St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School
January. 16, 2018
“Pay attention to what is happening around
you. There’s a good chance that God is speaking to you without using words.”~Gary Zimak
Message from Principal Angie Krauss:
I can’t believe it is time to start thinking about registration and enrollment for next year. We will be holding our annual Open House to tour the Early Learning Center and our K-8th grade programs on February 7th and 9th. We will schedule individual tours with interested families on those days so they can experience our “staff and students in action.” If you have friends who may be interested in our school, please let them know of this special preview opportunity. The sooner they tour and are placed on our waiting list, the better
their chances of becoming a member of our incredible St. Al’s community!
We have already sold over 200 tickets to our annual auction and the excitement keeps building. I have heard from many alumni that are thrilled to come this year, experience the new building for the first time, and join us in embarking on a new chapter in our history. Tickets are available on our website or you can call the front office.
A few reminders, please make sure to send your child to school with appropriate winter clothing. We encourage them to get fresh air unless it is below 20 degrees or icy conditions do not allow it.
Also, Special Persons/Grandparents Day is on February 1st (Thursday) beginning at 8:30 am at the school. Guests will gather in the”old gym” for a short presentation and then tour the new building. After that, they will join their child/student in the classroom and are encouraged to attend our All School Mass presented by the fourth grade class at 10:15am. Please mark your calendars so you do not miss this wonderful event.
I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child in body, mind and spirit.
In Christ’s Peace,
Person for Christ Awards this week: Liam Cable, Sophia Twohy and Mackenzie Schwartzenberger.
Teddy Bears: This week we will be water coloring paper mittens.
Also we will continue to go outside as long as the temperature is above 32, so please make sure to pack winter clothing; our playground gets pretty sloppy as the snow melts and freezes.
We will be learning about Martin Luther King Jr., and we will be making various art projects to celebrate this theme.
This week our theme will be the Arctic. We will discuss what animals live there focusing on the polar bear. We will also talk about the climate and what it would be like to live there. This week we will introduce the letter “Ii” for ice and igloo.
Blue Jays: This week we will be talking about Martin Luther
King and working on “I have a dream…” projects.
This week the Hawks class will learn about the letter Ii.” We will paint with ice, make ice cream in a bag and attempt to make igloos out of sugar cubes. We will also finish up our auction project.
This week the Tigers class will be learning about the letter Xx. We will be making xylophones, x-rays, and we will make patterns with the letter Xx. We will also learn about how x-rays are used and why people get them.
East: Topic of discussion for the week will be MLK. Remember
we will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15th for MLK Day.
West: Will be discussing MLK.
Mark your Calendars:
8-29: MAP Testing grades 3-8
17: Parent Advisory Meeting
19: Generation Alive kick-off assembly at 2:10
28: Catholic Schools Week Parish Mass: 8:30 and 11am
28-Feb. 3: Catholic Schools Week!
1: Special Person’s Day-More info to come
2: Auction-ELC and Aftercare close at 5:00pm-See more info below
5: Blessing of the new gym at Monday Morning Prayer
13: Celebrate Valentine’s Day – class parties, Red
14: Ash Wednesday- 12:15 Mass at St. Aloysius Church
15-16: K-8 Teacher In-service Days-No School/ELC open
19: President’s Day Holiday-No School/ELC Closed
21: Parent Advisory Meeting
22: K-8 Generation Alive Packing Day!
Important Notes & Reminders:
3rd and 4th Grade Be Like Coach Basketball Starts! Yes, Parents and Student Athletes! It
is time for basketball! The 3rd and 4th Grade Be Like Coach Program starts this Thursday, January 18 in the St. Al’s Gym from 3:15 to 4:45. Our crew of dedicated coaches are so looking forward to coaching your son or daughter. Please send your child to
school with gym shorts, and gym/basketball shoes on Tuesdays and Thursdays this season. We will be providing a practice t-shirt. If you have any questions, please contact Pete Hanson at 509-362-4411 or Program Coordinator Jim Stone at 509-435-6271.
Blessings under the Bridge: We have 2 spots still available for tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th.
If you are interested in volunteering please email Pat Mills at [email protected]
Spiritual Retreat Opportunities:
Men, you and your friends are invited to attend the 9th annual Hearts On Fire Catholic Men’s Conference
“Created for Greatness,” January 27, 2018 at Mirabeau Park, Spokane Valley. Hear dynamic messages from Bishop Mueggenborg, and Jon Leonetti addressing some of the most challenging issues facing Catholic men in this Modern World. The tickets website can be
accessed at www.dioceseofspokane.org. Contact Brian Kraut at 509-358-7314 for more information.
WHOLEHEARTED18 is the inaugural
Catholic women’s conference in the Diocese of Spokane, to be held on February 10, 2018, at St. Thomas More
parish, Spokane. Come to be equipped and encouraged with a great lineup of speakers and workshops, good food and giveaways, music, and Mass with Bishop Daly. Register and find more information at WholeheartedCatholic.org.
the Future Capital Campaign:
We have already raised $129,319
of our $600,000 goal to
Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line!
Please consider a 2018 gift and help us Cross The Phase 2 Finish Line!
The Phase 2 Finish Line! GIVE TODAY at
and help us reach our $600,000 goal! For more information, please contact Cami Carlson at 489-7825
x238 or [email protected]
Appeal – Kids Under Construction
So far, we have raised
for our KIDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION annual appeal! This is another fantastic way to support St. Al’s. Give today!
YOU KNOW??? We are scheduled to do our final construction walk through this week, and
we are already in the midst of the permitting and licensing process. All in attendance at our Special Persons Day celebration on Thursday, February 1, will take a brief tour of the new building. And, don’t forget to buy your tickets for our 2018 annual auction
on Friday, February 2! This is the inaugural event in our new building, and it’s going to be AWESOME!!! Can’t wait to see you all there!
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”
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•Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets will be on sale until January 26th. Visit our website to purchase.
Here is the link:
•If you would like to
be seated with specific people please add a note under special accommodations online or send us an email.
•This is a 21+ event. Silent auction, dinner, live auction, and dancing!
this is a dress your denim event. You can be as casual or as dressy as you want in your
Hours and Opportunities:
watch for your families Volunteer Hour Summary to be coming home TODAY!
crazy to think, but we are already halfway through the school year! There are still many opportunities left this year to complete your volunteer hours. Just a friendly reminder that each
Montessori and K-8 family
with a full-time student is required to complete 20 hours of volunteer time per year, and half-day Montessori or AM Kindergarten families are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer time per year.
are to be completed and submitted by Friday, June 8th.
Any unrecorded volunteer hours will be billed out at the rate of $20.00 per uncompleted hour.
If you are concerned about completing your volunteer hours, the Volunteer Hour Summary Description sheet that was sent out at the beginning of the year is a great resource. You can find a copy of this on the school website under the Volunteer Coordinator
tab. Please feel free to email me at [email protected]
with any questions you may have.
are only 18 DAYS AWAY from the auction! We are still in need of many different volunteers to help us with setting up and working the night of the auction. If you are interested in volunteering for the auction here is the Google link to sign up or please
email Aleisha Webb at [email protected]
or at 509-489-7825 ext. 244 :
will be days coming up that we will need help with basket making and help with many other tasks for the auction. Any amount of time you can spare to help is fantastic! More information and dates to come!
watch for an email to be coming from your classes Room Parent about volunteering at and/or providing food items for the Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, January 26th. If you have any questions, please contact your Room Parent 🙂
Thank you Mass:
Parish Thank You Mass is the kick-off to Catholic Schools Week and will be on Sunday, January 28th for both the 8:30am and 11am Mass. This is a great way for our school community to thank our amazing parishioners for all they do to support our school. I am
still in need of volunteers to help with set-up at 7:30am and to help serve after both Masses. Homemade baked goods will also be accepted. Please email me at
if you are interested in helping out with this fun community building event!
link to sign up to volunteer or bring in baked goods:
pray a prayer of gratitude for our new beautiful building. We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community!
We pray for
peace in our world, and the ability to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School