Hello St. George Families,
It was a joyful, yet tearful last day of school. At the "big scootch" I announced some staff changes to the great excitement of the students. New next year, Mrs. Vincenzo and Mrs. Dittrich will be job sharing the 7th Grade homeroom. Mrs. Vincenzo will continue to teach Language Arts: writing to the 7th and 8th Grade and Reading to the 8th Grade as well. Mrs. Dittrich will be teaching 6th and 7th Grade Reading and 7th grade Religion. She will also be teaching a technology class for the 6-8th graders over the course of the year. Ms. Fredette, soon to be Mrs. Barnes, will be moving up to the 5th grade homeroom, and we've hired Ms. Anastasia Rittman to be our third grade teacher. In preschool, we've hired Mrs. Marcey Food to teach the 3's program. Mrs. Flood comes to us highly recommended by Bernadette O’Leary from St. John's School.
In addition, we celebrate two other staff nuptials. Ms. Dani Meyers, our art teacher, is getting married in July (the same day as Ms. Fredette!) and comes back to us in the fall as Mrs. Marshall. Mr. Rittman, though getting married, plans on keeping his name! We congratulate Ms. Fredette, Ms. Meyers and Mr. Rittman on their marriages and wish them and their spouses a life time of joy and love!
The school office closes today and will reopen on Monday, August 11. Our hours from August 11th - 22nd will be from 10:00am -1:00PM. We will be closed on August 25th for a staff retreat, but will back to our regular hours August 26th. During the summer, both Violeta Ebreo and I are available via email should you need anything.
Enclosed you will see some key dates for this summer you might want to plug into your calendars. We also want to get as many parents involved in field trips, coaching and classroom help as possible. In order for parents to chaperone or coach, they must be current with Safe Environment Training.
We have already booked Deacon Pele for the Call to Protect for Ministries class on Thursday, September 18th at 6:30 PM at the church's St. Francis room. We highly encourage ALL parents to register and attend this class if you haven't already. (It is the first class with a series of yearly videos to follow, and you each earn 3 service hours for attending it.) If you have already taken this training, then we encourage parents to go www.seattle.setanet.org and find out what video they need to watch to maintain yearly compliance. Having all our parents compliant will make life easier for all when organizing field trips or CYO teams. Go to www.seattle.setanet.org to find out what you need to do for compliance. Many parishes throughout the Archdiocese are offering this class during the summer if you want to check it off your list sooner.
Deacon Pele will also be offering the Call to Protect for Families on September, 25th at 6:30 Pm in the church. This class DOES NOT satisfy any training requirement for volunteers, but gives participants information on how to protect children.
Due to this year's tax turmoil, the new Background Checks used by the Archdiocese DOES NOT require social security numbers which means they take a little longer to process. We will be having parents fill those out in September.
We will have a used uniform sale in August, but know that Dennis Uniform in Tukwila is open for business during the summer. I know many wait until August, so here are that month’s extended hours: Mon 10am – 6pm Tue-Sat 10am – 5pm. Dennis Uniform has all the current information about what is "hip" as far as uniforms go for St. George. Their phone number is 206-431-2000 if you have any questions.
I look forward to seeing everyone back at the Back to School Round-up 10:30 Mass on August 24th. We’ll have a hotdogs and fellowship at the school following Mass.
That's it for now folks! Enjoy the summer, and we look forward to another fabulous school year kick- off come late August!