Crusader Communique- September 6









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Crusader Communiqué – Weekly Update for Friends and Families of St. Monica School
September 10th-14th

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Week of Sept.  10th – 14th
Wed. 9/12 – Crusader Wear Wednesday!
Dismissal 2:06 p.m. / Pre-K dismissal 12 noon
Wed. 9/12 – Pre-K Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m. in the Early Learning Center (ELC)
Thurs. 9/13 – K-8 Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m. beginning in the Gym
Fri. 9/14 – 8:30 a.m. School Mass & 7 p.m. Mom’s Back to School Social
Sun. 9/16 – Parish & School Community Picnic after 11 a.m. Mass

I can’t believe we are half way through our second week of school already.  The first week was amazing – not a single tardy student .  The new schedule seems to be working well and the kiddos are adjusting to being back in school: sitting in desks, walking in lines, raising their hands – you know, the good ol’ stuff.  The teachers and I agree, it is difficult to be in class when the weather is so beautiful.  Make sure to spend some time after school enjoying the weather and being outside – DAILY HOMEWORK!!!  Your children are a blessing to our school and they bring such a joy and energy.  Thank you for partnering with us and gifting us with the opportunity to work with all of you.  Blessings upon our new year. I look forward to seeing all our parents at the Curriculum Nights next week.

St. Monica Spirit Wear orders due by September 30!
Order online at https://smcrusaders18.itmeorder.com 
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
Friday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Pam H.’s Home, RSVP via the Evite or email Pam Hayden. 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 Family Information
Parent Club held a New Parent Orientation on Aug 27th . If you are a new family and missed the meeting, or a long time family that just wants a refresher, 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.  

Events/Activities/Fundraisers
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

Fall After-School Enrichment Programs

Use the link below to sign-up for all our programs. Please take the time to get your children signed-up today before classes fill. Registration is due one week before classes start. Chess starts next week so register ASAP!
 
After-school Enrichment Registration Link

ENRICHMENT   GRADE  DATES DAYS TIME COST $
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 https://stmonicasea.org/morning-care-contract/.

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. Reserve your space https://stmonicasea.org/study-hall-contract/. Cost is $8/per session.

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 office@stmonicasea.org 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

Hot lunch
Reminder that 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. 

Auction
Save the Date! Our St. Monica Auction will take place on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.
 

Announcing the 2019 Auction Co-Chairs!
Kelley Miller & Brooke Shephard -Thank you for stepping up to lead our fantastic community event.

We will be revealing the 2019 Auction Theme at our Mom’s Night on September 14th.

Practice Schedule
Monday – 3:30-5:00 5th grade Co-Ed Soccer-lower field
Tuesday – 3:30-4:30 Kindergarten Soccer-lower field
Wednesday – 2:10-3:10 X-Country (all grades)-lower field
Wednesday – 3:30-5:00 5th grade Co-Ed Soccer-lower field
Thursday – 3:15-4:15 1st Grade Co-Ed Soccer-lower field
Thursday – 3:15-4:15 2nd Grade Co-Ed Soccer-lower field
Friday – 3:00-4:15 3rd Grade Girls Soccer-lower field
 
For soccer practice please make sure your athlete has proper shoes, shin-guards, hair tied back and water.

SOCCER
Soccer season has officially started. We have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade girls team. We are also partnering with St. Mads and French American for Kindergarten and 5th grade. There is still time to sign up for our Soccer teams. Please email Allison if you are interested.·This year we are using Team Sideline as our St. Monica CYO sports site. There is a Team Sideline mobile app that you can download for both Apple and Android, so the specific information for your team is easily accessible. You can also view your team site online. It has the roster, practice times and game information for your team! Check it out and let us know what you think. 

CROSS COUNTRY

  • Cross Country practices are Wednesday after school – 2:10-3:10. 
  • Parents oversee getting their kids to XC practice. Please have them wear running shoes and bring water.
  • Please pick up your child by the lower field by 3:15. Monica will walk kids to ASC.
  • We are still taking registrations for Cross Country. All Kids K-8th can run Cross Country. It is a short and fun season and great exercise. Please join us! Cross Country Registration
  • Cross Country meets are located at Sammamish State Park and requires a Discover Pass. Buy your pass here… Discover Pass
  • The Meets are on Sept 23rd, Sept 30th and Oct 7th.  Runners need to be present by 1:30. 

BASKETBALL
Basketball season is right around the corner. We will start the registration process in 2 weeks. We are currently looking for basketball coaches. Games start at the end of November. We would love to have teams for Grade 3-8.  If you are interested, please contact Monica Tracey at monicatracey@earthlink.net

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
Sun. 9/16- Parish & School Community Picnic 
Sat. 9/22- Confirmation Registration closes
Mon.-Fri. 9/24-28- MAP Testing Window

Marybeth Bohm, Principal

My husband, Eli, and I have been happily married for almost 25 years (this December it will be 25 exactly) and have been blessed with the gift and responsibility of nurturing and loving our three amazing daughters: Kaitlynne (22), Margaret (18), and Haylee (15).  Kaitlynne is  working on her PhD in microbiology at Washington State, Margaret just moved to Gonzaga and started her freshman year, and Haylee is a sophomore at Liberty high school in Renton.

I am a product of Catholic schools, elementary through graduate.  I attended St. Irenaeus Parish school in Cypress and St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, CA then I earned my bachelors and masters degrees from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  We moved to Southern Washington right after getting married and I started teaching in the public school system in Longview and Yelm but knew that I needed to go “home” to Catholic school.  I wanted and needed to be able to teach the whole child; to be able to share my faith simultaneously with the core curriculum.  I am very much looking forward to my second year as principal of St. Monica Catholic School and building on all the amazing things we have here.

Favorite color: Blue
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite dessert: Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Pets: Two dogs and two guinea pigs
Favorite things to do: I love to read, listen to and watch all things True Crime. Forensics is really intriguing to me yet I can’t pull a tooth (too much blood and yuck) – Eli had all tooth duties as our girls grew up.
If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: If I wasn’t a teacher I would have been a pretty good detective. Although I have ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher and I LOVE what I do.  I pray all children find what they love to do and make that their career – it is never difficult going to work when you love what you do!

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