St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
JANUARY 4, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany! We celebrate the beginning of 2018, and we welcome the three wise men praising God and adoring the baby Jesus. It was a blessing to have our students back on Thursday, even though I know it was hard for everyone to get back into a routine. We look forward to a full week on Monday which will bring back the “busy” in full force!    

For grades 3 through 7, students will begin their second round of diocesan Scantron Performance Series assessments, which will take place over the next few weeks. The same process used for our September assessments will take place now, with students using computers/chromebooks to complete the online assessments in Math, Language Arts and Reading. Student results will go home with second trimester report cards in March. We are grateful for the ease of the testing process, and we look forward to using the data to drive instruction in the classroom.


Kathleen McNutt
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: Ligonde, Little, Lodewick and LoGrande
Winter Band & Chorus Concert Rescheduled
Our Winter Band and Chorus Concert, originally scheduled for Jan., 14, 2019, has been
rescheduled for Monday, February 25, 2019. 
Our band director, Mrs. Findley, had surgery on Jan.2nd and is home recovering. A long term sub assigned by Garwood Whaley Music will be in for the next six weeks as she heals. Please mark your calendars for the new Band & Chorus Concert date: Feb. 25th at 7pm in McClunn Hall.
January 17 & 18 Baroody Camp at St. Louis School
St. Louis School has an 11:30 dismissal on Wednesday, January 16th (there WILL be after school EDC that day); and there will be no school on Thursday, January 17th and Friday January 18th. Our teachers will be having diocesan professional development days with a full overnight staff retreat in West Virginia and then the March for Life in Washington, DC. This is followed by no school on Monday, January 21st, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Because we understand that working families may need some assistance on those unusual days off, there is a Baroody Camp option to be held in McClunn Hall on January 17th and 18th (see attachment for sign-up details).
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   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
Spirit Dinner at Primo Family Restaurant - Monday, Jan. 7
January 7 is very soon after we come back from break. No one will want to cook. Let's eat pizza! Come to our next Spirit Dinner. This one will be at the popular Primo's restaurant on Belle View Blvd from 5-8 PM. This is a great place to hang out and socialize as we have a private room for our event for everyone to catch up and share their holiday adventures. There will be unlimited salad, drink, and pizza for $10 per person (CASH ONLY). Bring the hungry tweens and teenagers and their friends! 
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.

PTO Meeting Attendance = 1 hour
Jan. 15, 7pm

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 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 Activities & CYO
Girl Scout Silver Award Project - St. Louis School Hot Lunch Assistance Fund
For Micheala Molina’s Silver Award Project, the Girl Scouts are sponsoring a fund to support the school hot lunch fee assistance program for qualifying students at St. Louis School.   
Look for this Angel Donation Option at the upcoming St. Louis Auction! Contact Suzanne Murtha or Micheala Molina for more information or .
Parish & Community
Upcoming Events at Bishop O'Connell
Youth Music Festival - Saturday, January 5, 9am-3pm. 6th through 8th grade students are invited to participate in a full day of music clinics and performances. This event is free, but registration is required. Participants will get to learn from many different clinicians and work with our students as well.  Click Here to register.

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. Students who register in advance will receive a bag, water bottle, and free ticket to the game. You can register for the event here:  
Bishop Ireton Basketball Game
Bishop Ireton High School invites all 7th and 8th grade students to their boys varsity basketball game on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 4:30 (ice cream social at 4:00pm). The Cardinals will be playing the Lions of Archbishop Carroll. There will be an ice cream social before the game and a free throw competition during half time.
Upcoming Events at Saint John Paul the Great
January 12th: "How To High School"
A Readiness Skills Workshop for 7th and 8th Graders, hosted by the Faculty of Saint John Paul the Great, on Saturday, January 12th from Noon - 4pm! Workshop sessions include "How to Ace the Test," "How to Make the Team," "How to Manage Money," "How to Explore Your Brain," and more! This event includes lunch and is free of charge. For more information contact us at . You can RSVP your child here: .

January 12th: "The Jeweler's Shop
An all Senior Cast at Saint John Paul the Great presents "The Jeweler's Shop," a play written by Pope John Paul II on the values of marriage and family. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 7:00pm on January 12th, 2019. More info at:
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 Calendar Events
January 2019
Monday, Jan. 7 - Spirit Dinner at Primo's, 5-8pm
Tuesday, Jan. 8 - PTO Board Meeting, 7pm
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - PTO Meeting, 7pm
Wednesday, Jan. 16 - 11:30 Dismissal (PM EDC open)
Thursday, Jan. 17 - No School, Professional Development
Friday, Jan. 18 - No School, March for Life
Monday, Jan. 21 - No School, MLK Day
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:15am

Jan. 27 - Feb. 2. - 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