The Falcon Family Tailgate is our annual back-to-school event for school families in September. The Fatima Fall Festival is a long-standing neighborhood tradition with games, rides, and delicious food. It’s fun for the entire family! The festival traditionally takes place during the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October. Please see our Giving Page for more information.
Curriculum Night takes place in the first weeks of the school year early each September. The meeting is a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet their children’s teachers, as well as the parents of other students in each child’s class. Teachers in each grade review the expectations for the school year, as well as any highlights of the curriculum to come (for example, in 2nd grade, the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist; in 6th grade, Outdoor Education Camp). Parents of K-5 students meet in the individual classrooms first: each class presentation is repeated in order to cover parents of multiple children in those grades. All K-8 parents then meet in the parish center for an overview of the coming year presented by the principal and pastor. Each faculty and staff member is in attendance and introduced. Following this larger meeting, the middle school teachers meet with the parents of those students to talk about the year ahead and answer questions.
Formal Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled on two consecutive days toward the end of the first trimester. Classes for students are not held so that the teachers can devote ample time to meeting with parents. Examples of student work are presented and discussed, as are areas where the student excels and where there are challenges. Every effort is made to schedule conferences at times that work best for parents, who are strongly encouraged to attend. We usually have the annual Book Fair on conference days, giving parents the opportunity to view and purchase new books selected by their children and help support the school library.
Many fun activities for students take place during the last week of January during Catholic Schools Week – the NCEA‘s annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Crazy Hair Day, Read-In Day, and the 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game are a few of the events our students look forward to each year. Another very important event that takes place that week is the Grandparents and Special Friends Assembly. Students are encouraged to invite their grandparents or another special friend or relative to a musical presentation in the gym that features each grade either singing, playing an instrument or dancing. During the presentation, we take a few minutes to present the school’s annual Dedication to Catholic Education certificate to someone who has supported the school and its mission. Following the program in the gym, students meet up with their guests to spend time in the classroom, where schoolwork and special projects are shared.
In early December, we kick off the Christmas season at our annual Gingerbread House Event. Our Christmas Program takes place on an evening just before Christmas break each December. Each grade sings or performs instrumental versions of sacred Christmas music and features student speakers for the story or theme for that year. This popular program is both inspirational and entertaining. It takes place in the church, so students wear their “Sunday best” attire suitable for the evening.
In January, parents enjoy and evening of dinner and dancing at our annual Italian Dinner with delicious food and live music.
Each spring, we set aside an evening for a student-led Celebration of Learning. Parents and family members are invited to accompany their students to individual classrooms, where each student hosts and presents highlights of completed course work. The Celebration of Learning is held in an open-house format, so that students and parents can visit multiple classrooms.
The Our Lady of Fatima Auction is our annual spring event for parents and the largest school fundraiser of the year. This annual event is supported by parents, students, staff, and the broader Seattle community and offers numerous fun volunteer opportunities for families to collaborate and work together in support of the common goal of helping the school and all its students. Please see our Giving Page for more information.
Each May, we are pleased to present our annual Spring Musical on the Fatima gym stage. Age-appropriate versions of well-known musical productions (usually through the Broadway Junior Collection) are selected by our music specialist. Recent productions have included Annie, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Into the Woods, Willy Wonka, The Music Man, and Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. Auditions are open to students in grades 5th-8th, or they may opt to work behind the scenes as part of the stage crew. Parents and students alike work on sets, costumes, make up, and ticket sales. Students who want to appear on stage go through an audition process, and must be available for rehearsals after school and on weekends.
Graduation takes place each year in early June, and on the last Friday of the school year, we wrap up our annual events with Field Day.