Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation with our late start these past couple of days. They have been hard calls. Looking out the window at 4:30am sometimes paints a radically different picture than what we hope to see in the early morning hours. In addition, we have teachers living north to Edmonds and east to Sammamish who have had over 6 inches of snow since the weekend. We need to make sure everyone can get here safe and sound. When Seattle School District and neighboring Catholic school choose to start late, I usually will follow suit. I feel we made the right decision these past two days but let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of the same snowy situation anymore this week, or the rest of this year, for that matter!
Time to get ready for “Denim and Diamonds – An Evening in Nashville”. Our annual auction is just over two months away. Last Friday, you should have received your auction procurement packet. Start planning those dinners, parties, and fun adventures to be auctioned off. The “experiences” planned and hosted by our St. Anne parents are always top sellers. Let’s make this the best auction yet. Your children benefit directly from your support.
Each year at the auction we have our Fund-It portion where items, desired by the school, are purchased using monies raised by direct donation during the “raise the paddle” time. In years past we have acquired new textbooks, Smartboards, computers, sports equipment, a new Big Toy, Climbing Wall and a resurfaced gym floor. This year, we would like your input on your priorities for Fund-It. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey ranking your favorites or offering additional suggestions.
Finally, at this time of year, as the weather worsens, I need to remind people of drop off and pick-up etiquette. We are once again seeing parents parking in non-designated spots. We had the parking places re-lined this summer to help people see the parking spots. Please do not park in any other places on the playground when you are picking up your child/ren. We have seen cars parked over the crosswalk and under the basketball hoops where there are no lined parking spaces. Teachers on duty before and after school are also reporting drivers going too fast, picking up students in the pick-up line without parking, blocking neighbor’s driveways or parking illegally on the streets surrounding the school.
We are fully aware of the shortage of available parking spots, especially at drop-off and pick-up, but please be respectful of the needs of fellow parents, neighbors and parishioners. Do not park illegally, even if for “only a minute”. Watch your speed as you drive through the drop-off and pick-up line and do not pass a car in front of you to exit quicker. Stay in line!
I know none of us want to even think of the consequences of a child getting hurt. If we all work together and follow the procedures we can help assure the safety of our students. Please share this information with any nannies or relatives who may be picking up/dropping off your child. We often see that it is not the parent who is disregarding the rules, but someone else who may not be familiar with our plan. For a copy of all of the procedures, please refer to pp.5-6 in the Family Handbook.
Finally, just a reminder that there is no school next Monday, January 21st in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Have a great week!