September 18, 2018
Dear St. Pius X Families & Community,
Thank you for attending last night’s Curriculum Night. We had 73% in attendance—this is phenomenal! Your participation in your child’s education is a critical component to their success in school and beyond.
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the 2018-2019 Parent Handbook. You may notice the cover is titled: “Providing our student the tools to choose their future.” Throughout the year, I will be sharing ways we are doing this here at school as well as strategies for you to use and reinforce at home.
We welcome a new member to our parish and school community: seminarian John Paul Tomassi. You will find John Paul in the cafeteria and on the playground at lunch recess. He will also be helping in 6th grade religion.
Thank you to the members of the American Heritage Group who volunteered last Saturday, September 15, to weed and garden our two planters in front of the gym on 58th Ave W. They did a beautiful job; we look forward to seeing what will pop up in the springtime.
It’s not too early to think about spring, especially when we are talking about our annual Auction. This year’s Auction theme is Springtime in Paris. We will be collecting the auction fee of $50 via your October FACTS account. This will provide the auction committee the needed funds for procuring Auction items early and take advantage of sales this fall. Please continue to procure your $100 item which will be due December 14th.
Make sure to visit St. Pius X middle school students self-portraits being displayed at the Mountlake Terrace Arts of the Terrace show at the Mountlake Terrace Library September 22-October 7.
Remember to collect those pledges for our upcoming Jog-A-Thon! The money raised goes directly to supporting our school. Thank you for reaching out to friends and extended family members. If you believe your employer or business would like to contribute to our fundraisers, please have them contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correction to last week’s Parent Letter: Thank you to our Parent Club secretary Rhea Moore for her help with the Back to School BBQ. She was incorrectly identified as the Parent Club vice president.
Dates to Remember:
MAP testing continues Sept. 17 through Sept. 28
Wednesday, Sept. 19 School Mass – 9:00 AM, Full Uniform
Friday, Sept. 21 ASB Speeches – 1:45 PM, Jocson-Arata Family Gym
Sunday, Sept. 23 Cross Country Meet - Group B @ 3:15 PM
Monday, Sept. 24 2:00 PM Dismissal
Wednesday, Sept. 26 School Mass – 9:00 AM
Jog-A-Thon – 10:30 AM – 12:00 NOON (Please note new time)
Sept. 30, 2018 Cross Country Meet - Group B @ 1:00 PM
Monday, Oct. 1 2:00 PM Dismissal
School Commission – 6:00 PM
Safe Environment Class – This is a one time Archdiocesan Mandatory Class that has to be taken before you are able to volunteer with any school related events. You will not be able to do any service volunteer hours until this class has been taken. If you have already taken this class you do not need to take it again.
There is a class on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 PM at Holy Rosary, Edmonds.
- Existing parents - please log on to the Virtus website and update your current Virtus profile to make sure that you are up to date with all your information.
MAP Testing – Our testing dates this year will be in the fall from Sept. 17 – Sept. 28, 2018 and in the spring from April 29 - May 29, 2019. MAP testing is a computerized assessment that replaced ITBS testing throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle. As a result students, parents and teachers will receive immediate scores and be able to track student growth more effectively.
ASB Speeches – Our 7th & 8th Grade students who are running for ASB will be presenting their speeches on Friday, September 21st at 1:45 PM in the Jocson-Arata Family Gym.
Electives – Each year we are blessed with parents and teachers who share their special skills and expertise in a variety of areas. This trimester electives will start on Friday, Sept. 21st. Mrs. Janik will teach Book Club, Mrs. Fox and Miss Creighton will teach Arts & Crafts and Mr. Apostol will teach Intramural Sports.
Jog-A-Thon – our first fundraiser of the year is next Wednesday, September 26th. It is a fun event with the help of many wonderful parent volunteers. Please continue getting pledges or donations.
Cross Country Boys and Girls Team – Practices will be Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 PM and Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 PM with Scott Lawrence, Judi Rash and parent volunteers. It is available for K – 8th Grade. If you have any questions please contact our coach Scott Lawrence at email@example.com or Athletic Director, Monte Kenaston at 425-218-8862.
Please meet at the track at Evergreen 6 Playfield on practice days. Mr. Lawrence and Ms. Rash will need 3 adults to help them at every meet. These volunteer hours will go toward your school volunteer hours. Please help when you can. Thank you to the many parents that have already stepped up!There is still time to sign up for Cross Country. You can find an enrollment form in the school office.
There will be four preliminary meets:
- Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 - Group A @ 1:00 PM and Group B @ 3:15 PM
- Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 - Group B @ 1:00 PM and Group A @ 3:15 PM
- K-3 Final: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 - Group A @ 1:00 PM and Group B @ 2:30 PM
- Gr. 4-8 Championship Meet: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
Immunization – A record of your child’s current immunization dates must be on file in the school office by the first day of school. If your child received any new immunizations over the summer, please update your child’s record in the school office. Washington State law requires children who are older than 11 years; and IF it has been at least 5 years since their last DTaP to be vaccinated. Students are required to have a Tdap when entering 6th grade. Please consider making an appointment for your child to receive the booster prior to starting school. At the latest, they may receive it 5 years after their last DTaP booster.
CYO Basketball Registration - Grades 4 - 8 Boys and Girls: If your child is interested in signing up and participating in CYO basketball please enroll them by October 10th. Basketball registration forms are in your Blue Family Folder today. We always need coaches, so if you are interested in coaching please contact Monte Kenaston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 425-218-8862.