Monday Memo

Week 24 | Feb. 18-22, 2019

Upcoming EVENTS


  • Ash Wednesday is March 6th
  • 3rd Quarter ends Wednesday, March 13th
  • Spring Break is the first week of April (1-5)
  • Good Friday (April 19th) is a 12:30 dismissal day
  • No school Easter Monday (April 22)
  • No school Friday, May 3rd (Derby Weekend)
  • Wednesday, May 8th is a 12:30 dismissal day
  • As of now, the last day of school is Thursday, May 23rd which is a 12:30pm dismissal day

--- From The School Office ---

When Too Much good is Bad.

Did you know that giving kids TOO much praise can have a negative effect on how they treat others? What we say helps define who our children are and who they believe themselves to be. Too much praise can cause them to be more self centered, more competitive, and more apt to cut others down. The words we use can help them see themselves in a positive way -- kind, caring, gentle, considerate people. It helps them want to be this way.

Here are 5 strategies that we can use to foster positive, empathetic people. (taken from Michele Borba’s book: UNselfie: why empathetic kids succeed in our All about Me world)

  1. Take reality check- see how your child responds to your encouragement.
    1. Self-centered ad forgets other’s contributions: “I did great!”
    2. Dependent on praise/ needs constant approval: “DO you like it, MOMMY?”
    3. Demands/expects accolades: “Aren’t you going to tell me Good Job?”
    4. Tears others down to feel better about himself: “But, I’m Better!”
  2. Align praise with character-match behavior with identity. “You always make people feel good.”
  3. Use nouns, not verbs-invite them to be “helpers”
  4. Focus on character, not behavior-use labels to stress your child’s character, not behavior.
  5. Model It!- that speaks for itself. We have to adopt the behaviors we want our children to have.

Have a great week!

Stacie Short

School Counselor

--- Around The School ---

Help Wanted: Technology Assistant

We are sad to announce, but very happy for Melissa Bakken she is going to be leaving St. Albert to pursue a new career. Melissa has been our part time technology assistant for three years. She will be leaving St Albert by the end of April and we are looking for someone to fill the part time technology assistant position. We are so thankful for all that she has done the past couple of years for us. We wish her the very best.

While Melissa will still be around for a few months, we want to start the search for this position. If you are interested, please contact Bill Henderson:, or Ellen Martin:

Vacation Bible School

St. Albert is sooo excited to offer ROAR Vacation Bible School JUNE 10-JUNE 13, 2019!

We NEED your opinion on what is BEST for your family!

PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS! Please answer a couple of questions – only takes a couple of minutes! We need YOUR help in making VBS happen!! We are looking at the week of June 10-13th to transform our campus into a African Safari Bible Adventure!

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At “Roar” kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

We need your input to decide which time of day to offer this event – morning or evening?! Please Click on this Link to take a brief survey that will only take about 2 minutes of your time.

School Board Wants you!

School Board is now seeking volunteers and nominations for the open Voting Member positions for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. We are seeking individuals to fill the following positions: Vice Chair, Planning Chair, Development Chair, Technology Chair

Contact Ann Abrams, School Board Secretary, at for more information or click on the link below.

St. Baldrick's Pep RAlly

Get ready for a white-out at the pep rally! Donate$1 to St. Baldrick’s this Friday to wear a white shirt of your choosing to school. Let’s show the world how our school stands in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and help find a cure!!

St. Baldrick’s is just under a month away, so be sure to register and start fundraising today at Also, be sure to like our Facebook page, VikingsForACure, to keep up to date on all the exciting new things we have planned for Saint Baldrick’s 2019!

Tuition Assistance Deadline is February 28, 2019

for the 2019-2020 School Year

Now is the time for all families with one or more children (Kindergarten-8th grade) enrolled in or applying to a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Louisville to apply for tuition assistance for the 2019-2020 school year. Families must submit their application, 2017 Federal tax return, 2017 W-2’s, and other non-taxable documentation along with the $25 processing fee by February 28, 2019.

Parish membership is not required to receive tuition assistance. Preschool students are not eligible for financial assistance.

Tuition assistance applications must be submitted between December 15, 2018 – February 28, 2019. Go to to apply. For assistance in filling out the online tuition assistance application please contact FACTS via their helpline at 1-866-441-4637. For St. Albert specific questions regarding tuition assistance please contact Lisa Kleyer at (502) 425-3940, x103 or

--- From The ParisH ---

Help Our Neighbors in Appalachia!

SAVE THE DATE! There will be a donation truck here on St. Albert the Great Campus on March 16th. The truck will be here to collect donations for our neighbors in Appalachia at the Pirarist Outreach Center. Needed items include: cleaning supplies (cleansers, bleach, ammonia, mops, sponges, buckets, brooms, etc.), gently-used clothing of any kind, iPads or laptops, school supplies (No Backpacks), diapers, individually packaged snacks, and more. Please help our neighbors in need by dropping off donations on March 16th between 9:00AM and 3:00PM. The truck will be located behind the Sacred Heart Center garage.

2019 Pictorial Directory

ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED! If you are a St. Albert Parishioner, we need your participation in the 2019 Pictorial Directory. Portrait Appointments are still available on March 22, 24 & 25. Click here to signup for your appointment today! We are also in need of Greeters to welcome parishioners to their appointments in the Parish Life Complex. STUDENTS GRADES 7-12 CAN VOLUNTEER FOR SERVICE HOURS (Parents please accompany/assist any student volunteers)! Click Here to volunteer!

Thank you for helping to make this major Parish Event a reality!

Summer Mission Trip

8th Graders!!!

Join the 2019 Summer Mission Trip!

July 6-13th! with CAP - Christian Appalachian Project

ONLY $500 & we have fundraisers!

Contact Cindy McKinley for any questions

First Reconciliation

Our First Graders will be making their First Reconciliation on March 21st! There is an important Parent Meeting TONIGHT (Feb. 19) at 7:00 pm in the Parish Life Complex. Please see the attached Calendar and complete the link with the Enrollment for your child!

NOTE: The First Reconciliation Family Workshop (Student and Parents!) is coming up March 11 at 6:30 pm. This also serves as the rehearsal for the children, so please try to be here! We will meet in the Church and hope to be finished by 8:00 pm


PTO meeting reminder

Reminder - The 3rd PTO meeting of the school year is this week the PTO meeting is this Thursday 2/21/2019 in the Sacred Heart Center at 6:30 PM. All Parents are welcome!

PTO Elections

The PTO is now accepting your nominations for the following positions on the PTO Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year!

We currently have one Executive Board position open for nominations: Vice President has a three (3) year term and requires one (1) prior year of service on St. Albert's PTO. As a parent at the school, you are automatically a PTO member so as long as you have been in the school for a year, you are eligible to run for office.

The positions of Past President (Laura Nash) and President (Chris Wahl) are closed as they are multi-year terms.

All nominees should show a strong commitment to the purpose of the PTO. You may nominate yourself or someone you think will honorably represent the position.

Please send in your nominations by February 15, 2019 to

PTO Elections Committee

Student Health Screenings

Health screenings for our students will take place on Tuesday, February 26th. If you have a few hours to help us complete these state required screenings, please check out the sign up LINK. No medical training is needed to volunteer!! We have also attached the permission slip that each child must have on file. There is an option to opt out of the screening if you so choose, but we must have the slip returned. There will also be a copy in the Tuesday Folder the week before the screenings. Please send in to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Friday, February 22nd.


Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball grades 3-8 tryouts & Open Gym

Boys volleyball tryouts will be held at the St. Albert Gym on Monday 2/18 as follows:

  • Grades 3/4 5:00-6:30PM
  • Grades 5/6 6:30-8:00PM
  • Grades 7/8 8:00-9:15PM

If unable to make it to the tryout on 2/18 there is a MAKE-UP on 2/19 5:00-6:30pm

Please plan to have your son attend 1 of these nights

Open Gym: There will also be an open gym for boys volleyball grades 3-8 on Sunday night 2/17 from 6PM-8PM. This is not mandatory & is open to all those attending tryouts.

For more info contact:

Spring Sports Registration

K-2, 3-8 Girls, Boys & Co-ed Soccer, 5-8 Track, and 3-8 Softball registration opened on January 21. The late fee will begin on Monday, February 18, and sign-ups will close at 11:59 on February 25. No late sign-ups will be accepted.

K-2 soccer**if you did not play in the fall you will need to go to "My Sports Store" on SI Play and purchase the $5 team shirt.

Boys Lacrosse

In conjunction with Holy Spirit, St. Albert is proud to offer boys lacrosse again this year! The spring season will start in March. Details on the league can be found here:

Lacrosse is open to all boys grades 3rd through 8th. Sign-ups are via the Holy Spirit SIPlay website: (registration link on top left). Sign-ups need to be completed by February 5th so uniforms can be ordered. Registration fee includes shorts and shooter shirt (worn under pads) that boys get to keep.

If you have questions, please email Brent Nash at (St. Albert sponsor) or Josh Hartlage at (Holy Spirit sponsor).

Safe Environment Training

If you are interested in coaching an athletic team and have not attended a workshop, St Albert will be hosting a 2 hour Safe Environment Training Workshop on March 11th at 6:30 pm. This is required for all coaches, including assistants.

--- FROM OUR Youth Ministry ---


8th Graders!

Did you Know?! You may be a delegate to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) as a Freshman in November!!

St. Albert can take 10 delegates - so grab your spot ASAP! November 21-23rd in INDY! ONLY $250 (about half-price thanks to StAG) and we do fundraising!

DEADLINE is March 11

Jr High Leadership Team

A 6th, 7th & 8th Grades!


will be February 20 at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room

Please come & share your ideas for events, activities, trips, T-Shirt Designs, etc!! PARENTS encouraged to come join us!

Trampoline Adventure Park!

Field Trip to St James, Elizabethtown Mass & Sky's the Limit Trampoline Adventure Park!

MARCH 10th! 8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Wipeout Zone, Battle Beam, Climbing Walls!

ONLY $20 - includes Lunch! Grab a permission & get it turned in by March 4 to arrange rides!

Prayer & Pizza

Prayer & Pizza! Ash Wednesday! March 6

We will meet 2:45-5:30 pm in Youth Room

Adoration - Pizza - Lenten Activity - Tie Blankets - Bring a Friend

There’s always a bigger fish.

Updated: 02/19/19 @ 2:00 PM