FAMILY CONNECTION | January 21, 2021
ACC and Honors Art students create 3-point perspective architectural drawings.
Full Return to Campus
We are prepared to return the entire student body to campus on Wednesday, January 27, for a trial period. Students are expected to continue all the health and safety protocols established in the first semester. If a student must continue classes online for health and safety reasons, please contact Assistant Principal of Academics Kelly Slattery at kslattery@vianney.com by this Monday, January 25 to discuss the arrangements.

TRIAL PERIOD
Wednesday-Friday, January 27-29 | All students on campus

If the trial period proceeds as planned, we expect a full return to campus beginning Monday, February 1. However, we will continue to evaluate the impact of COVID on our community and adjust our school schedule and events as needed. Your commitment to following COVID protocols off campus will allow us to more safely gather on campus each day.
Power of Prayer
Andrew Knirr '21 was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Please pray for Andrew and his family as he begins cancer treatment. The senior class gathered this week to pray together and to plan for ways to support Andrew. 

We ask that you also keep Peter Gilmore '23 and his family in your prayers following his multiple surgeries as well as Karen Gauvain, wife of faculty Dave Gauvain, during her cancer treatment.
Father-Son Masses
Father-Son Mass is Tuesday, February 2, for Junior and Senior dads and Wednesday, February 3, for Freshman and Sophomore dads. Fathers with multiple sons at Vianney can choose to attend one or both 7:15 am Masses in the Field House. Health screening and masks are required while on campus. Students attending Mass should arrive in dress shirt, tie, dress pants, and belt.
Please register by Friday, January 29, to ensure we safely accommodate everyone and prepare enough grab-and-go breakfasts.
Marianist Heritage Mass
We will livestream our Marianist Heritage Mass at 9:30 am tomorrow, January 22, for Freshmen and Sophomores. It is a Dress Up Day for students. Families are welcome to attend virtually via Griffins TV.
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 month to register online with each of your son's teachers. There are no classes for students February 26.
NO SCHOOL
  • 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
Academic Support
If a student requires additional academic support, we offer the following resources:
  • Homework Hotel | Monday-Thursday from 2:50-3:50 pm in the Media Center
  • Math Tutoring | Tuesday and Wednesday until 4 pm in Room 208
  • Griffin Assist | 7:45-8:10 am when a student is on campus and 2:10-2:40 pm when a student is online or on campus
Student Counseling Group
We are partnering with Saint Louis Counseling to host a free counseling group for our students. Topics will include coping with stress, anxiety, grief, loss, and any additional concerns students share. The 30-minute weekly sessions begin Monday, January 25, during Afternoon Griffin Assist. We can make accommodations for students who are off campus on Mondays with a few spots still left. Please contact Katie Holman at kholman@vianney.com if your student is interested in participating.
Service Hours
This school year, we will accept service hours performed for family and friends in addition to hours served at charitable organizations and Vianney. Opportunities include sending cards/letters to the homebound, collecting/delivering donations for food pantries, and yardwork for neighbors. All completed service hours must be submitted for verification through Helper Helper.

  • Sophomores and Juniors have until January 31, 2021 to complete their service hour requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • Freshmen have until the first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year to complete their 20 hours of service.

Please contact Kevin Becvar at kbecvar@vianney.com if you have any questions.
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.
Congratulations to Saturday's winners of Team Ochs. The winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Julie Sturma, mother of Lucas Sturma '19, splitting $2,220. The proceeds of the trivia night support the Alumni Association Scholarship.
Auction Puppy
Our auction puppy is half Newfoundland and half Great Pyrenees. Hank is going to be a big boy with a big heart!
VIRTUAL Night of the Griffin
There are a number of ways you can support our virtual auction on Saturday, February 13, including donations via Amazon and Target. Thank you to those who have already donated!
We are following the quarantine guidelines of St. Louis County. If a student experiences COVID symptoms or is exposed to COVID, please notify our school nurse at nurse@vianney.com. She will help develop a timeline for the student to safely return to campus. Tracking COVID-19 cases among our students allows us to make informed decisions for the entire community.
ACC Registration & Tuition
During January, Juniors and Seniors enrolled in Advanced College Credit (ACC) courses may register with select universities (SLU, UMSL, Drury, MO State) to earn college credit. Our faculty will provide the instructions, but the universities insist that each student register himself. There have been several cases of parents inadvertently registering themselves instead of their student. A student may need parents to provide information like his Social Security number. Tuition bills not collected as part of registration will likely be sent to the student by mail or email. Look for the bill, usually due in April.  

If you have questions, please contact Dennis Matreci at 314-965-4853 ext 116 or dmatreci@vianney.com.
ACT Prep Course  
If you would like to prepare for the February or March ACT, Sarah Kheriaty is hosting courses beginning this month. It is $350 per student with a $50 discount if a sibling previously took her course.
Lacrosse Registration
Lacrosse has a mandatory meeting for all players and at least one parent/guardian Thursday, January 28, at 7 pm in the Field House. Contact Coach Nate Stein at nstein@vianney.com or Pat Breheny at patbreheny@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Always visit our Athletics Calendar for the latest information as dates and times are subject to change.
MARIANIST MOMENT
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
“I am like a brook that makes no effort to overcome obstacles in its way. All the obstacles can do is hold me up for a while, as a brook is held up; but during that time it grows broader and deeper and after a while it overflows the obstruction and flows along again. This is how I am going to work.”
In Memoriam
Please pray for the repose of the souls of our dearly departed:
  • Carol Waters, mother of Terry Cochran
  • Al Book, Sr., father of Al Book
We invite you to submit prayer requests, including any special intentions.