We, the community of St. Ignatius School, in the tradition of Mother Marie Rose and St. Ignatius of Loyola, provide a faith-centered Catholic education guiding God’s children toward building a just and compassionate world.

December 2, 2022


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Greetings St. Ignatius Families,

During this first week of Advent, our students met in family groups to talk about ways they can let their light shine for others as their gift to Jesus during the season of Advent. The students wrote down what they will do for Jesus on pre-cut leaves forming our school’s Advent wreath in our main entry display case. Some student examples of how they can “Be a Star” for Jesus include:

Students in family groups also learned about the Jesse Tree. Each student colored an ornament representing a Jesse Tree Bible story. These colorful creations adorn our Jesse Tree in one of our main entry display cases next to our Advent wreath. May we all be inspired to serve others during this season of Advent.

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Next week, we are excited to bring back altar servers for our Immaculate Conception Mass on Thursday, December 8th at 1:10 PM. Families are encouraged to attend our school Masses. Tuesday of next week marks the Feast of St. Nicholas where students will put their shoes in the hallway in the hope that St. Nicholas might swing by and leave them a few treats.

Thank you to all of our generous families and friends able to donate on Giving Tuesday to kick off Phase II of our playground project! Anyone can donate to our school for the playground or general fund at any time through Realm. We are off to a terrific start with nearly $2,000 raised so far!

Our Turkey Bingo fundraiser was a tremendous success with over 200 people in attendance! We are so blessed to have Ericka Skeldon chairing this event and securing so many amazing volunteers. The food was spectacular, and our Bingo cooks and helpers were invaluable. A great time was had by all. We anticipate we raised over $14,000 for our school’s programs!

We are working as a whole school to dress ‘in uniform’ every day. Some of the common challenges are appropriate length and fit of clothing, socks in uniform colors, and jewelry with no hoop or dangling earrings. If we can remain ‘in uniform’ from now until our winter break, then students will be allowed to wear Christmas PJ pants to school for Advent special dress on Friday, December 16th.

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Winter registration for after school programs has begun. We are pleased to share the addition of another after school program for Friday afternoons called Yoga Playgrounds open to students in 4th-8th grade. Yoga Playgrounds is a fun interactive class teaching yoga along with calming techniques. Please register to continue in an after school program or try one out for the first time. Flyers may be found below. Our after school programs provide tons of fun with much needed aftercare for families!

Star Testing: Next week, we will have Star testing across grade levels. Please help your student to get enough rest and a healthy breakfast all week long. Encourage your student to ‘show what they know’ by doing their best on this valuable assessment. Teachers utilize the testing results to plan individualized instruction for their students.

Additional Volunteering Requirements: In addition to completing C.A.S.E. trainings, parents working with students will need to complete additional training videos about domestic violence and teen dating violence in accordance with Senate Bill 197. We ask parents to read the articles and watch the videos from this flyer. Then parents will indicate they have completed this training through a Google form. We ask parent volunteers to please complete this additional training by Monday, January 9th, 2023.

Learning & Growing: Curious about what’s happening in our middle school? Check out the middle school’s webpage! The students have been busy this week learning about Advent along with plenty of academics. In preschool, the students worked on paper Advent wreaths. Our kindergarteners made beautiful glittery angels. In 1st grade, their sparkling Christmas trees are adorning the hallway. Our 2nd grade class of singing elves on their hallway bulletin board is simply adorable. The third graders are learning loads about our solar system. The 4th graders have studied Oregon state parks from across all regions of Oregon. The 5th graders are adding and subtracting decimals. Sixth graders are reading the Giver novel and learning about the Neolithic era in social studies. The 7th graders are diving into Shakespeare and writing about how they show their faith. And the 8th graders are reading the Diary of Anne Frank and experimenting with acceleration using balloon powered paper airplanes. Our students are growing and learning by leaps and bounds!

As we move with great hope into unshakeable faith during the second week of Advent, may we embrace the words of Paul in his letter to the Romans, “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 15:5-6.

Peace be with you always.

Carol Pausz