St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
MARCH 22, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
 
This weekend is a big sports celebration in the McNutt household – the NCAA basketball tournament will be running non-stop (guaranteed), while I travel to Richmond for a soccer tournament with my high school senior. One of the joys of traveling is the opportunity to visit a new church for Mass! I hope that all of your adventures this weekend involve time with family and a time for prayer, as we keep Jesus at the center of all that we do.
 
Our former principal, Dr. Daniel Baillargeon, included St. Louis School in an article in his current Mission of Catholic School blog. It is beautiful thing to be able to share our mission and Catholicity with others!  “Saints Alive: Celebrating a Culture of Virtue in Catholic Schools” https://catholicschoolsphil48.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/saints-alive-celebrating-a-culture-of-virtue/
 
I look forward to hearing our band students on Monday night (March 25 th at 7pm) as they perform for their families and prepare for the upcoming Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School. Go Hawks!
 
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: Rooney, Rough, Rutherford, Salamanca, Salgado Conde, Salisbury, Sander, Sansone, Santillan and Scandling.
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. 
Volunteers Needed - Vision & Hearing Screening
The Nurse is looking for volunteers to help with The Lions Club Hearing and Vision screening on Tuesday, March 26th and possibly Wednesday, March 27th. The volunteers are needed from 8 am to -3 pm. Volunteers must be Virtus approved. The volunteers will help us keep students moving through the lines and shuttling students between screening locations. Please contact the nurse at nurse@stlouisschool.org if you are able to volunteer for all or part of the time.
LAST CALL!!! Annie Jr. Program Shout-outs -- due March 29th!
Last chance to show our Middle School actors your support! Purchase shout-out space in our play program for your child, your child's classmates or even a Mass partner! Check out the Annie Jr. cast list !

Reserve your space today! All shout-outs are due no later than Friday, March 29th. Order Form attached here .
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!
Glasses & Hearing Aids Collection
St. Louis is collecting old glasses and hearing aids for the Lion’s Club. Donations can be dropped off in the green box at the front office. 
PTO
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 .
Used Uniform & Bake Sales - April 6 & 7
Volunteers are needed to help out with the Used Uniform and Bakes Sales on April 6 & 7. Virtus not required. Please see the sign-up's below in Volunteer Opportunities.
Spirit Dinner April 10 & 11
The warmer weather and longer days makes cooking less appealing! Come have dinner with the St. Louis Community at Jersey Mike's. This is a great place for subs of many flavors! April 10-11 from 4-9PM is when it will be held. Please help spread the word and make this Spirit Dinner a great success! You must being the attached flyer for the PTO to get credit.
Volunteer Opportunities
Completed Volunteer Hours as of March 15, 2019

Attached is the updated list of completed PTO volunteer hours as of March 15, 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.

Vision & Hearing Screening
March 26 & 27, 2019
NON-VIRTUS

PTO Used Uniform Sale
April 6 & 7, 2019

PTO Spring Bake Sale
April 6 & 7, 2019
Bakers: Sign Up Genius
Volunteers: Sign Up Genius

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
CYO Track is Back!
S pring track is right around the corner, starting on March 29. Online sign-ups through SportsPilot is up and running at https://reg.sportspilot.com/106550/login  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 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.
Baroody After School Offerings at St. Louis - 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)
6-week session on Mondays from April 15 - June 3, 3:00-4:00pm, $135
Online registration:  bc-alx-stlouis.jumbula.com  (choose the “EDC” tab). See  flyer for more information.
Parish & Community
Peter Pan , The Musical
St. Louis Students Eli Swanson and Katie Dunn, and St. Louis Alum David Anthony are all featured in MVCCT’s spring production of Peter Pan . There will be 6 performances next door at Bryant High School on March 29, 30 & 31, as well as April 5, 6 & 7. All shows are extremely family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line , or at the door in advance of performances. Come fly away to Neverland with the entire cast!
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 ).
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot!
Girl Scout Troop 900 which includes St. Louis students, Isabella Spooner, Emily Crabtree & Marie Cunningham, spoke to a troop of younger girl scouts recently as part of their aMAZE Journey.  The Troop taught others the importance of getting the flu shot as well as ideas for conflict resolution. By teaching others, Troop 900 learned tools for approaching conflict or fear. Emily Crabtree shared in their skit, “Diplomacy is dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way.“ They also shared that it’s not too late… Get your flu shot!
Bishop Ireton Theater Arts Presents Curtains
The musical comedy whodunit will be performed March 22, 23, 24, 29 & 30. See flyer for more information.
Clothing Drive for INOVA Alexandria Hospital
Serena Moss, a 6th grader at St. Louis Catholic School and a Girl Scout Cadette in St. Louis Troop 1697 is working on her Girl Scout Silver Award . She is collecting clothes for the emergency room at the INOVA Alexandria Hospital. Please consider making a donation of new or lightly used, sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts and/or shorts. All donations should be clean, unisex, and preferably with no logos. Sizes XS to XXL are needed. The collection box is by the St. Louis School office through April 16th.
Catholic Schools Chess Tournament
Calling all chess players!! On Sunday March 31, St. Rita School (3801 Russell Rd., Alexandria, VA) will be hosting the fifth annual Catholic Schools Chess Tournament from 1PM-5PM; check-in begins at 12:30PM. All students in grades K-8 who play chess and have achieved a check mate against a similarly talented player are welcome to participate and play for the St. Louis Team. Students do not need to be in the Chess Club or be USCF members. All students will play four rounds of chess against players of a similar age. Trophies will be awarded to individual players and to teams in each age group. To register go here . If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Greiner, 58donahue@cua.edu or 703-931-0149.
Pre-HSPT at Bishop Ireton
7th Grade Families:  Bishop Ireton will offer the Pre-HSPT on May 18, 2019. The Pre-High School Placement Test (Pre-HSPT) is intended to help students become more familiar with the different sections of the HSPT under timed conditions. The results of the Pre-HSPT are not used in the high school admission process. It merely provides a snapshot of your child’s strengths, areas for improvement, and early feedback to identify performance gaps. The Pre-HSPT is a practice test. It is scored using 7th grade norms with all of the same scoring and reporting services as the HSPT. During testing time, parents can join administrators in the auditorium from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a meet and greet and an update on our school programs and offerings. Space is Limited to 75 attendees.  Pre-registration is required.  Same day sign up is not permitted.
Upcoming Knights of Columbus Events
  • Friday Fish Fry - March 8 - April 12, 5-6:30pm. Please see flyer for more information.
  • Shrimp & Snow Crab Leg Feast - March 30, 2019, 2-5pm. Please see flyer for more information and tickets.
Upcoming Calendar Events
March - April 2019
Monday, March 25 - Band Concert, 7pm, McClunn Hall
March 26-27 - Vision & Hearing Screening
Friday, March 29 - Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm

Wednesday, April 3 - New Family Coffee, 8:15am, Cafeteria
Friday, April 5 - Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm
April 6 & 7 - PTO Used Uniform and Bake Sales after Masses
April 10 & 11 - Spirit Dinner at Jersey Mike's, 5-9pm
Thursday, April 11 - Class Picture Day
Friday, April 12 - Stations of the Cross
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