Principal's Weekly Newsletter
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. Peter 4:10-11
Nov. 4, 2022
Hello St. George Families
Thank you to all the families who volunteered at the Halloween Carnival, the Middle School Dance and the third grade families whose children hosted Mass on Sunday. It was a super fun and busy weekend. We sold 250+ carnival tickets and had about 500 middle school students bopping in the gym! Volunteers be sure to send in your Service Hours form to the main office.
The Holiday Season is fast approaching! I have added an attachment that lists all the different service projects we have going. You can do one or you can be involved in all of them. This is a great opportunity to get your children involved in a discussion of HOW they can put their Christian faith into action through service to others
During November the parish has set up an altar to honor all of our family members who have gone before us. We are inviting the students to bring a picture of their deceased love one to add to the altar. Pictures will be returned after Thanksgiving. We hold our loved ones in our heart and pray for their eternal peace.
The next Parents Club meeting is tonight, Nov. 3rd at 6:30 PM in the school hall. Everyone is welcome.
Last Call for your reservations for our first annual Grandparents Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. We have 80 guests so far! We will have special tables set up for grandparents to eat lunch with all their grandchildren, Preschool-8th grade at the same time.
Tuition Assistance applications for 2023-2024 school year are due soon. Any family interested in applying for tuition assistance for students in K-8th Grade must complete an application. If you DO NOT complete the application with Fulcrum, we will not disburse tuition assistance to your family. Apply at https://www.fulcrumfoundation.org/grants-and-programs/tuition-assistance. Be sure to include any incoming Kindergarteners for next year.
Japanese Exchange Students. We have two families who have volunteered to host our incoming Japanese students for a week in Late March early April. We are looking for another 10 families. Could you be a gracious host for a week?
You would provide a private bedroom for the 1 or 2 students to share or have their own rooms.
The students would have at least one weekend hanging out with your family doing something fun in Seattle.
You would provide breakfast and dinner, and the students would come to school every day with your child while St. George would provide lunch here for our guests.
All adults in the home must be compliant with Archdiocesan Safe Environment policies to qualify.
From the Parish
Vincent de Paul: Helping Neighbors in Need
Ever wonder what services our parish St. Vincent de Paul volunteers provide? Here's an example: Recently Dee and Mario Ortiz, plus family members and friends, were able to help a young homeless woman six-months pregnant furnish a new apartment. Though this is not typical of our services, the Ortiz family and friends came up with a bed, baby items, a crib and mattress, a rocker, desk, and couch. More typically, our conference also provided a SVDP store voucher for pots and pans, bedding, and other household items. The young woman was extremely grateful for all the help. Dee Ortiz, incidentally, served as conference chair the past six years (a term limit) but has continued to serve as a knowledgeable, inspiring leader for the conference as "vice-president." If only we could recruit more volunteers like Dee! Please let us know if you might like to give it a try; it is such a valuable parish/community service! Contact SVDP Secretary Marge Haralson at (206) 762-9288 to learn more. Thank you for your donations that make all this possible!
Synod National Synthesis
Last year, Pope Francis began an historic synod, calling on dioceses around the world to gather Catholics for listening sessions. Unlike any other synod before, this one started with and involved all the faithful at local Churches across the globe. After synthesizing the feedback from all the parish sessions in our country, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a National Synthesis outlining the common themes raised in the sessions. You can read the synthesis at http://ow.ly/AwzN50KN2Gc Learn what your fellow Catholics across the country have shared about their experience of the Church and the movement of the Holy Spirit. The next step is a Continental Phase to be finished by March 2023.
A huge thank you to all of our St. George families for their contributions to the Halloween Carnival. With almost 400 guests on Friday night, we raised $5030.08! Thank you to Kristin Huang and Sammy Chan for leading the Carnival and a HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers who decorated, worked in the concession, bar, check in, and security! The Haunted House was a HUGE success!
Another huge THANK YOU to the 8th grade families for organizing a successful middle school dance on Saturday night! With another 380 plus guests from nine different schools, the dance raised $5129.46! Thank you to all of the families who volunteered to check in, run the concession, security, the chaperones, and the Haunted House! Thank you to DJ Rocryte for the music and Joann & Demi Urtula for the photo booth!
Other fundraising endeavors over the last few weeks include the 8th Grade Hosted Pizza Friday which raised $476 and the Mariners Day which raised another $106 for 8th grade.
Way to go Dragons!
Picture retakes are November 9th for those who were absent or were not satisfied with their child’s picture. Student are invited to bring in a change of clothes for their pictures if they so choose.
On Thursday, Nov. 10th the students will be hosting a BLUE MASS when we pray in Thanksgiving especially for those who serve their country and their community with dignity. At this Mass, we invite all those in our community who have served in the military and in emergency professions such as fire fighters, police officers and Medics. The students will be making cars of appreciation to share with the Veterans’ Hospital, and our local fire and police departments. All are welcome. Friday, Nov. 11th school is closed in honor of Veterans’ Day
Your sister in Christ,