Principal’s News- October 18, 2017



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St. Monica Catholic School News!
From Principal Marybeth Bohm
October 18, 2017

Upcoming Schedule


19-20- Noon dismissal, Conferences, Book Fair
24- 1st Grade Field Trip to Seattle Children’s Theater
25- Pre-school Pumpkin Painting Party
27- 7th Grade Field Trip to St. Vincent de Paul
27- 2nd Grade Musical- St. Francis and the Wolf
29- Trunk or Treat, Fall Raffle Drawing

1- All Saints Day 8:30am Mass
2- Shop for a Cause @ Tesori
6-17- Food Drive for Knights of Columbus
9- Veterans Day Assembly
10- No School, Veterans Day, No ASC
14- Auction Theme Reveal Party at The Mazure’s
22- Noon dismissal No ASC
23-24- No School, Thanksgiving Break
28- Shop for a Cause @ Island Books 

Main Office News

The Reid Group Update
Parent focus groups are coming and an invite will be coming soon!  Please refer to last week’s Principal’s News for more information about The Reid Group,

All Hallows Eve Challenge – AKA Halloween
Students are invited to come to school dressed as a Saint.  The goal is to be creative; making their costume out of supplies you have around the house.  Research the saint and create a costume that symbolizes their life, or their cause of death (get the Halloween spooky effect), or what are they the patron saint of (do NOT buy an astronaut costume and say you are the patron saint of asteronauts).  The goal is to be creative and artistic without spending a ton of money purchasing a costume that might not ever be worn again.  We will end the day, schedule E, with a parade of the saints and a chosen few will explain their saint of choice and how their costume reflects their saint. Then we will all exit the gym with a Halloween goodie (with or without a costume).  Those that choose to not wear a costume must come to school in uniform. No NUT coupons may be used.

ASC Closed on Friday, March 16th
I must admit, I had a great time with your littles on Friday during our faculty in-service day.  To be able to play with the kiddos is such a treat especially as the school day is always so full that I don’t often take the time to play.  With that being said, as the entire faculty needs to come together to work together for the betterment of our school, I am looking down the road to the March 16th in-service day.  I am planning on closing ASC on this day, change in the original calendar, to allow for all faculty members to be present for the in-service opportunity.  I am hoping that with five months’ notice arrangements can be made so that ASC will not be necessary for that date.  I know that with work schedules this is an inconvenience, and for that I apologize, but it is imperative that the entire staff, myself included, be available for in-service days and Professional Development.  Thank you for your kindness and understanding with this change.

Earthquake Drill
We will be participating in the Great Washington Shake Out this Thursday the 19th at 10:19 AM.  We will be practicing our drop and cover with an evacuation to safety following.  With our exceptional fire drill last week, I am sure this will be a piece of cake.

Book Fair
This week, October 16-20, the Book Fair will be held in the library.
Tuesday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Primary classes (K – 5th) will be visiting the book fair twice during the week.  Once to create a wish list and then a second time to make purchases. Middle School will be going once to make purchases. And Pre-School will be able to check out the fair with their parents in the afternoons.  We also have an online option,, more details and directions. Thank you for your support of our book fair.
Also, please contact Mrs. Porter if you would like to volunteer with the book fair next week or in the library every week.

Parents, please log into SchoolSpeak and update all of your information.  You should receive a print out at your Parent Teacher Conferences that will show you what is missing.  Return your copy, after making the changes online, marked completed and your child will receive a NUT coupon. Thank you!!

Please remind your children to NOT share lunch or snacks with one another – even if they think they know what is inside.  As we have students with varying food allergies we want to make sure everyone is safe while enjoying their snacks and lunch.  With students’ varied allergies we are not able to be an allergen free zone, students need to eat what has been packed for them or what is provided from our hot lunch provider, Little Toby.  If your child has allergies or restrictions, please remind them to not take any food from classmates or people at lunch.
Starting in November, we will have a peanut free table, as that is generally the most sever of the allergens, for those that would prefer to eat away from the possibility of nuts / granola bars / PB&J sandwiches.  Once again, remind your child(ren) of the importance of not sharing food, eating with proper table manners (so food mess and possible contamination will not occur – eating with one’s mouth open or talking with your mouth full increases the risk of food possibly being shared or passed unintentionally).

Tuition Assistance for 2018-19
Fulcrum Foundation Tuition Assistance Grants Program is OPEN! (10.1.17 to 1.5.18)

Community Life

Second Annual Trunk or Treat

What is Trunk or Treat?

Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween. Participants of the event decorate their cars/trunks in the upper parking lot and children walk from trunk to trunk to look at the decorations and receive candy and treats. This event provides a controlled and safe family environment for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

How to participate:

Parents/Guardians: Decorate your car/trunk and give out candy or other treats (pencils, stickers, small trinkets, etc.) Please no nuts or nut products.

Children: Come dressed in costume, bring a bag to collect your goodies and have a great time walking from car to car “trunk or treating!”. Please leave weapon accessories at home.

Things to know:

Sunday, October 29th 5:00-6:00 pm at St. Monica’s upper parking lot * All are welcome to participate in this free event.

November is Shop for a Cause Month!
We have two local businesses offering 20% of all sales donated back to St. Monica School. Great times to start your holiday shopping early and bring in money for our school.
November 2- Tesori, a unique boutique with treasures old & new. Bubbles & Sweets provided while you shop, 11am-7pm, 2836 West Mercer Way #A.
November 28- Island Books, an independent bookstore proudly serving Mercer Island for over 40 years. Drinks and Treats provided while you shop, 10am-4pm, 3014 78th Ave SE.
Hosted by Parent Club!

Faith & Service

The Sisters of St. Anne operate a very destitute orphanage in Keren, Eritrea.  They have  50 girls currently.  They feed and educate the girls and give them hope and love. The girls are often hungry and without electricity or basics.

Two of our school parents, Catherine Moe (425) 890-0366 and Mariana DeLucas (425) 233-4919 are coordinating a donation drive for food, money and girls’ gently used warm-climate clothes and shoes, ages 5-17. Boxes for donations will be in the St Monica school entrance 10/16 through 10/20. Donations will be shipped to Eritrea on 10/22.

Items Needed:

  • Food- rice, dried beans, oil, pasta, dried food
  • Writing materials/stationary
  • Money
  • Gently used girls clothing and shoes, ages 5-17

May God bless your generous hearts!


Fall is here and so are some big promotions ! You don’t want to miss the upcoming deals so make sure you’re prepared by signing up for both ShopwithScrip and PrestoPay today!
How to Enroll

  1. Email to get our Enrollment Code
  2. Go to
  3. Register (if you do not have an account)
  4. Click on Join a Scrip Program
  5. Enter the Enrollment Code (for security purposes, contact the school coordinator
  6. Now enter all the required information to set up your account

You are now ready to order.  You will find all of our local vendors listed under Best Sellers. They will not appear in the general list of cards available.

Great anniversary deals will be happening October 21-31 on hundreds of vendors. Be sure to have your account ready to go!

LEGO STEM After-school Enrichment

If you haven’t signed up yet now is the time. Register Here The STEM FUNdamentals class is for  K-5th grades. Here is the class description!

STEM FUNdamentals

Pre-Engineering ProjectRatchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Each season’s course features different engineer-designed projects. For 2017-2018 our curriculum features these projects:·FALL: Fire Trucks, Space Stations, Tugboats, the Eiffel Tower, Bulldozers, Hovercrafts, Hot Air Balloons, and the Great Wall of China.

Register on the St. Monica Catholic’s 6 Crickets Portal by Wednesday, 10/24.

Photo Sharing

We would love to use your photos taken on class field trips or athletic events for the yearbook. Please email to Pat Porter (, Regina Park (, or Caroline Gaskill ( labeled with the grade of the students.  Thank you for sharing the fun memories with us!

Sports FYI
Thank you to all of the coaches for your support of the CYO athletic program and your time and energy in helping our students develop their love of the sport and good sportsmanship.

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