St. Louis Catholic School News

December 5, 2018

Principal's Corner


Please see the "ILEARN Assessment Information for Families" below.


I read the following to students during announcements:

"As you know, all of us at SLS are working on personal goals, including me. I created my goals just like you did. I looked at myself and picked some things that I wanted to get better at. Was it difficult? Not really.

But, what if we did this a little differently? What if other people got to tell me and you what we need to work on. That can be a little tougher. Having others tell us what we do wrong or what we need to work on can be hard to hear.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I want you to do something for me right now. I want you to pretend that you asked people for their honest opinion about you. So do that right now. Pretend that you asked people for their honest opinion about you. I’ll wait a few seconds for you to think about it.

What did they say about you?

Did they say you welcome new students to SLS or that you make new students feel bad?

Did they say you are generous to others or that you are selfish?

Did they say you do the best you can at everything, or that you waste the gifts God gave you?

Did they say you spread rumors or that you support your friends?

Did they say you bully others or stand up for the victim?

What would people say about you? Are you happy with the answers?

Students, I did this exercise. I imagined what people would say about me and I was not happy with the answers. I am making changes in myself to get the answers I want. I challenge you to do the same. And you can start right now. Be kinder today. Help someone in need. Smile at someone who is having a bad day.

You are all good kids. But we can all do better, including me.

Someone you all know asked this question.

Jesus asked his disciples, 'Who do people say that I am?'

Peter said, 'You are the Christ.'

No matter how hard we try, when we ask people to describe us, you and I will never hear, “You are the Christ”. But wouldn’t it be nice to hear, 'You are the face of Christ'?"

During Advent all of us at SLS are working to be better. Please ask you child what he or she is working on.

Mr. Chad Moeller

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Calendar of Events

  • December 5th - K-2nd grade Music Program in A.C., 7:00 pm
  • December 6th - 5th/6th Bball vs St. Michael, 6:00 pm
  • December 7th - All School Mass, 7th grade
  • December 7th - Choir performs at St. Anthony (Morris) Live Nativity, 5:15-5:45 pm
  • December 7th - 6th gr Bball @ St. Bartholomew, 7:15 pm
  • December 8th - 6th gr Bball @ St. Bartholomew, 9:00 am
  • December 10th - Band and Choir Concert, AC at 2:00 pm
  • December 10th - 7th/8th Bball vs St. Lawrence, 6:00 pm
  • December 11th - 7th grade field trip to IRT
  • December 12th - All School Mass, 8th grade (Our Lady of Guadalupe)
  • December 12th - 5th/6th Bball vs Greendale MS @ 6:00 pm
  • December 12th - Pizza Hut fundraiser all day
  • December 13th - 7th/8th Bball vs South Ripley, 6:00 pm
  • December 14th - 7th gr (only) Bball @ St. Bartholomew, 6:00 pm
  • December 15th - 7th gr (only) Bball @ St. Bartholomew, 9:00 am

OA Tutoring

There will be NO after-school tutoring at OA on Monday, December 10th. Their students will be dismissing at 2pm that day for staff development. Thank you!

PTO News

Schwan’s Orders

Do you or any friends or family order from Schwan's? From Monday, November 12th to December 27th, the PTO will receive 20% from food orders and 40% from e-gift card purchases from Schwan's. These orders MUST include our campaign number - 42324! You can order online, by phone or use the webpage. This is a great way to save time on your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. The items are delivered right to your doorstep.

Last year SLS raised $500 from this campaign!

Mark Your Calendar!

Wednesday, December 12 @ 6:30 will be the next PTO meeting. We will meet at Izzy's at Hillcrest to add a more social atmosphere this month. Have dinner (no-host) or just come for the fun. RSVP by 12/7 to Jill Weberding at 865-250-5908 or All are welcome!

Band & Dance
January 19th, 2019 @ St. Louis Catholic School
Tickets go on sale on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1st!!
$25 couple/$15 individual
Tickets will not be held without payment. Get yours early before they're sold out!

Contact Jill Weberding for tickets: 865-250-5908 or

7th grade Academic Team

SLS 7th Grade Wins Multi-State Academic Competition

The St. Louis School seventh grade recently participated in the Corn Belt Thinking Cap Competition. This is a digital academic competition where students work as a team answering general knowledge questions against other schools in the following states: Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. Our St. Louis team took 1st place!

Congratulations to Kate Weber, Marco Canessa, Sady Hirt, Madison Wanstrath, Sadie Wachsman, Lilly Schebler, Megan Batta, Rhea Miller, Claire Saner, and coaches Diane Jones and Koehler Flaspohler. These students demonstrated exceptional teamwork answering the questions. We are very proud of them.

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SLS Archery team

News From the St. Louis Achery team

Our first meet was at the Lourds Season Opener on Nov. 17th. Our team finished 5th out of 6 teams. Our overall score was 2329. We had 4 boys finish in the top 30 Middle school boys. Out of a total of 66 Middle School boys, Ben Fulton finished 11th, John Schrank finished 12th, Calvin Grote finished 22nd, and Nathan Reder finished 29th. We also had one of our girls, Abbey Wuestefeld, placing in the top 30.

Our second tournament was Dec. 1st, where we finished 8th out of 8 teams. This was at the 4th annual Cougar Invitational, with our overall score of 2319. Cael Rahe and Megan Batta both finished in the top 30, out of 90 middle schoolers. Great job SLS students!

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Reading time in Mrs. B's classroom takes many forms!

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8th Grade Econ Entrepreneurs

It is that time of year where the 8th graders are becoming entrepreneurs. This year they won't be allowed to sell food of any kind which made them have to think outside the box. Food was an easy seller because who doesn't like to eat? So, please help feed the cause and remember that these kids are trying to learn to run this business and be successful. They will have several things to buy or do Wed mornings from 7:30-7:50. Ideas range from photo booths, grab bag, paper puppets, bouncy balls, slime, thinking putty, a spa, and letters to Santa. There aren't any that cost over $5.

All the money they make from this will be used to pay themselves back for the cost of what they bought to run their business, and the profit is used towards a charity of their choice. We recently voted on this, and it was decided that the money would go to the Ripley Co. Humane Society. If you have issues or concerns please contact me first as I am certain we can get your questions answered. Thanks for helping our 8th graders be successful and have a great experience all in one!

Miss Trenkamp

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Nurses News

REMINDER: Outdoor Recess Dress Code

Knowing that outdoor activity is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, we will go outside for recess every day that we can. But living in Indiana requires adaptability to frequent weather changes. Please watch/listen to local weather reports to help your child dress according to our guidelines below. Clothing Guidelines for Recess

*60 – 69 degrees - Jacket or long sleeves recommended

*40 – 59 degrees - Coat recommended

*30 – 39 degrees - Coat required.

*29 degrees & below - Coat required with hat & gloves recommended.

*19 degrees & below - No outdoor recess.

Students with no coat will either be provided one or stay inside. *These temperatures represent the wind chill factor. For example, it may actually be 40 degrees, but because of the wind, it feels like 28. Please use the wind chill “feels like” when referring to the chart above.

Walking to Church - These guidelines apply to walking to church as well.

Lydia Gardner, RN

School Nurse

St. Louis Catholic School

812-934-3310 Ext.283

Prescription Take Back

There is a Prescription Take Back at OA on December 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm. They will accept any old prescription medicine.

Musical Notes

Upcoming Choir Performances

Sunday, December 2, 6:30 PM St. Louis 150th Anniversary Concert

Friday, December 7, 5:15-5:45 Live Nativity, St. Anthony Parish in Morris, IN

Monday, December 10, 2:00 PM SLS Activity Center, Band and Choir Concert

Any student interested in participating in the BAAC AIE Music Competition (formerly RAA) should sign up through the link in Google Classroom. Monday, January 14 will be the vocal competitions and all instrumental competition (including piano) will be Tuesday, January 15. Parents or students with questions should contact Mrs. Pedersen.

Mrs. Christy Pedersen
St. Louis School Music Teacher

Library News

I am in the process of preparing slips for all over-due library books. I hope to have these ready to distribute on Friday this week. Please remind your students to turn in any out-standing books they currently have.

Thank you!
Kim Schrank, SLS Librarian

Uniform Exchange Dates

Please see below for the current schedule of "uniform exchange" dates.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, you may email Amy Tonges at, and she will be happy to help you. Thank you!

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Pizza Hut Fundraiser

Mark your calendar! Our next monthly Pizza Hut fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, December 12th, 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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2018-2019 Yearbook Orders

We will once again be taking "pre-orders" for SLS yearbooks after we return from Christmas break. We will be passing out the order forms to all students in early January, and will need to have them returned by the end of the month. More information to follow!

Lost and Found

We are accumulating lots of unclaimed items on our "lost and found" table. If you are missing any items, please take a look at the table outside of cafeteria doors. Items that are left unclaimed will eventually be donated. Thank you!
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Giving tree

The SLS Faculty Giving Tree will be offered again this year for those interested in honoring our teachers and staff during the Christmas Season! The Tree will be ready for visitors on Monday, December 3, 2018. Here is how it works:

OPTION 1 (The Tags)

The PTO asks each teacher to list some personal and school items that they would like to receive. Teachers fill out a wish list. Tags are made and displayed on a "tree" bulletin board outside the Kindergarten rooms for parents to select and purchase the item. The tags will stay up until Tuesday, December 18.

OPTION 2 (You want to buy for many teachers)

This option is popular for those families that wish to honor several teachers. Using the attached form, select the teachers you would like to honor, and send it back to the office with any amount. This amount will be divided among the teachers that you select. Please make checks payable to "Batesville Chamber of Commerce", as the teachers will receive Batesville Bucks. Place the form and your check in an envelope marked “Giving Tree” and send to the school office by Friday, December 14th, 2018.

Of course, this program is optional, but it's a great way to maximize your gift giving dollars. The teachers get exactly what they want and you save time!! It's a win win! Thanks for participating in this year's giving tree!

Any questions, please call Amy Tonges at 812-212-6702.

The SLS Giving Tree Committee

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~~Volunteer Schedule below~~

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Bingo Weekly Workers

Bingo is in need of SEVERAL subs this week (11/29) and next (12/6). Please contact Amber McGuire at if you can help! Also, open positions are noted as *_______. If you have been thinking of becoming a regular volunteer, we would love to have you fill one of these roles!
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7/8 boys basketball make up game

The game that was postponed on 11/15/18 @ Sunman - Dearborn has been rescheduled for :

THURSDAY 12/20 AT 5:30 --------- BUS LEAVES AT 4:30

The athletic calendar has been updated and the 7th and 8th grade practice scheduled that day have been cancelled.

Thank you,

Mike Burkhart

SLS Athletic Director

St. Louis 5th grade boys basketball

The 5th grade St. Louis boys Basketball team played a rematch against Laurel Thursday night. St. Louis went out to an early lead and ended the first quarter ahead 14-4. The Cardinals were able to hold the lead and end the half ahead 22-4. The third quarter ended 28-8 Cardinals and St. Louis was able to bring home a win, with a final score of 35-10.

Jaiden Kuria lead the Cards with 14 points, Ben Greiwe had 8, Jack Freeland and Caleb Mohr had 6 points each and Tyler Reder had 1 point.

St. Louis 6th Grade Boy's BB vs. Laurel on 11/29/18

The 6th grade Cardinals took on the Yellow Jackets on Thursday November, 29th in Laurel and fought through a very physical game to come away with a 36 - 32 victory! With the Cardinals up by 2 points and 15 seconds left Sam Laloge made a pair of free throws to lock up the victory. St. Louis scored the most points they have all season and placed 7 players in the scoring column led by Ben Miller with 14 points which included a 3 pointer. Henry Wanstrath played another great all-around game with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 assists. Sam Laloge had 4 points as did Christian Mack. Max Amberger, Zavier Tekulve, and Santiago Schutte all scored 2 points for the Cardinals. Sully Hill and Adam Meer each had 2 rebounds while Mark Meneses had 1 rebound.

The boys did a much better job of spacing and getting open on offense. Next up for the Cardinals is the St. Louis Tournament on Saturday, December 1st.

Coach Tekulve

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St Louis 5th grade boys Tournament on 12/1/18

The 5th Grade boys basketball team won the St. Louis Tournament Saturday!

The Cardnals played St, Michaels in the first game and won with a final score of 31-24. Jaiden Kuria scored 20 points, Caleb Mohr had 9 and Ben Greiwe had 2 points.

St. Louis played played Milan in the championship game and won with a final score of 28-21. Jaiden Kuria scored 16 points, Caleb Mohr had 6, Jack Freeland had 4 and Ben Greiwe had 2 points. Way to go boys!

Tim Reder, Coach

St. Louis 5th grade Championship photo

Front row left to right: Brady Wonnell, Aiden Greiwe, Caleb Mohr, Leo Canessa, Vincent Meneses.

Rear left to right: Tyler Reder, Jaiden Kuria, Ben Greiwe, Jack Freeland, Sam Richardson

Thanks, Tim Reder

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6th Grade St. Louis Boy's Results from SLS Tournament on 12/1/18

The 6th Grade St. Louis Cardinals hosted a 4 school tournament on Saturday, December 1st and finished in third place. In their first game they took on St. Michael and ended up losing by a score of 26-6. The Cardinals played great defense in the first half as the score was 7-2. Ben Miller and Sam Laloge ended up with 4 points and 2 points respectively. Laloge led the way with 5 rebounds followed by Ryan Duerstock (3), Santiago Schutte (2), Adam Meer (2), and Max Amberger (2).

In the Cardinals second game against St. Nicholas they came away with a 22-20 win to avenge the loss to St. Nicholas earlier in the year! St. Louis had 7 of their 10 players in the scoring column led by Ben Miller with 8 points who also hit the go ahead basket near the end of the game. Scoring for the Cardinals were Adam Meer with 4 points and Sam Laloge, Ryan Duerstock, Henry Wanstrath, Sully Hill, and Max Amberger each with 2 points. Laloge and Amberger each had 5 rebounds followed by Meer (3), Duerstock (2), Marc Meneses (1), and Zavier Tekulve (1). The Cardinals had Amberger, Wanstrath, Miller, and Tekulve all record an assist. The boys have now won 3 out of their last 4 games. The Cardinals are back in action on Monday, December 3rd when they will host St. Nicholas at 6:00pm.

Coach Ryan Tekulve

St Louis 8th Grade Boys Basketball

The St Louis Cardinals 8th grade basketball team suffered their first loss of the season tonight as they were defeated by the Franklin Wildcats on the road by a score of 47-31. The Cardinals are now 11-1 on the season and have a short break until their next game which is Monday, December 10th at home against St. Lawrence.

Ryan Schebler, Coach

St. Louis 5th grade boys basketball

The 5th grade St. Louis boys basketball hosted St. Nicholas Monday night. St. Nicholas took an early lead and were ahead after the first quarter 8-7. St. Louis fought back and had the lead at halftime 19-17. St. Nicholas was able to outscore the Cards in the third quarter and the quarter ended 21-25, St. Nicholas. St. Louis put up a good fight in the fourth quarter but couldn't come back. The final score was 24-33 in favor of St. Nicholas.

Caleb Mohr lead the scoring with 8 points, Jaiden Kuria had 7, Aiden Greiwe and Tyler Reder had 4 each and Ben Greiwe had 1 point. Come out and cheer on the Cardinals when they host St. Michaels on Thursday (12-6) @ 6:00pm.

Tim Reder, Coach

6th Grade St. Louis Boys Basketball vs. St. Nicholas

The St. Louis Cardinals 6th grade boys basketball team took on St. Nicholas on Monday, December 3rd and the game came down to the wire with St. Nicholas winning 17-14. The Cardinals were led in scoring by Ben Miller with 6 points followed by Max Amberger with 4 points and Adam Meer and Christian Mack each with 2 points. St. Louis was led in rebounding by Amberger and Meer each with 4. Sam Laloge had 3 rebounds, followed by Marc Meneses, Ryan Duerstock, and Sully Hill with 2 a piece. Henry Wanstrath led the team in steals with 3 followed by Duerstock with 2.

The boys are back at again on Thursday, December 6th when they play St. Michael at home.

Coach Tekulve

Athletic Forms

Click here for a link to the forms.

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Friends of the Batesville Library Christmas Book Sale

Batesville Library Christmas Almost New Book Sale Dec. 7-8

The Friends of the Batesville Memorial Public Library are having their annual Christmas "Almost New" Book Sale on Friday Dec. 7 10am-4pm, and Saturday Dec. 8 10am-3pm. A selection of our best-looking slightly used books are available for purchase in the library's main meeting room. We'll even gift wrap them for you! Great gifts for all the readers on your Christmas shopping list!

Camp River Ridge

Fr. Lucio, from Camp River Ridge, spoke briefly to our students after Mass last week. He also spoke to the PSR classes as a group on Wednesday evening. If you would like more information, please see the below flyer. Thank you.

Krista Haubner


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