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Weekly Bulletin - Week of Sept. 28th

Weekly Principal's Note: Thoughts from the Retreat

Good Day!

I want to thank all of you, especially La Jefa (Amparo), for making sure that everything went swimmingly last week while I was away. The retreat was nice and we spent a lot of time reflecting on how Catholic Schools evangelize the faith to their students. I think it is a good reminder to all of us that our number one focus in a Catholic school should be our Catholic identity. We must live our faith everyday, through words and actions, for our students. We are their role all times. Beyond this, we must teach them about their faith through Scripture and traditions of the Catholic Faith. Whether or not they are Catholic, this is what our school is about and we want to do our best to impart this knowledge to all of the children in our care.

Another item that came up at the retreat was having high academic standards and making sure that we are all doing our best to help students achieve success in all aspects of their lives. Engaging, focused instruction, with specific outcomes is the way to achieve this in the classroom. I have not been in the rooms as much as I had hoped, in the past few weeks, as things have been a little hectic. I intend to spend much more time in your rooms this week. I just want to be present to see the instruction going on, witness the Catholic Identity present in the rooms, and feel the classroom environment. This is by no means a formal evaluation. I just want to spend some time (30 min?) getting a better feel for what amazing things are happening in each classroom. There is no need to do anything differently. I will just find a space to sit and, perhaps, be working on my laptop.

If there is anything I can do to support you in bringing high-quality Catholic education to your students, please let me know. I am here to help.

Have a wonderful week!

Important Survey for this Week's Professional Development!!

Please take this survey (asap) for the PD this week with Dr. Yaden on lesson planning:

This will help her tailor the PD to meet our staff's needs. Your honest appraisal of your needs is necessary for a successful PD experience.

This Week:


CYO Cross Country Meet for P.K. - 8th grade at Bellarmine (in the back, near the "bowl") from 2 pm - 4 pm.


I will be in the classrooms throughout the day.


I will be in the classrooms throughout the day.


3:30 pm - 5 pm P.D. on Lesson Planning with Dr. Yaden. All teachers required to attend.

6- 7:30 pm Bilingual Information Night. Staff attendance is optional.

Movie will begin at 6 and Q & A session will be from 7 - 7:30.


Mass at 9 am - Awards will be given out immediately after Mass.


Reminder to Students: No School on Friday!!

Curriculum Resources - Order

Amparo and I will order all materials from the list that I sent out. Please make sure to contact us by Monday if any of the information (including quantities) is incorrect. We will begin ordering on Monday.

Please remember, meeting your standards is the important piece. Textbooks and workbooks are just one way to get there. You can also get creative with online resources and hands-on activities. We want to make sure that we understand the standards we are responsible for in each grade and find a way to cover all of those. The textbooks, Foss Kits, workbooks, etc. are all just the vehicle for meeting those requirements. The Foss Kits are all in and I would like to see them in action beginning this week. Let me know when you have exciting investigations, so I can check them out.

Professional Development - Upcoming Events!

Lesson Planning, Objectives, Outcomes:

We have lined up Dr. Bridget Yaden to come on Wed, Sept. 30th to do some work with lesson planning, objectives/outcomes. The PD will be held at the school from 3:30 pm - 5 pm. Please make sure to adjust your schedule for that afternoon, so that you can attend the entire session. It is very important information and we are lucky to have Bridget!!

Foss Kits:

Foss Kits PD has been lined up for Wed, Oct 14th (our half day). We are lining up additional classes on this topic and I should know more about that schedule this week.

Teacher Evaluations - Danielson Framework

Take a look at this information on the Danielson Framework. This is the basis for our teacher evaluations this year.

I will be lining up meeting dates for each teacher in the coming weeks. We will be discussing goal setting for the year. I would like each teacher to pick 2 goals that they would like to work on this year. The goals must relate to aspects contained in the Danielson framework. One must be an instructional goal. Here is a quick image of the areas:

The goal setting should be thorough, well planned, measurable, and focused on an area of improvement that is necessary in the classroom. I have a packet that I will be giving to all of you to assist in this process.

Virtus - Safe Environment Course for Staff

This is just a reminder that ALL new staff members must take the 3 hour Virtus class offered through the Seattle Archdiocese. There is a limited amount of time to complete this, in order to be in compliance. Please make sure that you register to take the class through: Once completed, please provide a copy of your certificate to Kelly for your staff file. If you took it last year, you are fine for now. Online renewals will be rolled out soon.

AESOP Online Substitute System

I spoke with Krista Van Dyke at the retreat and she will be making sure that all teachers are in the system on Monday (9/28). She (or the AESOP system) will be emailing all teachers their log in info. Please look for this to arrive in your inbox early this week. You must use it to schedule subs for absences. Thank you!!

Field Trips - Reminders

I know that many of you are looking into field trips for the Fall, especially to pumpkin patches and such. Just a couple of reminders:

  • All parents/chaperones must take the 3 hour Virtus class before volunteering. If they have taken the class through Safe Environment/SetaNet in a prior year (and taken the annual renewals online), they are fine for this year. If they have questions on this, please direct them to Colleen Thomson at
  • Leon Sanders is available to take kids on the bus, as long as we give him proper notice and don't overwhelm his schedule. You can reach him directly at: or 253.377.2105 (texts are great).
  • Please make sure that field trips correlate to lesson plans/standards.
  • Field trips are excellent ways to get kids engaged in topics and make families feel more connected to our school community.
  • Please email Berenice and myself with the dates of the field trips (after approval), so that we can include them on the calendar of events.



Lesson Planning, Outcomes/Objectives Professional Development - For Teachers Only

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 3:30-5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Professional Development hosted by Dr. Bridget Yaden. All teachers need to attend. Please make sure to adjust your schedule so that you can stay until 5 pm. Thank you!! I know that this will be great info for you and will make your lessons so much more productive!

Bilingual/Immersion Education Information Night

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 6pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please put this in your newsletters...

Bridget Yaden will host a viewing of the film Speaking in Tongues (, followed by a 30 minute Q & A session on the three language acquisition models (100% immersion, 90/10, and 50/50) for parents. Childcare will be provided at $2 per child. Parents must RSVP through the newsletter or contact the office.

For Teachers:

If you have any questions regarding bilingual education, teaching, etc., feel free to contact Bridget directly at: She is a wonderful resource and happy to help. Teachers are welcome to attend this event, but attendance is optional.

Chocolate Sale - All Money is Due This Thursday Oct 1st!

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

All students will be given chocolate to sell. Boxes will be given to the students on Monday and they will request them through the office when/if they need additional boxes. Prizes will be given for top sellers: individual and class.

Shanan O'Driscoll-Hedges is in charge of this event. Her email is

Teacher Excellence Day - No School for Students

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 8:15am-2:45pm

7112 South 12th Street

Tacoma, WA

Pay to Dress Date Changed!!

Friday, Oct. 9th, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Due to Oct. 2nd being a day off (for students) and Oct. 1st being a Mass day, we will move Pay to Dress until Friday, Oct. 9th.

Noon Dismissal - Foss Professional Development

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 1-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

First Grade Field Trip - Pumpkin Patch

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 8:30am-1pm

2301 E Main

Puyallup, WA

Going with Leon on the bus.

Halloween Carnival

Sunday, Oct. 25th, 1-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

This event will be held in the school auditorium. Please have parents contact Nina Tatum for more info or to volunteer.

Picture Day - New Date!!

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 8:30am-2:30pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Individual and Group Photos

Volunteers Needed - Contact Colleen Thomson at