grade this Friday, October 20th. If you would like your child to attend our aftercare program on this day, please be sure to sign them up on the clipboard downstairs at the desk, to ensure adequate staffing.
Teddy Bears: This week we will begin our pumpkin patch out on our playground. Please make sure you have brought a small to medium size pumpkin. On Wednesday we will be celebrating our “Color of the Month Day” by wearing orange. Thursday we will have an earthquake drill at 9:19 am.
Chickadees: We will study pumpkins, make pumpkin art and start our pumpkin patch on the playground.
Owls: This week in preschool our theme is pumpkins. We will discuss how pumpkins grow and list different foods that can be made out of pumpkins. The class will also vote on a face to carve into our class Jack-o-Lantern. We will end the week with a visit to Walter’s Fruit Ranch!
Blue Jays: Next week we will be talking about the pumpkin patch and finish off the week with our class field trip!
Hawks: This week the Hawks class will be learning about the letter “Oo.” We will make oatmeal cookies and orange jack-o-lanterns to decorate our classroom. We are also looking forward to our field trip to Green Bluff!
Tigers: Next week the Tigers will be learning about the letter “O”. We will be creating a fun ocean scene, and we will practice counting animals that live in the Ocean. We are also looking forward to our field trip to Green Bluff.
Montessori East and West: The topic of discussion for Montessori East will be Shapes. Just a reminder that we will have an earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct 19th. Also a reminder that Montessori is closed for a teacher in-service day on Friday, Oct. 20th. Child care is available (sign up sheet has been filled out, but if your plans change please let us know).
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars:
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
Nov 15th- Parent Advisory Meeting
Nov 22nd- 12pm Early dismissal
Nov 23-24- Thanksgiving Holiday- School closed/ELC Closed
Dec 1st- Picture Retake Day
Dec 6th- ELC/Mont Christmas Program
Dec 8th- Immaculate Conception Mass- 12:15 at St. Al’s Church
Dec 13th- K-8th Christmas Program
Dec 14th- Advent Reconciliation
Dec 20-Jan 2nd-
Christmas Break-School Closed/ELC open
Dec 20-22 ELC Closed Dec 25th-Jan 2nd
Jan 3rd- School Resumes
Important Notes & Reminders:
Blessings Under the Bridge: We have 7 spots available if you would like to volunteer on Wednesday, Oct 18th. Please contact Pat Mills at [email protected] .
Mr. Hanson’s email address has changed!
Please note that the email for Mr. Hanson has changed. He can be reached at
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 protected].
DID YOU KNOW??? In our new building, the gym walls were painted last Friday, and the gym floor installation will take place this week! Today, all St. Al’s students and staff will have a chance to “leave their mark” on the concrete slab before the gym floor is installed. 🙂
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!
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga Share your photos and St. Al’s stories with Anne Hesler at [email protected] .
Follow us on Facebook “St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School Spokane”
If your family did not receive a Volunteer Hour Summary last week, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Aleisha Webb, at [email protected].
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!
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 is:
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.
Baking for Volunteer Hours:
Here is your the first opportunity of the year to bring in food for volunteer hours! This Friday, October 20th we will not have school, but would like to provide a delicious lunch for the teachers. Listed below is a link to sign up for food items to bring in. Please email Aleisha Webb at aw[email protected] with any questions you may have.
Please visit: https://mealtrain.com/7ngkd8
We are only 11 days away from Hallowfest! Please join us Friday, October 27th, from 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 from 6-8pm (adults only).
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 and Booth sign up sheets will be posted outside of your child’s classroom TODAY!
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please email Aleisha Webb at [email protected]. Thank you!
We ask that every family donate 2 bags of small wrapped candy 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.
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 “Will Call” ticket counter the night of Hallowfest.
All forms for Cake/Book walk, Booth sponsorship, and Pre-sale tickets are available at the office TODAY!
Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, October 17th at 5:30pm. Child care will not be provided for this meeting.
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:
If you are interested in helping out with the auction in any way, please attend the meeting. Please RSVP to Aleisha Webb via email at [email protected] 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. 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.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School