Grace Le Chevallier joined the SSMO Foundation Development team in October. She will lead our new focus on alumni and donor relations. Before coming to SSMO, Grace spent three years working at L’Arche, a faith-based community of adults with and without disabilities. Her experience in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and L’Arche ignited her passion for service and community. She continues to carry service into all aspects of her life: she regularly plays cribbage with a friend who has experienced chronic homelessness and actively pursues programs that focus on social justice for the most marginalized people of our society. Grace graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in psychology and a minor in business.
Look for something new by the United We Thrive Readerboard next week! There will be two thermometers installed to share progress for the parent portion of the Capital Campaign. As the end of the school year approaches, it is extremely important to wrap up the parent portion for the Capital Campaign for the new K–8 Education Center. We need everyone’s help!
Speaking of looking for things, go here for a live feed from webcams capturing the ongoing construction on Valley Catholic’s campus. A new feature for these feeds is the inside view of what is happening, so if you haven’t already peeked in at the progress being made, be sure to take a look soon—the construction will be complete before you know it!
Many thanks to everyone who has made generous gifts and pledges! We are closing in on the dollar goal thanks to your generosity! Here are the two key goals we have for now:
- Watch the thermometer explode as we surpass our $2M target for the parent portion of the campaign. (We only have a little more than $570K to raise!)
- Achieve as close to 100 percent parent participation as possible—participation is hovering around 23 percent, and it will take help from everyone to achieve this goal!
The new building will offer many exciting features for your children and for generations of children to come. We are hoping you will carefully consider an amount that is comfortable for you and earmark it for your children’s favorite charity! Remember, you can stretch payments out for five years!
Pledge forms may be found here. Contact John Lauerman (503.906.1141; email@example.com) or Diane Woodruff (503.906.1140; firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The Catholic Sentinel recently published a story about the construction at Valley Catholic that highlights the sustainability efforts of the project. Go here to read the article.
As the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon begin their year-long 125th Jubilee celebration, the Catholic Sentinel honors the SSMOs with 10 pages of news coverage, photos and sidebars in their Feb. 17 issue. Be sure to share these stories with your friends. Spread them far and wide!
Here’s a sampling of what’s inside:
Alumna Caitlin Krutsinger ’04 has been volunteering with the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Africa. To learn more about her work on a small poultry project benefitting orphans and HIV+ community members, watch this short video.
The 59th Annual Oregon Sports Awards took place Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters. Two-time Olympic gold medal saber fencer Mariel Zagunis ’03 earned the Harry Glickman Professional Female Athlete of the Year award. In 2009 Mariel won the same honor, and in 2004 and 2008 she was recognized at the event with the Bill Hayward Amateur Athletes Award.
The Oregon Sports Awards honor the state’s top athletes, coaches, teams and more for their performances in 2010.
Read more HERE.
Katherine, a Valley Catholic School alumna, graduated in 2006. She returned to Valley Catholic Elementary School with 4th grade teacher Carol Pausz for the month of September 2010 as a part of the “September Experience” program. September Experience gives education majors at Oregon State University a first-hand experience setting up a classroom and curriculum for a new academic year.
Katherine and four of her siblings all attended high school at VCS: Krista ’95, Brendan ’97, Erin ’00 and Brian ’03. Her younger sister, Sarah, is currently a sixth grader at Valley Catholic School and their father, Paul Gram, serves on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation Board. Read the rest of this entry »
Valley Catholic 2003 grad and two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis is a fencing world champion yet again. She defeated Olga Kharlan of Ukraine 15-11 in the finals in Paris Nov. 6.
Read the full Beaverton Valley Times article here.
For four years, Valley Catholic alumna KT Wilson has been a part of a nearly 80-year tradition. The 2007 graduate earned her place with the prestigious dance company, the Radio City Rockettes. This holiday season KT hopes to be a part of the group performing in Portland at the Rose Garden arena, in the Dec. 23 to 26 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Read the entire story in The Portland Tribune.
KT is pictured (left) with Trail Blazer Jeff Pendergraph and Rockette Kate Vallee.
Photo courtesy of The Portland Tribune.
Rana Kassab ’03 was selected 4th runner up in the 2011 Miss Oregon USA Pageant. The pageant took place in Bend at the River House Convention Center the weekend of October 2 & 3. Read more here.
Winners from state competitions will compete in spring 2011 for the title, Miss USA. Miss USA will then represent the United States in the Miss Universe 2011 competition. The Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture.