FAMILY CONNECTION | August 6, 2020
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We invite you to watch this 6-minute video in which President Rick Davis outlines the school's significant investment in online learning while Principal Ian Mulligan shares how students can maximize their online experience.
First Day of School
The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is Monday, August 17, for Freshmen and Sophomores and Tuesday, August 18, for Juniors and Seniors. We invite you to review our back-to-school plan for details.
Student Schedules
Schedules for the 2020-2021 school year can be viewed in Blackbaud. Visit the Blackbaud Help page if you need instructions on how to log in and access your schedule.
If you have any questions about a student's schedule, please contact his school counselor.
Physicals & Immunizations
We require new students, including all Freshmen, to have physicals and immunization records. The physical should be dated after February 2020.
SPORTS CENTER
Practice and tryouts begin Monday, August 10, for Cross Country, Football, Soccer, and Swimming & Diving. All freshmen must submit a Pre-Participation Physical Form & Waiver Documentation plus the Emergency Medical Form to participate. The Physical Form is already on file for returning athletes who submitted it within the last school year, but you must still submit a new Waiver Documentation and Emergency Medical Form. Visit our Athletics page to download these forms and for specific information regarding each sport.
If you have questions, please contact the head coach of your sport or Director of Athletics Terry Cochran at tcochran@vianney.com.
  • Face masks/coverings must be worn when arriving for practice/tryouts and during the screening process.
  • Every student will be screened each day.
  • Social distancing will occur during the screening process.
  • Each student should bring his own water bottle with his name on it.
  • There will be no use of locker rooms. Students must come dressed to practice.
2020-2021 Textbooks
MBS Direct is open for you to purchase textbooks for this school year.
Booklist
You are not required to purchase textbooks via MBS Direct but always verify the ISBN using our 2020-2021 booklist.
  • If a scheduled course is not listed, that means there are no textbooks to buy for it
  • Be sure to purchase all books listed for each scheduled course
  • Textbooks in boldface are new adoptions for 2020-2021 school year
  • Workbooks in boldface must be purchased new, unless they are retained from the previous year
  • Note that several courses retain books from the previous year and avoid purchasing them a second time
Backpacks
Students will NOT be assigned lockers at the start of the school year. We recommend that every student have a backpack while on campus to carry their textbooks, school supplies, and lunches if they choose to bring food from home.
School Lunch
When on campus, students will have the option to bring lunch or purchase a bag lunch from school. Seniors will not be allowed to leave campus this fall for lunch. For $5, students receive a bottle of water, chips, and two chocolate chip cookies with the sandwich option of Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, or Roast Beef & Cheese.
Please submit one form per student by 10 pm on Sunday, August 16, to order lunch for the first week of school. Students will also have the option to order lunch for just the day via the Daily Lunch Order Form to be submitted by 8:10 am that day. Lunches will be charged to your My School Bucks account. Please make sure your account has the necessary funds. Links to the weekly and daily order forms are available in Blackbaud.
Griffins' Cafe
Vianney offers MySchoolBucks as our payment system for meals from Griffins' Cafe. It allows you to deposit up to $150 at a time to an online student account. Visit MySchoolBucks or download the mobile app to register your student using his formal name and birthdate. There is a $2.49 program fee per transaction.
New Faculty & Staff
We welcome the following faculty and staff for the 2020-2021 school year:
  • Erin Foerstel, RN | School Nurse
  • Laura Madden, RN | School Nurse
  • Nelson Pardino | Spanish
  • Andrew Shipp | Theology
Freshman Parent Meeting
The mandatory Freshman Parent Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, August 13, at 7 pm. If you cannot join us at that time, a recording will be available to view at the conclusion of the meeting. Parents will be emailed the Zoom link next week.
Link Leaders Needed
We are still looking for 8-10 Juniors and Seniors to serve as Link Leaders.Training is this weekend, August 8 and 9, from noon to 3:30 pm. 
Please Contact Kevin Walsh at kwalsh@vianney.com if you have questions.
ACT Prep Course  
If you would like to prepare for the ACT, Sarah Kheriaty is hosting a course via Zoom beginning August 11. It is $350 per student with a $50 discount if a sibling previously took her course.
Please contact Sarah Kheriaty at skheriaty@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Griffin Gear Store
Our Griffin Gear Store has adjusted its shopping hours because of COVID-19. The store will be open to students and parents on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:15-9:15 am and 2:45-3:15 pm. It is also open on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:30 am. We are limiting shoppers to no more than two at a time with masks required.

Our online store is open 24/7 for your convenience with shipping available.
Students may also pick up online orders at the desk in the Commons Lobby after two business days. Please contact Tim McVey ’76 at tmcvey@vianney.com if you have any questions.
High School Nights Cancelled
the Archdiocese of St. Louis has cancelled all High School Nights this fall. If you know families interested in learning more about us, please invite them to schedule a Walk With a Griffin Tour.
College Fair Cancelled
Our College Fair originally scheduled for September 15 has been cancelled.
DID YOU KNOW?
College Counseling offers our rising Seniors the College Jump Start program at no cost. After attending in August, students have applied to at least one college, searched for college scholarships, and better understood the college application process.
MARIANIST MOMENT
Bro. David Betz, SM
We are living in a strange and anxious moment in history. Since March 2020, we have been dealing with the COVID pandemic and, since the end of May 2020, we have been confronted with unwarranted police behavior and its aftermath. These moments call us to conversion and to take stock of our motivations and values in relating to ourselves, others and God. As for ourselves, what are we doing to take care of ourselves, emotionally, physically and spiritually? As for others, what are we doing to honor the dignity of others and to aid in the common good? As for God, what are we doing to deepen our relationship with God? I ask these questions because they are questions that I ask myself daily. Last month, we celebrated the Feast of St. Benedict on whose Rule our Marianist Spirit/Rule of Life is based. In the prologue of his Rule, St. Benedict quotes Proverbs 4:20 which says, “Listen carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart.” How are you listening to God during this strange and anxious moment in time and what are you being asked to do to build up the Reign of God?