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Neighborhood art walk this evening, plant sale later this month

April 4th, 2017 by Mike

This evening is St. Catherine School’s Art Walk and Open House, starting at 6 p.m. at the school, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E.


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a free dinner while you check out amazing student work, including the middle school science fair projects!

Please RSVP to

And, at month’s end, the Olympic View Elementary plant sale returns for the final Friday and Saturday of April.

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St. Catherine's students gathering, delivering full Thanksgiving dinners

November 18th, 2012 by master

There are plenty of ways to help out this holiday season, but at least one food drive will also help Maple Leaf youngsters understand the importance of giving back.

Seventh- and eighth-graders collect food for “Three Weeks of Giving”/Courtesy St. Catherine Parish School

Stephanie Gravenkemper, development director at St. Catherine Parish School, explains the service project the Maple Leaf school’s K-8 students are now in the midst of:

Currently we are working on our “Three Weeks of Giving” campaign together with St. Vincent de Paul to help feed the homeless and less fortunate on Thanksgiving.  Each class is assigned an item to bring in and it changes every week, for 3 weeks. (For example 2nd grade is bringing in cream of mushroom soup this week, boxed mashed potatoes next week).  Throughout all grades, we are able to assemble  packages for the less fortunate to create full Thanksgiving dinners and we deliver them.  We also collect toiletries items as well; toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, band aids, shampoo, etc to give away at the same time.

We are proud of how we give back to our community!

Want to help out? Just drop your contributions off at the front office of the school of 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E. Gravenkemper adds:

I would love to thank them personally if I am there!  So if they ask for me that would be great!

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Kindergarten Open House tonight at St. Catherine's

November 13th, 2012 by master

In addition to our coveted elementary schools, Maple Leaf also boasts a couple of sought-after private schools, including St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E.

Have you been wanting to learn more about the K-8 Catholic school and whether it would be a good fit for your child? You’ve got two opportunities coming up, starting with the Kindergarten Open House tonight starting at 7. Babysitting is provided, and reservations are requested by emailing

If your kids are older or if you just can’t make it tonight, mark your calendars for the All-School Open House, which begins after the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, Jan. 27.

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Film offers a closer look at U.S. school system

November 9th, 2011 by master

Next week, St. Catherine School’s Parent Club is inviting you to join them as they take an up-close look at America’s school system during a film screening of “Race To Nowhere“:

“Race To Nowhere” features the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, “Race to Nowhere” points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

The film begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Victoria Hall at St. Catherine School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E. After the screening, a discussion will be facilitated by Jenell Kheriaty, student counselor at Seattle Preparatory School. Tickets are $10 in advance at Event Brite or $15 at the door.

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Magazine sale, open houses at St. Catherine School

September 28th, 2011 by master

The magazine sale is on at St. Catherine School! The annual fundraiser for the Maple Leaf school, located at 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., benefits equipment, materials, books, and educational and cultural activities for students.

Through Oct. 14, supporters are asked to order magazines online by going to, clicking on “Shop Now” and entering the St. Catherine School code, WC5337.  For more information, email

The fully accredited Catholic School, which teaches pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, also is inviting parents to schedule a tour or to attend two upcoming open houses: The kindergarten open house is from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, and the all-school open house is from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.  

Have you ever considered sending your children to St. Catherine School? Do you want to learn more about a wonderful neighborhood school, but don’t know where to begin? … In addition to an excellent academic program in the core subjects we offer a wide array of specialist classes including Spanish, Art, PE, Music and Technology.

The school is accepting applications for all grades. For more information, contact Kathleen Sanders at, or call the school at 206-525-0581 to schedule a tour and to find out more about the admissions process. 

In addition, the school’s parent club is sponsoring a talk at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in its gymnasium, called “Creating Healthy Families: Putting Yourself and Your Relationship First” by Melissa Benaroya, a Certified Gottman Educator.

Based on the research of Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Melissa will share simple steps that are scientifically proven to strengthen relationships, enriching your life through your connection to your partner and child(ren). Learn why getting your needs met and meeting the needs of your partner allows you to be the best possible parent and makes a significant difference in the lives of your children.

For more information, email

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