St. Louis Catholic School Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
A Message from the Principal...
Dear St. Louis Families,

September is in full swing...in fact, it is already halfway through! This was a busy week with the beginning of grades 3-7 online Performance Series adaptive testing. Students will continue with assessments in Reading, Language Arts and Math over the next couple weeks. Our primary grades (Kindergarten, 1 st and 2 nd ) are beginning online assessments in Math and Reading (HMH Inventory Testing) over the next couple weeks as well. The teachers look forward to having the data for instructional planning, and they will be sharing it with you at Parent-Teacher conferences later in the Fall. All classrooms were busy this week with instruction and learning activities, and our 8th graders traveled to Hemlock Adventures in Herndon, VA where they worked on leadership and team building skills. I was so pleased to hear of their efforts together in addition to the memories they created.
 
I look forward to seeing all of you next week on Tuesday or Thursday night (or both), as we welcome you to our first PTO meeting and Back-to-School Night K-5 (Tuesday), and Middle School Back-to-School Night and Preschool Parent Open House (Thursday). Please see the attached flyer that went home in Friday folders. Let us all pray for those people who are dealing with the power of Hurricane Florence, and many blessings as you begin your weekend!

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: Bishoff, Blaha, Blanton, Bodnar, Bodniewicz, Boehm, Bokino, Boras, Boyle, Brantley, Brecht, Brennan, Brideau, Brown and Bryant.
October Lunch Orders Due September 22nd
Please follow this  link   to go directly to the online order form.

REMINDERS

  • 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.
  • You must include your child's FIRST and LAST name in the "Student or Staff Name" field at the top of the order form.
  • Do not use hyphens, spaces, etc. for your child's class in the "Grade/Classroom" field at the top of the order form. All entries should be alphanumeric, i.e. K9, 55, 7105, Staff, etc.
  • Do not use spaces when entering your credit card number.
Summer Readers are Ice Cream Eaters on September 28th
It is almost time for summer readers to claim their sweet treat! The summer readers ice cream party will be on Friday, September 28th during all lunch periods. If you have not yet submitted a reading log to Mrs. Krut, please do so by Monday, September 17th so that the list can be finalized and the correct number of treats can be purchased. Questions? E-mail Mrs. Krut: ekrut@stlouisschool.org
From the Counselors...
Fairfax County public Schools is offering a FREE Wellness and mental health conference on Saturday September 29th from 8am-1:30pm with lots of excellent speakers. There are many great sessions to choose from. Here’s the link if you’d like more information. 
PTO
Babysitting for PTO Meeting, Sept. 18
The 8th Grade Class will be providing babysitting services for the PTO meeting and K-5 Back to School Night on September 18th. This is a fundraiser for their class trip. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Giant A+ School Rewards
TO PARTICIPATE:
  • Visit www.giantfood.com and select SIGN IN at the top right to log into your online account. Once logged in, select MY ACCOUNT, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, then REWARDS & SAVINGS to select your school. 
  • If you do not have an online account, visit www.giantfood.com and click REGISTER. Follow the prompts to create your online account. Once logged in, select MY ACCOUNT, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, then REWARDS & SAVINGS to select your school. 
  • You’ll need your 12-digit Giant Food Card number and the School ID # (02259)

If you need assistance call 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1.
T o sign up, go to www.smile.amazon.com
Click on "select a charity" and then search for St. Louis School in Alexandria, VA.
(There are multiple St. Louis Schools registered, so be sure to select the one in Alexandria, VA) You will use the same account that you use on Amazon.com, but in order for St. Louis to receive donations, you will go to smile.amazon.com when you shop on Amazon.

  • Once you register, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Louis School. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support St Louis School by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.
The Hawks 5K & Fun Run Takes Off on Saturday, Oct, 20th
Come burn some serious calories or just enjoy a more casual walk. All in the fresh air and pleasant company of our fabulous students, faculty and parents. The race and the walk start and end at the school - and proceeds benefit the PTO. Register early for the best rates and to cross it off your to-do list! 

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.  

Hawks Day Arts & Crafts Fair
ATTENTION ALL ARTISANS AND CRAFTERS!!! The Hawks Day Arts and Crafts Fair is looking for you!!! The fair will be from 9am-1pm on Saturday, October 20th! 10ft x 10ft booths are $50 (tables and chairs will NOT be provided). Spaces are limited! Check out the flyer and vendor application in this week's Friday's folder for more details! Questions or ready to submit your application? Please contact us at StLouisHawkVendorFair@gmail.com .
PTO Fall Bake Sale
Hello Parents, Our Back to School Bake Sale was a huge success, THANK YOU!!! We are now planning for our St. Louis PTO FALL BAKE SALE which is on Hawks Day, October 20th. We are in need of volunteers to set up, package, and sell baked goods, or clean up/tear down the sale. Slots are allotted for one hour and we need multiple volunteers in each time slot.
1 Hour of Service = 1 Volunteer Hour
Bake Sale Volunteer Hours: Friday, October 19th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday,October 20th from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Fortes at 703-650-8503 or pastryred@hotmail.com. To sign up, see the links below in the Volunteer Opportunities. We look forward to your support and making the BAKE SALE a GREAT SUCCESS!!!
Thank You, Carolyn Fortes 
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

Library Volunteers
Contact Jennifer Stackpole
NON-VIRTUS

PTO Meeting, Sept. 18
attendance = 1 hour

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

Hawks Community Day, Oct. 20
Contact Grace Cross

Fall Bake Sale, Oct. 20
Volunteers, click here
Bakers, click 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
St. Louis School Chorus Signups
This year, the St. Louis Chorus program will offer one after-school choir for 5th - 8th graders on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:15pm called the Joyful Noise ! All students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to participate. Permission slips should be returned by Friday, September 21st to Ms. Noone, who can be contacted at snoone@stlouisschool.org with any questions. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th. Have your child join chorus and make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!  
Girls on the Run & Heart and Sole
Girls on the Run (grades 4-5) and Heart and Sole (grades 6-8) are back this fall!!! The season begins the week of September 24th and ends in early December. The fall will be the only season for this school year. The 10-week curriculum teaches girls to be strong, confident and healthy. GOTR practices will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and Heart and Sole will be Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. You may register online at www.gotrnova.org . The fee is $175, but there are lots of opportunities for financial assistance if you need it. Any questions regarding that or anything else, please contact Mrs. Cotnoir at jcotnoir@stlouisschool.org .
Parish & Community
Knights of Columbus Youth Soccer Challenge
The Knights of Columbus Council 5998 is sponsoring its annual Soccer Penalty Kick Challenge through Sept/Oct at Good Shepherd and St. Louis School fields. The competition is open to girls and boys ages 9-14 who will compete in their respective age divisions. Parents are required to sign the attached consent form and provide proof of age for competitors. The challenge will take place at St. Louis September 24-29.
Bishop Ireton Cheer Clinic
Bishop Ireton Cheer Clinic - Calling all 1st-8th grade girls! Come spend the day with the three-time CCA National Grand Champion Bishop Ireton Varsity Cheerleaders at their annual Cheer Clinic! The Cheer Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 13th and is sure to be lots of fun. You will learn cheers and dances and get to perform at the halftime show during the varsity football game. To register, please go to  www.bishopireton.org/cheerclinic  or mail in the attached form . Feel free to send questions to  bicheerclinic@hotmail.com . Go Cardinals!
Bishop O'Connell H.S. Events
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.

Youth Football Day -  September 22, at 1:00 pm. Students K-8 who register in advance will receive free admission to the game, a drawstring bag and an O'Connell water bottle.  Click here to register.
St. John Paul the Great H.S. Events
Saturday - September 29th 9:00am - noon - Super Science Saturday.  This is a great chance for middle school science fans to work high school level labs in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Science ... they'll be able to meet our phenomenal science teachers, National Science Honors Society students and have a great time with other science fanatics! The cost is $30 (to cover supplies) and space is limited. The registration form is attached. Registration closes on Wednesday, September 26. NO REGISTRATIONS will be taken at the door.
 
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
September 2018
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - PTO Meeting & K-5 Back-to-School Night, 7pm
Thursday, Sept. 20 - Middle School Back-to-School Night, 6:30pm
Friday, Sept. 21 - 11:30 Dismissal (PM EDC open)
Tuesday, Sept. 25 - PTO Room Parent Meeting, 6:30pm
Thursday, Sept. 27 - Annual Fund Benefactors Reception, 7:30-9pm