Alumni Newsletter                              
SPRING/SUMMER 2018
UPCOMING EVENTS
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
9am-12pm, Tues. - Fri.
Closed Mondays
Closed July 2-6
AUGUST 27
First Day of School 
SEPTEMBER 12 & 13
Spirit Dinner at Moe's
Southwest Grill
5-8pm
Mount Vernon Plaza
7698 Richmond Hwy
SEPTEMBER 27
Annual Fund Benefactors Reception 
7:30pm
McClunn Hall, St. Louis School
OCTOBER 20
Hawks 5K & Fun Run
Hawks Day
Alumni are invited to join the
school community for Friday Mass during the school year

Mass 
8:45am, St. Louis Church

This year's school theme was "Praise Raises Us Up!" We look forward to August, when the new year's theme will be revealed!
ANNUAL FUND
The 2017-18 Annual Fund campaign exceeded its goal and raised nearly $81,000!

We are thankful for the support of our school families, alumni and the local community as we raised funds to re-surface the floor in McClunn Hall, 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
In Memoriam...

1960's
James Ciccotelli (1964)
Leo Croisetiere (1969)
William Sullivan (1965)
Graciela "Chela" Sullivan (1967)
Patricia McMarrow (1968)
Jack Murphy (1968)
Deborah Redding (1968)
Aurelia Zunde (1969)

1970's
Daniel Hamer (1975)
William Smithwick (1975)
Terrence Gaghan (1976)
Mary Love (1976)
Edward Johnson (1977)
Kevin Duffy (1978)
Denton West (1978)

2000's
John "JJ" Stinson (2006)
John Corbin (2009)
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. 

Don't see yourself?
Please take a moment to register, and if you've moved, please be sure to update your contact information with us.

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!
Hawks Day
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Family fun run and 5K followed by a community festival.  Stop by the Alumni table! Alumni will receive a complimentary activity wristband for the festival!

For registration and sponsorship information, contact Grace Reidy Cross (Festival Chair) GraceReidy_Cross@yahoo.com or Tania Jones (5K Chair) taniamennesjones@verizon.net.
"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. 

Dear St. Louis Alumni,

The 2017-2018 school year came to an end on June 15th, with the celebration of Mass and a final assembly. This year's spiritual theme, "Praise Raises Us Up", which was initiated and lead by our pastor, Fr. Keith O'Hare, kept us centered on praising God and praising one another through love and service. We now look forward to a new theme when we return in August!

The summer always brings a change of pace to a school building, but not to the school front office! We are already busy with projects and preparations for the year ahead. The 2017-18 St. Louis Annual Fund Drive successfully raised enough funds to purchase 30 new chromebooks with mobile carts and software management licenses for the upper hall and the library; one mobile interactive 70" digital panel for use with all classrooms and for parent meetings; and a new gymnasium floor for McClunn Hall! The PTO also purchased new chromebook carts, allowing us to complete our expansion to have 1-to-1 device ratio for student-to-chromebook in grades 4 - 8. In addition, new doors are being installed in the music room, the clinic, the teachers' entrance and the EDC entrance, and a new floor is being installed in the school kitchen. We are blessed to be able to continue with necessary updates in facility, security, technology and fitness thanks to the help of current families, alumni and the entire community.

We are always looking for opportunities to connect with you, our alumni families, and the annual Hawks 5K and Hawks Day Fall Festival is a great way to do just that! This year, the Hawks 5k Run and Fall Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Share in the joy of fitness, celebrate our Hawks spirit, and get some good food while you're at it! Look for more details to come. If you are in town that weekend and have the opportunity to come for the 8:45am School Mass on Friday, October 19th, please do so! We go to Mass every Friday and celebrate through liturgy, song and the Eucharist.

If you are not able to come in October, our doors are always open to you. If you haven't been able to come back and visit recently or even since you've graduated, know that we are grateful for your interest in your alma mater. We thank you for your support, near and far, and hope that you are able to drop by for a visit some time! Please pray for our students, our teachers, our priests and our staff as we all work together to continue the tradition of academic excellence through a vibrant, thriving, faith-filled place to learn, grow and celebrate all God's blessings.

Peace,
Kathleen Faherty McNutt,  Class of 1983
Principal
Congratulations Class of 2018!
St. Louis School continues to prepare its graduates for the rigors of secondary and higher education. We are sending 51 eighth graders out to the following high schools: Bishop Ireton High School, John Paul the Great High School, Bishop O'Connell High School, Gonzaga College High School, Georgetown Visitation High School for Girls, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, West Potomac High School, Mt. Vernon High School, Edison High School, Hayfield High School, Foxcroft High School, and two students off to Catholic high schools out of state. We have students who have participated in Diocesan Honors Band, the Regional Science Fair, the National Junior Honor Society, community theater programs, AAU athletic teams, and numerous regional service organizations.

In addition to two students receiving acceptance to the highly competitive Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, our students had combined excellence in performance on the National High School Placement Exam, with several of our students being offered high school academic scholarships. While acknowledging the importance of academics, we continue to prepare our students for societal challenges, and we provide them with ongoing faith-filled activities and studies in both Catholic catechism and Catholic apologetics. Several of our 2018 graduates are headed to the Steubenville Youth Conference at Franciscan University in Ohio with our pastor, Fr. Keith O'Hare.
Alumni Spotlight
Three of our St. Louis School alums were recognized at the Bishop Ireton High School 2018 graduation ceremony on June 5, 2018 at the Basilica of the National Shrine. Sawyer Warren (2014), Michel Bennett Warren (1989) and Michael Bennett (1968)  were the first family members to graduate three generations from Bishop Ireton (and St. Louis)! Michael Bennett is currently CFO and partner with the Ourisman automotive group and was recognized as Chamber Citizen of the Year for Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce in 2016. He has served on the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd Housing, the Mount Vernon Lee Education Partnership, the Bishop Ireton Board of Governors, the board for the Southeast Fairfax Development Corp. (SFDC), and the Virginia VEDP Board. Mike Bennett is a lifelong resident of the Groveton area where he grew up as a St. Louis Parishioner and was raised five houses down from the former Dixie Pig BBQ on Beacon Hill. He has worked to increase local business opportunities and revitalize the Richmond Highway corridor. He has been a tireless community volunteer, focusing on helping children and the less fortunate, and providing educational opportunities for those in need. He continues to be good to the St. Louis School community even after graduating 50 years ago!
Emily Roddy (2014) was this years recipient of the Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre (MVCCT) scholarship. Emily has been involved with MVCCT on both sides of the stage for the past 7 years. She will be studying Electrical Engineering at Purdue University in the Fall.
Two of our alumni placed 2nd at the FCPS 2018 Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Saoirse Farrell (2016) and Samantha Lebeck (2016) attend Hayfield Secondary School and placed 2nd in the Environmental Engineering category with their project, "The Effect of the Amount of Ferrofluid on Mineral Oil."
With two St. Louis alums aboard, Kaitie Dennis (2017) and Wellesley Snyder (2017) , the TC Williams High School Girls Freshman 8 boat rowed to gold at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the Cooper River in Camden County, NJ. Stotesbury is the world's largest high school rowing competition hosting 6,000 rowers each year.
Praise Rock Garden
"Small things done with great love will change the world." -Saint Teresa of Calcutta


During the Spring, our counseling team, Mrs. Jen Cotnoir and Mrs. Donna Zientek, initiated and facilitated the creation of a beautiful praise rock garden in front of the school. The students and faculty painted rocks, many of which include words of praise and faith, and then placed them into the cross-shaped garden in front of the main school building. The students voted to name the space "Garden of Faith", and it was blessed on Friday, June 8, 2018, after the 8:45am Mass by pastor, Fr. Keith O'Hare. We encourage the alumni community to add to our rock garden!