St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
June 8, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
 
Commencement... the beginning! The week ahead will be full of commencement exercises for St. Louis School. Our Kindergarteners will be sharing their year with families and friends through song and poem! Our 8th graders will celebrate through the Mass and then with a final awards ceremony, knowing that they are ready for the high school years ahead of them. Our graduates will be leaving us for Bishop Ireton High School, Foxcroft School (Middleburg), Gonzaga College High School, Georgetown Visitation, Hayfield High School, John Paul the Great High School, Mt. Vernon High School, O'Connell High School, Regis Jesuit High School (Colorado), St. Augustine High School (San Diego), Thomas Edison High School, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and West Potomac High School. I look forward to celebrating with them on Tuesday and will be sure to share that we are all praying for them, knowing that they will go on to do great things.
 
We are down to the final days!  Besides 8th graders who finish up school on Monday and our Kindergarteners who have their last day on Tuesday, remember that next Friday, June 15th is our last day of school for grades 1 - 7, with an 11:30am dismissal (there is no afternoon EDC on that day). For those of you who are wondering when the 2018-19 school calendar will be published... it will be sent out electronically by June 22nd. Watch your email for that constant contact as well as the posting on our school website!
 
Many blessings as you head into another busy weekend of end-of-the-year activities!

Kathleen McNutt
Principal



Over the past month our counseling team, Mrs. Jen Cotnoir and Mrs. Donna Zientek, have initiated and facilitated the creation of a beautiful praise rock garden in front of the school. The students and faculty have been painting rocks, many of which include words of praise and faith, and then placing them into the cross-shaped garden. The students voted to name the space "Garden of Faith", and it was blessed today after 8:45am Mass by our pastor, Fr. Keith O'Hare. 

"Small things done with great love will change the world." 
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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: Melka, Nghiem, Najafzadeh, Noone, Orr, Paulus, Racines, Reiber, Reilly and Robertson.
School Announcements
Stay Connected - Follow Us on Social Media!
Reminder: Policy on Posting Photos
We are grateful for the many parents who have volunteered to work the field day events and class picnics and will be attending upcoming graduations. Please remember that you should not be posting photos of children other than your own on social media. We have some students whose parents have signed official forms with the provision that no photo of their child will be posted or used in the media. This falls under social media as well as in advertisements and marketing tools.
Medications in Nurse's Clinic
Medications in the Nurse's Clinic must be picked up by a parent/guardian no later than dismissal on the last day of school. In accordance with school and diocesan policy, medications cannot be stored in the clinic and will be destroyed if not picked up by a parent. If you are not planning on picking up your medication and wish the nurse to dispose of it, please send an email to nurse@stlouisschool.org.
Battle of the Books Team Places 3rd
The St. Louis 2017-2018 Battle of the Books club had a very successful competition on May 15th!   The table team of five students: Amelia Geary (scribe), Anna Milewski (speaker), Isabella Miller, Isabella Robinson, and Maggie Rohde, placed 3rd  overall out of 24 diocesan schools!

Last Call for 2017-18 Annual Fund Gifts
Gifts to the the Annual Fund Campaign will be accepted until June 15th. We are still below our 100% participation goal. Gifts of prayer count as participation! Cash or checks only will be accepted for financial gifts. Attached is a pledge card. If you have a balance remaining on your pledge, please contact Kristin Matheis development@stlouisschool.org.
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
Volunteer Opportunities

Completed PTO Volunteer Hours
Attached is the updated list of completed PTO volunteer hours as of June 5, 2018. If your name is on the list that means your family has met the complete requirement of 18 hours for a two parent family or 9 hours for a single parent family. If your name does not  appear on the list and you have met the requirement, please email Vanessa Milewski to insure your hours are recorded   vanessamilewski@yahoo.com .
CYO Banquet - June 10
Non VIRTUS: We need some volunteers to help set up and clean up for the end-of-the-year CYO celebration which will be held on June 10th  in McClunn hall immediately following the 8:45 Mass. Volunteers are needed the afternoon of June 9th  and morning of June 10th . If you can help, please contact Jennifer Robinson at jennbrill@yahoo.com  for more information. Thank you!
Hawks Day 2018 Planning Committee Volunteers Needed
The Hawks Day Planning Committee needs parents who can help plan and organize games, food, logistics, vendors for the day, Police/Fire outreach, volunteer identification and Sign-Up Genius development. For more information, please see the attached flyer or contact Grace Cross at Grace.Reidy_Cross@yahoo.com
Library Volunteer PTO Representative
Looking for a FUN Volunteer position? The Library Volunteer PTO Representative is looking for a new parent to show the ropes to during the 2018-2019 school year! Help Coordinate - Summer Reader Ice Cream Social, Book Fairs, Library Volunteers...all of the set-up is on Sign-Up Genius for you.  An easy and fun way to get your hours...Interested? Contact Jennifer Stackpole at jestackpole@gmail.com for more info.
Extracurricular & CYO
Calling All 2017-18 CYO Athletes...
Parish & Community
Fun and Fit Forever Day Camp
Come join Fun and Fit Forever 4-day fun camp at St. Louis Parish Fields, sponsored and facilitated by Kate Robertson, Girl Scout Ambassador, completing the Girl Scout Gold Award Project. 
 
When: June 19 - June 22, 2018 from 9am-12pm for rising 1st-8TH Grade BOTH boys and girls
  • Learn how to play/improve on baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and field hockey
  • Learn basic nutrition and how to live a healthy lifestyle
  • Learn about sports injury and prevention
Taught by students on high school sports teams, professional nutritionists, and athletic trainers! Completely FREE but please provide a snack for your child! Water and freeze pops will be supplied. If interested, please see the attached flyer or contact Kate Robertson at funandfitforever18@gmail.com.
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.

June 11 - Last Day for 8th Grade
June 12 - Kindergarten Graduation (9am) and Last Day for Kindergarten
June 12 - 8th Grade Graduation (7pm)
June 15 - 1st-7th Grades Last Day of School, 11:30 Dismissal (No PM EDC)
St. Louis Catholic School
2901 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
Principal: Kathleen McNutt
Phone: 703-768-7732
www.stlouisschool.org
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