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Principal's Newsletter

Principal’s Newsletter

June 2019

The following prayer is used to close every school day at Gonzaga Prep,

therefore it seems an appropriate prayer for the last newsletter of the school year:

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

May the Lord look upon you with favor and grant you peace.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You may imagine the halls of Gonzaga Prep are quiet after the last day of classes, but one quick visit to campus will change that image. Many students of all ages are registered for summer school and camps, such as:  Science Safari, art, baseball, cross country, football and basketball. A deep cleaning and refresh of the school buildings are underway, clean-up of the May flood damage continues, and we are preparing for the next school year.  Please check the website if you are interested in registering for a summer camp.

When we think about summer, we also share your concern for your son or daughter's safety.  In April we spent a week focused on healthy decision making and wellness. We hope you will keep those conversations alive with your children during the summer months - especially in regard to their decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. Research shows that teens who are left home alone overnight are twice as likely to have used alcohol or marijuana and three times more likely to use tobacco.  Please take a moment to communicate your expectations about your home and vacation spots being a drug free place for your children and their friends. As we have encouraged in the past, please call each other - communicate and inquire if a parent or guardian will be present at all gatherings your son or daughter wants to attend. Offering to send chips, cookies or soda is always a good reason to call. Despite what your children may say:  you are not the only parent who calls. The School Directory on Skyward Family Access will assist you in communicating with other parents.  We all need to work together to keep our students safe and healthy.

At this time, we would like to share some information with you that may help you plan for the 2019-20 school year; including the academic calendar that is attached to this newsletter.

During this past school year we celebrated many victories and many first place finishes in fine arts, academics and athletics.  When we reflect on our successes, challenges and growth, we know that we are abundantly blessed. We are grateful for the many opportunities we experience during the school year to see God in our students, faculty and staff, and our generous benefactors.

May God bless you and your family during this beautiful gift of summer,

Cindy Reopelle


509-483-8511 ext. 403 creopelle@gprep.com

Summer Office Hours

The School Office and Registrar will be open this summer as follows:

June       Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

July        Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm (closed on Friday)

August 1-9 Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm (closed on Friday)

August 12-16 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

August 20 All offices return to normal schedule: Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4 pm


August Activities

Wednesday, August 21

9:00- 12:00

Freshman Orientation

Thursday, August 22


Freshman & Transfer Student Orientation



Returning Student Check-In; Parking Sign- Up



Freshman Dance



Parent Orientation

Wednesday, August 28


First Day of School

From the Academic Vice Principal’s Office, Derek Duchesne

509-483-8511 ext. 414 email: dduchesne@gprep.com

Schedules: Your student’s next year schedule is available online!  The order of classes and teachers were randomly selected by our computer software and are subject to change throughout the summer.  Please check your student’s schedule for accuracy.

Schedule changes for current students:  If a change to your student’s schedule needs to be made, please have your student see his/her counselor.  Schedule changes will not be made based on teacher preference. Schedule changes can be made in the Counseling Center from 12-3pm on August 14th and 19th.  Schedule changes in August must be made in person to fill out the paperwork, pay the $5 fee, and discuss how the changes impact your student’s college admissions profile and the rest of your student’s schedule.

Schedule changes for incoming freshmen:  Freshmen schedule changes can be made via phone or email.  Please contact me directly for schedule changes.

Textbooks: You will receive an email in August letting you know our Virtual Bookstore is open.  Using your student’s schedule, you will be able to purchase books. You can find tutorials on our website for purchasing books.

Required Apps: The list of required apps for school is available on our website.  Please click HERE to see if your student has downloaded the required apps for next year.

From the Office of Student Life

Dean of Students, Peggy Haun-McEwen

509-483-8511 ext. 405 email: pmcewen@gprep.com

Student Life Assistant: Jill Benson 509-483-8513 email: attendance@gprep.com

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, the Dean’s office would like to thank all of our families that worked with us to promote healthy choices and restorative justice.  Thank you for partnering with us to help our students be men and women for and with others. In April, we were proud to sponsor national speaker Tom Thelen who spoke to our students and parents about resiliency and anti-bullying.   I’d like to share some of his thoughts with you::

  • When your child comes to you about a difficult social situation your first response should not be to rescue them and relieve the stress.  The first response should be to empower them! Ask them to tell you more about the situation, how it made them feel and what they think they should do about it.
  • Five action items for adults that will help teens:
    • Be the trusted adult to at least one kid in your life.
    • Model healthy relationships and stress management.
    • Model healthy technology habits.
    • Create a technology agreement with your children.
    • Be the calm presence amidst anxiety.

As always, summer presents many social situations where students need to be safe and make good choices.  We continue to encourage you to network with other parents and have clear expectations and boundaries for your children.

Dress Code:  Dress code is designed to ensure an effective educational environment, focused mainly on learning.  The dress code, in its entirety, can be found on the website. Please read the dress code before your student goes “back to school shopping” this summer.  Current trends and styles may not be appropriate within our dress code. We appreciate parents who work with their students to be in compliance. Some of the highlights to be aware of are as follows:

  • Pants and shorts must be free of holes and tears.
  • Skirts and dresses should be near the top of the knee, but no higher than three inches above the knee when standing upright.
  • Athletic pants/shorts, wind pants, yoga pants, pajama pants, athletic leggings are not allowed.
  • Non-athletic leggings can be worn under skirts, dresses, and appropriate tunics, sweaters or tops that hit mid-thigh.
  • Shorts, rompers or jumpsuits must have a minimum 7 inch inseam.
  • Appropriate tops must fully cover undergarments, cleavage, midsection and abdominal sides, and contain no inappropriate logos or messages.  Shirts must have a minimum three inch wide strap—no spaghetti straps, halter tops, muscle shirts, off the shoulder shirts or tube tops are allowed.  No midriff showing shirts are allowed.
  • Hats and hoods of sweatshirts are not to be worn in the school building during the school day.

Parking  Our Director of Security, Ms. Shaney Redmon, is now supervising the parking lots and coordinating parking spaces.  You should have received a separate email outlining the steps for seniors and juniors to obtain parking spots for next year.   If you have questions, please direct those to sredmon@gprep.com.

From the Activities & Athletics Vice-Principal, Paul Manfred

509-483-8511 ext. 407 email: pmanfred@gprep.com

Congratulations on a great year of sports for Gonzaga Prep.  We celebrated numerous league and state accomplishments, both as teams and individuals.  These successes were a result of the hard work and dedication of our students and coaches.  Great job!

Please note a couple of important dates coming up this summer…

August 21         First Day of Football Practice

August 26         First Day of Cross Country, Girls Soccer, and Volleyball

August 28         First Day of Slowpitch Softball

Specific times and locations will be posted on the school athletic website in August.

Physical Examinations:

Each student participating in a sport is required to have a physical examination every two years.  Please check your student account in Skyward’s Family Access to find out when your child’s current physical expires.

If you have not initialized your Family Access Account, Click Here for Instructions.

If you need a physical exam, please schedule one with your family physician this summer as soon as you can.  Appointment times fill up as school draws near!

Athletic Eligibility Online Forms:

All forms for athletic participation must be completed before the first day of practice.  These forms can be found on our school website.  The following is required for participation:

  1.   Physical (please turn in hard copy to the main office)
  2.   Emergency Contact Information
  3.   Proof of Insurance and Release
  4.   Concussion Information
  5.   Sudden Cardiac Awareness Information
  6.   Athletic Code of Conduct

Online forms for athletics for the 2019-2020 school year will be available in August in Skyward, the school’s information system.   Information about setting up your account will follow in early August.

GSL Passes

GSL Sports Passes will be available through NorthwestTicket.com for the 2019-2020 school year for $76.  Please Click Here to purchase.

From the Chief Financial Officer, Marlis Petersen Spawn

509-483-8515 email: mspawn@gprep.com


2019-20 Tuition:  The tuition payments for the 2019-20 school year begin on the following schedules, depending on the billing schedule you have elected:

Monthly:  July 2019 through June 2020

Quarterly:  August 2019,  October 2019, January 2020, March 20120

Semiannual:  August 2019, January 2020

Annual:  August 2019

If your student enrolled in an Advanced Placement class or an online class for 2019-20, revised tuition and fees statements will be mailed in June.  Please look for these updated statements in the mail. If you need a copy of your tuition and fees billing summary, please call the Treasurer's Office.

Thank you for your prompt payments on your tuition accounts!

Lunch Accounts:  If your student has a balance left on their cafeteria lunch account, it will roll over to the next school year.  Refunds will be sent to seniors who have a remaining balance.

From the Counseling Department, Morgan Hatcher

509-483-8511 ext. 514 email: mhatcher@gprep.com

The counselors are out of the office during the summer vacation and will return to the building on August 26th for Faculty and Staff Inservice.  If you need to talk with your student’s counselor after August 26th, please email the counselor directly to schedule an appointment. If you have a mental health emergency, please contact Frontier Behavioral Health at (509) 838-4651.

If your student graduated this year, their final transcript will be mailed in mid-June to the school listed on their Senior Graduation Survey.  If you have a question about a transcript or a grade, please contact the Registrar, Pam Guerrero, at 483-8512 or pguerrero@gprep.com.  

From the Office of Admissions, Katie O’Brien

509-483-8511 ext. 419     email: kobrien@gprep.com

Dates and times for Freshman and New Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 21

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Freshman Orientation


9:00 am

Barbieri Student Center

Parent Coffee & Social (optional)

Thursday, August 22

8:00 - 8:30 am

Main Doors

Freshman Check-in


8:00 am


Transfer Student Check-in


9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Barbieri Student Center

New Student Information Sessions


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Barbieri Student Center


Parent Evening

Orientation Dance for Freshmen

Interested in hosting an International Student?

Gonzaga Prep is looking for families who may be interested in making a positive impact on

the life of a Gonzaga Prep international student. As a host, you will receive a monthly stipend, have

access to ongoing support from local Residential Coordinators who will help with coordinating meeting

your student upon arrival, keeping you connected with the school community, and mediating issues if

they arise. If you are interested, please contact Katie O’Brien, Admission Director at kobrien@gprep.com.

From Matt Boyle, Yearbook Advisor

509-483-8511 ext. 537 email: mboyle@gprep.com

Senior pictures are due to the school by September 16th.  This means that you should have your pictures taken by July 15th and ordered by August 15th.  Ask the studio/person you are working with to send your picture digitally to mboyle@gprep.com.  It should be a color, head and shoulder pose, with an

8 x 10 crop.  Record it at 300 dpi and  save it as a .jpg file as: Last name, First name.jpg.  Due to the resolution of cell phone and iPad photos, many of these pictures are not of high enough quality to use as a senior picture in the yearbook.  The picture you submit will be used in the yearbook and composite picture for the hallway.

Senior Yearbook Ads

Parents have an opportunity to give their senior a lasting memory by placing a parent message to them in their yearbook.  The cost of the parent message goes toward funding yearbook computers, our cover, and additional pages. Some possibilities for what could be included are a congratulations statement, part of a poem or a song, and/or pictures.  Your student’s first and last name should be included in the message. We reserve the right to edit due to lack of space or content.

The four ad sizes and prices are listed below:  

Size Measurements (approx) Price What Can Fit Into The Space

⅛ page 3 inches x 4 inches $50 1 picture up to 25 words

¼ page 4 ¼ inches x 5 ½ inches $75 Up to 4 pictures, up to 25 words

½ page 5 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches $125 Up to 6 pictures, up to 50 words

1 page 8 ½ inches x 11 inches $200 Up to 10 pictures, up to 75 words

By October 1, you should email the size you want to Mr. Boyle, at mboyle@gprep.com or call him at 483-8511 , Ext. 537.  A link on the Gonzaga Prep website will be made available in September.  It contains a link to download the program, Pictavo, where all ads are to be created.  You will be able to create, customize, purchase, and submit your ad electronically. If you have a professional make your ad for you, they will also be able to submit it through this program.  If you want the yearbook class to put your ad together for you, just submit pictures and message along with the payment to Mr. Boyle and the class will put it together. All ads should be submitted by November 1.

From Corrina Kelsey, Vice President of Advancement

509-483-8511 ext. 326 email: ckelsey@gprep.com

Volunteer Information: Thank you to all those families who generously offered your time, donations, and expertise to Gonzaga Prep during the 2018-2019 school year! We are grateful for your service to the school. The Advancement Office is currently revamping the volunteer program and we will send more information in August  with the volunteer opportunities and process to sign up.

Questions regarding the volunteer program can be directed to volunteer@gprep.com.

From Vanessa Mudd, Director of Campus Ministry

509-483-8511 ext. 411 email: vmudd@gprep.com

Retreat Preparation for 2019-20: Preparations are underway for the 2019-20 retreat programs.

If you have changed your primary email address during the school year, please make sure that you update the address on Skyward. Email is our primary form of communication regarding retreats. Thank you!

Freshman Spark Retreat: Our 9th graders will attend a full-day retreat where they will be led through discussions about what it means to be a part of the Gonzaga Prep community.  Retreat date and location will be posted on the Campus Ministry portion of the Prep website by the end of June.

Sophomore Day of Service Retreat: The Campus Ministry and Christian Service Departments collaborate for the 10th grade retreat to examine the question, “what is faith doing justice?”. This retreat introduces students to their service requirements and to the basis of giving to others as an essential element of the Profile of the Graduate.  Retreat date and location will be posted on the Campus Ministry portion of the Prep website by the end of June.

Search 2019-20: The Class of 2021 will attend Search this upcoming school year.  The Juniors filled out a registration questionnaire during counseling meetings this spring indicating availability. Placement on retreats was determined using this information. If you have a family obligation or scheduling conflict with the Search retreat that your student is scheduled to attend, email campusministry@gprep.com with the reason they cannot attend, as soon as possible. The 2019-20 Searcher placement list can be found HERE. Dates are as follows:

1st Search-October 11 -13th

2nd Search-December 13-15th

3rd Search-February 21-23rd

4th Search-April 24-26th

Please check your email one month prior to your student’s retreat date. Part of the retreat includes

contributions from home to help make this a memorable and formative experience for our students. Emails will be sent from campusministry@gprep.com.

Senior Retreats: For their final retreat at Prep, Seniors are given a choice of retreats, the overnight Magis retreat or the school-hours only Ignatian Days.  Magis is a three day, two night, student led retreat through the Spiritual Exercises. It requires quiet meditation and challenging group discussions examining our relationship with God. Students may also choose to attend Ignatian Days. These micro-retreats occur during school hours only. These retreats offer a myriad of opportunities to examine God’s presence in all things--through Prayer and Movement, Finding God in Art, an abbreviated examination of the Spiritual Exercises or  to engage other Abrahamic religious traditions like visiting the Islamic Center of Spokane or Temple Beth Shalom. Seniors will be asked to register for their choice of retreat during a class meeting in November 2019.

Magis dates: Thursday,  January 30th through Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Ignatian Days: Thursday,  January 30th and Friday, January 31st, 2020

Food donations: All of our retreats benefit from food donations, whether it be snacks or full meals.  Opportunities for donations will be posted for the 2019-20 school year on the Campus

Ministry website prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year.  Please check our website if you would like to volunteer time or a food donation for any of our retreat programs. To find the lists, go the Prep homepage, pull down the “Faith and Service” tab, and then pick “Volunteers and Retreat Food Needed”.

As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact campusministry@gprep.com.

Thank you for all that you do to support our Campus Ministry retreat program!