St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

Happy Friday! Today in mass, the students celebrated the Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, who was born in the 4th century in Antioch. He is a bit of a genius and a scholar whose eloquent communication earned him the surname Chrysostom, which means golden mouthed. His last words were, “Glory to God for all things.” We honor him for his courage and his faith.
 
This was a busy week for our students as we began our online Performance Series adaptive testing in Reading for grades 3-7. Students will continue assessments in Language Arts and Math over the next couple weeks. Our primary grades (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd) are beginning online assessments in Math and Reading with the adaptive HMH Inventory Testing over the next couple weeks as well. The teachers look forward to having the data for instructional planning, and they will be sharing it with you at Parent-Teacher conferences later in the Fall. All classrooms were busy this week with instruction and learning activities, and our 8th graders traveled to Hemlock Adventures in Herndon, VA where they worked on leadership and team building skills. I was so pleased to hear of their efforts together in addition to the memories they created.
 
I look forward to seeing all of you next week on Tuesday or Thursday night (or both), as we welcome you to our first PTO meeting and Back-to-School Night. All families are invited to join us Tuesday evening - we will gather at 7pm in McClunn Hall for the business portion of the PTO meeting followed by the Back-to-School sessions for K-5 students. Middle School Back-to-School Night for grades 6-8 begins at 6:30pm in the John Paul II building (middle school), and parents are invited to go directly to their child’s homeroom to pick up schedules. Our Preschool Parent Open House is also Thursday, September 19th, 7-8pm and all preschool parents are welcome to meet their teachers in the preschool classrooms. 
 
Let us remember St. John Chrysostom’s words, giving God our greatest glory. Many blessings as you begin your weekend!

Anne Dyke
Principal
A note about Back-to-School Night Tuesday evening...
Please know that Fairfax County has scheduled a transportation meeting to discuss the impending Route 1 widening project at Bryant HS on September 17th during the same time as our Back to School/PTO night. I have arranged with FCPD to help monitor and close off our school parking lots to non-school families. They will be on premise between 5-8pm. I want you all to be alert and know that you may need to show either your St. Louis carpool tag or let the officers know you are with St. Louis in order to enter the lots. Please respectfully follow police direction and understand that with all the extra cars and traffic on Popkins Lane Tuesday evening, extra time may be needed in order to get into our parking lots.
School Announcements

Weekly Prayer Intentions
Each day our school community prays for the intentions of our families. This week the following families were included in our prayers: Berhane, Berman, Bible, Biehn, Binas, Blaha, Blanton, Bodnar, Boehm and Bokino.
October Lunch Orders Due Sept. 20th
The October lunch ordering period is open until Friday, September 20th. Please place your order online today. A preview of the October lunch calendar can be found here .
Back-to-School Night Babysitting
Need a babysitter for the PTO Meeting and Back-to-School Night on September 17th?

Babysitting will be provided by our 8th graders in the middle school. Donations will be accepted in support of the 8th grade class trip. All children must be potty trained
Last Call to be Included in the 2020 School Directory!
Don't miss out on being included in the annual directory! If you have not already done so, please submit your 2020 Directory form:

PTO
Walk, Run or Fly! Start With the Hawks 5K & Fun Run
Whether you are casual or competitive, this is the event for you. 
  • 8:00am: Hawks 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk  (registration required)
  • 8:30am: Hawks 5K Run/Walk  (registration required)

Online Registration and sponsorship info: https://tinyurl.com/STLHawks5K  
Or, print a  registration form  and send it in with a check. 

Bounce, Shop, Dance and Dine at the Hawks Day Celebration!    
  • 9am - 1pm: Whether or not you walk or run, join us for a community celebration! There will be bounce houses, games, music, food, an arts & crafts sale, a bake sale and more. 

All proceeds benefit the PTO.
Volunteer
Please see below for current volunteer opportunities. Not sure how to get involved? Check out the  Volunteer Opportunities Guide  for positions that fit your interests and availability. 

Don't forget!  Individual families are required to track their volunteer hours throughout the school year and to submit them in the Volunteer Hours Log for credit. Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Elizabeth Moncher,  efdmoncher@gmail.com .
St. Louis Band - Parent Volunteer Opportunities
We are looking for a few new parent volunteers to help support our beginner and advanced bands. Helping out with band will allow Mrs Findley to focus her attention on teaching our children. It is such a blessing to watch all the talented kids at St Louis. Attached you will find many opportunities, both VIRTUS and Non-VIRTUS. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of us listed, and mark your calender's!
Library Volunteers
The library is looking for volunteers to help with check-out and shelving. Volunteers must be VIRTUS compliant, but do not need to be a parent or family member of a student in the class they assist. The following class times are most in need of a volunteer:
  • Mondays, 9:00-10:20am (1-11 and Zebras)
  • Thursdays, 12:00-12:45pm (1-13)
Anyone interested in helping during these classes, or wishing to know of other volunteer opportunities in the library should email Jill Hixson, jill.hixson@gmail.com.
CYO Volunteer Needed
The Diocese of Arlington uses an online platform for CYO sports registration, and we need someone on the back end at St. Louis to set up the teams and troubleshoot for the parents and coaches who struggle with online registration. The person currently doing this work has a 7th grader and would like to train his successor this year.
 
The bulk of the work will come in mid-Oct. to early-Nov. as basketball teams are finalized, with set-up work in late summer and early spring as well. You need NOT be VIRTUS compliant. If interested, please contact Judy Conti at  jconti@nelp.org . Thank you!
More volunteer opportunities...
VIRTUS REQUIRED
Volunteers must have completed the VIRTUS training seminar AND have a background check clearance to participate in these volunteer opportunities.

Call for Room Parents!
Please fill out the Room Parent Interest Form by Sept. 15th

Catholic Schools Week Volunteers
Please see the flyer for more info.
NON-VIRTUS

Hawks 5K & Hawks Day - Oct. 19th
Please see the flyer for more info.
Extracurricular Activities & CYO
Heart and Sole and Girls on the Run - Fall Season Canceled
Heart and Sole and Girls on the Run will not be happening in the fall season this year. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause for anyone who was looking forward to it. We're hoping to have a team for the Spring season which begins in March and ends in May. If you have any questions or are interested in coaching, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Cotnoir at jcotnoir@stlouisschool.org . Thank you for your support of this wonderful program!
Parish & Community
Altar Servers
St. Louis Catholic Church is looking for young men, 4th grade and older, to serve Mass on Sunday. Interested young men should complete this form . You will be contacted to set up training, if needed, and a serving schedule using SignUpGenius.
Upcoming Calendar Events
September 2019
Tues., Sept. 17 - PTO Meeting, McClunn Hall, 7-8pm
Tues., Sept. 17 - K-5 Back-to-School Night, 8-9pm
Thurs., Sept. 19 - Middle School Back-to-School Night, 6:30pm
Tues., Sept. 24 - PTO Room Parent Meeting, 6:30pm
Fri., Sept. 27 - 11:30 Dismissal (PM EDC open)