FAMILY CONNECTION | February 4, 2021
Luke Ledwon '23 recently qualified for District Jazz Band with his vibraphone and auditions for the Missouri All-State Jazz Band in March. Luke is considered the best jazz vibes player in the St. Louis area, earning a "I" rating on his vibraphone solo at the District Solo/Ensemble Festival last spring.
Student Faith Survey
Campus Ministry surveyed our students today about their faith. The results will allow us to develop opportunities for our students to grow in their faith this Lent and beyond. We encourage families to discuss the survey with their students tonight and share their own faith journeys.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Conferences will be held virtually Thursday, February 25, 5-7 pm and Friday, February 26, 8-11 am and 12-3 pm. Parents will receive links next week to register online with each of your son's teachers. There are no classes for students February 26.
  • There is no school on Friday, February 12, for auction setup
  • There is no school on Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day
  • There are no classes on Friday, February 26, for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Naeger Scholarship
Rising Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are invited to apply for the
Edward J. Naeger, Sr. and Karen (Jones) Naeger Scholarship by March 1. The $1,000 non-renewable scholarship requires a separate application and essay.
Griffin Assist
We will continue to offer Morning Griffin Assist 7:45-8:10 am every school day but Thursday and Afternoon Griffin Assist 2:10-2:40 pm every school day. Please check the school calendar for class meetings and other events scheduled during Griffin Assist.
National School Counseling Week 
Our school counselors want to take this opportunity to invite you to learn more about our services for students, including College & Career, Academic, and Personal-Social Development.
Presentations from Student Services

Vianney Counselors in Health Classes
  • Tuesday, February 2 | College & Career Planning
  • Tuesday, February 9 | Mental Health: Copings Skills and Resources

CHADS Coalition for Mental Health
  • Tuesday, February 16 | Civics with Mr. Stein | Senior Suicide Prevention & College Mental Health Resources 
  • Thursday, February 18 | Junior Theology with Mrs. Mitchell | Junior Suicide & Self-Injury Prevention
  • Monday, February 22 | Sophomore Theology with Mr. Shipp | Sophomore Suicide Prevention & Healthy Coping Skills 
  • Wednesday, February 24 | Freshmen Theology with Mr. Buehrle | Freshmen Suicide Prevention

We encourage parents to check in with their sons regarding these presentations. Counselors will be available to students during the presentations and will offer resources. 
Mentor Families Needed
We officially welcome our Class of 2025 tomorrow, February 5, and ask current families to serve as mentors. Our Mentor Program was established two years ago to help new families make the transition to Vianney. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jessie Hebrank at
Be a Griffin for a Day
Our Admissions Team invites boys in grades 5 and 6 to Be a Griffin for a Day this Presidents' Day, February 15, from 8 am to 12:30 pm. This free event includes lunch and t-shirt.
Lunch Orders
Students who want to purchase lunch from Griffins' Café must place their order by 8:30 am that day. Seniors are not allowed to leave campus for lunch. For $5, you receive a bottle of water, bag of chips, and two chocolate chip cookies with your sandwich option.

The Daily Lunch Order form is located under the Resources tab in Blackbaud.
Griffin Gear Store
The Griffin Gear Store is open to customers during school hours. Please contact Lisa Hackett at 314-965-4853 ext.147 to arrange a shopping time as only two customers at a time are allowed in the store.
Graduation Lock-In
A parent committee is currently planning a graduation lock-in for the Class of 2021 to be held on campus after our May 15 graduation ceremony. To register your Senior, please send the $50 fee and permission form (or, email permission stating your son's name, your name, and overnight emergency phone number) to Dennis Matreci at Also, look for a letter in the mail this month for parents to volunteer for lock-in shifts.
Custom Hot Tub
Bid on a luxurious ThermoSpas Designer Series Concord Platinum hot tub customized and installed just for you. Registration to bid is free this year; select the REGISTRATION button below, then select SIGN IN at the top, right corner of your screen.
House Sponsorships
You can host an "auction table" and view the program together with one of our house sponsorships. Registration is due tomorrow, February 5!

Gold House Sponsor | $2,500
  • website, social media & cellular bidding site promotion 
  • dinner for 10, champagne, beer, and Vianney swag delivered to your home
Silver House Sponsor | $750
  • website, social media & cellular bidding site promotion 
  • $250 local restaurant gift card and Vianney swag delivered to your home
Auction Volunteers Needed
We are looking for drivers to help make auction deliveries February 12 and 13 and volunteers to help with auction pickups February 14-18. Please contact Kelly Mueller at or 314-965-4853, ext 145 if you can help.
We continue to follow the quarantine guidelines of St. Louis County versus the CDC. If a student is exposed to COVID, please notify our school nurse at
COVID Vaccine Town Hall 
Independent Schools of St. Louis is hosting a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, February 23, at noon for families who want to learn about the COVID vaccines. The town hall will be led by medical specialists in Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics.
Junior ACT
All Juniors take the ACT on campus Tuesday, March 2, with early dismissal after testing. Vianney submits the registration and payment for each Junior with no action required by families. Juniors are encouraged to review the free test resources provided in preparation for the ACT.
Junior College Planning
Juniors and their parents should register for a college planning session with your student's counselor. Please select the SignUp Genius link based on your son's last name:
Virtual College Visits
Kansas State UniversityMissouri State UniversityUniversity of AlabamaUniversity of Kentucky, and University of Missouri-Columbia are teaming up to offer Zoom sessions for high school students on February 18, March 30, April 15, and May 6 from 6:15-7 pm.
Student Election Judge Program
The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners invites high school students to work with veteran Election Judges in processing voters through the polling system, receiving hands-on experience about our elections. Interested students must be in grades 10-12 and between the ages of 15-17. Contact Dennis Matreci in the Leadership Center for more information.
ACT Prep Course  
If you would like to prepare for the April ACT, Sarah Kheriaty is hosting courses. It is $350 per student with a $50 discount if a sibling previously took her course.
Straight A Tickets
Students who received a voucher last spring for two baseball tickets for the 2020 season may still redeem them with the Cardinals Box Office. As always, redemption is based on availability and lost vouchers cannot be replaced. Contact the Cardinals at 314-345-9500 if you have any questions. We do not have any information yet on the 2021 Straight A Program.
Signing Day
Congratulations to our Seniors pursuing athletics at the collegiate level this fall.
Always visit our Athletics Calendar for the latest information as dates and times are subject to change.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
“Let the most perfect union reign among all of you. I shall never be satisfied until I see realized among you the motto: ‘One heart, one mind, and all things in common.’”
We ask that you keep the following members of our school community in your prayers:
  • Andrew Knirr '21
  • Peter Gilmore '23
  • Karen Gauvain, wife of faculty Dave Gauvain
We invite you to submit prayer requests, including any special intentions.