St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
December 1, 2017
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
 
As we enter the month of December, we also look to a new liturgical season: Advent! This Monday, we will light the first candle on our school Advent wreath, and we will look with joy and anticipation for the coming of our Savior. I am sure that many of you are busy decorating your own homes for Christmas, so be sure to have an Advent wreath or Advent candles as you help your children prepare at home.
 
I am so pleased to share with you that our students donated 5,010 food items to UCM (United Community Ministries), filling their food bank shelves!  The 7th grade alone brought in 2,043 items - - what an amazing gift to the community!  Thank you for your support from home as we teach our children about helping others and serving as Christ asks. We are now preparing for our annual luncheon for the Missionaries of Charity, when we will welcome residents from one of their homes and the seniors of the parish for Mass and a special lunch in McClunn Hall.  This joint effort with the rectory staff is always a special one, as we work together to serve others. It is also a great opportunity for the children to take the lead in helping, performing, cleaning and hosting guests. That will be a busy week, as the luncheon falls on the day after our Lessons and Carols performance on December 12th. We are blessed by all of these experiences!
 
God bless, 

Kathleen McNutt
Principal

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: Howard, Huckabee, Hunter, Hurley, Ibrahim, Ilagan, Jakubowski, James (K), James (K, 2nd, 5th, 7th and 8th), Janac, Jarrett, Javier, Jones, Jors, Jorss, and Karenge.
School Announcements
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Advent Pajama Drive, December 4-15
This advent season, our school is participating in the annual Scholastic Book Clubs Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children living in shelters, group homes and foster care. If you and your child are able to participate, please bring in a new pair of pajamas to school between December 4-December 15, 2017. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Thank You for Giving!

This Giving Tuesday, the St. Louis School Annual Fund Campaign received $5,305!

This includes $100 in the Hawk's Hero match for 20 newly participating families. 

Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop - December 5th
Mrs. Julianne Reilly, MSW and Mrs. Donna Zientek, LCSW will be facilitating a parent workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:45pm at St. Louis School. For more information, see the attached  flyer  or register at  https://stlouispositivediscipline1.eventbrite.com/
"New Family" Coffee - Wednesday, Dec. 6th
Families new to St. Louis School this year are invited to join us for our "New Family Coffee on Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 8:10am in the school cafeteria. These coffees cover timely topics as well as provide the opportunity to ask questions or express concerns. Younger siblings are welcome.
Lessons & Carols - December 12th
Information regarding the Lessons & Carols program is attached for parents of students in
K-5th grades.
Yearbook News!
To order a yearbook or upload photos for the yearbook, visit Pictavo Community at
www.commpe.pictavo.com. Use Google Chrome for best results. Please see the flyer for more information.
7th & 8th Grade 80's Dance - December 15th
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
PTO
PTO BOARD
Sharon Moss, President   srjones@hotmail.com
Carolyn Koch, Vice President   carolynlett@yahoo.com
Beth Burke, Secretary   burke62801@gmail.com
Melissa McGuire, Treasurer    straydog64@gmail.com
Spirit Dinner at Primo's - Monday, Dec. 4
December 4th is coming soon and that is the date of our next Spirit Dinner. This one will be at the popular Primo's Family Restaurant on Belle View Blvd from 5-8pm. This is a great place to hang out and socialize as we have a private room for our event. There will be unlimited salad, drink and pizza for $10 per person (CASH only please!). Bring the hungry tweens and teenagers!
Silent Auction Donation Request
The Annual Silent Auction is quickly approaching! While visiting with friends and family this holiday season, please share that the St. Louis Catholic School PTO is looking for getaways and unique items! Is someone you know crafty? Would they be willing to donate? Do the grandparents have a vacation home that they would be willing to share? Please see the donation letter and form in this week's Friday Folder for more information.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Parents are responsible for tracking their volunteer hours. Volunteer hours may be input online. Please contact the volunteer coordinator, Vanessa Milewski, with any questions.

Keep in mind, the following opportunities count toward volunteer hours:
  • Classroom party/celebration donations = 1 hour/donation
  • PTO Meeting attendance = 1 hour/meeting
  • Silent Auction purchase/donation = 1 hour/$20
  • Bake Sale items = 1 hour/donated item
Parish & Community
BI Hackathon for 8th Graders
Students from all over the Northern Virginia area are invited to learn about different subjects related to Computer Science and practice their skills with other high school coders like themselves. The environment is open to students of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.  Eighth grade students are invited from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on January 20th. For more information, please see the attached letter and flyer.
Saint John Paul the Great HS Laudare Program
Saint John Paul the Great invites you to learn about our new Laudare Program  Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm. This innovative program focuses on enhancing our support and services for students with specific learning disabilities. During this evening you will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions to our certified special education teachers and administrators. This program will serve as an enhancement to our existing Academic Support Program. We look forward to seeing you there!
UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS

Please refer to the school calendar on the website for additional information. Subscribe to the calendar to automatically receive all of the latest updates.

Dec. 4 - 11:30 Dismissal (PM EDC open)
Dec. 4 - Spirit Dinner at Primo's, 5-8pm
Dec. 6 - New Family Coffee, 8:15am, Cafeteria
Dec. 12 - Lessons & Carols, 7pm, St. Louis Church
Dec. 20 - 11:30 Dismissal (PM EDC closed)
Dec. 21-Jan. 2 - Christmas Break
St. Louis Catholic School
2901 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
Principal: Kathleen McNutt
Phone: 703-768-7732
www.stlouisschool.org
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