Principal’s News- October 11, 2017



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St. Monica Catholic School News!
From Principal Marybeth Bohm
October 11, 2017

Upcoming Schedule


12- Heart of Gold Assembly
13- No School, Teacher In-Service
14- Knights Of Columbus Italian Dinner
16-17- Noon dismissal, Conferences, Book Fair
18- Regular Wednesday dismissal at 2pm
19-20- Noon dismissal, Conferences, Book Fair
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

Main Office News


  • Seahawk Tailgate Party – Special shout out thank you to the Ferullo’s, Heather and Gregg, with our very own Jamie North for organizing such a fun event and to the Banchero’s, Mario and  Rhonda, Angelo and Misty, for donating the scrumptious brats for our party.  They were truly a huge hit with all.  Thank you to the volunteers for cooking, setting and cleaning.  Many hands make for light work.
  • Red Robin – Thank you to all of the families who supported St. Monica and went out to lunch/dinner at Red Robin this past weekend.  There is nothing better than giving back to school all while being served a yummy meal with no clean-up afterwards.

Special Announcement:
I would like to formally announce on behalf of Fr. Freitag and myself, as part of this transition year, a partnership with the Reid Group to help us identify and focus on all of the positive and good that St. Monica is so that we can help grow to become all that we are capable.

The Reid Group, a national Catholic consulting firm, is pleased to be hired by St. Monica Parish Pastor, Fr. Pat Freitag, to work with the community to develop a three to five year school plan.  The process will extend from October 2017 through January 2018 with significant input from everyone in the school and parish communities.  The project team includes Maureen Reid, former principal (Seattle Prep, St. Matthew and St. Alphonsus Schools), John Reid and Tome Reid senior consultants with significant experience in consulting with Catholic organizations across the country.

I look forward to gathering the insights, desires and hopes from my community to help form the future of St. Monica.  Please be on the look-out for announcements/invitations for focus groups and community meetings to help us create that vision.  Thank you for your commitment to St. Monica and to building our future.

Fire Drill:
We had our first all school fire drill this morning.  The students did very well, 2 minutes and 7 seconds.  As a new member of the community, I believe it is beneficial to have a new set of eyes looking at protocols and seeing where areas can be solidified to make us that much safer.  Our school safety committee will start to reconvene to address those concerns or variances in best practices.

Book Fair:
Next week, October 16-20, the Book Fair will be held in the library.
Monday 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM   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 or Monday evening.  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.

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

Currently we have only 7 enrolled students for the Intro to STEM class and 3 enrolled in the STEM Challenge class which class starts Friday 10/27. The minimum number of students desired 12, the class will run with 10 but the more the merrier.

If you haven’t signed up yet now is the time. The Intro to STEM class is for  K-2nd grades, and the STEM Challenge is for K-5th! Here are the class descriptions!

Intro to STEM

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. 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, and the Eiffel Tower.

STEM Challenge

Engineering FUNdamentals ProjectPower up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! 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: 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!

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