A tremendously successful MoveAThon!
What a beautiful day it was last Thursday for our MoveAThon! The students were enthusiastic runners and walkers for an hour of health and fitness and fundraising. Thank you to them and all their families for their effort and work. Don’t forget to get your donations turned in by this Friday–class results will be coming out shortly. And thank you again to our sponsors:
Sun Mountain Lodge, Erich and Betty Guenther
Rainier Pacific Properties, Jon and Claire Tran
Becky & Patrick Mullin
Johnny Mo’s, John & Heatherlyn Genna
Stewardship Sunday! At Mass this last weekend, the parish launched its annual stewardship giving campaign. At the same time, they are changing from Vanco to Pushpay as the method for online stewardship and giving. Now is the time to make sure you have updated your online method of stewardship and are current in your giving. The school is a mission of the parish and relies on in-parish family support for a balanced budget. Fiscal responsibility provides for healthy programs at the church and school. Our in-parish families benefit from a lower tuition that reflects their contributions to the parish in the form of involvement, stewardship and service. The beginning of January will be the start of re-enrollment in the school. Go to the Parish Stewardship Giving Page and follow the step by step instructions to ensure you are up to date.
Prayer Assembly: This week the Middle School Spirit Committee talked about their initiative to support a school that practices acts of kindness and inclusion. They have put up small posters throughout the school that talk about how we can be supportive of one another and be good people. They ended with a prayer to cultivate kindness in all of us. Thank you for your work.
MAP Testing has been completed by 2nd through 8th grade students! Last week we had two of our staff members receive training in using MAP test reports to help identify learning needs of our students and help make curricular decisions. And at our last week staff meeting teachers began looking at some of the class and school-wide data. We have scheduled more in depth discussion of MAP results at our Nov. 8 meeting. It has been our custom to give STAR test results to families at conferences–for years this has been teachers preferred standardized testing tool. This year we plan to look more in-depth at ways we can understand and share MAP testing data. We will keep you updated.
Teacher’s Retreat: Last Friday, the teachers met for a retreat on prayer. We explored the many forms of prayer and how and why prayer supports the well being of ourselves and our students. After morning Mass, we were fortunate to receive a guided experience in contemplative prayer through Adoration. We are grateful to Fr. Colin, Jessica Harris (Director of Parish Operations) and Charlie Hiestand (Music Director) for this rich faith experience.
The Great Shakeout!: This Thursday, we will participate in the world-wide Great Shakeout. This annual event serves to promote awareness and readiness to respond to an earthquake. We will have an earthquake drill and educate ourselves and our students in the best response to an earthquake. I would encourage families to do their own planning and explore the resources available on the Great Shakeout website.
Halloween will be coming up at the end of the month! Students are encouraged to wear costumes to school on Tuesday, October 31. There will be a fun Halloween parade that starts at 1:45 in the Kindergarten hallway, winds its way through the whole school collecting classes as they go, walks by the church to show off to the parish staff and then ends in the school gym. At the assembly, all grades will show off their costumes and there will be a best boy and a best girl costume prize for each grade. Parents are invited to join us for the parade and assembly. We look forward to some of the traditional ghosts, witches and goblins and all sorts of creative characters! Please remember that costumes may not depict violence, be gruesome and negative, nor include weapons of any sort. And students must be able to move about easily and sit at their desk!
Tech News from Ms. Marr:
- Claire Marr is your go-to when it comes to Gmail, PowerSchool, Student Tech! Reach out with any issues or questions.
- As you are traveling to school, to and from practices, or to the grocery store, turn on a Podcast in the car! Here are family friendly podcasts to choose from. My favorite is Big Fib by Gen Z Media and Wondery.
- Saturday, Oct. 21, 10AM – Baptism Class for parents interested in getting their children baptized! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested and/or for future Baptism Class dates.
- Sunday, Oct. 22, 10AM – Mass with Children’s Liturgy of the Word, followed by Coffee and Donuts at 11AM. Join us!
- Service Opportunity: If you have a high school student interested in service hours and loves working with kids, have them reach out to Mike Borte about opportunities to serve during Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
- Saturday, Oct. 28, 9-12pm: Clean up of the St. Anne Campus–get those volunteer hours!
- Thursday, October 19: The Great Shakeout–we will be practicing earthquake drills.
- Book Fair, October 25-27: In the Art Room–look for details to come.
- October 25-27: Conferences
- October 28, 9-12: Outdoor Clean Up Party for St. Anne!
- October 31: 1:45pm Halloween Parade, 2:15 Assembly
- November 1, 8:45am: All Saints Day School Mass
- November 1, 6:45-7:45: Executive Function Bootcamp, Topic: Organization
- Nov. 4: 100th Anniversary Celebration starting with 5pm Mass
- Nov. 10: No School
Have a great week,