St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
MARCH 1, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

Lent is upon us! We will be focusing on our Lenten promises with Ash Wednesday this March 6 th , and the school will be attending the 8:45am Mass on both Wednesday and Friday next week. Beginning on March 15 th , we will attend Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent at 2:30. Please know that you are welcome to join us for any of these liturgies.

I would be remiss if I didn’t reflect on last weekend’s 2019 St. Louis School Silent Auction! Meredith Jors, Kieran Mitchell, Gayla Keller and the entire Silent Auction team planned and executed an exhilarating evening of fun, food and fundraising. I am so very grateful for the thousands of dollars raised for the school (final totals are being tallied), and equally important, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet with so many people who love our school. Whether you made a donation, bought a raffle ticket, attended the auction, or prayed for its success, I thank all of you, the families of St. Louis, for being an important part of the evening. 

Next week brings the end of the second trimester, with report cards going home on March 15 th . As you look ahead, remember that we have an 11:30am dismissal next Friday, March 8 th for professional development and no school on Monday, March 11 th for end of the trimester diocesan development.

I’m afraid I missed jersey day - - the flu got the best of me this week. I was at least able to bookend the days, being in on Monday and Friday. The students and staff were so good to pray for me and send me well wishes. If I had been in on Thursday, I would have been wearing my OSU Buckeye jersey - - even though my niece was wearing her U of Michigan shirt. You gotta love family rivalries!

Many blessings for a healthy, peaceful weekend!

Kathleen McNutt
Principal

Code Red Drill
Today (March 1 st) we completed a Code Red Drill to practice lockdown procedures in the classroom and what to do in case of immediate danger in the buildings. The students and staff did an outstanding job, and the drill was completed quickly with no issues from 10:15am-10:25am.
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: Petrilli, Pineda, Pollock (8th), Pollock (2nd, 3rd), Pombo, Prow,, Quinlan, Quiroz, Raetz, Raia and Ramirez-Rivera.
Dr. Seuss Day - March 4th!
Would you, could you come to school?
Dressed as a character you think is cool?
From your favorite book to read?
Yes! you can, you can, indeed!

Let's celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday!
  • Grades K-3 may come to school dressed as their favorite book character.*
  • Grades 4-8 may wear crazy socks with their uniform.

*All dress code rules apply to costumes worn to school.
Annie Jr. Program Shout-outs!
St. Louis Middle School Students will be performing Annie Jr. on May 10th and 11th. Now’s your chance to show our young actors your support and help make our production a success by purchasing shout-out space in our play program!

Reserve your space today! All shout-outs are due no later than Friday, March 29th. Order Form attached here .
Have you heard about the Momo challenge?  It's been hitting the news this week and is yet another reason why we, as parents, need to be vigilant and aware of what our children are doing on their electronic devices. Momo is a scary looking cartoon character who can pop up in the middle of YouTube videos and asks your children to follow them to other sites and "challenges" them to do things including self-harm and suicide. It's not known at this time if anyone has actually committed suicide as a result, but it's these kind of challenges that we need to be aware of. 

Please take the time this weekend to look at the attached links. One is an article from Forbes Magazine and the other is from a technology safety guy named Josh Ochs who offers help to parents and is super knowledgeable about what our kids are doing online. If you have any questions or concerns about this or anything else with your children, please feel free to contact Jennifer Cotnoir at jcotnoir@stlouisschool.org .
8th Grade Baby Pictures for Yearbook
Attention all 8th grade families:  It’s time to submit your 8th grade student’s baby picture for this year’s school yearbook. It must be uploaded to the Pictavo website no later than March 22, 2019 (one photo per student).

No prints will be accepted this year – all photos must be uploaded by 8th grade students/parents/guardians. Participation for submitting baby pictures of current St. Louis School 8th graders in this yearbook activity is optional.

To upload photos:
  • Visit Pictavo Community at commpe.pictavo.com (use Google Chrome for best results)
  • Find your school, St. Louis School, Alexandria, ID#80012
  • Enter information and “Create Account’
  • Verify e-mail (this may take several minutes)
  • Click or tap “Upload Photos”
  • Select the image(s) for upload
  • Choose an album (8th grade baby pictures)
  • Click or tap ‘Upload Photos’
PTO
Spirit Dinner at CAVA, March 4 & 5
Have you been to CAVA in Kingstowne? It is similar to Chipotle with a build-your-own style but different food. Great pita, salad and rice and many meat choices. Easy to enjoy whether you have are reign dietary needs or need/choose to be gluten free or dairy free. Come check it out. Menu link: https://www.cava.com/menu   Allergen link:  allergens.  Hope to see you March 4 & 5, 2019 from 5-9 at CAVA!
The “A Night On Broadway” Auction Was A Huge Success - Thanks To YOU!
The auction committee sends our sincerest thank you to everyone who contributed to the Auction! We were blown away by your amazing donations, generous bids, raffle ticket purchases, service hours & decorating skills. We are working to wrap up the final auction details such as distribution of auction certificates, creating receipts and finalizing our income and expense tallies. We look forward to sharing more information about the event's success next week. Look for your receipt by email and kidmail in the coming days. We are humbled & blessed to have such a supportive and generous community.
With Gratitude,
Meredith Jors & Kieran Mitchell
Co-Chairs, 2019 St. Louis School PTO Auction
Carpool Chick-fil-A - May 10th - Volunteers Needed
Chick-Fil-A is coming to carpool on the half day on May 10, 2019. Need volunteer hours? This is an easy, fun way to do it. See sign up in the Volunteer Opportunities section below for what is needed. Thanks in advance!
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.
NON-VIRTUS

Carpool Chick-fil-A
May 10, 2019
Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Vanessa Milewski ( vanessamilewski@yahoo.com ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( efdmoncher@gmail.com )
Extracurricular Activities & CYO
CYO Cheerleading
The Hawks Cheerleaders wrap up another great season this weekend, and we want to extend our gratitude to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade basketball teams, coaches and parents for their enthusiastic support throughout the season. We appreciate how well-received we were whenever we cheered at games, and the wonderfully supportive comments so many people made to the cheerleaders for their hard work. The cheerleading coaches would also like to extend their gratitude to all of the cheerleading team parents who were so conscientious about practices and games this year. We had a really big team – 33 kids, 12 of them being 3rd graders – and we leaned on parents to provide some extra support and supervision this year. We’d like to take a moment to thank a few parents in particular who helped at practices and games, going above and beyond the call of duty: Marcy Grzadzinski, Jack Lowe, Marianne Olson, Monica Garcia-Dooley, Tricia Reeder, and Katherine Wood-Morris. It takes a village and we’ve got the best village around! Go Hawks!
CYO Track
Track is back!  Despite the frigid weather, spring track is right around the corner. We plan to start practices in March and will have online sign-ups through SportsPilot up and running soon. Spring track will be a short season with the CYO spring track meet being held on May 18. All athletes in 3rd through 8th grade are welcome. No prior experience is necessary. This is a track and field competition so even if your athlete is not a strong runner, there are other events like long jump and javelin toss for your athlete. If you have any questions, you can email Brian Nienaber at bnienaber31@gmail.com
CYO Volleyball
It’s Almost Time for Volleyball ! Volleyball practice will begin on Wed., March 6th, from 6 to 8 pm, and we will host weekly practices at the same time until the season ends in late May. Students in grade 3-8 are eligible to play and we welcome boys and girls to learn and practice this sport, but CYO matches are only open to girls. Please see the flyer that was sent home in today’s folder and if your child interested in playing, please contact Coach Eugene Suwandhi at tennisvolleyballsaintlouis@gmail.com to sign up.
Parish & Community
Upcoming Knights of Columbus Events
  • St. Patrick's Day Dinner - March 16, 2019, 6pm. Please see flyer for more information and tickets.
  • Shrimp & Snow Crab Leg Feast - March 30, 2019, 2-5pm. Please see flyer for more information and tickets.
Upcoming Calendar Events
February - March 2019
Monday, March 4 - Dr. Seuss Day
March 4-5 - Spirit Dinner at CAVA, 5-9pm
Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday Mass, 8:45am
Friday, March 8 - 11:30 Dismissal (PM EDC open)
Monday, March 11 - No School (Professional Development)
March 26-27 - Vision & Hearing Screening