FAQ for Families

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions.
Weekly Email

We send out a weekly email called the Crusader Communique every Monday. This newsletter contains important information on schedules, events, and links to various school resources such as uniforms, lunches, volunteering, and registering for events. Please check your junk mail folder if you do not receive it (often, it hides there). You may also view past newsletters on our website, https://stmonicasea.org/crusader-communiques/.

School Auction

Each year our school hosts an auction with all proceeds benefiting our school programs and teachers. For 2022, Save the Date, Saturday, May 14! Our school is fixin’ the best barn-raising party this side of the Mississippi, and it is going to be A Holy Hoedown! For more information, please visit our website: St. Monica Auction 2022 (ejoinme.org)

School Start, Days Off, and End Date

Printable 2022-2023 Calendar (subject to changes)

August 31, 2022- First Day of School, noon on the first day, followed by an all-school picnic.
September 5- No School Labor Day
October 14- No School, Teacher Professional Development
November 11- No School, Veterans Day
November 23-25- No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 19-January 2- No School, Christmas Break
January 16- No School, MLK Day
February 10- No School, Teacher Professional Development
February 20-24- No School, Mid-winter Break
March 10- No School, Teacher Professional Development
April 7- No School, Good Friday
April 10-14- No School, Easter Break
May 29- No School, Memorial Day
June 16, 2023- Last Day of School, noon on the last day, followed by an all-school party.

New Parent Orientation & Curriculum Nights

August
23- New Parent Orientation
25- PreK Curriculum Night
September
6- SMA Curriculum Night
7- K-4 Curriculum Night
8- 5-8 Curriculum Night

School Schedule

Doors Open at 8:00 am.
School Starts at 8:15 am.
School Dismissal at 3:10 pm (Wednesdays at 1:40 pm)

School Office Hours

St. Monica Catholic School takes the security and safety of our students seriously. Therefore, during school hours, the St. Monica Campus is locked. The main entrance is equipped with security cameras, and we require all visitors, volunteers, parents, or deliveries to be “buzzed-in” and then “signed in” at the front office. We appreciate your patience.

Our school office is open 7:30 am – 3:30 pm on school days, and our office number is 206-232-5432.

Morning Drop-off Procedures

St. Monica Catholic School opens the doors for students at 8:00 am for the 8:15 am first-period bell. For the safety of our students, you are encouraged to use the “valet” line at the main entrance. Stay warm and dry in your car while members of our faculty and staff meet your student and assist in opening and closing car doors and backpack wrangling.

  • Morning drop-off is along the east side of 87th Ave SE.
  • We have teacher aides to assist the children out of the cars.
  • If needed, all cars should be facing North on 87th Ave and drive around the block to face the correct direction.
  • Please DO NOT drop off your children on the other side of the street and let them cross.
  • DO NOT drive into the parking lot and drop off along the sidewalk.

Note for Preschool- Licensing requires that all Pre-K children be walked to the Pre-K building and signed in and out daily.

Afternoon Pick-up Procedures

Dismissal begins at 3:10 on all school days, except for Wednesday dismissal, at 1:40 pm. Students are split between the main entrance pick-up and the upper parking lot adjacent to the gymnasium. Families will be notified at the beginning of the school year which pick-up location they will pick up their children at the End of the day.

  • All cars should enter from the South End of the parking lot off 44th
  • Stay in the right-hand lane for drive-through pick-up only.
  • Please DO NOT park in this lane. Cars must continue to pull forward as others exit. Please pull into the left lane and exit the parking lot when you have picked up all of your children.
  • Traffic flows into the lot from 44th St. and onto 87th Ave SE.
School Picture Day

September 7, 2022
Students may come in full uniform, spirit wear, or “nice” picture attire. (Parents’ preference for the photo.) Kids Photography will begin taking pictures right after the first bell and start with the youngest classes first. After that, all students have their photos taken for the yearbook and school records.

School Supplies

Each student paid a $200 Educational Tech/Curriculum/ School Supplies fee during registration. This fee covers all necessary consumable supplies such as pencils, paper, folders, etc. Please see the School Supply List 22-23 for additional items students need to purchase.

Uniforms and Uniform Exchange

All students are required to wear a uniform. We also have a gently used “uniform exchange” next to our school office. All items are free. Come by and take a look during school hours.
https://stmonicasea.org/admission/school-uniform/

We partner with both Dennis Uniform & Land’s End school uniforms.
When ordering, please use these codes:

  • Land’s End: www.landsend.com School Code: 900163767
  • Dennis Uniform: www.dennisuniform.com School Code: XTM450
Spirit Wear

Keep an eye out for ordering Crusader Spirit wear. Spirit wear is different from uniforms! Wednesdays are our Spirit wear day when students (and teachers) can dress more casually as long as they wear Crusader logo clothes. This sale will open in the summer with a link sent in the Communique.

Parent Club

All parents of St. Monica Catholic School are automatically members of the Parent Club. Our Parent Club coordinates the many volunteer efforts needed by the school to build community and support the school faculty and staff which significantly enhances the St. Monica experience. Parents have many opportunities to volunteer throughout the school year as room parents, event leads, and much more. Parent Club meets once a month for planning and fellowship.

Service Hours

The required volunteer commitment is 30 hours per family per academic year. All volunteers must have current Background Checks, and SEP training completed to volunteer. The Archdiocese of Seattle mandates this training. Please visit https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ to complete the background check and sign-up for a class.

Community service hours are also required for middle school students.

Volunteer Opportunities

To sign up to volunteer, please click here: https://stmonicasea.org/volunteer/.

Please record your family volunteer hours in your Facts Family Portal. As we plan our Parent Club events, opportunities are continuously added throughout the school year.

Each Service Hour equals $15, so if you volunteer to bring teacher snacks and spend $30, you can add 2 hours, and if you make something, add your cooking time too.

Hot Lunch Program

Our lunch program starts on the second day of school, September 1. All students may order lunch directly through Lunch Ladies, our lunch program. Ordering can be done weekly, monthly, or daily by 8 pm for the next day.

Every Saturday, you will receive an email about the lunch menu for the upcoming week. The email can also serve as a reminder to order for the week if you’re ordering weekly.

Please see the Lunch Ladies Easy Ordering Instructions to register for our online ordering system.
If you have any questions, please contact the Lunch Ladies at 425-444-9573 or email at w-szabo@hotmail.com.

Technology

We provide devices for all students for MAP testing. In addition, it is required that all middle and high school students have access to a computer at home with the full capabilities of a laptop PC.

Minimum and Recommended Requirements for Devices

Amazon

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app at no extra cost to you? Follow the instructions below to select “St Monica Catholic School” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases directly to our school.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “St Monica Catholic School” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Scrip

St. Monica Catholic School offers the Scrip fundraising program to families, parishioners, and school supporters. As a school organization, we can buy gift cards (referred to as “Scrip”) at a discount and resell them at face value, thereby raising funds for our school.

Once your account is set up through www.shopwithscrip.com, and your PrestoPay account is verified, you will be able to order and print gift card vouchers for immediate use. Many Scrip vendors offer online vouchers that may be scanned from your smartphones at checkout. Scrip to Go is on sale every day in the school office. Stop by, and we will answer any questions. https://stmonicasea.org/giving/scrip/