We had a wonderful Catholic Schools’ Week! From our Sunday Liturgy with our parish family, to Monday morning when we celebrated our parents, to the Mass and lunch with grandparents, and to Community and Parish Appreciation; we are blessed to be in such a supportive community. When Friday arrives and we have the chance to celebrate our students, it is so rewarding to see the joy on their faces as they engage in various activities. We realize how lucky we are to share in these young people’s lives each day. Thank you!
The culmination of our week came on Friday afternoon with the volleyball game between the faculty and the 8th grade. It was a hard-fought battle with three very, very closely contested games. It could have gone either way. The faculty (luckily) came out on top! (WHEW!) These 8th graders are very talented volleyball players. The gym was full of cheers of support for both the 8th grade and the teachers. Pretty chaotic, but definitely showing how these students really care about supporting their school.
Thank you to those of you who attended our State of the School presentation either last Wednesday evening or earlier this morning. There was important information presented on our student successes, the accreditation self-study process, and an update on work on our year 3 goals from our strategic plan. Also presented was information on work being done to assure that we are attracting and retaining the highest quality teachers.
The Teacher Compensation Task Force is hard at work, with a goal of paying our teachers 95% of what they would make in the Seattle Public Schools. Currently, they are paid at approximately 81%. We are asking parents to consider “closing the gap” through their Annual Fund donation – funds raised through this tax deductible (and corporate gift matching) vehicle go directly into our operating budget for the following school year. Click here for a refresher on how the school finances operate!
This coming year, the gap between tuition and actual cost of educating each student is $1,178 per child for Parish families. We are asking that families consider donating to the Annual Fund at the Patron Level or higher. This is an annual contribution of $1,000 – $2,499 or $83 – $208 per month. Any contribution you can make will help keep tuition as low as possible moving forward.
Re-enrollment packets were distributed at each of the State of the School meetings. Your Annual Fund forms are included. They are due back in the office by February 16th. If you were unable to attend one of the meetings, please stop by the office to pick up your packet.
Have a great week!