Weekly Newsletter: 9/1/22
September 1, 2022
Dear St. George Families,
What a terrific start with good weather and happy spirits! It is awesome to see our families returning and new families joining our community.
Our Hot Lunch option begins next week. All orders and fees are due tomorrow, Sept. 2 at Noon. See the attached menu.
Tomorrow, Friday, September 2nd, is the First Friday of the month, which means SPIRIT DAY. Students may wear black or blue jeans and a St. George tee shirt OR they may wear their uniform (uniform shorts acceptable). It is NOT A FREE DRESS DAY. Students who do not follow these directions will have their parents called to bring them appropriate clothing to change in to.
Parents’ Club: Our first meeting is tonight, Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 in the school hall. We encourage you to come in person and meet eye to eye with other families as we build community. We offer a hybrid meeting on Zoom for those who can’t make that.
School will be closed on Monday in honor of the Labor Day holiday. School opens on Tuesday for our regular schedule for Preschool-8th grade!
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 on the playground.
September 11 Back to School Family BBQ Preschool-eighth Grade. Let’s gather, reconnect and enjoy each other’s company from 11:30-1:00. To help keep costs in line, we are asking all families to register on line to attend. The ticket price is $10 per family. To register to help and/or attend, go to https://www.saintgeorgeseattle.org/back-to-school-bbq
September 25 St. George Jogathon! Husky Ice Cream at the finish line! It is not too early to start getting your pledges. Share the link https://saintgeorgeseattle.ejoinme.org/rundragons to friends and families! Families who raise $250 earn a free t-shirt, designed by winning student artist London Vaughn, for each St. George student in their family.
Parent Volunteer Requirements by the Archdiocese of Seattle.
We have many volunteer opportunities for you to consider for your 40 hours, 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.
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.
Please NO double parking pick-up. It is not safe for kids.
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.