St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
NOVEMBER 16, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

This is the time when St. Louis Parish and School celebrate ground breaking anniversaries … St. Louis Parish turns 69 and St. Louis School turns 62! Anniversaries remind us of the blessing of years and successes - - St. Louis School is such a tremendous blessing to me and my family, as I know it is for all of you, so this remembrance comes at a great time of year.

If you are like me, you are thinking about the week ahead and planning for turkey-eaters in your homes. My college girls return over the next few days and my extended family arrives during the week. I know that many of you have families arriving or travel ahead of you. I hope that as each of you prepare for Thanksgiving, you have time to reflect, be thankful and enjoy the many blessings that God gives us in each moment (even in the challenging ones!). 

I pray that the weather will behave, at least for a while! Thank you for your patience as the call changed from delay to cancellation. I am grateful that everyone was safe and warm. Continue to pray for those who don’t have a home and are dealing with the harshness of winter.

We look forward to two full instructional days next week - Monday and Tuesday! I hope to see many of you at the various celebrations and feasts that will be happening throughout the grades.      

Many blessings,

Kathleen McNutt
Principal

Update for the Student Council Food Drive: We have collected 3,936 items so far. We need just over one thousand more items to reach our goal of 5,000! Please consider bringing in canned goods for those in need. If we reach our goal, we will have a comfy clothes day on Tuesday!
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: Gliha, Gorman, Graf, Grant, Griffin, Grzadzinski, Guevara, Gull and Gursky.
Attention Middle School Students! Annie Jr. Auditions!
Middle school students are invited to audition for St. Louis School's production of Annie, Jr. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3:30-6pm in the Music Room. Please see the attached flyer and audition form for more information.
Last Call for December Hot Lunch Orders!
Deadline: Tuesday, November 20th

Lunch orders are now being accepted for December! All orders must be placed online.

Please follow this  link to go directly to the online order form, or visit the school website at  www.stlouisschool.org  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.

NOTE: Due to the inclement weather day, November 15th lunch orders will be refunded by the end of the month. Credit may not be applied to future orders.

Questions regarding your lunch order? Contact Mrs.Thomas  jthomas@stlouisschool.org
Technical questions related to the order form? Contact Mrs. Matheis  development@stlouisschool.org
Christmas Luncheon for Seniors of the Parish
St. Louis School is hosting its annual Christmas luncheon for the residents of the Missionaries of Charity home and for the seniors of St. Louis Parish! On Wednesday, December 5th, a special Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am in the church followed by a luncheon in McClunn Hall. There will be delicious food catered by Roseina’s and served by St. Louis School students; students will entertain with the performance of Christmas carols; and we will be visited by Santa! We would love to have our seniors join us for this special day, so mark your calendars and call us to RSVP – 703-768-7732. You can speak with the office staff or leave a message. Just let us know your name and how many will be attending.
Make Your Gift Go Further

Please remember the Annual Fund this Giving Tuesday. PayPal will ad 1% to every donation dollar received through the PayPal Giving Fund!

Visit our page at:
on November 27th to make a donation.

Questions? Contact Kristin Matheis
development@stlouisschool.org

St. Louis School is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Rescheduled: Coffee with the Principal
Join Mrs. McNutt for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8:15am in the school cafeteria. Younger siblings welcome.
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment for 2019-2020
The application deadline for financial assistance for the 2019-20 school year is Friday, March 15, 2019.
 
Financial assistance may be available through the Diocesan Tuition Program via  FACTS . The program provides financial assistance to families in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington through funding from diocesan parishes as well as the Rooted In Faith-Forward in Hope Capital Campaign Endowment. It is open to all qualified students whose parents might not otherwise be able to pay the full cost of tuition. Please see the attached flyer for application instructions.
Student Council Food Drive - November 7-19
Please donate non-perishable canned/boxed goods for UCM. Drop off your donations in the back of the cafeteria or in homeroom classrooms Nov. 7-19.

If the whole school collects 5,000 items, there will be a school-wide comfy clothes day on November 20th!
Yearbook News
Be a part of our 2018-2019 school yearbook! To order a yearbook or upload photos for the yearbook, visit Pictavo Community at commpe.pictavo.com . Use Google Chrome for best results.
 
To upload photos:
  • Find your school, St. Louis School, Alexandria, ID# 80012
  • Enter information & ‘Create Account’
  • Verify e-mail (This may take several minutes.)
  • Click or tap ‘Upload Photos’
  • Select the images for upload
  • Choose an album
  • Click or tap ‘Upload Photos’
 
To order a yearbook:
  • Find your school, St. Louis School, Alexandria, ID# 80012
  • Click or tap ‘Shop My School’
  • Find your product & ‘Add to Cart’
  • Enter student information
  • 'Add to Cart’ & ‘Check Out’ to complete your purchase!
  • The price for yearbooks ordered online is $25. The online order deadline is 5/2/19.
  • You will receive an email confirmation once you have successfully purchased a yearbook. 
PTO
Silent Auction News
More Tickets Available!
There are still tickets available for seats in "St. Louis Sardi's Cafe" on the website:  https://tinyurl.com/2019auction . Get your tickets today - 40 additional seats were added due to the event already being sold out and once these tickets are gone, we are at maximum capacity.  

Purchase Raffle Tickets for a Spectacular
Broadway Getaway!
  • Broadway Show of Winner’s Choice (Value: $500) 
  • Round-trip Amtrak Tickets, DC to NYC (Max: 4) 
  • Two Nights at a NYC Hilton (Value: $800) 
  • Dinner at Italian hot spot Marea (Value: $500)  
 
RAFFLE TICKETS $20 each or 3 for $50 
Purchase online or via kidmail .

Drawing to be held 2/23/19 at the Auction. In case of inclement weather, the Auction & Raffle Drawing will be held March 2nd. The package is subject to availability and/or booking in off-peak periods. Winner need not be present to win. Tickets are not tax deductible. 
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

Silent Auction Class Baskets
1 item = 1 hour
View Sign Up Genius here .

Silent Auction
Contact Meredith Jors & Kieran Mitchell, hawktion.chair@gmail.com
Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Vanessa Milewski ( vanessamilewski@yahoo.com ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( efdmoncher@gmail.com )
Extracurricular & CYO
Thank You from Girl Scout Junior Troop 1715
Girl Scout Junior Troop 1715 would like to thank all the families who donated their unwanted Halloween candy. Operation Gratitude will receive a total of 304 pounds of candy, which Dr. Hughes Orthodontics Office has generously offered to deliver for us. Thank you for helping us give back to our military personnel and first responders!
CYO Spirit Wear Orders
We have started our second and final round of orders for St. Louis CYO Spirit Wear. You can place your orders for t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants at https://www.sewnluv.com/st-louis/ through 11:59 pm, Wednesday, November 28th . There will be no extensions of time. Orders will be distributed the week of December 10th. Your children need not be a member of a CYO team to order any of this Spirit Wear, so please do take a look and see if there’s anything they would like! 
 
The royal blue t-shirts are authorized for gym wear as long as they don’t have your child’s name on them. The royal blue and grey hoodies may be worn going and coming from school but cannot be worn during the school day.
 
If you have any questions about ordering, please contact Judy Conti at jconti@nelp.org .
A Message from Girl Scout Troop 900...
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Did you know that 80,000 people died from the flu last year?

Girl Scout Troop 900 encourages you to get your flu shot at your local pharmacy. Click this link for more information. www.cdc.gov/flu
Parish & Community
Shrek the Musical
Come enjoy the funny and family friendly Shrek the Musical on November 9-11 or November 16-18. The show features current St. Louis students Isaac Nienaber and Eli Swanson as well as St. Louis alumni, Katie Cunningham. The show is right next to St. Louis at Bryant Alternative HS. You can get more information and tickets at   https://www.mvcct.org/about1
Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.
Bishop Ireton Christmas Concert
The Bishop Ireton High School music program will be presenting their Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 2 at 7pm in our Garwood Whaley Auditorium. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to experience what is possible should they join our music program here at Bishop Ireton High School.   The concert will feature our Mixed Chorus, Guitar Ensemble, String Ensemble, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Admission is $10/person, $5 for seniors and students and free for those under 10. 
Eagle Scout Project - Clothing Drive
Grant Hagler, a Life scout in Troop 993, is working to complete his Eagle Rank. He is holding a clothing drive for the Christian Appalachian Project through November 18th. Donations may be dropped off at St. Louis School. Please see the flyer for more information.
Author Visit at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School - Nov. 16
Pride Wars: The Spinner Prince  author Matt Laney will visit St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes school. An unforgettable adventure, this first book in the Pride Wars series introduces a world where honor and duty, ferocity and faith, are tested by an unexpected hero.   Pride Wars: The Spinner Prince  is geared towards readers in grades 4-8. Readers from the Middle and Lower Schools are encouraged to stop by the Sinclair Library (400 Fontaine St., Alexandria, VA 22302) from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students from other local area schools are also welcome to attend this event. All children must be accompanied by a chaperone. School Library Journal calls this book, “A strongly developed anthropomorphized animal adventure.” Mrs. Krut recommends it for fans of the Wings of Fire and Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.
Upcoming Calendar Events
November 2018
November 21-23 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, Nov. 28 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:15am
Thursday, Nov. 29 - High School Placement Test
Friday, November 30 - PTO Cultural Arts Assembly - "Cantare"
Friday, November 30 - First Trimester Ends