I pray that you had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break with your families. I had a "stay-cation", with visits from family, lots of time with my children, and some quick college visits. I also had time to begin planning for a Spring full of graduations in my house (college, high school and eighth grade!), so I was grateful for the time at home.
This was a full week back, and a beautiful one at that! We began our focus on the virtue of forgiveness, and we recognize the wonderful example from St. Josephine Bahkita, who is on this month's virtue banner. We were busy with class photos during Thursday morning, and we joyously inducted new members into the St. Louis chapter of the National Junior Honor Society on Thursday evening. We also received news that two of our eighth graders were accepted to Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology Magnet High School, the top high school in the country. Exciting news for those young ladies and their families!
Just a reminder that today is the last day of the third quarter. The PowerSchool portal will close this afternoon and be off for the next week as teachers across the diocese work on finalizing grades. Report cards will go home next Friday.
Many blessings as you enjoy the visible arrival of Spring!
Weekly Prayer Intentions
Each day our school community prays for the intentions of our families. This week the following families were included in our prayers: Schroeder, Schubert, Schulte, Schultz, Schwieterman, Scully, Sendi, Sheedy, Sheehan and Shefrin.
This Saturday, 10 of our middle school students will present their science projects at the Diocesan Science Fair at Paul VI High School: Courtney LaRochelle (Biochemistry), David Anthony (Behavioral Science), Carolyn Beran (Botany), Qin Kramer (Chemistry), Samantha Rough (Engineering), Emily Reeder (Earth & Space Science), Jimmy Madden (Mathematics), Elayna Hurley (Medicine & Health), Gunner Dutzman (Physics) and Michael Petrilli (Zoology). We wish them all well and look forward to hearing about they do.
Information regarding the 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat went home in folders today and was sent electronically to 8th Grade families this week. A copy of the
permission form are attached.
Free Screening of "Angst" - April 23 & 25
The Angst project is an IndieFlix Original documentary produced to raise awareness about anxiety with an emphasis on youth and families. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, mental health experts and parents. Launched just four months ago, Angst is being screened in schools, communities and theaters around the world to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety, encourage them to reach out for help, and provide resources and strategies to cope with anxiety when it interferes with everyday life. The film and corresponding materials provide tools, resources and hope.
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The price for yearbooks ordered online is $25. The deadline for online orders is 4/27/18. After that date, we will only be accepting paper orders (first-come, first-served) and the price will increase to $28.
The PTO will be holding its Used Uniform Sale after Masses on April 14 & 15. Please see the attached flyer for details.
The PTO Boosters will be taking orders on Sunday, April 15th in McClunn Hall after all Masses. For more information on the items available as well as to download an order form from the school website: www.stlouisschool.org/apps/pages/boosters
Spirit Dinner @ Applebee's - April 18th
Come to Applebee's Wednesday, April 18 for our next spirit dinner. The PTO will receive 20% of sales. You must bring the flyer or show the flyer on your phone. Come have a relaxing dinner with the St Louis Community in the Applebee's "neighborhood."
Spring sports will be in full swing soon if they aren't already for your family. See you at Applebee's for an easy dinner! For the planners: Chick-Fil-A is coming to carpool on Friday, May 11! This will be a cash only event, plan ahead!
CYO & Extracurricular Activities
CYO Track is Back!
The CYO spring track season is around the corner. We will again be practicing on Fridays after school at Bryant HS and on Sunday afternoons at Bishop O'Connell HS. All students, both girls and boys, in grades 3 through 8, are eligible to compete. You do not need to have experience or be fast to join the team. CYO track has a variety of events, including sprints, middle distance runs, long distance runs, and field events like long jump and turbo javelin. There are events for athletes of all type. You can sign up your athlete online at
https://reg.sportspilot.com/106550/login This is the same system used for other school CYO sports. Practices begin March 25!
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!
Please come and support the band! The band will be selling doughnuts on
Sunday, April 22 after the 8:45, 10:30 and 12:30 Masses. $8/dozen. Proceeds from the sale will help defray the cost of the band's trip to a band competition in May to Busch Gardens! Thank you for your support!
4th-5th Grade Art Club - Change in Schedule
Due to the snow days, the 4th-5th Grade Art Club will extend an additional week and will meet April 18th. Art Club will conclude on the 18th with an Art Show at 4:30pm. All are invited!
4th Annual Chess Tournament
St. Rita School in Alexandria, VA will be hosting a Catholic Schools Chess Tournament for grades K-8 Sunday, April 29 from 1PM to 5PM at St. Rita School, 3801 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305. Students need not be USCF members or enrolled in their school's chess club. Interested participants must pre-register online at www.stritachess.com or by mail. The cost is $20 before and including April 21; $25 after April 21. Registration closes April 27. A $5 discount will be given for the second and subsequent registrant(s) from the same family. This tournament is a non-elimination tournament. All players will play all rounds. There will be trophies for top winners and teams in each division.The divisions will depend on the numbers and ages of participants. Parents may get additional information by contacting Sarah Greiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-931-0149. Please see the attached
flyer for more information.
Parish & Community
MVCCT's Charlotte's Web
Last chance to see St. Louis students in Charlotte's Web this weekend!
The Mt. Vernon Children's Community Theatre will be presenting the musical
Charlotte's Web this weekend. Showtimes are Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm, and Sunday at 3pm. The performances will be right next door to St. Louis School at in the auditorium Bryant HS. The show features several St. Louis students including Abby Allard, Isaac Nienaber, Eli Swanson, and David Anthony and is great fun for all ages. You can get tickets online at
https://mountvernoncommunitychildrenstheatre.wufoo.com/forms/charlottes-web-ticket-purchase/ or at the door before the performance. This is the final weekend of performances so don't miss out!
Below are the confession times for St. Louis and Good Shepherd. Parents of students receiving First Communion in May are reminded that their child must attend confession in March and in April.
St. Louis Church - Sunday: 8:20-9:20am, 4:15pm (Spanish); Mon-Sat: 9:15am; Wednesday: 6:30pm; Saturday: 4:30-5:30pm
Good Shepherd Church - Wednesday: 6:00-7:00pm; Saturday: 8:00-8:45am, 4:00-4:50pm, 6:00pm (Spanish); Sunday: 1:10-1:15pm (Spanish)
Bishop Ireton Summer Camps
Registration is now open for Bishop Ireton's summercamp!
This year, we are offering programs in science, athletics, and the arts for students in first through tenth grade -- there is something for everyone! You can find a list of camps we offer here and register here.
Our camps run June through August and are staffed by certified teachers or coaches. Come and join us on Cambridge Road for a summer of fun and adventure.
St. John Paul the Great Summer Camps
Saint John Paul the Great HS will be offering numerous summer sports and enrichment camps for rising 4th-12th graders. Camps include: