St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
APRIL 12, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
 
If I recapped the whole week in my message, you’d never get to the bottom! We celebrated our military–family students with great pride and a lot of purple in our socks. We also had fun celebrating fitness through a Zumba class for all - - and it was a good way to get the wiggles out! We also honored high academic success this week with an induction ceremony for our 7 th and 8 th grade National Junior Honor Society candidates on Tuesday evening. I am so grateful to Mrs. Cahill for all of the work she does as moderator for our NJHS throughout the school year. 
 
Holy Week begins this weekend, and we welcome our Lord into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We will be reflecting on the Passion and Death of Christ as a school community next Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 in the church, where our 8th graders will re-enact the Stations of the Cross. You are welcome to join us in reflection and prayer. And as we send your children home for Easter Break on Holy Thursday, we will leave in silence and prayer, offering our silence up to Jesus, who suffered and died for us. What a special gift - - and a way that even our youngest students can offer something up to God.
 
As you discern how you will more fully engage in Holy Week, I pray that you will consider attending one or all of the church services. I have included the St. Louis Church schedule below and invite you bring your child.
 
Many blessings as you start your weekend!

Peace,

Kathleen McNutt
Principal

Click here for the Holy Week schedule at St. Louis Church.
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: Simental, Smith, Smith, Soaper, Sosa, Sotelo, Spencer, Spierenburg, Spooner, Stackpole, Stern, Sullivan, Sullivan, Sutanto, Suwandhi, Swanson, Swetz, Tallagnon, Temple and Thomas.
LAST CALL! May Lunch Orders Due April 17th!
The May lunch ordering period closes on Wednesday, April 17th. All orders must be placed online. Please follow this link to go directly to the online order form .
Diocesan Science Fair
Congratulations to our St. Louis Students who will be competing in the Diocesan Science Fair tomorrow morning at PVI High School! We are proud of them for their scientific achievements, and we pray for their success in tomorrow’s judging: Michelle Dorman (Biochemistry), Elena Pombo (Behavioral Science), Ashlyn Davis (Botany), A.J. Pollock (Chemistry), Joseph Rastovski (Computer Science), Samantha Rough (Engineering), Jack Reeder (Earth & Space Science), Anna Milewski (Microbiology), Madeline Cunningham (Medicine & Health), and Maria James (Physics).
Author Visit by Chris Grabenstein - May 2nd
Grades 3 through 5 will visit with Chris Grabenstein on May 16th! A multiple award winning author, Mr. Grabenstein has written many bestselling books for middle grade readers, including the popular Lemoncello Series. To order books in the Lemoncello series to be personalized by Mr. Grabenstein, please complete the attached order form below and return it to Mrs. Krut by May 2nd.
Yearbook Orders Due May 2nd!
Yearbooks may be ordered online at commpe.pictavo.com . All online orders are due by May 2nd. Yearbooks ordered online are $25. After May 2nd, paper orders (first-come, first-served) will be accepted and the price will increase to $28. For ordering instructions, please see the attached flyer .
5th Grade Step Up Night - May 28th
The move up to middle school is an exciting one, and we want to help make the transition as smooth as possible for students and parents! Rising 6th graders, new middle school students and their parents are invited to the Middle School Step Up Night on Tuesday, May 28th. Please join us for an opening session by Mrs. McNutt, Mrs. Cucinotta, Mrs. Crooker and Mrs. Orr in the school cafeteria at 6:00pm. The 6th grade teachers will then take the students over for Q&A in the JPII building while the parents have additional info from the nurse and Mrs. McNutt. The night will end with time in the classrooms and hallway of the middle school.
St. Louis Preschool
 For families looking to register their children for preschool next Fall, St. Louis Preschool has a few spots available in the three-year old classes. St. Louis Preschool offers a state-licensed, half-day program with classes for three-year-olds and four-year-olds (turning three and four by Sept. 30, 2019). For more information, please see the preschool tab on the school website www.stlouisschool.org  or contact preschool registrar, Dare Hurley, at 703-768-7732 or dhurley@stlouisschool.org  to arrange a tour of the preschool. We look forward to sharing our wonderful program with you!
EDC Families
All requests for tax receipts for calendar year 2018 must be emailed to EDC Accounting's Ruthie Cody ( edcaccounting@stlouisschool.org or rcody@stlouisschool.org ) before April 30th, 2019. 
PTO
Pain and How to Manage It
Did you know 1 in 4 Americans suffers with persistent or chronic pain? And many of us are familiar with the opioid crisis. Is there hope? YES!

Pain science is teaching people about pain and what to do about it. It is well researched across many age groups. In fact, for the past 2 years  our 7th graders have been part of a national study on teaching middle schoolers about pain. We need to educate future generations to reverse the pain epidemic.

Come to the May PTO meeting on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. and experience what the seventh graders have learned. The presentation will be both student and adult friendly. Just as repetition is key for learning to tie shoes or math facts, repetition is how we learn about how to handle pain too! Go home and talk to your kids about the presentation especially if you have a 7th or 8th grader. 

This will be presented by long time St. Louis mom and Therapeutic Pain Specialist Jen DeLorenzo PT. Come with curiosity!
PTO Volunteer of the Year Nominations
The PTO’s ability to achieve its goals is dependent upon the work of a large number of volunteers. Without the help of these volunteers, we simply could not deliver as many programs or provide the current range of products and services to the students. You are invited to nominate someone you believe merits the PTO Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. This Award honors individuals who have made a significant impact to the students through volunteer efforts. Please see the attached flyer .
The PTO Needs You!
Do you have the desire to get more involved with the St. Louis PTO? Now is your opportunity! The PTO is looking for volunteers to take on responsibilities for the following positions:
  • Hawks Day 5k Race Co-Chairs
  • Hawks Day Celebration Co-Chairs and Committee Members
  • Room Parent Coordinator for K-4
  • Silent Auction Co-Chair
If you are interested in a more active role with the PTO, or would like more information on any of these positions, please email Sharon Moss at srjones@hotmail.com .
Volunteer Opportunities
Completed PTO Volunteer Hours as of April 8th
Attached is the updated list of completed PTO volunteer hours as of April 8, 2019. If your name is on the list, that means your family has met the complete requirement of 18 hours for a two-parent family or 9 hours for a single parent family. If your name does not appear on the list, and you have met the requirement, please email the volunteer coordinators so that we can make sure we have your hours recorded.
Thank you for your time and dedication to our school. Your involvement and help are what make St. Louis School a wonderful community.
Vanessa Milewski ( vanessamilewski@yahoo.com ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( efdmoncher@gmail.com )
Don't forget!
 Individual families are required to track their volunteer hours throughout the school year and to submit them to the PTO Volunteer Coordinators for credit.

VIRTUS REQUIRED
Volunteers must have completed the VIRTUS training seminar AND have a background check clearance to participate in these volunteer opportunities.

NON-VIRTUS

Carpool Chick-fil-A
Help needed selling sandwiches!
May 10, 2019

Year-end CYO Breakfast
Help needed planning and day-of!
May 19, 2019
Contact Judy Conti, jconti@nelp.org
Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Vanessa Milewski ( vanessamilewski@yahoo.com ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( efdmoncher@gmail.com )
Extracurricular Activities & CYO
Advanced Band T-Shirt Design Contest
Saint Louis Advanced Band Students are invited to participate in a T-shirt design contest for our band trip to Hershey Park! The winner gets a free t-shirt!
  • Design should be one color on a white 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper.
  • Please make sure you include the words “St. Louis Band” and the year “2019” in your design. Otherwise, let your imagination soar!
  • Please include your name, grade and class on the back of your submission.
  • All submissions need to be in the office, labeled “Saint Louis Band Parents” no later than Monday, April 15.*
*Unfortunately, we will not be able to return submissions
CYO Coach of the Year
The CYO is instituting a new award this year to honor a Coach of the Year. This award will be given out each year to a coach who best exemplifies the “Virtuous Excellence” that is the motto of our CYO athletic program at St. Louis. Nominations can be made by parents and/or students, and the selection committee will be comprised of Father O’Hare, John Bednarek, Marianne Olson and Jose Quiroz, none of whom will be allowed to nominate anyone for this award. Please send a short narrative to John Bednarek at cyodirector@saintlouisparish.org by April 19, 2019. The narrative should address why your nominee exemplifies the qualities listed in the document linked here. All nominees will be recognized and the winner will be announced on May 19th at our end of the year CYO celebration.
Parish & Community
Cinderella at St. John Paul The Great
The JP Drama Department will be presenting Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on April 12th and 13th at 7pm. St. Louis alumni Constance Weber, Ryan Coyle and Joseph Coyle are performing in the ensemble and Isaac Cotnoir and Padric Brown will be in the orchestra pit. Please visit the drama department's website for tickets.
Upcoming Events at Bishop O'Connell
Pre-HSPT for 7th graders -  May 18, 9AM to noon, at Bishop O’Connell High School. This is a chance for 7th graders to take a Pre-HSPT exam. The cost is $45 and 7th graders will receive a copy of the score report in June. Click here for more information and to register
Summer Camps - We are now accepting registrations for our sports camps. We will have multiple camps throughout the summer.  Click here for more information about our various summer camps.
Cinderella , The Musical at West Potomac
Members of the Saint Louis Community, Emily Reeder, Katie Boyle and Caroline Walthour will be part of the West Potomac Theater's production of Cinderella . The performances are scheduled for April 26, 27 and 28, as well as May 2, 3 and 4. Please visit the West Potomac Theater website for more information at  www.westpotomactheatre.org
St. Louis Youth Ministry
St. Louis Youth Ministry invites all current 8th graders and high schoolers to join our trip to Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio Annual Summer Youth Conference from Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st. This trip would satisfy the Confirmation retreat requirement (note: we are currently offering a one-day retreat during the school day on May 13th). Go to  https://saintlouisparish.org/confirmation-retreats for more information and to reserve a spot. Spaces are limited! If you have any questions, contact Ryan Farrell ( ryan@saintlouisparish.org ).
Upcoming Knights of Columbus Events
  • Friday Fish Fry - March 8 - April 12, 5-6:30pm. Please see flyer for more information.
Upcoming Calendar Events
April 2019
Monday, April 15 - Spring Uniform Begins
Wednesday, April 17 - Living Stations of the Cross, 2pm
Thursday, April 18 - Holy Thursday, 11:30 Dismissal (No PM EDC)
Friday, April 19 - Good Friday, No School
April 22-26 - Easter Break