St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
NOVEMBER 2, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

We find ourselves in the month of November! What a joy it was to watch our 2nd grade saints march into Mass on Thursday (All Saints Day), and a blessing to join again for Mass today, All Souls Day. As we pray in a special way for our country during next week's elections and for all of our veterans, consider joining us next Friday, November 9th at 8:45am for a special Veteran's Day Mass and celebration of our Purple Star Recognition. The Mass will be followed by a reception for veterans and families in McClunn Hall. Our student council will be hosting this reception, and they have already been busy preparing for our upcoming food drive before Thanksgiving (starting Nov. 7th). Let us remember to be thankful for all that we have, for our freedom, and for the blessings we receive as we practice our faith openly day in and day out.

We look forward to meeting with you during parent-teacher conferences next Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 5 and 6), where you will have time to discuss your child's progress and questions that you may have for the teachers. Teachers in grades 3-7 will also be sharing the results of the first session of Scantron Performance Series standardized assessments.

I continue to pray for all of you and your children, as well as for our teachers and staff. We are very blessed to work together on a mission to #ChooseJesus!     

Blessings,
Kathleen McNutt
Principal

Coffee with the Principal has been changed from Wednesday, Nov. 15 to Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8:15am in the cafeteria.
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: Ference, Ferguson (K, 3rd), Ferguson (6th), Ferris, Fielder, Flaaen, Fleming, Florenzo, Flores and Forsyth.
Order December Hot Lunch Today!
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.

Questions regarding your lunch order? Contact Mrs.Thomas  jthomas@stlouisschool.org
Technical questions related to the order form? Contact Mrs. Matheis  development@stlouisschool.org
Veteran's Day Mass
Veteran’s Day is approaching and we are preparing for our annual Veteran’s Day Mass. We hope you will consider joining us for this very special liturgy recognizing the importance of our veterans, both living and deceased. The Mass will be celebrated Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:45 AM. If you would like to participate in the Mass, please see the attached flyer for more information.
Open Houses for Prospective Families - Nov. 11 & 13
St. Louis will be opening its doors to prospective families, on Sunday, Nov. 11 (10am-1pm) and Tuesday, Nov. 13 (9am-11am).

Help us spread the word! Print or forward the attached Open House flyer to friends, neighbors or classmates of younger siblings who may not attend Saint Louis Preschool. 

Prospective student applications for the 2019-20 school year can be downloaded from the school  website  and will be accepted for K-8th Grades at the Open Houses. Preschool registration will take place February
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
November Spirit Dinner - November 12 & 13
Hot dogs! Locally made sausages! Gluten free options - including rolls! Where? Haute Dog and Fries on Montgomery St. in Alexandria. Come out and support the PTO on Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13 from 3-9PM. It is a short drive to Old Town and always a popular location for a Spirit Dinner. See you there! Flyer is attached for more information; please bring the flyer .
Purchase Your PTO Silent Auction Raffle Tickets Today
for a Spectacular Broadway Getaway!
  • Broadway Show of Winner’s Choice (Value: $500) 
  • Roundtrip 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

Open House Tour Guide
Nov. 11 and 13
Contact Kristin Matheis, development@stlouisschool.org

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
Candy Collection for Operation Gratitude
The 5th Grade Junior Girl Scout Troop will be collecting unwanted Halloween candy from November 1 - November 9. Collection bins will be located in all classrooms and in the main hallway. Students may bring in candy on any of these days, and parents are also welcome to drop off candy during conference days on November 5 and 6. All candy donations will be brought to Dr. Hughes Orthodontics Office and will be donated to Operation Gratitude, which ships candy to soldiers stationed stateside and overseas. Dr. Hughes will also make a nominal donation to the Girl Scout troop to thank them for their efforts.
Parish & Community
St. John Paul the Great H.S. Open House
Please join us at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, the newest of the four diocesan high schools for our Fall Open House:
  • Sunday, November 4 from 1-4pm
  • 17700 Dominican Drive, Potomac Shores, VA 22026
  • register online at jpthegreat.org
This is a great chance to tour our amazing facility, meet and chat with teachers and coaches, and learn all about what our GREAT school has to offer. Email:  admissions@jpthegreat.org if you have ANY questions!
St. John Paul the Great H.S. 5K & Fun Run
Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School's annual 5K and Fun Run will take place at our beautiful campus on Saturday November 10th, beginning at 9 am. There will be both a timed 5K and a fun run, followed by a pancake breakfast. Please join us for this family-friendly event. All proceeds benefit our special education inclusion programs. To sign up:  runsignup.com/jp5Krunwalkforoptions
Upcoming Calendar Events
November 2018
November 5-6 - No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, Nov. 9 - Veteran's Day Mass, 8:45am
Sunday, Nov. 11 - Open House for Prospective Families, 10am-1pm
November 12-13 - Spirit Dinner at Haute Dogs & Fries, 3-9pm
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Open House for Prospective Families, 9-11am
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Coffee with the Principal, 8:15am
November 21-23 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, Nov. 29 - High School Placement Test
Friday, November 30 - First Trimester Ends