Alumni Newsletter                              
FALL 2018
UPCOMING EVENTS
DECEMBER 13
Lessons & Carols
7pm
St. Louis Church
JANUARY 14
Winter Chorus & Band Concert
7pm
McCLunn Hall
JAN. 27 - FEB. 1
Catholic Schools Week
JANUARY 27 & 29
Open House for
Prospective Families
St. Louis School is now accepting K-8 applications for the 2019-20 school year!
Alumni are invited to join the
school community for Friday Mass during the school year

Mass 
8:45am, St. Louis Church

ANNUAL FUND
The 2018-19 Annual Fund campaign has launched! With the safety of our students and school campus at the forefront, our goal this year is $75,000.

We are thankful for the support of our school families, alumni and the local community as we raise funds to replace 22 original classroom doors and locks, upgrade the locks on 15 classroom doors, purchase additional chromebooks and provide tuition assistance for those school families in need.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations made to the annual fund are fully tax deductible and can be made at any time via check, PayPal or Faith Direct. For more information, please visit the school website or contact Kristin Matheis, development@stlouisschool.org.
CLASS NOTES
Thank you to our alumni families who have shared family news with us. Do you have a life event or photos to share with the school and fellow alumni? We love to hear from our alumni - where you are now and your memories of your time at St. Louis. 

Email your updates to 

ALUMNI DIRECTORY
Currently, our online Alumni Directory has listings for more than 1,000 Alumni from 1963-2018 for whom we have some contact information. 

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Looking for an old friend?
Our Alumni Directory allows you to search for and be located by former classmates. If found, you may be able to connect through a web-based email form which hides your email address until you want it to be known.
GET INVOLVED!
"A Night on Broadway" 
Silent Auction
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
This adults-only event sells out in the Fall! For tickets and sponsorship or donation information, contact Meredith Jors or Kieran Mitchell (Auction Chairs) hawktion.chair@gmail.com.
ALUMNI SPIRITWEAR
Available through Lands' End, the St. Louis School Alumni embroidered l ogo is  available on a variety o f clothing and gear items. Order yours online today
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Greetings from your Elementary School Alma Mater!

As an alum myself (St. Louis Class of '83), it is with great joy that I connect with the alumni community through our St. Louis Alumni Newsletter. Each one of us has memories of our days, teachers and friends at St. Louis School, and all of those memories combine to create more than 60 years of deep tradition and ongoing Christ-centered education here on Popkins Lane. It is our goal to connect with you and share the blessings of a united school community. 

It's hard to believe that we've already been in school for 12 weeks! We had a summer of upgrades at St. Louis School, with the renovation of the McClunn Hall floor; the addition of new exterior doors for the middle school, the teachers' entrance and the Extended Day Center entrance; the installation of a new kitchen floor and electrical panel in the cafeteria; the installation of 4 new interactive whiteboards and panels; the addition of a new mobile interactive panel to the elementary resource room; the purchase of 4 full classroom sets of chromebooks; the installation of new hallway bulletin boards; and the purchase of new classroom furniture. These upgrades are wonderful enhancements to an already well-established school program that remains rooted in faith and tradition and dedicated to excellence in academics.

We have been blessed with the ability to upgrade facilities and add resources, and we know that this stems from our strong enrollment and growing annual fund program. We started the 2018-2019 school year with our highest enrollment since the 1970s. With 515 middle school, elementary and preschool students, and a staff of just over 60 school employees, we joyously began the school year with our new spiritual theme, "Choose Jesus!". We have focused on growing our resource and special education program, which now has an elementary resource specialist and assistant resource teacher, a middle school resource special education teacher and assistant resource teacher, a full-time counselor and part-time social worker, and a fulltime Title 1 teacher. St. Louis School has expanded the resource program so that our classroom teachers have strong support and our school can confidently open its doors to students of varied abilities, gifts and challenges.

Each new school year brings a growing number of students whose parents are St. Louis alums! As an alum myself, I can appreciate the special joy that comes from watching your children engage in the learning environment that was your own. While there are certainly many upgrades in the building, the green tile, the coatroom cubbies, and the cafeteria are just a few of those things that take you back to your days here. If you haven't been able to come back to St. Louis School recently, we hope that you come by! Consider joining us for school Mass any Friday morning at 8:45am and then stopping in the school building for a visit. I am always happy to walk our alums around and reminisce a bit with you.

Please pray for our students, our teachers and staff as we all work together to continue the tradition of maintaining a vibrant, thriving, faith-filled place to learn, grow and celebrate all God's blessings. #ChooseJesus!

Peace,
Kathleen Faherty McNutt,  Class of 1983
Principal
St. Louis Receives Purple Star
St. Louis School is proud to share great news with our school alumni! We were selected by the state of Virginia as a recipient of the 2018 Purple Star Designation Award! This award is given to schools dedicated to excellence and commitment in working with students and families connected to our nation's armed forces. We are one of the first schools in Virginia to receive this distinguished honor and only one of three private schools in the state to receive it. We have received a Resolution of Recognition from the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children, an award coin, and a purple star seal to hang proudly in our school. We were able to celebrate this honor at our Veteran's Day Mass and Reception on November 9, 2018. Our pastor, Fr. Keith O'Hare, recognized all of our veteran families at the school and in the parish, and he blessed our recog nition materials.
We are grateful to all of our staff and families, both past and present, for their efforts to support military families over the years. We also offer a huge thank you to the many St. Louis families who have served and continue to serve our nation's military.

In the news...
National Vocations Week
National Vocations Week is highlighted throughout the diocese each November, and this week is always recognized in a special way at St. Louis School. This year, we hung diocesan posters of the current seminarians around the school so that our students can recognize and pray for them throughout the year, and we received special prayer cards for student vocations. Our pastor, Fr. O'Hare, spoke to our  students at our Monday morning assembly to encourage prayer and remind students that holiness can come from choosing the single life, the married life or the religious life. At St. Louis, we are blessed with priests who engage with our students through the sacraments and through visits to the school, and we receive extra special blessings from our Poor Clare order who live just down the road on Popkins Lane. Many St. Louis alumni may remember when the Poor Clares convent was temporarily on the parish grounds in the building originally occupied by the Sisters of St. Francis who taught at the school. That building has since been removed and is now the current middle school building. We still communicate regularly with our Poor Clares, sharing prayer intentions, collecting items for them, and having our 2nd graders visit their convent each spring.
Alumni Spotlight
Juliana Weber (2013)  graduated from St. John Paul the Great High School in 2017 and has heard her call to the religious life. Juliana has entered the Servants of the Lord and Virgin of Matara, a missionary order known as Servidoras. The Arlington Catholic Herald recently had an article on local women who are joining religious orders this year.
Hailey Moore (2016) is a high school junior who is currently in a homeschool program that allows her to organize and engage in some amazing service work for our veterans through Veterans Fishing Adventures, a non-profit organization she helped establish with her father, Ed Moore, to provide free fishing a boating trips for veterans. See the Mount Vernon Gazette articles featuring the Moore's and Veterans Fishing Adventures:

St. Louis PTO Silent Auction

The St. Louis PTO is hosting its silent auction on February 23, 2019. This year's theme is "A Night on Broadway!" The annual fundraiser supports the PTO's budget which helps provide educational classroom field trips, classroom supplies, athletic equipment and additional technology in the classroom.

The auction is St. Louis PTO's largest fundraiser of the year, and alumni are invited to get involved:
  • Attend. There are still tickets available. Visit the silent auction website to purchase yours online.
  • Donate. Consider donating a talent or item for the auction. Click on "How Can You Help?" for some ideas.
  • Enter.  Purchase a raffle ticket for the Grand prize - a trip to NYC for four to see a Broadway show of your choice.
  • Share. A video montage of St. Louis students in the arts (past and present) is being developed for the event. If you have pictures from past school talent shows or plays, please send electronic copies to us labeled with student name(s) and dates. hawktion.chair@gmail.com
St. Louis CYO Program
The Saint Louis CYO program is thrilled with the upgrades made to McClunn hall over the past two years. During the summer of 2017, the walls were painted and covered with mats. Two new scoreboards were installed and St. Louis is now hosting games during the basketball season. Last summer, the floor was resurfaced. With basketball and cheerleading seasons under way, and volleyball in the spring, we are all excited to use our beautiful gym and grateful for the generosity that made these upgrades possible!