St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
OCTOBER 12, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

This is a special weekend in the church as Pope Francis canonizes two new saints: Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero. We look forward to sharing this joy with students at assembly on Monday; and if your family is interested in more information, please go to the Vatican’s special events page at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2018/10/14/messa-ritocanonizzazione.html

We had our Student Council elections today! As I shared with all the student voters, it is quite a brave and humbling choice to run for office. I am proud of each one of the middle school students who chose to become a candidate and offer their services to the school community. We congratulate our new officers: President Samantha Rough, Vice President Travis Nienaber, Secretary Anna Martinez, Treasurer Jack Reeder and Parliamentarian Sam Keller. I look forward to working with them, the senators and the class representatives as they plan events and activities for the student body! 

This coming week we have our annual Walk for the Homeless on Thursday, Oct. 18th at 10:00am. We walk and pray the rosary as an entire school community, praying for those who don't have homes in our community and throughout the world. If you would like to make a donation to United Community Ministries to help those in need, you may send in a check anytime next week and we will deliver the donations. Please know that you are welcome to walk with us that morning, and your children are allowed to wear sneakers to school that day, even if they don't have P.E.
 
One more reminder to book your calendar for Oct. 20th - the Hawks 5K and Hawks Day celebration! 

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: Cunningham (K & 7th), Cunningham (7th), Curtis, Cuyler, Dammer, Daniel, Davis (1st, 5th, & 7th), Davis (6th) and Davis (7th).
Order November Hot Lunch Today!
Deadline: Sunday, October 21st
Lunch orders are now being accepted for November! 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.

Questions regarding your lunch order? Contact Mrs.Thomas  jthomas@stlouisschool.org
Technical questions related to the order form? Contact Mrs. Matheis  development@stlouisschool.org
Job Posting
St. Louis School will have an opening for school nurse beginning in January 2019! Our beloved Mrs. Mitchell will be taking coursework that requires fulltime leave. We will be posting the job for a registered nurse and wanted to keep families in the loop in case you are qualified (or know of someone) and interested in the position. Interested people should send their resumes to Mrs. McNutt at kmcnutt@stlouisschool.org .
Time to Celebrate, Book Lovers!
The St. Louis School Book Fair is Almost Here!
Opening day is Hawks Day, October 20th. We will be open after the races until the close of the fair. Best selections available on opening day!
 
The fair will also be open:
Monday October 22: 8 am-6 pm
Tuesday October 23: 8 am-6 pm
Wednesday October 24: 8am-4 pm (closes early)
Thursday October 25: 8 am-6 pm
CLOSED Friday, October 26—no school that day
 
Classes will visit during designated browse and buy times. Adults are welcome to come in during the school day and after dismissal.
 
Volunteers are needed! VIRTUS clearance is necessary. Can you help? Contact Jennifer Stackpole at stackpoleva@verizon.net
2018-19 Annual Fund Campaign
This year's campaign has your child's safety in the forefront. Your donation will be used to:
  • replace 22 original interior classroom doors and locks in the main building for greater quality and security protection 
  • upgrade 15 existing classroom door locks for quick lockdown procedures in both campus buildings 
  • chromebook purchases
  • tuition assistance
 
Let's match the success of last year's campaign!
Download your pledge card here or submit your donation via the PayPal Giving Fund or Faith Direct (Code VA141). There are no transaction fees for the online giving options - the school receives 100% of your donation!
 
For more information on this year's campaign, visit the Annual Fund Donor page or contact Kristin Matheis, development@stlouisschool.org
Help the Homeless Mini-Walk
The Help the Homeless Mini-Walk will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10am. The walk is a fundraiser as well as a prayer exercise. Funds raised are for United Community Ministries. UCM works in the local area helping those that are vulnerable and in need of community help. They help the homeless with housing assistance, through their food pantry, with job training help, through bill payment assistance, and through their thrift shop. All donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to United Community Ministries. For additional information, please see the attached  flyer .
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.
PTO
Box Tops
The deadline to submit any Box Tops is Friday, October 26th. Please send them into school via Kid Mail to Laura Fannon - Ryan 4-1.

This is a great and easy way to support our school. These Box Tops are turned into cash that the school can use as needed!! 
Silent Auction Raffle
This year's PTO Silent Auction will be held on February 23, 2019. The theme this year is A Night on Broadway. Tickets are selling fast for this event. Please consider purchasing a raffle ticket for our NYC Broadway Getaway. 

The Raffle includes transportation via Amtrak (up to 4), lodging, $500 towards dinner at Marea (Italian hotspot in NYC) & $500 towards the show of your choice. Raffle tickets will be on sale at Hawks Day (10/20) and after Masses 10/21/18. Raffle tickets are $20 each or 3 tickets for $50.  Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.tinyurl.com/2019Auction or through kid mail with the attached  flyer
PTO Used Uniform Sale - October 20 & 21
It is time for winter uniforms again. If you need pants, sweats, sweaters, or long sleeve shirts, come to the Used Uniform Sale during Hawks Day, October 20 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, or on Sunday, October 21 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. See flyer for information.
HAWKS DAY - Sat., Oct. 20th
Last Day to Pre-Register for Hawks 5K & Fun Run
Advance registration (and the discounted rates) end on October 18.  Families can save up to $60 for 4 runners! Submit your forms or sign-up online today.   Come enjoy a great morning of health, wellness, fellowship and fun. It's a great chance to enjoy an official course in a welcoming setting.  Both the 1.5 mile Fun Run and the 5K start and end at the school on Saturday, Oct. 20 . All registered participants get a race t-shirt, a medal and a free Hawks Day Celebration wristband.

8:00am: Hawks 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk  (registration required)
8:30am: Hawks 5K Run/Walk  (registration required)
 
To register online, follow this link:  https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Alexandria/StLouisHawks5K  
Or, print a registration form and send it in with a check.
Forms are also available in the school office.

Stay for the Hawks Day Celebration!  
Whether or not you participate in the Walk or Run, join us at St. Louis School from 9am-1pm for Hawks Day. This year will feature an Arts & Crafts Fair (in time for the holidays), kids' crafts & games, golf games hosted by Fairfax County Parks, a flu clinic, first responder demonstrations, bounce houses, DJ Bob Artman, food and a beer tent. Plenty of great activities for all!   Proceeds from both events benefit the St. Louis School PTO.   

General Admission $3
General Admission + Kid Fun Fair Admission $8
Free General Admission for all Racers
PTO Fall Bake Sale - October 20 & 21
The PTO Bake Sale will be held BOTH October 20th and 21st. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Volunteers are needed to help with the sale. See below in the volunteer opportunities.
Spirit Dinner - Monday, October 22nd
Bring yourselves, your family, friends and the attached flyer to Noodles on October 22, 2018 from 4-8PM. Lots of choices even for those who do not eat pasta and/or are gluten free. Come help the PTO raise funds for our school projects. We will receive 25% of the sales of our supporters. They will no longer allow us to have two dates so let's make this big on the one day we have. Swing by before or after practice!
Volunteer Opportunities
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 Volunteers, Oct. 20, 22-25
Contact Jennifer Stackpole
NON-VIRTUS

Hawks 5K & Fun Run, Oct. 20
Contact Tania Jones

Hawks Community Day, Oct. 20
Volunteers, sign up here

Fall Bake Sale, Oct. 20
Volunteers, sign up here

Used Uniform Sale, Oct. 20-21
Volunteers need to set up, sell and tear down. Sign up 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
CYO Basketball
If your children are interested in CYO Basketball, please see this flyer and contact the coaches ASAP to express your interest. Practices will begin the week of October 29 th and games will begin on December 1. All are welcome to join a team – no tryouts necessary! If you wish to ask any questions or share any relevant information about your children with the CYO program, please feel free to reach out to Judy Conti at jconti@nelp.org .
Third Grade Basketball Academy
The CYO program is excited to announce that we are going to pilot a clinic-based approach for our 3rd graders this year which will run from December through February. Instead of two practices a week, we would have only one and then host optional scrimmages on a number of Sunday afternoons in the winter in our own gym. The practices would all have a discussion component as well with the coaches engaging the kids in topics that relate to how their participation in sports is relevant to their development as a person. We have decided to institute this approach after a lot of discussion with experienced coaches, and we believe it will have many benefits for our young athletes and families. For more information, please read this flyer and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Judy Conti at jconti@nelp.org .
Parish & Community
Eagle Scout Project: Orthopedic Equipment Drive
David Fleming, a Boy Scout with Saint Louis’s troop 680, is looking for donations for his Eagle Scout project. He will be organizing a collection of any orthopedic supplies including braces, crutches, and similar items. Additionally, if you don’t have any orthopedic items, you can also donate supplies such as new pillows or blankets. The drive will be held from Sunday, October 14 to Sunday, October 28. Items can be dropped off by the St. Louis School entrance after all Sunday Masses, or at the school office during the week. Please see the flyer for more information. Thank you for your donations.
Open House at Bishop O'Connell H.S.
October 14, 1:00-4:00. Presentation begins at 1:00. You and your family are invited to see a presentation, meet our faculty and coaches, and tour through our building.  Click here for more information.
Annual Catholic Charities Fall Harvest Food Drive: Oct. 20-21
Please be sure to pick up a BLUE BAG either at Hawk's Day or after all Masses the weekend of October 20-21. Take it home, fill it with some of the suggested nonperishable food items (NO GLASS PLEASE), and return it to St.Louis School during the week, or to the Church October 27-28. All items collected will be distributed through the St. Lucy's Project, Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, to feed our neighbors who are hungry from Alexandria to the western counties of our diocese in Appalachia. Thank you for your generosity. 
Bishop Ireton H.S. Events
October 21 – BISHOP IRETON OPEN HOUSE for prospective families 1-4pm. As a diocesan high school we value our relationship with our local diocesan elementary schools. Please RSVP using  this link.  
 
November 3 - HACK BI  Open to all 8th graders. Free event for all those interested in technology and coding.   Click here to visit the event website for registration and details.  
 
Bishop Ireton High School encourages all 8th grade students to shadow at Bishop Ireton, called our “Cardinal for a Day Program” . Directions to do that can be found on our website   here .  Parents should know that shadowing is available in both a full day or half day option. 
St. John Paul the Great H.S. Events
On Sunday, November 4th from 1:00-4:00pm, we will host our annual Fall Open House.
 
On Thursday, November 15th our Drama Club will host a Middle School matinee of our Fall 2018 play, Sherlock Holmes . Admission is free. The play starts at 12 noon and will end by 2:00.
Upcoming Calendar Events
October 2018
Thursday, Oct. 18 - Help the Homeless Mini-Walk
Saturday, Oct. 20 - Hawks Day 5K and Fall Fair
October 20-21 - PTO Used Uniform Sale and Bake Sale
October 20, 22-25 - Book Fair
Monday, October 22 - Spirit Dinner at Noodles & Co., 4-8pm
Friday, Oct. 26 - No School, Professional Development Day
Tuesday, Oct. 30 - Make-up Picture Day