Principal's Weekly Newsletter
August 25 2022
Dear St. George Families,
Hurray, school starts on Tuesday! God continues to bless us at St. George! We are fully staffed. We welcome our new librarian, Ms. Barbara Morgan! Ms. Morgan is a certificated teacher with an MA in Administration and comes to us with a wealth of teaching experience. She is excited to meet all of our students and happily brings her own son, Colter to our 4th grade class.
Parent Volunteer Requirements by the Archdiocese of Seattle.
We have many volunteer opportunities for you to consider, but before parents can volunteer, all parents must be current in Safe Environment Protocols. In addition, a new requirement by the Archdiocese of Seattle is a signed School Volunteer Agreement that must be presented in advance of volunteer work. See the two attachments for more information.
Uniforms: Students in K-8 are required to be in full uniform starting August 30th. The Dennis Uniform link is https://www.dennisuniform.com/collections/xtg400 _pos=1&_psq=wa%20St%20george&_ss=e&_v=1.0
K-8 girls may NOT wear leggings or pants under their jumpers or skirts. They may wear blue black or white tights, long or short socks.
August 28th Kindergarten play date on the playground (11:30-12:30). Come meet your new classmates! Milk and donuts provided.
Morning Drop off and Pick UP protocols for K-8.
The 5th grade crossing guards and I do our best to get all the kids safely to and from school. It flows smoothly when parents abide by our traffic protocols. Please share this letter all those who help get your kids to and from school, especially grandparents! Impatient drivers and those thinking of only their convenience and not considering how they affects others are what stress us all out each day in traffic. Everyone has places to be, so please be patient.
Come to St. George two ways:
Drive south on 13th Ave from S. Hudson or S. Shelton. Please do not come up 13th from the south behind me in the street. I know I am asking you to go a block or two out of your way, but it is in the best interest of children’s safety. Drop your kids anywhere along the front of the school and gym. Don’t jam up at the gym gate. They can walk 40 or 50 feet to the gate, and we have staff outside to supervise.
Drive west only on S. Dawson, and pull all the way down you can towards 12th just like at the gas pump. Don’t expect to drop the kids at the cafeteria door. They can walk.
Please do NOT come up S. Dawson from 12th. You are going against traffic and kids are running across traffic to get to the school door.
USE THE CROSSWALKS on the corner of Dawson and 13th! DO NOT CROSS AT PEARL BY THE GYM! There is no crosswalk there. I have seen too many parents and grandparents crossing kids in the middle of the street between cars or directing their kids to run across the traffic because it is easier for them to pick them up. That is a life-threatening accident waiting to happen, and it teaches kids unsafe habits.
Abide by the crossing guards. Wait for them to cross you.
DO NOT park in yellow curb zones. Park around the neighborhood if you want to walk your children in. Yellow curbs are a drop and go where parents do NOT get out of the car. Consider parking at the church parking lot and walking your child.
Kindergarten parents who are late must park and walk their child to the main office to check in, and then walk them to class across the street.
Students must be IN THE CLASSROOM at their desks by 8:00 to be considered on time. We will mark them tardy at 8:00.
Tues. Aug. 30th Preschool and PreK on full schedule every day.
K-8 Noon dismissal. All students will need to bring their own snacks and refillable water bottle daily as well as a sack lunch if they are staying for Extended Care
Early morning care is open at 7:00 AM.
We offer free morning care from 7:40-7:55. Drop off students to our playground. We will have two access points: the gym gate and the school hall door on Dawson Street.
At 7:55 students will be escorted from the playground to the classroom by their teachers.
Our K-8 Back to School Assembly will begin at 8:30 AM. Parents are welcome.
Wed. Aug. 31 K-8 Regular Day: 7:55- 2:00 Dismissal. Bring a lunch!
Sept. 1 7:55-3:00 Bring a lunch Hot lunch orders and fees due. PTA meeting at 6:30PM in the school library.
Fri. Sept. 2nd All School Mass of the Holy Spirit at 8:30 AM. Everyone is welcome to attend. Noon Dismissal. Lunch needed for those staying for Extended Care.
Tues. Sept. 6 Hot lunch begins.
Sept. 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 is available.
Sept. 11 Back to School Family BBQ Preschool-eighth Grade. BBQ tickets are now for sale online using the following link: https://www.saintgeorgeseattle.org/back-to-school-bbq. Tickets are $10 each per family. Lopez Island Creamery has generously donated ice cream for this event and it will be catered by Chef Edwin.
September 25 St. George Jogathon! Donations are rolling in for the Jogathon! Please use the following link to donate or sign up to volunteer: https://www.saintgeorgeseattle.org/2022-jogathon or text "rundragons" (one word) to 366283. Husky Deli ice cream will be waiting for everyone at the finish line!
From the Development Office, Andrea Chiodo: 2023 Auction Update
As we plan the 2023 Pure Imagination dinner and auction happening on Saturday, March 11 at the Renton Pavilion Events Center, we would like to take a moment to thank the following 2023 sponsors:
Seattle Preparatory School - www.seaprep.org
The Chiodo Family
Mr. & Mrs. George Hofbauer
O'Dea High School
In Kind Donors:
Rain City Catering
The Turla-Cordero/Ligot/Alex/Fareti/Turla Families for sponsoring our table top wine
If you know of anyone who would like to sponsor the auction or if your family would like to sponsor, please contact the team at email@example.com or call 206-767-1909. Thank you!
We would also like to let everyone know that we are holding a hybrid in-person AND zoom Parent Club Association Meeting the first Thursday of every month staring Thursday, Sept 1 beginning at 6:30pm on zoom and in the library. We would love for everyone to attend the first meeting; the Parent Club Leadership Team will have plenty of information for all parents to help them navigate the school year.
The energy is high and we all look forward to reconnecting with our St. George Family! See you Tuesday!
Monica Wingard, Principal