St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
May 10, 2019
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

It was a blessing to celebrate at the final PTO meeting this week the many parent volunteers and teachers who serve St. Louis School with great dedication and faithfulness. It was a joy to thank the PTO Volunteer of the Year, Mr. Chris Richey, in a special way for his tremendous efforts on the Hawks 5K and his years of coaching, in addition to his support on various events throughout each school year. We also celebrated and thanked our outgoing PTO President, Sharon Moss, and Vice President, Carolyn Koch, for their years of tremendous leadership and service to our school and families. I am so grateful to our newly elected officers, President Kieran Mitchell, Vice President Beth Burke, Secretary Grace Cross, and Treasurer Missy McGuire for accepting the call to lead and support our wonderful PTO beginning this coming Fall.

I hope to see all of you this weekend for our musical production, Annie Jr.! Our middle schoolers have been working hard since before Christmas, and they are excited to entertain you. I will be there both nights ready for a show! See information below for ticket costs and times.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and whether your mother is with you here on Earth or guiding you from Heaven, she is a blessing and a love in your life. I wish all of our St. Louis mothers a beautiful weekend, and I ask the Blessed Mother to be with you as you are celebrated by your families. I had some fun asking students and faculty why they love their mothers, and the sweet video is here for you to see. #LoveOurMothers!

Peace,

Kathleen McNutt
Principal  
We are excited to be using our new school kiln, which is full of 1st through 5th grades clay projects! Miss Balough will fire it up, and then the painting begins! 
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: Wood-Morris, Yoder, Zamarin, Zang, Balint, Balough, Beatty, Blazevich, Blochberger, Boak, Cahill and Calogero.
Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
McClunn Hall
Tickets sold at the door.
Adults $7 / Students & Seniors $5 / Under 4 FREE
Annual Fund Participation Challenge
The 4th/5th and Middle School lunch periods are neck-in-neck!
Who will pull ahead in the final week of the challenge?

Everyone can win if every school family turns in a pledge card by May 17th! Financial gifts and gifts of prayer both count as participation. AND every school family who participates will be entered in a raffle drawing for great prizes donated from the local community. The second drawings will be held on Monday, May 13th for SkyZone, Dave & Buster's and The St. James.

We have raised $77,000 of our $100,000 goal
and 43% of school families have participated so far!

See the attached flyer for your pledge card  and more information. Payments may be made online through the PayPal Giving Fund .
The Spring Book Fair is Coming This Weekend!
Opening day of the spring book fair will be Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 12th in the library! We will be open after the 8:45, 10:30 and 12:30 masses. Join us to peruse the excellent selection of literature for preschool through young adult readers. Find the perfect great summer reading choices!

The fair will also be open the following week:
Monday, May 13th through Friday, May 17th. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours are 8:30am through 6:00pm; Wednesday we will close early at 4:00pm. Questions? Contact Mrs. Krut at ekrut@stlouisschool.org
Order June Lunch Today!
Place your order for June lunch today here . All orders are due by Monday, May 20th. No exceptions.
7th & 8th Grade "Movie Character" Dance - May 17th
The Student Council is sponsoring a "Movie Character" Dance for 7th and 8th Grade students on may 17th. Please see the flyer for more information.
"Mix and Match" Tag Day - May 20th
On May 20th, the Student Council is sponsoring "Mix and Match" Tag Day. Wear clothing patterns that do not match (following the handbook comfy clothes policy) and bring in $2 to support the non-profit organization, Alice's Kids. See flyer for more information.
5th Grade Step Up Night - May 28th
The move up to middle school is an exciting one, and we want to help make the transition as smooth as possible for students and parents! Rising 6th graders, new middle school students and their parents are invited to the Middle School Step Up Night on Tuesday, May 28th. Please join us for an opening session by Mrs. McNutt, Mrs. Cucinotta, Mrs. Crooker and Mrs. Orr in the school cafeteria at 6:00pm. The 6th grade teachers will then take the students over for Q&A in the JPII building while the parents have additional info from the nurse and Mrs. McNutt. The night will end with time in the classrooms and hallway of the middle school.
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!
PTO
Guardian Angel Program
The St. Louis School guardian angel program needs volunteers! The guardian angel program pairs new, incoming families with existing families in the St. Louis community. It is intended to help welcome new families and make their transition to a new school easier and more comfortable. If you are interested in helping welcome new families to our school, please see the attached flyer for more information or click here to sign up.
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 Committee Members (October 19, 2019)
  • Hawks Day Celebration Committee Members (October 19, 2019)
  • Silent Auction Committee Members
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 .
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.

Book Fair Helpers
May 12-17, 2019
Sign Up Genius here

Field Day - 5th-8th Grade
May 29, 2019, 8-11am
Contact Mrs. Blaha, lblaha@stlouisschool.org

Field Day - 1st-4th Grade
May 30, 2019, 8-11am
Contact Mrs. Blaha, lblaha@stlouisschool.org
NON-VIRTUS

Year-end CYO Breakfast
Help needed planning and day-of!
May 19, 2019
Contact Judy Conti, jconti@nelp.org

Guardian Angels
Sign Up Genius here
Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Vanessa Milewski ( vanessamilewski@yahoo.com ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( efdmoncher@gmail.com )
Extracurricular Activities & CYO
Please Join Us in Celebrating Another Successful CYO Sports Season!
On Sunday, May 19th, please join the St. Louis CYO organizers and coaches at the 8:45 Mass to recognize CYO participants, followed by a reception and awards ceremony in McClunn Hall. Breakfast will be served. In addition to celebrating a great season, we will recognize/honor all retiring coaches, and present the inaugural Coach of the Year award. All family members invited. All children must be supervised by an adult. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Parish & Community
Thank You from Girl Scout Troop 1715
5th-grade junior girl scout troop 1715 would like to thank everyone who donated fleece for their bronze award project. The girls made 16 tied fleece blankets for cats and dogs at the Animal Welfare League in Alexandria. The girls dropped off the blankets on Monday, May 6 and even got to meet some of the shelter animals. 
Bishop Ireton STEM Day for 5th-7th Graders
Bishop Ireton High School has an awesome STEM Day planned for current 5th - 7th grade students on Saturday, June 1 from 9-12pm on the high school campus. The event is free to the student s and will be run by the computer and engineering teachers with assistance from s taff . Please click here  for more information. Space is limited to 40 students and the deadline to register is May 24. 
Knights of Columbus Cookout
The Knight of Columbus will be hosting a charity cookout on Saturday, May 11th. Please see the flyer for more information.
Baroody Summer Camp
St. Louis Parish is offering a Baroody Camps, Inc. Summer Camp Program for Young Christian Athletes! 
  • Dates and Times: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm (with before and after care options starting at 8am and ending at 5pm) July 8-12 and July 15-19
  • Location: McClunn Hall
  • Ages: children ages 6-12
  • Price: $250 per student/week
See the flyer for more details! 
Upcoming Events at Bishop O'Connell
Pre-HSPT for 7th graders -  May 18, 9AM to noon, at Bishop O’Connell High School. This is a chance for 7th graders to take a Pre-HSPT exam. The cost is $45 and 7th graders will receive a copy of the score report in June. Click here for more information and to register
Summer Camps - We are now accepting registrations for our sports camps. We will have multiple camps throughout the summer.  Click here for more information about our various summer camps.
Summer Camps at St. John Paul the Great
Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is excited to announce their 2019 SUMMER CAMPS! Whether you’re looking for an enrichment and leadership experience or a sports program for your child, the John Paul Summer Programs are full of opportunities for children in grades 2 through 12. 
Have questions? Contact  camps@jpthegreat.org  or 703-445-0300. 
Camp descriptions and registration information here:  www.jpthegreat.org/apps/pages/summeractivities
Upcoming Calendar Events
May 2019
May 12-17 - Spring Book Fair
Monday, May 13 - Confirmation Retreat
Tuesday, May 14 - Diocesan Battle of the Books
Friday, May 17 - May Crowning Mass, 8:45am
Saturday, May 18 - First Communion
Monday, May 20 - Spring Band & Chorus Concert, 7pm
Tuesday, May 21 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:15am
Friday, May 24 - 11:30 Dismissal (PM EDC open)
Monday, May 27 - No School; Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28 - Middle School Step-up Night, 6pm
Tuesday, May 28 - "Getting Ready for High School" for 7th Grade Parents, 7pm