News from the Office

March 9, 2018

NO SCHOOL

Next Friday, March 16th, there will be no school. Our teachers will be attending an Archdiocesan Regional Development day at St. Pat’s.

IS YOUR UNIFORM SWEATER FALLING APART???

We have been receiving several complaints regarding our navy blue sweaters, vests and cardigans literally coming apart at the seams! Representatives from Dennis will be here next Tuesday at 10:30am to assess the situation. Please have your child/ren wear or bring their faulty sweaters for them to check out. Parents are welcome to bring these faulty items in as well. These are under warranty and the company wants to help solve the problem.

PLEASE HELP THE OFFICE WHEN YOUR CHILD IS:

ABSENT

When a student is ill, or for some other reason is not able to attend school, a parent or guardian is expected to call the school office between 8:00 and 9:00am. You may also call prior to this time and leave a message on our school voice mail. If this is not done, the school will telephone the parents at home or work. If a parent cannot be reached, persons listed on the emergency form will be contacted.


When a student returns to school, a note verifying the date and reason for the absence is required. This written excuse should be given to the teacher. It is kept on file for the year. When a student has had three unexcused absences in any given month, the principal will be notified. A pattern of unexcused absences will result in the principal contacting the parent for either a telephone conference or a school conference to develop an attendance plan.

TARDY

At the sound of the 8:15 bell, all students should be in their classrooms ready to begin their day. A student who is tardy for school must report to the office for a tardy slip before going to class. A written note or phone call to the office, explaining the reason for being late is needed for an excused tardy. Excessive tardiness will have a direct impact on a student’s academic evaluation and promotion to the next grade.

FIRST COMMUNION RETREAT #3

The final retreat will be held Sat., March 17 from 10:30am - 1:30pm for our children and parent/s (or significant adult) preparing for First Communion. We will meet first in the church and then move over to the school cafeteria. We’ve been asked to let you know that this retreat day will be a fasting retreat time with only bread and water.

REGISTRATION APPOINTMENTS

The office has begun calling families to schedule appointments to contract with Mr. Nuno for next year. If you would prefer, please call the office and we will schedule a time that works for you. Thank you for being available!

NEW FAMILY REGISTRATION

Paperwork for NEW students in PK - 8 are now available. If you know of a family that may be interested in registering a new child at our school, please let us know and we will contact them. We would love to give them a tour of our school and mail them an application and recruitment packet. If you plan on registering a sibling, please let us know this as well. Our PK filled up very fast last year and we wouldn’t want you to miss out!!

AUCTION…COMING UP VERY FAST!!!

Our 28th Annual Gala Auction will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018. The doors open at 5:30pm and will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Tacoma Downtown. This is our largest fundraiser and we need your attendance, ideas, donations and help to make this a success. If we can help, please don’t hesitate to call and ask questions.

FULCRUM FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

If your child qualified for the 18-19 school year scholarship you should have received a letter in the mail this week. Once received, please follow their instructions in regards to mailing a thank you to them! Please join us in thanking them for ALL their assistance…past and present!

END OF SECOND TRIMESTER

Today, Friday, March 9th is the end of the second trimester. Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, March 15th. If your account is not up to date, your child’s report card will be held. Please be sure to check backpacks!

5/6 CAMP MEETING

Mrs. Butterfield will be hosting a Camp Meeting for grades 5/6 on Wed., March 13 at 6pm in the classroom. We hope to see everyone there!

UNIFORM SHORTS: Shorts Grades PK-8 (optional)

They are back! Mr. Nuno has approved our students to wear regulation navy blue uniform walking shorts purchased from the Dennis Uniform Company!! The uniform walking short may be worn the Monday we return from Spring Break. No shorter than three inches above the knee. Target Cherokee pleated shorts may also be used. Shorts must be worn snugly around the waist.

BELLARMUN 2018

This is a two day Model United Nations Conference for 6,7 and 8th grade students being held April 14 and 15 at Connelly Campus Center at Bellarmine Prep. Please see the attached flyer for more info. http://www.bellarmineprep.org/BELLARMUN/

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529 PLANS AND K-12 EDUCATION INFORMATION

Did you know that 529 Education Savings Plans can now be used to pay for K-12 education—including Catholic school tuition? Changes approved in the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act extend the use of 529 Education Savings Plans—traditionally meant to cover college or other post-high school education and training costs—can now be used for approved K-12 education expenses. Fulcrum is working with the Office for Catholic Schools and a committee of principals and local financial experts to develop guidance for schools and parents on this issue. In the meantime, check out these great resources to learn more about the changes: What is a 529 Plan? What are the new changes to 529 Plans? New York Times Article

PRAYERS PLEASE

For Rattana Oum’s mother and Victor Voeuk’s grandmother (gr6) who passed away last weekend. Please pray for a speedy recovery for Joe Mailloux, father to Lucas and Bridgett in grade 6 who has been ill.