St. Louis Catholic School News

November 20, 2019

Principal's Corner

Bullying Resource Page

We now have a "Bullying Resources" page on our school website. It lists the different ways in which students can report bullying issues. The newest way to report issues is through a Google Form linked on this page. The form goes directly to Mrs. Brooks, who will be in touch soon after receiving the report.

Here is the link:

We deeply care about our students and want them to feel supported when bullying issues arise. Please encourage your students to report any issues they have with fellow classmates so we can help.

Mr. Chad Moeller

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Calendar of Events

  • November 21st -- Deb Mack ("Mary") to speak after Mass
  • November 22nd - SLS Spirit Wear Day
  • November 26th - Spelling Bee at 8:10 (grades 4-8) in Old Gym
  • November 27th-29th -- Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2nd -- Kindergarten Open House, 5-7:00 pm
  • December 4th -- All School Mass, 1st grade
  • December 4th -- Music Program for K-2nd grade, 7:00 pm in the A.C.
  • December 9th -- All School Mass, 8th grade (The Immaculate Conception)
  • December 9th -- Band and Choir Concert at 2:00 pm in the A.C.
  • December 10th -- 7th grade field trip
  • December 11th -- Monthly Pizza Hut fundraiser
  • December 13th -- 5th grade Reconciliation at 10:00
  • December 20th -- All School Mass, 7th grade
  • December 20th -- End of 2nd grading period
  • December 20th -- Jr. High Youth Group, 3-5:00 in the Cafe/Old Gym

Athletic Events

Please consult the athletic calendar on our website for a list of current ballgames, practices, etc. This is updated regularly (by Mike Burkhart) with any time or location changes. You may also use this link to view it. Thank you!

Nixle Alerts

Parents, please sign up for St. Louis school closing or emergency alerts system by texting, STLOUIS to 888777. This will be very beneficial to you throughout the school year, especially as we enter the winter weather season.

This is the NIXLE alert system used by several local agencies. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Imel. Thank you!

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Coca-Cola Give

The school received a Wal-Mart bag full of Coke/Sprite caps and codes this past week.... Thank you! It was worth about $30. Please keep saving the codes from brands below. This includes 12 pk , 24 pk cartons and individual caps on bottles. Each cap or box code is worth money. There is now a collection container at the concession stand, so drop your cap in the container when you finish your drink at a home game. If you are with family and friends over the holidays, please ask them to save too! Every little bit helps!

PTO Holiday Social

We will meet at Izzy’s in the Card Room for dinner on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to socialize and have some fun with fellow PTO volunteers and committee members. This is a no-host event as we work hard to keep all of the funds for students/school. Please RSVP to or via text to Jill Weberding at 865-250-5908 by 12/13.


Are you an expert? A novice or just a hobbyist? Please share your talents with SLS students during Enrichment, February 18-26. Presenters are welcome to teach one class or two. Classes are held after school from 3:15 -4 p.m. Our past classes have included auto mechanics, basic sewing, crocheting, dancing cooking, baking and painting. If teaching isn’t your gift please volunteer to help coordinate classes. Grandparents make great presenters! For more information please contact Carla Austin at 812-212-3018 or Jenny Schebler at

Enrichment Co-Chair Needed

Carla Austin and Jenny Schebler are working diligently to coordinate this year’s enrichment classes which will take place in February. Jenny will not have any children at SLS next year, so we are on the hunt for another co-chair. If you are interested in this position, please contact one of the officers for more information.

Jill Weberding- President

Amy Streator - Vice President

Natalie Wanstrath - Secretary

Jane Lieland - Treasurer

Contact -

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Veteran's Celebration

Following Mass last Friday, we made a "tunnel" out of students and staff for our veterans to walk through. The tunnel extended from the ramp at the back of Church all the way to the Activity Center. We greeted our guests with posters, flags, and clapping as we thanked them for their service.
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Musical Notes

ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Registration is open to all SLS students in grades 5-8. Wind, Percussion, and String performances will take place on February 1 at Columbus East High School. Voice and Piano performances will take place on February 8 at North Decatur High School. Solos are $15, ensembles are $7 per participant. Entries must be turned in to Mrs. Pedersen no later than Monday, December 2. ISSMA no longer accepts late registrations. For more information please email

K-2 Christmas Program, Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 PM

Students should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45. We will line up in the cafeteria (enter through the Activity Center, teachers will help escort students to our line up area). Students should be wearing dressy clothes - no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or sweatshirts please.

Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, December 13, 5:00 PM - the SLS school choir will be performing at the Live Nativity at St. Anthony's in Morris. We will be taking part in the opening blessing, and then performing some of our favorite Christmas carols.

Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, 7:00 PM, the Junior High will present their spring musical at Oldenburg Academy High School's auditorium. More details to come in the spring!

Mrs. Christy Pedersen
St. Louis School Music Teacher

Holly Jolly Food Drive 2019

November 3rd - November 25th

St. Louis School is the largest single contributor to the Batesville Food Pantry. Without our help, a lot of families would not have enough to eat during the holidays. Last year, SLS collected over 1,200 items. NJHS has grocery carts throughout the school so drop your groceries in one of the carts and make someone's holly jolly!

Aunt Beas supports SLS Food Drive

Aunt Beas will serve as a drop off site for the SLS Food Drive sponsored by NJHS. Bring in five or more items on the list and receive a FREE greeting card. Bring in ten or more items and receive 10% off your total purchase (exclusions apply). Support our local businesses while they support our school!

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Holly Jolly Food Drive -- Update as of 11/17/19

Preschool: Rice & Pasta 51

Kindergarten: Cake Mix & Frosting 66

1st Grade: Canned Vegetables & Fruit Juice 61

2nd Grade: Cream Soup, Gravy & Broth 76

3rd Grade: Sweet Potatoes, Yams & Brown Sugar 54

4th Grade Stuffing & Boxed Potatoes 46

5th Grade Canned Fruit & Cereal 19

6th Grade Cream soup, Gravy & Broth 77

7th Grade: Pie Filling & Pie Crust 13

8th Grade: Macaroni and Cheese & Side DIshes 52

Total Number of Items Collected = 515

NJHS will be collecting items until Monday, November 25th. We are currently 700 items short of our goal. Your donations are much appreciated. I would like to thank Catherine Streator, Sady Hirt and Claire Saner for volunteering for 2 hours on Wednesday, November 13th and an extra shout out to Maggie Beiser and Lilly Schebler who each put in a full day’s work by volunteering 5 hours each to the Batesville Food Pantry.

Janet Wilson

NJHS Coordinator

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World Kindness Day and Germs


It's that time of year again! When it starts to get cold we talk about germs. In Science class today we discussed germs and what they are. Using "Glitterbug" powder, I pretended to sneeze then went around and shook hands, high-fived and patted shoulders. Those students then wiped their mouths, shook hands with others, high-fived each other, brushed hair out of their faces, etc.

We then used a black light to show where the germs had spread. They saw how one sneeze could spread germs to the whole class! After that we talked about the correct way to wash hands and why it's so important. The Kinders loved it!

World Kindness Day

In honor of World Kindness Day our Kinders enjoyed making "Kindness Clouds". Mrs. Farmer had strips of paper with various "kind" words the students could use to describe another classmate. They then attached the strips to their clouds. As you can see from the picture below, this activity was enjoyed by all!

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Families Helping Families

For more than 25 years, Families Helping Families (FHF) has brought together a community of local churches and organizations at Christmas time, united in one simple mission, to help our friends and neighbors most in need. National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is taking the lead this year in organizing our efforts at SLS.

We are grateful that not only are we dedicated to excellence in academics at SLS, we're also dedicated to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We talk about blessings and gratitude in our classroom. We teach our children to not just understand the Word of God, but how to truly live that Word. We frequently discuss how we are called to serve others and the importance of giving back.

We thought a great representation of our values and the lessons that we are teaching at SLS would be to participate as a school in Families Helping Families. The school’s goal is to purchase a book for every child in the program that will have gifts distributed by St. Louis Catholic Church.

If you would like to contribute to purchasing the books that will be a gift from St. Louis School, please send $2 or $3 with your child (in a marked envelope Families Helping Families Books) to turn in to their homeroom teacher by 12/4.

NJHS will also be conducting REINDEER GAMES as a new fundraiser the week after Thanksgiving to raise additional money to cover the cost of the projected $1,000.00 worth of books. More to come on the REINDEER GAMES in our school newsletter and online.

We greatly appreciate your support for this great cause! For questions, please contact Jill Weberding #865-250-5908 or Janet Wilson at


Families Helping Families Committee


Last week's accomplishment (in honor of Vetern's Day) for STEAM was to make a replica of the American Flag. They worked hard on their designs and implemented them perfectly! They are working on learning the steps to solve their Rubik's Cubes and are well on their way to figuring out how they work.

Mari Mause

St. Louis Catholic School

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Basketball Game Theme Schedule

Our 8th grade girls came up with themes for home games to boost enthusiasm and support. They did a great job coming up with a wide variety of ideas. Come out and show your support!
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5th grade Field Trip

The fifth grade students went to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for a program on biotechnology. They used different ingredients to create two different kinds of plastic. They also performed an experiment to determine how well almonds and soybeans work as fuels.


Beth Emsweller

Grade 5 teacher

St. Louis School

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Powerschool Reports

They're BACK!

The weekly digest email feature from Powerschool stopped functioning last school year. We believe we have finally corrected the issue. Please feel free to go in and set this up via if you haven't already. You can choose a weekly email that sends a summary of grades and attendance, and choose the frequency. There is also a convenient little checkbox to apply to all of your students, and you can add mom or dad in the additional email address section. This is so great and I'm glad we got it back up and running for our families. If you have any questions regarding Powerschool accounts please contact Mrs. Riedeman.

Thank you,

Jessica Imel

Director of Technology

Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Mark your calendars! Our next monthly Pizza Hut fundraiser will be taking place on Wednesday, December 11th from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Enjoy some great tasting pizza while helping out St. Louis at the same time. Thank you for your support!

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Uniform Exchange Dates

Please see below for our schedule of upcoming "uniform exchange" dates. if you need assistance or have any questions, you may email Amy Tonges at, and she will be happy to help you. Thank you!
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St. Louis Cash Raffle

If you haven't had a chance to purchase any of the "Cash Raffle" tickets yet, there are still some available. You may pick these up in the Parish Office or the school office. Thank you!
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Cafeteria News

Anyone that has a negative lunch balance of $10.00 or more will NOT be able to get extras. If you need to know what your student's current balance is, you may check online at, or contact Tammi or Carla in the cafeteria at

Thank you!

Carla Prickel & Tammi Wintz
Cafeteria co-managers

St. Louis School

~~Volunteer Schedule below~~

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Thank you to all who volunteer for Bingo during the school year. Please remember that Weekly Bingo takes place every Thursday. If you are able to fill one of our open positions, or have a conflict with your scheduled shift, please contact Amber McGuire, or 812-934-3204 ext. 222. Thank you!
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St. Louis 5th Grade Boys Basketball November 14

The St. Louis 5th Grade Boys “WHITE” team won 52-6 over Laurel on November 14, 2019.

Griffin Koester led the way with 16 points for the Cardinals. Adam Weber netted 12 points. Augie Hillenbrand and Nash King both scored 10 points a piece. Owen Hermesch and Kaden Maple rounded out the scoring with two points each.

The team is now 2-0 on the season and plays next Wednesday, November 20 at St. Louis.

Submitted by Coach Jeff Hermesch

St. Louis 5th Grade Boys Basketball November 19

The St. Louis 5th Grade Boys “RED” team lost 31-16 against St. Michael on Tuesday, November 19.

Griffin Koester and Nash King led the way with 8 points each for the Cardinals. The team played great pressure defense and shots just didn’t fall for them this game.

The “RED” team falls to 0-3 on the season, but has shown improvement each game.

Submitted by Coach Jeff Hermesch

SLS 6th boys vs Laurel

Last Thursday night the St. Louis Cardinals hosted the Laurel Yellow Jackets. SLS won this game with a score of 47-8. We set a team goal at the start of the game to have every player (10 of them) to score a point during the game. We accomplished this goal as Caleb Mohr had 12pts, Ben Greiwe and Jaiden Kuria both had 8pts each, Jack Freeland, Noah Livers, and Aiden Greiwe all had 4pts each, Vincent Meneses, Sam Richardson, and Ty Reder all had 2pts each, and Brycen Miller with 1pt. These boys played as a team to accomplish this and really focused on this the whole game.

Our next game is Tuesday at St. Michael's.

Erin Trenkamp


SLS 6th boys at St. Michael

Last night the 6th grade boys traveled to St. Michaels. While the score doesn't show a win we definitely won in SO many ways tonight. At the half we were down 14-37! We came back from this the second half and only lost by 6!! The ending score was 41-47, and if we would have had another minute of play this game would have been SLS's win. We chose at the half to not throw in the towel, but instead found GRIT and worked HARD to come back. I have never coached a team that wouldn't have been so down at the half that they could come back like that. Amazing to see and coach!

Scoring for SLS were Caleb Mohr with 18pts, Jaiden Kuria with 11pts, Ben Greiwe with 5pts, Ty Reder with 4pts, and Jack Freeland with 3pts. Vincent Meneses does such a great job with the press and reading the pass defensively he was a vital role. Nice work guys our next game is tonight at SLS against Greendale.

Erin Trenkamp,


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OA classic

The cardinals started the OA classic strong with wins over St. Mary’s 57-21 and St. Nicholas 29-28, but fell just short of winning the title with a championship loss to St. Lawrence 41-45. The 3rd game of the day and 2nd game back to back proved to be a disadvantage to the fast pace style of the Cardinals bringing their record to 4-2. Scoring was spread across the roster led by Connor Miles with a tournament average of 19 ppg, Preston Conway 8 ppg, Hank Ritter, 7 ppg and defense led by Carson Meyer averaging 6 rebounds per game.

The cardinals have two home games this week hosting Milan on Monday and Sunman Dearborn Thursday.

Chad Miles,


SLS 7th Grade Boys Basketball

The 7th grade boys basketball team took on the Milan Indians on Monday, November 18th. The Cardinals came up short by a score of 13-33. The Cardinals were led in scoring by Henry Wanstrath with 6 points, followed by Sam Laloge with 4 points, and Max Amberger with 3 points. Leading the way in rebounds was Ryan Duerstock followed by Amberger and Laloge.

The Cardinals are back in action on Thursday, November 21st when the take on Sunman Dearborn.

Coach Tekulve

St. Louis vs. Milan

The Cardinals fell short in a very physical battle with the Milan Indians 49-39. The Cardinals trailed by 4 going in to the 4th quarter and just couldn’t close the gap. Miles scored 19, Ritter 10, Meyer 5, Lohmueller 3, and Conway 2. The Cardinals face Sunman Dearborn this Thursday.

Chad Miles,


Athletic Forms

Click here for a link to the forms.

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Cookies With Santa at the Y!

We’re getting ready for the holiday season! Santa will be visiting the Y on Thursday, December 5th. Please see details below and graphic attached.

“Cookies with Santa” at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA Thursday, December 5th from 5:00-6:30 pm. Bring your camera to take your child’s picture on Santa’s lap, then enjoy creating a Christmas craft. Free and open to the community.

Please just let us know you are coming by calling to RSVP to the Y Welcome Center at 812-934-6006. Address: 30 State Road 129 South, Batesville, IN 47006.

Thank you,

Kathleen Bohman
Marketing Coordinator at Southeastern Indiana YMCA

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Boar’s Head Festival


A cherished community tradition, the Boar’s Head Festival will be returning to the Sister’s Chapel in Oldenburg at 7 pm on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th, reports Batesville Area Arts Council Publicity Chair Tina Longstreth. A presentation of English traditions coming to life, the Friday and Saturday shows will act as perfect book ends for Oldenburg’s Holidays Under the Spires, to be held all day on Saturday, December 7th. “This community performance is the perfect complement to a lovely holiday event.”

This year, the festival will be presented with a few updates, according to Event Chair, Regina Siefert. “My co-chairs, Amber Cochran, Bill Rethlake and I, felt the BHF needed to be refreshed, so we dug up the original script and did a few rewrites…It didn’t flow as well as we thought it could. We are pleased with the end result and the addition of a dance component. The audience will appreciate the timeless carols sung throughout the Festival, the sing-along at the end, and the explanation of traditions from English Renaissance, some so timeless that they are still common today. And of course, the beautiful period costumes always make a splash.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring the whole family to this freewill offering event. Space is limited and seating is not reserved. The Boar’s Head Festival is great way to put you in the Christmas spirit. Music Director Bill Rethlake adds, “It's fun to be part of something so many people enjoy starting their Christmas season with… Sister's Chapel gives the Boar's Head Festival such a reverent atmosphere - I love it.”

Attendees are also invited to come early on Saturday the 7th to enjoy the many offerings at Holidays Under the Spires. This Christmas extravaganza begins with breakfast with Santa, and features specials throughout all the shops and restaurants in Oldenburg, a craft fair, horse-drawn trolley rides, and Christmas choirs and performances in the Chapel. For more information, visit

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