St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
MARCH 8, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

I am sure that your children are looking forward to the long weekend ahead! While your children are home on Monday, your school staff will be very busy with professional development in-services at St. Louis and throughout the diocese. Many thanks to Liz Schwieterman for all that she does to provide amazing PTO hospitality for our staff - - she will be a huge help to us on Monday, as she has been throughout the year, providing lunch hospitality to our teachers as they work.

We had a fantastic cultural arts assembly this past week: the Human Beatbox, who performed for our PreK-5th graders on Dr. Seuss Day! This next week, all the grades will experience African Dance through a cultural arts event on Friday (this is a make-up date from a snow day in February, African American History Month). The funding for these events comes from our PTO budget, so we are very grateful to all our families as you contribute through the many PTO events.  As our last trimester begins, we enter Lent. I will be praying for all of you in a special way, as we reflect on Christ and his gift of salvation. 

For all those college basketball fans, a little "March Madness" has arrived! Good luck as you work on your brackets!

Many blessings, 

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: Rampaul, Rangan, Rastovski, Reading, Reams, Reeder, Reilly, Repeta, Rezac, Rice and Mpundu.
Stations of the Cross
During Lent, parents are welcome to join St. Louis Students at Stations of the Cross on Friday's at 2:30pm in St. Louis Church.

If you must sign your child out early on a Friday during Lent, please do so before 2:30 so our office staff do not interrupt Stations of the Cross.
The April lunch ordering period closes on March 20th!

Please follow this  link to go directly to the online order form.
You will receive an email confirmation after successfully submitting an order.

Please be sure to complete your order!
Many of our families forget to click the "Charge Your Order" button on the last screen and their orders are not received!

Reminder:  Refunds for inclement weather days are automatically processed by the 5th of the following month. There is no need to request the refund.
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 .
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
From the PTO President...
This year’s Silent Auction was such a fun and wonderful evening. Thank you to Meredith Jors and Kieran Mitchell for stepping up to chair this remarkable event. Meredith and Kieran and their committee spent countless hours planning and executing this successful event and the PTO would like to say thank you to everyone involved including: Gayla Keller, Brandi Pensoneau, Louise Hahler, Lynn Michaels, Rachel Mueh, Greg Roberts, Jennifer Stackpole, Matt Ballard, Kammy Stern, Carlos Orellana, Heather Raetz, Christine Schaut Moore, Colleen Hooper, Erin Elhihi, Danette Sullivan, Michelle Buffaloe, Ted & Whitney Hart, LeeAnne Murrell, Lynn Spooner, Angela Moore, Judy & Abby Thomas, Jennifer Ledbetter, and Melissa Thomey.  Without the help of all of the volunteers that helped out with the Silent Auction, the event would not have been possible. The PTO thrives because of our wonderful volunteers, and this year’s Silent Auction was fantastic because of all of our volunteers. Please see attached for full list of volunteers and sponsors.
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

PTO Spring Bake Sale
Bakers needed!
April 6 & 7, 2019

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
Attention 8th Grade: Speech & Debate Club is Coming!
Interested in improving your public speaking skills? Want to understand how to build a persuasive argument and refute an opponent’s argument? Speech and Debate is for you! An 8th grade only Speech and Debate club will begin March 19th and run for eight non-consecutive weeks. Please see the attached flier for details and contact Mrs. Krut at ekrut@stlouisschool.org if you have any questions!
Year-end CYO Celebration - Save the Date!
We will host a year-end celebration for everyone who participated in CYO sports (track, cross-country, basketball, cheerleading and volleyball) on Sunday, May 19th. All athletes and their families are invited to attend the 8:45 mass, and then there will be a breakfast reception in McClunn Hall immediately following mass. We’ll recognize our athletes AND coaches, and thank them for representing St. Louis with such virtuous excellence all year long.  If anyone would like to help with planning and running the breakfast, please contact Judy Conti at jconti@nelp.org . VIRTUS certification is NOT required. Thank you!
Congratulations to the CYO Basketball Teams!
The CYO Basketball season has come to a close! We are proud of our St. Louis teams who all played hard, played fair, and exhibited the highest standards of sportsmanship. They truly live up to our CYO’s motto of “Virtuous Excellence” and we are so proud of them! A few of our teams further distinguished themselves this season:
  • Fourth Grade boys won the sportsmanship award;
  • Fourth grade girls finished the season first in their division;
  • Fifth Grade boys were season champions in their division AND won the sportsmanship award;
  • Fifth Grade girls came in second place in their division AND won the sportsmanship award;
  • Sixth Grade girls came in second place in their division;
  • Sixth Grade boys came in third place in their division;
  • Seventh Grade girls came in second place in their division;
  • Seventh Grade boys made the semi-finals in their division;
  • Eighth Grade boys won their division;
  • And our Eighth Grade girls played with such fire and coordination that they were a joy to watch!
A big thank you to our coaches who put so much time into ministering to our kids by developing their skills and self-esteem: Joe Averkamp, Leah Beckett, Michael Day, Nate Ridenour, Andrew Hartwell, John Miller, Rob Lentini, Sean Robinson, John Gorman, Ted Koch, Missy and Tom McGuire, Nick Swetz, Bill Buffaloe, Ernie Robinson, Frank Moncher, Debra Sotelo, Mike Wendy, Ted Megee, Brendan Rohde, Tim Kelly, Steve Milewski, Martha O’Connor, Ray Villareal, Dave Martinez, Adam Berman, Luis James and Geoff McNutt!
Parish & Community
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.
Bishop Ireton Theater Arts Presents Curtains
The musical comedy whodunit will be performed March 22, 23, 24, 29 & 30. See flyer for more information.
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.
Saint John Paul the Great Open House - March 14th
Saint John Paul the Great is hosting an Open House on Thursday, March 14th at 3:30!
Come learn more about the opportunities at John Paul! Tour our lovely facilities, meet our administration, teachers and coaches, explore our house system and clubs, and meet current students and families. Our accredited college-preparatory curriculum is a rigorous course of study, featuring a unique formation in Bioethics. John Paul is also proud to offer Academic Support, the Laudare Program, and an inclusive Options Program: a special education program for students with moderate intellectual or cognitive disabilities.
Upcoming Knights of Columbus Events
  • Friday Fish Fry - March 8 - April 12, 5-6:30pm. Please see flyer for more information.
  • 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
March 2019
Monday, March 11 - No School (Professional Development)
Friday, March 15 - Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm
Friday, March 22 - Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm
March 26-27 - Vision & Hearing Screening
Friday, March 29 - Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm