St. Louis Catholic School Alumni Newsletter
Greetings from Your Elementary School Alma Mater!
SPRING/SUMMER 2019
As an alum myself (St. Louis Class of '83), it is with great joy that I connect with the alumni community through our 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.

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Dear St. Louis Alumni,

Almost 43 years ago, my family moved to the Groveton area, settling in Stoneybrooke subdivision. I can still hazily remember our school tour of St. Louis, with the green tiles, classroom “coatrooms” and what seemed like a big multi-purpose room at the time! Like all of you, I have years of childhood memories wearing the plaid, walking the hallways, making friends and learning from many different teachers. St. Louis School provided me with an outstanding Christ-centered foundation for learning and for life.

While I spent many years teaching for public schools and other denominational private schools, as well as working at a corporate law firm, it wasn’t until I returned to St. Louis School as a teacher 10 years ago, that I truly felt I had found my vocation in Catholic education. As both teacher and administrator, I have learned that through my work teaching, serving and bringing Christ to others, that the people I serve are truly the face of Christ for me.

I now move on to my new position as Head of School of Bishop Ireton High School, and while I leave with sadness from saying goodbye to people that I care for and work with on a daily basis, I also leave with gratitude knowing that God has given me gifts here that I can use in my work going forward. I also leave with great confidence knowing that St. Louis School is in good hands! Mrs. Anne Dyke has been the assistant principal for the past 5 years, and she will bring her tremendous gifts of faith, instruction and leadership to the helm as she begins as principal on July 1st.

The 2018-2019 school year ended on June 12th with a final assembly. This year’s spiritual theme, “Choose Jesus”, kept us centered on loving and consciously choosing Jesus, the One who first chose us! Families now look forward to a new theme when they return in August, as Mrs. Dyke and the front office staff continue getting things ready throughout the next several weeks.

St. Louis School is 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. I know that I will be there this year to join in the fun and visit! The date for this year’s Hawks 5k Run and Fall Celebration is Saturday, October 19, 2019. 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 attend the 8:45am School Mass on Friday, October 18th, please do so!

Please join me in praying for all students, teachers, priests and school staff in the diocese as we all work together to continue the tradition of academic excellence through faith-filled learning that is rooted in Christ. If you are ever at Bishop Ireton, don’t hesitate to stop in and say hello!

Peace,
Kathleen Faherty McNutt, St. Louis Class of 1983
Dear St. Louis Alumni,

I am beyond humbled to have this opportunity to serve as Principal of St. Louis. Know that I am grateful for the support of the families and alumni as I begin in my new role July 1st. St. Louis is a remarkable community filled with such warmth and joy; it is a place I have quickly come to call home. I am very passionate about Catholic education and have been blessed to have attended some very fine Catholic schools for all my formative education. I have many years of experience in Catholic education as a teacher, a parent, and administrator. I understand what makes St. Louis unique and special and that is the strong connection between school, family and its alumni. I am excited about this next chapter for St. Louis, and I look forward to joining with you as we continue to provide academic excellence in a rich faith-filled environment. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

Anne M. Dyke
Alumni Spotlight
School News
Congratulations to the St. Louis Class of 2019!
St. Louis School continues to prepare its graduates for the rigors of secondary and higher education. We are sending 45 eighth graders out to the following high schools: Bishop Ireton High School, John Paul the Great High School, O’Connell High School, Gonzaga College High School, West Potomac High School, Mt. Vernon High School, Edison High School, Hayfield High School, Langley High School and St. Joseph High School in Greenville, South Carolina.

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. Our students had combined excellence in performance on the National High School Placement Exam, with several of our students being offer 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.
2018-2019 ANNUAL FUND
$100,000 Raised!
The summer always brings a change of pace to a school building, but never a lack of activity! Summer projects are already underway along with preparations for the year ahead.

The 2018-19 St. Louis Annual Fund Drive very successfully raised enough funds to purchase and install new classroom doors in the main building, a new front office security door, and a keyless electronic security locking system on all entrances and classroom doors throughout the elementary and middle school buildings. Not only will this locking system allow for safe entry and locking procedures, but it will allow for a one-button push lockdown. The installation of these doors and locks will be completed by the end of July. We were also able to purchase 30 new chromebooks with mobile cart and software management licenses for the elementary building, and we were once again able to provide financial aid for those families most in need. We were blessed to be able to continue with these necessary updates in facility, security and technology thanks to the help of current families, alumni and the entire community.
St. Louis Students Support Alice's Kids
The St. Louis Student Council sponsored a "comfy clothes" day in May and raised $800 for Alice's Kids, a non-profit organization that provides short-term financial assistance to children with immediate needs.
Pictured left to right: Travis Nienaber, Student Council Vice President; Samantha Rough, Student Council President; Ron Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of Alice's Kids; Julie Dunn, Student Council Representative; and Kathleen McNutt, Principal
St. Louis Middle School Students Perform Annie Jr.
Under the direction of Ms. Sarah Noone and Mrs. Bridget Czapiewski, our St. Louis Middle School students performed Annie Jr. this past May. Behind the scenes, Ms. Sarah Balough led the student production crew in the set design.
Class Notes
Bob McClellan, St. Louis Class of 1964, passed away on June 13th. Bob was a student in the very first 1st grade class at St. Louis School in 1956. Bob's Bishop Ireton classmates from 1968 gathered for a memorial Mass on June 25th. The full obituary can be found here .

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 development@stlouisschool.org

ALUMNI DIRECTORY

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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.

ALUMNI SPIRITWEAR

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