Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Halo Highlight

Dear Saints Families,

What does it mean to be a Catholic high school? How do we balance defending and preaching the faith with also not sheltering our students from the “real world?” Recent Halo Notes newsletters have mentioned some people or organizations (notably Ayn Rand and the ACLU) that drew some concern from you, our parents. They asked why we as a school are promoting Ayn Rand (and objectivism) or the work the ACLU is doing. The answer is that it is never our intent to promote any organization, other than the teachings and work of the Catholic Church. Please know, of course, that we take your concerns very seriously, and we are always evaluating how we are being true to our mission and our identity. As a Catholic high school we are called to be welcoming of all, yet authentically and truly Catholic. We take that calling very seriously.

One more reminder that our Strategic Visioning Listening Sessions begin tomorrow! These sessions provide you a valuable opportunity to offer your thoughts and opinions on the present state and future of St. Louis Catholic High School. We will take what we hear, along with the work of our faculty and staff, to draft a strategic vision and plan for the future of our school.

We strongly encourage you to attend one of the following 60-75 minute sessions, here at school. Please RSVP at this link. *Due to very few RSVPs, we have canceled tomorrow’s 8:00 a.m. session – please come at noon or on another day.*

  • Friday, April 5 – Noon

  • Wednesday, April 10 - 1:00 p.m. (Immediately after the Parent Guild Meeting)

  • Wednesday, April 10 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 16 - 6:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts.

God Bless,

Andrew R. Bradley, Principal


Important AP Exam Reminder

Students taking AP courses: Please plan to attend an AP exam pre-administration session on April 17. For your convenience, we are offering two sessions, one before school at 7 a.m. and one following dismissal at 2:50 p.m. Each session should last 45 minutes to an hour. Students must attend one pre-administration session prior to taking their AP exams; otherwise, they will delay the exam for all students on the official exam day. Thank you for your cooperation.


Uniform Clarification - Outerwear

Students may now wear the approved outerwear of St. Louis Catholic sports or clubs in addition to the standard blue uniform outerwear. However, this will not be allowed on Wednesdays when we celebrate Mass at school. Regular uniforms must be worn at Mass, including ties for the boys.

Thank You For Helping Us Surpass Our Week of Giving Goal!

Last week was an amazing week for St. Louis Catholic as we launched our Saints March to Give- Week of Giving and raised more than $55,000! We'd like to thank again all of our community members, including our students, faculty, parents, alumni, grandparents and friends for your unwavering support and prayers. We couldn't have done it without you!
Also, the dedication of our Saints Fund Leadership Committee has been invaluable. We very much appreciate your hard work volunteering at our Phone-a-Thon March 25 and 26!

LifeShare Blood Drive April 29 at SLCHS

St. Louis Catholic High School will host another blood drive on Monday, April 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in one of LifeShare's mini buses. We need 30 blood products to be eligible for a $500 scholarship. If you/your student would like to donate blood, please sign up with Mrs. dee if at all possible, to decrease waiting times. The goal has been set for 20, just for projection reasons, but LifeShare has 47 appointment slots available. If anyone is not able to make it to this drive, they are welcome to come In-center to donate. Anyone can donate in the student’s name.

An individual donating In-Center MUST contact either Lauren Charles or LaTasha Bellow at LifeShare to ensure that the student and St. Louis Catholic receive credit to meet the personal and school goal. They can also give the school Group code 103823.

State Rally is Saturday

Good luck to the State Rally participants competing this Saturday at LSU. A special thanks goes to those who supported the auction for the gift of the rally T-shirts. Also, a super thanks for the rally bag donations from Mrs. Richard with Key Club, Mrs. Holmes and Mrs. David in the Counseling Department, Mrs. Villaume and Mrs. LeJeune with NHS, and Ms. dee with Student Council!

Spirit Store 4th Quarter Featured Item - Saints Water Bottles

We've got more Saints swag available for purchase now in the school office - orange St. Louis Catholic water bottles with our new school logo are available for $20, and $10 of each sale directly benefits the Parent Guild. Get one for your student now - these won't last long!

Athletics & Extracurricular News

**NOTE: NHS Induction Has Been Postponed to April 29**

Interested in Becoming a Saints Ambassador Next Year?

Is your student interested in becoming a Saints Ambassador for the 2019-2020 school year? We will select Juniors and Seniors for next year's Ambassador Program. All applicants will go through an interview process and will need a letter of recommendation from a St. Louis Catholic faculty member along with a 300-word essay on why they want to be an Ambassador. All Ambassadors must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Students, please be on the lookout for an email with instructions!

SLCHS Fine Arts Night is April 11

On Thursday, April 11, St. Louis Catholic will celebrate the school's annual Fine Arts Night from 6-8 p.m. in the Commons. Fine Art Survey, Art, Photography, Band, Choir, Guitar and many more Saints will participate! We hope to see you there!

Art Club: Volunteer at Holden's Hope 5K April 13

Volunteers are needed for the Holden’s Hope Forever 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, April 13, at Walnut Grove from 8-10 a.m.

Saints Art Club members - Please sign up HERE.

Around Saints Athletics

Congratulations to the Lady Saints softball team on clinching a share of their district title with a 8-4 win against Westlake on Wednesday!

Great job to the Saints tennis team as well for winning the consolation bracket at the McGill-Toolen Catholic Invitational in Mobile, Ala., this past weekend! Representing the Saints were Patrick Laborde, Ethan McCorquodale, Ethan Hebert, Jake Hanks, Christian Tabor, Joey Brinkman, Parker Reeves and Eli Crawford.

Postseason Honors Continue for Goodly, Lady Saints Basketball

Congratulations to senior Alexandria Goodly, who earned Class 3A first-team All-State honors for the Lady Saints! She is the first St. Louis Catholic girls basketball player to be named first-team All-State in 30 years. Junior Anaiya Turner also earned Honorable Mention. Go Saints!

Volleyball Tryouts May 7-9; Tryout Clinics Available for $15

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 St. Louis Catholic volleyball team will be May 7-9 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Krajicek Gym. Coach Elizabeth Thompson and the staff will offer tryout clinics from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 29, April 30 and May 1 for prospective players to meet the coaches, see the facilities and prepare for the tryouts. Please note – the tryout clinics cost $15 per session and do not guarantee a spot on next year’s team.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact ethompson@slchs.org. *Wear athletic clothes and shoes! (Knee pads & volleyball shoes are optional.)*

Student & Faculty News

Personal Finance Students Get Real Life Lessons

Students in Mrs. Ashley Lavine's Personal Finance class concluded the Taxes Unit by filing a 1040 with this year’s new tax laws. Also during the unit, students identified common misconceptions about taxes, determined whether an individual needed to file, analyzed a W-4, W-2, and I-9, and identified important tax dates deadlines.

Saints Faculty Receive Junior League Grants

St. Louis Catholic Band Director Blake Gilbert and Librarian/Technology Coach Melanie LeJeune were recognized as recipients of Branch Out and Grow Grants from the Junior League of Lake Charles on Tuesday night. They’re pictured at far right with other recipients and the League's president. Congratulations, Mr. Gilbert and Mrs. LeJeune!


Complete FACTS Registration Payment Now!

Families who have not completed their FACTS registration payment or made other arrangements with Director of Finance Ray Baggett by Monday, April 15, will not be eligible for Financial Aid or be cleared for Course Selection for the 2019-2020 school year. Please make efforts now to finish the enrollment process for a better chance of securing your student’s preferred class schedule.

Current families who are returning next year need to make sure they have completed the re-enrollment process. If you have any trouble with online re-enrollment, please contact Director of Admissions Heather Ieyoub.

You can always access all our key dates here on our Admissions calendar, including the following key summer dates:

  • Freshman Fun Day - Monday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SLCHS

  • New Student Tablet Training - Tuesday-Wednesday, July 30-31

  • Student Orientation- Thursday August 1, (Juniors & Seniors- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Freshmen & Sophomores- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • First Day of School- Monday August 12

Subsidy Forms Due by April 15

Subsidy forms are due by Monday, April 15 for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have not yet turned yours in, please click here to download and print the form. Forms may be turned into the front office or emailed to Heather Ieyoub, Director of Admissions, at hieyoub@slchs.org.

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Senior Notes

Senior Contact Information Requested

Seniors, please fill out this Google form with your personal email address (not ending in slchs.org), and phone number so we can keep our alumni database robust with your information once you graduate! Please contact Mrs. Jones in the Advancement Office if you have any questions.

Important Message from Puckett's Photography

The deadline to order your Graduation portrait and 2019 Senior Signature Book is Wednesday, April 17. Call 477-9696 to place your orders today! Click the image to see pricing details.

Mother-Daughter Tea: Teacups & Saucers Due to Front Office May 3

**Moms, please send one labeled washed teacup and saucer to the school front office no later than May 3. The teacup can be an heirloom or a new one! They will be used at the Mother-Daughter Tea as well as your daughter’s take-home gift that day.**

Senior Activities Summary:

Baccalaureate Mass - Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. (St. Margaret’s Catholic Church)

Beach Bash - Friday, May 10 (Lake Charles Country Club)

Mother/Daughter Tea - Saturday, May 11; 2-4 p.m. (TreeHouse at Oak Crossing)

Father/Son Crawfish Boil - Sunday, May 12; 2-4 p.m. (at Geoff & Carrie Collins’: 4800 Bellerive Ln.)

Senior Honors Night - Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Graduation - Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. (Burton Coliseum)

Senior Girls: Are You Looking to Rush a Sorority Next Year?

There will be an informational meeting for all girls going through sorority recruitment at any university on April 14 at 2 p.m. hosted by Jenny Leach at 4454 W. Prien Lake Road. For more information, please email Mrs. Leach at jlpleach@icloud.com.

In the Community

Joining Hands for Autism Awareness Walk at St. Louis Catholic Saturday

Saints alumna Ada Shearman O'Quain '09, Event Coordinator at the St. Nicholas Center for Children, appeared on the FOX29 Morning Show to promote the 9th annual event that starts at St. Louis Catholic High School. Our Band and Cheerleaders will be on hand for the walk as Southwest Louisiana celebrates autism awareness and the support and resources our community offers to families! Registration is $30 at the door Saturday or $25 in advance. Click here to watch the FOX29 video.

South Lake Charles Baseball Easter Camp at SLCHS April 22-23

Do you have a K-8th grader ready to learn the fundamentals of baseball in a fun and exciting atmosphere? Then sign them up for the South Lake Charles Baseball Easter Camp at the St. Louis Catholic indoor facility and practice field April 22-23! Campers will be grouped according to age and/or ability and introduced to the coaches and their approaches to baseball.

Tentative Camp Schedule

April 22:

8:00-8:45 Check in/Registration

9:00–9:30 Stretch/Agilities/Warm Up

9:30–12:00 Hitting Stations

April 23:

8:00-8:45 Check in/Registration

9:00–9:30 Stretch/Agilities/Warm Up

9:30–11:00 Hitting Stations

11:00–12:00 Baseball Competition

Camp Details

· Cost per camper: $50.00 for both days

· Campers will need to wear or bring a T-shirt, shorts or baseball pants, shoes, & cleats

· For questions, please contact John Michael Collins at jcollins@slchs.org

· Payment should be received no later than April 17 or provided at registration

· Please complete this registration form and deliver by mail or in person to:

Coach John Michael Collins

SLC Camp

1620 Bank Street

Lake Charles, LA 70601

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 5

Schedule A-C-D-F-G

Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7:15 a.m. (Chapel)

Strategic Planning Listening Session, noon (SLCHS Media Center)

Lady Saints Softball at STM Tournament

Saints Track at Ram Relays (Westlake)

Saturday, April 6

Lady Saints Softball at STM Tournament

Autism Awareness Walk, St. Louis Catholic High School, 7 a.m.

Golf Team at Basile (Koasati Pines Golf Course)

Saints Baseball at South Beauregard, JV at 11 a.m. & Varsity at 1 p.m.

State Literary Rally at LSU

Sunday, April 7

Special Needs Mass

Monday, April 8

Schedule A-B-E-F-H

Admin Team Meeting, 9 a.m.

Fine & Practical Arts Department Meeting at 2nd lunch in room #4

Saints Baseball vs. Carencro, JV at 4 p.m. & Varsity at 6 p.m. (Legion Field)

Tuesday, April 9

Schedule B-C-D-E-G

Trumpet Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Room # 29)

Saints Tennis at Sulphur, 3:30 p.m. (Sulphur)

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7p.m. (Cafeteria)

Show Choir at Mellow Mushroom, 6:30-8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

Schedule A-Mass-D-F-H

Parent Guild Meeting, noon (Band Room)

Strategic Planning Listening Sessions, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. (SLCHS Media Center)

Workplace Wellness Nurse at SLCHS 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Saints Tennis at Barbe, 3:30 p.m. (Barbe)

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Saints Baseball at Teurlings, 4:30 p.m. (Teurlings High School)

SLCHS Golf at Westlake (The National Golf Course)

Thursday, April 11

Schedule B-C-E-G-H

FBLA Meeting at 7:15 a.m. in room #40

Graduation Caps & Gowns will be given out in Religion Classes

Speech & Debate Meeting, 2:40 p.m. (Room #5)

Fine Arts Show, 6-8 p.m. (SLCHS Commons)

Saints Baseball vs. LCCP, 6 p.m. (Legion Field)

Friday, April 12

Schedule A-C-D-F-G

Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7:15 a.m. (Chapel)

Spirit Dress Day Sponsored by Spanish Club

Graduation Caps & Gowns will be given out in Religion Classes

Saturday, April 13

ACT Test Date

Art Club at Holden's Hope 5K at Walnut Grove

Saints Baseball at Iowa, Varsity at 1 p.m. & JV at 4 p.m.

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