Weekly Bulletin - February 16, 2023

Dear Families,

Lent is so important to Christians as a time for us to model Jesus' 40 days in the desert with our own 40 days of preparing our hearts for the joy and promise of Easter. If Jesus can fast for 40 days, Noah can be in the Ark for 40 days, and Moses can go up on Sinai receiving the 10 Commandments for 40 days, it's not too much to ask for us to spend 40 days focusing intently on turning away from sin and being faithful to the Gospel message. Just be thankful that the Lenten season is counted in days instead of years. After all, the practice could have been that we needed to model the Israelites, who wandered around the desert for 40 YEARS! 


At St. Louise School, the students, teachers, and staff spend 40 days engaging in the traditional Lenten practices of fasting & abstinence, good deeds & almsgiving, and prayer & reflection. Our parish also has many liturgies and activities taking place during the Lenten seasons. Please see the schedule of St. Louise Parish and School Lenten events at the end of this bulletin for all the ways you and your children can make the upcoming 40 days a meaningful period of growth in our faith.


The school community begins Lent on Ash Wednesday by foregoing our usual hearty lunches and partaking in a simple lunch consisting of rice and beans and a 1/2 pint of milk. Then, the money which each student and staff member would have normally spent on creating or purchasing a hearty lunch is donated to New Bethlehem Programs. We are suggesting that each student bring $5 cash which we will donate to the New Bethlehem Programs. ($5 is a guesstimate of how much would have been spent on their usual more filling lunch. Your child can always donate more.) New Bethlehem Programs serve families with K-12 children who are experiencing homelessness and will be the recipient of our school community's almsgiving this year. Your kids will hear more from New Bethlehem in the coming weeks. 

After lunch, the school attends a prayer service where everyone receives ashes on their foreheads as symbols of penance and as reminders of Jesus's suffering and our own mortality. Please join us on Ash Wednesday at 1:45 PM; you may join your children outside their classrooms at 1:30.

On the schedule of events below, you'll note the many Stations of the Cross services in the church throughout Lent. Perhaps you can make it a memorable time to attend as a family, teaching your children about and reflecting on the Passion of Christ, and then going out for a special family dinner after. 

School liturgies taking place in Lent besides our Ash Wednesday service include:

  • Grade 5-6 Students' Confessions on March 15, 10:30AM,
  • Grade 7-8 Students' Confessions on March 22, 10:30AM,
  • Standing for Haiti Mass on March 23, 9:00AM,
  • Stations of the Cross School Prayer Service on March 29 for PK-3 (11AM) and 5-8 (2PM),
  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service on April 6, 9:00AM,
  • Stations of the Cross on April 7 - with each homeroom scheduled for a particular time in the morning to walk the outdoor stations; teachers will let you know the specific timeframes so parents can join the walk.

Finally, you will find some Lenten family ideas here. Take advantage of this season's opportunity to draw your family closer to God.


Please see additional information below and in your red envelope about Lent and Ash Wednesday.

Have a Blessed 4-day Presidents’ Day Weekend,

Mr. Fuerte



School Musical Rehearsals


3 PM - 5 PM

5th & 6th Grade Winter Concert


6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

No School: Presidents Day Weekend


Before & After Kids' Club Closed


No School: Presidents Day Weekend


Before & After Kids' Club Closed


Fun Dress Day: Mardi Gras


Students may wear Green, Purple, or Gold colored clothing. Students may wear hats and beads. Other Free Dress Rules apply.

Lent Begins


Fasting/Almsgiving: Rice & Beans Lunch


Please remember to bring in a donation for New Bethlehem Programs to receive a rice, beans and milk lunch.

Ash Wednesday Prayer Service


1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

School Musical Rehersal


3 PM - 5 PM

Reported COVID Cases

St. Louise Parish School had 0 reported COVID cases this week.


Looking for a fun and easy way to fulfill all your volunteer hours while giving back to our school community? Look no further! The St. Louise Parents’ Club is seeking a President-Elect for the 2023 - 2024 school year! 

President - Elect Responsibilities:

  • Represent the Parents Club on the STL School Commission
  • Plan Parent Education Events
  • Shadow and support the Board President in order to take over the position the following year.
  • Take meeting notes at our Parent Club Meetings. We only meet once a month for 90 minutes.
  • Fulfill all your volunteer hours just by serving on the board!
  • Complete your 3rd year commitment by mentoring the following President or serving in any other open position on the board. 

Please reach out to Sara Jordan, syjordan03@gmail.com for more information. 

"Joining the Parents Club was a wonderful way to connect with other amazing parents while finding a meaningful way to support our school.” - President, Marta Masferrer 2022 - 2023


Thank you to those of you who have returned your re-enrollment paperwork and paid your annual registration fee. If you have yet to re-enroll for the 2023-24 school year, please do so ASAP by completing the following steps: 

  • Parent Contract – emailed to you from DocuSign
  • Skyward Information Verification – Log in to your Skyward account and click on the “Go to Enrollment for 2023-2024” link .
  • Registration Fee which can be paid here.


It is not too late to place your order, they can be shipped to your home or picked up in the school office. Thank you for your support.

Designed by our very own art teacher, Mika Walker, these limited edition glassybabys make excellent gifts. "Looking Up", celebrates our 2023 Auction theme and "Charger Welcome" commemorates our recently expanded Pre-K Program.

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5th & 6th Grade Winter Concert


6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Book Fair



We need many volunteers to make this a successful event. For more information on the Fair or to volunteer to help, please click here.

Boots & Beauties

Father & Daughter Dance


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Save the date for this upcoming father & daughter dance. All St. Louise girls with a dad, grandfather, uncle or other special male guest are invited to attend.

Questions? Contact Silvia Macias at maciassilvia@hotmail.com


Taco Lunch Fundraiser


The proceeds will go towards our Standing with Haiti project. 

Charger Cards

Charger Cards Regular Window Hours

  • Charger Card window from 8:30am to 9:30am every Monday and Friday 
  • After the 9am mass on Sunday, 2/26/2023.

Purchase via RaiseRight App anytime online. Ready to use in less than 5 minutes!

App for online purchases

  • Download and use the RaiseRight app 24/7 on your phone to make e-card purchases and physical cards that can be sent directly to your home. Note: Online purchase fee is only $0.29 when you use your Bank info. 
  • To enroll see here.   
  • Enrollment Code: 24B7587912L17

*Note: If you need Charger Cards outside of the above time window, please contact Ashley, Kami and Marta at chargercards@stlouiseschool.org.

*Rebate amount required for 2022-23 school year is $125. Note: We take check, cash or credit cards (4% fee for all credit card orders)

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Vision and Hearing Screening


Vision and Hearing screening will be conducted by Jane and parent volunteers on students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7.

If you are looking for volunteer hours please contact Jane at, janer@stlouiseschool.org


Social Chair

The Parents’ Club is seeking a volunteer to help coordinate a couple of social events throughout the school year such as student dances and family outings for the 2023-2024 school year. Please reach out to Sara Jordan, syjordan03@gmail.com for more information.

St. Nicholas Chair

The Parents’ Club is seeking a volunteer to plan a St. Nicholas Celebration in December during the following school year (2023-2024). This event can be as small or as big as your heart desires! A group of volunteers will help make your vision a reality. Please reach out to Sara Jordan, syjordan03@gmail.com for more information.

Walk-A-Thon Chair

The Parents’ Club is seeking a volunteer to shadow our Walk-a-Thon Chair during the 2023-2024 school year, to take over for the 2024-2025 school year!

Come be a part of planning this amazing event and learn the ropes from James. He’s been leading this event for YEARS and has it down to a science. If you enjoy seeing the school community come together and bringing a bright, cheery smile to our student’s faces - please reach out to learn more. Please send inquiries to James Britt, jbritt79@hotmail.com and Sara Jordan, syjordan03@gmail.com.

Playground Supervisor

Looking for volunteers that can help supervise our main lunch recesses from 11:50 am – 1:00 pm. It’s a fun way to watch your child play with their classmates and attending to the needs of all the kids. Current needs are for Tuesdays and Thursdays, either weekly or every other week. No experience necessary. Parents with younger children can bring them along. For more information, contact Ann Marie Sweeney, annmaries@stlouiseschool.org.

Carpool Director

MONDAYS: 1:50 PM - 2:20 PM 



Please contact Vice Principal, Joellyn Jaster, joellynj@stlouiseschool.org if you can help during carpool for one or more days.

Track Coach & Coordinator


The St. Louise Athletic Board is looking for volunteers to serve as track coaches and a Track Coordinator so that we can field a team this Spring. If you are interested and would like more information, please e-mail, jcfawcett@aol.com.


In addition to fasting from food, there are other ways to fast that can help us renew our faith in Jesus, like time on our screens and social media. The point is to use whatever we give up as an opportunity to offer it to Jesus and grow closer to him.

What's that dirt on your head? Why can't you eat pepperoni pizza on Fridays? Click here for six common questions Catholics hear during Lent and some answers to have ready.



6 - 8 GRADE

6:30 PM - 8 PM

It's never too late to join.

Lenten Small Group Bible Study



6:30 PM - 8 PM

Fr. Nehnevaj is leading a small group Lenten Bible Study on the Thursdays during Lent. There will be small groups for middle school, high school, and adults. A group for everyone in the family to join. Contact Fr. Nehnevaj for more information, fr.n@stlouise.org.

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A Message from Father Gary

Dear Friends at St. Louise, 

Can you believe it, this week is Ash Wednesday?! Ready or not, get ready for the joyful season of Lent. Joyful, you say? Since when has Lent been joyful? Ever since the Church has set these 40 days as the time to prepare for the center of the liturgical year, those most joyful days of the Holy Easter Triduum. 

Think for a moment, that Christian joy is different than the joy that this world offers. The joy of this world, as great as it is, not going to last. Just one mundane example – when your favorite team wins the World Cup, the World Series, the Superbowl, the Stanley Cup or whatever sporting event it might be, sure, you will feel incredible joy! But what about the next season? Will your team even qualify? How will you feel then? Some real sports fanatics become depressed and so grumpy their family members don’t want to be around them. 

Christian joy is about knowing that with God, everything in life has a purpose and has meaning, including our suffering. We find that purpose and meaning in Jesus, God who took on our humanity so that we could share in his divinity. He didn’t take on our humanity only part way – he suffered, died and rose again so that we could find that our path of suffering, when united to his, will lead us to everlasting life. I can’t overstate how much Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, his ascension into heaven and sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, that which we call the Paschal Mystery, changed the course of human history. The age-old curse of sin and death having the final say was destroyed! Yes, we still live with sin and death in this world, but we know the end of the story. We know that Jesus, the way, the truth and the life, will lead us to where there will be no more tears, no more suffering, where death will be no more. 

Catholics fully embrace the joys of this world, having fun, eating, drinking, maybe even occasionally over-indulging, especially in the Christmas and Easter seasons. But we are just as happy to fast, pray, and give alms to the poor with a generous portion of what God has given us. We do all things in moderation in this sense, and with a spirit of detachment. As St. Ignatius would say, “It matters not if I am rich or if I am poor, if I have good health or poor health, if I have a long life or a short life.” Why? Because Christ himself was poor, he suffered greatly physically and he lived a short life. Lent is the time that we “give up” some of our normal pleasures and joys so that we never, ever lose sight of our one lasting joy, Christ himself. 

Have a joyful season of Lent!

Fr. Gary Zender

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"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth."

– 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

6th graders made fortune cookies as a reward and cleaned up in conjunction with the ancient China unit.

On Valentine's Day, students enjoyed decorating hearts, handing out valentines, and other fun interactive activities.

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