January 15, 2019
Dear St. Pius X Families & Community,
New beginnings provide us the chance to reflect on what has worked (or not worked) in the past and how we would like to proceed moving forward. Perhaps you decided to make resolutions this New Year—I urge you to write these down and keep them close. You may find the need to adjust or tweak these resolutions as you morph or change over the course of the year—feel free to make updates! Let God guide and lead you in this process. Be open to surprises and seek what God most desires in you to be fulfilled in the world.
One new and exciting opportunity our parish is offering over the next 11 weeks is Alpha. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the deeper meaning of your life. The Alpha experience consists of eleven weekly gatherings and a Saturday retreat. Weekly gatherings begin with a meal, followed by a short video presentation and small group discussions. There are two schedule options: Wednesday Mornings: 10:00 – noon (starts Jan. 16) OR Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 8:30 PM (starts Jan. 17). Please register online at www.stpxparish.org.
Important Parent Education event worth your while:
Tweens, Teens, and Tech:
The Impact on Kids' Developing Brains and Well-Being
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Seattle Children's Hospital, Wright Auditorium
From cyberbullying to Snapchat, Fortnite and FOMO ("fear of missing out"), today's constantly connected culture can be tough for kids—and their parents! Join us to learn about new research from Common Sense Media and the University of Washington on the impact of technology on tweens and teens. We'll also discuss how you can help kids use technology in healthy ways and how you can support digital well-being for you and your family.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, pediatrician and chief of digital innovation, Seattle Children's Hospital Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, UW
Michael Robb, senior director of research, Common Sense
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. For more information, please visit www.commonsense.org.
Our school’s OPEN HOUSE is Sunday, January 27 from Noon-3pm. Two things will help make this a terrific Open House: 1) Plan to attend—we need you here—anytime between Noon and 3pm and 2) post our information on Facebook, Nextdoor, etc. and share with your friends, family, & neighbors. Thank you for your help in getting the word out!
Finally, we could use volunteers for the following activities: Tuesday morning readers (weekly), Recess monitors (daily), & Math Night.
Peace, Mrs. Farewell
Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, Jan. 16 All School Mass – 9:00 AM, Full Uniform
Thursday, Jan. 17 Auction Meeting – 5:30 PM
Monday, Jan. 21 NO SCHOOL – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY
Tuesday, Jan. 22 March For Life – Grades 7 & 8
Wednesday, Jan. 23 All School Mass – 9:00 AM, Full Uniform
Sunday, Jan. 27 - SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – NOON – 3:00 PM
Children’s Mass – 11:00 AM – Children’s Choir – Full Uniform
Monday, Jan. 28 – CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
2:00 PM Dismissal
School Commission meeting – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, Jan. 30 All School Mass – 9:00 AM, Full Uniform
Thursday, Jan. 31 Family Math Night – 6:00 PM
March For Life – On Tuesday, January 22nd, our 7th & 8th Grade Students will participate in the March For Life in Olympia. Fr. Christiansen will celebrate “Mass for Life at 8:00 AM. Following Mass we will join Archbishop Sartain, many other Catholic Schools, priests and families in this peaceful display of solidarity to speak up for the unborn and those who cannot speak for themselves in Olympia. Catholic Daughters of America has provided a bus for the students, chaperones and any parents who would like to attend. Fr. Christiansen, Mrs. Van Hollebeke and Mrs. Poteet will be chaperoning the students. Please let the school office know if you would like to join us.
Open House – Please visit our school for an Open House on Sunday, January 27th from NOON – 3:00 PM. Please mark your calendars and bring friends, neighbors and interested families to our Open House.
Our school provides
** Full Day Pre-K
** Faith based, academically challenging, preschool through 8th Grade
** Close community with parishioners and families
** Structured and caring environment for children
** Extended Care Services, Technology classes, Electives
Family Math Night – Please mark your calendars for Family Math Night on Thursday, January 31st 6:00 PM. Math Night is for all grade levels and is a great way to meet other parents and encourage students to learn math in a fun way. It is a FREE family event. Parents and children will benefit by learning the different math games together. Many thanks go to Lisa Fox for chairing this event.
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION! - The ASB has made a collection box for each classroom. Contact your friends, family and neighbors and collect theirs! Please send in your Box Tops for Education to St. Pius with your child. Box Tops will be counted each Friday to see which classroom has the most! The contest will run through the 2nd Trimester and end on February 22nd. The class with the most Box Tops will win a FREE DRESS DAY!
***Snow and Emergency Closures – St. Pius X School closes for snow days because the students we serve come from many different areas. When it is necessary to close the school or have a late start please listen to one of the following TV and Radio Stations; KOMO TV 4 (1000 AM), KIRO TV 7 (710 AM) and KING TV 5. This information will also be posted on the school website at www.stpx.org. If school is open on snowy days, please use your own discretion as to whether it is safe for you to get your child to school.
SAVE THE DATE – St. Pius X “Springtime In Paris” Gala, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Cascadia College in Bothell.
Math Night Volunteers – Calling all volunteers for our annual Math Night on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. You will need to attend 2 meetings in addition to assisting Mrs. Fox during Math Night. You could easily earn 5 general volunteer hours. Please contact Mary Brown at 425-778-9861 if you are interested.
Lunch Recess Monitors – Volunteers are needed daily during the lunch recess from 12:20 – 1:00 PM to help Mrs. Raney and Mrs. Keenan with playground duty. These hours would go towards your general hours. Please sign in at the front desk.
“Springtime in Paris” Gala – Various spots are open. Remember every family is required to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours towards the Auction. Please contact Liz Tassani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-559-0574