St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School
December 11, 2017
“Peace is not the absence of trouble,
But the presence of Christ.”
Message from Principal Angie Krauss:
The time has flown by in December and I can’t believe that our K-8 Christmas Program is taking place this Wednesday. We have two performances scheduled, one begins at 10am (dress rehearsal) and the other at 6:30pm. Both performances will take place at St. Aloysius Church. Please have your child wear their Sunday best at the evening performance and arrive to the church by 6:15pm.
This is a very important faith formation event for our school and I encourage all of you to attend. It is one way we prepare our hearts during this Advent season for Jesus coming on Christmas. Our students have worked very hard to put on a grand performance which illustrates the “Birth of Hope.”
I also wanted to share with you that working with your children each day is a true gift to me and our staff. Have a joyous week and remember the true reason for the season!
In Christ’s Peace,
Teddy Bears: This week we will be making special Christmas presents for our parents. On Thursday we will celebrate our colors of the month day by wearing red and green. Also on Friday we will say goodbye to Ms Madelyn, she will be truly missed.
Chickadees: This week we are working on our Christmas presents and we are making an Advent wreath.
Owls: This week in preschool we will light the second Advent candle and continue telling the story of the first Christmas. We will discuss the true meaning of Christmas and read stories about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, Jesus’ birth, the angels appearing to the shepherds, and the star that led the people to the stable where Jesus was born.
Blue Jays: This week we will continue with our daily Advent. We will also be working on fun elf art projects and talking more about Christmas.
Hawks: This week the Hawks class will learn about the letter “Cc.” We will practice our writing skills by making Christmas cards for our families and will bake chocolate chip cookies. We also plan to work on gifts for our parents.
Tigers: This week the Tigers will be learning the letter “j” with a focus on Jesus, Joseph, jam, and jungle.
Montessori East: The topic of discussion for Montessori East will be Christmas. Please remember that Montessori will be closed from December 19th to January 2nd. Class resumes on January 3rd. Child care is available on December 19th, 20th, & 21st. There is a limit of 10 children each day (First come first served.) The sign up sheet is on the hall desk by our class door.
Montessori West: will be discussing and exploring how Christmas is celebrated around the world.
ALL-SCHOOL: Mark your Calendars:
Dec 13th- K-8th Christmas Program- 6:30 pm
Dec 14th- Advent Reconciliation @ 10:00 am
Dec 20-Jan 2nd- Christmas Break- ELC/School Closed Dec 25th-Jan 2nd
Jan 3rd- School Resumes
Jan 11th- Christmas Time All school Mass- 10:15 am @ St. Aloysius Church
Jan 15th- Martin Luther King Day- ELC/School Closed
Jan 28th- Catholic Schools week Parish Appreciation Mass
Jan 28th-Feb 3rd- Catholic Schools Week-More info on activities to come
Important Notes & Reminders:
GU Dance Team 17th Annual Kids Clinic: Everyone welcome ages 4-18, learn a dance with the Gonzaga Dance Team & perform during halftime at the Women’s Basketball game. Please see attached flyer for more information.
Building the Future Capital Campaign:
We have already raised $73,700 of our $600,000 goal to Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line! Please continue to pray for generous support of our mission and our campaign. And of course, make a pledge and help us Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line! Thank you!
* Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line! GIVE TODAY at www.stalsschool.org
St. Al’s – Building The Future
St. Al’s is our past, our present and St. Al’s is building our future. Graduating students who are “leaders in action, modeled on Christ”, that is our promise to you.
Annual Appeal – Kids Under Construction
So far, we have raised $1650 for our KIDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION annual appeal! Please consider making a year end gift. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
DID YOU KNOW??? PE classes and St. Al’s sports teams will be able to use the new gym after February 2, 2018!!! Wahoooooooooo!
WE STILL HAVE Christmas Cards For Sale!
We love our partnership with the Knights of Columbus #15143 – St. Aloysius Parish Council! The Knights support our school in a multitude of ways every year. This year, the Knights of Columbus used the 2016 Keep Christ In Christmas Poster Contest winning student designs to create beautiful Christmas cards! There are nine AWESOME student creations in each set of cards. The set of 9 cards is on sale now for $10! All proceeds will benefit our incredible visual and performing arts programs! You can purchase your cards at the upstairs front desk with Mrs. Kelly. Please complete the attached order form and submit it with payment (cash or check). We have 45 sets on hand now, and we can order more! Purchase your cards today!
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!
The date of the auction is February 2, 2018. Mark your calendars now!
Thank you to our BUILD sponsors -Garco & the Few family! Thank you to our BELIEVE sponsor -Veraci Pizza. Thank you to our HOPE sponsors- Children’s Choice Dentistry & an Anonymous donor! Your support is a blessing!
Advertising space is still available in our catalog! Please let us know if you would like to buy a spot for your company.
The tuition drawing will take place on December 12th.
A photographer & videographer will be capturing the wonderful moments of this week’s Christmas program. Please be mindful of this during the program and remain in your seats to avoid blocking others views. Photos will be available and posted on social media. Copies of the video will be on sale at th front desk.
Follow us on Instagram @ st.alsgonzaga Share your photos and St. Al’s stories with Anne Hesler at [email protected]
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Share our stories on Facebook. Help us spread the word of what is happening here at St. Al’s.
Volunteer Hours and Opportunities:
The Christmas Program is this Wednesday, December 13th and there are many different ways that you can to help! You can volunteer to help with set-up/tear-down and clean up, you can bring in cookies for the cookie social following the program, or you can donate/loan us props to be used in the program.
To volunteer: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-2Lj7Z6azKLCiWcFC6xRtt8711sQBGCuzK66ZxTrQHw/edit?usp=sharing
Christmas program props needed:
Please join us immediately following the Christmas Program for a cookie social in the school cafeteria. If you are interested in bringing cookies in for the Cookie Social please have them delivered to school by 9am on Wednesday, December 13th.
* 2 dozen cookies=1 Volunteer Hour.
Please contact Aleisha Webb at [email protected]
Baking for volunteer hours:
We will be having another all staff luncheon this Friday, December 15th. If you would like to help provide items for this, please follow the Meal Train link below to sign up. If you have any questions please email Aleisha Webb at [email protected]
Meal Train: https://mealtrain.com/98n6m6
Amazon Smile: Remember when doing your holiday shopping this season to log in to smile.amazon.com
· Please go to smile.amazon.com
· Search “St. Aloysius Spokane”
· Select “St. Aloysius Parish and School”
· Enter this link in your browser to be asked automatically if you want to support St. Aloysius Parish and School on
Please note: Amazon Smile is not supported on the app. The only way to do it is online. Then, every time you shop online, start at smile.amazon.com
There are many ways you can help out with the auction! Here are a few examples:
* Silent Auction
* Set Up Crew
* Clean Up Crew
With this auction being our first “on site” event in the new gym, there will be A LOT of work getting everything set up and ready to go for the big night. We will need a couple of different crews. We will need one that will help with setting up tables, chairs, staging, etc. We will also need a crew that will help with decorating tables, silent auction tables, etc. Set-up will be on Thursday, February 1st starting at 8:45am (after drop off) until we are done!
If you are interested in helping out with the auction in any way, please email Aleisha Webb at [email protected]
Box Tops and Labels for Education:
We just received information that the Labels for Education program will be coming to an end and the final day to submit UPC’s is January 2nd. If you have any Labels for Education UPC’s , please have them submitted to school by Tuesday, December 19th so we can prepare them over Christmas break for shipping. There will be sheets for 1 point, 5 point and 10 point codes available at the front desk with Mrs. Kelly and are included as attachments to this email. Please email [email protected]
* Please pray for all of the students as they prepare this week for the Christmas program. May the light of Christ shine through them this Advent season.
* We pray for the sick in our community, May God’s healing grace be with them.
* Father Stan has asked us to pray for his brother-in-law that is diagnosed with cancer. May care and comfort be with him.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School