St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
OCTOBER 26, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
I am excited to share great news with our school community! We have just received word from the state that Saint Louis School has been selected to receive the 2018 Purple Star Designation , which awards schools dedicated to excellence and commitment in working with students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. We are one of the first schools in Virginia to receive this distinguished honor. In the coming days we will be receiving a Resolution of Recognition from the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children (The Council), an award coin, and a purple star seal to hang proudly in our school. We look forward to celebrating this honor at our Veteran’s Day Mass and Reception on November 9 th . Congratulations to all of our staff and families for your wonderful efforts to support military families, and a huge thank you to the many St. Louis families who serve our nation’s military. 
Just a reminder that Parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 5th and 6th, so teachers are sending home your child's conference time form in folders today and next week. Please be sure to send those back so that teachers can properly prepare for conference days. We look forward to meeting with you as we work together!
Next week brings Halloween (and all the excitement that comes with it!), joyously followed by the holy day, All Saints Day, on November 1st. We will be having a school Mass at 8:45am that morning, and we look forward to having our 2nd graders process into and out of Mass as their patron saints! We will still have a regular school Mass at 8:45am on Friday, Nov. 2 nd (All Souls Day).
Have a wonderful weekend!
Kathleen McNutt
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: Dsouza, Dunn, Dutzman, Elhihi, Fallon, Fannon, Faraci and Farrell.
Open House Tour Guides Needed
St. Louis School will be opening its doors to prospective families on Sunday, Nov. 11, 10am-1pm and Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9-11am. Open House tour guides are needed to show our guests around the school. Your knowledge and enthusiasm for the school is invaluable. Every effort is made to have a balanced group of tour guides with collective experience covering all grade levels. Especially needed are tour guides with middle school experience. If you have been at St. Louis 3+ years, enjoy meeting new people and would like to volunteer to be a tour guide, please contact Kristin Matheis at by November 1st. Hours will count toward your volunteer hours; VIRTUS not required.
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.
Social Media Online Conference for Parents
If you’re wondering how to navigate technology and social media usage in your family, please take a look at the attached link . Smart Social week is coming up in November. It’s an on-line safety conference for parents and educators to help protect your family. There will be 70+ experts on social media and screen time addiction. Go to the link to sign up. The cost is just $1.00 .  

As always if you have any questions or concerns about your children, the School Counselors are here to help. You may contact Mrs. Jennifer Cotnoir at and Mrs. Donna Zientek at
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 . 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. 
Thank You from the PTO
What a wonderful day this past Saturday was at the Hawks Day 5k and Celebration. The weather cooperated and the participants had a great time. Thank you to Tania Jones, Chris Richey, Patty Richey, Grace Cross, and Cathy Rastovski for their efforts in organizing a very enjoyable day. What a spirit of community we were all able to share. Thank you also to Carolyn Fortes for another amazing bake sale. Without the help of our volunteers Hawks Day would not have been possible. The PTO thrives because of our volunteers, and the we thank each and every one of you for making Hawks Day such a success.
Hawks Day 2018 - A Tremendous Success!
Thanks to an incredible volunteer turnout, support from our sponsors and the St. Louis families, Hawks Day was a spectacular event. We applaud everyone who came out to volunteer, walk, run, play games, bounce, shop, dance, eat or just enjoy the company of the St. Louis Community. These events are important PTO fundraisers and we’d like to extend our appreciation to the sponsors: 
St. John Paul II Sponsors
Onelife Fitness
Ourisman Automotive of Virginia
Physicians & Midwives
Donations of Goods or Services
Barefoot BBQ by Randy Davis
Pupusas by the Spanish Ministry
Trader Joe’s
St. Francis Sponsors
The Buffaloe Family
DeLorenzo Therapy and Wellness
Good Better Best Food
J&M Swim - Nation’s Capital Swim Club
The Jones Family
Moore & Wright Tree Service
Kim Muffler, Realtor
The Murrell Family/FIVE GUYS 
St. Elizabeth Seton Sponsors
Alexandria Strength & Conditioning
The Averkamp Family
The Bell Family
Glory Days Grill
The Guyet Family
Hughes Orthodontics
Dan Matheis, Realtor
MEGA - Metropolitan Elite Gymnastics & Athletics
My Kissing Hands & Spirited Pottery
The Rohde Family
The Schulte Family
The Shabby Lass
Taekwondo Masters
Hawks Day 5K Winners
Congratulations to everyone who came out to run or walk on Saturday! 
We’d like to recognize our winners:
Overall: Bill Burns & Janelle Day

Masters: Christopher Owens & Marciann Grzadinski

19-49: Christian Rivera & Lindsay Little

15-18: Connor McNutt & Rebecca Miller
13-14: Christopher Lucas & Corrine Sheedy
11-12: Augustin Howard & Erin Kelley
9-10: Landon Koch & McKenna Davis
8 & Under: Ian Connor & Reagan Curtis
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 or through kid mail with the attached  flyer
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.

Volunteers must have completed the VIRTUS training seminar AND have a background check clearance to participate in these volunteer opportunities.

Open House Tour Guide
Nov. 11 and 13
Contact Kristin Matheis,

Silent Auction
Contact Meredith Jors & Kieran Mitchell,
Questions regarding volunteering? Contact Vanessa Milewski ( ) and Elizabeth Moncher ( )
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
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.
Bishop Ireton H.S. Events
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. 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
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: 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:
Upcoming Calendar Events
October/November 2018
Tuesday, Oct. 30 - Make-up Picture Day
Thursday, Nov. 1 - All Saints Day Mass, 8:45am
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
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Open House for Prospective Families, 9-11am
Wednesday, Nov. 14 - 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