Crusader Chronicles

January 10, 2020

Happy New Year! There is a lot of information in this newsletter! Please be sure to read through the whole newsletter!

Catholic United Raffle - Sales Start Next Week!


The Catholic Schools Raffle sponsored by Catholic United will be starting next week on January 17th. Tickets are only $5 and there are wonderful prizes, including the grand prize of a 2020 Buick Encore or $20,000 cash prize.


Tickets will be coming home NEXT week before the start date!


Each, K-8 family is expected to sell at least 20 tickets. We are also asking Kinderstart families to try to sell 10 tickets. You can sell tickets to your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family, and buy some for yourself! All the money raised stays at St. Al’s!! Plus, kids will earn an out of uniform pass for each book sold!


Tickets come in books of 10 and if you want extra books contact Destinee Egan at destinee.egan@gmail.com.


Would you like to sell your tickets after Masses in the coming weekends? It is a FUN, FAST, and EASY way to sell all of your tickets! To sign up for Mass, contact Destinee Egan at destinee.egan@gmail.com.


If you would like more information about our sponsor, Catholic United Financial, please contact our local representative, Jim Suek at 612-788-8051 or jsuek@catholicunited.org.

Feed My Starving Children Event

Feed My Starving Children is coming back to St. Al's for a Mobile Pack Event on Friday, February 7th! Our K-8 students will be helping during this event! There are 2 shifts available to help during the school day!

8:30 AM-10:30 AM and 11:30 PM-1:30 PM.


Grades 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be packing in the morning and Grades K, 3, 5 and 7 in the afternoon!


We do have other shifts available on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon and evening for those that cannot help during the day!


Please use Sycamore to sign up adult volunteers for:


  • Set up Shift from 3:30-5:30PM on Thursday, February 6th
  • Packing Shift from 8:30AM-10:30 on Friday, February 7th
  • Packing Shift from 11:30AM-1:30PM on Friday, February 7th
  • Clean Up Shift from 7:30PM - 9:30PM on Friday, February 7th



You can use this link to sign up your families for other available shifts on February 6th and 7th!

https://www.fmsc.org/volunteer-listing?mobilepack=2002-316EA


Look for more information in future newsletters!


We are looking forward to an exciting 2 days of packing meals and giving back!

Week Ahead - January 13 - 17


Monday, January 13:


Tuesday, January 14:

SAHS Meeting 2:00-3:00


Wednesday, January 15:

Mass at 8:30 AM hosted by 4th Grade

Home and School Meeting at 6:30 PM


Thursday, January 16:

Student Council at 2:00


Friday, January 17:

Spirit Day

St. Al's is hosting the JV Boy's Basketball Tournament

This tournament in January 16-18! There are many volunteers opportunities during these 3 days! All shifts are listed in Sycamore. Please log in and sign up for a volunteer shift or two! This is a great fundraiser for our Athletic Program!

Enrollment for 2020-2021 School Year

Enrollment paperwork for the 2020-21 school year was mailed to all K-7 families over the holiday break! The deadline for enrollment without a registration fee is January 17th.


Preschool enrollment paperwork is being sent home today with all PreK students.


If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact Ms. Tierney Peters at 763-503-3342 or peterst@mystals.org.

There is a NO BUS day on Monday, January 27th!

Happy Birthday to our friend, Clementine Brown! Please see the attached information about a birthday party for her THIS Sunday.

Family Bingo is Back - Save the Date

Family Bingo will be Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in the evening! More details to follow!

Garage Sale - 2020

Just a Friendly reminder 14th Annual Garage Sale

is coming soon!

Drop off date is Saturday April 18th 1:30 PM -4:30 PM.

Bring your old items for someone else to fall in love with. Help us make $$$ for the school and parish! (Project yet to be determined)

Questions call Amy 763-464-3794.

St. Al's Board of Directors

The Board of Specified Jurisdiction has had a busy fall. They have spent the majority of the past few months working on a strategic plan for the 19-20 school year in the areas of finance, facilities, enrollment and development. Here's a brief update of their work as of December 6, 2019.


Finance: The finance committee is working on tuition setting for the 20-21 school year, as well as, determining the budget for the school for the 20-21 school year.


Facilities: The Facilities committee is doing research on lighting options for the school campus and how best to convert to LED bulbs and fixtures. This is still in the research phase. In addition to lighting, this committee is looking into upgrading the switches in the HVAC system to be sure our system is efficiently running. Finally, through a generous grant, we are working on a remodel/upgrade of the cafeteria of the school. Plans and ideas will be shared with families and students soon.


Enrollment: This committee is specifically focused on growing our enrollment and retention of our current students. You will be notified of upcoming events and ideas to continue to share this amazing school with others in the community.


Development: The role of this committee is to grow our development dollars and donor database. Alumni and community relations are at the heart of what this committee is focused on this school year. Growing our development dollars allows us to continue to provide Catholic Education to all of our families and others who are interested in St. Al's as well as keeping our programs strong and growing!

Gala 2020 - Come join our Gala Core Team!

Do you like planning parties? Do you like spending time with great people? Do you want to help out St. Alphonsus Catholic School in an amazing way. Come join the Gala Planning Core Team. The Gala Planning Core Team plans our largest annual fundraiser which is scheduled for April 18, 2020. The time commitment is about 1-2 hrs each month. The team meets on the first Sunday of each month at 6:30PM in the Teacher’s Lounge. You’ll meet some amazing people and you’ll have a ton of fun at the same time. If you’re interested in people part of this awesome team, please contact Michelle Misko at michellemmisko@gmail.com.

Attendance Line

Attendance Reminder

Please remember if your child will be absent or tardy to call the attendance line at 763-503-3306. Please leave the specific reason your child is absent or tardy. If your child is gone from school for 3 or more days due to illness, a doctor's note is required. Also, if a child is gone from school for more than 1/2 day due to illness they may not participate in any evening activities. Thank you.