St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
OCTOBER 5, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,
 
On Thursday and Friday this week, I have been on retreat with all the principals and superintendent of the diocese, and I was blessed to have Fr. Jack Peterson as our rector and Bishop Burbidge as Mass celebrant on Friday. Know that the students, staff and families have been in my prayers in a very special way!
 
Next week brings Fall in full swing! We officially move to winter uniforms, and K-8 picture day is on the 11th (students do not have to be in uniform that day, but they need to follow comfy clothes guidelines). We have student council elections on Oct. 12th, giving our older students the opportunity to serve their peers and learn new leadership skills. As we look ahead, our St. Louis 2018 graduates return on Monday, October 15th for Confirmation, with Mass beginning at 7pm. Please keep them in your prayers as their sacramental day approaches.
 
I hope everyone is signing up for the Hawks 5K, followed by Hawks Day! It will be here before we know it (Oct. 20 th ). I am so grateful to our wonderful PTO volunteers who make this day possible. How blessed we are to have so much going on in this vibrant, faith-filled community!
 
Many blessings,
 
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: Cope, Corbett, Costello, Cotnoir, Crabtree, Crenshaw, Crooker, Cross, Crutchfield and Cruz.
Winter Uniform Begins Tuesday, Oct. 9th
Students should begin wearing the winter uniform beginning October 9th. Please refer to the uniform guidelines to insure your child is in the proper uniform on Tuesday.
Picture Day - Thursday, Oct. 11th
Picture day is an optional out-of-uniform day for students. Please refer to the Comfy Clothes Guidelines in the Parent/Student Handbook .
"Getting Ready for High School" Coffee with the Principal
Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:15am
Looking for answers to questions on the high school process? Mrs. McNutt will be holding a session on "Getting Ready for High School" on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8:15am in the cafeteria. She will discuss the following topics:
  • Private schools/public schools?
  • Timetable during the 8th Grade year
  • HSPT - what is it?
  • What is the responsibility of the parent?
  • What is the responsibility of St. Louis?
  • Will my child be ready?
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
Student Council Timeline - Grades 4-8
Student Council Officer forms are due this week with poster approval and hanging throughout the week!
 
  • Tues., Oct. 9 - Student Council Officer written speeches are due to Ms. Boak (for Mrs. McNutt’s review and approval)
  • Fri., Oct. 12 – Student Council Officer Speeches and Election immediately following 8:45am Mass in McClunn Hall
  • Fri., Oct. 12 – Class Representative Elections in classrooms, grades 4 - 8
 
Officers will be announced by the end of the school day on Oct. 12 th !
Lunch Orders
Please know that our hot lunch food and supplies are ordered ahead of time according to the number of orders that we receive. We cannot provide refunds for sick days. We will, however, provide a refund for any inclement weather days. Mrs. Thomas is grateful to everyone for their diligence with online ordering.
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 .
PTO
Silent Auction Tickets Selling Fast!

The Saint Louis Catholic School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is hosting its annual fundraising event, an auction, on February 23, 2019 at the school. The theme this year is “A Night on Broadway!” Tickets are selling fast. To purchase tickets, make a donation or learn more about the event, go to https://tinyurl.com/2019auction
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
Register Now for the Hawks 5K & Fun Run
Hawks Day is just around the corner. Register today for the best rates - a family of 4 can save up to $40! All runners and walkers receive a FREE Hawks 5K shirt and all finishers are awarded medals.  

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: 
Or, print a registration form and send it in with a check.
Forms are also available in the school office.

Play, Bounce, Shop, Dance and Dine at the Hawks Day Celebration!  
After the run, join the Celebration from 9am-1pm. Including...
  • Bounce houses
  • Kids' crafts & games 
  • Arts & Crafts Fair
  • DJ Bob Artman
  • Bake Sale 
  • Golf games hosted by Fairfax County Parks
  • Flu clinic 
  • 1st responder demonstrations
  • Food and a beer tent
Admission required for non-runners and walkers.
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 and to bake. 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
Bakers, 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
Baroody Camps - Chess Club and Robotics Club
St. Louis School is excited to partner with Baroody Camps for some new after-school opportunities for our elementary students. Baroody Camps is a state licensed program in Northern Virginia, providing enrichment classes at schools throughout the area. This is a new venture for us, so we are looking forward to seeing the response from our families. If the response is good, we may add more! We are offering one program to all elementary students, and we are offering one program for only students signed up for EDC on Mondays (as an extra option for those families).

Chess Club – Open to ALL students in grades K-6
  • 9-week Fall session on Wednesdays from Oct. 17-Dec. 19, 3:30-4:30pm
  • $150 Online registration: bc-alx-stlouis.jumbula.com (choose the “For All” tab). See flyer for more information.

Robotics Club – Open to students in grades K-6 who are signed up for EDC on Mondays (families must make sure that their child is signed up on the EDC system for the Mondays that they are participating in the Robotics Club)
  • 8-week Fall session from Oct. 15-Dec. 17, 3:00-4:00pm, $185
  • Online registration: bc-alx-stlouis.jumbula.com (choose the “EDC” tab) See flyer for more information.
CYO Cross Country Sign-ups Still Open!
The St. Louis cross country team is still accepting new members. We are practicing on Fridays and Sundays at Ft. Hunt Park, Area E, from 4:30-6pm. No distance running experience is needed. We have great coaches and time to get all our athletes ready to race. You can sign up on Sports Pilot. If you have any questions, you can contact Brian Nienaber ( bnienaber31@gmail.com ) or Chris Richey ( cwr20878@yahoo.com) .
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
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 13 – BISHOP IRETON CHEER CLINIC:  Spend an unforgettable day learning cheerleading and performing with the 2016-2018 CCA National Grand Champion Bishop Ireton Cheerleading Team! On October 13, open to 1st-8th grade girls, no experience necessary. Participants will join the varsity cheerleading team and perform at half-time of the football game.   Click here for details.    
 
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. 
"Angst" Screening at B.I.
Bishop Ireton High School will host a free screening of the acclaimed documentary, "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" , a film created to open up the conversation about anxiety and provide tools, resources and hope. Following the film we will have a Q/A discussion with Dr. Johanna Kaplan, Director and Clinical Psychologist at the Washington Anxiety Center of Capitol Hill.
 
Open to members of the community. The showing is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Please RSVP  here 
 
When: Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bishop Ireton High School Auditorium
      201 Cambridge Road
      Alexandria, VA 22314
Bishop O'Connell H.S. Open House
Open House at O'Connell -  October 14, 1:00-4:00. Presentation begins at 1:00. Families are invited to see a presentation, meet our faculty and coaches, and tour through our building.  Click here for more information .
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
Monday, Oct. 8 - No School, Columbus Day
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Winter Uniform Begins
Thursday, Oct. 11 - "Getting Ready for High School" Coffee with the Principal, 8:15am
Thursday, Oct. 11 - K-8 Picture Day
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