Greetings St. Ignatius Families,
ACADEMIC FAIR: The 8th graders completed Arrupe projects focused on personal service for a cause important to the student and aligning to the Corporal Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching. Many of our 8th graders raised funds through various means or created web pages to support their service choice. In this week’s mental health corner, there is a web page designed by one of our 8th grade students to provide support and resources for teen mental health challenges. Our 7th graders studied people from the past that have made the world a better place in their Night of the Notables presentations. Our 6th graders shared their science fair projects. The 5th graders displayed their detailed state maps and reports. The 4th graders educated us on saving the bees and gave us bee bags to help us do so. The 3rd grade designed and crafted arcade games to display knowledge of levers and pulley systems and hung book report geometric spheres. The 2nd graders made saltwater maps of their own island creations to showcase various landforms plus their portraits of Mary and class book. Our 1st graders shared their beautiful art creations throughout the seasons along with their Earth Day mobiles.. The kindergarten students displayed the plants they grew, patterns they created, and what they wish to be when they grow up. And our preschool students made a paper mache solar system! We are so excited to bring back this wonderful, community-building event as the students showed off their academic prowess!
SPRING CONCERT: With rainy weather predicted for today, we postponed our outdoor spring concert to next Tuesday at 2:00 PM, weather permitting. Families may join us for the outdoor performance or watch it through a YouTube recording that will be posted after the event. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
COVID UPDATE: The Multnomah County Health Department, our local LPHA, is strongly recommending students and staff mask indoors in school. As our own school level of cases has now subsided, we still strongly recommend indoor masking but will return to optional indoor masking in the school buildings. We will still all mask in the church for upcoming Masses. Thank you for your support in continuing to ask your student to mask indoors, if possible. Vaccine boosters are now available for students 5-11 years of age.
SPIRIT WEEK & FIELD DAY: Next week will be spirit week with themed dress days and special activities all week long. On Wednesday, the students will eat lunch outside in family groups and then play together. Students that missed our jog-a-thon this year due to COVID protocols will have an opportunity to run some laps Wednesday afternoon. Our exciting week will culminate in our Field Day activities Friday afternoon. Fingers crossed for good weather!
DINE-OUT: Next Tuesday, June 7th will be our last Dine-out this year at DeNicola’s Italian Restau- rant on Powell. You can order take-out by phone or dine in with 15% of every sale donated back to our school. I hear their pizza is amazing! Thank you for your support for our last fundraiser this year.
AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR NEXT YEAR: This upcoming week, the owner of M.U.S.E. Band will stop by to talk with our students in 4th-7th grade about possibly learning to play an instrument and joining M.U.S.E. band as an after school activity next year or joining a summer camp this sum- mer.
ENROLLMENT: We are actively seeking preschool students! We have room in kindergarten through third grade for next year and a few spots left for fifth and sixth grade too. Please spread the word about our wonderful school to all you know.
As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost, may we always carry with us the hope of the resurrection. Our prayers continue to be with those impacted by violence. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with
you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit.” John 20:21-22.
Carol Pausz, Principal