Crusader Communique- August 30


Crusader Communiqué – Weekly Update for Friends and Families of St. Monica School
September 3rd- 7th

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Week of Sept.  3rd – 7th
Monday, Sept. 3rd – No School / BSC & ASC Closed
Wednesday, Sept.5th – Dismissal 2:06pm / Pre-K dismissal 12 noon
Friday, Sept. 7th – First Friday Mass – 8th Grade leads the Mass


Parents, with some changes in staffing and the need to keep the gym available for PE, recess, and church functions, students will be eating lunch in the classrooms.  Although this seems to be a different experience, the students actually ate in their classrooms many times last year for the exact same reasons.  Honestly, we found that they ate their lunches better, showing better table manners, less spilling and messiness and actually finishing their meal.  We are still planning on scheduling “family” lunches, buddy lunches, combining classes together for special “picnics” and special rotations, as a new way to build community as we break bread together.  The drama and hurt feelings for the little ones when a friend doesn’t choose to sit next to them is now gone.  We believe this will be a more peace filled lunch system and are looking forward to the start of something great.

Hot lunch
Due to the construction and work in the kitchen this summer that has been extended briefly into September, we are UNABLE to start our hot lunch program for a couple of weeks.  We apologize for the inconvenience that this creates but will let you know as soon as hot lunch begins again.


We are pleased to announce our line-up of Fall After-School Enrichment Programs for our students.

We have ONE link (6crickets) to sign-up for all our programs. Please take the time to get your children signed-up today before classes fill.

After-school Enrichment Registration Link

Little Coders K-2nd 10/22-12/10 Mon. 3:10-4:10 $160-
8 sessions
Game Development 3rd-5th 10/22-12/10 Mon. 3:10-4:10 $160-
8 sessions
Martial Arts K-8th 10/23-12/11 Tues. 3:00-4:00 $259-
8 sessions
Chess Club K-8th 9/12-  1/16 Wed. 2:10-3:30 $200-
16 sessions
Smart with Art K-6th 9/18-11/13 Thurs. 3:10-4:10 $192-
8 sessions


Before School Care 
Morning care is available 7:00-8:15 a.m. We have created an online form to make sign-up easy. Reserve your space

After School Study Hall
Study Hall is a supervised, safe place for students to work on homework and study skills after school.  Study Hall is held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:10-4:10 p.m. in the school library for 5th-8th grades. Please complete Study Hall Contract 2018-2019 to reserve your space. Cost is $8/per session.

Daily DROP-OFF & PICK-UP Procedures

Drop-off – Doors open at 8:15 am, school starts at 8:20 am

  • Morning drop-off is a drive through procedure along the east side of 87th Ave SE.
  • We have teacher aids to assist the children out of the cars.
  • All cars should be facing North on 87th Ave, drive around the block to face the correct direction if needed.
  • Please do not drop off your children on the other side of the street and let them cross the street.

Pick-up – Dismissal at 3:00 pm (2:06 pm on Wednesday)

  • All cars should enter from the south end of the parking lot off 44th St.
  • There are two lanes of traffic entering the lot. Stay in the right-hand lane if you are going to pick up students. This is a “drive through and pick up lane” only. Please DO NOT park in this lane.
  • Cars must continue to pull forward as others exit. When you have picked up all your students, please pull into the left lane and exit the parking lot.
  • If you plan to park in the limited spaces available, please enter from 44th St. and stay in the lefthanded lane. Abide by the coned off areas and park in lined spaces.
  • For the safety of all, you must use the designated crosswalk only.
    Traffic flows into the lot from 44th St. and exits the lot onto 87th Ave SE


School Office Hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily. Scrip on sale daily.

Attendance Notification Procedure
On the morning of a child’s absence or late arrival for appointments, the school must be notified by 9:00 a.m. For your child’s safety, all absences, regardless of duration, should be notified daily. Email or call 206-232-5432.
Updated School Forms Needed!
SchoolSpeak profiles need to be completed ASAP. Please take a moment to log into SchoolSpeak to make sure all student information is complete.
If you wish to have your child walk to the library or have a carpool the Carpool/Walker Permission Form needs to be completed and turned into the office.
Students needing medication administered during the school day will need to complete the Authorization for Medication Form and turn into the office.

September is Back to Scrip Month
We are excited to announce that Scrip will be available during School Office Hours everyday! Stop by and meet Michelle Klecan our new School Secretary/Registrar. All orders dropped off by Thursday each week, will be ready for you by the following Thursday. Presto Pay is faster and easier to set-up, stop by and learn how to get started. Your children will receive a NUT coupon once you make your first purchase. All Scrip proceeds benefit teacher enrichment/wish lists! Learn more about Scrip


Save the Date! Our St. Monica Auction will take place on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.It is not too late to join our 2019 Auction Team! Please email to be added to the committee list! Our team meets twice a month, August –December, on Monday evenings, and we would love some more detail-oriented people to join our team and help with audience development, data entry, procurement, decorations and securing sponsorships. If you are willing, we will find a spot for you!


The month of September is the time to order St. Monica Spirit Wear!

Order online at
All orders must be placed by midnight on SEPTEMBER 30! Items will be delivered to the school 3 weeks after online store closes. Students may wear Spirit Wear tops with uniform bottoms on Wednesdays. Proceeds go towards our events and activities!

Mom’s back to School Social – Save the NEW Date!
Friday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Pam Hayden’s Home, check your email for the Evite sent and RSVP! This is a casual, low-key, event — dress up if you want, but yoga pants & flip flops are welcome! Wine, beer and assorted non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well as light appetizer type snacks & desserts.

New Parent Orientation- held 8/27
The Parent Club held a New Parent Orientation on Monday night. Many new families came to learn more about what to expect through the school year. If you are a new family and missed the meeting or just want a refresher on what you learned, here is a link to the New Parent Presentation.  Feel free to reach out to our Welcome Committee Chairs, Justyna King or Mary Chu, if you have any questions.

St. Monica has many wonderful events, activities and fundraisers planned for the school year.  Check out everything here so you can plan ahead! We are always looking for help with Parent Club activities. If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to our Parent Club Co-President, Emily Ferrari


St. Monica Cross Country Registration Deadline is Tuesday, Sept 5th

Meets are at Lake Sammamish State Park – Discover Pass Required for Parking

  • Sunday, September 23, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
  • Championship Meet: Sunday, October 7, 2018 @ 2 p.m.


Sacramental Prep
It is time to Register for Confirmation and First Communion!Confirmation
Registration for Confirmation classes closes on September 22, for current St. Monica Eighth Graders. Classes will be held on Sundays beginning September 23, in the school library at 10:10 a.m. If you are registering for Confirmation, you will need a copy of your child’s baptism certificate, Sponsorship form and Confirmation Elect form (all found on Payment page). Please download, fill out and bring them the first day of class.First Communion
Registration closes for First Communion classes on October 6, for current St. Monica Second Graders. Classes will be held on Sundays beginning October 7, in School Classrooms at 10:10 a.m. If you are registering for First Communion you will need a copy of your child’s baptism certificate. Classes begin Sunday, October 7th.

All forms for both Confirmation and First Communion are due on November 14, 2018.


Important Dates to Remember
Mon. September 3- No School, Labor Day
Fri. September 14- Mom’s Back to School Social 7 p.m.
Sun. September 16- Parish and School Community Picnic
Wed. September 12- PreK Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m. New Date!!!
Thurs. September 13- K-8 Curriculum night 6:30 p.m. New Date!!!
Sun. September 16- Parish & School Community Picnic
Sat. September 22- Confirmation Registration closes


Pat Porter – Good bye.  After 20 years at St. Monica as a technology specialist and most recently part-time library, Mrs. Porter has decided to move to another community closer to home and with full-time library duties.  Her love of children and story telling will continue to grow and flourish at her new school.  We wish her well on her new path as she will be very missed.

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Principal Message
After-school Enrichment
Main Office
Development Office
Parent Club
CYO Athletics
Faith and Service
Looking Ahead
Faculty/Staff Updates

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