St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
This week went by very quickly! It was a short week though it was full of instruction, first assessments, the arrival of preschoolers, and whole days for our kindergarteners. The hallways were full of enthusiastic students, new bulletin boards, and lots of smiles as students settled into new routines. Tuesday morning brought the kick-off for our spiritual theme "Growing in Christ." We focused on the importance of relationships and positive communication so that we can encourage each other to be the best version of ourselves. We also introduced a new song, Matthew West’s Amen song, to help us get energized for a great school year! Here is the link if you would like to sing along with your family. Know that we look forward to our first Monday morning assembly as we celebrate our virtues program and this month's virtue of focus, HOPE – trusting in God’s plan.
Next week, more "firsts" kick in as the parent grade portal opens for grades 3-8. The demographics portion of the portal closes today, so if you have any changes in address, phone number, etc., you will need to notify the office so that we can make changes manually. The first window for the Diocesan standardized testing program, Scantron Performance Series, opens up next week for grades 3-7. Because these are short tests that only happen once a day on various days over the next few weeks, regular instruction, homework and assessments will continue as normal during testing windows. Results from this base line assessment will be shared with you at Parent-Teacher conferences in November.
We are grateful for the many volunteers who help make St. Louis such a wonderful learning community! I look forward to meeting with PTO committee chairs at the board meeting on Tuesday, and then to welcoming everyone the following week for Back-to-School nights. We do our best to keep you updated through this weekly newsletter and Friday folders, but know that the school calendar is always available on the school website at  www.stlouisschool.org .
On Sunday, the church celebrates the birthday of Mary, our Blessed Mother. All creation sings with joy and participates in the joy of this day. "Let us celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary, of whom was born the Sun of Justice.... Her birth constitutes the hope and the light of salvation for the whole world.... Her image is light for the whole Christian people." I hope you find the time to pray as a family every day and ask our Blessed Mother to be with us and bring our intentions to Jesus!
Blessings for a safe weekend,
Anne Dyke
Principal
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: Averkamp, Ballard, Bartol, Bauer, Beckett, Bell, Benitez and Bergeron.
Mass Uniform Reminder
Students who do not have PE on Fridays are reminded to follow the Mass Uniform Guidelines found in the Parent Student Handbook , pages 51-52:
  • Boys in K-5th Grades are required to wear navy blue pants (not shorts) and the uniform white polo shirt.
  • Boys in 6th-8th Grades are required to wear navy blue pants, white dress shirt and navy blue tie.
  • Girls in K-8th Grades should wear the appropriate grade level standard uniform (jumper, skirt or navy blue pants).
  • Students who have PE on Fridays may wear the PE uniform.
Diocesan/State Attendance Policy
Reporting an absence is a two-step process: 

  1. Notify the office by phone (703-768-7732) or email (attendance@stlouisschool.org) prior to or on the day of the absence to let us know where your child is and the reason for the absence. 
  2. Send written notification on the day that the child returns to school, confirming the days of and reason for the absence. This can be sent in through kidmail or email attendance@stlouisschool.org

Thank you for your assistance with this policy – Mrs. Schymanski is happy to help you with the process!
Cafeteria Policy
Parents may come in and eat with their children in the cafeteria after following sign in procedures at the front office. Parents are permitted to purchase food items in the cafeteria only for their own children.   Parents are not permitted to bring in fast food, soda, or food from an outside restaurant for these visits to be fair to the other students in the cafeteria as well as to avoid any potential food allergy complications students sitting nearby may have. Parents may, however, bring siblings to these lunches. Parents are not permitted to attend recess with their children as it interferes with the intention and purpose of recess. 
New Family Coffee - September 11th
Parents new to St. Louis this school year are invited to join the parent ambassadors for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 11th at 8:15am in the school cafeteria. Younger siblings welcome.
Thomas Jefferson High School Application Process Now Open
For 8th Grade families considering TJ for high school, the application process for 2020-21 is now open until September 27th, 4pm. Please see their website for more information.
Stay Connected!
Don't miss out on communications from the school and being included in the annual directory! We want to make sure all of our families are receiving school communications. If you have not already done so, please submit your Constant Contact and 2020 Directory forms:
Summer Readers are Ice Cream Eaters!
Mrs. Krut would like to treat all St. Louis School students who have finished a summer reading program to a cool treat! This year, we are handing out ice cream tickets to be used in the cafeteria. Please send in all reading logs by Friday, September 20th. If you did not enroll in a sponsored reading program, you may submit a personal log of books you have read that is signed by a parent (10 books for rising K-5th; 5 books for 6th-8th).
PTO
PTO Sign Up Genius Email Form
Our larger event committee chairs often use Sign Up Genius to request donations and volunteers. The links are shared with the school community through weekly Friday newsletter. To receive the sign-up genius emails and the reminders, please add your email address here .
Spirit Dinner - September 9 & 10
WHERE: McAlister's Deli in the Mt. Vernon Plaza
WHEN: September 9 & 10 from 4-8PM.

The PTO will receive 20% of sales!
Hawks 5K & Fun Run - October 19, 2019
Walk or Run...Healthy Habits Support a Great Cause 

Did you know that "A 2013 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that among almost 90,000 people, regular runners and walkers had a much lower risk of osteoarthritis compared with non-active people.*"
The Hawks 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run is a great chance to promote wellness and support our school. And, proceeds from the race and benefit our students!! Hawks Day is an important PTO fundraiser and affordable sponsorships are still available.

Online Registration: https://tinyurl.com/STLHawks5K  
Or, print a  registration form  and send it in with a check. Forms are also available in the school office.
*Source: Harvard Health Online

Stay for the Hawks Day Celebration!    
Join us after the race for delicious food, a local Arts & Crafts fair, drinks, bake sale, DJ, games, kids’ crafts, face painting, bounce houses and visits from Fairfax County Police and Fire. It is the perfect way to enjoy time with family and friends. Proceeds from both events benefit the St. Louis School PTO.  
Volunteer Opportunities
Please see below for current volunteer opportunities including Room Parents, Hawks 5K & Fun Run, Hawks Day and Catholic Schools Week. Not sure how to get involved? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities Guide for positions that fit your interests and availability. Select the opportunities you’re interested in and complete the Volunteer Interest Form no later than September 15th.  Your volunteer interests will be shared with committee chairs for follow up.  

Don't forget! Individual families are required to track their volunteer hours throughout the school year and to submit them to the PTO Volunteer Coordinator for Credit. Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Elizabeth Moncher, efdmoncher@gmail.com .

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
Last Call for Hawks CYO Spirit Wear T-Shirts!
We are making our first offering of CYO Spirit Wear available for order. These t-shirts are sanctioned for wearing on PE days with the rest of the gym uniform, and kids need not be on any CYO team in order to buy and wear one. There are shirts specific to basketball and cheerleading, a generic Hawks shirt not specific to any team, and there is a performance wear t-shirt that track team members should buy, but anyone can purchase any one of these shirts and show your Hawks spirit. 
 
Shirts can be ordered directly from Sew n’ Luv, a local independent business, at this link: https://www.sewnluv.com/st-louis.  

The deadline for orders will be midnight on Saturday, September 7th, and we hope to deliver shirts to the kids about 2 weeks later. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Judy Conti at  jconti@nelp.org .
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition. In teams of 5-7 peers, students will work together to solve both long-term and spontaneous problems and perform their solutions in front of judges. 
We're looking for students in all grade levels to compete across 3 Divisions (Primary: K-Grade 2; Division 1: Grade 3-5; Division 2: Grade 6-8) as well as coaches and tournament volunteers. This year’s Regional Competition is Saturday, March 14. Teams who do well at Regional Competition have the opportunity to advance to State-level competition and even WORLD competition. 
Look for more information in the upcoming newsletters as well as registration forms at Back to School Night. To register your child or if you have any questions, please contact Lauren McCarthy at laurenp317@hotmail.com
Calling All Cheerleaders!
The St. Louis Cheerleading team will begin practices on Friday, Sept. 20, 3:30-5 pm in the school cafeteria. We welcome all girls and boys in 3rd-8th grade. Practices are just once a week, and we cheer once each weekend during the basketball season, in addition to participating in a Diocese-wide cheerleading exhibition in February. We have a lot of fun and help foster school spirit. No try-outs – all who are interested are welcome! Please contact Judy Conti at jconti@nelp.org if your children are interested.
Third Grade Basketball Coaches Needed
If you are interested in coaching our Third Grade Basketball Clinic, please contact Judy Conti at jconti@nelp.org . This is a fun program involving skills building and game-like scrimmages in our gym on the weekends during the basketball season.  Clinic coaches will become the team coaches beginning in 4th grade. We welcome all parents who are interested and VIRTUS certified.
Upcoming Calendar Events
September 2019
Mon., Sept. 9 - Spirit Dinner at McAlister's Deli, 4-8pm
Tues, Sept. 10 - Spirit Dinner at McAlister's Deli, 4-8pm
Wed., Sept. 11 - New Parent Coffee, 8:15am
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)