St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
DECEMBER 7, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

This week, we lit the first candle on the Advent wreath, and we began our preparation for the coming of Jesus! We were blessed to share our time, talents and treasure (delicious food!) with others as we hosted the Missionaries of Charity, the residents of their D.C. home, and the seniors of our parish for a luncheon on Wednesday. What a blessing to serve others and have some fun at the same time! We also enjoyed having Santa travel all the way from the North Pole for a special visit! 
Our elementary grades spent the week practicing for our Christmas Program, "Lessons and Carols". They have been working very hard and look forward to performing for you this Thursday, Dec. 13th at 7pm (student arrival time at 6:15). Our performance will be in the church, and there will be standing room only, so be prepared to be close to your neighbor! It is always worth it, and is a beautiful way to start the season!

The Diocesan CYO basketball season started games last weekend in parish gyms all around Northern Virginia, including our own gym! We are grateful to the efforts of Judy Conti and John Bednarek for organizing our parish sports teams year-round, and we are excited to have basketball games in our home gym thanks to their planning and organizing. We are also grateful for all of the coaches who put tremendous time, effort and care into their work with the athletes. We want our children to learn about good sportsmanship, skilled fitness and the importance of teamwork, all with Christ at the center.
Report cards come home today! I am grateful to the teachers for their daily assessment of our students and their diligence in preparing grades for you. Please remember to sign report cards and return them next week.


Kathleen McNutt
Prayers for Kim Doering!
Our Preschool Pandas Teacher, Kim Doering, is in need of prayers! She was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer and is fighting hard with medical treatments and lots of rest. Our staff family and the families of Bishop Ireton (where her children have attended high school) have been working together to send meals. We got busy this week making a “Team Doering” banner to let her know that her prayer warriors are praying hard! A prayer quilt was tied by all the St. Louis student and delivered to her recently. 
Photo 1 (above) – Bishop Ireton students came for their service day and helped us paint our Team Doering banner.
Photo 2 (below) – Prayers for Kim in the Preschool Fours Room!
Army-Navy Week!
Our school community loves all branches of the military, but this week brought on the competitive spirit of our soldiers, marines and sailors! First grade teacher, Mrs. Fortier, is Team Army all the way - - her husband and daughter are West Point graduates (and Madeline is St. Louis class of 2010). Middle School English teacher, Mrs. Blochberger, leads Team Navy - - her husband and son are Naval Academy graduates! The two spend this same week leading up to the Army-Navy College football game each year providing one another with pranks, surprises and friendly competitions, which keep us laughing and the students fully entertained! Whatever your preference, Go Team! #weloveourmilitaryfamilies
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: Holliday, Hooper, Hourigan, Howard, Huckabee, Hunter, Hurley, Iannito, Ilagan, Jakubowski, and James (1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th)
Order January Hot Lunch Today!
Deadline: Sunday, December 16th

Lunch orders are now being accepted for January! All orders must be placed online.

Please follow this  link   to go directly to the online order form, or visit the school website at    and scroll under Parent Community to Hot Lunch.

You will receive an email confirmation after successfully submitting an order online. If you do not receive an email confirmation of your order that means it has  not   gone through. Please try again or contact the school office for assistance.

Questions regarding your lunch order? Contact Mrs.Thomas
Technical questions related to the order form? Contact Mrs. Matheis
Pajama Drive
This Advent season, our school is participating in the annual Scholastic Book Club's Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children. Pajama Program supports children living in shelters, group homes, and foster care. You can find out more about the drive and Pajama Program at: . We will collect new pajamas (size newborn – adult) from December 3– 14. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.
From the Fairfax County Health Department...
Happy national influenza vaccination week and national handwashing week! Vaccination and appropriate handwashing are the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones during influenza season. To highlight these important public health recommendations, the Fairfax County Health Department has developed a respiratory illness letter for the school community. The letter encourages vaccination, handwashing, and staying home when ill. Please find the letter attached for your review.
Middle School Dance - December 14th
Please see the attached flyer for more information on the 7th and 8th grade "Glow in the Dark" dance to be held, Friday, Dec. 14, 7-9pm.
Attention Middle School Students! Annie Jr. Auditions!
Middle school students are invited to audition for St. Louis School's production of Annie, Jr. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:30-6pm in the Music Room. Please see the attached flyer and audition form for more information.
Silent Auction Donations
As we head into the Holiday season, please consider donating items to the Silent Auction. No donation is too small. We don't want to add a burden to families during this time of the year, but we will happily accept donations of items you may have already. Wine bottles you received as a hostess gift, gift cards you have in a drawer that you don't think you'll use, that gift you just don't have a place for, these are all items that the auction committee can use. Other ideas are on the attached "How Can you Help" flier. Please be sure to put your name on the items so that we may thank you. Items may be sent to the front office Attn PTO Auction Committee.  Donation Form
Volunteer Opportunities
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.

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

Silent Auction Class Baskets
1 item = 1 hour
View Sign Up Genius here .

Classroom Celebrations
1 item = 1 hour
Various Sign Up Geniuses from room parents

Silent Auction
Contact Meredith Jors & Kieran Mitchell,
Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Vanessa Milewski ( ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( )
Extracurricular & CYO
A Message from Girl Scout Troop 900...
Did you know that 80,000 people died from the flu last year?

Girl Scout Troop 900 encourages you to get your flu shot at your local pharmacy. Click this link for more information.
Parish & Community
Knights of Columbus "Keep Christ in Christmas" Poster Contest
Greetings to everyone! Welcome to this year's "Keep Christ in Christmas" Poster Contest!  Create a poster with a visual theme that reflects keeping Christ in Christmas. The poster should include the original work of a single person and be approximately 11x17 inches. (If pastels, chalk or charcoal are used the poster must be laminated or covered with plastic.) Please find attached the entry form for three age categories, ages 5-7, ages 8-10, ages 11-14. There is a $50 monetary prize for each winner! The contest opens directly after Thanksgiving and entries are due December 31st to the Council Hall (you may turn it in to the school front office). Please utilize our round table representatives to gather the entries as needed. Thank you kindly for your support of this great program for our youth. See webpage for details!
Boy Scout Troop to Sell Christmas Wreaths
St. Louis Troop 680 Boy Scouts will be selling fresh, fragrant Wreaths and Centerpieces for $20-$30 on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, and Dec 9 before and after 8:45, 10:30 and 12:30 Sunday Masses. Don’t delay, we sold out early last year!  
Upcoming Calendar Events
December 2018
Thursday, Dec. 13 - "Lessons & Carols" St. Louis Church, 7pm
Friday, Dec. 14 - 7th & 8th Grade Dance, 7-9pm
Friday, Dec. 21 - 11:30am Dismissal ( No PM EDC )
Dec. 22-Jan. 2 - Christmas Break