St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
JANUARY 16, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
 
The Baptism of our Lord was celebrated this past Sunday, thus bringing us to the close of the Christmas liturgical season and back to Ordinary Time. And yet, nothing ever seems ordinary! The beauty and peace of the snow becomes a stark contrast to the craziness of ever changing schedules due to inclement weather, delays, etc. This is where prayer, hope and trust are paramount as we juggle home life, work and school, and find goodness in madness - - this is when we truly look to Choose Jesus. 
 
We look forward to getting a new date on the calendar for our postponed PTO meeting. We should have that for you by the next newsletter/Friday folder. We are excited about all the preparations for Catholic Schools Week at the end of January, as well as for the Silent Auction at the end of February (Feb. 23)! Please see detailed info in the newsletter sections below.
 
Please pray for your teachers on Wednesday afternoon through Thursday as they have their staff retreat in West Virginia, and continue to pray for the unborn and all life as thousands March to the Supreme Court on Friday. Many blessings as you enjoy the MLK, Jr. Weekend, and pray for those who are out in the cold. All of you will most certainly be in my prayers!
 
Peace,
 
Kathleen McNutt
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: McBride, McCabe, McCarthy, McCliggott, McGinn and McGuckin.
March for Life, January 18th
On Friday, January 18, 2019, our parish will be joining thousands on the National Mall in the March for Life, as we speak for the unborn and bear witness to a respect for human life. There is no school that day, so it is a perfect opportunity for families to March together! See the attached flyer for details on transportation to the March or go to www.kofc5998.org for more information and to reserve your bus space(s). Our eighth graders have been invited to join the teens of St. Louis Parish and the St. Louis Youth Ministers for a separate bus which will depart directly from the St. Louis parking lot. If your eighth grader has not signed up, go to https://saintlouisparish.org/march-for-life-2019 for information. For those of you who can’t join us for the March, we ask that you keep the marchers, the lawmakers, and most importantly, the unborn and expectant mothers in your prayers.
First Reconciliation & Communion Meeting for 2nd Grade Parents
Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 7pm
Parents of 2nd graders who will be receiving the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion are required to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5th at 7pm in St. Louis Church. Please see the attached letter that went home in Friday folders.
Order February Hot Lunch Today!
Deadline: Sunday, January 20th

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

Please follow this  link   to go directly to the online order form, or visit the school website at  www.stlouisschool.org   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   jthomas@stlouisschool.org
Technical questions related to the order form? Contact Mrs. Matheis   development@stlouisschool.org
Catholic Schools Week - January 27 - February 1

  • Sunday, Jan. 27 - Catholic Schools Week Mass, 8:45am
  • Monday, Jan. 28 "St. Joseph Day" - Saints Alive, Spelling Bee, "It's Cath-ademic"
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 "Blessed Mother Mary Day - Teacher Rolling Breakfast, 5th Grade Wax Museum
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 "St. Francis of Assisi Day" - PJs and Prayers, Community Service Day
  • Thursday, Jan., 31 "St. Theresa Day" - Balloon Rosary, Spirit Day
  • Friday, Feb. 1 " St. John Paul II Day" - Teacher Swap, Volunteer Appreciation, Teacher Luncheon, Closing Assembly

For details, please see the attached schedule .
PTO
Spirit Dinner at Moe's - Feb. 6
Our February Spirit Dinner will be held at Moe's Southwest Grill in the Mt Vernon Plaza! Come for some great Tex-Mex. It will be on Wednesday February 6 from 5-9PM.  Please present printed or attached flyer so St Louis will get credit. They are pretty strict about this. We will get 20% donated to the PTO. Come get some warmth and heat from the spicy food and help out the PTO.
Silent Auction Class Basket Assembly
On Monday, January 21st at 9:30 am the Auction Committee will gather at the Knights of Columbus Hall to assemble all of the class baskets. We are looking for about 25 people to help us assemble the baskets. Please see the Sign Up Genius in the Volunteer Opportunities section below.
Silent Auction Raffle Tickets
Students have an opportunity to compete for a $250 visa gift card while also giving back to the school by selling the “Spectacular NYC Getaway” raffle tickets! Can’t attend the auction? No problem. You can get in on the action by buying a raffle ticket and a chance at winning a NYC getaway! You do not need to be present at the Auction to win. The raffle is also a great way for coworkers, friends and family to help support your student and St. Louis School. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
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.

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

CSW Service Day
Jan. 30, 8-9:30am
Contact Mrs. Ledbetter, jledbetter@stlouisschool.org
NON-VIRTUS

CSW Service Day Donations
Items due by Jan. 28th
1 item = 1 hour
Please see list of requested items above and in Friday Folders

Silent Auction Class Basket Assembly
Jan. 21, 10am-12pm
View Sign Up Genius  here .

Silent Auction Committee Needs:
  • Seamstress
  • AV Movie Maker
Contact Meredith Jors & Kieran Mitchell, hawktion.chair@gmail.com

Winter Bake Sale Volunteers
Jan. 26-27
View Sign Up Genius  here .

Winter Bake Sale Bakers
Jan. 26-27
View Sign Up Genius  here .

Silent Auction Set-up
Feb. 22, 3-10pm
View Sign Up Genius  here .

Silent Auction Day/Evening Of
Feb. 23
View Sign Up Genius  here
Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Vanessa Milewski ( vanessamilewski@yahoo.com ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( efdmoncher@gmail.com )
Extracurricular Activities & CYO
Baroody After School Offerings at St. Louis - Chess Club & Ceramics
St. Louis School is excited to partner with Baroody Camps for some new after-school opportunities for our elementary students. Baroody Camps is a state licensed program in Northern Virginia, providing enrichment classes at schools throughout the area. This is a new venture for us, so we are looking forward to seeing the response from our families. If the response is good, we may add more! We are offering one program to all elementary students, and we are offering one program for only students signed up for EDC on Mondays (as an extra option for those families).

Chess Club  – Open to ALL students in grades K-6
9-week session on Wednesdays from Jan. 30 - March 27, 3:30-4:30pm, $165
Online registration:  bc-alx-stlouis.jumbula.com  (choose the “For All” tab). See  flyer  for more information.

Ceramics  – Open to students in grades K-6 who are signed up for EDC on Mondays (families must make sure that their child is signed up on the EDC system for the Mondays that they are participating in the Ceramics Club)
8-week session on Mondays from Jan. 28 - April 1, 3:00-4:00pm, $180
Online registration:  bc-alx-stlouis.jumbula.com  (choose the “EDC” tab) See  flyer  for more information.
Parish & Community
Winter Dodgeball - Monday, Jan. 21st
Good Shepherd and St. Louis Catholic Churches present Winter Dodgeball on Monday, Jan. 21 in McClunn Hall. Grades 4-6, 11am-1pm and Grades 7-10, 12:30-2:30pm. Six people per team; $10 per person. Proceeds support work camps. Register online by Jan. 19th - www.gs-cc.org/ym-calendar.html
The following St. Louis students are in the Guys and Dolls cast: Isabella Spooner, Nora Hixson, and Ian Hixson. For more information on show dates and tickets, please visit:
Upcoming Events at Saint John Paul the Great
January 29th - March 5th: Bioethics Seminars for Adults, "The Human Person - A Philosophical Perspective"
Sister Terese Auer, O.P., is the chair of the Bioethics Department at John Paul. Sister Terese has been a Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (also known as the “Nashville Dominicans”) for more than 30 years. She earned a Ph.D. from St. Thomas University in Houston, TX and is the author of John Paul's four year Bioethics Curriculum. All sessions will be held at John Paul in St. Thomas Aquinas Hall from 7 - 8:30 pm. Course topics and dates: January 29 - Human Happiness; February 5 - The Moral Law; February 12 - Conscience and Truth; February 9 - The Human Act; February 26 - The Moral Act; March 5 - Virtue.
Upcoming Events at Bishop O'Connell
Youth Day for Basketball - We will be hosting Youth Day for any students K-8th grade. Students are invited to attend a Boys’ and Girls’ basketball game On January 25 and 31. Students who register in advance will receive a bag, water bottle, and free ticket to the game. You can register for the event here:  http://www.bishopoconnell.org/admissions/how-when-to-visit  
Flag Star Football
Registration for Spring 2019 Flag Football (K-10th Grade) is happening now. And closes on January 29th. The season is run by  Flag Star Football , a Sunday-only league with two goals: Get Better and Have Fun.  No screaming coaches, no midweek practices -- just fun, teamwork and some fresh air on a Sunday afternoon. It’s organized, it’s active and it’s run by a super positive set of coaches and referees.
 
This is a league for everyone – boys and girls, athletes and bookworms – and is committed to full-inclusion (financial aid available). You can  register for the league here , find out  more about times/locations here , check out summer camp info/dates here , or e-mail Nikki Blankenhorn (Director of Operations) at nikki@flagstarfootball.com with any other questions.
 
Registration closes on January 29th   -- and the league really is something cool -- so act now or forever hold your cleats! Click here to get on our email distribution list to stay in the loop with Flag Star events/promo days.”
Upcoming Calendar Events
January 2019
Thursday, Jan. 17 - No School, Professional Development
Friday, Jan. 18 - No School, March for Life
Monday, Jan. 21 - No School, MLK Day

Jan. 27 - Feb. 1. - Catholic Schools Week
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 - CSW Mass, 8:45am, St. Louis Church
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 - Open House for Prospective Families, 10am-1pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 - PTO Bake Sale after all Masses
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 - Open House for Prospective Families, 9-11am