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Family Letter - 10/16/18

October 16, 2018

Dear St. Pius X Families & Community,                                                                    

We begin another great week of learning here at St. Pius X School—it’s short due to conferences—so we will certainly make the most of it. There are many things to be grateful for; here are a few:

  • We had a wonderful turn out for the first Parent Club meeting of the school year. The meeting started with a delicious potluck meal and then we explored the many ways our Parent Club supports the school. We could use help with upcoming events; please contact Jennie Ryan directly at
  • The Jog-a-Thon numbers are in and all of you did a fantastic job raising money this year. We are certainly on our way of reaching our $10,000 goal and will provide the final count when all money has been collected. In the meantime, we do have results for the class and students who raised the most money and turned it in by the October 5 deadline. Let’s congratulate 2nd Grade for raising $1,563.50 and was our top fundraising class! Our individual winners were: Mia and Tiberius who tied for 1st place and Daniel who was 3rd place.
  • Our active ASB leadership team participated in a Leadership Day hosted by Archbishop Murphy High School. Our 7th and 8th grade students came back with many ideas for making St. Pius an inviting, inclusive and welcoming community.
  • Our dedicated and talented faculty and staff participated in a school retreat last Friday. We are very blessed here at St. Pius X Catholic school to have great minds, hearts and spirits in our classrooms and on campus.

Occasionally, I will be highlighting updates made to our School Handbook in our family newsletter. For this week, I will highlight Telephone Use: all messages, lunches and homework must be left at the main office. Those who forget assignments, permission slips, or anything else pertaining to school or class work may not call home. Parents should not text students during the day as students are not allowed to use their cell phones from 8:30AM – 3:20 PM. If you have questions or concerns about telephone use, please contact me directly. The update reflects our commitment to helping your child be an active and engaged learner who arrives prepared each day for school.

Finally, please remember conferences are this week: early dismissal at noon on Wednesday, and no school Thursday and Friday. Teachers are ready to meet and discuss with you both your child’s progress, but also your child’s MAP data. All students in grades K thru 8 participated in the Fall MAP tests this year. The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is a state-aligned computerized adaptive assessment program that provides educators with the information they need to improve teaching and learning and make student-focused, data-driven decisions.  MAP tests are adaptive tests taken on the computer, aligned to Common Core, and measures growth over time. The student results are reported in RIT units which is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. The MAP test results are reported in RIT scores which show how much academic growth happened throughout the year in certain subjects. Kindergarten and first grade had two tests—Math and Reading—while 2nd thru 8th grades were administered four tests—Math, Reading, Language Usage and Science test.


Dottie Farewell


Dates to Remember:


Tuesday, Oct. 16                     Progress Reports go home

                                                Auction Meeting – 5:30 – 7:30 PM - CANCELLED


Wednesday, Oct. 17               All School Mass – 9:00 AM, Full Uniform

                                                NOON DISMISSAL – ESS Available

                                                Parent/Teacher Conferences


Thursday, Oct. 18                   NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences


Friday, Oct. 19                        NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences


Saturday, Oct. 20                    Auction Procurement Meeting – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Sunday, Oct. 21                      School Student Mass – 11:00 AM - Full Uniform

                                                Children’s Choir sings


Monday, Oct. 22                     2:00 PM Dismissal


Wednesday, Oct. 24               All School Mass – 9:00 AM, Full Uniform


Thursday, Oct. 25                   Picture Retake


Monday, Oct. 29                     2:00 PM Dismissal

                                                School Commission – 6:00 PM


Wednesday, Oct. 31               All School Mass – 9:00 AM



***FACTS Tuition Management 2019-2020***


FACTS Tuition Management/Grant & Aide – Now open for the 2019/2020 school year.

We would like all families to apply for Grant & Aid. Here is the link to the FACTS Grant & Aide Assessment:

Please see the enclosed letter with directions on how to apply. The Fulcrum Foundation uses this information when deciding on awards as well as the school.


The application deadline is January 4th, 2019.  There are no extensions.  Start now to ensure that you have enough time to gather all the information required.


Conference Forms – Last week you received your assigned Parent/Teacher Conference times in your Blue Family Folders.  If you are unable to attend your scheduled conference time, please call Mrs. Brown at 425-778-9861 and reschedule your appointment.  Students will be released from school at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17th and will not be attending school on Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th.  The conferences are twenty minutes in length.  In Grades PS - 3, teachers will meet with parents and in Grades 4 - 8 students are involved in student led conferences. 


There will be ESS on Wednesday, October 17th for the early dismissal from 12:00 – 6:00 PM.  ESS will be available for Conference times only on Thursday, October 18th from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.


 Cross Country Boys and Girls Team – A big Thank You to our Cross Country coach Scott Lawrence,his assistant Judi Rash and all the parent volunteers in making this season a huge success! 


Auction Meeting – Our first Auction meeting of the year is tonight, October 16th at 5:30 PM in the Jocson-Arata Family Gym.  Everyone is invited to come and participate in Auction ideas and subcommittee developing. 


Auction Procurement - This year we will have meetings on Auction Procurement.  Our first Auction Procurement meeting will be Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at St. Pius X School.  Other meetings will be held on Saturday, November 3rd and December 1st. 


Reminder - Every family is required to complete a minimum of 4 volunteer hours to the Auction and is required to procure or donate an item worth a minimum value of $100 (with receipt) and $50 cash (already being billed through FACTS) to the Auction.   Procurement Items are due in December.  


Halloween/All Saints Party Information – The annual all school Halloween/All Saints party will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 31st.  This year we will have two different times for the party.  Grades PS-3 will be from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM and Grades 4-8 will be from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.  Please see the enclosed flyer on the rules regarding what costumes are allowed at school and what each class is required to bring regarding candy or Halloween/All Saint mini toys.


Scholastic Bookfair – The Bookfair will run from Thursday, November 1st through Friday, November 9th.  Many hands make light work to help set up, sell books throughout the week and take down.  


Grandparents/Grand Friends LuncheonFriday, November 2nd, guests will arrive at 11:45 AM andour Grandparent/Grand Friend luncheon will begin at 12:00 NOON.  A flyer is enclosed in today’s Family Folder.  Students will make a lunch at home for their special person/s.  If you have any questions, please call the school office at 425-778-9861. 


Save the Date! – The 12th Annual Fund Dinner is Saturday, November 17th at 6:30 PM in the Fr. Fox Social Hall.   The Annual Fund is a process to seek charitable funds used to support the operating budget, provide additional resources that enrich the educational experiences of our students and keep tuition rates at a reasonable level.


 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 if they have not received it.   At the latest, they may receive it 5 years after their last DTaP booster.



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