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Happy August St. George Families!


I pray that this email finds everyone in good health and that you have had some extra special family time this summer. I certainly enjoyed a more laid back July!


Our business offices open next week daily from 9:00 AM-1:00PM. Different staff members will be in and out to attend different meetings at the chancery so be sure to call/email ahead of your visit so we can be there to assist you. Our office will be closed on Monday, August 22 for our all staff in-service.


All of our summer maintenance projects are begin ticked off. Our upgraded security door locks have been installed on every interior door of the main school and old parish center. We are still waiting for a couple new doors in the parish center which are slated to come in September. The new carpet has been installed and looks gorgeous! Our electrical has been updated for the new 85” flat screen TVS, and our new black-out blinds are scheduled for hanging next week. A HUGE thank you to all the parents and students who volunteered last Sunday to help us build and move desks along with over 200 boxes of instructional supplies, from the school hall back into the classrooms and library. You were such good sports climbing the stairs in that awful heat!


COVID UPDATE We continue to keep abreast of King County Health Department policies. Currently, they recommend masking indoors. As it stands now, though we highly recommend masks for all students, Preschool-8th grade, for staff and guests inside campus buildings, masks are optional. We are following CDC guidelines when it comes to quarantine, isolation and return to work. Over the summer we were given 18 additional air purifiers for free from KCHD to use throughout our buildings.


Monkeypox For those of you who may be concerned about this virus, here is a message from our in-house pediatrician, Dr. Jenny Lobo. There is currently an international Monkeypox outbreak with around 6000 cases to date in the US, only 2 children in the US have been affected so far. Monkeypox is a viral disease that is mostly spread by direct contact to active lesions or sharing clothing or linens that have touched the active rash. It may also spread rarely through respiratory secretions when people have direct prolonged face-to-face contact. It is NOT known to linger in the air and is not transmitted during short periods of shared airspace. The illness often begins with nonspecific symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat, headache, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. The rash follows with small flat red spots that become raised red bumps and then blisters or pus bumps. It is typically a self-limiting condition that lasts 2-4 weeks which requires isolation for the duration of illness. If you suspect your child may be at risk keep your child home and consult your doctor.


The 2022-23 Parent Student Handbook is attached. You will find a summary of all school policies, protocols and expectations for both students and parents. It is the expectation that all parents and middle school students are familiar with what has been set forth.


Hot Lunch Edwin Barber will continue as our hot lunch provider. We will send out the September menu when it becomes available. All forms and fees are due by Friday September 2 at Noon. Hot lunch begins on Tuesday, September 6th. Students will need a sack lunch for the first week of school. Each child is asked to bring a personal, refillable water bottle to school daily.


Uniforms Students in K-8 are required to be in full uniform starting August 30th. Uniform sweaters, vests, skirts and jumpers must be ordered at Dennis Uniform. The link below goes directly to our page. https://www.dennisuniform.com/collections/xtg400?_pos=1&_psq=wa%20St%20george&_ss=e&_v=1.0 A reminder that girls may NOT wear leggings or pants under their jumpers or skirts. They may wear blue black or white tights, long or short socks. Preschool and PreK students may wear comfortable clothing of their choice. Uniform pants are always an option.


Cell Phone policy changes: All students in Grades 5-8 who bring a cell phone to school will be required to place it in the classroom lock box at the start of the day and grab it at dismissal. For students who attend Extended Care, Mrs. Freeman will also be using a lock box to hold all cell phones until parents arrive for pick-up. Any student not following policy will have their phone confiscated for parents to pick up. We have had too many students abusing our cell phone policy and causing disturbances in the classroom or on the playground.


K-8 Extended Care begins August 30th. Mr. Rittman will open the school hall door on S. Dawson at 7:00 AM daily. Because, Aug. 30th is a half day, students who attend Afternoon Care need to bring a sack lunch. All parents MUST physically SIGN OUT their children from Extended Care each day. You will not be allowed to text them to walk out on their own. Enter at the metal gate between the school and the gym between 3:15 and 6:00 PM.


Our morning rate is $2.00 per day per child and $5.00 per hour per child for after school care. Extended Care bills on a monthly basis. All bills are due within 5 days of receipt. If your bill is not paid by the end of the month, your student may not attend the program until your account is paid in full. If the accounts are not current, report cards and records may be withheld.


CYO SPORTS Andrew Garcia is our new CYO Athletic Director. He can be reached at athletics@saintgeorgesseattle.org. Registration for CYO Soccer and CYO Cross Country has begun! We are looking for volunteer coaches and student players! For more information and to register, please visit


https://www.saintgeorgeseattle.org/cyo


Enrollment As of today we have 255 students enrolled. We still have open seats in a few classrooms-Preschool, PreK, First, Second, Fourth and Fifth. Help us spread the word!


Mark your calendars


August 19 FREE Family Movie Night at 8:00PM Disney’s Jungle Cruise on the playground hosted by St. George Parish. Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and bag of your favorite treats/drinks for a night of fun! Light snacks and refreshments will be served.



August 21st Preschool and PreK play date at the Early Learning Center back yard. (11:30-12:30). We invite all 22 of our families to come ease the little ones back into school mode and reconnect with old friends and meet new ones!


August 24th


7:00-7:30 PM* Preschool/PreK Mandatory Parent Night in the School Hall

In compliance with our Washington State Licensing for Early Learning Centers, we host a parent night to go over policies, routines, school supplies, required documentation and answer any questions you may have before students can come to class.


7:00-7:30* Kindergarten Mandatory Parent Night in the classroom.

Enter on Dawson by the parish center across the street from the main school.

Ms. Goedken and Ms. Janet will summarize students’ needs, routines and expectations for Kindergarten.

*NOTE CHANGE IN TIME FROM THE CALENDAR FOR THE TWO PARENT MEETINGS ABOVE – NOW 7-7:30.


August 28th Kindergarten play date on the playground (11:30-12:30). We invite all 26 of our families to come and mingle to ease the little ones back into school mode and reconnect with and/or meet new friends!


August 30th School begins - Preschool and PreK on full schedule. K-8 have a noon dismissal. Our Back to School Assembly will begin at 8:30 AM. Parents are welcome to attend.


September 2nd All School Mass of the Holy Spirit at 8:30 AM. Everyone is welcome to attend.


September 6 Hot lunch begins.


September 7th K-8 Mandatory Curriculum Night for Parents at 6:30 PM in the school hall. We start with a general parent meeting. Then the teachers will host two 20 minute sessions 7:15-7:35 and 7:35-7:55) in their classrooms for parents that explains curriculum and expectations for the year. Child care for grades K-8 will be provided.


September 11 Back to School Family BBQ after 10:30 Mass. Preschool-eighth Grade organized by the PTA.


September 25 St. George Jogathon! Husky Ice Cream at the finish line back by popular demand!



I am expecting a fabulous year ahead and look forward to seeing everyone soon.


So proud to be a St. George Dragon!


Monica Wingard, Principal

mwingard@saintgeorgeseattle.org



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